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Last updated: 12 October 2020
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When it comes to cooling efficiency, it's hard to beat a ceiling fan. We've independently lab tested more than 100 models to help you find the best fan for your home.

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We test alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) motor fans, and fans with blades made of aluminium, MDF, plastic, plywood, wood and stainless steel. Our independent data tells you:

  • which fans came out on top for energy use
  • which fans cool the best
  • which fans are easiest to use
  • which have extra features.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands have features like optional remote controls and integrated lights. Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which models come out on top.

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    Price

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    This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price.

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    Motor type

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    Ceiling fans using an alternating current (AC) motor are an economical and cost-effective option. However, fans using a direct current (DC) motor delivers even greater efficiency, further lowering running costs. Speed options with DC models also allow more control over air movement - up to seven settings - compared to most AC models, with only three settings.

      Living room score

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      Rates the ability of the fan to move air at high speeds, a setting more likely to be used in a larger area during the day. The more powerful, the better the score.

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      Bedroom score

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      Rates the ability of the fan to move a good amount of air at the lowest setting without disrupting your sleep. Models with more than three settings such as the DC powered models with 5 and 6 settings earn a 90% score if the first setting is lower than the optimal air movement speed as one of the other 4 or 5 settings will deliver the appropriate air movement.

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      Remote controlled

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      A remote can be useful for operating and may also make installation easier.

        Number of blades

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        Models with three, four, five and even two blades perform at all different rates with no performance trend based on the number used.

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        Noise (dB)

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        The figures provided are for the ceiling fan running at the medium setting which gives a clearer indication of the overall performance of the fan as far as noise. We also make comment if the fan is particularly quiet at all speed settings.

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        • Living room score
        • Bedroom score
        • Ease of use score
        • Noise (dB)
        • Running costs/1 yr ($)
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Price
        • Brand
        • Model
        • Availability
        • Motor type
        • Power (low setting, W)
        • Power (medium setting, W)
        • Power (high setting, W)
        • Fan blade material
        • Number of blades
        • Recommended min. height from floor (m)
        • Diameter of blade (cm)
        • Widest point of blade (mm)
        • Weight of blade (g)
        • Fan control
        • Remote control
        • Remote as an option
        • Number of fan controls
        • Tropically rated
        • Reverse mode
        • Reversible control location
        • Balance kit provided
        • Integrated light on tested model
        • Light optional
        • Origin
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