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Explore Reliabilt Windows reviews on their 130, 3201, 3301, 3500, and 3900 window series.

Company Information: Reliabilt windows are typically sold at the big home improvement stores such as Lowes and HD. In terms of quality, I'd put Reliabilt at the top of the pack for windows sold in the "Big Box" stores, along with Simonton windows. This doesn't mean that I think Reliabilt windows are the best vinyl windows out there -- far from it.

Mid Range Manufacturer: I'd say Reliabilt is a lower to mid range vinyl window manufacturer that prices their products appropriately. I might put them on par with Revere and perhaps Alside Windows.

Who Makes Reliabilt Windows? What many consumers don't realize is that Reliabilt doesn't actually manufacture their own windows, but instead buys them from Atrium and resell them under their own name. This is a somewhat common practice in the industry (see Energex windows for another example of this).

Are Reliabilt Windows Good? If you are a price conscious consumer and want a decent vinyl window at a fair price, Reliabilt should be towards the top of your list. My issue with the big box stores is the installation quality -- because they use sub contractors and pay them per window, there is an incentive to get the job done as quickly as possible. I find this approach potentially problematic when it comes to getting quality installation. I much prefer local companies who bid out the job and are then responsible for making sure that the job is done right.

Internet Ratings: In addition to homeowner complaints and pricing information, we have aggregated ratings from review sites online. The company scores a 3.7 out of 5 stars from such industry leaders as Google, Garden Web, Yelp, and Angi.

Company Rating:Quaker Windows gets a 4.0 out of 5 stars based on 29 consumer reviews below.

Dane - Site Editor - Page Last Updated: March 27, 2024

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Reliabilt 130 Windows Reviews

Reliabilt 130 Windows Cost

Hi Dane, we have a lake house in Mt. Vernon, TX. It is a 2 story log cabin built in 1999 and has original builder grade windows. We want to replace all 18 windows, with vinyl, single hung, black exterior/white interior.

8 windows are 36 W x 47 7/8 H

1 slider 47 3/4 x 36

4 are 24x 353/4

5 are 36x 60

We have 4 quotes so far:

Burris Tectview AC Windows and Installation Total $11,211.57 Kiser Glass

Reliabilt 130 Windows and Installation $15,060 Lowes

All Seasons Windows and Installation $16,200

Alside Windows and Installation $15,600 - 16,600 (not sure of window model and was just a ballpark est over phone with Window World)

We also had an estimate for Pella from Lowes at just under $20K. We know Pella is a great window but not sure we want to spend that much on a 2nd home or that we need that high of quality.

Thank you for your input.

Dori - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dori, the Burris TectView AC is a solid window and the cheapest bid -- but I'm not sure what the installation company -- who gave you this bid?

Reliabilt and Lowes -- that's a bad combo IMO

All Seasons Windows and Installation -- they get good reviews but I don't know anything about their windows so...

Alside doesn't make all that great a window IMO

Pella makes a decent vinyl window, but honestly I'd rather have an NT Presidential window in my home than a Pella 250 -- you may want to reach out to an NT dealer and get a bid on this window...

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

Reliabilt 130 Window Series

Finally got the windows in last week, ordered April 19. Apparently, Atrium has no quality control system in place. There is silicone oozing from the glass to frame joint, silicone smeared on both panes of glass, silicone smeared on the vinyl frames. This is pitiful and if I could replace them with another brand in less than 110+ days it took to get them here, I would send them back. Really disappointed with Atrium and Lowes.

Jazz - Homeowner - from 2021

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Hi, Please tell me where I can purchase these windows in southern maine. Lowes says the Reliabilts are no longer available with a wood tone interior color.

Thank you.

Anne - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Anne, offhand, I don't know, sorry about that. I would reach out to Atrium, and see if they could provide you with a dealer in your local area. I thought they sold almost exclusively through Lowes, but maybe they have independent dealers as well.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021

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Reliabilt Windows Reviews :: 3201 Series

The Reliabilt 3201 is an entry level double hung that is basically an updated 5600 series. The 3201 has a fully welded frame, a fusion welded sash, 3.25 inch jamb depth, a constant force balance, two cam locks and single strength glass. Nothing particularly impressive about this list of features. The window is sold through the big box stores and is often sold to Do It Yourselfers who are looking for a budget window.

The ratings on the 3201 model aren't horrible - a DP35, U-value of .30, SHGC of .19. The 3201 window also qualifies in each of the 4 zones for Energy Star savings. The 3201 series comes with Reliabilt's limited lifetime warranty that comes all the vinyl parts, hardware and components. The warranty is transferrable and the subsequent owner is then covered for 10 years from the date of the original purchase.

All in all, the 3201 isn't the window I would recommend to most consumers, but if you need an inexpensive window that is going to be fine for a rental home or something like this, I would say go down to Lowes and take a look. It's going to be better than most of the other windows you find in these big box stores.
I would give the Reliabilt 3201 Series Window a 3.5 out of 5 stars rating.

