We spent over 26 hours researching and testing 14 different types of pedestal fans and found that noise level, speed, and number of blades were most important. The Rowenta Pedestal Fan scored high marks in all categories and is our top pick. One of the best things about this fan is the quiet operation, which is only about 57 decibels. The quiet operation made it easy to run the fan all night without having sleep disturbed. It’s easy to assemble and set up and looks great in any room of the house while providing plenty of air circulation.
Pedestal Fan Reviews
Nothing ruins a hot summer day like having the air conditioner cut out with no alternative source of cooling in sight. Luckily, a great pedestal fan is the perfect way to ensure you’re always equipped with what you need to stay comfortable. It’s effective, it’s reliable and it’s cheap to run. In this review, we’ll look at some of the best pedestal fans on the market and then find out just what it is that makes a good pedestal fan good in the first place.
Best Overall Pedestal Fan
If there’s one area in which the Rowenta seems to assert itself as king, it is in the realm of noise production. While we can all appreciate a good fan on a hot summer’s day, nothing ruins a cold breeze like the sound of a large, clunky and annoying fan making noise all night. Luckily, the Rowenta’s manufacturers seem to understand this quite well. In fact, this is the type of fan you’d run all night if you find you’re a bit of a light sleeper. It’s truly that quiet. According to the manufacturer, the fan itself emits, at most, fifty-seven decibels. For comparison’s sake, this is the amount of noise you’d expect to hear in a library. Although it can be easy for some of us to take a manufacturer’s word with a grain of salt
, I’ll be the first to say that this fan truly is as quiet as the manufacturer claims it to be.
Outside of its very low noise output, which is easily its main and best selling point, it’s also just a great standalone fan by all traditional standards. Even if you know you’ll be using the fan in an already-noisy environment, I certainly wouldn’t recommend overlooking this fan. In fact, the manufacturer makes another accurate claim in noting that the fan can move over two thousand cubic feet of air in as little as a minute. For the unaware, this is much more powerful than your average pedestal fan.
– Sarah Lytle
Best Overall Pedestal Fan – Runner Up
As its name might suggest, the Honeywell QuietSet markets itself similar to the Rowenta
. At first glance, it might appear as if one company simply copied the other. Upon closer inspection; however, you’ll come to realize that looks can be deceiving. If we purely stack the two up against each other and compare only their noise output, you’ll find the Honeywell QuietSet to be slightly inferior to the Rowenta. However, the Honeywell excels in many other areas where other fans simply cannot, making it great for if you’d like a heavy-duty fan that still operates relatively quietly.
For example, it has five different speeds which each have their own level of noise. One of said speeds emits a white noise. If you’re unaware, white noise is a frequency which has been said to have therapeutic and sleep-promoting effects, though I can’t say whether or not you’ll notice such effects from white noise in the first place. If you’ve had good experiences with this form of alternative medicine; however, you’ll find this fan does a great job in this regard.
It also has a timer which will shut off the fan after a predetermined time. It operates at one, two, four and eight-hour intervals. This is great if you’re like many folks in that you wake up a whole lot colder than you were when you feel asleep. If so, this is easily one of the Honeywell QuietSet’s better features. You’ll also find it to be a very powerful fan as well, which is certainly a great thing to ask for in fans of any sort. While it already performs great in this regard when stacked up to other fans, it performs even better when stacked up solely to fans which are equally quiet in operation.
– Sarah Lytle
3. Lasko 1843
Best Budget Pedestal Fan
Perhaps a fan’s level of quietness doesn’t matter to you. Or perhaps you’d prefer something which puts more emphasis on offering a large degree of convenience while still coming at an agreeable price? No matter the reason, the Lasko 1843
can prove to be a very excellent choice. While it may not be as quiet as the two above fans (its level of noise could be considered as being rather average), it comes with a few convenient features which are geared toward giving you a large amount of customization as to where and when the fan blows air. It also comes with a remote control, which is great if you’re the type to always get up and mess with the thermostat in the middle of the night.
The pedestal’s tilt where it connects to the fan is also a nice convenience that you just don’t see in a whole lot of fans on the market. This way, you can simply give the fan a flick of your wrist to change where it blows air, as opposed to messing around with the pedestal until you get the right air flow you want. As another convenient bonus, it also requires no assembly on your end, even when you order it online.
