Best Ceiling Fans

Best Ceiling Fans

Today, we’re taking a look at ceiling fans and how to choose the right ones in order to reach maximum levels of comfort inside before it gets unbearably hot outside.

Whether you’re looking to cool down a large room, a medium-sized room, or a small room, we’ve compiled a list of the best ceiling fans currently available online.

How do you decide which ceiling fans will work for you, you ask? We’ll get into that shortly!

Brand/Model Key Features Ratings More Information
Hunter Low Profile IV (51059) 5 blades
42-inch span
2,902 CFM capacity
4.9 out of 5

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Hampton Bay Brookhurst 5 blades
52-inch span
4,469 CFM capacity
4.8 out of 5

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Kensgrove 72" Espresso Bronze 8 blades
72-inch span
10,484 CFM capacity
4.7 out of 5

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Harbor Breeze Mazon 3 blades
44-inch span
4,545 CFM capacity
4.6 out of 5

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Choosing Ceiling Fans

We hope this is no shock to you, but not every fan is created to do the same amount of work as others. Large ceiling fans are wonderful for large rooms and the same goes for small fans and small rooms.

No, a big fan in a small room won’t necessarily make your room comfortable… and a small fan in a large room definitely won’t keep you as cool as you’d probably like.

First of all, we need to calculate the square footage of the room or rooms we’re interested in cooling. Otherwise, it’s going to be pretty difficult to select ceiling fans that are appropriate in size and power.

To determine the square footage of the room in question, simply measure the length and width and multiply them. For example, if the room is 20 feet long and 15 feet wide, you’re working with about 300 square feet of space.

  • If the room is more than 300 or 400 square feet in size, you might want to install two ceiling fans (or more). One fan might do the job but will it provide the actual air flow you desire? Probably not!

Once we’ve measured the room size, we should take a look at the ceiling.

Is your ceiling low, high, or somewhere in between? Does it slope or is it angled in the area you want the fan to be installed?

Most ceilings these days are at least 8 feet off the ground, making the minimum distance from the floor to the blades about 7 feet apart. This scenario makes a low-profile fan without a downrod appealing.

If you’re working with a ceiling that’s more than 9 feet high, sorry, but you’re probably going to need a downrod! (Hey, we don’t mind them, but some people really seem to!)

  • Ideally, you’ll want a little less than a foot of space between your ceiling and the fan blades.
    • Approximately 10 inches between the two should allow enough room for optimal air flow.
  • The blades should also be about a foot and a half away from the walls.

Take the height of the tallest member of the household into consideration if you really want things to be perfect!

Now that we’ve settled on appropriate placement, let’s go into a few more details.

  • If you’re ventilating a room that is about 75 square feet in size, you probably won’t need a blade span that exceeds 40 inches.
  • Medium-sized rooms would benefit from ceiling fans with blade spans ranging from 36 to 54 inches.
    • (These rooms would be between 75 and 225 square feet).
  • Large rooms would receive good airflow from blades that span up to 72 inches.
    • (Rooms that are greater than 225 square feet in size).

Just remember, if you’re working with a room that measures more than 300 square feet, a second fan would guarantee efficient cooling more than a single fan would.

  • The number of blades a ceiling fan has will have an effect on those calculations.

The next important thing to look at in ceiling fans would be the cubic feet per minute (CFM). That determines just how much air that fan can move each passing minute.

  • Calculate the room’s cubic footage by measuring the length, width, and height of the room.
    • For example, a room that is 15 feet long, 12 feet wide, with a 9-foot-tall ceiling would measure about 1,620 cubic feet.
  • Once you’ve gotten your data, seeing how much air a manufacturer claims its fan can move per minute makes more sense.
    • An area that measures 1,620 cubic feet might not need a fan with a pace of 4,000 CFM.

It wouldn’t hurt to go ahead and look at the wattage and overall efficiency of the ceiling fans you’re interested in, either!

If you feel like doing some more calculations, you’ll know how much of an impact on your electric bill it will potentially have.

  • To determine how efficient a ceiling fan will be, look at the watts and CFM.
    • You’ll want to divide the CFM by the watts.

We hope you’re ready to dive deep into detail because now we’re going to look at all the options we have in terms of motors for ceiling fans.

Ceiling Fan Motors

To some people, the motor type is more important than any other aspect of a ceiling fan. That’s because the type of motor a fan has will directly impact the level of maintenance that will be required for a long, smooth performance.

If you don’t want to replace your ceiling fans every so often, you’ll want to seek out a quality motor. If you can’t stand subtle noises, or loud ones, you won’t want a noisy motor.

