Rated 3 out of 5 by nightscape cuople of issue's
We just mounted this unit a couple of days ago, so can't say about longevity yet. But, my biggest issue is one also mentioned by another review. The suction fan is mounted to the left, so 80% of the draw is from the left side of the stove. Most range's have the main burners on the front right, the farthest away from the fan. The fan should at least be on the right if not the center. We didn't realize this until I had it apart and prepared for installation, so thought we would hope for the best. It probably won't draw very well on the low fan setting from the right side burners. The only other issue is that they recommend Halogen lights, but we installed LED's. Halogens get very hot and LED's stay cold no matter how long they are on. They give off just as much light and will last many times longer.
We like the looks and mostly quiet with 3 fan settings and 3 light settings. The buttons are hard to see though, as they are black with a black background as well.
There are 3 little green led's above the fan button's that come on when you push the button, but you have to find the button first. But, there are no green LED's above the light buttons. Too much work to install and take down again, so we will see if we can get used to the faults.
January 2, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Chucksterl Lighting Problems
I installed this range hood to replace another, less capable Broan range hood, which did not remove smoke or odor well. Controls and performance are OK, with a choice of three speeds and three light levels. My problem--and it is a serious one--is that the lamps failed, with the light socket actually falling apart. Everything was fine for several years, until the left bulb went out. It is very difficult to grasp the bulb to remove it, as there is zero clearance around the bulb in its opening. After removal and replacement, the new bulb would go out at random times, but back on with some playing with the bulb. Replaced the bulb again--same problem. In fact, original "burned out" bulb turned out to not be burned out at all, but still worked when transferred to the other socket. After a while, the whole bulb with socket just fell off and dangled inside the hood, and now does not go on at all. Repair will be expensive--so a hood that was expensive to begin with is brought down by shoddy design and subpar construction of a simple lamp socket. Not sure if it is worth the cost, versus a new fan. Will, at a minimum, require removal and disassembly before I can even see if it can be reasonable repaired. I am not impressed. Unlikely to buy Broan again.
December 21, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by whiskeygranger Light bulbs
We have had this hood for 4 years now. From the start we where replacing the left light bulb. Last week we changed it again and when we took out the bulb, the metal end stayed in and we have just the glass part in our hand. Turned off the power, unscrewed the stuck end. Replaced the bulb and it still didn't work. Used the bulb that we knew worked, replaced that one with the new one and now neither one works. We now need to give it up, buy a new hood and hire someone to put it in. Time to use a different brand. This hood cost us allot more time, trouble and money than we have ever anticipated.
November 5, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by MizzJ Not Impressed
I was disappointed in this hood from the start and now, two years later, remain so.
First - the "main" fanflow is to the left of the unit (when facing it cooking at the stove). That means that, if you are cooking on the right side units, you can really only get suction on the highest fan setting. Why it's not uniform across the unit is beyond me.
Second - the lights are not within sealed units - that means they are open and readily exposed to the moisture of the steam that the fan takes in. This moisture causes condensation in the light socket and now I have one that doesn't work at all and needs to be replaced. With the cost of the replacement part and then labor to do it - makes it not worth doing.
I will be purchasing another unit, by another manufacturer, and ensure that the fan operates across the entire unit or at least MIDDLE so that it's even and provides better coverage. The second thing I will look for is better placement of the lights and ones that are protected from the condensation so they won't corrode and stop working.
All in all, very disappointed in this unit. I purchased it due to the name and reputation, but sadly it appears that quality in Broan has gone down over the years. I wouldn't recommend this unit to anyone.
October 30, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Popeye Good features but performance not that good.
This product would probably perform best when it is exhausted to the outside. Mine is not and doesn't deal with a lot of smoke very well.
March 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by govid The exhaust feature and lighting arrangement are good.
The cabinet hood style, great air removal and a reasonable sound level. The only problem I have had is the right bulb holder needs repair every so often.
March 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by postwaleed Excellent Customer Service......
This is a great product at a reasonable cost. The best part of this product is the customer service received 6 months after purchase. A memory board malfunctioned and we called for service. The Broan Company sent a technician to our home within 2 days. The part had to be ordered but the repair was done within 5 business days. We were please at the company's no-nonsense response.
April 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Don1 Great stove top hood.
Hood works great. Looks impressive and easy to use. The halogen lights provide excellent light for the cook top. Quality construction.
April 7, 2014