Last updated: August 10, 2021

Welcome to our big wind machine test 2021. Here we present all the wind machines 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 wind machine 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 wind machine.




Summary

  • Wind machines, or so-called fans, provide a quick cooling solution in various situations. Most of us are familiar with fan blades that circulate in a cool, ventilated and sometimes dry area.
  • Wind machines and air circulators help dry out an interior with water damage. These powerful fans are often stackable and offer multiple positioning options for effective drying.
  • Depending on how often the wind machine is used, the cooling capacity that a wind machine can generate should be considered. Airflow is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). This measures the volume of air flowing around a given point every 60 seconds.

The Best Wind Machine: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a wind machine

What is a wind machine?

A wind machine is an electrical device that causes air to vent or cool when a wheel is set in motion. When this happens, the wheel spins so fast that it creates a wind.

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If you consider buying a wind machine, you will be protected from any heat wave. (Image source: pixabay.com / PublicDomainPictures)

How does a wind machine work?

All wind machines work by moving the air that is in the area of the wind machine. This air movement creates a breeze that can be felt on the skin of the person in front of the wind machine. Electric wind machines consist of a motor powered by an electric current, which is attached to the fan blades via a shaft.

This rotor shaft is driven by the motor and turns the fan blades at different speeds depending on the speed set for the motor. The number of blades and the general revolutions of the motor can vary greatly depending on the model of electric wind machine. While all manually operated wind machines move the air in a room, only electric wind machines are able to help a person cool down as well.

This is because the energy used to move a manual wind machine generates heat in the body, and the air from the fan does not do enough to counteract this. In addition, the speed of an electric wind machine changes the air pressure and lowers the temperature.

Who is a wind machine suitable for?

In principle, a wind machine or fan is suitable for everyone. The many benefits make the machine that provides a wind one of the most necessary things you need in the summer. Since wind machines, as the name suggests, generate wind, they are used flexibly.

For example, they are used in photo shoots to create a wind for the perfect picture. On the construction site, a wind machine is also used to quickly get dust out of the premises during construction so that construction can continue. Above all, however, a wind machine is suitable for hot summer days.

The average central air conditioner uses 3,500 watts of electricity, while the wind machine uses an average of only 75 watts - and smaller fans even less.

If using a wind machine means running the air conditioner a little less each day, this can lead to noticeable savings over time. Thus, the wind machine is perfect for budget-conscious people who want cooling in the summer but don't want high electricity costs.

Even for people who live in a small household, the wind machine makes a difference as it can be placed anywhere and is available in different sizes and types.

What does a wind machine cost?

Depending on the desired extra functions besides the simple wind blower, the quality and the housing, the prices vary between 20€ and 350€. Industrial wind machines and wall fans are the most expensive.

Price extras
to 50€ floor- or table-mounted wind machine, with up to 50 watts, made of plastic, rotor diameter at 30 cm and 3 power levels
to 100€ ceiling-, tower-, floor-, table-mounted wind machine, with up to 50 watts, rotor diameter at 50 cm, made of metal, steel, plastic and in many different designs, 5 power levels
to 250€ Rotorless, table, design wind machine, with up to 50 watts, control with push buttons, with timer, with remote control, swivel range at 180 degrees, 10 power levels
from 250€ Rotorless, ceiling, tower, floor, table, design, Axil, industrial wind machine, control with knob, push buttons, timer, remote control, up to 250 watts, available in every size and power level.

You can find out what other buying criteria should be taken into account, which also influence the price, further down in this article.

What are the alternatives to a wind machine?

The most common alternative to a wind machine or fan is an air conditioner. A wind machine can only move air and cannot change the temperature of that air, except for the small amount gained from the heat of the motor. It does not help sweating, but it does not change the temperature of the air.

Actually, "producing cold" is not a thing. Cold is how we describe a lack of thermal heat. Therefore, an air conditioner does not create cold air, it removes heat from warm air.

Basically, the air moves through the cold evaporator coil in your house, which absorbs heat from the air with refrigerant (a heat transfer medium). The refrigerant in this coil then flows to the warm condenser coil. There, the compressor compresses this refrigerant to make it really hot, hotter than the air outside. In this way, the outside air can absorb the heat of the refrigerant flowing through the outside coil until the refrigerant cools down and flows back inside where it can absorb more heat.

