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Read 46 Andersen windows reviews on their most popular models, including the 100, 200, 400, A Series and E Series window options.

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Editor's Andersen Window Review

Andersen is perhaps the most recognizable name in the window business. Their name appears everywhere and the company is always quick to stamp their name on all of their replacement window companies they own (we'll mention them all in this review). The company makes several very good windows. It is interesting to compare Andersen vs Pella windows because Pella makes all their windows under their own name, while Andersen simply purchased their way into markets such as replacement vinyl. Neither approach is better or worse, but consumers should be aware of the different approaches.

Andersen Vinyl Windows

Andersen windows doesn't make vinyl windows per se. They do own American Craftsman and Silverline though, both of which make vinyl replacement windows that are sold in the big box stores. Unfortunately, the quality of these companies is not all that great - the Silverline 9500 window is not bad and even makes our best cheap replacement window list. It is interesting that a company like Andersen doesn't buy up a well regarded vinyl window company, as opposed to these economy focused companies, but there is an argument to be made here that says this would be direct competition to their wood clad business. In general, Andersen isn't know for their vinyl replacement windows.

Andersen Composite Windows

Andersen makes the 100 series, a composite window that is quite nice looking and also perhaps a bit pricey for what you are getting. The 100 series is a very nice looking window, they offer some great colors and finishes that make it one of the better looking windows out there. The performance number are going to be okay, not as good as the best composite window out there, which is probably the Okna Starmark 900. The company also owns Renewal By Andersen windows, which is a franchise that uses a similar fibrex material in the mainframe and sash. The Renewals tend to be very expensive.

Andersen Wood Windows

Andersen is bet known for their wood clad windows. Their 200 Series is their builder grade and is certainly not a bad wood window. We would always recommend consumers try to stretch into the 400 Series, even if it means saving money on hardware or other other add ons in order to keep the per replacement window cost to a minimum. It is their 400 Series window that really shines, particularly the Woodwright model (there is a review below on this model). The A Series or Architectural Series is a very pricey window that is pretty amazing looking, but it is simply out of the price range on most consumers. The E-Series is actually Eagle Windows, now owned by Andersen, and this is a nice wood window as well - if you like or need interesting exterior color options definitely take a look at the E-Series.

Andersen Windows Warranty

Andersen offers more or less industry standard warranties on their windows. Their vinyl windows from American Craftsman and Silverline are going to be limited lifetime warranties that probably will have lots of exclusions and limitations because these windows are lower end and therefore not necessarily built to last. Their wood windows, however, specifically their 200 and 400 series windows come with a 10 year warranty on the frame, sill and components. It also comes with a 20 year warranty on the glass. Andersen has a specific warranty for each product so make sure to take a look at the warranty that applies to your specific window or door series prior to your purchase.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Andersen 100 Windows Reviews

The Andersen 100 Series uses a fibrex composite frame, made from a mix of extruded PVC and wood. Designed to compete with high end vinyl windows, the 100 Model is a high quality composite that is available in tons of exterior and interior colors and finishes, making it one of the most versatile windows on the market in terms of its overall look. This is perhaps its biggest selling point for many consumers.

The Andersen 100 window was released in the Southwest region back in 2010 and was gradually introduced in other areas of the country after it proved popular during its test run. In terms of performance, the window is decent but not great. On a design note, the upper sash is a little bit narrower than the bottom. The window is generally considered a good, solid product; however, some contractors think it is somewhat overpriced for the "just okay" performance numbers.

Dane - Site Editor

Andersen 100 Series vs. Sunrise Vanguard

What is your opinion about Vanguard windows made by Sunrise. We had a Rep out and he showed me the windows. They look nice. It seems you get a lot of bang for your buck. We are replacing 14 windows both double hung and sliders. We have had quotes from Renewal By Anderson for $33,000, Anderson 100,200 for $25,000 and Simonton for $16,000. Not sure I like the look of the Simonton. We are waiting on the quote from Vanguard but would like to know your opinion of the windows.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mary, the Sunrise Vanguard is an excellent vinyl window. So much more value for your money than the RBA, which is often just ridiculously priced. Andersen 100 is a composite frame, almost like a stripped down version of the Renewal (both of these are made by Andersen with fibrex). The 100 model is pretty good for the price, but no where near the quality or performance of the Vanguard.

Simonton makes a number of window series and their top end Reflections and Impressions series are good, but even those are not nearly as well made as the Vanguard. Obviously, I don't know how much the Vanguard is going to be, but it is a great window and should provide excellent long term value.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Mary's Reply]

The Sunrise Vanguard came in at $13,895. I think we are going to go with that after your positive review.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2017

Anderson 100 vs. Renewal by Anderson Glass

I was told by a salesman, that the Anderson 100 series and the Renewal by Anderson windows, have the same glass thickness. Is this true?

Jill - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jill, the standard Andersen 100 and standard RBA should come with a 1/2 inch double strength glass. So yes, I believe that's true, although you would want to double check that with the rep when you order the windows. Of course, you could custom order different glass on either if you were so inclined.

The two windows are fairly similar, although the RBA is the better of the two. However at nearly 3x the costs of the 100 series, I would personally have a hard time going with the RBA, even if I could afford it. Which I can't. :)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 100 Series Cost vs Sunrise

Hi Tim, We are planning to build a new home and would really appreciate your advice on window manufacturers! From what I count on the floor plan, we have 12 single casement or awning windows, 7 two-lite casements, and 5 three-lite casement/picture. Here is what we have from the builder for pricing options:

Alliance Windgate $12,327

Andersen 100 series $15,477

Sunrise Series $20,712

I know the Sunrise are well regarded, but I would have a hard time spending that much more. What are your thoughts and recommendations given these choices? Thanks.

Matt - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Matt, I agree with you on both counts -- Sunrise is well regarded and the price tag they bid out the project looks steep. I think I'd toss the Alliance Windgate bid, unless you aren't planning to be in your house for very long. The Andersen 100 bid looks reasonable, but the window isn't as good as the Sunrise, which leaves you in a bit of a pickle.

Two suggestions -- take a look at our recommended window manufacturers and see if you can get another bid or two from a local company that sells one of the recommended brands of windows. This should hone in a bit better on the fair market price of the project.

The other thing I would do is go back to the Sunrise dealer and tell him that you have an Andersen 100 window bid that's much more in line with your budget and that if he can get close to this price, you're ready to sign. Here's an article on one approach to negotiating the cost of windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 100 Series vs. Renewal By Andersen

Let me first thank you for the opportunity that you afford us nervous Nelly's in making better informed choices in the replacement window nightmare.

I am removing an exterior kitchen wall to put in a Bay Window, I was considering RBA until I found your website (thank God for that). I am now waiting for a rough estimate from 84 lumber for a custom sized Bay.

Should I go with the Anderson 100 series? I am planning to upgrade to the best R-value glass and best UV rated glass. Can I buy all the same material from Anderson, i.e ext trim, roofing etc (thru 84 Lumber) that RBA uses to finish out the final look?

RBA's completed showroom product fits exactly to what I envisioned, but I am sure, from reading your advice the cost is going to give me heart failure!

I thank you in advance for any advice you give me so I might get a better night's sleep. lol

Robert- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Robert, I'm glad that you did find the site and re-thought the RBA, it's just so pricey and not worth the cost in my opinion.

I would get estimates from the contractor on all of the different window brands they offer. Typically with a bay window, the window companies all buy the bay box from one of several manufacturers and then they add their own custom sized windows into the pre-made/pre-sized box. So, best to see what options are out there and get pricing on each.

