Best Cooling Tower Fans 2020 – Reviews and Top Picks
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A tower fan can make all the difference when it’s sweltering inside your house. There’s already enough to deal with in the summer, such as sorting through the latest margarita recipes, so the last thing you need to worry about is figuring out which cooling fan is the best.
We narrowed down our review list to the 10 best cooling tower fans, which will help you make a decision and get back to enjoying the summer season. The additional buyer’s guide will provide information on specific features to look for.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Seville Classics EHF10127B|
|Dyson Cool AM07|
|Lasko 4930||1 Year||4.40/5|
|Honeywell HYF290B||1 Year||4.35/5|
9 Best Cooling Tower Fans – Reviews 2020
1. Genesis G5TOWERFAN Tower Fan – Best Overall
This well-made and stylish tower fan will work well in many settings, from your house to the workplace. It will evenly cool the air in your room with its oscillating feature in which the blade oscillates, not the whole unit. The digital display is easy to read, and the push buttons on the top are large and respond well.
There are six speed settings and three types of wind modes. Set it on normal wind mode for continuous speed, natural mode for varying fan speed, and sleep for quiet mode. It comes with a remote so you can control it from anywhere in the room. There is also a programmable 12-hour timer that can be set to half-hour increments.
On the negative side, this fan has a slower oscillation, but it is quiet and provides great airflow throughout the room. Also, in order to register the fan, you have to first leave a review, which is difficult if you only recently purchased it.
It is ETL approved for safety and offers a fuse protection to prevent an electrical overload. There is a one-year manufacturer warranty.
2. Seville Classics Tower Fan – Best Value
The Seville Classics is the best cooling tower fan for the money. It offers many great features that make it stand out. It is compact and sleek in design, allowing you to use it in small spaces. It has four speed settings, with one being an energy-saving mode.
This fan has an all-steel air intake grill that maximizes airflow. We found that it was quiet, even on the highest setting, and it oscillates in a 75-degree movement. The digital control panel was easy to read, if not a little busy. Once we became familiar with the controls, it was easier to manage.
The remote is user friendly and has a 15-foot range. There is a programmable timer to turn it off, with a range of 30 minutes to 7.5 hours and options at half-hour increments. Another nice feature is that the fan includes a fused safety plug to prevent damage during power surges.
You can clean the fan, but the instruction manual is not clear on how to do this, so you have to call customer service. It is ETL listed, and there is a limited one-year manufacturer’s warranty that protects against workmanship under normal use.
3. Dyson Cool AM07 Tower Fan – Premium Choice
If you are searching for a fan with a sleek, minimalistic design, look no further than the Dyson. It is our premium choice for good reason. Dyson is a brand that many identify with vacuums, but they produce other great products too.
The unique feature with this fan is that there are no blades, since it uses Air Multiplier Technology to create uninterrupted airflow. We found it to be powerful yet quiet while running at high speed. There are 10 airflow settings that adjust with the remote, and it oscillates 90 degrees. Unfortunately, the fan can only be turned on/off manually, with the setting controls controlled by the remote. On the other hand, the remote is magnetized so it can be stored on the fan, hopefully reducing the chance of losing it.
You can program the fan to turn off at preset intervals, from 15 minutes to nine hours. With the no-blade design, you will find it is one of the easiest tower fans to clean. Dyson has a two-year parts and labor warranty on this fan. Unfortunately, it is not ETL certified and does not have a fused safety plug.
Even though this is a well-made fan, the first two fans on our list offer favorable features at a lower cost, keeping this fan out of the top two spots.
4. Lasko 4930 Oscillating Tower Fan
Lasko is an American company founded in 1906 and continues to provide quality fans to this day. The Lasko tower fan is not sleek in design but does offer many nice features. It has three speeds with a built-in oscillation. There are adjustable louver controls that can direct the air flow up or down.
The controls on top of the fan are easy to understand and use, and there is a wireless remote that controls the various features: oscillation, fan speed, timer, and on/off. We like the small size of the remote, which makes it easier to hold. The built-in timer shuts the fan off after one, two, or four hours.
One nice safety feature is the Blue Plug Safety Fuse Technology, which uses a fuse to sense a potential electrical fault and will cut off power to the fan. We found this fan to be noisy, even at the lowest setting, but it is powerful. The lights on the display are bright, though they may be too vivid when trying to sleep at night. Unfortunately, there is no dimming option.
This fan comes fully assembled. It is ETL listed for safety and comes with a one-year limited warranty.
5. Honeywell HYF290B Tower Fan
This fan is slim in design and offers what Honeywell calls QuietSet Technology, which is a feature that makes the fan powerful yet quiet when running. There are eight speeds, ranging from sleep to power cool. The sleep mode is silent, and the fan becomes louder with each increase in the level.
The timer can be set to turn the fan off at one, two, four, or eight hours. We like the controls on the top of the fan, as they are easy to understand and adjust. Plus, there is the option to dim the lights on the display to different percentages of brightness, as well as to turn them completely off.
There is a nice spot on the back of the fan to store the small handheld remote. The tower has a carrying handle, but with its narrow design and lightweight, it is easy to just pick up and move. The Honeywell oscillates at a nice pace and is easy to assemble.
