6 Best Fans for Hot Summer Days (and Nights)

3 best cooling fans at Walmart Editor's picks

As summer temperatures soar, keeping your family calm, cool and collected may become a top priority. Whether you have air conditioning or not, outfitting your house with a few well-placed fans may help to keep you comfortable—and you could even save on your air conditioning bill.[1] To help you choose the best cooling fan for your family’s needs, we’ve selected the top-selling, best-looking and most efficient options to suit every budget. You might just say we’ve made shopping a breeze!

Our editor’s picks

Dimensions (L x W x H): 1.54 x 3.94 x 5.24 inches

Weight: 0.30 pounds

Fan speeds: 3

Oscillating: No

  • Cordless and rechargeable

  • Limited airflow

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Dimensions (L x W x H): 11 x 11 x 40 inches

Weight: 11 pounds

Fan speeds: 4

Oscillating: Yes

  • Comes with handy remote control

  • Base isn’t super sturdy

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Dimensions (L x W x H): 7.75 x 15.25 x 15.12 inches

Weight: 6.1 pounds

Fan speeds: 3

Oscillating: No

  • Small yet powerful

  • No remote control

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Dimensions (L x W x H): 25 x 25 x 48 inches

Weight: 6.2 pounds

Fan speeds: 3

Oscillating: Yes

  • Ultra-quiet

  • Not the most durable

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Dimensions (L x W x H): 10.9 x 6.3 x 10.9 inches

Weight: 2.6 pounds

Fan speeds: 2

Oscillating: No

  • Ultra lightweight

  • Not as powerful as larger fans

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Dimensions (L x W x H): 4.3 x 7.5 x 39.6 inches

Weight: 6.4 pounds

Fan speeds: 10

Oscillating: Yes

  • No blades or grills to clean

  • A bit noisy

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In this guide
Types of fans
Best cooling tower fan at Walmart Tower fans

This style of fan is designed to get air flowing throughout a room without unnecessary noise. Some models are near-silent, which is ideal in a home office or bedroom.

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Best cooling floor fan at Walmart Floor fans

A heavy-duty floor fan is super-efficient at moving a lot of air. This type of fan works well in a garage or basement because it can be a bit noisy. Use it in a home gym or next to a workbench.

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Best pedestal cooling fan at Walmart Pedestal fans

For comfortable, continuous airflow, a pedestal fan should be your go-to. This type often has an oscillation feature, which comes in handy if you’re trying to push air conditioning down a hallway on a hot night.

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Best cooling desk fan at Walmart Desk fans

Also known as table fans, these little guys are light, portable and versatile. They work well on a dresser, in a home office or even on a cramped kitchen countertop.

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Features to consider

Keep in mind these five functions when shopping for a new cooling fan:

  • Programmable timer: A timer will allow you to schedule your fan to run for a set amount of time and for it to turn off automatically—like in the middle of the night.
  • Oscillation: A fan that rotates left to right will be able to move a lot more air.
  • Noise level: Some models are almost silent while others are designed to produce the hum of sleep-inducing white noise. Other models are just plain loud. It’s important to consider where you’ll be using the fan and the level of noise you can tolerate.
  • Power source: Check if the fan runs on batteries, can be plugged into a USB port, requires access to a standard outlet or needs to be hardwired to a light fixture.
  • Size: You’ll want something light and compact if you’ll be propping it up on your desk, while bigger is probably better if you’re trying to move air around a large room.
Best fan on a budget
Treva Rechargeable Puck Fan Treva Rechargeable Puck Fan
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 1.54 x 3.94 x 5.24 inches

  • Weight: 0.30 pounds

  • Fan speeds: 3

  • Oscillating: No

This portable fan is mini but mighty! It takes up next to no room in a suitcase or overnight bag and is ideal for use on the go—think campsites, cottages and hotel rooms on your next road trip. It also works well at home on a desk or bedside table.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This little fan is fully rechargeable—no batteries required!

  • You get hours of cooling on a single charge. It will run for as long as 18 hours on the low setting and up to six hours at high speed.

  • With three speed settings, this fan allows you to adjust your cooling as needed.

Cons
  • The portable size also means you have limited airflow, even on the highest setting.

  • Some reviewers praise the fact that it’s charged by micro USB but note that it doesn’t come with a charging cord. (Luckily, most of us have a few USB cords lying around!)

The draw
Light and strong for the size! Perfect for travelling and camping. And it's USB chargeable!
-Julie, Walmart customer
The downside
Purchased to circulate air in a hot tent. Not very powerful, but it’s not bad for being cordless.
-Karma4U2, Walmart customer
Best tower fan
Seville Classics Tower Fan Seville Classics Tower Fan
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 11 x 11 x 40 inches

  • Weight: 11 pounds

  • Fan speeds: 4

  • Oscillating: Yes

Set up this sleek, slim tower fan in your home office, TV room or basically anywhere that could use a breeze. The oscillating feature moves air 75 degrees for maximum cooling. We also like the programmable shutdown timer, which is great in the bedroom if you don’t want your fan blowing on you all night long.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The handy remote control (with battery included!) has 15 feet of range, so you can easily adjust your breeze whenever and wherever you need to.

  • With a footprint of less than one square foot, the compact design is a big space saver.

  • Four fan speeds, including high, medium, low and eco, give you all the options you need.

Cons
  • Some reviewers note that this model makes rattling sounds, particularly while it’s oscillating.

  • A few reviewers complained that the base isn’t very sturdy.

