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Read 31 Anlin windows reviews from installers, contractors and consumers on their window models and series, the quality of their distributors, warranty information and more. For pricing, see our window replacement estimator and calculator.

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Editor's Anlin Windows Review

Anlin Windows are a central California based manufacturer that makes 3 vinyl window series, as well as several models of patio doors. The company is family owned and has been in the window and door business since the early 1990s.

In terms of west coast brands, Anlin is generally well regarded as a solid vinyl window manufacturer. They are certainly not as well known as other window companies such as Milgard and Simonton, but they generally get very solid reviews from homeowners and contractors who have used their products in the past. Along with Milgard and Amerimax, Anlin is one of the three vinyl window companies that I generally recommend to consumers looking for a good west coast vinyl window option.

The company makes three series, including the Catalina Series, Del Mar Series and Coronado. As is the case with nearly all companies, I typically recommend their mid range and premium windows over the entry level model, in this case with the Catalina. In terms of pricing, Anlin is right in the middle of the vinyl window pack, comparable to Milgard and Amerimax.

The company makes two independently labeled windows, the Monte Verde Series, which is marketed as a stand alone window and geared towards a more budget minded buyer. The company also manufactures the Ali'i Extreme window that is available exclusively in Hawaii.

The Anlin window warranty is Limited Lifetime and covers the vinyl frame, sash and components for the lifetime of the original owner. The warranty includes an accidental glass breakage provision and is transferrable to a new owner for 15 years from the original date of purchase. In general, this is a pretty impressive warranty.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Anlin Panoramic Windows Reviews

The Anlin Panoramic Window is on a good vinyl window, although it is built with a slightly thinner frame in order to allow more glass area and gain the title of "panoramic." It is ideal for picture windows where homeowners really want want more glass in a good window.

Tim - Site Editor

Anlin Panoramic Series vs. Simonton 7300 Daylightmax

Hi, I'm looking at Anlin Panoramic retrofit Windows, for the 2.5 inch verses the 3.5 inch frame for bigger views. Are these as good as their Del Mar and Catalina series Windows?

Also comparing them to Milgard and Simonton 7300 Daylightmax series. How do any of these compare to Amerimax? What series do you recommend from Amerimax? Can't find a distributer/installer yet for Amerimax and the Anlin rep told me Amerimax is rumored to about to go out of business? Any info on this?

What do you recommend please? The Anlins and Simontons are about equally priced.

Thanks so much,

Bob - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bob, the Anlin Panoramic is a good vinyl window, but because they are maximizing the glass area, you will lose some performance and possibly some long term durability. Not much, but there is always a trade off in these decisions. The Del Mar and Catalina use a slightly stronger frame, but you lose out on the extended glass area. All of their windows are solid though so I wouldn't worry about it too much.

I would put the Anlin windows on par with the Milgard Tuscany, although I might give the nod to the Anlin. I would definitely go with the Anlin over the Simonton 7300 Daylightmax series. I think Anlin makes the better window. Normally, I see bids on Anlin that are much more expensive than Simonton.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Anlin Catalina Windows Reviews

Anlin Catalina vs. Milgard Style Line

Hi, I live near Santa Cruz, CA and have two quotes from highly reviewed installation companies that vary considerably-- $8,000 between the two quotes. I'm trying to figure out if the window type is significantly different or what could be making that much of a quote difference. We have a lot of windows—28. Both were quotes for the entire house.

First, Angie's list didn't have anything listed that I saw on the freely available portion for any installation companies in this area. I'll be looking into buying a month of reviews to see what I can find. Yelp reviews average out to be essentially the same between the two companies.

The Milgard quote was $15,000 and was listed as Low E. Beyond that, I don't have any specifics on the type of Milgrad window. We would have to remove and reinstall all of our blinds (the house came with three different style of blinds throughout the house).

The Anlin quote was for the Catalina Infinit windows and came in at $22,000. Removal and re-installation of the blinds is included in this quote.

From the research I've done I have a couple of questions/clarifications. In terms of the difference in quotes, my assumption (that I will clarify) is that the Milgrad quote was for a more basic window than the Catalina Anlin windows. Is this a correct assumption?

It seems, again from CA research that there seems to be more buyers regret with Milgrad's customer service compared to Anlin.

I know it's a personal decision, but it just seems like the two quotes are significantly different and I'm trying to understand what may be causing that. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.


