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Welcome to our big fan test 2022. Here we present all the fans we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best fan for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy a fan.




Summary

  • A fan can be used both as a utilitarian item on hot summer days and as a decorative ornament.
  • Depending on the design, you can basically choose between a feather fan, a brisé fan, a folding fan and a leaf fan.
  • Before buying, you should take a closer look at the material, the workmanship and the design of the fan.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a fan

How is a fan constructed?

Every fan consists of three parts: Rods, stringing and spike. The poles fold apart like a fan when in use and serve as connecting pieces for the covering, i.e. the framework. The poles themselves are connected by spikes. Some fans have a decorative tassel at the bottom.
Components of the fan Description
Fan blade The fan blade is the visible part of the fan. A wide variety of motifs can be printed, painted or embroidered on the fan leaf. It is made of parchment, swan skin, paper, leather, silk or lace.
Sticks The sticks are an essential part of the fan, to which the fan leaf is attached. They are made of two different thicknesses and form the movable framework of the fan.
Mandrel The mandrel is the connecting piece of the individual rods and is typically made of metal. It is often decorated with cut glass stones or rock crystals. The spike is also often called a rivet or pivot pin.

What material is a fan made of?

When it comes to the material that fans are made of, you need to distinguish between the "framework" and the stringing. The poles of the fan are made of bamboo, wood or plastic. The covering (also called the "leaf"), on the other hand, is made of paper, wood, plastic, silk or lace. The fans are often refined by printing, embroidery or jacquard weaving.

What does a fan cost?

There are considerable price differences when buying fans. The price differences can be explained mainly by the different materials of the fans.

Fans have been used since the 11th century. Of course, their types, shapes, colours and materials have changed along with society. (Photo: PixelAnarchy / pixabay.com)

Simple fans can already be bought for a few euros.

Fan type Price range
Feather fans From 5 euros
Brisé fans From 3 euros
Folding fans From 2 euros
Leaf fans From 4 euros

For higher-quality designs, there are virtually no upper limits to the price range. Since the fan is an extremely historical accessory, there are also rare, high-quality and correspondingly expensive collector's items available.

Type of fan Price range
Simple hand fans Up to 50 euros
High-quality hand fans From 100 euros
Feather fans with artificial feathers Up to 15 euros
Feather fans with real feathers 60 to 600 euros
Designer/collector pieces 300 to several thousand euros

What types of fans are there?

Different shapes and types of fans have evolved over time. From the feather fan to the brisé fan to the folding fan and leaf fan. All these forms have found their justification in society and in the respective epoch. The different forms of fans have evolved in parallel with the preferences and clothing trends of society. The most popular fans were folding fans and feather fans.

Decision: What types of subjects are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between four different types of subjects:

  • Feather fans
  • Brisé fan
  • Folding fan
  • Leaf fan

The different types of compartments differ in their materials and shapes and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the things you value most, a different type of fan is best suited for you. In the following section, we would like to help you find out which fan is best for you. To do this, we will introduce you to the four types of fan mentioned above and clearly outline the advantages and disadvantages of each.

What are the characteristics of a feather fan and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The feather fan is one of the foldable fans and consists of bird feathers. These usually come from ostriches and are glued to the rods. They come in different sizes and colours and in both single and multi-coloured versions. Unlike other types of fan, this fan is a real eye-catcher, relatively pompous and eye-catching, and therefore ideally suited as a decoration or for special occasions, such as an accessory at carnival.

Advantages
  • Eyecatcher
  • Suitable for various dances
Disadvantages
  • Not intended for everyday use

Feather fans are also particularly popular and often used in various types of dance such as burlesque and belly dancing, as they highlight and support the sensual movements. This fan is rather unsuitable for daily use as a hand fan. Feather fans can already be purchased cheaply online. However, it should be noted that the price is strongly dependent on the quality.

What distinguishes a brisé fan and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The brisé fan is the simplest type of foldable fan. It consists of several rods that are laid on top of each other in the form of long wedges - usually made of wood - and held together by a pin at the bottom and a band at the top. This allows the fan to be folded up to save space when not in use.

Advantages
  • Space-saving
  • Timeless design
Disadvantages
  • Comparatively little wind when waving

Brisé fans are often found in China and usually have a very simple and timeless design made of simple wooden sticks with carved ornaments. It is space-saving, light and handy and fits in any handbag. Compared to other fans, the Brisé fan generates less wind when waving due to the carved ornaments in the fan surface.

