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Summer is just around the corner and you want to cool down on hot days? A stand fan offers you the possibility to provide refreshment in your home. The times are over when fans stood globby, rattling in a corner and you could hardly understand a word. The stand fan of today is characterised by a noble design, high performance and is also quiet and energy-saving. The slim tower or column fan, the stylish rotorless stand fan or the air-improving stand fan with cooling, all variants offer a good alternative to an expensive air conditioning system.

In our stand fan test 2021 we introduce you to different models of stand fans. You will also find out which criteria you should consider when buying a stand fan in order to find the most suitable one for you.




Summary

  • A stand fan offers you an easy and uncomplicated way to cool down at home during hot summer months. It can be purchased without much effort or cost.
  • There are basically four types: the classic propeller stand fan, the tower or column fan, the rotorless stand fan and the stand fan with cooling function.
  • The prices vary depending on the type of stand fan and the additional functions. The costs range from 13,99€ to 699€.

The Best Stand Fan: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for pedestal fans

To give you a better overview, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the different models of pedestal fans.

The criteria listed provide you with the opportunity to compare pedestal fans:

Size

If the floor fan is too small for the room, it will not provide the desired cooling.

The rotor or blade diameter is essential for optimal room cooling. Therefore, the size of a floor fan should also depend on the size of the room.

For a room of approx. 25 sqm, a stand fan with a 30 cm blade diameter is sufficient to provide adequate ventilation.

If the room is very high or large, fans with a blade diameter of 40 cm are recommended.

Volume

One of the most important aspects besides the desired cooling is the noise level. If you want to place a floor fan in the bedroom to cool it down, you should rather look for a low-noise model.

As a rule, the volume of stand fans varies between 50 and 70 decibels (db).

Comparison table:

decibels for comparison
30-40db is very similar to the sound of whispering
50db is similar to the sound of conversation
70db is roughly comparable to normal road traffic

Model / Construction

Pedestal fans are available in various models and these also differ in terms of additional functions.

In addition to the classic pedestal fan with wide rotor blades, wingless models are becoming more and more fashionable. The tower or column fan with its lamellar construction also impresses not only with its simple and slim design, but also with the excellent feature of flexible refreshment.

Possible additional functions of pedestal fans

  • Swivel function
    The air is distributed more quickly in the room by the 90 to 180 degree swivel movement, thus achieving more effective cooling. Most stand fans are equipped with this, it is called oscillation.
  • Timer function
    Meanwhile, some floor fans are equipped with a timer function that automatically switches the unit off after a certain time. This not only has a positive effect on electricity consumption, but also on the use of a stand fan in the bedroom. This way, you no longer have to make sure to switch off the fan.
  • Height-adjustable
    This function is usually found on classic floor fans with rotor blades. You can adjust the height of the fan to bring fresh air into the room in a more targeted way.
  • Remote control
    Many floor fans have a remote control that allows you to conveniently adjust the settings according to your needs. This way, you can also regulate the speed at a distance and thus ensure optimal refreshment.

Performance / Consumption

A stand fan should be equipped with at least 2 power levels. The more power levels the stand fan has, the better the desired cooling effect can be regulated.

For particularly good cooling, pay attention to the air circulation or circulation rate. This value indicates how much air can be circulated per hour. On average, a high-quality floor-standing fan has an air circulation rate of around 2000m³/h.

Like any electrical appliance that is in operation for a longer period of time, the floor fan also has an impact on the electricity bill. The energy consumption of a floor fan is approx. 1680 watts per 24 hours.

The number, type and diameter of the blades of a pedestal fan can also influence the power consumption.

Decision: What types of floor fans are there and which is the right one for me?

