Harvey Windows Reviews

harvey windows reviews

Harvey windows are an extremely popular product in the northeast. I worked in the replacement window business in Boston years ago and I was really surprised by the market dominance of this company that I had never heard of before.  They have showrooms and distribution centers everywhere.  With distribution from Philadelphia to Maine they certainly have New England covered.

Does that make Harvey windows better than any other option you may find in the area?  No, but it sure does make them hard to ignore.

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You’ll see a wide range of options when it comes to Harvey windows.  Here we’ll be reviewing the following vinyl harvey window models:

  • Tribute
  • Classic
  • Slimline
  • Vigilance
  • Acoustic

We’ll also take a loot at the Harvey Majesty Wood Windows.

Generally speaking you’ll see that smaller local or regional manufacturers really don’t have the same resources or capacity as a larger manufacturer.  That isn’t necessarily an issue, but it can be a problem in certain circumstances.

If you’re considering Harvey windows for your replacement window project you may also want to read through our other replacement windows reviews along with our info on common sales tactics and how to avoid them.  Enjoy!

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63 thoughts on “Harvey Windows Reviews”

  1. I’ve been scouring your site for reviews from all window manufacturers, but not so much on the Harvey products. Do you have any insight on their individual product lines?
    Thanks for any info you provide!

    1. I put 44 Harvey replacement windows in my house. Many were custom size. Each one fit perfectly, worked perfectly, and 12 years later no issues. The cost was about 1/2 of Anderson or Pella or Martin.

  2. I notice you have a lot of window models that you say you’ll be reviewing. However, there are no links found that point to actual reviews. For example purposes, Harvey Windows. It is apparent that you know your stuff, please point me to some reviews.

  3. I used the Majesty Double Hung Window for my entire house last summer. They’re an okay window, nothing more, nothing less. If we were going to spend another 20 years in this house we would have spent the extra money and bought Andersen.

  4. We had our entire home Windows replaced with Harvey Windows through our contractor who was replacing our siding. I guess you get what you pay for! The Windows have horrible stains in between the ” sealed” panes. They are defected! It’s been 101/2 years and the warranty is only for 10 so Harvey was not working with us. I am replacing all of them with Anderson Windows! Should have gotten the best from the beginning!

    1. I wasn’t aware that Harvey windows only had a 10 year warranty on the sealed glass units. That is a pretty week warranty when compared with many others. Thanks for posting and I’m sorry to hear about your troubles.

      1. Thank you! Yes Harvey had a 10 yr warranty for all these years up until a year after we bought all of our Windows . The warranty now is 20 years . I have to say, I am surprised Harvey is still in business!

      2. 20 yr. warranty on glass.
        TWENTY YEAR WARRANTY
        Insulating glass is warranted against material obstruction of transparency resulting from film formation or dust collection on the interior surfaces for a period of twenty years.

        1. She said they have a 20 year warranty now, but they had a 10 year warranty back when she bought hers. Are you saying she’s wrong?

    2. Hi patty,
      Totally agree with you. Harvey windows are the worst replacement windows you can find. We recently needed to replace about 10 of them because of the gas stains. Our whole house was replaced with Harvey windows about 10 years ago. I agree they are totally defective! Our contractor is the one dealing with the company directly and anytime he placed the order, they would send out either the wrong size or window. It has been going on for months! I really think this company is inadequate and really regret not going with Anderson. I definitely learned my lesson! I will never recommend Harvey windows to anyone….buyer please be aware!

    3. I agree. Harvey windows are junk! I started getting water between the sealed panes within a few years and Harvey would not replace them. Whatever you do, don’t buy Harvey!

  5. I am considering the Harvey Tribute vinyl replacement windows for my 1950s style house, double hung. I want top energy efficiency and acoustic level. I don’t mind paying for good quality. Is Harvey’s worth it? I have an installer already, who does all kinds of work for me. Thank you.

  6. I am about to replace all windows in my home. I have a couple of quotes for Harvey windows. I’ve had the Harvey wooden Majestic model installed in a different house several years back and was very pleased.
    The question i have is what is what are the main differences between the Classic (or regency) and the Tribute? I have a few quotes and found the price differences to be negligible. My main goal is energy efficiency. Is there a huge difference between the two models?

