Importance of Bathroom Exhaust Fans

Bathroom Exhaust Fans
Bathroom Exhaust Fans

Importance of Bathroom Exhaust Fans

 I took time the other day to research on just how important bathrooms are to our lives. The first response on my Google query had me hooked instantly. It read, did you know that on average, a human being spends about 3 to 5 years in the bathroom? With a further explanation, that we go about 2500 times to the toilet translated per day that being 6 to 8 times.

This made me wonder, are toilet that safe for humans. If you consider it, three years is quite a lot of time for someone to be going to a place that might not be safe and especially now that we have smartphones that we like to use in such quiet and “sacred” places we regard as caves, even adding up to the tally of the years we spend there.

It was striking to find out that there are so many hygiene issues, which humans have always tried to address as far back as at the time of the Great fire of London. However, over, past one century one tool has been found address most if not all of these challenges and that is Bathroom Exhaust fan.

Here are Bathroom Exhaust fan Reviews

We will try to document the importance of the exhaust fans and how they have solved hygiene issues as we review the top 10 exhaust fans and their application in the home environment.

Exhaust Fan NamePower Consumption and CFM (Concept of Air Velocity) for air FlowIncludes BulbSones (Low indicates quiet on the continuum )   0 being silent and 4 being loudest Link To Price
NuTone 9093WH Deluxe Heat-A-Ventlite Heater with Ventilator and Incandescent Ceiling Light, 70 CFM 1500-Watt, White1500-watt, 70 CFMNo3.5 sonesPrice to NuTone 9093WH Deluxe Heat-A-Ventlite Heater with Ventilator
Broan 655 Heater and Heater Bath Fan with Light Combination1300-Watt, 70 CFMno4.0 SonesPrice to Broan 655
Panasonic FV-05-11VKL1 WhisperGreen Select Fan/Light 50/80/110 CFMswitch 50-80-110 CFMYes0.3 Sones Price Panasonic FV
Hunter 80705 Garden District Brushed Nickel Bath Exhaust Fan and Light (Vent)60-Watt, 70 CFM,No1.5 SonesPrice to Hunter 80705 Garden District Brushed Nickel 
Hon&Guan 6'' Home Ventilation Fan Bathroom Garage Exhaust Fan Ceiling and Wall Mount Fan for Kitchen / Bathroom , Super Silent , Strong Exhaust (W/ Light) 150B31-Watt, 116 CFMYes0.5 SonesPrice to Hon&Guan 6'' Home Ventilation Fan Bathroom
Panasonic (FV-08-11VFL5) WhisperFit EZ Retrofit Fan/Light26.6-Watt, 110 CFMYes0.8 SonesPrice to the Panasonic
KAZE APPLIANCE SE90TL2 Ultra Quiet 90-CFM 0.3-Sones Bathroom Exhaust Fan with LED and Night Light, White13-Watt, 90 CFMYes0.3 SonesPrice to the Kaze
Broan 678 Ventilation Fan and Light Combination, 50 CFM and 2.5-Sones33-Watt, 50 CFMno2.5-SonesPrice to the Broan 678
Hunter 90065 Ellipse Bathroom Ventilation Exhaust Fan with Light and Swirled Marble Glass, Imperial Bronze60-Watt, 100 CFMNo2.5 SonesPrice to the Hunter 90065
Air King DRLC701 Round Bath Fan with Light, Bronze60-Watt, 70-CFMNo4 SonesAir King DRLC701    

The NuTone 9093WH Deluxe Heat-A-Ventlite Heater with Ventilator and Incandescent Ceiling Light, 70 CFM 1500-Watt, White Just has to be the first in our review. But why you might ask?

If you notice, majority of all the other Bathroom Exhaust Fans in this review only take in the power consumption of below 100 Watts, which is considerably very low in comparison to the NuTone’s 1500-watt capacity, which might convince you that the NuTone is a guzzler. However, what the additional power brings in is the element feature of the heating system which can be turned on and off independently from the fan. Thus, you can turn on the fan as a ventilator or simply as a heater.

Only those who do not like the cold might understand better how the Nutone would come in handy if they would like to heat the bathroom when the temperatures are low, only to make the bathrooms more comfortable. The design of the NuTone is such that it will still play its Fanning role to remove all the contaminants and odors and still heat the air making the bathroom quite a comfortable place to be in.

Another element that makes it stand out is its soft nightlight features which friendly to the user’s eyes. Remember nightlight is being introduced even on other technologies as a standard feature and you will find in other fans as well.

On the downside, the NuTone is considerably noisy with its 3.5 Sones, a reminder that nothing really comes bearing everything.

Either way, I would consider it an amazing product that gets the job done especially if you live where it gets cold.

Broan 655 Heater and Heater Bath Fan with Light Combination also has caught my attention with its reduced power consumption of 1300 Watts which may not be so low, but considering it has a heater and works alongside the 100 Watt bulb which offers light making sure that bathroom does not cool instantly this changes our view of it. When using it, it would make sense to just turn on the heater and the fan for a few minutes and use the bulb as a heater as well when the heater fan is turned off.

