Quietest Tower Fans: Reviews and Buying Guide
Tower fans are great at cooling large open-air spaces, as compared to air conditioners. They work in a simple and straightforward manner by moving the air around a room in order to create a wind-like effect.
Using a tower fan will definitely make you feel cooler, especially during summer. They provide you with the same kind of breeze you would experience if you were to go out in nature on a windy day.
What fans do in general is to cool you, instead of cooling the environment, and the air circulates around the room decreasing the temperature, which is not visible with the naked eye unless you use a thermometer. For this reason, they are appliances that every household should have.
If you are like me, and the temperatures skyrocket especially in summer, nothing gives me more joy than spending my days enjoying a good book while the fan gets rid of all that hot air. Of course, an ice-cold drink is never far away from me.
Now, I have tried many different types of fans, and for years I used the standing fans which I would keep very close to me, but, they were way too noisy, plus, I would almost always end up with a bad cold. I decided to try out the tower fans, and after a long search, I found what I needed. I love it because it keeps me extremely cool, is very quiet, and I never have a runny nose afterward.
For this reason, I decided to do a review of some of the best quiet tower fans in the market today, so you can also be enlightened. I hope you will love this review.
Dyson Cool AM07
Lasko 2551 Wind Curve Tower Fan
Ozeri 3x Tower Fan w/ Passive Noise Reduction
Honeywell HYF290B Quietset
Seville Classics UltraSlimline
Before looking at the top 5 quietest tower fans, it is important to understand the type of fans you shall be reading about, in terms of technology, so you do not get lost.
Basically, there are three main types; Axial fans, Bladeless fans, and Centrifugal fans. Let me expound on this just a little bit.
Axial fans: These are fans that perform their function through the use of blades. The number of blades they have, the angle of the blades and their rotation speed all influence the fan's speed and efficiency in cooling the room. Modern types of tower fans have multiple axial fans which increase their air-blowing capacity.
Bladeless fans: Despite the fact that they are called bladeless fans, they actually do have blades which circulate the air. However, you will not see them. This is because, the blades are not found at the top of the fan, but rather at the bottom.
When the fan rotates air enters the tower fan through the air valve, and then, the air circulates to the top of the tube and exits through a circular opening. The advantage of this design is that it is much more silent compared to the other external fans.
Another advantage of this kind of fan is that the air moves around very smoothly, which increases the cooling quality and makes it safe for children as well as pets.
Centrifugal fans: Unlike the axial fans which normally face the direction of the airflow, the centrifugal fans are actually perpendicular to the airflow. This creates a very high pressure that rotates the fans very fast. As a result, the cooling capacity is increased.
Now, the reviews.
Best Quietest Tower Fans
This is a great fan for anyone looking for a bladeless cooling solution. The fact that the blades are not visible at the top of the fan makes it safe for children as well as pets.
It offers a powerful stream of uninterrupted air circulation using the Dyson Cool air multiplier technology, that guarantees an extreme cooling effect no matter how high the temperatures are outside.
The fan has streamlined air channels that guarantee a very quiet operation, which is ideal for any part of the house, and most especially the bedroom as it does not interfere with your sleep. No more humming and buzzing noises as you sleep. Your kids too can have it in their rooms.
With the sleep timer feature on the fan, it guarantees that you can program on and off times for when you most need the fan. The ability to control when it comes on and goes off is a great advantage in the overall power consumption. This, in addition to its engineering mechanism that uses a powerful airflow technique, makes this fan cheaper to use compared to the others in terms of operational cost.
Remote control: We would all definitely love this on almost all home appliances. A fan that comes with a remote control gives you the ability to set it from whichever location you are. No need to keep waking up time and again to adjust the fan settings. You can do all this at the comfort of your living room or bedroom.
Oscillation control: This feature allows the fan to circulate air around the room, and as a result, it is able to push air around the house at a high speed, hence cooling you faster than any other type of fan, and at the same time, covering a wider area. You can find your whole house is being controlled by one fan.
Easy to clean: This fan does not have any visible blades. The design looks like one round metallic plate. It is beautiful and easy to clean and maintain as well. You shall not need to find ways of cleaning in between the blades as there are none.
