Air conditioners can be luxurious, but they also drive up your energy bill and require a tedious cycle of installation and storage. If you’re opting for a lower-impact, more direct cooling device, the fan is your friend. And we’re not talking dollar store box fans here—there’s a variety of amazing options on the market that are perfect for your desk, bedside, couchside, or wherever you expect to sweat. Save yourself the headache and help the planet while you’re at it! Here are our favorite fans of the moment.
The Dyson Pure Cool Link pulls double duty as a Wi-Fi-enabled smart fan and a HEPA air purifier. So, it catches allergens and other pollutants while providing a clean breeze. You can schedule its activity with the Dyson Link app and receive detailed reports on your home air quality. It will even tell you what chemical compounds are floating around. The Link has air multiplier technology that claims to send over 77 gallons of clean air through your home per second. Alexa capability also makes this fan extra convenient and fun to use.
Maxx Air Industrial Air Circulator
Heavy-duty option for garages, workshops, etc. Amazon
This Texas-made steel fan is easy to assemble and mounts on a wall or ceiling. You can also keep it on wheels so it can follow you as you move throughout the day. This industrial model is ideal for a shop, barn, outdoor area, or anywhere you know you’ll be facing serious heat. It’s not a subtle option when it comes to noise or appearance, but it’s an effective one.
Lasko Fan & Space Heater Combo Tower
Fan and heater in one! Amazon
You won’t have to store this fan in the winter because it has four fan speeds and three heater settings. It’s a cute 42-inches tall with a 13 x 13-inch base and a handle for easy lugging. To add to the convenience, it has a digital thermostat, remote control, and timer in case you forget to turn it off.
Rowenta Turbo Silence Stand Fan
The strong, silent type. Amazon
This super-quiet fan has a 16-inch diameter with 5 blades and 5 speed settings, producing up to 2,436 cubic feet per minute. It also comes with a remote control that can be stored on the fan itself so you don’t lose it. An energy-efficient mode and 8-hour timer also make this fan a great green alternative to the AC.
Vornado Mid-Size Whole Room Air Circulator Fan
Keeps you cool while you work. Amazon
For such a compact fan, this thing can move a lot of air. Its “Vortex Technology”—created by the unique design of the small inlet, deep blades, and front grille—creates a powerful blast of air that even reaches parts of the room that the fan isn’t facing. It is extremely quiet, so as not to disturb you even when set up on your work desk. This Vornado has 3 speed settings and a removable grille.
Honeywell Tabletop Air-Circulator Fan.
Circulate your air. Amazon
Sometimes a simple solution works best. This Honeywell desk fan has three speeds, can reach up to 27 feet away, and has blades that are designed to be less noisy. Throw a bowl of ice in front of it to make an old-school air conditioner.
Lasko 3300 20-inch Wind Machine
Great all-around fan for any room. Amazon
This 20-inch fan has 5 blades and 3 speed settings. Just plug in and chill. There is no assembly required. It is energy-efficient and portable, with a handle for carrying and a pivoting head to direct air where you need it. This is an all-purpose everyday fan.
Minka-Aire Light Wave 52-inch Ceiling Fan with LED Light Kit
The fan comes in five colors. Amazon
This fan has an understated, but modern design. It has three blades and a dimmable LED. The fan spins at up to 139 RPM, with a 3-speed remote that also controls the brightness of its light. If you want to commit to a fan as a more permanent part of your home, this is a clutch choice.
OPOLAR Small Handheld Battery Operated Face Fan
Cooling power in the palm of your hand. Amazon
Bring this bad boy to the beach and it will push air for up to 11 hours on the included rechargeable batteries. The 3.9 x 1 x 7.8-inch fan weighs 6.7 ounces. It is also foldable, so it’s especially easy to travel with. If you’re stationary, you can stand it up on a table or clip it to the edge. With 3 speed settings and a sleek design, this is truly the perfect handheld fan.