Sleeping in hot temperatures is almost impossible. You sweat uncontrollably and toss and turn almost the whole night only to wake up tired. Compounding the problem, you don’t want to trade one problem for another by introducing a new noise maker into your home. We’re here to solve the problem for you, with the best quiet fans for 2018.
These beauties give you maximum cooling with very little noise to provide disruptions. These fans are also great for use at the office to keep you cool while working to pay the bills.
Choosing A Quality Quiet Fan: Key Factors
Noise Levels: It wouldn’t be much of a quiet fan list if we didn’t factor in the noise levels of each of these fans. Be sure to consider the level of cooling you anticipate needing as the noise level of many of these fans increases at higher speeds.
Air flow: Air flow is how well your fan sucks in air and pushes out cool air. Depending on your needs, you can choose an oscillation fan to move air in different directions or ones that cool at one spot.
Size of the blades: While not an absolute, bigger bladed fans tend to produce more sound and thus may not be a good choice for a quiet environment.
Durability: Check the material your fan is made of and its stability to ensure that it is built to last. Unfortunately, there are far too many fans built out of cheap plastic which tends to wobble, fall over or outright break.
Design: Ensure that the design of your fan; whether a table, floor or pedestal fan, will not interfere with your work space or consume too much space.
Cost: There are a wide range of quiet fans available at various price points. So, while, this point is a bit obvious, you need to select one that is affordable to your budget.
Best Of The Best: The Top 5 Quiet Fans
Rather then providing you with an endless list of fans, we’ve decided to focus on what we feel are the best quiet fans for each of the design categories. Each of these options would be a great addition to your home or at the very least serve as a good starting point for deeper research into what you’re looking for.
Rowenta VU5551 – Top Oscillating Pedestal Fan
The Rowenta VU5551 is a quiet pedestal fan which has a four way speed control that enables you to choose the amount of cooling you need. It has a 16″ oscillating head which can move air up to 1695 cubic feet per minute. At it’s lowest setting, noise levels are only 40 decibels, though that increases to 57 at it’s highest speed.
It can be operated using a remote which increases this fans convenience since you do not have to go to the fan in order to switch it on/off or make adjustments. It has a nice wide base for more support against toppling and being knocked over. Additionally, the fan support arm adjusts from 42 to 54 inches to allow you to position the air flow exactly where you want it.
- Very quiet, with noise levels (depending upon speed) ranging from 40 – 57 decibels
- Surprisingly powerful with air movement rated at 1695 cubic feet per minute
- It has an adjustable height of 42-54 inches to offer extra safety in case you have small children in the house
- It comes with a remote control which increases the convenience offered
- Heavy base for extra stability
- It’s at a higher price point then many other pedestal fans
Rowenta VU2531 – Top Quiet Table Fan
The Rowenta VU2531 is a table fan which has noise levels of 38 decibels on the lowest setting and a maximum noise level of 55 decibels on the highest setting. At these levels even the lightest sleeper is unlikely to be disturbed by this fan.
The fan blade is 12 inches in size and can move air at a rate of 1695 cubic feet per minute. This is exceptional air flow for it’s size which makes it a great option even for larger rooms. It also has 4 speeds so you can select the amount of cooling that you require.
With good cooling, surprisingly quiet sound levels, and a solid build, the VU2531 is without a doubt one of our favorite fans on the list.
- This fan produces very little noise even with its large size
- It 12 inch oscillating head gives it a wide range of coverage
- Comes apart easily for cleaning
- Noise levels increase and are a more noticeable at the higher settings
- No remote control, adjustments are made via manual controls on the base
Dyson AM07 – Premium Bladeless Tower Fan
The Dyson AM07 is a revolutionary new fan that uses their patented Air Multiplier technology to create a stream of uninterrupted airflow. The most noticeable difference with this technology compared to others fans is that doesn’t have blades which means it’s safer and you don’t have to contend with the blade noise. To produce air flow, it sucks air in from the back and passes it though a cooling turbo. It comes with an easy to use remote and can be programmed to turn off after a set period of time ranging from 15 minutes to 9 hours.
- The remote control feature gives you great convenience and air flow adjust-ability (includes 10 air flow settings)
- Since the fan doesn’t have any blades and grills, cleaning is very easy
- It is a very secure gadget and the lack of blades means increased safety
- Includes a sleep timer allowing you to have it automatically turn off
- The premium features come at a high price point
Lasko 2554 – Top Wind Curve Fan
The Lasko 2554 tower fan is more fashionable then many options as it come with a cherry wood faux finish (a brushed metallic model is also available). It has a maximum airflow of 425 cubic feet per minute, which while not as strong as some fans, is still sufficient to cool most rooms. Additionally, it works as an air ionizer to help reduce allergens in a room.
The 2554 comes with a remote control to ensure easy control and convenience for you. The fan has 3 speeds along with optional oscillation to enable you choose the cooling amounts suitable for your needs. It can also be programmed with a timer to shut off after a period of time.
It’s a good option for those looking for a slightly cheaper fan that can still provide solid cooling while also serving as an air ionizer.
- Easy to use remote control along with a remote control storage in the back of the fan
- It’s tower design provides solid but unremarkable air delivery
- Has an electronic timer function which can be set from 30 Minutes – 7.5 Hours
- It’s also an air ionizer which is great for reducing allergens in a room
- It’s not as quiet as some of the other options
- Not easy to open up for cleaning
- Doesn’t push as much air as larger models so may not be suitable for large rooms
Honeywell HTF210B – Personal Table Fan
The Honeywell HTF210B mini tower fan is an ideal personal fan for the home or office (it makes a great nightstand fan). It has four speeds that you manually select from the front of the fan (ie. no remote control for this one). These controls enable you to easily choose the speed you want depending upon your cooling requirements.
It is very small at 13” in height but despite the small form factor does a good job of circulating air through the room. As an added bonus, it’s energy efficient due to it’s DC motor which consumes half the power of an AC motor.
It also has an auto-shut feature that allows it to switch off after a preset amount of time has elapsed. Though the shut off feature has limited time settings which somewhat limits it’s usefulness.
- The controls are conveniently located at the front and are easy to use
- It is smaller than most fans thus can be stored or used in a variety of spaces
- Includes an auto shut off feature (though see the cons as well on this one)
- The fan has slow airflow speed and has to be placed close to the bed or desk for proper cooling
- The auto shut off feature only has a few preset times
While fans are a great way to keep cool, some come with noise levels that make us more uncomfortable than cool. Some make so much noise that you cannot have a decent conversation while your fan is running. The fans we reviewed are great for low noise environments and we hope that our guide can help you get a great fan for your home or office. These are just a few that we feel are good choices but there is a wide range of quiet fans in the market that you can choose from.
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