Although no fan is capable of producing the same amount of cooling power that air conditioners can produce, some of the best cooling fans for rooms are capable of making the people in a room feel cooler. They do this by combining powerful air circulation technology with some of the latest fan advancements. This creates a fan that cools dramatically better than the box fans of old. To show our readers just how advanced some of these fans can be, we’ve decided to review some of the best ones for cooling down a room. Any of the following fans is a good alternative to an air conditioner and capable of delivering some excellent airflow.

Quick Summary of the Best Cooling Fans For Rooms

Best Overall: Dyson Pure Hot & Cool Fan, Purifier And Heater

More than likely, this fan from Dyson is unlike any other fan that our readers may have seen. It’s a model that doesn’t look like it has any blades, but instead just has a space-age looking curved design. However, despite its different appearance, this is not only one of the best cooling fans for rooms, but it also the best air purifier and heater as well.

It even has a backward airflow mode that can purify the air without cooling or heating the air. All of these features make this a great unit for use in homes–particularly, homes that have children or pets in it.

This unit has 350-degrees of oscillation, so airflow can be directed precisely where it’s needed. It also has a sealed HEPA filter that’s capable of capturing up to 99.97% of allergens as small as 0.3-microns. That means that it can remove dust, mold, mold spores and pollen from the air. It also means that it can filter out air dander.

This unit is equipped with Air Multiplier Technology, a technology that can move over 53-gallons of air per second. This incredible amount of airflow means that the room “feels” cooler when this unit is operating.

This unit is also equipped with 10 airspeed settings and has an automatic shutoff feature that will turn the fan off if it’s tipped. And because this unit also operates as a space heater, the consumer doesn’t have to put it away during the winter months. Other features found on this model include a sleep timer, and diffused air or jet air modes. This is a model that’s perfect for circulating the air in large rooms.

What we liked about it
It can circulate the air very well.
It has a built-in purifier and heater.
Its child and pet-safe.

Best Wall-Mounted: B-Air Firtana-20x High-Velocity Fan

The secret to a good cooling fan is that it moves a lot of air, and this model does just that. It’s a 20-inch fan that can move up to 4,650 cubic feet of air per minute. This model has three different speeds: low, medium, and high, so the consumer can determine for themselves what’s right for their circumstances.

It also comes with a heavy-duty 5-foot long cord. This is a well made and sturdy fan that can be used as a floor fan, or with the purchase of an additional wall-hanger, it can be hung on the wall. This fan weighs around 20-pounds and is UL certified to ensure that it’s completely safe to use.

Because this unit has all-metal housing, it’s designed to hold up well to daily use and should provide the user with years of service. This unit is also tilt-adjustable, so it’s good for living rooms, workshops or just about anywhere else where airflow is needed. If there was one complaint that we had about this unit is that it was a little bit too loud.

That might not pose a problem to those looking for loud white noise to sleep to, but for most people, it’s probably going to be disturbing. Considering all of these factors, we think that this is a great fan that will suit some people quite well.

What we liked about it
It provides good air circulation.
It has 3-speed settings.
It can be wall-mounted or used as a floor fan.

Best Quiet Fan: Honeywell Quiet-Set Whole Room Tower Fan

This high-quality tower fan is easy to assemble, it has 8 powerful speed settings, and it moves a good amount of air. After reviewing this fan, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular with so many people. Although it might not physically cool down a room, it does make the people sitting or sleeping in that room feel cooler due to the way that it circulates the air.

It’s like having a breeze throughout the entire room and it even oscillates so no corner of the room is left untouched. Other features that can be found on this fan include touch button electronic controls, remote control operation, and a fused safety plug.

Another thing that piqued our interest in this fan was its shut-off timer. This model had a timer that could be set for 1,2, 4 or 8-hours, which allows it to shut off after the preset amount of time. This fan also features a dimming feature that allows the lighting on the unit to be turned down from 100% to off.

If there was one thing that concerned us about this fan was that some of its buttons rattled when it was set to low, which didn’t seem to happen when it was set to higher fan speeds. It’s not a problem, just a minor annoyance, so consumers can decide for themselves if it’s a deal-breaker or not. In our estimation, it’s one of the better fans for cooling rooms that are currently available.

What we liked about it
This fan moves air well.
Its high-setting is generally quiet.

