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Best Pedestal Fan of 2021

We tested pedestal fans from Pelonis, Honeywell, Comfort Zone, Lasko, and more to find the best and breeziest models for your living space
Stay cool with the right fan for your space.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 24, 2021
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Hoping to cool down your space? We researched dozens of the best pedestal fans before choosing the top 10 of 2021 to test head to head. Through the oppressive heat of summer, we measured airflow and decibel output, testing settings, modes, and remotes. We watched movies, worked through hot afternoons, and nodded off to sleep to these fans. By testing their limits and comparing them side by side, we offer a broad picture of each fan, learning which are up to the task of keeping you cool and which aren't that impressive. No matter what your space or budget, we can help you identify the best pedestal fan for your needs.


1

Best Pedestal Fan


PELONIS Silent Turbo


Number of Speeds: 12 | Timer: Yes; 1-12 hours with .5 hour increments through 10 hours
Good range of speeds for precision control
Quiet, even on higher speeds
Intelligent settings
Not the most powerful
Beeps loudly with every setting change

Need a pedestal fan with lots of options and a fully functional range of speeds? Our favorite model is the Pelonis Silent Turbo. This fan has 12 different speeds so you can achieve the ideal airflow for your needs. Stretching just over 54" high, it's one of the tallest fans we tested and also the quietest — barely audible when on its "silent" mode. It has 3 additional modes, including "sleep" which gradually slows down over several hours, and "natural" which has variable speeds to blend more organically into the background. Additionally, you can set it to turn off after 30 minutes, 12 hours, or anything in between. The handy remote comes with a battery, and the lights power off after a few seconds, making it ideal for nighttime bedroom use. Unlike many others, it also remembers your last settings when you turn it back on, so no need to fight through all 12 speeds every time you want to use it. A heavy base aids with stability, too.

Though the Silent Turbo is one of the quieter fans we tested, it also beeps rather loudly every time you change a setting, which isn't ideal when trying to operate it in a quiet bedroom. A couple of the modes seem very similar to one another, and ours took several seconds to settle into the right speed when we changed a setting. This is also not the most powerful fan we tested — despite having 12 different speed settings, the highest rate of airflow we measured was just 10.5 mph, which is below average for this group of contenders. But for convenience and less intrusive noise, we really like this fan a lot.

Includes: Remote and CR2032 battery
Directions of Pivot: Down 8 degrees, up 16 degrees

Modes & Features: 4 modes (Normal, Sleep, Natural, & Silent), carry handle on motor

A quiet fan that offers a comfortable indoor breeze, ideal for...
A quiet fan that offers a comfortable indoor breeze, ideal for watching a movie in bed without having to crank the volume.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

2

Best Bang for Your Buck


Honeywell Double Blade 16


Number of Speeds: 3 | Timer: Yes; 1, 2, 4, or 8 hours
Simple yet still full of function
Plenty of power
Less expensive than many
On the loud side
Lacking some of the finishing details when it comes to settings

The Honeywell Double Blade 16 is a standard pedestal fan with enough upgrades to make it a solid fan and a solid value, too. With normal, constant breeze, and variable breeze modes, this three-speed, remote-controlled fan has plenty of options to help you find something comfortable for you. A timer adds another extra touch of usability, and for those of you who appreciate powerful speeds on every setting, the Honeywell is sure to please. We measured its highest power at 12.7 mph, which is significantly above average for this group. It tilts both up and slightly down and has quieter beeps that are less obnoxious than many.

However, there's no option to turn those beeps off. The Double Blade also won't recall your last settings when turned off and defaults to the lowest speed when powered on, without oscillation. It's not a quiet fan, either, particularly on the highest settings, which makes it difficult to watch TV over without turning up the volume. And while the operation lights on the front will dim after several seconds, if you're particularly sensitive to lights in the bedroom, you may end up covering the front of this one. Overall, however, we found this to be a useful fan with a fair range of features and good power for less money than many others, making it a great value option.