I think the Andersen 100 series is a good window, not the greatest performance numbers, but looks of nice exterior options, a nice looking window, and a good window in general. (More or less a sort of stripped down RBA window.)

I don't know exactly how RBA does their trim/roofing work, but a quality contractor should be able to closely match whatever you are looking for -- I would take a picture or get specs on exactly what you want, be very specific with the contractor that you want to match the look in the picture and then insist that they do just that.

Take your time and get a few bids so you can sleep well at night...for the next 20 years!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Anderson 100 vs. Milgard Tuscany

Hi Tim, We are building our first custom home. We are looking at bids for 39 windows, one sliding glass door, and three 7 foot fixed tempered glass windows.

I'm awaiting bids from 3 dealers in town.

I'd love to have bronze windows if we can afford it. If the difference in price is $5k or more between bronze and white, we will settle for white windows.

We live in the High Desert in California where we get alot of wind. During the hottest 2 months, temperatures are as high as 110. During the coldest 2 months, we get into the mid to low 20s.

One dealer is pushing Anderson 100 and claims it is far superior to Milgard Tuscany bronze in durability and appearance particularly bc Milgard bronze windows are painted (Does that mean they will fade and Andersen wont?).

Another dealer favors Plygem windows bc he says Milgard customer service is not what it used to be and assures me Plygem sells a good product and has a good warranty.

The third dealer is a fan of Milgard.

I'm worried that the Andersen bronze window, though the color may last longer, may not be as durable as Milgard. I can't seem to find much information about the durability of this composite material anywhere. I'm also concerned that a Milgard bronze color will fade quickly under the strong sun in our area bc it's painted, and lastly I've read that Plygem falls under the "budget window" category. Is it a vastly inferior brand to these other two?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Carol - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Carol, congratulations on the custom home project. Yes, Milgard does paint their vinyl windows, although they do offer a lifetime warranty on the exterior vinyl finishes, which would give me some sense of relief as to the quality. ( I wouldn't be shocked if it was more than $5K, premium finishes can add 30% to the total price of the window. Milgard makes a durable product, in fact they make a special desert line in Texas (you may want to ask your dealer if it's worth looking at the specifics of these windows).

Andersen 100 is a good window -- I think it might be a little bit better than the Milgard Tuscany, but I wouldn't think the performance would be any better.

Ply Gem is also a good window, particularly their Premium series. Remember, most window companies make a number of models, so their entry level vinyl windows are below what you would want and their mid range windows are good. Honestly, all of these window companies are right in that mid to high end for their mid range vinyl window.

As far as the Milgard, I think the lifetime warranty would be enough to make me feel confident in the decision. I would also feel comfortable with the Andersen 100 window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 100 Windows vs Marvin Infinity

We like the fiberglass windows from Marvin, but think they are out of our price range. Are Anderson 100 rate close in performance? Marvin estimate is $25,000 and Anderson is $18,00. What is your opinion?

Derek - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Derek, the Marvin is a better window, although they make two models, the integrity and the Infinity. The Infinity is the better of those two. The Andersen 100 is a decent window to be sure. In terms of performance, they are probably pretty close to the Marvin fiberglass options.

The most energy efficient windows however are top quality vinyl windows from companies like Sunrise, Okna, Soft-Lite, Hi Mark, and Polaris. These will probably cost the same as the Andersen 100, but will offer a sturdier window and better performance. They won’t be as nice looking though.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 100 vs Marvin Integrity

Hi - I live in southern CO & am working on a bedroom remodel and replacing 4 slider windows and one fixed for better heat efficiency. Trying to choose between Anderson 100 series, Milgard Tuscany, and Marvin Integrity windows. All 3 quotes are fairly reasonable. Any thoughts to consider?

Joanna - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joanna, it doesn't surprise me that all three quotes are similar -- ironically you have a composite frame, vinyl frame and fiberglass frame in those three bids so material wise, you are all over the board. I sort of like the Marvin Integrity, although the Andersen 100 is quite nice looking as well. The Tuscany would probably offer the better initial energy efficiency, but maybe not so over the long term. Does the Integrity dealer also offer the Marvin Infinity -- it might cost another $75 a window, but the Infinity would be my pick hands down over the other three.

Sorry to now further complicate your situation. I think each of those windows is good. I would base my decision on comparing the energy efficiency numbers and then on which window I liked the look, feel and function of the best.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Anderson 100 Series Window Sizes

I priced and sized the Anderson 100 series windows at Home Depot. The sizes are a few inches smaller than my current windows - but all the exterior frames are rotted and need to be reconstructed.

Is it possible to still use the Anderson series in a slightly smaller size and add extra framing to the window openings that need to be rebuilt anyway? Or does this mean that I "have" to go with custom windows?

Some are saying that custom windows are my only option - others are telling me that they can narrow the openings when rebuilding the frames.

Linda - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Linda, I would price out both options. Your contractor might be able to build out your frames rather easily and might not charge that much. Price out both ways and see which one makes the most sense.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Do It Yourself Options

Dane, thanks for the response. I was hoping to see a bit more of price breakdowns, and am particularly interested in installing the windows myself. I'm currently under orders from the city of Minneapolis to do a large amount of lead abatement, and I therefore must either go through their certified list of approved contractors (a certification in addition to the national EPA certification) or do it myself.

I've chosen to do it myself, but am having a hard time finding companies willing to sell me the windows. Thank you for any help you can offer.

Drew - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Drew, I can't give you more of a price breakdown because there are so many factors that go into how windows are priced out…lots of features, upgrades, installation requirements etc.

If you are going to do it yourself, you will probably have to buy through the big box stores. Home Depot sells the Andersen 100 series, which is a pretty solid window. This is what I would buy for my house if I were going through HD.

The other two brands I think are decent through these retail sources are Simonton and Reliabilt. I wouldn't buy any other brands than these. Pricing is quite transparent obviously since you can walk right in and see what a particular sized window costs.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 100 vs Renewal by Andersen

Dane, I'm trying to make a decision on having new windows installed. I have some Renewal by Andersen made of Fibrex. I have a question, why does Home Depot's lowest price window (100) frame made of Fibrex and the more expensive have wood.

Does this mean that RBA is a cheaper window that the wood Home Depot? Does it make any difference on a fixed window/picture window? Is the glass itself the same in all?

Jim - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jim, the Andersen 100 window and the Renewal By Andersen are both made from Fibrex, a composite material of wood and vinyl that are combined together to create a "stronger" material bond. I?m not sure about their claim, but I think it's a pretty solid frame material in general. The Andersen 100 series are typically sold off the shelf at HD in the $275 range before any upgrades or installation gets thrown in (let's double it and then some for these options and come up with $600). The typically double hung RBA with installation quote I hear is around $1200. That's a big difference for windows that are made out of the same frame material.

So to answer your question, the RBA and the Andersen 100 windowuse the same frame. A picture window and a fixed frame window are the same thing. I couldn't say what standard glass is used on the 100 compared with the RBA. Typically, manufacturers offer a low-e1 glass as their base model glass. Consumers can upgrade to better glass, typically one that uses a low-e2 or low-e3 option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 100 Series vs Simonton 6200 Series

I have a sunroom in my house with 5 old double hung wood windows that need replacement. We are considering Home Depot in Oakland, CA for the job and a small independent shop. Home Depot is proposing Simonton 6200 (vinyl) and Andersen 100 Series (fibrex). Due to apparent code requirements we have to use Casement to have an opening big enough in case of fire, for the fireman to be able to perform a rescue. Which brand do you think is best? Simonton carries a lifetime warranty and Andersen has 20 years warranty. Which is the better choice?

