Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5 out of 5 by Satisfiedremodeler5 No foggy mirrors
I like this fan because it is quiet and now we don't have fogged mirrors after a shower, even during the recent sub-zero cold spell.
March 11, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by drew11115 Undependable
This fan shuts off when you need it the most, works great when there isn't any steam. The grill is a pain to install. You will save energy while it doesn't work. If you run it for more than 2 hours it will shut off on it's own, and seems to take forever to come back on, if this is a feature to the product you'll never know it if you shop and read all the info that comes with it.
I don't recommend this for a bathroom, it's sensitive to moisture.
June 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tom47 Excellent Fan
The XN110 fan is an extremely efficient fan that runs so quietly that I can barely hear it. It prevents steamy mirrows and walls. It also looks attractive on the ceiling. I highly recommend it. It is well worth the price.
March 10, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by JanK Great, but not awesome for this price
I'm planning to replace 3 fans (50, 80 and 110 CFMs) in the house with quieter options - this 50CFM was the first one as I assumed it would be the easiest one to replace.
The unit itself is impressive, the fan speed is controlled by CPU #and an impressive controller board# and it changes the fan RPMs according to the motor load - thus garanting the declared CFMs at the lowest RPMs possible. Great idea. The downside is that if you have 4" duct the fan WILL run faster and WILL be louder. If you plan to use electric dimmer to slow down the fan, it will NOT work, as the controlled board is smarter than the dimmer idea :-) BTW the models XN50, XN80 and XN110 are exactly the same the only difference is the software loaded into the controller board.
Seems there is a flaw in the package design that causes bending the fan flap, so my fan arrived with the flap bended, but was easy to fix.
I have been replacing the "builder grade" fan with the 60CFM "upgrade kit" installed that is significantly smaller - even with higher CFMs declared - so before ordering check if you have ENOUGH space in the attic or subfloor, to be safe plan for at least 8" - I had a sewage pipe running above the old one so I had to move the new fan to slightly different place.
Enlarging the hole and fixing the bracket is relatively easy - if you are installing the fan into your attic make sure you know what insulation is up there and if possible move it away from the old fan before uninstalling it, else you may end up with a mountain of blow-in insulation on your floor.
Connecting the duct and wire was not a huge deal, I have 4" duct and had to use the 6" to 4" reducer, used proper grade of duct tape and also a little bit of duct sealant and zip ties - just to be sure...The unfortunate thing is that the unit does NOT come with the required cable clamp and if the one from your old fan is different or unusable you want to get a new one before your install.
The opening for the fan is large enough so I was able to reach inside and also installed sound deadening tape on the gypsum panel from the above, just to be sure no vibration will occur.
The grill has very tense and short springs, so it needs a LOT OF PATIENCE. I understand that the grill has to be light, but still at this price point I would expect a design that would dampen the sound of airflow a little.
HOW SILENT IT IS?
I have 4" duct, the fan will be more silent with 6", if possible upgrade the duct to 6". I don't hear any vibration as before and I don't hear the fan motor. What you will hear is the flow of air.
WHY 3 STARS?
a) I agree with other reviews - it takes ~5 seconds for the fan to start so it may be confusing for the user
b) No cable clamp included
c) Flaw in the packaging that bends the flap
d) Cheap grille that is tricky to install
e) No ability to set the max CFMs/RPMs for the unit at this price point - not two speeds, but limit the max CFM for even more silent operation
Great work NuTone!
September 28, 2013