Includes: Remote (AAA batteries not included)
Directions of Pivot: Barely down, slightly more up

Modes & Features: 3 modes (Constant, Variable, & Breezy), 2 blades each with 3 fins

This Honeywell is a solid fan that's easy to love, in no small part...
This Honeywell is a solid fan that's easy to love, in no small part because of the more-than-fair price point.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

3

Best Choice on a Tight Budget


Comfort Zone 3-Speed


Number of Speeds: 3 | Timer: No
Simple and straightforward
Lightweight
Inexpensive
No extra features or frills
Only so-so power and medium quietness

If you're here hunting for a pedestal fan that works and won't blow your budget, the Comfort Zone 3-Speed is that fan. It's extremely simple and straightforward in operation and does precisely what you'd expect from a basic fan. Its top-measured speed hit just above average at 10.9 mph on High. Though the base is a whopping 24" wide and deep, it comes in the shape of four legs that can more easily fit over, around, or even under other objects in your home. The legs also fold up quickly, making this lightweight fan surprisingly portable. Their width and the fan's overall low weight also add to its sturdiness. With simple push buttons, it's easy to put this fan on a timer or smart switch, helping to make up for its lack of an internal timer.

Of course, this level of simplicity may be too simple for some. Offering just three speeds and no remote or other frills, this fan is in no way fancy or modern. It also doesn't blow the competition away when it comes to being particularly powerful or especially quiet, falling about in the middle of the pack on both fronts. Though the Comfort Zone doesn't feel like it's made of the most bombproof materials, we had absolutely no issues with its sturdiness or durability during our testing. At the end of the day, while this fan lacks the bells and whistles of fancier models, it still gets the job done, making it a good value item.

Includes: N/A
Directions of Pivot: Slightly down, slightly up

Modes & Features: Foldable base, indented carry handle on back of blade cage

Though it's quite basic in this line-up, the Comfort Zone 3-Speed...
Though it's quite basic in this line-up, the Comfort Zone 3-Speed holds its own.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

4

Best for Automated Temperature Control


Lasko S16612 with Thermostat


Number of Speeds: 4 | Timer: Yes; 1-7 hours in 1-hour increments
Low hum easily fades into background
Useful, simple remote with no beeps
Lightweight but sturdy
Less powerful at a distance
Base slides easily
Head may detach while carrying

The Lasko S16612 with Thermostat offers surprisingly convenient functionality beyond its optional thermostat functionality — which we love. Eliminating the need for a smart plug, the built-in thermostat allows you to set your desired temperature from 60-80 degrees (in 5-deg-ree increments), which automatically turns the fan off when the set ambient temperature is reached and back on when temperatures rise. This fan emits a lower pitched hum that more easily fades into the background than many other models' higher-pitched whirring noises. We almost couldn't hear it amongst all the other noises in the house at its lowest speed. The remote is both simple and fully functional, controlling every aspect of this fan — including oscillation — with a beep-less push of a button. Though lightweight, this model is also more stable and less wobbly than most.

However, the lightweight plastic disc base lacks any feet to hold it in place on a hard floor. While we don't think this is a huge problem, if your furniture gets frequently bumped into by children or pets (or adults!), the Lasko S16612 will slide. And, if you have a giant living space and are hoping to place a fan across the room that can still reach you with a powerful breeze on the couch, this one may disappoint you with its below-average wind speeds. If you plan to carry it around your home, we also found that it sometimes comes apart mid-transit — though it simply slides back together again easily. At the end of the day, if you want a fan to help keep your area at a more consistent temperature, the functionality and simplicity of this fan are here to help.

Includes: Remote (2 AAA batteries included)
Directions of Pivot: Straight ahead, about 30 degrees up

Modes & Features: Remote hook on stand, auto-detect thermostat function (60-80 degrees ambient temperature, in 5-degree increments)

Keep your space at the perfect temperature all day with the optional...
Keep your space at the perfect temperature all day with the optional thermostat function of this Lasko.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

5

Best for Saving Space


Vornado 683 Medium


Number of Speeds: 3 | Timer: No
Very powerful
Points almost vertical
Lower pitch is less annoying
Does not oscillate and lacks many features
Very short

Despite being the smallest of our tested fans, the Vornado 683 Medium is also among the most powerful. Packing a big punch, we measured this little fan hitting 13.4 mph. While this will certainly help cool you off when pointed directly at your face, it's also fairly effective as an air circulator when positioned just right in larger spaces. Instead of a solid base, this lightweight model has five sturdy legs that give it a small but stable footprint. Of all the models we tested, this one operates at the lowest pitch, sounding more like a hum than the traditional whirring of a fan. Though it can't point down, it can be angled nearly vertically to bounce air off the ceiling and blow it effectively around an entire room. It's the only one with the cord coming out of the bottom of the stand, as well, rather than dangling off the base of the motor halfway up the stand.

