Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
While New York’s approximately two weeks of spring are the best time to be in the city, ungodly summer heat, humidity, and the smell of hot trash is just around the corner. Even if you’re blessed enough to have an AC unit, a great fan can be a godsend. Here’s a roundup of the best floor — as opposed to table or handheld or wall-mounted or BTS-themed — fans that have garnered rave reviews from blissfully chilled out consumers on Amazon.
Best-rated floor fan
With well over 5,000 five-star reviews, Lasko’s Wind Curve oscillating fan towers above the rest. Standing 42-inches tall and featuring three speed settings, the T42951 is a tower fan that reaches right up to bed height so you can “get absolutely drilled in the face by that cool, angelic wind current,” in the words of a reviewer who described their purchase as “a voucher slip out of a damn heat stroke.” “Within five minutes of turning this thing on it was like an angel had come down from heaven and began to personally blow cool air on my face,” a reviewer sweating in the swamps of Louisiana wrote, adding that even “a barely functioning human being” could assemble a Wind Curve “within 15 minutes AND without crying.”
Beyond its ability to effortlessly cool whole rooms, this fan’s been commended by satisfied customers for its stability, sleep timer, remote, noise that’s “on the quiet to average side,” and classy faux-wood finish. As one reviewer who drunkenly purchased one to escape the midwest heat sums it up: “I don’t even remember how much I paid for this fan, but it was totally worth it.”
Best-rated (less expensive) floor fan
Though the Cyclone’s mere 20-inch size and low price point may lead reviewers to believe it’s a tabletop model, don’t be fooled: It’s “powerful for the price, construction, and weight,” in the words of one owner. And multiple reviews tout its bang for the buck, easily blowing box fans out of the water at a comparable price. When set on low, the fan “blows as hard as the 20-inch box fan on high,” notes one reviewer, describing it as “by far the best fan I’ve ever owned.”
“The design is great for people with children or pets, [since] there’s no way to knock this fan over,” one reviewer adds. Reviewers also note that the Lasko 3520 is a great way to boost the power of an existing AC unit, with one reviewer noting that it can “circulate the cool air from my air conditioner and spreads the cool all over my apartment.”
Best tower fan for small rooms
Reviewers like that this Lasko tower is easy to assemble, requiring no tools and “just a few screws to attach the base to the main unit.” And once that’s out of the way, you’ve got your hands on a “butt-kicking, tornado-starting wind monster,” which one reviewer describes as “one of the best fans, period.” Lasko 2510 owners commend its functional remote, which makes it “very customizable as far as speed, oscillation, etc.” Its enthusiastic owners also appreciate how small of a footprint this tower fan takes up, making it a worthy buy for anyone with limited space but still wants powerful, cooling relief. As one reviewer writes, “I’m surprised at how powerful this slim design is. I like that it can fit anywhere since I have limited space. The highest speed , which is 3 is quite sufficient for my needs. I have it positioned pointing toward my bed and it’s quiet enough so as not to disturb my husband and not to blow us away like other fans.”
Best floor fan for bedrooms
This compact Vornado unit has a number of reviewers holding it up as the perfect option for keeping a confined space cool without springing for an extra AC unit. “I went through an entire summer using just this fan. I never once turned on the AC regardless of how humid some days got,” writes one reviewer, who was also surprised by how quiet the lowest settings were. “The amount of air it blows at even speed 1 is great, and it’s extremely quiet. At 2, you can start to hear some noise, but the noise output is still next-to-none when you compare the amount of air being blown to any of its competitors (and even the lesser models in the same family).” That’s part of the reason why it’s often used in bedrooms. One reviewer, who lives on the southern California coast, writes, “Instead of having a regular fan rotating back and forth across the room and blowing air at the plants, the stove, papers, and on me intermittently, the Vornado 660 circulates the air in the entire space, cooling the whole room down. This is especially nice in the bedroom because when the regular fan turns my way and blows air at me, I get cold in the night.”
Most quiet pedestal fan
Nearly 900 five-star reviews use the word “quiet” to describe this oscillating fan from Rowenta. One reviewer even says, “It’s so quiet, sometimes I forget it’s on.” But despite its minimal audible footprint, and the plastic blades, it moves a lot of air. “When we set it up and used it last spring, I was MORE than pleased with its overall quality (it even has a weighted base), its attractive appearance (the fan blades are transparent enough to seem almost-absent), and wow, does it do the job. QUIETLY. A powerful flow of air almost silently,” raves one reviewer who keeps it in their bedroom.
