The Top 5 Bathroom Exhaust Fans Reviewed

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Choosing a new exhaust fan for your bathroom isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do. We know that they need to provide adequate ventilation and prevent the buildup of moisture. Trying to choose one without any background information, however, can be impossible. That’s why we’ve put together a few reviews:


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Top Choice
Panasonic FV-08-11VF5 WhisperFit EZ Retrofit Fan, Customizable Fan, Speed Selector, Quiet,
Air King BFQ 90 Bath Fan, CFM, BFQ90
Budget Option
Broan-NuTone 688 Ceiling and Wall Ventilation Fan, 50 CFM 4.0 Sones, White Plastic Grille
Delta BreezSlim SLM70 70 CFM Exhaust Bath Fan, White, 2 Sones
Panasonic FV-20VQ3 WhisperCeiling 190 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan
Manufacturer
Panasonic
Air King
Broan
Delta
Panasonic
Type
Model FV-08-11VF5 110 CFM
Model BFQ 90 90 CFM
Model 688 50 CFM
Model SLM70 60 CFM
Model FV-20VQ3 190 CFM
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Price
$119.99
$53.62
$16.00
$57.97
$189.99
Top Choice
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Panasonic FV-08-11VF5 WhisperFit EZ Retrofit Fan, Customizable Fan, Speed Selector, Quiet,
Manufacturer
Panasonic
Type
Model FV-08-11VF5 110 CFM
Reviews
Price
$119.99
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Air King BFQ 90 Bath Fan, CFM, BFQ90
Manufacturer
Air King
Type
Model BFQ 90 90 CFM
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Price
$53.62
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Budget Option
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Broan-NuTone 688 Ceiling and Wall Ventilation Fan, 50 CFM 4.0 Sones, White Plastic Grille
Manufacturer
Broan
Type
Model 688 50 CFM
Reviews
Price
$16.00
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Delta BreezSlim SLM70 70 CFM Exhaust Bath Fan, White, 2 Sones
Manufacturer
Delta
Type
Model SLM70 60 CFM
Reviews
Price
$57.97
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Panasonic FV-20VQ3 WhisperCeiling 190 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan
Manufacturer
Panasonic
Type
Model FV-20VQ3 190 CFM
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Price
$189.99
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Best Bathroom Exhaust Fan

1. Panasonic WhisperFitEZ Fan

Panasonic WhisperFitEZ Fan review

The Panasonic WhisperFitEZ Fan

This Panasonic fan has a 120 volt, 60 Hz motor and is designed to be used in sealed-off shower units, if necessary. The motor is entirely enclosed, which helps to reduce the noise it makes. It makes use of two hanger bars, which make it easy for you to position the fan exactly where you want it. The grille measures 13 inches and the whole installation takes up around 14 x 11 x 17 inches.

What’s Good About It? What Isn’t?

Two things stand out about this particular fan – first is the amount of air it can shift: 110CFM means that if this fan can’t ventilate your bathroom, then there is just no hope for you at all. The second characteristic that stands out is just how quietly is manages to move all of that air. Powerful fans need powerful motors, which can be noisy, but the WhisperCeiling’s fan is enclosed, meaning the noise it makes doesn’t carry as easily. It is relatively large and heavy, which can make it a little awkward to install.

Panasonic FV-08-11VF5 WhisperFit EZ Retrofit Fan, Customizable Fan, Speed Selector, Quiet,
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Panasonic FV-08-11VF5 WhisperFit EZ Retrofit Fan, Customizable Fan, Speed Selector, Quiet,
  • Extremely Quiet: At less than .3 sones, this fan operates as quiet as a whisper
  • Long Life, Guaranteed: Panasonic ventilation fans use less energy to move larger volumes of air; Less energy leads to less overheating and motor failure, saving you on repair costs; Included 3-year limited warranty
  • Easy-To-Install: Works with 4" and 6" ducts for flexibility in duct layout and design; Flex-Z Fast installation bracket is ideal for positioning the fan exactly where you want it
  • Clean Air: Panasonic ventilation fans will increase your air quality, eliminating humidity, mold, mildew, and other air pollutants from any room
  • Code Compliant: This product is ENERGY STAR certified and complies with ASHRAE 62.2, LEED, California Title 24, Washington VIAQ codes and standards

