Tower Fan Review
Why Buy a Tower Fan?
The top performers in our review are the Dyson AM07, the Gold Award winner; the Vornado Tower 184, the Silver Award winner; and the Honeywell Fresh Breeze HY-048BP, 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.
Few things are worse than uncomfortable heating and cooling problems. Even if you have central air or a swamp cooler, some rooms in your home or office just don't get the airflow you need to survive the sweltering days of summer. We tested, rated and ranked all the best tower fans on the market in our review.
Tower fans are an excellent option for increasing air circulation in an affordable way. The best fans can cool you down quickly by making airflow better in rooms your air conditioner or swamp cooler doesn't reach.
Designed to take up little space, these handy oscillating fans typically stand 2 to 4 feet high on the floor, although you can position them on sturdy furniture, depending on where you want air to circulate. They fit easily in corners and other 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 tower fans have sleek, trim silhouettes that complement any room's decor.
Tower Fans: What to Look For
Store shelves are filled with fans in all shapes and varieties. As you look for a standing fan, you should consider the size of the room you want to cool, your price range, how much space the fan can take up and if it's aesthetically appealing.
When looking for the best tower fans, we favored those with a generous number of features. Aspects to consider are how many speeds the fan has, how far an oscillating tower fan rotates and whether it comes with a solid warranty. In addition, we found helpful extras on a number of fans such as sleep timers, which allow you to set the fan to turn off when you're asleep to ensure a peaceful night's rest for you or a pleasant nap for a baby. Upright fans with remote controls are also helpful because you can adjust them or turn them off 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 reviews for ceiling fans, air purifiers and humidifiers.
Tower Fans: What We Evaluated, What We Found
While a fan with a full slate of features is optimal, it is also important to choose one that is attractive, powerful and easy to use. As we compared the various models on our lineup, we considered each one’s size, power and noise level. The soul of a fan's functionality is how much air it blows and at what noise level. A fan’s power is measured in cubic feet per minute (cfm), which is the volume of air it 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 one that has a lower decibel (dB) rating. Some fans are extra quiet on their low settings but can turn into jet engines on high. Our reviews take noise levels into account so you can see if the model you are interested in is the one that best suits you.
Some of the larger tower fans do not fit everywhere and may pack 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 blows cold air, giving you the cooling power you need.
It would be great if all bladeless tower fans lasted for decades, but problems eventually surface with any fan. We considered the availability of each manufacturer's support channels and discovered which companies respond best to their customers when problems arise. The best tower fan manufacturers offer support by email, phone and live chat, as well as downloadable manuals and FAQs pages on their websites.
Tower Fans: Our Verdict & Recommendations
With such a wide variety of standing fans available, there are many options to keep your cool and beat the heat. As we evaluated the best tower fans for our lineup, we found that the Dyson AM07 provides superior circulation and safety while cooling midsize and large rooms with its consistent wind-tunnel airflow. Its bladeless design is a great bonus for parents with young children.
The Vornado Tower 184 is the largest model in the Vornado Tower Circulator line. This tower fan generates a powerful current of air capable of cooling large rooms. The unique grille and vent design in the front means this tower fan doesn’t need to oscillate, making it a stable and safe unit for your home.
The Honeywell Fresh Breeze HY-048BP is best suited for small- and average-size rooms, and it's a great budget option. This oscillating fan features temperature controls and a washable filter to clean your air as it intakes and circulates it.
For an affordable fan with quite a few speed settings, take a look at the Honeywell QuietSet Whole Room HY-108, which has eight of them. Meanwhile, the Lasko-Air Whole Room C27100 stands out with its impressive cfm rating.
With a vast assortment of designs and features for you to choose from, it is important you assess your specific needs before purchasing a top-rated tower fan to make your home more comfortable. By using the above criteria, you can determine the best room fan for you.
Contributing Reviewer: Danny Chadwick