Pella 350 Windows Reviews

Besides perhaps Andersen, Pella Windows are the most recognizable brand to most consumers. In the past, Pella vinyl windows were low quality, but the company has taken some impressive steps to get their vinyl windows into that mid to upper mid quality range. Still not a top tier vinyl window, the 150, 250, and 350 are nonetheless a good step forward for this well known wood clad window manufacturer.

Pella Vinyl Windows receive a 4.1 rating out of 5 stars -- read 30 Pella window reviews on the 120, 250, and 350 vinyl window series from Pella.

Explore Pella 350 windows reviews, ratings, prices and warranty information on their newest vinyl window. The 350 series is a slight upgrade from the Pella 250 Series, but the two are pretty close in terms of overall design and construction. The 350 offers better craftsmanship in terms of ist corner welds, a slightly stronger frame and an optional triple pane glass.

Pella has never been known for their vinyl windows, they are known for their wood clad windows. In the past, they have had some pretty dismal reviews from installers and industry professionals over the quality of their vinyl windows and customer service. This new line, the 250 and 350 Series, marks a new era in Pella's foray into the vinyl window market. Is the Pella 350 vinyl window the best in its class - no it isn't, but it is a solid vinyl window with a recognizable name attached to it.

In terms of window ratings, the Pella 350 casement windows (without foam fills) will get a .28 U-factor, .05 AI, .024 SHGC, 32 STC, 63 CR, 40 DP, and a .44 VT - numbers that are pretty impressive! The Pella 350 double hung windows will get a .31 U-factor, .28 SHGC, 30 STC, 30 DP, .15 AI and a .53 VT.

So the question is, are Pella 350 windows any good? They are certainly a big improvement over their Thermastar vinyl windows, which is now called the Pella Encompass Series. The casement achieves some pretty impressive performance numbers, including a .05 air infiltration rating. The double hung is less impressive, but this is a pretty solid window. My concern is more based on the per window price of some of the bids I see. It feels like the Pella 350 vinyl window is bid out like a top tier vinyl window instead of a higer end mid range vinyl window.
The Pella 350 Window Series gets a 4.2 out of 5 star rating.

Review By John M. - Site Editor - Updated In 2023

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Pella 350 Window Cost

The Pella 350 window costs will run $450 to $750 fully installed. There are many factors that determine whether a quote is at the bottom or range of this price, depending on the upgrades and features you opt for and the installation requirements for your particular project. Installation typically accounts for 25% to 35% of the project cost. The 350 series is comparable to the Alside Ultramaxx Series and the Simonton Reflections 5300 Series.

-- Window Itself: $375 to $500 --

-- Installation: $1255 to $250 per opening --

-- Window & Installation: $450 to $750 -- *

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Pella 350 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. Nonlaminated 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 350 Window Reviews

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Pella 250 vs. 350 Costs

Hi, I have enjoyed your site, but am having trouble identifying any dealers for your mid range vinyl windows (okna, zen, sunrise...) in my area.

We are building a home in far southwestern Virginia, close to the TN border in zip code 24210. Our builder is getting us quotes from Atrium (450 series) and Pella (250 and 350) for double hung white vinyl. My estimates are:

Atrium 450 $12,600 (local home supply)

Pella 250 $14,000 (Lowes)

Pella 350 $19,000 (Lowes)

Our winters are moderate - mostly 30's with some dips. The house has a lot of window surface, so we are concerned for drafts, etc. Thoughts?

Joan - Homeowner - January, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Joan, I think of the three bids you have, the Pella 250 is probably the best deal. However, I don’t love the Pella brand for vinyl windows. What about a Ply Gem Pro dealer? Simonton Reflections 5500 dealer? These brands are solid and usually have dealers in all areas of the countries. I recently heard that Ideal had a presence in Virginia, but I’m not sure if it’s where you are — I would still check.

Ply Gem and Simonton is where I might continue my search to get a couple more bids to compare with the ones you currently have.

Editor Jim R. - January, 2021

Pella 350 Double Hung Windows

First, you reviews and homeowner responses have been extremely helpful in narrowing down a window replacement decision. I have a small older house we have been remodeling in Dallas, TX. It was built in the 60's and still has the original aluminum single pane windows. They are pretty worn out with loose locks at the sashes, air leakage and not much sound deadening. The sliding back door appears to have been replaced in the late 80's with a very nice thick glass door and is still in great shape.

