You may be wondering who makes the best ceiling fans, but the question isn’t who, but what. What makes for the best ceiling fan, and what should you look for when buying a ceiling fan?
Ceiling fans have been around for generations, so it’s only natural that there are now hundreds of different companies that make ceiling fans. Focusing on just some of the top companies like Hunter or Minka-Aire isn’t a terrible place to start, but to get the most bang for your buck, you will need to be willing to consider a much wider breadth.
You shouldn’t have to spend more than 300 dollars. In fact, most of these fans are under the 150 dollar price range. Only one of them breaks the 200 mark and gets closer to the 300 mark. Unless you are looking for a silver plated fan that functions as an independent piece of art, there is no need to spend more than a couple hundred dollars.
So when you consider buying a ceiling fan, make sure to check for some things. To make this process easier, we have created a checklist for you to use.
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A fan doesn’t need fancy trinkets or a flashy brand name. There are a few things it needs to have to be worthy. Consider the following:
- Air Power – First and foremost, if your fan does not create enough circulation in your room, you may as well put a pinwheel on your ceiling. Check the reviews and size of the blades as well as the power of the engine to ensure your fan has enough power.
- Reversibility – During summer times you keep your fan on counter-clockwise which helps push cold air down and spread the warm air away. In winter times, you put the fan on clockwise, so the cold air gets drawn up and pushed away. This prevents cold spots and saves you a ton on the electricity bill.
- Light Fixtures – This isn’t exactly necessary, but since most fans include a removable light fixture, it would be a waste not to include this option. If you can get the same fan with a light option, you may as well.
- Chain Switches – Sometimes it is hard to wire your light fixture and fan separately. This means a switch will control both the light and the fan. To keep this from becoming a problem, make sure there is a chain switch that can toggle each individually.
- Speed Options – No one wants a one-speed fan. You need the option for low as well as high. This is essential for using the fan in the winter.
- Little Noise – To me, this is the most important feature. Don’t buy a fan if people complain about a humming sound.
Now you know what to look for in a fan. The following five fans all satisfy everything on this checklist, so you can rest assured and let us do the research for you. We will start with the cheapest fan, and work our way up to the more expensive ones.
If you already know what price you are willing to pay, feel free to skip ahead.
Let’s look at our reviews for top five ceiling fans.
The 7876400 Alloy 42-Inch Gunmetal Indoor Ceiling Fan is a fantastic fan for the price. It’s well under a hundred dollars and includes bundles where you can buy two at the same time.
It’s a smaller fan, about 14 inches from top to bottom, and it only has three blades. That being said, it still packs quite a punch. It can quickly circulate a room up to 150 square feet on its own.
It comes in two different versions. There is a classy gunmetal as well as a brushed nickel. The gunmetal is gunmetal throughout except for the light bowl, and the brushed nickel has a metallic base with light wooden colored blades.
It is a simple alloy fan, and if you need to buy fans in bulk to fix your home with, this is the most affordable option. If you have other stainless steel features in the room that you are mounting your fan, the gunmetal is a must. It matches so well with other stainless steel fixtures.
Installation is quite simple, so I don’t recommend that you pay the extra hundred dollars for expert installation. There is some basic engineering when it comes to the wiring that you need to be wary of.
When you set up the 7876400 alloy ceiling, make sure that you don’t split the wiring for the light fixture and the fan. That means to put the two wires together, and fasten them to the same switch. When you set them up to separate switches, the light fixture seems to overload and blow out. Wire them to just one switch, and instead rely on the chain switches to toggle the fan and light individually.
The reviews show that people are very satisfied with the appearance of the fan. If you are looking for a nice simple and clean look, this is your fan. This same quality would cost you about 200 dollars in the stores. The value you are getting here is unbeatable.
The fan runs pretty quietly. You will certainly have no complaints on the low and medium setting, but the high setting will produce a small hum. It’s not terrible, but some have complained that the hum gets even worse. I recommend running the fan for 24 hours straight once you install it to get rid of any humming.
For the cheapest fan on this list, it’s quite an excellent value. Our next fan is only a few dollars more expensive so that you can consider it in the same price category.
The 7224300 Quince Gun Metal Indoor Ceiling Fan is well under a hundred dollars.
