Dyson Air Multiplier AM06 Table Cooling Fan
Klarstein Silent Storm Pedestal Fan
Honeywell Comfort Control Oscillating Table 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 2018.
The Best Cooling Fans
Dyson Air Multiplier AM06 Table Cooling Fan
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.
Patented Air Multiplier technology
Nearly silent and completely safe
Programmable out to 9 hours
Weight 6.8 pounds
- 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
Vornado 783 Full-Size Whole Room Air Cooling Fan
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
Lasko 3720 20
The Lasko 3720 is a good example of advancing established technology. It features 3 speeds, 20” blades that really pump out the air and, crucially, the ability to use this electric fan in your window without fear of electrical shorts. In addition it’s deeper than most box fans which means it’s more stable. Lasko fans also come with the “Blue Plug”. This allows the fan to automatically shut down if it senses power surges.
Blue Plug technology for added safety
Estimated operating cost 2 cents per hour
3 speed adjustability
Weight 8.4 pounds
- Weight8.4 pounds
A reliable box fan that kicks out ample cool air
Being able to safely use it in the window is nice
Made in the USA
Not the quietest fan on the block
Vornado Silver Swan Table Fan
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
Klarstein Silent Storm Pedestal Fan
Sometimes you just need a little air movement in the kitchen and sometimes you need to get the air circulating in the biggest rooms in the house during hot weather. Enter the Klarstein Silent Storm Pedestal Fan. It will effectively circulate air in a space as large as 850 square feet and will do so in near complete silence. It has 5 operational modes to accommodate your needs and can be adjusted for height and angle. There’s also an LCD display showing which of the 12 speed settings you have chosen. Don’t forget to also check our top wall AC units guide for more great products like this.
5 different operation modes
Programmable out to 12 hours
Remote control out to 16 feet
Weight 7.8 pounds
- Weight17.1 pounds
LCD display lets you see settings from a distance
It sports a more attractive design than most
Love the auto shutdown feature
6” height adjustment is underwhelming
pureFlow QT7- Bladeless 90 degree Oscillating Fan
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
BLACK+DECKER BFSR18B 18 in. Stand Fan
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
Honeywell Comfort Control Oscillating Table Fan
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
Lasko R12210 12 Metal Table Fan
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
Rowenta VU2660 Turbo Silence Extreme Electronic Table Fan
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
Cooling Fans Buyer’s Guide
How we chose our selection of the best cooling fans
Quality - When it comes to the electric fan “quality” is a relative term. You have everything from extremely high tech state-of-the-art fans that are built to impress to box fans made of plastic that aren’t going to impress anyone and yet they do their job faithfully for years because there is quality engineering behind them. So we try to keep in mind the function of the fan when determining its level of quality.
Brand - 20 years ago the brand might have weighed heavily on our thought process. After all, there were only a relatively small number of companies making this type of fan for the US market. Today however, there are literally hundreds of brands available either direct from a brick and mortar store or over the Internet from retailers near and far, foreign and domestic. So we don’t give a lot of weight necessarily to brand. We’re looking more for overall quality and value.
Price - Price is not as important to us as value. Value is the combination of quality engineering, build quality, effectiveness, energy efficiency, noise levels and long term durability. Whichever fans do the best job in those categories get our attention regardless of price.
Features To Look For In Cooling Fans
Size - The size of the fan, that is the diameter of the blades, is one of the main considerations you need to weigh when buying a cooling fan. If all you’re looking for is a table fan to move a little air around the kitchen while you cook or on a warm spring afternoon you won’t need anything too big, maybe 8 or 10 inches. Same for a bathroom fan. If on the other hand you want to get air moving in your large living room/dining room area you’re going to need something bigger. Preferably a standing floor fan of 12 or perhaps 14 inches or more.
Power - Power and airflow go hand in hand. The more powerful the fan the greater the amount of air it will move. Airflow is measured in cubic feet per minute or CFM so when purchasing a fan for a large space you’re going to want to look at not only the size of the fan blades but how many CFM it can move. This is not such a big consideration when looking for a small table fan. But if you want to put a fan out on the deck during hot weather events it had better move some serious CFM.
Weight - Weight is something a lot of folks don’t spend time thinking about relative to their floor or table fans. But the heavier something is the more stable it is and that can be important especially if there are kids in the house. The last thing you want is for the fan to spill over on top of your youngster if they bump into it. A fan with a heavy base won’t tip over due to incidental contact but a light one probably will.
Design - Retro designs are making a big comeback in recent years and the bladeless fan represents the biggest departure from standard fan design ever. The bottom line is that today, there is a fan design to match every decor and every taste. Although taste is still a purely subjective matter.
Noise - Nobody wants a noisy mechanical fan clanging away while they’re trying to sleep. But many low-end fans are still prone to making a good deal of noise. The difference between today and a couple of decades ago is that today you don’t have to put up with noisy fans. There are any number of fans on the market now that run virtually silent.
Durability - Plastic can crack and break easily if the fan is knocked over. Conversely, if it’s left to its own devices its longevity is only limited by the quality of the motor. Metal fans on the other hand won’t crack or break if they’re knocked over, but they may begin to corrode if the atmosphere is damp and chances are good they’re going to become clang-o-matics in time.
Cooling Fan FAQs
Q: What Is A Cooling Fan?
A: A cooling fan is defined as any fan that is designed to help cool down a room, office, public space or anywhere else occupied by people. They are different than other fans that are tasked with cooling electronic equipment, car radiators or venting exhaust from kitchens, bathrooms and the like. The cooling fan takes 2 primary shapes: either as a small pedestal fan designed to sit on a table or counter top or as a standing fan that’s anywhere from about 3 to 6 feet tall.
Q: Fan vs Air Conditioner?
A: The fan vs air conditioner debate has been raging for decades but which side people come down on is almost always a matter of finance. No one in their right mind will argue with the virtues of air conditioning on a hot summer day. But at the same time air conditioning is expensive and uses a lot of electricity so it’s not very environmentally friendly either. Fans on the other hand use far less electricity than the air conditioner. Although if you get several of them going to cool down a room the difference in energy usage is not going to be all that great.
Q: How to Maintain a Cooling Fan?
A: It’s a good idea to clean your electric fan on a regular basis. Perhaps every couple of months during the warm weather months. This will help the mechanical fan run more efficiently and also stop it from blowing dirt that’s accumulated on the fan guard into your face all day. Most of today’s best cooling fans are made of plastic and come apart easily so this type of maintenance usually only takes half an hour or so using damp cloth.