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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 2016

[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 windows aren't bad but they just can't compete with these top tier vinyl windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

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 2016

[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

- Site Editor - from 2016

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.

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. After reading ur reviews & one other review, I am afraid to buy these Windows. I do not want to get "budget" Windows on my home that will last only 5 years. 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, Ideal certainly has some mixed reviews. I've seen some very nice reviews on them and some that were, let's just say, less than ideal. If I lived in Pennsylvania, I would look at a few brands, but at the top my list would be Okna. They are great and carry two to three vinyl models (depending on the rep), each of which is excellent. Soft-Lite should have a rep in your area (if not, I'd look at Zen windows, which is a franchise of Soft-Lite.) Soft-Lite makes excellent windows as well.

Get a couple bids from the local companies that sell these vinyl windows and see how they compare to the Majestic Signature series. I would imagine they wouldn't be too much more and you could rest easy that you are gettting some of the best vinyl windows on the market.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

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

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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

Read more on Okna windows reviews.

Ideal Majestic vs Sunrise Restorations

Recently I had a chance to look at the Ideal Majestic and Sunrise Restorations together. These two windows are worlds apart. Ideal uses a cheap, low-grade vinyl. The seals are thin, the frame and rails are flimsy. Sunrise uses thicker, sturdier materials that won't wear out. Ideal might throw around good AI numbers, but they use such cheap materials that in a year or two, you might as well leave your windows open. They aren't made to last forever and if you're going to be in your house in 5 years then don't waste your time and money, go with a higher quality to start with.

Carey - Contractor - from 2010

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

Read more on Gorell 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 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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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

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