Dane - Site Editor

Reliabilt 3201 Windows Reviews

Hi Dane, we have an older ranch home with 18 of the original windows. We plan to sell in roughly 6 years or so. Cost is an important factor for us, but we also don't want to tank the value of the home. We've collected three quotes thus face and would love to hear what you think. We live in the metro Atlanta region by the way - in case that matters - not sure it does. Thanks.

Lowes Reliabilt: $10.8K
Home Depot Simonton: $17.5K
Power Window: $26K

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David - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

David, that Power bid is just too high. I might scrap what you have as I don't like the installation options from HD or Lowes. I'll send you my list in case you want to take a look. But of the two others, the Simonton option would be my pick over the Reliabilt 3201, even with the price delta increase.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

Reliabilt 3201 Window Cost

My husband and I have 11 old and draft windows that need to be replaced. Here are my bids, but I'm curious -- Is Reliabilt a good window?

Window World 6000 Series Cost: $8,000

Sunrise Essentials Series Cost: $9,000

Reliabilt 3201 Series Cost: $9,100

Simonton 6100 Series Cost: $9400

Pella 250 Series Cost: $11,400

Simonton 6500 Series Cost: $11,000

Sunrise Series Cost: $11,500

Brad - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Brad, Reliabilt windows are a decent brand, but definitely not a top tier brand. I'd say that Sunrise Essentials series is your best bet. If you don't plan to be in the home very long, I'd go with the Window World 6000 Series. If this is your forever home, I'd go with the Sunrise Series. I hope this answer makes sense!

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

Reliabilt Windows from Lowe’s

Hello, we bought these windows from Lowe’s 4 years ago and we are now having issues with them. We was told buy Lowe’s that we have a life time warranty with them. They said we have to contact the manufacturer with any issues. My name is Sandra thank you!

Sandra - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Sandra, sorry, I don't do any phone consultations. Can't the window department at Lowe's provide you with a contact at Reliabilt. Surely you are not the first Lowes customer to have an issue with a Reliabilt product! This is why the whole lifetime warranty tends to be a bit of b.s.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

-- Estimated Reliabilt 3201 Price: $450 to $600 installed --
(assumes medium sized window and normal installation) *

Reliabilt 3201 vs Great Lakes Harborlight

Dane, I have a couple of bids, one on a Reliabilt 3201 from Lowes. The other is the Great Lakes Harborlight from a local company. The Great Lakes option is going to be $3,000 more expensive.

Which option would you go with?

Ed - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ed, I would say go with the Great Lakes HarborLight option. I think it's worth the extra money for a better product and possibly better quality of installation.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

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Dane, I'm looking for a good replacement window and I’m having a difficult time choosing one. I’m looking for something mid range. I have been looking at Lowe’s as my installer with reliabilt 3201 as the window. Do you have an overall opinion on the quality of this product? Is the 3900 a better option? How did CR rate them? I also received a quote from a company called Champions, the window seems like a better quality product but the quote was much more then Lowe’s. I live in Ohio so it’s very cold and very warm.

I would appreciate your help or guidance.

Matt - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Hi Matt. There isn't much in Lowes that I would consider mid range, most of it is lower end stuff. Perhaps their very best is at the mid range level. Champion makes a good vinyl window, but I've seen their price quotes and they often feel a bit inflated to me.

Since you are in Ohio, there are some good options out there that you may want to explore. For instance, I'd prefer you go with the lower end Soft-Lite Bainbridge over anything that Reliabilt makes. I'd prefer you go with the mid range Soft-Lite Classic or Pro though. Other dealers that will cover your area include Polaris, Stanek and Wallside. I think any of the mid range vinyl windows here will be good and you might be surprised to see the variety of bids you get with another two or three bids.

I would say avoid the Lowes Reliabilt, get a few more bids, and see if anything there is more in line with your budget. Going the cheap route may cost you more money in the long run—and lead to more headaches.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

Reliabilt 3200 vs Simonton 5050

I have quotes on the Simonton 5050 and the Reliabilit 3200. Which would be the better window? We're in North Carolina and are interested in a reasonably priced window

Steph - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Steph, the Simonton 5050 and Reliabilt 3200 are relatively comparable. I might give the nod to the Simonton over the Reliabilt. Both are entry level replacement vinyl windows. If you are going to stick with these two windows, I would pivot to look at which installer is going to do the better job. Check online reviews and BBB, along with your own gut, to make a decision of who would do the better job.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Reliabilt 3201 Series vs Simonton Pro-Finish

I have a Reliabilt 3201 price quote as well as one for Simonton 6100 Vantage Point. Consumer Reports gives ratings on the Simonton Pro-Finish Contractor.

