Polaris Windows Reviews
Read 8 Polaris windows reviews from homeowners, installers and contractors who know the brand, quality, home window pricing and much more. For pricing, click here to see polaris window prices on their 3 vinyl window models.
Editor's Polaris Window Review
Polaris is a well respected vinyl window manufacturer that is headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio. The company is not a household name by any stretch, but they are probably one of the top 10 vinyl window manufacturers in the nation (this may be debatable, but they're somewhere close). Polaris windows are made using Sturtz machinery equipment, which has consistently good manufacturing quality - the Germans like their precision and this is a nice piece of mind for consumers who are wary of poor production batches, which do occur from time to time from small to large window manufacturers.
Polaris Windows vs Soft-Lite Windows
My wife and I bought a home near Minneapolis and the windows are basically shot. I have four quotes so far on 10 big windows.
The Soft-Lite seller seems like he is a wheeler dealer, which would make me a little wary, but the Element is the best window of the group by far. The Sunrise is probably second (an upgrade to the Verde or Restorations would be much closer to the Elements), the Polaris is a decent window and the Vinylmax is a step below this. If you trust the SL seller and can get it for $13K or a bit lower, that is probably your best bet.
Polaris Windows vs Sunrise Windows
I've worked with lots of window brands over the years, but my go to choices today is Polaris and Sunrise. I would say the Polaris is a bit more expensive than the comparable Sunrise model but I like them both and have had loads of experience with the companies and have not had issues with either.
Polaris Windows vs. Alside
First things first, CR is not a very good judge of home windows because they review only brands and products that you can get at the big home improvement stores. So for the replacement vinyl market (which is what most homeowners should be buying), they don't even review what I would say are the top 4 manufacturers - Soft-Lite, Okna, HiMark and Polaris. Having said this, the Alside 8000 is not bad, but it's not in the say league as the ones I just mentioned. But if you are going with Alside, the 8000 is probably your best bet, stay away from the Excalibur and Sheffield models.
Polaris Double Hung Windows
We have 3 quotes for 14 double hung windows; one from Soft-Lite Barrington at $5200 with installation from Window Nation, Alside on their Ultramaxx with installation for $5800 and Polaris ThermalWeld for $4600 with installation. Which is the best choice here?
The ThermalWeld is comparable to the Barrington and better than the Ultramaxx. See if you can get a quote from Soft-Lite on the Bainbridge model, which is much nice looking than the Barrington.
The ThermalWeld is an average window, but their Ultra is much better and is a top contender in terms of quality and design - it is of course more expensive but worth it in my opinion. The Polaris Ultra has great performance numbers, especially in the air infiltration rating. Alside do not make a quality window, especially the Excalibur. they are flimsy and just not designed well at all. The Ultramaxx is not that great - snap in sill, but a better choice than their Excalibur, which is a poorly designed window. Based on the prices you quoted, I would give the nod to the ThermalWeld and would say its on par with the Barrington. You may want to see what they would charge you for the Ultra model.