Bed Bath & Beyond has one of the most generous return policies out there – you don’t even need a receipt if the item is unused – and 20% off coupons have virtually become synonymous with the retailer.
You likely already have a stack of Bed Bath & Beyond coupons since they come in the mail so often, but if you don’t, check online and print one out before you head to the store. While you might find better deals at other stores, Bed Bath & Beyond price matches items from other retailers as long as it isn’t sold by a marketplace.
That doesn’t mean that everything sold at the chain is a worthy buy. Whether because of price, selection, or quality, there are a number of items that should be skipped over.
We turned to the experts to help us separate the good from the bad when it comes to shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Buy: Crock-Pot Choose-a-Crock
- 1 Buy: Crock-Pot Choose-a-Crock
- 2 Don’t buy: Ring video doorbells
- 3 Buy: SALT 2-piece Double Boiler
- 4 Don’t buy: iRobot Roomba
- 5 Buy: Moving Starter Kits
- 6 Don’t buy: Instant Pot
- 7 Buy: Le Creuset
- 8 Don’t buy: Rachael Ray Enamel Cookware Set
- 9 Buy: college essentials
- 10 Don’t buy: baby products
- 11 Buy: Bee & Willow home collection
- 12 Don’t buy: beauty products
- 13 Buy: UGG Home
- 14 Don’t buy: food and snacks
- 15 Buy: Dripless Ice Stick Trays
- 16 Don’t buy: brands excluded from the 20% off coupon
- 17 Buy: Olivia & Oliver
- 18 Don’t buy: art and decor
- 19 Buy: coffee and tea pods
- 20 Buy: Wamsutta towels
- 21 Buy: bedding
If you are a slow-cooker fan, you’ve probably encountered a time when you wished your Crock-Pot were a different size.”Bed Bath & Beyond carries the Choose-a Crock, which features 6-quart, 4-quart, and Split 2.5-quart capacity pots all in one unit,” shopping expert Trae Bodge told Business Insider. “This item is ‘exclusive’ to Bed Bath & Beyond and priced at $99, but I did find it on Amazon for $120.”
Don’t buy: Ring video doorbells
“Ring video doorbells have become wildly popular and while they are comparably priced on Amazon at the time of this writing, Amazon has been known — especially during Amazon Prime Day — to deeply discount the Ring and offer bundles with Amazon proprietary devices, like the Echo Dot,” Bodge said.
Buy: SALT 2-piece Double Boiler
Double boilers are handy for melting chocolate and sauces. “This version is an exclusive to Bed Bath & Beyond and is versatile enough to be used on induction stovetops as well as standard,” Bodge said. “It’s priced at $30, where similar options from other brands are in the $35 and above price range.”
Don’t buy: iRobot Roomba
Buying a robotic vacuum can be life changing, but if you’re looking at Roombas, you’ll find better pricing elsewhere, according to Bodge.”The Roomba 890 is a full $100 less expensive at Amazon. Plus, most Roomba models are exempt from the Bed Bath & Beyond 20% coupon,” she said.
Buy: Moving Starter Kits
There are no two ways about it: moving is a pain.”To make the job a bit easier, Bed Bath & Beyond has pre-packed Starter Kits, including the Duck Bubble Wrap Moving Kit ($53), which contains a variety of moving boxes, tape, and bubble wrap,” Bodge said.
Don’t buy: Instant Pot
If you want to jump on the Instant Pot trend, buy yours elsewhere.”Not only is the 6-quart Instant Pot 9-in-1 Duo Plus $10 more expensive at Bed Bath & Beyond than at Williams Sonoma and Amazon, it’s also exempt from the 20% coupon,” Bodge said.
Buy: Le Creuset
Le Creuset cookware could last a lifetime, but it can be expensive.”It’s exempt from the Bed Bath & Beyond 20% coupon, but at the time of this writing, there was a large selection of Le Creuset on clearance, with a beautiful Tagine at over $100 off,” Bodge said. “Le Creuset Clearance came up immediately in my search on Bedbathandbeyond, which leads me to believe that clearance pricing is fairly common.”
