Meaco Fan 1056 review

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79%

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 verdict: Quiet and effective

Not many fans can deliver such an effective breeze with so little noise, but this Meaco impressed on both fronts. It’s also sturdily built, easy to use and low on energy use, so while it’s been around for a while, this model is definitely worth considering.

Pros
  • Creates a pleasant breeze
  • Quiet
  • Easy to use
  • Solidly-built and safe
Cons
  • Nothing major but the lowest breeze is less gentle than with some

Electriq DCF16P review

£70.00Typical price

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70%

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 verdict: Excellent electric fan

We were really impressed with this electric fan. It’s low on energy use, solidly built, and, most importantly, it will cool you down nicely.

Pros
  • Quiet on low settings
  • Wide number of air speed settings to choose from
  • Sturdily built
Cons
  • Loud on maximum speed setting
  • Requires some self-assembly before use

Dyson AM06 review

£249.00Typical price

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70%

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 verdict: Great fan, although the breeze may not be strong enough for some

This bladeless Dyson fan has been on the market for a while, but still looks super stylish. Plus, it’s quiet, even on the highest setting, so it won’t interrupt an important call. There are plenty of air speeds to choose from, for those who want a gentle or moderate breeze. It’s not the model for those who want a really strong breeze.

Pros
  • Very quiet – especially on low settings
  • Decent build quality
  • Good range of air speeds
Cons
  • Can’t deliver a super-powerful breeze even on highest setting

Dyson AM07 review

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68%

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 verdict: Good range of speeds, but some are noisy

The Dyson AM07’s bladeless technology means it’s very easy to clean. You’ll need to use a high speed setting to feel a pleasant breeze, and although it’s very quiet on lower speeds, it’s much louder on higher ones, particularly if it’s in oscillation mode.

Pros
  • Very quiet on low settings
  • Good range of air speeds
  • Solidly built
  • Low on energy use
Cons
  • Noisy at higher speeds

Dimplex 360 Turbo Cooling Fan DX360CF review

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67%

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 verdict: Powerful and compact

This fan is compact, well built, and delivers a pleasant breeze, so it would be a great fan to have on a desktop or bedside table. It has plenty of features, comes with a neat remote control, and it’s light enough to carry from room to room. It’s lowest setting is quite high, though.

Pros
  • Easy to achieve a pleasant breeze
  • Quiet on the low fan setting
  • Good build quality
  • Decent range of air speeds
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Loud on high speed
  • Breeze on lowest setting could be too strong for some

 

Dimplex DXRCF review

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67%

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 verdict: Convenient, quiet, and efficient

This white, desktop fan is smaller than most but it’s powerful enough to deliver a pleasant breeze. It’s quieter than most of the fans on test, and the fact that it’s rechargeable means you can move it anywhere you want to, even if there’s no wall socket to plug it into.

Pros
  • Good at creating a pleasant breeze
  • Quiet
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent energy efficiency
  • Good build quality
Cons
  • Nothing major but hard to clean inside grille

 

Honeywell HSF600WE review

£110.00Typical price

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64%

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 verdict: OK, but limited speed settings

Honeywell’s HSF600WE pedestal fan generates a pleasant breeze and is quieter than many, especially on the low speed setting. But there isn’t much difference between the five speed settings, so if you’d prefer a very strong or very gentle breeze you could be disappointed.

Pros
  • Quiet – even on high speed
  • Creates a pleasant breeze
Cons
  • Not much variation in air speed between high and low settings
  • Needs some assembling
  • Beware the cage clips as they’re sharp

 

Challenge Black Oscillating Desk Fan review

£17.00Typical price

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62%

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 verdict: Not bad for the price

If you’re after a cheap desk fan, you could do a lot worse than this one. It’s not the best we’ve ever tested but it’s not bad for the cost either. The only real downside is that there’s not much difference between the air speeds on offer, and the lowest speed setting could be too strong for some users.

Pros
  • Quiet
  • Sturdy
  • Simple controls
Cons
  • Limited range of air speeds

Electriq eiQ-AM07 review

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61%

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 verdict: Quiet, but limited air speeds

This bladeless fan is well built, easy to use, provides a pleasant breeze, and makes less noise than others – but it isn’t perfect. With only three air speeds to choose from, there isn’t as much variation in flow rate as there could be, so you might struggle to find the perfect setting for your needs.

Pros
  • Quiet
  • Well-built
  • Different light options
  • Easy to use remote control
Cons
  • Few fan speeds to choose from
  • Operating buttons on the fan aren’t that easy to access

 

Challenge Digital Grey Tower Fan review

£50.00Typical price

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57%

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 verdict: Limited range of speeds

Although this fan is quiet and easy to use, there’s not much variation in the air speed it delivers on its different settings, so you could struggle to find one that suits your needs.

Pros
  • Can create a pleasant breeze
  • Quiet
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Not much variation in air speeds
  • Vigorous even on lowest setting

 

 

NSA TFRDC-50RC review

£200.00Typical price

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54%

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 verdict: Doesn’t stand out from the crowd

It’s nice and quiet, and it doesn’t use much energy, but our testers weren’t otherwise hugely impressed. Look elsewhere if you want a range of air speeds so that you can be sure of getting a level of breeze you’ll find comfortable.

Pros
  • Quiet
  • Option to be cordless
Cons
  • Not much difference between highest and lowest air flow
  • Controls aren’t that straightforward to use

 

 

Princess 350000 Smart review

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52%

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verdict: Not terrific

The best thing about this electric fan is that it runs quietly. It doesn’t offer much in terms of range of air speeds, and our testers didn’t score it especially highly for the pleasantness of the breeze it creates. There are far better electric fans out there.

Pros
  • Runs quietly on all speed settings
  • Fairly easy to use
Cons
  • Limited range of air speeds
  • Poor manual

Dimplex DXMBCF Mont Blanc Tower Fan review

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49%

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 verdict: Struggles to create a strong breeze

This fan is quiet on the lowest speed setting and it did manage to generate a pleasant breeze when we tested it. But there isn’t much difference in the strength of its three speed settings, and it’s not as powerful as some, even on its maximum speed.

Pros
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Little variation in air speed between high and low settings
  • Highest setting is weaker than most

Bionaire 2-in-1 Desk and Pedestal Fan review

£70.00Typical price

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41%

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 verdict: Too noisy

It is possible to get a pleasant breeze from this fan, but the noise it makes is likely to spoil any enjoyment you get from it, as it’s louder than others. There isn’t much variation in the air flow offered by the three speed settings, and we found the height of the pedestal difficult to adjust. It’s laborious to assemble and the surfaces are easily scratched, too. We don’t recommend you buy it.

Pros
  • Creates a pleasant breeze in specific circumstances
Cons
  • Noisy
  • Speed settings don’t offer much variation
  • Too vigorous to achieve a gentle breeze
  • Metal surface is easily scratched