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Ideal Windows Prices | Platinum 3000 Series | Majestic Signature Series |

4500 Series | 5000 Series | Perfect Fit Series

Ultra-Tite Series | DuraWeld | General Reviews



Ideal Platinum 3000 Windows Reviews

The Ideal Platinum 3000 is the company's drop down window from their premium Majestic series. However, these two windows are pretty darn close in terms of performance and construction. The frame and sill wall are not as strong in the Platinum 300 series. Performance wise, the Ideal Platinum 3000 still achieves a .23 U-factor and .02 air infiltration. Both strong numbers.

Tim - Site Editor


Ideal Platinum 3000 vs Vytex Fortis

Do you have any information about these windows? We are considering them as they are a great price from a very reputable contractor with excellent reviews. We also like the Fortis Vytex, but they are $1700 more. Also like the Okna, but they are a lot more expensive, 3700 more. The Ideal Windows have good performance ratings, i.e. U factor, etc. but I've read they are a step below Okna. Not sure about Vytex. What qualities should I be looking for in a vinyl window? Thanks for your help.

Mo - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mo, the Ideal Platinum 3000 delivers some pretty impressive numbers, although Ideal as a whole gets some mixed reviews from contractors and industry experts. Their premium 3000 model seems very solid to me.

The Vytex Fortis is also a solid window, comparable to the Platinum 3000, with a slightly higher air infiltration number (the lower the AI the better).

Okna is one of the top three vinyl window manufacturers so that's no surprise that the cost is higher.

How many windows are we talking here? This makes a big difference in terms of the price differences.

If you are getting a great deal on the premium Ideal vinyl window and you feel like the installer(s) are going to do a great job, I think you can pull the trigger.

All in all, you actually have three very solid options, so good on you for that.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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Ideal Majestic Windows Reviews

The Ideal Majestic series is the company's premium vinyl window and has a .02 air infiltration rating and a .23 u-factor. These are impressive performance numbers that rival some of the top tier vinyl windows out there. The Majestic has a more durable frame and sill wall compared to the Platinum 3000 series.

I've noticed that the Majestic is often priced twenty to thirty percent lower than similar quality windows. The bottom line is the Ideal Majestic is a top performing vinyl window that can offer some great value to consumers given the right price point.

Tim - Site Editor


Ideal Majestic Signature vs. Andersen

One of my quotes was for Majestic Signature (I think parent company is Ideal). Are you familiar with them or how they compare to Anderson 200 or Simenton? I was quoted about $650 installed.

Evan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Evan, the Ideal Majestic Signature series is a very good vinyl window with an .02 air infiltration, a well made frame, good overall construction, fit and tolerances. It is quite a different window from the Andersen 200, which is a wood clad window.

The 200 series is Andersen's entry level wood window and honestly not the best wood clad window out there. It isn't a bad one either, but the Andersen 400 series is my pick for sure of the two.

Head to head, I would go with the Ideal Majestic in a heartbeat. I tend to like vinyl windows though and think they beat out wood clad in terms of cost, durabiltiy, maintenance, longevity, and energy efficiency. I should say this is for a well made vinyl window, not a poorly made one.

In terms of cost, $650 is a fair price for the Ideal Majestic Signature window. However, I would use the Andersen bid to see if the Ideal dealer is willing to lower that price. Basically, I would spend a bit of time seeing if I could find his "floor price." Even if he doesn't move on price, I still think you have a very solid window at a nice price.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Ideal Majestic Energy Elite vs.Provia Comfort Tech

Hi, in your opinion which is a better window?

Ideal Majestic Energy Elite double hung or Provia Comfort Tech DLA?

I have estimates of $4671 for Majestic and $5500 for Provia for 9 windows.

They seem pretty similar to me but I am curious if I am missing something as there is a substantial price difference.

Thank you for your expertise.

Hope to hear soon.

