Welcome to our big roller blind test 2021. Here we present all the roller blinds we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.
We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best roller blind for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a roller blind.
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Roller Blind: Our Choices
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a roller blind
- 5 Decision: What types of roller blinds are there and which is the right one for you?
- 6 Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate roller blinds
- 7 Facts worth knowing about roller blinds
- Roller blinds protect your privacy and shield you from prying eyes. They also help to darken a room, provide additional protection from the weather and burglars, and help to insulate a room in summer and winter.
- Roller blinds can be operated with a side pull, a centre pull, an electric motor or a latch. You can distinguish between roller blinds on the basis of these operating options.
- Roller blinds are available in different materials, colours and sizes, so you can always find the right one for you. Make sure you measure the size correctly!
The Best Roller Blind: Our Choices
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a roller blind
What is a roller blind and how does it work?
To enable the roller blind to be wound up and down, it is attached to a so-called shaft. This can be turned in both directions to roll it up and down. If necessary, you simply pull the roller blind off the shaft and immediately have effective protection.
Roller blinds come in different shapes, colours, materials and degrees of transparency. Most often, it is a rectangular sheet of fabric. But other materials such as plastic, wood or even paper are also suitable for a roller blind. It depends on where exactly the roller blind is to be installed.
Who is a roller blind suitable for?
You can use a roller blind in every situation.
When you come home tired from the night shift, you can sleep soundly in broad daylight thanks to the roller blind. If you want to change in your bedroom without the neighbours watching, simply lower the blind.
If the sun shines on your TV, the blind will also help. There are endless situations in which a roller blind is suitable for you. We couldn't possibly list them all. That's why we have summarised in the following table the moments in which a roller blind is useful for you:
|Privacy protection||protects your privacy in a room, shields you quickly and effectively from prying eyes|
|Light protection||shields a room from too much sunlight, prevents glare on electronic devices such as TVs or computers|
|Darkening||for a restful sleep at any time of the day or night, blocks out unpleasant light sources such as streetlights|
|heat protection||prevents a room from heating up in summer months due to strong sunlight, maintains the cool morning temperature in a room|
|insulation/heat protection||helps retain the heating warmth of a room in winter months|
|weather protection||windows are weak point in solid masonry: "thinnest" point, avoids damage during storms and thunderstorms|
|Burglary protection||a solid roller blind makes it more difficult for thieves to break in, can only be broken open with great effort and noise|
|Sound insulation||helps, for example, to prevent loud music from penetrating outside|
Where and how can I use a roller blind?
However, you must pay attention to whether you want to use a roller blind inside or outside a room. Roller blinds are often already attached to windows from the outside. However, there are also various options for a roller blind inside the room. On a glass door, for example, a fabric roller blind is a great privacy screen.
Regardless of whether you have a roller blind for the interior or exterior of a room, there are various possible uses. We have summarised some of the possibilities in the following table:
|Room divider||divides a large room into different areas, does not require bulky furniture or a solid wall, can be lifted at any time|
|In front of shelves/cabinets||not only as a privacy screen in front of a window, also creates order in front of cabinets and shelves, space-saving + innovative furnishing styles|
|Bathroom||Feel-good atmosphere, more privacy without losing daylight, personal accents in room design: usually already predefined by the tiles|
|Caravan/ Camping||Visibility, light, weather and heat protection when travelling, fabric roller blinds are great for more privacy on the campsite and in the caravan|
|Screen||for home cinema evenings or the stadium feeling in the living room, attach white and smooth roller blind to the ceiling, pull out the roller blind as a screen|
|Pool cover||protects the pool from contamination by leaves, branches, animals etc., etc., etc., especially in autumn and winter|
How do I measure the size of my roller blind correctly?
You must always include the window recess in your measurement!
When buying a roller blind, you must specify an order width and an order height. In the following paragraphs we will explain to you exactly what is important when determining these values.
For wall mounting, you install your new roller blind in front of the window recess. To determine the optimum order width, measure the width of the window recess. It is important that you measure the niche from the outside, as you also want to install the roller blind outside, i.e. on the wall in front of the niche.
It is advisable to allow an overhang of approx. 10 cm on each side for the order width. This ensures that the new roller blind can completely cover the window. If you cannot find your calculated width in the available widths of your desired roller blind, this does not mean that you have made a mistake.
The order width of a roller blind is the outer dimension of the support!
