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Best outdoor fan 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated March 1, 2020
Best outdoor fan of 2018
Check them out and decide which one suits you the best to splurge upon. If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you’re scouting for the best outdoor fan.
Before you spend your money on outdoor fan, start by familiarizing yourself with the various types. Like choosing clothes or cosmetics, choosing outdoor fan should be based on your purpose, favorite style, and financial condition.
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this outdoor fan win the first place?
The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
Why did this outdoor fan come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.
Why did this outdoor fan take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great!
outdoor fan Buyer’s Guide
A non-standard downrod is used when the ceiling height is greater than feet. See our downrod sizing guide to determine which length you will need for your ceiling height.
A sloped application is intended for room where the ceiling slants at 3degrees or higher. The fan installs into the ceiling with the use of an adapter, like this Modern Fan sloped ceiling adapter.
Lastly, look for a ceiling fan with a blade span that matches the room’s square footage and height. If you choose a fan that is too small for the space, it will struggle to move air. If you choose a fan that is too large for the space, not only will be off putting, but it will waste too much energy.
Sizing Tips: Here are some additional dimensions to consider when you buy a ceiling fan a new ceiling fan.
CEILING FAN LIGHTS
To add lighting or not to add lighting, that is the question. Choosing a ceiling fan with lighting is a matter of personal preference. If you plan to install the fan in a space with good natural lighting or sufficient light fixtures, buy a ceiling fan without a light kit.
If the space could use a boost of general lighting, choose a ceiling fan with a light kit. Today’s fans offer a range of lighting sources, including halogen, fluorescent, and LEDs.
Fluorescent light sources use 7percent less energy than incandescent light sources and have an average lifespan of 10,000 hours. Ceiling fans with CFL bulbs emit cool or warm lighting.
LED light sources consume very little energy and have an average lifespan of 50,000 hours. These ceiling fans with energy-efficient bulbs emit cool or warm lighting.
Antique Ceiling Fan Designs
Antique and vintage style ceiling fans complement traditional and vintage home decors. They often feature decorative filigree and scrollwork on the motor housing and blade brackets. Many light kits include a warm globe light. To achieve a vintage-inspired look, buy a ceiling fan that features an antique-style and pair it with American Empire furniture, floral prints and textiles, and warm brass and copper finishes. A warm pastel palette ties the space together.
Contemporary Ceiling Fans
Contemporary ceiling fans are a great addition to any modern and transitional space. The modern style ceiling fans feature clean lines, smooth metallic finishes, and minimal adornment. Buy a ceiling fan with a contemporary feel and pair it with casual contemporary furniture (avoid wood carving and adornments), natural textiles such as cotton, linen or wool, and chrome, nickel or stainless steel hardware. A bold color palette and geometric accents bring the look together.
Rustic Ceiling Fans
Rustic ceiling fans pair well with country, mission and western interiors. These rustic-inspired ceiling fans feature straight lines and dark wood finishes with homespun accents. To achieve this look, buy a ceiling fan with a rustic look and pair it with lodge-style furniture, checkered or striped prints, handmade accents, such as baskets, carved wooden bowls, and pottery, and hand-forged metal accents. Soft, muted colors, rough hewn wood and hand-forged metal accents round out this look.
Tropical Ceiling fans
Tropical ceiling fans complement coastal, island, and nautical home interiors. The island-inspired fans feature bamboo, natural palm leaf, and rattan blades with distressed wood finishes. To achieve this look, buy a ceiling fan with a tropical feel and pair it with rattan furniture, bright colors and natural patterns, tropical flowers and plants, and handcrafted items.
CEILING FAN EFFICIENCY & AIRFLOW
High airflow ceiling fans circulate more air and consume less energy than standard fans. These fans are ideal for garages, warehouses, and outdoor spaces, such as your patio and porch. When you buy a ceiling fan with high airflow you get an added bonus: high-airflow fans are known to drive away mosquitoes and other backyard pests.
