12 Best floor fans for cooling in 2017

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Introduction

Keeping cool

With summer fast approaching many people will be looking at effective ways to remain cool in their homes or workplaces.

There are a number of ways to keep cool in summer – wearing fewer clothes and  drinking cold drinks are generally quite popular choices, but sometimes that isn’t enough and you need to do more to stay cool. You can open all the windows of your home or workplace to improve air circulation and hopefully catch a bit of through-breeze to cool off further, but sometimes that isn’t enough to cool down to the desired level either. Sometimes what you really need is a little help from elsewhere, perhaps a machine of some sort. But what sort of machine can help?

Floor fans

Floor fans are the perfect solution to any heatwave that might be experienced. They are portable, easy to transport and can be set up just about anywhere.

Floor fans can be directed straight at one area or set to oscillate so they can cover a wider area. They come with many different speed settings for an increased or decreased flow of cool air, so they can be adjusted depending on the needs of the individual.

Some are best for close up use for one individual and some cover a much bigger area.

Floor fans start at a very reasonable price and range from fairly basic models to more expensive multi-functioning fans.

Whether it’s just a little warm or it’s the hottest summer on record, a floor fan is a must have item for any home or office. Whatever your needs, there’s a floor fan that’s right for you.

There’s no need to suffer in the heat when you can let a fan cool you down, but in a crowded market place it’s not always easy to know what the best options are when it comes to making a purchase.

You need to keep cool and you need a floor fan asap. You also need help in making a decision about which floor fan best satisfies your cooling needs.

So here are the 12 best selling floor fans which are currently available.

12 Best Floor Fans review:

1. Honeywell HT-908 Turbo Force Room Air Circulator Fan, Black, 15 Inch

This floor fan is sleek and compact, it is available in black or white and there are two different models, one with 11” blades and one with 15” blades. It is incredibly portable and powerful. Little wonder than that it is the current number 1 selling floor fan.

  • It is 30% quieter than most other fans, also it produces enough white noise to partially drown out traffic and other street noise without compromising the sound from your TV or radio
  • This fan is super efficient and if you use it in conjunction with AC it can reduce your energy bill by up to 22%
  • There are 3 speed settings and it has enough power to be effective up to 332 feet from the unit
  • The front grille is easily removed for cleaning purposes
  • It comes with a one year warranty giving you further peace of mind

Its size makes it the perfect floor fan for moving from room to room or even taking with you when you travel. It’s easy to store when not in use too.

The general consensus among users is that this floor fan is excellent value for money from a trusted manufacturer. There are so few negative customer experiences and comments attached to this product that it could almost be described as the perfect floor fan.

The only real negatives are that it is made of plastic – which is a pretty hard, durable plastic in this case – and can be prone to breaking or cracking if dropped. The rear grille is hard to remove if you wish to fully clean the fan and it can also not be wall mounted like some other Honeywell models.

2. Lasko 4000 Air Stik Ultra-Slim Oscillating Fan

This model of floor fan is also known as a tower fan and from its appearance it’s obvious why. Tower fans are tall and thin and as such take up very little floor space. They are perfect for a small apartment or a space-deprived work area. Lasko is an American firm which has been manufacturing home comfort products for over 100 years. They sell worldwide and are still owned by the Lasko family, so it’s fair to expect quality from this brand. This model compares favourably price-wise to similar models from other manufacturers.

  • This fan has two quiet speed settings meaning you can remain cool without any unnecessary noise distraction
  • It has LED illuminated controls so it can be used in the dark
  • It oscillates for a greater coverage
  • It has a patented fused safety plug and is ETL listed for safety which gives you peace of mind whenever you leave the fan unattended and in use
  • It comes fully assembled so on a hot day after purchase it can be pulled from the box, plugged in and you can begin to use it within seconds
  • It comes with a one year warranty giving you further peace of mind

Some users say the high setting produces a little too much noise, but overall the majority of users are very pleased with this product. There are reports of total malfunction in a very few cases and also there are several units which make errant noises after prolonged usage.

3. Lasko 3300 20″ Wind Machine 3 Speed Cooling 3300

Another product from Lasko and the name of this fan tells you all you really need to know about it – it’s powerful and coolness is guaranteed.

