And the votes are in! Here, your favorite stores and best shopping experiences.

By Amanda Armstrong
Updated January 19, 2009
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You don’t always need to brace yourself for a shopping trip. Real Simple surveyed thousands of readers to find out where they had the best shopping experiences in national stores. Below, you’ll find which stores were best in class; then read on for the complete list of stores, brick-and-mortar and online, that readers have fallen in love with.

Shop Right

1. Customer Service
Winner: Nordstrom
Runner-up: Target

2. Facilities
Winner: Nordstrom
Runner-up: Target

3. Phone Assistance
Winner: Nordstrom
Runner-up: Lands’ End

4. Return Policy
Winner: Nordstrom
Runner-up: Target

5. Kid-Friendly
Winner: Ikea
Runner-up: Target

6. Merchandise Selection
Winner: Target
Runner-up: Nordstrom

7. Bang for Your Buck
Winner: Target
Runner-up: Kohl’s

8. Efficient Checkout
Winner: Target
Runner-up: Nordstrom

9. Best Overall
Winner: Target
Runner-up: Nordstrom

Shopping List

Real Simple readers’ favorite stores from A to Z

Real Simple readers’ favorite stores (continued)

Real Simple readers’ favorite stores (continued)

Real Simple readers’ favorite stores (continued)