– Sarah Lytle
Summary of Our Top Picks
While each of the above fans all perform exceptionally well and offer a great deal of value when stacked up to other products from within their market, the fan you actually decide to go with will certainly give you a better or worse experience, depending on whether or not the fan in question is most suited toward your needs. For example, if your top priority is a low level of noise, the Rowenta will give you exactly what you’re looking for in this regard while still trumping most other fans in other aspects as well (its level of power, etc.).
On the other hand, if you’d like something more geared toward offering a high level of convenience, the Lasko’s remote control and tilt feature are sure to make the fan an excellent choice, although it will sacrifice its level of quietness to do so. If both models sound great but you just don’t know which to choose, or if you want a quiet fan but find the Rowenta to be too high in price, the Honeywell QuietSet offers a great compromise between frugality, quietness and convenience, offering you a little bit of everything in the end.
4. Lasko 1827
5. Lasko 1646
6. Lasko 1820
7. Lasko 1850
9. Air King
10. Lasko 2527
Pedestal Fan Buying Guide
What is a Pedestal Fan?
Even if none of the above fans seem to suit your needs, there are a wide variety of options available at your disposal. Despite the above three fans being some of the very best on the market, you may wish to continue shopping around some more in hopes of finding something more suited toward your needs. While I can’t come shopping with you, I can certainly pass down a couple of tips to keep in mind when shopping. Before picking out your next fan, try answering the following questions first.
How quiet is quiet?
If your goal is to not have your fan disrupt you with its level of noise, how quiet a unit you need to purchase depends on where you’ll be using it. While one fan might be annoying when used at the side of your bed, it might go unnoticed by your couch when you’re watching TV. Typically, a lower level of sound will come at a price, whether that price be a lack of other features or a higher cost at the checkout. As such, it helps to take a look at just how quiet any given fan is before purchasing it, this way you can be sure it won’t annoy you without having to spend fifty dollars more than you otherwise would have just to get a fan that is unnecessarily quiet.
Do you need a timer?
If you often forget to turn off your electronics before leaving the house, or if you’d like to have your fan send you to sleep without staying on all night, getting a fan with a timer is a great choice. Typically, the timers in question will allow you to select between one, two and four-hour settings and sometimes even more. On the other hand, if you know you won’t be using the timer, you can bet you’ll be paying a bit of extra cash for nothing.
Will you use a remote control?
Much like a fan’s timer, a remote control can be an extremely convenient product if you actually end up using it. On the other hand, it will likely only prove to be a money pit if you know you’ll have no need for the remote in the future. As always, the inclusion of one feature means the disappearance of another or an elevated price at the very least. Only buy the features you need to get the best deal possible.
Other Variable Features
There are a couple more potential features you can choose from when selecting your next fan. Whether or not each feature is any good – or downright detrimental – all comes down to you. Do you know which features you need in a fan?
Noise Control – While low-noise fans are more likely to have this feature, it’s worth noting that noise reduction and noise control are two different things. With noise control, you have some say in terms of what noise your fan will produce. One of the fans we covered earlier is a great example of this, as it comes with a white noise setting. Of course, this is a very specialized feature and might not be something you would particularly look out for under most circumstances.
Lots of Speed Settings – To many of these are probably not necessary if your fan is in the corner of a room; if it’s hot enough that a fan will make a difference from that far away, it’s hot enough to stay on the highest setting. However, if you plan on having your fan focused directly on you, having many different speed settings is a great idea, being that you’ll have more control over how cool it leaves you once everything is all said and done.
The features listed above are only good if you know you’d use them at some point or another. Otherwise, their only purpose is to eat up your money. The features listed below; however, are always nice to see in a fan.
A Tilt – For a fan to have a tilt, its pedestal need only incorporate one more joint into its make. As such, you can be sure it costs next to nothing to have one of these thrown in a pedestal fan’s list of features.
Height Control – Much like a fan’s tilt, adding height control to a pedestal costs next to nothing for both you and the manufacturer. Without height control, you never know when your fan will come in handy and when it will be completely useless due to being unable to meet you at your height level.
Lots of Power – There’s a reason you’re getting a fan in the first place; it’s just too hot. As such, you can never have a fan with too much power, especially if it comes with its own speed settings. The more power, the better.
In terms of what is necessary in a fan, even the above three features might be a stretch. Truly, all you need is a thin, plastic blade which rotates quickly. In terms of being happy with your fan; however, keeping all of the above tips, factors and considerations in mind is your best bet. A fan can be cold enough to give you goosebumps, or can merely circulate air around a room in an unnoticeable fashion. Because both fans and people vary so much, it’s up to you to decide which features are important to you and which ones will merely mark up a pedestal fan’s price.