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Bathroom Fans Buying Guide

While choosing the prettier elements in your bathroom might be more fun, purchasing the right bathroom fan is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Here’s what you need to know to choose the right fan for your bathroom.

Types of Bathroom Fans

Types of Bathroom Fans

A good ventilation fan can keep your bath looking good and working well for years. But buying one is a waste of money if you don’t turn it on and leave it running for at least 20 minutes after you leave the room -- and doing so can be hard to remember. So it’s best to purchase a fan with a timer-delay switch that turns on both lights and fan when you enter the bath but only turns off the lights when you leave, allowing the fan to run for the time you’ve programmed. For bathroom longevity, it’s worth the extra money you’ll pay for such a system.

Wall or Ceiling-Mount Bathroom Fans

The most common type of bathroom fan is located in the ceiling, with the fan parts mounted just above the ceiling’s drywall. In addition to the fan itself, a ceiling-mount unit may have an attached light and/or heating element.

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NuTone
$209.98

NuTone, 765HFL, Exhaust Fan, White, Heater/Fan/Lights, Fans, Combination Features:Features a powerful 100 CFM permanently lubricat...ed and sealed motor that s specifically designed for continuous use applications.Includes a 1500 Watt high-output heater, keeping your bathroom comfortable and warm, even in the coldest seasons.Mounts directly to joists via mounting brackets which makes for an intuitive, straight-forward installation.Equipped with 27 watt fluorescent lighting and integrated nightlight, ensuring your bathroom is brightly lit without the need for additional fixtures (bulbs sold separately).Compatible with a number of Broan multi-function and time control wall switches (sold separately).Not recommended for use over bathtubs and showers.Specifications:CFM: 100Sones: 2Duct Size: 4 Inch RoundGrill Width: 17.5 InchesGrill Length: 11.5 InchesHousing Width: 10.25 InchesHousing Length: 16 InchesHousing Depth: 5.875 InchesLighting Type: Fluorescent (bulb not included)HVI Certified: YesUL Listed: YesTitle 24: YesProduct Variations:765HFL (This Model): Fluorescent Lighting765HL: Incandescent Lighting read more

NuTone
$89.99

The NuTone 70 CFM Exhaust Fan with Light helps manage ventilation in rooms up to 60 sq. ft. The fan uses one 100-watt bulb for bri...ght illumination. The white polymeric grille provides a subtle appearance, and mounting ears offer easy installation. The... read more

NuTone
$20.98

The NuTone Value Test 70 CFM Exhaust Fan can be used in rooms up to 60 sq. ft. with a white polymeric grille to match a variety of... home interiors. The 70 CFM fan helps reduce moisture and features a motor that operates at 6 sones for efficiency. The... read more

Inline Bathroom Fans

An inline bathroom fan’s housing and motor are located in the attic space, where the noise of its operation is often inaudible -- an advantage if fan noise annoys you enough that you don’t use it. With inline models, the ceiling register is smaller, unobtrusive, and adjustable for a variety of airflows. Whichever fan style you choose, make sure it vents directly to the outdoors, not into the attic where moisture can do its damage.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

To purchase the right fan for your bathroom, you’ll need to look at how much air the fan moves, how much noise it makes, what controls you need, and where you’ll be placing it in the room.

Air Movement

A fan’s ability to move air is measured in cubic feet per minute, or CFM. For bathrooms up to 100 square feet, the Home VentiIating Institute recommends 1 cubic foot of exhaust air per minute for each square foot of floor, which would require a fan rated at 32 CFM. Larger bathrooms require more exhaust and might need more than one fan register.

Noise

Fan noise is measured in sones, and the lower the rating, the quieter the fan. A bathroom fan with a rating of 1 or less is very quiet, with a 0.5 or lower rating signifying sound that is barely detectable.

Controls

Models offer many control options, including sensors. One such option is a fan that runs continuously at a low setting, shifting to a higher setting when the shower goes on. Sensors can also activate the fan when overall humidity reaches a set level, and timers can turn the fan on and off at set times. Some models include a switch that turns the fan on automatically when you enter the bathroom.

Placement

If you’re remodeling your bath, consider a fan with a light, which allows you to place it where the old light fixture was and use the existing wiring. And if you’re locating the fan above the shower, make sure it is approved for use in wet areas.