The draw
Super quiet with many different settings. Very handy tiny remote. Easy to set up and takes up very little space. Highly recommend.
-Dexter36, Walmart customer
The downside
At higher speed settings, airflow is good, but much louder than other models. This is the problem with slimmer tower fans, for the same airflow they must spin faster and thus make more noise.
-Jay Jay, Walmart customer
Best floor fan
Navia Accelerator Wall/Table Fan Navia Accelerator Wall/Table Fan Navia Accelerator Wall/Table Fan
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 7.75 x 15.25 x 15.12 inches

  • Weight: 6.1 pounds

  • Fan speeds: 3

  • Oscillating: No

Make summer cooking more comfortable by mounting this high-performance blower right under your kitchen cupboards, or place it on the floor in the basement next to your yoga mat for a breezier workout. This multi-purpose floor fan can do it all.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • You can save floor space with the wall mount option, which allows you to hang it anywhere that can get extra hot—think your kitchen, garage or home gym.

  • At just 12 inches, this fan is small and sleek.

  • It has four speeds and moves a surprising amount of air.

Cons
  • No remote control means you’ve got to get up to change the speed or switch it off.

  • Although it’s powerful, it doesn’t oscillate.

The draw
This thing moves air! Almost feels like commercial grade, performance-wise, and moves air like a much larger fan. It is not noisy and has a modern, sleek look.
-Blown away, Walmart customer
The downside
At the highest setting, this is a very good value for the size and output. At the lower settings, it emits an annoying buzzing sound and is not moving much air.
-Aaadam, Walmart customer
Best pedestal fan
Mainstays Stand Fan Mainstays Stand Fan Mainstays Stand Fan Mainstays Stand Fan Mainstays Stand Fan
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 25 x 25 x 48 inches

  • Weight: 6.2 pounds

  • Fan speeds: 3

  • Oscillating: Yes

Whether you’re sitting at a desk, standing in the kitchen or lying in bed, this adjustable pedestal fan provides comfortable cooling at just the right height. The simple design will blend in with any décor, in any room in your home.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • You really can’t beat the budget-friendly price point.

  • It’s whisper-quiet, which is ideal for a home office.

  • The oscillating head will keep the air circulating all around the room for maximum cooling.

Cons
  • It’s a powerful solution for steamy days but is designed for medium to large spaces, so may not be ideal in a small room.

  • It’s not super durable, so keep away from pets or small children to avoid tipping.

The draw
I was unsure of this fan because of the very reasonable price, but I took a chance. Now that I have been using it, I can say that this fan absolutely blows. As far as fans go, that’s exactly what you want to see. Way to go, Mainstays!
-Mike, Walmart customer
The downside
Would only recommend if you need a cheap fan.
-Leo21, Walmart customer
Best desk fan
Honeywell TurboForce Air Circulator Honeywell TurboForce Air Circulator Honeywell TurboForce Air Circulator Honeywell TurboForce Air Circulator Honeywell TurboForce Air Circulator Honeywell TurboForce Air Circulator
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 10.9 x 6.3 x 10.9 inches

  • Weight: 2.6 pounds

  • Fan speeds: 2

  • Oscillating: No

We think you’ll be a fan of this small-but-powerful desktop blower. It easily tucks into the corner of even the smallest home-office desk, end table or bedside table and is ultra-quiet—even on high speed.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • At less than three pounds, this little fan is ultra-lightweight and easy to move around a room or throughout your home.

  • This fan can be wall-mounted to save even more space.

  • It’s small and quiet, which makes it ideal for kids’ bedrooms.

Cons
  • It’s best for personal use since it’s not as powerful as larger fans.

  • Although this fan can pivot 90 degrees, it does not oscillate, so air is still moving in only one direction.

The draw
Nice quiet table fan. Doesn’t take up much room. Even when it is not needed for cooling, we turn the fan in an upward direction to improve air circulation in the room.
-Addie, Walmart customer
The downside
This fan would be OK for a personal fan. But I don't think it does that well cooling a whole room unless it's a small room.
-Kattee, originally posted on Kaz Honeywell
Best luxe fan
Dyson Cool AM07 Tower Fan Dyson Cool AM07 Tower Fan Dyson Cool AM07 Tower Fan Dyson Cool AM07 Tower Fan Dyson Cool AM07 Tower Fan
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 4.3 x 7.5 x 39.6 inches

  • Weight: 6.4 pounds

  • Fan speeds: 10

  • Oscillating: Yes

This tower fan whips air around a room like a brisk fall breeze. It’s been engineered for energy efficiency and, with no fast-spinning blades, is safe for little kids and curious pets. Plus, you’re getting the top quality you expect from Dyson appliances.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The remote control commands 10 precise airflow settings, plus it’s curved and magnetized to store neatly on the machine.

  • With no blades or an awkward safety grill to get around, cleaning is a snap.

  • You can program it to turn off after pre-set intervals, ranging from 15 minutes to nine hours.

Cons
  • At such a hefty price, this fan is an investment. (But keep in mind that there’s a six-month installment plan available to make it more affordable.)

  • Some reviewers note that it’s a bit noisier than expected.

The draw
I love this fan. You can program it to run for one hour, as you fall asleep. This is a great convenience for warm nights that turn into cool mornings.
-SuperSix1, originally posted on dyson.com
The downside
Attractive appearance and easy to clean. Louder than advertised especially at high speeds. At times sounds like a vacuum cleaner instead of a fan.
-Anonymous, originally posted on dyson.com
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