Andersen 200 Series vs 400 Series - Replacement Window Review

Andersen 200 Series vs 400 Series - Replacement Window Review

In this article, we'll compare two Andersen wood window series. At their core you could almost say the 200 Series and 400 Series windows are the same, where they vary is in each line's style and customization options. As we compare these two windows we'll highlight the following similarities and differences:

  • Materials
  • Construction
  • Sizes
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Styles
  • Grilles
  • Glass
  • Tilt Sash
  • Hardware
  • Exterior Colors
  • Interior Colors
  • Price
  • Warranty
  • Lead-time

Materials

  • Wood windows with vinyl exteriors

Andersen's 200 Series and 400 Series lines are wood products with vinyl cladding. The vinyl exterior protects the interior wood from water and outside elements. 

Andersen 200 Series corner cut of Perma Shield window frame with wood interior.

Construction

Andersen's 200 Series and 400 Series windows are available for both new construction and replacement window projects.

Sizes

200 Series

Standard sizes are available up to 3'4" wide and 6' high, custom sizes are not available. 

400 Series

Standard sizes are available up to 3'10-1/8" wide and 7'8-7/8" high, custom sizes are available in 1/8" increments.

Energy Efficiency

Both the 200 Series and 400 Series offer options that allow them to achieve ENERGY STAR certifications. 

Because the 200 Series and 400 Series are made of the same material they perform the same. What would cause a difference is the glass package that is chosen for the window. 

Styles

Andersen's 400 Series has more options in the style department than the 200 Series. 

Awning style windows are hinged along the top and open at a 90 degree angle. Bay or bow windows are windows connected at an angle and can be made of a combination of windows like picture windows and casement windows. Casement windows are hinged on one side (left or right) and open at a 90 degree angle. Andersen's double-hung windows have two operable sashes. Andersen's picture windows are fixed which mean they are not operable and do not open. Single-hung windows are similar to double-hung windows but they only have one operable sash. Sliding windows are windows that open horizontally by gliding along a rail.

200 Series

Style options: Double-hung + Gliding (Sliding) + Picture

400 Series

Style options: Awning + Bay & Bow + Casement + Double-hung + Picture + Specialty

Grilles

Grilles are available for both series in patterns that will complement nearly any style of home. If you're interested in grilles for your windows you can choose from four placement options.

Finelight Grilles-Between-the-Glass

  • Available on 200 Series and 400 Series
  • Easy cleaning on both sides of the window

Illustration of Andersen's Finelight Grilles-Between-the-Glass.

Full Divided Light

  • Available on 400 Series
  • Grilles are applied to the interior and exterior of the window with a divider in between creating a more authentic look 

Andersen's Full Divided Light Grilles

Simulated Divided Light Grilles

  • Available on 200 Series and 400 Series
  • Grilles can be applied to the exterior and interior sides of the glass like in the Full Divided Light package but without the divider between the two pieces of glass.

Andersen's Simulated Divided Light Grilles

Removable Interior Grilles

  • Available on 200 Series and 400 Series
  • Grilles can be fastened on the interior side of the window making it easy to remove and fully clean the glass

Glass

Although these series are similar they do vary in glass options.

200 Series Glass Options

SmartSun + SmartSun with Heatlock Coating + Low-E + Low-E with Heatlock Coating + Clear Dual-Pane

400 Series Glass options

SmartSun + SmartSun with Heatlock Coating + Low-E4 + Low-E4 with Heatlock Coating + PassiveSun + Sun

Table of Andersen's glass options

Need tips on how to choose the right glass? Andersen's got more information about glass options on their website

Tilt Sash

Tilt sash options are available for windows in both the 200 Series and 400 Series. This is an optional feature on some windows like the double-hung style that allows the homeowner to unlock the window and fold it inwards to clean the glass.

Andersen 200 Series Double-hung window with tilt sash.

Hardware

200 Series

200 Series window colors

200 Series window colors

Hardware options for this series' windows are the Classic Hand Lift or Lock & Keeper. This Lift is available in White and Stone and the Lock & Keeper is available in Antique Brass, Black, Bright Brass, Gold Dust, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, Stone, and White.

Andersen 200 Series lock and keeper hardware. Andersen Sash Lift

400 Series

 Andersen 400 Series hardware finishes

Hardware options for double-hung and gliding windows are a Standard Lock & Keeper and an Estate Lock & Keeper. 

The Standard Lock & Keeper (below) is available in Black, Gold Dust, Stone, and White. Simpler lift hardware is also available. 

Andersen 400 Series standard lock and keeper

The Estate Lock & Keeper is available in Antique Brass, Bright Brass, Brushed Chrome, Distressed Bronze, Distressed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Chrome, and Satin Nickel. 

Andersen 400 Series Estate Lock & Keeper

There are several hardware options for casement and awning windows in the 400 Series. Not shown are compact, easy grip, and child-safety hardware. 

The Traditional Folding Lock & Keeper is available in Antique Brass, Black, Bright Brass, Distressed Bronze, Distressed Nickel, Gold Dust, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, Stone, and White.

Andersen 400 Series Traditional Hardware

The Contemporary Folding Lock & Keeper is available in Black, Bright Brass, Gold Dust, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, Stone, and White.

Andersen 400 Series contemporary hardware

The Estate Lock & Keeper is available in Antique Brass, Bright Brass, Brushed Chrome, Distressed Bronze, Distressed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Chrome, and Satin Nickel. 

Andersen 400 Series Estate Lock and Keeper hardware for casement and awning windows

The Classic Series Lock & Keeper is available in Stone and White.

Classic Series Lock & Keeper for Andersen 400 Series casement and awning windows.

Exterior Colors

200 Series

Andersen 200 Series exterior window colors

400 Series

Andersen 400 Series windows exterior colors

Interior Colors

200 Series

Andersen 200 Series windows interior colors

400 Series

Andersen 400 Series interior colors

Price

The 200 Series and 400 Series at their core are the same except you have more options and customizability available in the 400 Series. As we described in our article comparing the 100 Series and the 200 Series, the 200 Series is an entry-level wood window. With all its customizability especially with options in colors and hardware, the 400 Series is a line designed for higher-end homes or homeowners who want to create a very specific look. 

200 Series
$$

400 Series
$$$

Warranty

The 200 Series and 400 Series are both covered by Andersen's Owner 2 Owner Limited Warranty

Lead-time

Lead-time for a product depends on the materials and can vary depending on the time of year. Lead-time is the amount of time it takes to place, create, and ship an order.

200 Series
4-6 Weeks

400 Series
4-6 Weeks


The window shopping journey can take you down a few paths when you're deciding what is right for your home. Whether you're here because you've decided on wood windows or you'd like Andersen windows, know that both of these options are strong choices. 

If you know you are choosing between these two, price and customizability are two points you'll really want to focus on. At a lower cost with the 200 Series, you can get an entry-level wood window made of the same material as those in the 400 Series but you'll have fewer choices in regard to color, style, and hardware options. 

It might also be helpful to know that the 400 Series is Andersen's most popular series and carries some of their longest-standing products. 

Please reach out to us if you have any questions, we're happy to help.

You can also check out some of our other blogs to see if we've answered some of your other questions. 

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