Best Window Films in 2020

Rabbitgoo 3D No Glue Static Decorative Privacy Window Films for Glass Non-Adhesive Heat Control Anti UV 17.5 x 78.7 inches (44.5 x 200cm) Review:

I bought this film so that I could still have privacy in my room, but still allow the sunlight that my plants need to enter the room. I am so happy the results. Unfortunately I only have one before photo, but I only covered 3/4 windows so you can kind of see the difference with and without the film.
Covering the windows during the daytime is significantly easier than doing it once it's dark outside, I stopped for dinner and by then it was dark. The light from outside helps with being able to see whether your placement is lined up with the frames of the windows or not. I also did it by myself, so It's possible to be a one person job depending on the size of the window. If the window was significantly larger, a second pair of hands would be a great help.
The total time with measuring the windows, marking the guide lines on the film *make sure to use Sharpie on the smooth side that gets removed for installation*, cutting the film *a sharp box cutter will help tremendously*, and placing it on the window *a ruler will be a great assistance* took about 2 hours. Which isn't terrible because I was able to have no air bubbles underneath the film, and line up the edges directly along the frame.
Make sure to add about 1/2 inch to 1 inch extra to the measurement of your window. My windows were about 13" x 29" so I cut the film 14" x 30" for safety, and cut the extra off with a box cutter.
No residue gets left behind on the window at all since there's no glue involved. That helped with removing air bubbles underneath because I was able to just peel it off the window and smooth is down with a ruler in sections as I worked.
And I wasn't too sure about this at first, but there is a very noticeable difference in the amount of draft that comes in through my windows. I'd still have to insulate my windows once the temperature starts to drop more, which I always do every year anyway, but I can already tell that the draft isn't going to be as bad as it used to be. This was something that I was worried about for my plants, but now I think they'll be better off now.
I am very satisfied with my purchase of this window film. It was a very cost effective solution to my problem and gave me the results I was looking for, all the while making a very glass beautiful design during the day and night time from the light shining in.

rabbitgoo Decorative Window Film No-Glue (Brown), 3D Window Privacy Films for Glass, Non-Adhesive Window Privacy Clings for Window Decals & UV Blocking (Brown Mosaic, 17.5 x 78.7 inches) Review:

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 It really is nice looking. I’m not experienced with window films but it came out very well. Had to redo the first pane but once you get the hang of it, not too difficult. Use lots of soapy water so it slides around easily for adjusting the fit. I purchased a cutting mat and metal ruler for this project.

Coavas Window Film Non Adhesive Frosted Home Office Film Privacy Window Sticker Self Static Cling Vinly Glass Film for Bathroom Office Meeting Room Living Room (Matte White 17.7by78.7 Inch) Review:

Reading reviews on more expensive films made me decide to try the cheapest one. The price didn't seem to effect the reviews regarding quality. I have to say, this cheap film is definitely worth the price. After soaking the window with a spray bottle, the frosted window cling practically attaches itself. It suctions to the glass on contact. It's thick and does a nice job allowing light to filter through with a nice white glow. It's also managed to mute the unattractive pattern in my privacy windows somewhat. While sitting on the couches about 10 feet away, the old pattern is hardly visible. It's drastically improved the appearance and the glare from the sun. I attached a photo of one side with and without the frosted window film.

Coavas Window Privacy Film 78.7 x 17.7 Inches Frosted Glass Window Clings for Privacy Non-Adhesive Anti UV Static Cling for Home Shower and Office Review:

I can recommend this widow film for anyone who wants to keep the light but lose view. Seller was great, arrived quickly and in good shape. Now that I have that out of the way, some details...

This stuff can be simple enough to install, but that doesn't mean it will be easy. Take your time. Clean your windows, and then clean them one more time. Let's say you have, as an example, a large, lazy cat, who knows he is supposed to stay off the counter, but is a cat, so couldn't care less. You will want to first vacuum, dust, and wipe the whole area, THEN clean the window, THEN install the film. Otherwise it will go on looking great, and the next day you will be very aware of exactly how many cat hairs made it between the film and the glass. Nothing wrong with the product, but be very sure things are clean. (And maybe be a little more strict about the cats on the counter rule)

Use plenty of water. I did not, and later discovered that every time someone tries to put this film up without using a good amount of water, another boy band is formed. I'm sorry. Also your film may not stick as well as it should.

Be methodical and carefully get all the air bubbles and water squeezed out. I found that working from center towards the edges worked well.

