It’s impossible to concentrate when you’re too hot. We’ve all been in that situation when you’re trying to get your work done, but the sweat is dripping down your face and your mind is on cold strong beer and cool swimming pools. If you’re office or home doesn’t have a wall aircon, you’re going to have to take matters into your own hands. You’re going to have to buy a desk fan.
Desk fans come in all sorts of shapes and designs, so you will have to pick the best one for your needs. If you have a big office, you’ll want a more powerful fan. If you like silence when you work, you’ll need a quiet one. Whatever your needs, there’s a small fan in this list to fit. Here are the 11 best desk fans on the market.
The Best Desk Fan
This futuristic-looking fan is our best choice product on this list. The first thing you’ll notice when you get it out the box is the way it looks. Instead of the classic fan design, the Aikoper USB Small Table Personal Electric Fan with Twin Turbo looks more like part of a space-ship. That means it’ll fit seamlessly into your modern office space, without ruining the feng shui of your desk. It’s not the most feature-laden desk fan on this list, but the mixture of functionality and beautiful design makes it our favorite.
Instead of a mains power lead, you plug this fan in using a USB lead. That means you can easily plug it into your PC or laptop, without the need for trailing wires. It doesn’t take up much power to say how powerful it is. It has two speeds, which gives you control over the airflow. Plus, it features Aikoper’s twin turbo cyclone technology, which provides a continuous, powerful airflow. To change the direction of this cooling fan, you simply move the body of the fan. Another cool little feature is the touch-sensitive stand – touch it once for the first speed, touch it again for a higher speed, and once again to turn it off.
- Weight11.2 ounces
The next fan on this list has more of a classic design. Except for the color, it’s exactly what you’d expect a desk fan to look like. The Holmes Lil’ Blizzard 8-Inch Oscillating Table Fan is everything you want a fan to be and nothing more. Like the Aikoper USB fan, it has two speeds. You can control these using a handle little dial on the back of the fan. That means there are no unsightly buttons on the front, keeping the design nice and clean.
This is an oscillating table fan. That means it can either stay in one place or move from side to side. This provides a wider coverage, so it’s perfect if you want to cool multiple people or if you don’t like having the airflow from the fan on you constantly. It’s super lightweight, at only 3 lbs, and small enough to put in your bag and take with you. The only complaint that this fan gets is that the fan is difficult to adjust – you have to reach around the back of the fan and adjust it manually. It takes two hands and can be a bit stiff. This is a slight inconvenience but shouldn’t put you off the fan. Our guide to the best portable air conditioners features more great products like this, so be sure to check it out.
- Weight3 pounds
This fan has an industrial look about it. It’s not dissimilar to the fans used to create wind effects in movies – just a lot smaller. If you are looking for something with a little more power than the last two fans, the Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Air Circulator Fan is definitely worth considering. Instead of the two speeds that we’ve seen on the previous fans, this little beast has three. The third speed provides a decent amount of power for a mini desk fan. In one YouTube review, the reviewer places the fan ten feet away from a duster and the fan is powerful enough to make the duster move. It’s never going to be enough to cool down a whole room like cooling tower fans, but it has plenty of power to cool you down on a hot summer’s day.
It’s made completely out of plastic but has a strong and sturdy feel to it. For the price, it’s a really high-quality small desk fan. Also, this fan has been designed specifically to be quieter than its predecessor the Honeywell HT-809 but has lost a bit of power in the process. The difference isn’t huge, but if you aren’t bothered about the noise, you might as well buy the Honeywell HT-809.
Sturdy, plastic shell
- Weight2.6 pounds
This fan looks pretty similar to the last one, except it has a metal shell. That means the OPOLAR F401 Mini USB Table Desk Personal Fan can really take a battering, so if you’re the sort of person that might drop it on the floor, this could be a really good choice for you. It’s also really cheap at less than $12, which is why we’ve chosen it as our best value desk fan. So, it’s strong and cheap, but what else does this USB desk fan have to offer?
Well, its features are pretty similar to the last couple of fans on this list. It’s powered by a 3.9ft USB cable, which means you can either plug it into your PC/Laptop or into the main power outlet if you have a USB adaptor. It’s small – the frame is only 6 inches in diameter, so it’s not going to take up your valuable desk space. One thing that sets this fan aside from the other products on this list is the one-year warranty and the 7 days a week customer care, provided by Opolar. This will set the minds of some customers at ease, knowing they can get it to replace if anything goes wrong. The angle of the fan is easily adjustable using one hand and it’s super quiet.
Sturdy, metal frame
- Weight11.2 ounces
The Honeywell HTF210B Quiet Set Personal Table Fan is a bit more hi-tech than the first four fans in this list. For a start, it looks completely different. Instead of the round shape, you’d expect, this fan is tall and has a black grate that covers up the internal working. Some people might prefer this design, but it’s a personal choice really. The benefit of it being tall is that you get a lot of coverage. Instead of it just hitting your chest or face, this fan can cover it all. That means you feel cooler.
The next big difference is the controls. It has a light-up touch-screen with four different settings on (sleep, white noise, refresh, power cool). This is basically a fancy way of saying it has four power settings, but it’s still a nice design. The light on the touch controls dims again when it’s not being used. It’s powered using a DC motor, that saves up to 50% more energy than a standard AC motor. It’s also an oscillating fan, which means it moves from side to side. Plus, it has a handy auto turn-off feature – you can set the fan to turn off automatically, perfect for if you just want some help falling to sleep. Make sure you also check out guide to the best cordless fans, for more great products like this.
