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Read 11 American Craftsman windows reviews to discover how consumers and contractors view their window series compared to other manufacturers.

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American Craftsman 50 Windows Reviews

The American Craftsman 50 Series comes in either a white or a beige interior and exterior. Consumers can choose from these same color options for the hardware, which is only available in a plastic. The window comes in three different glass options, their standard low-e, the low E3, and the upgraded low-e LS. American Craftsman 50 windows come in a beveled frame, and use a lower end weatherstripping, indicator lock and insect screen.

The American Craftsman 50 window is available as a double hung, single hung, glider, awning, hopper, or as a casement. In terms of the American Craftsman windows warranty, the comes with the limited lifetime warranty and that covers the vinyl, hardware and insulated glass units from any manufacturing defects for the life of the homeowner. There are a number of limitations and exclusions so consumer should always read the fine print in order to find out what is not covered in the warranty provisions.

Tim - Site Editor


American Craftsman 50 vs PGT Windows

I have a Florida Block and Stucco home built in 1980. The old single pane aluminum windows needs to go. Looking for a neutral party comparison of the windows i have been quoted so far. The PGT 5400 and Anderson same in about the same price, is one better than the other? The Anderson is an American Craftsman line, i believe 50 or 70 series . Both are single hung. The Simonton Vantage Point 6500 came in a lot more expensive but i also a double hung. My main two focus are efficiency and resale value increase. Are the Simonton windows worth the extra money? About $3500 more. If not PGT or Anderson? The Anderson was a lower level quote but the same people that quoted the Simonton. In my gut I am liking the PGT, i thought the presentation was better and more thorough. However, I do not like the fact they used the ' model home' discount, but they are still the cheapest quote. What are your thoughts on all 3 products?

Dan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

I love this email because it's so easy! The PGT is the hands down winner, I like the quality of the windows, the welds, the price point. American Craftsman are junk, they just happen to be owned by Andersen Windows. The Simonton Vantage Point is an okay window, but not better than the PGT at all. Make sure the installer of the PGT is doing thorough work, I always suggest asking him to take you through the process to give you a better idea how its going to work. Most quality installer will have a nice thorough answer for you, as opposed to "we pull out the old windows and stick in the new ones." Assuming good installation, I think you have a clear cut winner.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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American Craftsman 70 Windows Reviews

The American Craftsman 70 window is the upgraded model from the 50 Series, although in truth there isn't all that much difference between these two windows. Unlike the 50 series, the American Craftsman 70 window comes in a brick mould frame, and has upgraded weatherstripping, indicator lock, and locking insect screen. As well, the 70 comes in a tilt in on their hung windows, which allows for easier cleaning.

The American Craftsman 70 window is available as a double hung, single hung, picture, awning, casement, and in several specialty options. In terms of warranty, the 70 comes with the same limited lifetime warranty that covers the vinyl, hardware and insulated glass units from any manufacturing defects for the life of the homeowner. There same limitations and exclusions apply as with the 50 series.

Tim - Site Editor


American Craftsman Series 70 vs. Slocomb Series 177

Dane & Tim, I live in Ambler, PA and need to replace 10 windows, (5) window are DH 31” x 45” with (3) casements at the same size, and one large opening at 126” (2) casements and one fixed panel in the middle. Windows are all vinyl, Low-e + Argon, and insect screens. My buget is around $5,000. I would like a good quality replacement window but so many choices, please help. I need to order the windows asap.

Below are the quotes I received.

Slocomb Series 177 for $4,100.
Reliabilt by Atrium $3,200.
Jeld-Wen $3,700. (Note, the 126” is a Casement Anderson 100 series)
American Craftsman Series 70 $3,400. (Note, the 126” is a Casement Anderson 100 series)

Phillip - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Phillip, the American Craftsman Series 70 is a poorly made window, I would throw out that bid. The Reliabilt by Atrium is a bit better, but basically also a poorly made window. Jeld Wen makes an okay window, but nothing great.

I think the Slocomb Series 177 is the best window of the bunch. I would say that's a nice mid range vinyl window.

Have you checked to see if Sunrise Windows has a dealer in your area?

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Phillip's Reply]

Dane, Thanks for getting back to me, I appreciate your feedback. Would the Reliabilt 3900 series be closer option to the Slocomb 177? I have been reading about getting the foam option within the frames (when available) as a good insulator. I contacted a Sunrise window dealer and I’m getting a price from them too.

Phillip - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Phillip, I believe Reliabilt's best option like the 3900 would be close to the Slocomb 177. I don't know a ton about Slocomb's windows to be honest, but that is my understanding.

