With hot temperatures arriving early this year, now is the time to be proactive and get a cooling pal.
The sun is shining and you’re already wearing your favourite pair of shorts while dreaming of sandy beaches. But while you’re still stuck in the city, you might want to consider purchasing a fan for the warm days ahead. Below is our pick of the top fans to keep you cool this summer.
Honeywell DreamWeaver Sleep Fan with Pink Noise HTF400E
If you’re looking for a fan that does the cooling job while also putting you to sleep, then this one’s just for you. It has three different cooling speeds — easily set by tapping the touch-sensitive speed control — and generates a soothing pink noise that blocks all other sounds; this feature can be set even without airflow and is designed to help restless sleepers. Use the auto-off timer option (set at one, two, four or eight hours) so you won’t have to get up to shut the fan down, while a light dimming setting facilitates maximum relaxation. The fan also comes with a pivoting base, and its wide oscillation area allows you to direct the airflow where needed. Buy it here.
Honeywell QuietSet Tower HYF290
User-friendly and with a range of features to choose from, this fan promises to efficiently cool an entire room. It comes in a smart tower design that enables it to oscillate up to 80 degrees and cool a wide area. There are eight speed settings to choose from, each with different cooling properties — you can set your preferred speed using the straightforward remote control. The fan also includes a timer (to be set at one, two, four or eight hours), as well as five dimming options that regulate the lighting. Due to a sturdy base and a carrying handle, it can be moved anywhere you want. Plus, it’s totally silent. Buy it here.
FUTURA Premium 16in Oscillating Pedestal Standing Fan
Perfect for the bedroom, this oscillating standing pedestal fan provides great area coverage, while also saving energy. Its five electric fan blades run at an economical 50W, which allows for low power consumption, making it one of the greenest and most cost-effective fans on the market. The remote-control panel enables you to change the cooling settings with the touch of a button, or set the fan timer for anywhere between one and 18 hours. Pick one of the three wind speeds that best matches your needs and let the cooling begin. You can also count on a two-year guarantee for this one. Buy it here.
Meaco M650 Personal Air Circulator Cooling Fan
This is another one for the environmentally aware. This fan uses DC technology at just 3.5W and has an extra energy-saving eco mode — both minimise its impact on the environment while helping keep electricity bills as low as possible. Rest assured you won’t lose any sleep with this fan, since it runs at a volume of just 20dB, which is similar to gentle water flow or rustling leaves. It comes with a remote control, an auto-off timer and light-off feature, and it’s small enough to fit any room without taking up space. With left and right oscillation, it ensures effective cooling for bedside tables or desktops. Buy it here.
Russell Hobbs RHGF1221WDB 12in High Velocity Floor Fan
For those looking for something powerful yet lightweight enough to carry around, this 12in floor fan will do the trick. It’s fully equipped with three fan speeds — low, medium and high power — as well as a tilt feature that allows for directed air flow. Its rotary switch enables you to change from one mode to the next quickly and easily. It’s also very easy to set up and includes a 1.5m power cord for added convenience. This fan comes with a one-year guarantee. Buy it here.