The 8 Best Tower Fans to Cool Down with This Summer, According to Reviewers
Sure, summer’s great. But have you ever woken up in a pool of your own sweat and thought, “OK, it’s time for fall”? Join the club. But here’s some more good news: There are plenty of tower fans to cool down with (and spare your S.O an extra load of laundry). Not only do they offer different speed and oscillation options, but most models include add-on features, like built-in timers or air purifying capabilities. They also come in a slew of sizes—from ones that can fit on your countertops to 48-inch models that can cool down an entire room.
After evaluating a whole host of tower fan reviews based on price, design and, of course, speed, we rounded up our top picks to suit your every need. Read on for what to look for in a tower fan, plus eight best-selling models to keep cool with this summer.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A TOWER FAN
- Price: Tower fans can range anywhere from $30 to $400 for luxury models. Most, however, fall in the $60 to $90 range, depending on each model's size, speed and additional features. Still, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly pick, you should make sure your fan includes various speed and oscillation settings to get the best bang for your buck.
- Size: If you need something to cool an entire room, you’ll want to go with a larger fan (like, as large as humanly possible). While most models are typically 30 inches tall, keep an eye out for tower fans that fall into the 40-inch range—especially if your apartment’s sans air conditioning. Otherwise, a slimmer fan is your best bet if you’re looking for something that can fit in smaller spaces. Just keep in mind that the larger the fan, the larger the price tag.
- Speed: Generally speaking, most fans have at least three speeds (although some models go all the way up to eight). However, more speed doesn’t actually mean stronger windpower. The fan’s wattage—which is usually around 135 watts (according to knowtheflo.com)—will determine the velocity at which it outputs air. Yet, if your main concern is noise, it’s worth considering a fan with additional speed options (which can help reduce/increase white noise to suit your sleep preferences).
WINNERS, AT A GLANCE
- Best overall: Dreo Tower Fan with Remote
- Best splurge: Dyson Pure Cool TP01 purifying fan
- Best value: Seville Classics UltraSlimline Tower Fan
- Most powerful: Lasko 4924 High-Velocity Blower Fan with Handle
- Best with dust filter: Honeywell HYF048 Fresh Breeze Tower Fan
- Best space-saving: Honeywell QuietSet Slim Mini Tower Fan
- Best for sleeping: Honeywell Quiet Set 8-Speed Oscillating Tower Fan
- Best space heater combo: Lasko Fan and Space Heater Combo Tower
- Pros: Under $100, powerful velocity, remote control, quiet, oscillating, 41.73 inches tall
- Cons: No HEPA filter
Affordable? Check. Powerful? Check. Quiet and bladeless? Check, check. After scoring 4.7 stars out of more than 13,480 ratings, it makes sense why this fan is a best-seller. It has six speed settings with three modes, including normal, natural and sleep, and its 90-degree oscillation allows for uninterrupted cooling power. What’s more, its bladeless design makes it virtually noiseless. “THIS FAN IS A DREAM!” raves one reviewer. “When I first turned it on, it was so quiet that I wondered if I had even turned it on. And then, sitting more than 15 feet away, came the most refreshing breeze…the coolest feature is the NATURAL option setting, which makes it feels like your living room is outside of your house, getting to feel varying levels of flowing breezes [as] they occur in actual nature (duh, hence the name). I could not be more pleased.”
- Pros: Bladeless, HEPA filter, oscillating, remote control, automatic filter notifications
- Cons: Expensive
On the hunt for a fan that’s quiet, air-purifying, and sleek enough to fit with your modern decor? You’ve found it. Dyson's TP01 fan features a bladeless construction, which pulls air in from the surrounding loop and multiplies its volume before expelling it outward. And aside from its ergonomic design, what we love most about this fan is its HEPA filter, which captures 99.97 percent of pollutants, including pollen, bacteria and pet dander (according to the manufacturer). “I have allergies and had been waking up congested and with a sinus headache almost every morning. Started using this throughout the day in our bedroom and now I have no headaches and sleep so much better. This thing is QUIET, and the fan is powerful. The HEPA filter is fantastic for cleaning the air. Our bedroom smells so much better now. I can’t recommend this thing enough,” writes one reviewer.
