Replacement Window Reviews

replacement bay and bow window reviews

While we’re getting started around here we’ll be posting in depth window reviews on a wide range of replacement windows.  We’ll be covering a range of manufacturers and we’ll focus on concrete quantitative information rather than more qualitative fluff you’ll find on most sites.

We’ll also provide feedback on marketing and sales strategies used by some of these companies where we think it will be useful information.

best replacement windows of 2015

It will probably take a little time to get to all of the window reviews, but here are the products we’ll be focusing on first in no particular order:

replacement bay and bow window reviews
This is a beautiful bow window with fantastic window ratings

Many of these manufacturers offer several models so we’ll try to get to as many of them as we can.  We hope you’ll find this info to be useful and please do let us know if there are any other models you’d like to see reviewed.

If you think we missed anything or didn’t give a particular product a fair shake just post a comment, be sure to mention the specific window reviews you’re concerned with and we’ll respond asap.

As you’re sorting through all of this it’s also important to remember that selecting great windows is only half the battle.  Finding a reputable installation company is just as important to the overall success of the project.  For some inside info on that front see our post on Angie’s List From a Contractor’s Perspective.

If you’re looking for a window company right now, the best advice we have is to join Angie’s List.  For just a couple bucks you can get a 1-month membership and it’ll be worth much more than a caramel macchiato in the long run.  You can find the best pricing for Angie’s List on the internet right here

If you’re already a member of Angie’s List or if you’re just not going to join (despite my ringing endorsement), you can find our suggestions for the best companies in your area right here.

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228 thoughts on “Replacement Window Reviews”

  1. Good website! I truly love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick! Have a great day!

    1. Have you heard of Don Young Windows? They are a manufacturer of thermally broken aluminum and vinyl replacement windows in Dallas. They primarily serve the Texas market.

  2. Would love to read a review on the Eco Smart windows manufactured by Great Lakes Windows. My wife and I are trying to make a decision between this brand and Soft lite’s Element’s.

    1. We think both companies make fine products, but as with all manufacturers it’s important to make sure you’re clear on exactly what the local dealer is proposing. There are MANY options and you DO NOT need to be an expert to compare them. Just look at the ratings. I’d suggest comparing the NFRC ratings for U-Facotr, SHGC, VT and Air Infiltration. We offer explanations of what these window ratings mean here.

      Once you’re clear on the difference in ratings, then I’d say look for any aesthetic differences that you like or don’t like. Once you’re clear on those, take a look at the cost difference and decide if the one you like best is worth the difference in cost. It may be less expensive or about the same price which makes your decision easy.

      Remember that the one with the absolute best ratings (probably the Elements in this case) might not be worth the price difference. For example, would I suggest paying $1000 more for a 0.02 difference in air infiltration? Absolutely not.

      We see folks get all stuck in the weeds on these decisions all the time. Don’t be that person. Just look at the easily quantifiable differences (the ratings) then look at the less quantifiable differences (the look) then look at the price. Remember, things that contribute to efficiency like foam filled frames or “special” glass options don’t matter one bit if they don’t affect the ratings. If you focus on quantifiable, non-quantifiable and price you’ll be all set. It can be easy if you let it be easy!

    2. Hi there! Did you end up purchasing Ecosmart windows? My husband and I are trying to decide if it’s worth the cost and finding reviews specific to this window is difficult!any feedback would be much appreciated!

      Thanks!

    1. We don’t install Harvey windows, but I used to compete with them back when I worked for a window manufacturer. They’re generally regarded as a pretty solid product and they have a great reputation in New England.

  3. I am about to put my house on the market and need to replace a double window and 3 singles. They are all single hung double pane vinyl. Unfortunately my house was built during the 2002 boom and the windows are pretty substandard. While I don’t want to spend a great deal of money I would like to get a decent product but am a loss as to which line to choose. Can you help me?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Well, you can read through the reviews to get an idea of the options, but you might not care all that much. We work with folks who are selling their house all the time and we find they’re typically most concerned with getting a good price and a hassle-free experience.

      I’d suggest signing up for Angie’s List (you can do a 1 month subscription for only a couple bucks). On the site you can see local companies and in the reviews you’ll see the prices that the customers paid. That should give you a real idea of what companies are charging and how they handle the projects.

      I’d say you could probably find nice options in the $300 per window range including installation and all other costs, but it will depend on what you pick. If you’re interested you can get discounts on Angie’s List here. I can guarantee you that you’ll save more on the project than the cost of the membership and you’ll have a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into.

  4. This is a very helpful site, as wading through the replacement window maze can be disconcerting to say the least. I want a real wood or high grade vinyl laminate to match my interior trim. By any chance do you have an opinion on the following window manufacturers/product lines?
    Provia (Aeris WX-1000 vs. VT800)
    Polaris ( UltraWeld vs. Thermalweld)
    Vinylmax (Sherwood)

  5. This is a great website. We are replacing 14 double hung windows and 2 sliders. We have 3 comparison that are greatly differnt in price. Energy View Windows offering Alside Mezzo energy plus at $12,700, Lane House Construction offering Heritage Ultra 6000 series $9,971 and NuView offering Vinylmax Hallmark at $7,591. We believe they all are 2015 compliance. This industry really makes it hard to compare. any help is appreciated.

    1. We’re glad to hear you’re enjoying the site. Unfortunately I may not be much help with your specific question. It’s been a long time since I’ve been involved in the window business in St Louis. You might check for past complaints on the BBB. One of those companies has a decent number of complaints in the past 3 years. I think Heritage Ultra 6000 is a private label product. If they’ll tell you what the manufacturer and model number is you can get a better idea of what you’re looking at.

      Beyond that, VinylMax doesn’t have the greatest reputation in the world. You might be well served by getting a few more quotes. Maybe check Angie’s List for some recommendations on local companies. This can get you going in the right direction. I know it costs a couple bucks, but you’re talking about a $10k purchase. Spending $20 to have a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into will likely be money well spent.