If you want to buy a stand fan, there are four types to choose from.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Pedestal fan Powerful, easy to clean, robust, height-adjustable noisy, takes up space
Tower or column fan quiet, space-saving time-consuming cleaning, filter change required
Rotorless pedestal fan Powerful, easy to clean, quiet, low consumption high initial cost
Pedestal fan with cooling function space-saving, low consumption, air freshening costly cleaning, regular filling of water tank, not efficient in large and high rooms

If you want to find out more information about each type of stand fan, you can read more about them in the next sections.

Pedestal fan

In a classic pedestal fan with rotor blades, the rotation of the blades creates suction at the back of the fan, which in turn creates airflow at the front of the unit. For safety reasons, the rotor blades are covered with a metal or plastic grille.

Advantages
  • powerful
  • height-adjustable
  • inexpensive to buy
Disadvantages
  • noisy
  • requires a lot of space

The floor fan is considered very powerful, but unfortunately this comes with an increased noise level. Most fans of this type are height-adjustable, tiltable and swivelable, which provides targeted cooling.

Due to its design, the classic stand fan with rotor blades requires more space for storage, which you should take into account when making your purchase.

Tower or column fan

The tower or column fan is characterised not only by its space-saving design, but also by its performance.

A lamella construction replaces the function of the usual rotor blades. The room air is distributed by suction in the rear part to the entire height of the column and evenly distributed again in the front part of the tower fan into the room.

Advantages
  • space-saving
  • quiet
  • powerful
  • low power consumption
Disadvantages
  • regular cleaning or replacement of the dust filters
  • not height-adjustable
  • not suitable for large or high rooms

Despite its high performance, the tower fan is quiet and usually offers extra functions, such as a remote control or a timer function. With this type of floor fan, it is not possible to tilt the body.

Since most models of tower fans have dust filters, these should be cleaned or replaced at regular intervals.

Rotorless stand fan

In this model of floor fan, the rotor blades are not visibly installed in the base. This variant sucks the room air into the base and presses this air out again at high pressure from thin slits through the ring opening. The resulting air jet ensures constant cooling.

Advantages
  • powerful
  • very quiet
  • low consumption
  • innovative
  • suitable for large and high rooms
Disadvantages
  • expensive to buy

The rotorless stand fan not only impresses with its unique design, but also with its powerful performance and low consumption. The noise level is also in the lower range.

This type of floor fan is usually equipped with additional functions, such as remote control, timer function, sleep mode and many power levels.

Pedestal fan with cooling function

The stand fan with cooling function is considered an affordable alternative to conventional air conditioners. This type of stand fan has a water tank that can also be filled with ice cubes or cold packs to increase the cooling effect.

With this variant of the floor fan, the room air is sucked in and cooled down with the help of cooling packs or water. In addition, the evaporation of the water ensures a pleasant room climate. The water tank must be filled regularly in order to achieve optimum cooling.

Advantages
  • space-saving
  • powerful
  • quiet
  • low consumption
  • real alternative to air conditioning
Disadvantages
  • complex cleaning
  • high-maintenance
  • not suitable for high and large rooms

A stand fan with cooling function can cool down the perceived temperature by up to 10 degrees. However, this effect does not occur in rooms that are too large.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about floor fans answered in detail

In the following guide, we would like to answer the most important questions on the topic of stand fans. After reading the guide, you will have all the relevant information about pedestal fans.

Who is a pedestal fan suitable for?

A stand fan is suitable for everyone who longs for cooling on hot summer days. Summers are getting hotter and hotter and most homes do not have the option of installing an air conditioner.

Apart from the cost and installation effort, the space requirement plays a major role. A floor fan is the perfect alternative.

A floor fan does not cool the room itself, it ensures that we cool ourselves.

The circulation of the air blows away the insulating layer that surrounds us in warm temperatures, causing our sweat to dry more quickly and our bodies to release heat more easily. This effect leads to faster skin cooling.

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On hot summer days, a stand fan helps you get the fresh breeze you crave.
(Image source: Image by Bruno/Germany pixabay.com)

What size should I buy a floor fan?

Basically, the motto for a floor fan is "the bigger, the better".