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Progress Lighting
$193.00 $153.09

-70 CFM compact fluorescent decorative bath fan with frosted low-profile frosted glass. -Features smooth finish for easy cleaning.... Free Shipping on orders over $75. No Hassle Returns. read more

Craftmade
$139.50 $95.00

Craftmade TFV70REC Features: -Bathroom exhaust fan light.-Reliable general service vent.-Classic grille design.-Permanently lubric...ated motor.-Precision balanced impeller for quite operation.-Galvanized for humid conditions and various attic temperatures.-Gauge markings for ceiling thickness.-Built in junction box for easy wiring.-Includes 4 Duct adapter.-Trim finish: White.-Product Type: Traditional.-Damp, Dry, or Wet Location Listed: Damp.-Finish: White.-Distressed: No.-Air Flow: 70.-Light Included: Yes -Bulb Shape: .-Bulb Base: .-Number of Lights: .-Bulb Included: .-Ballast Type: .-Lens: .-Lens Material: .-Lens Color: .-Night Light: .-Light Operates Independently: .-Bulb Type: Halogen.-Wattage per Bulb: 75..Dimensions: -Duct Diameter: 4.Assembly: -Easy removal and installation of motor assembly key hole mounting. read more

Nutone
$209.76 $115.37

NutoneNow you can ventilate while adding quiet elegance and exceptional design to your bathroom or any other room in your home. Th...e Broan series of decorative fan lights delivers quality ventilation performance and compliments your room with... read more

Progress Lighting
$285.60 $171.36

Progress Lighting80 cfm bath fan. Sound level rating 1.0 sones. 13w GU24. Energy Star.Bulb Type: CFL GU24 base Collection: Bath Fa...ns Energy Star Compliant: Yes Finish: White Height: 4 Lamp Wattage: 13W Number of Lights: 1 Socket 1 Base: GU24 Socket 1... read more

Progress Lighting
$225.45 $135.27

Progress Lighting80 CFM bath fan. Sound level rating 0.7 sones. Energy StarCollection: Bath Fans Energy Star Compliant: Yes Finish...: White and Black Height: 7 8 Style: Traditional Suggested Room Fit: Bathroom Type: Bath Fans Weight: 11 Width: 12-3 4"... read more

Craftmade
$299.99 $265.00

ENERGY STAR rating. Wall- or ceiling-mount fan light. Polycarbonate heat-resistant lens cover with UV inhibitors. Fan is rated at ...110 cubic feet per minute. Sound level rating of 0.8 sones. This quality exhaust fan features a rectangular design and an ENERGY STAR rating. It can be mounted on the ceiling or wall and is rated at 110 cubic feet per minute with a sound level rating of 0.8 sones. Offer ample illumination with its dual CFL bulbs (included). Other features include a low-profile design and an 82 x 72 motor size. Dimensions: 15.51L x 13.94W x 11.75D inches.What is an ENERGY STAR product?This product has earned the ENERGY STAR rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products. These products meet strict guidelines and can help you save up to a third on energy bills compared to like products without an ENERGY STAR rating. ENERGY STAR products saved about $14 billion in 2006 alone and their numbers are growing exponentially in product categories. This ENERGY STAR product has met criteria that will save energy and money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An excellent choice.About CraftmadeCraftmade International has designed and distributed its line of superior-quality ceiling fans and lighting kits since 1985. Based in Coppell Texas Craftmade's extensive product line includes 20 series and 127 models of ceiling fans and over 100 compatible lighting fixtures in a variety of colors and finishes. This company has been awarded one of the Top 200 Best Small Companies in America by Forbes magazine. And according to Consumer Digest Craftmade has earned a reputation as one of the most reliable makers of ceiling fans. The ceiling fans in the Craftmade line are among the most durable and energy-efficient models available on the market featuring an ingenious blend of function and decoration. read more

Craftmade
$151.99 $150.00

Trim dimensions: 17.375L x 12.25W x 2.25D inches. Rough-in dimensions: 14.125L x 8.375W x 5.75D inches. Bronze-finish fan and heat...er with built-in light. Fan: 70 CFM, 4 sones. Lamp: 60W, Heater: 950W; 9.1 amps. Standard wattage: 1050W. With an attractive bronze finish that blends easily into many bathroom themes, the Craftmade TFV70HL-BZ Ceiling Mount Bathroom Fan/Heater/Light provides your bathroom with heat, light, and air circulation from a single point.FeaturesPolycarbonate heat-resistant lamp cover with UV inhibitorsLow-profile bronze plastic polymer grilleMotor is easy to install or removePermanently lubricated motor with precision balanced impellerBuilt-in junction box for easy wiring4-inch duct adapter includedFan: 70 CFM, 4 sonesLamp: 60W, Heater: 950W; 9.1 ampsTrim dimensions: 17.375L x 12.25W x 2.25D inchesRough-in dimensions: 14.125L x 8.375W x 5.75D inchesStandard wattage: 1050WAbout CraftmadeCraftmade International has designed and distributed its line of superior quality ceiling fans and lighting kits since 1985. Based in Coppell, Texas, Craftmade's extensive product line includes 20 series and 127 models of ceiling fans and over 100 compatible lighting fixtures in a variety of colors and finishes. This company has been awarded one of the Top 200 Best Small Companies in America by Forbes magazine. And according to Consumer Digest, Craftmade has earned a reputation as one of the most reliable makers of ceiling fans. The ceiling fans in the Craftmade line are among the most durable and energy-efficient models available on the market, featuring an ingenious blend of function and decoration. read more