Ceiling Fans with Remote Control
The handheld remote control offers the most convenience of all the fan control options. The lightweight and portable control operated within a 30 to 50-foot range, making it ideal for high ceiling fans and hard to reach places. Handheld remote control ceiling fans are also ideal for bedrooms.
The fan speed wall control option allows you to operate the fan speed, direction and lighting with the press of a button. The stationary remote has a range up to 40 feet, making it ideal for families with kids. A wall control is ideal for kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms and multipurpose rooms.
Find the Right Ceiling Fan
Suit your style. From basic to ornate, ceiling fans can bring back memories of “Casablanca” or have a Jetsons-like modern twist. Motor-cover finishes include brass, bronze, and pewter. Basic fan blades have a paddle shape, but variations include oval and leaf shapes or wicker-like textures. Finishes include cherry, oak, maple, and painted blades.
Check the wet/damp rating. If you’re placing a ceiling fan in a bathroom or outdoors, you need to find one that meets UL’s wet/damp rating. If the fan is indoors in a moist room, look for a UL damp rating. If the fan will be placed outdoors on a porch, look for one with a UL wet rating. Energy Star says that fans with these ratings have such features as sealed moisture-resistant motors, rust-resistant housing, stainless steel hardware, and all-weather blades.
Match the Fan to the Room
The style you choose should add to the room décor, like a piece of furniture. You might want to install more than one fan in very large spaces, such as a great room, or if your home has an open floor plan.
Hang it high. A fan at to feet is best for optimal airflow, so if your ceiling is higher, use a downrod to position the fan at the proper height.
Connect with color. Coordinating the fan’s finish with other furnishings helps create unity and balance in a room. You can match the color of a wood fan blade to the floor. Metal fan finishes can coordinate with doorknobs, cabinet hardware, and even kitchen faucets and bathroom fixtures.
Blend it in. If you want to make a fan less obvious, choose a very simple style in a color that blends in with the ceiling. A flush-mounted fan will disappear into the ceiling a bit more.
Remote controls and electronic-based wall controls come with a receiver. The receiver goes in the fan in one of three places; in the canopy against the ceiling (most of the time), around the motor, or under the motor in the switch cup. Keep in mind that electronic based controls talk to the receiver in the fan. As with other electronic or appliances, electronic parts tend to require maintenance every few years – Receivers tend to go out between 5-years. You will have to replace them.
Window AC vs. Ceiling Fan
If you find that your electric bills are outrageous, and you are considering your options before summer knocks at the door, you’re probably torn between installing a ceiling fan or a window air conditioner. While a central air conditioning unit runs on an average of 3,500 watts of power, a typical fan runs on 60 watts and a window a/c uses between 500 and 1500 (depending on size) watts of power. Obviously, more watts mean more money in bills, so finding a way to run a little less a/c is at the top of many homeowners’ lists.
Both the window unit and fan have their merits. There is no doubt that a ceiling fan trumps the window unit in terms of the amount you’ll be saving monthly, but a window unit will chill a room to any desired temperature. Ceiling fans, on average, will help you stay about eight degrees cooler and only cost about a penny an hour to use. Window units can cool a room to any temperature, but their cost per hour is much higher (approximately 1cent per hour). Each can be installed with fairly minimal effort.
This fan is one of the most energy efficient ceiling fans in the world, costing less than a penny an hour to run. On its highest setting it requires 2watts to run, the lowest setting requires only watts. Using the light fixture on the fan will increase the energy consumption but the low energy fluorescent bulbs included with the fan keeps power usage as a low as possible.
The Emerson EcoMotor is designed to run cool to reduce energy waste and to improve the fan’s longevity. The motor is Energy Star certified meaning that it is more efficient than at least sixty percent of all ceiling fan motors.
Fanimation FP7910OB Levon Ceiling Fan
The Fanimation FP7910OB Levon is a large ceiling fan that measures 2x 1x 1inches which make its great option for residential and industrial. This fan has earned it Energy Star Certification which makes it one of the many efficient ceiling fans like the Emerson Midway Eco. The blades are made of wood and has one incandescent light bulb. The maximum air flow capacity is 560CFM and is capable of reverse air functionality. This fan has four available colors: Black, Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish, Brush Nickel and Matte White.
Selecting A Ceiling Fan
There are several factors that go into selecting an ideal fan for your space. The list below includes just a few features to consider before making a purchase.
Room Size – The best ceiling fans for large rooms will need a higher airflow speed (CFM). You’ll find this quality in many Energy Star models.
Noise – The noise a fan makes is a direct result of its motor. If you hear clicking or humming it is likely that the motor is undersized.
Air flow – The higher the CFM, the more the air will circulate. As mentioned above higher CFM is usually found on Energy Star models.
Energy efficiency – Look for the Energy Star label. These fans are the most efficient, and will cost the least each month.
Size – Huge fans are only going to be needed for large gyms or huge recreational rooms. Consider the space and ask a professional.
Price – Better fans will likely be a bit more expensive upfront, but they’ll save you money in the long run.
Material – Generally speaking, the blades are made of wood, MDF or particleboard, and selecting which type is best is all according to personal preferences.
Cooling your house this summer doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. By installing a fan you’re not only doing your part to keep your electric bill down, but you’re also adding value to your home. As mentioned above, the best fans are chosen based on personal preference. However, you can stay cool (pun intended) on your next fan venture by remembering the important information, tips and strategies included in this article.
How to Choose the Right Ceiling Fan Size
Adding a ceiling fan to an outdoor space is the perfect touch to a more comfortable outdoor experience.
UL Fan ratings and why they matter
UL (Underwriters Laboratories) fan ratings are used when determining whether you are purchasing a ceiling fan that is suited for indoor or outdoor use. All fans should have a UL rating and they come in three different flavors: Dry Rated, Damp Rated and Wet Rated. For outdoor use you will need to look for either a Damp Rated or Dry Rated fan depending on the outdoor space.
Dry rated ceiling fans are meant for indoor use only. Wet and damp conditions may destroy the motor, blades and other elements if used outside. If you need a ceiling fan for outdoor use opt in for a damp or wet rated ceiling fan instead.
Damp rated ceiling fans are ideal for covered outdoor areas that will not have direct contact with rain or other weather conditions. These fans can handle moisture from the outdoor air without damaging the fan. The materials of these fans usually prevent rusting, warping of the blades and damage to the motor if exposed to prolonged humidity.
Why you should trust me
I’ve installed at least nine ceiling fans, the first few with a colleague from This Old House magazine, others alongside pro electricians I was interviewing, and the last four on my own at home. Having seen so many fans in action in different rooms, and revisited my own research and reporting since then, I realized something: Many of the stats and facts I found, while accurate in the strictest sense, don’t mean much for the average fan buyer. The truth is, it’s a lot easier to find a decent fan than I once believed. The Westinghouse Comet always works for me, and if you don’t like it, there’s probably another one out there that’ll work fine for you, too. Here’s what I’ve learned, and I hope it helps you choose.
How I picked
First, avoid the cheapest, budget-model fans you can find at big-box stores. Specifically, to be safe, skip the lowest-priced options from Hampton Bay and Harbor Breeze. These brands generally don’t have the level of quality or customer support you will get from a better manufacturer: Hunter/Casablanca, Fanimation, Minka, Kichler, Westinghouse, Emerson, Big Ass Fans, and Modern Fan Co., to name a few. I’m not saying that all fans from big-box stores are bad, or that all the fans from more fan-focused manufacturers are good. But you’ll at least have a better shot at success if you can go for a top seller from one of the big brands.
