Best cooling fans 2021: electric fans for keeping cool in hot weather

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(Best cooling fans 2021)

The heatwave we’ve spent all winter dreaming of is here, and we’re extremely pleased the sun has got his hat on (especially as foreign holidays are still sketchy). But, when temperatures rise, so do our discomfort levels.

Bright sunshine bouncing off the pavement and trapped in the city by all the buildings mean that temperatures can remain very warm, even after the sun has dipped below the horizon.

That’s why now is the perfect time to invest in a cooling fan - for all those so-hot-you-could-fry-an-egg-outside days and the sweltering nights that follow. There are fans for every need, from designs with timers (ideal for helping you drift off to sleep without worrying about the electricity bill) to styles with oscillating heads that will have breezes rippling blissfully across every inch of the room.

While costs fluctuate wildly, it’s worth digging a little deeper and investing in a high end model that will last you through this summer and summers to come. But if you don’t have loads to spend, there are plenty of excellent designs that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, too.

The selection, or fan club (sorry) is huge, so it can feel daunting to shop for one. Lucky for you then, that we’ve done the hard graft and rounded up the best styles to work for all budgets, tastes and needs.

Below, you’ll find world-renowned brands such as Dyson rubbing alongside USB-operated fans that are portable to keep you cool on the commute or during long road trips. Then there are table top, floor and tower styles designed to keep you as cool as a cucumber all season long.

To make shopping even easier, we’ve split our list into sections:

  • Floor-standing fans

  • Bladeless fans

  • Desk fans

  • Tower fans

  • Handheld Fans

See our favourites below

Floor-standing fans

Sitting at floor level, rooms of all sizes will benefit from a decent floor fan. However it would be prudent to bear in mind your storage options for when you don’t need it as well as the power it offers when selecting the best-fitting option for the intended space.

BONECO F220 Air Shower floor-standing fan 85cm

Some days are so stiflingly warm, they make you want to stand inside a wind tunnel. This Swiss-made design more than answers that breezy daydream, with 270-degree manual rotation, multiple speed levels and a max of 33W power usage. Thanks to the deep blades, the flow will torrent through your indoor spaces and circulate effectively around the whole room, bringing the temperature back down to more comfortable levels.

If you've got high ceilings or multiple floors that you want to cool, the Boneco F220 is ideal: it will pour cool air in, just like a shower, to help you regulate temperatures quickly and quietly.

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(Boneco)

If this model doesn't seem quite the right fit for you, Boneco offers a number of other stylish coolers, air purifiers and desk fans from £80.

£159.99 | Harrods

LOGIK L16PFGM17 16" Pedestal Fan - Gun Metal

This triple-speed fan will cut through stuffy rooms like bedrooms and home offices quickly and quietly, taking up as little room as possible. With adjustable height and wide blades to project air more efficiently, it’s the perfect investment buy to have in place as summer begins.

It’s a design that is made to last but should the worst happen, breakdown support is available, and you can also get a three-year replacement for an extra £9.60.

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(LOGIK)

£39.99 | Currys

Vornado 633 Room Ventilator

Vornado fans have a well-earned reputation across the pond as being powerful yet noticeably quiet and we’re pleased to report that the Vornado 633 is no exception. This impressive model can push air to a range of 75ft but still uses less energy than other fans (60W) with similar specs.

Using the power of patented Vortex technology, the lower blade rotation speed means it uses less energy while generating the same airflow — but with much less noise at just 65dB. The wide grill can be taken off for cleaning when required. It focuses the air circulation to cool the whole room without warm spots. For a powerful fixed airflow this is one of the best fans around and a foolproof way to get air moving FAST.

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(Vornado)

£88.35 | Amazon

See the full Vornado range available on Amazon

FUTURA Oscillating Pedestal Standing Fan

This three-speed fan comes with a remote control as well as a telescopic stand, making it simple to set up and control from wherever you are in the room - particularly ideal for anyone with mobility issues.

Operated by mains power, the 16.5” head oscillates which means air projection will reach all corners of the room and there’s a built-in timer function too, which means you can keep it on to cut through muggy nights as you sleep without worrying about having to turn it off.

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Best of all, it does all this while using as little power as possible (50W), making it one of the most economical and eco-friendly fans available.

Comes with a two-year guarantee.

£49.99 | Amazon

Dunelm 18 inch Chrome Floor Fan

This sleek floor-level fan comes in a fetching silver chrome finish, making it a lovely look for the home as well as the office. There are multiple speeds to choose from so you can set it to a light breeze or a powerful gust depending on how high the mercury rises, and you can tilt it at various angles to make sure it’s hitting the right spot.

