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Quiet fans have become a very important household appliance. During hot summer days, it can be difficult to concentrate on studying or work, and no one enjoys sweating while sleeping. A quiet fan can immediately improve your mood, keep you focused and give you a good night's sleep thanks to a light breeze.

In this quiet fan review 2021 we want to help you choose the right fan for you. We have compared the different types of quiet fans and explained the most important criteria so that you can make the right purchase decision.




Summary

  • The quiet operation of a silent fan guarantees a pleasant climate without disturbances. It makes it possible to sleep undisturbed during the warm summer nights and to work with concentration during the hot days.
  • Table fans are great for smaller rooms and offices. If pets are running around in the flat, you should invest in a motorless tower fan to avoid injuring them on an air wheel. Pedestal fans and ceiling fans are suitable for cooling larger rooms.
  • Fans do not increase the risk of catching a cold if they are used properly. A quiet fan should be used in front of an open window so that air exchange can take place effectively.

The Best Silent Fan: Our Choices

Quiet fans: Buying and evaluation criteria

There are many different fans on the market, which makes the search for the right one much more difficult. Fans come in many different shapes, with many functions, from a variety of good manufacturers. To find the right quiet fan, you should therefore pay attention to the following features:

In the following sections, we will explain each of the buying criteria in detail so that you know exactly what to look for when choosing your quiet fan.

Noise level

The noise level indicates the volume of a fan in decibels. The higher the decibel rating, the louder the fan is at the lowest speed setting. In general, most people find it difficult to concentrate on an activity in a small room above a value of 40 decibels.

For comparison: a washing machine reaches a volume of about 75 dB when spinning.

In the case of fans, the noise level is influenced by the design and the number of rotor blades. In most cases, the noise level of quiet fans is between 25 and 55 decibels, which is appropriate depending on use and room size.

However, the perception of noise levels is of course subjective and differs for everyone. Some people can concentrate well in noisy environments, while others are disturbed by the softest sounds.

Speed levels

Most fans have three speed settings so you can control the airflow. On warmer days, it is quite convenient to have the fan circulate the air faster. Many pedestal and tower fans allow you to set the speed level using a remote control.

Too high a speed is not efficient for long-term operation.

Be aware, however, that the higher speeds are usually quite loud. The noise is partly caused by the fan's motor but mainly by the fluttering rotor blades.

Also, the fan could overheat if it is used at a high speed for too long. Therefore, it is important to be careful not to run at too high a speed for a long time at a time. For this reason, fans with a night mode or with a timer function are suitable for sleeping.

Power

The power of the fan also influences the resulting noise level. It is specified in watts and describes the power consumption of the fan in the first place. The lower the wattage, the less electricity a fan needs. The blade diameters of the rotors as well as the type of motor determine the performance level of a quiet fan.

A fan is quieter if it works efficiently in terms of energy.

Therefore, fans without rotors cause a constant air flow that is relatively energy efficient. If the fan rotates horizontally, it can cover a larger area of the room, but it requires more energy to do so. The performance is therefore also directly influenced by the room area to be cooled.

Dimensions and weight

Before you buy a fan, you need to consider where you will use it. If you want to ventilate a large room, a floor or ceiling fan is more suitable than a small table fan.

The weight of the fan is important if you want to use the fan in different rooms.

In the office, smaller fans are sufficient because they reduce the energy used and still deliver the required power. A desk fan does not take up much space on your desk and is very easy to store away when you no longer need it. This small fan usually weighs no more than two kilograms.

So it's very convenient to take it with you wherever you go without too much effort. Tower fans are usually heavier than other types and are not ideal if you want to move the fan all the time. These fans can weigh up to five kilograms and are quite heavy compared to floor fans.

A ceiling fan is also not suitable for this purpose, as it can weigh around seven kilograms. Such fans weigh so much because of their large blades and hidden motor. They are also intended for fixed mounting.

Quiet fans: Frequently asked questions and answers

You may still have questions about buying and maintaining your fan. We have therefore listed and answered the most important questions below so that you are well informed.

Who is a quiet fan for?

Fans are useful for everyone. Because of their flexible use, compact size and variety of models, they can meet different needs. They are especially good if you live in a cooler region and rarely need a cooling unit.

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When working, a quiet desk fan can significantly improve the climate without disturbing you.
(Image source: Alvaro Reyes / unsplash)

Fans are great for use in rental spaces where fixed installation is not allowed because most models do not require mounting. In addition, there are different models that offer you a pleasant climate even on warm days without a high noise level, so that you can concentrate on your work, study or sleep in peace.

What types of quiet fans are there?

Basically, tower or column fans, floor fans, ceiling fans and table fans are the most popular types available at the moment. Each type is suitable for different purposes and does not meet every need. In the following, we have compared all four types for you:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Tower fan The cooling effect is constant because there is no propeller, Low power consumption, Takes up little space because of the slim design, Modern design Quite expensive, Height cannot be adjusted, Not suitable for use in very large rooms
Pedestal fan Adjustable height, Inexpensive, Air wheel swivels and can cool a larger area Uses a lot of electricity, Not the quietest unit at about 50dB, Often requires assembly
Ceiling fan Fits best for cooling large rooms, Often available for purchase with lighting, Can be used in summer and winter Assembly and repair difficult, Accumulation of dust on rotor blades, Can only be used in one room
Table fan Gentle airflow is great for small rooms, Compact and mobile, Various connection options available that do not require an electrical outlet Quite noisy at higher speeds, Height not adjustable, Not practical in larger rooms

A tower or column fan is particularly suitable if you have pets because it does not have an air wheel. An air wheel could be dangerous because your cat's tail could get stuck in it. However, this safety is relatively expensive and the range is not the most suitable for large rooms, unlike ceiling fans.