Jenny - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Jenny, you've done your research, which is great. I would say that Anlin makes the better window of the two companies, but I'm not quite sure its 8 grand better. Of course, it depends on which window from Milgard. I would recommend the Tuscany over the Style Line, which should run about 15% more. So let's say that puts the Milgard quote to $17,500 and a difference of $4,500. Now this makes for a tougher decision.

I would take both quotes and use this article to see how much lower you can get on both of them.

Negotiate A Window Bid

See what each one comes back at. I would put the difference maker at the $4,000 mark myself. However, I would also take a look at who is doing the installation and try to figure out what your gut tells you about which company you feel will do the better job. It does sound like both of the companies you have contacted offer good installation reviews though. (Awesome...)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Tuscany Series vs. Anlin Catalina

First of all let me say thank you for such a wonderful and comprehensive website. My mother and I have been talking with so many different sales people with regards to new windows for our home and it's been quite a journey as we've received all kinds of quotes.

I've done a lot of research on not only manufacturers but also installers for our Southern California home and I think I've narrowed the choices down to two manufacturers, Milgard (Tuscany Series) vs Anlin (Catalina/Malibu Series). I wanted to take a moment to gather your thoughts on the quote. We were also pitched the Milgard Style Line series but we preferred the Tuscany for its features. Is the Catalina/Malibu series a good mid range quality comparable to the Tuscany series? Anlin also offered us the Bay View series but we were looking for something a bit greater quality of window. We are also trying to be conservative with how much we are spending as we are undergoing a huge home renovation. I'm just worried that by cost we might be sacrificing a lot in longevity quality.

We have a lot of windows in our home and some are large picture windows that cover the entire wall of our living room. The Milgard quote we received seems quite high to me, and doesn't even include two smaller windows that would still need to be added to the quote.

What are you thoughts on these two quotes and also on the quality of each series. Personally I'm learning towards Anlin's Catalina/Malibu series.

Milgard Tuscany Series = 13 windows and 2 sliding glass doors for $18,795


Anilin Catalina / Malibu Series = 15 windows and 2 sliding glass doors for $13,380

I failed to also mention that both quotes included all taxes, parts, labor, haul-away, clean up, etc. However the Catalina series windows by Anlin also included screens for the windows which the Milgard company that quoted us did not include screens in their quote for the bedroom windows.

Jeremy - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Jeremy, the Anlin Catalina/Malibu series is quite good and certainly a window I would have in my own home. I would say the Catalina is generally very close in quality and craftsmanship with the Tuscany series. I would also agree that the Tuscany quote is too high given the Anlin quote, which looks very fair to me. I think you are exactly right that the Anlin is the way to go.

I might go back to the Anlin dealer and throw out a number and see if he'll come down off his price a bit. I'm not sure he will, but it never hurts to ask. Here is an article with my take on the best approach to this process.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Anlin Catalina Windows Cost

A few weeks ago we signed up and got approved through the HERO program. They pointed us in the direction to a contractor that installed windows. The contractor (++++ Solar) came out and measured and quoted us for the Anlin Catalina system, 10 windows and 2 sliders = 23,000. After we signed the agreement with the window company, I decided to look around and get reviews on the window systems we were getting (I know strange to do it after the fact). I came across your site and saw a post by a consumer that said they had 22 Anlin windows installed and he paid 16,000 I think. Thats when I started panicking!

Long story short, I called the window company and pleaded with them to break my contract. Today I got your email and looked at the estimate price ranges for that same Anlin Catalina window system and you have it listed at $450-$475....+++++ Solar was going to charge us $2,000 per window! I'm beyond frustrated with that company!! Big corporations trying to take advantage of the consumer.

Again, thank you so much for this information and saving my sanity!!

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Marc, I hear this time and time again. If you are looking at Anlin, I assume you are on the West Coast. I would suggest getting a few bids and using these bids to get the best price. Companies I like include Anlin, as well as Amerimax, and Milgard. Simonton makes a couple good vinyl windows, but they are a step below the three I mentioned - their Reflections 5500 and their Impressions 9800 series are the Simonton models I'd recommend.

All three (Anlin, Amerimax and Milgard) should have local companies who service your area. Get the bids and let them know that you are in the process of collecting bids (nothing like competition to get their best price). This will also provide you an opportunity to see, feel, operate the different windows, which is nice since they are going to be in your home for the next 20 years.

