Dyson Cool™ Stand Fan AM07
When Dyson brought out their range of fans, it pretty much changed the game. All of a sudden, we had bladeless, open non-grill designs which were unlike anything we had seen before. Yet the surprising thing was that they were miles better than anything we had seen before, too.
This model is their freestanding option, designed to cover large spaces. There’s ten speeds to choose from, and it has a huge power output of 56W. So when the next heatwave hits the UK, the fan can still cope with the horrid stickiness of the environment.
Air multiplier technology gives the user a constant, consistent stream of air, too. So whereas older traditional models could stutter a little bit as they coped with external elements, this fan will not give the choppy effect.
The extra icings on the cake are the oscillation ability, timer and remote control. If you need something safe for your home, easy to clean and looking modern and almost futuristic, there is no better choice out there.
- Dimensions: 100.7 x 19 x 11cm
- Power: 56 Watt
- Easy to clean design
- A nice relatively compact size
The Dyson fans are costly, but the innovation, design and reliability which has gone into them is second to none
Dyson Cool™ Desk Fan AM06
If you love the idea of the Dyson Upright Fan but need something a little more concentrated and smaller for a desk or side table, then luckily, the company have come to your rescue.
This is their smaller version of the best-selling upright. And because it is smaller, the idea is that it is for more targeted tasks. Say you are sat at your desk in the day, and the upright in the office does nothing to help your body heat because you only get a slight breeze every so often – this model can sit next to you and give you fresh air in moments.
You still get all of the things which make the upright great, too. The ten speed settings, the intelligent Air Multiplier technology which creates a constant stream of cool air, and the oscillation and pivot ability. What you don’t get is the air going everywhere except to you.
- Dimensions: 55.2 x 35.6 x 10cm
- Power: 26W
- Good size for tables, desks etc
- Silent - good for when sleeping
- Easy to clean design
Again, the price of a Dyson fan is much more than with a lot of other models. But you really will feel the difference, and the positives far outweigh those of rival models
NSAuk Cordless Eco Column Fan TFRDC-50RC
A fan which looks pretty different to anything ever seen before really. And it also has a lot of features which ensure it is one of the best cooling fans around.
You can choose from a whopping 24 speeds, for a start. If your current fan gives you either a small breeze which is barely felt, but the next move up is like a wind tunnel, then this should be your next buy. When you’re cooped up in your office all day, it is the perfect way to bring a gentle breeze from outside in, without letting every flying insect in the world in at the same time.
There is a scent box feature, which we loved. If you do want to keep the windows shut and the room is full of people, musty unpleasant odours can soon start appearing. Popping a lovely aromatic oil in there can freshen everything up. You also get a remote, and there’s a cut-out in the back of the unit for keeping it safe when not in use.
Now for the next thing which pretty much sets it apart from the others. It is rechargeable, so does not need to be plugged in all the time, and is free to follow you around. It can seem that there is never a plug socket where you need it the most, so to avoid trailing extension cables everywhere, this fan is ideal. You can’t take risks when it comes to comfort, after all.
- Dimensions: 105.5 x 26 x 26cm
- Power: 30 Watt
- Remote control
- Scent box addition
- 24 speed settings - unbeatable
To say you get all of this, the price is fab. There's loads of little extra features which really puts the user in mind, and we couldn't find anything we even ever so slightly disliked about it
Swan Retro 16 Inch Stand Fan SFA12610RN
There is nothing quite like a fan which has the traditional design to really add a pop of feature in a room when the heatwave hits, and this Swan is brilliant for that. In fact, we would say it is the best traditional retro stand fan about.
With a 50W power output, it is even more powerful that some of the ultra-modern tower style models. You get three speed settings to cope with whichever conditions are present, and it runs quietly on each. This would make it an ideal addition to a bedroom where style is still as important as keeping cool.
It will oscillate, but because of the style there is no remote or fancy control panel. You get a simple button to turn it off and on, and a dial to ramp up the speed. Basic, but the looks and power combination makes it worth paying that bit more than you’d spend on a cheap option if you want something which will last. A fan should not just be for a heatwave, but for many Summers to come, after all.
- Dimensions: 132 x 44.5 x 16cm
- Power: 50 Watt
- Relatively lightweight - good for carrying around
- Colour choices available
- Powerful for the style
- Some may not be willing to pay the price for this style
This is more than your ordinary budget stand fan. You have style, very powerful output and a two year guarantee to round it off, making it well worth consideration
NSAuk The Ultimate Column Fan TF-21RC
With a huge eight speeds to choose from, it is easier than ever to find the perfect breeze level in order to cool you down with the TF-21RC.
You get a handy remote control with it, so it is simple to switch between them all without even moving a muscle. If you want to change things up without the remote, all of the control panel is hidden under a handy little lid which will keep them clean but also save the unit from accidental switches or kids who are a bit too adventurous and want to see what will happen.
There is also a bit of air conditioner power built in to the unit. The ioniser cleans the surrounding air to help people breathe easier during humid conditions, which makes those stuffy summers a lot more bearable. It will oscillate a huge 360 degrees as well, not just 180 like others, getting right into every corner.
Sleep mode keeps things quiet while still maintaining the cool, and there is a timer in case you want to pop it on for an hour before bed or have it ready for when you come in from work.
