Zen Nirvana Windows Reviews

The Zen Nirvana window is the company's mid range vinyl window offering. Zen Windows is a franchise-structured business with branches in many of the larger mid western, southern, and eastern cities across the United States. They offer three different models, including the entry level Zen Karma window, the mid range Zen Nirvana, and their higher end Zen Lotus model. Some branches also offer a Lotus Plus series as well.

The Nirvana model is actually the Soft-Lite Classic window, an older model in comparison to the Soft-Lite Imperial LS and Element series. Both the Soft-Lite Classic and Soft-Lite Pro still gets good praise from many installers and industry experts. Many consumers and installers like the look of the Soft-Lite Classic, which includes several nice upgrades over their entry level Barrington model (Zen Karma) such as an upgraded screen, frame and sash fills, and lifetime glass breakage warranty.

Standard features on the Nirvana include a fusion welded frame, vent and Delta locks, a locking screen latch, intercept spacer, and drip cap. The Nirvana series is pretty close to the Zen Lotus, minus a few standard features. Overall, a very nice vinyl window that I would recommend if the price point is right.

Some Zen branches sell Alside windows instead of the Soft-Lite models. This is a pretty significant downgrade in terms of quality, so consumers would be well advised to check with your local Zen Windows branch on what relabeled window they are buying.

Review By Jim R. - Site Editor

Zen Nirvana Pricing

Consumers can expect the Zen Nirvana to run $----- for the window itself. (We are not allowed to list replacement window costs on this particular manufacturer. Please refer to the Zen Nirvana cost examples at the Q and A at the bottom of this page.) Comparable pricing to the Nirvana include Sunrise windows prices and Okna 400 window costs.

-- Window Itself: N/A

-- Installation: $75 to $250 per opening --

-- Fully Installed: N/A

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Zen Nirvana Windows Ratings

The Zen Nirvana window double hung should deliver the following performance numbers, .09 air infiltration, .30 U factor, .37 visible transmittance, .29 SHGC and a Design Pressure of 35.

Consumers can upgrade to a better glass package that will improve the numbers to a .07 air infiltration, .25 U factor, .33 visible transmittance, and a .24 SHGC. The performance data comes from the NFRC.org website under the Soft-Lite data on the Classic model.

Zen Nirvana Window Warranty

The Zen Nirvana is identical to the Zen Karma warranty and is a limited lifetime warranty on all vinyl parts and hardware. The company offers a 10 year provision on any foil laminates, interior mini blinds, and PVC coatings. The Nirvana should include a glass breakage provision, although it's unclear whether Zen offers this same provision.

The warranty can be transferred one time and requires both a transfer fee and written notification to the company of the transfer. Make sure to read the warranty in full before you buy the windows to make sure you understand all of the exclusions and limitations that apply.

Zen Nirvana Window Reviews

Do you have questions about Zen Nirvana windows? Our site editors, John and Jim, can answer your questions on pricing, features, installation and much more.

Have you purchased the Zen Nirvana window in the past and have a review to contribute to our website? If so, we would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this mid range vinyl window.

Zen Nirvana Price Quote

I recently got an estimate from Zen for 13 Nirvana windows and 1 Nirvana picture window for $10,505. I also got an estimate from Home Depot for $9835 for Simonton 6100 series windows plus a simonton 3panel slider. I'm not sure which one to go with. Is the Nirvana series and Zen worth the extra price? I live in Minnesota.

Tashia - Homeowner - November, 2020

Website Editor's Answer

Hi Tashia, so for me the Zen Nirvana is going to be worth the extra cost over the Simonton 6100 series. I think there is quite a bit more value there, assuming two points. One is that the Zen dealer is selling the Soft-Lite Classic and not the Alside Mezzo. Two is that the Zen dealer has great online reviews. For instance, the Milwaukee Zen dealer has really awesome reviews. Just make sure your branch does as well.

Editor John - November, 2020

Zen Nirvana And Anlin Catalina

We recieved almost an identical quote for Zen Nirvana double hung/slider and Anlin Catalina single hung. Which product is better?

Jaymee - Homeowner - May, 2020

Website Editor's Answer

Jaymee, both great products! Very close in quality and craftsmanship. I'd choose one or the other based on the reputation, and reviews of the company doing the installation.