6. Ozeri OZF1 Tower Fan
The Ozeri fan is designed to be sophisticated and stylish within one slim package. It has a 90-degree oscillation and the wind fan operates at three quiet speeds, plus three airflow patterns. It is engineered to produce less noise, which we found to be true. On the downside, it may not produce sufficient air speed for some users’ preferences.
The digital screen on the front of the unit displays room temperature, and the buttons on the top are easy to identify and use. This fan comes with a remote that works well when in the same room, which is stored on top of the unit.
This fan has a lid on top that has the potential to break if not used carefully. Even with the option to dim the lights, they still appear harsh in the darkness. The 12-hour programmable timer can be adjusted to one-hour increments.
It is simple to assemble, but the column at the bottom makes this unit somewhat unstable when running on the highest speed, though there is an option to remove the column. This fan comes with a one-year warranty and is not ETL certified.
7. PELONIS Oscillating Tower Fan
This fan has an ultra-thin design and stylish appearance — it will save you space and blend in well with your décor. It can be transported easily using the built-in carry handle, which also stores the remote when not in use. The large easy-to-read buttons are on top of the tower, and there are three speeds and three different modes.
On the front of the tower is an LED display that shows mode, timer, and speed. The fan oscillates 60 degrees, and there is a seven-hour programmable timer. The fan’s 22 blades function with the spiral tubular blower design, which makes it quiet with a softer air flow.
You may enjoy the gentler air, but we found that even at high speed, it’s difficult to feel any airflow from across the room.
The Pelonis is easy to assemble, but once put together, it is difficult to take apart. There is a one-year limited warranty on this product.
8. Best Choice Products Tower Fan
The Best Choice fan offers many of the same features as the others on our list, the main difference being the quality of the product, since it appeared to be less durable. It offers three speeds and three cooling modes, with one mode mimicking natural wind gusts. We did find the wind mode to be distracting when trying to sleep, however.
There is a handheld remote with easy-to-read buttons, and it works the best when in a direct line with the front of the unit. There is a programmable auto-shut-off from zero to 12 hours. This is a bladeless fan and runs quietly.
This fan has a 45-degree oscillation that can be adjusted. There is no option to decrease the brightness of the LED display, which can appear overly bright in darkness. It is ETL certified, with no mention of a warranty.
9. Cascade Oscillating Tower Fan
This tower fan offers four speeds, three different wind modes, and an oscillation mode. We like the option to turn off the oscillation, though there isn’t an obvious difference between the different wind modes.
The button functionality on top of the unit is easy to understand and use, and there is a remote control. The fan is loud at the highest setting but adequately pushes air across the room. It does not seem as durable as other options on the list but provides many features for the price.
Setup is easy. It is ETL certified but does not have a factory warranty.
This section will discuss what features to look for when purchasing a tower fan. Some will offer more features than others at different price points. Once you know what features are available, you can decide what you need for your home.
Speeds: Most tower fans will offer different speed settings so you can adjust from low to high. There may also be an option for different modes, such as the type of breeze it produces — whether it simulates an outdoor breeze or a softer air flow for sleeping.
Oscillation: The degree of oscillation will vary with each model. There may be an option to adjust the degree of oscillation or to turn it off.
Size: Where you want to place the unit will determine what size is right for you. Tower fans are slimmer, taking up less space than traditional fans.
Safety: If they are ETL (Edison Testing Laboratories) certified, it means the product complies with North American safety standards and is recognized by OSHA. Certain fans offer extra safety features such as a safety plug that will turn off electricity to the unit when there is a power surge.
Some fans are made without blades for an extra safety precaution. Ones that do have blades will make the cover openings narrow, preventing little fingers from getting through.
Base: Each fan is different with how stable it is — some are more wobbly than others due to the length of the bottom column.
Style: There are many types of styles, ranging from sleek and modern to futuristic. If the design of the fan matches your décor, it will have more appeal.
Sound during operation: A fan may boast silent operation but will not move the air effectively, or it may have a lot of power but is so noisy on the highest mode, it is difficult to hear anything. Certain ones can offer the best of both worlds, but do take into account that there will be some turbulence with any fan.
Other features: There may be the benefit of buttons on the unit, as well as a remote. But a remote may not be offered, or it may have more options than the buttons on the unit. Some fans offer programmable timers for fan shut-off, and others have an LED display that may or may not dim at nighttime.
- Cost: Tower fans will come in a range of costs depending on quality and how many features it offers.
- Warranty: It’s good to have a manufacturer warranty in place, just in case something should malfunction. There are many parts to a tower fan, and a good company will stand by their product.
Tower fans offer many of the same features, whether it is a good model or not. Our top 10 review list showcases a variety of tower fans with a range of features and prices. Our number-one pick is the Genesis, as it is well made and provides many features. For the budget conscious who still want a well-made fan, we listed the Seville Classics as the best value. Our premium choice was the Dyson, with its futuristic look and the air multiplier feature.
When searching for an effective solution to cool your indoor living space, the tower fan is a better choice than the standard floor fan, since it provides better air circulation. Plus, it is slim and comes with features that are easy to use.
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