The Best Bathroom Fan Options (Buyer’s Guide)

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Long, steamy showers may be restorative after a stressful day, but they have the opposite effect on bathrooms—there’s the potential for structural and surface-level damage, especially if the space isn’t properly ventilated. Excess humidity causes damage in myriad forms—cracked paint, peeling wallpaper, and warped cabinetry. 

Moisture buildup in the bathroom also encourages mold growth in drywall and caulking, threatening indoor air quality. The best bathroom fan removes excess moisture effectively, protecting your bathroom from water damage while helping eliminate mirror fog and odors. 

There’s a wide variety of options at different price points, from bare-bones models to high-end fans that come with built-in lighting, heaters, and motion sensors. To understand the ins and outs, continue ahead for a guide to navigating the options—and don’t miss the top picks below!

and motion sensors. To understand the ins and outs, continue ahead for guide to navigating the options—and don’t miss our top picks, below!

  1. BEST OVERALL: Panasonic FV-0511VQ1 WhisperCeiling DC Fan
  2. BEST BUDGET: Broan-Nutone 670 Ventilation Fan
  3. UPGRADE PICK: Broan-NuTone 9093WH Exhaust Fan, Heater, and Light
  4. BEST DECORATIVE: Hunter 81021 Ventilation Victorian Bathroom Fan
  5. BEST WITH HEATER: Delta BreezRadiance 80 CFM Exhaust Bath Fan
  6. BEST WITH LIGHT: Panasonic WhisperValue DC Ventilation Fan with Light
  7. BEST WITH HUMIDITY SENSOR: Delta BreezGreenBuilder 80 CFM Exhaust Bath Fan
  8. BEST FOR SMALL BATHROOMS: Tech Drive Very-Quiet Bathroom Ventilation Fan
  9. BEST FOR LARGE BATHROOMS: KAZE APPLIANCE Ultra Quiet Bathroom Exhaust Fan
  10. MOST QUIET: KAZE APPLIANCE Sone Ultra Quiet Bathroom Exhaust Fan
The Best Bathroom Fan for Any Square Footage

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Types of Bathroom Fans

Before looking for the best bathroom fan for your space, it is important to decide which fan type you’d prefer. Bathroom fans come in two main types: ceiling fans and in-line fans. Each type offers pros and cons to consider.

Ceiling Fans

As the name implies, ceiling fans are mounted in the ceiling of a bathroom. An air intake vent sits right in the ceiling, with the fan portion directly above it. The fan pulls air from the bathroom up into the vent by creating suction and then releases it through the roof vent on the other side.

Some ceiling fans include lights and can be used to make a bathroom brighter or to replace an existing overhead or vanity light. They are also generally a bit easier to install. However, due to their size and weight, the installation options may be more limited than they are with in-line fans. Since ceiling fans are located directly above the bathroom, users may notice more noise and vibration than they would from an in-line fan.

In-Line Fans

In-line fans are installed either in the attic above the bathroom or another location a bit away from the bathroom. For these models, users install a vent in the ceiling with ductwork that routes to the exhaust fan. This setup moves the fan a bit farther from the bathroom ceiling for reduced noise and vibration. It also makes it possible to add multiple ceiling vents and connect them to the same

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The Best Bathroom Mirror Options in 2021

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In addition to your toilet and shower, a mirror serves one of the most essential functions of your bathroom—helping you look your best. Along with your personal appearance, your bathroom mirror should help improve the overall appearance and appeal of your bathroom as well.

Regardless of whether your bathroom has modern, contemporary, or traditional design features, there’s likely a bathroom mirror that can make a wonderful addition to your existing decor. For help in selecting the best bathroom mirror for your home, read on to discover the different bathroom mirror types, purchase considerations, and top picks in a variety of categories.

