The best fans 2019: keep your cool all summer long

The best fans do more than just help you stay cool throughout those hot summer nights. They look good or can be found at great prices, too. Find one from our pick of the best

Best fan: Stadler Form Q fan
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On the hunt for the best fan to see you through the summer months and beyond? Why suffer sweaty nights and hot days at home or in the office when the best fan can keep you cool, calm and collected? 

Whether you're looking for a quiet fan for a bedroom, fans that cool like air conditioning, desk fans, towers, standing and pedestal fans, we've got the very best to keep your home – and you – cool in hot weather. They come with a range of different adjustments and speed settings, too, so you can find the best fan to suit your needs. Jump down the page to our tips on how to buy the best fan if you need a bit more guidance. Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered. 

For more tips on how to cool down a room quickly, browse our 10 ways to keep cool during a heatwave. For more appliance recommendations, head to our technology home page: The Hub.

What is the best fan?

The best fan you can buy is the Dyson Pure Hot + Cold Link 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. 

Alternatively, if you're after something on a budget, opt for the MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator, which is one of the quietest models on our list and comes in under £100. Bargain.

The best fan for summer 2019

Best fan: Dyson Pure Hot + Cold Link

1. Dyson Pure Hot + Cold Link

The best fan: a smart fan for when you want both cool and hot air

Specifications
Best for: Hot and cold air
Power: 2100w
Size: HWD 63.2x22.2x22.2cm
Speed settings: 10
Noise: 63dB
Reasons to buy
+ Purifies the air + Remote controlled 
Reasons to avoid
- Filter needs changing  

The Dyson Pure Hot + Cold Link is a great multi-functional fan that produces both hot and cold air. Here's everything you need to know about it:

What does it do well?

Integrated filter

This fan has an integrated filter which makes the air circulation in your room purer. A perfect addition for anyone suffering with allergies.

Control by remote, or smartphone

Plus, it can be controlled by remote, as well as being synced up with your smartphone 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 completely personalise the airflow to suit your needs both day and night. 

Bladeless design

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.

Stylish shape

Its shape means it can be placed quite discreetly in a corner, but to be honest, we'd show it off.

Does not require a change of filter

Due to the air purification function, this fan does require a change of filter to keep functioning really well, but this is usually only needed once a year. 

Quiet

Also, let's talk noise levels: on the lowest speed setting, the fan is around 39dB; however on maximum speed, it's 55dB+, which is pretty noisy.

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the best fan: Meaco MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator

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2. MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator

Best quiet fan for bedrooms: a highly functioning fan that's perfect for light sleepers

Specifications
Best for: Quietness
Power: 220 - 240V
Size: H40.3cm x W28.5cm x D30.5cm
Speed settings: 12
Noise: 20dB
Reasons to buy
+Quiet at just 20dB+Affordable model that comes in under £100
Reasons to avoid
-Some had problems with the remote control

Perfect for light sleepers, the MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator is the quietest model in our round up and second in our rankings. Here's everything you need to know about it:

What's it good at?

Low decibel

Being quiet. It gives an incredible 20dB reading (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.

Impressive airflow

As for airflow, this fan can moves air 60° up and and 80° sideways, and there are 12 fan speed settings. So, you're sure to find something that suite your requirements.

Timer

We also like the timer button: when the fan is 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.

Eco setting

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.

Affordable option

While its not as stylish as the Dyson, in terms of design, the fact that it comes in under £100 makes this more than forgivable, in our opinion. 

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Best bedroom fan: STADLER FORM Q

3. STADLER FORM Q

Best fan for style: a stylish but powerful fan for keeping you cool

Specifications
Best for: Statement piece
Power: 40w
Size: HWD 43x36x15cm
Speed settings: 3
Noise: 58dB
Reasons to buy
+ Looks stylish + Surprisingly powerful 
Reasons to avoid
- Quite noisy  

This Stadler Form Q fan will definitely make a statement in any room with its traditional bladed design and striking black body. Here's why we're happy to recommend it:

What's it good at?

Stylish design

Looks. This fan bears the hallmark of well-known Swiss designer and artist, Carlo Borer, and it's definitely as much design piece as it is practical home accessory. It's shown above in black, but we really, really like the stainless steel finish. 

Surprisingly powerful

Although this fan only has three power settings, it is surprisingly powerful, albeit a little noisy – on a par with Dyson's, so not the best choice for a bedroom, but fab in a home office or large living room. 

Easy to clean

The design also features an easy-to-remove grill so that cleaning the blades is made safe and easy. 

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Best fan: Swan Retro Desk Fan

4. Swan Retro Desk Fan

Best desk fan for retro homes: a classic desk fan design which is super-quiet

Specifications
Best for: Retro homes
Power: 45w
Size: HWD 35x26.5x47cm
Speed settings: 3
Noise: N/A
Reasons to buy
+ Retro look + Adjustable tilt for range of motion 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the quietest  

This Swan Retro desk fan is as stylish and convenient for home offices as it is bedrooms. Here's everything you need to know about it:

What's it good at? 

Small in size

Size-wise it's a great buy for smaller homes or smaller rooms as it’s not too large and won't overwhelm a space. Plus, its retro design means it won't be an eye-sore.

