Review of the Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Ceiling Fan
As of this writing, there are 38 customer comments and 38 answered questions for the Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Ceiling Fan. I've read the customer feedback, and then condensed the results into this review. I hope that this helps you when shopping for an outdoor ceiling fan.
The Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Ceiling Fan features a bronze finish and 5 ETL wet rated wicker blades. This is a tropical style ceiling fan. It is quick to install. It includes a "Quick 2 Hang" technology, and it is easy to assemble. The motor is quiet, 4 speed, and it can be reversed so that in the winter, it will aid in rotating warm air in the room. The blades are 52 inches, which are designed for medium to large sized rooms. This ceiling fan comes with a limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty.
Too Loud for Some
Some people felt that this fan was too loud for their liking. Here is one of the comments on the noise factor, "Looks good, very inexpensive and got nearly a five star rating on Amazon. My experience, not so good. You can hear this fan motor hum from 20 feet away, constantly. I bought two and they both make creaking noises occasionally, especially when first starting up. Did all the trouble shooting stuff to no avail. I have four Hunter fans, indoors, that are so quiet you would not know they were on even you didn't see the blades spin. I'll pay the extra bucks when I replace my two Honeywell Outdoor fans with Hunters."
One of the most frequent positive comments was on the low price. The Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Ceiling Fan is priced to sell. If you are looking for an inexpensive fan, you may want to check this one out. It is not of the highest quality but for what you pay, you will get a working outdoor ceiling fan.
Not Packaged Well
Unfortunately there were some complaints on the packing of this fan. Or lack of packaging. Here is one of the comments on packaging, "Purchased 2 fans, both arrived damaged... Chinese packaging at its worst as on each of the 2 fans, 2 of 5 blade arms have significant scratches. I had to drive to Lowe's and buy paint to repair... but, since scratches are pretty deep, impossible to truly repair w/o sanding, color matching paint, etc. If you buy this fan, be prepared to have to execute a sand and paint repair... Very sad as the fans are nice looking and seem to work well. The fact that the China factory bundles all of the blade arms with rubber bands with thin plastic and paper between is a real shame... My review goes from 5 stars to 1 because their product arrived damaged."
Assembly Takes a Lot of Time; Remote Kit Has to Be Installed
The remote part of this fan will need to be installed when you put the fan up. For some people that was a pain and time taker. If you are wanting a fan to be quick to put up with remote installed, this is not one to get. Here is one of the comments, "I really love the tropical look of this fan and actually put it in my bedroom. The fan has really big plastic blades that look like rattan. I had to buy a light kit. The angle of the blades is a bit misleading plus I ordered the remote as well. So I paid separately for each component which made it a bit pricey. You have to install the remote in the fan as you install it. Otherwise you have to take the fan down again. If I had to do it over again I would buy a fan with the remote already part of the fan."
Keep in mind when comparing prices to other fans that the Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Ceiling Fan does not have a light. You can purchase a light kit, but this will involve more money and time in installation. If you are wanting a light and don't want to mess with buying a kit and installing the light, than you may want to check out fans with lights already on the fan.
Very Low Air Output According to Electrical Engineer
If you are wanting some air flow, which is expected when you buy a fan, you may be disappointed with this fan. A customer explains, "The reason I would not recommend buying - was replacing a $20 Harbor Breeze fan from Lowes that had a 1250 CFM (cubic feet per minute) rating. On my enclosed porch I have (3) of the $20 Lowes fans spaced at 9 feet on center. I was replaced the middle one with the Honeywell fan, which is rated at over 5000 CFM. So I reasoned that the air flow would be appreciably more. My wife was concerned that it would blow everything around on the porch as the air movement(CFM) is mathematically 4 times the amount of the existing fans. She didn't need to worry. Virtually no difference in air flow. At first I thought it was because the fan was on a low speed. It wasn't, multiple pulls on the fan speed control showed it was at the highest speed.
Whenever I read a poor review I wonder what is this person's qualifications for giving a poor review? Mine - professional electrical engineer, licensed electrical contractor. Me and/or my crew have put in 100s of ceiling fans. Again it looks to be well built, but the air flow appears to be well over stated by the manufacturer."
Damp Rated, Not Wet Rated
There was some confusion on whether or not this fan is wet rated. It is actually damp rated, not wet rated. This fan should not be exposed to the elements entirely. Here a customer explains, "The description of this fan is very misleading. It states that the blades are wet rated, implying that the entire fan is wet rated - it is NOT wet rated, only damp. When the box arrived, it very clearly states on the side that it is for use in enclosed environments (i.e. not directly exposed to elements). The instructions also very clearly show on the cover that it is damp rated. If you are trying to buy this for outdoor, "WET" use, it is NOT wet rated."
Lots of Complaints on the Cheap Quality of This Fan
Even though this fan is inexpensive, unless you are ok with and expecting a cheap quality fan, be careful. Here is one of the many comments about the poor quality, "Bought 2 of these fans for the patio. Description said indoor/outdoor. Made of metal and wood.
No, they are plastic. Very cheap looking. No, they don't move air.....any air. Even on high and standing right under the fan you can't feel much air at all. No, it doesn't come with a wall control. BEWARE! you can't just buy a fan wall control for this fan. They don't work. It takes a specialized controller made to go with this fan. The canopy is very small so if you are replacing an existing fan you will be faced with repairing a larger hole in the ceiling before you can install this small canopy fan. Had to return fans. Do not recommend. Gave 2 stars instead of one because they were cheap."
Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Ceiling Fan Conclusion
The Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Ceiling Fan is an inexpensive ceiling fan that feature a bronze finish and 5 ETL wet rated wicker blades. The look has been described as tropical. Though it is advertised as quick to install, it will depend on if you want to include lights and a remote. It does not come with lights and a remote, so some people bought the light and/or remote kit which added on more time for installation. The motor is advertised as being quiet but some customers thought otherwise. Overall, there were a lot of complaints on this fan as being cheaply made. However, the price is just that, cheap, so if you are looking for a very basic and inexpensive fan you may be interested in checking this one out. It does come with a limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty.
Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying the Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Ceiling Fan.