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Anlin Windows vs Milgard

Anlin Windows vs Milgard - how do these two brands stack up against one another. Let's take a closer look and compare on company structure, what they sell, how they market, and their overall window price point.

The big difference between what these two companies sell is that Anlin is only in the vinyl window market, while Milgard also makes an aluminum and fiberglass windows. (They used to make a wood-clad, but eventually they got out of that market - probably because their consumer reviews were pretty poor for the wood clad.)

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Anlin Windows vs Milgard

Anlin Windows And Doors is a west coast company that, up until 2021, was a family owned business out of Clovis, California. They have always had a good reputation for making quality vinyl window and doors. In fact, I still contend that they are the best brand in the western half of the country In 2021, the company sold to PGT Innovations (PGT Windows And Doors), which along with companies like MI (or MITER), have been gobbling up smaller window companies with some consistency. Anlin’s quality has not been affected or changed in any way since their acquisition, so consumers can be happy about that.

Milgard Windows & Doors has been around since the late 1950 and has manufacturing facilities in Temecula, Sacramento, Simi Valley (all California locations), as well as Tacoma Washington and Prescott Arizona. This west coast based company was acquired by MI Windows (MITER) back in 2018 (I believe this was the year, but I might be a bit off.) In this way they are like Anlin in the consolidation that has occurred in the industry.

Similar to Anlin, Milgard’s production and manufacturing does not seem to be affected by their new ownership. However, unlike Anlin, the Milgard product lines now carry aslightly different titles. So, for instance, the (Milgard Tuscany series is now known as the V400 Tuscany. This is a branding redo and nothing else - plus they kept the series name.

"Anlin has always had a good reputation for making quality vinyl window and doors. In fact, I still contend that they are the best brand in the western half of the country."

What They Sell

Anlin is an interesting example for what they sell. The company has their standard vinyl windows — the Catalina, the Coronado, the Del Mar and the Panoramic series. All quite good options that are small offshoots of one another. The Del Mar is their premium series fyi. They also sell a quality sliding patio door with their Malibu series.

Here’s where Anlin’s product line gets interesting. They sell a series of “independent labeled windows”. By this, I mean they aren’t listed on their website, but the series have their own websites and distributors (local window companies that actually sell the windows.) The funny thing is that even on the window series’ websites, it’s difficult to suss out that Anlin manufactures the product.

The vinyl window series names are as follows: the Mar Vista, the Monte Verde window, and the Ali’I Extreme. The first two are sold as more budget alternatives to Anlin’s primary window series. The last one is sold in Hawaii - and I believ it’s a quality series in general, although I don’t hear about it as often as I’d like in order to form a better opinion.

Like Anlin, Milgard sells quite a number of different series of windows and doors. These include their vinyl series (notice the V in front of the series name) — V250 Styleline, the V300 Trinsic, the V400 Tuscany, and the V450 Homemaker. They also sell the C650 Ultra fiberglass windows (C apparently stands for composite, although I’m rather certain that the Ultra is a fiberglass window), and the A250 Aluminum series. All of these series are available in patio sliding doors.

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How They Market

Anlin follows a pretty traditional sales and marketing approach, which is to use a network of local window companies to sell their products. This is the way most companies sell their products, as opposed to using a direct-to-consumer apporach as do companies like Universal Windows Direct or Apex Energy Solutions. The other approach, which Anlin doe not use, is to sell through retail stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards.

By using a distribution network, Anlin can reach a ton of consumers, without having to have “boots on the grounds” - as is the case with a direct to consumer approach. So, for instance, a company might sell the Milgard Tuscany series, Anlin Del Mar windows, as well as Marvin fiberglass windows. This provides consumers with different options and price points.

Milgard sells in almost the exact same manner as Anlin, using these dealer networks. In this regard the two companies are nearly identical.

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Anlin Windows vs Milgard Costs

Anlin window prices are a 6 to 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 on the vinyl windows cost range. Their more budget minded series - the Mar Vista and Monte Verde should fall in that 6 range, their Catalina, Coronado, and Panaramic should fall into that 7 range, and their premium Del Mar series will be in that 8 price range.

