Best tower fans 2021: oscillating, quiet fans for your home

Abha Shah
·6-min read
 (Best tower fans for summer 2021)
(Best tower fans for summer 2021)

Summer is on our doorstep, and while all hopes may be riding on a heatwave this summer, the flipside is when it gets too hot and a cooling fan becomes a necessary thing to get uo through the day.

The good news is that you’ve thought about it now, when retailers’ stock levels are still high. There are plenty to choose from, but if your checklist includes a slim, compact and unobtrusive design that quietly gets on with the job at hand, your hot weather hero could be a tower fan.

Tall, narrow and offering a powerful breeze, they're great for rooms big and small. Set them in a corner to get cool air circulating and giving relief in an instant. If you're hesitating on what could be a big spend, not to worry. They're not all hugely expensive: you can even find some for less than £30 - wallet-friendly breezes are just a click away.

So if you’re looking for a fan to help you sleep through stuffy nights or you want something to keep the sweat at bay when you're working from home, we’ve rounded up the best tower fans to buy before they're gone.

See our favourites below

Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde

It’s all good and well pushing air around the room, but if you live by a busy street or green space a fan can also blow traffic fumes, pollen and other pollutants in your space. That’s when a fan that not only cools, but purifies the cold air first, comes into its own.

Smart home electricals innovator Dyson has unveiled a new launch to its bladeless Hot+Cool collection, the Dyson Hot+Cool Formaldehyde HP09 Smart Air Purifier. As the name spells out, it offers warm and cold air that’s been ‘washed’ clean first, so you’re breathing in the finest particles, making it a godsend for anyone with allergies or conditions like asthma.

There are 10 speed settings which you can adjust depending on how quickly you want the room filled with clean air using Dyson’s patented air multiplier technology. It oscillates but also stays in place for targeted cooling or heating. Set the timer at night mode to keep sticky nights at bay. It comes with a magnetic remote control and can also be controlled through the Dyson Link app.

As well as detecting dust, allergens amd mould, this model can also seek and destroy formaldehyde particles released into the air from ageing furniture and wallpaper glue). The high-tech filters never need replacing either, so there’s no future cost to factor in.

Comes with a two year guarantee.

Dyson
Dyson

£599.99 | Dyson

Also available at JD Williams, PRC Direct and Very.

John Lewis & Partners Tower Fan

John Lewis’ own brand collections offer superb and affordable pieces for the home, from bedsheets and crockery to cooling appliances like this monochrome tower fan. It can hold its own alongside any of the bigger brands, with features like a 90-degree swivel on the head, three wind settings, auto switch off and a timer up to 12 hours. There’s even a remote control to allow you to operate it losing your spot on the sofa.

It comes with a two-year guarantee.

JLP
JLP

£50 | John Lewis

Bionaire BT19-IUK Black and Silver Tower Fan with Remote Control

Slim and silent, this 71cm tall fan is just what you need for a cool breeze at the height of summer. It offers wind modes like Natural and Sleep as well as low, medium and high speeds so you can customise your fan to suit you.

While we’re happy to see clear blue skies and bright sunshine pretty much every day, there is one element we’re more than happy to skip - sweltering nights that interfere with our sleep. For that issue, there’s an eight hour timer so you can switch this on before bed and be lulled to sleep by a gentle breeze without worrying about turning it off.

Measures H71 x W22 x D14cm.

Bionaire
Bionaire

£54.99 | JD Williams

Dyson AM07 White/ Silver Cool Tower Fan

A pioneer in ‘air multiplying’, Dyson knows more than a thing or two about bringing breezes to stuffy spaces. The AM07 offers reliably steady airflow - enough to ruffle your hair - but impressively, operates at decibels barely above a whisper so you can nod off with it on when it’s particularly warm out.

One for larger spaces, Dyson’s fan comes with a remote control and timer that runs on pre-set intervals ranging from 15 minutes all the way up to 9 hours.

Dyson
Dyson

£349.99 | Argos

ANSIO Tower Fan 30-inch with Remote For Home and Office

Currently sitting pretty as Amazon’s best selling tower fan, the Ansio is stacked with specs. Think a durable plastic exterior behind which sits an oscillating fan, timer with pre-set times, a carry handle and mains operated plug with a lengthy 1.75m cable.

There are also three speed setting and three wind modes to allow you to create precisely the right breeze to keep you cool and comfortable. With Amazon Prime membership, you can get this delivered to your door and set up in next to no time. What’s not to love?

Ansio
Ansio

£47.47 | Amazon

Challenge Grey Tower Fan

One of Argos’s best-sellers, part of the appeal of this design is undoubtedly the price. For just shy of £45, this 80cm tall free standing oscillating fan will pump out cold air at three different speeds and three wind modes, from a gentle breeze to a more powerful gust. You can also set the timer so that you walk into a cool house or drift off to sleep with the fan on. Remote control and one year guarantee included.

Challenge
Challenge

£44.99 | Argos

Igenix DF0038OAK 36-Inch Digital Tower Fan with DC Motor - Oak

They may be slim and unobtrusive but for houseproud types, it's all in the detail. Enter this oak-effect digital tower fan, which offers a country kitsch look that we're drawn to. It's not all about looks though; this tower fan offers a trio of wind modes, can oscillate and has an eight hour timer so you can walk into a cool sanctuary away from the heat outside.

Ingenix
Ingenix

£99.99 | Robert Dyas

Challenge White Mini Tower Fan

If you're renting or have storage issues, a smaller tower fan could be just the ticket.

This one is available at Argos, and for such a small design, the mini model offers a selection of features like three speed settings and oscillation. Measuring H33.5 x W11 x D11cm it’s a great size to store away when it's not in use. Most effective in smaller rooms.

Challenge
Challenge

£21.99 | Argos

STATUS D29TOWERFAN1PKB 29" Tower Fan - White

This space-saving fan has everything you need to keep cool when summer weather gets into full flow. Think three speed settings and an oscillating function to make sure the chilled air expels air around the room evenly.

Status
Status

£2 4.99 | Currys

Swan Tower Fan

So slim and quiet you won’t even notice it’s around, this is a fan you can stick in the corner and forget all about - apart from when it emits cool air, that is. It oscillates to 70-degrees, which means you’ll get air coverage all around the room. Meanwhile the wind modes will keep your environment refreshed and cool, while the bladeless technology means you can allow infants and pets near it without worry.

Swan
Swan

£39.99 | Very

Verdict

For all room cooling, super quiet operation and cleaner air for your entire household, you can't beat Dyson’s new HP09 Purifying Tower Fan​. It will keep climbing temperatures under control whether you use keep it at home or work.

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