Make sure you use a new razor blade. Safely. (It's a razor blade)

Lastly, I have used this on three windows so far, and have a couple more to do. I will probably have to do the kitchen window over (after the cat and I work a few things out, and I end up admitting that I am wrong, and just putting a little more effort into cleaning the hair off the counter next time) The other problem I have in the kitchen is from the previous owners, who perhaps splashed some food or maybe even some paint on the window, and then used a scotch-brite pad to clean it. I believe that the badly scratched glass created a problem with the film's ability to cling. I may try adding a couple drops of dish soap to the water on that window, but will ask the manufacturer first.

I had plenty of trouble, but I can't fault the product for any of it. The garage window, while more difficult because of its size, went on great because of the lessons I learned from the kitchen window. Now I feel like an expert! While I did not enjoy the process of putting the stuff up, it really is a great solution that when done correctly looks really nice.

One last tip: Once the film has been put on the window and is looking great - is NOT the best time to remember to take some "before" pictures.

LEMON CLOUD 3D Window Film No Glue Static Decorative Privacy Films Window Frost Film for Glass (17.7In. by 78.7In) Review:

this is a PERFECT way to allow light to filter into your windows without putting your privacy at risk. I used this on our back patio door that has a storm door also hung there. The back door is a standard full window door and it needs to let light in. Every curtain option I tried just didn't look right or work out right for us. This however is a perfect solution.
BE VERY CAREFUL DURING INSTALL - there is a VERY THIN CLEAR BACKING on the film - it's a bit difficult to pull off, but once you do, it sticks just fine! If I could add that Home Depot does sell a "Window Cling Install Kit" that has a great spray, a cutting tool and a plastic smoother, for me it's worth every penny for installing this type of film -

Very pleased with this film cling product!

Rabbitgoo Window Privacy Film Non-Adhesive, Frosted Window Glass Films for Home Bathroom Office, Removable Opaque Window Sticker, Self Static Cling Window Covering (Matte White, 17.5 x 78.7 inches) Review:

I recently moved into a new rental; although the large windows have roll-down shades, you can still see outside because they are not opaque. It didn't take long to realize that my dog would climb onto the back of my sofa in order to spy on - and bark at - anything happening in the neighborhood. Not wanting to get complaints and deal with property management, I needed a solution that was easy to use, not permanent, and still lets light pass through. Plus, I only wanted to cover the lowest area under the panes, instead of the whole window. The matte white film has been great - really easy to apply by myself, and in the few weeks I've had the film up, it has held up well and prevents my dog from seeing things to bark at outside.

Coavas Privacy Window Film Non-Adhesive Glass Film Frosted Window Film Decorate Rental Room/Home &Office Anti UV/Heat Insulation/Privacy (17.7 by 78.7 inches) Review:

Installed 2 days ago on a hinged exterior glass door. The glass we had to cover measured about 6' H x 2'W. I followed the instructions that came with the product instead of my gut. If i had it to do over, i'd go with my gut. The instructions say cut the film an inch larger than the glass you want to frost and trim with a utility knife after it's in place. I suggest cutting the sheet carefully to exact size (less maybe 1/4"...) before applying it to the glass. It cuts quite nicely with a good pair of scissors. When you place the oversized film on the glass you must push it into the corners to crease and cut. Hard to get the knife to track perfectly straight while you do that, and the corners are pretty much impossible to cut with perfect precision. Good news is that small imperfections aren't distracting (to me, at least) and normally i'm pretty subject to that kind of stuff. Overall, the film does what we wanted -- looks fine. You will want a squeegee to get bubbles out and it takes some persistence to get them all. One reason i suggest cutting a little small is so you can push the bubbles all the way to the edge of the film. With a *perfect* fit it would be nearly impossible to get the squeegee blade into the corner tight enough to push the bubble out from under the film. I recommend a squeegee with a soft white silicone edge. We had one and it worked much better that the harder black rubber one we use in the tiled shower stall.

VELIMAX Static Cling Total Blackout Window Film Privacy Room Darkening Window Tint Black Window Cover 100% Light Blocking No Glue (17.7 x 78.7 inches) Review:

I purchased 6 rolls for a paid job. I had to cut around the edges to leave room for led light bars. Product was super easy to install and work with. Best instal advice I can give is to use a spray bottle with water and just a few drops of blue dawn dish soap. I shook it up and sprayed both the window and the cling itself. Soaked but not dripping. Immediately place on to window and slide in to place. Use a flat credit card (one without numbers so like an insurance card or key card for a hotel) and do small 6-8” sections at a time pulling the card upwards toward edges and use a microfiber rag to wipe of water droplets as you go. Once I found my rhythm I had these installed quickly. You must have a helper! This takes 2 people to install properly. Unless it’s a smaller window. As you can see from my pics it is a full display window. I have already purchased another 12 rolls to do another business because of the results of this job. 100% blackout with this product.