Vivek - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Vivek, between the Simonton 6200 and the Andersen 100 series, the Andersen is definitely the better option of the two. The VantagePointe is at the lower end of the typical mid range vinyl window (does this make sense?). Other options in your area that I think you may want to consider is Milgard, Anlin and Amerimax - these are my go to west coast options - look at their mid range offerings and compare these prices to the bids you currently have. However, the Andersen 100 series is a good window and certainly you will get a good price at HD.

I would however not use HD for the installation. I would instead suggest you find a local company or contractor to do the work on the sunroom. HD offers good product pricing, but they subcontract out the work and you may not get the quality of installation that you deserve.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 100 Composite Windows

I'm having a hard time finding window options for a home in Oregon. I'm looking to replace 10 large slider windows with new vinyl slider windows. We get lots of rain, occasional wind storms with rain, hot summers, and cool winters. The readily available windows are Pella, Andersen, and Milgard. The first two window companies have not been recommended, while Milgard has been so-so on the recommendations. Your thoughts? Other recommendations for window manufacturers? Thank You!

David - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

David, I agree with you on Pella, their vinyl windows are not the best in the business. Andersen doesn't make vinyl windows, although they do own American Craftsman and Silverline, which are generally considered very low end vinyl window options. The Andersen 100 composite window is a possibility, but I do think there are some better options out there. (Although I must say that Home Depot sells the Andersen 100 window at a very reasonable cost. I would find my own installer though outside of HD if you do decide to go this route.)

In your state, you should be able to find Amerimax Windows, Milgard and Simonton. All of these manufacturers make a good vinyl window, although I would not recommend their entry level vinyl option. In terms of Simonton, I would say go for their Impressions Series or their premium Reflections options.

In terms of Milgard, I think their windows are good, not the best in the business, but very solid. Remember, you can buy a good mid grade vinyl window and be fine for the next 20 years easy. The big issue is the installation, if this gets screwed up, it doesn't matter how good the window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 100 vs Vytex And Simonton Windows

I'm overseeing our non-profit building window replacement project (currently have steel pan windows): I've gotten a number of bids, but value your opinion on the following:

Contractor A recommends: Vytex 3300 windows casement, $37,506;
Contractor B recommends: Simonton 5500 windows casement, $43,650;
Contractor C recommends: Andersen 100 windows casement, $49,800;

Of course, there is a lot of custom sizing required. For an idea of size of job, number of windows to be replaced is about 35-58 (depending on how they were counted); number of new windows is about 30-35. I've also received bids for Pella aluminum clad wood (cost higher than above quotes except if the contractor "A" installs instead of Vytex - then less than $40k ). Thanks very much!

Jean-Marie - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Jean-Marie, I like these selections. The Andersen 100 is a nice window, but unless you really like how it looks, I would say you aren't getting much in terms of performance from this window over the other two.

I like the Simonton 5500 casement quite a bit and I would go with this selection on first glance - but of course, I don't know all the details of what you are getting in terms of glass, upgrades, etc.

I like both the Vytex Fortis and Potomac-hp series, but I'm not sure which one you are referring to here. If it is one of these (if I had to guess, I would say this is the Fortis, but I could be wrong...)

I might go with the Simonton only because they are a bigger company and you have a little more assurance that if an issue arises, they will be around and your contractor can deal with them and get the issue resolved.

I have to say that the numbers on the Fortis and Potomac-hp (not the Georgetown Series, which I don't love) are really impressive, I like that .05 AI — I might have to change my mind as I'm writing this.

I don't think the 5500 is going to fare as well - see if you can get some comparable numbers on the 5500 from your contractor. Look at AI and DP rating.
(look under the tests and specs tab)

Good luck and let me know what you decide!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Andersen 100 Dark Interiors

I'm really attached to the idea of all dark interior windows, with dark exteriors on the 5 front windows. Black or dark bronze. Mix of some big new construction windows and smaller replacement windows. I live in N.C. so we see winter and summer. I wouldn't mind vinyl, but it seems next to impossible to find in a dark interior. Any ideas for affordable options? Will want one bow window seat, some big fixed picture windows, and some standard double hung replacements. Thanks!

Kimberly - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Kimberly, I agree with you - interior colored windows look much better than white and off white for certain styles of homes. It is pretty difficult to find a vinyl windows with a dark interior. Most companies do you offer dark exteriors, but obviously this isn't what you're after. I would be more than happy to make several suggestions for options that should be available in your home state of North Carolina.

You should note that an exterior or interior frame color is typically considered an upgrade and can add 10% to 25% to the cost of each window. As well, the exterior coatings may carry a less attractive timeline in terms of the warranty period, often 10 years on the coating.

The Anderson 100 series is a composite fibrex frame that is a combination of vinyl and wood and is available in a number of exterior and interior frame colors, many of which are quite dark. The other thing that I like about this window is it comes in a number of finishes, the matte finish is very interesting and may or may not match your design style. Performance wise, the Anderson 100 series is just OK and in all honesty is probably a little bit overpriced for what you're getting. However, they do offer a lot of options and it's certainly something to look into.

Renewal by Andersen also carries quite a few dark interior colors, however the Renewals are even more expensive than the Anderson 100 series. These are actually a fairly similar window in that they use the same basic composite frame and offer tons of customizations, but in the case of the Renewals, they are very overpriced in my opinion, $1000 to $1200 for a standard sized double hung fully installed.

In terms of fiberglass, you may want to look at the Marvin Infinity window with the Everwood interior. It comes in an unfinished form and then you can stain it really any color you want, as dark as you would like. However the Everwood is an engineered product and therefore won't weather and deteriorate in the same way that a real wood species well. The Infinity has a Fiberglass exterior cladding, and is quite well made.

Harvey vinyl windows are available in an interior bronze, dark oak and a red cedar color. I'm not quite sure if they are available in North Carolina, the company is based out of Massachusetts but you should call them and see if they have a dealer who services your area.

I will keep searching for some additional vinyl window options and send you an email with anything else that I find. Good luck.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Anderson 100 Series In San Diego

I recently bought my first house and need to replace 14 windows. Current ones are white about 20 year old Milgard. My tastes are for very dark colors including black, but the house is in San Diego CA. Just had exterior painted with dark brown stucco and black trim (including wood window frames on 3 front windows-the other 8 windows do not have wood frames).

The tricky part is the exterior windows MUST be black and glass preferably with "sound-package" (2 panes of glass with varied thickness). If possible I would prefer the interior to be paintable if possible. I keep hearing (and reading) different points of view regarding black exterior windows.

First contractor only installs Anlin, and he said they have black vinyl with a lifetime warranty-can get them low E, double pane, argon filled, with an STC of 34. $10K installed.

The next contractor who only does Simonton Vinyl, stated that there is no such thing as black vinyl windows that will withstand sun for very long. He can do dark bronze or "espresso" but this colors just don't work-also for about $10K with my preferred sound glass package.

I read your web site which led me to the Andersen 100 series (comes in black) as well as wood option. So I'm still wondering what is best choice for black exterior, wood, composite, vinyl from Anlin?

Tom - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Tom, if you need the interior to be paintable, then vinyl is not an option. The Andersen 100 Series would therefore be a good option. They will, however, be more expensive than the vinyl options. Check out our Andersen 100 series cost page for more pricing information.

