The 50 Top Fan and Ventilation Systems

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Feb. 16th, 2016

With improvements in home construction and building material efficiency, proper ventilation is now more important than ever to ensure that your home is a safe and comfortable place. Without proper ventilation, you risk moisture buildup that can result in the growth of mold, mildew and other potentially dangerous contaminants in your home.

Proper ventilation can also help remove allergens, harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and even cooking vapors (like from that pizza you forgot in the oven).

When it comes to choosing a ventilation system, there are several things to consider. You’ll want a unit that has the appropriate cubic foot per meter (CFM) power to clear the humidity from the area you’re going to install it in. You’ll also want to consider the sones rating of the unit, which is how loud the fan will be. The higher the number the louder the fan. You can also choose from models that have a light or heater built in to them depending on your needs.

In no particular order, here are 50 of the top fan/ventilation systems.

1. Panasonic FV-11VQ5 WhisperCeiling 110 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan, White

Available in single, dual or triple packs, this ceiling-mounted fan features a double hanging bar system to help you find the perfect mounting position.

Key features:

  • UL certified
  • Suitable for bathroom installation
  • Energy Star rated

Cost: *Est. $117.80

This powerful duct fan features an air clearance of 240 CFM making it suitable for use in indoor grow rooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms and more. It comes complete with a 1 year warranty and easy-to-follow directions.

Key features:

  • Power coated steel construction
  • Compatible with Ventech TV speed variable rheostat
  • Maximum temperature rating of 140 Fahrenheit

Cost: *Est. $23.95

3. Panasonic FV-08VQ5 WhisperCeiling 80 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan, White

This galvanized steel unit comes in frustration-free packaging to make installation a breeze. This low-noise unit is rated for continuous run, so it can handle any work you need it to handle.

Key features:

  • Available in single or multi packs
  • Grille is mounted directly to the unit
  • 80 CFM rating

Cost: *Est. $111.51

4. Panasonic FV-11VQL6 Ventilation Fan/Light Combination

This Energy Star-rated unit is a combination ventilation fan and light making it an ideal choice for any room in your home. Installation is quick and easy thanks to a detachable 4″ or 6″ dual duct adapter.

Key features:

  • Quiet 0.5 sones rating
  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Includes CFL and night light

Cost: *Est. $186.78

5. Panasonic FV-15VQ5 WhisperCeiling 150 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan, White

This ceiling-mounted fan is both Energy Star and LEED certified, which means you’ll save money operating it in the long run. A built-in damper helps prevent backdraft and the permanently lubricated motor will provide years of whisper-quiet operation.

Key features:

  • 150 CFM rating
  • 6-inch duct diameter
  • Completely enclosed condenser motor

Cost: *Est. $152.24

6. Broan 655 Heater and Heater Bath Fan with Light Combination

This 3-in-1 unit works as a heater, fan and light to provide an ideal ventilation system in your bathroom and is compatible with 3-way switches. You can run each component of the system independently or all at once.

Key features:

  • 70 CFM rating
  • 4.0 sones rated
  • Compatible with Broan multi-function and time control wall switches

Cost: *Est. $64.97

7. Panasonic FV-11VH2 WhisperWarm 110 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan/Heat Combination, White

This easy-to-install fan and heater combo features a compact design and optimal heat transfer design to keep your room warm and dry. Air is drawn in both sides to help effectively remove moisture.

Key features:

  • 110 CFM rating
  • Ultra quiet 0.6 sones rated
  • Low-temperature operation

Cost: *Est. $215.20

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

Depending on your ventilation needs, you can choose from a 50 CFM and 2.5 sones-rated unit or 70 CFM and 3.5 sones version. The classic design of this fan and light combo features a permanently lubricated motor to provide many years of operation.

Key features:

  • 100W light and 7W night light
  • 1 year warranty
  • Frustration-free packaging

Cost: *Est. $27.88

9. Air King AK150LS Energy Star Deluxe Quiet Series Bath Fan

This Energy Star-rated bathroom fan is available in a variety of CFM options to handle whatever ventilation needs your home requires. Rates at 0.8 sones, its quiet operation can work in rooms up to 150-square feet.

