Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 30
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by cuisinartoh For new construction only
While the very poorly written instructions don't say it, this is really only designed for new construction. You can not install this without attic access and if you cut the rough opening per the directions there is no room to attach the mounting brackets and slide it into the opening. Yet, if you don't install at least the small one before inserting into the opening, and you intend to attach directly to the side of one ceiling joist, you will not be able to attach this bracket in the attic. Very poor design. So you will have to bend the small sliding bracket flat, insert into the opening, and then bend it back out again above. And despite the instructions saying the brackets support 24" rafter spacing, they really don't. You can cobble together two longer brackets to do it but it's not a firm mount. And to make matters worse, if you cut a rough opening to the size the instructions specify so that no drywall repair will be necessary, you can mount the panel that holds the electrical box and 4" duct. You have to cut away enough drywall to get that to slide down, which leaves almost no drywall lip on one side.
The fan itself is well built and quiet. But the installation is a disaster. I've installed enough bath fans in my day and this is by far the worst installation.
January 22, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by disappointed Worst fan ever
Replaced a Nutone with this fan. This fan requires a 6 inch exhaust hose. After installing the fan in the ceiling/attic, I turn it on to discover the fan assembly was faulty (out of round) and made a horrible noise. This is an over priced piece of garbage!
July 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Spiii Quiet fan that moves lots of air.
I bought this fan as a replacement for a broken one in a 9x3' utility room.
The fan is really quiet; you essentially only hear the air moving through. This is important for me as I have it on a timer that runs most of the day. The fan moves lots of air, and even when the washer, drier and self-cleaning litterbox are running, the room still feels fresh.
The cons would be that the instruction manual is terribly written up and you need access above the ceiling, which means that if you're doing replacement, you need to cut the hole bigger and patch it up after.
November 13, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Eric Very quiet fan, you forget that it is on!
This fan is very quiet as the product states, but the 'suction' power is not very strong. We held a piece of toilet paper up to the fan and it did not stay up. So while it is quiet it is not so powerful. It still does the job just hoped to get a little stronger vent fan.
June 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Brian GREAT FAN! READ THIS FIRST!!!!!!!
First off, you do not need attic space to install this fan. I put one in my bathroom and it is amazing. Clears the steam in the room in 30 seconds and keeps it out. To install without an attic: You may need to open the existing hole for the fan because this one is larger than the old little ones the house comes with. After you open the hole you should have the beam the old fax one was mounted to. You can also cut some 2x4 and add some more support braces to mount the fan too. OK all you have to do is unscrew the motor from the fan cage and take it out. then you will be able to put the cage into the ceiling and have access to screw it into the wood beams. After you have it screwed in, you can put the motor back in. I did it. The trick is to take it apart just a little bit, put into ceiling and then re assemble while in ceiling. I am going to do my other bathroom this weekend and will give you a better step by step instructions. I did the last bathroom a year ago so I may be leaving out a step of 2. I have been though many fans and this one cant be beat. I will add photos too
February 4, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by DAVIDONE It can be mounted from below but the instructions don't say
There are three Phillips screws on one side of the inside lip that removes the side with the discharge on it. This side goes in first with the hose and wiring hooked up then the rest of the can slides into place and the three screws re-installed. I had to call Home Depot's phone an expert to get the instructions. .
February 8, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BathroomReno Nice looking but Quality is Horrible
Purchased one of these and first one was missing the cover. Went back to the local Home Depot and easily returned for another. Then installed second one to learn the centrifugal fan was so out of round - all we could hear was moving air and a constant wha-wha-wha-wha. The dimensional control on the squirrel cage is horrible beyond words. Back to H/D and pull two more out of the box while at the store - same problem. Mounting a nightmare too. Exchanged for the NuTone counterpart and not a hiccup. That'll be 2 hours out of my life I'll want to forget.
April 3, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Seeann Fan seems to be good quality but installation manual is terrible.
Do your self a favor when you open up the box, throw everything away except for the fan and the cover. The suspension brackets are a joke. They don't span a 24" truss width as they claim in the manual. The side with the electrical and exhaust can be removed to insert into ceiling. Just remove the 3 screws on the bottom side and unplug the electrical connection. Good Luck
August 20, 2013