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Crowdstorm’s guide to buying fans

Welcome to Crowdstorm’s page dedicated to the cooling power of fans. Whether you’re looking for fancy Dyson air multipliers or a cheap desk fan, we’ve got the best deals on products from the leading manufacturers – available direct from your favourite online and high street retailers.

Buying a fan isn’t the sort of thing we do every week, so to make a canny purchase you need to know the field and narrow down exactly what’s important for you to consider – as well as the price range that will include fans that meet your needs. But stay cool (sorry) – we’ve got you covered.

Kinds of fan

The first thing you need to do is narrow down your fan choice by type. They’re usually broken down into the following categories:

  • Desk fan: Don’t get personal fan and desk fans confused – a desk fan can be a large and powerful device; it just has a short stand, so if you want it high up you need to place it on a shelf, sill or (you guessed it) desk.
  • Pedestal fan: Think desk fan, but with legs. Again, don’t presume a pedestal fan is going to be more powerful than a desk fan – they’re often the exact same technology and power, but on a stand so you can place them on the floor but at the optimal height for air flow.
  • Tower fan: These tend to be at a similar height to a pedestal fan (around 4ft, although you’ll also find mini tower fans that can be placed on the ground or a des. They’re thinner by design than pedestal and desk fans, being bladeless, and tend to be lower wattage.  

Fan technology

With size and shape out of the way, it’s time to consider what’s churning that air. This can have quite a bearing on price, while you’ll also need to consider the size of room you need to be cooling.

  • Blade fans: The most common fans by far, these simple devices use spinning blades to circulate air around the room to create a cooling breeze.
  • Air multipliers: Dreamt up by those clever people at Dyson, the claim is that they create a smooth, uninterrupted air flow. But one thing is for sure – they’re super quiet; so if that’s important to you they may be worth the (quite considerable) extra expense. But don’t think they’re ‘bladeless’ – they just have lots of tiny blades hidden in that cool exterior.
  • Tower fan technology: Somewhere between the other two options, tower fans tend to have smaller blades that run their full length with the air being pushed up and down before being released from the vents, to help create a reliable breeze. They’re a little quitter than blade fans and tend to be a bit cheaper than air multipliers.

Fan bells and whistles

Once you’ve narrowed your search to size and cooling style, you’ll still notice a big difference in prices – and much of this can come down to those added extras. Some of these you’ll find essential, others surplus to requirements – so be sure you’re not paying for features you’ll never use:

  • Wattage: The higher the wattage, the more cooling power your fan should produce – but the more power it will use too. And don’t presume high wattage will create a cooler room; ‘bladeless’ models tend to use less power, while doing a better job of circulating the air.
  • Oscillating fans: To get the most out of your fan, you’ll want it to pivot and circulate air around the entire space. That’s where the oscillation comes in. Most fans will oscillate, but don’t take it for granted.
  • Speed settings: We all know how much temperatures fluctuate in the UK, so you’ll probably find varied speed settings essential!
  • Timer: Many modern fans let you programme them to come on as well as off, letting you get your office cooled before you even start work – and turn themselves off in your bedroom after you’ve managed to get to sleep.
  • Remote control: Especially with tower and pedestal fans, which you often position in the corners of rooms, is great to be able to change the speed settings without having to get up every 10 minutes.

I’ve found the perfect fan: what next?

Hopefully you’ve read our guide, used the comparison table above to find your perfect fan, and you’re ready to buy. If so, welcome to the easy bit!

Crowdstorm isn’t a retailer – we make our money from advertising. This means we can concentrate on finding the best deals out there and giving you an easy place to compare them, before sending you off to complete the sale on the official site of the retailer of your choice.

When you click the deal you like you’ll be taken directly to the right page on their website: then it’s simply a case of completing the transaction with them.

And don’t worry, there are no hidden commissions added on by us – you’ll be paying their standard prices. How cool is that (sorry again, couldn’t resist it…)?