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The Best Desk Fans on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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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.)

And while we’ve written about lots of air-blasting fans — including the best ceiling fans, a beautiful, decorative fan, and the best cooling floor fans — here we’ve rounded up the best desk fans, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated (and least-expensive) desk fan

Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Air Circulator Fan Black

With more than 14,000 reviews, this small desk fan is super-effective at moving a lot of air around. As one reviewer writes, “Let me start off by saying this: Before this fan I was sweating enough to get us out of the California drought. With this fan now I am cool as a cucumber I have not drippity, drop, dropped a single sweat in my room ever since I plopped this puppy on my desk.” Reviewers call it “a great desk fan for the office,” as it “has great air flow and is pretty quiet.” Another reviewer, a teacher, writes, “I have a classroom that is on an exterior wall and it tends to get extremely stuffy on hot days so this is perfect to tuck behind my computer desk and pull out on warm days … I can turn it on to circulate the air in my area and it is so quiet that the kids don’t even know it’s on.” Others find it almost too intense for a desk, as one writes that it “is so powerful I would freeze out my co-workers if I did even on the lowest setting.”

And now for some micro-picks for every type of desk fan you might be looking for.

Best desk fan with clip

Genesis 6-Inch Clip Convertible Table-Top and Clip Fan

This small, convenient clip-on option is a favorite among reviewers looking for a versatile fan that can easily be mounted to a ledge or cubicle wall. And many commenters agree that it works well despite its compact size, as one reviewer writes, “Air flow is great, and I actually have to turn it off after just a few minutes because I’m already cold.” Reviewers also appreciated that the mounting function allows for control of the airflow, because “all of the other fans I tried blew the papers all over everywhere, but this one you can mount and adjust.” That flexibility is appreciated by reviewers, like this one who writes, “While non-oscillating, it’s adjustable to a full 360 degrees when mounted on the clip, and can be tilted up or down with a little loosening of the butterfly-screw, on either the clip or the stationary base. It isn’t whisper-quiet but it isn’t noisy, either — a happy white-noise medium in between.”

Best desk fan with remote

Ozeri Brezza III Dual Oscillating 10” High Velocity Desk and Table Fan

The remote for this oscillating desk fan controls not only speed, but also direction, a feature that customers love. “WOW! When it tried it with the remote, the whole fan turns from the middle to the left and back, but also goes all the way up and way down! It is neat,” writes one. Another reviewer, a courtroom reporter, notes how quietly it operates, as well: “I needed a super-quiet fan because anything that is loud I cannot use because I’m a court reporter and need all the quiet I can get for my job. I need to able to hear everything being said and don’t need any interference from any noises. Our acoustics in the courtroom are horrible and anything with any noise makes my job difficult. This fan is very quiet in quiet mode.” They also appreciate the oscillation and accompanying remote: “I have it swiveling at my feet side to side so it doesn’t disturb my papers or blow them away. I love this fan! I also love the remote so I don’t have to crawl under my desk to turn it off or get it started.”

Best whisper-quiet desk fan

Rowenta VU2660 Turbo Silence Extreme Electronic Table Fan

Dozens of reviewers describe this fan as “super quiet.” One reviewer writes, “Sitting next to the fan, I can’t hear the ‘silent night’ setting. On the lowest normal speed, I can barely hear the fan three feet away. This fan moves a lot of air at any speed!” Several folks acknowledge that the price is relatively high, especially for a desk fan, but, as one explains, “Super-expensive and worth every dang penny. Rowenta fans really are whisper-quiet — I use one to drown out noise during the summer evenings. And when you have it on blowing on you on low, it feels just like AC.”

Best compact desk fan

Vornado 133 Compact Air Circulator Fan

“When I got this in the mail, it looked so small I felt disappointed. What I didn’t know was I was in for a surprise,” says one reviewer, who continues, “For the size of this thing, it was so powerful it’s unbelievable. Don’t let the size of this thing fool you. It’s like it defies the laws of physics.” Others love that it “really moves the air without taking up much desk space” and that it “is quite smaller than I thought it would be, about 6.5 inches in diameter but it moves a boatload of air and will throw it across the room.” It’s also well-suited for less practical purposes: “My children thought it was great as it can suspend a balloon in the air for a while when pointed just right — They discovered this by accident of course.”

