Best Tower Fans of 2018

Noel Case ·
Updated
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We've evaluated tower fans for over five years, including more than 10 models in our latest round of testing. As we rated each tower fan, we looked at important factors such as airflow, noise levels, convenience features and warranty coverage. We chose the Seville Classic UltraSlimline as the top tower fan for its high airflow, energy efficiency, affordability and variety of settings. 

Best Overall
Seville Classics UltraSlimline
The Seville Classics UltraSlimline is a powerful tower fan that did well in our tests circulating air throughout our large testing space. It has four speed settings and a wide oscillation range.
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Best Value
Holmes HT38RB-U
The Holmes HT38RB-U is an inexpensive tower fan that comes with a generous warranty and some unique functionality like dual-oscillation, making it the best value.
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Longest Warranty
Vornado Tower 184
The Vornado Tower 184 is a good tower fan, but its best feature is a five-year warranty that's unrivaled among other tower fan brands.
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Product
Price
$59.99Amazon
$43.99Rakuten
$69.5Amazon Marketplace
$56.99Amazon
$69Amazon
$49.97Amazon Marketplace
$314.99BrandNames4U
$69.99Wal-Mart
$54.5Amazon Marketplace
OVERALL RATING
9.4
9.1
9
8.6
8.5
8.4
8.3
8.2
8.1
Features
9.3
8.5
8
8.5
8.3
7.8
10
8.5
8.3
Design & Functionality
10
9
9.5
9.3
9.5
8.8
10
8.5
8.8
Help & Support
8.8
9.5
8.8
8.8
6.7
6.8
9.3
4.8
10
Speed Settings
4
3
3
8
3
3
10
3
4
Maximum Oscillation
95°
90°
90°
90°
80°
75°
80°
90°
Circulator
Minimum Timer Setting
30 minutes
1 hour
30 minutes
1 hour
1 hour
1 hour
15 minutes
30 minutes
1 hour
Maximum Timer Setting
7.5 hours
8 hours
7.5 hours
8 hours
12 hours
8 hours
9 hours
7.5 hours
8 hours
Available Colors
Black, White
Black, White
Gray, Wood
Black
Black
White
White, Black, Blue
Black, White
Black
Power Score
0.95
0.7
0.75
0.7
0.85
0.85
0.85
0.8
0.85
Maximum Noise Level
65
60
61
63
66
65
61
68
70
Cord Length
6' 3"
5"
6"
7' 4"
7"
6' 9"
6' 8"
6"
6"
Power Usage
72
50
42
78
55
78
56
90
72
Warranty
1 Year
3 Years
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
2 Years
1 Year
5 Years
Phone
True
True
True
True
True
True
True
False
True
Email
True
True
True
True
True
True
True
True
True
Online User Manual
True
True
True
True
False
False
True
False
True
Height
40
32
42.5
32.8
42
36.3
39.6
41
40
Width
11
6.3
9
8.2
6.5
8.3
9.1
11
11
Depth
11.25
7.5
10
10.8
12
9.6
9.1
11
11.25
Best Overall
The Seville Classic UltraSlimline has a lot of power and more features than most fans in its price point, like a wide oscillation range of 95 degrees that helps it circulate air efficiently.
You can also conserve energy with timer settings that will shut off the unit automatically at intervals between 30 minutes and 7.5 hours. The Seville Classics UltraSlimline is easy to use and performed well in our tests. It is one of the more affordable tower fans in our lineup and it was one of the top performing fans in our power tests. We got good airflow right in front of the fan and all the way across the room. The remote has five buttons and can perform all of the fans functions from across the room. The remote has more timer settings than the control panel on the unit itself, in fact. The storage clip in back is convenient, but the remote can easily be knocked off if you bump into it. This fan comes with a one-year warranty, which, while standard, is below average when compared with the other fans in our lineup.
Pros
  • Easy to use, with a multifunctional remote.
  • Substantial airflow all the way across the room.
  • Four speed settings.
Cons
  • Storage clip for remote is not stable.
  • Below average warranty.
  • The control panel only has timer settings for up to 4 hours, which is less than the remote allows.
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Best Value
The Holmes HT38RB-U is not only the least expensive tower fan in our lineup it has some nice features to recommend it and the second-longest warranty of any fan we tested.
The Holmes tower fan also has some unique functionality. It’s the only fan in our lineup with a dual-oscillating feature, which allows you to stop the fan mid-oscillation and reverse its direction using the remote. You can also let it oscillate to its full range of 90 degrees. This feature gives it some nice versatility that you don’t always see. It also has a timer that you can set for one to 8 hours, so the unit will shut off automatically, helping you save energy at night. You can control most of the fan’s features using the remote, but the remote took some getting used to. The symbols are specific to the unit and not universal. Since we were working with many remotes during testing we had to relearn what the symbols meant each time. The fan itself performed decently, but it was far from the most powerful fan we tested. Still, it will do a good job of circulating air in a small to medium-sized room. Another plus is Holmes has good support options if you have problems or questions and the three-year warranty is one of the best we saw.
Pros
  • Very inexpensive.
  • Reversible oscillation function.
  • Generous three-year warranty.
Cons
  • Remote’s cryptic symbols hard to get used to.
  • It is a bit wobbly.
  • Not the most powerful fan.
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Longest Warranty
The Vornado Tower 184 is a good tower fan with an excellent warranty. In fact, the five-year warranty is the longest in our review and much longer than the standard tower fan warranty of one year.
The Tower 184 has a good airflow rating of 505 CFM, average among tower fans. The fan is also relatively quiet, coming in at only 63 dB, though you can turn it down for less noise. It comes with a remote control and a sleep timer, both standard features in tower fans. The remote control attaches magnetically to the top of the unit when not in use so you don't lose it. Unlike most tower fans, the Vornado Tower 184 is a circulator, which means it doesn't oscillate to get better coverage of a room. It must be placed strategically to produce ideal airflow in a room. This means you will feel a stronger air flow across the room than immediately by the fan. The fan is easy to assemble out of the box; you only need to attach the base using four screws. The fan can be difficult to clean, but not more so than the average tower fan. It is a little more expensive than most tower fans, but the long warranty helps make it a better value for the money.
Pros
  • Five-year warranty is best we've seen,
  • Quiet on low settings.
  • Good airflow.
Cons
  • Doesn't oscillate.
  • Uses more energy than most tower fans.
  • More expensive than most tower fans.
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Why Trust Us

