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Anderson vs Simonton Windows

Explore Anderson vs Simonton windows and find out how these two well known window manufacturers compare with one another.

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Anderson vs Simonton Windows

I've gotten bids for the 5500 Series Simonton, which is vinyl I think and also the Anderson 100 Series, which is some sort of mixed material and I'm trying to figure out which is better. The Anderson bid was higher but if it's a better window than I'm fine with that

Jesse - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

Thanks for the question Jesse. You are correct that the Simonton 5500 Reflections is a vinyl window, it's the company's top-of-the-line and quite a nice vinyl window. It is not considered one of the best vinyl windows on the market, but it is good quality and delivers very respectable performance numbers. Simonton windows warranty are going to be for the lifetime of the window.

The Anderson 100 series is a composite frame, made of a fibrex that is roughly 70% vinyl and 30% reused wood that is mixed to create the frame. The Anderson 100 window will come with a lesser warranty, I want to say a 10 year warranty. Performance wise, the 5500 should edge out the 100 Series. On the other hand, the 100 window looks much nicer than the 5500, with a more narrow frame that doesn't look so bulky and provides more glass area. The other nice thing about the 100 window is the bolder and varied color options, some of the most interesting and dynamic you are going to find. The finish has a matte look to it, which is pretty striking, although you may not like how it looks. I happen to find it really cool looking (but perhaps this is simply because it looks so different than the 100s of vinyl windows I've seen.)

These two windows are very different from one another, which should make your decision that much easier. If you could look at them side-by-side I think that would go a long way to showing you the differences. I often suggest that consumers make a list of the top 5 things they are looking for in a window (cost, energy efficiency, aesthetics, ease of installation, hardware, durability) and then rate the windows on your top 3 or 4.

John - Editor - from 2015

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