Honeywell HYF290B Quietset 8-Speed Tower Fan
Honeywell Comfort Control Oscillating Table Fan
Klarstein Silent Storm Pedestal Fan
Cooling fans have been around for decades and are still the most common defense we have against the dog days of summer. This type of electric fan comes in myriad shapes, sizes and power outputs and is usually inexpensive to buy and run. The cooling fan industry is undergoing a quiet but important revolution with the introduction of bladeless fans and since we’re a forward-looking bunch our list includes both traditional and bladeless models. So here they are, the best cooling fans of 2019.
The Best Cooling Fan
The Honeywell HYF290B 8-Speed Tower fan allows you to take full control of your cooling choices throughout the whole year by means of its sleek and quiet set technology that is incorporated into this innovative room tower fan. It combines superb air circulation with an oscillating motion to give your entire room just the cool it needs. The 8-speed touch button controls allow full access to all the cooling options available. In order not to interrupt your relaxing moments, the fan comes with its complete remote control which can be conveniently tucked away at a secure corner in the back of the fan.
You can set the timer to a time you wish it to go off whilst you are asleep or away by means of its auto shut off that has 1,2,4 and 8-hour options. The control panel lighting provides you with optimal illumination to maximize your comfort. This control panel illumination can still be adjusted to suit your peculiar needs by means of five lighting selections namely on, 100%, 75%, 50%, 25% and off. And that’s not all; you do not need any tools to set up this device and it is low on power consumption and helps you save on energy. For more superb options to keep you cool and comfortable on a hot summer day, check out our selection of the best portable air conditioners.
Control panel illumination
Remote control included
Available in two colors
- Weight9.4 pounds
Beat the summer heat at a much-reduced cost with the Holmes Blizzard Rotating Blade fan. This 12-inch wide fan directs the airflow to wherever it is needed in the room. The oversized carry handle allows for easy manoeuvering without any hassle. What’s more, the powerful motor and the tough rotating blades ensure that you feel the full force of its breeze power. As if the automatic shut off mechanism is not enough, this product combines a three-speed setting with two breeze settings and an adjustable tilt head to ensure a total airflow.
This fan is simply super-efficient and performance-driven and is almost noiseless as the blades rotate counter-clockwise at a logical pace thus giving you superb circulation and not just a blow of air. It can be programmed up to 8 hours to shut down automatically. It is very sturdy, durable and easy to clean and maintain and is ideal for the family, for offices as well as guests who will stay overnight. You will not regret getting one as a standby for the impending heat.
Two breeze settings
Adjustable tilt head
Automatic shut-off feature (up to eight hours)
- Weight5.51 pounds
Lasko standing fans have been trusted for generations to deliver quality, performance, and style. The T42951 Wind Curve Portable Electric Stand Up Fan model is the latest selection to combat the uncomfortable heat and is just the perfect companion you need to enjoy a truly relaxing moment all year round, day or night. This fan will fit into the smallest of places where none of its rivals will be able to. Standing 43 inches tall on top of a 13×13 inches base, the exquisite design makes it occupy the least space whilst delivering a maximum accomplishment.
Featuring three-speed settings of high, medium and low, it is set to give you the highest level of comfort you need for complete rest after a hard day’s work. Its characteristic night-time setting dims the controlled display automatically and sets the fan at one hour high, then to next hour medium, and eventually stays at low until you feel the need to set it into another mode. The fan is designed as such that it virtually drives out damp and stuffy air and brings in the freshened cool air; then circulates the same in the right proportions to every single corner of the room. It is the perfect cooling device for the dorm, kitchen, office and the bedroom. The super-low noise makes you hear your stereo and TV sound clearly even if it is set at high. For more amazing cooling options for your home, check out our guide to the best window fans.
13” x 13” base
Three-speed settings (low, medium, & high)
Available in eight colors
- Weight12.1 pounds
The Dyson tower fan gives you the ideal environment for work, leisure, and relaxation. It is the only types that use the patented air multiplier technology to deliver fresh cool air in the midst of damp stuffy environments. At the same time, it avoids all the dangers associated with high-speed blade fans in the vicinity of little children. The Dyson Cool AM07 Air Multiplier Tower Fan generates a stream of air that is carefully controlled and distributed by its ten airflow settings and an LED digital display. It has a very wide programming range for automatic shut off between a quarter of an hour and nine hours at preset intervals.
