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Read 22 Simonton windows reviews and explore review and pricing information on the Assure, Reflections, Impressions and StormBreaker Plus series. For additional pricing information, see our Simonton window prices page.

Page last updated May, 2015.


Editor's Simonton Window Review

Simonton is one of the largest replacement window companies in the United States, with one of the most recognizable names in the window business as well. Their products are available through a number of different channels; the big box stores such as Lowes, Sears and Home Depot sell them, countless contractors distribute them and even some higher end stores carry their more expensive lines.

In general, the high availability of Simonton windows is a good thing because the company produces some solid mid range vinyl windows. The downside to this approach is reduced quality control in terms of the overall level of installation since more or less any contractor with a pick up truck can sell the product.

So how good are Simonton windows? They are often said to be the "Ford" (as in Ford cars and trucks) of the window industry and it seems an apt description. They aren't the fanciest or best looking vinyl windows, but they are well made, sturdy and reliable. The company stands behind their products and has lots of series and models to choose from. Their lower entry Assure and Reflections windows aren't great, but their mid range and higher end Reflections, Impressions and StormBreaker Series are well built and often competitively priced.

Simonton's naming system can be confusing for consumers and with good reason. For instance, the Reflections 5300 series is essentially identical to the Prism Ultra Gold Series. At one point, the Prism Series was only available to certain dealers or distributors, but now the different names tend to be more geographical in nature - West Coast has the Reflections Series and the East Coast has the Prism Series. For consumers, the best approach is to ask the seller which product they are buying and how it compares to the more well known Simonton window models.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

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Simonton Pro Finish Windows Reviews

Hello, I know nothing about windows and we need to replace some windows in my home . I don't want or need top of the line, but don't want cheap windows that will be a problem. We have gotten some window estimates for 8 double hung windows (bedrooms) and a large picture window with a double hung on each side. We live in Illinois and we also live on a busy road.

These are the brands we have gotten offered:

Ply Gem
Simonton Profinish Builder or Simonton 5500 Windows
Sun View by Lindsay Windows

Sunrise Windows

How would you rate these windows?

Theresa - Homeowner - from 2015

[Contractor Response]

Theresa, good for you for getting 4 bids, that's a good start. Okay, the best of the bunch is the Sunrise, although the Sunrise Essentials are their lower end model and I would stick with their standard frame or any upgraded model from here - Verde, Vanguard, Restorations. Whoever gave you the bid should have access to some if not all of these options, but their standard Sunrise frame is very good. I know nothing about Sun View windows, I did take a look at the Lindsey website, but it didn't provide me with any energy efficiency numbers or specific features on the window so I really can't comment.

Ply Gem makes a number of window series, their builder series is not very good, their Contractor series is okay and the Ply Gem Premium Series is good (probably on par with the Sunrise Standard Series). The Simonton Pro Finish Builder is not very good (they do have a Contractor Model and Master Model in the Pro Finish Series that are both decent, not fantastic, but decent Simonton quality). The Simonton 5500 Reflections series is quite a nice window (see if you can get a bid on the Simonton 9800 Series if they carry it, this is quite nice as well.)

I would take the Sunrise and Simonton 5500 Series quotes and try to get the prices down on each as much as possible (sometimes by telling them that you have several quotes for the same project for $500 less etc. and ask what they can come down to in terms of price.) Good Luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Simonton vs Harvey Windows

We are looking to replace 15 windows with white vinyl. So far we have had 3 different contractors/window companies over for estimates. Each guy has strongly pushed a different manufacturers window. Harvey, Simonton and Ideal. Specifically the Ideal Majestic. Each guy had good arguments as to why they recommend their fave - how do I know which is the best for our money? We are hoping for this to be our forever home. Thank you!

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2015

[Contractor Response]

Hi Kathy, well Harvey vinyl windows are good, although the common comment is that they charge a bit more for a pretty midrange vinyl window.

Simonton is certainly a well-known manufacturer and their mid range to premium products are very solid. So in regards to them, I would make sure that you know what window series you are purchasing.