For size, just go large. Look at models with a 52-inch blade diameter. Other editorial stories (like my old one) will tell you how to size the fan to the room, and that shorter blades are better suited for an area with less square footage. Forget it; just go with this size, which is popular and is often the largest you’ll find at an affordable price. Bigger blades tend to have more control over the wind speed, a larger motor that’s sized appropriately to the fan, and hopefully a good shot at running silently and lasting a long time. I once installed a Westinghouse Comet 52-Inch in a kid’s room that was about feet by feet, which is serious overkill by conventional standards. It looked kinda big for the space if you really stopped and stared at it, but it never really caught my eye after the day it was installed, and nobody ever said anything when we sold the place the following year. It comes in a few neutral shades, from pure white to pure black (or a “wood grain” option on the opposite side of the blades), so you can easily find a way to make it blend in with or contrast the ceiling.
This is in no way saying the Westinghouse is the only decent fan out there, but it’s worth noting that I’ve bought and installed four of them and all of them have been perfect. That said, I’d bet there are probably 50-plus ceiling fans for sale in the US right now that would meet our objective requirements just as well as the Westinghouse does. Silent operation, no vibration, maintenance-free durability, ability to revolve—that’s not asking too much of a basic electric motor, which most engineers would consider a mature technology. If you find another fan out there that has stellar reviews, a reliable brand name, and a style you like, then you will probably be happy with it.
Our Chicago electrician said he was impressed with its not-crappy hardware.
Here’s what I mean by cheap: We tried to go with a smaller fan for two of the bedrooms in our last place, because, as you’d read in Popular Mechanics, 5inches is supposedly only good for larger square-footage spaces. The difference was noticeable when you compared them room by room. The smaller ones hummed at every speed. Not a crazy amount, but not the total silence we got from the Comet. Beyond that, the smaller fans didn’t move as much air at the lower speeds, so they had to run faster, probably consume a fraction more electricity, and make a slightly louder hum. By most measurements, they worked fine. You felt a breeze. But in a direct comparison against the 52-inch, I wondered why we had bothered going smaller and paying a little less.
The ideal fan switch
This dual switch gives you more speed settings than most fans offer, dims the fan’s light, and controls each separately from the wall (not a pull chain).
Speaking of also great, the Lutron Maestro dimmer switch is an awesome addition to this or any fan. It gives you seven speed settings, which really makes the fan a lot more versatile at the lower speeds. It also gives you independent control of the fan and light so you can remove the dangling pull chains.
So, back to the fan’s air movement. One of the rooms we installed the Comet in was a giant 16- by 20-foot master bedroom. Oh, how we miss that bedroom! Its square footage was on the upper limits of the 52-inch fan’s supposed capacity, but we almost never turned it past the medium speed settings, even in the dead of summer. It just moved plenty of air throughout that big room at the lower speeds. That might make you think its level of power was overkill for a small bedroom like the 8-by-kid’s room I mentioned, but really, it wasn’t. The lower speed was perfectly comfortable—and that was before we’d even discovered that Lutron dimmer, which would have helped us dial in the speed even better.
Manufacturers measure a fan’s airflow as cubic feet per minute (CFM), an objective measurement, but I’ve found subjectively that there’s something just a bit nicer about the way the breeze feels coming off a wider-diameter fan on a slow speed versus a smaller fan that has to work harder and spin faster to get the same churn going in the room. The narrower fan feels more like a sharp, focused beam of air, and the bigger one is more like a gentle waft. This one’s CFM is rated up to 5,19at its top speed, which is on the high end of average, and a more intense gust than most people would want running for more than a minute or two. For reference, all of these fans were installed from high-ish ceilings at about feet off the floor, within the 7- to 10-foot range of floor-to-blade distance that manufacturers generally recommend.
On the matter of noise, the Comet 52-Inch is absolutely silent. The smaller fans we installed had a distinct high-pitched hum (which I might never have noticed if the electrician hadn’t pointed it out to me after the installation, saying, “Man, you hear that fan? That noise’d drive me CRAZY!”) On warm days when I turned on the smaller and larger fans in succession, I just shook my head at the little ones’ noise. Again, there are probably quite a few good fans out there that can operate silently at any speed, and there are even some really bad ones that can tick or click or make a wah-wah sound after some use. All I can say is the Comet was quiet from the start and and has been for more than a year of use.
