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Read 8 Earthwise windows reviews from contractors and homeowners on their vinyl windows, including their Innovations Series. Consumers should take some time to read our Editor's review to better understand how the Earthwise group is set up and how they operate.

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

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Editor's Earthwise Window Review

Earthwise Windows are an experiment of sorts in terms of how the company is structured and operates. Earthwise is actually a group of independently-owned manufacturers who are located across the country. Most of these smaller manufacturers buy all of their window parts and asemble them at the local factory and sell them within their regional market. The original impetus for the group was that smaller regional manufacturers lacked the resources and infrastructure (marketing materials, sales, support, engineers, designers, etc) of the larger national window manufacturers. They therefore banded together under the Earthwise group to take advantage of its branding, product awareness and national presence.

From the consumer perspective, this approach could be problematic. You are buying from a local company whose production batches are different than the Earthwise company in Florida, for instance. It is much like buying from a franchise such as Renewal By Andersen, except that not only are you relying on the local company's customer service, you are also getting a slightly different window. The company spins this as a positive and, in some cases, they might be right. The local manufacturer can tweak the low-e glass, the fills, SHGC ratings, etc. to better reflect the regional conditions. However, from a consumer's point of view, how do you really know what you are getting in terms of quality and customer service?

Consumers who do like the Earthwise windows price point and product they offer should make sure to properly vet and research the actual company they are buying from to make sure that they have a proven track record. If they should go out of business in 7 or 8 years, make sure to ask if you have any recourse through the Earthwise window warranty - in all likelihood you won't.

Vista Panorama vs. Earthwise Eclipse

How would you compare Vista Panorama with Earthwise Eclipse with a price quote coming out about the same at $300 installed per double hung window? Is one better than the other and why? The guy who quoted Earthwise has top notch ratings on Angie's List and Home Advisor as far as the install goes. Thanks.

Kile - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kile, I can’t find a ton of information specific to the Earthwise Eclipse and have never personally used the window. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of data or features on this particular window online. My notion, based on other’s opinions but not first hand knowledge, is that the window is considered an average vinyl window.

I would therefore rate the Vista Panorama above average, but certainly not in the top tier of vinyl windows. However, most homeowners can buy a decent vinyl window, and with competent installation, can expect their windows to perform well over the years.

If it were me, I might lean towards the Vista, but if I felt the installation and/or future customer service was going to better with the Earthwise, then I might be persuaded to go this direction.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Earthwise 1400/1500 Series Windows

I have been reading the reviews on this site and would like to ask if you have any experience with the Earthwise 1400/1500 series windows. The company that offers them has been in business for 35 years in NE FL and has an A rating with the BBB. The salesman claims that he has such high regard for this window that he insisted they be used in the new home he is having built in a well-known new development of homes priced from $300,000 and up. I noticed that one review on your site gave a favorite report on the Earthwise Innovations; I do not know if the 1400/1500 series is in that category.

We are replacing old single-pane aluminum windows in a 40 year old home; it is a modest, one-story home with only 12 windows. We are looking for more energy-efficient and easy-to-clean replacements, which will also hopefully enhance the appearance of our home. We live in a suburb of Jacksonville, FL - not near the ocean.

I tried the cost calculator on your site and found that we should be able to replace our Windows for roughly $4860, which is less than the price estimate we received for the Earthwise Windows. Also, after reading the reviews on your site, I have disqualified the MI Windows from my choices and am now searching for a company that offers the PGT brand to provide us with an estimate of their cost.

Thank you for any insight you may be able to offer in helping us make our window selection.

Shelley - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Shelley, I have never heard of the Earthwise 1400 series specifically so I can't speak to their quality. Earthwise lists their windows on the website, but I couldn't find the series on there, very possibly because of the way Earthwise manufactures and sells their windows. What I would suggest is that you ask the company rep who provided you with the quote to also provide you with the performance data on the exact window he quoted you out at - air infiltration, U-factor, Design Pressure, SHGC. AI should be less than .10, U-factor should be less than .30, DP should be 35 or higher. See what their numbers come in at and let's go from there.

The window cost calculator is an estimate only so you have to take it with a grain of sale, or two. Projects specifics vary so much that the best way to really figure out the right price (and to get the BEST price) is to get a few bids from the local companies in your area. I agree that you should toss out the MI windows quote. In Florida, I like PGT, CWS, Simonton, Soft-Lite and Polaris. The first two companies should be easy enough to contact and find out if they have local companies that carry their brands in your area. Start here and see how their bids compare to the Earthwise windows cost bid. If you google Polaris Jacksonville Florida, for instance, you should be able to quickly track down local companies that carry these window brands.

Let me know how the bids come out!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

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Earthwise Eclipse Review

We chose the Eclipse after our neighbors had them installed in their house and they really liked them and felt like the price was on par with the other estimates they had. We had three quotes, Earthwise Eclipse, the Harvey Tribute window and Simonton Reflections 5500. The Earthwise was cheaper than either one and we are happy with how they look and the installer did a good job from what I can tell.

Charley - Homeowner in Massachusetts - from 2014

Earthwise Vinyl Windows

Earthwise is an average vinyl window, nothing special but a few nice features. They have a curved lift rail that looks really good, and colonial beading around the glass. They used to shadow groove the sash corners and I think they quit doing that. It looked really nice. Most windows in that price range, though, have triple weatherstripping and it only has double. Depending on the line of windows you're looking at, some have sloped sills and some pocket sills. I definitely like the sloped sill better. The only line from Earthwise I really like is Innovations. It has a lot of good features and performs well. It might be the only window of theirs that is worth the price.

Will - Contractor - from 2011

Earthwise Windows And Doors

I like Earthwise's doors more than their windows. The doors hold up well and look good, but the windows are just mediocre. You can do better for the money.

Buddy - Installer - from 2011

Earthwise Innovations Windows

I don't like most Earthwise products, but the Innovations line is a good, solid product. They are sturdy and have a ton of great features, and a good design. It's the only thing they make that I would recommend.

Matt - Contractor - from 2011

Are Earthwise Windows Good

I have to say that the new Earthwise product, the Innovations, is attractive and uses a nice one touch tilt/lock. It is a well manufactured window that uses a foam filed frame and sash, a Duralite spacer and looks to have a 0.24 U-factor, which is impressive.

James - Contractor - from 201o

Earthwise Windows Warranty

The Earthwise vinyl windows warranty comes from the original manufacturer, meaning it comes from the regional company that you purchase from. The windows and doors are warrantied to be free from manufacturing defects as long as the original buyer stays in their home. The warranty is transferrable with a $75 transfer fee, although the windows warranty period from the new owner is only 10 years from the original date of purchase. There are a list of limiations and exclusions that are included in the warranty so consumers should read the Earthwise warranty in its entirety to understand the terms etc. prior to purchasing these windows.

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