Last updated: August 8, 2021

Welcome to our big hand fan test 2021. Here we present all handheld fans that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best hand fan for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a hand fan.




Summary

  • On hot summer days, a hand fan provides a cool head and the necessary refreshment for in between.
  • In contrast to conventional table or stand fans, the fan can always be stowed in a backpack or trouser pocket.
  • The power, the dimensions, the number of rotor blades and the additional functions of the hand fan are decisive criteria that you should consider when buying.

The Best Hand Fan: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a hand fan

Are you thinking about buying a hand fan, but are a bit overwhelmed by the selection and the different offers? Then you've come to the right place, because we'll explain what you should look out for when buying hand fans.

How much do hand fans cost?

There are devices in all price ranges, starting at 3€ and ending at just under 30€. You can find everything from everyday use to designer pieces.

The air volume flow is important. It tells you how many litres of air the unit circulates per unit of time. (Image source: 123rf.com / Mayuree Moonhirun)

The simple battery-powered coolers are usually the cheaper ones. You can get them for about 3€. The solar-powered ones start at about 15€. The prices vary depending on the additional functions. The prices go up for devices that are operated without rotor blades.

Decision: Which hand fans are there and which is the right one for me?

A hand fan is a saviour on hot summer days and can be used in various ways. Whether on a shopping day, at the beach or in the office: a hand fan can be used in many ways and cools you down.

Basically, you can distinguish between three types of hand fans:

  • Battery-powered hand fan
  • USB hand fan
  • Spray hand fan

The different hand fans differ in some aspects like the design, the operation and the size.

In the following, we would like to show you the essential advantages and disadvantages of various hand fans to make your purchase decision a little easier. Of course, it is up to you to decide which refreshing helper for hot days you prefer.

How does a battery-operated hand fan work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The battery-powered fan fits into any handbag or backpack and can therefore be taken to almost any place. Some models also have a retractable handle.

This means that it can be stored in a space-saving way and can also be used as a stand fan on the office desk or on other shelves. The portable hand fans are available in classic colours such as white, grey or black, but can also be purchased in more colourful or patterned versions if required.

Advantages
  • Space-saving
  • Can be used as a stand fan
  • Battery-operated
Disadvantages
  • Air freshening only
  • Risk of injury

Constant functionality is ensured by the quick and location-independent replacement of the batteries. However, with models that are not equipped with a protective grille, there is a risk of injury from the spinning blades.

How does a USB hand fan work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The hand fan, which can be charged via a USB cable, can be used especially in the office or while working at the computer, as it can be charged during this time. It has a detachable handle and can therefore be placed on a shelf or transported with the handle mounted.

Advantages
  • Parallel charging on the PC
  • Space-saving
  • Can be used as a stand fan
Disadvantages
  • No charging without USB connection
  • Only air freshening
  • Risk of injury

No matter which colour or shape - adapted to your taste - you choose: Your companion can be stored in a space-saving way and is available in many places and in different variations.

How does a hand-held spray fan work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The hand fan equipped with the Extra Freshness function not only provides refreshment based on the wind, but also distributes some water. The cold water on the skin and the wind coming from the fan can guarantee maximum cooling on the skin.

Advantages
  • Maximum refreshment
  • Space-saving
  • Battery operation
Disadvantages
  • Risk of injury
  • Only one small water container

Due to its small size, the heat helper can be used anywhere and carried everywhere. Continuous use is also possible due to the battery operation. Due to the different colours and patterns, it is thus stylishly set in scene.

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate hand fans based on these factors

In the following, we will show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate fans. This will make it easier for you to decide which device suits you best.

  • Power
  • Fan dimensions
  • Rotor blades
  • Features

In the next paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria.

Performance

Of course, your hand fan should have enough power. In our comparison table, the power ratings are listed in watts.

The power of a fan is very often misinterpreted, but: More power does not always mean more power! The only thing that the power (wattage) of a fan primarily provides information about is the power consumption.

The air volume flow is important. This tells you how many litres of air the unit circulates per unit of time.

A fan with a large span, many blades and a weak motor could produce the same draft as one with a few small blades and a large speed - and may be quieter.

Fan dimensions

How big can your hand fan be? Of course, as small as possible and powerful. But in most cases, smaller devices do not deliver the desired performance. Compare the size of several models and see which one fits your needs. Here are fans that can be folded out quickly and produce a good air flow.

Rotor blades

The number of rotor blades and the diameter of the propellers determine how fast a fan must run to achieve a certain intensity.

Ventilator mit Rotorblätter

Fans differ in the number of rotor blades. (Photo: tookapic / pixabay.com)

In other words, the more rotor blades and the larger their diameter, the slower a fan can run to achieve a high air turnover. As a result, models with many, long propellers are quieter than other models.

Functions

The more functions a fan has, the more expensive it usually is.

However, if you want a fan that offers a high level of comfort, you should pay attention to functions such as a timer function, different speed levels, different setting options (for example, mechanical fine atomiser for a very fine spray, breeze function) and similar.

Interesting facts about hand fans

Finally, we would like to briefly explain how heavy a hand fan is.

How heavy is a hand fan?

Not every mini fan is also a hand fan. Because mini fan simply means: small fan. This includes, among others, very small table fans that are not actually intended to be held in the hand all the time.

But there are also combinations of hand and table fans, for example for the office: you can put them down but lift them up without difficulty when needed to achieve more intensive cooling.

Since the small hand fan is perfect for travelling, long hikes or relaxing days at the beach, you should consider the weight of the fan before buying.

Model weight
Battery fan from 227 g + battery
Battery fan from 340 g
Spray fan from 281 g + water

The fan itself has a very low weight, but depending on the model you have to add extra weight. You should not ignore this detail if you want to buy a hand fan for on the go.

(Image source: epicioci / pixabay.com)

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