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Our Consumer Reports best replacement windows includes the retail cost for each unit, as well as the Consumer Reports rating on each window. We'll explore these reviews and findings and offer some insights and alternatives to Consumer Reports Replacement Windows.

Please note: the 2017 consumer reports windows ratings have not yet been released. We will be sure to list them as soon as they do!


Limitations Of Consumer Reports

While Consumer Reports provide a valuable resource for many consumers who are looking for unbiased information on home windows, they do have some limiations. For one, they only review units available at retail stores - the majority of top replacement windows are sold through distributors or reps and are not available in stores. This means the sampling is incomplete, especially in the vinyl window market, which accounts for over 50% of the entire window replacement market. As an example, our top 10 picks for vinyl windows (both company and model), do not appear anywhere in the Consumer Reports listings - because they are not available directly to the consumer.

The other limitation has to do with cost. The retail cost listed on their site is similar to a sticker price for a car. It does not reflect any add ons or upgrades that homeowners will often opt for such as an upgraded glass package. Nor do it include the cost for installation, which can vary significantly but as a general rule will account for 25% to 35% of the cost of the window itself.

2016 Wood Windows



Andersen 400 Series

Retail Cost: $310
CR Score: 81
Our Score: 90
More On Andersen 400 Series


Pella ProLine 450

Retail Cost: $300
CR Score: 80
Our Score: 75 Pella Proline Double Hung


Weather Shield EnduraShield

Retail Cost: $430
CR Score: 79
Our Score: 70
Weathershield Endurashield


Weather Shield Aspire

Retail Cost: $350
CR Score: 58
Our Score: 40
Weathershield Aspire Windows


Andersen E-Series 3050

Retail Cost: $450
CR Score: 54
Our Score: 71
Andersen E Series Reviews


Kolbe Ultra Series

Retail Cost: $600
CR Score: 54
Our Score: 75
Kolbe Ultra Casement


Marvin Integrity Ultrex Clad 3

Retail Cost: $480
CR Score: 49
Our Score: 70
Marvin Integrity Windows Reviews


Lincoln Fit 1

Retail Cost: $600
CR Score: 48
Our Score: 50
Lincoln Window Review


Andersen A Series 1

Retail Cost: $500
CR Score: 47
Our Score: 68


2016 Vinyl Windows



Simonton Pro-Finish Contractor

Retail Cost: $260
CR Score: 83
Our Score: 65
Simonton ProFinish Contractor


Reliabilt 3900 Series

Retail Cost: $280
CR Score: 82
Our Score: 62
Reliabilt 3900 Series Reviews


American Craftsman 70 Series

Retail Cost: $170
CR Score: 78
Our Score: 58
American Craftsman Reviews


Reliabilt 3201 Series

Retail Cost: $190
CR Score: 73
Our Score: 67
Reliabilt 3200 Series Reviews


Kolbe Latitude

Retail Cost: $450
CR Score: 72
Our Score: 72
Kolbe Latitude Reviews


Simonton Reflections 5300

Retail Cost: $290
CR Score: 68
Our Score: 73


Silver Line 3000 Series

Retail Cost: $200
CR Score: 68
Our Score: 54


Pella 250 Series

Retail Cost: $240
CR Score: 62
Our Score: 50
Pella 250 Window Reviews


Ply Gem Contractor Series 2000

Retail Cost: $200
CR Score: 48
Our Score: 52


2016 Fiberglass Windows



Integrity from MarvinUltrex

Retail Cost: $450
CR Score: 65
Our Score: 75


PellaImpervia

Retail Cost: $390
CR Score: 59
Our Score: 58


2015 Wood Clad Windows



Marvin Ultimate

Retail Cost: $400
Grade From Consumer Reports: 88 out of 100
Our Analysis: The Ultimate is a great window and one of the best wood clad windows on the market. If you can get it for $400 and add $100 for installation, you would be getting a steal. Most contractors will charge a lot more for this Marvin window installed.


Marvin Integrity Wood Interior

Retail Cost: $315
Grade From Consumer Reports: 87 out of 100
Our Analysis: The Integrity is a good selection with a fibrex interior. It is typically listed under as a fiberglass window and considered a good buy. The Marvin Infinity is considered a better looking and functioning fiberglass option, but the Integrity is a very nice option with the wood interior for the price.