Best Ventilation Fan: Patton 18-Inch High-Velocity Fan

The first thing that we’d like to say about this fan is that it isn’t the biggest or most powerful fan that’s on our list. Don’t get us wrong, it does have some power, it just doesn’t have as much power as the first three cooling fans for rooms that we’ve reviewed. However, it is one of the most versatile fans we’ve reviewed.

That’s because this model has a tilt-adjustable head that directs air movement precisely, and it can even move air straight up from the floor. That makes it not only good for cooling purposes but also makes it good for ventilating rooms or drying wet carpets after they’ve been cleaned.

We also liked the fact that this model is made with a durable front and rear grill, has a powder-coated finish, and 18-inch metal blades. In other words, it’s a fan that’s designed to be durable and it should last the consumer for quite some time. It’s even backed by a manufacturer’s three-year limited warranty.

Other features that can be found on this fan include a carry handle, two-prong plug, and three-speed settings. It’s a fan that can be used for cooling down living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, workshops or just about anyplace else where a decent fan is needed.

What we liked about it
It has three speed-settings.
It can be used for cooling or ventilation.

A Guide To Buying Cooling Fans For Your Home

Anyone who has been wondering the best way to buy a cooling fan for their room is going to want to read this guide today. That’s because in this guide we’re going to break down some of the things our readers should think about before they purchase a new cooling fan. Now that we’ve said that, let’s get this guide started with talking about the fan’s size and then move on from there.

Step One: Fan Blade Size Is Important

One of the most important factors that determine how well a fan can push air is the fan’s size. As a general rule, the larger the fan the more air it can push through a home. Therefore, it behooves the consumer to buy a fan that’s at least 18-inches or larger. That will ensure that the fan can push the maximum amount of air possible.

Step Two: Motor Power Is Also Important

The second important consideration for any potential cooling fan buyer is the fan’s motor. The more power the motor has, the faster the blades can turn and the more air that can be moved. Most of the time, the fan’s manufacturer will list the RPMs of the blade—which is a prime indication of how powerful the motor is, so the consumer should pay attention to that metric. Quality cooling fans have a speed of 4,000+ revolutions per minute.

Step Three: Choose A Type Of Cooling Fan

The next step on our checklist for buying the best cooling fan is to consider the type of fan needed. These types of fans come in various styles but the most common ones are blade-less, floor, pedestal, and tower fans. Those are the fans that tend to move the greatest amount of air.

Step Four: Consider The Fan’s Noise Level

Although some people don’t care how loud their fan is as long as it moves enough air, most people don’t want a fan that sounds like a freight train rolling through their bedroom or living room. Therefore, the consumer is probably going to want to make sure that the fan is quiet and that its cage doesn’t rattle during operation.

Step Five: Think About The Fan’s Features

The last thing to consider is the additional features that might be needed on the fan. Although quite a few consumers are fine with buying a fan that has 3-speed settings and no other features, most people are going to want to buy a fan with at least a few convenience features like the ones that can be found below. We’re going to list some of the more common features currently available on these cooling fans so that consumers know what’s out there.

  • Automatic Shutoff Timer
  • Sleep Mode
  • Whisper-Quiet Mode
  • Electronic Controls
  • Adjustable-Tilt Head

Keeping A Cooling Fan In Good Condition

Now that everyone who reads this knows how to purchase the best cooling fan for rooms available, it’s time for them to think about how they’re going to maintain it. Even the best fan in the world will eventually succumb to the slowing effects of dust. As the dust begins to accumulate on the back of the fan, it not only restricts airflow but can also eventually slow down the blade. Therefore, the consumer needs to take the time and clean the dust out of their fan regularly.

Thinking About The Fan’s Placement

It’s also a good idea for the consumer to think about where they should place their fan to maximize airflow. Even a poor-quality fan can do a better job of cooling if it’s placed in a position that maximizes its ability to move air. Likewise, even the best cooling fan won’t do a good job if it’s just moving hot air from one location to another. That’s why the consumer needs to give some serious thought to where they place the fan. Below are some tips that will help consumers achieve that goal.

The one thing that the consumer can do is to use a cooling fan with an air conditioner. This works exceptionally well on a hot summer day where the inside of the home is most likely a lot cooler than the outside of the home. By strategically placing the fan so that it draws cool air from the air conditioner and distributes around the room is usually the best strategy.

Of course, if the outside temperature is cooler than the inside temperature of the home, the best solution is usually to use the fan to pull the outside air into the room. This can be done by placing the fan in or near the window. If another window is also opened up on the opposite side of the home, then a cross draft can be set up that will increase the cooling efficiency of the fan.