The problem with ceiling fans is that they need a ladder to clean them. You cannot do without cleaning, otherwise the dust collected on the blades will spread throughout the room.

When choosing a fan, you should know where you will use it.

Pedestal fans are not the quietest fans. They are suitable for you if you want to cool large areas and at the same time they give you flexibility in adjusting the height.

You can also use them in different rooms as they are easy to move and do not require installation. If you only want to ventilate a small room, a table fan is the most suitable option for you. These quiet fans are compact, mobile and quiet at the lower speed settings. Such fans would not disturb you while working and fit perfectly on your desk.

How much does a quiet fan cost?

Because of the variety of fan models and types, the price range is quite wide. You can get a small table fan for the office for as little as ten euros or a larger tower fan for the living room for 250 euros. Depending on the additional features available, the price can also go up.

For example, if it comes with a remote control, more speed settings or a longer cable that gives more flexibility, the price will go up.

Type Price
Tower fan circa 60 to 1300 euros
Floor fan circa 10 to 500 euros
Ceiling fan circa 30 to 2000 euros
Table fan circa 5 to 400 euros

In general, rotorless fans are the most expensive. You must decide for yourself whether the advantages of a rotorless fan are worth the high price.

Table fans can be purchased for the smallest amount. This is due to their small size and often limited capabilities. The manufacturer of the fan plays a big role in the price of all types.

What are the alternatives to a quiet fan?

If a quiet fan doesn't exactly meet your needs, the following cooling alternatives may be more suitable for you:
Alternative Description
air conditioners These cooling units can cool or heat the entire room temperature quickly and efficiently. In addition, many air conditioners can regulate the humidity of the room. The initial cost is high, but in the long run, it is worthwhile to acquire such air conditioners if you live in a warm region. There are different air conditioners, most of which require installation by a professional.
Air coolers Such cooling units use little electricity and do not harm the environment because they do not contain chemical coolants. They work by means of cooling packs, ice or water. Air coolers do not have an exhaust hose, which makes their use very flexible. There is no need to mount them and they can be moved around easily. However, air coolers do not influence the overall room temperature. Their cooling capacity is limited and yet their use greatly increases the humidity.

Each cooling unit is suitable for a different use. So if you constantly need to cool larger rooms, you should consider buying an air conditioner. If you are more concerned about the flexibility of your cooling unit, then air coolers and fans are better for you.

How much electricity does a quiet fan use?

Depending on the design and type of fan, a different amount of electricity is used. It also depends on the speed level. For example, table fans generally have the lowest power consumption because they are the smallest and have only a few speed settings. However, they are poorly suited for ventilating larger rooms.

You can use this formula to calculate your possible electricity costs: Electricity costs =

[(Watt Zahl x Laufzeit in Stunden)/1000] x price per kilowatt hour

In addition to the type, size and speed level of your fan, the length of time it is used plays a big role in determining your electricity costs. Below we have compiled an overview to give you an idea of how much electricity each fan might consume:

  • Tower fan: between 40 and 60 watts per hour
  • Pedestal fan: between 50 and 75 watts per hour
  • Ceiling fan: between 45 and 80 watts per hour
  • Table fan: between 25 and 50 watts per hour

You can reduce electricity consumption somewhat by unplugging your quiet fan when you are not using it. This way you avoid consuming electricity during stand-by mode. Also, it is most energy efficient to run the fan on the lowest setting.

Can using a quiet fan increase the risk of catching a cold?

In general, a fan should not be placed directly in front of you, otherwise the strong draught can result in tension and pain in the head or neck. Fans do not cause colds as long as they are used properly. Currently, virologists and the Robert Koch Institute advise against the use of ventilation systems because they could cause the spread of the Corona virus indoors.

Aerosols could be carried around the area by running fans or air conditioners. These are very small droplets that float in the air for a time and also pose a certain risk of infection.

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To minimise the spread of viruses and aerosols, you should place your quiet fan in front of an open window when running. (Image source: Duong Nhan / pexels)

But if the fan is used in front of an open window, it could actually improve air exchange. Thus, fresh air from outside is constantly brought into the room. Ideally, a door should also be left open so that a constant draught of air flows through the room and thus the spread of Covid-19 aerosols can be lowered.

Where can you dispose of a quiet fan?

Depending on where you live, there may be differences on how to dispose of electronic equipment. In Germany, the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act prohibits the disposal of such equipment in residual waste.

These devices must be taken to certain electronic waste collection points because many parts of silent fans can be recycled. Alternatively, you can take your old fan to many large retailers of electronic equipment or register it as bulky waste and have it collected.

Conclusion

A quiet fan is very useful on warm days, whether you are at home, at work or even camping. The extensive range of fans makes it possible to find a suitable fan for every need. You can generally choose between four different types of fans. Ceiling fans and floor fans are suitable for you if you want to ventilate a large room.

If you are more concerned with flexibility of location, you should consider a tower fan. For your office, a quiet table fan is the most suitable for you. Make sure you use your fan in front of an open window so that the air exchange can take place effectively and possible aerosols can be removed from the room.

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