Pella 250 Windows Reviews

Explore Pella 250 windows reviews, prices and warranty information on this economy vinyl window option. The Pella 250 vinyl window is a much improved design over previous models such as the Thermastar (now called the Pella Encompass Series), which is still sold at some of the big box stores. Many contractors and installers felt that the construction and design of the Thermastar was poor, but they do have nicer things to say about the 250 and Pella 350 Series.

The 250 Series still uses the pocket sill design, which many installers feel is inferior to a true welded sloped sill. With a pocket sill, water can get trapped inside the frame and eventually trap debris and moisture inside. Besides this design component, the 250 offers some nice options and features. So the big question is, are Pella 250 windows any good? With solid and proper installation, the Pella 250 is probably fine, but it should not be mistaken for a top rated vinyl window.

The Pella 250 series comes standard with a multi chambered frame, metal reinforced sash, double pane glass (optional triple pane glass upgrade), two color and hardware options (white and almond), an array of grill patterns, as well as 3 distinct glass packages. The 250 window can be ordered as a horizontal sliding window, double or single hung, bay, fixed or as a combination window.

Review By John M. - Site Editor - 2015

Pella 250 Series Prices

Pella 250 replacement window pricing should run approximately $45 to $55 per square foot fully installed. Installation typically accounts for roughly 20% to 35% of the the total cost. Comparably priced windows are going to include the Silverline 8500 Series and Jeld Wen Premium Vinyl Windows.

-- Window Itself: $35 to $45 per square foot --

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Pella 250 Window Warranty

Pella offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty on their vinyl windows and doors. All nonglass materials and workmanship are warrantied to be free from manufacturing defects for the life of the original buyer for as long as they own their home. The company will repair, replace or refund the original owner from the defective parts or full window (the company will also cover the cost of the installation for 2 years from the date of purchase). If the home is sold to another owner, the warranty covers the new owner for 10 years from the date of purchase.

Non-laminated glass is covered for a period of 20 years and laminated glass is covered for a period of 10 years. Any product with EnduraClad Exterior Paint is warrantied for 20 years from the original date of purchase. Their Exterior Surround carries a 25 year limited Warranty.

Pella 250 Window Reviews

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Pella 250 Series vs. Soft-lite Barrington

John, thank you for your advice! I’ve decided to go with a local company with great reviews for the Soft-lite Barrington. I prefer the Soft-lite Pro, which is a better window, but it’s a bit over my budget and the thicker frame won’t blend in with my other windows. The Barrington cost me almost $100 less than the Pella 250 (I negotiated a $100 discount), and I’m confident that it’s a better window than Pella.

Paul - Homeowner - March, 2018

Website Editor's Answer

Paul, while I agree with your that the Soft-lite Pro is the better window over the Soft-lite Barrington model, it is still better IMO than the Pella 250. Good luck to you in your upcoming project!

Editor John M. - March, 2018

Pella 250 Windows Quote

Hi, I received a quote from Lowes to install two Pella 250 windows for around $1,500. Based on your rule-of-thumb pricing, that seems about right for 32 square feet. Do you think I get a similar quote for a better window (not sure what brand)? Thanks!

Paul - Homeowner - March, 2018

Website Editor's Answer

Paul, you can probably get an equal quote for a better window. Where are you located, I can make a few suggestions.

Editor John M. - March, 2018

Pella 250 vs Reliabit 3900 Series

What is the best between Pella 250 series and the Reliabit 3900 series? The Pella model is 400.00 dollars cheaper.

Bill - Homeowner - March, 2018

Website Editor's Answer

Bill those two windows are probably equal in terms of quality and craftsmanship. Honestly, neither one really tops any of my lists. I'd probably go with the Pella and save the $400.

Editor John M. - March, 2018

Pella 250 Series vs. Reliabilt 3900 Series

Checking quality and price of Pella 250 series windows against 3900 series Reliabilt at Lowes... Thanks

Irma - Homeowner - February, 2018

Website Editor's Answer

Irma, the Pella 250 is the company's lower end or entry level vinyl window, while the Reliabilt 3900 is that company's higher end window. However, I would probably rate the Pella 250 slightly above the Reliabilt 3900. But not by much. Neither of these windows is at the top of my list of vinyl windows.

If you have to get something at one of the big box stores, I would recommend the Andersen 100 composite window or the Simonton VantagePointe 6000 series. I would be wary of using their installers as well and would instead try and find a local window installer who has worked with the brand you are buying.

Editor John M. - February, 2018

Pella 250 Windows vs Wincore 7700 Series

What are your thoughts on Pella 250 or 350 versus a Wincore window?

Sandra - Homeowner - August 1, 2016

Website Editor's Answer

Sandra, the Pella 250 and 350 are probably equal in terms of quality and craftsmanship to the Wincore 5400, which is the entry level or base vinyl window. I like the Wincore 7700 quite a bit and actually think this is one of the better windows for the price point. (Having said this, let me also say that price point varies by rep and local ocmpany so this may not always be true.)

I will say that the Pella 250 and 350 are the best vinyl windows that Pella has ever made, but that's also not saying a heck of a lot.

If it were me, I'd go with the Wincore 7700 series, it's a pretty darn good vinyl window -- but not the best :)

Editor Jim R. - August 1, 2016

Pella 250 Series vs Milgard Tuscany

Which would you recommend, the Milgard Tuscany vs Pella 250 vinyl replacement windows for a home in Oregon.

Nancy - Homeowner - July 26, 2016

Website Editor's Answer

Nancy, I would definitely recommend the Milgard Tuscany over the Pella 250. Milgard has a better reputation in terms of vinyl windows and the Tuscany is one of my favorite west coast picks for a solid mid range vinyl window.

Editor John M. - July 26, 2016

Pella 250 vs Andersen 100 Window

I'm trying to decide between the Pella 250 or 350 series and Andersen 100 series for a lake home. Windows will not have a lot of sun--unsure which is better the vinyl of Pella or the fibrex of Andersen. I am purchasing "sliding" windows or "gliding" as Andersen says.

Carolyn - Homeowner - October 5, 2015

Website Editor's Answer

Carolyn, I'm not a huge fan of the Pella 250 or 350 Series, they just aren't the high quality vinyl windows that their price tag would indicate. They aren't bad, I'm not saying that, just that they are typically priced out too high for the quality and construction that you should expect at their price point. Check out our best vinyl windows page to see some of our recommendations.

Response From Editor Jim R. - October 5, 2015