Pella 250 Windows Reviews

Pella wood clad and vinyl windows are one of the most recognizable brands on the market. They tend to be expensive, but their vinyl windows have come a long way in terms of their quality and craftsmanship.

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 - Triple Pane Windows Prices), 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.

In terms of window ratings, the Pella 250 vinyl window is decent. Consumers can expect the Pella 250 casement to achieve a .28 U-value, 30 STC, .10 AI, 35 DP, 56 VT, 56 CR, and .47 VT. Consumers can expect the Pella 250 double hung to achieve a .30 U-value, 27 STC, .10 AI, 25 DP, 50 VT, 55 CR and .53 VT. Overall, some pretty solid performance numbers -- certainly compared to the previous generation of Pella vinyl windows.

The Pella 250 Series gets a 4.4 out of 5 star rating.

Review By John M. - Site Editor - Page Updated In May, 2024

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Pella 250 Window Prices

Pella 250 window costs should run approximately $400 to $750 fully installed. There are lots of factors that will determine whether your bid is at the top or bottom of this price range: window size, window type, glass package, installation requirements, etc. Installation will typically account for 25% to 35% of the project cost. Comparably priced windows are going to include the Silverline 8500 Series and Jeld Wen Premium Vinyl Windows.

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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 Reviews

Hi John, I’m looking at a couple different bids - one for the Pella 250 at $690 per window and I’m trying to compare this to the Milgard Trinsic at $680 per window and finally the Anlin Catalina at $710 per window. All of the costs are pretty similar and it’s all for retrofit installation, which all three of the companies they gave me bids told me was less expensive than the alternative. Love to get your comments. Thanks. (Milgard Window Prices)

Robin - Homeowner - December, 2023

Website Editor's Answer

Robin, I think for me, the Anlin Catalina is number one, followed by the Pella 250, and finally the Milgard Trinsic Because those prices are so similar, I basically took any of the price difference out of my equation and just compared them straight up. I have to say those are pretty fair prices given what we’ve been seeing lately, so I think you should be good, assuming that the online reviews and ratings of these companies are good quality. All three series are solid mid range to good vinyl windows though, although I think the Catalina is a small level above these other two.

Editor John - December, 2023

Pella 250 Quote vs. Reliabilt 3500

Hello John, I received a quote in Toms River, NJ for replacement of seven single unit DH and 3 double unit DH using the Reliabilt 3500 at a price of $10,950. For the Pella 250, the quote was $13,000. Can I get your thoughts please.


Jerry - Homeowner - October, 2022

Website Editor's Answer

Jerry, I'm not sure I'm a big fan of either of these windows. I can send you my list of approved windows. But if I had to pick, I would go with the Pella 250 for the $13K.

Editor John - October, 2022

Pella 250 Vinyl Review

Hello, looking at replacing two double hung windows and one casement style. Pella installs into existing frame, which should be cheaper than Dreamstyle full replacement.

However a quote of $6K for windows using Pella 250 vinyl seems pretty high, like $3K over my estimate.

Last year replaced 3 large windows, 72"x 58" and all 3 were full removal and installed frames less then $6k Pella vinyl.

Have prices/inflation shot up that much? Wow.

Thank you.

Deril - Homeowner - July, 2022

Website Editor's Answer

Derril, yes prices have gone sky high. If the economy turns though, prices may just start falling...tough to tell. Pella is always expensive though and not that great in my opinion. Want some other suggestions?

Editor John M. - July, 2022

Pella 250 Bid vs. Siminton 6500 Costs

What you think of the following three bids.

Simonton 6500 Series: $6575

Pella 250 Series: $6570

Simonton 5500 Reflection Series: $6825

Jenni - Homeowner - May, 2022

Pella 250 Price Quote

Hi John, I came across your website, and it is extremely helpful. However, I feel like my head is spinning from all of the different window options. We have 37 builder grade vinyl windows that we are interested in replacing.

We're interested in black exterior frames and understand some companies only offer white interior or if you get a different line then you can have black interior.

For instance, we have been quoted around 40k for Alside Mezzo black exterior/white interior windows. A Pella rep quoted us around 70k for black exterior/white interior vinyl 250 and around 80k for impervia fiberglass black/black. It is my understanding that Impervia no longer has the black exterior/white interior option available.

I think the Pella quotes are outrageous. In speaking with Lowe's today, they informed me that the Pella 250 should be around the 40k mark and the Impervia might be a little more expensive. They are coming out to provide a bid in a few weeks.

