1 Store1 Review
Pros: Great price, attractive styling, simple installation, works well, simpler upkeep than a microwave/hood!
Cons: Not Made in USA as they were in the past... :(
I love my new Broan QT230WW range hood. (Though I wish they were Made in USA as they used to be; this one is Made in Mexico.)
No, it is not spectacular, but then neither is the rest of my kitchen... :)
But, the QT230WW looks nice; it is not high-tech or flashy, but goes nicely with my simple white kitchen appliances. It is not silent, but it does move air well, and is fairly quiet while it does it. It is certainly quieter than my microwave/hood was!
In all fairness, at under $150, it does a great job.
Before this purchase, I read reviews on other sites complaining that this unit was anywhere from noisy to very noisy. I was confused at Broan has this in their *quiet* line... Their ratings (1 sone to 4.5 sones, low fan to high fan) did not suggest a noisy range hood! So, I went ahead and bought it at my local hardware store.
Yes, the motor hums... quietly. Perhaps people didn't hear that with their old range hoods because they were noisier?!? Realistically, with an electric motor that is moving a fan and just the fact that air is moving, there is going to be noise...
Another complaint was that the metal was flimsy. Ummm, that's straight out of the box; it's not installed yet... Once installed correctly, the unit is solid, no flexing at all!
The infinite fan settings between high and low are nice. I like that there are two positions on the light switch (high and low) also. I am happy that the bulbs are incandescent; I dislike halogen and fluorescent lighting even before considering the higher pricing on the bulbs. I purchased 2 40W A15 appliance bulbs for this unit at $1.27 each! The two bulbs are placed toward the front, in the center. They light up the entire stove surface very well!
For those who find this range hood to be very noisy, they might need to look at their duct work. If it is at all loose or has open gaps, it will rattle and whistle, compounding the noise issue. (Also, you need to make sure that whichever direction the range hood is being ducted, the other directions are closed off! ... i.e.- don't forget the narrow plastic strip that goes behind the front room venting/decorative logo.)
Anyway, for those who are at all handy, this is a simple, straight-forward installation. Along with the microwave removal and adaptations that needed to be made to the space, my husband and I had this up and running in about 90 minutes.
Not a moment's regret on this one!