Keep cool with the best fans for hot girl summer 2023

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Are you totally melting in your tiny city apartment every summer? Facing the warmer months without AC can be a nightmare. I turn into a sweaty puddle every year in my small one-bedroom with awful ventilation — not cute.

That's where a powerful fan comes in to save the day. After I invested in a high-quality one, I'm feeling wayyyy cooler and comfier (and you better believe I have that baby on full blast!). Bad quality fans can break or just aren't as good at cooling down a room, so it's worth buying one good model instead of several cheap buys.

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1. The best fans
2. What to consider
3. FAQs
4. How we test

But how do you know what to go for? With the quality, features, and prices of the best fans varying wildly, I'm here to help cut through some of the noise and help you choose the fan that’s right for you.

Are you a girl on the go? Maybe a portable fan is more your speed, keeping you nice and chill on the subway. And don't forget to keep your fan clean so icky dust and debris don't build up, gross!

The best fans to buy in 2023

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Our best-rated fan

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It's smart, it purifies and it heats — trust us when we say this is worth the money


Speed settings: 10
Noise: 54-81dBs
Dimensions: 30 x 8.7 x 5.9in
Weight: 12.5lbs

Reasons to buy

9 hour timer
Displays air quality inside and outside

Reasons to avoid


If you're looking for a fan to cool you and a heater to warm you up, the Dyson HP04 has it all. The best part? Unlike basic fans, which just move air, the Dyson Pure Hot + Cold purifies the air, which is perfect during these pollen-filled days.

The Dyson HP04 uses Air Multiplier™ technology to project over 290 liters 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 remove 99.95% of allergens and pollutants from the air which is ideal whatever the weather.

Using your smartphone, 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 air quality, temperature, humidity, and filter life.

Real Homes rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Read our full review of the Dyson HP04 Pure Hot + Cool

The best small fan

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This fan also purifies the air in your home, and it's nice and compact (it helps that it looks good, too)


Speed settings: 3
Noise: 56dB
Dimensions: 19 x 16.5 x 14.5in
Weight: 16lbs

Reasons to buy

Purifies as it cools
Nice, Scandi-style design

Reasons to avoid

Quite large
Not as quiet as some
No oscillation

A truly multi-purpose tool for your home, the Blueair Blue Pure Fan cleans the air as it cools. With a large, cube-shaped design with Scandi-style wooden feet and a leather carry handle, it is able to expel a huge amount of air and looks great to boot. It promises to clear 99% of particles from the environment.

You may miss the oscillation, but the Blueair fan releases air across a 90-degree range due to its large face. You can also customize the pre-filters to fit your decor — "diva blue" and "dark shadow" are included you can also choose light gray, pink, and yellow variations.

Real Homes rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars | Read our full review of the Blueair Blue Pure Purifying Fan

The best fan for medium-large rooms

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4. Vornado 6303DC Air Circulator

Great for large spaces, this powerful fan is over a foot tall


Power: 51W
Size: 13.6 x 12 x 8.8in
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. Although it stands just over a foot tall, the fan is surprisingly powerful. It can move air up to 70 feet and cool spaces from 300-500 sq. ft.

Thanks to its quiet operation setting, the Vornado 630 Mid-Size Air Circulator also makes a great bedroom fan for light sleepers. Other options on this fan include an air circulation setting and an adjustable tilt head. The design also features an easy-to-remove grill so that cleaning the blades is made safe and easy.

The best retro fan

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5. Vornado VFAN Vintage Whole Room Air Circulator

This cute fan looks good and is powerful, though it doesn't oscillate


Power: 120V
Speed settings: 3
Dimensions: 10.5 x 15.3 x 17.3in
Weight: 12.1lbs

Reasons to buy

Great vintage design

Reasons to avoid

Small number of speed settings
No oscillation

One for those who are looking to build a particular aesthetic in their home, the Vornado VFAN Vintage Air Circulator Fan has a lovely retro design that will bring you back to the 1940s. As a fan, it's also a fantastic option, with a tilting head (no oscillation, unfortunately) and twin air cones working to boost airflow.

There are three-speed settings that, while not as in-depth as others on our list, will allow you to change the speed based on the conditions at the time. This is definitely a low-tech fan, but we think its appearance more than makes up for it.


How do I get the most out of my 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 around 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?

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.

What to consider when choosing a 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 have 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 from sinus problems or hay fever as they won’t dry out your throat as much.

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 to your sleep.

If you have pets or kids around, then a bladeless fan can be safer to stop anything from 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 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 Multiplier 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.

We go into more detail on what to do when you're too hot to sleep in this article.

How we test fans

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The fans featured in this guide have been tested based on affordability, size, ease of use, and any extra features (such as air conditioning) that may be included. We test fans in genuine home environments, rather than a lab, as we believe this gives more appropriate results.

We've tested two out of the five fans featured in this guide so far.

Emily Lambe
Deputy Editor

Hey! I’m Emily and I’m the deputy digital editor at Real Homes. I’m here to bring you the latest decor trends, inspirational ideas and the best budget-friendly buys. I live in a rented apartment, making the most of small spaces and using accent pieces to make things pop. When I’m not writing, I’m usually doing yoga, eating chocolate or working on my skincare routine.

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