Key features:

  • Easy to install
  • 5 year warranty
  • Low profile grille

Cost: *Est. $10.99

10. Broan 690 60 CFM Bathroom Fan Upgrade Kit

This bathroom fan upgrade kit is a quick and economical way to upgrade your current bathroom fan with no rewiring and no new duct work in as little as 10 minutes. No special tools are needed and the instructions are hassle-free.

Key features:

  • Sound is reduced up to 50 percent
  • Airflow is improved up to 20 percent
  • Mount plates fit most fans

Cost: *Est. $28.37

11. Broan Model 688 Ventilation Fan, 50 CFM 4.0 Sones, White Grille

This ventilation fan can be mounted on the wall or ceiling wherever your home needs it. Thanks to its compact housing, this unit can easily fit between joists or studs.

Key features:

  • Frustration-free packaging
  • 50 CFM rating
  • Grille is mounted with torsion springs

Cost: *Est. $13.81

12. Air King BFQ 90 High Performance Bath Fan, 90-CFM

This easy-to-install high performance bath fan features a snap-in mounting system that provides an excellent air flow exchange at a reasonable price. It’s also Energy Star rated and UL certified.

Key features:

  • Ideal for high-moisture areas
  • 1 year warranty
  • Duct mounts on left or right side

Cost: *Est. $32.23

This inline duct fan boasts a powerful 190 CFM rating, so it can tackle even the toughest ventilation job you throw at it. It boasts a long cord, so it reaches nearly anywhere you need it to.

Key features:

  • 1 year warranty
  • Power coated steel build
  • Quiet operation

Cost: *Est. $56.95

14. Panasonic FV-08VF2 WhisperFit 80 CFM Low Profile Ceiling Mounted Fan

This ceiling-mounted fan features a low profile to seamlessly blend in with your home’s decor and is so quiet you won’t even know it’s running. It’s 80 CFM rating means it’s powerful enough to handle whatever you throw at it.

Key features:

  • Optional 3-inch duct adaptor
  • Draws air in from both sides
  • 6 year motor warranty

Cost: *Est. $103.04

15. Panasonic FV-08VFL4 Ventilation Fan/Light Combination

This combination fan and light system is Energy Star rated and features a low-profile housing that makes it ideal for retrofitting where your current bathroom fan is. It is compatible with either 3- or 4-inch ducts and has a quiet 0.5 sones rating.

Key features:

  • CFL included
  • 3 year warranty
  • Frustration-free packaging

Cost: *Est. $149.99

16. Broan 754RB Decorative Ventilation Fan and Light, Oil Rubbed Bronze

Choose from three different finishes to suit your home’s decor, knowing that you’re getting the ventilation necessary in your home. The quick and easy installation fits 2 by 6-inch ceiling constructions.

Key features:

  • 70 CFM rating
  • 3.5 sones rated
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $76.71

17. Panasonic FV-08WQ1 WhisperWall 70 CFM Wall Mounted Fan

This wall mounted fan has been specifically designed for rooms where ceiling mounting is not possible, and features an exterior hood to help prevent back drafts. This unit will last for many years to come thanks to its permanently lubricated motors.

Key features:

  • 70 CFM rating
  • 6 year warranty on the motor
  • Energy Star rated

Cost: *Est. $178.47

18. Broan 679 Ventilation Fan and Light Combination

This combination fan and light ventilation system boasts a powerful 70 CFM rating and 3.5 sones noise level. Its classic white design will seamlessly blend in with any home decor to provide powerful, long-lasting ventilation for years to come.

Key features:

  • 1 year warranty
  • Permanently lubricated motor
  • Bright, 100-watt lighting suitable for bathroom use

Cost: *Est. $41.58

19. Broan 100HL Directionally-Adjustable Bath Fan with Heater and Incandescent Light

This unit offers a 3-in-1 solution that’s perfect for your bathroom as it not only heats, but provides a bright light and powerful ventilation system. You can install this unit quickly and easily that’s to its adjustable hanger mounting system.

