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Bathroom Extractor Fan Reviews

In the UK today there are nine specialist ventilation manufacturers: Manrose, Silavent, Xpelair, Vents, Envirovent, Soler & Palau, Vent Axia, Greenwood and Airflow, all of whom offer a number of different bathroom extractor fans, making for a bewildering choice.

In this review we have compared some of the UK's most popular fans covering a range of budgets.

What we tested:
  • Air Flow - How much moist or stale air the fan extracts in one hour measured in metres cubed.
  • Noise - The figure is given in decibels at 3 metres
  • Max Duct Run - a very important consideration, often over looked.
  • Bathroom Zone - Can the fan be installed in all zones or just zone 3? We scored five stars for all bathroom zones and two stars for zone 3 only. Remember:
    • A zone 3 fan is not a bad fan - it's just less versatile and constricts where you can install it.
    • In some cases, a fan range will include low voltage fans suitable for all zones and mains voltage fans which are not. A two star score means that no fan in that range can be installed in zones 1 and 2.
  • Looks - purely objective and just our opinion
  • Energy usage in watts.
  • Value for Money - this takes into account the price of the fan and how good it is. So, for example the Xpelair VX100 is not the best fan in the world, but it is very cheap, so scores well on value for money.

Basic Technologies - Axial, Centrifugal, Inline

Axial Extractor Fan Reviews

Axial extractor fans use a simple blade impeller, like the ones used on desk fans, for example, and are designed to be fitted on and ducted straight through the wall. They are not designed for long duct runs.
 
Silent Tornado Bathroom extractor Fan review Airflow Icon Eco 15 review Airflow QuietAir QT100 Review Cheap Extractor Fan Review
Silent Tornado ST100
 
Air Flow: 95m3/hr five star
Noise: 26d/B(A) five star
Max Duct Run 10m five star
Bathroom Zone five star
Looks four-star
Energy Usage (w) five star
Value for Money five star
Overall Score five star
Airflow Icon Eco15 S
 
Air Flow: 79m3/hr two-star
Noise: 35d/B(A) three-star
Max Duct Run 2m three-star
Bathroom Zone five star
Looks five star
Energy Usage (w) five star
Value for Money two-star
Overall Score three-star
Airflow QuietAir QT100
 
Air Flow: 90m3/hr four-star
Noise: 26d/B(A) five star
Max Duct Run 5m four-star
Bathroom Zone five star
Looks four-star
Energy Usage (w) four-star
Value for Money three-star
Overall Score four-star
Xpelair VX100
Air Flow: 76m3/hr two-star
Noise: 35d/B(A) three-star
Max Duct Run 1m One star
Bathroom Zone two-star
Looks One star
Energy Usage (w) two-star
Value for Money four-star
Overall Score two-star


Centrifugal Extractor Fan Reviews

Centrifugal fans neither look nor perform like axial fans. Using a centrifugal impeller they are generally more powerful and consequently they are bigger, use more energy and are a little noisier than axial fans.. 
 
Vent Axia Quadra Review Silavent Sapphire Review Xpelair DX200 Review Manrose CF200 Review
Vent Axia Quadra
 
Air Flow: 216m3/hr five star
Noise: 50d/B(A) three-star
Max Duct Run 20m five star
Trickle to Boost five star
Bathroom Zone five star
Looks four-star
Energy Usage 36w three-star
Value for Money five star
Overall Score five star
Silavent Sapphire Centrifugal
 
Air Flow: 89m3/hr two-star
Noise: 38d/B(A) four-star
Max Duct Run 6m three-star
Trickle to Boost two-star
Bathroom Zone two-star
Looks four-star
Energy Usage 22w four-star
Value for Money two-star
Overall Score three-star
Xpelair DX200
 
Air Flow: 108m3/hr four-star
Noise: 42d/B(A) four-star
Max Duct Run 10m four-star
Trickle to Boost two-star
Bathroom Zone five star
Looks four-star
Energy Usage 34w three-star
Value for Money five star
Overall Score five star
Manrose CF200
Air Flow: 110m3/hr four-star
Noise: 45d/B(A) four-star
Max Duct Run 10m four-star
Trickle to Boost two-star
Bathroom Zone two-star
Looks two-star
Energy Usage 17w four-star
Value for Money five star
Overall Score four-star


Inline Extractor Fan Reviews

Inline fans sit up in the loft in the length of ducting.
 
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Silent Tornado Terminator
 
Air Flow: 245m3/hr five star
Noise: 32d/B(A) four-star
Max Duct Run 10m five star
Energy Usage 25w four-star
Value for Money five star
Overall Score five star
Manrose MF100
 
Air Flow: 245m3/hr five star
Noise: 24d/B(A) five star
Max Duct Run 10m five star
Energy Usage 25w four-star
Value for Money five star
Overall Score five star
Airlow Aventa
 
Air Flow: 187m3/hr two-star
Noise: 34d/B(A) four-star
Max Duct Run 6m two-star
Energy Usage 28w three-star
Value for Money three-star
Overall Score three-star
Vent Axia ACM100
Air Flow: 220m3/hr four-star
Noise: 20d/B(A) five star
Max Duct Run 10m five star
Energy Usage 18w five star
Value for Money three-star
Overall Score four-star