Cost: The one drawback I found with this fan is its high cost. As much as it is one of the best tower fans to have in your home, it doesn’t come cheap
Now the Lasko 2551 tower fan is very well designed, looks good and fits perfectly with any room's décor.
It may not be as powerful as the Dyson Cool fan, but it is good enough to cool small areas efficiently, such as small offices and living rooms.
The cost: This fan is affordable, which means that anyone can be able to purchase it, and it will certainly give you value for your money.
Oscillation speed: The fan oscillates at 90 degrees which is a very good speed, as it ensures the cooling effect is felt immediately it is turned on, plus, it will be able to cover the entire room in which it is in use.
Timer: It comes with a timer that allows settings of between 30 minutes to 7 hours. This means that you are in complete control of the fan. You can decide to set it just before you get home from work, so you find your home nice and warm or even set it to go off in the middle of the night when temperatures have stabilized.
The beauty of having a timer is that you will be able to save on your operational cost since the fan is not always on day and night.
Clean-up: The one disadvantage of this fan is cleaning it. The blades are all over, and getting in between them to ensure all the dust and dirt particles have been removed can be quite a chore. Sometimes you may be forced to take it apart in order to clean it well.
It is a tall fan that measures at least 42.5 inches in height, which is the tallest fan you shall find in this review. It is however constructed from lightweight plastic and comes with a built-in handle that makes it very easy to move around.
The weight of this fan is 13 pounds, which may be heavy, but, the beauty of this is that; it is sturdy enough and does not topple over easily. Do not worry much about it being heavy, as you will be surprised to find you can lift it up easily.
What you may find unique in this fan is its fresh air ionizer feature, which is used to boost the quality of air around you, it emits negative ions that are used to reduce the static electricity in the environment, which then traps the pollutants of "fine air" such as dust, pollen, and mold, leaving you with clean, breathable, and fresh air throughout the room.
Sophisticated design: its nothing like you have seen because the Lasko 2551 has a wind curve design that ensures it will fit well into any room, and elegantly improves its décor.
Remote control for ease of use: it comes with a remote control. This has pre-programmed settings to make it extremely easy to use. You can change the power settings, the speed settings, the ionizer settings, among others, all in the comfort of your sofa.
Quiet operations: This is one of the quietest fans you shall find in the market, and it is ideal for your conference room in the office, your baby's room at home, or even your bedroom where you do not need to be distracted or disturbed. It has 3 quiet speeds; optional oscillation, widespread and small footprints. All these are available on the remote control.
The blue plug: This has got to be one of the best features in this fan. Look for the blue plug on all products by Lasko. It is an added safety feature that is designed to cut off the electric current in the fan in case a fuse inside the plug detects an electric fault that may be hazardous.
The Ozeri company does in fact set a new benchmark when it comes to quietness in tower fans. This is because it is engineered with an effort of generating more air velocity, that has much less noise in terms of dB basis on a foot-per-minute.
It comes with 3 distinct whisper-quiet speed settings that oscillate at a speed of 90 degrees, which promotes optimal air circulation. This also sets you up for a cooling and timely release on a hot summer day, meaning you get cooled faster.
Pre-programmed timer: It has a timer with 3 pre-programmed patterns of airflow, which will help in fostering relaxation, sleep, and comfort. This is in addition to the easy to use a LED screen that shows you clearly where each setting is located. You simply need to press a button, and voila!
Remote control: Nothing screams modern! In any appliance more than a remote control. Well, the Ozeri wind fan does come with a remote control that makes it easy to control from whichever location you are at in your home or office.
In addition, there is a 12-hour timer inbuilt into the fan that allows increments of 1 hour apart, with a push-button ease, which gives you greater control of the fan, and the cost of operating it.
This fan is easy to assemble. When you buy it, you need not look for a professional handyman to come and put it up for you. You also do not require any tools. Shipped together with the fan, you will find a base extension column, which will help in customizing the height to your liking.
The Ozeri OZF1 wind fan is reasonably priced, but I must say that in terms of operations, the others we have reviewed are more superior, although, it will still keep you cooled off on a hot day, plus, it doesn’t hurt that it looks great.
