Best Tower Fans for Safe and Quiet Cooling in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 7, 2019
Summer has come, bringing with it stifling heat. To preserve a comfortable environment in your room at least, you need a cooler of some kind. A tower fan is an affordable and effective solution. ...Read more ...Read less
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REMOTE CONTROL
EXTRAS
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PROS

The controls implemented in this model are fairly simple and easy to use. Aside from the buttons on the housing, the remote control features 4 buttons that will let you browse through the list of operating modes, turn the device on and off as well as set the timer.

CONS

Quite noisy (even at lowest speed settings).

OUR VERDICT

This particular model from Pro Breeze will be an ideal pick in case you are looking for a tower fan designed to accommodate large rooms. The combination of an effective oscillating mode and a powerful electric motor makes the fan a decent alternative to the fully-fledged air conditioners.

detailed parameters
NUMBER OF SPEEDS

Large rooms

Power

45 W

REMOTE CONTROL

3 speed settings, Timer (up to 7 hours), Oscillation feature

EXTRAS

Remote control, Built-in handle

DIMENSIONS

32 x 32 x 101.5 cm

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The safety cut-out system allows utilising the unit throughout the whole day without the risk of the fan's motor overheating in the process. Alternatively, you can always use a timer feature to save up on electricity bills.

CONS

The assembly is somewhat complicated for inexperienced users.

OUR VERDICT

This tower fan is exceptionally tall, which makes it a great option for both large and medium-sized rooms. The electric motor can produce powerful wind-like streams of a cold breeze by moving up to 30 volumetric metres of air per minute. A must-have for users looking for a high-performing fan device.

detailed parameters
NUMBER OF SPEEDS

Large rooms

Power

40 W

REMOTE CONTROL

3 operation modes (normal, natural breeze, night time), 3 speed settings, Timer (up to 8 hours), Oscillation feature

EXTRAS

Remote control, Built-in handle, Safety cut-out

DIMENSIONS

31 x 31 x 121.5 cm

WARRANTY

1 year (2 more years for product registration)

PROS

The wireless remote control works at distances of up to 10-12 metres without losing its effectiveness. On top of that, the fan itself has a special compartment that you can use to store the RC in.

CONS

The white housing stains easily.

OUR VERDICT

An affordable yet highly efficient model from ANSIO is known for its silent operation even at the maximum power output settings. The night mode implemented in the device negates the chances of noise occurring even further. Thanks to this, the unit can be used in living rooms, bedrooms, and small offices.

detailed parameters
NUMBER OF SPEEDS

Medium-sized rooms

Power

45 W

REMOTE CONTROL

3 operation modes (normal, nature, night), 3 speed settings, Timer (up to 7.5 hours), Oscillation feature

EXTRAS

Remote control, Built-in handle

DIMENSIONS

24 x 24 x 76.5 cm

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The housing of this fan is made of durable plastic which lowers the risk of scratches and dents occurring when the fan is being used. On top of that, the appliance also features a safety timer, which allows utilising it at nighttime.

CONS

The effective angles of the oscillation mode are quite limited.

OUR VERDICT

The Aigostar Black tower fan has a sleek, elegant design which fits almost any room interior. But aside from the great looks, the fan does its job fairly well to be among the best upright fans models out there. So, if you need a compact, yet powerful fan you can't go wrong with this product.

detailed parameters
NUMBER OF SPEEDS

Medium-sized to large rooms

Power

45 W

REMOTE CONTROL

3 operation modes (normal, nature, night), 3 speed settings, Timer (up to 8 hours), Oscillation feature

EXTRAS

Remote control, Built-in handle

DIMENSIONS

30 x 30 x 92 cm

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

Despite its modest size, this Breville tower fan is capable of cooling the rooms with a size of up to 15 square metres. Additionally, thanks to a 14 cm base plate the unit is fairly stable as long as it is placed on an even surface.

CONS

The remote controller has a short effective range.

