When the warm weather comes around, we all need to find ways to stay cool. Whether you’re at home or at the office, air conditioning may not always be an option. Fans are the next best thing. But, as I’m sure you know, not all fans are created equal.
Tower fans are a great option for keeping your space cool while also adding sleek decor. How do you know which tower fan to choose when there are so many options? That comes down to what features suit your unique needs. Let me walk you through the process of searching for the right tower fan for you!
Why is a Tower Fan a good choice for me?
Let’s be honest: there are many different types of fans. There are small fans that can be situated on top of tables, box fans that can rest on the floor, and ceiling fans if you’re looking for a more permanent situation. Then, of course, there are tower fans. With so many types of fans, why might you consider choosing a tower fan?
Let’s take a moment to think about the advantages of tower fans. They are:
- Sufficient for small and medium spaces and rooms.
- Easy to fit in different spots and move around when needed.
- Sleekly designed and won’t cramp your decorating style.
- Budget-friendly option that saves you money on your electricity bill, in comparison to air conditioning, while still keeping you cool.
So take a minute and consider your needs. Do you want to cool a small or medium space? Are decor and the ability to change your fan’s position important to you? If you answered “yes,” then a tower fan will probably be a great fit for you.
Now it’s time to think about what features you’d like your tower fan to have!
The Oscillation Option
Think about box fans. While they can be big, have strong wind power and cool your space fairly well, they are limited in one glaring way: they do not move. Any air that is blown from a box fan will be blown in the one direction that it is facing.
Tower fans oscillate. That is, they turn on a secure and sturdy base, rotating left and right to create an even spread of air that is blown throughout the targeted space. You might find this oscillation helpful and necessary, especially if there are multiple people sharing a space. Oscillation allows you to cool a whole space or room, rather than just one part of it.
Different tower fans have different oscillating abilities. There are some fans that oscillate more widely than others. There are even some tower fans that can oscillate 360 degrees! Think about the space you want to cool and the width you need your oscillation to reach.
Just because you want to have that option, though, doesn’t mean you’ll always want to use it. It’s a good idea to search for tower fans that give you the option of oscillation, but will also allow the tower fan to work in a stationary position. Then you will have access to the best of both worlds!
Standing Fans Vs. Tower Fans
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “well, stand fans oscillate too.” You’re right, and they are functional in a variety of situations. So what is the difference that would lead you to choose the tower variety?
The designs of these fans are different and that affects functionality. Think about a stand fan. It has a circular head at the top of the fan from which air is blown. When compared to the tall tower fan from which air blows out of vents placed from top to bottom, it doesn’t seem as effective, right?
Not to mention the difference in placement ability. The circular head of a stand fan is sometimes too wide to place in certain corners or close to walls, whereas the tower fan fits very well even in small corners and maintains its ability to oscillate. The fan’s placeability is something you may want to take into consideration.
Finally, the slim line of a tower fan will probably please your eye more than the bumpy look of a stand fan.
The Ultimate Convenience: A Remote Control
Visualize it: you’ve reached the end of a long, hot summer day, and you’re ready to hit the sack. You get into bed, relax your muscles, and realize that you forgot to turn your fan on! The last thing you’d feel like doing is standing up again.
This is why I suggest that you strongly consider the practicality of finding a tower fan that comes with a remote control. You can place it in the spot that you’re most likely to use. That way you can turn your fan on and off and adjust air settings without having to walk over to the fan itself.
Your options are plentiful. Why not treat yourself to this small luxury?
Life can get hectic and chances are you won’t always be around to adjust the setting of your tower fan. You may want to go to sleep with your fan on, but set your timer to turn it off after 5 hours for safety and to save electricity. You may want to foolproof against forgetting to turn of your fan by setting an automatic turn-off timer after a certain amount of time.
There are endless scenarios in which you may find a built-in timer on your tower fan helpful. Depending on the unique circumstances and purposes for your tower fan, this feature may be a must-have for you. Consider it before beginning your search so you know if you’d like to keep it on your priority list.
Seeing this feature listed on a tower fan may baffle you. What does it really mean? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Until I researched it myself, I was unsure of the purpose of this feature.
To put it simply, a tower fan with an air ionizing feature may purify the air of the designated space. This doesn’t mean that your tower fan can clear the air of all present bacteria. But according to Livestrong.com, air ionization can contribute to lessening asthma and allergy symptoms.