While those that love simplicity will appreciate this straightforward 3-speed design controlled by a simple knob, the Vornado 683 is likely to disappoint if you're after settings and features. It has no remote, no extra modes, no timer, and doesn't even oscillate. Additionally, this fan may not quite reach the top of your bed — at its tallest, it stands just 38 inches high. It's also quite loud on higher settings, though the lowest speed is reasonably quiet. But if you're looking for a pedestal fan with far-reaching power that you can stick in the corner and forget about, the Vornado may be exactly what you want.

Includes: N/A
Directions of Pivot: Straight ahead, nearly vertical

Modes & Features: Indented carry handle on top

Short on space but not ready to skimp on power? The Vornado 683 is a...
Short on space but not ready to skimp on power? The Vornado 683 is a fantastic option.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

6

Best for Big Power


Lasko 18" Cyclone


Number of Speeds: 3 | Timer: Yes; 1, 2, or 4 hours
Powerful
No annoying beeps
Remembers your last setting
Large height adjustability
Quite loud and higher pitch than many
Limited setting options

Ready to feel impressive winds from across the room? The Lasko 18" Cyclone is a powerful fan that spreads air effectively around even larger rooms. This oversized option creates a veritable buffeting wind on higher speeds, just like its name implies. It's fairly lightweight and offers an exceptional range in height, from 42 to 54 inches — the most of any model we tested. While most remote-controlled fans beep with every button push, the Lasko stays silent. It remembers your last settings when turned on each time and can be helpfully positioned anywhere from slightly downward to nearly vertical. On top of that, it comes with a small Velcro patch for the remote that you can stick just about anywhere — like on your bedpost or nightstand — to keep it close by.

Though the Lasko Cyclone does have a timer, it only goes up to 4 hours, which may not be enough for some folks. It has a push-pull tab on the motor to control oscillation, rather than including that on the remote like many others. The super-wide, 21-inch circular base takes up a significant amount of room and slides readily across hardwood floors. As a light, plastic unit, ours bounced and vibrated at every speed — not audibly, but visibly. Unfortunately, the lights on the base also don't dim or turn off, and this is one of the loudest, highest-pitched fans of the bunch, making it not a great option for picky sleepers or for use when watching movies. Though, if you're a fan of white noise and a powerful breeze, you may just love this big unit exactly as it is.

Includes: Remote (AAA batteries not included)
Directions of Pivot: Barely down, nearly vertical

Modes & Features: Velcro patch to stick remote anywhere

The Lasko Cyclone brings a true cyclone-feeling into smaller rooms.
The Lasko Cyclone brings a true cyclone-feeling into smaller rooms.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

7

Good Range of Speeds and Heights


Rowenta VU5670 Turbo Silence Extreme 5-Speed


Number of Speeds: 5 | Timer: Yes; 1, 2, 4, or 8 hours
Large range of heights; taller than most
Wide range of speeds
Fairly quiet
Not very sturdy
Beep is particularly annoying

There's a lot to like about this pleasantly quiet fan from Rowenta. The Turbo Silence Extreme 5-Speed offers an impressive range of speeds, which we measured as low as 4.7 mph and as high as 12.9 mph. The "3 speeds and 3 modes" essentially boil down to 5 speeds. Silent Night mode didn't even register sound on our instruments, blowing a very modest amount of air at close range. Turbo Boost acts and sounds exactly like what you'd expect from the name, and the Normal settings are the three middle speeds. This fan exhibits one of the larger and taller height ranges while its heavy base securely anchors it to the floor. It includes a timer and a remote — though no CR2032 battery comes with it — and features a remote caddy on top of the motor. We also love that it's one of the few we tested that remembers your last settings when you turn it back on and is surprisingly quiet and pleasant at every speed.