  7. I had a contractor (a grossly incompetent one) talk me into Harvey Slimline windows for a 20+ window replacement. Biggest mistake I ever made. The windows do not seal out the cold and they are made of cheap material. It’s been just 2 years and I’m already soliciting bids to replace every single one of the Harvey vinyl replacement windows, and I assure you they won’t be Harvey. Sure, their energy rating numbers all sound legit but the windows are just not good quality. The house is damp and cold inside, much worse then the 30 year old windows that were replaced. Harvey as a company will only go so far to help the consumer, instead, they take the bizarre approach of protecting the installer. Never again.

    1. any window installed incorrectly will have problems, sue the contractor. I’ve had Slimlines for 10 years with NO issues.

      1. My installer does not recommend the slim line unless you need a narrower window to allow more light in.
        Still looking at other makes and models. Will share my opinions at a later date.

  8. All my Harvey Windows leak. The sashes are slightly warped causing the pile seal to not seal and air is jetting where the sashes come together at the glide channels. They are leaking worse than my 1984 Rivco’s did. This should be a fun battle between them and my installer

    1. I’m sorry to hear you’re having problems. It’s hard to say whether it’s an installation issue or a manufacturing issue without seeing it. It could be that the frame was measured a little too big and forced into the opening causing it to warp or it could be that the material came warped from the plant. They should be able to figure it out. If it feels like you’re getting the runaround might be easiest to meet both the manufacturer and the installer there at the same time so they can figure it out. Good luck!

      1. Thanks thewindowdog,

        installer actually finally called me back and will come to investigate tomorrow. crossing fingers this get resolved.

      2. They have both spoken. Harvey would do nothing but issue wood and windows. The additional cost of staining the windows was graciously covered by my contractor, who swears he never uses silicone on wood windows. He has been in the business for a long time and is highly respected. Besides, I really believe him!!

  9. I replaced 17 Anderson windows with Harvey windows. My contractor was reliable and thorough. Unfortunately, Harvey Industries was not. Every single window had silicone on the wood interior, which cost me an additional amount from my painter to remove before he could stain and finish the window. My original contractor used no silicone in the installation of these windows. Harvey chose to ignore him and sent me new windows, wood trim, and a new window which I could pay to have replaced. I did not order seconds on windows and paid a good price to replace my Andersen windows. I do not feel I got quality windows for my money and would never use HARVEY again. I recommend you ask many questions about their guarantee before you purchase. It sounds good, but delve deeper. Most window companies will pay to replace DEFECTIVE windows but not Harvey. Quality assurance is a real zero!

  10. Just had 11 windows put in…..very disappointed. All but 4 screens had to be returned….still waiting for them to be sent back to us it’s been almost 2 weeks. Spring latches were broken all on the right side of the screens. Top windows on 6 will not go down. Metal piece is broken on one of the windows. Salesman came to the house to ‘review the issues” once he confirmed our problems, he told us someone would call to set up an appt…a week later we get a call to tells us a “tech” will come out in a week and a half to “evaluate” the issues….ARE you KIDDING….Our original windows were Anderson and have been in the house for 51 years with no issue. Because some of our windows were getting a bit of a draft coming in and of course the recommendation is to “replace the windows”. Our contractor is now on the phone with Harvey to push this along….UGH!!!

  11. Would not recommend Harvey Windows. Purchased their acoustical windows and was guaranteed that they would reduce the street noise level I was experiencing in my two story home. Not only did windows not reduce the noise level, the company went onto deny their claims (through legal counsel no less) and I never recieved a response from a letter sent to its CEO.. Really can’t say one good thing about the experience and sincerely feel that i was taken advantage of.

  12. I’m looking for a review / comparison of the Harvey Slimline versus Classic vinyl double hung windows. Am I missing where it’s located?

    Thanks!

    1. The slim line is not as sturdy due to its narrower frame. My installer doesn’t recommend them. The classic is a well built moderate priced window. It will satisfy most people. The Tribute and the Elite are the best window in the series. They have foamed filled sashes and frames which prevent cold air from transferring through the inner frame and sill of the windows. The classic has no foam in the frame channels at all, thus your frame will transfer some of the cold air.

      As with ANY window company, warranty work is only as good as the installer. He is the one who will go to bat for you. There are a lot on incompetent installers. Make sure they are licensed in your State, registered with BB, and furnish a long list of references. Call some of those references!

      1. What are the air infiltration rates for those models? I heard that they weren’t great, but I don’t have them at my fingertips.

