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Marvin Windows vs Andersen Windows

How do these two brands stack up against one another. Let's take a closer look and compare these two on company structure, what they sell, how they market, and what they cost.

Dane - Site Editor - Page Last Updated: March 7, 2024

"Anderson and Marvin have two of the very best brand reputations in the industry. I'm not sure there are any other companies that outdo them in this category. Impressive."

Marvin Costs: $$$$/$$$$$
(4/5 out of 5)

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Marvin Windows vs Andersen

Company Information

Marvin is headquartered in Warroad Minnesota and employs some 7000 people. They are best known for their fiberglass window series and they arguably make the best. (Alpen and Inline would have something to say about this, but Marvin is much better known than either of these two companies.) They have been around for over 100 years and enjoy a very good reputation in the window industry.

Andersen is the better known of the two companies and they are also headquartered in Minnesota - in Bayport. They employ 12,000 people and are best known for their wood windows&doors, aas well as their very popular fibrex composite window.

What They Sell

Marvin sells a number of fiberglass window series, including the Elevate and Essential Collections, which were introduced back in 2019 as more or less replacements for their very popular Integrity and Infinity series. The Infinity and Integrity series are still around and sold by certain Marvin dealers, although I’m not exactly sure why. (Maybe name recognition in the industry.) Regardless, all four of these fiberglass series are quite well made and very durable. The Elevate is the nicer and more expensive option over the Essential Collection. Marvin also sells the wood clad Ultimate series, also considered a very good (and very expensive).

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Andersen sells the 200 and 400 wood clad series, as well as their ultra-premium A series (which stands for Architectural Series). All of these windows are considered quite good, with the 400 Andersen being one of the best wood windows on the market. The company also sells the 100 composite series, which is sold in many Home Depot’s and is therefore the most sold of all of Andersen window series.

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How They Market

Marvin sells their five fiberglass windows&doors using local dealers that either sell them exclusively or sell Marvin along with other brands. (Perhaps they sell Marvin for fiberglass and wood clad, and ProVia for a vinyl option.) Marvin also sells to certain large builders and to contractors. What Marvin does not do is sell directly to the public. Nor do they sell through any big box stores.

Andersen markets their windows&doors through local dealers, contractors, large building companies, and through most of the Home Depot stores and locations. Their franchise arm, Renewal By Andersen, is a direct to consumer outfit that sells an upgraded fibrex window.

Cost Comparison

Marvin Windows Cost are some of the highest out there - it’s not uncommon for them to run north of $1.5K per window fully installed. I tend to think they are worth it if they are in your budget.

Andersen Windows Cost are nearly as expensive, although their 200 series wood clad is somewhat reasonable. Both of their high end wood clad series are expensive, but worth it if wood clad is truly what you want (and are willing to pay for them AND maintain them over the years).

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Hey Dane, I was curious what you thought of Anderson Windows vs Marvin. We’re here in the bay area. Kind of narrowed down to these two brands. The price point is pretty close between the two so I was wondering which you thought would be the better option. Thank you for your wonderful site!

Janelle - Homeowner - from 2024

[Site Editor's Answer]

Janelle, it’s really going to depend on the two window series that you’re considering. Marvin sells fiberglass clad windows and wood windows while Anderson sells wood cloud, windows, and a composite series. ( Composite vs Fiberglass Windows ) In general, though, from a brand perspective, I would actually give the nod to Marvin over Anderson I think. I don’t know, it’s pretty close - they’re both really good options. For instance, I really like the Anderson 400 series and I really like the Marvin Elevate series.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2024

Marvin Windows vs Andersen Windows Cost

Hi Dane. Owner builder of a forever final home build project. We have 30 windows. Looking at 3 current quotes.

Andersen 200 Series $25,430
Midway Hawthorne $28,388
Marvin Elevate $34,800

Trying to get Buick, not Cadillac pricing. If you're able to comment, I'd appreciate it greatly.

Bill - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bill, I like the Andersen 200 series pricing. Are you looking to get wood windows I personally don't like wood windows unless you are willing to maintain them and do the maintenance that is reuqired of them so that they last 30 years. A top tier vinyl with a wood laminate is the way to go in my opinion. ( Vinyl Windows Wood Grain Look )

That Marvin pricing is actually quite good for the prices I've been seeing lately. The Midway Hawthorne is a decent window, but I'm not sure I would go with that for my forever home. Midway Windows Reviews

I would get a couple more bids myself -- I just don't see anything in that grouping that really stands out to me for a forever home... unless you really want wood clad.

I have a list of the best vinyl windows if you are interested in taking a look at it...

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

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