What are the characteristics of a folding fan and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The folding fan is the best known and most common type of fan. Similar to the brisé fan, the sticks are held together by a pin at the bottom and a ribbon at the top. Here, the sticks are only four to five millimetres wide and the ribbon - or leaf in this case - takes up a quarter to two thirds of the stick length. The necessary flatness is thus created by the leaf, which is usually made of paper, fabric or lace.

Advantages
  • Space-saving
  • Wide choice
  • Various applications
Disadvantages
  • Quality depends on price

Folding fans are available in several variations. On the one hand, you can choose between different materials and on the other hand between different motifs on the fan. Fans made of paper or plastic can be individually printed and designed, for example for promotional purposes in summer. Folding fans with beautiful motifs are also particularly suitable as decoration for the home. Like brisé fans, folding fans are very handy, space-saving and lightweight. The price of the fans also depends on the quality and vice versa.

What distinguishes a leaf fan and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A leaf fan is a bamboo stick that is split many times at the upper end and covered with paper. Unlike the folding fan and its variations, it has a fixed shape. The leaf fan is particularly widespread in Japan.

Advantages
  • Stable
  • good for waving in the wind
Disadvantages
  • Unhandy

The leaf fan is available with various printed motifs. The solid and stable shape of the leaf fan makes it particularly suitable for waving in the wind, but it is also unwieldy to take with you, as it does not fit in every handbag.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate fans

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate fans. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular fan is suitable for you or not. In summary, these are:

  • Material and workmanship
  • Design
  • Occasion
  • Accessories

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria.

Material and workmanship

Nowadays, there is a whole range of fans on the market. They are made of bamboo, paper or in combination with wood and colourful fabric. It is entirely up to you which fan you choose.

Design

You can buy, print and have fans made according to your own individual wishes and ideas. The design reveals a lot about the owner and is, for example, elegant, discreet or playful. By making a conscious choice, it is possible to underline your personal character.

Occasion

Nowadays, fans are not only seen in theatre performances or at balls, but are also preferred as decoration in the office or at home. The large surface area also makes it an ideal advertising medium. Printed fans are suitable for weddings, trade fairs, promotions and events.

Accessories

Various products are available to keep your hand fan well protected: Leather cases, cardboard boxes, bags / sleeves made of velvet or nylon, etc. For particularly precious pieces, abaniqueras serve as protection.

Abaniqueras are showcases or chests of drawers specially made for hand fans - for passionate collectors who want to keep their hand fans safe, such showcases are ideal.

Facts worth knowing about the subject of fans

When was the fan invented?

Portuguese seafarers who discovered Japan around 1543 were the first to report on fans made of the finest handicrafts. Hand fans were cultivated in Japan in the 16th century. Later excavations prove that fans already existed around the 11th century BC. They were placed with the dead in graves. In East Asia, hand fans were already used at that time as sun protection or for cooling. The fans were made with craftsmanship and, depending on the wearer, were artistically decorated in different ways and to a high standard.

Did you know that the fan was also used as a weapon? The samurai warriors hid a dagger in the seemingly harmless fans so that they could use it as a secret weapon.

With the development of trade routes in the 16th century, beautifully made and artistically decorated hand fans were transported from the East to Europe. Finally, the triumphant advance of the hand fan also began in Europe. At the time of the industrial revolution, the hand fan was finally replaced more and more by the modern fan.

Why do people use a fan nowadays?

Fans are a beautiful decoration for the home or office and make a great gift. In addition, fans are perfect for garden parties, weddings, at dances or for other occasions.

Fans have served people for a long time as sun protection and for cooling. In the past, they were sometimes splendidly and elaborately decorated. (Photo: Bru-nO / pixabay.com)

In addition, they are the perfect alternative to hand fans, as no electricity is needed to use them. They are also popular as sauna fans. In marketing and promotional campaigns, exotic and colourful fans bring a high response with little financial outlay.

What is the "fan language"?

Fans are said to have been used from the 18th century onwards to exchange non-verbal secret messages at social gatherings. There are even said to have been separate courses in which fan language was taught.

How do I "fan" properly?

Fans are used to create a breeze by waving them to cool the face. In the past, fans were also used as an accessory and status symbol.

Image source: Pixabay.com / Tama66

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