Simonton 5500 Windows Reviews

Simonton 5500 windows are the high end Reflections Series that is also known as the Prism Platinum model (there may be one of two tiny differences between these series, but they are for all intensive purposes the same window). In comparison to the Simonton 5300 Series, the Reflections 5500 Series includes a sturdier frame, shadow grooved sash welds and is an all around better looking window.

The 5500 Series is essentially the Reflection 5050 window with an upgraded stepped sill, Super 366 glass package, and the Super Spacer. As the flagship Reflection Series, the 5500 comes with all of the custom options, including balance covers, triple pane glass option, woodgrained interior, and two tone finish. It can be ordered in a ton of different styles, including double hungs, casements, bay and bows, horizontal sliders, and a number of different geometric shapes.

Review By John M. - Site Editor - Page Updated In December, 2023

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Simonton 5500 Window Costs

Consumers can expect the Simonton 5500 series to run $600 to $850 fully installed for a normal sized opening. This price range is due to different sizes, upgrades selected, and installation requirements. Compare the Reflections 5500 series to Great Lakes Uniframe windows and Harvey Tribute window cost.

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Simonton 5500 Ratings

The Simonton 5500 Series double hung that is 44" W x 63"H will have an air infiltration rating of .14 scfm/ft2. This same double hung with the Low-E 366 glass package that includes argon fills, grids and the Intercept spacer will have a .31 U-factor, 3.23 R-value, .41 VT, .18 SHGC and .99 UV Block (this last measurement is from center of the glass).

These performance numbers are pretty run of the mill, there are certainly other options out there that will deliver better numbers. Upgrading to a better glass package will improve these numbers and give you better energy efficiency.

Simonton 5500 Warranty

The 5500 Reflection series includes a double lifetime limited warranty on the mainframe (and all vinyl materials), components, screens and hardware. The double lifetime means that if you were to sell your home, the next buyer gets the warranty for their lifetime as well (homeowners must notify the company in writing of the transfer).

The glass is covered for 20 years, although the portion covered by the company is at a prorated amount. The warranty covers glass breakage (3 years), laminated glass (20 years), interior laminates (double lifetime), and factory applied coatings (10 years). As with all warranties, there are a litany of limitations and exclusions that buyers shoud read prior to purchase.

Simonton 5500 Reflections Reviews

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Simonton 5500 Windows Reviews

Hello Dane, first off, thank you for your invaluable website. It's been a tremendous help in our home renovation project, which includes roofing, siding, and, of course, windows. We're based in northern NJ and are facing a significant undertaking as we plan to replace all 25 windows. This comprises 3 picture and 22 double-hungs, with six over six grids on all but one of the picture windows. The price quotes are all within $3-5k of each other, and we're struggling to determine the best choice.

Here are the brands we're considering:

Viwinco Cambridge
Simonton Reflections 5500
Plygem Premium
Vinylmax Edison Newton (Vinylmax Windows Reviews)
Vinylmax 4700

Your insights would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help.

Betsy - Homeowner - December, 2023

Website Editor's Answer

Betsy, my first choice would be the Vinylmax Newton, followed by the Reflections 5500 series, and then the Ply Gem Premium. That is my one, two, and three. (Click for more on Viwinco Windows prices.)

Editor John - December, 2023

Simonton 5500 Windows Price

Hi John, can you please tell me which one you think is the best? I live in the Austin, TX, area and I need to upgrade 7 windows in my home from single to double pane. I'm looking for a good value, mid-range vinyl option as I expect to live in this house for less than 10 years. I am leaning toward Zen since they all seem to be decent mid-range options, and therefore I should just go with the lowest bid. Thanks again for your advice!

Simonton 5500 Double Hung $5,579.95

Zen Soft-Lite Classic Plus $4,925

NT Presidential Windows Single Hung $5,065.48

Best regards.

Michael - Homeowner - August, 2023

Website Editor's Answer

Hi Michael, so the Simonton 5500 is a really nice fit for your timeline and you are correct that it is a very good mid range vinyl series. The Simonton 5300 series is the slightly "less" series than the 5500 so it makes more sense to pay less and get more so that bid could realistically be tossed. I tend to think Window World is not the right decision to put into most homes so I agree with you here...

Editor John - August, 2023

Simonton 5000 Series Cost

I've struggled to find quotes that seem fair for a decent window. The following are quotes I received for 18 double hung and 1 transom type for a bathroom.

Berkshire Elite from Windows Universe $12,848.00

Simonton 5000 series (didnt specify exactly whether it was 5050 or 5500) from EcoView $12,636.00

MI Windows from West Shore $29,272.00

Wincore 7700 from Paradise Homes $20,500.00

I'd appreciate your thoughts.

Karen - Homeowner - January, 2022

Website Editor's Answer

Karen, the best value of the bunch in my view is the Simonton window IF it is the 5500. Otherwise, I'd go with the Berkshire Elite, which is a solid mid range vinyl window. The Wincore 7700 is a good window, but not worth $1000 plus per window.

More Wincore 7700 windows reviews.

Editor Jim R. - January, 2022

Simonton Stormbreaker vs Reflections 5500

What is the difference between the Simonton 5500 Reflections and the Storm breaker model and how much should 5 double hung windows cost and is it worth paying the extra money . I live off the intercoastal waterway so impact or hurricane would help with 90 MPh wind from tropical storms we get. I also have a half moon 16' by 36' the other windows are standard sizes (middle window 31'by 52') (Side 23' by 52' x2 ) and front 36' by 60' x2 total of 5 doublehung and 1 half moon.

Shawn - Homeowner - January 16, 2017

Website Editor's Answer

Shawn, the Stormbreaker window is an impact window that uses a slightly bulkier frame and a laminated glass that protects the home from sever storms. The Reflections 5500 series is a good mid range vinyl window that does include these features. Impact windows are certainly helpful, but you can always just go with a vinyl window and board up your windows during a severe storm. I happen to think that the Stormbreaker Plus by Simonton is a good impact at a reasonable price point (obviously depending on who you buy from).

Response From Editor John M. - January 16, 2017