Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SpudLauncher Quiet and Bright
This is installed in our little half bath. The fan is nice and quiet. You can still hear that it's on, but it's quieter than just about every other fan that I've used. It would be nice if they had a better design, the white finish isn't anything that is going to make a statement, but I was going for function over form. I got it on sale for 1/2 off so I can't complain about the value. I'm not sure I would have paid full value for this especially with the unique bulbs.
I've only had it for a few months and one of the light bulbs already stopped working. It takes the GU24 squat style bulb which isn't that easy to come by and is quite expensive online. After contacting the manufacturer, they sent me a replacement bulb free of charge. I just hope the other bulb doesn't go out, otherwise this is going to be expensive to maintain.
June 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sam8 The lighting is great
It works for us we only had one switch in our bathroom so we couldn't do the fan separate. We like the lighting and the fan out put.
March 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Joel Good product that works well in a smaller bathroom.
This bath fan has some nice features. It's very quiet while it's running.
August 21, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by AnI Frustrating experience
It is reasonable to expect that a retail box with a bathroom fan would contain all necessary for installation parts. Not with Hunter! The manual clearly states that strain relief cable connector (a small clamp which does not let the wire be pulled from the box) is required, but is not included. So, Hunter saved on me 31 cents - the cost of the strain relief - and I, as frustrated as I was, had to make a trip to Home Depot to get one. This fan in theory has a night light but no night light bulb is included and it is not clear what light bulb would fit. Finally, the bulbs themselves. There are two of them; the second one is so well hidden under the bottom layer of packaging foam that it was a miracle that I found it. They are no standard bulbs. They are very short (2.5" total height) GU24 compact fluorescent bulbs which almost noone sells (and Home Depot does not carry them either; the GU24 ones that HD has in stock are twice as tall). The bulbs that are needed are known as "Squat Max" or "Short CFL GU24". The ones provided with the fan are made by a Chinese company which has a web site in Chinese and apparently has no presence in the US. Fortunately, a few more manufacturers make them and one can with some luck find them on eBay or in a handful of obscure internet stores. The manual does not even provide information on type size or model of these bulbs; only Hunter part number is givien but it does not return any hits on Hunter's web site. I wrote down from the bulb that the original part is Golo Electric LIghting Co., E322852, model GU241327, 13W.
Installation would be relatively simple if all parts were included. The unit requires a rectangular hole in the ceiling with the size of 11" by 9-5/8". The unit can be attached with brackets or directly to a joist - altbeit the holes designed for attaching to a joist are about 4.5" above the drywall level and are higher than the height of joists in my attic. Fortunately, there is another pair of holes which officially are not called mounting holes, but work fine. The manual is very detailed and well illustrated. I would recommend to connect the 4" duct and the strain relief before mounting the fan box.
The light is bright and the fan is reasonably quite (although I expected less for the claimed noise level of 0.6 sones). The sound is more of aa air hissing than the standard fan noise. It is interesting that it takes the fan motor nearly a couple of seconds to reach the operational rotation speed.
The value for the money is good and build quality seems to be sold, but super hard to find replacement bulbs and lacking but required parts make installation experience very frustrating. I was very close to returning this product to replace it with a better brand, but since I already made a hole in the ceiling, I ultimately decided to finish the installation.
February 3, 2013