Per usuale, Lowe's and Home Depot are right next door to one another, so it's usually a toss up over which one I go to. I love Lowe's for paint, but Home Depot typically has better prices on most things. For some reason, I usually have better luck finding people to help me in Home Depot, too, which is always good! My husband and I were on the search for sand, and several employees later, we found the right type we were looking for (who knew there were so many types of sand?). I was very pleased overall with my experience, and will continue shopping there.