Tower Fan Review
Why Buy a Tower Fan?
The top performers in our review are the Dyson AM07, the Gold Award Winner; the Crane EE-5607, the Silver Award Winner; and the Vornado Tower 184, the Bronze Award Winner. Here's more on choosing a fan to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of these 10 products.
Tower fans are a great way to circulate the air in your home or office, especially during those suffocating hot summer days when temperatures are miserable and the air seems stale. Tower fans can help you cool down, and can often get the air flowing better in rooms your air conditioner or swamp cooler doesn't reach.
Designed to take up little space, these handy fans typically stand on the floor, although you could position them on sturdy furniture depending on where you want air to circulate. They fit easily in corners or out-of-the-way places, unlike large pedestal or box fans. Some are even so quiet that you forget they are running. In addition, some of them display sleek, trim silhouettes that complement any room's décor.
Instead of sweating to death this sweltering summer, consider a tower fan to help you stay cool and keep your cool. To learn even more, read our articles about tower fans.
Tower Fans: What to Look For
Store shelves are filled with a multitude of fans in all shapes and varieties. When you are looking for a tower fan to reduce the heat in your home or office, take into consideration the size of the room you want to cool, your price range, how much room the fan can take up and if it will be aesthetically appealing.
The following criteria are what we used to determine the best standing fans, which you can use to make an informed decision.
When looking for a tower fan, we choose fans that presented a generous number of features worth a close look. Among them are how many speeds the fan possesses, how far the fan oscillates (rotates) and whether it comes with a solid warranty. In addition, we found helpful extras on a number of fans such as sleep-timer functions, which can ensure a peaceful night's sleep for you or a pleasant nap for a baby. Also helpful is a fan that comes with a remote control since that lets you easily adjust or turn off the fan without getting up.
Sultry and oppressive weather sometimes brings more than the discomfort of too much heat to many people, particularly those with allergies, asthma and other health or personal sensitivities. To ensure your rooms are filled with clean, fresh and comfortable air and depending on your space and needs, you might want to look at our sites for ceiling fans, air purifiers and humidifiers.
Tower Fans: What We Assessed, What We Found
While a fan with a full range of features is optimal, it is equally important to choose a fan that is attractive, powerful and easy to use. As we compared the various models of tower fans on our lineup, we considered the size, power and noise levels of each fan. The soul of a fan’s functionality is how much air it blows and at what noise level it is doing it. The cubic feet per minute (CFM) of a fan measures the volume of air a fan can potentially move per minute.
If you are sensitive to noise or need a quiet fan for the bedroom, office or nursery, you should look for a fan that has a lower decibel (dB) rating. Some fans are extra quiet on their lower settings but can turn into jet engines on high. Be sure to read our reviews to see if the model you are interested in fits the profile that best suits you.
Larger towers fans do not fit everywhere and may possess more power than you want if you are cooling a small space. Conversely, smaller fans may lack the oomph you need to provide the necessary airflow in a large space. Be sure to choose a tower fan that gives you the cooling power you need.
It would be great if all tower fans lasted for decades, but problems will eventually surface with any fan. We took into account the availability of each manufacturer’s support channels and discovered which companies respond best to their customers. The best tower fans have support by email, phone and live chat as well as downloadable manuals and answers to frequently asked questions on the company's website.
If you want an affordable fan with quite a few speed settings, take a look at the Honeywell QuietSet HY-108, which has eight of them. If you are seeking a tower fan with powerful CFM, check out the Lasko Whole Room C27100.
With a vast assortment of designs and features, it is important you assess your specific needs before purchasing a tower fan to make your home more enjoyable. By using the above criteria when choosing a tower fan, you can determine the best room fan for you.