While most ceiling fans will get the job done—that job being circulating the air and keeping rooms from getting too stuffy in warmer months, and reversing in the cooler months to better circulate heat throughout your rooms, there are still a few decisions to make to find the right one. Buying decisions typically come down to other factors: namely, room size, budget, and aesthetics.
According to Energy Star, ceiling fans with up to 36-inch blades are best for rooms up to 75 square feet, while fans... from 36 to 42 inches work well up to 144 square feet. After that, they recommend 44-inch fans up to 225 square feet, and then 50- to 54-inch fans up to about 400 square feet. Energy Star also recommends that fans be installed at least 7 feet from the floor, while 8 to 9 feet high is best for promoting airflow.
Aside from size, factoring in budget and design should help narrow the field significantly. Budget ceiling fans can be had for as little as $50, while high-end models can cost several hundred dollars. Unique or contemporary design tends to account for a lot of the price difference, so buyers who want an eye-catching look should be prepared to pay much more than they would for a more traditional fan. With all that in mind, here are the best ceiling fans on the market today.
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The Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe fan is ideal for anyone who wants to balance traditional and contemporary style, and its ability to blend in with almost any décor has made it a best-seller. Suitable for rooms up to 400 square feet, the fan has 52-inch blades and is available in all white or either cherry/oak with brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze accents. The motor is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
A bowl light requiring two 60-watt candelabra bulbs is included with the Hunter 53091,... but the fan can be installed without the light, too. Some owners warn that the light is too dim to be the only light source in a large room, however. Installation itself is easy, reviewers say, with straight-forward instructions that smooth the process even for first-timers. The fan can be installed using standard, flush or angled mounting for extra versatility. Other features include a reversible motor and pull-chain operation. While some reviewers are disappointed that it doesn’t come with a remote, others say it’s easy to add one later. Owners rave about how quiet this fan is, even on higher speeds.
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Buyers who want a modern ceiling fan that makes a statement in a room that already has ample lighting will want to check out the Emerson Tilo Low-Profile Ceiling Fan. This minimalist fan is best for smaller rooms, where its three blades that span 30 inches are more than powerful enough to keep air moving. It’s available in all white or cherry with either brushed steel or oil-rubbed bronze accents. The motor is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Though the Tilo is sold without a light, a... compatible light kit that requires two 50-watt candelabra bulbs is available. Reviewers say the fan is very quiet and easy to install, and they say its compact size makes it especially ideal for cramped rooms with lower ceilings. It can be installed flush to the ceiling or with downrods on ceilings up to nine feet tall, but the manufacturer recommends adding longer downrods for higher ceilings. Features include a four-speed sliding wall control and a reversible motor. There is no remote or chain control.
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When money is tight, the Minka-Aire F546 is a streamlined, contemporary option that’s an especially good pick for just about any room, reviewers say. It comes with five 42- or 52-inch blades, so this model will do just fine in a wide range of rooms, from smaller bedrooms to larger family rooms. There are also six finishes, including walnut and brushed steel, oil-rubbed bronze and white.
This ceiling fan does not come with a light, but reviewers say adding a compatible light kit is easy.... Installation is also a cinch, but note that the fan cannot be mounted flush with the ceiling – instead, it comes with a small downrod. Longer downrods can also be added for higher ceilings. Features include a reversible motor and a three-speed pull-chain control. Most reviewers say this fan moves an admirable amount of air quietly, and while a few wish for more features, many say it’s hard to beat for the price.
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Design-lovers will definitely want to check out the Minka Aire Light Wave, which is equal parts ceiling fan and eye-catching sculpture with its three gracefully rounded, twisting blades. The 52-inch fan is suited for rooms up to 400 square feet, though reviewers say the sleek blades make it a good choice for larger bedrooms, too. The fan comes in all white, silver, and distressed koa. The latter is the best bet for traditionalists who want a warmer look, reviewers say. The motor is backed by a... limited lifetime warranty.
The three-speed Light Wave comes with an integrated 17-watt LED light that reviewers say easily illuminates even a larger room, but it can also be dimmed for those who prefer lower-level mood lighting. Most owners say installation is seamless and quick. A 4.5- and 6-inch downrod are included, but very high or vaulted ceilings will probably require longer rods that can be purchased separately. This fan cannot be mounted flush with the ceiling. It comes with a remote control and the fan is reversible. While most owners say it’s quiet, some owners report a loud hum after installation. Running the fan for 24 hours may reduce or eliminate the noise, according to the manual.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Modern design can be streamlined, simple and versatile, and that’s exactly what you get with the Monte Carlo 5DI52PND ceiling fan, owners say. This five-blade fan measures 52 inches across and is ideal for living rooms or large bedrooms. It comes in enough colors to blend with any décor – brushed steel, matte black, white, roman bronze and polished nickel – and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
This three-speed Monte Carlo has an opaque dome light that requires one 75-watt mini candelabra... bulb. As is often the case with ceiling fan lights, reviewers warn that it isn’t the brightest light and shouldn’t be the sole lighting source for the room. Most owners say installation is simple, especially for those who’ve previously installed a ceiling fan. While it includes a downrod, the fan can also be flush mounted in rooms with lower ceilings. The motor is reversible and comes with pull-chain controls, but remote and wall-mount controls can be purchased separately. Most owners have written that it is very quiet, though a few report a slight hum.
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Buyers who want a reasonably priced, classic-looking ceiling fan should consider the Hunter 53237. Suitable for rooms up to 485 square feet, this five-blade fan can easily handle family rooms and other large spaces. It comes in brushed nickel and Brazilian cherry; oil-rubbed bronze and mahogany; or all white. The motor is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
The Hunter 53237 comes with a light fixture that has three bell-shaped, swirled glass shades, but the fan can be installed without the... light as well. Three 60-watt candelabra bulbs are included. Reviewers say the fixture gives off a soft light that is fine for a bedroom, but probably not enough for larger spaces. Installation gets mixed reviews: Some say it’s fairly easy, but others warn it’s a little more involved than comparable fans. This three-speed fan can be installed using standard, flush, or angled mounting. Other features include a reversible motor and pull-chain operation, though reviewers say it’s easy enough to add a remote. Another plus: Noise is next to non-existent, reviewers say.
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Anyone searching for a durable outdoor ceiling fan will want to take a look at the Energy Star-rated Hunter Bayview, which is optimized for use in damp outdoor environments such as covered porches or patios. This fan has five durable plastic 54-inch blades, meaning it can move a ton of air in spaces up to roughly 485 square feet. It comes in either white with white blades or muted gold with dark brown blades.
The Bayview features a reversible WhisperWind motor that is meant to minimize noise on... all settings, and a three-speed pull-chain control. The motor is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. It can be installed any way owners need – flush mounted and angle mounted included. Most reviewers say installation is easy, and they especially love the design for tropical-style patios and sunrooms. More importantly, they say this fan does what it needs to – moves a lot of air quietly. It does not come with a light, but a light kit can be added.
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