Best Oscillating Fans: Rankings and Reviews 2017

The summer is almost upon us! O’ weary citizen, have you bought your fan? Not yet? Confused with the choices, are you? It is perfectly normal to be in this state. With so many different types of fans available in the market, it becomes a time-consuming and frustrating experience. There are ceiling fans, tower fans, table fans and pedestal fans. Each comes with a unique set of features and can be as different from the other as night and day.

Ceiling fans are stationary and need you to be in their airflow to get the cooling you need. They work fine and are used the most, but why sit in one place? Instead of working for technology, make it work for you! The rest of the fans have options to make their operation suitable to you. One of these options is the best oscillator fans. Just place your table, tower or pedestal fan with this oscillation setting ‘on’ in one of your corners, and feel the stress and heat melt away. There are still choices in these categories, but don’t you worry the least. This ‘guide’ will clear your mind and help you make the right choice.

Top Rated Oscillating Fans Reviews

Rowenta VU5551 Turbo Silence Oscillating 16-Inch Stand Fan

This pedestal fan boasts of a 5-blade propeller design, adjustable stand height and an oscillating head. The unique thing about this wonder, is that the oscillating head pivots in horizontal as well as vertical direction.

Features:

  • This fan comes with a remote for comfort.
  • Advertised as the most powerful, most quiet fan it is suitable for gamers whose room temperatures can get prohibitively warm and the silence is essential for playing multiplayer First-Person Shooters. Now go find that sniper lining his shot on you!
  • Rowenta and its robust, reliable German Engineering heritage.
  • 4-speed settings as opposed to 3 gives you more control over the speed and sound.
  • A 16-inch 4-way oscillating head is sure to cover any area of the room you dare to point it at.
  • A propeller with 5 uniquely engineered thin blades designed to blow that wind with gusto!
  • Adjustable height from 42 to 54 inches, extra stable base; sleek bronze finish.
  • Product dimensions are 18x18x54 inches, weighing in at a mere 19 pounds.
  • Noise ranks an at a lowest 40-57 decibels. You can actually hear someone say ‘Shush’! Ideal for librarians…

Pros:
 Fantastic design
 Powerful airflow
 Extra silent
 4-way oscillating head
 Remote control
 Sleek, modern finish
 Built in handle for carrying
Cons:
 Costly
 Grills are extremely prone to rust

NewAir AF-520B Oscillating Outdoor Misting Fan

Imagine sitting on your favourite patio furniture in a freshly mowed lawn, listening to calm, psy-chill trance music with a coffee mug in your hand. And there’s not a hind of a movement in the air. Doesn’t it just spoil the holiday mood? It would be nice to feel a pleasant breeze circulating around you, especially on a particularly scorching day in the summer heat! Well this fan will fulfil that requirement just fine. A cheap, durable, sleek and slim black beauty.

Just beware of the misting function. It is a bit too powerful for some people. And while its looks are amazing, its reliability leaves much to desire for.
You can usually find such fans at entry points of exotic Indian wedding receptions.

Features:
 Product Dimensions – 17x17x50 inches, weighing in at 16 pounds.
 One-year warranty.
 Durable construction to weather any outdoor environment.
 Standard 3-speed setting.
 Extended misting power to reach about 500 square feet of patio space.
 Tilting head and adjustable height for targeted misting.
 Oscillates for widespread cooling.
 User-friendly push-button controls.
Pros:
 Amazing durability
 Simple and fast assembly
 Powerful maximum setting
 Cheaper than most industrial fans
Cons:
 Not quite reliable, low quality gaskets
 Misting function is too powerful that soaks everything in its path
 Problems with the GFCI plug
 No control over the oscillation setting
 Lots of complaints about the manufacturing company