The house is a single story with a full brick exterior and 8 exterior windows ranging from 72 x 44 to 36 x 24. The house is on a busy semi-main street and well shaded with large trees. None of the windows due to the shading get direct sunlight in the warmer part of the day in the Texas hot months (i.e. no west facing windows). Hence low sound and long term durability are much more important that thermal efficiency.

I have gone out and received several estimates initially looking at replacing 4-5 windows with potentially replacing the other later this year to now replacing all at once. Estimates are for all windows with Cardinal 366 Argon filled offset/dissimilar sound glass. Two of the smaller windows have obscure glass and one is tempered as it is close to a shower. My preference is to go with another single-hung, but some windows are only offered in double-hung or sound performance was much higher in double-hung (Pella). Target budget <$1000/window:

$9,300 for 4 bedroom windows - Renewal by Anderson/ Renewel Vinyl dual-pane (Insane Pricing)

$6,500 for 4 bedroom windows - Pella franchise/Pella 350 Vinyl dual-pane w/standard cam locks and sashes

$5,650 for 5 windows (Bedrooms + Living Room) - Pella through Lowes/Pella 350 Vinyl dual-pane w/autolocks and performance upgrade (steel reinforced sashes)

$6,830 for 8 windows (whole house) - Brennan Enterprises/NT Windows Traditions Vinyl single-pane

$6,825 for 8 windows (whole house) - McBain Windows/Don Young 8200 Aluminum single-pane

$6,500 for 8 windows (whole house) - Simonton through Home Depot/Simonton 6500 Series Vinyl dual-pane

$6,000 for 8 windows (whole house) - Energy Shop/Andersen 100 single-pane

I've narrowed it down to either NT Traditions or Don Young Aluminum. Both windows have great reputations and installers are highly rated. Warranties are pretty similar for both. Given that my preferences are long-term durability and sound performance, do you have any additional advice and what would be your recommendation?

Best regards.

Loren - Homeowner - January, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Loren, I agree with your assessment of these two options being the best of the bunch. Long term durability is going to go to Don Young. Sound performance is probably equal between these two windows. I think the Don Young is probably the better window over the NT Traditions. That would probably be my call, but it's also hard to say given the difference in materials between these two windows. I just think DY makes a great aluminum window, while NT makes a good vinyl window (but not great...)

Editor John - January, 2021

Loren's Response

John, Dane, thanks for the follow up. I actually made the decision on Friday to go with Don Young. They brought a demo window by and it is the most solid window I've touch. I really like the construction with seals on every mating surface and the cam lock design. It is an all metal heavy cam lock, a high improvement from the plasticy locks on most of the windows these days. Absolutely no movement in the pane when it is locked.

It will be about 3 months before the windows get installed due to how busy Don Young is right now. Normally they like to be within 6 weeks, but running close to twice that for an offset glass window. All the other window companies had similar estimates. Will look at adding a couple contractor leads.


Loren - Homeowner - January, 2021

Pella 350 Series Cost

Hi, first of all, thank you very much for the great information on your site! Would like to know your thoughts on the following - best option to choose: 8 replacement windows (4 70x35.5 with grids, 4 62x35.5 with grids)

Following are

Lowes/Pella 250: 4,683

Lowes/Pella 350: 5,603

Great Lakes - Harbor Light: 4,652

Zen Joyce Lotus: 5,420

Universal Direct: 7,300

We are in St Louis, MO.

Thank you very much - your help is greatly appreciated!

Biku - Homeowner - December, 2020

Website Editor's Answer

Biku, does the Zen sells Soft-Lite in St. Louis? The branch gets great reviews from the check I did. I like the soft-Lite brand, kind of so-so on Joyce. The Pella 350 is a decent window, especially in the casement.

So my list is Zen, Pella 350, GL Harbor Light. Personally, I would work with that Zen dealer and see if they could get me the Lotus (Soft-Lite Pro model).

Editor Jim R. - December, 2020

Pella 350 vs. 250

What are the main differences between Pella 250 and 350 for replacement windows? I received a quote for 36Wx33H double hung model 250 at $242. How much will it to be with model 350?

Kyle - Homeowner - September, 2019

Website Editor's Answer

Great question Kyle. So the 350 has some upgraded glass options, such as offset glass that helps some with sound and energy efficiency. The 350 is a slightly deeper window, which adds some sturdiness to the frame and adds to a bit better energy efficiency. Finally, the 350 has smoothed seam corners on the interior, which looks nicer.

As to the extra cost for the 350 upgrade, it is typically in the 20% to 25% range, although it depends on all of the options and features included.

