What's behind our home window Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 20 models in home windows to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall Score is based on wind and rain resistance.
  • Wind resistance 0 degrees
    Wind resistance measures each window's ability to keep out 25 and 50 mph winds at outdoor temperatures of 0ºF.
  • Wind resistance 70 degrees
    Wind resistance measures each window"s ability to keep out 25 and 50 mph winds at outdoor temperatures of 70º F.
  • Rain resistance
    Rain resistance measures their ability to keep out heavy, wind-driven rain.

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Recommended home windows are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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Forget what the ads say. Saving money on your energy bill is not the reason to replace your windows—it could take decades to recoup the $8,000 to $24,000 you’ll spend on new windows and installation. But new windows can enhance the look of your home and make it less drafty and quieter, and they’re easier to clean and maintain than old windows with combination storm and screens. Use this buying guide to help you before you shop or request bids.

Home window buying guide

Forget what the ads say. Saving money on your energy bill is not the reason to replace your windows--it could take decades to recoup the $8,000 to $24,000 you'll spend on new windows and installation. Energy Star-qualified windows can lower your energy bills by 7 to 15 percent. That's only $27 to $111 a year for a 2,000-square-foot single-story home with storm windows or double-pane windows, $126 to $465 if your home has just single-pane windows, according to Energy Star.

But new windows can enhance the look of your home and make it less drafty and quieter, and they're easier to clean and maintain than old windows with combination storm and screens.

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