Unfortunately, this heavy gizmo is one of the most wobbly models we tested, literally blowing itself into a backbend at high speeds. For a futuristic-looking fan, it still has the old-school oscillation knob on the unit, with no button to control it remotely. It chirps loudly and obnoxiously with every setting change, and though the lights dim, they never turn off. Switching between speeds, the unit we tested also had considerable difficulty finding the right rotation rate, shifting awkwardly between several speeds before settling at a constant pace. At the end of the day, though we find much to like about this quiet, effective fan, we're not quite sure its shortcomings make it worth the hefty price tag.

Includes: Remote (CR2032 battery not included)
Directions of Pivot: Slightly down, slightly more up

Modes & Features: 3 modes (Silent Night, Normal, and Turbo Boost) 3 regular speeds and 1 high speed, remote caddy, and carry handle on top of motor

While there's a lot to like about the quietness and power of the...
While there's a lot to like about the quietness and power of the Rowenta, we wish it was a bit more sturdy.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

8

A Large Fan with Good Power


Pelonis 18" 3-Speed Oscillating


Number of Speeds: 3 | Timer: Yes; .5-7.5 hours, 30-minute increments
Plenty of power at all speeds
One of the tallest in our review
Very solid base
Very "whirry" sounding on all settings
Loud beeps and limited remote functionality

Are you here for power and less concerned about noise? The Pelonis 18" 3-Speed Oscillating may be what you're after. It's not the most powerful pedestal fan we tested, but it's close to the top in terms of maximum wind speed while maintaining a slightly lower volume than others. With a more pronounced "tunnel effect," this model points the breeze where you want it to go. Even at its lowest speed, we could easily feel a refreshing breeze from 20 feet away — a feat that many others can't quite match. Its height range is also one of the tallest we tested, while a heavy, rubberized base keeps it safely planted on the floor, even when bumped into.

Though its sound is quieter than many others of similar power, the quality of noise this fan emits is, at every speed, rather similar to the whirring of a small airplane. It also lets out a chirping "beep" every time you plug it in or change a setting. Though its timer allows you to program more precise half-hour increments, the oscillation feature isn't controlled by the remote — only by the classic push-pull tab on the back of the motor. It's also a bit more wiggly than we'd like, though the very solid base adds a lot to its overall stability. If you don't mind a whirring fan with limited remote functionality, the power and height of this Pelonis are a potent combination.

Includes: Remote (2 AAA batteries not included)
Directions of Pivot: Barely down, slightly more up

Modes & Features: N/A

One of the tallest fans we tested, this Pelonis model also offers...
One of the tallest fans we tested, this Pelonis model also offers fairly high power on all speeds - if you're okay with its louder-than-average whirring.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

9

Quiet on Low Power


Amazon Basics Oscillating Dual Blade 16-Inch


Number of Speeds: 24 | Timer: Yes; 1-18 hours, 1-hour increments
Very quiet on low speeds
Lights dim after a bit
Fairly sturdy
Very unpleasant chirpy beep
Not powerful
Many settings seem the same

This attractive pedestal fan from Amazon Basics is a quiet model that's full of settings and is best for subtlety. Though it boasts a whopping 24 speeds, it's quite difficult to discern a difference between many of them. The lowest 8 speeds are so silent our instruments couldn't even detect them. It's heavy and solid, with a low center of gravity that's not easy to tip over. The lights on the base turn off after several seconds, and the head tilts both down and up, slightly. It comes with a remote that controls all the settings — including oscillation — but requires your own AAA batteries.

Oddly, the jump from speed 8 to 9 is far more noticeable than any other speed change, jumping a full 6 decibels. Even though it claims to have 24 speeds, the Oscillating Dual Blade is by far the least powerful pedestal fan we tested, with a measured airspeed range from 3.5 mph to just 8.7 mph — a top speed that's nearly the same as many others' lowest speeds. It doesn't remember what speed you were on last, instead always powering up on level 18 with no oscillation and chirping offensively as you scroll through all 24 speeds. If you want a powerful fan, this isn't likely to tick your boxes. However, if you prefer a very light breeze and value silence, this may be a good fit.

