Updated January 24, 2021 by Will Rhoda

The 10 Best Box Fans

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This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in February of 2019. If you're looking for an inexpensive way to circulate air throughout your home or office, then one of these convenient box fans should fit the bill. They offer small footprints and slim profiles, and come in an array of sizes to suit every need. Our list features powerful models that are perfect for putting in windows, ventilating your garage, or simply placing on your desk while you work. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Vornado 270 Panel

2. Lasko 2264QM

3. OPolar Cooling

Editor's Notes

January 21, 2021:

While the Holmes Personal and Bionaire Twin fell by the wayside due to availability issues, we quickly found two new replacements for them, namely the Pelonis PFB50A2ABB-V — a budget-friendly model with a 20-inch propeller; and the Black+Decker Mini — a slight option with a nine-inch propeller that’s suitable for use on a basement window sill, or as a desktop unit.

We also observed that our top-ranked Vornado 270 Panel appeared to be suffering from some widespread availability issues, but after reaching out to a representative from the company, we were quickly assured that the 270 should be back in stock within a month of this update’s publication.

If you’re perusing this page looking for ways to keep your apartment or bedroom cool, then perhaps you’ll also be interested in our rankings for Best Window Air Conditioners.

February 15, 2019:

Box fans come in many shapes and sizes and have multiple applications, and although they don't have to technically be a square, they do need to have a grille or latticework enclosure. We added larger models like the Air King 9723, Lasko 3720, and Hurricane Classic for users who needed to ventilate or exhaust entire rooms, along with dedicated window, floor, and personal units. Placed the Vornado 270 Panel at the top spot due to its ingenious technology, attractive design (something that seems to go overlooked in the category) and durability. Because quality control tends to be hit or miss with myriad products across the field, we favored selections with warranties.

4. Patton High Velocity

5. Pelonis PFB50A2ABB-V

6. Hurricane Classic

7. Holmes Comfort Control

8. Lasko 3720

9. Air King 9723

10. Black+Decker Mini


Will Rhoda
Last updated on January 24, 2021 by Will Rhoda

After deciding that the pen was mightier than the pliers, Canadian electrical contractor William Rhoda abandoned his career and headed back to college, where he majored in marketing and advertising and won a scholarship along the way to earning a diploma in creative communications. His past career landed him a depth of knowledge in tools and hardware, while his current career schooled him in audio, video and camera equipment. During his leisure time, he’s learned lots about outdoor gear, and years of tiresome backyard maintenance have taught him all about pools and hot tubs. His recreational pursuits include rest, relaxation and revolutionary action, and his roommate’s a hairless cat.


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