All households need an exhaust fan for ventilating the smoke, cooking smell, and humidity out. The Broan 506 we are taking a look at is definitely not the best exhaust fan for kitchen use, or any room for that matter. Its price keeps it far away from that crown. However, it does have some pretty exciting features that you don\u2019t normally see nowadays.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Broan 506\r\nThe Broan-Nutone 506 wall chain operated ventilation fan is a decent enough exhaust fan despite its obscene price point. At least the pull chain works great, and overall it\u2019s good when it comes to energy efficiency.\r\n\r\nPerformance\/Power\r\nThe performance of the Broan 506 is nothing to write home about. It can move 430 CFM air, which is decent, but barely covers a 240 sq. ft room. And that is not great at all. But then again, considering that this exhaust fan was released almost 14 years ago, it performs pretty well for its time. It just doesn\u2019t hold up to the new modern exhaust fans. And it\u2019s pretty impressive in terms of energy efficiency.\r\nDurability\/Build\r\nIt might look durable in the pictures, but it\u2019s actually pretty poorly made on the outside in reality. The only good thing here is the foam insulated door, which keeps humidity away from the main motor and the internal components. That way, it can last long if you take proper care of it.\r\nNoise\/Sound Level\r\nA significant drawback of this exhaust fan is it\u2019s extremely noisy. Now that can be a pro for some too, depending on their use case. For example, in the washroom, a loud fan might be more helpful. It really depends on you and on where you\u2019re going to install it. Coming just under 40 decibels, the Hon Guan 6 Inches Exhaust Fan is the best in this regard.\r\nVersatility\/Modern Features\r\nBesides coming with an HVI certified efficient motor, this fan also has a pull chain for controls. And the grille length perfectly complements the wall d\u00e9cor of a kitchen or a bathroom. Unfortunately, it does not come with any included wall switch, so you\u2019re going to have to wire it on your own if you want something like that. And in case you need a through-the-wall ventilation fan check out their own Broan-Nutone 512M.\r\nValue\r\nDepending on your housing width, this exhaust fan is going to be adequate for most people. And it has a pretty nice design to blend in with your interior. But with its dated internal components and lackluster performance, the Broan 506 really does drive a hard bargain. Value-wise the iliving 10-Inch Shutter Exhaust Fan is much better.\r\nBroan 506 Wrap Up\r\nIf you really don\u2019t have any other option, you can go for the Broan 506 exhaust fan. Their customer service is pretty good too, so you\u2019re going to get good after sales support. But there are better exhaust fans available out there at lower price points.