Whether or not you want this feature on your tower fan is a personal choice. Consider the space where you plan to use your fan and think about what people will be spending time in that space. Is air ionization a necessary feature for you? Perhaps you’d simply like to have the extra quality performance?
Your tower fan preferences are all up to you to decide!
Best Five Tower Fans
Now that you’ve read a bit more about the possible features you can search for in tower fans, check out this list of the five best tower fans. Take your time reading and comparing the features of each product so that you can choose the best tower for your specific needs!
The Lasko Wind Curve Fan is an all-around functional tower fan. This tall and thin fan brings a sleek look along with it’s three-speed cooling service. If you choose to use the oscillation option, you will find that it runs smoothly and quietly while reaching a fairly wide area. You’ll find that this fan is convenient to use with its remote control and built-in timer. It also has an air ionizer for added purification. This is a simple yet effective tower fan that you can easily add to your space.
Things We Like:
- Three speeds to choose from to adjust the strength of the air being blown in your space.
- Adjustable air vents so that you have control of which way the air blows.
- Quiet, no more than gentle white noise even while oscillating.
- Visually pleasant and available with a front panel in silver or wood-accent finishes.
- Blows air that feels cool, almost like an air conditioner.
- Lightweight and simple to move using a small handle on the back of the fan.
- Air ionizer can be turned on and off to use as you please.
- Remote control is very convenient, allowing you to adjust speed, control oscillation, and power on and off.
- Very reasonable power usage that will not create a big difference on your electricity bill.
- Easy to assemble and very sturdy and stable base that will not allow fan to be knocked over easily.
Things We Don’t Like:
- Blue light on the function pad can be troublesome when you want full darkness for sleep.
- Many small air vents that may be challenging to clean well.
The Honeywell HY-280 QuietSet Whole Room Tower Fan provides a largely customizable cooling experience. With five speed levels you will enjoy the ability to control the noise and cooling level in your space. The fan’s digital display creates a simple and streamlined user experience. Helpful features of this fan are an oscillation option, digital thermostat, built-in timer, and remote control for increased usability.
Things We Like:
- Digital thermostat that displays current room temperature, and also allows you to set a specific temperature for which the fan will turn on or off depending on your preferences.
- Five speed settings for the fan that allows you to have more refined control of air strength.
- Built-in timer that lets you choose between 2, 4, 6, or 8 hour intervals at which to automatically turn the fan off, providing you with flexibility.
- Oscillation option (180 degrees) reaches a wide area of your space and blows air far distances for optimal cooling.
- “Sleep” setting that keeps the fan stationary, while still blowing air to keep you cool at night.
- Neat appearance that fits easily with varying types of decor.
- Remote control provides you with convenience and the ability to operate all settings of the fan from different places around your space, and, if you choose not to use it, there is a spot to store it in the back of the fan so you won’t misplace it.
- Energy efficient and does not make noticeable difference in electricity usage.
- Long power cord (about 6 feet) creates less limitation in your placement of the fan.
- Simple to clean and does not accumulate dust and dirt easily.
Things We Don’t Like:
- Base of the fan isn’t as sturdily constructed as it could be, which makes moving the fan a bit annoying.
- Fragile fan that can be damaged easily if it falls or is knocked down.
The Soleus Air 35-inch Tower Fan is a simple and easy-to-operate option for small and medium spaces in need of cooling. The fan’s three speeds create variability in the strength of air movement. The Soleus Tower Fan’s clean visual design boasts an oscillation option for better air distribution. Convenience is tended to with the fan’s built-in timer and accompanying remote control.
Things We Like:
- “Wind” setting provides you with the option for intermittent rather than constant air flow.
- Very stable base on different types of surfaces that include carpet and hardwood.
- Quiet overall, with a low setting that is barely audible and good for light sleepers and noise-sensitive situations.
- Only the air vents oscillate, not the whole fan body, resulting in less noise and more stability.
- Your customized settings are not reset when you power the fan off, which saves you time and effort when you turn it on again.
- Simple enough to clean deeply with just a few screws on the back to remove, and restore to like-new function.
- Remote control is easy to understand and works very well from any angle.
- Easy assembly requires you only to install the fan’s base.