As far as Anlin specifics, I would call them up at their corporate office and talk to someone there about your specific needs.

Milgard offers their vinyl windows in an espresso as well that is very close to black (I prefer the color to a total black). Call Newman Windows and ask for a bid - they carry Milgard and have a very good reputation in the area.

Also Google Amerimax Windows San Diego - I believe BM Windows carries Amerimax, which carries a black exterior frame color as well. In fact, Amerimax offers more exterior colors than anyone that I know of on the west coast.

I would use Simonton after you have exhausted these other three options because the Milgard, Anlin and Amerimax are, in my opinion, a bit better than the Simonton option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Andersen 100 Series Reviews

I've used some Andersen windows, mainly the 100 series. The only real benefit to using them is that they paint well. I would recommend switching to a vinyl window, the Andersens are a composite of fiberglass and wood. They are overpriced and don't perform as well as cheaper vinyl windows.

Bradley - Installer - from 2010

Andersen 100 Series Reviews

I've used some Andersen windows, mainly the Andersen 100 Series. The only real benefit to using them is that they paint well. I would recommend switching to fiberglass or aluminum clad wood windows. They are overpriced and don't perform as well as higher end vinyl windows.

Bradley - Installer - from 2010

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Andersen 200 Windows Reviews

The Andersen 200 Series is the company's "lower-end" wood clad window and considered something of a high end builder grade window (sold to builders and contractors who are looking for an affordable window option, as opposed to a high end window option). The 200 Series uses an exterior vinyl cladding with a real wood interior and comes in a variety of colors and custom options, although less so than the better and more expensive 400 Series.

The Andersen 200 window can be ordered in either the Tilt-Wash or the NarrowLine model. The Tilt-Wash is a nice design feature (the single and double hung sashes tilt in for easier cleaning), however the PPG Flexicron sash is not as nice (or as sturdy) as the one used on the 400 Tilt-Wash. The NarrowLine is the preferred design option, although in general, the Andersen 200 Series is less well made and a bit clumsier than the far superior 400 Series.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 200 Series Or MI 4300

Hi Dane! We found your website doing a Google search and would love your opinion! We're in the process of purchasing a new construction spec house and the developer offers Andersen 200 series windows as standard, or we can get a $6K credit for using MI 4300 series windows. Is the credit worth it in the long run or should we stick to the Andersen 200s? If we do get the 200s, what maintenance is required?

Jon and Rochelle - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jon and Rochelle, MI windows are typically considered a builder grade window, a cheaper vinyl window that lowers costs for builders on home. They would be lucky to last 12 to 15 years. The Andersen 200 wood window is a good quality window. I like the 400 series more, but the 200 series is not bad. Wood windows do need to be stained or painted in order to increase their longevity. The 200 series comes with a vinyl exterior that should hold up to the elements. I think in the long run the less expensive way to go is the Andersen 200 series. You may want to ask your builder if there are any additional vinyl window options, but I wouldn't go with an MI window myself.

Rochle, the outside is vinyl so nothing needs to be done to the outside of the window. Wood is an organic material and should be protected from the elements. Typically, it is either stained to match your interior trim color or often painted to match your interior color scheme. I'd say every 6 to 8 years you should have someone come in and stain or paint.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 200 vs PGT Windows

I'm building a new home on the Gulf coast off Fort Myers, on Pine Island, FL. The building code requires high velocity impact resistant windows which I've narrowed down to PGT vs Andersen double hung, low E windows. Jeld Wen was also suggested but I don't believe their windows are comparable. I think, due to salt, sun and wind exposure, the vinyl clad exterior should be considered over the aluminum clad? I've also been told that I definitely want the PGT aluminum clad sliding doors for our (2) sixteen foot openings. My concern… I want to use the best for my situation vs saving money, as this is our last home and I don't want to cut corners on something as important as this. Thank you for your expertise…

Susan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Susan, I think you're right to eliminate the Jeld Wen from the mix if you want the best hurricane windows for your home. I really like PGT and find their prices to be quite competitive and the quality of their windows to be good. I would price out both products first to see how they compare before I made any decision. Then I would compare the interior "look of the windows" - is the aesthetic difference worth the added cost of the Andersen to you. This is a personal decision and one that I can't make for you, obviously.

This is assuming you are going with the 200 or 400 Andersen series (the Andersen 100 series is the fibrex composite and won't look much different from the PGT vinyl windows). The exteriors of the windows are going to look very similar because the windows are going to be vinyl (or aluminum).

In terms of durability and quality of the products though, I'd put PGT up there with Andersen. Others might not, but I would. Another company you could take a look at is CWS Windows, they makes vinyl and aluminum hurricane impact windows and they are one of the rivals of PGT. I always like to throw a third company in to see how their prices and products compare. Let me know what you end up going with!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

[Homeowner's Response]

Thank you Tim. I value your input and will let you know! I also spoke w/ my window gal up north and she was quite definite on which Andersen…the A series. She does a lot on the seacoast of New Hampshire where I also live and although she isn't familiar w/PGT….she says a whole world of difference between 400 vs A…and to go w/ A series, as made much better from the git go. So I'm pricing out PGT vs Andersen 'A' and will look into the CWS you mentioned. Thanks!

Susan - Homeowner - from 2016

Andersen 200 Sliding Doors Complaint

I purchased via Home Depot, 2 200 Series Anderson sliding glass doors with impact glass. Top of the line, but not even recognized by TDI (Texas Department of Insurance. In other words, my Windstorm engineer that was going to watch our installation for Windstorm insurance compliance, informed me that the doors were not TDI approved and installing them would void windstorm insurance coverage. I called Anderson Windows and Doors probably 12 to 15 times over a 5 day period. Some of the phone reps said for me to bring the the doors back to Home Depot for credit, others said I was responsible for them not being compliant for use in coastal counties, and only once did I ever get a "senior rep" to talk to after requesting a manager half the time.

Home Depot did take the doors back, still boxed and sealed, but they did charge me a 15% restocking fee. So note to all, Home Depot will sell you the doors, even in counties that require the doors to be TDI compliant, but won't tell you about them not being allowed to be installed and compliant to codes.

Anderson Windows and Doors, could care less if you have a problem with their products, even if they do state they "have a 90 day satisfaction guarantee". Expensive lesson to learn, so to all others, shop anywhere else other than Home Depot, and never by Anderson windows or doors.

Kevin - Homeowner - from 2015

Andersen 200 Vinyl Windows Review

Most people today are using vinyl windows (at least in the replacement market). The Andersen 200 series is a vinyl wrapped sash with a wood frame. Andersens used to be everywhere, and to a lot of people take them almost as a generic name for a window. Most people don't realize that it's a wood window because it looks like vinyl. I really wouldn't recommend them - if the stores had an actual window on display I don't think anyone would ever order them. The 400 Series is a different story, solid product.

Don - Contractor - from 2011

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Andersen 400 Windows Reviews

The Andersen 400 Series is the best window option in the Andersen fleet and one to take a look at if your budget allows. This is a vinyl clad wood window that can be ordered in any number of colors, sizes, upgrade options, etc.

Similar to the 200 Series, the Andersen 400 windows comes in two basic models, the Tilt-Wash and the Woodwright. The sash on the 400 Tilt-Wash is much improved over the material used on the 200 Series. The Woodwright option uses a fibrex finish sash and is our design choice over the Tilt-Wash option for this reason alone (consumers who like the idea of a tilt-in window may have a different take).

