We’ve all had experiences where no matter how hard we try, we can’t cool down.
And when the days start getting really hot, it can even be a matter of health and safety, and you can only take so many cold showers…
Many people don’t see a fan as a necessary investment, but trust us, it is better to be prepared for a super-hot day.
The good news is that we’re going to take a look at the best room fan options to keep you and your family cool.
Keep reading to find the right fan to keep the air moving on those sweltering, sweaty days!
The 7 Best Room Fans for 2020
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About the Honeywell HT-908
Honeywell is a brand that offers home appliances at affordable prices, and they have built a reputation as being one of the best budget brands out there.
The Honeywell HT-908 is, once again, a solid offering from the brand, and it is definitely affordable. Almost always on sale, this fan is often available for as low as $30.
For the price it still has a few nice functions, such as 3 speed controls, a 90o tiltable head, and a removable grille for easy cleaning.
Thanks to the implemented TurboForce design, the reach of the air flow extends up to 32 feet, and the fan operates 30% quieter than comparable fans.
If you need a simple, cheap fan that will circulate the air in a small to mid-size room, this fan won’t let you down.
The Honeywell HT-908 is a good, but not great, fan.
For the price it is actually quite impressive, but you must also consider what that price means.
While Honeywell is generally pretty reliable, a device with moving parts at a $30 price tag should raise concerns about build quality.
While it isn’t an alarming concern here, it is one of the chief complaints – that the device tends to wear down or break due to low quality build materials and design.
The lack of a remote control isn’t really surprising at this price point, although we would have liked it even more if it had one.
And no oscillation isn’t a huge deal, as the fan is quite powerful and actually circulates air pretty well in a smaller room.
For the price and size, it is quite a strong little fan, but that comes with the potential downside of having to replace a broken unit within six months of purchase.
This is a decent low budget room fan option that we can suggest over most other fans at this price point.
Lasko 3300 Wind Machine
About the Lasko 3300
This is another simple, and affordable, room fan option.
Lasko is a brand that specializes uniquely in room fans and heaters, and the 3300 Wind Machine is a solid offering from the company.
Similar to the Honeywell it doesn’t come packed with too many features but considering its sub-$50 price point it once again is a high-performance budget option.
However, that doesn’t mean it comes with no features whatsoever.
The Lasko room fan has 3 speeds, a pivoting head, and a built-in handle for easy transport.
Additionally, the fan was built with energy efficiency in mind, so this is a fan you can run as often as you wish.
There is no remote control, or oscillation, but the device makes up for it with a strong wind output that should circulate the air in most small and mid-size rooms.
The Lasko 3300 Wind Machine is another good, but not great, option.
It by no means warrants us warning against purchasing, but similar to the Honeywell, it doesn’t deserve one of our editor’s pick recommendations.
One area where it definitely surpasses the Honeywell is in its design. This is a great budget fan option for those with pets and children.
It is quite sturdy and solidly built, considering the price. This is a fan that seems it could take a little bit of abuse.
A concern does keep popping up online about poor quality control from Lasko, meaning not every Wind Machine is created equally. But when you do get a properly functioning device, it seems to work quite well.
However, that is setting the standard for a room fan quite low, and we feel that there are better room fan options below!
Holmes Blizzard 12-Inch Fan
About the Holmes Blizzard Fan
Up next is a pretty unique room fan.
The Blizzard fan with rotating grill by the Holmes brand is a super interesting room fan that oscillates not by rotating from side to side, but rather by overlaying fans that spin in opposite directions.
With those old oscillating tower fans, you would only feel the air when the fan happened to rotate back in your direction.
The Holmes Blizzard fan doesn’t rotate as most oscillating fans do, but instead provides true full-room air circulation via a rotating grill.
Still don’t understand how the technology works? Don’t worry, we will link a video down below.
But first, we should mention that in addition to having a revolutionary oscillation method, the Holmes Blizzard also has a remote control – which means no more walking over to adjust the fan speed.
But that’s not all, the fan has three speed settings, two modes (sleep and breeze), as well as an adjustable shutoff timer.
It also has an oversized carry handle, cord storage, and works in rooms up to 500 sqft!
Needless to say, the Holmes Blizzard was an impressive step up in features from the first two fans on the list.
Check out this QVC demonstration video to see the true cool power of the Holmes Blizzard fan:
The Holmes Blizzard fan was a surprisingly great fan considering its price point. We did not expect such great performance and features out of a sub-$50 fan, and this one is often on sale for considerably less than $50.