The bracket of your roller blind also needs its space. That is why most manufacturers state the outer dimension of the support as the order width. The bracket is therefore already included in the order width, even if you have not yet measured it on your window recess.
The order height depends on how long the fabric for your roller blind has to be. To do this, measure the height of your window recess and include an overhang. This overhang should be at least 10-12 cm so that your roller blind can cover the entire window.
For ceiling mounting, you attach your roller blind to the ceiling of the window recess. Again, you must measure the width of the niche to determine the optimum order width. It is important that you measure the niche from the inside for ceiling mounting!
To ensure that you can really attach your new roller blind to the ceiling of your window recess, you should subtract approx. 2.5 mm from your measured width on both sides.
This has two advantages for you: you can be sure that your new roller blind really fits into the window recess. And you have a little leeway when fitting it. If you subtract more than a total of 5mm from your measured width, you risk that the roller blind is too narrow and does not cover your window optimally.
When mounting the roller blind on the ceiling, you should not lose sight of the fact that the manufacturer's specifications for possible order widths already include the supports of the roller blind! The fabric width of your roller blind is always narrower than the order width. You may have to leave out the protective caps of the supports during installation in order to have more room to manoeuvre. To find out how long the fabric for the new blind should be, you must determine the order height.
To do this, measure the height of the niche from the ceiling to the window sill. The result is the order height for your roller blind. If you want to install a roller blind inside the window recess, there is another very important factor besides the order width and the order height. To open your roller blind, you roll it in on the shaft. However, this does not disappear inside the wall.
In order to be able to open your window after the installation of your new roller blind, you must have at least 10 cm of space between the window and the roller blind!
With window mounting, you mount your roller blind directly on or against the window frame. In order to find the optimal roller blind for your window, you must also determine an order width and an order height. The order width depends on the width of your window pane. You measure how wide your window pane is.
Decide how much your roller blind should overlap the window on the right and left. In order for the roller blind to cover your window completely, it should have an overhang of between 0.5 - 1 cm on the right and left. Add this overhang to the width you have calculated so far. Note that you should also be able to move the window handle without any problems!
Otherwise the fabric of your blind will hit your window handle every time you want to lower it. Just as with the other types of installation, you must also remember when installing directly on the window that the supports are already included in the manufacturer's specified order width!
The fabric of your roller blind is narrower than the order width.
You can also determine the order height for your roller blind using your window pane. You have to measure the window from the top edge to the bottom edge. This way you know how long the fabric of your new roller blind can be.
Another important note for you: if you want to attach the roller blind directly to your window and your window is inside a window recess, you must not disregard the depth of the roller blind supports. You may not be able to open your window fully and the roller blind supports may hit the wall at the side.
How much does a roller blind cost?
A more burglar-proof exterior roller blind with a new roller shutter box and electric motor is considerably more expensive. You will pay 300-500€ including installation. You should always keep in mind where and for how long you want to use your roller blind. For a room in a shared flat during your studies, it may not necessarily be the retrofitted external roller blind with an electric motor. That might be a little more suitable for building a house.
What alternatives are there?
Here, too, we have compiled a clear table with possible alternatives to the roller blind. In the category "Combinable" we have checked whether you can combine your roller blind with the alternative for an optimal result.
|Pleated blind||fabric laid in folds, therefore often also called pleated or Roman blind, creates a homely ambience: looks like curtains, can also darken due to honeycomb arrangement||suitable for skylights: can be fitted both tensioned and freely suspended||Yep: only if it is an external roller blind, otherwise with curtains|
|Venetian blind||Device made of movable crossbars: rotatable slats, enables adjustable lighting and ventilation of the room, can be fitted indoors and outdoors, usually made of wood, aluminium or plastic||requires additional turning bar to tilt the slats, operated with pull cord or chain, slats are stacked when pulled up||YES: only if it is an outdoor roller blind, otherwise with curtains|
|Curtains||tightly woven fabric panels for privacy and light protection, are hung on curtain rod or rail, bracket must be drilled into wall or ceiling, may drag across floor||are pulled in front of the window from the sides, light can still enter through a remaining slit||Yes, with roller blinds, pleated blinds + Venetian blinds|
|Curtains||lightly woven fabric panels for window decoration, are hung on a curtain rod or rail, bracket must be drilled into the wall or ceiling, make it difficult to see in from the outside||are pulled in front of the window from the sides,more of a design feature: once draped, curtains are often no longer moved||Yes, with roller blinds, pleated blinds + Venetian blinds|
|Window shutters||rotating flaps, attached to the side of the window from the outside, consist of solid materials such as wood, oldest protection: first interior rooms from the weather, then window glass and blackout||window must be opened to close shutters, possible slit between shutters lets light through||Yes, with roller blinds, pleated blinds + Venetian blinds|
Decision: What types of roller blinds are there and which is the right one for you?