Best retro-style pedestal fan
This retro-inspired fan “will actually enhance the looks of any room it’s put in” according to one taste-making reviewer, who adds, “I got the beige standing model, and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s in my living room and it looks and works great. No plastic junk like 95 percent of the fans you see out there.” Others agree, variously praising this Vintage Air Circulator as “classic art deco styling,” “beautiful vintage-inspired design,” and “a little bit funky.” In the words of one reviewer, it’s a “truly handsome” statement piece that “looks great in my place, and gets compliments quite often.” Reviewers also agree that function matches the form. “I bought it mainly based on looks and hoped it would work,” wrote one aesthetically minded reviewer. “Within five to ten minutes it feels like the air conditioner is on and [it] cooled down the room.” This pivoting fan with an adjustable height is “easy to assemble” and registers as “definitely better than any other non-ceiling fan I’ve ever used.”
Best compact floor fan with remote
Reviewers love this “great multipurpose power fan” because it can be operated from across the room. Using the remote is “intuitive” in the words of one reviewer, and another notes that “unlike most appliances with remote controls, I actually use this one.” In particular, it’s useful for those who want to set or adjust the power (which can feel like “a hurricane wind blasting through my apartment” on the highest of its three settings) without getting out of bed or up from the couch. And though this fan is technically small enough to put on a table, many reviewers prefer it as a floor fan. One even writes, “I find that it seems to work better on the floor than up on a dresser or table.”
“Its mechanism of ‘oscillating’ seems almost magical,” claims another reviewer who confesses to “feel[ing] silly for being this excited about a fan.” And for those interested in summer beauty hacks, one reviewer uses the Blizzard to “get a cool breeze while I dry my hair” without “turn[ing] my bathroom into a wind tunnel of doom.”
Best adjustable compact floor fan
If you’re a control freak who craves the ability to blast air directly where you need it, the full 360-degree hinge provided by the Genesis Avalon is “easy to pivot and position as needed,” letting you intuitively “redirect air to where you need it most,” whether toward yourself or a canine friend, writes one reviewer, who also confides, “Bought this for the dog so I can aim it right on her … It works great.” But it also keeps humans plenty cool: “I have had this fan for four months now and gets used daily due to two crazy ladies with frequent, sudden, and apparently severe hot flashes,” notes one relieved reviewer. “If this fan can easily cool down a menopausal woman, it can cool down anybody!” One reviewer notes, “it blows a ton of air, [and] I can feel it circulating my room even with the fan is pointed in the opposite direction.”
Best full-size air circulator floor fan
One reviewer notes that the Vornado 723 packs the power of “[some] handheld, entry-level leaf blowers” on its lowest setting. “Zeus himself could not muster a storm to match the air moved by a Vornado,” opines another enamored owner. Really, this thing’s output is no joke: “I could feel the air while sitting on my sofa and noticed my ceiling fan was spinning without even being turned on,” another owner recalls of the first time they witnessed the Vornado 723 in action. “I looked across the room and my large artificial tree leaves were slightly blowing in the wind.” One “very hot sleeper” adds, “This fan cooled off my room quickly enough that I was able to immediately get under the covers and go to bed.”
Best bladeless floor fan
Some reviewers admitted to waiting “a couple of weeks” or even a year before pulling the trigger on this Dyson fan, but the consensus is that it was worth it. As one writes, “Holy cats this fan works great!” Another reviewer remarked that it generates an “immediate difference in the quality of air flow, even at a lower setting” and notes that “it cool[s] a significant amount of space and without the horrible wind that normal box fans have.” The AM07 also nails the little details. “The sleek remote is a wonderful feature, with common-sense design and magnetic storage atop the fan,” gushes one reviewer. It’s almost “whisper quiet” on low settings, making it “perfect if you want to stay cool when you’re watching TV,” and a sleep timer enables further control. “It’s certainly a centerpiece even in a nice living room,” mentions one proud owner. “People are always drawn to it.”
Best air purifier fan
When you connect this fan to a proprietary Dyson app, you can “control your fan, see historical sensor readings, set a time, and more,” explains one reviewer. Another reviewer raved about using the “awesome” the Wi-Fi connectivity and Dyson app “to check the temp of our bedroom, and then activated the fan to high speed to cool the room before we decided to go to bed,” to say nothing of the fan’s “night mode” features. But even reviewers who aren’t hooked up to the Internet of Things reap the TP04’s many benefits. Its power is “really good” and its range as “beyond exceptional,” offering up “very quiet performance that cools the room well.” And because it’s a Dyson, its look is “very modern and fits in any room without becoming an eyesore.”
The air purifying powers are nothing to sneeze at, either. “We had received our Dyson Pure Cool 2 days before we left on a two-week vacation. My sister was staying at our house to care for our two cats and one dog. My sister is allergic to cats and dogs but thought she could handle it for a few weeks. After the first week, she told friends she didn’t think she could last another week with her allergies being so bad with our pets,” writes one reviewer, continuing, “That night, she noticed that the Dyson Pure Cool was an air purifier … and my sister said that she noticed a difference in her breathing after two hours of the purifier cleaning the air.”
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