Best fan 2020: 10 cool picks for your living room, bedroom and beyond

Investing in the best fan is the easiest way to keep your bedroom or living room cool as the weather gets warmer. Here are our top ten, for the best prices...

best fan: Dimplex Ion Fresh Cooling Tower Fan
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It's worth investing in the best fan if you want to keep cool this summer. Especially if, as we suspect, we won't be going far from home this year. And if that's not enough of an incentive, it's worth considering that if you buy now you are guaranteed to find a great deal on a top branded product, which is still available to buy, before things get more heated (inside and out!).

Whether you’re after something quiet for a bedroom, a powerful fan for the living room, a desk fan for the office, or a sleek tower model for the kitchen, we’ve got the very best to keep your home – and you – cool in warmer weather. Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered.

Keep scrolling to see our pick of the top 10 fans which are available to buy from our affiliated retailers. Stock isn't hanging around for long, though, so if you need a fan sooner rather than later now is a good time to buy.

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What is the best fan?

If you want to buy the best fan (in our opinion) we recommend 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. 

Alternatively, if you’re after something on a budget, we can recommend buying the MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator, which is one of the quietest models on our list and comes in at under £100. Bargain.

The best fans for 2020

Best fan you can buy: DYSON TP04 PURE COOL

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1. Dyson TP04 Pure Cool Fan

The best fan you can buy: a smart fan for when you want cool, purified air

Specifications
Power: 40w
Size: H105.4cm x W22.3cm x D22.3cm
Speed settings: 10
Noise: 40-56dB
Reasons to buy
+Can purify the air to remove 99.95% of particles+Can be controlled via smartphone from anywhere in the world+Safe to use around children since it's bladeless
Reasons to avoid
-Filter needs changing-Expensive

Our top fan is a multi-functional fan that produces cold air and purifies the room at the same time.
Buy the Dyson TP04 Pure Cool Fan

Integrated filter

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.

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.

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

Quiet

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.

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MEACOFAN 1056 AIR CIRCULATOR

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2. MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator Fan

Best quiet fan for bedrooms: a highly functional fan that’s perfect for light sleepers

Specifications
Power: 220-240V
Size: H40.3 x W28.5 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, this fan is the quietest model in our round up and second in our rankings.
Buy the MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator fan

Low noise

This fan is quiet. It has an incredible 20dB level (that’s pretty silent 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 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.

Timer

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.

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

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Best bedroom fan: STADLER FORM Q

3. Stadler Form Q Fan

Best fan for style: a great looking but powerful fan for keeping you cool

Specifications
Power: 40W
Size: H43 x W36 x D15cm
Speed settings: 3
Noise: 58dB
Reasons to buy
+ Looks stylish + Surprisingly powerful 
Reasons to avoid
- Quite noisy  

This fan will definitely make a statement in any room with its traditional bladed design and striking black body.
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Stylish design

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

Surprisingly powerful

Although this fan only has three power settings, it is surprisingly powerful, albeit a little noisy – on a par with the Dysons, 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 style: a classic desk fan design which is super quiet

Specifications
Power: 45W
Size: H35 x W26.5 x D47cm
Speed settings: 3
Noise: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Retro look +Adjustable tilt for range of motion +Compact size
Reasons to avoid
- Not the quietest  

This option is as stylish and convenient for home offices as it is for bedrooms.
Buy the Swan Retro desk 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 Dysons) 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 AM06 Cool Desk Fan

Best bedroom fan for smart homes: a smaller version of the Dyson Pure

Specifications
Power: 96W
Size: H61.6 x W35.5 x D10.4cm
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 this is the best fan for you. 
Buy the Dyson AM06 Cool Desk Fan

Small design

It is 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.

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: Challenge Chrome High Velocity Tilting Fan

6. Challenge Chrome High Velocity Tilting Fan

Best fan for those on a budget: a simple yet effective chrome fan that’ll save you money

Specifications
Power: 120W
Size: H50 x W53 x D15cm
Speed settings: 3
Noise: 63dB
Reasons to buy
+ Freestanding + Adjustable tilt +Easy to set up
Reasons to avoid
- Quite bulky 

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. 
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Small design

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.

Easy set-up

Unlike many other classic fans, this one comes fully assembled so you can 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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Best desk fan for offices: Ocoopa Desk Fan USB

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7. Ocoopa USB Desk Fan

Best desk fan for offices: keep yourself and your PC cool by purchasing this stylish model

Specifications
Power: N/A
Size: H21 x L21cm
Speed settings: 3
Noise: 63dB
Reasons to buy
+Battery powered or can be plugged into USB+Doubles as phone charger+Low noise+Very compact
Reasons to avoid
-Only useful to cool one person

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!
Buy the Ocoopa USB Desk Fan

Multi-use

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. 

Compact design

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.

Three speeds

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.

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Dyson Cool AM07

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8. Dyson Cool AM07 Tower Fan

The best tower fan for noise levels: with no loss of power and air flow

Specifications
Power: Mains
Size: H100.7 x W19 x D11cm
Speed settings: 10
Noise: 61dB
Reasons to buy
+Sleep function+Lightweight+Quiet
Reasons to avoid
-Controlled by a remote control, so try not to lose the controller!

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.
Buy the Dyson Cool AM07 Tower Fan

QuietMark

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.

Air Multiplier

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.

Total control

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..


best fan: Dimplex 360 Turbo Black Desk Fan

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9. Dimplex 360 Turbo Black Desk Fan

Best desk fan for use, also, around the home: it's compact size provides a powerful cooling effect

Specifications
Power: Mains
Size: H34, W27.5, D20.4cm
Speed settings: 3
Noise: Info not available
Reasons to buy
+Compact+Four oscillate angles+Powerful
Reasons to avoid
-Could do with a few more speed settings

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.
Buy the Dimplex 360 Turbo Black Desk Fan 

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.

Total control

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.


best fan: Dimplex Ion Fresh Cooling Tower Fan

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10. Dimplex Ion Fresh Cooling Tower Fan

The best tower fan from Dimplex: this fan circulates the air and cleans it, too, all for a very good price

Specifications
Power: Mains
Size: H107 x W31.1 x D31.1cm
Speed settings: 3
Noise: Info not available
Reasons to buy
+Ioniser (to clean air)+Tilt function+Slim design
Reasons to avoid
-Not the quietest

Another option from Dimplex is this tower fan. It cleans the surrounding air whilst keeping you cool and it looks good, too.
Buy the Dimplex Ion Fresh Cooling Tower Fan

Clean air

You have the option to clean the air with this upright fan: just tilt it back to adjust the direct air and capture airborne dust particles.

Three speeds

When is use, you can choose from three speed settings, which includes sleep mode, so you can keep cool day and night.

Supplied with a remote control you can control this fan from the comfort of your sofa, or, use the buttons found directly on top.

Design

It's upright design is slim so it will fit in snug to any corner of the room. And, it's in a pretty nice copper finish, will will suit all manner of decor.

How 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:

Size

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? 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 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. It should accumulate less dust making for easier cleaning, too.

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. 

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.

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