Best Standalone Fans

If you’re looking for a way to avoid melting this summer, a fan could help. But with so many types, including tower and pedestal fans from Bunnings, Kmart and so many other retailers, how do you choose the best fan for your home? We'll take you through the essentials, so you don’t sweat the small stuff. Continue Reading...

108 listings
Vornado 660
4.4 from 85 reviews
Number of Blades3
Number of Speed Settings4
TypeDesk

As one of the more premium offerings in the Vornado Air Circulator range, the Vornado 660 aerodynamically moves air around rooms up to 30.5 metres squared.

Price (RRP) $249.00

  • Build Quality
    4.6 (13)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (13)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (11)
  • Noise Level
    3.5 (13)
  • Power
    4.2 (9)
  • FeaturesOscillating
  • Blade MaterialPlastic
  • Body MaterialPlastic
  • Blade Diameter258 mm
  • Colour / FinishBlack or White
  • Power56 W
  • Cord Length1.8 m
  • Dimensions 380 x 343 x 298 mm
Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link
3.8 from 187 reviews
TypeTower

The majority of reviewers are happy with the Dyson Hot + Cool Link's performance, with around 70% of reviewers awarding it 4 or 5 stars. This is good news, considering that at $799, this is the most premium Dyson tower fan on the market.

  • Build Quality
    4.4 (98)
  • Value for Money
    3.6 (99)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.4 (94)
  • Noise Level
    3.7 (92)
  • Power
    4.2 (70)
  • FeaturesBladeless, HEPA Filter and Remote Control
  • Body MaterialMetal
  • Colour / FinishSilver/White
  • Cord Length1.8 m
  • Dimensions 691 x 261 x 260 mm
Sunbeam Infinity 40cm FA8900
3.9 from 96 reviews
Number of Speed Settings6
TypePedestal

As the highest-rated pedestal fan, the Infinity Fan provides all-over oscillation, which Sunbeam describes as moving air ‘up, down and all around.’ But what exactly does this mean?

  • Build Quality
    4.1 (17)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (16)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (15)
  • Noise Level
    3.6 (16)
  • Power
    4.5 (13)
  • FeaturesOscillating, Remote Control and Timer
  • Blade MaterialPlastic
  • Body MaterialMetal and Plastic
  • Blade Diameter400 mm
  • Colour / FinishChrome/Black
  • Cord Length2.7 m
  • Dimensions 469 x 207 x 626 mm
Kmart High Velocity Chrome Fan
Number of Blades3
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeFloor

As a heavy-duty floor fan, this unobtrusive $49 Kmart High Velocity Chrome Fan will keep you comfortably cool – while letting you receive change back from a $50 note.

Price (RRP) $49.00

Dyson Pure Cool Tower

Dyson Pure Cool Tower

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3.9 from 39 reviews
TypeTower

With its signature Dyson style, air purification abilities and data about air quality delivered straight to your smartphone app, the $799 Dyson Pure Cool Tower has certainly won itself a few fans.

Price (RRP) $799.00

Price from $649.00 Kogan

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Convair 120cm Axial Tower Fan CTF07
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeTower

With multi-fan technology proffered by three independently operating fans, each of which have three speed settings, this Convair fan effectively allows you to choose from nine customisable settings.

Price (RRP) $159.00

Dyson Cool Tower Fan
3.5 from 79 reviews
TypeTower
Vornado 633
4.1 from 27 reviews
Number of Blades3
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeDesk

Price (RRP) $179.00

Fanco DC Wall Fan PWFC45DC
4.6 from 17 reviews
Number of Blades3
Number of Speed Settings6
TypeWall

Price (RRP) $299.00

Omega Altise O14B
4.3 from 19 reviews
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeBox

Price (RRP) $119.00

Vornado 533
3.8 from 25 reviews
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeFloor

Price (RRP) $149.00

Dyson Hot+Cool Fan Heater
2.8 from 164 reviews
TypeTower

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Price (RRP) $599.00

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Kmart 40cm Wi-Fi Pedestal Fan
Number of Blades5
Number of Speed Settings8
TypePedestal

Price (RRP) $89.00

Kambrook KFA624
4.3 from 12 reviews
Number of Blades3
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeFloor

Price (RRP) $99.95

Dimplex WhirlTech Air Circulators

Dimplex WhirlTech Air Circulators

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3.9 from 15 reviews
Number of Blades3
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeDesk

Price (RRP) $69.95 to $149.00

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Kambrook KFA837
2.9 from 42 reviews
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeTower

Price (RRP) $99.95

Sunbeam Loft Tower FA7450
3.6 from 17 reviews
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeTower
Omega Altise OT600E
3.2 from 24 reviews
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeTower

Price (RRP) $109.00

Omega Altise Tower OT120
3.8 from 13 reviews
TypePedestal

Price (RRP) $129.00

ALDI Tower Fan

ALDI Tower Fan

 · includes 5 listings
3.5 from 15 reviews
Number of Speed Settings3 to 9
TypeTower

Price (RRP) $39.99 to $149.00

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Should I get a standalone fan or a portable air conditioner?

