1)Overall, the hood performs well. The cook top and hood are located on an exterior wall between a corner of the kitchen and the wall oven. But despite a short (approximately 12”) metal duct with taped joints and seams to the outside, cooking odors have been noticed in other parts of the kitchen which are not near the outside wall. 2)The filter frames collect moisture. Once the fan is stopped hot water drips on the cook top or the cooks arms or hands. Removing the filters for cleaning leaves a trail of water. 3) 30 watt bulbs provide more than enough light and should be considered in lieu of the 50 watt bulbs provided. Obviously, energy will be saved.
I've bought Broan products for decades - at least 5 total units. My favorite was the Silhouette with the infinitely variable speed control. So, when I moved into a new house with a recessed vent hood space built into a cabinet, I couldn't really use that one because it would require major cabinet modifications. I elected to purchase the RMP17004 at a ridiculously high price. First thing out of the box that I noted was the rather flimsy construction. Still, I went ahead. After it was installed, I turned it on and even at the lowest of the three defined speeds, it sounded like a 747 landing in my kitchen. For this kind of money, they could have at least put a variable rheostat control to set at the fan at the speed required for your cooking job. I am exploring my options for a different (any manufacturer) unit since this is extremely objectionable to me.
It is so noisy you can’t hear the TV and can’t have the blower on when entertaining. The metal grille is easily bent and does not fit flush so that the controls and lights are recessed. The grille has to be removed to replace the lights and fuse and the edges are sharp. You must wear gloves if you don’t want to cut yourself. Putting it back up is difficult because of it’s flexibility and the awkward closing side springs. We have had it fall on our cooktop several times when the side springs don’t slide all the way as they should. The grease screens are easy to get in and out but we’ve had to replace them and they are expensive. It does a good job exhausting the air but I could never recommend this fan.
I have been making and bottling chili sauce. Turned on the fan, the odors were sucked out and the house smelled fresh all day.
After 18 months of operation, this range hood quit working. Despite having a service agreement, Sears cannot fix this range hood (technicians claim that they cannot find the model number since it is not a Kenmore appliance). After 3 service appointments and 2 technicians, all I have is a broken range hood and an offer to reimburse my service agreement fee.
I had high hopes for this fan when I redid my kitchen. I wanted a good working fan that was quiet, instead I got the most noisy fan ever. I have to turn it off when I have guests over because we cannot understand each other, same for the phone. Now after 4.5 years the sound suddenly changed into a high whining racket, I do not dare to use it any longer and I am looking for a replacement.
This is everything we wanted in a fume hood, except the halogen lights. However, most of them have this type of lighting (why not LED?). So all things considered we thought this was the best bang for our buck.
Honestly I'm not sure if the liner that I listed below is the exact one that we got, but if they all install as easily it doesn't matter.