Best Extractor Fan 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Extractor fans aren’t a luxury – they are a must. Whether it be the bathroom or your kitchen, you want to be able to remove bad smells, smoke and condensation which could otherwise cause damage to the property.

This is particularly relevant if you have a room with little or no window access, and furthermore, having suitable extractor fans fitted is required by law if you want to rent out your property. Did you know that kitchen ventilation is also a legal requirement in all new kitchens?

There are hundreds available, and if you don’t have an existing fan to base your judgement on or if you do but it is an old model, then the question is simple: which extractor fan do you buy? With such choice comes huge ranges in terms of price, size and effectiveness. As a general rule, those which cost a bit more will be more reliable and quieter, but there’s a few gems out there.

Here are the best bathroom and kitchen extractor fans around.

The Best Extractor Fans – Our Top Picks

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Manrose QF100S Extractor Fan
  • Dimensions: 163 x 163 x 100cm
  • Extraction Rate: 75m3/hr
  • Power: 4.8W
  • Noise Level: 27dB
  • Material: Thermoplastic
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Envirovent SIL100T “Silent” Bathroom Extractor Fan
  • Dimensions: 15.8 x 15.8cm
  • Power: 230/240V
  • Noise Level: 26.5 dB
  • Material: Plastic
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Manrose 22693 Extractor fan
  • Dimensions: 15 x 20.3 x 20.3cm
  • Extraction Rate: 230m³/h
  • Power: 240V
  • Material: ABS thermoplastic
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Best Bathroom Extractor Fans

Manrose QF100S Extractor Fan

The latest model in Manrose’s long list of extraction fans to incorporate powerful suction with  quiet noise.

It is designed for wall and ceiling mounting, so while best for a bathroom, it can also be used in kitchens. The 75m3/hr extraction rate is sufficient enough to get rid of both steam from showers and baths or smoke and smells from your cooking.

The noise level is 27dB, which gives it an A rating, and can give you a 60% reduction in noise compared to some other 4” rivals. You will be able to hear it ever so slightly if in the same room of course, but once the door is closed you won’t even be able to tell it is on.

Manrose also state that it is the most environmentally friendly fan in their range, so you can keep it running without worrying about how much it is costing you and how much electricity it is using.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 163 x 163 x 100cm
  • Extraction Rate: 75m3/hr
  • Power: 4.8W
  • Noise Level: 27dB
  • Material: Thermoplastic

We like

  • Low noise
  • Easy to fit
  • Uses little energy when running

We dislike

  • Nothing to say!

Final Verdict

A really nice price, and a great look - very clean and modern

Envirovent SIL100T “Silent” Bathroom Extractor Fan

An axial fan perfect for 4″ 100mm ducting, this model is one of the most powerful for its size.

It can be fitted to a ceiling, which is ideal if this is where your current gap is. It can also be hooked up to your light connection, so it comes on automatically when the main light is used and will remain on for a while after the light goes out so the room clears. Or, use a cord override to be able to control it a little more.

There is a handy timer option where 5, 20 or 30 minutes run-on time can be selected, or in automatic mode it self-calculates the time needed to clear the room. The shut off time can also be adjusted between 1 and 30 minutes, so whether you have a large room or a lot of steam is produced, you can pick the exact time needed.

Not only is it powerful, but it is also quiet when working. It was awarded the Quiet Mark in 2013, so the noise of the fan isn’t going to annoy you as you take your shower. To be more technical, the sound output is 26.5 dB at 3 metres, which is rated A.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 15.8 x 15.8cm
  • Power: 230/240V
  • Noise Level: 26.5 dB
  • Material: Plastic

We like

  • Quiet
  • Straightforward to fit if a straight swap with similar model
  • Nice price

We dislike

  • Requires a three wire system to work so make sure this is what you have first

Final Verdict

A powerful yet unobtrusive fan which isn’t just flexible in terms of placement but also of your needs and how you use it

Airflow iCON ECO 15

Square fans are the norm, but if you’d rather opt for the best round model then this option is a good pick.

The design makes it unobtrusive and no squaring up is needed when installing, which should make it much easier. It is also slimline, so doesn’t take up much space at all.

A big standout is the Iris shutter design. When the fan is not in use, the air vent area completely closes, so no outside air will come into your room in the form of backdraughts. This saves having to purchase all those extras which block out the air.

The cover can be changed to better match the aesthetics of the room you are in, with a choice of Anthracite, Chrome, Sandstone and Silver available to purchase separately.

It isn’t silent, but is still on the quiet side. As there is the shutter design, you won’t find there is a lot of noise on windy nights or during storms, which is perfect if you want to replace your current model for these reasons.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 20.6 x 20.4 x 13 cm
  • Extraction Rate: 75 l/sec
  • Power: 7.5W
  • Noise Level: 35 dB
  • Material: Plastic

We like

  • Iris shutter
  • Modern clean design
  • Relatively quiet

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

A bit more expensive than most others on the list, but the shutter design is well worth it and installation is very simple, as is upkeep

Manrose MG100T Extractor fan

When you need a wall-mounted extractor fan which can stay on for long enough to actually clear the room, then the MG100T is ideal.

