Great extraction with the associated noise
As per the other reviews, this is a pretty loud fan, admittedly, the bathroom is on the edge of the house, so the clearance to the tile roof is <200mm so probably getting some acoustics sent back down.
I checked the few similar fans at Bunnings (size, airflow) and short of spending about $200 on a real high end one, they were all much of a muchness.
The fan it replaced was much quieter, but kind of useless as the ceilings and walls would have lots of condensation on them.
One thing that has helped, went to Jaycar and got some self adhesive sound deadening butyl / foam, wrapped it around the outside and this has taken off the high pitch and has noticeable reduced the sound. (although still loud but more bearable now).
Does the job well!
Bought this about a year ago now to compliment a hpm 3 in 1 ( now replaced ) which the fan capacity was inadequate. Very happy with performance, no steam anywhere! Sure, its a bit loud but at the same time I installed the larger DETA fan in the laundry ( bought one of each as I needed the smaller IXL due to restrictions in the roof above the shower so thought I'd test them both ) and cant tell the difference in sound from either of them. They both work great. The IXL in the bathroom has a small walk in robe between it and the bedroom and while you can hear it if you're awake it does not wake me when my partner showers. Always happy when something works, unlike a lot of junk sold thats not fit for purpose. Would buy again.
Purchased in November 2018.
Bought twice (to try in different rooms) - returned twice! Noise level is too high for the volume of air being extracted. IXL is my prefer brand BUT not this exhaust fan.
Now I know why "Noise level" is not stated on packaging by manufacturer.
Purchased in January 2019.
Way to loud
Finished my bathroom, thought Id go with a trusted make and went for the more expensive modle, wow I wish I hadnt, the wife and I like to listen to the radio in the shower and getting ready, absolutely no chance with this turned on!! Sent costumer service an email, they phoned me back and basically said tough, its more powerful and thats how loud it is!
I would tell anyone thinking of buying theses fans not to, and I will be keeping clear of IXL products in the future!
DONT BUY (unless youre deaf)
Looks good. Can keep up with a hot shower. Hums like any bigger fan would. Happy!
Having read these entertaining reviews about discovering JFK airport in the bathroom I wasted time looking for the impossible quiet fan with big suction. I couldn't find any, so with trepidation I bought this one and was pleasantly surprised and relieved. Perhaps it makes more noise in a small room, but the sound is fine in ours. A smooth hum. I like hot showers, I need a strong fan, so this is just what I wanted. If you like water-saving hair-shirt cold showers, or long luke warm baths, you don't need this. But if you make steam and don't like...mold you need a serious fan. Honest it's just like our older less effective fan, but 20% louder and 50% better. It would be good if IXL published the decibels. I figured it must be a lot louder if they hid them. The clips to get the grill off could be better. I can see they are going to be a nuisance. But this fan looks so much nicer than the industrial mesh most fans have. I've only had this one day, wait and see, but for the moment, I'm a happy customer who wishes she didn't read these reviews and just went out earlier and bought it. Acoustics are complicated, perhaps it depends on ceiling shape. If it's a lemon, I'll be back here to tell the world.
Terrible Fan with blade constantly coming off
We purchased this for our laundry to assist with any heat produced from our dryer, yes it's noisy but we were ok with that. It lasted less than a month before it stopped working, called our electrician who installed it who found the blade had come off, he put it back on and within an hour (after paying a callout fee) it happened again. I have now put it on myself, and it lasted less than 5 minutes. We're unable to find the receipt so it was a waste of $59 and now $150 in electrician costs. Won't be buying another IXL fan!
Finally strong exhaust fan for bathroom
Bought this IXL 200mm Eco ventflo to replace cheap arlec fan. It has strong fan, loud but powerful. This will suck away moist from bathroom and hopefully prevent black mold to invade again. I will soon get 250mm one for my 2nd bathroom. I noticed the plastic grill was hard to pull before installation, so i had to bent all 4 clips carefully for easier removal later on when cleaning.
As others have said, I wish I had read these reviews first! Stuck with IXL quality to replace the fan in our toilet and, while it’s great at moving air, it is way too loud for the household. Seems to get to the right level (noise wise) 1-2 sec after turning it on and then it really kicks into gear and goes up by another 10 notches!!! I hope I’m able to return it as the box (and possibly receipt) went with the recycling collection this week! Pretty disappointed.
Way too noisy
I also brought one to replace a fan that had lost the upper shutters (house two years old - not impressed).
Turned the ECO on, could not believe the noise - there should be a DB rating on the box! It is going back to Bunnings! Not impressed, it should not have even have left the factory. The fan it replaced was 700+m3Hr and was half the noise level!
I bought 2 of these and installed one in our ensuite to try out. I was initially surprised at the amount of noise these created but assumed we would get used to it over time. However we have not. The fan is great at extracting a huge amount of air and we haven't had a fault with it, but the noise has become almost oppressive. I removed it and tried to return them both to the place of purchase (a major hardware chain) but I have misplaced the receipt and they won't accept. Very disappointed. I have since purchased another brand. Note, the fan doesn't have ducting capability so for our installation it was venting the moist bathroom air into the roof space which I have decided (long term) isn't a good idea. Would not recommend.
Too noisy compared to other good exhaust fans.
It's so noisy. You're better off buying the $12 more expensive DETA brand 250mm high extraction rate fan which also has backdraft shutters, is far quieter and says it moves more air (490m3/h vs 750m3/h). I think that the grill is clipped on far too tightly to be readily removable for cleaning too. I returned the IXL exhaust fan on noise alone.
Questions & Answers
What is the noise level for it?
They don't publish the dBA for it like other companies do. I tried a few before settling on another brand, but this one is well beyond 50dBA.
Teghan R.IXL Appliances
We do not offer decibel ratings on our products as every installation is different. Due to this we cannot give a true reading.
Kind regards IXL Home
How do I remove the cover without breaking it.
Teghan R.IXL Appliances
My apologies for the delay. If you turn the cover to the left and pull down it should come off with a little force.
Kind regards IXL Home.
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