Best tower fans 2019: fans that made our draft

Best Tower Fans 2019 - Dyson vs. Vornado vs. Honeywell vs. Lasko

The best tower fans, will not only keep you cool, but have sleek designs that are pleasing to the eye, and are packed with easy to use features. Tower fans are a low cost way of cooling down this summer, and have many advantages over AC units, although they are not as powerful. 

Tower fans are compact and can be slotted in the smallest of places, to create airflow throughout the room that can be moved and directed. They can be used in rooms with small windows, without the need of installing a sleeve in the wall. Tower fans are easily adjusted, and often come with remotes and timers that allow you to control them from across the room. These ornamental fans often have beautiful aesthetic designs making them decorative items that draw the eye. They are the ultimate way to chill out in style, and great for people that love gadgets.

This guide will talk you through all the features of a tower fan, telling you why an oscillating fan is important for coverage, breaking down the differences between a desk fan, pedestal fan and tower fan, while talking your through the range of features to expect.

If you love gadgets, and want a techy way of cooling down the Seville Classics UltraSlimline is an excellent choice thanks to its high airflow, energy efficiency, affordability and variety of settings. 

ProductPriceOverall RatingFeaturesPriceDesign & FunctionalityHelp & SupportSpeed SettingsMaximum OscillationMinimum Timer SettingMaximum Timer SettingAvailable ColorsPower ScoreMaximum Noise LevelCord LengthPower UsageWarrantyPhoneEmailOnline User ManualHeightWidthDepth
Seville Classics UltraSlimlineView Deal4.5/54.74.554.4495°30 minutes7.5 hoursBlack, White0.95656' 3"721 Year401111.25
Holmes HT38RB-UView Deal4.5/54.354.54.8390°1 hour8 hoursBlack, White0.7605"503 Years326.37.5
Lasko Wind Curve 2551View Deal4.5/544.54.84.4390°30 minutes7.5 hoursGray, Wood0.75616"421 Year42.5910
Honeywell QuietSet Whole RoomView Deal4.5/54.344.74.4890°1 hour8 hoursBlack0.7637' 4"781 Year32.88.210.8
Arctic Pro 2103View Deal4/54.244.83.4380°1 hour12 hoursBlack0.85667"551 Year426.512
Westinghouse WFTR40WView Deal4/53.94.54.43.4375°1 hour8 hoursWhite0.85656' 9"781 Year36.38.39.6
Dyson AM07View Deal4/552.354.71080° 15 minutes9 hoursWhite, Black, Blue0.85616' 8"562 Years39.69.19.1
Ozeri OZF3View Deal4/54.344.32.4390°30 minutes7.5 hoursBlack, White0.8686"901 Year411111
Vornado Tower 184 CirculatorView Deal4/54.23.54.454Circulator1 hour8 hoursBlack0.85706"725 Years401111.25

Best Overall

Seville Classics UltraSlimline

Seville Classics UltraSlimline

Easy to use, with a multifunctional remote.
Substantial airflow all the way across the room.
Four speed settings.
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.

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 so you 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 out of the clip if you bump into the fan. This fan comes with a one-year warranty, which is below average when compared with the other fans in our lineup.

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Best Value

Holmes HT38RB-U

Holmes HT38RB-U

Very inexpensive.
Reversible oscillation function.
Generous three-year warranty.
Remote’s cryptic symbols hard to get used to.
It is a bit wobbly.
Not the most powerful fan.

The Holmes HT38RB-U is not only the least expensive tower fan in our lineup it has some good features that gives it extra functionality. This tower fan has the second-longest warranty of any fan we tested.

The Holmes tower fan also has some unique functionality. It is a dual-oscillating fan, a feature you don’t see often in fans. This allows you to stop the fan mid-oscillation and reverse its direction using the remote. This oscillating fan has a range of 90 degrees. These features give the tower fan a degree of versatility that is not often seen.

It also has a timer that you can set for one to 8 hours, so the fan 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. Holmes has good support options if you have problems or questions and the three-year warranty is one of the best we saw.

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Longest Warranty

Vornado Tower 184

Vornado Tower 184

Five-year warranty is best we've seen,
Quiet on low settings.
Good airflow.
Doesn't oscillate.
Uses more energy than most tower fans.
More expensive than most tower fans.

The Vornado Tower 184 is a fantastic 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.

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Quietest

Dyson AM07

Dyson AM07

This fan comes with a timer that you can set for 30 minutes to 7.5 hours.
It’s the most expensive fan in our comparison.

The Dyson AM07 is a quiet tower fan with an unusual design that is both safe and effective. It’s state-of-the art technology, however, makes it the single most expensive fan we’ve reviewed. No matter where in the room you place it, you can easily have a conversation, watch TV or listen to music without the fan creating a large amount of noise.

The Dyson oscillates up to 80 degrees – wide enough to give you good coverage. While other oscillating fans have a wider range, the Dyson’s design provides unique airflow that can fill a good-sized room. Also, a child can safely stick a hand through its bladeless design without risk of injury. This is an attractive, functional fan and is the quietest model we tested.