Editor Jim R. - September, 2019

Pella 350 Series Lowes

Hello, I need some help. I’m getting quotes that are extremely high for the type of product that I’ll be getting. I’ve contacted a few installers with no luck. LV region does not have dealers for the windows you recommend (sunrise, Okna, etc). These are the quotes I have so far:

Home Depot
8 windows plus 1 small bathroom
Tuscany $9350.00
Clear value $8416.00
6200 series $9275.00
6500 series $9530.00

8 windows:
Window world $5279.00

Lowe’s / 8 windows
Pella 250 $6391
Pella 350 $7560

I know you are not a big fan of pella. Are Simonton and Milgard better than pella 350? Not sure if it’s worth to pay that much more, that comes over $1k per window. Thanks for your help.

Yeleny - Homeowner - July, 2018

Website Editor's Answer

Yeleny, those bids are high for 8 windows, but you must something with the installation that is driving those prices higher. They all look to be in that higher range. The Pella 350 is on par with the Milgard Tuscany and the Simonton VantagePointe. It's a solid mid range vinyl window, but it often is overpriced in my opinion.

Of the bids you have I'd probably suggest the Pella options. You may want to consider getting a Simonton bid just to see where it comes in at...

Editor Jim R. - July, 2018

Pella 350 Series vs. Gilkey Windows

Pella 350 vinyl vs Gilkey vinyl windows as replacements. Why are 350s better or similar?

Newt - Homeowner - July, 2018

Website Editor's Answer

Newt, I think Gilkey makes a better vinyl window than Pella. It will depend what options and upgrades you get on either window, but pound for pound, if it we're my house, I would go with the Gilkey and not the Pella 350. The 350 is a just an okay vinyl window in my opinion.

Editor Jim R. - July, 2018

350 Series Pella Windows Bid

I am shopping around for replacement window:

4 Picture windows 44" x 76" (living room)

2 picture windows 47" x 70" and two single hung 36"x 70" (bedroom).

I have a proposal from Lowes 350 Series Pella windows $8,935. Is that a good price point and are they good windows or should I look at others? I was thinking of tinting the living room windows to cut back on the sun glare and not replacing them just not sure that will reduce the heat exposure.

Dennis - Homeowner - May, 2018

Website Editor's Answer

Dennis, the Pella 350 window isn't a bad vinyl window, but it's just not worth $1000 per window. You should be able to get a better window at a lower price. See if you can find window companies in your area who sell the following brands: Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Vytex, Zen, Polaris, or Ideal. Any of their mid range or premium lines are going to be better than Pella's vinyl offerings. Pella makes a great wood window, but their vinyl leaves quite a bit to be desired. If you do get some bids, feel free to send them my way and I'll give you my opinion as to which ones you might consider.

Editor John M. - May, 2018

Pella 350 vs Sunrise Patio Doors

Having trouble deciding between the Pella 350 or Sunrise patio doors. Like the look and functionality of the Pella but the Sunrise warranty is much better. Any thoughts?

Jeff - Homeowner - February, 2017

Website Editor's Answer

Jeff, the Sunrise patio doors, just as with the vinyl windows, are going to be much better than the Pella 350 patio door. Bella is a good wood clad window manufacturer, but they still can't touch the quality, craftsmanship, or energy efficiency of the top tier vinyl window and patio door manufacturers. I would put Sunrise in the excellent category.

Editor Jim R. - February, 2017

Pella 350 Window Costs

My friend was cleaning windows at a new home and scratched the exterior window trying to take off glue. They are afraid they will have to replace it. I believe it is a 250 or 350 series. They are afraid it will cost about $1000.00. Is that close to accurate? It is a triple pane window. Thank you. Triple Pane Windows Prices

Lisa - Homeowner - June 20, 2016

Website Editor's Answer

Lisa, that sounds very high to me, depending on the size of the window. Typically, $1000 is on the high end to replace an entire window. It would be VERY high to replace a Pella 250 or 350 vinyl window. But again I don't know the size, location, etc. They would just need to replace the outside glass pane so the triple pane shouldn't factor into the equation. You do lose the sealed argon gas when you replace the glass but this isn't the biggest deal (although it is annoying since you paid for it in the first place, or someone did at least).

My suggestion would be to look up window glass specialists in the area. They will often give you a quote over the phone for their services if you have all the information on the window. Call up a few and see if you can't get a much better price – if you are replacing glass, you don't have to go with a Pella specialist, unless you want to switch out the entire IGU.

Editor John M. - June 2, 2016