The LED lights on the fan are also pretty bright, but you can dim them down if you like, especially at night.
Do not be afraid of the settings, however, because it is very easy to use, plus it comes with a remote control that allows you to operate it from across the room. The settings are clearly marked, and if you find any that is vague, just stick to the sleep and power (on a lighter note)
The other settings you shall find are; relax, calm, white noise, whisper, cool and refreshing. With all of these settings, you are clearly sorted, and it is that much easier to find the right kind of airflow that shall meet your needs at any given time.
It is extremely quiet and can work perfectly in a mid-sized room such as your bedroom or living room. It comes with a 1-year warranty, and a strong support system from the customer service department of Honeywell, plus in addition they offer free videos for you, so you can be able to use it easily.
This fan provides good circulation, but, only for a small to the average sized room, and the inbuilt timer gives you a range of 1 to 8 hours where you can completely control it on and off. The fan does have a very bright control panel, but, the good news is that you can dim it at night when you want to sleep.
The stylish Seville Classics 40 inch, UltraSlimline oscillating fan is a perfect appliance for your bedroom, office, and any other room that requires a nice cool breeze on a hot day.
Equipped with 4 ultra-quiet settings of high, low, medium and 'eco', this fan is sure to leave you feeling cool, relaxed and comfortable.
It oscillates from side to side at 75-degrees movements, which is very powerful, and effectively blows air all around a large house or office setting. You need not worry about having a fan for every room, the Seville Classics will take care of your entire house for you.
The design of this fan is compact and space-saving and takes up very little room, less than 1 sq. ft. It is also sure to enhance the décor of whichever room you place it in.
Noise level: Now to talk about noise, we must talk more about the design and overall look of the Seville Classics, which is a strong steel grill all around. This is not just for beauty, but, for high performance and maximum airflow. It ensures minimal air resistance, which in effect reduces noise levels, making it one of the quietest tower fans you shall find in the market today.
It is very straightforward and easy to use, plus, it comes with a remote control that tells you where to press and what each button shall do for you. These buttons are on an LED lighted screen, that offers easy operation.
You will also love the fact that the remote comes with a handy little clip at the back that allows you to hang it up when not in use, which protects it from loss.
With an inbuilt timer that ranges 30 minutes to 7.5 hours, the control is truly in your hands. You can choose when to turn it on and off. As a way of saving on the overall cost of operation, this comes in very handy. For most people, their fans are either on throughout the day, or night, but with the Seville, put it on only when necessary, and off when not in need.
You could even set it up in such a way that your home is always nice and warm or cold when you get back from work.
Overall, this is a good fan, that will work as well as you want it to. It is very effective and the difference between the lowest setting and the high setting is quite dramatic, which makes it an extremely versatile fan to have in your home.
The only limitation we could find in this fan is the contradictions in the machine and remote settings. The machine allows the timer setting for only 4 hours, while the remote allows up to 7.5 hours. This is however not a big deal and you can learn to live with it.
What to consider when buying Tower Fans?
Choosing the right one is extremely important. Be warned that there is quite a wide variety in the market, and you will want to find something that will solve your current problem of overheating and still give you value for your money.
So, there are some factors you will need to consider before purchasing a tower fan, and I have made this quite detailed, because, though they all appear to be similar, their functioning is quite different. Most people tend to have a hard time finding the best, and therefore, the following features are helpful in a tower fan.
Fans are of course essential in providing a cooling solution to your home or office, but they are the kind of appliances that are better felt, not heard. You do not want to keep hearing the buzzing or humming noise that most fans make. This is very disturbing and even irritating.
What you need is a fan that does not produce any noise at all, or very little if any. Now, the old school kind of fans moved air all around the room, using an extremely noisy motor, and the big ones were actually very loud, that you could not even hear the television, a knock on the door, or even hold a conversation with your guest. Some wouldn’t even let you hear yourself thinking.
Well, those days are long gone. Tower fans actually have 3 different categories of noise:
Whisper Quiet tower fans: Now, there are some models that are extremely quiet. In fact, you shall barely notice that they are working. They use the whisper-quiet technology, which makes them ideal for almost all scenarios. If you want it in your living room, conference hall, or even your bedroom, this fan would be perfect.
