The fan in your bathroom is likely a piece of technology that you don’t spend much time thinking about. You absent-mindedly flick the switch when you head in for a shower, and flip it off on your way out. However, these fans perform an extremely important task. Without them, your house would be plagued with mold, peeling paint, and foul odors.
Moisture might seem harmless, but it can wreak havoc on your home. Whenever a home is inspected, proper ventilation is one of the key things inspectors want to see. If your home is poorly designed or even just a little old, occasionally you’ll run into issues where your ventilation isn’t efficient enough.
Even if you do have the proper ventilation, you also have to make sure you use it. Modern vent fans have moisture sensors inside of them. They automatically turn on when needed, and shut off when not in use. This can save you money on your power bill, and reduce unwanted moisture. If you’re the type who likes to sing in the shower, you can even get these advanced bathroom fans with Bluetooth speakers built right in!
In this roundup, we’ll be taking a look at our three top choices for Bluetooth-enabled exhaust fans. Whether you’re looking for a way to deal with excessive moisture issues, or just looking for a little in-shower entertainment, this list will help you find the most affordable solution to your problems.
In the 60s, Broan’s brilliant industrial design inspired many modern luxuries we have today. Even Steve Jobs himself took inspiration from Broan’s products when he designed the software for early iPhones. Today, this German company is still known. But instead of their design, it’s their incredibly high quality that feeds their growth. As a prime example of German engineering, we always prefer to choose high quality hardware when the integrity of our home depends on it.
The fan itself is built inside of an extremely durable aluminum enclosure. This makes the Broan SPK110 easy to mount and highly sturdy, without adding much weight to your roof. It’s light weight design allows it to be easily installed in place of your existing fan, or add in another where required.
The fan itself is surprisingly quiet. It’s rated to move 110 cubic feet of air per minute, feeding it into a four-inch round vent connection. If you’re currently using an older fan, the low level of nose it produces will shock you. With the music playing, it’s hard to tell if the fan is even on or off.
The vent fan uses only 43 watts of power – less than 1 amp under load. This earned it an Energy Star award, helping you keep your power costs down. The vent is UL certified to be used over a bathtub or shower, as it uses a moisture-proof GFCI protected input circuit.
As a type IC vent, this model can turn itself on when moisture is detected. However, it can be used in direct contact with insulation, as well as timed switches or remote sensors if you already have an existing automation system in place.
The wireless audio system can be wired up one of two ways. You can connect it to its own independent power source. This means that the speaker will always be on, ready to pair with your device at your immediate convenience. Alternately, you can set it up to a switched supply. This means that the speakers will only work when the shower is on. This is a great way to ensure that nobody forgets to turn the fan on when they’re going for a shower.
Pairing the speakers with your phone is a simple procedure. When not currently paired, the speaker will always be discoverable. Just search for a Bluetooth device, and you can get connected in a matter of seconds. The fan has an excellent range, so you can still play music even from a few rooms over.
With a pair of Stereo speakers, the sound quality was above average. You get stereo sound, with lots of bass present. From heavy metal to talk radio, the speaker did a great job of playing back anything we threw at it. The fact that it’s mounted next to a fan is a little limiting, although it does compensate for this with volume. While it might not be a full replacement for your home stereo, it keeps up with many of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market.
Delta produces affordable alternatives to name-brand household appliances. Many of their offerings find their way into hotels, offices, and apartment buildings. The BreezIntegrity offers several features that make it ideal for smaller spaces, and comes at a selling price that most will find affordable.
Large houses are likely to feature larger ducting and have thicker joists to mount exhaust fans too. But if you’re in a multi-family dwelling, your building was likely designed with efficiency in mind.
In this case, the Delta BreezIntegrity really stands out. It only weighs 6 pounds, and features a smaller grill cover. This means that you’re not going to have to cut into your ceiling, nor are you going to have to modify the mounts of your existing fan. This is a standard apartment-size unit, and it should slip right into place.
The duct size is 4 inches, just like most exhaust fans. But in this model, the vent is mounted to the side. This is a common design in multi-story buildings as the vents run side to side with many inlets. This reduces the space needed between floors, and makes for a quick and efficient installation.