Basically, all roller blinds work in the same way: the material is either wound or unwound on a shaft, depending on whether you want to open or close your roller blind. It doesn't matter whether you place your roller blind inside or outside the window. There are roller blinds that are installed inside a room in front of the windows, so-called interior roller blinds.
And there are roller blinds that are placed in front of the window from the outside, so-called external roller blinds. The operation makes a crucial difference between the different types of roller blinds. You can choose between the following four types of operation for your new roller blind:
The term side pull operation already implies how the roller blind is operated. A cord or chain is attached to the side of the shaft, i.e. to the right or left edge. If you pull the cord, you move the shaft and pull your roller blind either up or down. This is why this type of operation is also called a chain roller blind.
The side pull operation is the most common operation of a roller blind. You can adjust your roller blind steplessly with the side-pull control and thus always ensure perfect privacy. Even with larger roller blinds, handling is child's play. This is what makes the side pull operation so popular. Long durability and low maintenance are also among the advantages of side-pull operation. It works with all windows that are not slanted to the floor.
With skylights, the roller blind does not stay in front of the window due to gravity and thus loses its effect. Roller blinds that cover the window from the outside are all equipped with this operation. The webbing for such roller blinds is not circumferential, but is wound up and unwound on a spool.
Exterior roller blinds can be easily retrofitted or modernised. If this webbing of the external roller blinds tears, the effort for the replacement is great: for the installation of a new webbing you have to open the roller blind box and the spool. With interior roller blinds, the entire roller blind must first be removed from the holder before the cord can be replaced.
The term centre-pull operation also implies handling. A small handle or cord is attached to the centre of the roller blind. You pull the roller blind downwards and tension a spring that is located in the shaft of your roller blind. This spring is centrifugally controlled and has a stop mechanism. The stop mechanism reacts to the speed of rotation of the shaft.
If you pull the blind down, the speed of rotation is faster and the spring is released. So that the spring engages and the blind "stops" at the desired height, you simply gently stop pulling it down. This also slows down the speed of rotation of the shaft and the spring engages. With a jerky downward movement, you release the stop mechanism again and you can wind up your blind again. This type of operation is suitable for light roller blinds that are installed inside a room in front of the window. A wooden roller blind, for example, is too heavy for the stop mechanism.
For skylights, this operation does not work optimally: the handle would hang unreachably high in everyday life and gravity pulls the roller blind away from the window. It can no longer cover the window. The stop mechanism has led to roller blinds with centre operation also often being called spring or snap roller blinds.
Many roller blinds simply "snap" upwards when you release the stop mechanism. You need a little practice and patience for this operation. This is especially important if you are looking for a roller blind for a child's room. The little ones can be frightened by the roller blind snapping upwards. Even when they grow up, they cannot operate the blind themselves because the handle hangs too far up.
For this type of operation, an electric motor is attached to the shaft of your roller blind. This turns the shaft and adjusts your roller blind to the desired height. The electric motor is more expensive to buy and you are always dependent on electricity. However, you no longer have to adjust your blind manually. Many electric motors have a built-in timer.
This allows you to determine at what time your blinds should open in the morning and close in the evening. In the most modern variants for a smart home, you can even control your roller blind with electric motor via an app on your mobile phone. You should always make sure that your programme is up to date. With the digital control of your roller blind, there is a risk of being hacked.
This is not only convenient, but also has some advantages in terms of security. To burglars, it looks like you are at home when your blinds open every morning and close every evening. Even when you are not at home. A roller blind with electric operation is also advisable for roller blinds that are difficult to access, for example at great heights. In this context, the radio motor can also be mentioned. This works in the same way as an electric motor and is operated either by remote control or by wall transmitter.
A roller blind with latching operation also has a spring in the shaft of the blind. Unlike a roller blind with centre-pull operation, this is kept permanently under tension and has no stop mechanism.
For the snap-in operation, a weighting rod is inserted into the lower, "loose" end of the roller blind fabric. You snap this weighting rod into holders that are mounted on the right and left of the window frame. In addition, the rod ensures that your roller blind cannot wrinkle or move. Make sure that the rod does not slip or fall out!
