Get prepared for hot spells with our roundup of best cooling fans. When buying one, consider how much space you have and if you want to make a feature of it. Slimline tower fans – which normally have a plastic finish – are great for those short on space, while traditional round blade fans can give a nice retro look to the room. Don’t want blades? Check out Dyson’s hi-tech bladeless options, including their newest one out this year, which is particularly kind to allergy sufferers.
Check how powerful the fan is, along with how many speed settings it has, and whether it tilts or oscillates. Some machines even have a remote control so you can work them from the comfort of your armchair. Do you need it to be quiet, or don’t you mind the soothing sounds of a fan? Some people like to have a timer so they can cool down their room ahead of their arrival. Finally, check how long the power cord is.
1. Tesco Tower Fan: £20, Tesco
This is great value for a slim, sleek tower fan that works as well and silently as some we tried at three times the price. It creates a wide flow of air thanks to the automatic oscillation, and there are three speed settings and a two hour timer so you can cool the room before you return home. Not great for huge areas though.
2. Dyson Pure Cool Link Purifier Desk Fan: £350, John Lewis
Dyson says this new fan purifies 99.95 per cent of all indoor allergens and pollutants, making it a godsend for allergy sufferers, for whom fans can be a true enemy. The fan itself works at the tap of a finger and is completely safe due to the lack of blades. It’s silent and smart and there’s a tower version available too. It is the most expensive on our list by quite some way, though.
3. Lakeland Tilting Mini Desk Fan: £10, Lakeland
This portable desk fan, which is 20cm tall, tilts so it can be angled as you need it, and the blades are soft to avoid any trapped fingers. Ideal for the office, it can be charged via USB, or you can use batteries.
4. Bionaire Mini Tower Fan: £40, John Lewis
This is great for people who like keeping cool, but don’t want a big, clunky machine taking up lots of space. It knocks out some serious air despite its compact size (28cm tall, 15cm wide), as well as emitting negative ions to purify the air around you – great for people with allergies. There are three speed settings and an eight-hour timer, along with an LED display.
5. RED5 Desktop: £20, John Lewis
Cheer up your boring old office with this funky, colourful machine that is a fan and clock all rolled into one. With red and green LEDs that that light up to show a ticking analogue clock, the fan also works well – blowing cold air without making a lot of noise.
6. Go Travel Micro Fan: £11, amazon
Those prone to hot flushes will love this tiny, lightweight yet powerful bit of kit that keeps you cool on the go. Around the same size as a traditional square lighter, it fits neatly in the palm of your hand, but has a 10,000rpm motor, and you can store the blades back in the main body when you’re finished.
7. Swan Retro Stand Fan: £50, amazon
This is part of Swan’s range of retro-look products, which includes everything from stand mixers to toasters. We found it robust, quiet and easy to work the adjustable tilt and three settings. You can adjust the height very simply and the cream finish gives it a sophisticated finish. Other colours are available, as is a desktop version. The height is adjustable, from 90-125cm.
8. Tesco Metal Desk Fan: £20, Tesco
This 12-inch metal desk fan looks a lot more expensive than it is, thanks to the stylish, antique copper finish. It’s sturdy and its four metal blades work efficiently on all three speed settings, although it is a bit noisier than some.
9. Blyss 18 inch Air Circulator: £46, B&Q
This heavy-duty machine will see you through many summers and is particularly powerful, even on the lowest of the three settings, making it great for those really hot spells. It’s not the quietest, but it is solid and can sit low on the floor, as well as being easy to store away in winter.
10. Stadler Form Otto Fan: £198, amazon
Made of formed, oiled wood, this handsome fan looks so good that you’ll be happy to leave it in the room, even when it’s not in use. It has height-adjustable feet and three speed settings. While it’s not the most powerful, it’s great for a cool breeze.
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