This fan is deal for smaller bathrooms as it only moves about 70 CFM of air. The brushless motor that drives it is among the most efficient on the market, only requiring 8.4 watts to run the fan. This reduced airflow has the advantage of providing near-silent operation, ideal for anyone who has a smaller bathroom.
The mono Bluetooth speaker included with this fan is powered by a little three watt amplifier. Despite this seemingly small rating, it produces quite a lot of sound. This speaker can get much louder than you’d expect, and easily overcomes the sound of water falling in your shower. When we tried it out, we didn’t notice any significant disadvantage when using mono over stereo. Even if stereo was being used, the speakers are located in such close proximity that you don’t really get the acoustic separation necessary to benefit from stereo.
The speakers benefit the fans quiet operation, as we found them to be clear and easy to understand. They’ve got a fairly flat response curve, which allows them to play music back accurately and efficiently.
The BreezSignature is very similar in design to the BreezIntegrity, with two key upgrades. The audio system has been drastically improved, as is the fan itself. The size and installation are all identical to the Integrity, but a slightly higher price offers significantly improved performance in certain circumstances.
The motor used in the Signature features heavy upgrades that allow it to run for over 70,000 hours without fail. It can push a lot more air, moving 110 cubic feet per minute. Despite the larger capacity, the sound level hasn’t increased at all.
This improved motor has earned this vent several certifications. ASHRAE 62.2 allows it to be use continuously in larger buildings, and it’s also rated for professional grade automation systems. For most users, the key advantage here will be the increased output. This allows you to use it in a larger bathroom, but commercial use is supported here as well.
The speaker got a pretty serious upgrade. Now, they’re using dual 2W stereo drivers with a separated subwoofer. As we mentioned before, the Stereo upgrade doesn’t really provide a massive advantage. However, both the quality of the drivers and the depth of the sound produced are significantly better.
The sound quality is much closer to the audiophile threshold for Bluetooth speakers. Treble is crisp and clear, but doesn’t become distorted or shrill. The midrange is heavily textured and highly harmonic, allowing it to express the subtle intricacies of your favorite songs. Most impressively, the bass is drastically improved. This gives you a very full-bodied sound that you’re sure to enjoy. Despite the low wattage rating, these speakers can get very loud. They’re loud enough that at full volume, we’d be concerned about annoying our upstairs neighbors!
As long as you keep the volume reasonable, you’re definitely going to be impressed with these speakers. They’re among the best we’ve tested in this design, and can definitely help you start your morning with a little more pep in your step.
Which Exhaust Fan With Bluetooth Speaker is Right for Me?
If you’re just looking to make your shower a little more lively, any of these speakers will do well. However, it’s important to select a fan based on the design and needs of your bathroom.
The first thing you should do is consider the size and age of your house. If you’ve got a larger or older home, you likely have an older fan installed. These fans were very bulky, and pushed out a lot of air. In this case, the best drop-in replacement is going to be the Broan SPK110. Broan exhaust fans are built to the highest standard, so this is something that can last you upwards of 20 years. The speaker is high quality, and the top-mounted exhaust port is ideal for full size houses.
If you’re in an apartment, town home, or spatially efficient house, your vent arrangement is likely going to be a little smaller. The Delta BreezIntegrity is one of the most affordable option on our list. With 70 CFM of airflow, it’s best used in smaller bathrooms. The speaker is compact and not too powerful, but it’s more than adequate for a smaller room. This fan also is the lowest consumer of power on our list, so you’ll save a little money on your electric bill with this model.
If you’ve got a larger bathroom, you’re going to need more power. The Delta BreezSignature has the exact same form factor as the Integrity, but features major improvements in both the sound quality and airflow. It can move up to 110 CFM of air, and comes equipped with a 2.1 channel Bluetooth speaker that topped our list in terms of sound quality.
No matter which you choose, upgrading the fan in your bathroom is a good decision to make. Modern fans offer significant improvements over older models. They move more air, they’re quieter, and they use much less power. When the integrity of your home depends on moisture being removed, this is clearly a worthy investment. And if you can enjoy some music while you’re at it? That’s just the icing on the cake.