Let's just admit it: taking a shower or bath can be pretty boring sometimes.
And it can be a hassle to always have to plug-in an external speaker just for music.
Well, if you are tired of a mind-numbing shower, then installing a bathroom fan with a built-in speaker is the way to go.
You can even wire the bathroom vent fan and speaker on the same wall switch or wire them to independent switches.
In this HomeInspectorSecrets.com guide, we will go over...
- Our #1 top pick for the best exhaust fan with a bluetooth speaker
- Choosing a bath fan with a low Sone rating for a better sound experience
- Why you should know your existing duct size for the new bath fan
- A few installation tips
Let's get started with this guide!
1. Broan-NuTone Sensonic
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2. Delta BreezIntegrity
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3. Homewerks 7130-03
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4. Homewerks 7130-04
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5. Broan-NuTone Chroma Comfort
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6. Broan-NuTone SPK80L
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7. Broan-NuTone SPKACC
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Our Overall #1 Rated Pick
Updated On January 12, 2023
Our overall top pick for bluetooth-speaker bath fans goes to the Broan-NuTone Sensonic. It comes with a dual high-fidelity speaker that will play your tunes or podcasts while in the shower. It has a fan speed of 110-cfm, and it is rated at 1.0-Sone which is pretty quiet. This bathroom vent fan uses a 4-inch duct and it's housing size is 10-1/2" by 11-3/8" with a 7-5/8" depth.
Top 7 Bathroom Fans With Bluetooth Speakers
In a rush? Check out our top 7 bathroom fans with bluetooth speakers below! Keep scrolling to learn more about our top picks.
What Is A Bathroom Exhaust Fan With A Bluetooth Speaker?
A bluetooth exhaust fan allows you to get two products in one; a bathroom exhaust fan and speaker.
Since all of our phones, tablets, and laptops have bluetooth wireless technology nowadays — these vent fans will connect to almost all of them without wires or cables — compatibility is almost never an issue.
Your phone, tablet, or laptop just has to connect once to the speaker, and after that, it will connect automatically when you enter the bathroom or if your phone gets within 20-30 feet of the bath fan.
The option of leaving your phone in the bedroom helps avoid possibly damaging the phone in the bathroom.
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How To Pick The Best Exhaust Fan And Bluetooth Speaker Combination?
Choosing the best bluetooth-speaker bathroom fan must take into account the noise from the bathroom fan itself, since that can affect your sound quality. Here are a few important things to consider when shopping for a new exhaust fan:
Let's face it, if you buy a bathroom fan replacement that comes with a speaker, you probably aren't expecting the highest quality speaker in the world. That being said, some speakers are higher quality than others.
For the vent fans that are in this review guide, probably the best speaker goes to the Broan-NuTone Sensonic because it is a high-fidelity dual speaker system.
Another thing to be aware of with most of these bath fans; you cannot turn on the speaker without the bath fan turned on.
So if you want to be able to play music without the bath fan on, then you will have to wire the bluetooth speaker to an independent wall switch. This will allow you to turn on the speaker and the exhaust fan separately.
Bathroom Fan Noise (The Sone Rating)
An important consideration for bluetooth exhaust fans is the sound rating in sones —basically how loud or quiet the bathroom fan is.
Since there will probably be times when the exhaust fan is turned on at the same time as the speaker, if the bath fan is very loud, you may have trouble hearing your music or podcast.
So for obvious reasons, the best bluetooth bathroom fans also have very quiet motors.
A quiet bathroom fan is in the 1.0-sone category or less. In fact, anything below 1.0-sone is whisper-quiet and can be difficult to know that it's even on.
The older Broan fans that are in almost every old home I inspect are rated at 4.0 sones, and are extremely loud. Here is a guide I wrote on understanding bathroom fan sones.
Bathroom Fan Speed (CFM Rating)
For the bathroom exhaust fan, one of the biggest considerations is CFM which stands for cubic feet per minute —this basically tells you how powerful the fan is—how much air it will exhaust in one minute.
If you buy a bath fan that has a needlessly high CFM, the bath fan will make even more noise that will drown out your music from the bluetooth speaker.
And if you purchase a fan that is too powerful for your bathroom, you may be wasting energy. It may even cause negative air pressure problems in your home such as back drafting appliances, popping ears etc.
