10 Best Fans | April 2017

We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If you're looking for a cooling breeze in your home or office, check out these fans. We've included oscillating, standing, desktop and bladeless models, so you can easily find the right one to give you a breath of fresh air. Skip to the best fan on Amazon.
10 Best Fans | April 2017
Overall Rank: 9
Best Mid-Range
Overall Rank: 1
Best High-End
Overall Rank: 2
Best Inexpensive
The Vornado 573 has a flat-panel design with a gloss finish that blends into sophisticated rooms. It has vertical and horizontal airflow so it can cool down a room quickly, or circulate warm air in colder climates.
  • easily accessed speed control knob
  • includes a five year warranty
  • it cannot be tilted
Brand Vornado
Model CR1-0118-06
Weight 4.7 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0
The Ozeri 3x Tower has a modern look that resembles speakers, making it great for an entertainment room. It also has three independently controllable fans for up to nine levels of cooling and a fully customizable airflow.
  • contained blades make it kid-safe
  • 3 programmed airflow patterns
  • led lights can be annoying at night
Brand Ozeri
Model OZF3
Weight 18.2 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
The Hunter 90400 12-Inch has a sophisticated brushed nickel finish that suits classic decor. It also repels 50% of dust buildup, so it's a good option for messy workspaces, art rooms or garages.
  • lasts for years without slowing down
  • no assembly required
  • can be too noisy even on low
Brand Hunter Fan Company
Model 90400
Weight 9.8 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
The Lasko 3300 has a smooth pivoting head for total angle control, making it a great choice if you need to send air up to a loft. It cools a home as well as a window-mounted unit, but is safer because it won't fall from a windowsill.
  • large and comfortable carrying handle
  • strong enough for serious heatwaves
  • does not come with a remote control
Brand Lasko
Model 3300
Weight 9.6 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0
The Lasko 2551 includes a fresh air ionizer, so it purifies the air in the room, making it a great option for allergy sufferers. Plus it's a safe choice for households with kids because it automatically shuts off if it's tipped over.
  • has a fused safety plug
  • helps eliminate odd smells
  • oscillation range is rather small
Brand Lasko
Model 2551
Weight 12.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
The Honeywell Comfort HY-025 has easy to use controls, including an auto-off timer, so you can put it on just long enough to cool a room and not worry about turning it off. It also has a bright LED display for nighttime use.
  • discreet recessed carrying handle
  • slender design is great for small spaces
  • powerful enough to replace an ac unit
Brand Kaz
Model HYF023W
Weight 8.8 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
The Vornado 660 will circulate all of the air in a room leaving no hot or cool spots, and can be left on for 24 hours a day without losing efficiency. Also, the new control buttons beep when you touch them to confirm proper use.
  • ideal for cooling gaming rooms
  • deep-pitched blades really push the air
  • almost small enough to fit in luggage
Brand Vornado
Model CR1-0121-06
Weight 10.1 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0
The Rowenta VU5551 Turbo Silence blows strong air, yet it is remarkably quiet. In fact, its decibels equal the noise levels recorded in a library. It also has an adjustable height range from 42 to 54 inches for various cooling needs.
  • moves 2,436 cubic feet of air per minute
  • includes an electronic remote control
  • fan head pivots up to 90 degrees
Brand Rowenta
Model 1830005455
Weight 26.2 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
The Honeywell TurboForce Ht-900 is compact enough to sit on a table but has a tilting face so it can sit on the floor and blow air to high places. The fan makes an even, soothing sound, so many buyers use it as a white noise machine.
  • power cord is nearly 6 feet long
  • can be wall mounted
  • has 3 speed settings
Brand Kaz
Model HT-900
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
The Dyson Air Multiplier doesn't use any blades or a grill, so it hardly attracts dust, and has fewer parts that can be damaged. With preset timer options up to 9 hours, it's also a great fan to turn on when you sleep.
  • remote sticks to the top magnetically
  • even the low settings are powerful
  • easy to clean in seconds
Brand Dyson
Model 63456-01
Weight 11.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

Cooled By A Contradiction

According to the laws of thermodynamics, hot stuff is hot because its molecules are moving faster. This is, of course, an over-simplification, but it serves an interesting point of discussion when looking at the function of a fan in your living space.

If it's motion and speed that relate directly to heat, then, theoretically, a fan should only heat things up. Thankfully, there are other variables at play which render fans among the most effective tools for keeping you cool.

The first variable is sweat. The human body sweats when it gets hot, not because it's trying to dehydrate you, but because the evaporation of that sweat has a cooling effect. Specifically, when your sweat evaporates, the water loses pressure, and lower pressure gases tend to be rather cool.

When a fan blows air across your body, that increase in air flow exacerbates the rate of evaporation, creating a more intense feeling of low pressure cooling than you'd have if you just sat in a stale room waiting for the sweat to evaporate on its own.

The other variable to consider brings us back to the laws of thermodynamics. This time, we're looking at the fact that heat rises. If you've ever gone up into your attic on a cold winter's day, or lived high up in an apartment complex with the heat turned up too much, you know how hot it can get in the upper reaches of a building.

Even in a single room, there is a temperature dynamic that follows this law, with the warmer air situated toward the ceiling and the cooler air situated toward the floor. It's for this reason that I like to have a smaller fan blowing from the ground up, as it's more likely to circulate that cooler air upward. Over time, a good fan will even out the temperature in a room, making the 85˚ air you feel around your face seem more like the 82˚ air around your feet.

Of What Fan Are You A Fan?

While all the fans on our list offer their unique methods for keeping you comfortable and preventing what sometimes seems like an inevitable heat stroke, the space you're trying to cool, the decor you need to compliment, and the money you're willing to spend all come into play in the decision.

Let's start with the space. A large living room is going to need a more powerful fan than a small bedroom for you to feel a genuine difference in air flow. In a bedroom, a small floor unit should be plenty to get the air circulating throughout the evening and on through the night. The added advantage of the bedroom scenario is that you tend to spend the cooler hours of the day in there, after the sun has set.

The living spaces present more complex challenges, though. Ideally, you want something with power, and that often comes with size. It isn't easy to make size look good, either, and the last thing you want is for your fan to become an eyesore. There are some more attractive units on our list, but that takes us to our next variable: price.

Almost without exception, the nicer a fan looks, the more expensive it is. To be fair to the manufacturers, these fans are usually among the most effective on the market, but there's a sleekness built into them that definitely raises the price well beyond a necessary minimum. If you're willing to spend it, you'll end up with a fan that cools your rooms fast and thoroughly, all while turning your friends and family from red hot with heat to green with envy.

Ages Of Cooling

If I asked you to picture an ancient fan, you might think of the folding type of handheld fan that we in the west often associate with eastern fashion. While the folding fan is at least several centuries old, it doesn't come close in age to the first fans we find when we go looking for them.

Images in art and hieroglyphics depict the use of hand-held fans as far back as 3000 BCE. These weren't the folding type you might imagine, but rather a fixed fan of a very similar shape.

Prior to these, we can all recall in our collective memory the picture of a servant standing beside a great lord as she gently waves an enormous leaf in his general direction. It's safe to say that the first fans were of this natural type, not designed so much as picked from nature.

The late 1800s saw the invention of the first electric fan, developed in New Orleans, where it gets significantly hot. The design was a ceiling fan, and it sparked a revolution in cooling for the southern states that quickly spread throughout the nation and the world.

Window fans and upright fans followed, with Dyson's development of a blade-less fan spurring us on into the future of air temperature management. If this global warming thing is legitimate, we're going to need all the advances we can get.

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