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The table fan is among the most popular tools for getting through the hot summertime. Its task? To provide us with refreshment. Its main advantages? It is space-saving and some are relatively mobile and quiet. There are several types of table fans depending on the type of power supply as well as the types of additional functions.

With our big table fan test 2021 we want to help you find the right fan for you that meets your needs. For this purpose, we have listed the three basic types of table fans for you and compared them in detail. In addition, we have presented all their advantages and disadvantages to make your purchase decision much easier.




Summary

  • To get a feeling of cooling during the hot summer season , the table fan is the perfect candidate - especially if you want it to be relatively mobile.
  • There are three types of table fans depending on the power supply: USB-powered, battery-powered and electric-powered or classic table fans. Each of them has its own special features.
  • When buying a table fan, you should consider a few important criteria that will make your purchase decision much easier: the power, the functions, the blade diameter and the volume of the device.

The Best Table Fan: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for table fans.

First, we will show you how different table fans differ from each other. Based on these criteria and your needs, it will be easier for you to decide which table fan is best for you. We have summarised the basic distinguishing features as follows:

These criteria are all somewhat related. After all, they are all part of the same device. But we will tell you their details in detail:

Performance

If you want to buy a table fan, you should pay attention to the most important technical data - including the power of the device.

The performance of table fans is designated by the air flow rate (in m³ / h). It shows how many cubic metres of air per hour the rotor can circulate. The speed of the motor, the diameter of the impeller and the characteristics of the blades play an important role.

In addition to the air flow rate, you should also consider the power consumption. This is given in watts. With this you can calculate an estimate of the associated electricity costs. To do this, apply the following formula: Watts x hours: 1,000 x cents per kilowatt. For example, if the price of electricity is 30 cents per kilowatt, a 30-watt fan will cost 4.5 cents every five hours.

Functions

Prices vary depending on the number and type of additional functions available. The more functions, the more expensive. The more sophisticated the functions, the more expensive. Here we have listed these various functions for you:

  • Oscillation: One of the most important functions of a table fan is oscillation. This allows it to rotate slowly from side to side (left to right and vice versa), producing and distributing wind in different directions in the room. Usually, it can swivel 30 or 45 degrees. However, some manufacturers offer table fans that allow 360° swivels.
  • Tilt angle: Some table fans are equipped with a tilt angle. This allows them to be aimed slightly upwards or downwards. But be careful: the higher the speed level, the louder the fan could get - maybe even over 30 dB.
  • Speed levels: Another interesting feature is the possibility to regulate the wind speed of the fan, i.e. to adjust it yourself as desired. At least two speed levels are available for this purpose. However, some models also offer three speeds.
  • Remote control: In addition, some table fans have a remote control. This allows you to control it comfortably from a limited distance. There is also the sleep mode as well as the timer to schedule the automatic switch-off.
  • Humidification: Some devices have an ultrasonic spray that can humidify the air by means of tiny droplets. They are equipped with a water tank that you can simply fill with water. The air humidity can be increased with up to 280 ml of spray mist per hour.

Blade diameter

The main advantage of a table fan compared to the others is that it takes up less space. You can find some with a blade diameter of only 10 cm and some with 40 cm. However, you should note that the smaller the blade diameter, the weaker the airflow.

Volume

Whether or not the volume plays a major role in your purchase decision depends on your anticipated needs, i.e. for what purpose you want to buy it.

Do you need it for your living room, where you will only use it during the day? Do you need it for your office, where you need to concentrate as well as possible? Or for your bedroom, to get through quiet hot summer nights? You should definitely check it out.

The volume of a desk fan is expressed in decibels and the quietest ones are usually below 30 db. How loud or how quiet it can be depends on the blade diameter, i.e. the size of the rotor blades. The larger, the quieter. In fact, to get the same result in terms of the amount of air moved, the larger table fans may rotate less.

Table fans that have water cooling also ensure that they remain very quiet in operation. An alternative would be those that work without rotor blades, i.e. without a visible rotor. These models process the air with a narrow slot and a ring, which compresses and expels it in a damped manner.

Decision: What types of table fans are there and which one is right for you?

If you want to buy a table fan, you have three types of products to choose from, according to power supply:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
USB table fans They are compact and can be charged anywhere there is a USB port. This makes them very convenient to take with you They can only be charged via a USB port. They are less powerful and have limited additional functions.
Battery-powered table fans They are the most mobile thanks to their replaceable and rechargeable batteries. Without batteries, they do not work and they have fewer additional functions.
Electric table fans They are the most powerful and offer several additional options They must remain plugged in at all times to function. Therefore, they are not mobile table fans. In addition, they are also somewhat larger, so less space-saving.

If you want to discover more information about the different types of table fans, you can take a look at our detailed presentation here below.

USB table fans

USB table fans

The USB table fan differs fundamentally from the others in that it is powered via USB. So a power outlet is not required to get airflow. All you need is a USB connection, whether on a laptop or power bank. So it is also relatively mobile.