Take your time and make sure you get the best price and best window for your home!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Anlin Window Prices

As requested, below are 3 separate bids, from 3 different window replacement dealer/contractor:

Bid #1: Sears brand - $6,250 for (3)-6' wide & (1)-8' wide sliding window low-e. More Sears windows reviews.

Bid #2: PlyGem brand low-e3 - $3,000 for (5)-6' wide, (1)-8', & (1)-4' wide obscure/tempered bathroom window.

Bid #3: Anlin Catalina brand - $4,600 for (3)-6', (1)-8', & (1)-4' tempered/obscure - all sliding low-e.

Don - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Don, I like your Anlin bid. The Catalina window is a good window. Seems kind of expensive though, make sure you negotiate the price to get it as low as possible.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Anlin Del Mar Windows Reviews

The Del Mar series is a very solid vinyl window that is available on the west coast states. It uses a 2 and 7/8 inch frame depth, .80 inch frame thickness, equal sightlines, the Elite spacer, double strength glass and a single vent latch. It can be ordered in 14 exterior color options, 2 glass package options, 5 hardware options, 3 grid patters and 2 casing configurations. The Del Mar is Anlin's single hung and slider window, that can also be ordered in several geometric shapes as well.

Tim - Site Editor

Anlin Del Mar vs. Simonton Daylight Max

Good morning -- I happened upon your site and am wondering if you could give me an opinion on choosing between the Simonton Daylight Max and the Anlin Del Mar replacement windows? I live outside of Sacramento, CA; temperatures range from 28 degree lows in the winter to 112 highs in the summer. Thanks very much -

Robyn - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Robyn, both of these windows are decent, but the Simonton Daylight Max is not as good as the Anlin Del Mar window. The Daylight Max is more of an entry level/mid range vinyl window that uses a thinner frame with more glass area. Go with the Del Mar option and you will be quite happy come year 8 and beyond.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Anlin Del Mar Series vs. Simonton

Hi Dane, I had a company that carries Anlin windows come out to give me a quote for 9 windows and 1 sliding door... I believe it's the Del Mar series that is soundproof for $9800.

I also had a another company that carries Simonton windows come to quote me for the same exact windows for $8770 and if it's a check they will even take $500 off.

I am having a hard time to find most current reviews of these 2 products comparison. Each company is saying there product is better than the other

Sue - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sue, the Anlin Del Mar series is good. The quote sounds high to me. Assuming that the sliding door is $2,000, that's quite a bit for the 9 windows.

The $8270 for the exact same windows sounds much more in line with what I would expect (not knowing the size of windows, upgrades, etc.). I'm a little confused if this is for Simonton windows or Anlin with this second company. Simonton makes some pretty mediocre window series, as well as some very good windows, so if we are comparing Anlin and Simonton, I'd need to know what Simonton series we are talking about.

In general, Anlin is the better window by a bit, but again it depends on which series you are comparing.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Anlin Del Mar Desert Windows

Dane, Thank you for your advise. One more question. Which would you choose: Anline Del Mar Desert package at $13,533 or Milgard Tuscany for $10,500? We live in Phoenix, A.

Mary Jo - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mary Jo, If it were me I would probably go with the Del Mar Desert package, but I would use the Milgard quote to see how low the Anlin dealer will go. Tell him that if he can get close to the Tuscany bid, you will sign that day. See what he says and give him a few days to lower his price.

- Site Editor - from 2017

Anlin Del Mar Luxury Series Costs

I just got a quote for Anlin Del Mar Luxury Series. My 22 year old home is in Phoenix and some seals are broken with condensation. I am not replacing all windows but the windows which the seals are broken and others with direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the height of my windows which have direct sun is 77" tall and about 90" wide. So therefore, I was told the manufacturers do not make such large slides anymore in my price range. I also needed to replace a double door to a walkout balcony. Here is the quote I received. Vinyl with argon installed . Del Mar Luxury Series.

(4) X 35" X 77" double hung

(1) X 85 X 60 X0X

(2) X 23" X 77" double hung

(1) 48 X 77" Picture Window

(1) 28" X 85" Transom

(4) 48 X 56" double hung

(1) 61 X 80 French doors

The total including parts and labor is 11,800.00

Is this about right in price?

Thank you for your consideration.

Joyce - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joyce, that price quote doesn’t look outrageous by any means for the sizes and dimensions. However, when it comes to some of the bigger openings and French doors, you will tend to see some big differences in bids from one company to the other. I would definitely recommend a couple more bids to see what else is out there.