Don’t buy: Rachael Ray Enamel Cookware Set
“The popular 12-piece enamel cookware sets from Rachael Ray are available in several beautiful colors and are priced at $150 at Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s. However, they are available at Walmart for as low as $80,” Bodge said.
Buy: college essentials
Shopping for everything you’ll need for college can be tricky.”Does your dorm allow you to ship items ahead of your arrival or do you have to buy everything and bring it with you? Bed Bath & Beyond has a handy Pack & Hold service, which allows you to order everything you need online or at your local store and it can be held at a Bed Bath & Beyond store near campus,” Bodge said.
Don’t buy: baby products
“Since Bed Bath & Beyond’s pricing and selections of baby products are comparatively less attractive than their sister company Buy Buy Baby, you should consider buying baby products directly from Buy Buy Baby,” Tiara Jing, retail and marketing expert at Dealmoon, told Business Insider. “It has registries, a wider range of options, and special discounts just for parents that trump what Bed Bath & Beyond offers in this category.”
Buy: Bee & Willow home collection
“The Bee & Willow home collection offers shoppers a mix of rustic and modern home decor,” Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot, told Business Insider. “The brand has everything from bedding and bath to furniture and rugs, and you can find it all exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond. The pieces are designed with character and charm and made to last.”
Don’t buy: beauty products
Bed Bath & Beyond’s brick-and-mortar stores usually have a beauty essentials section, but you can save on these products elsewhere.”The cost of Bed Bath & Beyond’s beauty essentials add up quickly so it may not be worth it,” Jing said.
They also don’t have an extensive selection of higher-end products. Shoppers are likely better off looking at retailers like Sephora and signing up for the beauty store’s rewards program.
Buy: UGG Home
“Bed Bath & Beyond is one of the few retailers that carries UGG Home products and they offer amazing prices on everything from blankets and pillows to bath essentials. Right now you can score a twin-size comforter set for $39.99,” Skirboll said.
Don’t buy: food and snacks
You can get a lot more for your buck by shopping at your local grocery stores for things like food and snacks, according to Jing.”Stick to your regulars for daily food essential to make sure you are getting the best value and making the most of loyalty rewards,” she said.
Buy: Dripless Ice Stick Trays
If you’ve ever struggled to fit an ice cube into a smaller water bottle opening, this product is a lifesaver. “Make your ice in stick form so you can easily drop it in with Dripless Ice Stick Trays,” Skirboll said. “Plus, Bed Bath & Beyond has an amazing price on these: $4.99 for a set of two.”
Don’t buy: brands excluded from the 20% off coupon
Make sure to check out which brands are excluded from the 20% off coupon before you shop.”Some popular brands are not included and in that case it’s recommended to check out their direct site to find the best and exclusive offers,” Jing said.
Buy: Olivia & Oliver
“Olivia & Oliver is a Bed Bath & Beyond exclusive brand that offers gorgeous dinnerware, stemware, home decor, and more,” Skirboll said. “It’s perfect for a wedding registry because these items offer a high-end look at affordable prices.”
Don’t buy: art and decor
If you’re looking for unique and high-end decor pieces to amplify your space, Bed Bath & Beyond shouldn’t be your primary destination.”Overall Bed, Bath and Beyond is much better for essential items and art just isn’t their specialty, meaning their choices are limited for decor,” Jing said.
Buy: coffee and tea pods
“The retailer not only offers exclusive and unique flavors and collaborations, but they also have special discounted bundles on all Keurig items,” Erin Sykes, a retail and sales strategy expert, told Business Insider.”Examples include the exclusive Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup Half-Caff Hazelnut and Perfect Pod Eco-Fill 2.0 reusable single serve pod.”
Buy: Wamsutta towels
“Wamsutta towels are affordable, soft, and come in a variety of colors,” Skirboll said. “You can find any set you need and all at a great price. Plus, they can only be found at Bed Bath & Beyond.”
“Bed Bath & Beyond doesn’t skip on quality with their bedding sets,” Jing said. “They aren’t necessarily inexpensive, but you’re getting great quality and taste for your money. They also offer exclusive designer bedding collections.”