I just put in a Broan that had a plastic grill and it looks very nice
to me. I'd prefer the plastic over metal, which, as others have
pointed out, can rust in a bathroom environment. I think it was 2
Sones, and it seems quiet enough for a bathroom to me. One advantage
to having some noise is you can tell it's on from nearby, so it won't
be ase easy to leave it on and forget about it. Of course you could
use a timer to prevent this too.
I had a problem with Air King. Bought one of their fans online based
on the data provided on the spec sheet. The rough in dimensions are
wrong, off by about a 1/2", which screwed me, because in this case, it
was critical and it would not fit.
i know it sounds funny, but i think i actually do trust unknwon people
on the internet more then consumer report. some of these people are in
the industry and there knwoledge is an accumulation of years of first
hand experience. first hand experience is the big winner for me. not to
mention thier livlihood depends on knowing the truth/value of products.
but i'm really just guessing about consumer reports.i don't read them.
as far as my fan sago goes, and i admitt i'm way too exacting about it,
i'm thinking about keeping the panasonics. fyi the stats are:
80 CFM, 0.4 Sones, 23 watts, 4" duct $98
290 CFM, 2.0 Sones, 64 watts, 6" duct $166
the cfm ratings are funny i think though. an 8x8x8 or 512sqft bathroom
would get turned over once every 5-6 minutes by an 80 cfm fan. seems it
would be higher. oh well.
anyway it looks to me they are a good product if the numbers are right.
they also have a low profile grill. i hate those bulbous ones.