Over the course of the last four years I've probably spent a helluva lot of money at both, repairing the old homestead. One night I got to wondering whether I spent more at one than the other. Slow night I guess. I came to realize that even though I didn't consciously choose to go to one or the other (both have several locations equi-distance from me, and are next door to each other at one location) I subconsciously chose depending on what I was getting. For example, most light fixtures, fans, and big ticket appliances came from Lowes, whereas bathroom fixtures (tubs, toilets, faucets, vents) from Home Depot. Tile, flooring, paint and painting supplies also. I have no idea where the contractors shopped. Luckily for me, it wasn't "China". Lowes I think is the place you and your significant other go to browse the aisles and do some window shopping. It has a higher end type of feel to it. Home Depot on the other hand, I think is the place where guys (and gals) just run in to find that pipe connector doohickey, some odd nuts and bolts... in and out. I'd never think to buy lumber at a Lowes, or a bag of ready mix cement. When I think of the annoyance factor, Lowes tends to edge out the Depot. It just seems I've had more problems with a return or some other technicality at a Lowes, way more than Home Depot. At the latter, if it scans you'll get a refund, no muss no fuss... even if it's store credit plastic. Lowes on occasion was a little "iffy" though. And their plastic store credit still requires a signature, an i.d. ... something to irk you. Still, I guess, I've probably spent about the same with them both. And good thing. I wouldn't want to be taken for granted, now would I?