The 10 Best Fans

Updated June 19, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

10 Best Fans
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We spent 29 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Whether you're in need of some air circulation or it's just a bit too hot in your kitchen, bedroom, or office, there are seemingly endless fans that promise just the right cooling breeze for you. To make your selection easier, we've compiled a list of the best ones on the market. Our picks include oscillating, standing, desktop, and blade-free models, so you can easily find the right option. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best fan on Amazon.

10. Ozeri 3x Tower

The Ozeri 3x Tower has a modern look that resembles a speaker, making it a great choice for home theaters or other rooms suited to entertainment. It boasts three independently controllable fans for up to nine levels of cooling, and a fully customizable airflow.
  • contained blades make it kid-safe
  • 3 preprogrammed airflow modes
  • bright leds can be annoying at night
Brand Ozeri
Model OZF3-W
Weight 17.9 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Opolar F505

The Opolar F505 sits on a sturdy steel base and has a sophisticated bronze finish that blends in well with classic decor. It's USB-powered, making it a great choice for desktop use, and can be tilted a full 360 degrees to suit your needs.
  • sits sturdily on non-skid grips
  • impressively powerful for its size
  • speed is not adjustable
Brand OPOLAR
Model F505
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. Lasko 3300

The Lasko 3300 features a smooth pivoting head for angle control, making it a great choice if you need to send air up to a loft or other raised area. It can cool a home just as effectively as window-mounted units, but is safer because it sits securely on the ground.
  • large integrated carrying handle
  • rugged american-made plastic housing
  • does not include a remote control
Brand Lasko
Model 3300
Weight 9.6 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Seville Classics UltraSlimline

The Seville Classics UltraSlimline moves an impressive volume of air while keeping a low profile and blending in with its surroundings. It stands securely on its wide base, making it hard to tip over, and is therefore a safe choice for households with kids.
  • remote with a built-in lcd
  • timer enables preprogrammed shutdown
  • hard to disassemble for cleaning
Brand Seville Classics
Model EHF10127
Weight 13.6 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

6. Vornado 573

The Vornado 573 has a flat-panel design with a glossy finish that blends in easily with sophisticated decor. It has an omnidirectional intake so it can cool down a room quickly, and can also be used to circulate warm air in colder spaces.
  • easily accessed speed control knob
  • fits on a small shelf or ledge
  • can be a bit noisy
Brand Vornado
Model CR1-0118-06
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

5. Honeywell HYF-290B QuietSet

The Honeywell HYF-290B QuietSet has easy to use controls and four timer presets, so you can put it on just long enough to cool a room without having to worry about turning it off yourself. It also has a bright LED display for nighttime use.
  • can be set to a target temperature
  • choice of eight speed settings
  • connection to base is a bit fragile
Brand Kaz
Model HYF023W
Weight 8.8 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. Vornado 660

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. Its controls produce an affirmative beep when you press them, so you know your input has registered.
  • easily adjusted speed settings
  • holds its tilt position well
  • a bit overpriced
Brand Vornado
Model CR1-0121-06
Weight 10.4 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Rowenta Turbo Silence

The Rowenta Turbo Silence blows air with impressive strength, yet remains remarkably quiet. In fact, it operates at 40-57 decibels, the noise level of an average library. It has an adjustable height range from 42 to 54 inches to suit your cooling needs.
  • sleek brushed metal finish
  • easy to use remote control
  • fan head pivots up to 90 degrees
Brand Rowenta
Model 1830005455
Weight 26.6 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Honeywell TurboForce HT-900

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 upwards if necessary. 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
  • available in two sizes and in white
Brand Honeywell
Model HT-900
Weight 3.2 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Dyson Air Multiplier AM07

The Dyson Air Multiplier AM07 owes its striking design to the fact that it doesn't use any blades or a grill. It hardly attracts dust and has very few parts to damage, plus it has a timer with presets from 15 minutes to 9 hours, so it's great for use while you sleep.
  • magnetic remote sticks to the top
  • very quiet at all settings
  • easy to assemble and clean
Brand Dyson
Model 63456-01
Weight 11.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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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Last updated on June 19, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.


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