Key features:

  • 100 CFM rating
  • 2.0 sones rated
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $146.69

20. AC Infinity AIRPLATE T3, Quiet Cooling Fan System with Thermostat Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets

This ventilation system isn’t your typical unit – it’s meant to help keep your valuable electronics cool and working properly. It features a quiet fan system with a digital controller with backlit LCD display that can power up to four fans.

Key features:

  • Brushed black metal finish
  • Thermostat and fan controls
  • Mount the unit in any direction

Cost: *Est. $39.99

This 8-inch duct fan offers a powerful 400 CFM motor rating that can handle nearly any job you throw at it. Its powder coated steel construction will provide reliable coverage for years to come.

Key features:

  • 1 year warranty
  • Rated for use up to 140 Fahrenheit
  • Well-packaged

Cost: *Est. $25.95

22. 

This 675 CFM rated inline duct fan is a perfect solution for ventilating high-moisture areas and comes with everything you need to mount it. This low-power unit also features a quiet operation and optional fan control.

Key features:

  • Vibration isolating foam strip included
  • Ideal for venting long runs
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $99.99

23. Panasonic FV-20NLF1 WhisperLine 240 CFM In-Line Fan, 6-Inch Duct

This 240 CFM rated inline fan draws air in from both sides to quickly and effectively remove moisture from any room in your home. It also works to effectively remove pollutants from your air to help make breathing in your home a little easier.

Key features:

  • Can install in 5 different positions
  • Mounting brackets included
  • Energy Star certified

Cost: *Est. $148.10

24. Broan Model 505 8-Inch Vertical Discharge Utility Fan, 180 CFM, 6.5 Sones

This utility fan is ideal for removing moisture, humidity and fumes from any room in your home and features a built-in damper to help minimize any back drafts. Its white, polymeric grille is a sleek, modern design to complement your home’s decor.

Key features:

  • 180 CFM rating
  • Easily installs between ceiling joists
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $58.72

25. Broan 162 1-Bulb Opening Heater Bath Fan with Light

A compact solution to your bathroom’s heating, lighting and ventilation needs, this unit boasts a 70 CFM rating and 3.5 sones noise level. Thanks to its permanently sealed and lubricated motor, you’ll have reliable ventilation for years to come.

Key features:

  • Control functions separately or together
  • Ideal for rooms up to 60 square feet
  • Thermal overload protected for superior safety

Cost: *Est. $36.61

26. Broan Model 659 Heater/Fan/Light, 50 CFM 2.5 Sones, White Grille

This unit provides an economical 3-in-1 solution to heating, lighting and venting your bathroom and boasts two blower units for efficient and effective performance. It is also compatible with several Broan multi-function and time control wall switches.

Key features:

  • 50 CFM rating
  • 100-watt lighting
  • Modern white grille design

Cost: *Est. $95.29

27. Panasonic FV-30NLF1 WhisperLine 340 CFM In-Line Fan, 6-Inch Duct

Ideal for use over the tub, shower, vanity or toilet, this powerful 340 CFM-rated inline fan has a blower wheel which draws air in from both sides for more efficient venting performance.

Key features:

  • Helps remove harmful air pollutants
  • 5 installation positions to choose from
  • 6 year warranty on the motor

Cost: *Est. $187.72

28. Broan 164 2-Bulb Ventilation Heater Bath Fan with Lights

This 3-in-1 unit offers a compact solution to your bathroom’s heating, lighting and ventilation needs. The unit boasts a 70 CFM rating and 3.5 sones noise level, plus an integrated night light. Thanks to its permanently sealed and lubricated motor, you’ll have reliable ventilation for years to come.

Key features:

  • Control functions separately or together
  • Ideal for rooms up to 60 square feet
  • Thermal overload protected for superior safety

Cost: *Est. $53.99

29. Hunter 83001 Ventilation Riazzi Bathroom Exhaust Fan with Light, Brushed Nickel

This stylish bathroom exhaust fan also has a built-in light to provide double-duty in your bathroom. It boasts a powerful 110 CFM rating and features an integrated night light for added safety in the dark.