Anna - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Anna, Provia Comfort Tech DLA is the glass system, but not the actual model window you are purchasing from ProVia? However, even if I assume you are purchasing the premium ProVia Endure model, the Ideal Majestic Energy Elite is as good or better a window...and for a better price. Both ProVia and Ideal make good premium windows. The Ideal Majestic is an excellent window and that is a really good competitive price!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Ideal Majestic vs. Okna 500

Hey Tim, thanks. One hopefully last question this go around. I really appreciate your feedback. The Softlite dealer I went to see is pushing me to an Ideal made window that’s made for him and called the Majestic - it’s an Ideal window. Oknas look better to me. Pricing is within $1000 for the 14 Windows. Okna or Ideal?

Tim - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tim, the Ideal Majestic is an excellent vinyl window as well. Personally, I might lean towards the Okna but the Majestic has a .02 air infiltration and is a very quality product.

Either window is excellent — I would concentrate on who is doing the installation and pick whoever you feel is going to do the better job.

Congrats, it doesn't sound like you can make a bad choice here!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Ideal Majestic vs. Sunrise Restorations

What are your thoughts about Sunrise Essentials and Restorations as compared to Soft-Lite Imperial LS or Ideal Majestic.

Gene - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Response]

Gene, the Sunrise Essentials is the company's entry level window and not one that I would recommend. The Sunrise "standard" window and the upgraded Restorations however are great windows and I would highly recommend those.

The Restorations is very close and quality and craftsmanship to the Soft-Lite Imperial LS (also one of the best vinyl windows out there.)

The Ideal Majestic has a .02 air infiltration and a .27 u-factor, which is right there with the Restorations model.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Gene's Response

Hi Dane, by any chance are you familiar with an Ideal window Platinum 3000? Apparently, it is an upgrade of the Ideal Majestic.

A highly recommended contractor is the distributor/installer. The upgrades are better than the Majestic and his pricing is much better since he does not employ sales people.

Gene - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Response]

Gene, I wasn't familiar with them, but I just took a look at the features and the performance and I have to say I'm impressed. Particularly with the .02 air infiltration and the .22 U-factor, although it was unclear whether this was with the triple or double paned glass. Just out of curiousity, what was the per window cost on these fully installed

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Gene's Response

I went to see the Ideal Platinum 3000 window at the actual showroom and was impressed. The installer helped design this 3000 series based on the good results from the Plantinum and Majestic series. It is exclusive for them and they started using them in Jan of 2016. What are your thoughts? This probably similar to Thompson Creek who bought a manufacturer for their windows they install. The difference would be price and that Ideal lifetime warranty from a firm that has been around since the 20's.

I just received a quote of $9,200, with grids, for the Sunshine Restoration window from another contractor. I know you liked the window but is it roughly worth $2600 or $2700 more than the 3000 Ideal one?

Gene - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Gene, the Sunrise Restorations is one of the best vinyl windows around, but I'm not sure it's worth $2700 more than the Ideal Platinum 3000 with its .22 U-factor and a .02 air infiltration. Assuming you like the look of the Ideal and feel confident that the installers will do a good job based on past reviews and ratings, then I think the Ideal is probably your best bet. Let me know how the install goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Gene's Response

The final window price for the Ideal Platinum 3000 double hung R5 is $6300. This includes a fully tempered window in one bathroom. Final measurements were today. They hope to install in 4 to 6 weeks. They use their own employees. I will let you know how the installation goes. Thanks for all your help.

Gene - Homeowner - from 2016


Ideal Majestic vs Soft-Lite Elements

I've received prices from a single installer for 3 different vinyl windows: Ideal Majestic, Soft-lite Elements, Sunrise Restorations. All of the prices are within $3000 of each other to replace all the windows in the house with Ideal being the cheapest and the Sunrise being the most expensive. Soft-lite seemed like a good middle of the road pricing option, but i don't love that they have the biggest frame, especially since we're coming from historic wood windows. Are the Sunrise windows worth the extra money? We're not sure how much longer we'll be in the house. Could be 4 years could be forever. Appreciate your thoughts.

Caroline - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Caroline, the Soft-Lite Elements and Sunrise Restorations are very close in quality, I might put the Elements above the Restorations by a nose. They are two of the very best vinyl windows out there and a notch above the Ideal Majestic series.

