Andersen 400 vs E-Series Windows Review

Andersen 400 vs E-Series Windows Review

Andersen Windows has grown to be one of the largest and best-known window manufacturers in the industry. With over 100 years of experience, Andersen has the resources and expertise to offer homeowners a wide selection of window options. Today, we’re comparing two of Andersen’s most popular wood window options in this Andersen E-Series vs 400 Series Window Review. 

Andersen 400 Series vs E-Series Windows Review

Windows in the E-Series and 400 Series collections are both higher-end options than Andersen’s entry-level home windows like those in the 200 Series and 100 Series. They also happen to be two of the most sought after window options. Below, we’ll compare several important differences between the two series. Although both options have similar materials you’ll see that there are several differences between these series.

At the end of the comparison, we’ve included a list of things you should keep in mind when making your selections. 

Keep reading to learn about all the features or use the links below to skip ahead.

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Window Materials

There are several types of materials used in window construction. In our industry, when we talk about window materials, we’re talking about the primary materials used in the construction of the frames and sash.

In this case, E-Series windows are wood windows with aluminum cladding. The exterior part of the window is covered in aluminum to protect the wood from damage that wood is typically susceptible to. As for 400 Series windows, they are made with wood interiors and vinyl exteriors. The images below show corner cuts of E-Series (left) and 400 Series (right) windows. 

Andersen 400 Series vs E-Series Windows: Materials

E-Series

400 Series

Frame Construction: Wood protected by an aluminum exterior

Interior Wood Species: 10 options

Frame Construction: Wood protected by vinyl exterior

Interior Wood Species: Pine


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Window Color Options

Color options are incredibly important. In fact, one of the first questions we ask homeowners is what color windows they want. This helps us figure out what brand options will meet their needs. Many window manufacturers only offer limited color options. Andersen offers several options but the number of options available varies between series and materials. 

Andersen 400 Series vs E-Series Windows: Colors

E-Series

400 Series

Factory-Finished Stain Options: 9 options

Painted Interiors: 14 options

Exterior Colors: 50 standard colors + 7 anodized finishes

Painted Interiors: 3 options

Exterior colors:  7 options



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Window Operation Styles

Window styles typically refer to operation styles or in other words, they describe how the window opens if it (opens at all). The E-Series offers windows in 10 operating styles compared to 8 in the 400 Series. 

The styles that stand out in the E-Series collection are the push-out awning, push-out casement, and the french casement window. These are all variations of similar styles that aren’t available in the 400 Series. In addition to these options, the E-Series offers more specialty shape windows than the 400 Series. If you’re looking for custom shape fixed windows you’ll want to look at a collection like the E-Series. 

Andersen 400 Series vs E-Series Windows: Window Styles

E-Series

400 Series

Operating Styles: 10

  • Awning
  • Push-out Awning
  • Bay & Bow
  • Casement
  • French Casement
  • Push-Out Casement
  • Double-Hung
  • Gliding
  • Picture
  • Specialty Shape (Custom Shapes)

Operating Styles: 8

  • Awning
  • Bay & Bow
  • Casement
  • Double-Hung
  • Double-Hung Woodwright
  • Gliding
  • Picture
  • Specialty Shape


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Hardware

Hardware styles and finishes are also an important choice. This choice is especially important for people who frequently open their windows and those thinking about aging in place–some hardware is easier to operate than others. To learn about specific hardware options available for windows in each series please visit individual product pages.

For now, we’ll let you know that while the E-Series hardware options are available in more finishes, the 400-Series offers lots of lift options for double-hung windows. 

Andersen 400 Series vs E-Series Windows: Hardware Finishes

E-Series

400 Series

Finishes: 11

  • Antique 
  • Brass
  • Black
  • Bright Chrome
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze
  • Satin Chrome
  • Pewter
  • White
  • Polished Brass
  • Gold
  • Bronze



Standard Finishes:  4

  • Black
  • Gold Dust
  • Stone
  • White

Estate Finishes: 8

  • Antique Brass
  • Bright Brass
  • Brushed Chrome
  • Distressed Bronze
  • Distressed Nickel
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze
  • Polished Chrome
  • Satin Nickel

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Warranty

With years of experience under its belt, Andersen is confident enough in the quality of its products that it offers a great Owner-2-Owner Limited Warranty for products in each of these series. The language in each warranty is slightly different so links are provided below. 

Andersen E-Series vs 400 Series Windows: Warranty

E-Series

400 Series

Manufacturer’s Warranty: Owner-2-Owner Limited Warranty

Manufacturer’s Warranty: Owner-2-Owner Limited Warranty


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Price

The cost of windows is typically a homeowner’s biggest deciding factor. The truth is windows can get expensive, especially if you’ve got a home with lots of windows and they all need to be replaced. It’s very common for our clients to split their projects into multiple parts, although we offer financing many feel more comfortable tackling window projects one or two walls at a time. 

The material cost for Andersen 400 Series windows is less than the cost of Andersen E-Series windows. Andersen’s E-Series windows are also part of the Architectural Collection which are designed with architectural authenticity in mind. What does that mean? Windows in the architectural collection are made with superior craftsmanship noticeable in the details. E-Series windows offer more customization and are made with higher-quality materials. 

Andersen E-Series vs 400 Series Windows: Pricing

E-Series

400 Series

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Lead Time

Lead time is the time it takes for a manufacturer to make and deliver a product to its destination. The lead time for a given product can change depending on the season and how many orders the manufacturer needs to fulfill. Andersen has many manufacturing facilities and the time will vary for each series. Specialty order products also extend lead time. 

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Before Making Your Selection

Consider your budget. On the plus side, both of these options look great and will last a long time with proper care. Below are a few things to keep in mind as you continue your window buying journey.

  • The cost of windows increases with the quality
  • The price of the windows won’t be the only expense (installation, inspections, removal fees, etc.)
  • Quality is verifiable! Don’t get duped into buying low-quality windows at high-quality prices
  • The quality of the installation is just as important as the quality of the window
  • Find a contractor with a strong reputation. If you can’t find a referral, rely on reviews

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What Do We Recommend?

Choose a window that will complement your home’s architectural style. Remember to contact a few contractors to get the best price. Interacting with several contractors also gives you an opportunity to get a feel for each company. 

Choose E-Series Windows If: You’re looking for something completely unique. E-Series windows with aluminum exteriors and wood interiors are super customizable.

Choose 400 Series Windows If: You like the look of real wood windows but want an affordable and low-maintenance option. 

If there are windows in your home that you don’t plan on replacing, choose the style that most complements the existing windows. 

Homeowners in the North Texas area who are interested in purchasing and installing Andersen windows in their home can contact our team at Brennan Enterprises. To explore more Andersen window products or download brochures, explore our Andersen Windows pages.

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