Ideal is a smaller manufacturer, which is always a bit more of a gamble since there's a better chance that they're out of business in 20 years as opposed to a big company like Simonton.

One way to really compare the actual windows is to look at the performance numbers of each one and see how they compare there. In particular, ask for U-factor, SHGC, air infiltration and the visible transmittance or VT. The contractors should have these numbers, although you can also check nfrc.com - the site can be a bit cumbersome to navigate though.

The other issue, of course, is the installation portion of the project. The installation of the window is just as important as the window itself. So make sure that you feel comfortable with whoever is installing the windows. I like the installers who seen anal about their work, who seem like they fret over every tiny detail. These are the guys you know are going to do the job completely and thoroughly and not cut any corners.

If it were me, I would say Simonton then Harvey than Ideal.

Dane - Contractor - from 2015


Simonton Stormbreaker Plus Reviews

I'm searching for new construction windows for my coastal home. The builder we are using suggested impact windows and sliding doors from either Simonton or Viwinco. It's one sliding door and maybe 20 double hungs. Any opinions on these two companies? The two products my builder prefers are the windows and sliding glass doors by the two companies mentioned above. Thanks.

Jennie - Homeowner - from 2014

[Contractor Response]

The Simonton Stormbreaker is their hurricane window and it's a tank. And it's pretty darn affordable (the Viwinco Oceanview should will less expensive, but it's not as good as the Stormbreaker). In general, Simonton makes a good mid-grade vinyl window and they have very good customer service.

Rick - Contractor - from 2014


Simonton 5500 Reviews

My showroom has samples of the Simonton 5500 Series and the HiMark 800, and when you look at the two together the differences are clear. The 5500 is a good, solid window and it will work fine for most homes. The HiMark, though, is in a class by itself. It's truly a premium window, with a good build and great look. Window replacement costs are expensive, so if it was me I'd buy the best I could afford. They'll last longer and give you fewer problems over the years.

Harry - Window Dealer - from 2012


2nd Take On The Simonton 5500 Series

The HiMark is better than the Simonton as far as looks and appearance. If you want a premium window and aren't in love with the HiMark, then the Marvin Ultimate is a good option and one of the best fiberglass window available (I'd say a tie with the Inline top end model). The Soft-Lite Imperial LS are top tier, too, but a vinyl/PVC and still aren't better than HiMark or Okna.

Todd - Installer - from 2010


Simonton vs Vinylmax

I like the Vinylmax Easton, I'd compare it to a Simonton 5500, but the Easton has a triple pane option that is great for noise reduction. They aren't as well known as a lot of brands, but they are a small family run business and I've had really good experiences with them. They are a lot like Simonton a few years ago, before the big corporate takeover left them with customer service issues. Maybe more like Wincore is now - solid but not well known.

Peter - Window Installer - from 2011


Simonton vs Marvin

My home in Maryland is 60 years old, and I need windows that will look good on an older Colonial style home. I'm looking for 13 double hungs in a simple white style. It's also important that they qualify for the tax rebate for efficiency. A local contractor is a good friend and came out and gave us a quote, but he only deals in Simontons. Another friend suggested a Marvin rep that they know and he suggested Infinity windows with a fiberglass frame. As far as installation, I think either company would do a good job. I usually look at Consumer Reports but they haven't reviewed Simontons. I know that most problems with windows come from installation problems. The bids are $7900 for the Simonton Reflections 5500 and $12,228 for the Marvin Infinity. Is there $4,000 difference in quality? If there is, it's fine, we plan on staying here for a long time and I want good windows, but I hate to waste money.

Suzy - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

Don't pay attention to Consumer Reports. They only look at low-grade stuff you can buy in a big box store, and they don't know anything about windows. Simontons are good windows, I have them in my warehouse, but I'm not in love with them. They have good customer service and the windows perform well, but I don't think it's anything special. The Marvin Infinity is excellent, I really like it. They have great engineering and design. I like fiberglass more than vinyl. It's stronger and does better in temperature swings, so you actually keep the great performance stats that you think you're buying. It's hard to say if they're worth the money. If you're going to be there 10 years, it's a difference of $400 a year. That's almost nothing when you're talking about a whole house of windows.