Thanks to the rotating grill it delivers true room covering airflow, and the inclusion of a remote control wins big points from us.
We really liked this fan, and thanks to its combination of useful features and fantastic price point, the Holmes Blizzard Fan was definitely our “Best Budget Pick”.
Vornado VFAN Vintage Air Circulator
About the Vornado VFAN Vintage
Up next is a fan that prioritizes looks, without sacrificing performance.
Vornado is a time-tested brand, and their fans are some of the very best options in both performance and aesthetics.
The Vornado VFAN Vintage is definitely an eyecatcher.
Available in four colors, the Vornado Vintage draws on the original 1945 Vornado fan design to give you a fan that you’d be proud to display.
Vortex tornado action gives airflow that fills the whole room, and the three speed settings are all very quiet.
What the Vornado Vintage lacks in complex features it makes up for in design. This is an incredibly well-designed fan when it comes to performance, as well as the way it looks.
The head of the fan pivots, allowing you to push air whichever direction you desire.
The Vintage is also available in a bunch of other sizes, right up to a full pedestal fan.
The fan comes with a five(!) year Vornado warranty, so you can rest assured that Vornado’s machine will be high quality, or that they’ll replace it if any issues arise.
Vornado is one of the best room fan makers in the business, and although this fan lacks many of the features of its cheaper competition, if you want a great looking fan that works, this is the one for you.
That being said, it is expensive.
We love the way this fan looks, and it works incredibly well too. Vornado’s fan technology provides true room-wide air circulation.
This is one of our favorites, but perhaps you aren’t a fan of the look, or perhaps you want something a little beefier.
Don’t worry, Vornado has you covered once again – keep reading!
Vornado 660 Air Circulator
About the Vornado 660 Air Circulator
If you want a fan that really moves the air around a room, you’ve come to the right place.
The Vornado 660 Air Circulator doesn’t rely on oscillation, it relies on Vornado’s incredible vortex tornado fan technology to truly circulate air.
While the prior Vornado Vintage used a lot of the same technology, it isn’t as powerful or effective as Vornado’s 660 Air Circulator model.
The Vornado 660 can move air up to 100 feet, and the chrome glide bar allows for complete control over which direction the air goes.
The fan has four speed settings, changed via easily accessible buttons located on the top of the circulator.
The fan is not that big given its large power, and it operates whisper quiet as well.
The Vornado 660 is an incredibly impressive fan, and if that wasn’t enough, it is backed by the same five-year warranty as the Vornado VFAN Vintage.
The Vornado 660 Air Circulator is one of our favorite fans. While we prefer the look of the Vornado Vintage, the 660 still surpasses most of the other competition when it comes to its visual design.
And while we appreciate the pleasing aesthetic of Vornado’s fans, we like their performance even more.
Vornado fans are reliable, well-built, and among the very best at actually moving the air in a room.
This is a fan that makes a noticeable difference and can even save you money on your electric bills.
The Vornado 660 Air Circulator is our “Best Value Pick” of any room fan we’ve looked at, because its increased price is more than justified by its incredible cooling capability.
Don’t believe us? Check out the video below:
Dyson Cool Air Multiplier
About the Dyson Air Multiplier
With the Vornado VFAN Vintage we spoke about our appreciation for the way a room fan looks.
After all, this is a device that will be somewhat noticeable in whatever room it features in, so its visual appeal should factor into your decision.
The Dyson Air Multiplier is another room fan that not only works great… but it also looks fantastic in any room.
Dyson is a brand with a reputation that speaks for itself. The highest quality devices combined with a satisfying aesthetic, and the Air Multiplier is par for the Dyson course.
The Air Multiplier is a bladeless room fan, which also means it’s incredibly safe if there are children and pets around.
An additional benefit of this design is that it becomes incredibly easy to clean compared to regular bladed fans, which might require disassembly to properly remove dust.
Using Air Multiplier technology, the fan creates an uninterrupted flow of air that is 75% quieter than the 1st generation Air Multiplier, and 30% more energy efficient.
This fan is pivotable, as well as having oscillation control to ensure the entire room is covered.
The Air Multiplier comes with an incredibly sleek remote that gives control over the fan’s ten different speed settings, as well as being able to adjust the sleep timer.
Another feature which screams of Dyson’s intelligent design is that the remote is curved and magnetized so as to store neatly on top of the fan.
The Dyson also comes with a 2-year parts and labor warranty, a fantastic incentive for potential buyers that might be worried about spending this kind of money on a fan.