      Be sure to let us know how it goes.

  6. Hi have you heard of Energex windows by affinity, a deceuninck product? They have an Advantage and Elite model. The sales rep said they come with a lifetime warranty on breakage and labor.

  7. Your website is a great resource.
    We are considering Zen Windows but I don’t see any reviews for them. Do you have any input on their windows/service?

      1. Wow. Fast reply 🙂
        I inquired and they sent me an email with an attachment which looks like a 17 page brochure but I can’t attach that here so these are the highlights:
        They offer 3 types of windows :
        Lotus (a triple pane) ratings:air-0.06 cfm @ 25 mph, R40 /48 mph-8″ rain per hour & DP40
        Nirvana (double pane) air-0.07 cfm @ 25 mph, R45 /51 mph-8″ rain per hour & DP40
        Karma (double pane) air-0.07 @25mph, R35/45 moh-8″ rain & DP 35
        All have a comprehensive transferrable warranty, Low E & argon gas.
        On Groupon they have a “deal” with each window $465 but it doesn’t say which type etc.
        Thanks for any input.

        1. Sounds like a private label brochure. Nothing at all remarkable about those ratings and the R number doesn’t make any sense. I would start by asking them who makes the windows and what the real model names are. Zen Windows is not a manufacturer. It would be a warning sign if they won’t tell you, but from what we’ve seen they tend to have a reputation for being pretty straightforward.

      2. I also received a quote from Zen Windows. Here is a link to the brochure:
        Have you received any more information on the windows they offer?

        1. The posting on Zen windows, thought Id let you know that the
          Zen window dealer in Denver is using Softlite windows for his quotes.

          1. That’s interesting. Last we heard they were using Thermal Industries windows, but that was a while back. Thanks for the feedback!

          2. Hi Brian,

            Jumping in on this now since I just saw the post. I’m the owner of Zen Windows in Central PA and Pittsburgh and yes, we do private label Soft-Lite windows at all of our locations.

            Thanks!

  8. I am looking to replace 5 sliding windows in a few bedrooms. We are ok with vinyl, we are just looking for a good deal on five that are going to be energy efficient, look nice, and durable. I’ve gotten quotes from Pella and Marvin but I’m not thrilled with either (and I hear their vinyl windows are “meh” at best). Any thoughts? I’d say we’d like to keep it at $500-$600 or less installed per window. Help me please! 🙂 I’m in Wisconsin. Brand and line suggestions?

    1. I was more curious about the Preservation Reserve. For the Vista, if the number doesn’t come up it’s not correct. I just checked too and had no luck. Strange.

  9. Does anyone have experience or opinions on Alin windows, specifically their Monte Verde series. The specs and performance data looks good. We trying to decide between the Monte Verde and Alside’s Fairfield 80 series. There is about an $800 differential in Alside’s favor.

  10. Just following up on part of my earlier post above. My brother-in-law does contracting in Richmond, VA (I’m in Raleigh, NC) and he uses Alside Ultramaxx. One way he knows a vinyl window is of higher quality is by its weight. he told me to go to Home Depot and pick up one of their replacement windows–they aren’t very heavy. By contrast, he can barely pick up the Ultramaxx himself, leading him to believe it’s a more substantial product. Any truth to this?

    1. Well, that might tell you something, but it’s a pretty poor indicator or quality. Andersen could take those cheap American Craftsman windows that they sell at Home Depot and dump a handful of lead pellets in the frames. That would make them heavier, but not any better.

      Before you can figure out what product is better you need to define what better means to you.

      With all of that said, Ultramaxx windows really are heavy.

  11. I think for me it’s that the window is structurally sound and remains square so it looks good and the sash operates properly. Moving from wood windows to vinyl means that a material will a high flexural modulus (wood, at about 1-2 million psi) is being replaced with PVC that has a flexural modulus of less than 500,000 psi). Using material that is less stiff means you have to use more material to compensate. This is one reason it sounds like the frame will be thicker. There are inserts used (like fiberglass) in certain parts of the frame for added strength and I think that’s a good thing and the pans of glass can be thicker adding more impact and structural strength. But there’s a limit on how much I want to spend on windows for a $150K townhouse.

    1. That’s a great example. You never need to take anyone’s word for it or try to take a guess. To look at structural integrity look at DP rating. This will tell you how well the product will stand up to high winds. Typically a DP 50 is pretty high and DP 30 or less is a little on the low side. I’m a numbers person and prefer to quantify rather than use a kick the tires type approach.

  12. Just wondering if you have had any experience in dealing with replacement windows made by West Window Corp. from Martinsville, VA? And if so, are they decent windows?
    Thanks for your informative site as I sort through so many options of replacement windows for my home.

    1. There are so many variables for bay windows that an average price would be useless. Somewhere between $2,000-$5,000. Best way to go is to find a few reputable companies (maybe try Angie’s List) and see how they compare.

      Supporting it either way is fine as long as it’s done well. Usually depends on the house. For instance if you have soffit right above the bay it’s easy to support from above. I would let the installation company handle that decision. If you’re getting the vibe that they’re not sure then you should find a different company.

    1. If there was one “best” everyone would pick it and they’d be the dominant company. Those are all fine choices.

  13. I am replacing a 91″ x 57″ bow window with an 8″ seat. I’ve gotten a quote for an Alside Cimatech double pane with low-E and argon gas for 3300. The company is reputable, but is the window any good…and is that a ridiculous price ? I also got a ‘buy it today’ price of 2800…lol

    1. They make a few models and that price range isn’t outright ridiculous, but there are many options with bow windows so it’s hard to say for sure. We don’t like any company that offers buy it today type prices. If you go with them NEVER go back to the $3,300. If they’ll do it today for $2,800, they’ll do it next week too.

