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5 Good Portable Fans for Home 2017

Updated on February 14, 2017
If you haven't purchased a portable fan recently, you might be surprised by what you find.
If you haven't purchased a portable fan recently, you might be surprised by what you find.

Finding a good portable fan not only gives you additional ventilation, it can also help you keep the humidity in your home at a more comfortable level. If that's not enough it can also save you from expensive air conditioning bills while helping you to keep a fresh breeze circulating in the room.

When it comes to choosing a portable fan for use around your home, you have a few different choices. Table fans are small and compact, easy to move around, and good for cooling small areas, such as a desk or workspace.

Pedestal fans are made to be placed on the floor and cool a whole room, and many have adjustable heights and rotating heads for more coverage. Tower fans are also made for cooling whole rooms, but their space-saving vertical design makes them great for home use because they can fit easily in a corner and are also more stable and less likely to tip over than a pedestal fan. Another benefit of tower fans is that they are generally quieter than pedestal fans, so they are a good choice for bedrooms.

5 Good and Cool Portable Home Oscillating Fans

Ozeri Ultra 42 inch Wind Fan

The Ozeri Ultra 42 inch Wind Fan - Adjustable Oscillating Tower Fan with Noise Reduction Technology is a stylish and intelligent option for a portable fan for your home. The Ozeri has been specially engineered to produce an ultra-quiet airflow.

It has 3 air settings for maximum comfort. I like that the Ozeri has the option of a 12-hour timer that can be programmed in 1-hour segments for easy customization. It also has a display located on the top of the fan to easily see temperatures, settings, and more. 90-degree oscillation makes sure that air will reach a wide area for the best possible cooling.

A remote control makes changing settings from a distance simple and convenient, and stores neatly inside the fan when not in use. The Ozeri Ultra 42 Inch Wind Fan comes ready to assemble without the need of tools so that you will be ready to use it within moments and includes a base extension for customizable height.

Soleus Wall Mount / Table Fan for Home Use

The Soleus Air 10" High Velocity Wall Mount/Table Fan is a round fan with some very helpful attributes. It is equipped with 3 blade speeds and can oscillate up to 180 degrees and the fan grill in front of the blades also oscillates to ensure that air spreads as far as possible. It also is unique in that it has five blades instead of the traditional four in order to move more air around for increased cooling.

Knobs on the front of the Soleus make it simple to adjust the speed and settings. The small size makes it convenient for areas that don’t have a lot of space and can easily fit on a desk or table and has rubber feet so it won’t scratch the surface it is placed on. One capability that I think really sets this fan apart is that it can be mounted onto a wall or ceiling for a unique angle of cooling. This feature can be utilized in distinctive tasks like cooling overhear projectors as well as for traditional use.

The Soleus doesn’t have a remote, so if you do mount it on a wall or ceiling you’ll want to make sure it’s at a place that you can still reach the knobs to adjust the settings. The Soleus has a modern asymmetrical design and is made out of sturdy gray plastic.

Final Thoughts:

Overall the Soleus Air 10" is one of the better values that you'll find in the under $50 category.

O2-Cool 10"

The O2-Cool 10" Battery Operated Indoor/Outdoor Fan with Adapter is a great option for a portable fan for many occasions and even for outdoor use. The especially light design weighs just 3 pounds and can folds up for easy transporting and storage.

The handle on top serves as a carrier when taking the fan to another location and for easy adjustment of the fan when in use. Another feature that I like about this is that it can run off of ordinary D-cell batteries or can be plugged in to make it useable anywhere.

When running off of batteries it will last up to 72 hours so you can take it with you anywhere for many hours of cooling and can be put in emergency kits for use without power. The O2-Cool has 5 uniquely designed blades for a high amount of air circulation for the small size of the fan itself. This is a very practical and useful fan for the price asked.

What About a Good Portable Tower Fan?

Honeywell Fresh Breeze Tower Fan

For a high functioning tower fan, look at the Honeywell Fresh Breeze Tower Fan with Remote Control. The Honeywell features an ionizing electric fan with 3 speeds so that you can cool your house down significantly using the Turbo Wind generator blades. It also has a “breeze” option to gently move air through a space.

One thing that stands out to me about this fan is that it also includes a filter to remove pollen and dust from the air, and combining that with the ionization of the Honeywell will be a great option if you or someone in your household suffers from allergies. The filter can easily be removed and cleaned with water so you can have the benefits of a filter without the cost of constant replacement. You can program the Honeywell thermostat to cool until it your living space reaches a certain temperature, and it includes a timer so that you can program it to turn off after a certain amount of time up to 12 hours.

That flexibility is great for usage at nighttime or for monitoring temperatures without turning on a larger air conditioning unit. The Honeywell oscillates for widespread air distribution and the head can be tilted for even more direction. This fan has touch-button controls with clear markings for simple usage and also has a bright LCD display screen to show temperature and settings. A remote control with a bright built-in flashlight allows you to change the settings from a distance.

Lasko Wind Curve Fan with Remote

The Lasko 42-Inch Wind Curve Fan with Remote is another great option for a tower fan. The Lasko Wind Curve is made of neutral grey molded plastic with a polished wood-look inset in the front, which gives it a distinguished look, great for a front room or an office. This fan has a built-in timer, so you can set it for any amount of time from 30 minutes to 7 1/2 hours. It has slip resistant feet so that even on hard wood floors it is stable, and includes a remote so you can control the fan from across the room.

This fan has three different speed settings available, and even at the highest setting it is still quiet enough to easily carry on a conversation when seated near it. This fan also features a fresh air ionizer, and is very lightweight for its size so is easy to transport from room to room. This fan arrives mostly assembled, the only thing you have to do is attach the base, which is very simple and takes less than 5 minutes.

Best Portable Dyson Home Oscillating Fan Pedestal

Dyson AM03 Pedestal Fan

The Dyson AM03 Pedestal Fan features an innovative and sleek complete redesign of the traditional fan. If you look at the history of electric fans since the time they came on the market, they all work by using large rotating blades. Dyson engineers have come up with a complete new design in creating their Air Multipliers.

In reading about how they work, one source I read said they are basically the reverse of a vacuum. It draws air into the base at a rate of 5.28 gallons per second, and then pushes that air up and out, multiplying it up to 15x in the process. Bladed fans deliver a stream of air that can feel choppy and uncomfortable to some, and the lack of blades on the Dyson makes the airflow smooth and consistent. Not having any blades also makes the fan quiet, very safe for children, and also makes for easy cleaning.

The unique design looks very different from normal fans and gives a modern look to any room.

This Dyson is easy to adjust to deliver the perfect amount and direction of airflow. It has an adjustable height from 46 to 55 inches and a dimmer switch to precisely control the amount of air flowing. You can also tilt the fan to give even more direction to the air.

The Dyson comes with a remote control to allow change of airflow and oscillation that stores magnetically on the top of the fan. It also comes with a 2-year warranty to protect your fan. While the Dyson has many new and attractive features, you will pay a higher cost, so keep that in mind.

If you want the features and technology of a Dyson fan but don’t want a pedestal fan, Dyson also makes a tower fan, the Dyson AM02 tower fan.

There is also the smaller Dyson AM01 10" table fan, perfect for your desk or a smaller room.

© 2013 Bob Miller

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