In fact, the Andersen 400 Series Woodwright is one of our picks for top wood windows on the market, although it is certainly not inexpensive.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Anderson 400 vs. Sunrise Restoration

Placed the order today, in the end I decided to go with the Sunrise Window. I finally got to see the Anderson 400 Friday and to me it did not look as well manufactured as the Sunrise Restoration. I appreciate your advice on this.

Anderson ended up being more expensive after their full quote with installation.

Thank you.

Barry - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

I agree with your choice to go with the Sunrise Restoration over the Andersen 400. I like the Andersen clad window, but wood windows comes with lots of downsides, especially the price tag.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 400 Series vs. Vinyl Windows

Thanks for all the info as I have found you and the website to be very helpful. Last question I have is, have you heard or experienced any "leaks/drafts" with the 400 series? I've been looking at reviews on the 400 series and some have commented on them being drafty and not always having a good seal. To be fair, most of these reviews were from 2-3 years ago so not sure if they changed the window since then. The air infiltration rating is <.3 if I'm reading it correctly. Will a good vinyl window have better air infiltration ratings then a good wood window like the Andersen 400?

Bill - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bill, the AI of a good vinyl window will always beat out a good wood window. The Andersen 400 window is quite good, but if it were me, I would go with a good vinyl window any day. They are less expensive, achieve better performance, have a better warranty (i.e. will last longer), and they require less maintenance. They just don't look as nice, although some top vinyl window manufacturers have done a good job with their interior laminates that mimic the look of wood.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 400 Series Conversion Kits

Hello, I'm currently in the process of getting bids to replace 27 windows in the Philadelphia area and the price for the job is in the $20,000-$30,000 range depending on the windows which is just a midgrade vinyl window.

My current windows are the Andersen Narrolines from 1989. One thing I learned today was that Andersen sells a 400 conversion kit for these older windows. I'm basically installing the Andersen 400 window for $10,000-$12,000. The cost to convert most of my windows which are single hung would be less then half the cost since I can do it myself. If this a good direction to go or will I regret my decision down the road? Any insights you can provide would be helpful.

Bill - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bill, assuming the frames are in good shape, the conversion kits can be a great way to go. Here's the issue though, they can be tricky to install right. Even professional installers who don't often do conversion kits can have issues. I would first get a couple of bids from local companies on replacement, but then ask if they also do conversion kits, what their opinion is as it relates to the condition of your windows, how they would go about the project, etc. Basically get as much professional and free advice as possible. If your openings are out of plumb as can happen over time, you could be asking for more trouble than its worth. I would definitely explore the option, but would solicit at least three good opinions before buying the conversion kits.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Bill's Reply]

I found a company that is Andersen certified and does the Conversion kits. I didn't like sales guy but tried to ignore that aspect as I just wanted a price and if my current frames/sills were good for the kits. He said they looked good and that I was "lucky" as I was going to save a bunch going with the conversion kits. They wanted $27,000 for the job. I told him that seemed high considering the install requires less work since they don't have to cap the outside like replacement windows. He gave me the whole sales message and that full replacement 400 series would be around $40,000 for 22 windows so I am saving a ton.

Bill - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bill, I think $27,000 sounds quite high as well. That's $1,225 per window for the conversion and he's saying that replacement windows would cost over $1800 per window. Unless I was getting the Andersen A series (which is a beautiful window), I wouldn't pay $1800 for any Andersen window.

It seems to me you have a couple of choices. You could look for good local installers who have lots of experience with conversion kits and feel comfortable with the job and see what they would charge.

You could do it yourself, but again I think you need a few professionals to come out to get some information out of them in terms of whether the installation is straight forward or is going to cause headaches that you might not want to deal with.

You could shift your attention from Andersen to a high quality vinyl replacement window with an interior laminate option. Okna, Soft-Lite and Sunrise all make some pretty impressive interior laminates that mirror the look of wood without the maintenance requirements. High quality vinyl will blow the doors off of wood clad in terms of performance and longevity. Plus it's much cheaper.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 400 Series vs. Sunrise And Simonton 5500

I'm getting three bids here in Alabama and am trying to understand which is the best option for me. Andersen 400 series, Sunrise Classic is what the man said, and Simonton 5500. I'm here in Alabama where I feel like my options are somewhat limited. Thanks.

Greg - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Greg, all three windows you are getting a bid on are quite good. The Andersen 400 will probably be more expensive, but it never hurts to get a bid. The Simonton 5500 series is a nice window, but not as nice as the Sunrise Restoration. The Restoration is a solid top tier vinyl window and one of the windows that I would want in my house if I were replacing windows. I would see how low you can get the Sunrise rep to go down in price and then make your selection.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Greg's Response]

Dane, the Anderson bid actually came in $2,500 lower and included full frame replacement vs only in-frame for the Sunrise. In addition, Anderson had their best look window grills included in the price and Sunrise did not. Door prices for our front door were much better as well plus a much better looking door than the other quote. Finalizing a decision this week but likely going with Anderson at this point. So far Sunrise would not budge on price.

Anderson actually sent out their Alabama area representative twice to look at the complete project. He lives locally and it was obvious to me (I work for a major truck manufacturer) that he knew what he was talking about and was communicating closely to Anderson engineering reps at home office. I was most impressed with his knowledge. Their installer has been through all of the Anderson factory training as well and has been doing it for over 20 years.

Thank you.

Greg - Homeowner - from 2017

Andersen Window Options

Good morning Tim, I live in the Dallas area and have 9 windows to replace; however, as many of your readers I am at a loss to select the correct option.
2 sliders -- 71Wx59H Casement option
1 slider -- 94Wx59H Casement / picture option
3 sliders -- 59Wx17H (beneath the picture windows, cannot use casement as the would open in the walkway)
3 Picture -- 59Wx93H Tempered due to size

The windows are original to the 1993 house and I am not sure if I should go with Wood or the Andersen Fibrex, if you suggest wood, which brand is the best? Side note, Andersen has quoted $25K for the Fibrex installed.

Thanks in advance for your guidance.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dan, in terms of Andersen, I would suggest the 400 series. The fibrex 100 series is a decent window. The Renewal By Andersen is an upgraded 100 series.

I would take a look at high quality vinyl windows around you just to see what's out there. Check out our top brands and see if anything is available in your area.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen Aluminum Clad Windows

Hi, I’ve read a lot of online reviews about Milgard windows and of course, there are enough negative ones to make me nervous….but they may be the minority.

I have an adobe brick home in the Southwest that needs new windows. I’m looking at Milgard aluminum. My home currently has 36 year old builders’ stock aluminum windows that have lasted this long, so I think aluminum is still a good choice.

Thoughts on Milgard aluminum vs. other options for the very hot (and sometimes monsoon-rain-wet) desert southwest? Thanks.

Susan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Susan, Milgard aluminum windows are a good choice for such a hot climate. The problem I have with aluminum windows on the west coast is the lack of affordable quality options. There is Fleetwood, but they are expensive. You could go with an Anderson aluminum clad window. I personally think Milgard makes a good window.

The company is big enough that they are going to have negative reviews out there, but typically 80% of the bad is probably the fault of slip shod installation, as opposed to the windows themselves. In 20% of cases, the company should honor their warranty and replace any defective windows. Go with the Milgard, but make sure you have properly vetted the installer and don't be afraid to take an active role in the project to make sure that everything goes as well as it can. The squeaky wheel get the grease as they say...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Anderson 400 Series vs Milgard Essence

I am trying to decide between Anderson 400 series and Milgard Essence wood windows.