      1. This price was for a 4-pane vinyl bow. The 2 center windows are stationary and the 2 ends are casement that swing out when fully opened both sides can be cleaned from the inside.

    1. Honestly we’re not too familiar with them. Sears was the big/main account for a long time and they have a reputation for high prices and pushy sales.

  14. We’re in the process of purchasing windows for our entire home. The sellers presented us options with the following manufacturers:
    1. Simonton
    2. Vytex (Fortis Series)
    3. Champion
    4. Mezzo
    5. Okna
    Which one do you recommend? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    1. There must be more than one company proposing these window options. Its often best to find a great local installation company before you pick a manufacturer. Great windows aren’t great if they’re installed wrong.

  15. Do you know anything about Envirogreen windows and doors based in Duarte, CA? They have about 3 reviews on Angie’s list – all good, but I don’t see them on your list. I’m researching replacing all my windows in a tri-level town home in Los Angeles County.

  16. I have a local installer I really like – he did a great job on our vinyl siding who wants to give me a quote on Midway windows, manufactured in Chicago. We live near Chicago so I guess this is supposed to be a selling point. I can’t find much information about or reviews of Midway products anywhere online, though. What do you know about their products?

  17. I have been offered Simonton Platinum Double Hung windows as replacements for my original construction windows. Is it a good name brand and is the quality above average.

  18. Thank you for some great information on what to look for in replacement windows. We are looking to replace over 30 windows with double hung vinyl, and were about to go with Pella, but I felt really uncomfortable when I read the warrantee. While it was lifetime, it had so many disclaimers and labor fees, that I decided to do more research. I still have no idea of which brand to use, it will take me a while to read through all your reviews, but I did notice that a brand offered at a local window store was not on your list. Have you ever heard of Deceuninck windows? I’m from the northeast and it can get both very hot/humid as well as very cold. We also have very noisy neighbors, and would love less noise.

    1. What can you tell me about American Window and Glass and its products ,,I.e “Silver” ( moderate level vinyl) as opposed to Sunrise windows?

  19. Great information! I’m not in the weeds. I’m lost in the woods past the weeds. We have 27 year old wood Anderson windows that don’t tilt in to clean. I would like to replace all of them with windows that are at least as good as what I already have. I live in western PA. Your reviews on Alside Mezzo windows have made me wonder if they would match what I need. How would they compare with windows sold by Vista? Thank you for any comments you may be able to share! I really appreciate the information you have already posted!

  20. You have Slocomb listed, but no comments yet. Have one estimate for them but hard to find any info/reviews. Have any opinions? I like that they are a slimmer vinyl window and seem to have a decent warranty.

  21. Hello! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the fantastic work!

  22. Any thoughts on Energex windows? A family owned company called Gild-N-Son in Northern NJ installs them. I am considering this. Also, if a company says both Husband & wife must be present, does that mean the windows are bad — or just that they will pressure you into buying? Window World actually did that to me.

    1. Requiring the husband and wife to be present doesn’t say anything at all about the windows. It does tell you that the company is probably not going to treat you like a grown up. Do you want to do business with a company like that?

      1. Thanks for your response. I agree that I don’t want to do business w/them. I’ve moved on. But I noticed your review of Window World was relatively positive, so I was surprised they would do that. I guess it’d be different if you definitely know you are buying from them. Then I guess it doesn’t matter. But I didn’t like that.

        1. Well, different franchises will all operate differently. In our experience they don’t have very tight controls on how each store operates. It’s important to evaluate your local store, not just the national brand.

    2. Energex windows tend to be relatively well regarded, particularly their Elite model. I have to say we’re not experts in these windows as they’re a relatively small manufacturer. If it were my house I would probably work with a more widely distributed brand.

  23. Have you ever rated the windows produced by the Kansas City based Coronet Window Company?
    1823 Jasper Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116
    (816) 472-1788

  24. Hi, after perusing this site, I start to worry about what windows to go with. We have 34 double hungs (in Raleigh) that we are replacing. A very highly rated local installer uses Preservation Reserve vinyl replacement windows. They seem decent but the Alside company reviews worry me. Is this one of Alside’s premium products? The little bit I see on here seem to make it sound like these are ok, but not anything amazing. We were looking at Anderson 400 full frame series, but the more I read, the less I like the idea of wood windows. The quote for the Preservation windows was a bit over 500 each installed. Any thoughts? If Warren reads this, I would be curious what he went with since he was looking at the same windows here in Raleigh.

  25. OK, a follow up question. I have 12 double hung windows to have replaced, varying sizes. I can have the Okna 400 series for $7000. The sunrise for 6500. Or can have the Alside Mezzo for 4500. What do you think?

    1. We’re not familiar with them, but we’d be interested to hear your thoughts. If you have any specific questions we’d be glad to try to help.

  26. need some advise.. I live in Phoenix
    considering replacing 14 windows
    looking at Simonton Daylight Max 7300 as well as Weather Shield visions 2500 Series and Anderson 100
    plan to be in the home forever 🙂 which would be the best choice
    thank you

  27. Hi,

    Do you have any suggestions for vinylkraft windows in Ohio?

    I am looking for vinyl kraft Legacy 9400 series.

    Thank you

  28. Thank you for sharing this information on replacement windows. My sliding glass door recently cracked from who knows what and I need to get it replaced as soon as possible! If anyone even touches the glass, it might completely shatter. I have wanted to get a different kind of door for a while because that sliding glass door never worked very well. I hope to find a manufacterer with many models to choose from like you said. Thanks again.

  29. Thanks for all of the helpful info. It’s not uncommon that my company will send potential customers to your site to find helpful info on different manufacturers of windows. It might be helpful to divide these windows into the regions where they’re offered.

    Thanks again,

    1. Hi Christian, thanks for taking the time to write. It’s funny because I just read an email from a window company in Ohio telling me how horrible we are and that we’re wrong about everything, and on and on. It was a nice change of pace to see your comment.

