Wednesday, May 25

The 4 best fans we tested in 2021


The best fan overall



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The variation in speed, five-year warranty, and convenient size make the Vornado 660 the best fan for most spaces.

Pros: Small, quiet, lots of speed variation, smooth 90-degree tilt mechanism

Cons: We wish it came with a remote, a bit large to put on a desk

When you take price, wind speed, energy efficiency, and noise into account, Vornado’s 660 Whole Room Air Circulator is the electric fan that fits the widest range of needs and living spaces. 

Its comprehensive variation in wind speed is what really sets the Vornado apart from the competition. From a light, cool breath of air to an absolute calamity, the Vornado 660 can offer relief from everything from mild discomfort to, say, a bad spill or even a flood. Because of its high velocity, it is the fan I turned to after a recent roof leak, and I’ve also used it to dry wet bicycles after a day in the rain. 

Admittedly, it gets a little loud at top speed, but you probably won’t find yourself sitting too close to it at that level, and it’s not outrageous; its noise level is on par with that of any high-powered blade fan.

On the other hand, you can barely hear it running when it’s at its lowest setting, which offers just enough air for a small room.

The relatively long six-foot power cord is also appreciated, as it allows you to reposition the fan as needed. 

Considering the Vornado’s size and might, we think a couple of these fans would address most anyone’s needs, and storing them is completely manageable.


$99.99 from Amazon


$99.99 from Best Buy



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