Best Electric Fans for Home Use
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.
Electric Fan Comparison Table
If you click on any of the fan type names, you will be taken to a page where you can find detailed information about that specific fan type.
Round base with stand
These are circular fans on a pedestal with blades inside a cage
Medium to High
Slim rectangular shape
Space saving fan and perfect for rooms with limited space.
Small stand on the floor
These are high velocity fans and popular in workshops, garages and basements
Sits on a small stand and some are clip on
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.
Hung from Ceiling
These hang from the ceiling and have spinning blades
Fitted in attic on roof or gable mount
Fitted in the attic using a kit
Fitted in bathroom ceiling
Fitted in the bathroom with vents.
Electric Home Fan 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.
If you click on any of the links just below, you can read a summary review on each type. If you prefer please keep scrolling down to read about them all, and how they can help control the air in your home.
These remain one of the most popular choices for cooling down your home. We have done a full, and detailed review, of the best ceiling fans that are currently available on the market. If you click on the link at the end of this summary, you will be taken to a page just about ceiling fans and a buying guide for those.
They are known both for their cooling properties and also to help suit and enhance the décor of a room. 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.
They are fitted to the ceiling and have large blades that can spin overhead and create a strong air flow in a room.
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.
You can buy these with 3 blades, 5 blades and 6 blades. Many of these also come with a remote control.
The disadvantage of these is that you will normally need an electrician to have these fitted safely. Over time they can also get quite noisy if not maintained properly. You can fit these yourself if you are competent in working with electric.
These are popular in both homes and office for cooling down rooms or areas. The fan itself sits on top of a pedestal. Almost all of these then have an oscillating feature which rotates the fan head to help cool a larger area. The fan is housed inside a protective cage.
These are very popular with businesses and are often used in meeting rooms. These are always the best choice if you need to cool down a large room.
Some home owners 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.
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.
As I mentioned earlier, these are also very popular in garages, sheds and also in small offices that don't have any air conditioning.
The average price is around $35-55 and you may pay a little more if you prefer the use of a remote control.
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. As the name would suggest tower fans are vertical and can fit into a smaller space. They are quiet and more and more people are starting to use these.
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.
They come in a range of traditional and more contemporary styles. Again these are ideal for cooling down a smaller room such as a living room or bedroom.
The average price is around $35-55 and you may pay a little more if you prefer the use of a remote control.
These are known by a few different names such as table fans, desktop fans and often personal fans. They help blow air in a small personal space that does not impact on anyone else.
That is why they are also referred to as personal cooling devices. They can be used in the home, a home office or in an office type area. They are small and compact and usually portable. These are simply used to cool down a personal area of space.
The variety and types of these are 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.
If you have your own desk these are ideal. Also places such as counter tops, on top of tables, near a computer or any space where an individual needs personal cooling.
Those of you who work at a computer space may also find these very useful.
Many people prefer to use floor fans but they can also be 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.
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.
These are usually hard wired and controlled automatically by a thermostat. These are fitted in homes that get really warm in the summer months.
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.
As the name would suggest these are all about the bathroom or shower rooms. 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.
Having one of these fitted helps reduce that moisture quickly. That in turn helps protect paint and also helps prevent mold.
hey are also really useful for removing unwelcome odors from the bathroom if you know what I mean.
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.
Another option for increasing the air flow in a home is to fit a window fan. These work in one of two ways. They either draw in air from outside, or they push out the warm air from inside the home.
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.
For many years fans of all different types have been produced. Over those years we have all become familiar with the usual white fan, perhaps the odd metal fan and even the odd black colored fan.
Only ceiling fans and tower fans have really tried to match in with the decor that people like to have in their home.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 specialize 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.
These fans are fitted with nozzles that help create a very fine mist. This mist evaporates and makes a nice chilling breeze.
These are for outdoor use only such as in the yard, patios and decks and even on sport's fields like athletics and football.
These are becoming a very popular choice.
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Wall Mounted Fans
Now in some cases you may prefer to have your fan mounted on the wall. People tend to do this when they want the air coming to them at a particular angle or if they are limited for space.
When these are attached to the wall by a bracket, then they are up there and out of the way.
Those are ideal for those who are short on either table space or floor space. What is most important about those is that they should be able to be moved into various positions, and also have the ability to rotate..
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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 what types exist, and what they are used for.
Best Fans for an Apartment
There are quite a few options for fans if you live in an apartment, or even in a small room. There is too much detail to cover that off in a few paragraphs. Therefore we created a separate page with all that information on it.