Craftmade
$88.99 $57.00

Trim dimensions: 12.25 diam. x 2.0D inches. Rough-in dimensions: 7.75L x 6.75W x 5.625D inches. Compact bathroom fan with built-in... light. Fan: 50 CFM, 3.5 sones. Lamp: 60W; 9 amps. Standard wattage: 85W. Bring much-needed light and much-appreciated air circulation to your bathroom in the compact Craftmade TFV50L Ceiling Mount Bathroom Fan/Light.FeaturesHeat-resistant polycarbonate lens with UV inhibitorsClassic slatted grille designReliable general service ventPermanently lubricated motor and balanced impeller for quiet operationTolerates humidity from bathrooms or atticsBuilt-in junction box for simple wiring4-inch duct adapter includedFan: 50 CFM, 3.5 sonesLamp: 60W; 9 ampsTrim dimensions: 12.25 diam. x 2.0D inchesRough-in dimensions: 7.75L x 6.75W x 5.625D inchesStandard wattage: 85WAbout CraftmadeCraftmade International has designed and distributed its line of superior quality ceiling fans and lighting kits since 1985. Based in Coppell, Texas, Craftmade's extensive product line includes 20 series and 127 models of ceiling fans and over 100 compatible lighting fixtures in a variety of colors and finishes. This company has been awarded one of the Top 200 Best Small Companies in America by Forbes magazine. And according to Consumer Digest, Craftmade has earned a reputation as one of the most reliable makers of ceiling fans. The ceiling fans in the Craftmade line are among the most durable and energy-efficient models available on the market, featuring an ingenious blend of function and decoration. read more

Craftmade
$89.99 $70.00

Trim dimensions: 12.25 diam. x 2.0D inches. Rough-in dimensions: 7.75L x 6.75W x 5.625D inches. Bronze round bathroom vent fan wit...h built-in light. Fan: 50 CFM, 3.5 sones. Lamp: 60W; 9 amps. Standard wattage: 85W. The Craftmade TFV50L Ceiling Mount Bathroom Fan/Light provides ample air movement and bright light to most home-sized bathrooms.FeaturesHeat-resistant polycarbonate lens with UV inhibitorsRound grille design with bronze finishReliable general service ventPermanently lubricated motor and balanced impeller for quiet operationTolerates humidity from bathrooms or atticsBuilt-in junction box for simple wiring4-inch duct adapter includedFan: 50 CFM, 3.5 sonesLamp: 60W; 9 ampsTrim dimensions: 12.25 diam. x 2.0D inchesRough-in dimensions: 7.75L x 6.75W x 5.625D inchesStandard wattage: 85WAbout CraftmadeCraftmade International has designed and distributed its line of superior quality ceiling fans and lighting kits since 1985. Based in Coppell, Texas, Craftmade's extensive product line includes 20 series and 127 models of ceiling fans and over 100 compatible lighting fixtures in a variety of colors and finishes. This company has been awarded one of the Top 200 Best Small Companies in America by Forbes magazine. And according to Consumer Digest, Craftmade has earned a reputation as one of the most reliable makers of ceiling fans. The ceiling fans in the Craftmade line are among the most durable and energy-efficient models available on the market, featuring an ingenious blend of function and decoration. read more

Craftmade
$45.99 $36.00

Compact square bathroom fan in white. Fan: 70 CFM, 3.5 sones; .7 amps. Trim dimensions: 8.625L x 8.625W x 2.0D inches. Rough-in di...mensions: 7.75L x 6.75W x 4.125D inches. Standard wattage: 40W. Move air in and out of your bathroom efficiently through the Craftmade TFV70 Ceiling Mount Bathroom Fan.FeaturesPolycarbonate heat-resistant lamp cover with UV inhibitorsLow-profile plastic polymer grille in whiteMotor is easy to install or removePermanently lubricated motor with precision balanced impellerBuilt-in junction box for easy wiring4-inch duct adapter includedFan: 70 CFM, 3.5 sones; .7 ampsTrim dimensions: 8.625L x 8.625W x 2.0D inchesRough-in dimensions: 7.75L x 6.75W x 4.125D inchesStandard wattage: 40WAbout CraftmadeCraftmade International has designed and distributed its line of superior quality ceiling fans and lighting kits since 1985. Based in Coppell, Texas, Craftmade's extensive product line includes 20 series and 127 models of ceiling fans and over 100 compatible lighting fixtures in a variety of colors and finishes. This company has been awarded one of the Top 200 Best Small Companies in America by Forbes magazine. And according to Consumer Digest, Craftmade has earned a reputation as one of the most reliable makers of ceiling fans. The ceiling fans in the Craftmade line are among the most durable and energy-efficient models available on the market, featuring an ingenious blend of function and decoration. read more

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