Looking for the best fan? We hear you. We're now basking in glorious sunshine with a (welcomed) blanket of warm temperature which is set to be with us for the next few days. Yet with many office workers still working from home, a desk fan or floor fan could come in mighty handy to help you keep your cool. Or a bedroom fan (considered a quiet fan) could come in useful when trying to get the children off to sleep.
Yep. There are a lot of makes and models to choose from out there which can be pretty overwhelming, but don't sweat it: we've got you covered with our pick of 11 top fans. Each fan has been carefully selected and tested on build quality, number of settings and functions, ease of use, appearance, price and availability – all the important factors – so we've, essentially, done all the research for you.
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The best fan buys available today
Perfect for light sleepers, this bedroom fan is the quietest model in our round up and has claimed the number one top spot in our round up.
This fan is quiet. It has an incredible 20dB level (that’s pretty quiet as far as fans go). This model also offers a lights-on and lights-off mode, meaning you won’'t have to worry about it disturbing you – or your sleeping children – in the middle of the night.
As for airflow, this fan can move air 60° up and 80° sideways, and there are 12 fan speed settings, so you’re sure to find a level that meets your needs.
We also like the timer button: when the fan is in standby state, you can use the timer button to set an interval between one and 12 hours after which the fan will turn on.
When the fan is turned on and running, you can use the timer button to set an interval between one and 12 hours after which the fan will turn off. Useful if you tend to fall asleep hot but wake up cold as the night cools.
Cleverly, there’s an Eco button, too, which automatically changes the fan’s speed in response to the room temperature. In other words, the hotter the room, the faster the speed the fan selects automatically.
While it’s not as stylish as the Dyson fans in this guide, in terms of design, the fact that it comes in at under £100 makes this more than forgivable, in our opinion.
We've tested the MeacoFan 1056 Pedestal fan – which has exactly the same spec as this fan, just up on a pedestal – and we've rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Our verdict was that it's very quiet, effective and pretty easy on the eye so we're confident you'll love this tabletop version, too. If you want to find out more about how this fan fared, just click on the highlighted title.
Our second prize fan is a multi-functional fan that produces cold air and purifies the room at the same time.
This fan has an integrated filter that makes the air circulating in your room purer, and is a great buy for anyone suffering with allergies.
Control by remote, or smartphone
It can be controlled by remote, or synched up with your smart phone in order to control the speed settings from wherever you are in the room. Now that’s the kind of smart laziness we can get on board with.
10 speed settings
Talking of speed settings, there are 10, so you can adjust the airflow to suit your needs both day and night. There's also an auto mode to take the guesswork out of cleaning the air.
The bladeless design makes it a good choice for anyone who has kids and pets as there is less risk of any accidents. The design (which is a feature in itself) also makes the fan easy to clean as and when it needs it.
And its shape means it can be placed quite discreetly in a corner, but to be honest, we’d show it off.
Let’s talk noise levels: on the lowest speed setting, the fan is around 40dB, but on maximum speed, it’s 56dB+, which is admittedly pretty noisy.
If you’re after something to cool you down fast at the office, opt for this desk fan from Ocoopa. It can be used via USB or battery powered for fanning on the go, and it’s also meant for one-person use so you don’t have to share the cold air. Huzzah!
While this desk fan is ideal for using in the office, you can also put it in a bedroom, a nursery or use it to cool you down while cooking in the kitchen. Alternatively, it can be taken on camping trips since it’s battery powered. Our favourite part is that it has a special output port that can be used to charge a smartphone.
Built-in night light
On the side of the fan there’s a built-in night light so it can be used as a bedside lamp, too. It’s equally as ideal to pop on a changing table to help see on warmer evenings.
At just 21cm high and 21cm long, this fan is around the same size as an iPad. It can fit easily into a backpack or baby bag as well. We also love the fact that it doesn’t take up any floor space.
There are three different speeds to choose from when it comes to cooling. The first lasts for 13 hours after being fully charged and gives off a natural wind effect. The second can last for six hours while feeling like a cool wind from 10 metres away. The third and most powerful can last for three hours and is said to be as strong as the wind of a large fan.
This option is as stylish and convenient for home office for use as a desk fan, or in the bedroom as a aptly referred to bedroom fan.
