American Craftsman Windows Reviews

Our American Craftsman Windows reviews can help homeowners form a better understanding of the company’s quality and pricing on the 50 and 70 vinyl window series.

For the most part, American Craftsman is a budget window brand that is sold through many of the hardware and big box stores like Home Depot. In 2018, Ply Gem acquired Silverline and American Craftsman (Today, Cornerstone Building Brands owns all three.). A/C sells the majority of their windows through Home Depot’s nearly 2000 stores across the United States. I will say this for the company, it has a very good name, which I think tends to trick consumers.

Bottom Line: American Craftsman is one of the worst window brands out there. It is marketed towards consumers who think that all windows are the same. Not a good buy if you are interested in a replacement window that lasts.

Company Rating: 5.0 out of 10

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Bill – Site Editor


American Craftsman Windows Reviews

American Craftsman Prices: $/$$
(1/2 Out Of 5)
Versus Other Vinyl Windows

American Craftsman Replacement Window Companies

American Craftsman Windows Reviews

A/CT sells two basic vinyl windows – the base 50 series and the slightly upgraded 70 series. There isn’t a whole lot that separates these two options from one another.


American Craftsman Windows Warranty

The Warranty: I’m not sure on the warranty terms, but it probably doesn’t cover much. This should be reflected in the price point.


Bargain Windows

If you’re after a bargain window then American Craftsman is a good choice. I have fifteen years’ experience with these windows and they have good customer service and a decent warranty. Don’t go with anything below the V3 series and you’ll be alright.

Jake – Homeowner – 2024


American Craftsman And Consumer Reports

I was excited when I found that American Craftsman had been given a high ranking on the consumer reports. But then I started doing my homework and found that consumer report only tests windows which can be bought from a store – eliminating the higher quality vinyl windows. So I went down to Home Depot to see for myself and I cannot tell you how cheap the American Craftsman windows looked. So don’t rely on consumer report when making your decision.

Mike – Homeowner – 2023


American Craftsman Windows Reviews

I would only recommend American Craftsman if you need a temporary window. Also, be sure to only use a private outside contractor, the box stores always go with the cheapest installer and that may result in poor quality work. It’s amazing what a good installer can do, they can make the window look great and make it more durable, reducing the risk of leaks.

Bill – Site Editor – 2022


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American Craftsman Costs

V1 Series: $350 installed

V3 Series: $400 installed

8500 Series: $275 installed

9500 Series: $325 installed

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American Craftsman vs Andersen

Bill, are these two companies the same? I thought that they were but the guy at Home Depot told me that they have nothing to do with one another. I’ll admit, I’m a bit confused – thanks so much for your time.

Tim – Homeowner- from 2022

[Site Editor Reply]

Tim, AC was once owned by Andersen as a way to get into the vinyl window space. Eventually though, the company sold off both AC and SilverlineSilverline – it definitely was not helping their brand to be honest. The two companies are now totally separate. While Andersen is a great brand, I can’t say the same for AC.

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Bill – Site Editor – from 2022


American Craftsman vs Atrium

I am not a fan of the American Craftsman 8500 or Jeldwen. Simply put, I think they are poor quality. If you really want to go to Home Depot for American Craftsman windows then look at the 9500, they are better than the 8500 series.

Instead, you may want to look at Atrium, they are good and the 3000 series comes with a lifetime warranty. Of course, Simontons are my top choice but are more expensive.

John – Builder – 2019

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Design Problems

American Craftsman is the lowest quality product on the market. Andersen owns American Craftsman. Specifically, they don’t have a good design and I’ve found they often leak, they also use chap materials and the vinyl often cracks.

Mick – Installer – 2018


American Craftsman Complaints

I would only consider American Craftsman for a rental property or property you are in the process of selling. Otherwise, I would consider these windows a complete waste of time. To be honest, their windows are engineered according to the minimum requirements using the cheapest of materials and I have never read any good reviews about them.

If you’re looking for a good window look at the Simonton 6500 rather. You can also consider Sunrise or Gorell at a similar price with much better quality.

Jason – Contractor – 2014

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Windows Appear To Be Leaking

I was wondering if there is anyone who has experience using the American Craftsman 7550 windows. Recently, we had a number of them installed on our property and the first rains caused leaking on one of the windows. The leak appears to be at the top of the window, but on further inspection I noticed that the top of the windows tend to lean in towards the home and I was wondering if this is normal. I truly appreciate the advice.

James – Homeowner – 2013


[Contractor Response]

I’ve installing windows for many years and always tell my clients not to use any windows (including the American Craftsman) that you buy from a home building supply store. The truth is, these windows are usually cheaper options.

My advice is to get in touch with whoever installed your windows immediately to repair the problem. Also, get a drip cap added over the casement window at the top. This will definitely help.

Steven – Contractor – 2013


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