However, the Restorations does use that thinner frame, which is very nice in terms of the overall aesthetic. I would definitely recommend going with either the Elements of Restorations, I personally don't mind the thicker frame, in fact, it makes the window feel a bit sturdier to me, more substantial.

So this is what I would say, if the thinner frame is important to you for its visual appeal, shell out the extra money for the Restorations. If not, go with the Elements. Either way, you are getting a fantastic window!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Ideal Majestic Signature Series

I'm in need of vinyl replacement double hung Windows & called Thermal Window & Door company (the installers) in broomall, PA. I've use them bf (last July) for a larger patio door & think they're terrific!

My salesman came out yesterday & he sells Majestic Signature series Windows for $450 per window. They are made by Ideal Window Co. In Bayonne, NJ. Can you go into further detail about Ideal & suggest a good vinyl double hung window to purchase other than Ideal if they in fact a budget window that are good for rental properties.

Thank you.

Bobbi - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Bobbi, while I don't have as much anecdotal information on Ideal as some other companies, the Majestic series has some impressive data -- specifically an air infiltration rating of .02 and u-factor of .23. These are on par with the top tier brands that I often recommend in your state such as Okna and Soft-Lite.

As always, I would recommend you get a couple bids from local companies that sell these vinyl windows and see how they compare to the Majestic Signature series.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016







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Ideal 4500 Windows Reviews


Ideal 4500 Series

I am thinking about Ideal 4500 Series windows for my house in New Jersey. I 22 windows to replace. It's a lot of money and I want to get decent windows but I also need a good price.

Jane - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

Ideal makes a budget window. You could probably do worse, but Simonton makes a 5050 that is around the same price. Also, take a look at the Softlite Imperial Pro or Classic. Even the Soft-Lite Bainbridge (their entry level window) is better than Ideal if your budget is really tight. But Ideal just isn't what you want to live with.

Mike - Contractor in NJ - from 2010

[2nd Response]

Ideal is like American Jewel, good enough for an emergency or rental property but not something you really want on your house. You'll pay a little more for an Okna or Gorell, but you won't have to replace them in five years.

Steven - Installer - from 2010

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Ideal 5000 Windows Reviews


Ideal 5000 vs Soft-Lite Bainbridge

I'm looking for info on the SoftLite Bainbridge and Ideal 5000 Series. Any input?

Richard - Contractor - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

I don't know a lot about the Ideals, it isn't something I see much. The Bainbridge is pretty solid, they have good numbers and SoftLite stands behind everything they make.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2010


Ideal 5000 Windows vs Gorell

I live in east Penn. and want replacement vinyl windows. The Ideal 5000s were quoted at $400 per and the Gorell 5100 window was $572. Ideal had a 20 year warranty, Gorells 50. I had Ideals once before and they were junk, but I've been told they are pretty good now. Is that true?

Lewis - Homeowner - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

I'd go with Gorell. They are a better company and better product, but also higher priced. Worth it in my opinion. You'll get a better window, better materials, better engineering, better warranty, better service. If you aren't totally confident, then consider some other manufacturers. There are tons of them, and if you aren't thrilled with one then it's pretty easier to find another you like more.

Danny - Contractor - from 2009






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Ideal Perfect Fit Windows Reviews


Ideal Perfect Fit vs Earthwise 4700e Widow

Hello. We are looking to replace all the windows in our house. Because of a limited budget we decided to go with Earthwise 4700e. I still have my doubts and wanted to get your professional opinion on the product. We were choosing between Earthwise 4700e and Ideal windows Perfect Fit. Still not sure witch one is better. Thanks

Miroslav - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Miroslav, Earthwise is a conglomeration of manufacturers who all use the same parts and equipment, but their website contains precious little data on their products. I did a search for the Earthwise 4700e window and came up with one company that makes it (I'm assuming this is who is selling it). The site however offers no specific information on the parts, components, and features of the window beyond very generic statements such as fusion welded frame corners. I would ask for the air infiltration, design pressure, U-value and condensation resistance numbers on the specific window you are purchasing and compare this to the Ideal Perfect Fit window.

