WHEN the temperatures start rising, the best home fan will keep you cool and help you sleep.
And there are plenty of options – standard desk fans, pedestal fans on stands, tall tower fans, floor fans and fans that hang from the ceiling.
Ceiling fans, especially ones with lights, are a great alternative to desk, tower and floor fans because you don't have to keep getting them out or putting them away.
They've also come a long way from the garish designs of the 1980s and 1990s.
Pedestal and tower fans are great for placing in the corner of a large room, while floor fans are perfect for offices or your home study, because the air isn't blasted directly onto your face and they don't take up room if desk space is at a premium.
Below we've rounded up our pick of the best home fans using our own expert opinion and customer reviews.
1. Dyson Cool AM07 tower fan
- Dyson Cool AM07 tower fan, £349.99 from John Lewis – buy here
The best home fan, and one that will require a small investment, is Dyson's AM07 Cool tower fan.
It's the taller, larger sibling to its Dyson Cool AM06 desk fan that featured in our best desk fan round-up, and comes with a myriad of practical, highly-engineered features.
If you can get past its slightly unusual bladeless design, the AM07 uses its curved shape to generate a powerful, uninterrupted stream of air using its so-called AirMultiplier technology.
This stream has enough power to cool you down but isn't as harsh as some other tower fans. Its design also makes it easy to clean.
A sleep timer and remote control lets you manage how long, and at what speed and oscillation, the fan operates, and Dyson's engineers have made the Dyson Cool 40% more energy-efficient and 75% quieter than other such fans on the market.
2. Sohler 216598
- Sohler 216598, £22.02 from Amazon – buy here
The number one best-selling pedestal fan on Amazon is the Sohler 216598 standing fan.
Its black design and strong branding on the fan's grille may not be to everyone's taste but its price, size, and the fact you can adjust its height (up to 1.3 metres), make it ideal for various rooms around the home, and even an office.
The 16-inch grille houses three plastic blades that rotate at three speeds and this grille can be titled to further change the direction of the air.
A lever on the top switches it from static to oscillating mode. The Sohler 216598 is both powerful and quiet without breaking the bank.
3. Stadler Form O-009
- Stadler Form O-009, £151.00 from Amazon – buy here
If it's a floor fan you're after, the Stadler Form O-009 combines style and function. Its frame is made from a single piece of bamboo and its blades rotate in three power settings.
Stadler Form is a Swiss company that specialises in elegant fan designs and this is an incredibly attractive appliance that will suit most homes.
It's not the most powerful of fans, nor does it oscillate, so you're paying more (quite a bit more, actually) for style compared to substance, but it still generates a decent amount of cooling power while creating little noise.
4. Dimplex Mont Blanc
- Dimplex Mont Blanc, £53.16 from Amazon – buy here
Tower fans have a tendency to be bulky and a little ugly.
Dimplex's Mont Blanc breaks this mould. It's tall, slim design and small base (the unit measures 1.2m high and only 31cm wide) means it can easily be tucked in a corner to cool the room without getting in the way.
It offers three speed settings that can be manually controlled on a discreet LED display, or via a remote control, and this can also be used to switch it from static to oscillating mode, and set the 8-hour sleep timer.
Instead of blades, the Dimplex Mont Blanc has what's called directional louvres which are slanted fins that help better control the flow of air and generate less whirr.
Ideal if you're keeping it in an office and don't want your papers blowing in the wind.
If you’re especially interested in tower fans, check out our roundup of the best tower fans here.
5. Swan Retro Desk Fan
- Swan Retro Desk Fan, £45.05 from Amazon – buy here
If you like edgy, retro designs, this fan might be the one for you.
The Swan Retro Desk Fan come in a range of funky colours, including black, blue, red green, grey and cream.
It also has 3 varying speeds, and both oscillation and adjustable tilt functions.
The speed options are all very powerful (even the slowest, bottom one), making this fan one of our favourites.
If anything, the fan is actually a bit too powerful, and when standing on your desk, you should adjust the flow correctly to avoid blowing important documents right off your desk.