Buddy - Contractor - from 2010


Simonton 5050 Review

I love the Simonton 5050, but it isn't available as a casement. If that's what you're looking for you'll have to go with the Reflections 5500 or Prism Platinum. The Marvins are good if you're worried about smaller glass, they have thinner frames. A vinyl casement is always going to have thicker framing than the same line in a double hung, so I'd make sure to see one in person before buying.

Steven - Contractor - from 2010

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Simonton Reflections 5500 Review

Simonton has some good windows, especially the Reflections 5500 and Prism Platinum. They are pretty much the same with only some minor cosmetic differences. I like the Prism Platinum best, it has the Super Spacer and double strength glass. If you are in the south, I'd go with the ETC Super 366 for the low solar heat gain. In the north, you want the solar gain so get the ETC Super Solar instead.

John - Contractor - from 2010


Simonton 5050 vs Ideal 4500

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 the Simonton 5050 that is around the same price. Also, take a look at the Softlite Imperial Pro of 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


Simonton vs Ply Gems

I live in Oklahoma, and we can get some pretty crazy weather. I'm looking at Simonton, Plygem Premium Series, and Reliabilt. I need something that will hold up under winds and driving rain, but not be too hard on the wallet. Any suggestions?

CC - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

PlyGem and Simonton are both solid choices. I have more experience using PlyGems, so I'm a little biased, but I think you'd be happy either way. The prices should be close, so as long as you get a good install it shouldn't matter which you pick.

Harry - Contractor - 2010


Prism Platinum vs Jeld Wen Builders Vinyl

I'm considering Simonton Prism Platinum and Jeld-Wen Builders Vinyl, and I could use advice. I'm getting 17 double hungs, 2 pictures, and a slider. Both are Low-E, both qualify for tax credits and have similar warranties. I don't care about the price, I just want the best window.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

The Simonton Prisms have a stronger frame and they'll last longer with fewer problems. They are, however, a lot more expensive than the Jeld Wens. If price really doesn't matter, the Simontons are a much better choice.

Daniel - Contractor in Texas - from 2009


Simonton vs Okna

I don't think there's much question that the Okna 800 is one of the best windows on the market. I'd certainly consider it among the top 4 or 5 out there. The double pane has a U-value of .25, air infiltration .01, and DP of 60. That beats pretty much any of their competitors. They definitely beat Simonton, although Simonton has really good customer service. The Simonton is a solid window that won't give you any trouble, but they aren't exciting. Oknas have the features and options to push it up to a higher class. They are more like the Sunrise, Gorell, and SoftLite.

Wayne - Industry Expert - from 2009

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Reflections Series

Simonton seems like it makes a lot of different windows, but it's actually quite simple. They make three different windows, and three levels in each one. The Reflections comes in either a 5050, 5300, or 5500. Prism is either Bronze, Ultra Gold, or Platinum, and then they have the Generations line which is a private label. The 5050/Bronze level is less expensive, thinner frame, and just a more basic window. They are all good, but the better lines will generally last a little longer and have some extra features.

Peter - Contractor - from 2009


Prism Platinum 6500 Review

Over a year ago I got Prism Platinum 6500s put on my house. The house is less drafty, our energy bills went down. We have mostly casements and the cranking mechanism is very nice, smooth movement and good hardware. They look great, too. The only thing we weren't totally pleased with is that they only come with a white exterior, so at first it didn't look quite right, but now we're used to the white and love it.

Nikki - Homeowner - from 2008


How They Stack Up To American Jewel

I'm a Simonton dealer, but I used to work with American Jewel windows. In the 1980s they had a heavy frame and were a decent window, but now they use designs with weaker frames and they are flimsy and fall apart. BF Rich is better than them and about the same price. Personally, I like Simontons, that's why I sell almost nothing else. Their best lines, the 5500, 6500, 9800, and Prism Platinum. These are much better as far as window quality, company reliability, and customer service. I can sell any window I want, I'm an independant dealer, but I can't be successful if my customers aren't happy so I try and steer them towards Simonton. I would avoid American Jewel.

Bill - Window Dealer - from 2008










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