best tower fans

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Perhaps you’ve noticed by now that stale air is a drawback of working from home. Most of us are dealing with too many people breathing in too few square feet, and opening a window can only do so much. Plus, once summer hits, with the AC cranking and no fresh air options, it can only get worse. While a tower fan may not be the most swoonworthy appliance purchase, it’s relatively inconspicuous if stashed in a corner, and will solve your stuffy environment issues. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly model or want something with an advanced air filtration system, here are the best tower fans to buy now before they go out of stock.

What to Consider

Take into account the space you want to keep cool and the room’s layout, as the most important tower fan features are fan speed and oscillation range. They generally have three to 10 speeds and rotate up to 180 degrees. Another thing to look out for is timer duration, which can range from 15 or 30 minutes to 15 hours. Expect the majority to come with a remote control, except for mini models and smart fans that operate via smartphone, plus things like auto shutoff and energy-saving modes. Noise is another consideration, and not all brands list ratings on their websites. (We’ve listed decibel ratings below for fans that are 50dBA or less.)

How We Chose

Our selection includes tower fans with four stars or more, and the majority are rated 4.5 stars and up. We compared models’ number of speeds, degrees of oscillation, timer duration, and noise ratings, and weighed them against price to highlight value. We also considered special features, such as air filtration and models with small footprints, and offer options across a range of price points, from under $50 to $400.

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Our Value Pick

Lasko 36-Inch Tower Fan

This basic, affordable three-speed tower fan is an excellent deal, priced well under $50 at the time of this writing. It’s made by Lasko, a company that’s been around since 1906, founded in Philadelphia.

The 36-inch-tall tower fan weighs about 10 pounds and gets high marks, with an average 4.6 stars from more than 13,000 reviewers. Highlights among features include widespread oscillation, an energy-efficient automatic-shutoff timer that can be programmed up to 7 hours, and a remote control that attaches to the back of the tower under its handle.

The electronic front display shows speed and time functions, with four buttons directly above, one of which control oscillation. It’s available in black in addition to the white model that’s shown.

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A Step Up

Lasko 42-Inch Tower Fan

If you have a bit more to spend, this tower fan, also from Lasko, gets an impressive average 4.6 stars from more than 24,000 customers. Like the model above, it features three speeds, optional oscillation with energy-efficient auto shutoff, and remote control that attaches to the back of the tower. 

This model stands nearly 4 feet tall and has a curved design, plus it offers a  timer that runs for up to 7.5 hours, with a nighttime setting that regulates fan speed and dims control lights. The tower fan also comes in a faux-wood-grain-and-gray combo option.

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With HEPA Filtration

Dyson Air Multiplier 40-Inch Tower Fan

The ever-popular bladeless Dyson tower fan with a HEPA air filtration system is for rooms of up to 300 square feet, and is said to be quieter than earlier models. There are 10 airflow speeds and optional oscillation, plus it’s programmable from 15 minutes to 9 hours, and it has a sleep timer. 

The Dyson is tough to beat for sleek design, with a modern silhouette and silver finish along with a slim remote control that sits on top of the tower. It stands at just over 3 feet high and weighs about 8 pounds.

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Best Feature Lineup

TaoTronics Tower Fan

TaoTronics
amazon.com

$79.49

This multi-feature tower fan has an impressive nine cooling options, plus three speeds and three modes, including one for sleeping. At just over 6 pounds, the fan oscillates up to 65 degrees and comes with a remote control, plus there’s a 12-hour timer. 

An LED display in front shows room temperature and settings and the back panel is removable for easy cleaning. Another big bonus: the tower fan has an ultra-quiet 44dBA rating on its lowest setting, so it’s a smart pick for the bedroom if you’re noise-sensitive.

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The Smart Tower Fan

Ozeri Bluetooth Tower Fan

Ozeri
amazon.com

$149.95

$124.95 (17% off)

If you’re keen on controlling your tower fan from afar via app using Bluetooth, this option is your best bet. With a distinctive, stylish design, the 90-degree oscillating Ozeri has three fans that operate independently and nine cooling options, plus a 7.5-hour timer, three preprogrammed airflow modes, and auto-shutoff.

The tower is roughly 3.5 feet tall, with a slim 3-inch profile and a footprint that’s 8 inches in diameter. It’s also fairly quiet, rated at 50dBA on its lowest setting. The only drawback is that it’s on the heavy side, at 13 pounds.

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Best Oscillation Range

Rowenta Tower Fan

Rowenta
wayfair.com

$119.90

For a space-saving option with exceptional range, look no further than this tower fan from German brand Rowenta. It features 180-degree rotation and an extra-large air grid, plus offers four speed settings, an 8-hour timer, and auto-shutoff.

While its slim silhouette and streamlined details make it stylish enough to leave on view, the tower is small enough to be stowed inside a bedroom closet, plus the remote control is equally well-designed. The fan gets rave reviews from customers, who give the fan an average 4.9 stars.

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With Fresh Air Ionizer

Lasko 42-Inch Tower Fan with Fresh Air Ionizer

This tower fan is ideal for anyone with pets who wants fresher air indoors and doesn’t want to plunk down $399 for a Dyson. The 3.5-foot Lasko emits negatively charged ions into the air to attach to positive ones—like dust and other allergens—so they become heavy and drop to the ground. 

It doesn’t filter air like one with HEPA technology, hence the lower price point, but can make a difference with odor. This model, with an eye-catching faux-gold marbleized front panel, features optional oscillation, three speeds, a 7.5-hour timer, and comes with a remote control. More than 8,000 customers give it an average 4.6 stars.

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Longest Timer

Pelonis 40-Inch Tower Fan

PELONIS
amazon.com

$59.99

Late sleepers will appreciate this tower fan, which has a 15-hour programmable timer—the most of any option we cover here. Other highlights among features include 90-degree oscillation, a remote control with a 20-foot range, three fan speeds, and three operating modes, plus an energy-saving eco setting. 

Another major plus is that it runs fairly quietly, with a 46dBA rating on its lowest setting. The LED panel is set on top for a clean look and the tower stands at just over 3 feet.

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The Mini Tower Fan

Honeywell Personal Tower Fan

This compact mini tower from Honeywell is a customer favorite, standing just over a foot high—perfect for a nightstand or desk. It oscillates and offers four speed and power modes, along with an 8-hour auto-shutoff timer. There’s no remote, but the control panel at the base makes it easy to lean over in bed to change the settings, plus the LED light dims after 15 seconds. The fan is also well-priced, for less than $25 at the time of this writing.

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