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The Honeywell Fresh Breeze HY-048BP is an affordable tower fan. This fan is one of the best to give you a gentle breeze that cools off a small or midsize room, such as a bedroom or den, but it lacks the power to cool larger rooms efficiently. Fortunately, it has a number of the features found in our two top-ranked tower fans to make it versatile and convenient.
One of the best features of this affordable tower fan is the temperature controls. You can select a temperature between 60 degrees and 90 degrees Fahrenheit with the controls on the top of the fan or even with the remote control. This makes it easy to find the right temperature you need and is particularly handy when you need better airflow, not just cool air.
In addition to the temperature controls, the Honeywell Fresh Breeze has an ionization feature and a washable filter to clean the air that goes through the fan. Although it has these features, the Fresh Breeze is not as strong at cleaning air as a dedicated air purifier is.
The fan has three airflow speeds for you to choose from and a breeze mode that alternates between the various speeds automatically. This creates a more natural airflow in your room rather than a constant blowing. Another great feature of this tower fan is the 12-hour timer. This is a greater amount of time than the eight hours most tower fans are equipped to handle. If 12 hours is too long, you can set the timer in hourly increments, starting with one hour.
You can adjust this tower fan to stand at two different heights, 32 or 40 inches, which makes it easy to position for use as a floor fan or as a standing fan on a higher surface. The taller setting can help the airflow reach over tall furniture.
The included remote control is a bit odd in design. It fastens to the top of the fan unit, right above the controls, and resembles a chunky half-moon shape when detached. The remote has a flashlight at the top to help you see in the dark and has the necessary buttons to control the fan, but its size can be unwieldy in small hands. Another design flaw is the base of the fan, which has a tendency to break easily during assembly if you are not careful.
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The Honeywell Fresh Breeze includes a five-year warranty, which is much longer than the standard warranty and can be helpful if you have problems with your fan. The Honeywell customer support team is helpful and generally responds to emails within 24 hours. You can contact Honeywell by phone or email, but a live chat option is not available. You can download the user manual and access a FAQs page on Honeywell's website as well.
The Honeywell Fresh Breeze HY-048BP has many features that make it one of the best tower fans, including adjustable height, fine temperature control and a dynamic breeze mode. Its construction is a bit flimsy compared to other tower fans, but its cooling power is great for small and average-sized rooms.