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Milgard Windows vs Andersen

Milgard Windows vs Andersen

Let’s take a look at how Milgard windows vs Anderson stack up against one another in terms of their overall company structure, the windows and doors they sell, how they market their products, and on cost.

Dane - Site Editor - Page Updated In December, 2023

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Milgard Windows vs Andersen

Company Information

Milgard Windows And Doors are quite a well-known company in the U.S. - particularly out on the West Coast. They began back in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. The company has a number of factories, three of which are located in California, one in Arizona, and one in Washington state. Several years ago, Milgard was purchased by MITER brands, which owns a number of building supply and window replacement companies. (MITER is most closely associated with MI Windows.)

From what I can tell, nothing much has changed in terms of the overall quality of their windows/doors. MITER seems to have left them alone and allows them to continue operating much as they have for the past 80 years. As a rule, Millard enjoys what I would say, is a good to decent reputation in the industry.

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Anderson Windows And Doors is quite possibly the most well-known window company in the industry. They’ve been around for over a century and are headquartered in Minnesota. Unlike Milgard, the Anderson Corporation has typically been the one acquiring other companies as they did decades ago when they purchased American Craftsman and Silverline.
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Eventually, Anderson sold off these brands for what was reportedly quite a nice profit. Since then, Anderson has stayed out of the vinyl window sector. In general, Anderson enjoys a very good reputation as a wood window brand.

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What They Sell

Milgard sells a handful of windows/doors. Their two most popular series include the Tuscany and the Trinsic, both of which are vinyl windows. The company probably sells a 10x multiplier of these two windows over anything else on their product lineup. The reason for this is that both of these series are priced out such that they’re in the range of many US homeowners looking for a decent to good vinyl window at a reasonable price point. Besides the Trinsic and Tuscany, the company also sells their entry level Styleline series (vinyl), as well as their premium Homemaker series (also vinyl). All in all, Milgard sells these four vinyl window lines.

Milgard Trinsic vs Tuscany

Milgard also sell a fiberglass window, called the Ultra Series, as well as an aluminum window that simply goes by the "name" the A250 series. All of their window series (6 total) are offered as either a replacement or as new construction, and each can be ordered as a sliding glass door as well.

Anderson does not sell vinyl windows of any kind (not after they sold Silverline and American Craftsman). Instead, they sell higher end wood clad windows and doors. These are available in three main models: the 200 series, 400 series, and the A series (which stands for Architectural). The 200 series is the company's least expensive wood clad window and lacks many of the customization options of the 400. The 400 is the upgraded model over the 200, and is the most popular of all the Anderson windows/doors. The A series is more of a limited high-end wood clad that is available through select dealers and is quite expensive (and quite honestly out of the price point of most consumers).

In addition to their wood clad options, Anderson also sells a 100 composite window. This is their biggest seller by quite a bit. The reason for this is that the window is sold through Home Depot's hundreds of stores throughout the United States. It carries a good price point and is a nice looking window. Performance wise, I would say the 100 series is just kind of meh. Not bad, but definitely not a world beater.

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How They Market

Milgard markets their windows/doors in a very traditional manner. That is they use an extensive dealer network to sell to local markets. They also sell to large building companies who use Milgard's vinyl windows for large commercial and residential developments. Milgard does some direct-to-consumer sales on the Tuscany series through some home improvement stores.

Anderson is very similar to Milgard in how they market their windows/doors. They sell them through their dealer networks, as well as the 100 series through Home Depot stores. They also sell to higher end contractors and builders. Essentially, Anderson sells to a more "exclusive" clientele than Milgard.

Cost Comparisons

In terms of pricing, Milgard windows prices will run 5 to 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 for their vinyl windows. I hope this makes sense. The Styleline will be a 5 out of 10. In 2023, I estimate vinyl window cost at $400 - $1200 fully installed. Their Trinsic and Tuscany series will be in the 6 to 7 range, while their Homemaker will be an 8 on a scale from 1 to 10. The company's Ultra will be a 7 or 8 out of 10 for fiberglass window costs. Finally, their aluminum series will be a 7 out of 10 when compared with other aluminum series costs.

Milgard Tuscany Cost: $$
(2 out of 5)

Anderson Windows prices are going to be toward the top of that wood window price price. So their 200 series will be a 7 out of 10 and their 400 series will be an 8 or 9 out of 10. The A series will usually be a 10 out of 10, so about as expenses a wood clad window as you can get.

Their 100 series is a different story. In terms of composite window cost, the 100 will be a 5 or 6 on a scale of one to 10. I think at the right price point, with the right installer, the 100 series is a decent option for homeowners who aren’t looking for a forever window, but are still looking for a solid buy.

Andersen 400 Cost: $$$$
(Quite Expensive)

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Have a question on Milgard Windows vs Andersen? Hit me up.

Milgard vs Andersen 100

Hey guys, curious what you thought was the better deal between an Anderson 100 series window and the Tuscany window? I have bids for both and they are pretty similar with the 100 series being just a little bit more expensive. Thanks so much love the site.

Debbie - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Debbie, I think I would say the Anderson 100 series is the better option, depending on how much more expensive it is. Doesn’t sound like it’s appreciably more expensive so I would say go with the Anderson 100 series over the Tuscany. Probably a better long-term value there.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

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