From its capacity to allow the usage of heater, light and fan independently or together with its three-way switch, the Broan 655 becomes an appealing product especially for those people that want to buy all these three technologies separately. In addition, it comes in handy considering most of the house heating systems are rarely designed for the bathroom.

Another plus of the Broan 655 Bathroom Exhaust Fan arises from its design. The designers of the technology opted for the Polymeric Grille a material that makes the gadget to blend well alongside all the other building exteriors no matter the design of one’s house.

Even with its advantages, the Broan 655 also has a downside, which largely arises from the noise released from both the fan and the heater. Majority of those who have bought and used the product have raised concerns arguing that it has loud noise, which at times causes vibration.

No doubt, the company should have considered making it quieter and in my opinion making a smaller design although this not quite an issue as of now.

Panasonic FV-05-11VKL1 WhisperGreen Select Fan/Light 50/80/110 CFM

Like every sister Bathroom Exhaust Fans  in the group, there are some similarities that lie in every class. The Panasonic would be known for their noise cancellation; they are so quiet they surprise you how they work. Their designs are almost similar which means if you prefer Panasonic’s simple traditional look then you are sorted in every of their design. The Panasonic FV-05-11VKL1 outwits the other sister (Panasonic (FV-08-11VFL5) in many ways, but the most specific one would be the different speeds depending on the product various.

Panasonic FV-05-11VKL1 lets you opt for the type of speed you prefer depending on the model and still allow you to make additional customization later on to add condensation sensors, for automated suction, night light and have a better flex wall bracket to hold an position. For this, I rate higher up this hierarchy

My only downside to choosing this fan would be its failing condensation model, which takes a longer time for it to start some complains say it may take 10 minutes into the shower to start but take even more time to shut. I fail to see why they would use a technology that fails. Nevertheless, as I understand, it takes no nonsense in cleaning; it is quite thorough.

Either way, with the fast 110 CFM you still get amazing results.

Hunter 80705 Garden District Brushed Nickel Bath Exhaust Fan and Light (Vent)

If you are looking for a design that is uniquely created to seem more of a fitting as opposed to a fan, then this is your product. The Hunter 80705 with its metallic sleek design and a small frame considering it has a fan makes it perfect for its job. It so well designed that when I looked at it, my mind was more focused on the lighting design, which clearly portrays a class.

Nevertheless, what it offers quite surpasses it looks, it is a bit noisy, but that should not stop you from hearing what your friend in the bathroom is singing. Its power suction is at 70 CFM (which I do not want you to focus on because it is quite complicated) is enough to make you feel all the odors go away. Like the odor was here and then it was not.

Although I could not find most comments on its downside, when I took time to review what other people have to say, I found a few complains on rust, but most of those who made comments knew how to apply lacquer on all the metallic parts to avoid all this.

Looking at this product, you can actually feel the prestige that comes with it.

Hon&Guan 6'' Home Ventilation Fan Bathroom Garage Exhaust Fan Ceiling and Wall Mount Fan for Kitchen / Bathroom, Super Silent, Strong Exhaust (W/ Light) 150B

With a very long name, which you can relate by looking at its design, which is large and broad, the Hon&Guan looks like your ordinary fan or motor, but will surprise you just how far it is willing to go.

A product demands less of wattage, but delivers its promise on the suction output while being quiet and letting the results show. The product has been designed to be quiet, ensuring it clears more odor and air much faster than all the other products that I found on this review.

On its frame, the Hon&Guan has been made sturdy with what they refer to as the UV resistant durable ABS (Simply meaning resistant of UV rays and resistant to chemical attacks)

Before you consider other Bathroom Exhaust Fans, think about how the Hon&Guan also comes with its custom-made thermal protection a feature that simply turns on the fan for a specific number of time. The switch is customized to automatically turn of after the time has elapsed.

One might be curious what is its flip side.

If you look at the image, you would notice that it has a very large frame that does not compare to its light system that does not have so much light owing to its design.

Overall, it is a highly liked product to those who can ignore its size.

Panasonic (FV-08-11VFL5) Whisper Fit EZ Retrofit Fan/Light

The next entrant in the list would be the Panasonic the device that literary hums and whispers. It is a no ordinary design, but would very well climb this radar to the top. In fact, even from the design you would understand what I mean when I say this is the product to buy.

The product has just so many specs and honestly I do not know why I positioned it here rather than up there. For example, it comes in different variations one with fan, another with fan and light and the other adding up motion sensors. It also has a quick response rate to the suction, which works with the timer switch perfectly.

If interested in buying this product, you should know as opinionated I may be, most of the complains I found were that the company could have built a better antique designs, that the light is quite dim although on my side that would be a plus, when I am in the bathroom and that the product has a low longevity. At this point, I am going to say that the product is average for me, considering the company could have taken the time to do a better design it is easy to detach when adding bulbs

So on my rate of Panasonic is, if you the kind that stands as an in-betweener in deciding the product to buy, then this would be your product. The product accommodates you to add the retrofit, but if you regard yourself a novice in tech, then do not do it.