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 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.

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Best bedroom fan for smart homes: DYSON COOL DESK AM06

5. DYSON COOL DESK AM06

Best bedroom fan for smart homes: a smaller version of the Dyson Pure but slightly more compact

Specifications
Best for: Smart homes
Power: 96w
Size: HWD 61.6x35.5x10.4cm
Speed settings: 10
Noise: 57.5dB
Reasons to buy
+ Connects to Alexa + Quiet 
Reasons to avoid
- A little tricky to set up 

If you like the look of the Dyson Pure but think it might be a little too cumbersome for a small room, then the Dyson Cool Desk is the best fan for you. Find everything you need to know about it, below:

What's it good at?

Small design

It is a smaller design which still has all of 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 that you can precisely control airflow from the comfort of your bed/sofa.

Set a sleep timer

Plus, this design comes with a sleep timer, which can be programmed so that the fan turns off after preset intervals – always a useful feature with fans you'll be using as you drop off to sleep.

Night mode

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.

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best fan: Stadler Form Charly Floor Fan

6. Stadler Form Charly Little Fan

Best fan for large rooms: a classic chrome fan for bigger spaces

Specifications
Best for: Large spaces
Power: 36w
Size: HWD 45x28x48.5cm
Speed settings: 3
Noise: 49dB
Reasons to buy
+ Oscillating fan + Great circulation  
Reasons to avoid
- A little too powerful for small rooms 

This Stadler Form Charly Little Fan has an industrial style that wouldn’t look out of place in any modern or traditional home. Here's everything you need to know about it:

What's it good at?

Extremely powerful

Despite it only having three speed settings, it is an extremely powerful fan – so much so that it may be a little too much for smaller rooms where you are trying to sleep. 

Circulates air effectively

And while it's a traditional fan in many ways, the oscillating blades provide great circulation around even a large room, so you can expect to be able to regulate the temperature nicely during those extra warm nights. 

Height adjustable

There's no need to worry about cool air going over (or under) you, either, thanks to a handy and easily height adjustable design.

Quiet, stylish design

Boasting just 49dB, this model is one of our quieter picks. Plus, its design resembles a jet aircraft turbine, making it perfect for retro and industrial style settings. 

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Best fan: Dimplex DXMBCF Black Tower Fan

7. Dimplex DXMBCF Black Tower Fan

Best tower fan for small rooms: a slim tower fan for smaller spaces

Specifications
Best for: Small spaces
Power: 40w
Size: HWD 121x31x31cm
Speed settings: 3
Noise: 63dB
Reasons to buy
+ Slim design + Remote controlled 
Reasons to avoid
- Easily knocked over  

If one of the traditional style fans is a little too cumbersome for your bedroom, then this Dimplex DXMBCF Black Tower Fan won’t take up too much space. Read all about it, below:

What's it good at?  

Stylish and functional design

Its shape means it can easily fit into a corner of a room and be forgotten until you need it. Plus, because it's a tower lamp, it'll keep you cool whether you use it in a bedroom, living room or while you're at your desk.

Control via a remote

This is another fan that can be controlled by a remote – a feature that's a real must-have if you're buying a fan for a bedroom.

Factors worth considering

We don't love the design of this lamp, but it's a great pick for small rooms simply because of its slim proportions. It's also worth noting that it is one of our noisier fans, too, so it might be a better choice for a stuffy living room than a bedroom.

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Best fan: Challenge Chrome High Velocity Tilting Fan

8. Challenge Chrome High Velocity Tilting Fan

Best fan for those on a budget: a simple yet effective chrome fan for those on a budget

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Power: 120W
Size: HWD 50x53x15cm
Speed settings: 3
Noise: 63dB
Reasons to buy
+ Freestanding + Adjustable tilt 
Reasons to avoid
- Quite bulky 

If you don’t have a lot of cash to splash, then this Challenge Chrome high velocity tilting oscillating fan is simple in its design and function, but works incredibly well in all sized rooms. Here's everything you need to know about it:

What's it good at?

Small design

It's small (not quite 30cm high), light and freestanding so is one of those fans that you might move from room-to-room as the hot day progresses: home office in the day time, bedroom at night.

Easy set-up

Unlike many other classic fans, this one comes fully assembled so you can literally just plug and go. Definitely the best option for convenience. 

Tilting function

Designed with a handy tilting function, this model allows you to get maximum airflow throughout your room.

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How to buy the best fan

Fan or air con: which 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.

When it comes to buying the best fan to suit your needs, there are a few factors worth bearing in mind. These include:

Size

The size of the fan will be dependent on how big your room is, and how powerful you want the airflow to be. 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 might work better at distributing the airflow. These are better for those who suffer with sinus problems or hay fever as it won’t dry out your throat as much.

Think you might be in the market for something on the smaller side? Browse our pick of the best desk fans.

Settings

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 settings to accommodate your needs. At night a lower speed setting will be quieter and less intrusive on your sleep.

Bladeless?

If you’ve got kids around, then a bladeless fan can be safer to stop any little fingers getting caught, and should accumulate less dust making for easier cleaning. 

Noise

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.

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