- Dimensions: 111 x 34 x 34cm
- Power: 40 Watt
- Compact - doesn't take up much floor space
- Very powerful max setting
- Virtually silent on lower settings
- Minor con but the control panel isn't the prettiest
When the only negative thing you can say is that the control panel is a little dated looking, you know you have a good fan on your hands. Plenty of power and perfectly adjustable to suit your personal needs
Xpelair XPSS Skyscraper Tower Cooling Fan 66664
This is a fan which is perfect for allowing you to find your ideal climate. Three speed choices, a good power output and an oscillating function all make it nice and flexible.
An auto function can do the hard work for you if you like, assessing the atmosphere and then adjusting the speed depending on how much power is needed. The handy remote control will help if you do need to switch things up though, and you won’t even need to leave the sofa.
We love the digital display, which helps to easily see which settings are selected and the mode it is on. But the main thing is if it actually cools the room, and we can confirm it does the job.
- Dimensions: 96.8 x 28 x 28cm
- Power: 45 Watt
- Automatic selection
- Remote control
- Timer option
- Touch controls can be a little slow to respond
A great fan for when you need something which can really boot the cold air out, but also something adjustable and free to move around
Bionaire Desk Fan BMT014D-IUK
When your room is stuffy overnight, it can be hard to cool it down. But having a fan on in the background can be annoying with the constant noise. Luckily, this Bionaire model has an extra-quiet mode for helping you to get some decent shut-eye.
There are three speeds to choose from depending on how much of a boost you need, and it oscillates to fill every corner of the room. A handy function which we loved was the ability to switch between alternating speeds, which simulates a natural breeze for a more ‘outdoor’ feel.
It only weighs 1.5kg so is nice and easy to carry around from room to room as needed, so you can take it from your desk to the living room when it is time to unwind. There is a handy timer so you can turn it off automatically once the room is cooled to save a bit of energy, too.
- Dimensions: 28 x 15 x 15cm
- Power: 35 Watt
- Small and compact
- Natural breeze option
- Silent mode
- Not the quietest when in normal mode
Bionaire Stand Fan BT19-IUK
Thanks to three speed choices and an oscillation mode which can blow air in an arc formation, this Bionaire is good for cooling down office spaces, living rooms and bedrooms which otherwise don’t get much fresh air into all corners.
We love the intelligent breeze mode, which switches automatically between speeds to emulate a natural gust of wind coming through the window every so often. This will also regulate the temperature really well; rather than a powerful speed lowering the temperature drastically, the switch will keep a nice atmosphere then provide a needed boost every so often.
You get a remote control with the purchase, so it is easy to change settings wherever you are. You also get a sleep mode which can lower the noise given out of you’re using it overnight, as well as a timer mode to give you more control without lifting a finger.
- Dimensions: 74 x 14 x 14cm
- Power: 40W
- Remote controlled
- Loads of extra functions
- On the quieter side - just sounds like air blowing
- A little bit plasticky in style
Does the job very well, and there are plenty of ways to adapt the fans power to how exactly you need it
Xpelair XPP Tower Cooling Fan 66671
If you need something for a small space, this slimline model from Xpelair is ideal. Not only is it compact, but it knocks out a lot of power too.
Three different speed settings and a 40W power output make sure it is always ready for the job. It will oscillate if needed, so while it is perfect for smaller spaces, it can cover a wide area. Xpelair themselves call it the Pencil Style Cooling Fan, which we think is pretty relative to just hot slim and tall it is.
The timer will be perfect if you like to sleep with the fan on. You can leave it running for anything up to 8 hours, so either while you are asleep or just for a few hours until you nod off comfortably. It comes with a remote control, so making any adjustments from the comfort of your bed or sofa is easier than ever.
- Dimensions: 121.5 x 31 x 31cm
- Power: 40 Watt
- Nice and quiet - good for bedrooms etc
- Covers a large area for the size of the fan
- Slim - good for small corners or rooms
- Lights on controls can't be switched off at night
As it is so tall, it can cope with larger area yet won't take up too much room. Great for those who want the practicality yet don't want to look of your room to be ruined
Bionaire Stand Fan BASF1516-IUK
Even though there are much more modern advancements in the fan world nowadays, you still can’t beat that classic look. This stand fan is traditional in style, yet takes some of the latest technologies to ensure you can stay cool in the heat.
It is great if you need something really flexible and adjustable. Change the height between 49 to 96 cm, manually tilt the head for more precision and pick the oscillation ability if you need to completely cover your room or over a wider area. Because it is so adjustable, it is perfect for both desks and for use as a freestanding model.
There are three speed settings to choose from, and the 29 m³/minute airflow packs a surprising punch. The look is clean and sleek, despite still being the traditional look – perfect if you want something a little retro but just as effective.
- Dimensions: 98 x 33 x 33cm
- Air Flow: 29 m³/minute
- Power: 35 Watt
- Adjustable height
- Bronze colour is modern and sleek
- Removable grill for easy cleaning
- Price - there may be a few cheaper non-branded options about (but it is worth paying for the reliability of the name)
A traditional design with nothing too fancy to give, yet it has all the essentials and is incredibly substantial and sleek