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In the Breeze: An In-Depth Lasko Wind Curve Fan Tested Review

This tall tower fan is portable, stylish, and comes with a remote—find out how it fared in hands-on testing.
The Lakso logo embedded into the woodgrain panel on the front of the Lasko Wind Curve tower fan.

Photo: Glenda Taylor for Bob Vila

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Fans are great for regulating a room’s temperature, improving air circulation, and providing subtle white noise for a serene environment. But certain fans do even more. Some models oscillate to direct airflow around the entirety of a room, and newer models may come with an ionizer function that can help reduce odors and make the air seem fresher.

Lasko, a top manufacturer of room fans, air purifiers, and space heaters, produces several models that we’ve previously recognized in our lineups of the best tower fans and best oscillating fans. Now they’ve come out with an ionizing model: the Lasko Wind Curve, model 2554. I couldn’t wait to test it.

I snagged a Lasko Wind Curve tower fan with a built-in ionizer and tested it in my home. I tried all the features, noted how well it delivered airflow, and ran the ionizing function. My verdict? This tall fan is more than decent, but it’s not perfect. Read on to find out what I loved and what I think Lasko could improve.

Lasko 42-Inch Wind Curve Tower Fan With Ionizer and Remote: At a Glance

The Lasko Wind Curve Fan set up for testing in the corner of a room.
Photo: Glenda Taylor for Bob Vila

Rating: 8.75/10

SPECS

  • Weight: 12 pounds
  • Dimensions: 42.5 inches tall by 13 inches wide by 13 inches deep
  • Cord length: 6 feet
  • Functions: Oscillation, remote control operation, ionizing option

PROS

  • Tall, sleek design that fits easily into corners and small spaces
  • Multifunction remote control lets users adjust fan speeds from a distance
  • Ionizing option generates negative ions that can freshen the air in the room
  • Oscillating tower fan design helps improve airflow in the room

CONS

  • Well suited for small- to medium-size rooms, but may not be adequate for large rooms

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What is the Lasko Wind Curve tower fan?

The Lasko tower fan is sleek and tall, and it fits easily in a corner or small area without taking up a lot of floor real estate. It delivers a brisk breeze that can effectively circulate the air in medium-size rooms, though it may not be powerful enough for larger rooms.

The Wind Curve features three fan speeds. In my testing, I was able to adjust the speed by using either the remote control or the buttons on the control panel. The remote worked at a distance of 23 feet, which was as far away as I could get while remaining in a direct line of sight. The remote runs on two AAA batteries, which were not included in the box I received.

The fan arrived in a long, narrow box, and I had to assemble the base, which comes in two sections and snaps together quickly. I felt as though the next step—positioning the fan on the base—should have been easier. On the underside of the base, there is a small channel through which the electrical cord is supposed to run, keeping the cable protected and largely hidden. However, it was challenging to push the cord through this channel, and I eventually had to recruit a helper to hold the base steady while I got the cord inserted. Not a big deal, but it could be more user-friendly.

It features a wood-grain accent in the front, and this fan’s overall design is visually pleasing. It also comes with a built-in handle near the top of the back side that was very handy for carrying the fan to different locations. It weighs 12 pounds, which is enough heft to offer stability without being difficult to move when desired. The cord is 6 feet long.

The control panel on the Lasko Wind Curve tower fan showing its speed setting and timer.
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Good Performance Features But Short on Range

Like most fans, this one doesn’t actually cool the air as an air conditioner does, but it can make people in the room feel cooler via convection (airflow that causes moisture on the skin to evaporate). When I ran it at the highest speed, I could still feel a gentle breeze from the Wind Curve from about 9 feet away.

In addition, the fan oscillates from side to side, which helps direct the airflow to a broader swath of the room, but I felt the oscillation range was a little lacking. Lasko describes the oscillation range as ” widespread,” but it was narrower than 45 degrees, and I would have preferred a range closer to 180 degrees for better coverage. However, at 42 inches tall, its high-reaching tower design is a nice touch because it delivers airflow at both a low- and mid-level.

The fan’s fresh air ionizer feature is a pleasant bonus, generating negative ions to create a refreshing indoor atmosphere. Unlike an air purifier, which sucks unwanted particles from the air into its filter, an ionizer generates negative ions that attach themselves to airborne particles, such as tiny dust or pet dander, making them heavier and more likely to fall to the floor, where they can be vacuumed or swept up.

A person standing near the Lasko Wind Curve tower fan while holding a decibel meter that reads 53.9 decibels.
Photo: Glenda Taylor for Bob Vila

Relatively Quiet on Every Speed

I found the Lasko Wind Curve to be a relatively quiet tower fan. When I tested it with a decibel tester about 3 feet away, the fan generated 53.9 decibels. That’s comparable to the ambient sound level of a quiet office. It was even quieter when I changed to lower speeds.

Even at the highest speed, the sound of the fan wasn’t disruptive. In fact, it was soothing, like white noise that masks other sounds. I could imagine some users running the fan in a nursery while an infant sleeps to keep the child from being disturbed by an active household’s sounds.

Should you buy the Lasko Wind Curve fan?

The Lasko Wind Curve is well suited for anyone who wants a sleek, space-saving fan that circulates air effectively. It’s an excellent choice for refreshing small- to medium-size rooms. However, individuals who want a fan for larger spaces might find its power slightly lacking. The oscillation range, though functional, could be wider for optimal coverage.

On the plus side, the Wind Curve’s ionizing feature may help remove some airborne particulates, making the air in a room smell and feel fresher, and the sound it makes is quiet yet soothing and could double as white noise.

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Meet the Tester

Glenda Taylor is a product tester and writer specializing in the construction, remodeling, and real estate industries. She and her husband own a general contracting company, and Taylor is experienced in both residential and commercial building applications. She tests a wide range of power tools as well as other home improvement, household, and lawn-and-garden products.

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