      Sometimes it feels like we have a million ideas as to content to provide, but very limited time to do it. Your suggestion is a good one. Which manufactures were you thinking of when you wrote it?

  30. Your house is the biggest investment most people will make. Picking out the perfect windows for it is important. There’s a huge selection of brands and types of windows, most people only have the time and/or patience to check out a handful. Thanks for taking the time to put all of these reviews together!

  31. We just got an estimate for 7 Sunrise replacement casement windows and a sliding patio door with blinds between the panes for the door. The estimate was over $20,000, but they will give a discount to bring the cost just under $20,000. We thought this was awfully high for a door and 7 windows. Any thoughts?

    1. Well, there could be more involved than we know, but that does seems pretty high. Probably a good idea to get another quote or two.

      Even if they were $1000 per window that would still be a $13,000 door…

  32. Great site, excellent info! Regarding the cost per window, I’ve read a few time that $300-$600 installed is a fair price, does that apply to some “standard size” window (and, if so, what is that size)? Also, what would be a fair price for 82″ x 53″ good quality sliding window including installation (2-lite or 3-lite, double pane, argon, lowE)? Thanks in advance!

  33. Do you have any thoughts on the 3-paned windows from Woodbridge Exteriors with Transferrable Lifetime Warranty? Their demo is convincing that 3-paned is better than 2-paned. Is it worth the cost?

    I have a quote for (7) Double Hung Windows (most are 36″ x 60″; two are 50″ x 50″; the smallest is 30″ x 50″) for a total of $6000. Cost per window is $857. Is this a good value?

    1. Well, how did they explain why triple pane is better than double pane? For example our company charges $99 to upgrade from double pane windows to triple pane windows. Did they tell you what brand the windows are?

      1. According to them, triple-paned does a better job of keeping out the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter. They told me they manufacture their own windows.

        I spoke to another windows dealer this morning; they offered a better price for triple-paned windows from NT Windows (which included an Angie’s List discount I wouldn’t have gotten without your recommendation – thanks for that). They said NT Windows is the same company that produces the windows for Woodbridge; said it was a little known secret. So, I’m not sure who to believe.

        Do you have any insight?

        1. I just looked at their website and it didn’t seem to say that they make their own windows. If you owned a window manufacturer you would probably say that on your site. I would guess they’re private labeling another product. Based on their site it sounds like the other company is telling you the truth.

          If you’d like to be sure you can ask them for the CPD# and I can show you how to look it up.

          Glad you found Angie’s List to be helpful!

  34. what is the better buy? Window world $833. or. Vista windows for $930. One small kitchen over the sink, and one average size in a bedroom. Both seem to be similar in quality

        1. That makes for a good example. When comparing options it’s important to compare the benefits, not the features. For example, what do you care if there is 1″ or 5″ between the panes of glass? It doesn’t matter at all. What you care about is the efficiency. Is one more efficient than another? That’s important and you can see it in the U-Factor so you don’t need to take anyones word for it.

          We see companies do that all the time. They’ll say one window is better because it has foam in the frames. They neglect to mention that the 2 windows have the same efficiency ratings. That foam isn’t doing you any good, but the salesperson won’t stop talking about it.

          In this case the 2 models are relatively similar. If you think the companies will do the same kind of work then I don’t see a reason to pay $100 more for one over another. Good luck and be sure to let us know how it goes!

          1. Ok we signed with Goddard, says it’ll be 3 weeks or less. And he came down $30 on the price. Felt they would do a good job

  35. Have you any information on Joyce Factory Direct window products or installers out of Berea, Ohio.

    There is a JFD outlet in St.Louis and I am trying to find out reviews on them. Please advise.

    Marty Adams

  36. Any comment on Gilkey Windows quality and their installation reputation? double glass vs. three panes-is it worth the price difference?
    Thanks for help. Each 3’x5′ window is coming out at about $1000 each. Talk about a big expense!

  37. Hi there,

    Can you tell me some windows that are comparable to Simonton 5500 series? Just wanting to compare some similar windows.

    Thank you!!!

    J

  38. Help!!
    I am not sure what replacement to use.. We have a turn of the century house near Denver and I am going crazy trying to choose a replacement window. We have conisdered Marvin, Sherwood, Anderson and Pella.

    Our Realtor and Architect friend are suggesting wood windows for this will look nicer and retain the value of the home and not look like we went cheap with vinyl windows… Further, we don’t want to lose too much glass with a fat window and we want good insulation value
    Cost is a factor but retaining the historic feel of the home is important too.

    Any suggestions??
    Thank you!!

    1. I don’t necessarily agree with the suggestion that vinyl windows are cheap or have thick frames. There are many great options, but you’re absolutely right that in some houses wood windows just look really great.

      I think the best way to start is to find a few local companies who do that kind of work and see what they recommend. There are many great options, having a great installer is a key factor.

  39. We just got the neighborhood sales tactic with being the promo home for Apex. They want about $615 per window (17 windows). I did think the window was nice and a definite step up from the Window World window. We put Window World windows in our last home and I was mostly pleased with them (we had them for almost 5 years). I am sticker shocked with the Insignia window…over $10k for 17 windows!!! I am not going to go with Apex (unless they come WAY down on their price). I am just wondering what would be a good average price to pay for a triple pane window the is comparable to the Insignia? From reading the above comments I understand that you think the Insignia is a good product, just not worth ~$600 per window. Is there another window you would recommend? TIA

  40. Have you heard of HR 40 windows . Double pane vinyl window with krypton gas and a heat shield film between the glass panes? Very high pressure sales. Only reviews I can find are about the sales tactics and nothing on the windows themselves

    1. Well that should tell you something! It’s probably a private label product, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of HR40. I know Kensington makes a Heat Mirror product like that in my area. Remember, focus on the ratings. It doesn’t matter how great the story is, if the U-Factor is 0.18 then it’s the same efficiency as another window with a 0.18 U-Factor. The fancy story is designed to distract you from that.

