No one wants to spend a fortune on air conditioning, which means turning to fans for relief. But can a small desk fan cool a whole room and give you the relief you need?
Probably not, which is why you’ll want to turn to tower fans instead. Sure, smaller fans have their place, but when it comes to room, home, and building-cooling capabilities, you want to go big, and that means going with a top of the line tower fan.
Of course, big fans can mean big-time noise, and that’s something you’d like to avoid as well. A little fan-born breeze is hardly worth sounding like you’re stuck inside an engine turbine.
Thankfully, the fans on this list specialize in delivering a refreshing cool breeze with minimal noise.
So, what are tower fans all about, what should you look for in the best models, and what do the best such fans on the market have to offer?
How to Find the Best Quiet Tower Fan
One of the most important things to recognize about fans is that they are not all created equal. Certain fans work better in certain setups, due in part to their size, design, and features they have.
Tower fans are just what they sound like, fans with a tall, thin, tower-like design. Like other fans, they do not cool the air in a room itself, but rather push out cool bursts of air that it generates by way of its fan blades, creating airflow. This can not only help you to feel cooler, but that extra airflow and circulation helps make a room feel fresher, the air quality is less stagnant, and it cuts down on energy bills.
One of the things that most distinguishes a tower fan is its tall, thin, space-saving nature. By contrast, pedestal fans and air conditioners are often far wider and take up far more room.
In addition, the tower-like nature of these units allows for extra features to be housed inside the tall rectangular shell. Built-in ionizers are a prominent example. These can be used to help further purify the air in a room, removing dust, pollen, animal dander, and similar particles. In addition to ionizers, air moisturizers can be useful for adding moisture to rooms that are incredibly dry. Many of the leading tower fans boast many of these features available for you to choose from with the push of a button.
Noise reduction is one of the key features of any fan, and tower fans are no exception. You’ll therefore want to check how many decibels’ worth of sound are emitted by a given fan. In addition, you’ll want to look for tower fans marketed as “whisper quiet,” as this is the unofficial coded industry gold standard for quiet operation.
Tower Fans Versus Conventional Fans
All of that is well and good, but why should you opt for tower fans in the first place? After all, pedestal fans – aka, those more conventionally-shaped ones with the stand and circular-shaped shell protecting the blades – have been around for decades. What makes tower fans worth the switch?
For one thing, as stated, tower fans feature a slimmer, more space-saving design. It’s that very circular shape covering the blades that makes conventional fans take up a lot of space. Tower fans eliminate that by making everything more compact, efficient, and easier to store in a corner of the room. In addition, as demonstrated above, tower fans tend to offer more advanced features such as timers, purifiers, moisturizers, and ionizers, all of which can add a great deal to your air quality and allow for a more customized experience.
Best Quiet Tower Fans
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the leading quiet tower fans on the market.
1. Dyson Cool AM07
Easily the most immediately noticeable thing about this Dyson fan is the fact that it does not feature blades, but rather an internal airflow generating system. While a tower fan’s blades are almost always well-protected by their grated shell as it is, if you have especially small children and are worried about them sticking a finger into your fan, this bladeless option can mediate that fear.
Aesthetically and functionally, the elimination of visible blades is just the beginning. The whole unit features a streamlined design that makes it appear quite sleek and futuristic. What’s more, the absence of rotating blades helps eliminate a lot of the buzzing and humming blade noise that comes with fans, making this one of the quieter options on our list.
In addition, this fan comes with a wide range of different bespoke features, including:
- A sleep timer that can be programmed for anything from 15 minutes to 9 hours, allowing you to preset when you want your fan to switch on and off
- A specially-engineered Air Multiplier airflow generation technique that is highly efficient and can cut down on energy costs even further
- A remote control, which allows you to operate the system while lying in bed or bustling about the room
- High-speed fan settings that help the fan’s breeze reach a wider area
- An open, metallic, blade-free design that is easy to clean
- A 6.6 foot long cord
- 10 different airflow settings
- Air filtration efficiency of up to 0.1 microns
All of these factors make this one of the higher-end options on this list.
2. Lasko 2551 Wind Curve Tower Fan
The Lasko 2551 offers a wide range of features that make it highly recommendable, not the least of which being its High, Medium, and Low settings.
What’s more, when it’s on, this unit does a fantastic job of generating airflow and making your room cooler and fresher. This is one of those tower fans that has a built-in ionizer, which is able to release millions of ions per burst which bond in the air with positively charged ions to remove such unwanted particles as dust, pollen, bacteria, and allergy-causing agents, making them heavier and thus easier to filter out.
The unit is also quite portable with a lightweight design and carrying handle. It stands 43” tall with a compact 13” x 13” base, and weighs only 13.2 lbs, which is quite light for a fan of its size, all of which makes it remarkably easy to move.
The fan also features a timer that can be set for 30 minutes to 7 hours, giving you a greater degree of control over how this fan operates and when. What’s more, it features an oscillation speed of 90 degrees while ensuring that those blades hum along as quietly as possible, making this another tower fan that is ideal for those looking for something on the quieter side.
It’s also another fan that comes with a remote control for easy programming and operation.
Like many Lasko fans, this product comes with a blue plug, which is a superb extra safety feature that cuts off the electric current inside the fan if the unit detects an electrical fault, thereby helping to prevent fires.
If there is any downside to the fan, it’s that dust can sometimes settle on the blades inside, making it a bit more difficult to dust and clean than other models.
3. Lasko T42951 Wind Portable Oscillating Tower Fan
Here we have another model from Lasko that is even more lightweight and compact, weighing in at a scant 12 lbs. This, along with its 13” base and carrying handle, makes it even easier to transport from place to place.