The powerful motor is engineered to deliver strong airflow with an extremely low noise level and at a reduced energy intake. The curved and magnetized remote control that sits comfortably on the side of the fan comes handy to complete the convenience and quality of this amazing product. The high-velocity air is then sent up the oscillating tower to be spread evenly across the surroundings. This fan cleans easily and very easy to maintain it comes in its characteristic black and grey color. And for further reassurance, a full one year warranty is on offers.
Patented Air Multiplier technology
Available in four colors
Ten airflow settings
LED digital display
- Weight9 pounds
The AM06 delivers robust air flow with near silent operation and without a fan blade in sight. It does that by drawing air from the environment and then accelerating it in the bladeless tube before releasing that air back into the space via discreet vents. The resulting air stream is smooth and powerful and seems to appear literally from nowhere. It’s a remarkable engineering achievement that is going to change the way we look at fans. For more great fans, check out our high velocity fans review.
Air Multiplier technology
10 airflow settings
Available in six colors
- Weight6.83 pounds
Looks alone make it a first rate conversation piece
Virtually maintenance free operation
2 year limited warranty
You could buy a dozen standard fans for the price
The 783 sidesteps the oscillating action of most fans in favor of creating a vortex of air that can be felt throughout the room all the time, instead of only when the fan is on you. The effect is much more like that of an air conditioner rather than a fan and you’ll appreciate that during the next summer heat wave. The Vornado also is also adjustable and offers 3 air flow speeds.
Engineered with the company’s Vortex Technology
Adjustable height and air flow angle
3 air speed settings
Weight 12 pounds
- Weight12 pounds
Does a great job keeping the air moving in hot weather
The blade guard is easy to remove for cleaning
Very stable due to the wide circular base
May present a tripping hazard if placed in traffic lanes
When we originally researched this article, we picked the Lasko 3720 to be on our list. Since then, they’ve released an upgrade to the fan and renamed it the Lasko 3733. This box fan looks pretty much identical to the last model, and even on closer inspection, it’s hard to tell them apart. Actually, they move about the same amount of air, but the Lasko 3733 is a little bit smaller and lighter to move around. It’s not a huge upgrade, but we thought it was worth adding to this list.
It’s still got the top knob control to adjust the airspeed, three different speeds, and save smart technology, so it costs less than 2 cents an hour to run. Plus, it has that easy-to-carry handle and a patented safety plug. This isn’t a huge upgrade, but if you like this style of fan, this model is definitely our favorite.
3 quiet speeds
Patented safety plug
- Weight6.8 pounds
Reliable and sturdy – hard to knock over.
Slightly smaller than the last model.
Made in the USA.
Still not the quietest fan around.
The Vornado Silver Swan table fan wholeheartedly embraces an Art Deco aesthetic that is well-thought out and beautifully executed. If you have retro style appliances in your kitchen this will fit right in. Besides being delicious eye candy the metal construction of the Silver Swan also means it’s not going to crack or break if knocked over. Beyond that there are 3 speed settings, large blades that kick out the air and the option to oscillate.
Fabricated from die cast metal
Oscillates and tilts with 3 speed settings
Ideal size for the kitchen or home office
Weight 7.5 pounds
- Weight7.5 pounds
An attractive Art Deco throwback design
Quite durable as you might imagine
The 5 year warranty is nice to have
It’s not going to match the decor in some rooms
This fan is another one that’s been updated since we first wrote this Buying Guide. When we came across the Klarstein Neo Stream, we knew it had to be included. It’s only been released recently, so it has some of the latest technology in cooling technology. The best feature is the 3D cooling – it can oscillate a full 90º vertically and 60º horizontally. That means you get a powerful stream of cool air in every corner of the room.
It’s also super quiet. With a maximum decibel reading of 58dB, you can leave this fan on when you’re sleeping, watching TV, or doing anything really. Other features we like are the automatic and manual mode, that has the options of three different wind speeds and eight different speed levels. And, the adjustable height – not many fans have this feature and it makes it much more versatile. We also love the fact that you can control the fan from a touch panel or remote control, so you don’t even have to get out of your chair.