But if you buy a bathroom ceiling fan that is the wrong size, then it won't do a good job at removing moisture and foul odors. Here is a guide I wrote on how to choose the best CFM or fan size for your bathroom.
How To Install Bluetooth-Speaker Bathroom Fans?
Installing bluetooth bathroom fans is very similar to installing a standard bath fan, but here are a few installation tips:
Using An Independent Wall Switch
Probably the biggest consideration will be the decision to install another wall switch.
If your existing bathroom fan goes to one switch, then the bluetooth speaker will likely only turn on when the bathroom fan itself is on.
This may get a little annoying since the sound of the bathroom fan may drown out some of the sound coming from the speaker.
And the sound level called 'sones' of the bathroom fan can make a big difference to your audio experience. Generally, any bathroom vent fan that is 1.0 sone or less is considered very quiet.
If you decide to install a second wall switch for the bluetooth speaker, this will require extra wiring to the wall, and the installation of a new wall switch.
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If you don't want to cut out more drywall, then you need to carefully consider the housing size of the new bath fan. A good idea is to remove the grille of your existing bath fan, and carefully measure the housing size.
Or if you know the model name, you can simply look up the housing dimensions in the product manual.
And if you buy a new bath fan with a bluetooth speaker, it may actually make the install easier if you choose a bath fan that is bigger than the existing bath fan.
This will allow you to widen the existing ceiling hole, which can make it significantly easier to remove the old fan.
Another big consideration is the duct size of the bluetooth bathroom fan. If you buy a new fan that is designed for a 4-inch or 6-inch duct, and you have an older 3-inch duct in your home, then you have a few options.
You can simply use a duct reducer (also called a duct adapter) to connect the smaller 3-inch duct to the 4 or 6 inch duct connector on the housing.
Unfortunately, if you do this, it will reduce the performance of the bath fan, and you won't get the advertised CFM or performance out of the new fan.
It is best to use the same size duct of the new bath fan if you want to get the full performance out of the exhaust fan. And if you do use a duct size that is too small, it will also increase the noise of the exhaust fan which can also drown out the sound of the bluetooth speaker.
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Our Reviews of the Best Bluetooth Bathroom Fans
Here are my top picks with their pros and cons...
Our overall #1 top pick goes to the Sensonic made by Broan-NuTone. This exhaust fan comes with a dual-speaker system that produces high fidelity sound.
The Sensonic is rated at 110-cfm fan speed, and it is suitable for bathrooms up to around 105 square feet. The noise level is very quiet and is rated at 1-sone which is the level of a whisper. It uses a 4-inch duct and the housing size is 10-1/2" by 11-3/8" and with a 7-5/8" depth.
You will still be able to hear the exhaust fan when playing music as with all bath fans. And if you want to play the Sensonic by itself, you will need to wire a separate switch.
Broan-NuTone made this bath fan to be pretty easy to install, even in retrofit installations. They have also included a spacer for an I-joist installation. There are metal tabs on the housing which you may need to remove if you are replacing an existing bath fan.
The BreezIntegrity by Delta comes with a hidden bluetooth speaker to play your tunes or podcasts while in the bathroom. The bluetooth speaker is rated at 3-watts and uses bluetooth 3.0.
This Delta exhaust fan is rated at 70-cfm and has a high quality DC brushless motor that is energy-star qualified. The sound rating of the exhaust fan is only 1.0-sone which is considered very quiet.
One great option of the BreezIntegrity is that it uses a standard micro USB connection for the bluetooth speaker.
This means that you could replace the speaker with an Amazon Echo Dot, a Google Home Mini, or some other small speaker that is thin enough to fit inside the exhaust fan. And this is something you may want to do in the future since the default speaker isn't the best in the world.
The 7130-03-BT by Homewerks is our top pick for bath fans with a bluetooth speaker that has the strongest bluetooth connection.
With this exhaust fan, you can leave your phone or tablet outside of the bathroom (and still connect). In fact, it can connect your device even if it is up to 30-ft away.
This bluetooth bath fan is rated at 90-cfm, and it is suitable for bathrooms up to around 90 square feet. The fan itself is reasonably quiet and rated at 1.5-sones.
The 7130-03-BT exhaust fan is easy to wire and comes with quick connect wire terminals, so you just push the bare wire into the quick connect.
