Tired of trying to find ways to clean the mold and mildew out of your bathroom? Sick of your kids (or significant other) turning your entire bathroom into a steam shower? Want to keep steam to a minimum, your mirrors fog-free, and vent out those nasty bathroom smells? Sounds like you’re in the market for a bathroom fan. Lucky for you, we have plenty of experience in searching for quality bathroom fans. We’ve used that experience to find you the best bathroom exhaust fans on today’s market.
Buying Information for Bathroom Fans
As with any purchase, there are a few things you will want to consider before you go ahead and purchase your bathroom fan. Let’s run through a few of those things before we delve into to the reviews of our actual recommendations, to be certain you select the one which is right for you.
CFM Rating – First of all, I’m sure that many of you are wondering what on Earth a CFM rating even is. It’s actually rather simple to understand. The letters CFM stand for cubic feet per minute. Basically, the higher the CFM rating, the larger a room the fan can effectively service. Therefore, while a high CFM rating is preferable over a low CFM rating, your small bathroom isn’t likely to need a fan with an extreme CMF rating – save those fans for larger rooms in your home or business.
Noisiness – How much noise your fan makes may not seem all that important at first. Trust me, though – it will become much more important once you actually begin using your fan. Of course, this will depend on where you bathroom is located in your house and what time of day you and your family members use the fan.
My husband likes to run the fan after every trip to the bathroom. Let me tell you, my nose and touchy stomach are both very grateful for this. I cannot tell you how happy I am that we now have a whisper quiet fan, though. Since he often makes trips to the bathroom while I am trying to sleep, the noise of our old fan used to wake me up in the night.
Whisper quiet fans are usually more expensive than loud fans, though. You will want to weigh your budgetary concerns against your noise concerns when making this decision. Luckily, some companies have come out with lines of bathroom fans which range from loud to somewhat quiet to whisper quiet, allowing you the opportunity to choose the middle option.
New Install or Upgrade? – If you do not have a fan at all, the answer to this question is obvious. If you do have a fan already, however, you may want to consider simply upgrading the appearance or inner workings of the fan you already have. Updating the look of a fan with a new grate or making it function better by installing a new motor will be much less expensive than replacing the entire unit.
Do You Have the Necessary Skills? – It will be necessary to not only cut through your ceiling, but also to find a way to vent the system outside. You need be certain you have the necessary skills to accomplish these tasks as well as to hook into electricity and run the necessary ductwork for the system. If this is all a little over your level of experience and expertise, take the time to call in a qualified professional for help with the job.
Just Exhaust Venting or Heat As Well? – Most fans are simply fans. They work to pull the moisture and foul smells from your bathroom. Some fans, however, also have built-in heaters which add heat to your room on cold winter days. If a cold bathroom is a problem in your house you may want to look into this option. Alternatively, you can choose to purchase a separate bathroom heater (we have a page for those, too).