However, to become one hundred percent mobile, it must have a rechargeable battery. This is already available in some models.

You should also make sure that the USB table fans do not have ventilation slots. This is only found on large fans. They ensure that the devices do not heat up too quickly by cooling themselves with the air they suck in.

Because of this missing part, most USB desk fans will warm up faster than any other and you would be left with warm air instead. However, some models are built in such a way that they do not get hot too quickly.

At this point, we would like to introduce you to the three types of USB table fans. They are very different from each other.

  • Fan with stand: It is very similar to a small classic table fan in terms of looks and functions. However, it is charged with a USB cable. It gets a minus point for its lower air flow rate, but it remains quite quiet.
  • Fan without stand: This model provides greater mobility. They are made with a flexible neck and can therefore be turned in any direction. However, you have to do it manually.
  • Fan type with atomiser: This provides extra refreshment as it is designed with a small water tank. This allows it to humidify the air as well.
Advantages
  • compact
  • relatively mobile
  • lower price
Disadvantages
  • lower airflow
  • depends on USB connection
  • gets warm faster
  • fewer additional functions
Battery-powered table fans

Battery-powered table fans

Battery-powered table fans are similar to USB fans in terms of features and performance. However, there are some that can be charged with both power supplies. This increases the mobility of the device, but they are somewhat larger in size.

This type of fan is sold with rechargeable and replaceable batteries. When fully charged, they can be used for up to over 5 hours. However, you should note that using the device while charging is often not possible.

Advantages
  • no power socket required
  • very mobile thanks to exchangeable and rechargeable batteries
Disadvantages
  • lower airflow
  • limited continuous use depending on battery power
  • impossible to use and charge battery at the same time
  • fewer additional functions
Electric table fans

Electric table fans

The very first models of table fans were electrically powered, which is why they are also called “classic table fans”. They work via electricity and can include all kinds of additional functions, depending on the size, look, model and manufacturer. However, they are not mobile, because without a constant power supply they switch off.

Advantages
  • greater air flow
  • several additional functions
Disadvantages
  • not mobile, depends on power supply
  • relatively larger

Guide: Frequently asked questions about table fans answered in detail

In the following guide, we have answered the most frequently asked questions about table fans, which may help you in your purchase decision.

What is a table fan suitable for?

Fans (Latin: "ventilare" means "to create wind") are the most popular tool for getting through the hot summer season. They provide us with refreshment by creating a flow of air.

The skin produces up to four million sweat glands. This works most strongly in summer when the outside temperature is unusually warmer than our body temperature. When we sweat and then the sweat produced evaporates, we have a feeling of cooling. We can get this feeling from a fan.

Table fans are designed to be placed on a table or similar furniture (hence the name "table fan"). They are generally less powerful than other types of fans. In fact, they are intended for refreshing smaller spaces (office, room, etc.) or direct surroundings. But in return they have a higher and lighter mobility - depending on the model.

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Wherever you want to go, you can count on your table fan to cool the air. For example, if you need to take care of yourself on a hot air balloon somewhere in the mountains.
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Is a table fan suitable for the bedroom?

Yes! You should just pay attention to some important features like the volume. It runs during the night and should not disturb your sleep, but make it more pleasant by refreshing it. Therefore, you should buy a table fan whose noise frequency does not exceed 45 dB (at the lowest speed setting).

Besides the noise level, you should also consider the timer function if you don't want to run it all night. Otherwise, you should calculate the possible power consumption of the device.

Is a table fan suitable for air humidification and air cooling?

The answer is yes. As mentioned earlier, some table fans are equipped with an ultrasonic spray and thus humidify the air with droplets. If necessary, you can easily refill the water tank. The air humidity can be increased with up to 280 ml of spray mist per hour.

Is a table fan suitable against flies?

However, there are table fans that can be useful against flies. These are called "fan fly traps" and they are available in different models.

Some are built with a UV lamp. The UV light will attract flies and other flying insects. These are usually sucked into the inside of the fan using an electric turbine. They can either be killed by dehydration or simply trapped on an adhesive sheet until they are manually released.

What size table fan should I buy?

When choosing a table fan in terms of size, you should consider the space available for your unit. It should not be too big, take up too much space and get in the way later.

However, it should be big enough to meet your foreseen needs. If it will only be used to cool down your desk area, then a smaller model should suffice. But if it's going to provide the whole bedroom with airflow, then you'd better get a bigger one.

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There are table fans in every size and for every need. Even to blow your coffee. You just have to find the right one for you.
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How much does a table fan cost?

The prices of table fans vary depending on size, power, volume, quality, appearance and additional features. Here we have listed the prices on the market for you:

Product type prices
USB table fans approx. 9 - 20 EUR
Battery-powered table fans approx. 12 - 30 EUR
Electricity-powered table fans approx. 14 - over 80 EUR

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Somewhere you will always be able to find spare parts, repair your favourite fan and use it for a while.
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