Honeywell HS-1655 QuietSet 16″ Stand Fan

This is a special fan meant for bedrooms. It is not only quiet, which is absolutely necessary for bedrooms, but also efficient. There are not three or four, but five speed settings on this fan! Even on the lowest setting the throughput of the blades is respectable enough. The QuietSet technology includes a setting for ‘white noise’ which is apparently great for putting young ones to sleep.
And if that does not convince you, this fan also comes with a remote with multiple functions such as a timer, speed settings and an oscillation toggle setting.
Features:
 A timer is included which will shut off your fan after 1, 2, 4, or 8 hours of operation automatically.
 Adjustable height makes it easier to direct the flow at the appropriate level.
 Remote control for easy access across the room.
 Five levels of quiet cooling including a ‘white noise’ option.
 It has an LED on the controls which are meant to assist you in pushing the right buttons in the middle of the night. The buttons make a ‘beeping’ noise when pressed for acknowledgement. This feature might be irksome for a few, but there are workarounds for that.
 One year limited warranty.
Pros:
 Powerful and quiet operation
 Cheap
 Easy to setup
 Automatic operation
 5-speed power / sound control
 Remote control
Cons
 Unreliable motor
 Rattles quite often
 Flimsy construction
 Costly replacement

Lasko 1827 Adjustable Elegance and Performance Pedestal Fan

As is the case with 18-inch fans, this one is advertised to cool the larges home spaces available. It looks nice and simple at a first glance. It does have a unique grill design in the shape of three interleaving leaves (!) converging at the centre. It looks nice and will appease the nature-aligned. From the advertised images it looks like it is made of metal components painted in black with a balanced matt finish with just a hint of glossiness. But the body is actually made of plastic with a suitable metal casing for the motor unit.
Light-weight and portable, this fan is the opposite of quiet fans. Designed only for the airflow, it does its job surprisingly well, even more so than its 16-inch little brother. If you can live with the noise, without any remote and only 3-speed setting, this lean and mean machine will do what a fan really does. Blow the air around.
Check out the features:
 Dimensions – 20 1/2″L x 20 1/2″W x 54 1/2″H
 Fully adjustable height
 Wide oscillation radius
 A manual tilt back feature to direct the air flow
 Patented technology – fused safety plug listed in the E.T.L
Pros:
 Simple, tool-free assembly
 Cheap
 Amazing airflow
 Light as a feather
 Wide pedestal base
Cons:
 Some Dead On Arrival cases
 A little loud
 No remote
 Only 3 speed settings

Optimus F-4184 18-Inch Industrial Grade High Velocity Stand Fan

When you hear the term industrial grade, you imagine something simple, powerful and functional. Well, this one is no exception. Featuring an all metal body, and fan blades its motor has enough torque to get you by on all three fan speed settings. Just like other pedestal fans, this one also has an adjustable height function.
The thing about this fan which makes it worthy of the adjective ‘industrial grade’ is the reinforced wire grill, all metal body and aluminium tri-blades.
But that’s not all! The electricity is provided by OSHA approved three pin plug which means – yes (!) – it has a ground pin as well to prevent shocks from leakage currents. A special feature which can be called its unique selling point, or at least one of them, is that it’s head tilt allows for a 360-degree operation! However, it is a NON-Oscillating fan. Nonetheless, you can even point it straight upwards toward your ceiling for an air circulating function.
One wonders if Optimus is making a ‘Prime’ version!
Features:
 Highly durable, all-metal body and heavy-duty aluminium blade
 Powerful 125 Watt motor, worthy of the industrial grade praise
 Reinforced wire grill
 3-speed settings
 Three pin grounded plug
Pros:
 Powerful airflow than other fans even on lowest setting
 Simple, solid and sturdy construction
 Relatively cheap
Cons:
 Little loud, but what do you expect from an industrial grade fan?

Features to look for before you buy an Oscillating Fan

When deciding to buy an oscillating, pedestal fan, there are a few things you can do as an informed customer. While it may seem like a daunting task it is easier to break this process down into smaller tasks and going through them one-by-one. This way there is little room for complaints and the only problem you might encounter is the delivery of a faulty unit. The probability of that happening depends on the company you order the fan from, but it is true of all the products sold commercially. So let’s see how to do this systematically.

First things first, you need to decide what kind of fan you need. This guide lists only oscillating, pedestal fans. If you are looking for a tower fan, desktop fan or wall-mounted variants, find an appropriate guide. Otherwise list out the features you need the most, in order of the priority. Keep the desired feature list simple. Adding bells and whistles can be done once you find something that fits within your primary requirements.

