WindoBully is an adjustable, universal lock that keeps horizontal windows, vertical windows, and all sliding glass doors secure so you can let fresh air in, keep the bad guys out, childproof your home, and even create an instant pet door. All you have to do it “peel, stick, and lock.”
This is because according to the product’s website, WindoBully’s patent pending track and lock system installs in seconds, removes easily, won’t damage your glass, and doesn’t requiring any additional tools. Despite this, WindoBully is claimed to be break-in force tested up to 300 pounds and to feature 3 variable settings that can be changed instantly:
- Closed and fully locked.
- Partially open (but still safe and secure).
- Fully off and wide open.
But is WindoBully ultimately worth your money? Consider the following:
Do Half of All Break-ins Happen Through Sliding Windows & Doors?
Overall, it seems this might be an inflated scare tactic by the manufacturer, since it appears that only “about 30 percent of all burglaries are through an open or unlocked window or doors” As such, the need for WindoBully could be eliminated by using the built-in lock on your windows and doors when they’re not being used.
Granted, WindoBully might allow you to crack a window or door for some fresh air, but when in this position, would it realistically keep out an intruder?
Will WindoBully Keep Out the Bad Guys?
According to the WindoBully commercial, the device can withstand 300 pounds of force. But exactly how much is this in the real world?
In short, “one pound mass exerts one pound force due to gravity.” This means that in an overly simplistic example, a 300-pound person evenly applying all of their body weight onto a surface would exert 300 pounds of force.
Now, keep in mind that this is just body weight, and not the level of force they would be capable of achieving using muscle strength. So when you take this into consideration, it would be fairly easy for an average sized man to exert enough force to break WindoBully.
Similar Options to WindoBully
Although the manufacturer would like you to believe that WindoBully is revolutionary, the reality is that there are thousands of different window locks available online, as well as at your local hardware or home improvement store. On top of this, many of these options will be less expensive than WindoBully, considering its high, non-refundable S&H charges (more about this in the Pricing section).
Granted, not all of these will feature adjustable settings (many will), but the point is that you have options.
Can WindoBully Really be Removed without Any Special Tools?
As it turns out, this depends on your definition of “special.” This is because you’ll need “a length of fishing line (50 lbs test or stronger” in order to remove WindoBully, although the manufacturer claims this can be accomplished in 3 minutes.
Customer Feedback for WindoBully
It appears WindoBully was previously sold through QVC, where 12 customers provided reviews and gave the product an average rating of 4.5 stars. There, common compliments appeared to revolve around ease of installation, ease of use, and providing a safer, more secure feeling.
However, several customers claimed that they received a lot of locks but only one holder, which was mildly annoying.
Outside of this, there weren’t any other WindoBully online customer reviews available at the time of our research.
We did learn that WindoBully is manufactured by Prime Direct Brands, a relative newcomer to the “As Seen on TV” industry, who also owns AutoVantage. While HighYa readers have given this company an average rating of 2 stars based primarily on complaints of poor customer service, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll experience the same with WindoBully.
WindoBully Pricing & Refund Policy
Two WindoBully 4-packs are priced at $19.95 plus $15.90 S&H, which includes:
- 4 WindoBully locks
- 4 lock holders
- 4 cleaning pads
All WindoBully purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that you might ultimately lose just as much in S&H charges as you’ll receive as a refund.
With this said, in order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact WindoBully customer service at (857) 263-8683.
Can WindoBully Give You Peace of Mind?
Chopping to the point: Although the small number of online customer reviews seems to indicate satisfaction with WindoBully, its high, non-refundable S&H charges would lead us to recommend exploring local options before placing your online order.
2 out 2 people found this review helpful
I bought a package of two at Ollie's for $7.99.
They are very well-made, incredibly easy to install (took about one minute) and they work great. I usually don't trust anything that is labeled "as seen on TV." However, Ollie's had a good refund policy so I thought I'd try them out. I was satisfied 100%, and I went back to Ollie's and bought another set.
I use them on my sliding door, instead of one of those wooden bars, which for some reason are a pain in the neck to me. My little dog enjoys going out to the screened-in porch, so I open the door about five inches and lock it there. Nice doggy door. And I use them for windows where my cat sits. I raise the window about three or four inches and lock it.
It seems very, very strong, and an average person can't budge it, in my opinion. Of course, I've never done professional testing on it!
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend