Floor fans can be helpful for moving hot air down from the ceiling when it's cold outside and circulating cool air when it's hot. As such, many reviewers say a high-quality fan that works year-round is a worthwhile investment. With its ability to move air up to 80 feet, the Vornado 270 (v102) Panel Circulator (*Est. $65) fits the bill, according to several professional and user-reviewers. (Technically, the model number is 270, but in its own materials, Vornado typically refers to the fan as the V102; reviewers use both numbers to refer to this fan.)
Unlike most other floor fans, the V102 has a small footprint and sleek look, measuring about 1 square foot. That makes it a recommended pick for use in an office space. Some find the design modern and stylish, while one Walmart.com reviewer laments the lack of color options. The fan does not oscillate, but it does offer three speed settings with easy-access controls on the top of the panel, rather than the back.
The majority of users posting reviews say they appreciate the V102's effective performance, but some say the high-powered motor is loud, and it may cause noisy jiggling and loose screws. If the Vornado V102 provides more power and creates more noise than is desirable, a tower fan may be a better alternative. The Sunpentown SF-1521 Remote Controlled Tower Fan with Ion (*Est. $60) is the highest reviewed tower fan and reviewers say it is exceptionally quiet.
Air-n-Water.com editors provide several comprehensive lists of the best fans available. The Vornado V102 is named the best whole room unit, with editors noting it can move air a whopping 80 feet. However, they offer few details as to how fans are ranked. One user says he is very impressed with this fan's power and gives it 5 stars.
Review: Our Best Portable Fans, Air-n-Water Editors
The Vornado V102 gets only two reviews from Walmart.com users, the rest are imported from Vornado.com, but both award the fan a full 5 stars. One says this fan is on the expensive side, but both say the air output simply can't be beat. There's no mention here of any noise or rattling.
Review: Vornado Large Panel Whole Room Air Circulator, Contributors to Walmart.com
Amazon.com lists thousands of fans, but the Vornado V102 doesn't receive as many reviews as most. It averages about 4 stars with no 1-star ratings. One reviewer says the Vornado easily outperforms a comparable Holmes fan. A couple of users say the motor is so powerful it can loosen screws and make a rattling sound. Others call it useful in both hot and cold weather.
Review: Vornado CR1-0119-06 V102 Flat Panet Air Circulator, Contributors to Amazon.com
Bed Bath & Beyond lists more than 50 fans in the seasonal section of its website, and more than half receive customer reviews. Several of the reviews for the V102 are imported from the Vornado website, but two from Bed Bath & Beyond shoppers give the fan 5 out of 5 stars. Both say this fan noticeably cools the room by circulating air, which many fans fail to do as well.
Review: Vornado Panel Whole Room Air Circulator, Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com
In this blog post, the author recommends several fans for the office based on space considerations. The Vornado V102 is praised for its "modern, low-profile design," and it is said to be easy to use, stylish and very effective. It's unclear, however, how or if the fan was tested.
Review: Choosing a Personal Fan for the Office, "Ivey", July 23, 2010
Like several other sites, HomeDepot.com imports reviews of the V102 from Vornado.com, but HomeDepot.com shoppers do provide a few additional reviews. Out of 11 comments, nine owners would recommend the fan, and its average score is 4.5. Again, users say the fan hums or vibrates, making an annoying noise. However, most say the fan moves a lot of air, allowing them to turn up their thermostat during the summer.
Review: Vornado Flat Panel Whole Room Air Circulator Fan, Full Size, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
In one user review here, the Vornado V102 gets 4 out of 5 stars. This reviewer says the fan tends to rattle on the highest setting, but it moves a significant amount of air for its size.
Review: Vornado Large Panel Air Circulator, Model 270, Contributors to Target.com