KAZE APPLIANCE SE90TL2 Ultra Quiet 90-CFM 0.3-Sones Bathroom Exhaust Fan with LED and Night Light, White

The Kaze Appliance is another product that almost convinced me I can buy it, but I have my reservations. You see the product has these basic features, which I regard as pluses, its ultra-quiet, takes on little juice of 13 Watts and has energy certification to prove this point, has nightlight and can work with a time switch.

All of these are the things I am looking for in a fan, but it has its limits when it comes to its design. It is so large making it so conspicuous to have in the house.

The company provides one with the assurance that customers can have a 3-year warranty which probably means they know it will not break down, but when I look at the design I am not sure it will not fall in the bathroom and that is not part of a warranty.

As a concern I had, I also took time to look at the metallic parts used, which basically are majority of the component and I felt it might rust although making the fan fail, but the company has provided an assurance that they used galvanized steel which would not rust. Still, the design is poor in my opinion.

If you ask me, cheap will come at a price, but at times cheap tends to deliver so well and I might not pass on this product just like that.

Broan 678 Ventilation Fan and Light Combination, 50 CFM and 2.5-Sones

This Fan is a sister to Broan 655 Heater and Heater Bath Fan with Light Combination, which we have reviewed above. However, what sets them apart is the fact that they have different wattage and can carry out different functionalities, but they relate in some of the pluses and downside as.

With both the functionality of Fan and Light, the product is a designed to be mounted on the ceiling providing ventilation through a strong suction of stale and humid air in the close and poorly ventilated house spaces, providing the same tranquility that exists outside the house while also providing light.

Broan 678 comes in two variation of 50 CFM and 2.5-Sones and the variation of 70 CFM and 3.5-Sones for the same product.

In comparison to the other fans that are in this review, the Broan 678 Ventilation Fan and Light Combination, is an easy to install technology, which has permanently lubricated motor making it a one-way install and not requiring future removal for lubrication. Other systems that come alongside the product are the Polymeric Duct Connectors and Tapered Sleeves, which make ducting easy, and reducing noise.

With all these advantages, the flip side to using the Broan 678 would be the loud noise while in operation. Although it can be silenced by using the Polymeric Duct Connectors and Tapered Sleeves, the system still has some loud noise that most users regard to be irritating.

Like earlier on, said Noise should be done away with, but still most customers prefer the Broan 678 as their fan.

Hunter 90065 Ellipse Bathroom Ventilation Exhaust Fan with Light and Swirled Marble Glass, Imperial Bronze

Now this is one antique for those who appreciate the old design, look and feel of lighting systems. The Hunter 90065 has been crafted with the idea of marble and bronze making it a complementary interior design. It will appeal to you both on its looks and still outperform Hunter 80705. It has this feature they call the ETL, which is an international connotation for recognizing products that meet the conditions of occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alongside Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). All this makes it ideal to use in both the shower and the tub.

Despite the speculation of the parent company selling its hunter fans design to a foreign Chinese company the product has managed to maintain its quality statement that they hope their customer owns the classic, a tradition, and a legend which does not pronounce’ “the Me Too Copy”.

Moreover, they have when you look at some of the features that it provides

However, all that has good side also has demerits too

Just when you thought we could not have enough with noise, here comes another bad boy. The hunter 90065 makes more noise compared to its sister the Hunter 80705 Garden District Brushed Nickel Bath Exhaust Fan and Light (Vent) but it delivers much more.

Also on complains, there has been speculations that since the new mysterious owner showed up, the company has not been able to maintain the same bronze and marble feel with some of the products rusting. I believe these complaints are well founded

Either way, I would buy it if I am looking to reminisce in the bathroom for the good old days. I definitely would buy it to meet my needs.

Air King DRLC701 Round Bath Fan with Light, Bronze

I would actually rate this Bathroom Exhaust Fan last Just by looking at what the company has done with it, but then when I look at the design of the whole set and its appeal to any building, I change my mind.

So why is it on this list?

Here are my pick, it has a perfect illumination, both the Bathroom Exhaust Fans and light can work independently if you choose that option, it can suck air out of a 70 sq. feet room with ease, has handling brackets to adjust when installed, and quite the compliment to any decor

I would rank it poorly because; I feel of all the other products in the industry, it is the one that has opted for the lowest suction power, which would mean having it would be on for a long time and with its deafening noise that might make my house seem like a factory setting

On this one, I would not quite judge, but I would let you as the customer as the judge


Fresh air is essential in making an environment conducive for us as humans to live in and thrive. In fact, as humans, we yearn for clean air for survival and this is why most people like to be outside in tranquil environments such as around the beaches, in parks or in the forest. Unfortunately, being in poorly ventilated spaces today is inevitable especially with designs adopted in construction of houses and our living conditions, which demand that we work in such places.

The need for ventilation has urged home appliances designers Companies to re think the technologies they would want to apply to improve the quality and the supply of air, eliminate humidity in specific rooms that make our houses hazardous and at the same time improve the lighting systems making our houses full of life. All of these Bathroom Exhaust Fans can work perfectly in different environment. However, as a customer you may need to evaluate where you stand in regards to the choice of designs that you may want.

Importance of Bathroom Exhaust Fans

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