Michael - Homeowner - from 2016

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Hi Michael, the Reliabilt 3201 and Simonton VantagePointe are pretty comparable. I would probably say the VantagePointe is the better of the two by a smidge. It probably won't matter which one you go with since they are so close in quality. I would try and suss out who is going to do the better job installing the windows and make this the deciding factor.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

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Reliabilt 3301 Windows Reviews And Prices

Reliabilt 3301 Windows

I'm looking to replace my home windows on a shoe string budget. I don't need great windows because of the location and we have relatively mild winters where i live in central California. If I'm looking at Jeld Wen, Ply Gem, Milgard, and Reliabilt windows. Which one of these is the best?

Yolanda - Homeowner - from 2012

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Of the brands you mention, the Milgard and Ply Gem are the best. Reliabilt and Jeld Wen are at the bottom.

One of the issues with budget windows is that they are often accompanied by budget installation. This is a recipe for more money spent long term with the repairs or replacement you will have to do.

With decent installation, I'd say the Reliabilt 3301 ought to be fine.

Joey - Installer - from 2012

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Reliabilt 3500 Windows Reviews And Prices

-- Estimated Reliabilt 3500 Price: $450 to $600 installed --
(assumes medium sized window and normal installation) *

Reliabilt 3500 vs. Window World 4000

I have 16 windows to be replaced, I’ve had a couple estimates. Recently become a widow and it’s a bit overwhelming. Quotes received are

Window World 4000. $10,000

Reliabilt 3500 $10,200

Soft-light classic $24,960

Then if buy day of was $18,600

( I don’t buy anything day of)

Statewide remodeling

That’s who Home Depot sent out

Thought I was getting bid for Simonton because that’s the brand of window on the front of house already there.

Called and have estimate for Champion windows Monday which can be cancelled.

Jenee - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Jenee, sorry for your recent loss. The Soft-Lite classic is the best window, but that's too much to pay. The $18,600 is obviously a much better price, but perhaps still too much to pay for that window.

I'm not a big fan of either of the Window World 4000 or the Reliabilt 3500....unless you aren't planning to be in the home too much longer. What's your timeline in the home?

I would definitely get that bid from Champion and see how that turns out.

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Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

Reliabilt 3500 Windows Cost

Hi Dane, I completed info. on your site for a window project. I really liked the reviews of so many window types and your reasonable estimator. Honesty, the cheapest Reliabilts from Lowes for less than 200 per window would do me fine. Your estimate was like 4300 for 10 windows installed, that would be pretty reasonable for about 230 per window installation over the 200 cost per window.

Can you honestly tell me if any of those who you share my info with will be in that ball park. I only returned one call and they didn't have the estimate from your site and handle their own brand of window, and as you probably know, have to come out for an estimate.

Realize I've had three estimates ranging for 10 windows from Window World (20000+) Renewal by Anderson ((11000+) and Lowes (8000+) Lowes was the best price, but no where near the 4300 on your site calculator and what I feel is reasonable (assuming installers are making less than $50/hr and the company would still be making nearly double that).

Think I may just get a buddy to do this with me as I'm now retired and have to watch my budget. I'm willing to pay a fair price for a local install, but I've yet to find anyone in that ballpark who is available.

Any comments or suggestions welcome.

Rick - Homeowner - from 2022

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Rick, I have to be honest, that pricing calculator on my site hasn't been updated in over a year. (Inflation and supply chain issues have really done a number on prices...) The estimates you are getting from the actual companies, unfortunately, is more of the going rate. If you are retired, and on a pretty tight budget, I would suggest collecting as many bids as you can handle to see if you can find one that combines a quality window with a fair overall price.

If you feel like you and your friend could put in the windows yourself, I would youtube a bunch of videos on installing windows to familairize yourself with any issues prior to putting in the windows. This might avoid a few snags with the install process -- measuring the openings is one of the places that people often screw up...I might suggest going to Home Depot and getting a Reliabilt 3500 series or top end Atrium window -- actually I would ask the people that worked there what window they would put in their own home if they were shopping at their store.

You could go on yelp or craigslist and find a local installer who has good reviews to help with the install. This is one way to control the installation cost issues.

These are my off the cuff thoughts....

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

Reliabilt vs Alside

Hello. I’m struggling to make a decision and hoping you can help. I received a quote today from a company called Window Depot out of Tyler Texas. $6,297 total for 10 Alside Fusion windows. Another company that I have used for gutters, ABC seamless out of Quitman Texas is at $5,178 for the same windows. For the Alside Mezzo ABC seamless is at $4,510. Our home is 41 years old and has the original single pane with metal. We own the house, no one knows the future, plan to keep it in the family. We are on a budge but also want a good window. Can you help?

Lowes quoted me $7019.00 total for a double hung 3500 series Reliabilt.

Thank you!!!

PK - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

PK, I personally wouldn't go with an Alside window if you are keeping the home long term. I just think there are too many long term issues with those windows. The Reliabilt 3500 series is a decent window, but that's too expensive for that window in my opinion.

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Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

Reliabilt 3500 vs 3900 Prices

Hi John, big fan of what you all have put together on the website. Thank you - it's very helpful.

We have 3 quotes for all windows in a 60 year old home (various sizes, 18 total) to be replaced. The current windows are original and quotes include installation.

