Home Depot Or Lowe's: Which Has Better Deals On Grout?

Purchasing grout can quickly become a tedious task if not done carefully. According to Floor & Decor, the main two things to consider when choosing this substance are type and color. For instance, you can choose either a traditional cement-based grout or a pre-mixed grout. Traditional grout is the most popular option as it is known to cost less than pre-mixed grout. 

Additionally, you can find this type in either sanded or unsanded options, which can be decided based on the joint size — larger joints will likely need the sanded option while smaller joints can get by with unsanded. On the other hand, pre-mixed grout is popular due to it being ready to use directly upon purchase. It doesn't require any sealing, is resistant to staining, and can be cleaned easily.

As for color, Jeffrey Court states that you should first take into consideration the size of the area that needs grout. To make a room feel larger, choose a color that is the same shade as the tiles. In contrast, adding a grout color that is different from the tile can also give the area a unique pattern and make the tile stand out. You should also consider the design of other surfaces in the area. Once you've decided which grout you want, you'll need a location to purchase it. Home Depot and Lowe's each have a variety of options, so let's see who has the better deals.

Home Depot's Prism grout

One of Home Depot's most popular grouts is made by the brand Prism. Available in 45 different shades, the price tag ranges from about $30 up to  $40. This grout can be used in both indoor and outdoor high-traffic areas and can fill up joints that are no larger than 1/2 inch in size. While being quickly curable (the grout can be used after four hours,) however, it does take a full 72 hours to finish drying.

It's said that this grout won't mottle or shade based on temperature, humidity, and other natural elements. It should be noted that this material is around 32% lighter than typical grouts and does not need a sealer. In addition, it is resistant to mold, mildew, moisture, and stains. A 90-day return policy is guaranteed with a purchase as well as a lifetime warranty.

Based on over 900 reviews, Home Depot's grout has a 64% recommendation rate and a 4.3-star rating. These reviews are mostly positive with a few negative ones mixed in. One consumer stated that this was their first time using this brand and the results were fantastic. They added that it was worth the money and warns that it does dry fast. However, in contrast, many other purchasers complain that the grout dries lighter than the initial color.

Lowe's MAPEI sanded grout

Over at Lowe's, one of their best-selling grouts is made by the brand MAPEI. It's available in around 20 different colors, and is priced at around $16. However, some of these shades are said to no longer be available on Lowe's website. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, this grout is primarily for joints that are 1/8 inch to 5/8 in size. It is resistant to mold, mildew, freezing temperatures, and stains, however, it will need a sealer after installation. A one-year limited warranty is included with the purchase.

With over 1000 reviews, Lowe's grout received a 4.4-star rating and an 88% recommendation rate. Most of these reviews are evenly mixed with one consumer stating that it was easy to use in their shower. Another purchaser said that they were happy with how their project came out and that they would use this grout again. However, other consumers complained about the color, stating that the finish results were lighter than anticipated, while some customers said it was too dark.

While color seems to be an issue with both products, we feel the better deal is at Lowe's. Their product not only has a better star rating and recommendation rate, but it is almost half the price compared to Home Depot's brand.