3 wind speeds
Touch controls and remote controls
- Weight9.9 pounds
3D cooling fills the whole room.
Plenty of wind and speed options.
More expensive than other similar fans.
One of the new generation of bladeless fans that promise to revolutionize the industry. While the Dyson Air Multiplier goes for a streamlined minimalist design the pureFlow QT7 embraces a more generous, bubble type profile. This design is more than just a way to separate it from other air cooler fans however. It also serves to allow for 90 degree horizontal and vertical oscillation. It’s ideal for the home office or kitchen or even the kids’ room since there’s no danger of blade-related injury.
12 different speed settings
Highly energy efficient
Bladeless design is safe for kids and pets
Weight 6 pounds
- BrandGreenTech Environmental
- Weight6 pounds
90 degree horizontal and vertical oscillation can’t be beat
Small but effective even in medium sized spaces
Uses as little as 2 watts of power
Not intended to cool a big room
The Black+Decker BFSR18B Stand Fan comes with 3 speed settings, 18 inch blades, both height and tilt adjustability and a remote that lets you control it from across the room. The BFSR18B also features rock solid engineering and build quality, a simple clean design and the company’s 3 year limited warranty. Toss in the ability to oscillate, the intuitive control panel and an affordable price and you have value winner. Be sure to also check out our list of the best desk fans for more great items like this.
Adjust speed, tilt, oscillation and height
Certified UL safe
Convenient remote included
Weight 17 pounds
- Weight17 pounds
Does a great job with larger rooms
Attractive design isn’t going to drag down your decor
Automatic shut off timer is always a great safety feature
The tiny remote is easy to lose track of
While bladeless fans are making noise at the periphery of the industry there is still plenty of market demand for affordable and dependable bladed fans and the Comfort Control Oscillating fan from Honeywell is among the best. Everything here is clear and concise. The fan is nice and quiet at each of its 3 speeds, has durable 12’ blades that move lots of air and is easy to assemble or disassemble for cleaning. It features 85 degrees of oscillation and carries a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty.
3 adjustable speed settings
Tilts and oscillates to bring cool air where you need it
Metal grille is easily removed for cleaning
Weight 7 pounds
- Weight8.2 pounds
A simple, durable, dependable table fan for home or office
It’s very light and easily moved where you need it
Affordable price point makes it an easy choice
No frills means no frills
Like the Vornado Silver Swan the Lasko R12210 Metal Table Fan embraces its design possibilities. The retro look here is difficult to pin down to any specific time but that hardly matters unless you’re looking for a specific period. The bottom line is that it provides 3 speed settings, the ability to tilt and oscillate and sturdy metal construction that won’t shatter if you knock it over. And all this is wrapped in a sumptuous oil-rubbed satin finish bronze that’s going to look great no matter where you put it. And if your are often on the reoad, check out our RV air conditioners, for more great products like this.
90 degrees of oscillation
Speed settings discretely set on the back
Weight 9.5 pounds
- Weight9.6 pounds
More than just a pretty face
Durable metal construction
Little extra weight means it’s not as prone to tipping
Definitely needs to be on a table to be effective
Sometimes it’s difficult to find a cooling fan that fits with your contemporary decor but the Rowenta VU2660 is the exception. It sports a sleek minimalist design that melds into the background as it goes about the job of allowing you to keep the air conditioner turned off. The 12” blades move nearly 1,700 cubic meters of cool air every minute meaning it’s the only fan you’ll need for the bedroom, kitchen or living room in the hot weather. Comes with a handy remote that lets you adjust your settings from across the room.
Extremely quiet at just 35 decibels
5 speed settings
Sleek modernist design profile
Weight 8 pounds
- Weight8 pounds
Provides some intense cooling when set on turbo boost
Pumps out a lot of air without making a lot of noise
The sleek design is perfect for modern decors
A bit more than we like to spend on a table fan
The Honeywell HT-908 Turbo Force Room Air Circulator offers an ideal method of breaking off from your air conditioner for a while whilst also saving your pocket. it adds to your personal cool whilst providing the entire room the soothing sensation it needs for your comfort. You can easily perform your duties without feeling hot and sweaty or lay back and enjoy the moment. It sports a unique aerodynamic design to optimize fresh air distribution in order to provide the cool air effect in any room up to a distance of 32 feet.