  • It has a carrying handle for ease of transportation
  • This fan is ETL listed for safety which gives you peace of mind whenever you leave the fan unattended and in use
  • It has a pivoting head which means you have a lot of choice in where you direct the airflow from it
  • The fan has three speeds and is relatively quiet when in use meaning you can remain cool without any unnecessary noise distraction
  • It comes with a one year warranty giving you further peace of mind

One drawback that users have pointed out with this particular model is that the motor is uncovered and exposed and is therefore unsuitable for outdoor operation. That aside most agree that this fan is great for keeping cool and it functions well even when used in periods in excess of 12 hours at a time.

As with the previous Lasko floor fan, some users report that the fan begins making strange noises after prolonged usage in some cases.

4. Holmes 36 Inch Oscillating Tower Fan with Remote Control

Here is another tower fan, but this one comes with a remote control so there is no need to get out of your favorite armchair to adjust the settings. The manufacturer boasts it is “narrow design, wide cooling coverage”. It is available in black or silver.

  • This fan has three quiet speed settings meaning you can remain cool without any unnecessary noise distraction
  • It has LED illuminated controls so can be used in the dark
  • It oscillates for a greater coverage, close to 180 degrees
  • It has a an automatic shut off timer which is a great safety feature and will cut your energy bill should you ever forget to switch it off
  • The fan can be programmed to run for up to 8 hours
  • It comes with a three year warranty giving you further peace of mind

After a while this model is said to produce some noise when it oscillates, but it has longevity with some user reporting using it for up to 12 hours a day for a year without encountering any problems.

A con is that while this floor fan is relatively cheap many users say that it isn’t made to the highest quality. Blade rattling and poor performance are among the regular reports and some even had the problem of poor air circulation from their model, saying that many other makes of floor fan were better.

5. Lasko #2520 Oscillating Stand Fan, 16″, White

This is more of a traditional floor fan, the kind that perhaps comes to mind when you think of this kind of product – a fan on a stand. It comes in white and is surprisingly lightweight for its size.

  • This fan has three speed settings, all of which are very quiet meaning you can remain cool without any unnecessary noise distraction
  • It has a patented fused safety plug and is ETL listed for safety which gives you peace of mind whenever you leave the fan unattended and in use
  • It is incredibly easy to assemble and requires no tools
  • It has a wide area of oscillation for full room coverage
  • Can easily be disassembled for storage when not in use
  • It comes with a one year warranty giving you further peace of mind

Some users reported that this fan is a little louder than other models and it is not recommended for using while you sleep as a result. A few users reported operational problems with this model in that it failed to work at all after only a few weeks of usage.

Unfortunately, as with other Lasko fans on this list, this one does seem to be prone to making errant noises once it has been used for a while.

6. Soleaire FIRTANA-20X Multi Purpose High Velocity Floor Fan, 20″

This fan is robust and stylish and with a 20” blade it is a fan suitable for larger rooms. Also available in an 18” model.

  • It has three different quiet speed settings meaning you can remain cool without any unnecessary noise distraction
  • The fan is UL Certified which ensures compliance with safety regulations and also gives you peace of mind
  • The housing is metal and very durable which means it can withstand a knock or two without affecting its productivity
  • It comes with a one year warranty giving you further peace of mind
  • It is tilt adjustable giving you freedom and control over the direction of air flow from the unit

Users report that the fan doesn’t vibrate or move on carpets or hardwood floors unlike many other models. The fan is also said to be a little bit on the loud side, ruling out usage whilst sleeping. Another common criticism is that it is too strong. Some users report that it is perhaps a little too powerful even on the lowest speed setting, but almost all agree that this fan works well over a long period of time.

7. Lasko 2519 Wind Tower Fan with Remote Control

This is another great model from Lasko and it’s another slim tower fan. These fans don’t take up much space and are fairly unobtrusive in the corner of a room or workspace.

  • It has a remote control so there is no need to get up to change the speed setting or oscillation
  • This fan has wide oscillation coverage of approximately 180 degrees
  • It has a patented fused safety plug and is ETL listed for safety which gives you peace of mind whenever you leave the fan unattended and in use
  • It has a carrying handle, making it easy to transport and the remote control can be stored on the body of the fan when not in use
  • It has a 7 hour timer which is programmable
  • 3 speed settings, all of which are quiet meaning you can remain cool without any unnecessary noise distraction
  • It comes with a one year warranty giving you further peace of mind

This fan requires some assembly to the base, but it is easy to do and comes with concise instructions. The base to tower fixture has been described by many as “inadequate” and in many cases this has led to the unit toppling over. Noise is another recurrent problem – as well as noise from the fan itself several people have noted a loud noise when it reaches either end of its oscillation arc after repeated usage.