Best flat-panel desk fan

Vornado 573 Small Flat Panel Air Circulator Fan

“Since it’s so flat and light, you can take it everywhere, and yet it’s still pretty powerful,” writes one reviewer of this flat-panel desk fan from Vornado, adding, “I also love it because it doesn’t collect dust like other regular fans that you have to clean up once in a while, which can be [a] hassle.” According to another reviewer, this fan is“enormously POWERFUL for its size … In fact, in a smaller room, if you turned it all the way up and figured out some way to point it at the ceiling, you could probably get that same kind of pseudo-ceiling-fan effect. That’s how much oomph it has.” Several reviewers also use this as a fan for small windows, because of the size and shape. “While this panel fan is small, it is powerful, especially if you have it backed up near a window, or even on the window sill,” explains one reviewer, who warns, “Vornado does not recommend it being put in a window, but that’s probably because of the fear of moisture and rain. Yes, watch out for those sneaky summer storms.”

Best personal desk fan

Vornado Flippi V6 Personal Air Circulator Fan

Hundreds of reviewers purchased this fan for their office desk. “I mostly use this to get some air circulation going and it works very nicely for that. I like that I can direct the airflow where I want,” one satisfied purchaser says, adding, “The color adds a little pop to the otherwise bland office decor, which is also nice.” And many others praise the low-key, but colorful, design: “It looks so nice sitting on my desk. Most people can’t even tell that it’s a fan.” Another praises “the grippy rubber feet, the swivel and up/down adjustment of the fan,” but points out, “This isn’t a ROOM fan. It’s the equivalent of a personal pizza or a slice of pizza versus a pizza. But, if you share desk space or a bed, but do not share the same idea of hot/cold as the person next to you, this is a good solution. And it looks nice.”

Best retro desk fan

Vornado VFAN Mini Classic Personal Vintage Air Circulator Fan

The retro look of this desk fan is praised by dozens of reviewers, as is the functionality. One reviewer writes, “This fan exceeds my expectations. The retro design is extremely stylish, and it is compact enough to carry around my office when I go to my desk every day. The air flow is superb.” Its retro-inspired style makes for a decorative element in any room. One reviewer says, “The design and color matched my bathroom decor perfectly. Love, love, love this reproduction vintage design!” It’s a hit even among the most discerning customers, like one who said, “The fan is absolutely solid and looks great — not some corny, vintage throwback (like I feared it might end up being). Air circulation is excellent. Definitely worth the price.”

Best adjustable desk fan

Woozoo HD15NU Circulator Fan, Black

“This fan gets everything right,” raves one customer, “from a solid base that keeps the fan from vibrating or wiggling, to an easy-to-access and read control dial, it seems that Woozoo has thought of everything.” Besides its solid construction, “it clicks into place so you know it won’t slip from its position.” The result is that “the entire unit holds its position nicely without rattling or shaking, even when running at high speed,” according to one reviewer, who adds, “for the price, this is a great little fan which you can easily position and angle any way you want, so it’s very versatile.”

Best 12-inch desk fan

Lorell LLR44551 Desk Fan, 12”

“It might not be flashy, but it is amazing,” writes one reviewer of this basic 12-inch desk fan. Another satisfied customer describes the product as a “conventional white fan with a base with four buttons, a neck, an oscillating head, and a wire cage around the three wide plastic blades. This is what I wanted, to replace a very old fan of very similar design.” Several reviewers describe it as “durable,” as well. One writes, “I’ve tried dozens of desk fans that have broken down, developed irritating noises, or simply stopped working. This one has held up for years. I bought two more.” Another calls it “a quiet, reliable friend.”

Best desk fan with exposed blades

Caframo Chinook 2-Speed Desk Fan

This simple fan consists of two uncovered blades, and as one reviewer notes, “Finally I’ve found the perfect silent small fan … I guess the lack of cover and grill are what makes this so quiet.” Another says, “I had purchased one of these in the ‘80s and absolutely loved how quiet it was and how much air it could push.” And since the exposed blades are apparently tempting to touch, the “added cool factor is the blades do not hurt your fingers if you get curious and decide to touch them.”

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The Best Desk Fans on Amazon, According to Reviewers