The Turbo Force is compact and excellent when placed on the floor and it features three-speed and 90-degree pivoting head. The powerful motor generates silent hum that will not distract you, neither will it interfere with your concentration or conversation but will likely lull you to sleep or keep you in good company. It operates on 120 V AC power supply and so is so energy efficient. This powerful Turbo tabletop or floor fan weighs an incredible 5.7 pounds and costs an amazing $27.49.
Wide area cooling effect
90-degree pivoting head
Compact and excellent when placed on a table and on the floor
Unique aerodynamic design to optimize fresh air distribution
- Weight5.7 pounds
Cooling Fans Buyer’s Guide
How We Chose Our Selection of cooling fans
We choose our selection of cooling fans based on the following criteria;
Brand - The brand of a product determines its quality. A good brand simply indicates that that product had undergone extensive and continuous use and has consistently been found to be of good value and quality when standing the test of time. A good brand, therefore, means that customers have a very good perception of that product and when given the chance, will go for it over and over again.
Price - Even though many people equate high price to high quality, it is clear, as a result of years of research, that not all quality products come with a high price and not all high priced products are of high quality. But the trend above is generally correct. Since the input resources might be costly, most high-priced products are of reasonably high-quality. However, what is important still is to aim at a reasonably priced product with the available financial resources you have. If you can marshal a bit more money, with some good search, you will get a quality product that is durable and will perform as stated.
Reviews - Reviews are given by real people who have actually used the product. It is very hard for any product to get a hundred percent positive review, but by looking at the trends, we can judge how customers perceive the item and so can be in a good position to form an opinion on its quality. High quality and performing products attract more positive than negative reviews and the greater the percentage of positive reviews, the higher the quality of the product.
Features to Look For in a Cooling Fan
Size - There is the general saying that size matters, and if applied to cooling fans, the smaller the size, the more attractive the fan. This might be because many people are optimizing space for competing gadgets and items. So, if you can get a fan that can deliver the same power and performance as others but will occupy less space, the better. Additionally, there is the belief that if the product is smaller, it is more efficient
Power - Simply put, the more power a cooling fn has, the more airflow it can circulate. That is not to say that the efficiency of the motor does not matter.
Weight - As explained for size, the weight of a cooling fan follows the same argument. The lighter the fan, the more quality it is. However, some manufacturers may decide to use superior parts which come at a greater weight.
Noise Output - Cooling fans are getting more and more silent quiet because no one wants the fan to disturb the peace or interfere with other activities in the room. Furthermore, once someone is in the mood to relax or sleep, that person does not want to be disturbed or interrupted. Therefore the more silent and quiet the fan, the better it is. Silence also means a good technology had gone into the product and the likelihood of wear and tear of internal moving parts will be less, and hence durability will be enhanced
Types of Cooling Fans
Ceiling fans are hung or attached securely to the ceiling of the room or structure by means of well-secured hooks for that purpose and rotate in a horizontal fashion by means of blades.
Pedestal fans are rotating blade fans with blades that are generally larger and wider and are used for bigger rooms and spaces.
Tower fans do not employ rotating blades to circulate air but rather, use impeller blades in cylinder housing to move the air through a column and direct this air in the required direction.
Cooling Fans FAQ
Q: Cooling Fan Vs Air Conditioner - Which is Better?
A: It depends on the use of the product. Cooling fans circulate air around bodies within an area based on the surrounding temperature. Thus, if the temperature is high, the fan will circulate the same and vice versa if it is low. On the other hand, air conditioners pick up the surrounding air, conditions, filters and cools it by means of a refrigerating system to give a fresher, cooler output.
Q: How to Maintain a Cooling Fan
A: For the life span of the fan to extend, it needs periodic cleaning and maintenance of individual parts to remove gathered dust. Some people also decide to oil some components to reduce friction, especially the moving parts of the motor. Whatever the case may be, be cautious the way you remove and fix back the parts since any misalignment can lead to electrical shock. If you are not sure of the way to clean it, consult with a qualified electrical technician.