        1. I don’t have the exact numbers but there is a small difference. You can add foam to any Harvey window. Both my brother and installer (30 years experience) have classics in their home. On a cold windy day I could not feel any drafts. For piece of mind, if I buy Harveys, I will pay the difference in price to have the foam added. I am leaning towards Harveys because they have been around for over 30 years. Try and find another company that has made vinyl windows that long. Most come and go in a few years.

          1. The foam won’t affect the air infiltration rate. That’s an important number to know as you’re stuck with them once you order them.

          2. The last figures I have are: air filtration: Slim line.03-.06, Classic .08-.14, and Tribute .25-.17
            I respectfully disagree with your comment about foam will not make any difference. We may be talking about two different things. Simple physics states that when you replace a space between 2 parallel objects with dense closed cell foam it provides a better barrier for the transmission of cold and heat between the frame and/or panels.. It won’t make a difference where the window edge meets the sill.

          3. I’m saying foam in the frames doesn’t have any impact on the air infiltration. It doesn’t. Foam around the window might help to seal it in depending on the situation. Looks like the Slim Line is the best in terms of air infiltration by a pretty wide margin. I’m not sure why anyone would pick the tribute with those numbers. Thanks for providing that info.

      2. I personally ordered and installed Harvey slimline,foam filled frames and foamed warped
        If they are properly measured and shimed, they are a decent window.
        10 years now and still like the day i installed them.
        I install for a living.

      3. The harvey classic is available with a foam filled frame for an upcharge ( 12 bucks I think)
        Its a good window that I recommend to a lot of customers although I would always rather have them go with the tribute if they can afford it
        I’ve had no problems with Harvey windows – we install classics for undet $400 / unit

  13. Truly sub standard in design and materiel…Don’t make the same mistake we did….The 15 year old xxxx brand sealed better then these new windows, Please use your money wisely..

  14. I bought Harvey Tribute windows and had someone with lots of experience install them.

    I live in New England and I can’t even say enough good things about how they have changed my whole life.

    My friend had recommended them and had told me that insulating and putting in the Harvey windows were the best things she had ever done and I am going to echo that sentiment.

    My house used to be cold and drafty, even at 72 degrees it felt cold in my house. This is the first Winter since I bought them, but I have been playing with how low a temperature I can put it at before I feel “cold” and I am down to 55 degrees and there still aren’t drafts and I still am not cold.

    I turn it up to 60 degrees when it is cold enough outside for the sake of the pipes, but the house itself is comfortable. If it weren’t for the pipes, I think I would keep it at 50F all day and night, and would just wear a sweatshirt. (I started with it at 70 and found out that I could wear short sleeves all the way down to 60 degrees. 55 is sweatshirt and electric mattress pad temp in my house now, but it is still never as cold as it was, no matter how low I have gone.)

    The price wasn’t bad for the Harvey Tribute. It was about $7000 for my windows installed. I have a small house, but my friends who have experienced it are looking at replacing some of their windows with Tribute with krypton.

    I suspect if there are problems for some people, it might be installer error, but I have not experienced even one problem and I can’t give the windows enough praise. Windows and insulation have saved me $1000 on my oil bill and my electric bill has been $50 a month, because I am not using all the space heaters this year and my house is also more comfortable humidity-wise. I don’t have Winter skin, where last year, my hands were cracking – this year they are soft and smooth. (I don’t understand the science enough to know if it is because I don’t use nearly enough heat or what, but I usually am using a humidifier and slathering on lotion and watching how hot my showers are, but I haven’t even thought of it this year and it is February already.)

    I felt like the Tribute windows were reasonably priced. I am fairly poor. I have never made over $35,000 a year, so, I am not sure I would have gone with Harvey if I was wealthy, I might have tried out a different brand and looked even for quadruple glass, which was talked about on the Canada site, but I already am so thrilled with the products and I have honeycomb blinds on order, for that last drop of energy assistance, because I am going to spend as little money on oil and electric heat and a/c as possible for the rest of my life.

    1. May I ask, with your Tribute windows, did you get the High Performance Package? I am located north of Boston, and am really on the fence as to whether it is worth the extra $ per window.

