I ordered this fan for my son's small bedroom since the existing fan was on its way out. Shipping was very quick, it arrived 2 days after placing the order. Tailwinds also had the best price for the fan, so I'm glad I went with them!
This fan feels solid and motor is heavy for the size. Bearings spin freely and after installing the fan, operation is entirely silent apart from the initial spin-up (and barely noticeable) buzz of the electric motor while the fan gets up to speed.
The fan itself was a breeze to install, one might say. I managed to install it myself without help (but you'll definitely want to use the cables and hooks to support the fan while you install, and add the fan blades only after the fan motor is installed on the ceiling). I hooked up the fan with a standard fan remote control (this is what I used, but I expect most newer generic fan remote controls should work: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-Ceiling-Fan-Remote-Control-70830/202783102), and everything works as expected. There was enough room between the mounting plate and the cowling's insides to contain the remote control receiver unit. Now he can turn the light and fan on and off without having to reach for the pull chains. The remote control's dimmer worked with both incandescent and most LED bulbs I tried (more on bulbs at the end of this review).
As other reviewers noted, you're limited in aligning the cowling because of the way the cowling bayonets into the mounting plate, and how the mounting holes in the plate line up with the electrical box. You basically have 4 opposing orientations for the cowling. I was lucky that the light box was aligned properly so that the cowling lined up with the room's walls, but if you're even a bit handy it's easy to drill holes in the mounting plate to align it properly if you desire. Just remember not to affect the structural rigidity of the mounting plate of you do this.
TIP: I unpacked everything first to fit the cowling into the mounting plate before installing anything, and I used masking tape on the mounting plate to indicate where the 'chin' of the cowing would sit once it was bayonet-fastened on the mounting plate. This way, I could be sure to align the mounting plate properly on the ceiling before I lugged the motor up there)
TIP: check operation of the light and fan once you have installed the motor but before installing the fan blades, to make sure the electrics are hooked up properly. It gets clunky to remove a fan when the blades are attached.
TIP: when you install the fan blades, install the blades on opposite sides to help balance out the fan and avoid stressing the mountings.
As others have noted, this fan moves a LOT of air at top speed. It causes paper to fly around in my son's (admittedly small, 8' x 14') bedroom. Good fun, but slow and medium speeds are all we 'll need.
The one weak point of this fan is the light, specifically the size of the light fitting (E12, Edison screw) and the size of the glass nosecone that limits how big the bulb can be. The total length of the lightbulb (including the threads) cannot exceed 3.5 inches. The fan comes with a 60W bulb which is too weak in my opinion to effectively light up a room. I did replace the bulb with an LED bulb (this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PPYDG5S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) but even though the LED is a little brighter than the standard 60W bulb, it's still not bright enough. I've just ordered a different bulb to see if it works better, but you'll want to get a 10W LED bulb at least. This is where the size limitation comes in: it's difficult to find E12 bulbs brighter than 1000lumens/10W that are shorter than the 3.5" total length limit. Bear this in mind if you intend this to be only light source in a room. I believe the light fitting is limited to 60W draw, so installing a brighter incandescent is not possible.
In short: an awesome fan, easy to install, works as expected even with a generic fan remote control. Just keep in mind the limitations on the lightbulb in the nosecone.
Merchant Response:Wow Neil. Thank you for such an indepth review. This will be very helpful to other DIYers.
We agree with you on the lighting. The fan is designed is to provide, I believe the lighting industry term is "mood lighting" not "task lighting."