2. Air King BFQ 90 Bath Fan

Air King BFQ 90 Bath Fan review

The Air King BFQ 90 Bath Fan

This air fan is somewhat smaller and perhaps more suited to bathrooms which have limited space for a fan. It measures 3.5 x 9.1 x 4.8 inches and weighs just under five pounds. The grille measures 10 x 10 inches and is made of a white polymer. The motor is also enclosed in order to reduce operational noise.

What Are Its Pros and Cons?

The Air King appears to have been designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind, in addition to packing a powerful punch. It has a snap-in mounting design which makes it much easier than other systems to install in the ceiling. It is light and small, but is still capable of 90 CFM, and doesn’t make too much of a fuss about it – the motor is enclosed in order to dampen its noise. The cover and grille are not designed with elegance in mind, and this is the only real negative aspect of this fan. Once it snaps into place, it can leave gaps at the end, which could cause issues for cleaning.

Air King BFQ 90 Bath Fan, CFM, BFQ90
1,225 Reviews
Air King BFQ 90 Bath Fan, CFM, BFQ90
  • White, polymeric grill measures 10" x 10", with durable high-impact plastic housing for quiet operation and enhanced performance
  • Operates at 90 CFM at 2.5 sones
  • Features a special snap-in installation system for easy in-ceiling installation
  • Comes with 4" plastic duct collar with back draft damper for quiet operation and draft protection
  • Can handle continuous operation, is rated for ceilings insulated to R-40, Culus-listed, HVI 2100-certified, and UL-listed for installation over a tub or shower on a GFCI circuit

3. Broan-NuTone 688 Ceiling and Wall Ventilation Fan

Broan-NuTone 688 Ceiling and Wall Ventilation Fan review

The Broan-NuTone 688 Ceiling and Wall Ventilation Fan

Broane’s 688 fan is smaller yet, measuring just 7.5 x 7.2 x 3.6 inches and weighing a little over three pounds. As you might expect from a smaller fan, it it not as powerful as the other fans I mentioned above, with a maximum capacity of 50 CFM. Still, if you’re not trying to ventilate a large bathroom, it could turn out to be perfectly suited towards your space.

What Are Its Positive and Negative Points?

One of the most appealing features of this exhaust fan is its special design which allows it to slot in easily between joists in the ceiling. As it is able to do so, it provides a compact solution to ventilation issues in smaller spaces. It is considerably noisier than the larger fans I have mentioned above, and this can be something of a turn off for some people – especially if you’ll be using the bathroom at times when others may be sleeping. Of course, some people appreciate some noise to subdue embarrassing sounds that may reverberate around the bathroom.

Broan-NuTone 688 Ceiling and Wall Ventilation Fan, 50 CFM 4.0 Sones, White Plastic Grille
1,075 Reviews
Broan-NuTone 688 Ceiling and Wall Ventilation Fan, 50 CFM 4.0 Sones, White Plastic Grille
  • VERSATILE FAN: Ventilation fan helps eliminate humidity, tobacco smoke, and cooking odors. Install the compact fan between ceiling joists or wall studs - wherever it's needed most!
  • EFFICIENT: Operates on 50 CFM and has a 4. 0 Sone rating to ensure a peaceful surrounding when in operation
  • EASY INSTALLATION: Torsion springs grille mounting - no tools necessary for a quick and easy installation
  • DECORATIVE: Paintable polymeric grilles allow you to ensure the fan is cohesive with your existing decor
  • FEATURES: Plug-in, permanently lubricated motor with the Broan-designed polymeric blower wheel for high-quality operation every time. Motor snaps in and out for easy cleaning - no screws required. Duct Diameter: 3 inch