8. Lasko 2521 Oscillating Stand Fan, 16-Inch, Black

This traditional fan on a stand is very sleek in appearance and is ideal for use in the home or at the office.

  • The fan has an oscillating range of 90 degrees
  • It has a patented fused safety plug and is ETL listed for safety which gives you peace of mind whenever you leave the fan unattended and in use
  • It has three different speeds and easy to use controls
  • The height of the fan can be adjusted up to 47”
  • It is incredibly easy to assemble and requires no tools
  • Can easily be angled up or down giving you freedom and control over the direction of airflow
  • Can easily be disassembled for storage when not in use
  • It comes with a one year warranty giving you further peace of mind

The most common criticism of this particular fan is that it has a smaller ranger of oscillation than many other models. The 90 degree oscillation range is quite small and is certainly worse than most other oscillating models in that respect. Also the noise of the fan is generally considered to be a bit loud. Users, as with several other Lasko products, report that strange noises begin to occur after the fan has been used for a long time. It is however when fully extended one of the tallest fans on the market.

9. MaxxAir HVFF 20 UPS High Velocity 20-Inch Floor Fan

This fan is fairly compact and easy to transport. It’s pretty durable too, so it can withstand a few knocks without compromising its operation.

  • The fan head is adjustable, giving you freedom and control over the direction of airflow
  • The highly durable frame is made from steel making it one of the most robust floor fans currently on the market
  • It has three quiet speed settings meaning you can remain cool without any unnecessary noise distraction
  • It has a thermally protected PSC motor and is incredibly energy efficient
  • The power cable is 64” in length meaning it doesn’t need to be placed right next to a power outlet
  • It comes with a one year warranty giving you further peace of mind

If you want to clean this fan it is very difficult to remove and reassemble the housing. Several people noted that the fan became less efficient over time and a few even reported complete engine burnout. This is ok if it happens during the one year warranty period, but a great number of users said they thought other makes and models of fan were better than this one.

10. Optimus F-4092 9-Inch Industrial-Grade High-Velocity 2-Speed Fan

This stylish fan packs quite a punch and is ideal for use at home or the office. It is fairly lightweight and easy to carry and transport. It is described as an “industrial grade, high velocity fan”.

  • The fan has an aluminium blade and is more durable than those with plastic blades
  • It is fitted with a powerful, high torque, two speed motor
  • The frame is constructed from reinforced metal and can withstand a few knocks without impeding performance
  • It comes with a one year warranty giving you further peace of mind
  • The fan is very lightweight (2.6 pounds) for an industrial model

The general consensus of users of this floor fan is that it is not the best on the market. It only has two speeds where most other models have at least three, it makes too much noise and in many cases it ceased to function at all after only a short amount of time. “Industrial grade” is generally seen as something of a misnomer, certainly performance wise. People agree that its appearance is industrial but its output is not. It is seen as a reasonable floor fan for one at the lower end of the price spectrum.

11.MaxxAir HVFF14UPS 14-Inch High Velocity 3-Speed Floor Fan

This floor fan is incredibly durable and is suitable for home, office or even industrial use. It also looks very stylish and minimalist in its metal frame.

  • The fan can be angled in any which way within 360 degrees giving you freedom and complete control over the direction of airflow
  • It has a powder coat finish which deters rust, making it ideal for outdoor use
  • The power cable is 64” in length meaning it doesn’t need to be placed right next to a power outlet
  • It has three quiet speed settings meaning you can remain cool without any unnecessary noise distraction
  • This fan has an efficient thermally protected PSC motor
  • It comes with a one year warranty giving you further peace of mind

Users are almost unanimous in their opinion that this model of floor fan is incredibly well built and works as it should. The only regular criticism anyone had of it is that it is a little louder than they would like it to be. Some others complained that either the stand was warped or the rubber feet were incorrectly placed on it and as a consequence the fan had a tendency to rock when in use.

One major concern is that it isn’t UL certified which doesn’t give the consumer peace of mind at all.

12. MaxxAir BF24TFYELUPS 24-Inch High Velocity Air Movement Two Speed Portable Air Circulator, Yellow

Don’t let this floor fan’s industrial appearance put you off. It works just as well as any other MaxxAir fan, if not better. It is designed with workshops, basements and patios in mind, but there’s nothing stopping you using it in the home or office if you want to.