All that being said, we plan to stay in our house another 15-20 years. We are located in Nashville, TN. Is there any specific window brand you would suggest that won't break the bank and be under 40k?

Thanks so much for your time. I truly appreciate it.

Richard - Homeowner - March, 2022

Website Editor's Answer

Richard, prices have been pretty crazy lately. I would continue collecting bids if this were my project in order to cast as large a net as possible.

Here are my Tennessee recommendations: [list pulled for duplicate content warning: contact our site editors for a list of recommended windows]

Editor John - March, 2022

Richard's Response

Thanks, John. I really appreciate you taking the time to reply to my message. After emailing you last week, I read more reviews and recommendations on your website and came across the Soft-Lite and Okna recommendations. I reached out to Zen Windows over the weekend, so I am waiting to hear back from them. I have also reached out to an Okna dealer to set up an appointment.

I will certainly send along the bids once I receive them for your opinion. I sincerely appreciate it.

Richard - Homeowner - March, 2022

Pella 250 Series Cost vs. 150 Series

Hi there. We've gotten quotes for 18 windows that includes the installation.

Pella 250 Cost: $13,700

Reliabilt 3900 Cost: $13,000

Pella 150 Cost: $11,700

Reliabilt 3900 Cost: $11,000

Larry - Homeowner - September, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Larry, I think that Pella 250 has to be the winner in these bids. The Pella windows are a heck of a lot better than Reliabilt.

Editor Jim R. - September, 2021

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How Much Do Pella 250 Windows Cost

Jim, I had the Pella rep out and they came back with 28k installed for their 250 series single hung on 23 windows. Also had someone quoting 38k for Softlite Barcelona, although he said they wouldn't be the impact glass. (Not sure it would be the Barcelona though at that point). Had a Marvin guy come out and just quote the windows, no installation for 18k on the Essential and 25k for the Elevate. I need them installed, so that doesn't really help me. I'm in Jacksonville, FL.


Gerry - Homeowner - August, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Geez, that is quite expensive anyway you look at it. I suppose my advice would be to continue getting bids until you find something that is within your budget. (Prices have been crazy as of late, so being a “comprehensive” consumer is sometimes what’s required to get a bid that makes sense.)

Additional brands that might be worth a quote include PGT, Custom Window Systems, Ply Gem, and Simonton. I would get a few more bids from local dealers rep these brands just to see what else is out there. I keep expecting prices to go back down to preCOVID levels, but that hasn’t happened yet. Not even close.

If I think of anything else, I will definitely let you know!

Editor Jim R. - August, 2021

Pella 250 Series Price Quote

Hi Brandon, your website has been super helpful. I've gotten many estimates and talked to many people. I had NO idea the estimates would be this high. So before I spend all that money, I am doing as much research as I can. Are these prices high because of where I live? Estimates I've seen online from other states seem to not be this high.

Below are the estimates. Which would you recommend?

(Estimates are for 17 double hung window replacement inserts, white interior, dark bronze exterior, colonial grills between the glass. We are replacing all the original 80 year old windows in our home. We plan to stay in this home for many, many years.)

Estimate #1
Andersen 400 Woodwright pocket: $28,958

Estimate #2
Alside Sheffield: $17,878

Estimate #3
Marvin Elevate Insert: $20,739

Estimate #4
Alside Mezzo: $12,530

Estimate #5
Andersen 100 series fibrex: $20,316

Estimate #6
Pella 250 series: $22,758

I'd like to go with the Alside Mezzo just because it's the most reasonably priced. The installer is really good, too. But I read mixed reviews about the Mezzo. The installer tells me Alside is as good quality as Pella but without the sticker shock. Is he trying to sell me or does that sound like a fair comparison?

All estimates are from places with installers that I feel would be good at what they do. They've each been recommended to me by people in my community.

Which would you choose for your home?

Thanks so very much.

Lillian - Homeowner - May, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Lillian, those are all high bids for insert installation. It is very possible that the age of your home and the work that needs to be done is more extensive than with a newer home and that’s what is driving the quotes. That’s sort of my guess, but who knows, we are living in crazy times.

Yes, the number 4 bid using the Alside Mezzo is at least in the ballpark of a fair price. I don’t love the Mezzo myself, but the installer is correct that it is on par with the Pella 250 vinyl window.

