Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by LLLL NUTONE ULTRA GREEN 80 CFM CEILING EXHAUST BATH FAN WITH LIGHT
Bought the Nutone Ultra Green 80 CFM Bath Exhaust Fan w/ Light in April 2015. This is my 4th Nutone bath exhaust fan. I gave it a very low value score because of 2 reasons. First, the unit uses 2 florescent light bulbs (that use less electricity and are thus 'green') and the bulbs are a GU24 type. The GU24 light bulbs has a special base with 2 prongs on it instead of a screw-in base like a regular bulb. Each bulb costs $7.50 at my HomeDepot !!! All Nutone (also known as Broan) 'Ultra' series and many of there other units are have switched to the 'green' GU24 bulb. Forcing us to buy a special bulb at $7.50 a piece is ridiculous. Second, I paid over $180 for this unit and that was on sale !! There is nothing special about this that warrants such a high price. Yes, the unit has a very quiet sound level rating (0.3 sones). Yes, the unit has a joist spanner kit which allows installation from inside the bathroom instead of having to go into the attic, but it costs $100 more than the 'Non-green' units that have a regular screw-in base. I'd rather screw in a $2 Walmart fluorescent bulb to be green on the environment AND my wallet. There are still other Nutone/Broan models available that don't have the GU24 bulb but once they are bought they'll be replaced by redesigned units with 'green' GU24 bulbs. It's because of the very poor value that I don't recommend this product. If price is irrelevant than this unit is fine.
The build quality on this unit is good, like all the other units I've bought. The noise level is very minimal (ie, 0.3 sones) but my other units have a 1 sone rating and I cannot tell the difference in the noise level. My bathroom is small, only 100 sq feet and although its rated at 80 cfm it keeps the bathroom mirror clear of fog. Installation is straight forward and takes about 2 hours.
April 7, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PapaJohn38 Quick removal of moisture.
Very satisfied with the quick removal of moisture from the bathroom when taking a shower. No fogging of the mirror. The noise level was higher than we thought it would be for the fan, but overall satisfied.
September 6, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by madman57 Very quiet fan
Purchased this Nutone light/fan combination for a bathroom renovation. Followed the installation instructions, which are good. I had access to the space above, so I combined the new work and renovation work instructions.
The fan is very quiet, which was one of my prime purchasing decisions for this unit. I replaced the supplied lights with a softer white color (just my personal preference).
Very happy with the unit, would rate it excellent overall, but I did have to exchange the unit one time due to a manufacturing defect (the fan motor didn't work). But Home Depot made it easy to exchange, so kudos to them.
October 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by votsek Performs as Advertised
My retrofit was a bit unique, but the installation features of this unit made installation easier than it could have been. I don't know what a "sone" is and I don't care because the unit is reasonably quiet. More important is that in my 70 sq ft bath, it removes the moisture from the air quickly. The only problem that I had was a slight rubbing noise when the fan was running. I eliminated this by working to make the fan fit more loosely into the box. A tight fit bends the plastic intake so that it makes contact with the fan. This is minor and given all of the features, I'm very happy with this fan after the first week of use.
February 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by UncleB Great features, great looks.
Very well made unit with good instructions and easy installation. The night light is a nice feature. Be sure to square the frame before screwing it into place and be aware that there is a 3 - 5 second delay in the fan motor starting. See questions.
November 16, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SteveP Good product, especially the installation
I haven't used the fan/light yet, but I've installed it. Very clever design to allow new construction and also refit installation. Mine was a refit, but installed in a new location. The installation instructions are clear and the install went extremely well. The few exceptions were: They should add screws to lock the box into the frame - the buttons are great for inserting the box, but pop out if you push on the box while wiring and/or during duct connection. Second, I could not get the outside wiring box plate to install from the inside because the wires prevented the plate from angling into the hole. It would work great if the wires weren't there (which they are in a retrofit). I installed the plate/wire clamp on the outside from the attic and it worked fine that way. Also the hole they have you cut out is a bit big. In hindsight I would have measured the box and cut the hole 1/4" smaller than they state. I'll use metal duct tape to cover the gaps around the box to the ceiling wallboard. Again, overall this product installed great!
I also installed a motion sensor in a wall and connected it to the night light, so it'll automatically turn on. This would have been a nice feature to add to the fan itself.
When selecting a fan, I called Nutone customer support a few times and they answered the phone quickly and were very helpful.
November 13, 2012