It comes with six 24 inch fan blades, a silicon steel dual capacity motor, and your standard three fan speeds. You can buy the 7224300 in one of three style options. The first is the gunmetal. The gunmetal is a great modern look that features a grayish metal base, with darker fan blades, and an opal light bowl.
The second style is an all white that is white from head to toe. The third is a chrome which replaces the gunmetal gray with a nice chrome and uses a lighter textured black for the fan blades.
You have the option to buy each individually, or you can purchase a package of two. The Quince comes with a lifetime warranty on the motor as well as a two-year warranty on all other parts.
The six blades provide an extra level of circulation. The fan is quite small, but the additional blades make up for this smaller size. The size makes this fan perfect for a home that needs multiple smaller fans. There isn’t much need to go to the highest setting, as a medium is pretty strong on its own. Several users have said that there fan came on the reverse from the start, so you will need to flip the switch to get the fan back on normal settings.
Unlike most other cheaper fans, the light is quite bright. It’s enough to light up my entire kitchen. Also, the pull chains are labeled. It’s a simple idea that I wish more ceiling fans would adopt. Instead of pulling both chains ten times each, you can just pull the one you need.
There have been some complaints that the fan is a little wobbly. For me, this was not the case. For the people who did say it was wobbly, they said later on it seemed to correct itself. Just know how small this fan is. It is ideal for a smaller room. It will not be the best fit to place in the center of a large living room.
The original light bulbs included are not ideal. They heat up a little too fast. I would suggest getting rid of these and purchasing LED lights instead. When I did this, it fixed the problem and the light no longer overheated. I would go so far as to consider this a must.
The Westinghouse is just a bit more pricey. Depending on which model you select, it falls in the about 80 to 130 dollar range. It is a much larger five blade fan, so regarding value, this is surely one of the best.
There are five color and style options to choose from based on your preference. The standard black is all black except for the frosted glass lighting bowl. The fan blades can flip for a more textured black glass look. The second is a brushed pewter. The brushed pewter comes with the option for a regular frosted glass lighting bowl or an opal bowl. The pewter features a light tin colored base with light wooden colored fan blades.
The third color option is the espresso. It is my favorite one. It comes in a dark chocolate brown base with textured brown blades. It looks nice with some leather and gives you a classy modern look. It also features an opal lighting bowl.
There are two remaining white options. An outdoor white which is a simple white picket fence white. It looks to have white wooden textured blades. The standard white is more of a plain kitchen cabinet white. The motor comes with a Westinghouse lifetime guarantee, and the other parts come with a two-year warranty.
This is a large fan that is ideal for large rooms. It can quickly circulate a large room up to 400 square feet. It comes with you standard three speeds and two pull chains as well.
There are two things to look out for with this ceiling fan, though. It may be the best ceiling fan regarding air power, but it is weak regarding light. This ceiling fan will not be enough to light up a large room on its own. You will need some lamps, also, to help brighten the day.
The second thing is to make sure you properly balance the fan blades. If you don’t adequately adjust each blade, you won’t achieve ideal oscillation speeds. This means your highest setting won’t reach the top speed. A balancing kit is included, so make sure you do this part right.
This fan is very easy to install, so don’t bother paying the extra 100 dollars for expert installation. The construction is excellent for its price. You won’t find pieces breaking off. It’s in the same class as our next fan, so before you pull the trigger, make sure to look at the Hunter builder deluxe.
The Hunter Builder Deluxe is easily one of the best ceiling fans on this list. It comes in at the same price range as the former Westinghouse and offers similar quality. It may fall in the same price range on Amazon, but this fan is listed near the 300 dollar level in most stores. This means if you buy this fan on Amazon, you are getting a great deal.
The Westinghouse was more of a modern contemporary look. The Hunter offers you more of a classic look. It comes in one of three styles.
The first is an all white design. Even the light kit is a snowflake linen. The five white blades are reversible to a light wooden brown color. The second style is the cherry / stained oak. This version has reversible blades of either a Brazilian cherry redwood or a darker stained oak. The lighting bowl is a piped toffee opal color that brings the whole fan together. The base is a dark gray.
The last color option is the brushed nickel. The brushed nickel has the same fan blades as the cherry / stained oak but comes with a tin colored base. The Lighting unit is also white.