They tend to be bladeless – this I shall explain later what it means.
Quiet tower fans: These may not be as quiet as the previous – very quiet tower fans, but you cannot classify them as loud either. While they do not use the whisper-quiet technology, they do not produce too much noise, and of course, you cannot compare them to the ceiling fans or the stand-alone fans.
You may not want to have them in the bedroom especially if you are a light sleeper, but you can comfortably use them in the living room since they do not cause too many distractions.
Not quiet tower fans: As the name suggests, these are not quiet. They may not be as loud as the traditional type of fans, but, they are still loud enough to distract you at night, or cause you not to concentrate on your favorite TV show.
These are however very powerful, and you may find them in large manufacturing companies, or in an office that is very big. The trick is to keep them far away from you. You will still enjoy the benefits of the fan, i.e. keeping you cool, without necessarily making too much noise.
Now, when you want to purchase a tower fan, you can choose from the above 3 noise classifications, of course, the cost of each is different. The quietest ones tend to be more expensive.
Ease of use
In this day and age, where technology has truly surpassed our wildest imagination, you do not want an appliance that shall necessitate a handyman every time you need to operate it. Choose one that is easy to use.
Manufacturers are always looking for ways to improve their inventions, so, if you find a fan that is too complicated for you, do not worry, there is definitely another one that is easy to operate. Look out for the following features that facilitate ease of use:
An LCD display: Some fans will have a small or large LCD screen that highlights all of the fan's features. This is extremely helpful, and in most cases, you shall find everything you need on this small screen. You may not even need to read the manual – though it is always advisable to do so.
A remote control: What you need to imagine is controlling the fan from the comfort of your living room, the same way you change TV channels, without necessarily needing to go where the fan is. Manufacturers know this, and they have invented fans with remote controls.
You, however, need to know that these use the infra-red technology which means that the fan must be in your line of sight for the remote control to work. But, this is still better than having to go where the fan is located to make changes.
Choose a fan that comes with a remote control. It will make your work much easier.
Digital control panel: Using a control panel is pretty easy. This is because, all of the settings are normally clearly outlined for you, and you can see which to choose and which not to choose. This is definitely a feature that makes the tower fan easy to use.
Pre-programmed features: Though they may not seem helpful at first, pre-programmed features can be useful at times, and you need not keep pushing many different buttons to arrive at the setting you are looking for.
You may actually find some fans that need a big combination of specific buttons in order to arrive at a setting, so having features that are pre-programmed can really come in handy in making the fan easy to use.
Fan speed and modes
Some tower fans employ a simple approach of air-pushing and offer a wide variety of speeds for you to choose from. Each speed is different, and in actual sense, there are tower fans with 2-speed settings, while others can have as many as 10.
Seeing as you have used fans in the past, you will attest to the fact that, sometimes you need it to work fast, other times you need it to be slow, while sometimes you simply want a moderate amount of speed to keep you cool.
It, therefore, goes without saying that a good fan is one that has a variety of speeds to choose from, as you are most likely to have all of your needs met at any one time. You can also choose to have different speeds in each room.
Now, there are some fans that do not use the simple speed approach, but rather operate in terms of modes. You can have a night mode setting or day time setting. Night mode means that the fan operates at a very low speed so as not to interrupt your sleep, while the reverse is true for day mode.
Though you may find the settings of the mode complicated at first, with time you will get used to it and actually enjoy using it as it does most of the thinking for you.
A tower fan with a timer can be very good for you. Timers come in 2 forms, and each has its own advantages:
Turn Off timer: This allows you to set the fan to go off after a specified period of time. If the weather gets cooler at night, then you can program the fan in such a way that after you have fallen asleep, it goes off. The advantage of this is that; the fan will not work overtime even when it is not needed to and hence end up costing you more than it should.
Turning it off lowers its operational cost.
Turn On timer: This is yet another great feature in terms of lowering costs. It means that you can program the fan to start working at a specified time. You can actually program it to start working just when you are leaving work, or when you are close to getting home, so you can find your home nice and cool.