Pella 150 Series Cost Bid: $11,700

Pella 250 Series Cost Bid: $13,700

Reliabilt 3500 Cost Bid: $11,000

Reliabilt 3900 Cost Bid: $13,000

This all includes sale pricing that ends tomorrow and we would like to get this done sooner than later so even a short response would be very much appreciated.

Do you have a quick recommendation and/or comment on these quotes?

Thank you so much for your time and assistance!

Best Regards.

Derek - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Derek, I'm not a fan of any of these quotes to be honest. Reliabilt doesn't make a quality enough window for me to recommend it. The Pella 250 is the best window of the bunch, but you really ought to get a couple more bids in my opinion. Just to see if there is some better quality options out there.

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Dane - Site Editor - from 2021

Reliabilt 3500 vs Simonton ProFinish Windows

I purchased a mobile estate and need to get 9 new single hungs. Do they make specific windows for mobile estate? I have an estimate for single hungs with the Profinish Builder series. Are these a low end window?

Pam - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Pam, there are really no specific replacements made to handle mobile homes. The Simonton ProFinish windows comes as the Master, Contractor, and Builder. Yes, the Builder model is the lower end series.

You may want to look at something like the Reliabilt 3500 or 3900 or the Ply Gem Pro.

One or both of these options should be available at your local Lowes or Home Depot.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Reliabilt Windows Reviews

What do you think of the 3500 series? When we talked to Lowes they only had good things to say and even felt it was better choice over Pella because of the price. After reading some of your reviews I am a little nervous. We have ask Window World to give us a price but their reviews are horrible and they can't seem to tell what brand they sell.

Terry - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Terry, I think you are right not to go with Window World, their vinyl series are just not very good. Reliabilt makes a decent low to mid end vinyl window and for the price, I think they offer a good product. Their 3500 series is their "premium" vinyl window and again it's decent.

I think if you go with a Reliabilt from Lowes, you need to find your own installer instead of going with Lowes subcontractors. Not to say all of them are bad, but those big box stores pay them per window and basically the installers are incentivized to go as quickly as possible - not a good recipe for quality. Instead, find a well respected and well reviewed installer via yelp, angie's list, or even craigslist and have them do the work for you.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

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Reliabilt 3900 Windows Reviews And Prices

The 3900 series is a popular model at Lowes. The Reliabilt brand is manufactured by Atrium Doors & Windows and then relabeled. The 3900 model is the company's premium model and is a decent mid range vinyl window. Consumers can expect a 3.25" frame depth, a half screen, double pane glass, constant force balancing, a single cam lock, and double ventilation latches. I would give the Reliabilt 3900 Series Window a 4 out of 5 stars rating.

Dane - Site Editor

Configuring My Sunroom

Hi Dane, I found your website online and appreciate all the reviews as well as the various questions and answers you posted.

I bought a 1905 house in 2012 and the previous owners had already replaced all the original wooden double hung windows with what appear to be Reliabilt 3900 series double hung, single hung, and slider windows. They’re not overly exciting, but they work well, are super quiet when closed, and have less draft off them than my double layer brick walls. They are good enough windows and I don’t yet have a reason to install anything better.

However, I am replacing/reconfiguring some slider windows in my sunroom and want to find single lite windows with approx dimensions of 24”Wx53”H and 24”Wx48”H (inside the frame/trim pieces) picture windows and casement windows with screens for ventilation. And also a 32”Wx 14H” transom window (to install over a 32” door) that will need to vent towards the inside on the top, with a screen. Because they will be reconfigured, and we will be exposing the studs, they can have fins.

I don’t want to spend more on these windows than I have to, and don’t need them to be any higher quality than the Reliabilit 3900 that are everywhere else in the house. Would you recommend the reliability 3900 series since I have a good contractor that is going to install them? If not, do you have a specific recommendation, or can you send me your list of window recommendations for these type of windows?

Tiffany - Homeowner - from 2024

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Tiffany, sorry for the delay - it's been a crazy week. So the Reliabilt 3900 series is a decent enough window when coupled with good installation. It is not the best window out there, but a decent middle of the road unit. As long as you have someone you trust to do the install and you aren't planning to stay in the home forever, then I think you can get away with it.

Never hurts to get a bid or two - sometimes just as a fact finding mission --

Dane - Site Editor - from 2024

Reliabilt Review

I'm interested in your list of replacement window brands in my area to go into the old casements. I will be doing the work myself so the installation itself will be flawless: square, level, secure, and extremely well weather-proofed and insulated around the casements. I'm 71, so I don't need a window that lasts 40 more years, but we need tilt-to-clean, decent U value, and good air infiltration rates compared to our drafty old wooden sashes.

