Champion Windows vs Window World: Review

When shopping for replacement windows on the East Coast or in the Midwest, Champion Windows and Window World are two options likely to offer installation in your area. Both companies offer an array of standard single- and double-hung windows, plus additional customizations. The better fit for you will depend on your project, which brand you find more trustworthy, and what type of warranty coverage you want. We have a full comparison of Champion Windows vs. Window World below to help you decide.

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Champion Windows vs. Window World

Champion Windows and Window World offer similar inventories and both offer warranties for their products. Like all window companies, their prices can vary quite a bit, since so many factors go into determining window project costs. Both companies offer a number of additional features and customizations that can affect the price. Below, we have a full comparison of Champion Windows vs. Window World by regional availability, inventory, price, quality, and the warranties offered.

Availability

Champion Windows is most heavily concentrated in the East Coast and the Midwest. It has showrooms in 28 states: Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Window World has locations in most states, but, like Champion Windows, is most heavily concentrated on the East Coast and in the Midwest. There are no stores in Montana, Alaska, or Hawaii. You can find a store near you using the Window World store locator.

Since Window World is available in so many states, it is somewhat more likely to have a location near you, but both of these companies are widespread and should be able to help you with your window replacement project.

Inventory

In terms of the styles of window offered, Champion Windows and Window World are fairly similar. The following styles are offered by both brands:

  • Bay and bow
  • Casement
  • Double-hung
  • Garden
  • Picture
  • Sliding

In addition to these styles, Champion offers custom-manufactured shapes including hexagons, trapezoids, round windows, and half-rounds. Window World’s additional options are awning windows and basement hopper windows. Both brands offer further customization through interior and exterior color choices, grid patterns, and specialized glass options, customer service representatives said.

Price

Champion Window’s prices are determined by window style, frame material, additional features and options, and the size of the project. Champion does not give out quotes over the phone, we discovered, because their policy is to personally inspect and evaluate each potential project to provide the most complete and accurate quote. To get a price for your project, you can schedule a home visit and receive a free, no-obligation estimate the same day. You’ll get a written estimate, and all of your window options and prices will be explained to you.

Though we couldn’t get exact prices from Champion Windows, the Champion website notes industrial averages between $475 and $2,100 per window, depending on the type and quality of the window. We were told that Champion’s prices are kept as low as possible because they manufacture their own products. Professional installation by Champion is also included in the window cost, rather than being charged separately as labor. Financing is available through Champion Window.

We were also unable to get an exact price quote through Window World, but for a different reason. Window World’s locations are franchised, so prices and discounts can vary quite a bit by location. Some locations, including North Puget Sound, offer $189 replacement windows from their least expensive product line, not including any colors, grids, or other additional fees. This promotion is not offered in every state due to regulations, so you should contact your local Window World for pricing on your project. Financing is available through the Window World Credit Card.

Quality

Both Champion Windows and Window World are certified by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). Window World has Gold Label certification, meaning that its windows have been evaluated for structural, air, and water performance and have received the highest possible AAMA rating.

From the buyer’s perspective, a customer satisfaction survey administered by GuildQuality showed that 92% of customers would recommend Champion Windows. Customers also rated Champion’s quality of materials at 96% and quality of construction at 94%.

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has certified Champion’s awning, casement, double-hung, fixed four-sided, fixed side-lite, and horizontal slider windows. To become certified by the NFRC, a window is tested for air leakage in addition to how well it keeps heat in during the winter, how well it prevents solar heat gain in the summer, and how much natural light it lets in.

Window World does not appear in the NFRC’s database of certified manufacturers. However, Window World has received other awards and certifications. J.D. Power ranks Window World “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Window and Patio Door Retailers,” with a score of 879 points out of 1,000.

Several of Window World’s products have also been backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal. Good Housekeeping offers a two-year limited warranty for products with the Seal, the details of which can be found at the Good Housekeeping website.

Champion Windows and Window World are both Energy Star partners, meaning that they are checked for quality assurance and can help your home become more energy-efficient, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter to reduce your energy bills.

Additionally, both Champion Windows and Window World products are custom manufactured in the U.S. to assure that they perfectly fit your project.

Warranties

Window warranties protect the investment you’ve made in your home and can cover repairs and replacements in case of damage. Both Champion Windows and Window World offer warranties on their vinyl replacement windows.

Champion Windows’ Limited Lifetime Warranty applies to all windows containing Champion’s Comfort 365 Glass for as long as the original purchaser owns the home. The warranty covers necessary repairs, parts, labor, materials, and removal of job-related debris. It also offers unlimited replacement in cases of broken glass, seal failure, or screen repair.

Window World offers warranties covering vinyl parts, mechanical parts, insulated glass, glass breakage, and labor costs. The glass breakage warranty excludes garden windows, special shapes, tempered windows, and windows with beveled-leaded, grooved, or laminated glass. Window World’s warranties do not cover maintenance of the caulking around the window.

While the warranties offer similar coverage, Window World has one advantage over Champion Windows in this respect: the warranty is transferable. If you replace your windows and then choose to sell your home, most of the warranty coverage (excluding the labor warranty) can be transferred once to the new owner. You’ll just need to notify Window World within 30 days of the property transfer and pay a $50 transfer fee.

In Summary

Champion Windows and Window World both offer their window replacement services across many states, with standard and customizable window styles available. Both companies have received high marks in customer satisfaction from organizations like GuildQuality and J.D Power, and both offer good-quality, energy-efficient products. For strong warranty coverage, Window World is the better option, with its Good Housekeeping Seal limited warranty and its transferable in-house warranties. Prices vary by project and by location, so you should contact the companies directly for a project evaluation or quote.

For more information on window replacement, see our article comparing Anlin Windows vs. Milgard Windows.

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