I’m wondering if you could get a better window for that same price but it would involve more bids, which I know you’ve gotten quite a few already. To that end, here is my good and great windows list for your consideration.

Editor Jim R. - May, 2021

Pella 250 Price Bid

Looking to replace 25 windows. We've collected a bunch of bids but have wittled it down to these four.

Great Lakes ComfortSmart Price Bid: $14K

Simonton 5500 Price Bid: $16.6K

Pella 250 Price Bid: $17.5K

Simonton 6100 Price Bid: $18.3K

Ray - Homeowner - May, 2021

Pella 250 Price Quote vs. Vinylmax

John, I've received five quotes to replace 18 double hung windows and a single bay window.

Vinylmax Radiance Plus: $9,180

Pella 250: $16,070

Joan - Homeowner - May, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Joan, I would say the Vinylmax Radiance Plus and Pella 250 series are pretty close to one another in terms of quality and craftsmanship. Therefore, the Vinylmax Radiance Plus series is the clear winner in my book given the rather large price difference. (Vinylmax Radiance Plus Reviews)

Editor John M. - May, 2021

Pella 250 vs Impervia

Hi- We live in Casper, Wyoming. Hi UV & COLD & WIND. We are, however, in a place that is a bit protected from the wind.

We don't have much choice around here regarding the different brand windows. We both just retired so are on a fixed income. Just bought a townhouse without realizing how bad the old wood windows (40yrs) were (leaking all over which is not good in this WIND). It's an expense we did not expect so we are looking for the best replacement window for the best price. The clad windows would be too expensive for us.

We got a quote from Anderson and it was outrageous. There is a Pella dealer in town that's got a good reputation and has been here a long time so that's where we are now.

What would you suggest between the Vinyl 250 and Fiberglass Impervia? We are leaning toward fiberglass. Also I read the Vinyl 350 aren't that much different and are more difficult to operate. We know the 250s are considered a "mid-range" option in the vinyl field. Lots of people around here have vinyl but we are a bit nervous about all the reviews. We are trying to change to sliding windows to save money also so there is the longer vertical to consider. Going to sliding windows cuts the number of windows we need in half. Thanks for any help you can give. (Pella Impervia Windows Reviews)

Nanette - Homeowner - April, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Nanette, fiberglass is an excellent option, but I wouldn't purchase the Impervia. Instead, look at the Marvin Essentials or Marvin Elevate over the Pella fiberglass window. The Impervia is just not a very good fiberglass window in my opinion. Fiberglass windows typically will run 30% more than vinyl, FYI.

In terms of vinyl, the Pella 250 is an okay window, but often overpriced in my opinion.

I'd take a close look at Champion Windows, which seems to have a presence in Casper. They make a good vinyl window. Gerkin is a solid vinyl window as well, and it looks like Gordon's Windows And Doors carries these.

These are the three places I would look at next. Call them up, get the bid, and compare. Feel free to shoot your bids over to me and I'm more than happy to provide you with my take on what you have.

Editor Jim R. - April, 2021

Pella 250 Series Pricing vs. Polaris Ultraweld

Jim, I have read a few of your responses about Polaris ultraweld windows & have appreciated it since I had never heard of Polaris until recently and has always head of Pella & had thought it was just a superior window

So i got a quote to do 5 polaris ultraweld windows including full frame window replacement installation for $5765, 3 are double hung 50/50, and 2 are large awnings

I got a quote from pella for 250 series for same number of windows for $5950 with only “partial” or window replacement not the full frame installation.

In 2019 i got 7 polaris ultraweld windows full frame replaced 6 double hung & 1 awning for $5454 by same company they did great work.

So i know prices have gone up, wondering if $5765 seems significantly higher for 5 windows vs getting 7 for $5454 in 2019, you opinion of quote?

Also, wondering if polaris ultraweld though not as known as Pella if better than the 250 series?

Your input is so appreciated


Karla - Homeowner - March, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Karla, that $5765 is a pretty fair quote for full frame replacement. I would still get one or two more if I were you just to allay any questions on the point. I’ll send you my good and great list for you to consider.

