The beads of sweat are already visible on the forehead and it is hardly bearable in the flat or in the office. Even at night it is far too warm in the bedroom to sleep comfortably - we all know it. A simple solution is to buy a fan. But the market is full of different types and manufacturers. Which fan suits you and what should you look for when buying one?
With our big fan test 2022 we want to help you find the right fan for your purposes. In our guide, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of floor fans, tower fans and table fans. Our goal is to help you with your purchase decision.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Fan: Our Picks
- 4 Buying and evaluation criteria for fans
- 5 Decision: What types of fans are there and which one is right for me?
- 6 Guide: Frequently asked questions about fans answered in detail
- Fans make it possible to circulate the air in a room within a short period of time and are a cost-effective way to endure a hot summer in the flat, house or office.
- The market is full of options and in our guide we compare the advantages and disadvantages of pedestal fans, tower fans as well as table fans.
- Inexpensive fans can be purchased for as little as 10 euros, but the price range is quite high and high-quality devices can cost up to 200 euros.
The Best Fan: Our Picks
Buying and evaluation criteria for fans
In the following, we will list the criteria you can use to decide between the many possible fans. The criteria with which you can compare the fans with each other include:
In the following paragraphs we will describe the buying and evaluation criteria for fans in more detail.
Basically, the power consumption is one of the most important purchase decisions of a fan. The power consumption of a fan is calculated in kilowatt hours (kWh). But how many watts per day should a fan actually consume? Depending on the type of fan, the setting and the manufacturer, the power consumption can vary from 720 kWh to 1680 kWh per day.
Therefore, before buying a fan, you should be aware of how many hours a day the fan will be used. If the fan will be used 24 hours a day, low power consumption is very important. However, if the fan will only be used for a few hours a day, power consumption is rather irrelevant.
The noise level of a fan should definitely be taken into account when making a purchase decision. A supposedly inexpensive fan that emits very loud noises can be very frustrating and pose risks. To measure the noise level, there is the sound level unit which is measured in decibels (db). The following table helps you to get a rough overview of the unit:
|0 db||Lowest level defined as "unimaginably quiet"|
|25 db||Comparable to breathing sounds|
|30 db||Comparable to whispering|
|40 db||Defined as concentration disturbance threshold|
|50 db||Comparable to soft radio music|
|60 db||Comparable with the volume of a normal conversation|
|70 db||Comparable with a hoover or hair dryer|
|80 db||Comparable with the volume of heavy traffic|
|90 db||Comparable with the noise of a heavy vehicle or a hand-held grinder|
|100 db||Comparable with the volume of a disco|
Now the question arises, at what point is a fan considered quiet? Basically, this question cannot be answered because we humans perceive noise differently and have different sensitivities.
As a rule, a fan that is louder than 40 db exceeds the concentration disturbance threshold. Therefore, such a fan should not be used in offices or workplaces.
Air flow rate
The air flow rate, also called air volume flow or air flow, defines how powerful a fan is. It is usually given in cubic metres per hour. The air flow rate indicates how much air a fan can convert within a period of time.
The air flow depends on the number and shape of the fan's rotor blades. Larger rotor blades and a higher rotational speed result in a higher air volume flow.
To fill a room sufficiently with air, a powerful fan should also be used for a larger room. Therefore, the rule of thumb is that a fan should have converted at least 4 times the room volume after one hour. For example: A room with 30m³ needs a fan with at least 120 m³/h air flow to fill the room sufficiently with air.
Decision: What types of fans are there and which one is right for me?
If you want to get a fan, there are three different options to choose from:
|Pedestal fan||Adjustable height, oscillating design, high performance||Comparatively high noise level, heavy weight|
|Tower fan||Stylish design, take up little space, low noise level||Lack of height adjustability, low airflow|
|Table fan||Very portable, low power consumption, low noise level||Poor performance, short range|
If you want to learn more about the different types of fans, you can read more about their advantages and disadvantages in the following paragraphs.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about fans answered in detail
What size fan should I buy?
The decisive factor for the performance of a fan is the strength of the air flow. As long as the air flow is high enough, the fan refreshes the room with cool air. Furthermore, there are stand fans with a telescopic rod. These allow the height of the unit to be adjusted.
How much electricity does a fan consume?
- Pedestal fan: The power consumption is approx. 1,680 watt hours per day
- Tower fan: The power consumption is approx. 1,000 watt hours per day
- Table fan: The power consumption is approx. 720 watt hours per day
The list shows that the table fan consumes comparatively the least electricity, closely followed by the tower fan. The stand fan consumes the most electricity on average.
What does a fan cost?
There is a very wide price range between the different fans. Depending on the quality and type of fan, the cost varies. Inexpensive table fans can be bought for between 5 and 30 euros. Larger floor fans or tower fans, on the other hand, can cost between 40 and 200 euros.
|Stand fans||approx. 40 - 200 euros|
|Tower fans||approx. 40 - 200 euros|
|Table fans||approx. 5 - 30 euros|
In principle, there are some very inexpensive fans, but we advise against these because the power consumption and noise level of these devices is usually extremely high. Furthermore, it is important to note that a fan that is used daily for a longer period of time should be selected with low power consumption.
What are the alternatives to fans?
Air conditioners can cool, heat, humidify and dehumidify. However, this is also reflected in the costs. An air conditioner is comparatively extremely expensive.
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