Measuring W21cm x L58cm x H56.5cm, this fan comes with a one-year guarantee to protect you against any breakages.

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(Dunelm)

£40 | Dunelm

Home Tripod Black Pedestal Fan - 16 Inch

There’s no need to toss and turn through muggy nights with this cool pedestal fan in your corner. The base is super-stable thanks to the tripod design and you can also adjust the height to 1.3m to suit all your needs.

The oscillating function will get cool air moving all around your space and there are three speed options to choose from to help you reach the ideal temperature. It runs on 50W and comes with a 1.7m cord so you’re not tied to keeping the fan right by the mains socket. Comes with a one-year guarantee.

Dimensions: H130 x W90 x D79cm.

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(Argos)

£64.99 | Argos

Dunelm 10 inch Tripod Fan with Wooden Legs

Adding a sense of style to your interiors as well as helping air flow, this tripod style sits on stained wooden legs with a gleaming chrome effect finish fan head.

You can tilt the head to various angles, be it up into the ceilings to cool warm air or directly onto your desk or sofa. The stand is also adjustable fro, heights of 110cm to 130cm and there are three speed settings to choose from. A one-year guarantee is included in the purchase.

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(Dunelm)

£69 | Dunelm

Bladeless fans

Got curious toddlers and nosy pets to worry about? A bladeless fan is the safest option as well as being the quietest. While Dyson is the undisputed king in this department, there are a few other worthy models that have made it into our edit.

Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde

Dyson has long been the leader of the pack when it comes to smart home electricals, and its latest launch builds on the popularity of its bladeless Hot+Cool collection.

The Dyson Hot+Cool Formaldehyde HP09 Smart Air Purifier not only heats and cools your space purifies too, making sure your household is breathing in nothing but the finest particles. It’s not just pushing cool air around, but ‘washing’ it clean first, making it a godsend for anyone with allergies or conditions like asthma.

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(Dyson)

It comes with a remote control (which can sit happily atop the unit with the help of magnets) but can also be controlled through your phone's Dyson Link app via Bluetooth. There are 10 speed settings, and it can propel hot as well as cool air into the room using its patented air multiplier technology.

The smartest thing of all is that it continually detects dust, allergens, mould and even formaldehyde particles (from ageing furniture and wallpaper glue) in the room, before trapping them into high-tech filters that never need replacing - so while it's expensive, buying new filters is one cost you won't have to factor in past the inital purchase of the machine.

It oscillates and also has the ability to stay in place, giving you the choice of focused or circulating cooling. And you can set it to timer or keep it on night mode to keep sticky nights at bay.

As we spend so much more time at home and with busy roads and general pollution tainting our space, Dyson's latest device is a real investment in home air quality improvement. The triple action function - purifying, cooling and heating - means it will become a household staple to have on call year round. Simple to set up and even easier to use, after just one night we felt the difference.

Comes with a two year guarantee.

£599.99 | Argos

Dyson AM07 White/ Silver Cool Tower Fan

If the above is a little too expensive Dyson’s older fans still offer excellent tech for money. The AM07 harnesses its famous ‘air multiplier’ technology to project a steady stream of airflow - all while running as quiet as a mouse.

Dyson has made this to be 60 per cent quieter and more energy efficient than its older models – and it’s been given a Quiet Mark award by the Noise Abatement Society to prove it. One for bigger spaces, the fan comes with a remote control and timer that will set it on and off at pre-set intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 9 hours.

It won’t purify the air, but if that’s something you’re happy to do without, this is a great device to add to basket.

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(Dyson)

£349.99 | Argos

Dyson Pure Cool Me

If you're looking for a personal fan for your home office, Dyson's Pure Cool Me will clean the air of pollutants while keeping your space's temperature regulated. It scrubs the air through an activated carbon and glass HEPA filter before using patented Dyson Core Flow technology to blow cooling, freshly filtered air just where you need it. Also avilable in white.

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(Dyson)

£299.99 | Dyson

Also available on Amazon (£298.95)

Daewoo Black & White Bladeless Fan

Fingers, whiskers and paws will stay safe around Daewoo’s bladeless fan. It projects air so powerful you would expect noise like a jet aircraft taking off but that couldn’t be further from the truth: this square design is Commando-quiet.

You can tilt it to the perfect angle and there’s a remote control that allows you to adjust eight wind speed at the click of a button. Use the timer to get the fan to switch off an hour or two after you fall asleep so you can nod off without distraction - you can set it for up to eight hours.