I will be replacing 15 double-hung, 32x74 windows in my 40 yr old home. Fortunately, I've learned a LOT about replacement windows since finding your site. Specifically, I will disregard the $327 for the MI 1555. Although you don't rave about Reliabilt's 3900, it actually has decent specs, especially the 0.08 AI rating! And they are on sale for $328. MI Windows Reviews

Many of the negative reviews I see appear to be shoddy installation of a lightweight contender that may do well if done carefully by yours truly--though I don't want busted seals and balancers in 10 years if I have to sell this fairly nice home. (A significant drawback is the lack of a Lowe's that has them on display or in stock to look at!) However, I need to tap other brands in the area before pulling the pin on this many windows. I would consider an upgrade if I could keep them around $450-475, but not if a Reliabilt or similar would do.

Looking forward to your list, or any opinions.

Chuck - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Chuck, I do agree with you on the Reliabilt 3900 with excellent installation. Not a top tier window, but I think a solid unit…and one that you can purchase yourself. That’s the biggest issue with DIY. My evaluation on windows is overall quality, price and installation together. Here are my good and great recommendations.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

[Chuck's Reply]

Thank you. I'm going to start trying to find DIY dealers closest to my rural area (New Hope about 30 miles west of Chattanooga, TN). Sadly the lumber store just up the road that gave me a quote uses a lot of MI series. I don't like the reviews or stats. They can get PlyGem, and I think I remember you saying they are a short step above Reliabilt. But I will start to run down the list you gave me first. Thanks again. I'll report back on my findings in this area if it is of help to you.

Chuck - Homeowner - from 2023

Reliabilt Windows Reviews 3900

Hi, Please send your list of preferred options for single hungs. We are in Ardmore Oklahoma 73401. Had a quote from Lowes and he had a demo sample of the reliabilt 3900 double hung series even though we requested single hung. Not good, not happy as he didn't listen to our wanted specs! We are retired and just want something more efficient than the decrepit metal contractor junk in this home. Thanks for any info you can provide.

Jennie - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jennie, sorry for your headaches, here is my list for you to take a look at. Hopefully you will find some excellent quotes - then send them my way and let's get you an awesome series at a great price!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

Reliabilt 3900 Series vs. Wincore 5400

Hello, I need to replace around 30+ windows . Some are triple and some are double and some are single.

I got for Wincore 5400 series as $23553 -- from local door and window installer

Reliabilt 3900 Series as $25350 -- From Lowes

Which one is better option . I live in Atlanta GA

Please suggest any better options


Sam - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Hey Sam, so I would say the Wincore 5400 series window is better than the Reliabilt 3900 window -- not by much, but as the less expensive bid, that's quite nice. There are some decent options in and around Atlanta.

Here are my recommendations:

[Email for his recommendations]

Tim - Site Editor - from 2022

Reliabilt 3900 vs. Pella 250

I have quotes to replace 6 double hungs, 1 picture / bay window, and 1 small picture window. + 1 picture - small 19x19):

Sunrise Standard Bid: $5,695
American Craftsman 70 Bid: $5,735
Sunrise Restorations Bid: $6,145
Simonton 6100 Bid: $6,330
Simonton 6500 Bid: $7,600
Pella 250 Bid: $8,980
United Distinct Bid: $9,010
Reliabilt 3900 Bid: $9,510

Syed - Homeowner - from 2022

Reliabilt Windows Reviews

We have bought our first “old house” in Sapulpa, OK. A 117 year old home with 20+ windows in it, most of which have been replaced at various stages throughout the years, but only a very few recently. There are also various sizes, with several most likely needing to be special ordered.

Nearly all of them should be updated as the house is very drafty and at our age (late 60’s) we shouldn’t be on ladders cleaning the outside of windows and prefer not having to remove storm windows, screens just to clean the entire window. We received a price quote from Renewal by Anderson that was close to $60,000+ for replacement of all the windows

This was their cheapest basic window). We were shocked to say the least! So when we were at Lowe’s last night and saw Reliabilt Windows prices it gave us some hope. But after returning home we found your review of these windows and read several of your answers to questions that people had sent you regarding these windows and it’s definitely given us some pause moving forward with them.

So, we are wondering if there is a particular vinyl brand in this area (Sapulpa, OK) where we live that is budget friendly, yet at the same time, one that you could recommend? We thank you for your time to answer our question and look forward to your response.

Richard - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Richard, Renewal bids are often disheartening. Reliabilt makes a decent window, but there are much better options out there. My suggestion is to take a look at my list...

[Email for his recommendations]

Tim - Site Editor - from 2022

Price Quote

Hi Dane - I am here in Massachusetts. There is a local / regional(?) manufacturer in Chicopee MA called National Vinyl.

I have quotes for 19 windows installed:

$13,000 National Vinyl Northwind III (argon, low e) - Local Installer

$14,500 Home Deploy - Simonton 6100

$14,800 Lowes - Reliabilt 3900

The National Vinyl is EnergySTAR rated for North; thought to have slimmer construction. I like the idea of local manufacturer.

I would very much appreciate your thoughts / recommendations.


