Exhaust Fans: So Many Choices!

G-H-Main-Bathroom-Tub+-Exhaust-Fan Exhaust fans are often an after-thought when Homeowners are dreaming about transforming their ho-hum bathroom to have a spa-like experience, or they need to comply with the code that requires an exhaust fan in their new laundry room. It’s easy to get excited about all of the wonderful plumbing products that soothe and pamper. But bathroom ventilation is very important to sustain a healthy environment. The technology has improved to make bathroom exhaust fans more efficient and quieter (detailed technical information is contained in“Why Do You Need a Bathroom Exhaust Fan?”. Still, the selection is overwhelming and comparison is challenging. There are at least 90 different bathroom fans to choose from, from eight major manufacturers. Achieving good bathroom air quality without a lot of noise is possible, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. This article whittles the list down to six great bathroom fans under $150.

Exhaust Fans: The 6 Best For Your Bathroom

Your investment in ceiling- or wall-mount bathroom exhaust fans covers a range from $110 to a high of almost $400, not including the labor for installation. Following is a list of six exhaust fans that sell for under $150, from least expensive to most expensive:

Fantech FQ80 (<.3 sones)

Delta Breeze VFB25AC (<.3 sones) (no longer available)

Broan QTRE080 (.8 sones)

Panasonic FV-08VRL.1 (.7 sones; includes an overhead light)

Delta Breeze VFB25ACH (<.3 sones)

Panasonic FV-08VF-2 (.8 sones)

Why Are They The Best Exhaust Fans?

All of them are good quality, providing eight air exchanges per hour that the Home Ventilating Institute recommends for the average bathroom, 7′-6″ x 10′ with an eight-foot ceiling. All of them use 4″ ducts, which is easier for professionals and DIYers to install. All of them are quiet. And they’re all under $150 — even the last one, that also includes an overhead light. To verify which of these fans is right for your needs, there is more information in Why Do You Need A Bathroom Exhaust Fan?. (All prices are US$)

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