For a classic propeller stand fan, the rotor blades should have a minimum diameter of 30 cm to adequately cool a room of 25 square metres. Furthermore, the number and orientation of the blades are decisive for performance and consumption.

The more power levels available, the better the cooling effect can be adjusted. With additional functions, such as a swivel function, also called oscillation, you improve the air circulation and thus accelerate the cooling.

What does a floor fan cost?

The costs vary depending on the model and design of the floor fan.

However, the cheaper versions of a floor fan are not recommended. In the long run, it is worth spending a few euros more on the purchase costs.

In the following table, we show you a list of the different pedestal fans.

Type Price range
Stand fan ca. 15-290 €
Tower or column fan ca. 30-599€
Rotorless stand fan ca. 72-569€
Stand fan with cooling function ca. 115-699€

Cheap appliances are usually inefficient, noisy and consume more electricity, and the workmanship is often poor. In the long run, it pays to spend a few euros more.

What alternatives are there to a stand fan?

If the cooling effect of a stand fan is not enough for you, an air conditioner is the only alternative to cool down your home.

Unlike a floor fan, an air conditioner cools the room temperature to the desired level.

There are also different types of air conditioners, distinguishing between floor-standing units, which require a lot of space, and built-in air conditioners, which require more effort to install.

Furthermore, some models have an exhaust air hose that must be routed to the outside, which usually involves additional effort.

The price of an air conditioner usually starts where very high quality floor fans stop.

Which floor fan is suitable for high / large rooms?

For large and high rooms, it makes sense to look for floor fans with a large blade diameter. The rotor blades should have a diameter of 40 cm. Furthermore, it is advisable to pay attention to the air circulation specification.

Various companies also offer a floor fan with three individually adjustable and controllable fans. This type is particularly suitable for high rooms in order to create an efficient air circulation and thus achieve optimal cooling.

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With a stand fan in retro design, you not only bring a breath of fresh air into your home, but also a great eye-catcher.
(Image source: Alireza Kaviani/ pexels.com)

The stand fan with cooling function is quickly at its limit in large and high rooms. For large rooms, we recommend either using two units to achieve the desired cooling function or considering buying an air conditioner.

When is a stand fan with cooling function suitable?

The stand fan is a good alternative for all those for whom an air conditioner is out of the question. This fan variant is easy to operate and effective. Powerful devices can reduce the room temperature by up to 4 degrees and the perceived temperature by as much as 10 degrees.

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A floor fan with water cooling function not only cools the air, but also improves its quality.
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When buying a stand fan with cooling function, you should make sure that the room in which you want to place it is not too large in order to get the best cooling.

Furthermore, a stand fan with cooling function improves the room climate and increases the air humidity. This air improvement is definitely beneficial for asthmatics and allergy sufferers.

The unit should always be filled with water. If cooling batteries are used, they should be replaced regularly. The cleaning effort is usually somewhat higher with this model.

How do I clean a stand fan?

A propeller stand fan is easy to clean. To do this, open the basket grille and wipe each individual blade with a microfibre cloth. If the fan is very dirty, you can use a damp cloth. Make sure that the fan is not connected to the mains and that the cloth is not too wet to avoid a short circuit due to moisture.

It is important that you remove the plug from the socket of every device before cleaning it and that no liquid enters the fan to prevent a short circuit.

For a tower or column fan, the procedure is usually the same. If your unit has dust filters, they should be cleaned or replaced at regular intervals.

Cleaning a rotorless stand fan is very easy, just wipe the unit with a dry cloth regularly. Please note that if you use a damp cloth to remove heavy dirt, make sure that no moisture gets into the slots.

With a floor fan, cleaning and maintenance is important to increase the lifespan of the unit. As a rule, filters and cooling batteries should be cleaned or replaced regularly, and if the water tank is installed, it should also be removed and rinsed out continuously. Please follow the care instructions of the respective manufacturer.

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