With so many choices of window available, our team of experts have spent hundreds of hours testing and analysing the product range to establish the top-performing, most efficient models.

Our comprehensive window reviews consider 36 data points, and our final results are based on these. 

These critical factors are categorised, and each score is calibrated based on their degree of significance. These categories are: 

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Efficiency
  • Quality
  • Provider and installer performance
  • Customer Experience

Windows review stats

  • 35 data points measured
  • 5 categories considered
  • 100 windows reviewed to date
  • 200+ hours testing and analysing windows
  • 500+ customer reviews read

The windows features we prioritise

We believe the pivotal factors determining the quality of a window include:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Durability and build quality
  • Cost and warranties
  • Manufacturer’s reputation
  • Customer reviews

Energy efficiency

Evaluating the energy efficiency of windows involves looking at several key elements:

  • U-Value: A U-value is the measurement of how well a window prevents heat from escaping a home; the lower the U-value, the better the window is at keeping the heat in.
  • Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC): SHGC measures how much heat a window lets into a home. In the UK, with its cooler climate, a higher SHGC is preferable.
  • Energy rating: The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) rates windows on a scale from A++, the most energy efficient, to E, the least. These ratings take into account the U-value and SHGC.
  • Double or triple glazing: Double glazed windows have two panes of glass with a layer of inert gas in between, while triple glazed windows have three panes and two layers of gas. More panes generally means better insulation, but the extra cost of triple glazing may not always be worth the additional energy savings.
  • Frame material: Different materials offer different levels of insulation. For example, wood frames have better insulating properties than aluminium but require more maintenance.

Durability and build quality

Evaluating new windows’ durability and build quality starts with examining their materials. Windows crafted from high-quality, resilient materials, such as uPVC or aluminium, generally have a longer lifespan. Wooden frames, while having a traditional aesthetic appeal, require more maintenance but, if properly cared for, they can also be quite durable and last for decades.

We pay attention to craftsmanship, examining elements such as the neatness of the joints, the smoothness of moving parts, the quality of the seals, and the precision of the fitting.

The type of glass used also matters. Double or triple glazed windows with gas-filled gaps generally offer greater durability and insulation, but only if the panes are properly sealed to prevent leakage of the insulating gas and ingress of moisture.

Another factor to consider is the quality of hardware components, such as handles, locks, and hinges. High-quality hardware should operate smoothly and not show signs of wear quickly.

Cost and warranties

When assessing the cost of new windows, our experts have considered more than just the initial outlay. We think about the potential long-term energy savings and factor in that, although higher-quality windows may have a higher upfront cost, they can lead to significant savings on energy bills over time.

The installation cost is another key aspect, which varies based on the job’s complexity, the type of windows and the property’s location. 

A warranty can ensure the window’s quality and protect the homeowner’s investment if any issues arise. It’s crucial to the length of the warranty, what it covers, and if it’s transferrable to future homeowners.

Window warranties often cover different parts of the window for varying periods. For example, the frame’s warranty may differ from that of the glass or the hardware. 

Finally, we check the reputation of the company providing the warranty. A warranty is only as reliable as the company standing behind it. This is a good sign if they have a history of honouring their warranties promptly and without hassle. 

Manufacturer’s reputation

Assessing a window manufacturer’s reputation is critical in any purchasing decision.

A company with longevity in the market typically indicates a certain level of stability and customer satisfaction. However, newer companies can also produce quality products, so we don’t rule them out entirely.

We check if the company has received any awards or recognition for their products, customer service, or business practices, indicating a respected and well-regarded company. Another good indicator is a company’s accreditations and if its products are certified by recognised industry organisations. 

Customer reviews

Customer reviews are instrumental in our window evaluations as they provide real-world insights into the product’s performance and the company’s customer service beyond what’s offered by the manufacturer’s claims.

Trustpilot is a valuable resource in this context. As one of the world’s most reputable review platforms, it hosts many user reviews for countless products and services. We read numerous positive and negative reviews, looking for trends, noting if multiple reviewers highlight the excellent customer service or, conversely, faulty hardware, for example.  

We also pay attention to how the company responds to negative reviews, taking the time to address complaints and find solutions, as this demonstrates good customer service and a commitment to customer satisfaction.