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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Panasonic
$169.83

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Panasonic
$356.00 $267.00

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Panasonic
$356.00 $181.37

The Panasonic Whisper Ceiling Fan features a totally enclosed condenser motor and a double-tapered, dolphin shaped bladed blower w...heel to quietly move air. This fan is designed to give you continuous, trouble-free operation for many years thanks in... read more

NuTone
$100.74

Powerful Deluxe Fan-Light Combination unit quietly removes stale, steamy air. The round design eliminates squaring with bathroom w...alls. Durable centrifugal blower wheel quietly delivers superior ventilation. Built for unsurpassed quality and... 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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Broan-NuTone
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Panasonic
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$198.00 $99.00

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Craftmade
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