The 9 Best Misting Fans

Updated May 16, 2018 by Vann Vicente

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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. When it's just too hot outside, but you're not quite ready to go indoors yet, you can cool things down rapidly – by up to 25 degrees – with one of these effective misting fans. They're perfect for home patios, porches, backyards, and outdoor restaurant areas. We've ranked the options on our comprehensive list by air circulation, power, and ease of use. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best misting fan on Amazon.

9. Windchiller Water Personal

For family vacations at hot destinations, the Windchiller Water Personal is an ideal portable, handheld option. It is affordable, lightweight, and features childproof blades made with thin, bendable plastic that prevent injuries.
  • long battery life
  • stainless nozzle
  • mist button doesn't lock
Brand Mistcooling
Model pending
Weight 8.5 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor

The Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor is a good choice for patio or warehouse use. At its highest setting, it delivers a powerful, concentrated blast of moist air that can lower an area's temperature by as much as 25 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • simple and tool-free setup
  • resists uv radiation
  • produces a lot of dampness on ground
Brand Lasko
Model 7050
Weight 16 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

7. OPolar Outdoor F301C

The OPolar Outdoor F301C fits nicely in the palm of the hand, and features a built-in 2,200 mAh rechargeable battery. It is great for office use or for those who like using their computer at outdoor cafes, as it can be charged with a USB cable.
  • no bigger than a large cell phone
  • can be used separately without water
  • uses up battery too quickly
Model 10-1000-F301C
Weight 8.8 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

6. Tianke USB Mini Humidifier

If you work in a confined space that gets just a little too hot, like a cubicle, the Tianke USB Mini Humidifier can dramatically increase your comfort. Also, this model doubles as a power bank for charging your phone or tablet.
  • four circulation modes
  • folds down for portability
  • all markings are in chinese
Brand Tianke
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Soleus Air Humidibreeze

The Soleus Air Humidibreeze has a centrifugal disk design that prevents clogging, minimizes the water buildup near the blades, and reduces static electricity. Its compact frame makes it easy to store and carry to different places in and around the house.
  • sleek and attractive look
  • four-liter tank
  • energy efficient
Brand Soleus
Model MT1-19-33
Weight 20.1 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

4. iEGrow Mini

If you find yourself needing to cool off in a place with a lot of people, such as a bus or a church, the compact iEGrow Mini operates quietly enough to not disturb the person sitting next to you. Also, its handle is ergonomically designed.
  • chargeable via micro usb
  • great for working out
  • strong plastic materials
Brand iEGrow
Model HQM-MY001
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Ideashop Handheld

The Ideashop Handheld is a small, portable option with the ability to charge via USB. That means you don't have to carry around any spare batteries to keep it going, and it can be powered up almost anywhere you go. Also, it's adorably shaped like a bear.
  • 75 milliliter water tank
  • can run for up to six hours
  • compact and lightweight
Brand Ideashop
Model pending
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Arctic Cove MBF018

Ideal for hiking or camping trips, the Arctic Cove MBF018 has the ability to use a variety of water sources. Its dual foot design allows it to sit on top of a standard five-gallon bucket or connect directly to a garden hose.
  • good air speeds
  • compatible with many battery types
  • can last up to 7 hours on low
Brand Arctic Cove
Model MBF018
Weight 7.5 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. SPT SF-1666M

For those with big backyards or patios, the SPT SF-1666M can quickly and dramatically cool an area as large as 640 square feet. This model can be set to oscillate or stay in place at a specific angle to point it directly towards a particularly hot spot.
  • easy to assemble
  • brass materials resist rust
  • doubles as an indoor fan
Brand SPT
Model SF-1666M
Weight 20.5 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

The Mystery Of The Mist

A little over 20 years ago, an infomercial hit the airwaves advertising the latest technology in personal temperature management. It was essentially a bottle of water with a weak pump attached to a hose that was pock-marked with holes. The holes emitted a fine mist from the water in the bottle and cooled you off.

Of course, I ran out and bought one, and it actually worked to a minor degree, though I had no idea how at the time.

What made that novelty item moderately effective is the same scientific principal that makes these misting fans so incredibly effective. It's the same reason that human beings sweat, that trees transpire water through stomata in their leaves.

Generally, when a liquid becomes a gas its pressure drops, and lower pressure air is cooler by its very nature. That's why low pressure systems bring cold air along your weather patters. It's also why cans of compressed air feel cool as you spray them; the liquid combination inside the can is rapidly evaporating and its pressure drops dramatically.

When a misting fan blows its air outward, a majority of the water transitions into vapor and evaporates in the air, dropping the pressure of the air in the vicinity of the fan and cooling down the room. That's why you don't need to worry about a misting fan getting your stuff all wet, though it's important to note that both the evaporative process and its concurrent cooling effect are dependent on the humidity of the space. The drier the air is into which a misting fan blows, the greater a cooling effect it will have on the space.

A Fan Of The Misting Fan

While the science behind the effectiveness of a misting fan is uniform across all brands and models, there are a lot of styles to evaluate. Some of them are going to suit your needs quite perfectly, but if you get the wrong fan, you're going to be tremendously disappointed.

The first thing you need to confront in your selection process is where you intend to place your new misting fan. If it's for use indoors, how big is the space?

Smaller desk-top fans are fine for bedroom applications if you're trying to keep your room cool as you sleep without your AC unit drastically inflating your electric bills. Smaller models than these exists, and they're usually designed to be portable, so you can take your cooling apparatus with you wherever you go. This is especially useful at outdoor sporting events, trips to the zoo, etc., and it doesn't preclude you from also enjoying the effect of a larger cooling fan in your home.

Larger models work better for larger spaces, though these spaces are often communal, which brings us to the next evaluation point: style. If your misting fan is going to live in an area where the public can see it, you'll want it to have some aesthetic appeal. It doesn't need to be the piece that ties the room together or anything (when was the last time anybody said that about an air conditioner?), but you don't want it to be an eyesore.

Other evaluative points are noise level and water consumption, both of which can grate on you in different ways if they get out of hand.

From Egypt To The NFL

Misting fans are part of a family of devices involved in what's known as evaporative cooling. It works as I described above, dropping the pressure of the air and thereby cooling it. The practice reaches back to ancient Egypt and Persia, where they used a brilliant device known as a windcatcher.

A windcatcher was designed to funnel air currents down toward an underground basin of water and back up into a dwelling space. The warmer air that came in as wind would cause small amounts of surface water to evaporate, dropping the air's pressure so that when it returned into the home, the air would be cooler than the wind outside.

The science behind those old windcatchers still fuels a large market of high-powered evaporative coolers in the middle east today, which look to the untrained eye like more modern air conditioning units, but work on a much less energy-intensive process.

While the history of evaporative cooling measures is a long one, it wasn't until late in the 20th century that the techniques were adapted to fit fans in a way that caught on with the public. These misting fans were developed by a company called Big Fogg on an industrial scale, and were used primarily in professional athletics.

Take a close look the next time you watch an NFL game being played in unreasonably hot temperatures. If the climate science is to be trusted, there should be more and more opportunities for you to see such a game. Along the sidelines you're also liable to see a very large, very sweaty person with a strangely peaceful look on his face as a fine cloud of mist envelops him and cools him down.

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Last updated on May 16, 2018 by Vann Vicente

Vann Vicente is an undergraduate Economics student and writer who lives somewhere in the Eastern Hemisphere. He spends about half of his time watching films and is still smiling about Moonlight's incredible Best Picture victory.

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