Since it is designed for use in homes and offices, the Swan Retro Desk Fan is pleasantly quiet, even at higher speed levels.
Swan is selling a version of this fan that includes a pedestal, but the desk version is compact and light enough to make it in this list.
The 12-inch desk fan is easy to assemble through a single screw to hold the metal cage and plastic thumbscrews for the base.
6. MeacoFan 1056
- MeacoFan 1056, £145.99 from Amazon – buy here
This great fan is one of the most powerful in our list, and also one of the most compact.
With its 4.24 Kg and 12 speeds, the MeacoFan 1056 is a truly versatile device.
Moving air speed at between 1.4m/s and 2.6m/s at one meter, the fan can move 70-degrees, both horizontally and vertically for multi-directional oscillation.
It also offers a series of additional features, including an off-timer, Eco mode and light control.
All the modes can be monitored and controlled from both the fan stand and through the included remote control.
The MeacoFan is built for use in bedrooms, as its 20dB noise level are ideal to be used in environments where silence is a priority. In terms of design, this fan is built in solid plastic, but has a faux leather handle that will complement many rooms.
7. John Lewis Handheld and Foldable Desk Fan
- John Lewis Desk Fan, £9 from John Lewis – buy here
If you’re on a hunt for a light, compact fan for when you’re on the go, this one from John Lewis might be the right one for you.
Weighing only 190g, this fan is truly portable, with dimensions of H25 x W11.3 x D2.5 cm.
Available in white, azure, steel and watermelon colours, the fan’s battery can last up to 9 hours on a single charge, making it ideal to take on a one-day trip or for use at the office.
The device charges through a USB port, and a USB charging cable is included in the box.
The John Lewis Desk Fan features three speeds and incorporate a fold-out stand for maximum portability.
This means it can either hand-held or placed on a flat surface like a desk or table.
The noise levels of this fan are also relatively low, and for less then £10, it is one of the best portable fans you can get.
8. Red Candy Retro Desk Fan
- Red Candy Retro Desk Fan, £40.50 from Red Candy – buy here
Another example of a retro-looking design, the Red Candy desk fan is available is hot pink, lime green and bright blue.
This industrial-style mini metal fan is rather light for its size, and features a carry handle for easy transport.
It also has non-slip rubber feet to avoid scratching your floor or desk.
The Red Candy Retro desk fan offers only two speed settings, but they are both quite powerful, making this fan a valid option for anyone who favours style over extra features.
It works through a traditional 3-pin GB plug, and its cable is not excessively long, so you will have to make sure you have a wall-plug near where you need ventilation.
9. Stadler form Q Fan
- Stadler form Q Fan, £179 from Connox – buy here
This fan is a unique piece of classy design, but you pay more than just style here.
Not requiring any assembling, the fan is ready just out of the box, and features three wind speeds.
This is a powerful device, being capable to rapidly cool down rooms of up to 40 square meters.
With its 36-cm diameter, it is also not excessively big, and is easy to operate operate through the large button on the support leg.
The fan is built with stainless steel and aluminium, and is extremely resilient and robust.
It also features a detachable protective grille on the back to allow for blade cleaning.
On the downside, the Stadler form Q fan is not one of the most quiet in this list, but its design and materials justify the hefty price tag.
10. Westinghouse 7255740
- Westinghouse 7255740, £158.00 from Amazon – buy here
Westinghouse specialises in home appliances but also offers a great range of ceiling fans that combine power and style without being too loud.
The Westinghouse 7255740's five blades are made from wengue wood, and its opal frosted glass light fixture includes a LED-compatible, R7 80-watt light bulb.
In the box, you will find a remote control to operate both blades and lights.
The fan itself comes with three speeds as well as summer/winter power settings.
Even on the fastest setting, the blades have been engineered to produce little noise, making this fan great for bedrooms, or living rooms where you don't want the whirr of a fan interrupting the TV.
Its 132cm wingspan is also wide enough to provide cooling for larger rooms.
Ceiling fans aren't everyone's cup of tea but if you want one that looks good and works well, Westinghouse is a popular choice.
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