  • Ceiling fans with AC motors come in a large variety of options.
    • Ball-bearing motors offer up about 1/15th to 1/10th HP.
    • Flywheel motors tend to be surprisingly quiet.
    • Oil bath motors require maintenance every one to five years and are composed of heavy metals, which keep vibrations and swaying down to a minimum.
    • Stack motors run on direct drives, are usually high quality, and quiet in terms of performance.
    • Standard and large standard direct drive motors are big but powerful and awesome at creating extraordinary airflow.
    • Ultra-performance direct drive motors are obviously the bee’s knees if you’re fine with running an AC motor!
  • DC motor ceiling fansĀ are typically the best option in terms of energy efficiency due to their magnetic fields being static.
    • They usually have extra speed settings.

Our Favorite Ceiling Fans

The price ranges vary significantly on ceiling fans, costing anywhere from $50 to well-over $500. The fans with high-quality materials, top-notch motors, and large blade spans tend to cost more than affordable, energy efficient models with few features.

In choosing our favorites, we did our best to pick an assortment of options. We tried to include budget-friendly choices, high-performance models, and fans in various sizes.

Best Ceiling Fan for Small Rooms

Hunter 51059

  • The Hunter Low Profile IV is our favorite pick for smaller rooms because it’s powerful and doesn’t cost a fortune.
    • You can usually pick one of these up for less than $100.
    • The airflow product is about 2,900 CFM.
  • The 5 blades span about 42 inches.
  • It has a flush, downrod mount.
  • It uses about 57 watts of energy.
  • The motor itself has a reversal switch, allowing you to control the direction of airflow.
    • Surprisingly quiet while in operation.
  • It is not meant to be used outdoors.
  • The manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on the motor and up to one year on its parts.

Best Ceiling Fan for Medium-Sized Rooms

Hampton Bay Brookhurst

  • The Hampton Bay Brookhurst model is ideal for medium and large rooms that aren’t excessive in size.
    • The 5 blades span about 52 inches and the air flow capacity is 4,469 CFM.
    • Has an AC motor and should be used with a downrod.
  • Is slightly heavy, coming close to weighing 20 pounds.
  • Will use about 60 watts of energy.
  • The blades can be reversed so you can enjoy looking at maple or walnut, depending on your mood and your furniture.
  • Features three light bulbs.
  • The motor can reach speeds up to 160 rotations per minute with quiet performance.
    • Can reach a maximum of 174 RPM.

Best Ceiling Fan for Large Rooms and Outdoor Use

Kensgrove 72″ Espresso Bronze

  • The 72-inch Kensgrove Espresso Bronze ceiling fan is our favorite choice for large room, patios, and pool houses.
    • Not only does it have a massive blade-span, but it also features 8 blades!
  • The airflow capacity is 10,484 CFM.
  • Has a light and a remote control that allows you to adjust the light’s brightness and the speed settings of the fan.
    • To only feature one light, it emits an impressive amount of illumination at 3000K temperatures and a 16-watt LED bulb.
  • The unit itself weighs a bit more than 20 pounds.
  • Features a DC motor with several peed settings.
    • Unfortunately for users living in windy environments, the motor is lightweight and outdoor use is not recommended in these conditions.

Best 3-Blade Ceiling Fan

Harbor Breeze Mazon

  • The Harbor Breeze Mazon is a modern, simplistic fan with a unique design.
    • If you have a small or medium-sized room with a low ceiling, this is a nice option because it has a flush mount.
    • It is not meant to be used outdoors.
  • It features 3 blades with an impressive airflow capacity of 4,545 CFM.
  • The motor is reversible, making it ideal to use in both warm and cool weather.
    • This has a pretty powerful AC motor, making for a not-so-quiet performance, but we didn’t mind the noise level whatsoever.
  • Comes with a remote, giving you handheld access to three speed settings.
  • Offers LED lighting.
  • Uses about 58 watts of power without using the light.
  • Weighs a little less than 20 pounds.

In Conclusion

Clearly, there are many more options than what we have listed. There are beautiful models available for about $300 that would make any room seem fancier than it might actually be.

There are also models that are full of features but those additions come at an additional cost. We wanted to display our favorite choices of ceiling fans for different room sizes and different ceilings.

If you don’t want to listen to a lot of noise, you’ll want to get a small, energy efficient motor instead of a bulkier, heavy-duty AC motor.

Other than that, it’s pretty much all about the airflow capacity, design, and overall functionality.

As always, thank you for learning about ceiling fans with us and we hope you find what you’re looking for!

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