Here at the Strategist UK, 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 covered all sorts of home essentials before — including microwaves, steam mops, and vacuums — here, we’ve rounded up the best fans for everyone, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated overall fan
This oscillating tower fan from Ansio was the best-rated overall, with 73% of all reviews being five stars. 69 reviewers wrote favourably about the slim design, including a manager who wanted something discreet for his company’s office and a mum who wanted a powerful fan for her son’s bedroom. The fan settings, which include speed, timer, and modal settings, are all located on the top of the 30” unit, which one parent said was helpful for keeping her toddler from playing with the fan. 160 reviews also mentioned the remote control as an excellent feature, including one light sleeper who said they could change the settings during the night when they got too warm (the consensus among reviewers was that the remote worked at up to three meters). Though there were 265 positive reviews that said the fan was quiet, particularly when compared to propeller-style fans, some said it was still noisy. In fact one reviewer recorded the noise levels at 38–40 decibels — the same as a conversation in an office, and another said they had to wear earplugs.
Best-rated (less expensive) fan
This more affordable option still delivers a powerful performance, according to reviewers. One music producer, who needed a fan that wouldn’t interfere with the noise levels in his studio, said it was a strong fan that didn’t make excess noise, and 30 reviewers said they were able to sleep through the night while this fan was on. A further 41 reviewers said it offered excellent value, and nine commented on the sturdiness of the design. This fan can be wall-mounted and has three settings, which impressed reviewers — one said he was pleasantly surprised with how good this fan was.
Best-rated desk fan
One customer called this the perfect fan for a desk, saying it was small and light enough to carry to another room after they’d finished work. A total of 510 positive reviews mentioned how powerful it was, including someone who bought it to keep them cool during their intense Peloton workouts. Though Honeywell says this fan has a variable tilt head, reviewers stressed that it only points up, not down. Although one woman said this made it excellent for keeping her Bernese mountain dog cool during the summer, as she could point it directly at his face. 57 reviewers also called it great value for money, and 63 reviewers liked the fact it came with a wall-mounted option, too.
Best-rated quiet fan
This clip fan, which can attach to surfaces rather than stand by itself, had 305 positive reviews mentioning how quiet it was. Customers said there was barely any hum or rattle, even when it was set to oscillate. One woman, who bought this fan to combat her hot flushes at night, said her husband couldn’t even tell when she had it on at bedtime. Pet owners also said it was a great way to keep animals cool during warmer months — one rabbit owner said she clipped this fan to their cage to allow cooler air to circulate and said it didn’t bother them one bit.
Best-rated quiet tower fan
Honeywell’s tower fan has eight different quiet settings, and 178 customers mentioned the barely perceptible noise levels in their reviews. One five-star review said the sound was so unobtrusive they could watch TV with this fan on in the background, while another said that even on the highest power setting, the fan was nice and quiet. Of the eight features, the white-noise option was mentioned in several reviews for its soothing qualities. 51 reviewers also mentioned the remote control, which makes zero noise when being used, allowing for the settings to be changed during the night without waking your partner up.
Best-rated stylish fan
This chrome floor fan has 83 percent five-star reviews in total. Over one in ten customers mentioned how stylish it looked, including a Zumba instructor currently working from home, and another who said it was a perfect gift for her son’s new apartment. Ansio says this fan has three settings, and though it doesn’t oscillate, reviewers said this fan had wide coverage, especially when angled in the corner of a room. 23 reviewers wrote favourably about the three power settings, with the majority agreeing that even the lowest setting was powerful enough to cool an average-sized room (one reviewer says they leave it on outside their bedroom and still feel the benefit). Perhaps unsurprisingly, the higher power settings come with a higher level of noise, but according to one five-star review, this is still one of the quietest models around.
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