Best Pedestal Fan Reviews in 2018

There are a lot of fans on the market, and if you’ve got so far as making sure that you want to add a pedestal fan to your home or office it can be a bit hard to make a final decision.

If you think this type is definitely the one you’re looking for, read on and we’ll show you five of the best and help you come to a final decision.

Victoria, Homethods Author
Victoria

Best Overall !

If you’re looking for a high-quality, high-tech take on the traditional pedestal fan then the Rowenta VU5551 is waiting for you to add it to your home.


NameTypeBlade Size 
Rowenta VU5551
(EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Open Cage16”
Vornado 683Enclosed12”
Lasko 2526Open Cage16”
Lasko #2535Tower Pedestaln/a
Vornado VFAN Sr. PedestalEnclosed14”

 

Rowenta VU5551

Rowenta VU5551

The Rowenta VU5551 is an exceptional pedestal fan without any extra frills apart from oscillation. You’ll find that it’s exceptional in build quality as well as having easily understood controls to switch between the 4 different speeds.

The fan is designed to be quiet running as well, using specially designed blades to move 1695cfm of air without overpowering your home with noise.

The oscillating head can be adjusted from 42 to 54 inches allowing you to figure out where the optimal placement is in your home.

Best of all, you get a remote control with this one so you can control it from across the room.

Pros
  • Quiet running
  • Remote controlled
  • Adjustable head
  • Powerful
  • Four speeds
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Fan grill prone to rust

Vornado 683

Vornado Fans CR1-0226-06

The Vornado 683 is designed to move as much air as possible while being fit into smaller spaces. The entire head is designed to maximize air circulation, with deep pitch blades, an enclosed air duct and an accelerating inlet.

Like all Vornado fans, this one is made to direct air in a particular direction instead of oscillating. This makes it perfect for those who need it for a specific use like cooling off in the kitchen, but the lack of oscillation can be a disappointment since the high cfm would be useful for convective cooling.

This fan has 3 speed settings to allow you to choose just how much air you think you need flowing through it, and with careful positioning it certainly has the potential to cool off a whole room.

If you’re looking for a clean, aesthetic fan for specific usage the Vornado 683 delivers a whole lot of power in an affordable package.

Pros
  • Quiet
  • 3 speed settings
  • Small head
  • A lot of power
  • Tiltable
Cons
  • No oscillation
  • Can be loud

Lasko 2526

Lasko 2526 16

The Lask2526 is a no frills pedestal fan which oscillates. While it’s got a lack of extra features it’s probably the most affordable of our favorite fans and comes with some powerful 16” blades.

This 3 speed pedestal fan can be adjusted from 37” to 53” as well which gives you a wide range of placement options, especially when you consider the tilting head.

It’s powerful too, for the price, but keep in mind that this is definitely the budget option here. The low price lends it to some drawbacks, including a lack of a remote and the fact that the build-quality could definitely stand to be higher.

That said, it’s a good way to cool off a room and the variability makes it perfect for those who are willing to find the best place to land the air flow.

For a budget pedestal fan, this Lasko stands above the competition but it can’t compete with some of the more specialized, and expensive, products on the market.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Powerful blade
  • Tilting head
  • Oscillating
  • Wide range of heights
Cons
  • Noisy
  • Plastic grill

Lasko #2535

The Lasko 2535 is a unique option, featuring a tower fan placed on a pedestal. This allows you to fit it in very small area and get the most from the fan itself.

It has 3 speed settings as well as the ability to go into sleep mode. The sleeping mode is quite handy for those who want to fall asleep with the cooling of the fan but wake up without a rising power bill.

It also comes with a remote control so you can set it from your bed without having to get up. It’s also extremely quiet, making it perfect for some people although those who really need the white noise might want to look elsewhere.

Overall, this goofy looking fan is perfect for small bedrooms and can fit in narrow spaces but it lacks some power and probably shouldn’t be used in larger rooms.

Pros
  • Remote control
  • Three speeds
  • Slim design
  • Quiet running
  • Adjustable height
Cons
  • Base can be unsteady
  • Not super powerful

Vornado VFAN Sr. Pedestal

Vornado Vfan Sr. Pedestal Vintage

If you’re looking for a power fan with a vintage aesthetic, then the Vornado VFAN Sr. Pedestal is perfect. This one combines all of the technology of a Vornado fan with a pastel green color that would look at home in a classically designed room and has a durable, metal construction.

The main thing most people will notice, other than the look, is that this fan is powerful. It pushes a ton of air and can handle most average sized rooms without any accompaniment.

The head is adjustable from 42 to 54” and the head is fully pivoting. The base is also quite stable, meaning it’s less of a hazard for small children and cats than pretty much anything else out there.

