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That desperation of melting in the heat, and not having a fan at hand, is something you don't want for anyone. These devices are here to cool down and make the heat waves that we have to endure seasonally a little less painful. Although there are many more types of fans, today we have prepared a small guide exclusively about one of their most popular and widely used variants: wall fans. At ReviewBox we have tried to cover the necessary and most important aspects that you should take into consideration in order to make a good purchase decision.

First of all, the most important things

  • Wall fans are one of the many variants of fans, this is ideal when you don't have much space available or when the ceiling of the room where you want to install it is very low.
  • They are generally one of the most economical variants of fans, as they are small and do not need a very powerful motor to operate, and they do not have a base.

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Buying Guide: What you need to know about wall fans

Wall fans are another variant in the fan segment and are generally small in size but most of them have a rotating movement, which allows you to circulate the air not only in one direction. (Photo: Popov/

What are wall fans and what are their advantages?

Wall fans are another variant in the fan segment and are generally small in size but most of them have a rotating movement, which allows you to circulate the air not only in one direction. In addition, they have the particular feature that they have been designed to be installed on a wall, lacking a base, as they are designed for limited spaces where placing one on the floor is not an option, or in rooms and areas with very low ceilings where installing a ceiling fan would be dangerous. The use of these is highly recommended in businesses, where you do not have much space on the floor or where you want to install several, such as restaurants, gyms, and even churches, because in addition to its low cost, when fixed, they are secured.

  • Normally they can be very powerful
  • They circulate a high volume of air where you have it
  • The head where the blades are located can generally oscillate in different ranges of degrees
  • It circulates the air without obstructions
  • As a general rule they are fixed, as you fix them on a wall
  • You must carry out a small installation
  • They can be a little noisier
  • They lack sophisticated designs and aesthetics

Domestic or industrial wall fans What should you pay attention to?

There are not many variants within the segment of ceiling fans, but some general characteristics that you should consider such as motor power, ignition mode, oscillation and the sound they produce in operation. (We'll talk about these in more detail later on!) Some of these can even be adapted as stand fans, as the base is detachable from the head. We believe that one feature worth evaluating is whether it is an industrial or domestic type, having some differences between them.

Domestic Industrial
Low noise Domestic Can be somewhat noisy Industrial
More sophisticated designs Domestic Generally have a fairly powerful motor Industrial
Generally for indoor use only Domestic Versatility for both indoor and outdoor use Industrial

Buying criteria

Before buying a wall fan, you should take some features into consideration that we want to mention below to help you make the best decision.

Type of control and ignition

There are three options, which are: By means of a chain: Generally the simplest and cheapest models use this type of ignition, and as it is fixed or incorporated in the fan, you do not have to worry about losing controls, for example. Remote control: This is more convenient as you can switch it on remotely and in some cases the controls include timer functions. On the other hand, you should be aware that, as the remote control includes electronic components, it is delicate and you can lose it. Built-in controller: Many models come with the selection controls built into the base of the fan. Some come with a control knob separate from the fan but connected by a cable.

These are generally one of the most economical variants of fans, as they are small and do not require a powerful motor to operate, and do not have a base. (Photo: Sawangsri/

Indoor or outdoor

The only thing that changes in this characteristic is that fans for outdoor use such as terraces and gardens will be made of different materials or will have technical differences that will mainly have to do with their resistance to different climatic or atmospheric conditions.


This aspect is directly related to the motor and the power of the fan, as the higher the motor, the greater the airflow. There is also another additional factor which is the number of blades it contains, as this can increase or decrease the flow. In the end it should depend on the area for which you want to use the fan, as it would not make much sense to have a powerful fan for a small area that does not require so much flow.

Speeds and oscillation

A basic feature that your fan should have is the ability to select speeds as this gives it a little more versatility, so you can choose a gentle or strong breeze depending on what you need. Oscillation is also an important factor as you can cover a wider range of space compared to a fixed fan that will only point in one direction. Some models allow a range of oscillation from 45°, 90° to 180°. (Featured image photo: Sowong/

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