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Simonton 5500 Windows Reviews And Prices

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Series Information: The 5500 Reflections series is one of the company's better vinyl windows, although it has become a little dated. It is the top-of-the-line Reflections series and offers several addtional features and certainly more options than the 5300 and 5050 Series. The 5500 is nearly identical to the Simonton 6500 series sold at HD. (More on Home Depot Simonton Windows.)

Bottom Line: The 5500 Reflections series is generally regarded as the company's best vinyl window option, along with the Simonton Impressions window. Definitely consider this window series if the company doing the work has good online reviews and the price point seems reasonable.

Dane - Site Editor - Page Last Updated: February 16, 2024

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Simonton Windows vs Vinylmax

We live near Atlanta and have 13 double hungs to replace. Love to get your take...

MGM Windows: $6.3K
Vinylmax Radiance: $10.8K
Simonton 5500: $13.7K

John - Homeowner - from 2024

[Site Editor's Answer]

I'd probably go with the Vinylmax Radiance. The 5500 is the best of the bunch, but that price split is tricky. MGM is you're in the home for less than 7 years I would say.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2024

Simonton 5500 Windows Reviews

Hi Dane, we're looking to replace about 25 original windows in our home (mostly double hung, but two picture as well).

We've talked to a few companies and have been quoted 1) Vinylmax Franklin Series with Intelliglass X Low E/Argon glass, 2) Simonton 5050 and 5500 with high efficiency Cardinal 366 glass, and 3) Vytex Omni series.

The Vytex Omni series is apparently a window made specifically by Vytex for the company that proposed them. It's their "premium" vinyl window with thin profiles. (Vinylmax Windows Reviews)

The Simonton windows are what they are.

I like Vinylmax option, but had read (on your website) that the Edison series would be better. I went back to the company that quoted the Franklin series and they said "The Edison series is actually the same window as the Franklin with a different lock design. It is marketed to companies that buy through distribution and not directly from the manufacturer."

For the Vinylmax Franklin series, they quoted me $16,030 for the 26 windows (23 double hung, 2 picture, and 1 small slider), which averages to $616 per window.

The Simonton 5050 was quoted at $559 per window.

The Simonton 5500 was quoted at $669-680 per window.

I also got an option for Sunrise V4500 windows for $759-780 per window.

I'd love your thoughts on all the above! Currently I'm leaning towards the Vinylmax Franklin quote (if in case they are the same as the Edison except the lock design).

Thank you.

Nathan - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nathan, well, I have to say I'd never heard that about the Franklin and Edison (soooo many window options out there that sometimes even my head spins). If that's true, then I'm on board with the decision. I don't have a contact with Vinylmax so there is no way (right now) that I can confirm. The Sunrise V4500 would be my pick if you can swing the price, which is actually quite good for that model window.

If you do plan to be in the home for 20 years plus, then I think you highly consider the Sunrise. Less than this, then the Vinylmax Franklin option makes a lot of sense. The other one is the Simonton 5500 series, which at $670 installed is a VERY nice deal. I think you have some great options here and a big part of the equation for me would the installation company. Look them up and see how they are rated!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

Simonton Windows vs Sunrise

I'm replacing my windows in my manufactured home and wondering what you can tell me about the Simonton Reflections 5500 and the Sunrise Restoration Series. We have received bids from both and the Simonton bid was higher. We live in North Dakota and I like the fact that the Sunrise windows I can purchase from a local dealer. Thank you.

Cheryl - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Cheryl, the Sunrise Restorations is a top tier vinyl window, really top notch. The Simonton Reflections 5500 is a good window, but I wouldn't put it in the top tier, I might put it in the top tier of mid range vinyl window category. The fact that the Simonton bid was higher makes this even easier, go with the Sunrise! You are getting an excellent window!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton 5500 Windows Reviews

I'm looking to have windows installed in a duplex that I purchased. There are a ton of options out there!