    1. I have narrowed down my search to two reputable installers. One is quoting the Alside Mezzo with ClimaTech Elite glass and the other the Soft lite Pro with Low E glass. The quotes from both installers are essentially the same and the specs seem similar as well. Any thoughts on which is the better option? Thanks.

      1. As you’ve seen they’re pretty similar. One really isn’t much different than the other. Good luck with your project!

  41. Hi, I am looking to replace windows, I have received quotes for a Energy One Venetian windows, does anyone what these windows really are and what I should expect to pay (roughly) in the Round Rock Texas area? I have been quoted $800 per window for being a model house.

  42. Hello, we are looking at replacing 24 Windows in our home in PA. Do you recommend Harvey or BF Rich?
    Can you also tell me which window style is the best?
    Thank you

    1. I’ve heard good things about Harvey, but I’m not familiar with BF Rich. We generally recommend vinyl windows.

      As far as window style, do you mean double hung or casement etc? The most common style, by far, is a double hung window. Easy to clean, very versatile and looks great.

      If you need anything else, let us know!

      1. Hi Andrew
        Thank you!
        We were looking at door hung, vinyl.
        Do you know anything about the quality of ‘Classic’.?
        Thank you
        Janene

        1. You’re most welcome Janene.

          We hadn’t heard of “Classic” so I looked them up. I see they’ve been in business since the early 1990’s which is decent that they’ve weathered a couple economic downturns.

          We tend to steer people to manufacturers that have been around even longer. Reason being: if a manufacturer goes out of business changes are any warranty issues you may have will be difficult to rectify.

          If you’re looking for vinyl double hung windows, you may want to look at some of the comments on these two pages:

          https://thewindowdog.com/replacement-window-reviews/alside-windows-reviews/

          https://thewindowdog.com/replacement-window-reviews/soft-lite-windows-reviews/

  43. Window Dog,

    Have you heard anything about american window and glass out of Evansville Indiana?

    I am getting a bid on their Ultra Teton windows, double hung and or casement.

    Any opinions would be welcome.

  44. We are just starting the process of meeting with contractors and I am learning as I go. Saw Polaris today and it seemed to be a better quality level Than the Ultra Teton. We saw Therma Weld and Ultra Weld today. My wife seems to think that the Ultra Teton had better screens / easier to remove.

  45. HI, thank you for the site. Also, happy boating this summer! Now down to business…..i have read and understand your position that there is no secret answer to which window is the best, and that make sense to me. Here is my question for you….i am looking to replace a 60″ white vinyl sliding patio door, I am looking for a middle of the road door. I am not looking to break the bank, but i dont mind spending a little money to get a good door i will be happy with. I keep looking and looking and cant find anything to help me decide which manufacture/product line would best suit me. I will be installing the door myself. My grandpa did a lot of window work when i was younger, about 20 years ago, and he loved a company called Anpaul(i think that is the spelling), they were a small company in Washington Missouri and they are gone. My dad has installed several Silverline doors and he said he liked them. So anyway, i am interested in a recommendation from you for a new vinyl patio door. Thank you for your time!

  46. Do you have any suggestions for a replacement window or sah pack with simulated divided lites? I see that Marvin has something like this, but your review seemed so-so. I am replacing vinyl windows with grilles between the glass and want something that is more authentic looking. I don’t care if it is vinyl, fiberglass or wood construction as long as it is a quality window–hopefully for a reasonable price (which seemed to be one of the issues with your review of Marvin). In the past, I have taken out the entire window unit, but the house I have now doesn’t warrant that level of remodeling work (in other words, it’s in good shape). Thanks much.

    1. In general I’m not a huge fan of sash packs from any manufacturer. We install them sometimes in historic projects and I’m often not thrilled with the results. Many vinyl windows offer SDLs so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding some good options. They do add to the price so your goals of a great window with SDLs and a great price may be in conflict. Just get a couple quotes and you’ll have a better idea of the options in your area.

  47. First, thanks for the great site! I was curious if anyone has had any experience with Ideal windows? We’ve had a few contractors come out to give us quotes on vinyl replacement windows, and the one we like best (and has awesome reviews on angie’s list) is recommending Ideal Majestic. The quote seems reasonable, and the window sample looks fine, but lack of reviews online has us a little worried.

    Any thoughts or experiences would be greatly appreciated!

  48. Hello,
    Have you ever heard of Heartland windows? If so, what’s your opinion of them? Good? Bad? So-so? I’m considering their Ultra Series.

    1. The last time I played with them was a long time ago, but they weren’t too remarkable then. What did you like or not like about them?

      1. I don’t know much about them yet other than they were recommended by a contractor who provided us an estimate. The warranty and price are appealing, but I’m not sure about the quality. He didn’t have a model/sample on-hand, so I’m worried they might be junky. I can’t find much online about them (reviews).

  49. This is not a comment but a question:
    Can you tell me about the Alside revelation vinyl windows and the acceptable price to pay for it? I was approached by Lei Home Enhancements in the Raleigh-Durham area and signed a contract on Friday 04/08. I still am not sure about my decision and have until tomorrow to cancel the contract. Please tell me about the quality, pricing and reliability of the company as soon as you can. Thank you.

    1. To be fair my company does compete with LEI from time to time. From looking at their website it appears that they’re offering the Alside Ultramaxx under a private label called Revelation. I’ve been told they’re using the same manufacturer’s installation service that we use through this program.

      The pricing will depend on what styles and options you’ve picked. We would typically recommend another model that would get you much tighter air infiltration ratings, but we do offer the Ultramaxx as well. I’d be happy to get you an exact quote if you’d like. I’ll send you an email as it sounds like you’re in a bit of a hurry.

