Consumers Digest Names Best Buys for DoorsAugust 2nd, 2011 by DWM Magazine
Consumers Digest named its “Best Buys” for entry doors in its July-August issue. The magazine chose Best Buys in three categories: steel and fiberglass entry doors, as well as aluminum storm doors.
According to the article, “All Best Buy selections are based on an 80-by-36-inch door and include a matching frame and standard handle and lock hardware. All prices reflect the range for a series, because storm doors come in a variety of styles and configurations. All Best Buy selections have removable or retractable screens. Best Price (listed below) is a reflection of the lowest retail price that was available at press time and is subject to change.”
The magazine says it limited the entry door selections to fiberglass and steel “as those materials represent 85 percent of the U.S. entry door market.” Best Buys were selected based on materials, quality of construction and warranty. Only manufacturers with national distribution were selected.
This is the first year the magazine has included a fiberglass category. In this category, Masonite’s Belleville AvantGuard series received the award for premium selection (Best Price $1,092); Therma-Tru’s Classic-Craft for mid-range (Best Price $550); and Jeld-Wen’s Smooth-Pro for economy (Best Price $218).
In the steel category, ProVia Door’s Legacy series received the award for premium selection (Best Price $700); Masonite’s StaTru HD for mid-range (Best Price $226); and Jeld-Wen’s Contours for economy (Best Price $139).
Finally, in the Storm Doors category Larson’s ScreenAway series received the award for premium selection (Best Price $300); ProVia’s Superview for mid-range (Best Price $187); and Croft’s Imperial for economy (Best Price $72).