107 Add to Cart Buttons of the Top Online Retailers

Add to Cart buttons – they may be small, but no online retail store can do without them. These little, rectangular, sometimes colorful clickables connect the product to the shopping cart and are an extension of your branding. It’s important to put some thought into what your “Add to Cart” icon looks like in your shopping cart.

We’ve collected over 100 Add to Cart buttons from the top online retailers of 2006 to give you some design inspiration. And we’ve summarized some usability guidelines that you can apply to your own Add to Cart button. Ok, there are actually 111 shopping cart icons, but 107 just looked cooler.

1-800-Contacts1-800-PetMeds1-800-Flowers
AbeBooksAbercrombie FitchAlibris
Amazon.comAmerican EagleApple
ArtAvonBarnes and Noble
BassProBath and Body WorksBed Bath and Beyond
Best BuyBlairBloomingdales
Blue NileBuyCabelas
Cafe PressCDWChadwicks
Circuit CityColdwater CreekComp-U-Plus
CompUSACostcoCrate and Barrel
CrutchfieldCVSdELiAs
DellDisney ShoppingDomestications
Drs Foster and SmithDrugstoreeBags
eCostEddie BauereTronics
FolletFootlockerFTD
FurnitureGAPGateway
Harry and DavidHickory farmsHallmark
Home ClickHome DepotHP
I Buy DigitalJC PenneyJ Crew
JC WhitneyLands EndJ Jill
Lillian VernonLiz ClaiborneLinens n Things
LL BeanLowesMacys
MLBMusicians FriendNew Egg
Nieman MarcusNordstromNorthern Tool
Office DepotOffice MaxOmaha Steaks
Oriental Trading CompanyOverstockPalm
PC ConnectionPC MallPeapod
PetSmartPro FlowersQVC
Radio ShackRalph LaurenREI
Ritz CameraScholasticSAKS
SchwansSearsSephora
Shop NBCSmart BargainsSony Style
Sportsmans GuideStaplesSpiegel
TalbotsTargetThe Sharper Image
Tiger DirectToys R UsUrban Outfitters
Victorias SecretWalmartVistaPrint
WalgreensWilliams SonomaZappos

And now for some stats, because percentages make it cooler.

Button TextButton Graphics
Add to Cart58.0%None48.2%
Add to Bag9.8%Arrows17.9%
Add to Shopping Bag9.8%Cart14.3%
Add to Basket6.3%Shopping Bag7.1%
Add to Shopping Cart4.5%Plus Sign5.4%
Buy2.7%Combo4.5%
Buy Now1.8%Unique1.8%
Add Item(s) to Cart1.8%
Add Item(s) to Bag0.9%
Add to My Bag0.9%
Add to My Brown Bag0.9%
Add to My Shopping Cart0.9%
Order Now0.9%

How the Add To Cart Button Can Reinforce Your Branding

At first the “Add to Cart” button may seem like a minor detail, but it has the potential to create an emotional connection with your brand. Your choice of shape, color, font and button text all affect that connection.

Urban Outfitters’ felt pen lettering echoes the brand’s edgy, street persona (it may however be at the expense of findability as it does nothing to stand out on the screen). Northerntool’s plus sign icon resembles a screwdriver head. Petsmart’s little red doggie ball is fun, playful and instantly recognizable. Bloomingdale’s signature “big brown bag” icon captures its cachet. And Polo’s timeless, deep navy blue button brings harmony between its online and offline identity.

Button text is also of great importance. “Add to Shopping Bag” sounds more appropriate for high end department stores than “Add to Cart,” which is more believable for a WalMart or Target. “Order Now” may work for long time catalog brands now accommodating online orders. In the UK, “Add to Basket” is more prevalent terminology.

Button Design and Usability

Button Text

Web copywriting emphasizes scannabliity — perhaps the golden rule of web copywriting is don’t use 5 words when three will do. How much more should this rule apply to a small button? Nevertheless, we found 15% of the top etailers going long. Harry and David’s “Add To My Shopping Cart” — though personal — is a mouthful.

“Buy Now” may be a stronger call to action than “Add to Cart”, but may subtly suggest the user is finished shopping or is making a commitment to purchase without time to review the order. The beauty of “Add to Cart” is that it is non-committal and assumes the user is still looking around. And if you’re a good e-salesperson, you’re showing suggested products and a “continue shopping” link from view cart page (or you are using an in-line cart with Ajax’y goodness).

Text Formatting

General web usability guidelines recommend sans-serif fonts with high contrast color selection (high-contrast white on black or dark blue rather than low-contrast like Chadwick’s blue-on-blue).

