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Walmart Contacts review

Walmart contact lenses are well worth a look, if you trust the brand and want an all-in-one shopping experience.

Walmart Contacts review
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Our Verdict

Walmart’s contacts site isn’t offering much in terms of tricks or gimmicks, but is a very solid all-round site, backed by in-store support.

For

  • Large chain, well known brand
  • Free shipping
  • In-store doctors

Against

  • No subscriptions
  • No help with prescriptions

You’d probably be buying something from Walmart anyway, so why not contact lenses? Walmart is a huge name, with a huge retail chain to back it up. Its supply is obviously very impressive, so shipping times are quick and products are in stock. Its US shipping is free (and orders over $35 qualify for next day) and the company offers a price match guarantee. The site is beautifully laid out and really easy on the eye. Prices are good, though you’ll find lower if you shop around at other discount sites. There is a bafflingly huge selection of lens solutions, too. If you need an updated prescription vision test are administered in over a quarter of Walmart stores by independent optometrists. A big offering from a big name, and easily one of the best online contact lenses providers.

Walmart Contacts review: Prices and offers

Prices are kept low by selling in volume, although they aren’t the lowest around. You should look to AC Lens and Discount Contact Lenses for budget shopping. Shipping is always free and if your order climbs above $35 (not unlikely with contacts) you’ll be upgraded to next-day status. That’s a nice touch. They offer some additional deals on multiple purchases, but don’t run to subscriptions.

Walmart offers to match any online competitor’s price, but with contacts relying on rebates and coupons and offers, it’s tricky to get a fix on what’s an advertised price and what constitutes your final bill. Add to this Walmart’s list of price match stipulations and you start to wonder if this is all worth it to save a couple of dollars. Its prices are pretty good as they stand, but they’re regularly (if narrowly) undercut by the serious discounters.

Walmart Contacts review: Features and website

It’s Walmart. You know Walmart and you know how you feel about Walmart. Dealing with a big company carries a certain amount of weight, and takes a little of the uncertainty out of the online process. The site is an encyclopaedia of what’s available in the contact lens world, and it offers accessories such as cleaning solutions as well.

Walmart’s contact lens website is very much like one of its stores. Plain and set out to maximize sales, stocked from floor to ceiling with bargain brands. Leveraging its chain of over 2500 independent, in-store optometrists, it’s committed to online lenses in a big way. The site is clinically white, with product graphics well-spaced to maximum effect. You will, of course, need your current prescription, but Walmart lets you know that their doctors are in all 50 states, and very likely at a store nearby. It could be creepy if it wasn’t for the white coats. Walmart’s site is comprehensive and good value, which isn’t a surprise. It also feels upmarket and premium, much like 1800 Contacts.

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Should I use Walmart?

Walmart is a known quantity and you’re either encouraged by its size and influence or put off by it. It has an existing chain of in-store vision care outlets with trained independent optometrists if you need to get or update your prescription. The site is beautifully designed and is easy to use. Prices are keen, and backed by a price-match scheme, albeit one that’s a little complicated in practice. Walmart has a more or less complete range of lenses including cosmetics and colors. Shipping is always free and is next-day expedited on bigger orders. It doesn't offer subscriptions, or the additional discounts that come with them.