Ideally, these should be:

a) Air flow – Blowing air is what a fan is basically supposed to do and should be the main factor in choosing an appropriate fan. But how powerful should it be? Do you need a cool breeze brushing through your hair or a tornado that can blow you out of your bed?

b) Noise – If the fan you are buying is going to be stationed in the bedroom you need a fan that is as less audible as it can be. There are some which promote ‘white noise’ that refers to a particular frequency of the sound caused due to the vibration of the fan and the air. It is supposed to aid your sleep. But try to find out more about ‘white noise’ before choosing.

c) Build quality – Another important, but often overlooked feature. Unless you do not mind spending a fortune replacing fans regularly, look for a fan that can last at least a couple of years. Plastic is the norm these days, but do not ignore the metallic ones over lack of extra features.

d) Speed settings – Being able to control the speed of the air-flow is a standard feature nowadays. The number of speed settings is a mere preference.

e) Additional features – Then you start looking for any special, fancy things or functions that your intended fan comes with, or will be able to perform. These features are what make the fans stand out from the competition if their capacity is comparable to the others. These are mostly things like a remote control, automatic oscillation and fancy LEDS among others.

Types of Oscillating Fans

Wall-Mounts – These types of fans are mounted on wall brackets, 12 to 16 inches in diameter. The standard settings are all there including different speed settings and an oscillator toggle. These can be in the form of a button or bead chains that can be pulled.

Portable – These are the ones that you can carry around with you, usually to place near a socket due to the limited wiring. There is a handle in the form of a plastic or metal extension, mostly on top of the motor casing at the back to do just that.

Floor based fans – These fans are big enough that prevent them from being placed on a table near you. They are taller than some desktop fans but shorter than pedestal ones. They do have a tilt-adjust setting as well as speed functions, but are not that popular for domestic use.

Pedestal fans – These are just like regular caged fans, but mounted on a telescopic rod. Most of them have adjustable height as a regular feature. These are best placed in a room corner with sufficient place for the fan-head to swivel and provide a uniform air flow around the room.

Tower fans – Unique in design and featuring a blade-less silhouette, tower fans are catching up as the standard air cooling equipment in most households. Not only do they look fantastic and suit the usual décor, their mode of operation is very efficient and do not require an extra powerful motor.

Desktop / Table fans – These little things reside on your table and blow sufficient air to cool your head and torso. They are small enough to be placed on desktops and have enough chord length to fit the nearest socket, usually next to where your laptop may be plugged in.

Brand power – the undisputed kings

By now we know that there is fierce competition in the line of manufacturing and selling fans. Global warming is a real thing now and so are the people who want to make money off it. When you are the king, may the best manufacturer win!

Rowenta – German in origin, founded by Robert Weintraud in 1884 Rowenta is popular for the perfectionists. If you need design, flair, functionality and innovation above all else, Rowenta is what you want.

Lasko – Anyone who is interested in a fan looks for a Lasko first. Established in 1906, run by Oscar Lasko and his son William Lasko and situated in US it is famous for keeping the air moving for their customers.

Honeywell – Honeywell is a multinational conglomerate or MNC having its roots almost everywhere. Fans as a product are just another feather in their hats.

NewAir – Started in 2002, their motto with air quality control was based on precision and class. You can judge the truth from their product reviews.

Optimus – It seems like they are the newest entrant in this race. But their industrial fan unit and its reviews seems to have raised quite a few eyebrows.
Final thoughts

There are a lot of tools available at your disposal to find a fan that suits you the best. Utilise the power of the internet, amazon customer reviews and guides like this to calibrate your decision cannons in the right direction.

The most feature-rich fan is the Rowenta VU5551. The most robust of them is the Optimus F-4184. For misting purposes, go for NewAir AF-520B. If you prefer a loud, light-weight fan with amazing airflow, the Lasko 1827 fits your bill perfectly. The Honeywell HS-1655 might seem feature-rich, but consider its flaws before taking out your credit card.