- Pros: Under $80, ultra-powerful airflow, wide oscillation, four-speed settings, remote control, auto-shut-off timer
- Cons: Not purifying, hard to clean, can be noisy
Simple, affordable and oh-so-powerful, Seville Classics’ UltraSlimline fan is a jack of all trades when it comes to cooling capabilities. It features four speed settings, including high, medium, low and “eco,” and a wide oscillation range of 95 degrees. Plus, its included remote controls fan speed with five buttons—along with a timer setting that can shut the unit off automatically. And at 40 inches high, it’s one of the tallest fans on this list (which is essential if you need something that’s going to cool your entire living room). One reviewer writes, “ I love the multiple settings, the handy remote, the fact that it’s very tall—so it actually hits above the bed—it’s quiet and that it has [an “eco”] setting. It also comes with a mini tower fan, which I use in my bathrooms throughout the hot summers in the South to keep air flowing freely.”
- Pros: Strong three-speed velocity, comes fully assembled, built-in carry handle, good for small spaces, affordable
- Cons: No remote, loud on the highest setting
When it comes to the most powerful tower fan money can buy, we’d go with the Lasko blower fan. While it’s only 30 inches high, it packs a punch with three speed settings, 90-degree oscillation and a 200-watt output. “I live in a small apartment—365 square feet—and this high-velocity fan is proving to be a fantastic substitute for AC. It is not too noisy, especially on the lowest setting, which is still quite powerful. If it lasts, it will be one of the best purchases I have ever made,” writes one reviewer.
- Pros: Washable dust filter, electronic thermostat, remote control, two height options
- Cons: No HEPA filter, noisy, somewhat difficult to assemble
The one thing we can’t stand about a tower fan? How dirty it can get. Honeywell solved this problem by creating a fan with a built-in, washable filter that can help remove dust particles from the air. Then, on top of that, it has three speed options—with an electronic temperature display—and an auto-shutoff feature with 2-, 4-, and 8-hour intervals. “Such a great fan! Powerful and quiet. I love the features, and the remote makes it easy to turn the fan up or down while in bed,” one reviewer shares. “The filter makes it incredibly easy to clean to dust off the fan. All I do is rinse it off in the shower and let it dry before I put it back on. I just wish the base assembly was a little simpler and used metal screws instead of the plastic ones.”
- Pros: Affordable, four-speed and noise settings, compact enough to be used as a desk fan, oscillating
- Cons: No remote, can’t cool an entire room
Part tower fan, part desk fan, this compact model from Honeywell combines the best of both worlds. It features four levels of quiet operation—including power cool, refresh, white noise and sleep—and its 4.72-inch width is two times slimmer than competitive units (according to the manufacturer). Not to mention that at just $30, it’s the most affordable option on this list. “The part that I thought was neat [about this fan] was that it oscillates as well. The functions are easy to use and light up. The base is really sturdy and has a carry handle. It also has a timer for 2, 4 and 8 hours. Overall, this is a great little fan that is slim and doesn't take up space yet provides a good amount of cool air,” one reviewer raves.
- Pros: Eight noise settings, optional oscillation, easy to set up, auto-shutoff, LCD dimmer, remote control
- Cons: Not as powerful as other options
Yet another winner from Honeywell, this fan was described as “a miracle worker!” by a reviewer who lost their A/C during a heatwave. And it’s no wonder; this model takes noise control to the next level with eight-speed settings, including power cool, cool, refresh, relax, white noise, calm, whisper and sleep. And on top of its included remote control and 1-, 2-, 4- and 8-hour auto shut-off timer, it also has a 5-setting dimmer that makes falling asleep easier than ever. “This fan is perfect for my bedroom. It is quiet at low speeds, great [for] white noise at higher speeds and I like that I can dim the light on the top to keep it dark in my room at night. It’s the best [money I’ve ever spent],” raves another reviewer.
- Pros: Cools and heats evenly, four fan settings, digital thermostat, remote control, space-saving design
- Cons: Controls can be confusing, cooling capabilities are less powerful than other models, somewhat noisy
Finally, something that can cool you down in the summer and warm you up in the winter. This fan-space-heater-combo by Lasko can be programmed directly on its control panel—or the included remote—to heat and cool spaces with its 1,500 wattage. While its fan setting includes four speeds and 45-degree oscillation, its three heat settings can raise a room’s temperature by up to 10 degrees. “If a highly efficient tower fan can circulate air efficiently in a 300-square-foot living room, without being noisy, it surely deserves credit. When it doubles up as a room heater with an automated thermostat, it takes the game to a completely different level,” writes one reviewer. However, another reviewer warns: “[The] fan is nice and powerful but makes a clicking and winding sound while oscillating.”