The Best Tower Fans for Cooling the House
To find the best tower fan for your space, your needs, and your budget, start with our guide to the key considerations to keep in mind—and don't miss our top picks!
Many people use a fan to assist in circulating indoor air and increasing comfort. Of all the different types of fans that exist on the market—window, pedestal, box, and wall-mount varieties—tower fans sometimes rise above the rest. Why? Their combination of high efficiency, space-saving design, surprisingly quiet operation, and smart features. Keep reading to learn more about tower fans, to get tips on navigating the available options, and to see which models top our list of favorites.
- BEST OVERALL: PELONIS FZ10-19JR Quiet Oscillating Tower Fan
- RUNNER-UP: COSTWAY Tower Fan, 40″
- TECH PICK: Ozeri 3X Tower Fan (44″) with Bluetooth
- ALSO CONSIDER: Airvention X01 – Oscillating Tower Fan With Remote
Top Fan Features and Functions
Consider these factors when navigating the broad array of available options.
- Size: Tower fans have a tall and narrow design, allowing them to distribute airflow over a large area while taking up minimal floor space. On average, most tower fans stand 30 to 40 inches tall, and the base takes up about one square foot. You can easily position a tower fan in narrow spaces and corners, where it won’t interrupt a room’s foot traffic.
- Airflow Velocity: A fan’s airflow velocity is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM), or how many cubic feet of air the fan can move per minute. Tower fans generally produce less airflow velocity than other types of fans, since blades on a tower fan (which are housed within the vertical unit) are much smaller, and therefore move less air. That’s not to say, however, that tower fans don’t often meet or exceed the expectations of consumers.
- Speed Settings: Most tower fans have at least three speed settings: low, medium, and high. However, many offer additional settings that allow you to finely tune the amount of air circulation in the room.
- Blades vs. bladeless design: Most tower fans feature small motorized blades. In a bladeless fan, though, hollow tubes conduct airflow at high velocities from holes or slots in the front of the fan. The benefits that come with choosing the latter include fewer parts to clean, quiet operation, and a safer fan design overall for households with children.
- Noise: Since tower fans have smaller blades, they’re typically quieter than other types of fans. Most produce a low “humming” noise as opposed to the louder “whooshing” noise of fans with larger blades. The sound usually isn’t loud enough to impede conversation or hinder sleep. On lower settings, tower fan will typically emit even less sound, leading some manufacturers to use terms like “whisper-quiet” and “calm.” If you don’t like noise, stick with a tower fan that has a lower decibel rating.
- Oscillation: A majority of tower fans oscillate, or rotate from side to side, in order to direct airflow over a wider area. Consumers will typically find tower fans with an oscillating arc of 90 degrees or 95 degrees. A handful of tower fans on the market can oscillate a full 360 degrees, but unless you plan to place the fan in the center of a room, full-circle rotation is probably unnecessary. Some models also come with the ability to select the width of the oscillating arc.
- Added Features: Many tower fans have added features that increase their appeal to consumers. For example, remotes allow you to start the fan, adjust the speed, and control the oscillating function from anywhere in the room. Some tower fans come with air filters that prevent dust, pollen, and pet dander from recirculating. Additionally, some models have ionizers that purify the air as it circulates through the fan.
Our Top Picks
1. BEST OVERALL: PELONIS FZ10-19JR Quiet Oscillating Tower Fan
Like the dashing hero of a blockbuster action movie, the 36-inch PELONIS is the strong, silent type. Not only is it a powerful fan, but it also operates quietly, in contrast to lesser models. There’s a full suite of user-friendly features as well. For instance, in addition to a remote control, there’s an LED display for controlling the fan speed, setting the fan to run on a timer, and toggling the oscillation mode and off.
2. RUNNER-UP: COSTWAY Tower Fan, 40″
The 40-inch COSTWAY tower fan offers a custom comfort through its three speeds (low, medium, and high) and in three different modes (natural, normal, and sleeping). Plus, all settings are controllable through the built-in LCD control panel or included remote control. Set it to oscillate, or point it in a single direction for quiet, cool relief.
3. TECH PICK: Ozeri 3X Tower Fan (44″) with Bluetooth
The Ozeri is controllable via its touchscreen, the included remote control, or a free Ozeri mobile app that you can download to your smartphone. There are many configurations offered here, because the tower includes three separate fans, each with three different speed settings. You can sync the fans if you wish, or you can run each one separately. All the while, as the fan runs (oscillating or not), its canted blades cut down on noise.
4. ALSO CONSIDER: Airvention X01 – Oscillating Tower Fan With Remote
The 43-inch Airvention X01A oscillates 100 degrees, which means it provides great room coverage. It’s quiet, too. At its highest setting, the Airvention operates at no more than 50 decibels—about as loud as a pleasant conversation. Important also is that while this fan isn’t bladeless, its gliding grille prevents children, pets, or careless adults from coming in contact with the blades.