Zephyr Savona ZSA-M90AS 35" Kitchen Hood Reviews
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Zephyr Savona ZSA-M90AS 35" Kitchen Hood

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Good looking, but lacks some finer features

Jan 25, 2009
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Pros:High CFM (600+), good looking, thick steel.  easy to clean.

Cons:Cheap swtichgear.  Loud on high.  Motor burns out in 5 to 7 years.

The Bottom Line:

Good looking and really moves air, but too loud for me, and fan motor does not have reasonable life span.


I bought this hood about 5 years ago.  It is quite nice looking, and the dishwasher safe screens are a big plus.  The rounded front is quite classic, and beautiful in stainless.  Another plus is 600+ cfm.  When something on the stove gets burned, 600 cfm ensure that the neighbors smell the problem, and not me.  The stainless steel has classic beauty.  Considering that it could use a cleaning about every month or two, I'm glad it's not one of those glass ones.

Now for the downside.  On high, it is loud.  I mean... silence a screaming baby loud.  Talking has to be elevated.  6 sones is not low.  I would not buy another fan above 4.5 sones and it would have to push at least 500 cfm.  The other thing that is a drawback is the on/off low-med-high switch.  It is very low tech, and it would make much more sense if pushing one button would push out the other one.  But you can have all 4 buttons pushed in.  It sort of violates my need for things to make sense.  But I like that it is under the hood so that fingerprints don't build on the stainless.   That switch actually broke within the first year and it would only run on high.  It was fixed in-house under warranty which is nice.  Now it's 5 years later and I started noticing a scratching sound when it was running.  So even low was not so quiet anymore.  I took it all apart and put some oil on the motor shaft.  That quieted things down a bit, but after a while it started getting loud again.  I contacted ZephyrOnline and they sold me a new motor for $113 plus shipping.  And of course the weight of the motor was one pound over their cheap/expensive threshold of shipping so it was like $28 to ship.  Their tech support indicated that the motor will need replacing about every 5 to 7 years.  I find this unacceptable in an $800 fan, which is what it cost 5 years ago.  Now that it has been superceded by a new model, this model is going cheaper and I saw it recently for about $650.  Still, if you buy it, expect to buy a new motor every 5 years.  Maybe this is the price of high cfm, but I think I would look for a lower sone fan in the future.  Beware some of those cheap knock-off fans like Veneto and Euro-Kitchen (just look at the blow-up pictures to see the cheap fittings between the lower base and the chimney). 


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