I would get a bid from a well-reviewed Milgard dealer and also a local company who sells Amerimax. Perhaps even a local company who sells higher end Simonton Series such as the Impressions.

Assuming you get two more bids, I think only then will you know how that Anlin bid stacks up in terms of market price. There may be some real differences in door prices that could save you some money, while still maintaining a high level of quality.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Anlin Del Mar Series vs Milgard Tuscany

I live at the beach in Southern CA. I am planning on replacing Ply-Gem 12 year old casement windows due to continuing significant hardware rust/repair with vinyl sliding windows. I am looking at both Milgard Tuscany Series and Anlin Del Mar Series. In your opinion, which of these manufacturer products will be most durable in the beach and related salt air environment? Thanks.

Paul - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Paul, both of these windows are nice mid range vinyl windows that should serve you well at the beach. I think they are so similar in quality and features that it's a coin toss. Instead I would focus my attention on the companies who will be doing the work and installation. This would be the bigger factor for me. If I had to choose between these two windows, I might give the small nod to Anlin.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Anlin Del Mar vs Milgard Tuscany Prices

I am replacing 4 windows (2 are 71.25 x 46.5 sliders with a SW sunset with full aluminum encasement and 2 are bathroom windows 32 x 48 single hang low sun area) to block construction. I like both the Milgard Tuscany and the Anlin Del Mar but since I am in the Phoenix Metro area I was leaning more to the Del Mar but they are around $700 more expensive. Pleas give me your input. Thank you.

Joanne - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Joanne, I would say the Tuscany and the Anlin Del Mar windows are pretty equivalent, I might give the slight nod to the Del Mar. I like the Tuscany though and assuming good installation on both, I would probably choose the Tuscany and save the $700. The only factors that would tip my choice in the other direction would be colors that the Del Mar comes in over the Tuscany or again the quality of the installation team who will be doing the work. Bottom line is that I think you've got a couple of very nice windows and with good installation, you should be happy with either.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Price Quote On Anlin Del Mar Window

Hi - I have a couple Anlin quotes for my condo for the following window dimensions:

Two XOX windows - 79x46 . One of these is in the bedroom is in thirds for egress.

One XO sliding patio door 95x80.

All are retrofit over aluminum. This is a condo in an HOA. For the Anlin Monte Verde Bay View they are saying $4200. For the Del Mar/Malibu I am getting $4500. Is this a fair price? Thanks.

Ryan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Ryan, I'd ask for the breakdown on that bid. The patio door is where most of that cost is going to be, seems a bit high to me. I'd think the sliders would be in the $500 to $600 each, not quite sure how much the egress requirements are adding to the bid. I'd go with the Del Mar/Malibu option for such a small different in price. If it were me, I'd get two more bids from other manufacturers. Try Simonton, Milgard and Amerimax distirbutors in your area and see how the bids come in.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Anlin Del Mar vs Milgard Styleline

I just found your website and have been reading avidly. I've currently received quotes from 5 different. I'm picking between Anlin Del Mar windows and Milgard Styleline.

It seems like the Anlin Del Mars is a higher quality window and perhaps I should ask the Milgard people to revise their quotes for the Tuscany?

I'm in San Francisco and both Anlin and Milgard seem to be local - is that true? The one thing that really worries me is I wonder how the Anlin warranty affects resale price of a building or perceived quality? For example, limited warranty once you transfer owners.

Also, the Anlin rep made it seem like Anlin is a much higher quality window because their vinyl is made of a composite that doesn't turn yellow, better bearings for the track, etc. Do you have any idea as to the amount of truth in these claims?

Overall, I'm leaning towards the Anlin but wonder if that's just because the guy did a great job selling me on it. He was the only person who actually showed me windows and explained anything to me. All the other people did was take measurements, leave and email me a quote.

Any advice you have would be welcome! Thank you so much for your website! And feel free to publish this question on there if you need more content. Warm regards,

LJ - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

LJ, you were correct that the Anlin Delmar is perhaps a touch better in quality than the Milgard Styleline window. I would say that the Milgard Tuscany is probably a touch better than the Anlin Delmar and should run 10 to 15% more than the cost of the Styleline. Definitely get a quote for both and see how they compare.

My understanding is that the Anlin warranty would probably be very similar to the Milgard warranty. As far as resell value, I've really never heard of anyone factoring in a window warranty when they go to make an offer on a house, however you are correct that when you transfer owners, typically the warranty only last for 20 years from the original date of purchase.

