Buyer’s Guide: The Best Tower Fans
Want to cool down your home quickly and efficiently? Check out our guide to find the best tower fans on the market today.
Many homeowners use an electric fan to assist in circulating indoor air and increasing the comfort level of a too-warm room. Of all the different types of fans that exist on the market—window, pedestal, box, and wall-mount varieties—tower fans often rise above the rest. Why? Their combination of high efficiency, space-saving design, surprisingly quiet operation, and smart features. Keep reading to learn the key considerations to bear in mind when in the market for a tower fan, as well as to get the details on our top picks:
- BEST OVERALL: Pelonis 36-Inch Oscillating Tower Fan
- BEST VALUE: COSTWAY 40-inch LCD Tower Fan
- BEST UPGRADE: Ozeri 3x 44-inch Tower Fan with Bluetooth
- ALSO CONSIDER: Airvention X01A Oscillating Tower Fan
Top Fan Features and Functions
To choose the best tower fan for your needs, consider these factors before making your final decision:
- Size: Tower fans have a tall and narrow design, allowing them to distribute airflow over a large area while taking up minimal floor space. On average, most tower fans stand 30 to 40 inches tall, and the base takes up about one square foot. Homeowners can easily position the fan in narrow spaces and corners, where it won’t interrupt a room’s foot traffic.
- Airflow Velocity: A fan’s airflow velocity is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM), or how many cubic feet of air the fan can move per minute. Most of the time, consumers can find this information on the manufacturer’s packaging, or by researching consumer reviews of the fan. Tower fans generally produce less airflow velocity than other types of fans, since blades on a tower fan (which are housed within the vertical unit) are much smaller, and therefore move less air. But keep in mind that a tower fan will still meet or surpass the needs of most homeowners.
- Speed Settings: Most tower fans have at least three speed settings: low, medium, and high. However, many offer additional settings that allow you to finely tune the amount of air circulation in the room.
- Blades vs. bladeless design: Most tower fans feature small motorized blades. In a bladeless fan, though, hollow tubes conduct airflow at high velocities from holes or slots in the front of the fan. The benefits that come with choosing the latter include fewer parts to clean, quiet operation, and a safer fan design overall for households with children.
- Noise: Since tower fans have smaller blades, they’re typically quieter than other types of fans. Most produce a low “humming” noise as opposed to the louder “whooshing” noise of fans with larger blades. The sound isn’t loud enough to impede on conversation, and it’s ideal for those who enjoy sleeping with white noise. On lower settings, tower fan will typically emit even less sound, leading some manufacturers to use terms like “whisper-quiet” and “calm.” If you don’t like noise, stick with a tower fan that has a lower decibel rating.
- Oscillation: A majority of tower fans oscillate, or rotate from side to side, in order to direct airflow over a wider area. Consumers will typically find tower fans with an oscillating arc of 90 degrees or 95 degrees. A handful of tower fans on the market can oscillate a full 360 degrees, but unless you plan to place the fan in the center of a room, full-circle rotation is probably unnecessary. Some models also come with the ability to select the width of the oscillating arc.
- Added Features: Many tower fans have added features that increase their appeal to consumers. For example, remotes allow you to start the fan, adjust the speed, and control the oscillating function from anywhere in the room. Some tower fans come with air filters that prevent dust, pollen, and pet dander from recirculating. Additionally, some models have ionizers that purify the air as it circulates through the fan.
The Best Tower Fans
Looking to cool down your home with a tower fan? Start with our top picks.
1. BEST OVERALL: Pelonis 36-Inch Oscillating Tower Fan
Like the dashing hero of a blockbuster action move, the 36-inch Pelonis is the strong, silent type. Reviewers rave both about its quietness and outstanding performance. It also draws praise for a full suite of user-friendly features. For instance, in addition to a remote control, there’s an easy-to-use LED display for controlling the fan speed, setting the fan to run on a timer, and toggling the oscillation mode and off. When oscillating, the Pelonis rotates 60 degrees to stir the air and bring cooling to every corner of the room.
2. BEST VALUE: COSTWAY 40-inch LCD Tower Fan
Sure, the 40-inch COSTWAY model costs less than most tower fans, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on features. The fan operates at three speeds and in three different modes—all controllable through the built-in LCD control panel or included remote control. A special favorite among owners of the fan is its “sleep mode”—a 7-1/2-hour timer setting perfect for overnight use.
3. BEST UPGRADE: Ozeri 3x 44-inch Tower Fan with Bluetooth
Make your smart home even smarter with the Ozeri Tower Fan, controllable via touchscreen, remote control, or a free Ozeri mobile app that you download to your smartphone. There’s a great deal of configurability here, because the tower includes three separate fans, each with three different speed settings. You can sync the fans if you wish, or you can run each one separately. All the while, as the fan runs (oscillating or not), its canted blades cut way down on noise. That’s a bonus that reviewers appreciate just as much the fan’s sleek, stereo speaker-like design.
4. ALSO CONSIDER: Airvention X01A Oscillating Tower Fan
Looking for total room-cooling power? The 43-inch Airvention X01A oscillates 100 degrees, providing best-in-class coverage. That doesn’t mean the fan makes a racket either. The Airvention, at its highest setting, operates at no more than 50 decibels—about as loud as a pleasant conversation. Important also is that while the fan isn’t bladeless, its gliding grille makes it impossible for children or pets (or careless adults) to come in contact with the blades.