One downside of this exhaust fan is that it makes a somewhat loud beep or chime every time your phone connects to the speaker. The speaker also isn't that loud, and you may not hear it that much over the sound of a shower.
The Homewerks 7130-04-BT is very similar to the 7130-03-BT model except that it is 70-CFM so it is for slightly smaller bathrooms (up to 70 sf).
Another big difference is that this Homewerks model has a pleasing rectangular-shaped grille instead of it being round.
This Homewerks exhaust fan is rated at 1.5 sones which is pretty quiet.
It also comes with a strong bluetooth connection and will connect to your phone up to 30-ft away so you don't have to bring it into the humid bathroom.
The 7130-04-BT has quick connects as well so you can quickly do the wiring portion of the installation.
One big downside of this bath fan is that it makes a somewhat loud beep whenever your device connects to it which may get annoying.
The ChromaComfort by Broan-NuTone is our top pick for a bath fan that comes with an LED light and bluetooth speaker.
And of course, it comes with a bluetooth-connected speaker so you can play your podcasts and music in the bathroom.
The LED lighting is also really cool because it comes with 24 different color options, and the LED light is dimmable from 10% to 100%.
Broan-NuTone has included a multi-function wall switch with this bathroom fan, so you can adjust the colors or even use a timer.
If you don't want to install the included wall switch, you can still control the speaker through your phone, but you may lose some functionality.
The ChromaComfort is rated at 110-cfm and 1.5 sones. It features TrueSeal damper technology which reduces air leaks by up to 50%.
The SPK80L is a budget-friendly exhaust fan made by Broan-NuTone that is bluetooth-enabled. With the high-fidelity speaker, you can play music or podcasts while taking a shower.
This exhaust fan is rated at 80-cfm for it's fan speed so it is suitable for bathrooms up to around 80-sf. It also uses a 4-inch duct so if you have an older 3" you will need to use an adapter.
It comes with an LED light for extra bathroom illumination.
One downside is that it uses an AC motor (rather than DC) so the fan itself is louder than our other picks. In fact, the sone rating is 2.5 which isn't so quiet.
This means that the music you play may have difficulty playing over the sound of the exhaust fan.
The SPKACC by Broan-NuTone is an excellent speaker-only option to install on your bathroom fan.
This speaker system is meant to be installed on Broan-NuTone QT Series bathroom fans. It is a dual speaker with high-fidelity sound and is rated at 5-watts.
One downside of this speaker accessory is that it won't work if your Broan exhaust fan has a humidity sensor, heater, or if it is variable speed.
And apparently you can't wire this speaker to a separate switch, so it will only turn on when the bath fan is operating.
Our #1 Top Pick: Broan-NuTone Sensonic
My top pick for the best vent fan with a bluetooth speaker goes to the Broan-NuTone Sensonic. Here's why...
#1. High Fidelity
The Sensonic is a high fidelity speaker for a higher quality sound experience than most bluetooth-connected bath fans.
#2. Hidden Speaker
The speaker is cleverly hidden behind the fan grill so you aren't broadcasting to the world that your exhaust fan is also a speaker.
#3. Low Sones
At only 1.0 sones, this bathroom fan is relatively quiet so you can focus on your music.
#4. Strong Fan
With 110-CFM fan speed, you can install this bath fan in a wide range of bathroom sizes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Point of a Bluetooth Bathroom Fan?
The point of a bluetooth bathroom fan is to use the exhaust fan as a speaker while using the bathroom.
Instead of keeping a portable bluetooth speaker inside the bathroom, you can just use the speaker and keep things simple. You will never forget to charge the speaker since it is powered by the exhaust fan.
There is also no risk of damaging the speaker or dropping it in the tub like a portable speaker.
How Do I Use The Bluetooth For My NuTone Bathroom Fan?
The first step is to go to the bluetooth settings on your phone or tablet, and look for ChromaComfort Sensonic Speaker in the bluetooth enabled devices list.
Click on the Sensonic device and when it asks you to enter a pin, put in 1234.
Most bathroom fans can be connected if you leave your phone within a 15-30 foot range from the bluetooth fan.
How Do I Connect My Homewerks Bathroom Fan To My Phone?
Open up the bluetooth setting on your phone and look for a device called Homewerks.
Click on Homewerks and if a pin is requested, enter 0000. You should now be connected to the Homewerks bathroom fan.
Only one device is allowed to connect to it at a time.