  • This fan can be tilted within a 180 degree range giving you freedom and more control over the direction of airflow
  • The power cable is 96” in length meaning it doesn’t need to be placed right next to a power outlet
  • The grille is rust resistant making it ideal for outdoor use or use in slightly damp (but not wet) conditions
  • Circulates air comfortably at distances of up to 25 feet
  • Two powerful low noise speed settings meaning you can remain cool without any unnecessary noise distraction
  • It comes with a one year warranty giving you further peace of mind

The main concern with this model of fan is the price. It pays to remember that this is really designed for industrial use though and compares very favourably price-wise with similar models by other manufacturers.

Another con is the weight. As it is industrial grade it is fairly large and heavy – 30x16x32 inches and weighs in at 35 pounds. It is on wheels, but portable in the traditional sense it isn’t. Certainly not the kind of floor fan you would want to carry up several flights of stairs.

Choosing the right floor fan for you – factors to consider

Now all that remains is to choose the fan that best suits your needs. Some fans are louder than others, some have a wider oscillating range, some are taller, some are more durable and some are less easily damaged. These are all factors which you will need to consider before making a purchase. Everybody’s lifestyle and needs are different and that’s why it’s good to have a range of choice.

            Space

Everyone’s home is different. Some people have lots of space and some not so much. Some homes have large, open rooms and some have small, poky ones. Some rooms have huge, high ceilings and some have relatively low ceilings. With the variety of floor fans on the market now there is a model which suits your home regardless of its size.

The same applies to offices. Some are large, open plan affairs and others are tiny rooms for one person. You need to think about the kind of coverage your fan will need to have. You’ll also need to take into account that not everybody in the office might be feeling the heat as much as you are, so you might want a floor fan which can be angled away from them and that doesn’t provide as much coverage as some do. The distance at which fans stop being effective can vary wildly and this needs to be thought about.

            Climate and outdoor temperature

The climate where you live could also influence the choice of floor fan you make. Some people’s summers are not as warm as other people’s so you need to ask yourself how powerful a floor fan you will really need.

            Portability and transportation

Portability could be a factor too. Maybe you’ll have the floor fan in your living room or kitchen during the day and you’ll take it to your bedroom at night. Maybe you’ll want to take it with you on holiday, whether that’s to a hotel or bed and breakfast or if you have rented a cottage. You might use at home  and in the office. There are numerous reasons people might need to carry or transport a floor fan and you need to consider how portable the unit is. Large, cumbersome fans are no good for this. You need something lightweight, something with a carrying handle or if it’s a stand fan, one which can be disassembled for ease of transportation.

            Using in an industrial setting

On the other hand your place of work might be a factory or workshop. In that case you’ll need something more powerful and the industrial type of floor fan will be best suited, unless you want to buy several smaller ones and put them about the place. Durable casing that can’t get easily damaged in a work setting will be on your list of requirements as will rust free models. You’ll also want one that doesn’t have an exposed motor.

            Price

And then there’s what most people will cite as the most important factor of all – price. Nobody wants to pay over the odds for anything, least of all a new floor fan. Nobody wants to buy poor quality just because it’s cheap either. Luckily there are plenty of floor fans at both ends of the price spectrum and all the way in between.

            Noise level

Generally with most models of floor fan there is the tendency for some people to say that they are too loud. While some will undoubtedly be louder than others it’s incredibly unlikely there is an absolutely 100% silent fan on the market, but if you intend to operate your floor fan while you’re asleep then this is definitely something to bear in mind.

            Mobility

Perhaps you have mobility problems? Then you will definitely be thinking of a floor fan which is both programmable and comes with a remote control to save you having to get up to stop or start it.

            Height

Is your floor fan tall enough? You might want one literally on the floor, but you might want the cool air to be higher in the room. Perhaps your work environment involves a lot of standing up. Then you could use a stand fan rather than a fan on the floor which you’ve angled upwards.

            Other fan floor uses

You might not want a floor fan to keep cool, but rather to circulate air. Many people use floor fans to help blow air from a fire or stove throughout the house during winter. Some models are well suited for this and some aren’t. You need to find out which is best for your specific usage requirements.

Conclusion

There is a floor fan for everyone’s needs though and when you find the one that ticks all the boxes for you there will be no going back and you can say goodbye to uncomfortable and sweaty days and nights in your home or work place.

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