OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A new champion of survival gear online stores has been unveiled for 2017, and this time it’s the seven-year-old, Salt Lake City retailer Prepare Wise.
According to product reviewers spread across the nation, Prepare Wise has the best selection, an easy-to-use website and free shipping in the continental United States.
Top Consumer Reviews evaluates more than 20 various data points including quality, product longevity and sales support. For beginner preppers to experienced survivalists to anyone thinking about starting or even improving a survival business, these reviews are worth reading and evaluating.
While Top Consumer Reviews believes trying to find affordable survival gear and emergency preparedness products in most local areas can be a frustrating experience, its reviewers appreciate the online companies that provide a wide selection of survival products to save you time and money.
Here’s what Top Consumer Reviews considers the most important aspects of an online store’s offerings:
- Selection. Does the company offer a wide selection of survival gear and emergency preparedness products? Or will you have to shop various companies to find everything you need?
- Shipping. Survival gear can be heavy. What does the survival company charge for shipping, and how does that compare to other providers?
- Return policy. Does the survival gear company enable you to return products if you aren’t satisfied? If so, does that involve a restocking fee?
So without further adieu, the top survival online stores are:
Prepare Wise – 5 Stars
PrepareWise is passionate about helping individuals and families get the survival gear they need, “cheaply and wisely.” Their primary product is the Legacy Premium brand of food storage, which has won several awards for the best-tasting long-term food in the industry. PrepareWise is so confident in the Legacy Premium product that they also offer a guaranteed low price on the entire line of food storage items. Even on non-food products, their prices were very competitive with other retailers.
Another way that PrepareWise saves you money is by offering free shipping on all orders within the continental United States. This is the most generous policy among all of the survival gear businesses we reviewed. And, on the right-hand side of the page, we saw a changing set of images that promised a free gift with orders over $400, $1,000, and $2,500.
We were very impressed with PrepareWise’s “A+” rating as an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau, along with a perfect five-star average rating out of more than 2,000 customer reviews. Customers rave about the excellent customer service, high-quality products, and the ease with which they were able to find and purchase the survival gear they needed.
Click here to read the entire review.
The Ready Store (2012, 2014, & 2016 Winner) – 4.5 Stars
The Ready Store is an excellent place to go for all of your survival gear and emergency needs. They specialize in emergency food supplies and emergency preparedness supplies. With a large selection and fair prices, this is a great website to get you or your family prepared for any emergency.
The Ready Store has a wide variety of products ranging from situation-specific survival kits, to bulk food stores, to water filtration systems. Of all the websites we reviewed, The Ready Store has the best overall selection of all product types.
With the easy to navigate product tabs, you can quickly find emergency food supplies by many different categories including type, brand, and quantity. You can search through survival kits to find 72-hr kits, hygiene kits, or emergency auto kits. You can also navigate the emergency preparedness section by emergency type, emergency need (water, shelter, medical, and so on) and emergency situation (flood, hurricane, financial crisis, and more).
Click here to read the entire review.
Are You Prepared – 4 Stars
Are You Prepared, a division of The 7 Store Emergency Preparedness Center, is a good website to find emergency preparedness supplies online. This company offers a good selection of both emergency supplies and food supplies. The selection ranges from emergency radios to a variety of survival kits and a wide variety of foods and food storage.
The Are You Prepared website has a comparable return policy and shipping costs to other sites reviewed. Returned products that are damaged or defective will get a full refund. Other products returned within 30 days are eligible for a full refund less shipping and handling costs. The shipping cost for orders under $100 is $7.95 and for orders over $100 is free.
The website has a user friendly format. Each different product group has a tab on the left side of the website. These tabs allow the user to easily navigate between the product groups (food storage, survival kits, emergency power, etc,). Also, by clicking a tab you can easily navigate between the products within each group.
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1 800 Prepare – 3 Stars
1 800 Prepare is a website that specializes in emergency preparedness products. This site has a very good selection of these products: including multiple types of survival kits, individual preparedness items, and C.E.R.T. products.
The 1 800 Prepare website has a user friendly layout and appearance. Across the top of the site there are general use links like “For Your Home” and “For Your Car.” Along the left side are the more specific links such as: “School Survival Kits,” “Shelter,” and “Warmth and Fire Safety.” Clicking any of the specific links on the left takes you to a page showing all products within that category.
The return policy is pretty standard minus a steep restocking fee. As far as we can tell there is not free shipping offers at 1 800 Prepare. Click here to read the entire review.
Survival Food – 3 Stars
The Survival Food website specializes in selling food and food supplies. The Bozeman, Mont., company carries items such as emergency food buckets (long term survival food solutions) along with rations and survival bars. It sells emergency and survival food items for many different situations and has a good variety of these products at reasonable prices.
The website for Survival Food has a professional appearance and set up. That along with the customer friendly product tabs on the top and left side of the home page makes this site easy to use. With these tabs you are able to search between different product types or even brand names.
Shipping and return policies at Survival Food are sub-par when compared to other sites. Click here to read the entire review.
Nitro-Pak – 2.5 Stars
Nitro-Pak is a website that specializes in emergency foods and long term food storage products. It also carries a selection of survival kits and emergency supplies. It has a good selection of different food products including dehydrated and freeze dried foods, MRE’s, and bulk food supplies from 3 days to 1 year.
This site does offer a great return policy. No restocking fees! Any product can be returned within 30 days for a full purchase price refund. The shipping policy is decent also. Anything purchase over $100.00 is shipped for free.
Despite the positives at Nitro Pak we were quickly less impressed with other aspects of the company. Click here to read the entire review.
Quake Kare – 2 Stars
Interestingly, Quake Kare was purchased by The Light House for the Blind Industries in 2014, but that hasn’t changed the focus of this emergency preparedness website. Quake Kare sells survival and camping products, and a limited selection of emergency food products. This site also has some good emergency information and the latest disaster news.
Although the selection is not as thorough as other sites reviewed, there are many useful emergency products sold on Quake Kare. Many different types of survival kits (home, office, school kits)and emergency kits (pandemic flu kits and hygiene kits) can be found by clicking the navigation links on the left side of the screen. Also, in the Emergency Supplies section, sanitation supplies and emergency food can be found among other things.
The website for Quake Kare is not as easily navigated as other sites and some information is difficult to find. Click here to read the entire review.