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Are the Costco bathroom exhaust fans any good ?

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Dec 9, 2003
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I find when I go into the washrooms at Costco that they don't smell bad. So yes, the fans are god.
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Newbie
Aug 9, 2016
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Toronto
I think they are fantastic especially they come with humidity sensors.
I was pleasantly surprised when it came on automatically when I was taking a shower after I had forgotten to switch it on before starting the shower.
Thy don't seem to be as quite as they publicise but it don't see a big negative there.

Otherwise all good at such an amazing price.
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Dec 17, 2007
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Alliston, ON
Get a Panasonic exhaust fan.
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Nov 17, 2012
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+1 for Panasonic. They're the go-to fan for all of us who do our research and pick the best, and they're not expensive.

Buy from an electrical supply shop. You don't buy building materials/fixtures from Costco.
Deal Fanatic
Nov 21, 2013
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Owner a Panasonic fan here. Very happy with it. A bit pricey, but worth all pennies throwed to buy it. Silent, efficient. Never seen fog in the bathroom mirror since installed compared to my old NuTone fan.
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Jun 27, 2015
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East York, ON
pricey! What makes them the go to brand? The Costco ones are $90 right now -with humidity sensor manual think and timer ( I think)
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Jun 27, 2015
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looks like I am going to need a reducer :-( my exhaust duct is 3"
static pressure might kill the fan
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Dec 7, 2009
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CuriousC wrote: looks like I am going to need a reducer :-( my exhaust duct is 3"
static pressure might kill the fan
I have the reducer on my fan. Only found out after I was in the attic. Still works really well. Only problem I had was the switches are on the outside of the bathroom.
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Jun 27, 2015
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East York, ON
It is noisier because of that ?
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Jan 7, 2006
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Toronto
This one linked here is what they sell in the store, the one in the first post is different (70 cfm).

I have 2 of the breeze-easy fans, they're not whisper quiet like the panasonic but are still pretty quiet. I've had both of these for just over 3 years, one is on everyday for 5 hours just to vent out the laundry room and the other is on when the bathroom is in use (daily, but probably less than 1h... I have it set to auto shut off after 30 mins).

I have a reducer on the one that's on laundry room fan, no issues so far but it is a bit louder than the other one, but the duct run is also a good 8 ft with a 90 degree turn... the bathroom one has a pipe straight out the roof (about 3-4 ft).
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Jun 27, 2015
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TLSRULZ wrote: If all you need is 80cfm I think Lowe's has a broan on sale for like $32.. don't know how good or quiet but great price.

https://www.lowes.ca/product/bathroom-f ... fan-699306

My parents got one for their powder room. I still have to install it.
Well that is a fantastic price but no timer no humidity sensor
I could add a humidity sensor and hook the hole thing to my home automation system but I will save lots of time buying the Costco one
The Panasonic ones are cool but too expensive compared with the Costco ones.
If someone can point me to a Panasonic one at 100CFM with timer and humidity sensor that would be great. I do not know where to search these things, I could probably find out but it will take me a while and I have challenges with other things so if an alternative is not easy to find I will buy this model as it is in my budget and it does all I need
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