The 8 best places to shop for back-to-school supplies online
School shopping has never been easier.
Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.
Whether classes are virtual or not, back-to-school season is in full swing, meaning it’s time to stock up on all the school supplies students will need to get them through the year. Aside from pencils and paper, that means a backpack that won’t strain their backs, a lunch box that will keep their sandwiches cool, and the latest tech that will make tackling assignments easier.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us might be avoiding shopping in stores, but you can still order all the necessary goods online at select retailers. Below, you’ll find the eight best places to order school supplies online.
Target’s back-to-school section has always made me excited for the upcoming school year. Plus, it has pretty much everything you need on your back-to-school list. You’ll find school essentials on its site as well as top-rated water bottles and our favorite noise-canceling headphones.
To make finding exactly what you need easy, Target’s School List Assist will pull in the shopping list for your specific class, allowing you to hit add to cart and checkout with no fuss. Plus, if you’re heading to college, you can also order dorm and apartment supplies and decor, and pick it up curbside once you reach campus.
Known for its affordable prices, Walmart is a great place to look for budget-friendly school supplies as well as dorm accessories. The website features a robust selection of supplies and breaks it out for college and K-12. Walmart also sells a ton of top-rated tech like noise-canceling headphones and one of our favorite laptops for students, so you can order everything from one place.
Need help figuring out what you need for a specific grade? Walmart allows you to search for your school, and will break down the recommended supplies by grade or by classroom.
Amazon has been your go-to for toilet paper and paper towels, so you might as well add some back-to-school items to your cart. Amazon has a designated section of school supplies based on ratings and number of reviews. It’s possibly the only place you’ll find more than 2,000 reviews on an eraser.
Aside from traditional school essentials, it’s easy to find tech supplies like our favorite noise-canceling headphones and laptops for students as well as a popular planner and top-tested lunch box. Seriously, it’s everything you need in one place.
4. Bed Bath and Beyond
There isn’t a huge selection of school supplies at Bed Bath and Beyond, but you will find a ton of essential dorm items perfect for college students. From shower totes to storage bins, it’s a great place for affordable storage items. Plus, you can find the best water bottle we’ve ever tested and one of our favorite lunch boxes here as well.
Office supplies are akin to school supplies, making Staples a great choice for starting your back-to-school search. You’ll find traditional supplies like a highly-rated composition notebook and Crayola markers for arts and crafts. It’s also a great choice for creating a virtual classroom by being able to add printers, desks, and desk chairs to your cart for home delivery as well.
6. Office Depot
Office Depot has similar offerings to Staples in terms of school supplies. You’ll find everything from printer paper to crayons to a new Dell laptop, which has most of your school needs covered. You can also shop supplies by grade, which makes it easier to navigate the site.
L.L.Bean might now be the first place you think of when you think of school supplies, but they have one essential worth checking out: backpacks. When we tested backpacks, we found that the L. L. Bean Quad Pack was the best one for students because of the room for storage inside and its comfortable straps. Plus, even if you’re not going into the classroom this year, a new backpack can make things feel a little more normal, as it gives students a place to store all their school supplies.
8. Best Buy
When it comes to finding the best tech for school, Best Buy is one of your best choices. You’ll find one of our top-tested laptops and tablets for students as well as our favorite noise-canceling headphones. There’s also a section devoted to back-to-school tech, where you’ll also find popular streaming sticks and gaming systems that students may want for college.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.