Includes: Remote (AAA batteries not included)
Directions of Pivot: Barely down, slightly more up

Modes & Features: 3 modes (Nature, Sleep, Normal), 2 blades each with 5 fins

If all you want are the low, quiet speeds, this fan from...
If all you want are the low, quiet speeds, this fan from AmazonBasics might work but don't expect much power!
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

10

A Step Above Basic


Black+Decker 16"


Number of Speeds: 3 | Timer: Yes; 1, 2, or 4 hours
Straightforward use
Has remote and timer
Less expensive
Fan head is droopy
Controls on unit are behind fan blades
Loud, chirpy beep with every setting change

The Black+Decker 16" is just a small step up from the basic pedestal fans of old. It features a remote and caddy that clips onto the stand, and a timer function gives some operational options. The solid base adds stability, and the head can tilt slightly. Compared to some of the competition, this fan is pretty affordable.

The controls on the fan's base are awkwardly located partially behind the bottom of the blade cage. It chirps loudly with every setting change, and the light on the base never turns off — though it's just one small red dot, which is less intrusive than many others. The remote caddy must be removed from the stand to put the head all the way down, and you can't control the oscillate function with the remote, only with the traditional knob on top of the motor. Our unit also had a heavy, droopy head, which limits its angles of operation from straight ahead to slightly down. We measured this fan as having just under a 2 mph difference between the lowest (8.5 mph) and the highest (10.3 mph) speeds. We're not sure the low price and extra features are worth the long list of shortcomings

Includes: Remote (AAA batteries not included)
Directions of Pivot: Slightly down, straight ahead

Modes & Features: Removable remote caddy on stand, carry handle on back of blade cage

We appreciate the usefulness of the Black & Decker remote caddy, but...
We appreciate the usefulness of the Black & Decker remote caddy, but find it annoying that it has to be removed in order to completely lower the fan.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Why You Should Trust Us


This review is spearheaded by Senior Review Editor, Maggie Brandenburg, who lives and recreates in the hot high deserts of northern Nevada. Maggie grew up enduring the oppressive heat/humidity combination of the Midwest, spending sticky afternoons keeping cool in front of fans. She's spent a huge chunk of her life battling heat and humidity from teaching in the jungles of South America and plains of Africa to living on a remote Caribbean island. Fans have always been a necessary part of life for both Maggie and her easily overheated dog. From her home gym to her home office, she knows what it takes to find the right fan for any space. She tests several types of fans and has been testing all types of home and outdoor gear for both OutdoorGearLab and TechGearLab since 2017.

To find the best pedestal fans on the market today, we spent hours combing through the top options before selecting the most promising models to purchase and test side-by-side. Tasked with cooling us off through some of the hottest days of the desert summer, we put these fans through a litany of laboratory and real-world tests. We used them while watching movies, sleeping at night, reading books, and working out at home. We measured airspeeds and took decibel readings, comparing them all head-to-head to see which ones offer the most settings, most power, sturdiest bases, and quietest experiences.


Analysis and Test Results


We tested each fan's performance through a battery of tests that cover four metrics. We put together a complete picture of each model through laboratory tests, precision measurements, everyday usage, and qualitative analyses. Here we break down the metrics we evaluated and the tests we used to pinpoint the best ones for specific jobs.

We tested every fan in multiple scenarios and rooms to help you find...
We tested every fan in multiple scenarios and rooms to help you find the right fit for your work or living space.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Power


To test each pedestal fan's power, we performed multiple airspeed tests on different settings and combined that with how well it translates into what you can feel across a room. We measured airflow, placing each fan across a large room and standing on the other side to gauge how easily we could feel each setting, both directly in front of and off to the sides of every fan. And we considered how many settings, modes, features, and timer options each model has, alongside the use of those settings.

Making the Most Out of Your Fan
Adding a fan to your home in a strategic way can be a great way to make your space more comfortable — and possibly even more energy-efficient during hot summer months. Every model has a unique airflow pattern. Some create a tunnel straight ahead, others buffet wind around the room more evenly, and still others are meant to create a feedback loop of air, circulating it within a space. Play with the placement of your fan, using it to spread air from your window AC, perhaps angling it at the ceiling to create a more even room temperature. How you put the specific fan you decide to take home into your unique space may take some experimentation and practice to perfect, but don't give up!

