TaoTronics 36” Oscillating Tower Fan with Remote
Best tower fan for big rooms
This 36-inch tower fan features widespread oscillation and is perfect for an open-plan space or living room.
1 TaoTronics TT-TF002 Review
Staying cool on hot summer days is easy when you have a trustworthy ally in the TaoTronics TT-TF002. This oscillating tower fan is designed to bring a fresh breeze to your home and has an automatic mode that helps you maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the day.
The auto-mode isn’t its only awesome feature, though. A 12-hour programmable timer and energy-saving mode help you stay cool without dropping loads of cash on your electricity bill.
Three speeds and three operation modes also give you plenty of cooling options. We like the natural mode, which is a soothing soft breeze. The sleep mode is pretty self-explanatory – the fan is almost whisper-quiet on this mode – while the normal mode is perfect if you want a stronger air stream.
Safe for kids and featuring a space-saving design, this tower fan fits in big and small homes alike. All its bells and whistles come at a price, but it’s more than worth it considering its performance.
Honeywell HYF290B Quietset 8-Speed Whole-Room Tower Fan
Excellent qualities, plenty of features, and a price that won’t break the bank make this fan perfect for most homes.
2 Honeywell HYF290B Review
The Honeywell HYF290B is a versatile machine worthy of gaining the title of being our favorite. It has a decent price and enough features to satisfy most demands. It’s more appropriate to buy for a small to an average room than a big one.
Nevertheless, it comes with 8 cooling speeds and incorporates an all-special Quiet Set technology that will give you the possibility to control both the sound and the cooling options.
An intuitive control panel on top of the tower makes it very easy to operate the fan; you can even dim or turn off the indicator lights when you want, a feature that makes this unit perfect to keep you cool when you sleep. At the back of the unit, you can also find a convenient remote control, and we also like the easy, no-tool setup.
Lasko T42950 Wind Curve Air Ionizer Tower Fan
Best air ionizer tower fan
A tower fan designed to both cool and improve air quality in smaller rooms.
3 Lasko T42950 Review
It may not come with as many speeds as the Honeywell, but the Lasko T42950 has an ace in its hand. This slim tower fan is designed to boost the air quality in your home. It has a Fresh Air Ionizer option that emits negative ions and traps pollen, mold, and dust.
It could be the perfect room fan for people who are sensitive or allergic to dust, as long as the space you want to treat is not too large.
Besides its excellent features, this fan also impresses with a smooth design that integrates well in all homes. The unit is easy to operate from a remote control or from the integrated control panel, so you can seamlessly cool down your room in all comfort.
Lasko 2511 36″ Tower Fan
A bit less powerful but cheap
A tower fan ideal for small rooms and that comes at a more than affordable price.
4 Lasko 2511 Review
Coming with a bountiful range of features and cheap, the Lasko 2511 is ideal for a home office or child’s room. Its space-saving design makes it fit even in the tightest spaces.
It has three speeds and widespread oscillation, two features that allow you to achieve a uniform air distribution. One nice thing is the built-in timer that lets you select the desired auto-shut-off time.
A LED display and remote control are two other features that add up to this unit’s value. Almost ready to use straight out of the box, the fan requires a simple assembly without tools. The oscillation might not be the most durable, nor the fan the quietest, but given its price and overall quality, this is a great alternative for anyone on a budget.
Best Tower Fan 2021 Buying Guide
Pedestal vs. tower fans
If you are looking for a full-size fan for your home or office, the choices usually fall either on a pedestal or a tower fan.
- Pedestal fans: Are powerful machines that can reach an airflow volume – measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM) – of up to 7,000 CFM. Depending on their actual size, they are suitable for both residential and commercial use. In fact, the smaller units are compact enough to double as a desk fan, while the bigger ones are so powerful that they can even be used as commercial wind machines. Furthermore, when used on the lowest settings and oriented towards the ceiling, they can even help warm up your home during winter, by pushing the cold air upwards and forcing the hot air downwards. However, these fans are not the most convenient to use in smaller rooms, due to their size.