- Weight2.69 pounds
The Fancii Small Personal Desk USB Fan has a really simple design that would lend itself to any modern office. It comes with either a black or white outer shell and a functional metal stand. The stand can be adjusted to point the fan in different directions. This is a design that we haven’t seen yet from a desk fan on this list. It’s actually a really simple and effective way of making the fan adjustable, without the need for fiddling around with buttons or screws. This is one of the only fans that can be tilted 180 degrees, which makes it probably the most versatile desk fan on here.
At just over 6 inches, this high-velocity fan is small enough not to take up important desk space. Inside there are two fans, which gives you double the cooling power. Plus, it is 25% quieter than similar models. This is something that the company puts as a feature, but we can’t be exactly sure which models these are. Either way, it’s a quiet fan. It’s lightweight and portable and plugs in using a USB lead. It has two-speed settings and is powerful enough to keep one person cool.
Tilts 180 degrees
25% quieter than similar models
- Weight8 ounces
The Arctic-Pro Mini Desk OSCILLATING Tower Fan is another tall tower-shaped fan. Like the Honeywell HTF210B, it has a tall body and a grate on the front that hides the fan’s inner workings. The main feature of this fan is how quiet it is. The company boasts of a ‘whisper quiet operation’. That makes it the perfect fan for sleeping or for people that like to work with minimal distractions. It only has two speed settings (low and high), but these two settings provide enough versatility to work in different environments
It’s an oscillating fan, which means it moves from side to side by 75 degrees. This means you can either have it directed at you or moving around the room circulating the air. Artic-Pro provides a 30-day money back guarantee. They say they’re so confident in their product that they don’t mind giving customers every penny back. Some customers have complained that it lacks power, but that is generally because they have bought it expecting a larger fan. This fan is designed to be put on your regular or standing desk, right in front of you. If you do that, it has plenty of power.
Whisper quiet operation
Oscillates – 75 degrees
- Weight2.45 pounds
The Vornado Flippi V6 Personal Air Circulator Fan looks more like a coffee machine than a desk fan. But don’t let that put you off – it’s an awesome little product. The cool design comes in 5 different colors (black, bliss blue, coral blush, midnight blue, and vintage white), which means you can match it to the other gadgets on your desk. It’s not the biggest or most powerful desk fan on this list, but it still has enough power to cool you down if you have it positioned right.
The fan part adjusts horizontally, so you can easily adjust it to blow cold air onto your face or your chest. However, it doesn’t move from side to side, which means it can’t be used to circulate the air in the room. To be honest, fans of this size aren’t powerful enough to circulate the air in a room, so they don’t really need to oscillate. It has two-speed settings, which are controlled by a handy little dial at the bottom of the fan. Vornado’s signature Vortex air circulation provides enough power for a desk fan.
5 color options
Vortex air circulation
- Weight1 pounds
Vornado has cleverly jumped aboard the trend of using copper colors to make products look like a mixture of industrial and futuristic. This stems from the steampunk brand of science-fiction. The Vornado Pivot Personal Air Circulator Fan actually looks more modern than it does industrial, but the copper still works. It also comes in three other colors – champagne, ice white, and storm gray – to match to the rest of the tech on your desk.
Like the last fan, it has Vornado’s signature Vortex air circulation. But, unlike the last fan, it has three different speed settings. This gives you more choice of power and makes this a more versatile fan. You can adjust the fan horizontally using your hand and it is easy to move around if you want to change its position. It has an impressive 6-foot power cord, which makes it really handy if you want to move it from your desk to your bed stand. Plus, Vornado provides a 3-year satisfaction guarantee. That shows that they have a huge confidence in the quality of their product. For more great cooling products, check out our guide to the best bladeless fans.
4 color options
3-year satisfaction guarantee
- Weight1.7 pounds
The Lasko 4000 Air Stik Ultra-Slim Oscillating Fan is the final tower-shaped fan in our list. It’s a little bit more expensive than many of the fans in this list, but still isn’t going to break the bank when you compare it to larger fans. At 14 inches tall, it can stand on your desk without taking up much room at all. The sleek design lends itself to a modern office but could fit in just about anywhere.
You can tell the extra quality in this product – the buttons feel good, the outer-shell is nicely designed, and the fan works really well. It’s quieter than most fans, even on its highest setting, so it won’t cause you much distraction when you are trying to work. It has two-speed settings, which are both super quiet. It also oscillates from side to side, meaning you can cool multiple people or circulate the air around yourself. This is a high-quality desk fan – you pay a little extra for it, but the quality is worth the money. Be sure to also check out our guide to the best air purifiers.
- Weight2.5 pounds
At around 10x the price of the other fans on this list, we had to choose the Dyson Cool AM06 10 inch Air Multiplier Desk Fan as our premium product. This gadget is in a league of its own when it comes to desk fans – it works in a completely different way and is such a high-quality product that it can’t really be compared to other desk fans. Probably the biggest and most noticeable difference is the fact that there are no blades. We’re not going to go into detail about how it works, just that it pushes out one continuous flow of air that is much more powerful than normal desk fans.
The fact that it doesn’t have blades makes it much safer for children, although they will be intrigued by it because it looks so cool. It’s quieter too – because you don’t get any blade noise, this is the quietest fan on this list by far. It has 10 airflow settings and has a sleep mode as well. You can also completely control the oscillation, change the direction at which it moves around the room. This is by far the best fan on this list, but it’s a lot of money to spend on cooling yourself down.
- Weight6.85 pounds