OUR VERDICT

Designed for small rooms, this model from Breville will be your go-to air-cooling solution when the space in the room is limited. The combination of a decent electric engine and multiple operational modes makes this particular fan model one of the best budget products on the market.

detailed parameters
NUMBER OF SPEEDS

Small to medium-sized rooms

Power

40 W

REMOTE CONTROL

3 operation modes (normal, nature, night), 3 speed settings, Timer (up to 8 hours), Oscillation feature

EXTRAS

Remote control, Built-in handle

DIMENSIONS

14 x 14 x 74 cm

WARRANTY

3 years

Pro Breeze Oscillating

A Perfect Pick for Large Rooms

Acting as a great alternative to conventional air conditioning units, the Pro Breeze oscillating does more than just cooling your house.

First things first, let’s take a look at the core features of this upright fan, which is capable of producing a strong stream of air or a light breeze depending on your choice. Its oscillating mode allows cooling the area in 80-degree radius in front of the fan covering a wider area as it turns. The effectiveness of the cooling is provided by a powerful 45-watt electric motor integrated into this air cooler that generates a constant stream of cool air regardless of the ambient temperature in the house.

While regular fans can only circulate the ambient air without actually cooling it, the Pro Breeze lowers the temperature in the room in just 15-20 minutes after it's been turned on. Designed for large and medium-sized rooms, the Pro Breeze can effectively cover the areas of up to 40 square metres in size by moving the maximum air quantities of up to 30 volumetric metres.

For your convenience, the unit is equipped with a remote control that you can use to turn the fan on and off as well as for regulating the required temperature, speed mode, and timer.

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Forget What "Hot" Means

The only issue we’ve had with this unit is its loud operation even at the lowest speed setting, which can be a bit annoying when it is used during nighttime. Hence, we recommend using the timer feature before you go to bed so the fan can turn itself off a few hours later. The maximum allowed on/off timer setting is 7 hours so you can actually set the fan to operate up until the morning to keep the room cool throughout the night.

Equipped with three different speed modes, the Pro Breeze is capable of cooling down a room quickly without breaking a sweat. Alternatively, the fan can keep the ambient temperature at a comfortable level in a low-power mode which is ideal for use during hotter months.

As for the looks, the elegant design of the fan fits pretty much any interior without sticking out too much. With impressive dimensions of 32 x 32 x 101.5 cm, the tower fan is fairly stable, thanks to the plastic base plate that holds the appliance firmly. The plate itself is quite wide so it won’t let the fan tip over accidentally.

Wrapping things up, the Pro Breeze is definitely one of the best tower fan models out there thanks to its tremendous power output and sheer effectiveness. Easy to use and configure, it will be a great pick for use in large rooms when the temperature is exceptionally hot.

Pro Breeze Oscillating for Home and Office in the use

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Dimplex DXMBCF

An Alternative to Conventional Cooling Methods

The DXMBCF from Dimplex does everything you could expect from a premium-grade upright fan but at the same time, it is not ridiculously overpriced. So, without further ado, let’s break down the core features of this model.

To start off, the dimensions of this upright fan are quite large even when compared to other products included in our review. With the height of almost 121 cm, the appliance certainly leaves an impression of a massive device. Combined with the width and length of 32 cm, the unit remains stable and can be placed in virtually any room as long as the air there is relatively dry.

The unit features a high-contrast LED display that is easy to read even in the dark. Even though it doesn’t have too many indicators, it is equipped with all necessary information that you may possibly need, including modes, fan speed, and air output intensity.

On top of the regular buttons on the housing, the appliance comes equipped with a convenient remote control that allows you to set the needed settings from across the room. What surprised us the most is the fact that remote control works well even at a distance of 5 metres and even further away from the main unit. Thanks to this, you don’t have to stand up from a couch or a bed every time you need to switch the fan mode.

As far as the wattage goes, the unit is equipped with a 40-watt electric motor that speeds up the fans to an optimal rate, which allows cooling the air inside the room without any power losses.

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Effectiveness Is the Key

As we have covered the power output aspects, let’s take a look at what this particular fan model can provide, which other models don’t. Firstly, it’s the operation modes that are featured in this device. At a whim, you can choose between 3 different speed modes: normal fan, natural breeze, and a night time mode. Secondly, it’s the oscillating function implemented in this tower fan, which allows cooling a wider area with an effective angle of 78 degrees. The difference between this and other fan models is that it takes less time for the DXMBCF to go from 0 to 78 degrees and back.