The wooden style adds a more antique look to the fan. It would look great with hardwood floors and is more reminiscent of your traditional ceiling fan. There are over 900 reviews on Amazon, and most all of them say very pleasant things. There is one report, in particular, that tells that they kept the fan on for 20 straight years nonstop and that the fan still runs smoothly. Talk about reliability.
If you purchase this hunter ceiling fan, you will realize that these fans are everywhere. Just check any of the hunter ceiling fan reviews, and you will see they are everywhere and a very successful brand. Hunter is one of the biggest and oldest in the business.
The light is also not very high. It’s diffused well, though, but I still would rather install LED lights in the fan. It gives it much more power, and you can make the light dimmable.
The best part of this fan is the quietness. It has a first motor as well as a mounting system to facilitate this quietness. The mounting process is a little more annoying than other fans, but in the end, its absolute quietness makes it worth it.
Minka-Aire F844-DK Light Wave
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I49BFKS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tenmile0a-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00I49BFKS&linkId=5844cf30199253f0dbe50e790d1ce60e is the highest fan on this list. It’s the only one that breaks the two hundred dollar mark and is in fact nearly 300.
Now, I’m not a big proponent on spending a great deal on what you think is the best ceiling fan out there, but I do appreciate this particular fan. For starters, it looks fantastic. This ceiling fan almost functions as a piece of art by itself.
The Minka-Aire comes in one of 4 styles. All four styles show a uniform color from head to toe except for the light fixture which is a tinted white throughout. The traditional brown is a darker brown. The distressed koa is my favorite and looks like it came from Hawaii. The next is the silver which is very classy and would look great in a contemporary room. The last is the basic white which looks immaculate and could fit in almost everywhere.
The fan features three blades. The total diameter of the blades is about 52 inches. The blades are curved like a propeller, so you get an adamant punch. The three blades are not weak just because they are less in number. In fact, I would go as far to say that it’s the strongest fan on this list.
There are a couple of bad reviews out there that talk about an annoying humming sound. Here’s where following directions pays dividends. It says that if there is any humming noise, you need to run the fan for 24 hours straight. If you follow this simple instruction in the manual, you will find the noise disappears.
Sometimes, these fans need to run a little bit to fall into place. In fact, I would recommend you do this with any ceiling fan that you purchase.
This fan also comes with a remote. It’s a simple and easy to use remote. The lights have a dimming feature where you can dim low or brighten as much as your bulbs can handle. The light does have a slight yellow tint.
The fan isn’t as big as you think it would be. It’s unyielding and can indeed circulate a larger room, but it looks smaller. It’s perfect for a medium or smaller sized room that has some tropical or wooden flair to it.
Instructions were also very easy and clear. Assembly took no time at all, and it was relatively straightforward. It’s the highest fan on here, but it’s also the most aesthetic. If you are looking for a good quality fan that looks unique, this is your guy.
Decide what you are looking for in a fan. Do you want the best outdoor ceiling fan or are you just scavenging for the nice small indoor fan? Do you want one large fan for a big room or several medium sized ones to fit throughout your home?
If you know what you are looking for, just know you don’t need to spend more than 300 dollars. In fact, you probably don’t need to pay more than 200. Your search isn’t held only to the list.
Remember, that your fans just need to satisfy some requirements. You need an active fan that has speed options, light options but is still quiet. The most important thing is finding a fan that lasts you a long time and stays quiet the whole time.
You don’t want to end up buying a fan that is great at first but ends up humming too much a year or two down the road.
For that reason, we provided you with five fans. To make it easy, the first two are the cheapest. They are smaller fans, suited for smaller rooms. They are also the fans that come in packages. This should show you that if you need multiple small fans, go with either of those two. They are the best little cheap fans on the market.
The next tier is the next two options. These options include the Westinghouse and the Hunter. These are the line of fans most of you are probably looking for. They will run you just above a hundred dollars which are also the price range most of you are looking at.
These are the best large cheap fans. If you are looking for a set of large fans to fill your home with, you won’t find a more effective deal than these two.
Lastly, in a category of its own is the Minka-Aire. If you want something a little more exotic, we added this fan for you. It’s a smaller fan with more features than the rest, and for that reason will cost you a little extra. But if you have a beautiful Hawaiian themed lounge area, there’s no better addition than a koa wood styled fan.