questionsanybody got any leads on an absurdly quiet…

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+1 for the do-it-yourself tag

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not really any leads here but I'll vote up the question and comment.

quick search, panasonic brand caught my eye and they promote theirs as whisper quiet.

it's the sort of thing I scope out on ebay to look at what brands might be popular and price ranges http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m38.l1313&_nkw=bathroom+fan&_sacat=See-All-Categories

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I have a Panasonic WhisperLite:

http://www.bathroomfanexperts.com/product.php?product=111062

and these are about the best combo of quiet, features, and quality. The $30-50 extra bucks over the Home Depot brands is worth it. Consider all the time you'll invest in installing the thing, spackling, painting, etc. It's not worth getting something cheap just to have it annoy you with the noise for the next 5 years or break and need to be replaced.

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A bathroom fan in a kitchen? Bathroom air is much cleaner than kitchen air. Grease will accumulate. Most kitchen fans have a filter and a removable mechanism for cleaning. A DIYer could put a filter and mount the bathroom fan so it can be removed, but is it worth the hacking, space and safety?

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Oddly that's a sponsored deal today!

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/6b842346-1008-498e-a489-9961240b7fa7/panasonic-whisperceiling-bathroom-fan

And it even advertises itself as a very quiet fan. How odd

+1 for asking the right question days in advance!

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Just for you information, i was going to buy a silent bathroom exhaust fan until my contractor told me you probably don't want a quiet fan. a noisy one is better to cover any "noises" there might be..

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+1 on the Panasonic. We installed a couple two years ago and they have been great.

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Panasonic is great, but just make sure you are getting the appropriate depth - 2x4, 2x6, 2x8 etc. Generally speaking the quieter they get, the larger the rafter requirement.

Another thing worth mentioning is the ones with built in heat are not meant to go anywhere near the shower/bath. They should be central in the room or else you'll run the risk of tripping the GFI when you have a steamy shower.

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1) I do not recommend a bathroom type fan for kitchen installation. As mentioned already, grease build up will kill the motor.
2) For a kitchen exhaust fan to work properly it must vent directly to the exterior. The over-the-stove fans that suck air in on the bottom, thru a filter, and exhaust air directly back into the room are terrible. If you have a bulkhead at the top of your kitchen cabinets, you can run the exhaust ductwork directly to the outside thru a sidewall vent.
3) If you are interested in a quite bathroom exhaust fan (for bathroom installation) I recommend a remote mounted inline fan. This setup uses an exhaust grill in the ceiling(with or with a light)and takes the location of the fan from immediately adjacent to the grill and moves it further down on the exhaust duct line virtually eliminates any noise issues. This is the best type. Plus if you have bathrooms located relatively close to each other, you can size the one fan to handle multiple ceiling grilles.

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OK - this is awesome... and actually, rather amazing. Given the very helpful answers/replies at the time (how the heck was that really 2 years ago now?!) - I did give up on the idea that prompted the initial question here - BUT, now.... apparently two years later.... I'm researching again on bathroom exhaust fans but this time for a bathroom (LOL!). Don't know if you'll ever know, JIMMYD103, but finding your suggestion here (from a year ago!) about the central fan unit away from the grill but drawing from two grills is a PERFECT answer for my current concern - THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU! Just a small case in point testifying to the power of the internet... and the longevity, for better or worse, of what one may write there. Seriously grateful here, yet again. Off on the hunt now for one of these gizmos (yay!) Ya know - not sure I can say thank you enough - and for Woot too, LOL!

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