Welcome to hell. Just kidding, it's only summer, and you're probably dying to get a new fan to stay cool. Compared to air conditioners, fans may not be as cooling, but they definitely are more energy efficient. And when used in tandem with your air conditioner, your fan can better circulate cool air, requiring you use less of your AC.
Tower fans offer full-room cool breezes, so if you're looking for more personal cool air, a tabletop fan is probably the better bet. When shopping for a new tower fan consider a few features you may want including oscillation, remote control and various fan speeds. If you want to get really fancy with your tower fan, you may even consider one that doubles as an air purifier. Here are the eight best tower fans to consider buying in 2021.
Every year, this fan seems to get another 1,000 five-star reviews, and right now it's got 22,000 of those on Amazon. It's time you discover the coolness of this Lasko fan. The fan gets high marks for its affordable price point while offering all the things you could be looking for in a tower fan: three quiet fan speeds, a nighttime mode, remote control and wide oscillation. You can easily move the fan room to room because it weighs only 12 pounds and has a built-in handle. As one reviewer notes, "True love does exist."
- Night mode
- Not super powerful
The Ozeri tower fan looks like a speaker, but it's not. Those three circular openings are actually three independently controlled fans, each with up to three speeds. The fan utilizes passive noise cancellation technology, which gets the decibel levels to no higher than 50 dB. The remote is a useful touch (there's also a more expensive version of this tower fan that has Bluetooth so you can use your phone as a remote), and the tower can oscillates up to 90 degrees. There are also three preset settings to help with sleep, relaxation and comfort.
- Three independent fans
- Design takes some getting used to
Don't let this low price dissuade you from getting this fan. It offers the bare minimum when it comes to fans: oscillation and three fan speeds. Reviewers agree that the fan is quiet and efficient, and for a little over $30 you can't go wrong with Holmes' tower fan.
- Wallet friendly
- Quiet fan
- No additional features
Get high power in a tiny tower fan with Lasko's oscillating High Velocity Fan. It stands at 30 inches, and with its slim profile can easily hide away when not in use. The fan uses directional louvers, which are the slats in front of the device, which means you can direct the fan's breeze wherever you want.
- Directional louvers
- Short and slim
- Lacks remote control
Vornado is really good at circulating air efficiently — that's why it made our list for best space heaters. Because of its premium air circulation, the fan is really good for large rooms to help cool air reach every corner. The motor is designed to push air up to 100 feet, and there are four fan speeds versus the three fan speeds of most other tower fans.
- Powerful motor
- Superior air circulation
- 5-year warranty
- Slightly loud, especially on high
TaoTronics' tower fan has three fan speeds, three wind modes and 65-degree oscillation. The fan is particularly good for those who want to keep it on through the night. Switch the fan into its sleep wind mode, and it'll cycle through airflows to mimic an actual cool breeze. It's also incredibly quiet for a fan so there's no annoying buzzing or humming while it's cooling you. There's an auto mode on the fan that enables the fan to switch on whenever the temperature goes above 79°F and switches it off once the temperature hits 75°F or less.
- Extremely quiet
- Digital display
- Removable back for cleaning
- Reviewers complain it's wobbly
The QuietSet fan from Honeywell offers a whopping eight cooling settings from sleep mode to power cool. No matter which option you go with, you can expect a quiet breeze. Besides its quiet operation, the fan also has five nighttime options, which basically just means you can dim the display as much as you'd like. We're not sure why there's that awkward gap between the base and the actual fan, but the overall look of the device is inoffensive, and dare we say, pretty nice.
- Whisper quiet
- Awkward construction
- Have to cycle through all modes to get to the one you want
All of the tower fans featured here oscillate, but the Wind Curve can do so a full 360 degrees. While that means you'll be hit by the cool breeze less frequently, you can get the fan to hit all around your room. Besides its oscillation, the Wind Curve offers the standard three-speed fan setting options and a timer you can set between half an hour and 7.5 hours. The fan is surprisingly quiet, and a convenient remote control can be attached to the back of the fan for storage.
- Full 360-degree oscillation
- Built-in timer
Dyson's Purifier Cool is part air purifier and part tower fan. All air purifiers push out air, which is how clean air gets into your home, and Dyson utilizes its air outlet as a cooling fan. The HEPA filter captures 99.97% of particles sized 0.3 microns. and the carbon filter gets rid of stinky odors and gases. The Dyson oscillates up to 350 degrees, and the only way to get into the fan's features is by using the included remote or syncing it up with the Dyson Link app, which also monitors real-time air quality.
- Combines a tower fan and air purifier into one
- Powerful cooling
- Quiet on lower settings
- Expensive because it's two machines in one
- Highest fan speed is loud
The short 17-inch tower fan fits atop desks and offers personalized cooling. While it is a "personal tower fan," you'd be surprised at how well it can cooler a decent-sized room. There's no remote, but the push button controls are simple enough to use, and if you're using it as a personal fan, you should be able to control it with ease.
- Personal tower fan can cool small rooms
- Lacks a remote