Key features:

  • UL certified
  • 3.0 sones rating
  • Energy Star certified

Cost: *Est. $107

30. Delta BreezRadiance RAD80L 80 CFM Exhaust Fan with Light and Heater

A 3-in-1 product, this unit provides effective ventilation, heating and lighting to your bathroom. It features a quiet, 1.3 sones rating and an indicator light on the grille to let you know the unit is working properly.

Key features:

  • Built-in thermostat
  • Galvanized steel construction
  • Energy Star rated

Cost: *Est. $97.83

31. Hydrofarm Active Air 6 inch In-Line Fan 400 CFM

This compact inline fan offers high performance at a reasonable price, thanks in part to its powerful 400 CFM rating and quiet operation. Durable, ceramic coated metal housing will provide many years of reliable operation.

Key features:

  • UL certified
  • Mounting brackets included
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $80.63

32. Panasonic FV-08VRL1 WhisperRecessed Bathroom Fan

This architectural grade bathroom fan offers a sleek, recessed design to fit seamlessly and beautifully into your bathroom’s decor. It offers beautiful lighting thanks to an adjustable lamp position and glare-reducing design.

Key features:

  • UL certified
  • 80 CFM rating
  • Quiet, 1 sones operation

Cost: *Est. $119.21

33. Panasonic FV-08VQC5 WhisperSense 80 CFM Ceiling Mounted Ventilation Fan with Dual Sensor Motion and Humidity Technology

This ceiling-mounted ventilation fan features both an adjustable humidity sensor and motion sensor to give you effective air movement when you need it. This easy-to-install unit features an adjustable mounting bracket to help you get the perfect fit.

Key features:

  • 3 year warranty
  • Galvanized steel construction
  • 80 CFM

Cost: *Est. $174.20

34. Broan 509 180 CFM 6.5 Sones Through Wall Ventilation Fan, White Square Plastic Grille

This powerful unit features a permanently lubricated sealed motor that provides 180 CFM of air clearance and can easily be mounted on the ceiling or wall. The grille on this unit can be painted to seamlessly match your home’s decor.

Key features:

  • Built-in damper helps minimize back drafts
  • 1 year warranty
  • Wires to a wall switch

Cost: *Est. $60.52

35. Panasonic FV-10VS3 Ventilation Fan

Thanks to its ultra low-profile housing, this unit can be mounted almost anywhere. With it’s quiet, 1.4 sones operation, you won’t even know it’s running – plus, it’s Energy Star certified so it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to run.

Key features:

  • UL certified
  • Oval duct adaptor included
  • 3 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $85

36. Panasonic FV-05-11VKS1 Whisper Green Select Fan

This customizable fan is virtually silent at only 0.3 sones noise level, and lets you select from three different CFM levels so suit your needs. It installs quickly and easily thanks to its Flex-Z-Fast bracket.

Key features:

  • Add up to two more modules
  • Built-in time delay
  • 6 year motor warranty

Cost: *Est. $166.50

37. NuTone 665RP Heat-A-Ventlite 70 CFM Exhaust Fan with 1300-Watt Heater and 100-Watt Incandescent Light

Keep your bathroom warm and dry with this 3-in-1 heater, light and fan. The functions can be used independently or together, depending on your needs.

Key features:

  • 70 CFM rating
  • 1 year warranty
  • Installs quickly and easily

Cost: *Est. $79.86

38. Hurricane Fans 435 CFM Inline Fan, 6-Inch

This inline mounted fan packs a powerful punch at 435 CFM and is made from a durable powder coated steel to provide years of reliable operation. Available in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.

Key features:

  • Quiet operation
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Use for exhaust or intake

Cost: *Est. $90.09

39. Broan Model 504 10-Inch Vertical Discharge Utility Fan, 350 CFM, 6.5 Sones

Available in two sizes, this ceiling-mounted utility fan boasts a 350 CFM rating to tackle even the toughest ventilation needs. It easily installs between your ceiling joists and features a built-in damper to help minimize back drafts.

