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