BrandonI live in Northern California (Silicon Valley) and we are doing a remodel/addition. Our contractor is a Milgard dealer and recommends Milgard, but he is not pushing them on us, just offering it as an option. Consumer Reports shows Anderson as the top rated window, but to be fair, they don't rate Milgard.

Do you have an opinion on the two - most of them will be double hung and they will all be wood. I'm having a hard time finding good info comparing the two options and was hoping you could help.

Doug - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Doug, both the Andersen 400 Series and the Milgard Essence Series are good options. Consumer Reports only tests windows that area available for retail sales -- which is a small portion of the entire industry. I would feel completely comfortable having Milgard Essence windows in my home -- if I were going with a wood window. I would think most industry experts would rank the Andersen slightly higher than the Milgard, but I would also imagine that the Andersen would be more expensive. I think at the end of the day, either window will serve you well. More on Milgard windows costs.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 400 Window Price Bid

I need to replace 50 windows (of varying sizes, I have it all in a spreadsheet) and my HOA allows very limited options:

Andersen: Renewal, 400 Series

JELD-WEN: Ex-Siteline, W-2500

Kolbe & Kolbe: Classic, Ultra, Heritage

Lincoln: Distinction

Pella: Architect, Luxury, Proline 450 or 850

WeatherShield: Aspire, Signature

I think of the above approved list, only the Renewal by Andersen are composite - but you would know best.

In any case, Andersen gave me a quote for $70K for Renewal, Lowes gave me a quote for $40K for Pella 400. Your site shows $28K for high-level composite windows. Any idea how I can reconcile the discrepancy and find an installer who can purchase and install without a more manageable budget?

Thank you very much for you help!

Asya - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Asya, can I ask why you don't have any vinyl windows in the mix here? Wood windows are nice to look at, but they are very expensive and typically come with a 20 year warranty instead of a lifetime warranty. (Personally I don't put all that much stock in warranties, but I find it a good indicator of how long the manufacturer thinks their product ought to last.) They also are nowhere near as energy efficient as vinyl windows...however they are much nicer to look at.

At any rate, let's get to it.

Renewals are composite frames, but they are so expensive that I can't even put them in my cost calculator. They're just way overpriced in my opinion. However, here is a thought. Go to your local Home Depot and see if they carry the Andersen 100 series window, which is made of fibrex, the EXACT same material as the Renewals.

At my HD, a standard sized double hung Andersen 100 will go from something like $300. If you assume $150 per window for installation, that's $450 installed or $22,500. (Of course, you may want some upgrades on the windows so this could affect the per window price.) If you do go this route, please don't use HD subcontractors to do the install, find a well reviewed local installer who specializes in window installation and has installed this window before.

The Andersen 400 series is a great wood window, but I still have a hard time recommending wood windows - I try to come at windows from the perspective of long term value for the consumer.

I actually like the Jeld Wen that uses the Auralast treatment on the wood and comes with a lifetime warranty (to my knowledge its the only wood window that does). I'm not a big Jeld Wen vinyl window fan, but I have heard good things about their wood windows.

Kolbe & Kolbe makes a nice window, but they are expensive.

I'm not a big fan of Pella, I find them overpriced like Renewal - although obviously not as much. I wouldn't go with Lincoln or Weathershield personally, just too many bad stories out there.

This is the window I would go with - the Okna EnviroStar. It's probably the best vinyl window out there, with amazing energy efficiency numbers, especially the air infiltration. Also, it comes in interior wood laminates that look pretty good, but doesn't involve any of the issues that wood does. You can also upgrade to a metal hardware and I think get a really good looking vinyl window that simply can't be beat.

Not sure on the price, I'd say maybe $600 to $700 per window, so that's like $32,500, which is a lot, but it's less than your current bids and is a great window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen Woodwright vs Renewal By Andersen

Looking at installing new Anderson double hung windows into existing Anderson casement windows frames without removing the frames which are in good condition. Trying to choose between Renewal inserts by Anderson or Wood Wright inserts by Anderson but unsure which way to go. Any input on which you feel is the better unit and why would be a big help, please respond soon if possible. Thanks

Mark - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Mark, I would recommend getting both the bids and seeing how they compare price wise. The Andersen Woodwright should be the 400 series, which is a very nice wood window, one of the wood windows that I often recommend (although I try to lightly guide most consumers away from real wood windows as a rule). The Renewal is a fibrex composite frame and should come with a better warranty (wood windows typically come with a 10 or 20 year warranty only), but the Renewal may be pricier than the standard Andersen.

The best comparison for the Renewal series is the Andersen 100 Series, which is made with this same fibrex material. The 100 series ought to be quite a bit less expensive and does offer some fantastic options and finishes - I would get a bid on the 100 series and see how all three windows compare in terms of price, options, aesthetics and features. Also, it's nice to see each of the windows in person, operate the double hung, look at the hardware etc. for a nice compare and contrast.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen Window Complaint

I live on long Island and had 12 vinyl windows replaced with Anderson Woodrights they are the noisiest window and Anderson refuses to do anything, they did try and put rubber in by the springs to quit the noise to no avail. So because I live in a tudor I need brown as an exterior color and wondered if you could recommend a window to replace these Andersons. Thanks.

Bob - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Bob, that sounds horrible, have you had someone out (not Andersen) to see if there is anything you can do to deal with the noise? Seems a shame to have to get rid of all your windows because they are loud (I'm not sure I've ever heard that) Are you looking to move back to vinyl? Perhaps a vinyl window with a faux wood on the inside, some of the better manufacturers make a high quality laminate interior. I would recommend looking at Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise and Polaris. Most of these brands ought to be available in New York - either call the companies up directly and ask about local dealers or go a search for "Okna Long Island" for instance and see what comes up.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Anderson 400 Series Options

Hi. I'll be residing my house next year, but wanted to start with the windows. Is it better to get new construction windows or replacement windows? I'll be using the Anderson 400 series. Is there a difference in their performance? When installed will new construction windows destroy the inside of the house? On the Anderson 400 is the smart sun window and laminated glass option worth the money?

Mary - Homeowner - from 2016

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Mary, in general, new construction windows differ from replacement windows in only one significant way, the NC windows have a nailing fin or flange across the top and sides that allow the builders to install the windows quickly and securely to the frame. There are no performance differences between the two types of windows themselves. The one issue with new construction windows is that when they need to be replaced, 6 to 8 inches of the exterior surrounding siding or stucco etc. must be torn off and replaced to hide the nailing fin. In your case, since you are residing your home next year, you could certainly use new construction and then have the siding installers go right over the fin without much hassle.

However, I would advise that you get a number of opinions from the contractor(s) and the window installers themselves who can see the project onsite and give you an opinion based on your project specifics.

In terms of glass upgrades, I like the idea of stepping up into an upgraded low-e option because it positively affects (lowers) the U-value and possibly the SHGC that should pay for itself over time.

Laminated glass is usually put in for safety reasons (or in areas that are subject to storms and hurricanes). I tend to think that laminate glass is overkill and not worth the added cost, but that?s again assuming that you don?t live somewhere where there are lots of storms.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Anderson 400 Series vs Ply Gem Premium

Looking at Windows - am not sure which is better the ply gem premium or the Anderson 400 Series?

Cory - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Cory, these two windows are very different, the Ply Gem is a vinyl window and the Anderseon 400 Series is an aluminum clad wood interior window. Check out this article on vinyl vs wood windows ( to see some of the main differences between the two. I think the first step in your process would be to figure out which type of window frame you would prefer.

