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House & Garden

The Ten Best Electric Fans

Cool off this summer with our guide to the best electric fans on the market

Otto - £295

Crafted by the Swiss designer Carlo Borer from a European nut tree, the beautifully chic Otto can whip you up a strong gale or refresh you with a zephyr at the flick of a switch.

www.heals.co.uk; 08700 240 780

Conran - £95

This stylish three-speed fan, finished in retro chromed steel, can be pointed in almost any direction. Its good looks will help keep you cool in more ways than one.

www.conranshop.co.uk; 020-7589 7401

John Lewis - £45

Why stick to boring black? This red fan will bring retro cool to your home or office. It has a handle for easy carrying and an ultra-quiet motor. Also available in black, cream and chrome.

www.johnlewis.com; 0845 604 9049

Bionaire - £54.99

Couch potatoes will appreciate this tower fan as it comes with a remote control. It also has a neat, space-saving design, three speed settings and is very quiet.

www.argos.co.uk; 0845 640 2020

Propello - £85

A modern take on the traditional desk fan, the brilliant Propello has soft, rubber blades and a high-quality, ball-bearing motor, which makes for almost silent airflow.

www.conranshop.co.uk; 020-7589 7401

Charly - £110

Is it a plane? No, it's a fan that resembles a jet aircraft turbine, with performance to match: three aluminium blades can move up to 3,000 cubic metres of air per hour.

www.purves.co.uk; 020-8893 4000

Tesco - £30

This simple but functional free-standing fan has three speed settings and oscillating blades and, at £30, is great value for money. An ideal, low-cost way to cool down any room.

www.tesco.com; 0845 600 4411

Hunter- £152

Design enthusiasts will love the art-deco style of the Rockefeller with its cast-zinc base and brushed nickel blades. It is available in red, yellow, black, blue and white.

www.hunterfan.co.uk; 0870 803 4025

John Lewis - £64.95

Perfect for cooling a large room, this pedestal fan can be extended to 1.3m high. It has a weighted base for stability and a choice of fixed or oscillating blades.

www.johnlewis.com; 0845 604 9049

Freud - £120

The 1940s style and high-quality workmanship of this table-top fan make this a design classic. Made from steel and aluminium, it has three speeds and oscillation control.

www.heals.co.uk; 08700 240 780