The claim that the Anlin rep made that their vinyl is a higher quality is dubious in my opinion. Milgard uses much the same vinyl as the Anlin and only poor quality vinyl extrusions are going to yellow overtime. Vinyl holds up well to the effects of sun and the elements overtime.

Anlin is a California-based company, while Milgard has factories up and down the West Coast, including four factories within California. Both the Anlin and the Milgard windows are good quality vinyl windows and you should be well served by either - I prefer the Tuscany to the Styleline.

My advice would be to focus less on the windows, since you have two solid choices, and now turn to really looking at the local companies who are giving you the bids. Installation accounts for about half of the job in terms of how well the windows going to perform, how much air is going to get through, and how durable the windows are in the rough opening. You really want to make sure that whoever you use is going to do a thorough and proper installation and is going to back up their work with the labor warranty.

Let me know what you end up deciding and how it works out!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Anlin Del Mar vs Catalina

I am looking at Anlin Coronado / Catalina - their Del Mar is even 100% more. (The Marvin quote was nearly 50% more) Both are dual pane, may be the people here are rich and can afford, except few old people like us! How can I be sure that when they say they are giving me certain glass options and Ar gas, I am getting that. Do you have any idea to make sure of this? Thx again.

Gobi - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

That does not surprise me that the Marvin replacement window is 50% more, it's a much better window. However, you should be just fine with a good vinyl window. The Anlin Catalina is their entry level vinyl window, but it's decent for a project on a strict budget, as long as you get quality installation, you should be just fine with that window. The Anlin Coronado is a better window and would offer better long term value - I would like to see you stretch your budget and get the window that will provide better value in the long term. Tell the rep that you want the Coronado, but explain that it is a bit out of your price range and see what they can do on price. They may suggest some hardware tweaks or features that aren't important to you that can drive the per window cost down.

Take a look at this page for some additional budget recommendations.

As far as the glass goes, there will usually be a small label on the glass, especially if the company sells glass packages with "names" - they often have unique names for their different upgrades. Ask the person selling you the window to point out where on the glass you can confirm that you are getting what you are paying for. No quality manufacturer or dealer is going to pull a bait and switch - I suppose that is where using good contractors - dealer - distributor comes into play. Anlin is a quality manufacturer, you should be in good hands with them.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Anlin Coronado Windows Reviews

Hi, I got an estimate from a company to replace my windows and got back an estimate for $11,957 to replace 8 windows with ANLIN VIRGIN VINIL DUAL PANE, CASEMENT WINDOWS, PROPRIETARY “INFINITY” ENERGY EFFICIENT GLASS PACKAGE. They will install the insulation process and when completed will remove and dispose of old windows. They will also provide lifetime warranty upon completion of the project, this warranty is transferable to the next owners should I decide to sell the house.

My concern is the price comparison between this company and the prices I have seen and heard WINDOW WORLD has. Am I overpaying for my windows? How does the quality compare between Anlin windows and the brand Window World has? As a consumer I don’ t really have a way to find the proper information to compare.

I have signed a contract but the windows will not be installed for another couple of weeks and would like to have some peace of mind knowing I chose right before the windows are installed and can cancel my contract.

If the size of the windows makes a difference in the pricing, please, let me know, I can provide the window measurements.

Thanks for your help.

Rosa - Homeowner - from 2017

Editor's Reply

Rosa, at first glance that seems like a very high price quote. $1500 per window is more than double what a standard vinyl window with installation costs. Now, I have no idea what is going on with your project and the price quote might be fine if there is quite a bit of work on the installation side or if the size of the windows are quite large. So yes, the windows are priced out by the lineal foot by the installer when he gives you the bid.

Anlin makes a much better window than Window World, but even Window World's top window with installation will rarely run over $600 per window installed. Still quite a jump from their $189 per window installed...

I wouldn't advise going with WW, but I would advise cancelling the contract with anlin. You need to take some time, get a few more bids from local companies who carry good brands. On the west half of the U.S. I typically recommend Milgard, Amerimax, Marvin, and Simonton. See if there is a rep in your area for these and get a bid from them. You can always go back to the Anlin bid, but you would be smart to ask them to match your lowest bid that you get from one of the others.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Anlin Coronado Windows vs. Milgard Tuscany

Hi Tim. We're looking at windows now for our home in Palm Springs (HOT!). We got a quote already for the Anlin Coronado windows and the Milgard Tuscany. It seems the Coronado is Anlin's high end line, but the Tuscany is the middle quality windows for Milgard. So I'm not really sure we're comparing apples to apples here. Milgard's quote was 1/2 the price of the Anlin. I'd really like to get a quote for Milgard's top of the line vinyl windows so I can get a better comparison with the Coronado windows. Do you know what line that would be?