As for hardware, I have to defer to my electrician, who has seen a lot more of it than I have and who pronounced it “not bad.” With electrical hardware, I feel like it either works as expected, or it’s too cheap—the machine screws aren’t threaded well, the wires are substandard, or the connections just don’t feel solid. I wouldn’t expect to find much boutique super-duty artisanal electrical hardware in most high-end ceiling fan boxes. The Westinghouse Comet stuff is decent and shouldn’t need to be swapped out during the installation.
In regard to customer support, my point is really to distinguish the more prominent manufacturers (like Westinghouse) from the big-box store brands. In that sense, I mean you can get support specific to your product, whereas at a big-box store you may not. Sure, you can usually return any product to a big box, so you’re not out of luck if something goes wrong right away. But it’s a little more likely that a Westinghouse (or Hunter, Fanimation, Minka Aire, Modern Fan, Big Ass Fans, Kichler) can actually send you a replacement part if needed, answer an unusual question if something odd is happening, or maybe even replace an older product if something goes wrong later.
Regarding style, the Comet has a pretty neutral, understated look. We’ve always used the black fan blades; the reverse side is a wood-look laminate (it also comes in white/wood and cream/wood, and a more expensive espresso finish). That’s all the style we wanted: felt but not seen.
Like most fans, the Comet has a light. The light incorporates two bulbs under a single glass-dome shade, giving you a range of light levels, and it has standard screw-in sockets (candelabra size, unfortunately), but you’ll still have plenty for LED bulbs, which are usually dimmable and always efficient. Yes, ceiling fan lights are notoriously harsh and you should probably avoid being seen naked under them if at all possible. However, predictable overhead lighting is useful, particularly for drunk guests stumbling off to an unfamiliar bedroom. And, people browsing through an open house when you’re trying to sell your place will find one less thing to be distracted by if there’s a light on the wall right where they expect it.
The Comet also has five blades. I’m pretty sure my ceiling fan reporting has attempted to determine an ideal number of blades on a fan, but it’s really not something you need to focus on. There is no magic number of ceiling fan blades. The bigger-diameter ones can all move plenty of air. Just get the style you like.
Arrives with a remote
The Hurricane Classic Fan has three speed settings and is 20 inches in height. This budget choice features a space saving design. This fan gets the job done without a bunch of fancy bells or whistles making it perfect for those wanting an economical, easy to use fan.
The Patton High-Velocity Fan features three different settings for speed and an adjustable tilt head. It is comprised of 18-inch metal blades that efficiently move air. This model has a powerful motor and is built to last. The Patton High-Velocity fan is an excellent option for individuals wanting to cool a workshop or garage. This fan is very loud, so it may not be best suited for home or overnight use. You could also use this heavy duty box fan as a tool to help you dry carpets after shampooing them.
The Holmes Twin Window Fan is composed of lightweight plastic and fits easily into windows with an opening of at least 2inches wide and 1inches in height. It also can be used with extender panels which will extend the fan to a width of 3inches for larger windows. The fan has a comfort control thermostat to help you find and maintain the ideal temperature for maximized comfort. The Holmes Twin Window Fan is a lovely choice for those individuals that want a window fan and live in moist climates. The fan motors are water resistant to guard against issues in rainy weather. It has three speeds and is easy to install and use. The fans operate independently to allow cold air inside the home while pushing hot air outside.
Basic fan without many higher tech features
The Lasko 20-Inch Weather-Shield Performance Box Fan is a basic model with the addition of a weather shield to protect the unity form rain. It has a compact design and is easy to carry and transport. On the downside, it is louder than other similar models.
