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Best Floor Fan

By: Amy Livingston on May 15, 2017

Good choices in a range of prices

Among floor fans, one model clearly stands out in both professional tests and user reviews: the Vornado 660 Large Air Circulator (Est. $100). This floor fan is one of the best overall performers in comparison tests at TheSweethome.com, second only to the Seville Classics UltraSlimLine 40-inch Tower Fan (Est. $60) (covered in our discussion of best tower fans). Its airflow at the 5-foot mark is only middling, at 406 cfm, and it's also louder than most tower fans, though, as noted below, not so loud that most owners object. In other respects, however, this floor fan is a clear winner. Reviewer Seamus Bellamy says it's "built like a frigging tank," out of sturdy plastic and stainless steel, and Vornado backs up that solid feel with an industry-leading 5-year warranty. The fan is also very easy to use, with simple button controls and a pivoting head that tilts to redirect the flow of air. And with just three screws holding it in place, the grille is easy to remove for cleaning.

Users at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, and BestBuy.com are also impressed with the Vornado 660. They say it's fairly quiet, at least on its lower speed settings, and produces great airflow with surprisingly low power use. Several users say the Vornado's design does a good job of redistributing air throughout the whole room, not just in directing a breeze at one spot. One quirk they don't like about it is that it automatically starts up on its highest speed setting and has to be turned down. Some also wish it came with a remote control.

For those who are put off by the Vornado's relatively high price tag, the Lasko 3300 20-inch Wind Machine (Est. $40) also gets plenty of positive feedback from users. This floor fan isn't included in Bellamy's test, so there's no exact measurement of its airflow, but most reviews at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Target.com say it puts out plenty of air even on its lowest setting. Like the Vornado 660, it has a tilting head, so you can direct the air flow where you wish. Users also say its low weight and top carrying handle make it easy to move from room to room.

The Lasko 3300 has a few faults, however. Many users say it's loud, especially on the high settings – although some like that, as it makes a good white noise generator. It's also not as user-friendly as the Vornado 660. Many users complain that the fan's control dial, located on the center back of the fan, is hard to read and awkward to use. Also, unlike the Vornado 660, this Lasko fan is quite difficult to take apart for cleaning. As for its durability, reviews are mixed. Some users report that the fan died within the 1-year warranty period – in a few cases, even within the first week. However, others say that this fan has given them years of steady, reliable service. It appears that if the fan is going to fail, it's likely to do so within the first year, so save your receipt in case you need to invoke the warranty.

A still cheaper alternative is the Honeywell HT-908 Whole Room Air Circulator (Est. $25). This sturdy black fan with a pivoting head gets plenty of positive feedback at Amazon.com, where users generally say it delivers great airflow without excessive noise. But Bellamy's test show that its actual air output is only 367 cfm, barely more than the smaller Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Air Circulator Fan (Est. $15), which costs $10 less. (the HT-900 is covered in more depth in the section on the best small fans.) Bellamy also says the HT-908 is one of the loudest he tested, at 72 decibels, and its construction feels flimsy. The plastic front grille bends easily, the hardware vibrates in response to a gentle finger tap, and the control knob is small and hard to turn. Amazon.com reviews bear out Bellamy's concerns, with numerous complaints that either the motor or the stand broke within a year or so.

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