Lowe’s Return Policy

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Lowe’s strives to provide exceptional service to its customers, and part of that commitment includes a comprehensive return policy designed to accommodate customer needs. Below, we’ve outlined Lowe’s return policy, detailing the key principles and procedures to facilitate your return experience.

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General Returns

  • Most new, unused merchandise can be refunded or exchanged with proof of purchase within 90 days of the original purchase date.
  • If purchased with a Lowe’s Commercial Account (LCA), Lowe’s Business Advantage (LBA), Lowe’s Advantage Card (LAC), or Lowe’s Business Rewards (LBR), you have 365 days from the date of purchase for returns.
  • Returns are processed based on the original method of payment.

Specific Payment Methods

  • Purchases made with a Lowe’s Gift Card, refund card, merchandise card, or in-store credit will be refunded as in-store credit.
  • Purchases made with a debit card will be refunded as cash or credited back to the debit card.

Returns Without Receipt

  • In-store credit may be issued for items without a valid receipt based on the current selling price.
  • Receipt scanners/storage apps can be very useful for ensuring you always have a copy of your original receipt.

Return Policy Exceptions

  • 48-Hour Return Policy
    • Applicable to specific products (such as large appliances) and must be initiated within 48 hours of delivery or pickup.
  • 30-Day Return Policy
    • Applies to items like TVs, electronics, outdoor power equipment, plumbing, water heaters, air conditioners, liquid paint, highway trailers, utility vehicles, and golf carts.
    • Excludes certain branded corded and cordless outdoor power equipment items with a 90-day return policy.
    • Special conditions apply to products like mowers, chainsaws, generators, and more.

Holiday Items

  • Must be returned on or before the day of the holiday (e.g., Christmas).
  • Items purchased after the holiday are final sales with no returns.

Nonrefundable Items

  • Includes labor and installation charges, delivery and shipping charges (unless due to Lowe’s error), in-store credits, refund cards, and merchandise cards.
  • Gift cards, including Lowe’s, third-party, Visa, or MasterCard gift cards, are also nonrefundable.
  • Safety masks or facial coverings are no longer accepted for return or exchange.

Special Order Configured Products Restocking Fee

  • Applies to special order configured products returned or canceled after 72 hours from purchase.
  • A 20% restocking fee is imposed, with tax applicable in select states.
  • This fee applies to installed sales unless specified otherwise in your installation contract or right to cancel.


  • Receipt is required for any tree, shrub, or perennial purchased at Lowe’s within one year of the original purchase date.
  • Other plants fall under a 90-day return policy.

Hazardous Materials or Products With Lithium Batteries

  • Items containing flammable liquids, gases, or hazardous materials cannot be returned through mail, even if drained.
  • These items, along with those containing lithium batteries, must be returned to your local Lowe’s store.

Problems With Your Order

  • For damage due to shipping/delivery, missing items, or shipping/delivery errors, contact Lowe’s customer care within three days of receiving the item.
  • For defective items, call Lowe’s Service Advantage hotline for assistance and potential warranty coverage.


  • Lost or stolen Lowe’s Gift Cards can be replaced for the remaining balance with the original receipt.

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Lowe’s has a specific return policy tailored to its outlet locations.

General Outlet Policy

  • Most sales at Lowe’s Outlet locations are final and cannot be returned.
  • Items at Lowe’s Outlet may have cosmetic damage or have been previously returned.
  • Shoppers are advised to inspect items thoroughly before purchase.
  • Items purchased at Lowe’s Outlet must be returned to the same Outlet; returns to regular Lowe’s retail stores or different Outlets are not permitted.
  • Items purchased at regular Lowe’s retail stores cannot be returned to Lowe’s Outlet locations.
  • A valid receipt is required for all permitted returns.

Permitted Returns

  • Lowe’s Outlet will accept returns only for items with mechanical or electrical damage or defects.
  • These permitted returns must be initiated within 48 hours after taking possession of the item.
  • Returns for mechanical or electrical damage that occurred after purchase or delivery are not accepted.
  • Returns for cosmetic damage or other reasons are not allowed.

Refund Methods for Permitted Returns

  • For permitted returns with a valid receipt, Lowe’s Outlet offers the following refund methods:
    • Cash refund if the purchase was made with cash or a debit card.
    • In-store credit if the purchase was made with a check less than 3 days ago.
    • Cash refund if the purchase was made with a check 3 or more days ago.
    • A credit to your card if the purchase was made with a credit card.
    • In-store credit if the purchase was made with an in-store credit or gift card.

Non-Refundable Items

  • The following items are non-refundable and cannot be returned:
    • Any activated third-party gift cards, including Visa or MasterCard gift cards.
    • In-store credits, refund cards, and merchandise cards.

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