To open the roller blind again, a jerky downward movement is sufficient, just as with the centre pull operation. You should place a few of these brackets at the very bottom of your window frame so that you can close your roller blind completely. To be able to adjust the roller blind in steps, you need several of these brackets.
Attach them at different heights in the window frame so that you can adjust your blind in stages. Roof windows flood a room with a lot of daylight, but are difficult to darken because of the sloping roof. That is why roller blinds with a snap-in operation are particularly suitable for these windows. The roller blind fabric remains in front of the window even in the sloping roof thanks to the engaged weighting rod for optimal privacy and light protection.
Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate roller blinds
There are not only different types of roller blinds. You also have to decide how you want your roller blind to look and which combination suits you best. There are various options for this. In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible roller blinds. The criteria you can use to compare the roller blinds include:
In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in the individual criteria.
There are many different materials for roller blinds. The material of your new roller blind depends on where and how you want to install it. Different materials are used for indoor roller blinds than for outdoor roller blinds. An exterior roller blind with a roller shutter box is strongly exposed to the weather conditions.
The roller blind must be able to withstand heat, cold and storms without any problems. It provides additional thermal insulation and burglary protection. The exterior roller blind consists of interconnected but movable roller blind slats. The slats are classically made of wood or rigid PVC.
Polyurethane-foamed aluminium or stainless steel are also suitable materials for outdoor blinds. Steel or aluminium are more commonly used for very large openings, such as a roller door in front of a garage or storage rooms. Interior roller blinds meet other requirements and are made of lighter materials. These include cotton, nylon and polyester.
Fabrics for roller blinds are made from these materials. To prevent them from creasing through use, the fabrics are stiffened by the manufacturers. Bamboo and paper yarn are somewhat more unusual, but quite common materials for interior roller blinds. Interior roller blinds are less exposed to the weather.
On the other hand, they are visible at all times and must match the furnishings. The most important properties of an interior blind include UV resistance and that the blind is flame retardant. Some manufacturers specialise in ecological fabrics and fabrics with sound insulation for roller blinds.
Besides the material, the coating of a roller blind is important for your purchase decision. There are special coatings that make the fabric of the roller blind particularly durable and robust. The coating also improves the indoor climate.
If you want to use the roller blind in the bathroom, it should be treated with a water-repellent coating. An insulating coating from the outside is recommended for roller blinds that are used in the bedroom. The coating makes the roller blind opaque and thus ensures a more restful sleep. A coating is also useful for using your roller blind in the living room. The Perlex coating allows the fabric of your roller blind to reflect on the back. Incident sunlight is directly deflected and the room is protected from heat build-up in summer.
This Perlex coating is particularly recommended for skylights and rooms in the attic. Such rooms are particularly susceptible to extreme sunlight. Similar to the frying pan, there is also a Teflon coating for roller blinds. This has a dirt-repellent effect on your roller blind and thus reduces the amount of maintenance required.
With regard to light transmission, there are three variants that are relevant for your purchase decision. You should always consider in which room you want to use your roller blind and what purpose it should fulfil.
|Transparent||lets a lot of light into the room, during the day: good view of the outside when closed, only contours in the room visible from the outside, no privacy protection at all in the evening: good view into the room from the outside, poorer view out through the blind|
|Semi-transparent||allows partial light into the room, great light effects for a beautiful room atmosphere due to filtered sunlight, contours can be seen from the outside inwards both during the day and in the evening, outlines can be seen from the inside outwards|
|Darkening||screens out all incidence of light during the day and at night, darkens the room effectively, view neither from the inside outwards nor the other way round not possible at any time|
What you should also consider with regard to the light transmission of your roller blind is its size. If your blind is too narrow or too short for your window, its light transmission becomes irrelevant. Either way, you can see in and out of the room in both directions because the window is not completely covered.
If the blind is taller than your window, you won't have this problem. You can only see as much as the permeability allows. However, a blind that is too large will make it more difficult to ventilate the room if you can only open the window with difficulty or not completely.
So make sure you measure your window carefully and find a blind that fits as well as possible!
Design & colour
You should take the design of a blind and its colour into account when deciding what to buy. After all, the most beautiful roller blind is no good if it doesn't match your interior design style and taste. In order to find the perfect roller blind for you, you need to consider the question of design. Roller blinds come in a wide variety of colours and patterns.