When it comes to sheer airflow and power, the Vornado 683 Medium takes the cake. In our tests, it reached the highest measured speed of 13.4 mph. It's easily felt from across a room, though only if you're standing directly in its tunnel-like path. Not only does this high velocity feel great in your face after a prolonged period outside on a hot day, but it also helps to circulate air around a room more effectively — exactly what this model is made to do. The Lasko Cyclone is also quite powerful and has the added bonus of oscillation and a timer, both of which the Vornado lacks. We clocked its 18" face producing speeds of 12.5 mph and a strong buffeting effect even from 20 feet away. The Pelonis 18" 3-Speed Oscillating reaches an impressive top speed of 12.7 mph, providing a slightly less buffeting breeze that's easily refreshing from across a large space. Also notable for their similarly high top speeds are the Honeywell Double Blade and Rowenta Turbo Silence Extreme 5-Speed.

Despite its small size, the Vornado packs some serious power into...
Despite its small size, the Vornado packs some serious power into its three speeds and works well to circulate air throughout the room.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Though the Pelonis Silent Turbo doesn't offer the high rate of flow that many others do, it does have a wide range of lower speeds. With 12 distinct speeds, this quiet fan measured between 3.3 mph on its lowest setting to 10.5 mph on its highest. It has four different modes with intuitive speeds and functions to fit precise situations that likely occur on a daily basis in most homes.

Madeline loves lying in the breeze from the oversized Lasko Cyclone.
Madeline loves lying in the breeze from the oversized Lasko Cyclone.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Percieved Noise


To score each model's overall noisiness, we started off by taking decibel readings of each fan at all of their various speeds. We then qualified each fan's sound, including relative pitch, quality of noise, and respective annoyance levels. We noted if they had extra noises, like clicking, beeping, whirring, or vibrations. And because gunk getting stuck in your fan can affect its noisiness, we also inspected how easy they are to clean.

Fan Maintenance
Just like everything else in your home, your pedestal fan needs regular cleaning and maintenance to keep it working well. A clean fan will be a quieter fan. Most fans have a way to remove the front grill, which can be wiped or washed, along with the blades themselves. Obviously, you'll need to avoid getting the motor wet, but even regular dusting will help you make the most of your fan. Be sure to always unplug your fan from the outlet before taking it apart.

While it seems like every fan claims to be silent, the Pelonis Silent Turbo comes the closest to achieving that lofty goal. Its lowest settings didn't even register on our decibel meters, and even at its highest speed, this fan was still surprisingly quiet both in measurement and quality of sound. The Rowenta Turbo Silence Extreme is another fairly quiet fan, regardless of its speed. On its highest setting, which is almost 3 mph faster than the Pelonis Turbo, we measured it at a lower decibel reading. The Lasko S16612 with Thermostat emits a low hum on its lowest setting that immediately becomes a background sound you hardly notice. The Amazon Basics Oscillating Dual Blade is whisper quiet on speeds 1-8, but by the time you hit speed 24, it's one of the loudest of the group, despite having the least impressive airflow. Though the Vornado 683 Medium is fairly loud at top speed, it also has a low, more even hum that sets it apart from the traditional whirring noise of most fan blades.

We're impressed by how quiet the Pelonis remains even on its highest...
We're impressed by how quiet the Pelonis remains even on its highest speed.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

When it comes to keeping these units clean, all of them have removable grills that can be rinsed or wiped, allowing easy access to the blades for keeping them dust-free. The Honeywell Double Blade, Pelonis 18" 3-Speed Oscillating, and Black+Decker 16" make it even easier, with simple clasps that can be twisted to the side with your thumb for removal. The Comfort Zone, Lasko S16612, and Lasko Cyclone grills can be popped on and off, as they utilize plastic tabs to stay in place. The rest of the fans have at least one screw holding the grill onto the head of the fan. The Vornado 683 has several screws but also includes directions on how to remove both the grill and the blade for more thorough cleaning.

Several fans have a single screw that can be removed to take off the...
Several fans have a single screw that can be removed to take off the grill and access the blades for a thorough, regular cleaning.
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Size Value


Pedestal fans have a reputation for being ungainly and large — but how ungainly and how large? We measured the dimensions of every fan, checked to see how much their heights are adjustable, and considered their base size and the blade housing size. Of course, since larger fans are often more powerful, we considered other values of their sizes when calculating scores in this metric. Being able to tilt or oscillate a fan also makes a big difference in where it can live in your home, so we considered these abilities as well.