The Ideal Perfect Fit is a decent window, I wouldn't put it in the top tier category by any means, but it's a decent performer. I would ask for the air infiltration, design pressure, U-value and condensation resistance numbers on the specific window you are purchasing and compare this to the Earthwise window.

If I had to make a selection, I think I would pick the Ideal over the Earthwise in name and reputation, but not by much. I would imagine these two windows would be relatively close in terms of quality and performance, but I could be wrong -- the numbers, particularly the air infiltration, should help answer this. I think you also need to look at which company doing the installation. Reputation, personal, references, online references, labor warranty, presentation, price -- this should obviously factor greatly into the decision.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017






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Ideal Ultra-Tite Window Reviews


UltraTite Window Bid

Hi Dane, I am a reader of your website and learned a lot from it .

I would like to know if you have any reviews on a company called Window Galaxy USA based on Perth Amboy NJ ?

They offered a double hung called R-5 .022 U fact with Tilt and Lock replacement window that manufactured by Ideal Windows , do you have any review on it?

Which product line it is? What is the R-5 U fact .022 means?

Sandy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sandy, I would ask them which window series they are offering you.

I believe they are offering you the UltraTite triple pane with a U-factor or .22. This window is a solid mid range offering.

Ideal makes some good windows, particularly their Majestic series window. Their Platinum 3000 series is also good. I would be curious whether the dealer who gave you this bid sells either one of these.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Ideal Ultra-Tite II Windows

Hello Tim, Checking in with another question please! I see you have reviews of Ideal Windows. A company is offering me a very reasonable price for replacement windows and slider doors. The company is Unified that I mentioned to you several months back. They're based out of Long Island, New York and have been around for a long time it looks like.

They are pushing the Ideal Ultra Tite II Windows - actually that is the only window the salesman would talk to me about basically – but I don't see those reviewed on your site. Have you heard anything about them. I'm also sending you my quote from them in another email. I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me what you think. Thank you very much!

Katie - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Katie, I don't know specifics about the Ultra-Tite II, the numbers look okay, not great. I think Ideal makes a decent window, it isn't top tier, but it's probably fine. I would ask them what the air infiltration number is -- .10 or lower is good. I sort of don't like the idea of the company having a single brand of windows that they sell...that sort of strikes me as odd.

The bid looked reasonable but if it were me and I was going with the Ideal Ultra Site, I would request that they upgrade to the R5 glass or the Energy Gold Plus glass package for the price they quoted you at.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017






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Ideal Duraweld Window Reviews


Ideal Duraweld vs. Okna 500

We have 22 windows and 4 storm doors that need to be replaced. We've collected a bunch of quotes and they are all over the place in terms of price and quality. The two that I like the most are Okna 500 windows and ProVia doors. This quote was $17.4K.

The second bid I liked was Ideal Duraweld windows, with no price quote for the doors (he said he'd get back to me when he had a price.) This was $12.8K

Kellen - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kellen, Ideal makes a good window and the DuraWeld is their premium series. Okna makes a better window, though not by a huge amount. However, I'm guessing you are getting a better quote on the Okna windows than on the Ideal (I can't say this for sure since I don't have the door quote from the second bid, but I'm guessing...)

Unless the Ideal Duraweld quote with the doors comes in lower, I think you need to go with the Okna option. If the Ideal quote is lower, shoot me another email with the quotes and what door they are using and I can offer you my opinion.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018






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General Ideal Window Reviews


Best Window On The Market?

Hi Dane, We finally got our other quotes:

Ideal windows R5 for 23 windows and 8' patio door $14,717 (the sales guy got a little too aggressive for my taste)

Soft-Lite Imperial LS - we were quote $481 per window, $2300 for the patio door.

Let me know if this is reasonable and if you ever heard of Ideal windows.

Thank you.

