Welcome to the Icy Spot, where we offer as much advice as we can on buying the best electric fans for home use. There are a lot of choices out there and often it can get confusing as to which is the best type of fan to use. The table below should really help give you a quick start. This provides a good overview of what is actually available in the market.
As you can see below, there are a variety of fans, that can be used around your home. The table will show you, which are the best suited for specific purposes. Underneath the table, you will find more information on each of the individual fan types.
Which Fan Should You Buy?If you are not certain which fan to buy, then this quick guide will really help you out. I have described the most used fans below and also recommended the best rooms in your home to use them.
|Pedestal Fan||Tower Fan||Floor Fan||Table/Desk Fan||Window Fan||Ceiling Fan|
|Description||These are circular fans on a pedestal with blades inside a cage||Space saving fan and perfect for rooms with limited space.||These are high velocity fans and popular in workshops, garages and basements||These are small fans that can sit on a desk and will keep the immediate air cool.||Designed for hung or slider windows. They pull in fresh air.||These hang from the ceiling and have spinning blades|
|Type of Airflow||High||Medium to High||High||Low||Medium||High|
|Appearance||A round base with stand||Slim rectangular shape||Small stand on the floor||Sits on a small stand and some are clip on||Low profile||Hung from ceiling|
Office Meeting Rooms
|Size of Room||Large||Medium to Large||Large||Small Area||Large||Large|
|Discover More||Read More About Pedestal Fans||Read More About Tower Fans||Read More About Floor Fans||Read More About Table Fans||Read More About Window Fans||Read More About Ceiling Fans|
Best Electric Fans for the Home Reviews
We have done quite a number of reviews for the various types of fans in the market right now. We found the easiest way to make these simpler to understand was just to put them into comparison tables where you can easily contrast and compare the different brands who make these.
Below you will find the different types and models that are available right now with a brief description of where they can be used for best effect.
Fan Buying Guide
We also thought it would be really useful if we included a buying guide for the different fans on the market. You can check that out by clicking here. This is a detailed buyer’s guide that we highly recommend you read before spending any money on a fan for your home. There are many different types available. You therefore need to find the right one for your own specific purposes.
Best Ceiling Fans
These come in a variety of choices and a whole lot of styles. More often than not they will also have a light as this style of fan usually hangs from the centre of the room. These are a lot cheaper to run that using air conditioning units.
Once you understand your room size and the ceiling height then you will be able to make the perfect choice for your room. People normally have these in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.
These are a very popular choice for many people, and are reasonably easy to fit. If in doubt though get an electrician to install it for you. Many of these come with a light as well as the main fan.
Best Pedestal Fans
Some people prefer the pedestal fan and for larger rooms that is probably a better choice. The good news is there is plenty of choice and a whole range of manufacturers make these. These are also the ideal solution for small offices, and especially for meeting rooms.
On that page you will be able to find a comparison table that compares the highest rated pedestal versions on the market right now.
These are also very popular when it comes to cooling down an office or a meeting room. Most of these will have different speeds and the top of the fan can also be set to oscillate. In the home these are mainly used in bedrooms as they are quiet and on a low setting provide a gentle breeze without the noise.
The average price is around $35-55 and you may pay a little more if you prefer the use of a remote control.
Best Tower Fans
Tower fans are ideal for rooms where space is limited or you just don’t like the look of the pedestal style. Many home owners say that pedestals discussed above, are better suited for the office, and tower styles are better in the home.
Here at the Icy Spot we would recommend tower fans for smaller homes or where space is limited.
These are more expensive than the pedestal fans we have mentioned above. They also look a lot better and that is one of the main reasons why people go for this option. some people will just not want the look of a pedestal type fan in their home, and tower fans do look a great deal better.
You can check that out for yourself by reading all about Tower Fans & Reviews by clicking here.
Best Table and Desk Top Fans
The variety of these is actually quite staggering and you are sure to find one to suit your own specific needs.
Some of these will just sit on the table, and other types can be clipped on to a table, or hung from a wall. These are all pretty inexpensive and it simply depends on what style will suit your own individual needs the best.
Just be aware that if you plan on using these on a desk where there is a lot of paper work sitting around, you will not want too powerful a fan for obvious reasons.
Best Floor Fans
Many people prefer to use floor fans or even wall mounted fans. These are a useful way of quickly cooling down a room. They are also small in size so do not take up a great deal of space. On average they cost around $45 and there are plenty of these that you can pick from.
They are made by all the leading brands, and they also come in a whole range of styles. The majority of them have a tilting up and down action. Some however have a full 360 degree tilt.
For many years these were used almost exclusively in work spaces such as garages, wood shops and in basements. More and more though, and thanks to some cosmetic changes, these are also now suitable for rooms inside the home.
People do like the fact that these are powerful, act quickly and just don’t take up a great deal of room.
Best Attic Fans
Attic fans are a great way to help cool down a home. Hot air rises up and so will linger at the highest part of the house which is of course the attic. If you can control the temperature and the flow of air in the attic, then you can certainly help control the air within your home.
Some of these can be fitted to the gable and some to the roof itself. Typically though to get the most benefit, you may need to fit a couple of these in a larger attic. It is probably a good idea to get these professionally installed.
If you are someone who is good with their hands or enjoy DIY, then you could do this by yourself, but they do need a lot more work to get them in and working.
Best Bath Exhaust Fans
As the name would suggest these are all about the bath. If you need to get rid of moisture and steam quickly, then an exhaust fan will be a very good solution for you. These are small but powerful fans that can quickly clear a bathroom.
We would also recommend getting these professionally installed especially with the amount of steam you can get from showers etc. They are not that difficult to install but like the attic fans, they do need to be properly fitted.
Again they come in a good variety of choices and we have pulled together our top 10 list to make your choices that little bit easier. Our lists are all based on ratings by actual buyers so as you know, you are getting the best products available on the market.
Best Window Fans
Ideally if you have one of each, then you can create a really good cooling system.
These are probably the easiest to set up and get working quickly. Most people will be able to have these up and running in no time. We have always found these to be a good option if you are pulling in air from the outside. We have also found that these can be noisier than some of the other options available.
Best Decorative Fans
Some people prefer to have something a little more decorative around the home. There are certainly some interesting choices when it comes to picking one of these, as you can see from the image to the right hand side.
In the main one brand appears to specialise in these and they are called Deco Breeze. They have certainly produced a very extensive collection. Many of them get very good reviews but we found them rather expensive.
Still it would be true to say that you are paying for the designer style as well ad the fan itself.
If you would like to see more decorative fan choices, then please click here.
So as you can see from the above information, there are a lot of different fan types, suitable for home use. There will be times of course, when you may need to have a combination of those fans. You could have a ceiling fan in your living room, a bath exhaust fan in your bathroom, a tower fan in the bedroom, or a simple desktop fan around your computer area.
Hopefully you now know that types exist, and what they are used for.