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£119.20 | Dunelm

Desk and table fans

If you’re looking for localised cooling without affecting temperatures elsewhere in the room, a small table top fan could be the option for you.

Honeywell HT 900E Powerful and Quiet Turbo Fan Black

This is one of the top rated desk fans in its category with more than 4,000 ratings on Amazon. Compact but powerful, it’s 25 per cent more quiet than comparable fans and offers three settings for intense cooling or just to keep the air moving around the room. Powered with a plug socket.

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(Honeywell)

£28.99 | Amazon

Symple Stuff Blue Retro Table Fan

With a retro design, this table fan not only brings cooling breezes into your space but offers a style injection too. It comes propped up on little non-slip feet to help air projection and there are two speed settings to help you adjust the air to your needs.

Measures 31cm x 27cm x 11cm, and available in two other shades.

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(Symple Stuff)

£38.82 | Wayfair *On sale from £69.99

SMARTDEVIL Desk Fan

Cute and compact, this USB operated fan weighs in at a dinky 6oz. There are three speed levels - low, medium, high - and boasts 360 tilt rotation. It’s got superb reviews on Amazon, with one reviewer writing: “I decided to try this little gadget to move around with me to keep me cool without freezing everyone else at the same time. It's brilliant. Not too noisy and very portable.”

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£14.99 | Amazon

Tower fans

Typically a compact design and boasting stealthy operating noise, these fans are ideal for placing in the bedroom, lounge or office.

John Lewis & Partners Tower Fan, 30 inch, White/Black

From the in-house collection at John Lewis, this 30" Tower Fan is wonderfully versatile and comes packed to the rafters with helpful features to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long.

The head swivels 90-degrees to reach all corners of the room and there’s an auto switch off timer up to 12 hours so you can keep it on all evening and into the night if you want- although the included remote control means you can turn it off without getting up if you start to feel a bit too chilly. Choose from three wind power settings to find the right breeze for you.

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(John Lewis)

£50 | John Lewis

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Natale 78.5cm Oscillating Tower Fan

With the height of summer still a few months off, now's the time to buy a fan before they all sell out again. Slim and compact, this oscillating tower fan is the quickest way to bring temperatures down thanks to the three speed settings and three types of wind (natural /normal/sleeping).

Enable the time when you're sleeping and easily move it around the house of office with you thanks to the handle-top.

A remote is included but you'll need one CR2025 battery to get it working (not included). Effective to a five metre range.

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(Symple Stuff)

£44.99 | Wayfair *On sale from £74.99

Dimplex DXMBCF Black Tower Fan

One of the highest rated fans on Argos, this tall bladeless cooler is freestanding and compact enough to sit in tight corners and small bedrooms. It measures H121cm x W31cm x D31cm and comes with a remote control and timer function so you can operate it remotely.

The most promising review?: “Stylish, beautifully crafted, slim and elegant. It performs effortlessly. I love it.” One year guarantee included with purchase.

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(Dimplex)

£64.99 | Argos

Handheld Fans

Need cooling to go? These handheld designs have you covered.

STATUS AirBlast MIXCRHHFANS Rechargeable Handheld Fan

Small fan, small price - big air flow. Stash this fan in your bag or pocket on warm days for instant relief when you need it. The fan is lightweight and portable but the best bit is that it’s rechargeable - so no need to constantly buy batteries. Just plug in the USB charger when you need to top it up.

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(STATUS)

£9.99 | Currys

John Lewis & Partners Handheld and Foldable Desk Fan, 4 inch, White

This lightweight plastic fan is surprisingly strong for a design of this size. It comes in four pastel shades and plugs into a USB cable to charge, making it an eco-friendly and economical buy.

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(John Lewis)

£12 | John Lewis

Khu Khu printed fans

If you want a fan that will really turn heads, look to Khu Khu at Wolf & Badger, where there's a range of beautifully printed hand fans on offer. Granted, it requires a little effort to keep you cool but just think what you’ll save in battery costs and space! While it’s probably not one for the home or office, the designs make great travel companions, whether it’s on the sweltering Central Line or picnicking in the park.

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(Khu Khu)

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Verdict

If you’re thinking of investing in a high-performance fan you simply can’t beat a Dyson. While all fans cool, only some offer heating, and even fewer give the promise of smooth, purified air - so for its multi-functioning abilities, our Best crown goes to Dyson's new Hot+Cool Formaldehyde HP09 Smart Air Purifier. It's easy to use, easy to set up, and easy on the eye. It cools the entire room brilliantly with clean, purified air making it the front-runner to beat the heat. Really, what's not to love?

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