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The Best Retro Tabletop Fans

Updated on October 7, 2014

Safe, Modern Vintage-Look Fans

I just love the look of vintage GE and Westinghouse fans. I would love to buy one and refurbish it to use in my Mid-century Modern home. However, with two small kids, I know this is not practical.

These old fans are anything but childproof, and with their colorful blades spinning, they seem to beckon small fingers. So, I decided to go search for some new, kid-safe table top fans with vintage looks and retro appeal. Scroll down to see what I found.

Vornado Retro VFAN Air Circulator

The Vornado Retro VFAN combines the styling of the original 1945 Vornado with the modern air moving technology Vornado is known for.

With 3 speed settings and a pivoting head this fan compresses and moves air throughout your space. Its safe, quiet design makes it the perfect fan for any room in your house - including play rooms and nurseries.

Which color do you like best? Retro Red or Vintage Jade Green? Add a touch of whimsy to your home with one of these great looking table fans. See them both here.

Mint Green? Red? Even the Colors are Retro on this Fan!

See The Ecco in More Colors Here

The Ecco Fan

Hand made in India according to a 50-year tradition (since the days of British Colonial rule!), the Ecco table fan is sturdy, attractive and full of vintage appeal. I can imagine it on the table of an office in an old black and white movie. It moves a great deal of air with its sturdy aluminum blades, and its heavy base ensures that it won't topple over.

I love the vibrant hues of these fans! They complement your traditional decor while adding a touch of whimsy along with a hint of the spiciness! If you are a fan of British Colonial decor, these fans are the way to go.

Fanimation UrbanJet Table Fan

Table fan or conversation piece? You decide

Looking for a table fan with a retro sense of whimsy? Check out the Fanimation UrbanJet table fan.

Combine the superior performance Fanimation is known for, with cool retro style and you have a conversation piece straight out of the 50's. This sturdy, stylish fan sports the lines of a 50's vehicle complete with a hood ornament, and a powerful motor to cool your room in style.


It also makes a great gift for a retro car enthusiast who has everything! I'm adding this to my father-in-law's gift list!

 The Fanimation Urban Jet table fan combines retro whimsy with high performance. Find it in all 5 finishes in Amazon.com
The Fanimation Urban Jet table fan combines retro whimsy with high performance. Find it in all 5 finishes in Amazon.com

Hunter Retro Fan in Brushed Nickel

This ever-popular Hunter brushed nickel fan as retro appeal and modern performance.
This ever-popular Hunter brushed nickel fan as retro appeal and modern performance.

Hunter Retro Fan in Brushed Nickel


The Hunter retro fan in brushed nickel is an all time favorite with a great price-point. Read the many satisfied customer reviews at Amazon.com. These fans are so popular that they are hard to find in-stock. Click on the link below and if it is available, don't hesitate!

Amazon Customer Review:

"Love these fans. I've purchased 6 so far, some for myself and some as gifts. They are well built, attractive and powerful. I live in Arizona where it's HOT! They are wonderful. My original fan, (...) was purchased more than 10 years ago and it still works perfectly. "

A standing fan worthy of Restoration Hardware
A standing fan worthy of Restoration Hardware

Fanimation Arden Standing Portable Fan

A Retro, Standing Option

Looking for an attractive free standing fan that will look good in any decor? The Arden pedestal fan combines the smooth lines of an architects tripod with the retro look of a caged fan. With three speeds and 50 degrees of oscillation it can keep your room cool and help you put off turning on the central air.

This standing fan has a great look that would look great with your Restoration Hardware style decor. Find great look-alike Restoration Hardware furniture for less online here.

Cast your vote for Modern, Retro Table Fans

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