KESPEN One Way Window Film Privacy Anti-UV Heat Control Reflective Glass Tint for Home Static Cling Vinyl, Black-Silver, 17.5 Inch X 6.5 Feet Review:

My second floor master bedroom has an addition with nine floor to ceiling windows. I use this room as a home office but in the summer it feels like a mini greenhouse with all the windows and the sun blazing in. This film really helped to control the heat & it was pretty easy to install. My windows were not exactly the same width as the film. I've got some tips I figured out along the way:

I gathered up some tools - a metal ruler, a razor knife, and a silicone shower squeegee thing. Once the film is cut roughly the right size (I left about a quarter inch extra), Use soapy water in a spray bottle and spray both the glass and the film. I used dish soap. Once its evenly misted lay on the film starting at a top corner. Line up the top edge and one of the side edges and then spray a bit of soapy water on the back. The soapy water helps the squeegee slide easier and I ended up pretty much zero bubbles after I figured this out. Once it smoothed out you can use the ruler and the razor knife to trim the other side edge and the bottom edge straight.

Gila Privacy Black Static Cling Residential DIY Window Film No Glue No Adhesive 3ft x 6.5ft (36in x 78in) Review:

I used this tint to cover two sliding glass door sets in my townhome. Each sheet is big enough to cover one door of the sliders, so I ended up buying four of these, total. Some tips I learned from doing this four times:

1. DON'T BUY THE INSTALLATION KIT. You simply don't need it. A spray bottle filled with water and with a few drops of dish soap in it will do nicely for the solution you need. I also purchased a 12" squeegee for a couple of bucks at my local grocery store. I used it for both cleaning and application. I've seen tips to use a credit card to get bubbles out. Why use 3" when you can use 12"? (that's what she said)
2. CLEAN THE GLASS REALLY WELL. If you have a razor blade (like from a box opener), use the edge of it to go along the glass and remove anything that might be stuck. You might not see that speck now, but you'll definitely see it once the film is applied.
3. MEASURE, MEASURE, AND THEN MEASURE AGAIN. When you have the measurements, subtract that from the dimensions of the film. That will be the amount you need to take off from the length and from the width. It's easier to measure and mark what you DON'T need, than to measure what you do. Depending on how much you trust your measurements, add an extra 1/8-1/4" on each measurement.
4. DON'T USE A RAZOR BLADE TO MAKE THE INITIAL CUTS. You'll just end up frustrated, and possibly cause snags and rough spots on that edge. The film is fairly thick and you'd need a really sharp razor to make a clean cut. Instead, use scissors to trim the excess. After I made my measurements, I marked a line with a sharpie and straight edge, and just followed that when I cut it. Much easier.
5. SET YOUR UNCUT EDGES AT THE TOP AND SIDE. That will leave you just one side and the bottom to have to trim, if needed. As you begin to squeegee the bubbles out, keep an eye on the top. It will tend to slide down just a bit because it's riding on the slick application fluid. I didn't have a helper, and I don't think it's needed, but if you have someone to hold the top in place, it probably wouldn't hurt.
6. LET IT SIT. Before you get all excited and start trimming to finish the job, let it sit for a few hours. This will allow you to see if the film moves at all and make those adjustments. Mine didn't move, but you never know. Waiting also allows the film to "adhere" to the glass better.
7. USE A SHARP RAZOR TO FINISH. If I were to do it over, I'd get an exacto knife to make that final trim. I used a box cutter, and it worked, but I think the exacto would allow better dexterity when making the final trim. You also may find that you don't need to trim it at all, and can just tuck it in place using a straight edge. Definitely use that straight edge to hold the film down and also guide the razor when making the final trim.

And that's about it. A few final comments about this. From the outside, the film is dark and you can't see anything inside during the day. I've even turned on all my lights and stood outside, and still couldn't see anything unless I got right up on the window and cupped my hands by my eyes. The black of the film makes the reflection of the glass more prominent and that's all you see. You looking back at yourself. At night, you're able to see in, but it's still darkened. From the inside, depending on how sunny it is, it just looks kind of like an overcast day with a slight sienna tint.

Overall, very happy with the results, and I can't wait to see how it performs this summer in the Florida heat.