As for the fan’s operation itself, it is a typical Lasko tower fan, meaning that as with the 2551 Wind Curve listed above, it boasts a High, Medium, and Low setting for easy operation, all of which are on the quieter side. Just like the 2551 Wind Curve, this unit comes with an automatic shutoff timer, which can be programmed to activate anywhere from 30 minutes to 7.5 hours.
This unit also comes with a special Nighttime Setting that automatically dims the display on the control panel and sets the fan at the High setting for an hour, then Medium for another hour, and then remains on Low until you interact with the unit again when you wake up.
All of these features help make the fan a great choice for those looking for the usual Lasko features with a couple extra bells and whistles in an even more compact package than usual.
4. Ozeri OZF1 Ultra 42-inch Wind Fan
Another good established name on the market, Ozeri’s 42” tower fan is notable for just how sleek and stylish it looks. It features three circular grates for vents on a stylish base that’s rectangular, but stylized in such a way as to avoid appearing boxy, with sleek contours that taper down to a special stand. If you’re going for a modern or futuristic look to your interior décor, this tower fan should complement that decorating scheme nicely.
This is another quiet unit, ranking well in terms of its low decibel emissions. It comes with not one or two, but three whisper quiet settings with blades oscillating at 90 degrees, which is far more than can be said for a lot of units, especially with blades which oscillate that fast. The fan makes use of special canted blades whose curvature enhances their ability to circulate air efficiently.
It is also another unit that comes with a programmable timer with three different settings usable on an LED screen, allowing you a greater degree of control over the unit’s airflow and operation. The unit also has a 12-hour timer, further letting you customize when your Ozeri switches on and off and at what setting it operates. The LED display can also be dimmed at night so as not to disturb your sleep.
What’s more, this is another tower fan that comes with a remote control that can be used at any point in the room where your Ozeri is kept.
5. Honeywell HYF290B Quietset
This fan makes its mark by offering a wide variety of fan speed options while still being able to maintain whisper quiet operation with just about all of them. If you’re looking for a combination of speed and silence in your tower fan, it’s hard to beat Honeywell’s aptly-named Quietset.
The unit features a slim modernized design that makes it great for homes that have a modern décor scheme. Once again, this is another model that comes with a remote control, allowing you to select between those eight speeds and operate the unit from anywhere in the room. What’s more, the unit features a nice little nest at the back of the fan in which to store the remote control (a definite advantage for those who have a habit of misplacing them).
The fan also has an auto shutoff feature that allows you to set the unit and let it automatically turn itself off after one, two, four, or eight hours. This can be great for those who don’t want to let their fan run all night. Speaking of nighttime operation, this is another fan that features the ability to dim the control panel so as to not to disturb you while you sleep.
6. Seville Classics UltraSlimline
This model lives up to its “UltraSlimline” name, boasting a sleek slim cylindrical body and steel grate. Measuring only 11.2” x 11” x 40”, it is easily one of the slimmest and most compact options on this list, and at only 10.7 lbs, it’s one of the lightest as well. Its black satin finish as well as its ABS construction help make this one of the most futuristic-looking tower fans on this list. This, along with a base that measures less than one square foot, makes it one of the easiest tower fans to fit into modern or minimalist décor schemes.
This unit comes with four distinct speed settings. In addition to the traditional High, Medium, and Low, it also features an “Eco” setting for those looking for a bit of a stronger breeze while still being more “economical” with the unit’s operation. Its fans oscillate a bit slower than other units, though at 75 degrees it is still more than fast enough to spread a good burst of air around your room with ease.
This is another unit that comes with programmable shutdown features for intervals ranging from 30 minutes to 7.5 hours. It also boasts a lighted LED panel with single-push operability as well as a remote (powered by two AAA batteries, which come included) which works within a 15-foot range of the unit. One oddity is that the remote allows for that timer to be set for 7.5 hours, but the LED panel on the unit itself only goes up to 4, though this is hardly a major inconvenience.
7. Vornado 184
Another established brand, Vornado’s 184 is another unit that comes in on the lighter and slimmer side, weighing 12.6 lbs and measuring 11” x 11” x 41”.
It makes use of Vornado’s V-Flow technology to circulate as much as 536 cubic feet of air per minute, a fair amount for a fan of this size. This unit features a circulator instead of an oscillator, which works to expel curves of air all around the room. On the one hand, that means you won’t feel as much airflow when standing up close to the unit as you will with other tower fans, but on the other hand, this feature helps it circulate air better. If you’re looking to cool down quickly, this option may be limited, but if you’re looking for a long-term way to keep a room’s air supply nice and fresh, this unit may surprise you with its efficacy and efficiency.
It features four speed settings and an LED timer that can be set for one, two, four, or eight hours. Like other tower fans on this list, it features an automatic shutoff as well as a remote. It is worth noting that, while this unit operates reasonably quietly overall, because of its circulation-centric methodology, it can be a little louder at higher settings than other fans on this list, though still not too noisy.
So, which of these options is right for you?
It depends greatly on what you’re looking for in a tower fan.
If you are looking for a way to circulate air and keep your room’s air supply nice and fresh, the air circulation abilities of the Vornado 184 are an obvious choice. So too is the Lasko 2551, with its built-in ionizer a great choice for those who suffer from allergies or are hypersensitive to buildups of dust. The Dyson Cool, Lasko 2551, and Honeywell all rank among the most “whisper quiet” tower fans on this list.
Armed with this information, you’ll be able to keep your cool while keeping things nice and quiet with a tower fan that’s as silent as it is efficient and effective.