Personally, I think vinyl is the better way to go for most homeowners, unless you are really married to the idea of a wood interior or you live in a really high end home that more or less demands a high end window.

Having said all that, the Ply Gem Premium window is a good window, very solid. It isn't the best vinyl out there, but it is top tier mid range vinyl window.

The Andersen 400 Series window is a very good wood clad window. The Woodwright is the preferred option here over the Tilt Wash model. The 400 is one of the better wood windows out there and one that I like for those individuals who need a wood clad window in their house and are willing to shell out the money and the added maintenance for the beauty of a wood window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 400 or Pella ProLine

The wall in my kitchen is being rebuilt and I am in the process of putting in a patio door. My home is brick, but now I have my windows to take into consideration. I have received a number of quotes, but the two that stood out are the Pella Proline and the Andersen 400. Does anyone have any advice for me on which I should choose?

Justin - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

I am a strong believer in Andersen windows. I have had many problems with Pella in the past and find they tend to leak, especially their aluminum series. I am not sure that Pella is even considered a high end brand. Andersen on the other hand offer excellent customer service and I have found that their doors and windows have superior seals. If money isn't an issue you may want to shop around and find out if Marvin is available in your area, if not then I recommend you go with the Andersen windows.

Eric - Contractor - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

I am also a Andersen window believer. We recently installed over twenty Andersen 400 windows without any problems. They all fit well and were excellent quality. These were custom made, so there we some issues with the screens, but this was easily managed by the customer service staff. If I were to choose though I would go with Marvin windows, I have never had a single days problem with this brand.

Bruce - Contractor - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

I always recommend that my customers go with Marvin where possible, they may be slightly more expensive, but they are a quality window that is made to last. If the client is unwilling to pay for these windows then my next choice would be Andersen. I find the Andersens to be quality products and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Integrity range.

Jim - Contractor - from 2011

Andersen 400 Windows vs Sunrise VClass

My builder sent me to his window supplier where I was shown VClass Windows made by Sunrise. All 3 chambers of the frame are foam filled, the meeting rail is fiber reinforced, the lever lock is recessed, and the double hung windows have an AI of .04. It uses their XL Edge Stainless Steel Spacer and LowE 366 glass. Sounds very similar to the Sunrise Restorations series except VClass does not have fiber reinforced vertical sash members.

Have you heard of VClass Windows? I am trying to decide between VClass, Andersen 400, and Pella fiberglass.

[Site Editor's Response]

Bill, I have heard of the V class window, however I have not heard much. So I took a look at their website, and it sounds like you were spot on in terms of the features and components that the V class includes. It looks as if there are two different options, one is a real wood interior and the other is a wood laminate option. You may want to take a look at how these compare, see if the local rep has samples of each. I tend not to recommend wood windows, unless you really are passionate about how good the wood looks. I only say this because wood tends to expand and contract over time, which will affect performance and durability. The plywood backing of the V class window is actually a positive since plywood has a crosshatch design that reduces the amount of contraction and expansion that will happen over the years.

Wood windows typically carry a 10 to 20 year warranty, whereas vinyl will almost always carry a lifetime warranty. In addition, wood windows will typically not offer the same performance numbers (due to the organic material and the expansion contraction issue) as a solid vinyl window and they require more maintenance. I would get in contact with sunrise to find out how good that laminate looks, which is a nice alternative because you are dealing with a faux wood that can look quite realistic but does not have the same issues that wood often does.

The Pella fiberglass window or Impervia model is, in my opinion, a step below other fiberglass windows such as the Marvin Infinity or even the Marvin Integrity. I find the Impervia feels a bit flimsy in my hands compared to other comparably priced models.

I happen to really like the Anderson 400 wood window, especially the Woodwright model as opposed to the Narrowline. However, this is also a wood window and carries the very same downsides that any wood window does. Having said that, in terms of wood windows I rate the Anderson 400 at the top of the pack.

I would be curious to see how the Anderson 400 and The V class sunrise window compare in terms of price, I would have to assume that the V class would be 20% to 25% less. If it were me, where budget always tends to rank high on my list, I would probably rate them in this order; the v class, Anderson 400 and then the Pella.

However, if you're willing to spend the money and you want to go with a top of the line wood window, the Anderson 400 window is pretty darn tough to beat.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Andersen 400 Series Review

Andersen windows 400 series - I bought custom windows via home depot, and it was a disappointment. Andersen has an incompetent customer service and if you get a defective window then be assured you'll be wasting lots of your time trying to get someone to fix it.

My order was sizable and after experience, I can say that the 400 series from Andersen are way overpriced for the quality that is delivered. I got casement windows and the finishing was chipped. The nails showed and I had 4 dents on them . Guess what Andersen said about it? Well, they said that this is how the windows come out!!! This called bad quality and they are indifferent about it.

It was a hassle from the start. A simple task like inquiring about the delivery date of the order turned into a nightmare. Getting someone to check on the bad quality was a nightmare . It is clear that quality isn't top priority. Save your money and take your business elsewhere. A company that doesn't care about how its product is delivered doesn't deserve my business or yours.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2014

Andersen Woodwright 400 Reviews

Any opinions on the Vinylmax Sherwood? It's supposed to be some kind of vinyl/wood hybrid? I was originally looking at the Simonton 5500 and the Sunrise (not sure which model, Verde maybe?), but then someone suggested these and I'm not sure what to do.

Anna - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

I don't like the Vinylmax Sherwood window, it looks to me like they made a cheap vinyl frame and glued wood to it. It's also bulky, which means a lot less glass to let light in. Look at the Andersen Woodwright 400, it has similar vinyl exterior and wood interior but much higher quality. Marvin makes a composite, too. For that matter, there are tons of all vinyl windows that offer wood-look interior.

Todd - Contractor - from 2011

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Andersen Windows vs Sierra Pacific

We're replacing 30 windows that are mainly double hungs with some horizontal sliding and awning windows thrown in there as well. So far, we have bids from Andersen on their 400 Woodwright series with upgraded glass and screens fro $20K. Sierra Pacific windows came in and there bid was about 7K less for an aluminum clad window with a triple low-e glass and screens. They seem to be more on the west coast so I don't feel like they do as much business here in Montana. Weathershield was $16K, but there were a few design features that turned me off so I'm going to pass on them. Finally,

Leslie - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

Of the three you mention, I like the Andersen 400 window the best. They make a very good window at a top end price, but you get the backing of a very strong company. Sierra Pacific is a mid range manufacturer with mid range windows. I dislike Weathershield.

John - Contractor - from 2011

Andersen 400 Series vs Woodwright

I have done a ton of research into the Andersen 400 Series compared to the Woodwright Series. So far, this is how they seem to compare. They seem to run pretty close in terms of cost, with the higher price for the Woodwrights being the deciding factor for me. The 400 series are pretty close in quality and features for a lower price.

Woodwright Series
Premium cost
Available as a replacement or insert
Tilt wash feature
Good looking
Clean jambs

400 Series Tilt Wash
Mid range cost
Available as either a built to fit or as a full frame
Difficult tilt feature
Good looking

Steve - Homeowner - from 2009

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Andersen A Series Reviews

The Andersen A Series is a top-of-the-line fiberglass clad wood window that is fully customizable and comes in a huge array of frame, trim and sash colors. The window can be ordered in any 1/4 inch size increment and has tons of amazing custom features and hardware upgrades. The A Series, or Architectural Series, is built to be used by architects and high end designers and is priced as such. If you can afford it, our hats are off to you because this is a truly beautiful wood window.