Andersen 400 Tilt-Wash

Retail Cost: $350
Grade From Consumer Reports: 85 out of 100
Our Analysis: This Andersen window is generally regarded as the best value within the Andersen brand. It gets high marks from many contractors, although the price listed here seems low - if you can get the 400 series installed for $500 per opening, jump on it!


Pella ProLine

Retail Cost: $215
Grade From Consumer Reports: 82 out of 100
Our Analysis: The ProLine is their entry level wood clad and doesn't get great marks. Pella does make some fantastic windows but it is the Architect and the Designer that are typically mentioned as the Pella windows to buy.


Andersen 200 Tilt-Wash

Retail Cost: $235
Grade From Consumer Reports: 80 out of 100
Our Analysis: The 200 series is more of the builder grade wood window from Andersen and receives much less favorable reviews than the 400 Series from contractors and other industry experts. We think Consumer Reports may have over scored this one.


Pella Designer

Retail Cost: $600
Grade From Consumer Reports:
Grade From Consumer Reports: 79 out of 100
Our Analysis: The Designer is an expensive wood window, but is quite a good looking unit. If you can afford the Pella, then this is a nice wood clad option.


Crestline Select

Retail Cost: $340
Grade From Consumer Reports: 66 out of 100
Our Analysis: Crestline is not one of the bigger names in the wood clad arena. They are known more for their mid range vinyl windows. The score seems pretty accurate in terms of quality of window.


WeatherShield Weather Shield

Retail Cost: $395
Grade From Consumer Reports: 56 out of 100
Our Analysis: Weather Shield generally gets mixed reviews, although their wood windows are what they are known for. They are more of a regional manufacturer and we agree with Consumer Reports that there are better products out there for the money.


JELD-WEN Premium Tradition

Retail Cost: $360
Grade From Consumer Reports: 50 out of 100
Our Analysis: Jeld Wen doesn't do so well in our review pages and consumer reports seems to agree with other contractors. Jeld Wen does get favorable reviews in terms of doors - we will leave it at that.


2015 Vinyl Windows



Reliabilt 5600

Retail Cost: $180
Grade From Consumer Reports: 73 out of 100
Our Analysis: The Reliabilt is actually a rebranded Atrium window and considered an okay window by most installers. In general, most top vinyl window manufacturers don't sell their windows on the retail market so it's not surprising that the top Consumer reports vinyl window is mediocre in our opinion.


Alside UltraMaxx

Retail Cost: $395
Grade From Consumer Reports: 70 out of 100
Our Analysis: The Ultramaxx is Alside's top vinyl offering and given good but not great reviews by contractors. It is expensive here - compare the list price to the others in the vinyl category, almost $150 more than the second most expensive.


American Craftsman 9500

Retail Cost: $220
Grade From Consumer Reports: 69 out of 100
Our Analysis: The 9500 Series is the top vinyl window from American Craftsman. It is one of our recommended products for low budget projects. Contractors recommend two upgrades that you should highly consider if you buy this one.


CertainTeed New Castle XT

Retail Cost: $250
Grade From Consumer Reports: 63 out of 100
Our Analysis: Certainteed doesn't get great reviews and are actually owned by MI windows.


Crestline CrestFit

Retail Cost: $255
Grade From Consumer Reports: 61 out of 100
Our Analysis: The Crestline vinyl frame is not a good quality vinyl window. For this basic price you could get the entry level window from Sunrise, Okna, Milgard or Soft-Lite, which are four quality manfuacturers in the vinyl category.


Pella ThermaStar

Retail Cost: $215
Grade From Consumer Reports: 44 out of 100
Our Analysis: The Thermastar generally gets panned by homeowners and installers alike. If you are going to buy a Pella vinyl window, go with the newer 350 Series - but keep in mind that Pella is not known for their vinyl windows.

2015 Fiberglass Replacement Windows

The window prices below are product only and don't include the cost of installation.


Pella Impervia

Retail Cost: $255
Grade From Consumer Reports: 87 out of 100
Our Analysis: In the fiberglass frame category, consumer Reports has missed the mark. The Impervia usually gets panned for its design and function. Inline makes a good but quite pricey window and the Marvin Infinity is typically the king of the hill when it comes to fiberglass windows.







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