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Choosing Small Desk Fans

Updated on September 27, 2011

Keep it Cool With a Small Desk Fan

Using fans during warmer weather can help reduce your energy bill. Small desk fans can be ideal when what you need to cool, isn't an entire room or house.

They're also perfect in situations where you're not in control of the thermostat, like in an office environment. They're great when couples don't agree on what temperature is ideal for sleeping, occasions when one of you is sitting in warming sunlight and the other isn't, or when you're on a treadmill trying to stay reasonably cool while working out. They also work well to maintain appropriate temperatures around equipment that runs for long periods of time.

On this page you'll find a variety of small desk fans and personal fans, one of which is sure to meet your particular needs.

Buying Tips

Selecting a small desk fan should be an easy task. Here are a few things to consider when making your choice:

1. Air Flow
If you buy one of these devices to provide cooling, then you obviously want to know that it can do the job. You can compare the power (Wattage) but you can also look at the fan head size. While a small 4" blade will keep the overall size down, it won't be able to move the amount of air that a 7" blade can.

In most instances, having variable speed control is also optimal. Some of these fans have one speed, others two, and a few of them provide three speeds for adjusting it to your personal needs. Being able to adjust the direction and level of the air flow is also desirable if you don't want to have to be constantly moving the fan. Some of these fans will oscillate but on a desk filled with loose paper this may not be desirable. Other fans may allow you to move the grill to redirect air flow or the head may tilt.

2. Stability
Many of these small fans will set on a table or desk top, so you'll need to know how much space you can spare for it. In addition, you'll want to be able to position it so that it is unlikely to be knocked over or to have things falling or spilling on to it.

Another option of course is a clip on model. They tend to consume less counter or desk top space but need to be positioned so that they don't intrude on any walkways where they may be bumped into easily.

3. Noise
Most of us prefer a quiet fan. Reading through customer reviews will help to determine how a particular model performs related to this. Certainly small fans tend to offer more quiet operation.


This small desk fan has a 7" blade diameter and stands 9" high and 5 1/4" deep taking up only a small amount of space. It's soft cloth blades give it quiet operation and is perfectly safe to touch. It folds up nicely and weighs under 2 lbs. making it very portable


This 4 inch fan has durable metal blades and grill. It can be tilted to get air flow where you want it and rubber feet to protect your desk, tabletop, or floors from scratches.


This small fan is just under 6" high and 4" in depth. It weighs just under a pound. It has a metal grill, 2 speeds, and an adjustable head to let you increase/decrease the level of air flow and it's direction as you need at any given time.


This Lasko model is a 6" fan with lightweight plastic construction. Users can tilt the head vertically and select one of three speeds to suit the task at hand. It offers quiet operation and the ability to create a strong airflow when needed.

Lasko Clip Fan

This small desk fan can be used to cool any small area. I measures 3" x 3.5" x 10.5 and will sit on a desk or table top with a rubberized base or clip to a shelf or something similar. It's adjustable with a swivel base, and has the ability to pivot up to 180 degrees at the fan base and the clip. This fan also offers two operating speeds


This small desk fan by Duracraft measures 8" x 6" x 10" and offers quiet operation and 2 speeds. It features easy to access speed controls on the front and remains stable in a fixed position.

Supentown 9"

This cheerful yellow and orange fan has a plastic front grill for safety and 7" fan blades. It measures 9" x 9" x 13". It has two speeds of operation and can be fixed or set to oscillate. The head can be adjusted upwards 30 degrees if desired.

Atlantic Breeze Clip On Fan

This little 6" clip-on fan works great at a desk or other locations. It has a clamp with rubber grips to protect against scratches. (The clamp opens 2") It measures 4 x 3 x 5 and can be tilted to direct airflow where you need it.  It has two speed settings and comes with a 5' power cord.


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    • PaperNotes profile image

      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      We have a small fan that looks similar to the Massey Fan. Despite its size, it can really perform quite well.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      great informative hub write thanks

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Very useful - especially for middle-aged women with hot flashes!!