When compared with other household appliances, box fans are relatively low maintenance. The most common issues involved in the upkeep of your fan lies in the prevention of dirt, grime, dust, allergens, and any other debris from building up on the fan’s blades.
UL Dry Rating
UL Dry-rated ceiling fans are great for indoor uses, including living rooms and bedrooms. As long as these fans aren’t used in damp rooms, like bathrooms or laundry rooms, they’ll have long and healthy service lives. However, it’s never a good idea to place these fans outdoors. The exposure to the elements will ruin a dry-rated ceiling fan quickly. If you can keep these fans away from all forms of moisture, they will provide long-lasting cooling for your home or office.
UL Damp Rating
UL Damp-rated ceiling fans are ideal for covered outdoor locations that have no direct exposure to water, rain, or snow. These outdoor fans can handle moisture and damp areas like a pro, but don’t like getting rained on directly. Use these fans in the in-between places of your home or facility to cool the area and keep the air circulating.
UL Wet Rating
UL Wet rated ceiling fans can handle it all. You could spray these fans with a hose to clean them and they will still hold up great. They can handle ice, snow, and intense rain equally well, and can also stand up to the harsh, salty breezes from the ocean. This is the fan you want around while you’re outside trying to enjoy the day without so much summer heat.
The 42″ Minka-Aire Sundance is a very popular wet-rated outdoor ceiling fan for those looking to install a fan in an area that is often wet. The oil-rubbed bronze finish and the all-weather dark oak combine beautifully to make this an excellent fixture for your porch, patio, courtyard, or gazebo. The ability to withstand the natural elements, the small, 42” blade diameter, the 3,42CFM rating, and the 65.high-efficiency rating make this fan choice a no-brainer. The 4.user review rating was only a bonus to backup what we already know about this quality ceiling fan.
The best-damp rated outdoor ceiling fan is an easy decision when the 48″ Hunter Sea Wind fan is an option. The white ceiling fan blades against the white motor housing really brings the traditional Hunter style and craftsmanship to the forefront, and its classic style ensure it will match any location. The simplicity, reliability, popularity, and most importantly, the UL damp listing, rockets this ceiling fan to the top of our list. The flush mount ability is an added benefit for consumers considering the Hunter Sea Wind.
When it comes to selecting an outdoor fan for a lanai, the value of the 52″ Minka-Aire Traditional Concept supersedes similar fans. The UL listed wet rating, traditional design, attached light kit, and included remote create the best value for outside your home.
The decorative 54″ Casablanca Charthouse, with its decorative fan blades designed to resemble palm leaves, is perfect for a warm pool house. The high CFM ratings and efficient operation creates the perfect combination for a warm outdoor space, while the wet rating and wide blade span creates a cool, comfortable environment for all of your guests in the pool house.
The 52″ Hunter Bridgeport is the best damp-rated ceiling fan to install in your Florida room. The all-weather blades make the large fixture easy to clean and maintain while remaining practical and decorative. The bronze housing, coupled with the oak-looking fan blades, creates a comfortable atmosphere for your family and friends.
The small 30″ Quorum Estate Patio is perfect for any bathroom. The short blade span is compensated with a 6th blade and great energy efficiency rating. The wet rating makes this ceiling fan great for circulating air around a tiny bathroom full of steam.
Are you looking for the perfect ceiling fan for your carport? The 52″ Savoy House Nomad wet-rated fixture is the ideal match. The color availability, large blade span, and airflow efficiency sets that fan apart from the rest. This is the fixture you need to cool your warm carport.
How to Install an Outdoor Ceiling Fan
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your outdoor fan wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of outdoor fan
- №1 — 52″ Casa Delta-Wing Bronze Outdoor LED Ceiling Fan
- №2 — Wet Location Fan 18 Inch Indoor/Outdoor Wall/Ceiling/Pole Mount
- №3 — Hurricane Wall Mount Fan – 16 Inch | Classic Series | Wall Fan with 90 Degree Oscillation