  50. Can you give your opinion on the Okna Insul-Tec SunSeal Glass , the BFRich Chateau with Greenshield option, and the Vytex Potomac-HP Series windows. They all seem fairly similar and comparably priced. Are there any particular advantages or disadvantages to any of them?

    1. Is there a particular reason that you are interested in sun seal type glass? It has a very low solar gain which is typically most suitable for hot sunny regions. The Okna and Vytex are both good products, I’m not very familiar with the BF rich. Compare U values and air leakage ratings to get a good read on quality.

  51. I’m building a new custom home in the charlotte nc area and wanted your suggestions on a mid grade and a higher end single hung vinyl window. Most will be 6′ tall. A few of them will be arched on top. We rarely even open our windows so that factor isnt important. We are wanting a dark bronze and heard that could be problematic with seals blowing etc. any suggestions are greatly appreciated. since we are custom, our options are wide open. We plan on being there at least 15 years.

  52. I’m looking to replace 18 single pane double hung Windows in my house. I want to get the best window at a good price. I’ve read hundreds of reviews and had numerous companies come out and tell me why their windows are best. But I’m still lost, just looking for some guidance. I would settle for a window in the middle of the pack.

    Thanks,
    Korey

    1. There are many find middle of the pack type windows. I’d suggest finding a company that seems trustworthy, has a good reputation and reasonable prices and go with what they recommend. If they seem too pushy or if they’re giving you half price if you buy today then look for someone else.

      1. The only company I was impressed with was a local installer, that offered only Alside products but I’ve read a lot of negative things about them. I was just looking for a brand you would suggest..

  53. I am between two window models the Softlite Imerial and Crystal 200 series. Softlite is clearly a prime product but my quote is literally double. I am having a hard time finding the ratings on the Crystal vinyl double hung windows, as they are not published. They only state they meet the maximum requirement for example air infiltration of 0.3 cfm.

    Have you done any reviews on Crystal Double Hung Vinyl 200 Series windows?

  54. I put some value information on this site to really HELP homeowners, and see that it was erased. Was curious as to why?? Is this site filtered so that people only see what the site owner wants them to see?

    1. We get over 1000 spam comments per day so there is a pretty aggressive spam filter. We also remove comments that are factually inaccurate, repetitive, or not helpful to the readers. You can read the editorial policy at the bottom of every page. What helpful info did you share?

  55. Hi! do you have any feedback on Anlin monte verde windows. They appear to be a quality products and considerably better priced than simonton. We saw and tested the products, and liked Anlin, but the lack of reviews has me worried. Thanks for any help!

  56. What parent company makes a window called “Santana 500”? I have a quote from a local window/siding business selling these windows, but have not been able to fine any more information on these custom built windows (made for this company they say) anywhere online besides their webpage/facebook. I have seen labels for Alside on some of their materials…but I have found nothing specifically linking Alside to the Santana 500 windows. Is this one of those custom windows under the Alside 8000 series?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. It could be. They make private labels for all of their window lines so no way to know. Just as them what the model number is. It’ll be on the stickers when the windows arrive so there is no point in them lying to you about it. With that I can probably tell you what model it is.

      1. Here is the model #: 3002 2-Lite Slider and 3001 Double Hung

        The 3002 with CPD# ASO-A-90-17384-00001, U-Factor of 0.22 and SHCG of 0.19.

        The 3001 with CPD# ASO-A-89-03740-00001, U-Factor of 0.23 and SHGC of 0.19.

  57. Do you have any advice on the 7200 series double hung and casement windows from Window Mart based in Arkansas? We are replacing large windows – 4 double hung (48″x83″) 4 double hung (35″x83″) and 4 casement (27″x70″). A local installer, we are located in Dallas, quoted us $7000 using Window Mart’s product. Champion quoted $12,100 for the same job. Our heads are swimming from all the info.

  58. Do you have any information on window nation and long fence windows? My contractor offered simonton and from what I read so far I don’t like them. I am curious about window nation though.

  59. Great website, thanks for the info provided. The fact that we need a site like this tells be there are too many options to chose from and many are polished turds with great sales pitches

    Why does buy anything have to be such an ordeal? I’m in the market to replace 7 double hung windows, plus a picture window flanked by 2 double hung windows. I will do the work myself, I have done replacement windows in my downstairs before. I got the cheap windows from HD and have to say they have been in for 10 years and no issues. But, I want better quality upstairs where I spend most of my time and put air conditioners in the windows. I want something more sturdy.

    Read about OKNA, sounds like a good product, on here the small company issue has been brought up. It’s valid, something to consider. Also considering Soft-lite and sunrise. Again read on here that some of their (sunrise) sales tactics are questionable. Don’t want to support a business like that.

    I don’t want Anderson 400 since they are wood. I specifically want vinyl. So they are out. I didn’t like the 200 series or the A-series. Looked at Marvin at a local showroom. The guy didn’t know much, so I didn’t get much information about the products. Harvey has a showroom down the rood from me, but haven’t heard great things about them.

    I would like a clear cut list of “all around good” window companies that are readily available in the Northeast that I can look into detail.

    1. The challenge you’ll have is in finding a nicer window that you can buy to install yourself. Many brands only sell through dealers who will likely not want to sell you the product without installation. I you’re in an area we serve I could help you through this program.

      1. Thanks. I found a dealer that will sell me the Okna windows. Seemed like a decent place. They are coming this week to measure and give final pricing. But from what I saw, the pricing was reasonable. We will see!

        1. Got a price quote for 10 Okan 500 windows $3000 delivered. Includes one picture window. I’d say that is reasonable. I’m wondering if I should be going with the 500 triple pane super deluxe or the basic? The quote is for basic. Need to get a price difference…Any concerns with going deluxe for a few windows (bedroom where it is usually colder than the rest of the house) but double pane for the others?