You get a 20 minute timer option, so it will be on for long enough to get the job done without sending your bills skyrocketing.

It contains a high quality ball bearing motor. This not only makes the job of the extraction on the quiet side, but also prolongs the life of the unit. It could last twice as long as some other models without this, and can be mounted on both the wall or ceiling so will suit your needs.

It is made from high gloss ABS thermoplastics for strength, durability and ease of cleaning. Plus it looks the part too.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 16.3 x 16.3cm
  • Extraction Rate: 85m³/h
  • Noise Level: 37dB
  • Material: Thermoplastics
  • Power: 240V

We like

  • Nice price
  • Easy to fit - unlikely you will have to drill new holes

We dislike

  • There are a few quieter models out there

Final Verdict

Effective and straightforward to fit - no wonder it is nicknamed the Gold model

Vent-Axia SIL100T Extractor fan

Thanks to a slim profile of only 17mm, this is one of the most unobtrusive extraction fans you can buy. It is great for both vertical and horizontal fitting, so whether it be a wall, ceiling or window you need it on, it will still do its job.

The Vent-Axia Silhouette 100T has a timer option, making it ideal for anyone who wants it to work its magic until the job is done. This can be set between 5 and 30 minutes, and it can remove up to 21 litres of moisture per second. There is also an indication light which lets you know when it is on.

There is a back draught shutter, so there is no chance of air getting into your home. Very much needed when Winter hits but the condensation and steam in your bathroom doesn’t stop.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 16.8 x 16.2 x 10.6 cm
  • Extraction Rate: 21l/s, 75m3/hour
  • Noise Level: 38 dB
  • Material: Plastic

We like

  • Not bulky
  • Easy to fit to an existing slot

We dislike

  • Slightly on the louder side

Final Verdict

They aren’t the prettiest appliances, so this model is great if you are really bothered about how an extractor fan impacts your room and style

Manrose 15061 Shower fan kit

Smaller bathrooms may struggle with wall space, especially when it comes to external walls. If this is the case for you and your fan needs to be installed inside a bath or shower area, then a shower kit could be ideal.

The ABS thermoplastic & PVC bathroom shower extractor fan kit is splash-resistant, so a bit of water will not harm the workings. There is a timer, meaning that for up to 20 minutes after the lights are switched off and you leave the bathroom, it can still run to ensure the room is completely cleared.

The external grille isn’t the prettiest, but when it is as functional as this, we would say it is an easy thing to put up with. You get a 3m long duct hose with the purchase which is great so you can get started.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 10 x 14 x 14cm
  • Extraction Rate: 85m³/hr
  • Power: 240V
  • Noise Level: 41dB
  • Material: Plastic

We like

  • A lot included for the money
  • Silver colour - looks a bit more modern and updated compared to white

We dislike

  • Loud

Final Verdict

If you need something which can be fitted very close to your shower and needs to be ducted, then you have everything you need with this model

Best Kitchen Extractor Fans

Manrose 22693 Extractor fan

This is the kitchen-suitable version of Manrose’s Gold Bathroom fan. It is suitable for both wall and ceiling mounting, and a long lasting ball bearing motor means it should last for a good few years.

It is relatively easy to install, and the ABS thermoplastic material makes it simple to keep clean. Fans can often become discoloured with cooking fumes over the years, turning a slightly yellowish tint. Even when the fan is working in overdrive, some can still escape.

So this material makes it easy to give an occasional wipe clean and keep looking as good as new throughout its lifespan. It is also quiet when on and has a standard design so won’t look like an eyesore.

Overall, though, it does what it is meant to – the suction is hugely powerful, and you can really see the difference as it dispels smoke and steam in seconds.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 15 x 20.3 x 20.3cm
  • Extraction Rate: 230m³/h
  • Power: 240V
  • Material: ABS thermoplastic

We like

  • Easy installation
  • Good value for quality
  • Low running cost

We dislike

  • A bit chunky in size

Final Verdict

There are a couple of cheaper options out there, but in all if you like to go for the biggest names, then this model is fuss-free and effective

Airvent 435103 Kitchen Extractor Fan

A really clever little fan which will have your back when you need it the most, the Air Vent is perfect for kitchens.

The shutters behind the grille are thermally activated. They open slowly when the unit is turned on, then close slowly after being turned off. An inbuilt pull cord lets you control the power, which is essential in kitchen.

This also means that they won’t be open when the fan is not in use, so the risk of letting through cold air is minimal.

