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In a summer filled with heat advisories and rising temperatures, many Americans are looking for ways to cool off using fans, air conditioners and even inflatable pools. If you are looking for a portable and relatively affordable way to beat the heat, tower fans can be carried around the house and help keep whatever room you’re in from feeling like a sauna. A tower fan (also known as a floor fan) tends to be taller and narrower than other kinds of cooling fans, including those that are handheld or designed for desks.
Fans can also be a more energy-efficient and quieter way to stay cool compared to air conditioners, according to one expert who previously spoke to us. When finding a tower fan, a few expert-recommended features to look out for include filters, which can help remove allergens from the air, and oscillation, which rotates the fan and promotes air flow around a room. Given this expert guidance, we compiled some highly rated tower fans from popular retailers including Amazon, Target and Walmart.
Top-rated tower fans in 2021
You can keep cool with these top-rated tower fans from brands like Honeywell and Dyson, both of which have been popular with Shopping readers. If you’re looking for more options beyond Amazon and Target, retailers like Wayfair, The Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond also carry tower fans in a range of styles, sizes and prices.
This fan was featured as the best overall tower fan in our previous guide to cooling fans, boasting an average 4.6-star rating over more than 8,800 Amazon reviews. You can choose between three speeds when using the fan — low, medium and high — and can set a timer to turn it off. The tower also comes with a built-in handle, remote and optional ostillation feature.
This oscillating Honeywell fan is one of Amazon’s best selling tower fans, boasting an average 4.5-star rating over more than 19,000 reviews. Notably, it features eight quiet settings, which range from Sleep (the lowest) to Power Cool (the highest). These settings are displayed on the fan’s front display, which you can dim the brightness of. You can control some of these settings through the display or with a remote control, plus there’s an automatic shut-off timer you can program. You can find a slightly more affordable 5-speed version of this fan at Amazon and Target, too.
Dyson’s Pure Cool Purifying Fan also removes allergens from the air. It uses a HEPA filter — which you’ll see in some popular air purifiers as well — which can help clear out particles better than other filters that are branded as HEPA-like or HEPA-type, according to experts who’ve previously spoken to us. The remote-controlled fan circulates purified air across a room through its oscillation feature, according to the brand. This fan earned a 4.5-star average rating from more than 1,000 Best Buy reviewers.
This fan is actually three fans in one: You can control each fan independently and there are three speeds to choose from for each. It also features quiet oscillation and several airflow pattern options, including one designed for sleeping. The fan includes a remote control that’s meant to work even from far away and a timer that can be programmed in 30-minute intervals. This model earned an average 4.2-star rating from nearly 2,000 reviews on Amazon and currently comes in three colors: Black, Grey and White.
Vornado’s tower fan boasts an average 4.3-star rating over more than 3,000 reviews on Amazon. It’s designed with what the brand describes as its own V-Flow Technology — this is meant to help the model provide continuous airflow without oscillation while also not making too much noise. You can control how long the four-speed fan is on for — there are options for up to 8 hours. Like the other fans mentioned above, this one includes a remote control along with buttons on the device itself.
For a more affordable option without the bells and whistles of other tower fans, this 31-inch one from Holmes features three speed settings (high, medium and low), a lightweight design and a motorized oscillating feature that covers a medium-sized room, according to the brand. It also has an integrated carry handle to comfortably move it from one room to another. The fan has a 4.1-star average rating from over 4,000 Amazon reviewers.
With a 4.8-star average rating from over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, this highly rated option from Lasko is slightly shorter than the others on this list at 35 inches tall, which can make it a discreet option for more crowded spaces like a kitchen or living room. According to the brand, this is a high-velocity fan that features three powerful settings (although the brand points out that the noise level does go up as the speed increases). The remote control lets you operate the speed and oscillation and gives you the option to set an energy-efficient, auto-off timer for up to 7 hours.