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CR.org has asked us to take down all information regarding their ratings that we have complied for consumers. If you have any questions regarding any windows, simply email us and we will give you a very candid assess.

Have a question for our site editors, Dane and Tim? Email them and let them answer your specific project questions. Make sure to include your email address so they can get back to you directly (we never use or sell your email, we promise.)

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Limitations Of CR

While CR provide a valuable resource for many consumers who are looking for unbiased information on home windows, they do have some limitations. 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 CR 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.


Consumer Reports And Simonton Windows

Thank you for getting back to me Dane. I think Nate is trying to use your PDF file as more like a consumer reports evaluation. I know Consumer Reports ranked Simonton very high as well as Andersen, both of which are available to Nate locally. In fact there's a Simonton distributor in his town it's Ryan Building Supply. They only sell to contractors however.

I'm surprised Paradigm windows aren't listed in your document should I look them up on your website?

Roy - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Roy, Consumer Reports does rank Simonton and Andersen quite well. You have to understand though that CR can only rank windows that are available to consumers, which is not a lot. The majority of good vinyl windows are not even ranked on their survey. I think CR does a good job with a lot of consumer products, but I wouldn't put much stock in their replacement windows rankings. Just my opinion.

There are a number of window manufacturers that aren't included on the pdf. Paradigm makes a decent vinyl window, on par with some of the better Simonton windows. Definitely take a look at the reviews on the page to see what consumers and others think of their windows.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


American Craftsman & Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports gave American Craftsman the highest rating, so I looked at them when I needed new windows. The problem with CR is that they only pick cheap windows to test. Everything that they look at has to be something that anyone in the country can walk in to a store and buy. That already eliminates the really good windows. Just looking at the full size floor models at Home Depot, they were obviously junk. With the sashes locked, there was still way too much movement without even trying hard. I won't even go into how cheap they look.

Chace - Homeowner - from 2008







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