Our quote for Anlin was about $16,000 for 7 windows (1 really big one) and 2 oversized sliders (taller than normal).

Let me know what you think. Thank you!

- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mike, the Milgard Tuscany is the higher end vinyl window from Milgard, but they do carry better (and pricier) windows, including the Ultra fiberglass, Essence (wood clad) and two aluminum window options. You may want to get a quote on the aluminum options, which will sacrifice on some of the energy efficiency, but are often used in hot climates such as Palm Springs due to their incredible strength that really stands up to hot climates.

Anlin's Coronado is quite a good window, but not worth 2x the cost of the Tuscany. I would think more like 20% to 25% for the Coronado, but remember that glass options and the various upgrades can have a significant effect on the per window cost of these bids.

I happen to like the Milgard Tuscany and I assume it would be fine for Palm Springs. You may want to discuss other pricing/windows with the Milgard rep and see if he thinks you are fine with the Tuscany or whether he thinks another line is more appropriate for your climate.

You may also want to consider another bid or two to see how these stack up against the Anlin and Milgard. Amerimax should be available in your area and their higher end vinyl model, the Aristocrat or the Craftsman Portrait would be the models to look at.

- Site Editor - from 2017

Anlin Monte Verde Windows Reviews

Anlin Monte Verde vs Premium Windows

Hi Tim, I am a homeowner in Bakersfield, CA that is replacing the original 1946 wooden frame single pane windows on our recently purchased home. We have received three bids from two contractors:

Contractor A: 19 Anlin Del Mar windows for $17,172

Contractor A: 19 Anlin Monte Verde windows for $11,525

Contractor B: 17 Premium Windows for $6,036 (

Contractor B does not seem like they would do a good job since they got the number of windows wrong on the bid (we asked for 19) and have generally had poor communication with us. So we want to stay away from them and we have not seen any reviews for Premium Windows.

Anlin Windows get very good reviews, but the $17k price point for the Del Mar windows seems excessively high versus the Monte Verde. Two questions:

1) Are the Del Mar windows that much better that they would warrant $6k higher price?

2) Is the quote for either the Del Mar or Monte Verde in the range of normal?

Thank you.

Curran - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Curran, the Del Mar is the better window, but I don't think it's worth the $6K more. I like Anlin windows but that price seems quite high for 19 windows.

I agree that you don't want to go with a contractor who you are having reservations about BEFORE the job. I actually think the Monte Verde is a decent vinyl window and the upgraded Bay View option in this model is good.

I checked the premiumwindowsinc website and they look like cheap vinyl windows -- I wouldn't be surprised if they were relabeled Atrium windows. However, I don't know this for a fact so I will try and collect some additional consumer reviews to get a better judge on this company.

I think you need to either find the floor of Contractor A's bid by using the Monte Verde bid to drive his price down.

I think you should get a bid from a local Milgard dealer and a local Amerimax dealer and see what they offer. I think this would bring some clarity to this huge range of bids you have so far.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Anlin Monte Verde Costs

A contractor suggested a Monte Verde window made by Anlin. Ours is an older Viking that was retrofit. Didn't use existing old metal frame. No UV protection, about 15-20 years old.

Want to replace one of 18 windows. Large front window with two sliders. Approx 8 ft wide x 3 1/2 ft high with almond or tan. Contractor said that Viking should not have retrofit, but they are nice, double pane windows for their time.

I am looking to replace only the front window, not because it's bad, but because I want UV protection.

Contractor wants to put in Monte Verde by Anlin. Is this good front window? I will be getting La z boy leather furniture. Sofa is higher back and will sit 3 inches above expanse of the windowsill.

Cost of window and installation: $680.

I live outside of Sacramento, in Roseville, CA.

- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bev, the Monte Verde is a good vinyl window, it's not the best vinyl window on the market, but it's a solid vinyl window to be sure. I would say it's on par with the Milgard Tuscany, which is also a good solid mid range vinyl window.