          1. I don’t think it’s a problem to mix glass styles. In may cases that can be the best way to get the most efficiency.

  60. We would like some feedback on Precision Siding and Construction windows, which are triple paned. We are in the Dallas, Texas area.

  61. Do you all know of a good quality vinyl window with enclosed blinds? I am working on a house with around 80 windows which were Pella wood windows with aluminum cladding and they are rotting out from the inside.
    I am looking for a vinyl window with a wood looking interior with blinds inside the glass. The old pellas were nice in the sense the blinds were not inside the double pane, but were inside a non-sealed pane of glass clipped inside the frame.
    Thanks!

    1. I’m not a huge fan of windows with blinds in them. It sounds like a neat feature, but be sure to read the warranty closely. If they fail you could be in for a big repair bill.

  62. Hi,

    I am looking to purchase about 17 windows and a sliding glass door in the central new jersey area. We recieved a quote from home depot for the siminton 6100 series for about $9000. We also with renewal by anderson which was $30,000. I am looking for. Good quality window without having to pay $30k. I see some people are skeptical of the home depot installers and warranty. What do you reccomend?

  63. Know anything about Heartland windows out of Iowa? We are in the Kansas City area and one of the contractors we had come bid the work recommended them.

    1. I don’t know much about them. I know of Heartland Siding, but I don’t think they’re the same company. Perhaps someone else will chime in.

      1. Well for what it’s worth a double hung with two panes of glass three coats of low-e/argon gas has a u factor of .27, shgc of .20, and a VT of .47.

        1. There are MANY options. Those ratings are one option. You can find double pane double hung windows with a wide variety of ratings for a wide variety of applications.

  64. My installer will replace vinyl windows that have 2.5″ thick frames with OKNA’s that are 3.25″ thick. When these seat up against the interior sill and trim, they will protrude beyond the exterior siding by 3/4″. He will build up around the exterior using 1×3 strips and cap all around with flashing. Will I loose efficiency? Is this an accepted approach? Should I consider cutting back the interior sill and trim so that the new window is flush with the exterior siding?

    1. Typically it’s not a great practice to make the windows stick out of the house. You’re leaving the door open for a leak one day. All replacement windows are 3.25″ thick. Typically they’ll come into the house about an inch farther than the old aluminum windows would have. That’s the common way to do it.

  65. We live in Southern Colorado. We are trying to decide between Milgard Tuscany and the Ply Gem 9000. We could really use your advice. This is a big investment and there are so many choices. Our biggest concerns are the heat getting in from beating on the glass all day. It is the problem we are having now.

    1. Unfortunately those are 2 window models that I’m not too familiar with. I’ve been in touch with Ply Gem recently and we may be adding more content from them soon. What did you see as the main differences?

  66. I received a bid from renewal by Anderson. $17,000. For 7 windows installed. I think this is really high am I wrong?? Please advise.
    Thanks,
    John

  67. I live in MEtro Phoenix area. 18 years ago all 8 windows (small house) replaced w/ Aegis vinyl double hungs. Half windows face west, half east. No shade at all on west side. ALL failed within 10 years, worst on the west side… looping sagging seals (Swiggle seals I found out later). Aegis & install company no longer around. What kind of construction should I consider to avoid a repeat failure scenario (easily hit 115 in summer) Thx

    1. Swiggle seals all failed, it wasn’t just yours. They get that sort of Loch Ness Monster look at the bottoms. Newer windows should be much better. You’ll find intercept spacers are common and Super Spacer can be a good option as well. We don’t do any work in Phoenix, but I bet the companies out there will have some recommendations.

      1. Ha-ha…Loch Ness monster look…very accurate description.
        Thanks for the reply….I will ask around for recommendations.
        BTW your website is a great resource…all those reviews are very helpful.

  68. Question.
    Is there a noticeable difference looking from inside to outside with 3E glass versus 2E glass? I think I read that 3E is noticeably darker. One contractor has quoted 3E and the other 2E. The 3E guy says 3E is better for lower transmittance and hardly any visual difference. Your thoughts?

    1. You could tell the difference if they were side by side. Ask them for the VT rates and you’ll get an idea as to how much light gets through.

  69. Hi, I am looking at a few window brands and would appreciate your insight. I am in a condo and only need to replace 5 windows. I’m not looking for top of the line, just the best bang for my buck.

    I’m from the Philadelphia area so what I’ve narrowed down my options to are:
    Viwinco – Edgemont
    Thermal – 3000
    NorthEast Windows USA – DH900 (not on your list anywhere?)
    Northeast Building Products – Trustguard

    Advice?!

    Thank you!!

  70. Do you know anything about the ideal platinum 3000 series? Ratings all look good but I’m not finding many reviews on this particular window as it looks like it’s a newish model.

    1. Hi Lauren. One of my reps recently ran into a customer who had been given some dubious claims from a contractor selling Ideal windows. I don’t know a whole lot about them. I’m typically skeptical of smaller manufacturers and companies that seem to come out of nowhere. I’ll try to track down a little more info.

      What about them did you like and have you made a decision yet?

    2. I’m in the same boat — did you find any info on them? Our contractor is recommending them as well.

  71. Hello We are in the Minneapolis St Paul area. We recently received quotes from Renewal by Andersen and Pella for 7 pretty standard double hung windows Renewal is quoting in the ballpark of 10-11K (including their current discounts) and Pella is quoting in the range of 12-15k (depending on different combos of 350 and Impervia lines). Are these prices in a good range or should we be shopping out there for a better deal?

  72. Thank you for your time and effort here, great info! I was wondering why you’ve not mentioned YKK Windows? I noticed a comment/question about YKK in eastern NC without a reply and you didn’t add them to the long list of “reviews”. Any thoughts on the YKK Window line? Thanks!

    1. Hi Rachel, thans for reaching out. I’m not too familiar with their products and I haven’t gotten to them in terms of reviews so I just don’t have too much info to share. What did you like or not like about them?