Adam - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Adam, I have never heard of National Vinyl. There are lots of good local manufacturers, but I wouldn't spend my hard earned money unless I knew a number of people who had used their windows and been happy with the performance. Only then would I feel comfortable going in that direction. If these were my bids, I'd go with the Simonton 6100 series, although I would do a review of the company doing the actual install and make sure they had solid reviews. So goes for the National Vinyl.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021

Lowes Reliabilt 3900 Series

Hi Dane,

What you think Lowes Reliabilt 3900 series windows are better by quality and price?

I read your topic about Lowes window Installer paid low and they are not doing installation

Right, So how you find right contractors for window installtor. Lowes charge me around $9800.00

For 14 double hung 3900 series Reliabilts with installation

Please give me some tips.

What to do?


Paul - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

That's a steep price tag for a Reliabilt 3900. Not a bad window, but there are much better deals out there. Where do you live, I can make some recommendations.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2020

3900 Series vs. Castle

We are going to replace 2 double hunts and 8 casement windows on a wood shingled house. The windows we have are pretty leaky, the original ones I think.

Lowes sells the United 4800 window and the Reliabilt 3900 window. The United cost $300 per window installed, white the Reliabilt was $400 per window.

What is your opinion on both Reliabilt and United? The only other bid I've gotten is on Castle windows, which was a bit more than the Reliabilt.

Kenny - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Kenny, I have a pretty low opinion of United and Reliabilt. Castle is a bit better, but they are a mid range window in general. If you are really budget conscious, then the Reliaiblt 3900 with quality installation is probably an okay option. The problem is the quality of installation from a place like Lowes. They often pay their subcontractors a low per window rate that promotes a fast approach, but not necessarily a quality approach.

Maybe buy the windows from Lowes but use yelp or craigslist to find a good local installer to do the work.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

[Kenny's Reply]

Thank you thank, you thank you, Tim. I'll go back and revisit your website for windows. There's a local company here call M&M Carpentry. They enlarged garage doors from 8 to 9 feet wide, added new doors, added a side door and all looks like. I've seen them do vinyl side and windows also. So they will be doing the installation.

Kenny - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

If you have an installer that you trust, then I'm a bit more inclined to see the Big Box store option as viable. The Reliabilt 3900 is definitely one of the best series sold by Lowes. I think it's worth another visit over there (as well as HD) to pick the brains of the guys who work in the window department.

Ask two questions: what in their opinion is the best vinyl window they sell and what window would they put in their house if they were redoing their windows. If the answer is the same then I think you have the best option from the Big Box stores. They don't sell the best windows, but I think you can find a mid range vinyl window there. Combine that with good installation and you should be well versed.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

Reliabilt Window 3900 vs. Ply Gem Pro Series

Hello, could you give me your opinion on the Reliabilt Window 3900 from Lowe's Hardware?

What about Ply Gem Pro model?

Allan - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Allan, the Reliabilt 3900 is their top end window, so a mid range vinyl series overall. It's comparable to a Ply Gem Pro, although I would take the Pro over the 3900 series. Neither is a top tier window though.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Reliabilt 3900 Or Pella 250 Series

I have an estimate for both the Pella 250 and Reliabilt 3900. Which window is better

Trix - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Trix, these two are close in quality. I think the Pella 250 is a bit better than the Reliabilt 3900. Take a look here to see our Best Entry Level Vinyl Series.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

Reliabilt Windows vs United

Hi Dane, I'm interested in the UNITED 4800 PLUS or the Reliabilt 3900 replacement vinyl windows. I would appreciate your thoughts and opinion. Thank you.

John - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi John, I have to tell you that both of the selections you are asking about are considered builder grade windows, that is a lower cost lower quality window. Interestingly, when I looked at the Reliabilt, which is the better window in this scenario, I found the Reliabilt 3900 window cost to be roughly $440 just for the window itself - from Lowes. For this price (and assuming $125 for installation), you could buy a much better window in my opinion.

If you went with the Okna 400 series for example, I would think you could get the window and installation for $565 ($440 + $125). This also goes for the Zen Nirvana, the Soft-Lite Pro, the Sunrise standard frame, the Milgard Tuscany, the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait and the Polaris ThermalWeld model. All of these windows are solid vinyl windows that will serve you much better than either the United or the Reliabilt.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

3900 Review

Hi, which Reliability window looks the best and has the best price other than the 3900 series?

Julia - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Julia, To the best of my knowledge, the 3900 from Reliabilt is the top of the line from the company and would include more of the features that consumers often tihnk of in terms of "best looking."

Reliabilts are usually sold through Lowes Home Improvement so if you wanted to compare prices, I would suggest making a trip down there and checking it out. Their entry level vinyl series, including the single hung model and the picture window model, will be the least expensive options.

Reliabilt is not a bad window, but remember that you get what you pay for and with Reliabilt, you aren't pay a whole lot.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

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Reliabilt Windows vs. Marvin

I am presently getting estimates on double hung vinyl windows for 5 windows. Just had estimates from Marvin and Reliabilt from Lowes. Home Depot is coming out in an hour. After reading the Reliabilt windows reviews, we’re leaning to Marvin about $2000 more. Please send your list of recommended options and brands. Reviewing Simonton, Marvin, Pella and and Anderson.