All-caps are generally discouraged in web copywriting. Mixed case is the easiest to read, although all lower case is also easy. We found 45% of “Add to Cart” buttons using all-capitals. Walgreen’s slaps white all-caps text on a light colored, tiny button with a gradient and an icon, forcing some users to squint.

Button Placement

If you offer helpful features on your product pages like wishlists, enlarged photos, color switching, alternate product views, email to friend, size chart, view cart or check out buttons, make sure the “Add to Cart” button is obvious, bright and prominent in comparison. Less important functions can be lighter colored buttons or simple text links.

Stacking Text

Stacking text is not a good idea for links or navigation buttons, and the same goes for “Add to Cart” buttons. Users have come to expect some form of rectangular shape, and when quickly scanning a page, it may take longer to distinguish button from decoration, and even become frustrating. No need to reinvent the wheel, stick to the convention.

What if You Use A Button From a Template?

Even if you don’t use a custom designed “Add to Cart” button for your shopping cart, choose a button that complements your site’s theme (complements does not infer it must be the the exact same color). And make sure you pick one design and stick with it. Ecommerce thrives on trust, and random buttons erodes customer confidence.

What do you think is the best button in the collection? What about elsewhere on the web?

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226 Responses to “107 Add to Cart Buttons of the Top Online Retailers”

  1. Simply great, I dont have any words to appreciate your efforts. really nice collection, thanks again

  2. Lee says:

    So many cute buttons!
    Thank you for sharing this.

  3. I love the add to my brown bag one. It would make me smile everytime i shopped there.

  4. Cynthia says:

    meticulous,careful investigation and very useful. Thank you!
    And TomatoCart chooses “Add to Cart” with various design beyond in this post~

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  7. Dallas says:

    This is a great read, yes add to cart works best often times, order now leads to believe that you are being pulled directly to check out 1 item at a time. Add to cart gives the impression you can buy as much as you want at once.

  8. This is a great post! I love Abe Books and Zappos cart buttons.

  9. Salman says:

    Add to basket seems to be more popular in the UK, anyone know why?

  10. This is an extremely important aspect of ecommerce. Add to cart is the most important call to action button in any ecommerce website and should be given proper attention. I have noticed that top etailers tend to change their add to cart button from time to time, so obviously they are giving it alot of attenion.

  11. Alex says:

    Fantastic information and obviously the add to cart is the most popular button, however I would have thought that the “buy now” button was more popular than it is.

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  22. I’m really surprised that the Buy now button wasn’t a much higher percentage than that. The add to cart button is really high though it’s the way to go if you want to have your guest have an easy way to finish their order.

  23. Timothy says:

    “Add to cart” is definitely the way to go and very true on the button color. Don’t make the potential buyer think is rule number one in usability. Make it obvious what to click and what will happen when they click.

  24. I always prefer red buttons for commercial websites.

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  27. Thanks for compiling this post — the buttons stike me as a little bland, but the analysis shed some light on best practices, which makes for actionable info which may help me up my conversion rates.

    Thanks again.

  28. Great post and I agree with the statement that the add to cat button must be very visible and easy to find. I have however read contradictory reports saying that actually hiding the add to cat button can result in increased conversion…it doesn’t make much sense to me but I was wondering if anyone else may have come across similar reports. I don’t quite remember where I saw the article but I will try to find it and post a link for others to take a look at.

  29. Nice post.Thank you for taking the time to publish this information very useful!

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  32. Buzz says:

    Nice post, interesting statistics… thanks for the article.

  33. This post is old now.. and many of the sites have changed their buttons. I would appreciate if the admin takes more time to update the buttons.

  34. Good work, I hadn’t given that much thought to the presentation of the add to cart button. I had just gone with what fits the site style and make it big enough not to be missed.

    Thaks

  35. Emmanuel says:

    “Add to cart” is definitely the way to go and very true on the button color. Don’t make the potential buyer think is rule number one in usability. Make it obvious what to click and what will happen when they click.

  36. I would appreciate if the admin takes more time to update the buttons.

  37. I had just gone with what fits the site style and make it big enough not to be missed.

  38. I think the best cart buttons are the add to cart buttons. The Buy Now buttons do have a commitment value to them and I have found in the past with our site that when you place Buy Now you tend to get more people leave your site then stay. Probably has something to do with that commitment thing =) Great list of buttons though!

