Best fan 2020: 6 top picks for keeping cool this summer

Investing in the best fan is the easiest way to keep cool as the weather gets warmer

the best fan: Dyson Pure Cool Desk DP04 Air Purifier
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There's nothing like the start of summer to make you realize that you need a great fan, and stat.

Whether you don't have AC and need something powerful enough to cool down your main living spaces, or you’re simply looking for an extra breeze in your bedroom at night or a desk fan for the office, we’ve got the best fan to keep your home – and you – cool in warmer weather. 

So don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered. Below, we've listed out the best fans for a variety of different needs. To come up with our short list of the best, we looked at things like number of speed settings, cooling area, noise level, control type (remote or app control is always a bonus), and price, as well as user reviews. 

Trying to beat the humidity, too? Check out our list of the best dehumidifiers.

Jump to read our top tips on how to buy the best fan

 

What is the best fan?

Here are our top picks:

Best fan overall: Dyson Pure Cool Tower Fan
Best quiet fan: Rowenta Turbo Silence Extreme 16-inch Stand Fan
Best fan for a medium-large room: Vornado 630 Mid-Size Air Circulator
Most stylish fan: Vornado - VFAN Mini Classic Personal Vintage Circulator
Best table fan: Dyson Air Multiplier AM06 10-Inch Table Fan in Black/Nickel
Best fan on a budget: Lasko 20" High Velocity Floor/Wall Fan

Scroll down to learn more about each of our best fans.

The best fans you can buy

Best fan you can buy: DYSON TP04 PURE COOL

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1. DYSON PURE COOL TP04

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

Specifications
Power: 40w
Size: H45.1" x W8.8" x D8.8"
Cooling area: 800sq.ft.
Speed settings: 10
Noise: 40-56dB
Reasons to buy
+Can purify the air to remove 99.95% of particles+Remote controlled+Can be controlled via smartphone from anywhere in the world+Sleek design+Safe to use around children since it's bladeless+Auto mode
Reasons to avoid
-Filter needs changing-Expensive

The Dyson Pure Cool is a multi-functional fan that produces cold air and purifies the room at the same time. Here’s everything you need to know about it:

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.

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

Quiet
On the lowest speed setting, the fan is a quiet 40dB, but on maximum speed, it’s 56dB+, which is about as loud as a normal conversation.

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2. Rowenta Turbo Silence Extreme 16-inch Stand Fan

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

Specifications
Power: 220-240V
Size: H55.1" x W223.62" x D19.68"
Speed settings: 5
Noise: 35dB
Reasons to buy
+Quiet at just 35dB+Mid-range price at $152
Reasons to avoid
-Large

Perfect for light sleepers, the Rowenta Turbo Silence Extreme 16-inch Stand Fan is operates at just 35dB. Here’s everything you need to know about it:

Low noise
This fan is quiet. It has an incredible 35dB level. That’s pretty silent as far as fans go. A suburban area at night is considered 40dB. 

Impressive airflow
As for airflow, this fan can move up to 2436 cubic feet of air per minute and features an auto function which automatically adjusts the fan speed depending on the room's temperature.

Handy extras
This fan has a number of extra features that make it ideal for a bedroom, like a timer that turns the fan off after eight hours so you don't have to remember to shut it off as you run out the door in the morning.

It also has a remote control so you can turn the fan on and off and adjust speed settings without getting out of bed.

Eco setting
Cleverly, there’s an energy-saving feature, too, which automatically changes the fan’s speed in response to the room temperature. In other words, once the room has cooled down, the fan speed slows to conserve energy.

Affordable option
While it’s not as stylish as the Dyson, in terms of design, the fact that it comes in at under just $119 (we've seen it on sale often for under $100 though) makes it a more budget-friendly pick.

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3. Vornado 630 Mid-Size Air Circulator

Best fan for a medium-large room: a powerful, budget-friendly fan

Specifications
Power: 51W
Size: H13.6" x W12" x D8.8"
Cooling area: 300-500 sq.ft.
Speed settings: 3
Noise: 43dB
Reasons to buy
+ Can cool a large space+ Surprisingly powerful 
Reasons to avoid
- No remote

The Vornado 630 Mid-Size Air Circulator is compact and sleek, with its traditional bladed design and striking black body. Here’s why we’re happy to recommend it:

Surprisingly powerful

Although this fan stands just over a foot tall, it is surprisingly powerful. It can move air up to 70 feet and cool spaces from 300-500 sq.ft.

Budget-friendly price

At around $65, this fan cools more square feet per dollar than other fans on our list.

Quiet setting

Thanks to its quiet operation setting, the Vornado 630 Mid-Size Air Circulator makes a great bedroom fan for light sleepers. Other options on this fan include a an air circulation setting and an adjustable tilt head.

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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4. Vornado VFAN Mini Classic Personal Vintage Circulator

Most stylish fan: a classic desk fan design with vintage flair

Specifications
Power: 21W
Size: H11.4" x W10.2" x D6.2"
Speed settings: 2
Noise: 36-43dB
Reasons to buy
+ Retro look + Adjustable tilt for range of motion 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the most powerful 

This Vornado - VFAN Mini Classic Personal Vintage Circulator is as stylish and convenient for home offices as it is for bedrooms. Here’s everything you need to know about it:
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 mint green, but you can also get in in white, teal, and taupe, 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, as the name suggests, this is a mini-model that's best for targeted use. I.e. if you're baking in a warm kitchen and need a little relief, or you're sitting at your desk and need a cool breeze. It's great for cooling an individual person or small room.

Also, if you like the look but need more power, this fan comes in a full-size room-cooling version, too.

Best bedroom fan for smart homes: DYSON COOL DESK AM06

5. Dyson Air Multiplier AM06 Table Fan

Best table fan: a smaller version of our top pick

Specifications
Power: 96W
Size: H20" x W14" x D4.1"
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 Air Multiplier desk fan is the best fan for you. Find everything you need to know about it, below:

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. 

Use a handy remote
There’s also a remote control so you can precisely control airflow from the comfort of your bed or sofa. It's magnetized and curved to store neatly on the fan.

Set a timer
This design has a programmable timer, so you can set the fan to turn off after preset intervals ranging anywhere from 15 minutes to nine hours.

Air multiplier technology
Dyson's signature Air Multiplier technology allows this fan to draw in air and amplify it 15 times, so while it may be small, this desktop fan is mighty.

lasko best fan

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6. Lasko 20" High Velocity Floor/Wall Fan

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

Specifications
Power: 120V
Size: H22" x W22" x D7"
Speed settings: 3
Reasons to buy
+ Freestanding + Adjustable tilt 
Reasons to avoid
-Design feels a bit industrial

If you're looking for the most fan for your money, then this Lasko 20" High Velocity Floor/Wall Fan is a good choice. It's simple in its design and function, but works incredibly well in all sized rooms, and comes in at around $65. Here’s everything you need to know about it:

What’s good about it?

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.

Wall-mount option
If you only need this fan in one room, it comes with a wall-mount function so you can station it in one spot. Ideal for a home gym, workshop, or kitchen.

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

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 Rowenta Turbo Silence Extreme 16-inch Stand Fan, at just 35dB. 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 Air Multipler AM06 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 conditioning 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 cooler air upwards.

Fan or air-conditioning: 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 conditioning for a fan, even if only for a few hours every day. 

And, if the heat is unbearable, a fan will make your air-conditioning 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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