Key features:

  • 6.5 sones rates
  • Steel mounting brackets included
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $89.47

40. Broan QTX110HL Ultra Silent Series Bath Fan with Heater and Light

This all-in-one heating, lighting and venting solution is whisper quiet at just 0.9 sones and features 6-inch ducting to provide you with superior performance. Easily handles bathrooms up to 100 square feet.

Key features:

  • 110 CFM rating
  • 1 year warranty
  • Thermal overload protected heaters

Cost: *Est. $220.36

41. Active Air 720 CFM Inline Fan, 8-Inch

This compact inline fan offers high performance at a reasonable price, thanks in part to its powerful 720 CFM rating and quiet operation. Its durable, ceramic coated metal housing will provide many years of reliable operation.

Key features:

  • UL certified
  • Mounting brackets included
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $99.59

This powerful van provides 190 CFM of ventilation power to help tackle even the toughest of ventilation jobs you throw at it. Powder coated stainless steel construction will last you for many years to come.

Key features:

  • Activated charcoal filter to help remove impurities
  • 1 year warranty
  • Can push or pull air

Cost: *Est. $99.95

43. Air King BFQF70 ENERGY STAR® Qualified SNAP-IN Exhaust Fan with Light, 70 CFM

This dual feature fan and light combination is perfect for rooms from 65-85 square feet and is Energy Star qualified to help save you money. The unit is quick and easy to install thanks to its snap-in installation feature.

Key features:

  • 70 CFM rating
  • 2.0 sones rated
  • 5 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $59.67

44. Panasonic FV-08VRE1 Whisper Recessed LED Fan

This 2-in-1 fan and light combo is perfect for homes with a more modern design, thanks to its recessed styling. This Energy Star-rated unit features a customizable dimming light and architectural grade construction.

Key features:

  • LEED certified
  • 80 CFM rating
  • UL certified

Cost: *Est. $211.08

45. Can Max Fan Mixed Flow Inline Fan, 6-Inch 334 Cubic Feet Per Minute

This inline fan is built to last thanks to its German manufacturing and is one of the smallest, lightest and most energy efficient fan of its kind. Thanks to its small, airtight housing, it can help you save money for years to come.

Key features:

  • 5 year warranty
  • 334 CFM rating
  • Built-in 3 speed controller

Cost: *Est. $137.99

This inline fan boasts a powerful 163 CFM rating and is factory sealed to help prevent leakage. Thanks to its watertight electrical terminal box, it’s even approved for use in wet locations.

Key features:

  • Thermal overload protection
  • 5 year warranty
  • 710 year life expectancy

Cost: *Est. $134.45

47. Broan 671 Ceiling and Wall Mount Ventilation Fan

This 70 CFM-rated fan can be mounted on either the ceiling or the wall, making it an ideal (and economical) choice for many applications in your home. It can easily fit between joists and studs thanks to its compact design.

Key features:

  • 6.0 sones rated
  • 1 year warranty
  • UL certified

Cost: *Est. $21.99

48. Nutone 8664RP 100 CFM 3.5 Sones Designer Fan/Light, Round White Grille with Glass Lens

Unlike traditional fan and light combinations, this unit offers a round design which eliminated the need for squaring with your room’s walls and helping to simplify installation. Quick and easy installation, it is retrofit and compatible while working with several Broan multi-function and time control wall switches.

Key features:

  • 100 CFM rating
  • 3.0 sones rated
  • Bright, 100 watt lighting

Cost: *Est. $93.65

49. Panasonic FV-05VS3 Ventilation Fan

This UL certified fan can be mounted on either the ceiling or the wall, making it an ideal choice for a variety of home uses. Thanks to its 0.4 sones rating, it’s virtually silent.

Key features:

  • Low profile housing
  • 3 year warranty
  • Energy Star certified

Cost: *Est. $75.46

50. Broan 353 1020 CFM Gable Mount Powered Attic Ventilator

This gable-mounted fan is meant for use in attics to help maintain an ideal humidity level. With 140 CFM of power, it can handle up to 1630 square feet of attic space and still boasts a quiet operation.

Key features:

  • Galvanized steel housing
  • Built-in, adjustable thermostat
  • Easy to install

Cost: *Est. $81.59

 
 
   
 
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