  15. I had Harvey windows put in my home and they are great. My home is warmer and brighter. No problems here

  16. I have been installing Harvey windows for almost 20yeats and never got a call back I just wonder who is behind all these bad reviews. Reminds me of the old saying
    Paper will never refuse ink

  17. Getting frustrated info coming soon thought I found a great company but now being wheeled and dealed I’m afraid. More to follow if this doesn’t add up. Reviews on my experience will be posted everywhere lets hope this works out for them and me. Fingers crossed XXX

  18. I think we are going with Classic. Anyone have anything good to say about them they may have them in there home our cost is coming up to about 12,231 for 11 double hung and 1 bow window and 1 picture window here in south shore mass? Is this a reasonable price? Anyone have any idea. Thank you

    1. I have been calling people on my installers list. He’s an Elite dealer. Not someone who does it on the side. HE installs them. No subcontractors. Called 10 people out of more than 100 on his list. Only one had a minor problem which was quickly solved. Two had 20 year old plus windows that still function as expected.

      Also excellent results from calling Renewal By Anderson except for price.

      I now have lists from Realiabuilt, and Anderson sold in stores. Will start calling soon.

      Remember that they are opinions. What one person may call good another may call poor.

      1. Remember, the guy who does the work is not always the best judge of the products. His concerns as an installer are different than your concerns as the homeowner.

  19. From reading the reviews, I feel the Harvey Tribute is a good window. What do you think the installation price should be on a harvey tribute replacement window? I am receiving wide ranges.

    thank you!

    1. Depends what is involved. A typical replacement window is usually around $100 to $150 for a professional installation. The brand of window doesn’t make much difference.

  20. We are looking at getting 26 windows replaced that are approx 30 years old, and are all Harvey wood windows. We had a contractor that is well reviewed locally come and suggest that getting Harvey replacement – Majesty would be the best fit for replacement, but that we could also consider vinyl if we planned to pain all our trim white anyhow (we do – as it is dark pine stain now and we want it all to be white for a more updated look). After seeing all the comments on here about Harvey being so poor – should we be looking at Anderson replacement windows instead? I was told with the # windows we need new construction would not be the way to go. How do we decide?? I don’t want to make a terrible and costly mistake and pay $500+ each for 26 bad windows where the company is tough to deal with! Do we have to use Harvey if that is what we are replacing?

    1. You don’t need to use Harvey windows and I’m not a huge fan of the Andersen vinyl windows. I’d get another quote or two from reputable companies to see what they offer. It’s best to find a great company before you fall in love with a product. Did you pick a winner already?

      1. Nope – no selection yet, as we figured we would now wait until Spring to get them done. I still need to get two more quotes from other companies. Thanks for the advice!

  21. We had our old windows replaced by the Harvey wood interior/ aluminum exterior windows about 15 years back. Since then, 4 windows ( the entire top & bottom ) have developed stains, and we can’t see out of them. Two of those windows have already been replaced. Certain other windows seem to have a serious condensation problem. I wish I could go back to my old windows & storms, and replace the storms with better ones. I would never recommend Harvey. Very disappointed.

    1. Sorry to hear about your trouble. I would expected they’d be able to help you get that fixed. Have you reached out to them?

  22. Just stumbled on this website. Good commentary. We’re looking to replace 22 windows – 1 bow, 1 picture and rest double hung. Deciding between Anderson (100 & 400 series, Harvey (Tribute) & Marvin Ultrex. To stay within our alloted budget, we’re looking at installing a combo. of the above. Can anyone offer constructive advice on choosing between the above listed manufacturers?

  23. Hello,
    Need your expert advise. I am planning to replace my old DH window to some window with high STC rating. The reason is I live by state road and its very noisy. I have been approached by window installer on Harvey because of high STC rating . Not sure if he is trying to market me inspite of asking him about other manufacturers that he deals with like Andersen.
    Can you help suggest me a good quality high STC rating window out there please?
    Thank you

    1. What was the STC rating of the option he was offering? Typically 32 or so is pretty high, but there are some companies that can offer significantly higher options.

  24. Mr. Window Dog – Andersen has never manufactured or sold a vinyl window! It is the only material that they never brought to market because of the multitude of issues with vinyl (plastic) as a building material. The high coefficient of expansion will cause seal failure and loss of energy efficiency in little time. There is no such thing as an “energy efficient” vinyl window.

    1. If you’re in the window business you must know this isn’t true. If you’re not it sounds like you must have met a creative salesperson. Andersen owns SilverLine windows and they make thousands and thousands of vinyl windows. They’re one of the largest vinyl window manufactures in the country despite the way their salespeople tell stories about vinyl windows. Good luck out there.

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