I was shopping for cleaning and janitorial supplies online and found a confusing array of websites in a too crowded field. Perform a search on industrial supply wholesale or janitorial supply wholesale and there are tens of thousands of results and a lot of paid ads, it is hard to make a decision with so many choices.
Never fear, I have done the leg work for you. I investigated a score of sites as comparisons to each other and was looking for ease of use, quantity and variety of items (one stop shopping), and pricing. If I cannot find a product easily or if the page takes forever to load then I leave the website frustrated.
Below is a review of a few of the websites ranked from worst to best. I used the following standard, trending industrial / commercial (not consumer, small portion) products as my test list:
- V30 Nemesis Safety Glasses
- Gojo 1 Gallon Pump Orange Citrus Hand Cleaner
5. Wholesale Industrial Supply – Very limited amount of products basically related to plumbing. When I searched for the Gojo 1 Gallon Pump hand cleaner there were no results. It is unbelievable that they don’t carry this hand cleaner. I had the same results with the V30 Safety Glasses, no results. Obviously, I also could not do a price comparison if they don’t carry these standard products.
4. MSC Industrial Supply – Clean, simple design on the home page and a simple, not overwhelming Product list. However, my search for the Gojo 1 Gallon Orange Citrus Hand Cleaner resulted in pages of results and did not take me directly to the product. The same for a search of the V30 Nemesis Safety Glasses, no exact match so the results were pages of items and only a few were even similar. I could not find the items easily to even compare the pricing.
3. http://www.uline.com – Nice design and layout, easy to navigate but… When I searched on the Gojo 1 Gallon Pump they had it and it came up instantly in the search but instead of going to the exact item the search took me to a confusing page with multiple items listed in spreadsheet format. Bah. This made it confusing, tedious, and took more time to order and was not helpful. When I looked up the V30 Nemesis glasses, yes I was sent to the exact item but the prices were more than double the benchmark of $3.33 each. Ouch, expensive.
2. Globalindustrial – List of categories was simply overwhelming. Annoying, gimmicky rotating ad at the top. Did not have the standard V30 Nemesis Safety Glasses which were on my comparison list. Also, when searching for the Gojo 1 Gallon Pump Hand Cleaner they did not seem to have it. The search returned scores of house hold bathroom items and small bottles but not the 1 gallon pump. There were too many items and a lot of barely related and small sized / consumer items. The website is comprehensive, has a lot of products, but perhaps too many and I couldn’t find what I was looking for quickly. I also didn’t like the home page, a few big pictures of a handful of items. Good help, telephone number to call as well as online chat help. The search function produced too many results.
1. http://www.isupplyw.com – Industrial Supply Wholesale (ISW) is the best website out there for wholesale prices on commercial, janitorial and safety supplies. I found the two items that I was looking for instantly which is critical when there are so many products to pick from. The pricing is exactly what you expect, great wholesale prices. My pick for best related website hands down.