Olga - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Olga, Ideal windows make a good mid grade vinyl window and the price quote received looks very fair. However, the Soft-Lite Imperial LS is a fantastic window (one of the best windows on the market) and that is a great per window price you received! I would absolutely go with the Soft-Lite quote if it were me.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Ideal Owner Review

Prown's Windows and Doors have been using Ideal Windows since 1945/46. In my 26 years at my 3rd generation family business, Ideal has been a lock solid supplier with a huge emphasis on consistency, quality and fairness. We buy 95% of our Windows and 100% of our Patio Doors from Ideal Windows and don't have a single hesitancy in the world about having all our eggs in one basket.

The products, the support staff, the deliveries are simply so reliable. I love their quality, their consistency (product and entire company team) and reliability. They are critical values to my home improvement business. I get plenty of vendors who walk in to get some of my window and door business. Candidly, the conversation is 1 sided and over in 30 seconds. I have ZERO interest in looking at their "killer pricing" cause I'll get what I pay for. I am VERY PLEASED and never doubt that Ideal is my primary Window and Door supplier for a very long time.

David - Owner - from 2015


Ideal Window Review

Northern Windows is a family owned and operated window installation company serving the Hudson Valley since 1989. Our family has relied on Ideal Windows for our entire window needs over 20 years. We have built our business on three basic principles; quality, value and service. This is why Ideal Windows has been and continues to be the 'Ideal' fit for us. Ideal windows make a quality window for every budget and back it up with a warranty that can actually be counted on.

Their service is unmatched and we are still able to get parts and fix windows that we installed 20 years ago. Ideal has also proven themselves to be an industry leader in new features and glass packages to stay ahead of the competition and energy star requirements. As we've expanded and added other exterior remodeling services to our business, one thing had stayed constant. Ideal has set the standard to which all other company's are judged.

Steve - Window Installation Company - from 2015


Ideal Windows vs Harvey

I had a quote on Soft Lite and the installer quoted me almost 25k for the job the other 5 installers quoted around 19k. Out of range for what I anticipated it would cost. Regrettably it seems these window manufacturers allow only certain vendors the right to sell and this limits who carriers what in the area. I also had quotes on windows from Ideal, Harvey and 2 for OKNA 400 vs 500. The journey to find the right installer and the best window started in late April and we are still looking. It has been a confounding path to say the least. Next to buying my car I have had to "do my homework" carefully and still no concrete decisions. Hope to arrive at one soon.

Nan - Homeowner - from 2015

[Contractor Response]

Yes, the journey to finding good replacement windows can be a difficult one, so good on you for sticking with it and doing your homework. I would agree that the Soft-Lite is not worth $6K more than the Okna 500 or 400 series (which I still think is your best bet in terms of windows.) Harvey and Ideal are both pretty good companies as well - if you like the quote on the Okna, take the lowest quote you have from the Ideal and Harvey and see if you can get one of the Okna guys to come down to that price and pull the trigger (assuming you feel comfortable with the installers.) Honestly, in terms of vinyl replacement windows, you really can't do much better than Okna - which is usually very similar to Soft-Lite windows cost.

Dane - Contractor - from 2015


Satisfied Customer

I had my house in NJ outfitted with all new windows 6 years ago. We went with Ideals and they've been great so far. They look good and we haven't had any problems. The price was good, too, a lot lower than some we looked at that had similar numbers and features.

Travis - Homeowner - from 2005


Ideal Window Review

We're going to be getting new windows for our home soon. Someone recommended the Ideal UltraWeld to replace our double hung windows. I can't find a lot of info about these online. I did find something about a Polaris UltraWeld but I'm not sure if it's the same window. It looks nice in person, with a thin profile which I like. As far as price and energy efficiency and all that, it seems to be pretty average. It isn't the best or the worst, not the cheapest of the most expensive. I'd like to get a few opinions before we buy.

Freda - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

The Polaris and the Ideal are not the same thing. Polaris is a very solid choice - Ideal is, at best, a mediocre product. They have a flimsy frame and don't hold up as well as windows that are priced at an even slightly higher price point. Look for a product with a U-factor of under .30 and also look at AI numbers. Ideal is a bargain window, and it just doesn't compare to Okna, Soft Lite, or Sunrise.

Matt - Contractor - from 2012

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