The timer function of the fan allows using it for up to 8 hours straight making it a convenient option. Thanks to the run-back feature you can set the timer to turn off at a specific time during these 8 hours.

The housing of the fan features a durable built-in handle for easy transportation. So, in case you’d wish to put the fan in another room, it will take you mere seconds to do so.

In the end, the Dimplex DXMBCF Mont Blanc will be a great option in case you are looking for a reliable tower fan with an oscillating function. Powerful and affordable, it makes all the difference when it comes to lowering the ambient temperature in your house without the help of an air conditioner.

Dimplex DXMBCF Mont Blanc Cooling Fan in the use

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ANSIO 1001 ADUK FBA

A Low-Profile Model Full of Surprises

The ANSIO 1001 ADUK FBA is a slim tower fan that is designed to accommodate small to medium-sized rooms, and we must admit, it does its job quite well. So, what sets apart this particular fan model from others included in our reviews? To answer this question we must first take a quick glance over the main aspects of the fan.

First of all, this vertical fan model from ANSIO is not among the largest ones available on the market today. However, the combination of a low-profile design and a powerful electric motor implemented in it allows for quick cooling of the area without taking too much space in the room.

Secondly, the 60-degree oscillation mode of this compact tower will be convenient for use in medium-sized rooms since it covers large areas quite effectively. Combined with a 45-watt electric motor, the unit will cool the air in medium-sized rooms in just 20-30 minutes without too much of an effort. This combination of a wide-angle oscillation and high-performing motor makes the fan effective in various scenarios.

Although the appliance comes equipped with a 1.75-metre power cable its length may not be sufficient for some users. And so, in case you need to put the fan in the middle of a big room we recommend utilising a power extender. The addition of three different speed settings allows configuring the fan to your liking without sacrificing the cooling capabilities of the device.

Review of ANSIO 1001 ADUK FBA For Home and Office

An Ideal Fan for Household Use

Moving on, let’s talk about safety features. Even though the unit doesn’t cut the power automatically when left unattended, it features a timer function. Thanks to this, you can manually set the time when the unit should turn itself off. This particular configuration allows using the fan for up to 7.5 hours straight before it will automatically cut out the power from the motor.

The thing that did disappoint us, though, is that unit’s white housing tends to gather dust and stains pretty easily. But other than that, there are no issues that directly affect the performance of the electric appliance.

Minor details aside, this fan features a special Taper sleep mode on top of the standard operational modes. When used in combination with sleep timer the fan becomes an ideal option as a bedroom model or in basically any room that needs to remain cool when you want it.

All things considered, the ANSIO upright fan will be a go-to pick in case you are looking for a high-quality cooling solution for your house or an office. Compact and easily configurable it is by far one of the most effective tower fans for the price that the market has to offer today.

ANSIO 1001 ADUK FBA For Home and Office in the use

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Aigostar Eiffel 33LRG

A Medium-Sized Fan Done Right

If you have set your eyes on medium-sized upright fan devices this model from Aigostar might be right up your alley. Affordable and quite powerful for its size it offers a big array of features that will come in handy for use in the house or in the office.

The Aigostar Eiffel 33LRG portable floor fan is meant for smaller rooms and unlike other products, it doesn’t consume too much power while doing so. As for the weight, the fan is light enough to be easily transportable even though it is the largest model in the company’s catalogue. That being said, the appliance has the dimensions of 30 x 30 x 92 cm, which is more comparable to medium-sized tower fans similar to other products in our review. As for the actual performance of the cooling appliance, it has a 45-watt electric motor that is more than capable of cooling areas of up to 20-30 square metres in size.

The Eiffel’s elegant and slim design helps save space while remaining effective even when put adjacent to the wall or other objects, which will be a convenient placement solution for small to medium-sized rooms.

Furthermore, the unit features an oscillation function that can turn left and right up to 85 degrees. What makes it special, though, is that the fan doesn’t lose its power throughout the whole run.