These two timer settings are of course better than having the fan working throughout the day or throughout the night. Choose a fan that comes with a timer. It will save you money in the long run in times of operating cost.
All fans are different, and they differ mostly in terms of size and coverage. Unfortunately, you cannot determine the coverage of a fan simply by looking at it. You may need to go deeper and analyze the following features, in order to determine the fan's coverage:
Air blowing capacity: A tower fan that has the capacity to push air with more power is able to cover a larger distance. The rule of thumb is; Larger units tend to circulate more air than smaller ones. For tower fans, if you want a large covering, then you will need to go bigger.
Oscillating feature: Some fans will use louvers to push out the air into different directions. Most users disregard this feature as useless, but it can actually be quite useful. Instead of air being pushed in a single direction, a tower fan with an oscillating feature spreads it in a wide radius.
You will find some fans with an oscillating pattern that can push air at speeds of almost 45-degree radius, while others can push at speeds of over 90-degree radius. The higher the degree radius, the wider the coverage.
If you have a big house or large office space, choose a tower fan that has this oscillating feature, and one that can push the air at a high degree of radius, so it can cover the entire space you wish to cool, and also service many people at once.
Angling: If you decide against the oscillating feature, then go for a tower fan that can allow you to angle it towards the louvers. This is still a great option because if you angle the louvers towards you, you will be hit by the cool air directly, or even try and avoid it all together, but still, receive the benefit of having the tower fan.
It may not be as efficient as the oscillating feature, but if you do not find a fan that can oscillate, then choose one that allows you to angle it in the direction you want
One disadvantage you shall find in using tower fans is that most of them tend to be unstable. Fortunately, manufacturers have recently become aware of this downside, and they are trying very hard to eliminate this problem or improve on their models altogether.
Here are a few things you will need to look out for when purchasing your tower fan in terms of its stability:
Anti-slip feet: To make it more stable, some tower fans come with anti-slip feet, as compared to normal feet. This will make a huge difference when placing it on the floor or on a carpet.
They will actually be very helpful if your home has tiles, or shiny surfaces because they will prevent the fan from wobbling or even moving around.
Some of them are so well done, that even if you bump into the fan, it does not fall out of place.
Multiple feet: You will find some tower fans with multiple feet, like 6-8 feet, that improves on their stability. If you want your fan to be more resilient to movements, slips, and falls, then choose one that has multiple feet.
Wider base area: If the base is wide, then it goes without saying that the fan shall be much more stable. Some manufacturers will even use circular bases that ensure the fan is as stable as possible.
Ensure to consider the floor in your home or office, in order to avoid unwanted accidents of the fan falling over all the time. To be on the safe side, choose one that comes with all of the above features. I.e. it is anti-slip, has multiple feet and also has a wide base area.
This refers to the design, and overall look of the fan. Well, as human beings, we love beautiful things, and it may surprise you that, given a choice to choose between an ugly fan that works perfectly and an extremely beautiful one that is not as efficient, you may actually choose the beautiful fan. Yes, that is our nature as humans, we love to be surrounded by beauty.
Fortunately, manufacturers are aware of this, and their designs are being improved each and every day. So, take time to choose a fan that is both good to look at, and works perfectly.
Buying a product that has a warranty is always a good idea. Any reputable company that sells tower fans will offer their customers warranties. They mostly range between 2-5 years. A warranty means that the manufacturing company is confident enough to stand behind their product, and they are just guaranteeing you that it shall not fail.
On the Quietest Tower Fans
Now, with the wealth of information you have received concerning the different types of fans and the factors to consider when buying one, it should be pretty easy for you to choose one that will meet your most important need which is; to cool you down on a hot day.
What you should not forget is to also read the customer reviews. These will give you a much better idea of what to expect when to start using the fan that you shall buy. It also helps when you know what challenges each customer faced while using it.
Finally, a good and long-lasting household appliance should be one that is from a reputable company. The 5 companies we have reviewed above are some of the best in the industry, and you can never go wrong.
These are companies that have stood the test of time, and their products have been tried and tested. Choose the right tower fan for you, and remember to stay cool.