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Best Buy has been a trusted name in consumer electronics for almost 40 years, and while it’s still one of the best retailers to buy a premium smartphone or gaming console, the long-established brand aims to break new ground in the burgeoning industry accessible and health-oriented products.
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As Reviewed has expanded its own accessibility coverage over the past year, we’ve been heartened to see that brands big and small have made a commitment to promoting accessibility, diversity and inclusion when designing and promoting products. Best Buy is no exception. Did you know that you can buy walkers, wheelchairs or even hearing aids at Best Buy? To be honest, we weren’t aware of that at first. We emphasize all the more that such a prominent company shares our passion for accessibility and service for people with disabilities.
While the pairing might sound strange at first, here’s what to expect when you shop for accessible products at Best Buy.
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What accessible products can you find at Best Buy?
Best Buy sells a wide range of accessible products, regardless of age or condition. If you need hearing aids or amplifiers, we recommend checking out Williams Sound’s Pocketalker line, which offers two tiers of products for $157 and $226, respectively. At a fraction of the cost of commercial hearing aids, these devices can amplify the sound around you by up to 50 decibels. If you want something more discreet, these $400 Nuheara IQbuds 2 MAX hearing-specific earbuds can do the trick.
Then of course there is also a wide range of aids for people with restricted mobility. The above rollators and wheelchairs serve as suitable replacement or secondary options for insurance-level products, particularly those offered by Medline, which include a wide range of mobility aids, dressers, and bath chairs. Carex is another brand trusted by shoppers with a strong focus on shower aids that has a large presence in Best Buy’s catalogue.
Of course, not to be outdone by bespoke medical companies, Best Buy remains one of the best retailers to shop for the latest accessible technology if you are interested in the latest products like Apple or Google. Android Talkback and VoiceOver on iOS are both popular with members of the blind and partially sighted community, making purchases like an iPhone 13 or Pixel 6 a smart choice for everyone. Voice commands in products like the Apple Watch Series 7 and Amazon Echo can serve as lifelines for those who know tactile buttons aren’t an option.
The surprising reality is that Best Buy’s accessible and health-focused offering is a bit overwhelming. With these important basics, there is still a wide range of vitality monitors, scales and massagers that can be purchased at any time. If your local healthcare retailer is low on stock given supply chain constraints, there’s a good chance Best Buy has what you’re looking for.
Can I use my HSA, FSA, or HRA to purchase Best Buy accessible products?
Many of the products listed above are clearly marked as HSA, FSA or HRA enabled on their product pages. If you have put some money into one of these funds through your healthcare provider, a large portion of the medical supplies can be reimbursed with those savings. Best Buy doesn’t accept the relevant cards as a direct payment option, but customers can save their receipt and send it to employers, potentially taking advantage of the protocol.
How are shipping and returns rated?
A large portion of the accessible products on Best Buy’s website qualify for free shipping, but smaller items may incur a shipping fee of approximately $5.99 in addition to the list price. Luckily, since Best Buy still has more than 1,000 physical stores in the US and Canada, there are also free in-store pickup options for those who want to avoid that extra fee. Simply visit the official store locator page and enter your zip code to find the Best Buy nearest you. Typically, the nearest store is also clearly listed as a possible shipping option during purchase. If you choose this route, it may take a day or two longer for the products to arrive at your store, but you will save some money in the long run.
As for returns, Best Buy offers a 15-day return policy for most products and a 14-day return policy for activatable devices such as cell phones. If you’re a Totaltech rewards member ($199 per year), this window extends to 60 days and includes free two-day shipping on all products. If you are unhappy with a purchase, you can drop it off at a nearby Best Buy store or use a prepaid shipping label.
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