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Most Versatile Settings

Honeywell QuietSet Whole Room

Honeywell QuietSet Whole Room

The Honeywell QuietSet has eight fan and noise level settings.
It’s not the most powerful fan we tested, with the breeze dropping off at around 15 feet.

The Honeywell Quietset Whole Room is one of the most versatile tower fans we have tested, and has eight settings. This is twice as many settings compared with most of the other fans we evaluated and tested. The only fan that has more is the Dyson which had ten settings. However, the Honeywell tower fan is a more affordable than the Dyson.

The settings are clearly marked on the control panel – relax, calm, whisper – you will never have a problem finding the right setting for your needs at any given moment. This fan is not the most powerful fan we tested, but it is great for a small- to medium-sized room.

The Power Cool setting provides good coverage. The minimalist and simple remote is very intuitive and works from across the room. This fan also has the advantage of having the longest power cord of any of the fans we tested, giving you greater flexibility in where to place the fan.

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Why trust us?

We’ve been reviewing tower fans for over seven years now and for this round-up looked at more than a dozen best-selling units. We conducted hands-on 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.

We contacted manufacturers with questions we had while testing the tower fans. We read dozens of online user and professional reviews. We also talked to professionals and people who use these devices regularly to hear about their experiences using them. 

How we tested tower fans

In our review of the best tower fans, 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 move a greater amount of air within a room. The higher CFM rating of the fan, the more noise it will make, due to power requirements. 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 in a tower fan: 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. Some of the most common features of a tower fan are: 

LCD display: An LCD display will feature all the functions the fan is using. This display will make the tower fan really easy to use, as you will know what functions are currently active and allow you to track any changes you make. 

Remote control: Most manufacturers provide you with a remote control that will allow you to control the fan from across the room. Often, remotes need a clear line of sight to work. 

Preprogrammed features: These are an easy, simple way for people to program a range of features, and options into the tower fan, with a single click of a button. These can be life savers when you just want to come home from work and collapse.

Timer: Timers are a great way to control the operating time of the fan. Most tower fans come with two timer settings. 

A turn off timer, which will allow you to set a specific time for the timer to turn off. This is a fantastic feature for those that want the fan to shut off after they have fallen to sleep. 

A turn on timer allows you to pre-program the time that the fan turns on. This is a great feature for those people that want to come home from work to a cool house. 

Should I consider how a tower fan looks? 

Although the main reason most people buy a tower fan is to cool down and circulate air, looks are always an important consideration. If you care about how a fan enhances your home's décor, choose a model with a color that complements your interior design. 

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.

How much does a tower fan cost? 

Tower fans are generally pretty affordable. The bestselling fans on Amazon, Home Depot and Lowes are comparably priced to the ones on our site. In fact, many of those fans are included on our site. The majority of tower are priced $50 to $120. 

Fans with special features like the Dyson AM07 tower fan are twice as much costing around $350. Dysons have a unique, stylish, multifunctional design. Dyson fans run relatively quiet and are easy to clean and maintain. There’s no denying that they are attractive and effective at creating strong air channels in a room. 

Nonetheless, the other fans in our lineup perform at a comparable level for a fraction of the price. There are a lot of options out there, many of them quite affordable. 

Do I need a tower fan, a desk fan or a pedestal fan? 

The type of fan you need really depends on three factors: - room size, budget and personal preference. Having a clear plan about fan placement is a great way to decide on what type of fan you need. 

Desk fans

For a quick, cheap solution, to staying cool as you study, a desk fan is a great solution. They’re perfect for an office fan. As they are usually within arms length, they are easy to manipulate, and customize to your needs without the need of timers or remotes. They are a great low tech option if you are sitting in a small area, but not ideal for cooling down a whole room.

Pedestal fans

Pedestal fans usually have wider blades than a tower fan, and offer better power. This means they are better at circulating air than tower fans. But as pedestal fans have wider blades, they usually require more space. These fans also allow you to control the direction of the air-flow easier without having to readjust the whole machine. However, their increased power usually means they are more basic looking, noisier and come with less features than a tower fan. They are also less safe around children and toddlers who often poke their fingers into the blades. 

So, you should invest in a pedestal fan if you value power over aesthetics and gadetry. 

Tower fans

Tower fans are narrow, and save a lot of space. Although they are not as strong as pedestal fans, they still create a strong air-flow in the room and are very quiet. These fans usually come with a wide range of features that increase functionality. They offer a wide range of coverage, often providing a whole room with a circulation of air. Tower fans are more decorative than pedestal fans, and they often give a room a nice piece of flair or a talking point. They are usually a lot quieter than pedestal fans as well.

Tower fan bases can be a little unstable, however, meaning they often topple and fall over when bumped by pets and children. If you are in a busy household, you might want to tuck away into areas where there isn’t a lot of traffic, or choose a tower fan with a wide base. 

So, these fans are for people want a large air cooled, but want something decorative and with greater functionality. 

Tower fan warranties

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 a five-, three- and two-year warranty on their respective tower fan models.

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