  1. BEST OVERALL: HAUSCHEN LED Lighted Bathroom Wall Mounted Mirror
  2. BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Homfa Bathroom Mirror Cabinet
  3. BEST PIVOT: Moen Glenshire Frameless Pivoting Bathroom Mirror
  4. BEST FULL LENGTH: KIAYACI Full Length Mirror
  5. BEST TRADITIONAL: Hamilton Hills Large Ornate Gold Baroque Frame Mirror
  6. BEST MODERN: ANDY STAR 30 Inch Round Bathroom Mirror
  7. BEST GEOMETRIC: Umbra Prisma Modern Geometric Shaped Oval Mirror
  8. BEST HIGH-TECH: Bonnlo 32×24in. Dimmable Led Illuminated Mirror
Best Bathroom Mirror

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The first step in finding the perfect mirror for your bathroom is determining the type that you need. There are quite a few bathroom mirror types to choose from, so knowing the differences between them will bring you one step closer on your journey to finding the mirror that’s right for you. Whether a mirror hangs securely on a wall, pivots on an adjustable base, is attached to a cabinet door, or rests freely on the ground all factor into your bathroom mirror’s form and function.

Wall Mirror 

Wall mirrors are securely mounted directly to a wall. They’re the most common type of bathroom mirror and are available in the widest range of shapes, sizes, and styles, making it easy to accommodate practically any interior design consideration.

Although wall mirrors have the advantage of being widely available, the difficulty involved in installing them will vary based on whether the mirror is framed or frameless (see more below) and the type of framing material used. Several sub-types of bathroom mirrors fall under the category of wall mirror, like high-tech mirrors and pivot mirrors.

Floor Mirror 

Floor mirrors are freestanding, full-length mirrors that rest on your bathroom floor instead of being hung directly on your wall. As opposed to wall-mounted mirrors that only allow you to see the top portion of your body, a floor mirror can give you a full-body view. They’re often equipped with an easel stand for adjusting the vertical angle of the mirror, so you can modify the reflection to highlight different areas of your body. Floor mirrors are also more affordable than wall-hung mirrors of a similar size, making them more accommodating to the budget conscious. The primary disadvantage of these mirrors is they take up floor space, which might be a limiting factor for small and compact bathrooms. Full-length wall mirrors are also available for those with limited floor space, but they’re harder to install than freestanding

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Display Options in Home Designer Pro

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Using the Library Browser in Multiple Windows

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Camping or hosteling during the pandemic? Here’s how to scout out your best bathroom options.

 But it doesn’t have to be this way, as I learned after spending two weeks car camping in some of New Hampshire and Maine’s most well-trod mountain and beach towns. Relieving oneself in relative comfort while traveling on a tight budget isn’t easy, but like most aspects of budget travel, it’s achievable with a little research and an intrepid mind-set. So before hitting the road, memorize these four steps for a tension-free trip to the toilet.

Consider your options

If you won’t have access to your own commode while traveling, then your shared-use venue will either be a solo bathroom or a multi-toilet bathroom that can accommodate several people at once. If you’re concerned about covid-19 transmission inside bathrooms, this could be the crucial factor to consider. Scientists have established that covid-19 spreads more effectively in indoor settings where people are congregated, especially if the room where they’re clustered has poor air ventilation. You might be able to keep six feet away from your fellow bathroom occupants, but what if they aren’t wearing masks?

Then there’s the toilet itself. We’ve seen those stomach-turning studies that show that flushing a toilet may blast aerosolized fecal particles upward, where they linger in the air for up to half an hour — and many shared or public bathrooms have flush toilets without lids. While it hasn’t been conclusively proved that inhaling fecal aerosols can result in a case of covid, this is another reason to wear  a mask, and to remember to wash your hands after touching or removing it.

“Wearing a mask is the best protection that people have from the aerosolization and transmission that can happen inside,” says Robbie Goldstein, an infectious-disease doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital. “You don’t know who was last in the bathroom, and our old understanding of how viruses were transmitted through the air seems to be wrong. We thought the droplets that people were breathing out hung in the air for seconds or minutes before dropping to the ground. But it turns those aerosolized droplets probably stick around for a lot longer and can travel farther.”

A solo-occupancy bathroom can offer some protection from people and aerosols, especially if the bathroom is an outdoor facility with a non-flush pit toilet like an outhouse or even a porta-potty. (“There’s no one else who may be in a stall next to you,” Goldstein notes.) It may be a grimier venue, but this was a problem before the coronavirus, and protocol remains the same. Plan to hover, or to wipe down the seat with some kind of disinfectant. When you’re done, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, which should also take 20 seconds.