Review of Aigostar Eiffel 33LRG Portable Floor Fan

Versatile and Light

When it comes to versatility, the Eiffel 33LRG doesn’t lack essential functions and is equipped with three different speed modes that don’t feel redundant. With natural, normal, and slow wind modes onboard, the fan becomes quite useful for a number of different purposes from cooling down a hot room to keeping the ambient temperature at a comfortable level while you are trying to fall asleep.

Like any other tower fan, the Eiffel 33LRG doesn’t have any blades, which is a huge factor in terms of safety. Thanks to this bladeless design, the unit is safe for use in houses and flats with children and pets. On top of that, the sturdy base plate of the unit won’t let it tip over accidentally.

For added convenience, the device is equipped with a multi-functional remote control that you can utilise to set up the required fan speed, cooling intensity, and air output mode without the need of tinkering with buttons located on the fan’s housing.

All in all, the Aigostar Eiffel 33LRG portable floor fan will be a good addition to the fleet of electric appliances in your house, especially if you don’t have a fully-fledged air conditioner. Despite its relatively compact size, the fan fulfils its cooling duties decently enough for you to not notice that the room’s temperature was hot just minutes ago, which is a big plus in our book.

Aigostar Eiffel 33LRG Portable Floor Fan in the use

 

Breville Bionaire BT19-IUK

All You Could Ask from a Tower Fan Device

As we covered the big, bulky, and generally powerful fans it is time to take a look at something smaller and more subtle. And in case you are looking for a device that is both small and powerful enough to cover a medium-sized room, the Bionaire BT19-IUK might be the right model for that role.

This medium-sized upright fan from Breville features 3 different speed modes as well as the fan intensity settings. Thanks to this combination, you can adjust both cooling intensity and the way the fan will spread the cool air across the room according to your needs.

The thing that did surprise us about this vertical fan is its silent operation. Just by looking at the specifications, one can assume that a 40-watt electric motor would produce at least some noise. In reality, however, the unit works in almost complete silence even when the sleep mode is not used. Owing to this subtle, yet highly pleasant aspect you can use this fan model in bedrooms for cooling without risk of waking up as you sleep.

As far as the indicators go, the unit features multiple LED-lighted pictograms and gauges that will help you in navigating the modes and settings quicker. These include intensity, fan modes, as well as the timer settings. The timer, on the other hand, can be set up to 8 hours with one, two, four, and eight-hour intervals in case you want to schedule the cooling process in advance. This feature will be handy for users that are unable to oversee the unit but still want their room to remain cool.

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Small yet Capable

The modes included in this fan model, on the other hand, allow replicating a natural breeze or operate at maximum capacity to cool down the room in mere minutes. The 40-watt motor makes any rooms much cooler without consuming too much power, in fact, this particular model consumes 60% less energy than other products in the same price range making it a great long-term investment allowing you to save up on energy bills.

Furthermore, to make your use of the tower fan a tad bit easier the device comes equipped with a tiny but convenient remote controller. What is more, the housing of the fan itself features a small compartment that you can put and store the controller in, when the fan is not being used.

Speaking of the housing, the dimensions of the unit are 14 x 14 x 74 cm, making it quite compact (by tower fan standards, of course). Conversely, the base plate of the device may be a bit tricky to adjust in order to prevent the unit from tipping over, so we recommend placing the unit closer to the walls or other tall objects.

Finally, the Breville Bionaire BT19-IUK is an excellent power-saving solution for your flat or a house in case you are looking for a compact air fan. Adequately priced, it is by far one of the best tower fans in the budget price range available on the market today.

Breville Bionaire BT19-IUK Oscillating Tower Fan in the use

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What Is a Tower Fan?

What distinguishes a tower fan from any other fans is that it has no blades. This is why these fans are believed to be the safest option for homes with little children and pets. Another benefit is hidden in the design—tower fans are fairly compact, they look all nice and neat without taking much space in the room.

The regular tower fan can act as an alternative to air conditioner when utilized properly. On top of that, some of them also feature an oscillating function, which allows moving fresh air across the room more effectively.

While the vertical or upright fan devices can come in different sizes, be less or more powerful, it is important to choose the tower fan judging by the room size you intend to place it in. Below, we will take a look at 5 of the best-rated tower fans to help you find the perfect model that fits your particular house layout.

