Zen Lotus Windows Reviews
The Zen Lotus window is the company's premium vinyl window offering. Zen has branches in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chattahoochee Valley (serving Georgia and Alabama), Denver, Houston and Austin. There are a number of additional locations, these are just the ones we could track down.
The Zen Lotus is their higher end window and is actually a Soft-Lite Pro series. The Pro was Soft-Lite's original premium product that is now overshadowed by their newer Imperial LS Series and Elements Series.
Many consumers really like the Pro model features and aesthetics, which is one reason why Soft-Lite kept the window in its line up. For Zen, this is their high end window, which seems a bit odd (since the company itself offers two windows that are better than the Pro model), but the Pro really is a very solid performer. It comes standard with foam fills, vent locks, an exterior locking screen latch, metal-reinforced meeting rail, delta locks and a Super Spacer.
The window is available in white, brown or beige on the interior and in 15 exterior colors and 5 interior wood laminates. These wood laminates do a good just of mimicking the look of wood, without the high cost and maintenance required with real wood windows.
All in all, I would definitely recommend the Zen Lotus window given the right price point and quality of installation.
Please note: A few Zen branches carry Alside windows, which simply can't match the quality and energy efficiency of Soft-Lite windows.
Review By Jim R. - Site Editor
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Zen Lotus Prices
Consumers can expect the Zen Lotus to run $400 to $600 for the window itself. Installation costs can run $75 to $125 for retrofit installation, while full frame installation can run $150 to $250 and beyond. Comparable windows include Sunrise windows prices and Okna 500 window costs.
-- Window Itself: $400 to $600 -- *
-- Standard Installation: $75 to $250 per opening --
-- Fully Installed: $475 to $850 --
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Zen Lotus Ratings
The Zen Lotus window with a low-e glass, argon gas, the metal reinforced meeting rails, and foam fills (all these features come standard), will provide the following numbers; .28 U-factor, .29 SHGC, .53 Visible Transmittance, and a .07 Air Infiltration. Upgrading to the higher end Solarban glass will lower the U-factor to .21, the SHGC to .19 SHGC, the Visible Transmittance to .39, and the Air Infiltration to .05.
These are all very respectable numbers. The most important number in my opinion is the air infiltration and the .07 is good. There are better windows out there in terms of their AI, but the Pro puts in a very good performance for a vinyl window.
Zen Window Lotus Cost
Hello John, I saw your email from www.replacementwindowsprices.com. Recently, my partner and I bought a house in Philadelphia, PA, and would like to replace all the windows in the house. We asked four companies for their quote. Would you mind letting us know which of them seems a better option for you? I appreciate your time and help!
14 windows: 6 Slider, 4 Picture, 2 single Casement, 1 Double Hung, 1 Mulled Unit(1:2:1 Casement, Picture, Casement)
Home Depot Simonton 6500 Series: $15000
Home Depot Anderson 100 Series: $20500
PJ Fitzpatrick ProVia Endure Series: $21500
PJ Fitzpatrick Marvin Infinity Series: $32000
Window Universe Gentek Casement + Signature Elite (for non-casement windows): $14000
Zen Window Soft-Lite Classic Plus Nirvana Series: $14000
Zen Window Lotus (They claim they only sell Lotus with triple pane now, with their direct words: "Softlite call it Imperial"): $20500 (400$ more per window compare to Nirvana)
Thank you again for your time and help!
Wenian - Homeowner - August, 2022
Website Editor's Answer
Wenian, I took a look at your quotes and did a quick search for "Zen Windows Philadelphia reviews" and the reviews were very impressive. I would go with the Zen Window Soft-Lite Classic Plus for $14K. Great price and quite a nice window. But...if this were my forever home and I really wanted the best, I would upgrade to the Zen Window Imperial LS. This is one of the best windows out there...but $400 more per window is REALLY steep. I would have thought it would be half of that.
Personally, I would go back and ask if they would be willing to do the Imperial LS for $17K -- and if so, you would be willing to sign the purchase order that day...and just see what they say. I think for $17K I would make the move. If not, I would stick with the Soft-Lite Classic Plus for $14K and call it a victory!
Editor John - August, 2022
Zen Lotus Plus Price Bid
John, what about this from Zen Co. on the Lotus "Plus" (Soft-Lite Imperial LS Series) for 19-Double Hungs. GLASS PACKAGE: Double Strength Double Pane Glass, Low E+ and Argon Gas with Super Spacer. (south & west windows solar Low E), Nail Fin. I'm in Kentucky.
Zen Lotus Plus Cost: $10,600
Gary - Homeowner - February, 2018
Website Editor's Answer
Gary, the bid you have from Zen is very solid. $10.6K for 19 Soft-Lite Imperial LS Series windows is quite a good bid. I know you had a pretty great bid from Inline as well, but I would seriously have to consider this one as well. The Soft-Lite Imperial LS Series is one of my favorite out there!
Editor John M. - February, 2018