And if you can, try opening the door before your bathroom visit and consider keeping it partially open while you’re inside. “Letting air flow through the porta-potty is going to be the best ways to flush aerosols out,” Goldstein says.

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House Design Options – Tips for Choosing a Style for Your Bathroom

So you’re wanting to update your beach house bathroom, or maybe you’re wanting to bring the beach feel home either way here is a great idea. Several different ideas can accomplish this task but here is one that is sure to keep you in the mood for the sand and sun! Relaxing in this oasis will keep you guessing just how far away your favorite relaxing beach bar is.

This outdated dark bathroom and vanity combo was in need of a major overhaul, for Sure! From the over-sized garden tub, tiny enclosed shower, right down to the outdated wall paper there was definitely room for improvement.

The plan was to move the shower from the current location to the garden tub Area giving the client a ton of room. Incorporating a full bench Seat along the largest wall just beneath the massive window, which was left to keep the natural light source. Adding not one but two large niches inside the shower for essentials, one complete with recessed LED lights was just what was needed. Changing the existing overhead light to a recessed LED light also complimented the spacious new shower.

Installing a flat rock on the shower floor accompanied by a 12 x 24 tile installed on a vertical pattern on these massive showers walls gave the illusion of there being more space. Granite seat top, along with niche and curb top to match makes for a very clean look. Glass shower frameless panel sitting atop a tree ft knee wall trimmed out with metal trim also gave a sharp clean finish to a stunning shower.

Bringing the boardwalk feel into this bathroom with a wood look 6×36 plank grey washed tile certainly proofed effective with our beach themed design. The horizontal shiplap wall also incorporated the look of an exterior fence complete with the boat tie downs for towel hooks. Topping this portion of the renovation off with a blue/ grey paint proved to be spot on.

Continuing the floor into the vanity area once again gave a more spacious feel to this bathroom vanity combo. Clients decision to continue with same choice of granite for vanity top keeping with the chrome toned plumbing fixtures really complimented the already beautiful renovation.

Finishing this transformation off with custom vanity and pantry combined with custom made hanging mirrors lit over head with LED vanity lights. Under mount sinks and toe-kick cabinet LED lighting proved to be a client favorite.

Happy renovating to all!…

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Options for Beautiful Outdoor Garden Lighting

Applying outdoor low voltage lighting to gardens is a specific application of low voltage landscape lighting. Every garden is unique and reflects both the gardener and the particular landscape effects the garden creates. In fact, there are just as many definitions of a garden as their are gardeners.

Most people today refer to flower gardens and not vegetable gardens when they talk about lighting. But gardens can be hedges, or trees, or cactus, or various combinations of any of these.

Most experts agree that gardens should be lit vertically rather than horizontally. This means the lights should shine up and down, or preferably from above or below the plants to get the effect of the sun shining down on the plants or a reflection of the sun from underneath. This is considered to be the most natural way to light a garden. To achieve this effect, lighting fixtures can be attached above the garden, on trees, walls, fences or even architectural elements. This also keeps the lighting elements safe from being knocked about by children or pets.

Since the garden lighting will be displayed in the dark, it’s important to make people feel safe and comfortable at night in the garden. To do this, experts recommend you add lighting to pathways, borders and boundaries to give a welcoming effect. If you’re worried about the lights attracting insects, you can add a blue light further away from the garden to attract insects away from the garden. Insects can see a blue shade of light the best, and most will flock to that light.

As far as the type of lighting that is optimally used for outdoor gardens, LED’s are the consensus choice. LED’s offer bright light that can be supported by batteries or even solar power. Their small form factor makes them ideal to use for paths, borders, walkways, fences, statues and even above and below the garden.

When using solar LED lights, their most popular form comes in staked versions which can be hammered into the ground to act as path lighting. On the top of the lights are usually small solar panels which will store power from sunlight during the day and automatically light up the area around them for a few hours at night. LED string lights are also a good option for hanging on fences, walls or borders, offering lots of light with little work to install.…

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Top 3 Garden Tool Storage Options

When the growing season is done, we still need a good place to store our garden tools. Whether it's in their own separate shed, or just in a particular area in the garage, storing tools correctly is an extremely important part of keeping them in good condition. Garden tools that are allowed to become wet, or which are stored in a jumble on the floor can become damaged and useless. It's a much better idea to choose a storage option that'll help you keep your valuable garden tools in good shape, and ready for use again in the spring. Here's a look at some of the most popular options for storing your garden tools.