Geraldine - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Geraldine, Reliabilt is a lower end vinyl option in my opinion. The Marvin is the much better window, but I think there might be something in between. A premium Simonton is a nice option. Andersen will probably be quite a bit more.

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Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

Reliabilt Window Complaint

I’m installing windows for a lady that got them from owes they are Reliabilt she ordered 6 windows that came in October of 21 I had shoulder surgery so she waited for me to heal before installing them so we put them in out of the weather they were wrapped up still when I was installing them I noticed that almost every one of them weren’t straight had warped the side rails. Were in and out towards the glass I could straighten them up but it made them hard to open and close and the frames were flemsey and wobbly I’m sending you a picture of what I’m talking about I told her that I would take them back or ask for a discount the six windows cost her nearly $2000 dollars if you look between the level and side you can see the gap’s a couple of them were close to a quarter inch.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Steve, thanks for the heads up and I'm sorry you are having these issues. I sure hope they take back this obviously defective batch of windows.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

Lowes Reliabilt Windows Cost

Hi Dane, thanks for sending me your recommended list and for all the info on your website. I've got quotes from several vendors and am trying to decide. I have decided against Lowes because of bad Reliabilt Windows reviews. Window World seems expensive for low level windows. Renewal by Anderson is way too expensive. I would like the Fortis installation but it is too expensive for me. A little leary about the Zen Window installer because he never came out to my place and only goes through email and has had to adjust the quote several times because of him putting wrong info. Not that interested in Georgetown because of it being an entry level window. Any thoughts?

Quotes are for installation of 4 double hungs (2 are 46w x 71h and 2 are 23w x 71h):

Vytex Georgetown from Kelly Window & Door = $4,632

Vytex Fortis from Kelly Window & Door = $5,360

Zen Alside Windows Nirvana Series = $4,378

Reliabilt from Lowes = $3931.28

Window World 4000 Series Price = $4,493

Renewal by Anderson = $13,000

Thanks so much for your help!

Pat - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Pat, I agree with your assessment on all points. I will say this -- Kelly Window & Door has amazing reviews from the very little research I did on the company. The Georgetown is not a bad option at all -- it's just not in my top 20. But it looks like the company sells Sunrise windows (according to their website), which are great. Are they no longer selling this? This is where I would spend my time trying to find out what they sell, the lead time on each product, and how low they will sell you the Sunrise for. See if they will sell you the Sunrise for that same price as the Georgetown.

More on how to negotiate window prices.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021

Reliabilt Windows vs. Ply Gem

Hi! I need to replace our patio door. Contractor is pushing Reliabilts and now Ply-Gem doors. I read your comments on the first. What abiut these other 2? PLY-GEM and Milgard. I live nirth of San Francisco. Thanks!

Maria - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Maria, I would rate Ply Gem and Milgard above Reliabilt (or really Atrium). The other two brands I like on the West Coast are Anlin and Amerimax, plus maybe a high end Simonton model like the Reflections 5500 series. I think the better series from Ply Gem and Milgard though are quality products.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021

Reliabilt In Galveston Texas

Dane, I am looking through the Galveston and TX window codes and see that my area needs a DP rating of 75 or withstand 130 mph - 3 sec gusts. The 75 DP is confusing me because the latter 130 mph 3 sec gusts correlates to a DP of about 45. Can you help clarify this?

Anyways I am in search of a window to buy for a 33x66 inside frame measurement ( so a 36 x 60 ish can frame the rest ) that will pass the local permit requirements and also maintain my texas windstorm insurance policy.

Reliabilts is one brand that I have seen on many houses around here, but my wife wants casements.

I would greatly appreciate the help.

Michael - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Michael, I don’t know the codes from every county so I wouldn’t want to speak out of turn. The best way to resolve this in my opinion is to reach out to some local dealers. Get a couple of free bids (even if you are going to buy the window yourself) and basically grill them for information. DP45 sounds about right to me. The local guys will have these answers on lock as they deal with them everyday when they go out to give bids for project in and around your area.

You may be able to get the information just by calling a few of the companies that operate in your area. This is going to be the best source of information and getting some companies out to your house is free and can be pretty darn informative if you have your questions all ready for them.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2020

Renewal By Andersen Option

Dear Sir, I wish to replace (rather than refurbish) 3, 60-year old, six-by-six single sash units in my unheated garage in SE PA. They appear to be held in place with four pieces of 1/2 inch molding and a wooden block at the top sash.

The replacement job doesn't look to complicated but the single sash, vinyl replacement windows I have checked on line available to me (i.e., Home Depot, Lowes) have awful reviews, except for Renewal by Andersen which only comes in a more expensive double hung unit which I do not need. I'm in fact filling three holes at my garage.

