Best Tower Fans of 2018

John Carlsen ·
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 Dyson AM07 as the top tower fan for its high airflow, energy efficiency and attractive design. 

Best Overall

Dyson AM07

The Dyson AM07 is a powerful, efficient and attractive tower fan with a bladeless design. It's also the most expensive model we reviewed by a wide margin.
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Best Value

Lasko Wind Curve 2551

The Lasko 2551 Wind Curve is one of the most affordable tower fans and it can handle most small and medium rooms, though it might not be powerful enough for large rooms.
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Best Value

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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Our Test Results

Product
Price
329.09Amazon
99.98Amazon
72.38Amazon
99.99Amazon
52.65Amazon
56.45Amazon
69.00Amazon
Overall Rating
9.4
8.8
8.7
8.7
8.3
8.3
7
Features
10
9
9.1
8.5
8.5
8.1
6.9
Design
8.8
8.1
8.1
8.8
7.8
8.4
8.3
Help & Support
9.4
10
8.8
8.8
9.4
8.8
4.4
Warranty
2 Years
5 Years
1 Year
1 Year
3 Years
1 Year
1 Year
Live Chat
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
FAQs
N/A
Phone
N/A
Online User Manual
N/A
Email
Integrated Handle
Power Usage (watts)
56
72
40
42
Not Specified
Not Specified
90
Maximum CFM
1271.3
Not Specified
Not Specified
1100
Not Specified
634
Not Specified
Cord Length (feet)
6.6
6
6
6
5
6
6
Maximum Noise Level (dB)
64
55
Not Specified
68
Not Specified
Not Specified
55
Depth (inches)
9.12
11
11.81
11
6
13
9
Width (inches)
9.12
11
11.81
11
6
13
7.2-12
Weight (pounds)
6.3
9.7
10.95
14.3
10
13.6
12.9
Height (inches)
39.62
41
39.76
38.4
36
42.5
38 or 44
Remote Control
Minimum Timer Setting
15 minutes
1 hour
1 hour
1 hour
1 hour
1 hour
30 minutes
Speed Settings
10
4
8
3
3
3
3
Available Colors
Iron,White,Black
Black
Black, White
White
White, Black
Gray/Wood
Black, White
Maximum Timer Setting
9 hours
8 hours
8 hours
8 hours
8 hours
7 hours
7.5 hours
Built-in Remote Control Storage
N/A
Maximum Oscillation Angle
90°
Circulator
90°
90°
90°
90°
90°
Energy Star Compliant
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Best Overall

Dyson AM07

The Dyson AM07 is one of the most unique tower fans on the market. It has a striking bladeless design that's easy to clean and very powerful.
In fact, the AM07 has a maximum airflow of 1,271 CFM, more than twice what most tower fans can do. Interestingly, this power doesn’t come at the expense of energy efficiency: The AM07 has an Energy Star certification. In case the maximum airflow is too strong, you can adjust the fan to any of 10 fan speeds. This is remarkable because most tower fans only offer three speeds. The fan also has many standard features you expect on a tower fan, such as a sleep timer, a remote control and the ability to oscillate for better air distribution. The two-year warranty on the AM07 is quite good compared with the industry average of one year. However, it's still much shorter than the five-year warranty we've seen on Vornado tower fans. On the highest setting, the Dyson AM07 is quite loud, around 64 dB; most tower fans we looked at have noise levels under 60 dB. Although this is an excellent tower fan, it's the most expensive model we looked at, costing around $350, while other tower fans typically cost between $50 and $100.
Pros
  • Attractive bladeless design
  • Higher-than-average airflow
  • 10 fan-speed settings
Cons
  • Most expensive tower fan
  • Warranty is not the longest in our review
  • Louder than some other models we reviewed
$329.09Amazon
Best Value

Lasko Wind Curve 2551

The Lasko 2551 Wind Curve is an excellent value for a tower fan, costing around $55. This tower fan is not very powerful, around 634 CFM on the highest of three speed settings, but this airflow is average compared with the competition.
The lower airflow makes this fan a great option for small and medium rooms in your home. This model comes in a silver color, though you can get a faux-wood-grain option as well. The fan can oscillate up to 90 degrees, which is a common feature among tower fans. The fan also comes with a remote control and a sleep timer that make it easy to use and help you save energy. Although this tower fan comes with a built-in ionizer, we didn't choose it for this feature. Based on our research into ionizers as we tested air purifiers, we don't encourage turning this feature on because it produces a trace amount of ozone, a toxic gas. As with many tower fans, this model is difficult to clean without a powerful vacuum cleaner and you can't take off the intake grill to clean the interior, unless you want to void your warranty. The warranty lasts one year, which is normal for most tower fans.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Sleep timer
  • Good for small and medium-sized rooms
Cons
  • Not particularly powerful
  • One-year warranty
  • Difficult to clean fan blades
$56.45Amazon
Best Value

Vornado Tower 184

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 average 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 55 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 sticks 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 sweep back and forth to get better coverage of a room. It must be placed strategically to produce ideal airflow in a room. 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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