Pella Windows Reviews

Pella windows reviews, warranty, prices and efficiency ratings.

Pella windows are some of the most well known windows in the country.  Most folks only know the names of a few window manufacturers and Pella is typically one of them.  Does that mean that Pella windows are any better than any other windows.  No, it really doesn’t, but it doesn’t mean they’re any worse either.

We recently wrote a post about Pella window complaints that you might also find interesting.

As you read through our Pella windows reviews keep in mind that a large company like Pella makes many options.  They make cheap windows and they make nice windows.  Sometimes we meet folks who had cheap Pella new construction vinyl windows in their home when it was built and they’re sure that all Pella windows are junk.  Then we’ll meet people who had high quality Pella windows for 30 years and they’ll think Pella is the greatest company out there.  In reality, both of them are wrong.

Pella doesn’t produce the best or the worst replacement windows available today, but they do have some interesting options.  As you might expect they produce vinyl, wood and fiberglass options.

The Pella windows that we’ll be reviewing are:

Pella wood windows reviews:

  • Architect Series
  • Designer Series
  • Pella Pro Line

Pella fiberglass windows reviews:

  • Pella Impervia

Pella vinyl windows reviews:

  • Pella 350 Series- My favorite Pella option, now discontinued.
  • Pella 250 Series
  • Encompass by Pella

ThermaStar by Pella from Lowes

If you take one thing away from these Pella window reviews we hope it’s the fact that no company out there is either always great or always horrible.  Just like every other company Pella makes options and the local company selling and installing the windows will have a very large impact on your overall experience.

It is the local installation company, not Pella, who sets the sale price, performs the installation, and provides follow up service.  We hear about local installation companies all over the country who try very hard to trade on the Pella windows name.  They try to charge a premium for the lower end windows because consumers know the name.  Don’t be one of the people who fall for those tricks.

You’re off to a good start by going your research here.  You can find more detailed window reviews on just about every manufacturer in the country here.

What if I have more questions about Pella windows?

We can help!  Find our Pella windows FAQ page here.  If you don’t see the answer to your question post a comment and we’ll answer your question for everyone to see.

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307 responses to “Pella Windows Reviews”

  1. Barry PATASCHER Avatar

    Just got off the phone with Alside directly and they confirm black inside is available. It’s a special request process. With that said. Do you have a preference in Alside Mezzo in vinyl vs Pella Impervia Fiberglass? Just looking for a decent mid grade, budget friendly window

    1. thewindowdog Avatar

      Interesting, I’ll look into that, always like learning something new.

      I tend to suggest vinyl over fiberglass in a lot of cases. In this case the price difference is a little closer than I would have expected. I think you’d probably get a fine result either way. Window World is often not my first recommendation as they’re historically the low priced option which can sometimes come with drawbacks. I think you’d probably be happy with either option.

      What did they show you was the upcharge for the black interior and exterior on the Alside windows? I’ll see what I can find out about that option.

    2. thewindowdog Avatar

      I just talked with the folks at Alside and they tell me that there is no option for black interior on Mezzo windows on the east coast. Sounds like there may be a way to do it on the west coast product line, but that wouldn’t be available in North Carolina. Who did you call? And did they ask your location? I wonder if they could have been referencing the west coast line.

  2. Barry PATASCHER Avatar

    That’s really odd. I specifically told them I was in North Carolina. (would not be the first time a person answering the phone got it wrong) Looks like Window World also installs MI windows, which purchased sunrise back a few years ago. He stated MI was offering some discounts and might save me a few bucks. I looked on line and the MI Sunrise series V4500 does Black inside and out. Your thoughts on that line?

    1. thewindowdog Avatar

      That’s probably what it was, the front line person answering the phone isn’t necessarily the ultimate product expert. I’m not a huge fan of most of the Mi window line, but the Sunrise windows are perfectly decent. You might compare the air infiltration ratings for the Sunrise vs the Pella Impervia. Then of course you’d need to confirm the Window World person was actually referencing that model which might be tricky.

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