For those living in the hottest regions, a ceiling fan might be a better choice than any floor-standing model and even an air conditioner as the latter might make the air in the room too dry. And if the air is already dry due to the climate, a misting fan will bring in the wisp of freshness and breeze to your home or office.

What Features to Compare

Fan Size

This parameter is not simply about the space the fan takes up in your room but more about how much space it can cool. Tower fans are vertical, therefore, the decision is usually made upon considering the fan height. For example, for the room of about 50 sq.ft a 29" model will be fine, a 100 sq.ft room will require a 40"–42" tower fan. You will need to consider a motor, of course, as it may be more or less powerful than regular but the height will tell you approximately what room you can cool down with a certain fan.

We'd like to point out that, although these fans are generally set vertically there is nothing wrong with placing them horizontally on the floor or hanging on a wall, their effectiveness will not suffer.

Performance and Extras

When selecting a cooling fan, check out the number of speeds; more speeds mean that you will be able to adjust the air flow better. Some top-rated tower fans even have special modes like Breeze or ECO.

As for extra features, the most common are ionization, humidifier feature, and temperature control. The first one means that the tower fan gives cool air after enriching it with negative ions. This way, the dust particles are lowered and the air you breathe becomes cleaner. The humidifier feature basically does the same with moisture but instead of ionizing the air it makes it more humid (hence the name). These tower fans are often placed in bedrooms to help adults and kids sleep healthily. Finally, the models with temperature control usually can not only cool a room but also heat it a bit in spring and fall or on a cool summer night.

Usability

Aside from functionality, there are also design specifics that make tower fans extremely convenient to use. For instance, many models have LCD displays for the owner to monitor the device work, check the room humidity and see when the fan is about to turn off. The turn-off timer itself is fitted into almost all the latest models regardless of the display, so you can rest assured when you fall asleep or leave your home knowing that the fan will turn off automatically in a couple hours.

Of course, the main convenience would be a remote controller in addition to the main panel controls. If your chosen fan has this feature, you can set the speed and rotation without having to leave the comfort of your couch.

FAQ:

Q: Are tower fans any good?
A:
In short—yes. If they weren’t, nobody would buy them and, consequently, the sells would have dropped to the level where manufacturing is unprofitable. But there are certain limits to them. Most tower fans are not designed for extreme climates with sky-rocketing temperatures or way too dry or too humid air. In general, tower fans are a good option if you don’t need to cool the room dramatically. (However, if you search long enough, you might stumble upon a unit good enough even for a desert).

Q: I have a big room, what is the best fan for me?
A:
There are powerful vertical fans that are good enough for a large room, check the specs, usually, the manufacturer states the maximum area the fan can cool. Although leave some margin for your climate, effective cooling depends not only on the area but on the initial temperature as well. You can also check out air fan reviews for specifics.

Q: How do I clean my tower fan? Can I disassemble and wash it?
A:
You will need to see the user manual to know for sure but most often, it is not recommended to try and take the tower fan apart, high chances you won’t be able to assemble it back and the warranty might not cover it after that. To clean a fan, some manufacturers recommend using a conventional vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment.

Q: What is an ionizer? Is it safe?
A:
The ionization feature found today in some of the best-rated tower fans is basically a function where your fan generates and disperses negative ions into the air. These ions stick to dust particles and make them, in turn, stick to the surfaces instead of floating in the air; as a result, you breathe cleaner air. But keep in mind that ionization does not remove dust, it only makes it stick, therefore, you’ll need to clean your room before the particles discharge and float back up. The good thing is that cleaning dust from the floor and upholstery is easier than trying to find it in the air.
As for the safety, the usual amount of negative ions discharged by the tower fans from renowned manufacturers is within healthy limits but if you start smelling something sour without any sources for it, it is recommended to turn the ionizer off immediately and get it checked—it might be malfunctioning and creating harmful ozone gas.

Q: Are vertical cooling fans quiet?
A:
They are generally quieter than their bladed counterparts, enough so that many users place them in their bedrooms and kids rooms.

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Publish Date: 2019-11-07 11:32:19