- Slight upward angle of air vents creates a larger area of space reached by the ar flow.
- Narrow design is attractive and takes up less space.
Things We Don’t Like:
- Oscillation can be a bit noisy if the screws on the base are not fastened tightly enough.
- Beeping noise when you power on/off or hit any of the buttons might disturb some people.
The Ozeri 3x Tower Fan provides an especially quiet cooling experience in the space you choose to situate it. The fan’s digitally inspired sleek design will add character to your decor. With three small, independently operable fans, you can have intricate control of the airflow in your space. The fan’s touch-sensitive control pad, built-in timer, and remote control make for a very user-friendly product.
Things We Like:
- Three separate fans that can be operated individually to achieve an airflow tailored to your specific needs.
- Different wind settings that emulate various types of natural breeze.
- The three fan speeds and nine options for airflow and cooling available for each separate small fan make this fan truly customizable.
- Durable construction that does not damage easily even when knocked over by pets or children.
- Fan is not heavy and has a handle for easy transport.
- Ozeri customer service is very amenable to requests for help and works quickly.
- Fan is very quiet at all setting levels and is unlikely to be disruptive in the majority of situations.
- Design is very thin and polished in appearance and will fit in seamlessly to various decor styles.
- Remembers your previously programmed settings when you turn it off, saving you time the next time you turn it on.
- Built-in timer can be set in 30 minute increments for auto turn-off corresponding to your needs.
Things We Don’t Like:
- Can make somewhat loud noises while oscillating if the base is not secured and tightened well enough.
- Remote control has dark buttons and no light function, which makes it difficult to use in darkness or at night.
- Blue light on control pad does not turn off, which may be distracting when you’re trying to sleep.
The Dyson Air Multiplier AM07 Tower Fan is a reliable and customizable fan if you’re looking to make a bigger monetary investment. Without air vents or blades, Dyson provides a safer fan experience in your space, especially regarding pets and children. With this fan, you get strong yet quiet airflow and convenience with various settings like a built-in timer and remote control.
Things We Like:
- Ten airflow options providing a range of choices for your space at any given time.
- Very easy assembly that takes less than five minutes, even with no hardware experience.
- Cleaning is fast and straightforward as there are no blades or vents.
- Especially quiet fan at all speeds and settings, which is in part due to lack of blades.
- Modern aesthetic adds character to decor of your space.
- Lightweight and easy to transport from room to room as needed.
- Oscillation reaches a wide area, enhancing the airflow in your small or medium space.
- Dyson customer service is friendly and responds quickly to requests and questions.
- Energy efficient and will not leave a noticeable change in your electricity expenses.
- Built-in timer can be adjusted for auto turn-off in increments ranging from 15 minutes up to 9 hours, providing flexibility and giving you less to think about throughout the day.
Things We Don’t Like:
- Highest priced option from our list, meaning that it may not be a feasible option for some.
- Remote control is necessary for operating oscillation and timer functions, which can be a problem if remote breaks or is misplaced.
Now that you’ve had a chance to explore our five recommendations for the best tower fan, I hope that you’ve gained greater insight into what you’re looking for.
Our recommendation is the Lasko Wind Curve Fan with Fresh Air Ionizer, 42-inch because it checks the boxes all around. Your space will be cooled without disrupting your decor and provides noteworthy convenience with the fan’s remote control. Lasko’s simple design can be learned and used by anyone.
Don’t hesitate to take a closer look at any of the five recommended fans on our list. They are all reliable and provide quality performance.
Before you make your final decision, take some time to analyze your unique situation. Think about the main purpose for your purchase of a tower fan. What features are necessary to ensure maximum satisfaction in your specific predicament? Once you’ve made a mental (or written) list of your must-haves, your search will run much smoother!
Check out this comparison table to help you summarize the features you just read about:
|Lasko Wind Curve Fan||Honeywell HY-280 Tower Fan||Soleus Air Tower Fan||Ozeri 3x Tower Fan||Dyson AM07 Tower Fan|
|Dimensions||13 x 13 x 42.5 (inches)||10.8 x 8.2 x 32.8 (inches)||9.2 x 11.2 x 34.4 (inches)||13.8 x 6.5 x 45.8 (inches)||9.1 x 9.1 x 39.6 (inches)|