Pay Attention to the Base
Pedestal fans can be fan-tastic in your home, but their unique shapes can also make them more challenging to Tetris into your space. Pay attention not just to the fan head's size, but also to the size and shape of the base. Many have solid bases that can be difficult to squeeze into smaller spaces, but a few have legs that may more easily conform to your needs.

The Vornado 683 is the smallest of the group. It has a small footprint with legs that can go around objects and a small head that's powerful and can be pointed in nearly any direction, pivoting a full 90 degrees, from horizontal to almost vertical. The Lasko S11612 is a fairly average overall size but is much lighter than most and with a thin, wide base that can slide easily under most furniture. The lightweight Comfort Zone has a folding base comprised of four legs, and though they're much wider, their small profile makes them conducive to squeezing into spaces and under furniture. The Lasko Cyclone and Rowenta Turbo Silence are both noticeably larger than the competition, in base and head size, as well as the overall presence in a room.

Unlike many circular and square bases, the Comfort Zone 3-Speed has...
Unlike many circular and square bases, the Comfort Zone 3-Speed has four legs that can slide between and even under things for a better fit in your home.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Just about every pedestal fan we tested oscillates roughly 90 degrees with the exception of the Vornado 683 which doesn't oscillate at all but can be twisted on its stand to face any direction. However, the Vornado offers one of the widest pivot ranges, at nearly 90 degrees, where most others are closer to 20-25 degrees at most. The Lasko Cyclone also pivots at close to 90 degrees.

The Vornado 683 is both small and short, making it a better fit when...
The Vornado 683 is both small and short, making it a better fit when space is at a premium. However, it's also the only one without an oscillating function, and must be spun by hand to point the direction you desire.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Stability


Just looking at some pedestal fans can feel like they're on the verge of being knocked over. If your home includes excitable pets, clumsy children, or ungraceful adults, it's important to have a sturdy fan that's less likely to take a fall when bumped. We evaluated fans on their center of balance, weightiness, sturdiness, and other features that help to hold them in place, like rubber feet. Since many of these come with a tiny remote, we also considered extra features (like remote storage spots) as a bonus in this metric.

Avoiding Unnecessary Hazards
Pedestal fans are one of the more awkwardly shaped fans you can put in your home. If you have pets or humans in the house who regularly knock things over, you might consider a sturdier option that's closer to the ground, like a floor fan.

The Pelonis Silent Turbo and Rowenta Turbo Silence use heaviness to their advantage when it comes to stability, weighing over 15 and 17 pounds, respectively. However, the Rowenta has a rather wobbly vertical portion of the unit that makes it feel a bit rickety, while the Pelonis Turbo is sturdier overall. The Amazon Basics Oscillating, Honeywell Double Blade, Pelonis 18" 3-Speed Oscillating, and Black+Decker 16" exhibit a similar strategy with heavy bases to lower their center of gravity, each weighing between 11 and 15 pounds.

Though there's a lot we like about the Rowenta, its stand is a bit...
Though there's a lot we like about the Rowenta, its stand is a bit too flexible for our preference and can blow itself backward when on high power.
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Using a different strategy, the Vornado 683 and Comfort Zone 3-Speed are lightweight but have wide bases compared to their heads, with rubbery grips to help hold them in place. Four models include some form of storage for their remotes: the Rowenta, Black+Decker, Lasko S16612, and Lasko Cyclone. The Rowenta has a slot on top that securely stores its remote right on top of the unit. The Black+Decker has a clip-on caddy that attaches to the stand but gets in the way of lowering it completely. The Lasko S16612 pairs a hook on the back of the remote with a slot on the back of the fan stand to keep them together when not in use. The Lasko Cyclone provides just a simple Velcro patch, allowing you to connect the other side of it to wherever you find most helpful — whether that's the top of the fan motor or the side of your coffee table.

Stay comfortable in any season with the right pedestal fan.
Stay comfortable in any season with the right pedestal fan.
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Conclusion


A good pedestal fan can make all the difference during a hot summer, while a bad one can leave you cursing your decision to buy it. By testing these fans side by side, we hope that our comparative analysis helps you find the one that melts your sweat away and keeps you cool.

Maggie Brandenburg