The Best Bathroom Fans

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August 18, 2023
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In the search for the quintessential luxury bathroom design, discerning homeowners want more than just utility. With a keen eye for form and function, they look for cutting-edge features, innovative designs, and performance that just decades ago could not be bought. When it comes to the perfect bathroom fan, must-have features include near-silent operation, seamless aesthetics and expertly crafted components that are built to last.

While your exhaust fan may not be top-of-mind when you think of a luxury bathroom, these innovative appliances can add a lot to enhance the relaxation your curated bathroom design. Let’s take a look at seven of the best bathroom fans on the market today.

Best Lighted Bathroom Fan

Alt text: An overhead image of a square-shaped, purple and white modern bathroom exhaust fan.

Relax in style with a Broan-NuTone exhaust fan, complete with a Sensonic™ Bluetooth® speaker and ChromaComfort™ lighting with color-changing capabilities. Control the ambiance during a relaxing bath or invigorating shower thanks to wireless connections that seamlessly bring your bathroom into the 21st century.

Best Gold Bathroom Fan

A square copper-colored plate with a circular recess in the center, against a white background.

Aero Pure’s ABF-L6 Exhaust Fan is available in a satin gold finish to complete a luxe bathroom design and add an unexpected touch of glam. Suitable for rooms up to 110 sq. ft., this bathroom fan holds a dimmable 10W LED light and 0.7 LED nightlight, customizable for your comfort. Its metallic finish stands out as a feature in your bathroom you’ll enjoy looking at.

Best Bathroom Exhaust Fan for Sidewalls

A white Panasonic wall-mounted ventilation fan.

Depending on the layout of your space, a ceiling-mounted exhaust fan for the bathroom may not always be feasible. Through-the-wall fans offer a nearly-invisible solution by allowing the fan to be installed on an outer wall. One perk of these types of exhaust fans is that they keep noise to a minimum because the fan mechanism is located outside the home. Panasonic’s WhisperWall fan is an ENERGY STAR® certified exhaust fan with a low profile to integrate into almost any design.

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Best Stylized Bathroom Fan

A modern ceiling light fixture with a frosted glass dome and a metal base.

A bathroom fan doesn’t have to be merely utilitarian. With Lift Bridge’s Oil Rubbed Bronze exhaust fan, you can illuminate your bathroom with a beautiful fixture that makes a statement while providing efficient, quiet ventilation. Lighting options with this fan include superior and night lighting suitable for up to 125 sq. ft.

Best Bathroom Fan With Heater

In colder climates, heated bathroom fans are a common addition to complete a cozy and relaxing space. Aero Pure’s 4-Bulb Quiet Bathroom Heater Fan is a modern take on a classic, providing warmth in a space that often lacks comfort in colder months. This heated fan is complete with very low noise levels, a damper to block backdraft and outside air from getting in, and aluminum coating to keep it from overheating.

Best Bathroom Exhaust Fan With Frosted Glass

Take design beyond basic functionality with frosted glass. The sleek texture offers a translucent appearance that softly diffuses light to ensure a comfortable and elegant Zen bathroom. This Akicon fan comes with a 2.0 sones level — which is around the level of ambient background noise at an office — and uses 9W dimmable bulbs to light a room up to 80 sq. ft.

Best Modern Exhaust Fan

Your bathroom exhaust fan doesn’t have to be something to hide away. This Aero Pure lighted bathroom fan comes with a contemporary design in several metallic colors. Well-designed with more than just function in mind, it’s a modern take on bathroom ventilation. And at just 0.9 sones of volume, it’s almost silent in operation.

Best Matte Black Bathroom Fan

One of the best bathroom colors, matte black adds sophisticated lines to bathroom details. This SlimFit Bathroom Fan from Aero Pure Fans offers extra ventilation capabilities to match its powerful looks. Ideal for larger bathrooms like those in primary suites, its near-silent sound levels of under 1 sone are sure not to interrupt your beauty rest. Their ENERGY STAR ratings also make them a great option for the environmentally conscious homeowner.

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