Dane - Site Editor

Andersen Impact Windows

My wife and I are about to build our new home in South Carolina. Our property is on the intercostal waterway where impact glass is require or, other method. We are currently getting bids on windows and doors. Andersen windows are at the top of our list. Today, one of the builder suggested I look at Ply Gem windows quality is good and savings are approximately 10 to 15% less than Andersen. Do you have an opinion?

Archie - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

Hi Archie, I would say that you are right to have Andersen at the top of your list, assuming you can afford them - they are certainly not inexpensive. Ply Gem is a large building supply company and focuses on more contractor grade type windows, although their Premium Series is well made. I would think that the comparable difference in price from Ply Gem to Andersen would be at least 25% or more.

What type of window are you interested in? If you are looking for wood clad, I would say stick to Andersen, Marvin, Kolbe, Loewen. If you are interested in fiberglass, look at Marvin (Infinity and Integrity) and Milgard Ultra. If you are looking at vinyl, I would say stick to Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Okna, HiMark, Polaris, Kensington (Quantum model), or Milgard.

Remember that each company has their budget window, a mid range and a premium model. Typically you will get the most value in that mid range model (as the premium often uses the same frame extrusion but adds on some nice bells and whistles).

I hope this gives you some food for thought. Feel free to write back and let me know what you find!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

[Homeowner's Response]

Dane, we are planning on using Andersen Fiberglass cladding A series. Our budget is $3,000,000 but, if we can save $100,000 by spending smart, i am certainly for that.

Archie - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

The Andersen A Series are pretty amazing windows. If it were me, I would also get a bid on the Marvin Ultimate Series and see if Loewen has a dealer in your area, I think their windows are gorgeous too!

Never hurts to get a few more price bids just to see how they compare — good luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

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Andersen E Series Reviews

The Andersen E Series is the Eagle window, which was purchased by Andersen some time back. In general, these windows are well made, highly customizable, and quite expensive. For more reviews, see our Eagle window review page.

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Andersen vs Soft-Lite Pro Windows

I'm in the process of buying a home now that needs new windows. I'm torn between going with the Soft-Lite Pro series or an Andersen. I'm able to get the Soft-Lite Pro windows at about cost, 19 windows for $6000. But I have a family member saying it would be better to go with Andersen for the security of the lifetime warranty. Since they've been around so long parts are always accessible, even from the 70's you can find parts for windows or doors. How reliable is the future of Soft-Lite, and should that matter for my decision?

Jordan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jordan you didn't mention the price for the Andersen or the series that you were considering. However, even without knowing that, if it were me, I would go with the Soft-lite Pro. Their warranty is great, it is a lifetime warranty as well, and the price you were quoted is ridiculously low. I'm actually a bit suspicious of how low that is. The Pro is a nice model and as long as you are comfortable with the quality of installation, I don't think you can afford not to go with the Soft-Lite option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Bay Window Bulkiness

We are considering replacing our old picture window with a bay window in our living room. We have run across a variety of issues and I am confused. First off it seems almost impossible to get a window with a finished inside unless an awful lot of money is spent. I hate to have a window installed, and then have even more work to do. Our contractor suggested Simonton because you can buy it with a finished vinyl inside {wood look} and then you have to stain the upper and lower yourself. That doesn't seem like a bad option.

However as I was looking at them on the computer, it appears that the framing is a bit "bulky" looking as compared to say the Anderson {which doesn't have the inside color options} I also know that the Anderson is not entirely vinyl, and I read that vinly in general will be a little bulky. My question is how much more "bulky" looking is it. I cannot find a showroom in my area to view the Simonton, I can only view the Anderson. Would you have any photos or any advise to offer? Thank you, Rosemary.

Rosemary - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Rosemary, there are a pretty wide variety of frame widths when it comes to bay windows. It's tough to judge Andersen vs. Simonton because Andersen bay windows will typically be at the upper edge of the cost spectrum, while Simonton bay windows will be towards the bottom. Most local Simonton companies and dealers should have samples of the actual windows (obviously not a bay, but the frame should be similar.) Before they come out, make sure they are bringing an actual window for you to see and touch. Most companies make a bay window - typically the bay will resemble the width and overall look of their other windows so find quality companies in your area, call them up, make sure they sell a bay window and they should have images and photos for you to see.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

American Craftsman By Andersen

What is the difference between Renewal by Anderson and American Craftsman windows...both made by Anderson.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2015

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Steve, there are huge differences between Renewal By Andersen and American Craftsman - both of these companies are owned by Andersen Windows, but here the similarities end.

Renewal or RBA is a franchised business that sells a composite fibrex window that is VERY pricey. (More on Renewal prices.) They often sell their windows out of local showrooms, but each region is owned by a different owner, meaning the installation quality will vary from owner to owner. RBA makes quite a nice window, but it's very difficult to justify how much they sell each window for. I would say there is much better value for your money available elsewhere.

American Craftsman is a lower end vinyl window company that sells their products through many of the big box stores. The quality of these windows is not super impressive, although the price point is usually very reasonable. In terms of vinyl windows, I could make some recommendations if you let me know what state you live in.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Andersen Customer Complaints

We built our house and it's only 6 months old. We had the Peachtree 300 series windows put in, and they've been nothing but trouble. We're already working on our 3rd set of replacement sashes. Some of them won't even lock because the fit is so bad. I'd pay the extra money and get Andersens instead.

Jan - Consumer - from 2014

Andersen vs Hurd Windows

I won't use Hurd windows again. My house has 17 of them now, and I can't wait to replace them. The sills are cheap and flimsy, the outside sills are rotting. I was repairing them as they fell apart, then I realized I was wasting my time. I have Andersens on the other part of the house that are 60 years old and they are still in great shape. Hurds just aren't made to last like some brands are.

Marty - Homeowner - from 2011

Andersen Pocket Inserts

I installed a ton of windows, and I just finished a big job using Andersen pocket/insert replacements. I love working with them - they are easy to install and I never have any problems when I'm working with Andersens. They always look good, too. I think they're a great window for the price and I'd recommend them to anybody. I think my only complaint is that there are several lines of theirs that I would say are overpriced for the quality you get. But nobody is perfect.

Mike - Window Installer - from 2010

Andersen Windows Complaints

Andersen's customer service is a joke. I spent over $20,000 on doors and windows from them. One of the doors has a split in the wood. Some of the screens are faulty and don't fit into the frames. We ordered in the spring, but delivery was delayed for some reason which they never shared with me so it didn't come until August. I'm in Phoenix, and I'm not going to try and do all that work in the middle of an Arizona summer, so I stored everything until it cooled down in October.

Now they're saying that it's not their problem, because it's been more than 90 days. They're telling me to fill the split in the door and paint over it. For the screen problem, they said to take it apart and put it back together "to factory specifications. Why didn't it come from the factory to factory specifications? The great transferrable warranty that they told me about apparently is a joke. My installer will fix them for me but says I have to pay him, and the Andersen rep clearly doesn't care.

Danny - Homeowner in Arizona - from 2010

Satisfied Customer

I've seen and heard a lot of bad things about Andersen windows, but I've had mine for years and they are great. I think they are some of the best windows around. They don't have any leaks or drafts, they look great, and I've been happy. I don't know why other people seem so down on them.

Cindy - Homeowner in Oregon - from 2009

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