We review 10 pedestal and tower fans, priced from $20 to $599.
Through our rigorous testing, we reveal which pedestal and tower fans
- are the best performers
- are easiest to use, and
- are quietest to run.
Read more about How we test, and Brands and models tested.
Why choose a pedestal fan?
When the weather turns hot, a fan is an excellent option for keeping cool. They don’t chill the air like an air conditioner, but they’ll still cool you down (through the effect of evaporating perspiration) and at a tiny fraction of the running cost. For most of the fans on test, you could run them 24/7 for an entire summer and pay only about $30 or less for the electricity used.
Pedestal and tower fans are generally not expensive to buy, you can choose exactly how and where to position them (unlike with ceiling fans, for instance) and many now come with extra features such as variable speed settings, remote controls and timers. Plus they are handy when you want to clear the air in a room, due to damp carpet, wet paint or smoke from a burnt dinner.
Dyson fans are an exception in terms of price – the two models on test cost $599 each – but they do offer something different, namely a bladeless design. Dyson calls them “Air Multipliers”, referring to the bladeless technology used to create the air flow, and claims they’re safer and deliver a smoother air flow than bladed models.
For more information about home cooling, see Heating and cooling.
- Dyson AM02
- Dyson AM03
- GVA 40cm GVA40PF
- Heller High Velocity HVTF4R
- Kambrook Arctic KFA835
- Omega Altise 40cm AP40WA
- Omega Altise OT600E
- Sunair 40cm P40FS
- Sunbeam Retro FA7500
- Viali High Velocity VHVTF4R
How we test
Performance Air flow (the volume of air the fan moves) and air distribution (how far the fan projects air movement) are measured in special test chambers. Room temperature and air pressure are measured before and during the tests to confirm their consistency. The lab also measures the fan's rotational speed on low, medium and high speed settings, and measures the oscillation frequency when the fan is set to oscillate.
Noise is measured for low, medium and high speed settings, using a sound meter positioned one metre in front of the fan at one metre height above the floor.
Ease of use The lab testers assess the fans for ease of assembly, stability, using the controls, adjusting the height and angle of the fan, and the clarity of the instructions.