Editor Jim R. - May, 2020

Zen Nirvana Window Review

Help! I have recently gathered several window quotes that are in same ballpark for 17 replacement windows. Which is better window? Zen window Nirvana? Window Word 4000 series, or Universal Window unishield plus series window?

April - Homeowner - April, 2020

Website Editor's Answer

April, the order from best to least best would go Zen Nirvana, Universal Window Unishield, and finally the Window Word 4000 series.

Editor John - April, 2020

Zen Nirvana Window Quote

Hi - I've received a bid for some Zen windows (replacement) and was wondering if they sound reasonable.

For a Lotus triple-pane mulled window with circle top (2 double-hung/one picture each 24x48 pane area), I was quoted 3,095.00.

For a double-hung Nirvana with a 24x48 pane area: 625.00

Awning window Nirvana approx. 30x38 pane area: 795.00

The above includes installation with finished jamb replacement.

The project includes 13 more windows of various shapes and sizes, so I noted the above specific types and sizes to get a feel for proper price.

Also, the above two windows I've listed as "Nirvana" are supposed to be "double-pane Lotus", offered to me to keep the exterior consistent. Is that legit? They also tell me that they're offering me these at the same price as the comparable Nirvana.

Installers seem to have a good reputation. Reasonable?

Moira - Homeowner - July, 2018

Website Editor's Answer

>Moira, sounds high to me. You need a few more bids to compare this to in order to gauge whether this is indeed high or is a good price. It's just a good idea in general to get three or four bids. You'd be amazed at how much they are going to vary. Where are you located, I can maybe make some recommendations. In general, I recommend Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite (same brand as what Zen sells), Polaris, and Vytex.

Editor Jim R. - July, 2018

Zen Nirvana vs. Milgard Tuscany & Simonton Asure

Your site has been so helpful with reviews to narrow things down, but picking windows is proving to be very difficult. Everywhere I look seems to have different opinions on each brand and just when I think I've narrowed it down I read something that makes me start considering one I've eliminated. I'm replacing a patio door, 3 very large slider windows, and 4 small basement windows.

Amerimax comes in cheapest at $5,500, with my choice of Masters or Craftsman with AG3.

The Milgard Tuscany is $6,400, but I think that is for whatever the base level everything is.

The Simonton Asure is $7475 with the "better glass package", but I'm pretty sure I can talk the contractor down a bit on that one if it's the better window.

Zen Nirvana is $7415. I keep reading that it's the Soft-lite classic, but based on what was written in the quote it seems to be the pro. Also, I'm not sure if ZEN will negotiate.

Which of these is the best window overall (in Denver, CO)? Is the Nirvana or Asure 25% better than the Amerimax? If they really are superior I don't mind spending the extra money, but if they are all on par, I'd go with the lowest quote.

Marie - Homeowner - February, 2018

Website Editor's Answer

Marie, the Simonton Asure is the company's entry level model and nowhere near what the Soft-Lite Pro or Classic is (I was always under the impression that the Zen Nirvana was the Classic but perhaps it is the Pro -- either way they are very similar windows).

I like the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait windows for $5,500, I would say that window is equivalent to the Milgard Tuscany. This would probably be my pick, although I would try to negotiate with each of them to see how much they will drop the price. Amerimax makes a good vinyl window and patio door.

I would have to say that the Soft-Lite Pro is the better window compared to the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait, but not for that price increase.

Editor John M. - February, 2018

Zen Nirvana Window vs Alside Mezzo Series

Hello, I just got 2 quotes on the Alside Mezzo window and zen window Nirvana (Soft-lite Classic series) for 13 windows, 1 garden window and two patio doors. Of those two brands which do you recommended. Alside came in at $13,600 for everything and Sun - lite at $15,100. I'm in Wisconsin.

Michele- Homeowner - July 5, 2016

Website Editor's Answer

Michelle, the Soft-Lite Classic is a good vinyl window. The Alside Mezzo isn't a bad window, but it's not in the same category as the Zen window. I would go with the Zen option if it were me, assuming the company has good reviews in terms of their installation team(s) and overall business practices.

Good luck, let me know how it works so I'll know how the Zen franchise in Wisconsin is a class act or not. Thanks.

Editor Jim R. - July 5, 2016