Would I be better off purchasing units from your budget category through a contractor? Or can I purchase any of the recommended models in listing as a non-contractor? Would I be better off using a contractor to gain access to replacements unavailable to individual consumers? What options do I have as a consumer for a replacement windows that measure 23.5" x 45.5"?

Thanks for your insights.

Dennis - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Dennis, for a garage project you don't have to buy a top tier series. I would go with something nice and sturdy as viewing area is unimportant. You want something that is going to last. A couple of options.

Go on Yelp or Craigslist and find a well reviewed installer. Call them up, explain the project, and ask what they use for a window. In all likelihood, they buy from the big box stores just like you would have to. If you like their bid price for the install, then...

Go buy one of the best Home Depot replacement windows or Lowes series available -- ask the guys that work there which series they would buy for their house if they needed to replace a window. Obviously if the Andersen is out of your price range, don't include this one. HD usually carries one or two decent series, like a Simonton or a better Reliabilt, that I would consider a decent mid range vinyl window.

You could also find a local dealer who carries one of our "budget vinyl windows" and get a bid for the replacement. Make a few calls and see what companies are in your area, what brands they carry, and what they will charge you for the project.

By the time you have three companies come out and bid the project, you should have a much better handle on what you can expect to pay. Hopefully, they bring out samples of the windows to give you a chance to touch and feel the windows.

Feel free to send me the bids and I am happy to give you my opinion on what you have.

All the Best.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

Reliabilt Windows Complaints

I purchased replacement casements in 2015 for my whole house. I have an issue with one of the windows not closing all the way so I called Lowe’s to find out who could help me. They gave me the Number to an outside company. I contacted them only to be asked all kinds of questions, i.e. warranty # on my windows, pictures of the problem, a video of what the window was doing. They were all sent only to be asked my address to she could send me a video and a tool on how to fix my window. REALLY????

I pay $10,000 to be sent a video and not a window repair man???? Reliabilts, in my opinion, is THE WORST company and I am letting everyone know NOT purchase these!! I was told by Lowe’s salesmen these were “the Best”, the guy names Joe who came to my how to do the measuring and selecting also said the same thing. This is beyond frustrating!!!

Thank you.

Kathie - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Kathie, sorry for your troubles, that really sucks!

If Reliabilt won't give you satisfaction, you could always call up a local window repairman (craigslist, yelp, angie's list) and ask for a free estimate on home window repair. Some of these local guys might come by and give you a low cost way to fix the windows or show you how to do it. It might not be a perfect fix, but it may provide you with relief at relatively little cost to you.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

Question On Muntins

Dane, Hello, my name is Bernard.

I have a serious problem. I have installed 24 Reliabilts in my House without muntins. The Historical Society tells me I have to have protruding muntins on my Top Sash with a Diamond Design Grind. The Bottom has a grid. Can I replace the Sash with a muntins grid. I am trying to be as Cost Effective as possible. Thx u for your advice.

Bernard - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bernard, the short answer is -- I don't know what options Reliabilt offers. It's possible you may be able to buy muntins that you could apply to the existing window that would serve the purpose for the historical society. This would be the cheapest option and you could probably have a local handyman do it.

I would see if you could do one or two windows and then see if the result satisfies the historical society. That's what I would do myself.

If it doesn't work, see if you can get a bid on replacement windows from a local Reliabilt dealer (not that you need new windows) and have them come out and then ask your questions and pretend that you are considering replacing the window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Do It Yourself Options

Dane, thanks for the response. I was hoping to see a bit more of price breakdowns, and am particularly interested in installing them myself. I'm currently under orders from the city of Minneapolis to do a large amount of lead abatement, and I therefore must either go through their certified list of approved contractors (a certification in addition to the national EPA certification) or do it myself.

I've chosen to do it myself, but am having a hard time finding companies willing to sell me the windows. Thank you for any help you can offer.

Drew - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Drew, I can't give you more of a price breakdown because there are so many factors that go into how windows are priced out…lots of features, upgrades, installation requirements etc.

If you are going to do it yourself, you will probably have to buy through the big box stores. Home Depot sells the Andersen 100 window, which is a pretty solid window. This is what I would buy for my house if I were going through HD.

The other two brands I think are decent through these retail sources are Simonton and Reliabilt. I wouldn't buy any other brands than these. Pricing is quite transparent obviously since you can walk right in and see what a particular sized window costs.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Plano Texas Options

We live in Plano, TX and need a good but affordable window series, maybe even from Home Depot.

Drew - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Drew, there are some okay options at Home Depot, including Simonton and Reliabilts. The installation from there is a bit touch and go because they often pay their subcontractors a low hourly rate. I might find a local installer with good reviews on angies list or yelp.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Lowe's Reliabilt Windows

I bought 20 Reliabilt replacements windows thru Lowe's in 2003. I have 4 of those windows that have cloudy panes due to faulty seals. I just sent a claim through a class action suit regarding this damage. I have been unable to resolve this thru Lowe's.

Deb - Homeowner - from 2016

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