The 8 Very Best Floor Fans (2024)


For keeping your space cool and your energy bills low.

By Jordan McMahon, a technology and gadgets writer at the Strategist. He’s been covering technology since 2017 and previously wrote for Wired, Wirecutter, and

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  • Best overall
  • Best less-expensive
  • Best even-less-expensive
  • Best small floor fan
  • Best pedestal fan
  • Best smart fan
  • Best fan purifier combo

Whether you’re battling a heat wave, an overzealous radiator, or a landlord who takes months to turn on the central air, the right floor fan can bring instant relief to the stickiest of situations without putting much of a strain on your energy costs. Floor fans aren’t just a practical purchase for the warmer months; whatever time of the year, they’re useful for circulating air around your space and helping do away with lingering cooking and smoke smells.

It’s no surprise, then, that the market is full of various kinds of floor fans — from oscillating towers to raised “pedestal” structures and low-to-the-ground designs. To help you choose the best for your home and budget, we spoke with nine experts (including managers at hardware stores) to discover their favorites and learn what they look for when considering whether to stock a particular model.

What we’re looking for


Both Gary McCoy, Lowe’s store manager, and Matthew Brown, director of AC and fans at Home Depot, told us that the height of your floor fan is going to have the most significant effect on how quickly it cools you down. A taller fan has two benefits, according to Brown: “One: The taller it is, the more air is typically being moved. But also, most of the heat in your body escapes through your head, so the more quickly you’re able to cool your face and upper body, the better you’re going to feel.” None of our experts wrote off smaller fans, however. Brown points out, for example, that Vornado’s close-to-the-ground design can be angled into a corner, moving air around the whole room as it bounces back off the wall.


Stationary fans require more forethought and effort to find the perfect placement, while “with an oscillating fan, you don’t have to think about which part of the room is best to sit in,” says Patrick McDonnell, assistant manager of Brooklyn’s Mazzone Hardware.

Remote control

Fancier fans might have features like Alexa compatibility for hands-free adjustments, but at the bare minimum, a fan should come with a remote that allows you to change the fan’s settings without having to leave your comfy spot on the couch.

If you’re trying to keep your electric bill low, a timer can ensure your fan’s not left on too long. These timers can keep a fan going for up to seven hours, or just long enough to keep you cool overnight before heading off to work.

Best floor fan overall

Height: 48 inches | Oscillation: Yes | Remote control: Yes | Timer: Up to seven hours

“If I’m shopping for myself, I’m looking for Lasko,” says Brown of the brand that’s been making fans of all shapes and sizes since the 1900s (and whose products appear multiple times in this guide). Its height cools spaces very quickly, and because it’s a “nice, sleek black unit,” it still looks “pretty clean in the room,” Brown says, even though it takes up a little more space.

Brown likes the Lasko’s remote control, three speeds, efficient energy use, quiet oscillation, and built-in timer that can be set for one to seven hours. It’s not just professionals who love the brand — interior designer Ariel Okin told us she relies on her Lasko oscillating tower to get her through the weeks before her building turns on the central air, praising both its performance and affordability.

Best less-expensive floor fan

Height: 36 inches | Oscillation: Yes | Remote control: Yes | Timer: Up to seven hours

McDonnell says that Lasko is a heritage brand that “produces a good product at a good value.” He particularly admires the low volume on this less expensive (if slightly smaller) oscillating tower fan, which has three speeds and an up-to-seven-hour programmable timer. “While most of the cheaper machines are louder,” he says, “Lasko really prides itself on still making quiet fans all across its range.”

Best even less expensive floor fan

Height: 48 inches | Oscillation: No | Remote control: No | Timer: No

After New York photographed the home of musician Eleanor Friedberger and artist Michael Berryhill, our Strategist eyes were drawn immediately to the purple box fan in the corner of the living room. Eager to know more, we called up Friedberger, who told us she’s been using Lasko’s box fans since she was in her 20s. This purple one was a Walmart find, she says, and “almost an absolutely perfect object,” save for the white handle that she wishes were purple. As for its performance, Friedberger says the three-speed fan effectively cools her large living room “just as well as the ceiling fans do in other rooms” and has become a decorative focal point. “I can’t think of another $20 object that is that useful and that capable of holding a space,” she adds.

Best small floor fan

Height: 14 inches | Oscillation: No | Remote control: No | Timer: No

Family-run Warshaw Hardware has been serving the Gramercy Park neighborhood since 1925. Manager Megan Warshaw’s favorite fan, and one of the store’s best-sellers, is this quiet, three-speed fan that’s easy to tuck out of sight. Manufactured by Vornado — a premium brand that came up multiple times in our reporting — it can be set up at various angles and, despite its small frame, will circulate air as far as 75 feet away, according to Warshaw. “It doesn’t oscillate, but the very large face spreads the air around as it moves it forward,” she says, adding that it’s the first fan she recommends to customers looking for the most value over time. “We sell cheaper fans, but those consume more energy and break more often. This one includes a one-year warranty, but we’ve had people finally bring theirs in for repair after 15 years with no issues.”

Before moving into a home with central AC, I used a couple of these fans to keep my small L.A. apartment cool in the hotter months. They served me well for nearly three years; they’re impressively powerful for their size.

Best pedestal

Height: 55 inches, adjustable | Oscillation: Yes | Remote control: Yes | Timer: Up to seven-and-a-half hours

Pedestal fans like this one may not circulate quite as much air as larger-faced tower fans, but Brown says they might be the better choice for someone focused solely on cooling their upper body as quickly and cheaply as possible. McCoy’s favorite is this one from Utilitech. Even though it falls on the relatively affordable side of things, it has a timer that can keep the fan running for up to seven and a half hours, three fan speeds, and both an oscillation setting and tilt mechanism to ensure the air is hitting you at the perfect angle.