The refrigerant flows back and forth until the home reaches the temperature set at the thermostat. When these coils get dirty, the air conditioner works less efficiently and costs more money as a result. Compared to a wind machine, an air conditioner costs more to buy, requires more maintenance, is more complex to install and uses much more electricity.

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The alternative to a wind machine is an air conditioner, but wind machines do not involve as much effort. (Image source: pixabay.com / Bru-nO)

Decision: What types of wind machines are there and which one is right for you?

If you want to buy a wind machine, there are several types to choose from:

  • Car wind machine
  • Table wind machine
  • Ground-mounted wind machine
  • Floor or tower wind machine
  • Ceiling wind machine

There are advantages and disadvantages to using different types of wind machines. Depending on what you prefer and what you want to use the wind machine for, a different type is suitable for you. The following section will help you decide.

What are the features of a car wind machine and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

It is assumed that nowadays almost all cars would have a built-in air conditioner. However, there are still vehicles on the road that do not have air conditioning. In this situation, the car wind machine provides a change. The small wind-generating device is connected to the cigarette lighter and thus set in motion.

Advantages
  • uses less energy than the conventional car air conditioner
  • you won't catch a cold
  • also available with a battery, so it's cordless
  • can be placed anywhere
Disadvantages
  • takes up space
  • initial costs compared to the air conditioner
  • only works when the car is in operation
  • the breeze can be perceived as annoying when driving

What are the features of a tabletop wind machine and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Table fans or wind machines are suitable for a quick and easy solution for warm air in the room. They are suitable for both home and office use. The machine can be easily positioned on a desk. It is then plugged into the socket and switched on and you are ready to cool down.

A desktop fan with a timer can be set to turn off automatically. With a desktop fan with remote control, settings can be changed without getting up.

Advantages
  • individual placement
  • easy mounting
  • additional functions such as timer
  • power level can be adjusted individually
  • cooling while working
Disadvantages
  • takes up space on the table
  • volume can be disturbing while working
  • wind can blow away work material

What are the characteristics of a floor-mounted wind machine and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Wind machines that are placed on the floor are usually larger than a table fan and are therefore more suitable for larger rooms. Floor wind machines are often used in filming and theatre, for example, to simulate the weather.

Models are commercially available ranging from extremely powerful to rather weaker battery-powered wind machines that provide a breeze. Height-adjustable models are also available, offering more flexibility and control.

Advantages
  • more powerful than table fans
  • have much larger blades than tower fans, resulting in higher airflow
  • perfect for larger spaces
  • direction of air can be controlled
  • no direct air blowing in your face
  • can be used in industry
Disadvantages
  • are generally noisier than other wind machines
  • have very limited features and variations in style and size
  • can get in the way
  • are more costly
  • only deliver air at the level of the foot

What are the features of a floor standing or tower wind machine and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

If you don't have much space, tower-shaped wind machines might be just the thing. These large and narrow fans take up little floor space, but are still powerful and usually quiet. A tower fan with thermostat uses the thermostat to check the room temperature and turns the fan on and off as needed to maintain the desired room temperature.

A tower fan with a dust filter removes dust particles from the air to reduce allergens in the air that can aggravate allergies and asthma.

Advantages
  • better features than other wind machines
  • usually have a night light or air purifier
  • various styles and sizes
  • one of the quieter wind machines
Disadvantages
  • less powerful
  • smaller output range, so they are not suitable for larger rooms
  • cold by being at head height

What distinguishes a wind machine on the ceiling of a room and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

As the name suggests, these wind machines hang from the ceiling and should cool the entire room. Ceiling fans offer a powerful and economical alternative to air conditioners. However, when used in conjunction with an air conditioner, this can increase efficiency.

Advantages
  • cools from above in summer
  • recovers heat in winter
  • is a home accessory
  • different levels are easy to regulate
  • they are the most space-saving alternative
Disadvantages
  • dust collector when not in use
  • requires installation and maintenance
  • more costly
  • can go out of fashion and then need to be replaced
  • does not specifically provide fresh air

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and test wind machines

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible wind machines. The criteria you can use to compare the wind machines with each other include:

  • Size
  • Speed
  • Motor power
  • Power consumption
  • Design
  • Safety
  • Operation
  • Volume

In the following paragraphs, we will explain to you what is important in the individual criteria.