Single-coloured roller blinds, for example, are more inconspicuous and blend in more easily with the overall appearance of a room. A roller blind with a pattern, on the other hand, is more eye-catching and catches the eye more quickly. The same applies to the choice of fabric. Simple and unobtrusive shades such as white, grey or black are very unobtrusive in the interior. They blend in more easily.
If you want to change your furnishings or complement them with new decoration, you don't have to go by the colour of your roller blinds. This saves money and the environment. Strong colours like sunny yellow or blood red, on the other hand, are real eye-catchers. With a colourful roller blind, you can quickly and easily set great accents in the room and immediately change the room atmosphere.
Facts worth knowing about roller blinds
Why do I have to push the blind up on the plane when landing?
There is a good reason why you have to push up the blind on the plane when landing: your own safety! Flying is considered one of the safest ways to travel. Nevertheless, take-off and landing are still dangerous situations.
If there is an emergency, you must be able to react quickly. You can only do this if you can see something. Outside the aircraft, the lighting conditions are often different. To get used to these different lighting conditions, you must open your blinds as soon as you start your approach.
With the blinds already open, you will not be blinded by a sudden difference in light. In an emergency, this saves valuable seconds that could be the difference between life and death.
Especially in such a frightening emergency situation on board an aircraft, it is important to remain calm and leave the means of transport in an orderly manner. If the passengers were additionally blinded by the changed light conditions and could not see anything, panic and chaos would break out.
How do I install my new roller blind?
There are basically four different ways to install your new roller blind in front of your window. Explicit installation instructions specifically for your new roller blind are usually included in the delivery. Which basic installation option is suitable for you depends on the conditions in your home. We have already listed three installation options in the guide.
You can mount your roller blind on the wall in front of the window. With this option, you hang the roller blind in front of the window recess. Make sure that the roller blind is large enough to completely cover your window. Alternatively, you can also hang your roller blind on the ceiling. This means that you do not hang it in front of the window recess, but on the ceiling in the window recess.
With this option, it is important to make sure that the roller blind is not larger than the niche and that the shaft of the roller blind does not block your window. Otherwise you may not be able to open your window. You can also install a roller blind directly in the window, i.e. on the glass or the window frame itself.
Such roller blinds are often clamped into the frame. However, there are also variants where the roller blind holder has to be bored into the frame. In this case, it is important to note whether your window frame is made of plastic or wood.
An external roller blind always depends on a roller blind box for the shaft. This must either be installed in the wall of the window recess or retrofitted from the outside. For this type of installation, you should rely on a professional to avoid unnecessary damage to your house.
How do I clean my roller blind?
It is not as difficult as you might think to clean a roller blind. An outdoor roller blind, for example, can be easily washed with a light soap and water solution, just lower it first. For interior roller blinds, you will often find special care instructions on the blind itself or in a leaflet that comes with it.
Basically, you can always vacuum or brush it to remove coarse dirt and dust. When doing so, be sure to check for loose objects such as crossbars. If your blind is washable, it is best to hang it up directly after washing without wringing it out. This way it dries on the spot. Otherwise, avoid direct contact of your blind with water.
You risk ruining the material if the blind is not washable. If the blind is very dirty, only a professional can help. This can be an interior decorator, for example. The appropriate department of a department store can also help you with tips for cleaning your roller blind.
Can I retrofit/convert my roller blind?
Yes, you can. You can retrofit an interior roller blind yourself at any time with the appropriate installation. Once you have found a suitable roller blind for you, you can usually install it yourself using the installation instructions. An exterior roller blind or an electric motor for the exterior roller blind are much more complicated and demanding.
You should only do this yourself if you are very skilled and already know what to look out for. Otherwise, you should call in the services of a professional. This also applies to Smart Home panels, which you can use to digitally control your roller blind. You can modernise your blinds at a later date, but you should always pay attention to the security of your Smart Home system when installing it.
Such systems are particularly susceptible to malware and must be regularly checked and updated. In case something breaks, you can find many spare parts in the Baumakrt. If, for example, the roller blind tape breaks, the replacement is not as expensive as the installation of the spare part. In this case, it can make sense to modernise your blind when installing the new roller blind tape and, for example, install an additional electric motor.
Can I make and design a roller blind myself?
Yes, you can! There are many different instructions online on how you can make and design all kinds of roller blinds yourself. This video by Dots Design shows you how easy it is to sew your own roller blind. You don't need many tools and the individual steps are explained logically "
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