Wayfair vs. Overstock: Who Has the Better Deal on Home Goods?

updated May 3, 2019
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Spring is a season of new beginnings. By now, you must be ready to tackle shaking out the winter cobwebs and doing a bit of a refresh around your home. I’m not talking an extreme renovation and remodeling, but more like a decorating mini makeover with a new piece of furniture or lighting. Or even a seasonal swap of pillows, throws and rugs.

The Internet is kind of amazing insofar as it puts the inventory of big home retailers at your fingertips. But the downside of that is, THERE. ARE. TOO. MANY. THINGS. to wade through. I get anxiety just seeing that there are over a thousand patterned rugs available at any given store because I want to look at them all (to make sure I’m not missing any gems on the last page of search results)! And if you want to comparison shop, well, that’s a whole other time suck — until now. Because we’ve taken the legwork out of shopping two strictly online home retailers known for their huge inventories (and competing TV advertisements): Wayfair and Overstock. And for ease, we’ve organized our finds into four categories: rugs, furniture, lighting and decor.

After pitting 20 like items against each other, here’s how things turned out: In a few cases, the stores had the same prices, but generally, Wayfair was a bit cheaper when it came to furniture, and Overstock had better deals on rugs. The results were mixed for our lighting and general decor searches, but Wayfair had a little bit of an edge in these categories, too. That said, it is worth checking both sites when you’re ready to make a major purchase. They do carry much of the same items, but the names are often different, meaning you have to use precise search terms (“Sputnik,” for example, not just gold chandelier), to locate identical items. Often, the best way to tell is through photography. They use some of the same styled images, which are likely from the vendors themselves (putting that image into Google Image Search can also help you).

And obviously, you’ll be needing home delivery since both companies don’t exist as brick and mortar stores. Wayfair offers free shipping on most orders over $49. For Overstock, a $45 purchase qualifies for free shipping in the lower 48 states. So here goes nothing … take a look at what we found.

Note: Prices are subject to change, and are accurate as of March 7, 2018.


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1. Sisal

Natural fiber rugs are the ultimate neutral. They go with any kind of decor, from boho to coastal. And they’re great for layering.

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2. Sheepskin

You saved on that sisal, so keep the momentum going with an inexpensive sheepskin to throw on top of it.

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3. Moroccan Shag

A diamond patterned rug has become a new classic, but the gray and white colorway feels lighter for spring.

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4. Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Just picture what this graphic stripe style will look like underfoot, paired with palm print pillows and an outdoor sofa.


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5. Modern Chesterfield Sofa

You can’t go wrong with a tufted sofa in deep blue performance velvet.

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6. Teal Armchair

Use a pair of these teal guys opposite a couch. Or try one for a reading nook or in a master bedroom.

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7. Tolix-Style Dining Chairs

These ever-popular metal dining chairs available in a rainbow of shades — though black feels modern and will go with everything.

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8. Parsons Desk

Another design classic that’ll never go out of style, a simple Parsons desk is great for a home office or bedroom.

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9. Coffee Table

Want to lighten up your living room? Try something with a leggy metal base and a shiny glass top.

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10. Ghost Side Tables

Talk about visually quiet — these acrylic tables are space-saving and the perfect height for setting down drinks and snacks.


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11. Sputnik Chandelier

Upgrade your dining room with a golden, midcentury-inspired sunburst pendant light.

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12. White Pendant

These lights are what you need over your kitchen island or sink to nail the modern farmhouse look.

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13. Sconce

This sconce would be great mounted horizontally over a bathroom vanity. Or install two vertically, flanking the vanity mirror for an alternate look.

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14. Table Lamp

The gourd lamp is such a wonderful, sculptural shape. Try a pair in a bold shade, like blood orange or yellow, for a pop of color on nightstands or living room side tables.

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15. Desk Lamp

This glass shade desk lamp has a little bit of an industrial edge.


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16. Porthole Mirror

For a nautical touch in a powder room.

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17. Toss Pillows

The easiest way to change up your home decor: new throw pillows.

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18. Throw Blanket

Refresh a tired sofa with a new throw. Stripes are always a good idea if you have a solid couch.

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19. Decorative Objects

Grab this sphere on a stand for styling out a bookshelf. It has height and texture, which will bring visual interest to your #shelfies.

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20. Shower Curtain

Your bathroom deserves a little love, too. And the best way to refresh it without remodeling? A new shower curtain.