Prices have jumped in 2021, partially driven by COVID and homeowners putting money into their homes instead of traveling, etc. So it doesn’t surprise me, but again, keep searching if you want to see if more competitive pricing is out there. It takes time, but no money. :)

Editor Jim R. - March, 2021

Pella 250 Series vs. Reliabilt 3900

I’m looking to replace my 30 year old vinyl windows with newer ones. We are very limited on windows in this area of Virginia. Cant find Anderson so have looked at lowes Pella 250 vinyl or their Reliabilt 3900 series. Price is about $100 difference for 17 windows. However all the reviews I’ve read have me wondering. I've also called Window World to give an estimate, but have real concerns. Our windows at present were placed by a company callled Windows of the World who went out of business about 5 years after we bought them. We live about 50 miles from any big city and window choices are limited. Also looking at budget.


Lindsey - Homeowner - March, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Lindsey, between the Pella 250 series and Reliabilt 3900 series, I would go with the Pella option. A solid mid range vinyl window. Not a world beater, but if they are priced out the same as the Reliabilt 3900 series, then the Pella would be my pick. I'm going to include my good and great list in case you want to spend 20 minutes searching for any of the following brands in your area. No idea if they will be available but it can't hurt to look. (Reliabilt 3900 Windows Reviews)

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Editor Jim R. - March, 2021

Pella Vinyl 200 Series Cost

I have a Pella quote, vinyl 200 series for $5200 and $1400 installation. I then went to a company that sells JenWeld and the purchase was $3300-3800. The company I contacted does not install so I have to find a contractor to install. I heard though that this brand is having problems with their products and delivery is up to 6 months.

Can you tell me a mid range vinyl product that has 4 panel sliders. The rough cut out is 108 inches by 80… but we can be flexible 5 inches either way with the width.

Thank you.

Denise - Homeowner - March, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Denise, I don’t know which companies carry that off hand. Companies I would call would include Don Young, NT, Burris, Sunrise, Zenn and Milgard. If they don’t sell a four panel slider, ask them who in Austin does. This is the best advice I have for you. Best of luck!

Editor Jim R. - March, 2021

Pella 250 Windows Cost Bid

Hello there. I have 19 windows: 14 double hungs, four picture windows, and one half moon window. Original price quotes were:

Sunrise Solace 366: $17,995

Pella 250 Series: $16,700

Provia Aspect Series: $15,700

Window Nation GrandView Series: $13,500

Window World did come in at $10,500...Sunrise Solace dropped to $15,954

Also, Zen Windows just sent me a proposal with their Soft-lite Nirvana/Classic windows at $15,400 with a free upgrade to Joyce Lotus and several bells and whistles they offer.

It appears that Provia Aspect, Sunrise Solace and Joyce Lotus are great windows and not significant differences. Prices are all close together.

John - Homeowner - December, 2020

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Pella 250 vs. United Windows 8000 Series

We have received two quotes, one for Pella 250s and one from United Windows’ 8000 series. Do you have any thoughts on these?

Thank you!

Matthew - Homeowner - April, 2020

Website Editor's Answer

Matthew, while I am not a huge fan of Pella 250 or United 8000, I would probably give the nod to the United 8000. Not by much. I think there are better windows out there, but if you have a budget project, than these are decent options. This is assuming of course a good, competent installer.

Editor John M. - April, 2020

Pella 250 Windows Complaints

I have purchased the pella windows & slider door 250. From Lowe's. I had questions about this series, and was told it was an upgrade great choice, well made & insulated. No so true. Wirhin the first day of installation, I noticed a huge difference in temperature in house, not good sign. The windows I took out were old aluminum 3 pane, very well made, just dated.

So I went for the pella Prairie style. All I can say they are pretty. even the door feels cheap made. Very disappointed, never again will I buy pella , or from a box store. Installation was perfect fit. Just not a good choice pella 250. Dont be fooled, like I was.

Teresa - Homeowner - May, 2020

Website Editor's Answer

Teresa, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. I will post your email on our site.

Editor John M. - May, 2020

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

General Window Bid Question

Just received a quote for siding, replacement windows and new entry door. Question why can't I have a quote for the windows alone. Instead of the whole package? The Rep said no, because I am having multiple projects done simultaneously . Can you help with this?

Brenda - Homeowner - August, 2019

Website Editor's Answer

Brenda, I'd move on to the next company or bid. There is no reason why you can't have a single company do the windows of your home. Sometimes it gets tricky when you are working with a general contractor, but there should be no reason why you can't do the windows as a standalone project. Simply keep getting bids until you find a company that will give you a good window at a good price and is willing to just tackle windows.

Editor Jim R. - August, 2019

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

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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