A good floor fan, tower fan, or table fan can make all the difference in warm weather. It won't actually lower the temperature of a room, but it can create a cooling sensation if you stand or sit close by. These types of fans also improve air circulation, helping an air conditioner cool the house more efficiently.
To recommend the best cooling fans, Cheapism.com consulted professional test results from sources including Wirecutter, TopTenReviews, Review Lab, and The Spruce, and read hundreds of user reviews posted on retail sites like Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot, Walmart, and Target. Based on our research, we've identified nine fans from popular manufacturers that cost less than $100 and earn top ratings for performance from both experts and consumers. Rounding out our list are some specialty picks, including a smart fan with app-control and a pricier fan from Dyson that does away with blades completely for a design that's as cool as its airflow.
The best fans are powerful, easy to use, and at least relatively quiet. Popular features include multiple speeds, a remote control, a sleep timer, and a built-in thermostat. A warranty longer than one year is also handy, because even the best fans are prone to breaking, owners say. All the fans we recommend are considered portable, but they vary in weight. Desk fans are the lightest; most box fans and room-size floor fans top out at 10 pounds; and tower fans and heavy-duty floor fans can weigh more than 15 pounds.