- Tower fans: Are a bit less powerful than the pedestal kind; their airflow rarely exceeds 600 CFM, but at this rate, they are still suitable to use in mid-size to large rooms. Because tower fans are designed specifically for residential use, they come with other advantages, such as low energy consumption. Due to their design, they are also compact and easy to place in tight spaces or corners. They are also elegant, quiet, integrate well in most decors, and some of the best tower fans can even improve the air quality in your home.
What are the best fans for a small room?
If you need a fan for a small room, such as a tiny bedroom or nursery, small living room, or a dorm, the best options are the tower fans and the box fans.
Box fans are tiny desk or suspended devices that are great to use either in a small room, in an RV, or boat, and we already dedicated a full guide to this type. They can work beautifully, but due to their small size, their performance can’t match that of a tower fan.
If you intend to use the fan mostly indoors and portability is not so important, a tower fan is undoubtedly a better choice.
Tower fans have a full size and can cool you off on a hot sticky day even if you don’t sit really close to them.
Tower fan speed settings
Perhaps the first thing to consider when deciding which is the best tower fan for you is the speed. Most units come with three speed settings, low, medium, and high. Besides the speeds, some of the high-end models also let you choose between various modes, such as sleep, strong, and natural.
The natural speed mode is a nice treat, as it simulates the natural breeze by alternating the airflow and oscillation.
If you crave for more control, some tower fans have up to 8 speeds; these models give you better control not only over the airflow but also over the noise level.
Fan oscillation degree
A common feature on tower fans is the oscillation functions. In simple words, the oscillation moves the blades of the fan from left to right and vice versa to ensure an evener movement of air in the room.
Thanks to this function, these fans are suitable to use in mid- to large-size rooms despite their slim profile.
Most tower fans come with an oscillating arc of 90 or 95 degrees, a characteristic that makes them suitable to be placed in a corner.
Tower fan noise level and white noise feature
Tower fans are rather quiet devices; their noise level rarely exceeds 68 decibels, which is more or less the noise level of a vacuum cleaner. However, most units are much quieter than this; in fact, most of them are as loud as normal conversation level, which is rather quiet.
Because of their gentle hum, tower fans can also double as white noise machines. They can help you drift off if you’re a restless sleeper, and you’ll be able to enjoy both the therapeutic effect and the cool breeze at an effective cost.
Tower fan design
Because tower fans are intended for residential use, the aesthetic factor is also important. Most models have sleek designs that integrate seamlessly in most decors, and you can choose from either straight or curved tower fans.
When assessing the design, also consider the controls. Some units come with top control panels that may or may not have indicator lights. In case they do, choose a fan that lets you switch those lights off, especially if you want to use the device in the bedroom.
The remote control is another common feature among the best tower fans, but lower end models rarely come with one. If that’s important for you, we recommend checking before buying.
Other features to consider
Before buying the tower fan, you should also consider the following features:
- Air ionizer: Emits negative ions that trap pollen, dust, and other allergens. Tower fans with this feature will not only cool you down during summer; they will also improve the overall air quality in your home acting as an air purifier.
- Power consumption: Tower fans are energy-saving appliances that rarely consume more than 100 watts per hour. Some models though may consume as little as 40 watts, and that can make a big difference on your electricity bill if you want to keep the unit running for most of the time.
- Timer: Another nice perk to have is a timer that lets you select after how much time you want the fan to turn itself off. That’s a huge advantage especially if the unit comes without a remote control and you don’t want to disturb your sleep Zen time by getting out of the bed to turn off the fan.
- Bladeless tower fan design: That’s not essential, but a bladeless tower fan is even quieter than a normal tower fan, and is safer for a household with small children, as there is no risk for the tiny fingers to get trapped.
- Weight: If you want to move the fan around the house, get a lightweight model that is easy to carry.
- Assembly: Most tower fans consist of a central unit and a base. The most advanced models only need a quick no-tools installation, while others may require you to screw the pieces together. Although you can use a cordless drill to fasten the screws quicker, it will still take more time to have the unit up and running.
- Cord length: Also consider the cord length, especially if you don’t plan to place the fan near a wall outlet. Most fans have a cord approximately 6 feet long, but it’s worth to check before buying.
- Cleaning ease: If you hate cleaning as much as we do, make sure that the fan doesn’t attract too much dust and that it’s easy to wipe clean. This is important to check because some plastics create so much static energy that they will act like true dust magnets and are a hassle to clean.