The only real drawback is that it lacks oscillation.

If you want a vintage styled, powerful fan which is backed by a 5-year warranty, then this fan is the one for you. Just keep in mind you’ll pay a bit for that extra quality.

Pros
  • Powerful design
  • Quiet running
  • Adjustable height
  • Pivoting head
  • Stable base
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Only comes in one color

Who Should Use a Pedestal Fan?

Pedestal fans stand higher than many of the other portable fan types, and they’re probably best used in bedrooms and other places where floor space is at a premium.

With an adjustable head they can also be useful for those who don’t like air blowing directly on them, instead you can rebound the air off of a wall in order to save your hair from getting blown around.

Pedestal fans have an advantage over tower fans in that they tend to move more air at a higher level, so they’re also good for larger rooms than you’d be able to cool with a tower fan.

They’re not ideal for cooling in kitchens or other excessively hot spaces, however, where a window or box fan makes a much better option due to their increased air output.

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What to Look For in a Pedestal Fan

While it might seem like there’s not really much difference in these fans apart from styling, you’d be surprised at the large variation at the end of the day. Even more surprising, some of the common features of these fans might end up being a whole lot less effective than proper placement at the end of the day. Let’s go over what you’ll need to look for in order to maximize your purchase.

Air Movement

Air movement for a fan is most commonly rated in cfm, or cubic feet per minute. This will give you an accurate view of the amount of air that a fan can move, the higher the number the greater the air circulation you’ll be able to receive.

It’s probably the most important factor when it comes to making sure that you have a fan that does something other than just spin and it’s a function of the blade size and the enclosure that the fan blades are contained within.

Blade Size

While differing motors and enclosures will give you a pretty wide variance on the cfm you’ll also need to take the blade size into account for more practical reasons. Larger blades will take up more room.

It’s really not going to do you much good if you’re not able to fit the fan where you’re looking to, so make sure you measure the area you’re going to place the fan in before you make a final selection.

Enclosure Type

While pedestal fans are traditionally fairly simple devices, there’s been a lot of advancements that create some surprising variety in this family of household devices.

Standard pedestal fans are just fan blades with a wire enclosure. They move a bit less air than any of the others but they’re simple, cheap, and can usually do the job as long as you’re careful about placement.

Pedestal tower fans allow you the benefits of both a tower fan and a pedestal fan. By placing the tower fan on top of a post, you’ll have the higher air circulation of a pedestal fan but you’ll also have the filtering and smaller footprint of a tower fan.

Enclosed fans will move much more air than other types with smaller blades. These can feature deep-pitch blades as well as air “acceleterators.” Essentially, they’re designed in such a way as to push a whole lot of air without taking up an enormous amount of room.

Oscillation

Oscillation capabilities, allowing the fan to sweep side to side, are great if the fan isn’t a normal “open” design.

When a fan is open, oscillation can actually reduce the total amount of cooling over just placing it properly.

With a tower or enclosed design, however, it’s a great feature to have. If you’re looking for a cheap fan, then skip this feature and focus on making sure that you place things correctly in order to increase the cooling potential of your device.

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Multiple Speeds

A wider array of speeds can mean a huge difference. Most fans will come with at least two or three different speed settings, which is pretty good for most people but if you’re finicky about temperatures then you should definitely look into something with finer speed control.

How to Place a Pedestal Fan

Placing your fans can seem a little bit counterintuitive but if you’re working with a cheaper pedestal then it can make the difference between a slight breeze and room wide cooling.

First, make sure there are no obstructions in the path of your fan. This will help to keep things moving along the intended path.

Your goal is to get hot air out of the room by enhancing the natural crosswind unless you’re in a sealed room. In a sealed room, the only way to achieve any cooling is to face the fan towards yourself and allow it to evaporate sweat since it won’t be able to change the environment on its own.

If you’re not in a sealed room, then use the windows to enhance the natural air flow. This works particularly well if you have a ceiling fan as well, since you’ll be able to use it to aid in the whole process.

If you do have a ceiling fan, use it to push the hot air at the top of the room down, then aim your pedestal fan at the window. That really is the simplest way to take care of things and the room will cool down to a more reasonable temperature quite quickly.

Without a ceiling fan, use your pedestal fan to enhance the natural cross breeze. By maximizing the circulation you’ll be able to get the room a few degrees cooler as well.

If all else fails, consider placing a bowl of ice water behind the fan. The effect will be somewhat similar to a standard AC unit and this little trick might just be your saving grace if there’s a real heat wave during the summer.

References

  1. https://brightnest.com/posts/5-fan-tricks
  2. https://www.trulia.com/blog/how-to-cool-down-a-room/
  3. http://www.ebay.com
  4. https://roomfans.net/choose-good-fan/
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