  39. I think this is a great resource for cart buttons..this is cool..thank you

  40. Great collection! It is true though that you must always keep in mind your target audience. In the U.S. “Add to Cart” is a much more recognized phrase than “Add to Basket” and the opposite is true in Europe. I think the key is actually to keep it simple and be obvious with what you want the user to do.

  41. Thanks for buttons and explanation. Very useful, I need to change my Add to Cart button.

  42. Woody says:

    Looks like my buttons need so changing. Great post!

  43. calivita says:

    Excellent collection of Add to Cart buttons. Though I think that the customers tend to leave the site when they see something like “Buy Now” button instead of “Add to Cart”. There is something natural here… .The customer thinks: “I haven’t decided yet to purchase something, and these guys are already after my money…I guess ‘d better be going…”.
    Don’t you do the same? It’s all subconstious.

  44. Roseanna says:

    Thank you for that great selection of buttons and for the stats.

    I wonder do you know if it is possible to create a web page with a margin off to one side, the purpose of which is to remain static and simply show your add to cart button? So that it is always there, no matter how far you scroll down the rest of the page?

    • Hi Roseanna, yes I can see the “floater” call to action being possible, but haven’t seen it in practice for an add to cart (I’ve seen it for subscription requests, though)

  45. Roseanna says:

    Hi Linda,

    Thats great, thank you for taking the time to reply. I was talking to someone earlier who said an absolute referenced div could be used, whatever that happens to be!

    Thanks again,

    Roseanna

  46. Thats great, thank you for taking the time to reply. I was talking to someone earlier who said an absolute referenced div could be used, whatever that happens to be!

  47. fran says:

    So your saying the button that just has the words “add to cart 58.0%” will do that much? Well I’ll try and see if there is a difference on my site.

  48. Bath and Body Works Plus add to my brown bag really catches the eye.. and does a good Branding Job too .. Thanks for sharing these.. Cheers!

  49. Tom says:

    Linda, great post.

    Any chance for an update? I’m sure four years of split-testing have resulted in some major changes to the above buttons.

  50. I wonder what this would look like today?

  51. ganoderma says:

    This is an excellent collection of Add to Cart buttons.
    From my experience (of course extremely small compared to getelastic.com editors) I believe that the customers have the tendecy to leave the ecommerce site when they see something like “Buy Now” button instead of “Add to Cart”.

    From their point of view, you seem like you are after their money even before they made the purchasing decision. You seem to them like a small pickpocket.

  52. Excellent post. I’ve actually just published a blog post about Call-To-Actions and found this post very useful, Im just sending my readers right back here!

  53. Eric says:

    Love the buttons, but love the statistics more! =0)

  54. Linda, great post.

    Any chance for an update? I’m sure four years of split-testing have resulted in some major changes to the above buttons.

  55. Anyone know if one color is more likely to get clicked than another?

    • I depends, green and red really stand out but if your background color theme is green or red…it blends in more. Red can also be a “stop” color and green a “go” color, which may have an impact.

  56. UGG says:

    From my experience (of course extremely small compared to getelastic.com editors) I believe that the customers have the tendecy to leave the ecommerce site when they see something like “Buy Now” button instead of “Add to Cart”.

  57. Fantastic post and it’s definitly worth a comment from me. You might have earned a loyal fan.

  58. outdoor products says:

    Any chance for an update? I’m sure four years of split-testing have resulted in some major changes to the above buttons.

    • We did an update a year later, at this point there haven’t been much “innovation” in call to action design, though Bryan Eisenberg says the best converting buttons are the irregular shaped ones, in his experience testing for clients.

  59. Nice post Linda, this is really helpful for e-commerce site designers. I’m wondering whether there’s actually a powerful/catchy design for this one and some kind of pattern to complement the site’s theme or something like that.

  60. From my experience as online buyer, blinking Add to Cart buttons is more visible thus enables better conversion rate than other type of add cart button. I have found blinking Add to Cart buttons specially useful for online lingerie and sleepwear store.

  61. I would appreciate if the admin takes more time to update the buttons.

  62. 7hobby says:

    I prefer simple button, and we have two buttons on our site, one says “Add To Car”, and another says “Pre-order Now”. Some buttons look beautiful, while they are not for the online shopping sites.

  63. I found the use of the color red by over 15% of stores interesting. Red is usually a stop color in North America, and the last thing an Add to Cart button should do is stop people from clicking.

  64. Alex says:

    Really great idea for a post.

    Love seeing how many used ARROWS as I’ve always found that to be a response booster!

  65. Thanks Linda! Helpful for e-commerce site designers! Good job! :)

  66. I have found that really big buttons help increase conversions.

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