That information includes details on window fans, floor fans and tower fans which are the most popular choices, for anyone living in an apartment.
Best Fans for Sleeping
We get asked a lot of questions on our website and one of the most popular is, what is the best fan for sleeping. In particular the area of white noise gets mentioned a lot. We have dedicated a page of our website to try and explain what that means.
On that page we also explain what are the best options so as you can get a good night's sleep, by using the right fan.
Electric Fan Full Buyer's Guide
We have produced an electric fans guide for buyers for one very specific reason. The reason for that is confusion. I know when I first started to look at finding ways of cooling there were a bewildering set of options.
There were just so many types that it was actually hard to know which were the best fan options to go for.
Any type of electrical fan primarily serves one single purpose. That purpose is to circulate the air in a space, which keeps it moving. That creates a fresh breeze and helps cool the air and also reduce the humidity in the air.
In some cases they also offer ventilation in areas where fumes or gas may be. However their prime purpose is to help cool down the home, basement, roof space, office or building.
How Does An Electric Fan Actually Work?
Before we look at the many different types of fans and the best rooms to use them in, it is worth a couple of minutes of your time to understand how they work.
That will greatly improve your buying knowledge. They have a number of parts that work together to create an air flow in a space. Those parts are:
- A motor
- A blade or blades
- Gears (on some fans)
- Safety cage
If you have a look at the video below, you can then see how they all come together to create a fan.
The reason that I put this section first is so you know what the really important parts of a fan are. The base gives it stability, the motor delivers the power, and the number of blades and their size create the breeze.
When you are looking at buying a fan, then the motor size and the quality of build are the most important elements to look out for.
Motor Size Used in Fans
The motor is usually described in two measurements known as Amperes and Watts. To the ordinary person they mean very little. The best measurement to look for is how big a space a fan can cool. However just for informational purposes Amperes refers to the current used by the motor, and watts is simply a measure of the power being used.
However as I mentioned the space a fan can cool is the most important measurement to understand.
In almost all cases that is measured in square feet. You multiply the length of the room by the breadth of the room and multiply the two.
This is important to understand for ceiling fans for a room, pedestal or tower fans for a room, or for attic fans. For smaller personal fans this measurement is not really important.
Blades on a Fan
Blades can be made from different materials. There is no huge difference in how they perform other than metal blades will last longer. Blades are usually off set, or set at angles to help create the air flow.
It is important that these are always protected by a mesh cage where applicable. Fans also come with a different number of blades ranging from 3 to 6 blades.
The number of blades does make a difference as long as they are properly set. The more blades on a fan the more efficient it will be, and the quicker they will create an airflow.
What Does An Electric Fan Do?
All a fan simply does is circulate whatever air is in a room. You get the sense that it is cooling you down simply because of the breeze. In reality though most fans simply circulate what air is present at the time. They do not actually cool the air down.
There are a couple of exceptions such as window fans and attic fans. With these type air is drawn in from outside. However be aware that if the air is hot outside, these types of fans simply draw that hot air into the home. For most people the air outside the home is generally cooler that the air inside.
That is why window fans and attic fans give the impression that they cool, whereas in actual fact, they are just pulling in usually cooler air.
They also have the disadvantage of drawing in any pollutants that might be in the air. These would not be ideal if you lived near a busy road with a lot of traffic or you lived close to a restaurant.
What Will Cool Down the Air in the Home?
To do that you will need air conditioning of some kind. Air can only be cooled down if it is passed through some type of cooling mechanism or cooling filter.
That is why many people in very hot climates simply have to have air conditioning fitted. That is of course an expensive thing to have installed and also an expensive option to run on a regular basis.
That is the main reason that many people opt for a fan. It is a much cheaper solution than paying for a full blown air conditioning solution. The fan will not cool the air at all, but it does create a breeze and it is that which actually helps cool the room down.
Is a Dehumidifier a Good Option?
For cooling purposes a dehumidifier would not be suitable at all. Dehumidifiers are used when you want to remove moisture from a space.
This could be as small as a closet or as large as a basement. They do not cool the air but they do remove moisture from the air and are ideal for keeping the air in an area dry. That helps prevent mold for example.
Is a Humidifier a Good Option?
An air humidifier is the opposite of a dehumidifier. That helps create the right amount of moisture in the air and prevents what is called dry air.
In terms of cooling the air a humidifier has zero impact in doing that.