The price quote for a double slider that size is very very fair. All windows are going to allow some UV rays in, that's just the nature of a window. If you do want to limit the amount of light that gets in, talk to your contractor about the glass options available through Anlin. VT or visible transmittance is how much light gets through the window and you may be able to order a glass package with a lower VT.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Anlin Extreme Windows Reviews

Anlin Extreme vs Simonton Windows

I was hoping you are able to offer what you know about these:

1 . Win-Dor Windows (and Doors) - made by Win-Dor company themselves . Their main office as well as factory where they manufacture their own windows are located in Anaheim, California . They seem to be a trustworthy company, but very limited window style selection (ie they discontinued their double hung windows due to lack of supply demand)

2 . Anlin Extreme - I'm not sure if this is a relabel of one of Anlin's series, or a new series, but was not on your list.

3 . Simonton Vantage Pointe 6500 - Home Depot offers this . Do you know which Simonton series the 6500 is equivalent to?

I think I'd like to interview a couple more companies before I decide, but right now I'm trying to decide between Anlin Extreme/ Amerimax Craftsman (same installer) or Win-Dor . Any thoughts?

Also, going into this I was expecting Low-e2 to be the standard, but seems Low-e3 is what I've been presented with, although one of the companies tried telling me that their Low-e3 is normally an "upgrade" but they are currently "offering" Low-e3 for the price of their Low-e2 (even though they are phasing out the Low-e2 meaning I couldn't even buy it if I wanted to LOL) . I caught on right away that it was a sales tactic from doing much research and familiarizing myself with terms and such .

Samson - Homeowner - from 2015

[Contractor Response]

Are you in Hawaii? I've never seen this Anlin model but it looks to be available for Hawaii only…Simonton tends to be very cryptic in their model names - if you find a distributor who serves your area they should be able to tell you the comparable model. Often times, Simonton relabels their windows and then provides them to certain distributors or resellers to create the idea of exclusivity.

The Anlin looks like the best of the bunch, depending on what price you can get. Amerimax is a good vinyl window as well -- they are both really on par with one another -- Amerimax does have lots of exterior color options for their vinyl windows, although it adds a lot to the cost of the window (up to 30% in some cases!)

Honestly, I know very little about Win-Dor, but I will check them out this week and see what I can find. Let me know how the bids come in against one another!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Anlin Panorama Windows Reviews

Anlin Panorama Windows or Del Mar

The contractor I talked to recommended the Panoramic line in response to my concern about the potential loss of glass area with the Del Mar or Catalina styles. Is there any downside to the Anlin Panoramic?

Suzy - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Like all thinner vinyl framed windows, you will sacrifice some performance for the increased glass area. The company tries to counter balance this with a better glass package, but a thinner frame means you will have a slightly less sturdy frame. It's a trade off -- for instance in Europe they use incredibly thick vinyl frames and they lose quite a bit of glass area, but their windows are very energy efficient and they last forever.

I tend to think that the eye gets used to whatever it sees and that you won't see the difference once the windows are in. Basically I'm in the camp that says if you are going to replace your windows you want longevity and performance. However, this is an opinion and these are your windows. If the viewing area is a big deal for you, then I think you should absolutely consider the Panoramic over their traditional vinyl windows. Yes, you get slightly less performance and possibly a bit less on the overall life of the window, but we aren't talking about huge numbers.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

General Anlin Windows Reviews

Anlin Window Series

We are looking into replacing our windows and we got a quote from an Anlin distributor. My question is which is the series that is at the top , Del Mar series? Coronado series? Or Catalina series?

Ines - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ines, Anlin makes three basic series, the Catalina, Del Mar and Coronado. The Catalina is the entry level, the Del Mar is their mid range and the Coronado is the Premium. The company also sells a Monte Verde window that is roughly equal to the Del Mar.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Anlin Windows Or Crystal Pacific

I am in the process of deciding what windows to purchase. I had never heard of Anlin until a friend mentioned them. You seem to have high regard for them and I am comparing them to the Milgard Tuscany Based on what I read, you feel it is a toss-up as to which is better and to judge the installers and price as higher priorities. I am in Long Beach, CA

So, there is a company that I want to get your opinion on. Crystal Pacific Windows. Have you heard of them and what can you tell me about them. They seem to be close to half the cost of the Milgard which alone makes me concerned about the quality of the window.

Also, I am looking for a Kitchen / Side yard door and am considering a door with a glass insert and a blind in the glass. This door gets fairly heavy midday sun and minimal afternoon/evening sun.

John - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

John, I don't know much about Crystal Pacific windows. I did look them up on the website to look at some of their performance numbers and they appear to be okay. I'm sort of assuming that the company like many smaller manufacturers makes a sort of mid range vinyl window that is marketed towards the price conscious consumer. Since you live in Long Beach where the climate is quite mild, I would say you may be just fine with this option. If this is your forever home, however, I would probably advise to go with the Anlin or Milgard, which are proven companies with good track records.

Crystal Pacific does include an accidental glass breakage and limited lifetime warranty (only 10 years on ownership transfers though). Normally, I look at the warranty not as a benefit for the consumer, but as a gauge of what the company thinks of their own product - they seem to be offering a decent product by this gauge.

I think there may be some value in the Crystal Pacific windows, but I would also say that the window is probably going to be weaker than the Anlin/Milgard option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Anlin Vinyl Window Review

Anlin products are supposed to be really good, I haven't heard much bad about them. You should always get at least three estimates, for both the windows and the installation. Prices can be surprisingly different, but don't automatically go for the cheapest. Look at the warranties and the kind of service you'll be getting.

David - Window Contractor - from 2011

Anlin vs Milgard

Anlin has a great reputation on the West coast. I wold get a quote from someone like Milgard to compare your current quote to. Some will argue that Milgard products are better and other people like Anlins, I think they're comparable and each make a good window. Either way you should be satisfied, they are sturdy and they look great.

Randy - Window Contractor - from 2011

Top West Coast Window Producers

If I had to rank the top four West Coast window companies, I'd go with

1. Milgard
2. Anlin
3. Atrium
4. Magic

A lot of people like the Anlin better than Milgard, and the only reason I don't is that Anlin is a small producer and with a bad economy you never know if they'll be around in a few years to take care warranty or other problems.

Barry - Installer - from 2010

2nd Response

My favorite window on the West Coast? I like Simonton windows and Amerimax the best, really don't like Atrium and Magic. My top 4 would probably be
1. Simonton
2. Amerimax
3. Milgard
4. Anlin

Granted, I only deal with windows available in Southern California, so if you're somewhere else you might have more (or less) options. These four all have good features and are good quality manufacturing - even so I would always advise consumers to get a few quotes before buying.

Jordan - Contractor - from 2010

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Anlin Windows From American Vision

I knew I wanted Anlin windows, but I was having trouble finding an installer. The first person I turned to gave me a ridiculous price, so I called Anlin and asked what installer they recommend. They told me to call American Vision, and the quote I got when I called them was less than half of what the first guy wanted. The installation was fast and easy. They installed them the day they were delivered. The only problem I had was that they forgot the deadbolts I'd asked for, and I had to call a 2nd time to get them to come put them in. When they did come out, they were really nice and apologetic about it so I wasn't mad. I think they also install Milgard, but I know that they did a good job on my Anlins.

Brett - Homeowner - from 2010

Anlin And American Vision Windows

I just put 18 Anlin windows plus a sliding door in my house. I'm actually happy with the windows themselves, we had American Vision install them and they did a good job. They talk a big game about their devotion to customer service, but they don't seem to care about fixing problems once they have your money. I'd get Anlin windows again, but I will definitely use a different installer.

Ron - Homeowner - from 2007

Advise For Window Seller

I'm in Birmingham, Alabama now and most of what I sell is double pane, low-e and argon with triple glazed glass. It doesn't get super cold here but the heat in summers can be brutal. When I lived in Northern California pretty much everything was Anlin, I guess because it was close by. They're a good brand, I never had any customers complain about them. One problem that some people have is with stucco homes. Installers want an easy job so they keep the old frame and just put in new glass. There's nothing wrong with that if your frames are good and the homeowner knows that's what's happening, but I've seen some dishonest installers pull a fast one. Pay attention to what they're doing on your house.

Daryl - Installer - from 2007

Anlin vs Polybau Windows

Polybau and Anlin both make really good windows. I think they're way better than Simonton or anything sold at HD (Home Depot). They offer a slightly larger extrusion and a better spacer too. Their air leakage is way better than Simontons. They are both good windows. I like Anlins a lot, they really are a good window. They can be pricey, but if you're smart you can get a good deal. Salespeople are always talking special offers and phony discounts, but if you find an installer with some good references you can usually get a reasonable price. Make sure to get quotes from several people before signing with anyone.

Barry - Industry Insider - from 2006

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