Tabletop or tower fan: which is best?
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds56 guides
- Noise level
- Airflow rate
- Ventilation area
It's all a question of height...
What could be more annoying than a cool breeze at knee-level when you feel dehydrated and headachey? The tower fan is designed to address just this problem by cooling on multiple levels, from head to toe.
Sweeping or direct fanning effect?
Depending on the type of fan you choose (static or rotating), the ventilation it provides can either be in a fixed direction or oscillating from side to side. The fixed type comes out bottom for comfort since it blows a constant amount of air through the whole time it's on (timer or manual control).
Which is more expensive?
Fans can be found at a wide range of prices, anywhere between £10 and £500. Tower and pedestal models start at around £25. Simple tabletop models are cheaper though, so you can start cooling off for as little as £10 or £15!
High-end fans can really start to rack up, on the other hand. You get what you pay for, though, and fan performance can get a whole lot better than what you can pick up for £10. Airflow rates on pro-level fans can exceed 25,000m³! For comparison, the cheapest models might have a flow rate of about 500m³.
Here are some important factors to consider when choosing between tabletop and tower fans:
- number of speeds
- option of remote control
- range of ventilation modes (standard, silent, etc.)
- option and range timer control (2, 4, 8 hours)
- overall product quality
- mister or humidifier settings
- ionizer function
- maximum airflow (m³/h)
- noise level when operating (in decibels, dB)
Which wins on noise level?
When considering how convenient a particular model of fan is to use, don't forget about noise level. Fans generally produce somewhere between 40 and 65dB. At the top end of this range, they can become unpleasant to listen to and impossible to use at night.
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Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds 56 guides écrits
With a handyman-father, I grew up with the soft sound of the sander and hammer on weekends.
I am both manual and cerebral (yes, it is possible.), I learned the basics of DIY and the customization of furniture because I was passionate. The salvage mentality is a true way of life that allowed me to know how to use all the tools and products needed to give something a second life, from sander to varnish.
I have two favorite activities: the transformation of old furniture and decoration tips. I am always ready to lend a helping hand to revamp a table or to restore a mirror that was intended for the trash that will become a friend’s centerpiece.
I’m convinced that it’s possible to reinvent an interior by small, regular modifications, I constantly research low-cost, test ideas.