Hopper Window vs. Awning Window

Casement, double hung, garden, picture, hopper, sliding, specialty, bay/bow, awning…there are so many types of windows to choose from when you’re looking to replace old windows or add new ones. We know it’s overwhelming—especially when they look similar. Take a hopper window and an awning window for example:

An image showing the comparison between a hopper window and an awning window.

Not much difference at first glance, but there are certain features in both that might work better for your home. And we want to help you with identifying those!

the basic parts of a window:

  • Head: the top piece of the frame
  • Sash: the part of the window that moves up and down
  • Frame: the material surrounding the glass, supporting the entirety of the window
  • Glass: also called the pane, this is the clear material that allows you to see
  • Hinge: metal piece allowing a window to open and close (not present in all windows)
  • Sill: the bottom piece of the frame

An infographic showing the parts of a window, labeling the head, sash, frame, glass, hinge, and sill.

Both awning and hopper windows are casement-type windows, meaning that their sashes are attached to the frames with hinges. On awning windows, these hinges are along the top. On hopper windows, these hinges are along the bottom.

Perhaps the most salient functional difference between these two types of replacement windows is that the sashes on awning windows open outward, while the sashes on hopper windows open inward. Because they open outward, awning windows usually feature a crank mechanism.

key benefits of AN awning window:

  • Smooth and easy operation.
  • No leverage required because of its crank feature.
  • Great for hard-to-reach areas like above the kitchen sink or further up the wall.

Once opened, the sash on an awning window sits at a downward angle, creating an awning-like effect. This allows you to leave these windows open during light rainstorms, letting fresh air inside while keeping the rain out.

Hopper windows, on the other hand, usually feature a simple handle that you turn and pull inward to open. The inward-tilting configuration of a hopper window works similarly to that of an awning window.

key benefits of a hopper window:

  • Easy and secure operation with a crank and pull mechanism.
  • Keep dirt and other debris out of your home, making cleaning a breeze.
  • Great for limited wall space in basements or garages.

Because of its inward tilt, the hopper window creates a small opening, adding more security against intruders and more peace of mind inside your home. The small opening also allows fresh air in when you need it.


Now that you know the key differences and benefits between awning and hopper windows, which one should you choose for your home? That depends on the size of your space, your accessibility needs, and so much more. We recommend discussing all these things with a professional window replacement company, and we have listed a few questions to ask yourself below to jumpstart the process:

  • Where will you need your new windows?
  • Does it rain a lot in your area?
  • Do you have any security or privacy concerns?
  • Do you have any accessibility needs?
  • Are you looking for more sunlight in the room?

With the answers to these questions in mind and professional guidance, you can make an educated decision on what windows would work best for your home. Your bathroom might call for a hopper window out of sight from your bathtub or shower whereas your kitchen might benefit from a set of awning windows for more ventilation. Whatever the case may be, you can now go into the decision with a better understanding of the difference between the two!

New Windows Installed in the Blink of an Eye

To learn more about the ins and outs and upside downs of awning windows and hopper windows, contact the home improvement experts at West Shore Home. Our product specialists will be happy to discuss our window options with you and help you choose the best style for your home. And, no matter which style you choose — whether awning, hopper, or something totally different — we can have them installed in as little as one day.

Want to know more? Contact West Shore Home today!

Updated: March 21, 2023