An outside blower is quitest, but noise is usualy related to airflow-
cfm. Most models on display usualy have db ratings = sound level, and
cfm. and many stores will run them for you . Your old unit may just be
very powerful. Shop around
I recently replaced my Newtone with a Broan Allure. It is quiet, looks
good and does a very good job of collecting and getting rid of the heat and
moisture. It has some interesting design features. It also was not all
that expensive. More than the cheap models but not bad.
I can second the Broan Allure (for a non $$$$ solution). I think I got an
Allure III maybe 36" for about $350-$450 (do not remember). It is quite
quiet, and can pull about 450 CFM if I remember correctly. At this
highest rating it is obviously noisier. See if you can go to a store and
hear them in operation.
Yep -- we have a Kenmore that came with the house that looks just like the
Allure -- I bet they're the same thing. It's very quiet on the low speed,
and not too bad on high, although you can definitely hear it. But compared
to the $25 piece of crap at our old house, it's silent even in that speed.
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