Garden Tool Sheds

Those who have a large number of garden tools may want to construct or purchase a shed just for storing them. It might seem like a lot of effort and expense, until you realize how much more space you'll have. If you spend a lot of time tripping over your stored garden tools in the garage or basement, or you just can't find a place for them, a separate shed might be the answer. These can be built at home (you may need a permit in some areas) or purchased at home and garden stores. Either way, make sure you choose a solid, leak proof garden tool shed that will keep your valuable tools safe. A locking door is important, if you live in an area where thieves are a concern.

Garden Tool Racks

Another option for garden tool storage is the overhead or wall rack. Either option allows you to hang your long garden tools up out of the way, keep them off the floor, and out of the water. This is a relatively inexpensive option, and it's even possible to make your own, if you're willing to be creative. Otherwise, take a trip to your local home improvement store and check out their selection of dedicated garden tool racks. This is a convenient way to deal with manual tools that won't break the budget or take up all that much space.

Garden Tool Cabinets

The last method for storing your garden tools is a tall cabinet. These are readily available, and can be found in metal and wooden varieties. Plastic cabinets are unlikely to be sturdy enough to hold up to storing heavy tools, however. Make sure the cabinet you choose is well put together and has room for all your tools. Be sure to leave adequate clearance for the doors to open and close, too – otherwise you'll never want to put your tools away or get them out again. Cabinets can range from very cheap to extremely expensive, depending on size, materials and construction. However, any type of garden tool cabinet will offer a lot more space and better organization than simply stashing your tools in the corner.

No matter which option you choose, take the time to think about what you need and how many tools you need …

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Top 6 Bathroom Flooring Options

There is a huge difference between the type of flooring you use for the living areas of your home and the bathroom. Once you get past looks, durability, cost and other commonalities, you need to consider one factor that no other area of ​​your house has (except the basement) – water. As the bathroom will always have water, choosing the wrong flooring can quickly ruin it. If you are considering undertaking bathroom remodeling, make sure that you choose the right contractor to advise you about the best flooring options for your bathroom.

Let's look at some of the best options for Bathroom Flooring.

Porcelain

When it comes to tiles for your bathroom, you should put porcelain at the top of your list. Made from clay that is fired and shaped at extremely high temperatures, porcelain is perfect for bathrooms. The material possesses hard exterior that resists water, bacteria, odors, and staining. Porcelain is also a great choice for your bathroom flooring as it is considered impervious to moisture. You will find porcelain tiles in a variety of shapes, including square, hexagonal and octagonal forms – this is a huge advantage if you want your remodeling contractors to personalize your bathroom and give it a unique look.

Natural Stone

If you want a stylish bathroom, consider natural stone tiles for the flooring. They offer a timeless look and feel, and if you maintain them properly, they can last a lifetime. Choose from various options like marble, limestone, and travertine. Each of these naturally occurring stones has its own unique tones, patterns, and textures, giving you a range of options to choose from. An experienced bathroom remodeling contractor will offer varied suggestions regarding which choice is best for the new construction in your home.

Vinyl

This is another popular choice for bathroom tiles and slabs as vinyl is both inexpensive and water resistant, making it highly practical. Vinyl is available in a wide range of colors and styles, so you can mix and match to create a unique look based on your personality and taste. Additionally, vinyl has a softer feel than other flooring materials imparting a comfortable feel to user's feet.

Cork

One of the options that remodeling contractors recommend for bathroom flooring is cork. As it is made from the bark of a tree, cork is preferred choice among eco-conscious people. It is resistant to water as well as mold and mildew – characteristics that make it perfect for any bathroom. To keep water from seeping between gaps, you should choose unfinished cork and get the floor finished on-site.

Bamboo

This is another option made from a highly sustainable resource, making it eco-friendly. Bamboo is also an affordable option for bathroom flooring as it costs as little as half the price of hardwood floors. Engineered bamboo is the smartest choice for your bathroom because the planks are ideal for wet environments, easy to install, and extremely durable. When you choose bamboo, you can replace damaged pieces easily, which is another …

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