Small in size
It’s a great buy for smaller homes or smaller rooms as it’s compact, and won’t overwhelm a space. Plus its retro design means it’s a decorative accessory, too.
Range of designs
Of course, its retro looks are what most people will buy this fan for. It’s shown here in cream, but there are tons of other colours to pick from, including black, steel, powder blue and red, so if you’re into looks over practicality, this is a good find.
Adjustable tilt function
The adjustable tilt function is pretty traditional, but we like it. It means you’ll be able to put this fan in the perfect position to keep you cool, whether sat at your desk or in bed.
Factors worth considering
It’s worth noting that, at its highest speed setting, this fan can be a little noisy at 60dB (on a par with the Dyson's) but lower settings make it more bearable for a bedroom, for example. Plus, this type of oscillating desk fan can sometimes be tricky to clean when it gets dusty.
If you don’t have a lot of cash to splash then this fan, simple in design and function, works incredibly well in all sized rooms.
It’s small, light and freestanding so is one of those fans you might move from room to room as the hot day progresses: home office in the day time, bedroom at night.
Unlike many other classic fans, this one comes fully assembled so you can just plug and go. Definitely the best option for convenience.
Designed with a handy tilting function, this model allows you to get maximum airflow throughout your room.
This is a great choice if you would like a floor fan as a space-saving design, and without the Dyson price tag.
Choose your level of cool
You have three speed settings to choose from with this fan and a handy remote control, so you can keep cool with minimum effort. It also has oscillating technology (which is especially welcomed in the warmer months) that circulates cool air around the room, and an eight-hour timer so you can set it to turn on or off when you need.
What's more, with Breeze and Sleep modes this is a good choice for a bedroom fan which will help you to sleep when the night's are feeling warm.
Although perhaps not the most prettiest to look at (for some anyway) this fan boasts a black and charcoal metallic finish and, thanks to it's slimline design, won't take up too much space either.
If you're looking for a quiet yet powerful fan which has multiple settings so you can use it comfortably, day and night, then this option from Dyson could be just what you've been looking for.
By fine tuning the acoustics of the fan, Dyson engineers have reduced turbulence and noise throughout the machine by channelling airflow more efficiently. In fact, this fan is so quiet it has been awarded the Quiet Mark by the Noise Abatement Society.
This blade less fan is equipped with the tech to draw in surrounding air, creating powerful air projection. It works by accelerating air through through an annular aperture, and then projecting it back out around the room so there is air constantly circulating the room, without any loss of suction power.
The handy remote control feature 10 settings which you can switch between to suit your needs. One of these settings is a sleep timer which can be programmed to turn off after preset intervals, ranging from 15 minutes to nine hours, for ease of use throughout the night. Just don't lose the controller because there's no other way of controlling this fan..
Whether it's a desk fan, a fan for the side table or bedroom you're looking for, this fan from Dimplex could the one to keep you cool when things heat up.
Compact yet powerful
Measuring just 6 inches, this small fan provides a powerful cooling effect with a reach of up to 20 metres. It has three speeds to choose from, and four angles to choose from, so you can set your desired direction of air.
The Dimplex 360 Turbo Fan is supplied with a remote control so you can operate it from afar, or you can press the buttons on the base which is handy just in case the remote does a disappearing act.
Powered by the mains, it will need to be positioned near to an electrical socket. But it does come complete with a 1.8m cord length which should be close enough to a desk, table or other suitable surface so you can keep your cool.
If you like your tripod lights then you'll LOVE this tripod fan. We've not seen many, if any others, of this design before and we think it looks very cool indeed.
This tripod floor fan has three speeds to choose from and will oscillate, too. You can even adjust the angle of inclination so you can direct the cool air to where you need it most in the room.
The tripod base is in a stunning copper and black trim which will add a mid-century vibe into a range of interiors.
Reviewers love the colour and style of this fan, but flag that it does take up a fair amount of space as a tripod so is one to bear in mind if you are in a more compact space.
If you like the look of the Dyson Pure but think it might be a little too cumbersome for a small room, then this is the best fan for you.
It's a desk fan which offers a more compact design that still has all the great features of the Pure, making it a popular purchase for those who have smart homes.