The Dyson Air Multiplier is an incredible option for anyone in need of a room fan – it looks great, and its uninterrupted airflow in combination with great features makes it appealing to almost anyone in need of a room fan.
Having said this, the performance of the Dyson is not on par with the Vornada 660, which truly moves the air around a room.
Dyson’s Air Multiplier is a great product that fills the niche of being a more-than-serviceable room fan that looks great in any home.
The bladeless design is also great for those that want a dustless fan, or those that suffer from dust allergies.
It is much more expensive than Vornado’s 660 room fan, so we would only suggest the Dyson over the Vornado to buyers who don’t need a true workhorse of a fan, and to those that want a fan that doubles as a beautiful accent piece to a room.
We should also mention – the device is pretty reliant on the remote, so misplacing it makes operating the machine much more difficult than it should be.
Check out the video below for a breakdown that reaffirms our points above:
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link
About the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link
With the Dyson Air Multiplier we wouldn’t necessarily say we were left disappointed, but at that large price point we would have liked either better performance, or more useful features.
Simply put, a device that costs almost $300 should not be outclassed by options two to three times cheaper than it.
Thankfully, Dyson has an alternative device that really does blow us away.
First and foremost, this device is incredibly expensive. But it is also more than just a room fan, so it is slightly justified.
Introducing the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link.
The Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link is a triple function device that purifies air year-round, heats in the winter and cools in the summer.
The air purifying feature is a great touch, removing the need to have an air purifier and a heater/fan.
The Dyson has a built-in thermostat which allows for you to set a precise temperature for the device to maintain.
This means that the temperature of the air the fan puts out can be either hot or cold – a pretty great feature which makes the room fan feature even more appealing for those days when it is extra hot.
The Pure Hot + Cool Link also is able to connect to wifi and can be controlled via Dyson’s app or the remote (which functions pretty much the same as it does with the Air Multiplier).
The app is incredibly well designed, and super easy to use, and even provides feedback reports on air quality, room temperature, and so much more.
Another great addition to this Dyson device (which the Air Multiplier does not have) is the diffused and concentrated airflow abilities.
So, you can choose between a jet-like hot or cold airflow continuously in one direction, or a wedge-shaped pattern that disperses throughout the room.
Finally, because of the devices wifi capabilities it can be connected to, and controlled by, Alexa and other voice command technologies.
The performance of the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link surpasses that of the Air Multiplier, although it still doesn’t do quite as good a job as the Vornado 660 when it comes to really moving the air around a room.
The Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link is exactly the kind of device that any tech-lover can appreciate, a true “smart-home” gadget.
Thanks to its long list of amazing features, its great visual design, and its compatibility with Dyson’s smartphone app, when it comes to room fans it is without a doubt the “Best Overall Pick”.
It is very expensive, and maybe it is cheating to include a device that functions as a cooler, heater, and an air purifier, but we really loved this device.
The video below shows the fan in action:
We’ve explored many of the most popular room fan options, as well as one device that is much more than just a fan.
As a buyer it is important to find the right device for your specific circumstance, so let’s review quickly:
For those room fan buyers that don’t want to spend a lot of money, but want a fan that outperforms other budget fans, we arrived at the Holmes 12-Inch Fan as our “Best Budget Pick”.
The Holmes fan is very affordable, but also packs a punch that other room fans in that price range can’t match.
We also really liked its rotating grill oscillation feature, and the fact that it comes with a remote control.
Our “Best Value Pick” was the Vornado 660 Room Fan, thanks to its competitive price point (under $100) and its best-in-class fan technology.
At a price a fraction of the cost, it outperforms every fan on this list at actually pushing the air throughout a room. For the average buyer in need of a room fan, this is our suggested purchase!
But for those that want the best-looking device, with the best features, the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link is the fan/heater/purifier for you.
Dyson’s room fan, the Air Multiplier, is outclassed by the Vornado, but the Pure Hot + Cool Link is a unique device that doesn’t have any clear competition.
If you want a solution to air quality issues, heating in the winter, and cooling in the summer, this is by far the “Best Overall” fan on the market.
Be prepared to spend a little bit more, but in return you’ll get one heck of a cool device.
Writer and Researcher
Sean is a Canadian University graduate with a degree in Communication Studies and Business Management. With over four years of experience in the field working with different newspapers and online magazines, mixed with his impeccable researching abilities, his talents are a perfect fit for Meccano Home.