I did get a quote to have Simonton 5500 windows installed for $5,900 (6 double hung and 8 slider). Are these decent, or is there a better option, at a cheaper price? I found a local dealer that gave me a price of $283 per window for the Simonton. Thanks!

Tim - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

The Simonton 5500 is a very decent window. It's not a top tier vinyl window, but it's at the higher end of the mid range vinyl window mark. The $5900 is a good price fully installed. The $283 for the window itself is a good price as well. One recommendation I would suggest is to ask your local dealer if there is any wiggle room on that installed price, any features or options that they can tweak to get the price lower. With the price you were quoted, I doubt whether there is much he can do but it never hurts to ask!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton 5500 vs Milgard Tuscany

I have quotes on both the Milgard Tuscany and the Simonton 5500 with the Milgard coming in at $80 more per window. Really looking for efficiency in reducing heating and cooling bills in Missouri. Any preference?

Jesse - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Jesse, I would say that the Milgard Tuscany window is perhaps a shade better than the Simonton 5500 Reflections, although I like the components and features of the 5500 window just fine. The comparison is close enough that I would say it's a non factor - better to compare the installers and how well the companies who are doing the installation compare with one another. If you want better energy efficiency, you may want to get a bid from Sunrise or Soft-Lite on their mid range window models - I believe these two are available through local dealers in certain parts of Missouri. These companies are going to offer a better overall window than either Milgard or Simonton, although they will also be more expensive. It never hurts to get the full comparison and every once in a while you will find a company that offers these lines at pretty darn competitive pricing. However, if you are fine with the performance numbers of the Simonton 5500 series and trust the company who gave you this bid, you should be good with this vinyl window in your home. It's quite a solid mid range vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton 5500 Windows Reviews And Prices

I'm in North Carolina where it gets hot in the summer and it's time to replace my windows. I have bids for the following; Simonton 5500 with the ETC 366 glass and the Soft-Lite Imperial LS with a comparable glass package, I believe the SB 70 xl. The cost is $60 more per window for the Soft-Lite - any thoughts?

Tom - Homeowner - from 2013

[Contractor Response]

Strictly from a performance standpoint, the 5500 will hold up against the Imperial LS model, although the LS will probably beat it out by a bit in terms of AI and U-value (not noticeably for your purposes). Where the Imperial LS is going to outshine the 5500 is in aesthetics, it is much nicer looking with a thinner frame, whereas the Simonton 5500 has a much bulkier frame. For larger windows this is not as apparent, but for smaller openings, it can be very noticeable. For $60 more per window, I would go with the Imperial LS, but the Simonton model is good. Either way (assuming thorough installation) you should be happy.

Steven - Contractor - from 2013

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Simonton 5500 Windows Reviews

The 5500 is a better than average window, I actually have them in my home and they have held up well. They have an .07 air infiltration rating, which is quite respectable. As far as pricing for the Simonton 5500 goes, you should be able to get them for $350 to $500 installed, depending on the size, upgrades and how complicated the installation specs are. Of course, pricing will also depend on the distributor and how they do their installs etc.

Billy - Contractor - 2012

Simonton 5500 vs. Top Vinyl Manufacturers

The 5500 model is solid and is better than most windows on the market today. But the window pales in comparison to the top of the line vinyl windows like the Soft-Lite Elements or the Okna 800 model. Is it fair that these would be quite a bit more than the 5500...yes in my opinion. Performance wise the numbers aren't close - 5500 has decent numbers, but nothing spectacular, while the other two have better AI, DP, Thermal, VT numbers by quite a bit. From a design perspective, the 5500 also can't compete, it has a bulky frame, maybe 1/2" on all sides when compared to the Okna and Soft-Lite. These windows are just better looking, better designed and better performing - and that's why you can get the 5500 for around $300 (window itself) and the others are going to run more like $400 to $450 for the window itself.

- Installer - 2012

Simonton Reflections 5500 & Prism Platinum

Simonton has some good windows, especially the Reflections 5500 (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

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