Size

A small wind machine is suitable for small rooms, while a larger machine can cover a larger area. Larger wind machines are particularly suitable for industrial purposes.

If you want a quick, portable solution, stand wind machines work well in bedrooms as the height of the fan can be adjusted, while tower wind machines tend to be used for residential areas because they are more compact and can be moved out of the way.

Speed

A wind machine with a higher speed setting produces a cooler temperature and gives more control.

Motor power

Generally, the larger the motor, the faster the wind machine will spin and the more stable and quiet it will be. When choosing the right fan for your needs, you must also consider the size of the room you want to cool and the amperage the fan requires, as this will contribute to your electricity bills.

Power consumption

When a wind machine is in continuous operation, it will consume a lot of electricity. A lower wattage means it will use less electricity. For example, a 60 watt wind machine will consume 0.36 kWh over 6 hours, which would be a cost of 0.101€. Calculated on the day, this would be 0.404€ and 12.52€ per month.

Therefore, if you want to save money, you should buy a wind machine with a low wattage.

Design

When buying, you should pay attention to the design and material. Many well-known manufacturers already produce rotorless wind machines that look very modern and become a highlight in every room. A metal or chrome wind machine is more robust than one made of plastic.

If you want to use the wind machine for a long time, you should choose a stable and robust material.

Safety

Rotorless wind machines are safest for children and pets. A conventional wind machine should have the blades enclosed behind a safety grille or grate and should not overheat when it has been running all day.

Kind hält ausgestreckte Zunge in Richtung Windmaschine

A grille in front of the rotor blades protects against the child and pets getting hurt. (Picture source: pixabay.com / Andi_Graf)

Operation

Most wind machines have either push buttons or a rotary handle to turn them on and off and to increase or decrease the power. However, if you want more convenience in operation, you can already get models with a remote control in the shops. However, models with a timer and remote control cost considerably more.

Noise

How loud a wind machine is can have a big impact on how much you enjoy it. Many people don't want to buy a machine that is so loud that they can't fall asleep or so loud that they can't even hear the TV. Manufacturers usually measure the volume of the machine before selling it and then give this in decibels.

When buying a machine, the noise level should be tested in the shop and the decibel should be taken into account.

Important facts about wind machines

This section contains frequently asked questions that consumers have after buying a wind machine.

What is the difference between a wind machine and a fan?

Fan is the umbrella term of which wind machine is one type. This article will refer to both terms. Generally, wind machines are defined as a type of fan that is on the ground and has a fixed stand.

The wind machine cannot be moved very much. Wind machines are used wherever wind movement is needed, such as in photo shoots to make hair float. Wind machines as well as fans work with the same rotor technology and look the same.

Can the wind machine be in continuous operation?

Yes, the wind machine could be in continuous operation, but this consumes a lot of electricity and energy. Before deciding to take it in continuous operation, alternatives such as ventilation shafts or wall vents should be considered.

Is the wind machine suitable for day or night?

At night, window ventilation can be a good choice as it brings in cooler air from outside. If you still have to deal with heat even in the evening, you can also use the wind machine at night, but you should make sure that it is not on the highest setting.

Where is the best place to place the wind machine?

In the place of your choice. Depending on the purpose and size, however, you should consider beforehand how and where to place it. It is not advisable to use a floor wind machine on your desk, as it could interfere with your work. Some commercial wind machines have wheels and handles for extra mobility.

Wind machines can be mounted on a wall, attached to a table or placed on a tripod. Certain machines are so small that they can be used practically anywhere. Many of these machines get their power from a mains cable, so care should be taken to ensure that there is a power socket nearby.

Why doesn't my wind machine work?

Wind machines can stop working for a variety of reasons.

Problem solution
The unit no longer starts switch the unit on and off again, check whether something is stuck in the rotors.
Wind machine only emits minimal wind alternately try out power levels, if a push button is stuck - pull it back into place

If the listed problems are still not solved, it is advisable to check the unit for external damage and, in the case of major defects, to take it to a specialist or refer to the unit's warranty.

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