The best tabletop fan to help keep you cool through the summer heat - ipanergy
Fans are great for in-between weather and shoulder seasons, but they're necessities if don't have an air conditioner. However, electric fans won't prevent heat-related illnesses when temperatures are in the high 90s and above, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If it's not dangerously hot, though, the right system of fans can eliminate hot spots and help you save on your electricity bill, relatively speaking.
We tested several types of fans, measuring their average wind speed, electricity consumption, and decibels. We also spoke with Duncan Freake, a mechanical engineer at Epam Continuum.
Freake told us fans have become quieter, safer, more energy-efficient, and more effective, thanks to overlapping blades and bladeless designs with built-in HEPA air purifiers.
The most state-of-the-art fans will cost you and don't suit most budgets, but you can read our other recommendations below. Below are picks meant for all budgets because we don't think the more modern technology is worth the price jump for most people.
The most practical and effective fan for small spaces and desktops, This Table Fan is quiet, adjustable, and moves plenty of air for one or two people.
Pros: Compact, powerful, convertible between clip-on and stand
Cons: Kind of loud, can be too strong if positioned closely
Clip-on fans are ideal for tabletops, largely because you're a lot less likely to knock them to the ground. The Table-Top and Clip Fan offers both a clip and stand (easily switched out with a screw and nut) so you can place it wherever and however you like. This comes in handy on desks and in smaller rooms where space is a precious commodity.
We like this fan because it is sturdy, doesn't have an overly ambitious oscillating mechanism (but does rotate manually and clicks firmly into place), and is easy on the electricity bill.
The only real downside is that it does run on the loud side for a small fan, even at the lower setting. But it's still not as loud as most larger fans.
Otherwise, it's great for just about anywhere you might place it within a small room. About 3 feet of distance is more or less appropriate, though we still enjoyed the relief it offered at 6 feet.