The actual cord is nice and long, so when you put the fan as high as it will go, you should still be able to reach to turn it on and off. The cable can also come in to the unit through the side, back or top, so you get a choice on how best to adapt it to your kitchen.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 24 x 22.6 x 13.6 cm
  • Power: 25W
  • Noise Level: 45dB
  • Material: Plastic

We like

  • Strong pull cord
  • Lets in no air
  • Good price for what you get

We dislike

  • A bit flimsy

Final Verdict

Extracts a great amount of air in a good time frame, and looks pleasant enough on the wall

Manrose 13424 Extractor fan

Complete with a pull cord so you can flick it on and off as you wish, this kitchen-appropriate extractor fan is solid and reliable.

It is a standard model, so if you already have an extraction fan in place, there is a good chance this will be a nice clean swap for it. You can mount it either on your wall or window, depending on what is best for you and your kitchen layout.

Using a pre-oiled ball bearing motor, the longevity of the fan should be increased – up to 2x as much possibly. Many start to wear away after a few years with regular use and all the moisture they have to remove, but this one is designed to give you a good bit more use.

The noise it a bit on the upper side. This may be a bit of a pain if you like to have a nice peaceful meal time or cooking session, and is why it is best in the kitchen as opposed to the bathroom.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 20.3 x 20.3cm
  • Extraction Rate: 230m3/hr
  • Power: 240V
  • Material: ABS thermoplastic

We like

  • Clean design and rounded grille
  • Moves air well

We dislike

  • Noise

Final Verdict

Noisy, but moves the air quickly so it may be worth putting up with the loudness if you want something you can use in short sharp bursts

OOPPEN 4-Inch Low Noise Standard Kitchen/Bathroom Extractor

Able to operate in temperatures ranging from -20°C to 50°C, this fan can be installed anywhere from directly above an oven or cooker to the corner of the bathroom which is usually on the chillier side in Winter. You could also install it in rooms such as loft spaces or garages if they suffer from mould too.

One thing you don’t see often in extractor fans is the Mosquito net design which this OOPPEN has. This prevents insects or dust and small particles entering your home, and will also reduce the likelihood of draughts.

There is also an option to buy one with a pull cord, so you can use it on demand or if you don’t have the required three wire fitting space for an automatic model. There is a light to increase the level of lighting in your room too, which is a lovely touch.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 18.4 x 16.4 x 8.7cm
  • Extraction Rate: 80 m²/h
  • Power: 14W
  • Noise Level: 33dB
  • Material: ABS Material

We like

  • Price
  • Pretty adaptable

We dislike

  • Generally not the strongest for bigger jobs

Final Verdict

While it isn’t the best at the job, there are a few really nice extras which could make it worth a try for the price

Help and Resources

Extractor Fan Buying Guide

What To Look For In An Extractor Fan

  • Size – Most of these will be pretty universal, which is great, especially if you already have a space for the fan and are replacing a current model. But you will still need to double check – you don’t want any gaping gaps. Also check the fitting positions will be appropriate
  • Noise – You have to expect some noise from the fan when it is working, because of the action it takes sucking air through the vents. But some may be designed to keep the noise at bay, and it could be worth paying a bit more to buy a quieter model if you will need the fan on a lot
  • Material – The majority are plastic. This makes them easy to wipe clean and protect from dirt and grease which can discolour them over time

Types Of Extractor Fan

There are two main types of extractor fan: axial, which you can fit in an exterior wall or in a window, and centrifugal fans, which are usually mounted on the ceiling.

The former is commonly found in kitchens and loft spaces, but latter on a bathroom.

Operation

An extractor fan can be operated in one of two ways: either a pull cord so you can activate it when it is needed, or by a switch elsewhere in the house. The latter is usually for fans which switch on alongside another action, such as flicking the bathroom light on and they will stay on for a short period after the light is switched off. Or, it may be when the room reaches particular levels of humidity.

Fitting

Extractor fans should be fitted as high up on a wall as possible. This is because whatever they have to remove will likely rise. It is usually possible to do this yourself as long as it is a clean swap for replacing an already existing unit; just remember to switch the electricity off first. If yours is going to be a bit trickier, hire a decent electrician who could have it done safely in minutes

FAQ’s

Why Are Extractor Fans Needed?

From steam in bathrooms, to smoke and smells in the kitchen, our rooms have to come up against a lot of issues. An extractor fan takes these outside, completely removing them from the house.

All rooms must have sufficient ventilation according to building regulations, so if there are no windows, a fan is a great way of making this possible.

Can I Install A Bathroom Extractor Fan In The Kitchen?

As a general rule, no. Your kitchen comes up against issues which aren’t present in the bathroom, such as cooking smells and grease/grime being released. Most bathroom fans don’t have a filter, which means these issues can’t be collected in any form. This would cause it to build up on the motor or blades of the fan instead, so you will need to buy a dedicated kitchen model.

Bathroom fans also usually come on when a light or certain temperature is activated, but kitchen fans are often controlled by a switch or pull cord so you are in control.