4. Delta BreezSlim SLM70 Exhaust Bath Fan

Delta BreezSlim SLM70 Exhaust Bath Fan review

The Delta BreezSlim SLM70 Exhaust Bath Fan

Delta’s BreezSlim is a compact fan, designed to fit inside a four inch wall. It weighs just under five pounds. Its design allows it to be installed in the ceiling as well as in the sidewall. It has a brushless, DC motor, which allows the fan to function up to 60 CFM.

So, Is It Any Good Or Not?

The BreezSlim has two main selling points: The first is that runs quietly when compared with the amount of air it can move. It’s not inaudible, but it’s not a noise you would pick out as irritating. The second, and probably the most important selling point, is its energy efficiency. The BreezSlim runs on just over 13 W, but for each watt, it moves almost 6 CFM. This makes it one of the best exhaust fans when it comes to energy efficiency. Choosing to install this fan is likely to make a difference to your energy bills over the long term, when compared with other similarly powerful options.

Delta BreezSlim SLM70 70 CFM Exhaust Bath Fan, White, 2 Sones
47 Reviews
Delta BreezSlim SLM70 70 CFM Exhaust Bath Fan, White, 2 Sones
  • Energy star certified with dc motor technology
  • Noise level at 2.0 sones
  • ENERGY STAR Most Efficient for efficient cost-saving operation
  • Energy effciency rating approximately 5.8 cfm/watt
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

5. Panasonic FV-20VQ3 WhisperCeiling Ceiling Mounted Fan

Panasonic FV-20VQ3 WhisperCeiling Ceiling Mounted Fan review

The Panasonic FV-20VQ3 WhisperCeiling Ceiling Mounted Fan

This is another incarnation of the WhisperCeiling Fan reviewed above, albeit an even more powerful version. Perhaps surprisingly, its measurements are the same as those of its less powerful relative – measuring 17 x 14 x 11 inches and weighing 13 pounds. Again, its motor is fully enclosed, which allows it to run on high power without creating too much noise. This same enclosure protects the motor and enables it to run for longer – to an impressive 30,000 hours, without interruption.

So, Is It Any Good Or Not?

The main reason that people might choose this model over the first one reviewed here, is for the extra power. This fan can pump up to 190 CFM of air, and may be of relatively limited interest to most, as this kind of power could be considered to be overkill for most bathrooms. However, if you have something like a communal shower area for your swimming pool, this type of fan would be a good choice. Again, it runs quietly and won’t ruin any carefully created shower-space ambience.

Panasonic FV-20VQ3 WhisperCeiling 190 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan
461 Reviews
Panasonic FV-20VQ3 WhisperCeiling 190 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan
  • WhisperCeiling fans feature a totally enclosed condenser motor and a double-tapered, dolphin-shaped bladed blower wheel to quietly move air
  • Designed to give you continuous, trouble-free operation for many years thanks in part to its high-quality components and permanently lubricated motors which wear at a slower pace
  • Detachable adaptors, firmly secured duct ends, adjustable mounting brackets (up to 26-in), fan/motor units that detach easily from the housing and uncomplicated wiring all lend themselves to user-friendly installation
  • This Panasonic fan has a built-in damper to prevent backdraft, which helps to prevent outside air from coming through the fan
  • 0.35 amp

Related Video

Once you have the fan, you have to get it installed. In case this is something you are thinking of doing yourself, watch this video and find out how to do it correctly.

Conclusion

The fan that you eventually choose should be ideally suited to the space in which you intend to install it. There is no point in installing a very powerful fan in a small bathroom which sees little use. Similarly, it would be ineffective to install a small fan into a room which sees large buildups of moisture. Once you have figured out the type of fan you need, you can begin to select the right one.