The foam insulation upgrade is well worth the money as far as I'm concerned.

Simonton is a good manufacturer and I would recommend their top end Reflections model or their Impressions model. They are better than any you have bids for so far. Sunrise is a step above Simonton and one of the best in the business.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Andersen 70 Series vs ProVia Endure

Thanks for the info. I'm thinking I'm going to go the new construction route and have narrowed down between Anderson 70 series and ProVia Endure. The prices were very similar. Is one of these a better window?

Gerald - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Gerald, the Andersen 70 Series is an American Craftsman window and generally not considered a very good product. The ProVia Endure is generally considered a very good vinyl window. The air infiltration numbers of the Endure casement and awning are excellent! This would be a no brainer for me -- the ProVia by a mile. Good luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


American Craftsman 70 vs Ventura Windows

I have quotes for window replacement but am worried about quality. Between American Craftsman 70 Pro and Ventura Windows, which do you think is better? I've included the Ventura brochures in case you need some information on them.

Beth - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Beth, unfortunately, the Ventura brochure didn't include any performance data, which is really what I would need to compare them. I've never heard of them and when I did an online search for "Ventura Windows," nothing came up -- I don't understand how a company can expect to have absolutely nothing online for consumers to look at, but I couldn't find anything.

Having said that, the American Craftsman 70 Pro is a poorly made window. If the Ventura window is similar in price, I would have to assume it is a less than stellar window as well.

It's for a rental house so I understand your reticence to spend a lot of money. The AC is at least a known brand — ask the contractor which window he would choose if it were his house. If he doesn't have an opinion, then go with the AC.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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American Craftsman 5900 Windows Reviews


American Craftsman 5900 Series

A carpenter installed American Craftsman 5900 Hopper basement windows in 2007. The inside pane broke and I need to replace it. Please give me specific instructions on how to remove just the frame with glass so I can get it repaired or can I get a new frame with the glass?

Ellen - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ellen, my recommendation is to search yelp or craigslist for a local glass repair service. Call up a few and see if they can give you a quote over the phone based on a couple of pics you take with your phone and the dimensions of the glass. Or, often times, they will swing by and give you an in person price quote for the work.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017






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American Craftsman 8500 Windows Reviews


American Craftsman 8500 vs Atrium Windows

I don't really like the Jeld-Wen or the American Craftsman 8500. They just aren't that high in quality. If you want a Home Depot AC window, you can try the 9500, it's a little better than the 8500. If Atrium is available they are pretty decent. The Atrium 3000 line is decent and has a Lifetime warranty plus a glass breakage warranty. Simonton is good, too, but they can be expensive.

Tucker - Builder - from 2009






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General American Craftsman Windows Reviews


American Craftsman Windows Complaints

American Craftsman windows are total garbage, and I wouldn't trust anyone who says different. They use the cheapest materials that they can and engineer for minimum standards. The only reason to use this junk is for a rental property or if you're flipping a house. I heard that Consumer Reports said good things about them, but they don't know anything. I've never seen anything high quality reviewed by them, they just go to the hardware store and look at the bargain options there. The Simonton 6500 is a decent window. It's way better than the Craftsman, but Home Depot always has lousy installers so I would hire your own installer. For similar prices, you can get something that's better made and looks nicer like a Gorell or Sunrise.

Frank - Contractror NJ - from 2012


American Craftsman Design Issues

American Craftsman is owned by Anderson windows. They're the lowest quality window that you can get. If you're looking for cheap, they might sound good, but they're not high quality, made for the homeowner who's looking for a deal and doesn't really care about the quality. A lousy design aimed at the bare minimum makes them leaky and drafty. The vinyl is cheap and it warps and cracks, which means it will leak air even worse after a few season changes. And even if you don't care about efficiency, it looks cheap and junky.

Randy - Installer - from 2010


American Craftsman Windows Problems

The American Craftsman isn't a good window. It has its place - if you need a temporary window or something for a rental property, it isn't bad. I would get an outside contractor, though, because the big box stores go with the lowest bidders for their installers and you'll end up regretting it. A good installer can't make the window sturdier or better looking, but they can at least minimize the leaks and drafts. The installers sent out by thosee store are usually paid by the window, so they rush through the work and ignore potential problems. You might get lucky and get a decent install, but who wants to gamble?

Bob - Builder - from 2009


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


American Craftsman Windows

I've been dealing with American Craftsman for 15 years now. They are decent if you're looking for a bargain window. They have a good warranty and their customer service is even better. As long as you go with the 8500 series or above, they are a good low-price window. Their lower models aren't great, but they do fine for rental properties or a storage shed.

Jeremy - Installer - from 2005






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