We’ve reviewed tower fans since 2012, and we looked at more than a dozen best-selling units for our most recent evaluation. We conducted limited testing and ranked many best-selling tower fans in our review. We also have experience testing humidifiers and air purifiers in our lab, both of which helped inform our conclusions on tower fans.

How We Tested

As we compared the various models in our review, we looked at the specifications provided by each fan's manufacturer. However, not all of these companies provide all of the information we looked for. In some cases, as with the Dyson AM07, we have tested tower fans in our lab, but the testing is more subjective in describing how it feels to use the fan. In order to make our reviews more accurate, objective and useful, we are currently conducting a new round of testing involving 10 tower fans in our lab and will share our results after testing wraps up.

In the meantime and based on the current available data, our reviews focus mostly on the power and noise levels of each fan. Powerful fans with a high airflow rating in cubic feet per minute (CFM) did well in our evaluation, since they can move more air within a room. However, a higher CFM rating usually means the fan is louder than weaker models. The tower fans we evaluated aren't particularly loud, though some models are as loud as 68 decibels (dB), which can be disruptive in bedrooms while you're trying to sleep, unless you want the fan for white noise.

What to Look For  

Convenience Features

Most tower fans aren't too complicated; there are usually oscillation settings that allow them to sweep the air stream side to side within a room, as well as various speed settings and sleep-timer options. All of the tower fans we looked at also come with a remote control, which makes it easier to control the fan from a distance.

Appearance

Although the main reason most people buy a tower fan is to cool down and circulate air, looks sometimes matter. If you care about how a fan fits into your home's décor, choose a model with a color that complements your tastes. Furthermore, if you find a tower fan unappealing, you might consider buying a ceiling fan instead, though you should be prepared to pay more, especially if you choose not to install it yourself.

Warranty

A long warranty can help you get repairs or a full replacement if your tower fan malfunctions. Our research revealed that most tower fans have a one-year warranty, which is typical among most types of electrical appliances. Three brands we looked at have longer warranties: Vornado, Holmes and Dyson offer five-, three- and two-year warranties on their respective tower fan models.

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