Connect and control via your smartphone
You can connect and control this fan via your smartphone or tablet device; once done, it’s incredibly easy to control.
Or using a handy remote
There’s also a remote control so you can precisely control airflow from the comfort of your bed or sofa.
Set a sleep timer
This design comes with a sleep timer, which can be programmed so the fan turns off after preset intervals – always handy for a fan you’ll be using as you drop off to sleep.
It has a night-time mode that will use its quietest settings (it’s as noisy as the Dyson Pure on its max setting) to regulate your temperature and keep the air pure throughout the night.
If you're looking for a fan to cool and a heater to warm you up, the Dyson HP04 has it all. The best bit? Unlike basic fans, which just move air about, the Dyson Pure Hot + Cold purifies the air, which is perfect during these pollen-filled days.
Purified air, in every corner
The Dyson HP04 uses Air Multiplier™ technology to project over 290 litres of smooth, purified air per second. And with 350° oscillation, the air is mixed and circulated to heat or cool you, where ever you are in the room.
In addition to this, the fully-sealed 360° filter system will removes 99.95% of allergens and pollutants from the air which is ideal whatever the weather.
Using your smart phone, the Dyson Link app lets you control your machine. This can be done whether you're at home or remotely, and it will also give you real-time reports on the air quality, temperature, humidity and filter life.
Real Homes rating 5 out of 5 stars
Read our Dyson HP04 Pure Hot + Cool Fan Heater Air Purifier review for more insight.
How to choose the best fan
Where to buy the best fan
When it comes to buying the best fan to suit your needs, there are a few factors worth bearing in mind. These include:
If you’ve only got a small room, then a desktop fan is probably enough to cool down the room, but if you’ve got a larger space a standing or floor fan will be more effective at distributing the airflow. These are better for those who suffer with sinus problems or hay fever as they won’t dry out your throat as much.
Think you might be in the market for something on the smaller side? You'll probably want to keep a look out for a desk fan, then.
If you want a fan you can use throughout the day and night, then one with variable settings will allow you to adjust the speed to accommodate your needs. At night, a lower speed setting will be quieter and less intrusive on your sleep.
If you’ve got kids around, then a bladeless fan can be safer to stop any little fingers getting caught. It should accumulate less dust making for easier cleaning, too.
An important thing to think about is the noise output from the fan. If you’re looking for a quiet fan for a bedroom, bear in mind the decibels of each model. The quietest on our list is the MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator, at just 20dB. Compare that to a washing machine cycle which spins at around 70dB or washes at around 47 to 53dB and you’ll get a good idea of what’s quiet and what isn’t.
If you have a bigger budget, try the Dyson Cool Desk Fan as it's compact, powerful and it features a night mode. Also it purifies at the same time as cooling, for peace of mind that you're breathing in clean air while you're snoozing.
How to get the most out of your fan
While you should shut windows to make air con effective, opening them to let slightly cooler outside air in works well with fans. Place them near an open window, aimed at an opposing wall. If there are no obstructions it creates a good flow, pushing air round the room and hot stale air out of the window.
If it is still really warm, fill a large plastic bottle with water and freeze it. Put this in front of the fan to cool the air.
Finally, remember that hot air rises so the cooler air will be near the floor. A small fan at floor-level, angled upwards can help move this cold air upwards.
Fan or air-con: which one is best?
Air conditioning keeps a room cool but the average central system uses nearly 50 times the watts to run than a fan. So, just think how you could reduce your electricity bill, just by swapping out air con for a fan, even if only for a few hours every day.
And, if the heat is unbearable, a fan will make your air-con that much more efficient by circulating the cold air around the room more quickly. Either way, a fan’s a good addition when there’s a heatwave.
What is the best fan?
So, let's recap...if you want to buy the best fan (in our opinion) we recommend buying the MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator, which is one of the quietest models on our list and comes in at under £100. Bargain.
you buy the Dyson TP04 Pure Cool Fan, thanks to its stylish, bladeless design, air purification function and option to cool or heat your room. Handy, or what? Although it comes with a large price tag, it’s worth the investment if you’re looking for a fan to see you through multiple summers.
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