Best smart floor fan

Height: 37 inches | Oscillation: Yes | Remote control: Yes, Alexa-enabled | Timer: Up to 12 hours

McDonnell’s top choice for a floor fan is this one from Vornado. “It’s strong, quiet, and produces great air quality,” he says, praising its oscillation, four speed settings, and a timer that can be set at intervals from three to 12 hours. What sets it apart from the Lasko above, however, is that all of those settings — including turning the fan off and on — can be controlled through an Alexa device. Together, these featuresare probably why, McDonnell says, he’s had only one unit come back in theten years he’s been in business.

Best fan-purifier combo

Height: 40 inches | Oscillation: Yes | Remote control: Yes | Timer: Up to seven hours

Both interior designer Neffi Walker and lifestyle journalist Alexa Erickson tell us they use this fan from Dyson not only to cool their homes but to keep the air inside clean. That’s because — and this partially explains the higher price tag — it’s an air purifier, an essential we’ve written about plenty of times before. According to Walker, “It’s quick to cool, and it’s also easy on the electric budget.” Erickson, meanwhile, tells us she uses hers while she sleeps to “keep both my body temperature down as well as breathe in cleaner air.”

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Best looking floor fan

Height: 35 inches | Oscillation: No | Remote control: No | Timer: No

Finally, for a primarily aesthetic decision, here’s the delightful Swiss fan that Strategist contributor Lauren Schwartzberg came back with after hunting for the very best powerful, non-ugly fan. With a handcrafted bamboo frame that’s “not too much bigger than a watermelon,” its features include steel blades that can be set “to three speeds with a satisfying click of the knob,” adjustable legs to direct the airflow exactly where you want it, as well as a removable back panel for easy cleaning. (For added cred, tell your guests it was designed by Swiss sculptor Carlo Borer.)

Our experts

• Matthew Brown, director of AC and fans, Home Depot
• Alexa Erickson, lifestyle journalist
• Eleanor Friedberger, musician
• Gary McCoy, store manager,Lowe’s
•Patrick McDonnell, assistant manager,Mazzone Hardware
Ariel Okin, interior designer
• Lauren Schwartzberg, Strategist contributor
• Neffi Walker, interior designer and founder,The Black Home
• Megan Warshaw, manager,Warshaw Hardware

Additional reporting by Louis Cheslaw

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The 8 Very Best Floor Fans
The 8 Very Best Floor Fans (2024)


The 8 Very Best Floor Fans? ›

If you're looking for a fan that moves the most air, consider a large ceiling fan with a high blade pitch, a high-quality motor, and high RPM.

What type of fan moves air the best? ›

If you're looking for a fan that moves the most air, consider a large ceiling fan with a high blade pitch, a high-quality motor, and high RPM.

What is the best and quietest fan? ›

GreenTech PureFlow Oscillating Table Fan. With exceptional quietness (49 decibels on low, slightly louder than a whisper),1 GreenTech's Environmental pureFlow QT7 is suited to people looking for a quiet bedroom fan. Even when set to the highest speed, we found it to be almost shockingly quiet.

Is there a fan that blows cold air like an air conditioner? ›

Dreo Evaporative Air Cooler, 40” Cooling Fans that Blow Cold Air, 80° Oscillating, Removable Water Tank, Ice Packs, Remote Control, 4 Speeds, 7H Timer, Swamp Cooler for Bedroom, White.

What is the most effective type of fan? ›

More powerful than tower fans, pedestal fans are a great option if you need to service a large room or need greater control over air direction. They're portable, so can be moved from room to room. Best used in: Living rooms and larger areas.

Are box fans or tower fans better? ›

Tower fans are a slim, vertical option that are great for cooling smaller rooms, but are usually less effective in open spaces. Box fans, though typically a bit noisier than other styles, are great for providing whole-room cooling.

Which company fan is best quality? ›

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  • Bajaj Maxima 600 mm Ceiling Fan. ...
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How do I choose a good cooling fan? ›

How to Choose a Cooling Fan in Five Easy Steps
  1. Step 1: Understand where and how much heat is being generated. ...
  2. Step 2: Determine the airflow needed to keep the temperature rise in check. ...
  3. Step 3: Find a fan that meets the airflow requirement. ...
  4. Step 4: Choosing the type of fan. ...
  5. Step 5: Final considerations.
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Is Lasko a good brand? ›

The Lasko brand is a very good brand for your fan needs. If your looking for quite fans. Then keep on looking. This fan is loud and moves a lot of air.

What fan pushes the most air? ›

For such spaces, large ceiling fans with CFM ratings of 7,000 or more and a blade pitch of 14 to 16 degrees are ideal. A larger blade span, typically around 60 inches or more, is recommended to ensure extensive air movement.

Which type of fan gives more air? ›

Air flow rating
Airflow ratingBest used for
Floor Fans2000-5000 CFMLarger spaces
Tower Fans1500-5000 CFMMedium spaces
Wall Fans1500-4000 CFMSmaller spaces
Desk Fans800-2500 CFMPersonal use
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Which type of fan is best for a cooler? ›

Cooling tower fans can efficiently cool your room. Cooling tower fans are noiseless. Cooling tower fans are lightweight and thus make them extremely portable.

Will a fan help an AC cool a room? ›

Combine Efforts With an AC Unit

If you have an AC unit already within a window or your wall, you can combine its cooling efforts with a ceiling fan to maximize temperature control. The cool air being pumped into the room will be pushed down by the ceiling fan creating a cooler feeling in the room.

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