Of course, these are simply price estimates and can vary by your location and project specifics. My advice is to collect a few bids from local companies in order to better understand the fair market price of your project.

Milgard windows prices for vinyl are 5 to 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. Their Styleline is a 5, while their Homemaker is an 8. Their Ultra is probably a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 for the fiberglass windows cost range. To be honest, I’m sure how they price out their aluminum series. If I were to guess, I’d put it at a 7 as well.

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Can you please provide a list of dealers for Anlin Dealers? I went to American Vision Windows and Approved Contractor. I really like Anlin Windows. One company recommended Catalina and the other is for Del Mar. Which is a better windows? I am ordering 8 windows (4 windows are extra heat protection). The price is about $10K. I live on the border of Los Angeles and Ventura County. I am trying to find the best price and service for my money. Also do you know the lead time for the windows?

What can I expect regarding payment. Do I need to give a deposit, pay the windows upfront? Also I got a quote for about 6K for Milgard. Thank you for your time and all of your great info!

Melanie - Homeowner - from 2024

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Melanie, the only other Anlin dealer I can think of in that same area would by California Deluxe. If that doesn't pan out I would go directly to the Anlin website and see if you can't get them to give you a list of dealers in your area. The Del Mar is the better window over the Catalina - here is my write up on the Catalina from the site --

The Anlin Catalina is the company mid range vinyl windows. It uses a 2 and 7/8 inch frame depth, .80 inch frame thickness, equal sightlines, the Elite spacer, double strength glass and a single vent latch. The Catalina can be ordered in 14 exterior color options, 2 glass package options, 5 hardware options, 3 grid patters and 2 casing configurations. This window is available in a single slider, single hung

The Catalina series differs from the Del Mar series in the following ways: the Del Mar series has the Innergy thermal reinforcement, ultra-strong fiberglass thermal inserts to strengthen the sash and frame, and Comfort•Core—green foam injections into the window frames to maximize energy efficiency. I would give the Anlin Catalina a 4.4 out of 5 stars rating.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2024

Anlin v Milgard

Hey guys, was wondering if you could kind of do a brand breakdown for me. I have bids from Anlin on their Panoramic and Coronado series. I also have a bid on the Milgard Tuscany. The prices are roughly the same although the Anlin is about $1500 more, but it is for 25 windows, so the price isn’t that big a concern for me unless it just doesn’t make sense in your opinion. I live in Dana Point California. I would love to get your two cents.

Trina - Homeowner - from 2024

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Trina, while Milgard is definitely a reputable brand when coupled with professional installation, it isn’t quite up to par with Anlin. I would say that the Coronado and Panoramic window series the superior options over the Tuscany. Not to say that I don’t like the Tuscany, it is a decent performer, but it isn’t quite what the Anlin is in terms of overall craftsmanship and quality. I would definitely pay the additional $1500, and guess the better window, specially if your timeline in the home is anything over 5 to 7 years.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2024

Anlin Windows vs Milgard

Hi Dane, we live just outside of Tucson Arizona in a received several quotes that I’d love to get your take on. This is for new construction and it includes two horizontal sliders and three picture windows. The quote on the Anlin Delmar series was $4700 and that included everything, we also had a quote from Milgard on their Trinzic series and that was $4200. By the way, I’m rounding everything to the nearest hundred dollars. I’m sure that you understand. Finally, we got a Renewal by Andersen cost quote and that was $7900.

Betsy - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Betsy, I would say that the Renewal bid is probably high, but they do make a very pretty window. If that's something that you want to pursue, I would say that for that product, and for the bids that I see from that company, that’s probably a decent deal. I would say the best long-term value in those three options is probably the Anlin Delmar option.

It’s a pretty fair price, depending on how large the windows are, but for full frame or new construction installation, that’s not a bad price at all. I would consider the Milgard option if and only if the company doing the installation has really really good reviews. I hope that helps!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

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