Honeywell’s QuietSet 16 Fan: Very Quiet, Very Undependable

by on November 8, 2017

in consumer, consumer reviews

I am personally disappointed in my Kaz made Honeywell Quiet 16 Fan

For a long time I have been looking for a fan that does not roar and drown out my TV or other sound sources. And I finally found one in the form of the Honeywell Quietset 16 fan. It is wonderfully quiet, nearly silent with those big blades. First impressions were awesome!

But there’s something afoul with the product.


For $50 (from Target) you would think you would get a quality product but instead, I got a fan that fails within a year of purchase. The first time, I thought it was a fluke, and I liked it enough to have bought four of them over four years. And each and every one of them failed.

If you think about it, since summer only lasts a few months a year, that is a piss-poor life span if you have to replace your fan once a year. Or once every few months.

Thus, the Honeywell QuietSet 16 Fan, has been made to the same piss-poor standards for years.

Sure, I bought a few of them, but they were so nice that I kept hoping that Honeywell would get their shit together. Apparently they don’t need my money or future support for that matter.

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The problems I ran into:

In one case, after a few months, the fan started making a squeaking noise that woke the dead. I added some WD 40 but that only helped for a few weeks until it started sounding like metal sandpaper sheets grinding against each other.

Having blind and misguided (looking back) faith, I headed out to Target and dropped another $50 on a new one.

The next two fans made some noise, but the blades slowly stopped spinning on us. Then one day, we hit the ‘on switch,’ and that was that. Dead, or grinding, I did not like the idea of running a potential fire hazard at night while we slept, as the motor overheated on us.

We learned that if you didn’t hit the swivel button or move the fan around on the hinge, it lasts longer… if you count an extra month or two longer.

Part of my ‘blind faith’ included the fact that my wife brought a Honeywell fan into our relationship that is, to this date, over 25 years old. And it’s still running. Flawlessly. But that was Honeywell from yesteryear, before they became a name only as a distributor for KAZ, who now really makes the fans, that Honeywell puts their name on.

But these days, (allegedly or I presume or guess) it seems to be all about “planned obsolescence,” and making things as cheaply as possible so they fail soon and fail often and then you’ll be buying their stuff over and over, instead of once every ‘x’ years. In my own experience, I used to buy Motorola cell phones only. But then Lenovo bought them and my phones started getting slower, and the camera was starting to take 15-seconds for the shutter to respond to hitting the pic button!

But I digress.

I’m truly bummed about my Honeywell QuietSet 16. It was super easy to pull out of the box and put together and the fan moved a serious amount of air, all while being pretty quiet. I believe because the blades are so large, 16 vs 12 inch blades, that it takes less rpm to move the air and thus, less noise.

It has five speeds and auto-shut down options for 1, 2, 4 and 8 hours. My initial reaction to this fan is a pretty good one, considering how loud fans can be.


Looking at reviews on Target, customers were saying the fan came out of the box making noise, and others supported my experience, saying it barely lasts a year. Remember, that year was probably only a few months.

On Amazon, the fan has good review scores but not great… 3.6/5. The “Advanced,” slightly more expensive fan has 4.6/5.

Looking at some comments, you see statements like

I loved this fan when we first got it… it was awesome and we were thrilled with it… right up until it quit working. Less than a year old, we went to turn on the fan one day and all it did was light up and hum.

And it seem to be a common observation about the fan.

So the fan seems to have a “one-year” life span.

Hey Honeywell, aka Kaz, you screwed up and you don’t seem to care. I’ve seen other comments on Amazon about Lasko fans lasting a long time so I guess I may consider looking at one of those, though comparative statements say it is not as quiet.

LASKO Fans on Amazon

It’s one thing to have a fan last barely a year, if you only drop $20-30 a year on it, but not at $50 a drop. It’s like paying for an online subscription to an overpriced Adobe product. In the long run you will be paying A LOT for it, and telling Honeywell (Kaz) it’s OK to build and sell crap.

For the money, I am not unhappy but on principal, well, it’s time to visit Amazon, not Target, filter out Honeywell in my online searches and do some fan shopping.

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