Fans: Ratings of Sources
Total of 15 Sources
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Best Room Fan
by Bryan Gardiner
Our AssessmentThis site bills itself as "a list of amazing gadgets" and editors sometimes conduct hands-on product testing. Gardiner names the best whole-room fans based on a search of "thousands of user opinions online." His top pick, the Vornado 660 Circulator, can move up to 584 cubic feet per minute of air on its highest speed with relatively low noise and power use. Its only drawback is its $90 price tag. Two less expensive Lasko floor fans are named as runner-ups.
Is Dyson's Fan a Smooth Operator
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors compare the Dyson Air Multiplier to three unidentified standard tabletop fans to see which produce a "smooth, uninterrupted airflow." Testers measure air speed from each fan and watch slow-motion films of smoke passing through them, and blindfolded subjects are asked to evaluate the flow of air from each. While the Dyson performs well, a less expensive fan does a similar job. Editors like the Dyson fan's easy-tilt adjustment and safe, bladeless design, but they don't think these features justify the price tag.
New Dyson Bladeless Fans Offer '50% More Airflow'
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentThis older report announces the introduction of two new fans in the Dyson Air Multiplier line: the AM02 tower fan and the AM03 pedestal fan. Which? technology expert Al Warman explains how the original (AM01) model's bladeless design works and demonstrates its fully variable speed control. However, he admits that while the AM01 may look cool, it's no better at keeping you cool than a standard desk fan.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells thousands of fans, some with hundreds of user reviews. About a dozen get feedback from at least 100 owners and overall ratings of 4.5 stars out of 5 or better. There's at least one highly rated fan in every category: small personal and tabletop fans, floor fans, tower fans and window fans. Fans with the highest scores include models from well-known brands like Lasko and Bionaire, as well as more obscure brands like Ozeri and O2Cool.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com carries more than 400 fans, some of which receive numerous reviews. A variety of brands are represented, with Honeywell, Lasko and Vornado products getting the largest amount of positive feedback. Tabletop and tower fans receive the most comments here while window fans get the least.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com has more than 250 listings for portable fans that can be sorted by brand, price, star rating or type such as tower fans, table fans, window fans and so on. Dozens of fans get a substantial number of reviews, but only a handful get positive ratings from at least 100 owners. The top-rated fans here are tower, box and window models from Lasko.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget offers a more limited selection of fans than many other retail sites, and they receive fewer reviews. Although several fans earn high overall scores from at least 25 users, posts are only a few sentences long at most. Star ratings for effectiveness, quality and value are helpful.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentThis user-review site has nearly 700 posts for electric fans, covering more than 100 specific models. Write-ups tend to be highly detailed, and they're sorted to make it easy to see which fans have the highest overall ratings. Individual fans don't receive as much feedback here as they do on retail sites, however, and some of the top-rated fans are discontinued. Three Lasko fans get ratings of at least 80 points out of 100 from 25 owners or more.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com sells nearly 200 fans, but most receive just a handful of user reviews. Only one, the Dyson AM02 Tower Fan, gets high overall ratings from at least 25 users. The smaller Dyson AM01 Table Fan gets more mixed scores. Unlike the ratings for this fan at many other sites, BestBuy.com's don't include reviews pulled from the Dyson website.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentReviews for fans at Sears.com are spread out across several categories and pages. Although hundreds of fans are sold here, few are reviewed by owners and only a handful attract more than a dozen posts. The top-rated fans here are the Dyson AM02 Tower Fan, the Vornado 630 air circulator and the Vornado Zippi personal fan. However, most of the feedback for these fans is picked up from the manufacturers' sites.
2013 Best Tower Fan Reviews and Comparisons
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentTopTenReviews.com ranks the top tower fans based on an analysis of consumer reviews, backed by manufacturer specs and some personal testing. Links to detailed write-ups for each fan are provided. Although this page claims to be updated for 2013, reviews aren't dated and the top-ranked product, the Honeywell HY-041W, is now discontinued. Two other tower fans, the Sunpentown SF-1521 and the Air King 9215, receive overall scores exceeding 9 points out of 10.
Fans, Air Circulators Reviews
by Mariette Mifflin
Our AssessmentAbout.com's guide to housewares and appliances tests several fans and space heaters in her own home. While Mifflin's evaluations are more detailed than most user posts, she tests only five fans and none gets less than 4 stars out of 5. Moreover, reviews aren't dated and only two of the five tested fans are still on the market. Her favorite is the Lasko 3635 Air Flexor, which she says can move an "amazing" amount of air; she also likes the Dyson AM01 for its quality construction and bladeless design.
Choosing a Personal Fan for the Office
Our AssessmentThis blog post discusses things to keep in mind when purchasing a fan for an office desk or cubicle. Table fans, tower fans and personal fans are all recommended for the workplace depending on space considerations, with at least one model named in each category. It's unclear whether these fans are personally tested; their selection appears to be based on features and user reviews.
by Editors of Bestcovery.com
Our AssessmentAppliance reviewers at Bestcovery.com choose the best tower fans, window fans and pedestal fans. Five models are named in each category, including one "#1 best" pick. There's no direct comparison among them, however, and some models have been discontinued. Each fan's one-paragraph write-up focuses mostly on features, with no indication of hands-on testing or explanation of why it's chosen over others.
Best Table Fans 2011 Roundup
by Mat Sanders
Our AssessmentThis roundup lists 12 fans in four categories: small, modern, retro and industrial. There's a photo of each fan, along with a link to a site where it can be purchased, but for most fans there's no discussion of performance or indication of testing. As far as we can tell, these fans are selected based on looks alone. Several are now discontinued, and others aren't available in the U.S.