  73. I understand! Our builder recommended them (new construction). I think we will take your advice and lean on the sticker info… easy to measure when all things are constant. Thanks, again!!

  74. I recently received a quote for 15 casement windows from Thermo-Twin based out of Oakdale, PA. The sales pitch was classic but ended up at 10,800 installed. This is the product info: Welded casement Vinly Window S700/731 with U value 0.27 SHGC 0.31 VT 0.43 CR 64. Seemed like a decent product but a bit on the expensive side.

    After reading reviewing your site and doing some research I found an Alside casement window with a local contractor who quoted 9,378. I have to say I was not so impressed with the quality of the Alside floor-model vs the model of the Thermo-Twin. Alside seemed cheaper in quality vs Thermo-Twin, but the U value 0.27 SHGC 0.28 VT 0.50 CR 61 makes me want to choose Alside over Thermo-Twin simply based on the numbers (both price and efficiency).

    In the end, I get to choose the window that works best for me, but would be good to get your insight on pricing in the Pittsburgh area (I have submitted a request for quote through Window Universe and hope to receive something by today). I was thinking I would pay no more than 500/window installed. Thanks for your feedback.

  75. A local – and reputable – contractor has suggested Windsor windows. I don’t see them included on your extensive list. Would welcome any/all insights. Thank you!

  76. I’m replacing my vinyl double hung windows. I’m looking at the restorations by sunrise and the premium ply gem windows. What are your thoughts?

  77. Interesting website, I see that you are really trying to help people out when they are shopping around for windows and doors. Thank you for putting this list together. Not sure how you take recommendations, here is one for you. We found this company – All American Windows and Doors – I think they are the type of company that you are trying to add to your website. They have lots of experience and information about a really important home improvement – your windows. Thanks for the help.

  78. Hi! Thanks for all the great info! I’m looking for a comparison between Simonton’s VantagePointe 6100 series, the Pella 250’s, and the Anderson 100’s. I have a quote from Home Depot for $3200 for 5 of the VantagePointes, and from Lowes for $2800 for the Pellas. I had others out, too, who used the more traditional, high-pressure sales to try to get me to buy Anderson 100’s at a much-inflated price (over $1000/window). I’ve also toyed with the idea of finding a local installer (near Doylestown, PA) to put in Anderson 100’s.

    My concern with going with a local installer is that if there are issues, I don’t want Anderson pointing the finger at the installer, and vice-versa, with me stuck in the middle waiting for my windows to be fixed. And I had friends who were burned when Window Wizards when out of business, plus my parents had horrible, locally-made windows, so I’m leery of using a local manufacturer.

    I kind of like the idea that Home Depot will stand behind the Simontons themselves, which gives them a leg up over even Lowes, but I’m also afraid that I could get a better window for the same price.

    OK…enough rambling…any assistance/pointers are appreciated!!

  79. Thanks for the website. It has been very helpful. I am in the Dallas, Texas area and received a quote for Traditions E series single hung vinyl windows from a manufacturer called NT Windows. I am looking for reviews and construction details on this window but could not find any. Are you familiar with these windows and can you provide insight. A contractor quoted an installed price of $12,225 for 17 windows with lifetime warranty. One window is a 3′ radius half round and two others are about 2′ radius half rounds.

  80. We have two quotes for windows in our “THREE SEASON”room. I bold three season because it is freezing in the winter and way, way to hot in the summer. One company recommeded the vinwinco Cambridge double hung high performance glass. The other is the Soft-Lite Pro. Do you have any feed backfor us?

    Thank you!

  81. Hi! We were recently quoted a price for windows from Thermal Shield, a local company in Lexington, Kentucky. They quoted us the Insulator series from Joyce Manufacturing. Do you know anything about these windows? We’ve had quotes from several different companies, and so far they are they stand out to us, but we aren’t experts!

    1. I can’t say I’m familiar with them. It’s hard to keep up with all of the smaller manufacturers. Maybe someone else will chime in.

      What did you like or not like about them?

  82. I’ve been reading your reviews for the last few years while planning for a new home build and can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time and effort you put into your site. THANK YOU!!!

    Recently, I started collecting quotes for windows to be used in my new construction and a brands I was not previously familiar with have come up a few times. They are Intus and REHAU windows. I was able to find quite a few posts about Intus windows on various forums but have not been able to find much at all on REHAU.

    Are you familiar with REHAU and do you plan to do a review of their products in the near future?

    Thanks again for all you work; keep it up!!!

    1. Glad you’ve enjoyed the site. It’s hard enough for me to keep up with the domestic manufacturers let alone international companies. I can’t say I’m very familiar with Rehau windows. What did you like about them?

  83. Looking at replacing 28 Windsor casement windows that are vintage 1984 when the house was built. I have recently gotten two bids.

    Bid 1 is using Simonton 5500 windows with Low E366 gas. The glass is by cardinal glass. The local company has all good reviews on Angie’ list and the price is about $16,500 for the 28 windows. Some are double opening casements but it seems that the industry counts them as 2 windows.

    The other company is Zen Windows. Amazing how many great reviews this company has. Their window is made by Heartland and is a model #810 HWM-M-003 vinyl window.
    They also use Cardinal Glass
    Double glazed Low-E366 Argon gas
    U-factor .30, heat gain .18, Transmittance.41
    Installed price about $12,500

    I do have a 3rd bidder coming out from Beechwood seller which is a Hardie board company. But their window is fiberglass and I don’t know if it will be worth the price upgrade.

    We have lived in the house for almost 30 year and will probably move within the next 5 years.

    1. I’m not a huge fan of the Simonton 5500 series as it’s a very old design with less than stellar ratings. I’m less familiar with the newer options from Heartland, but I know many of the folks at Zen and know that their reputation is typically well earned.

      Feel free to let us know if you have any other questions.

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