Good question. These two categories of cooling systems have things in common – namely, that the units are both relatively small and portable. The difference is that while air conditioners (or air coolers) lower a room’s temperature by adding cool air, fans (or air circulators) simply move air around.

The circulating air helps evaporate perspiration, and also stops air from being stagnant while warm. Fans are good for short bursts of refreshment, whereas a portable AC is better if you’d prefer a more powerful cooling system that consistently maintains a set temperature.

Standalone fans are cheaper than their air conditioning counterparts, and provided you don’t leave your fan on 24/7, they are generally also cheaper to run than portable air conditioners and have a smaller environmental footprint.

Types of Standalone Fans

Pedestal fans and tower fans are the most popular fan types in Australia, and they're also the most commonly sold. Here's a quick comparison:

Pedestal Fans vs Tower Fans

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Pedestal Fans · See All

These traditional portable fans are also called stand fans, as they’re supported by an adjustable vertical stand. The fan section uses spinning blades to cool down a room.

Pros

  • Practical and versatile as you can choose between a one-directional airflow for a party of one watching tennis or cricket on the couch, or an oscillating fan function, which can refresh a roomful of guests
  • Simple yet powerful in design, these fans can cool down even large rooms
  • Easy placement in a room is allowed by a tall design – as long as the top fan section is unobstructed, pedestal fans will cool you down
  • Quiet in operation, especially when compared to many tower fans
  • Cheap and affordable, with prices ranging from $30-$350 for higher-end models like the bladeless Omega Altise Aura.

Cons

  • Bulkier and more prominent than other fan types, like slim and cylindrical tower fans, and designs can be basic. A black pedestal fan may be slighter more appealing than a stock-standard white fan

Tower Fans · See All

Also known as column fans, these fans have a long rectangular or cylindrical shape. They’re powered by impeller blades inside the unit, which push air through an air outlet that runs from close to the base to the top. Louvres often push air upwards, for more coverage.

Pros

  • Compact design means tower fans are a good fit in small or tight rooms with less floor space
  • A safe choice if you have children or pets, as turbine fan blades are tucked away inside the unit, covered by a protective cage
  • Extra features are common in newer models - the Dyson Pure Cool tower fan has a built-in activated carbon filter and HEPA filter
  • Aesthetically pleasing designs make tower fans a more complementary addition to living spaces for the décor conscious.

Cons

  • Not as powerful as pedestal fans, and so less suited to larger rooms. If you are set on a tower fan for a large room, choose one taller than 110cm.
  • Limited placement options in a room, as the length of the column should be unobstructed to get the full benefit. This means you need to place a tower fan directly in front of you.
  • Louder than pedestal fans, as turbine blades spinning at 90 degrees are noisier than 3-5 blades spinning upright, as you'd have with a pedestal fan.

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Desk Fans · See All

Also called table fans, these personal fans live on your desk, and can be as small as 10-15cm in blade size. They’re great for the office or work-from-home spaces - or both, as they're portable mini fans. Consider the noise level, as the fan will be close to you at times when you're probably trying to concentrate.

Floor Fans · See All

Floor fans sit squat and close to the ground. The larger the head, the wider the coverage, so for medium to large rooms opt for a fan head 75cm or larger. A high velocity floor fan will also push air more powerfully at a longer distance across the room. Keep in mind that since these fans are so low, they pose an accident risk if you have curious kids and pets around.

Box Fans · See All

Also sitting low, these fans are boxed into an enclosure with a grill, housing the blades on the inside.

Wall Fans · See All

Wall-mounted and similar to the top section of pedestal fans, these use 3-5 blades to spin on an 180-degree axis.

Factors to consider when buying a standalone fan

Space

Think about the size of the room you want to cool, and buy a standalone fan that can reach the far corners. More spacious rooms are suited to a large pedestal fan. Look at the blade size of a prospective fan, as bigger blades will offer better coverage.

A tower fan may be suited to a living area where it can be placed in front of a lounge or sitting area with nothing obstructing it, to benefit from the base-to-top cooling. For a bedroom, a pedestal fan or a wall fan are preferable, as the airflow will circulate above your bed. Conversely, tower fans, box and floor fans are going to have part or all of the airflow directed underneath the bed.

Noise

Think about your usual activities during the day, and the noise level you can bear. It can be helpful to shop in-store, as you can ask the salesperson to switch it onto the highest speed, to test the airflow volume before committing. Generally, more premium (i.e. expensive) fans will be quieter.

Price

The purchase price of a fan varies depending on the type and extra features, however one factor remains constant - fans are generally cheaper than air conditioners. For example, the lowest you'd pay for a pedestal fan is around $20 (and it tops out at around $299), and a cheap tower fan also starts at about $20, whereas you'll pay $999 for the most premium Dyson tower fan (which is also an air purifier). Running costs are also much lower for portable fans, compared to portable air conditioners. If you use a fan, Sustainability Victoria estimates the annual energy costs to be: $5 for a small room, $10 for a medium room and $15 for a large room.

Extra Features

  • Adjustable height and angle: Angling the fan up, down, facing you or away from you allows control over the airflow, so you can customise your cooling to a gentle breeze or a full-frontal blast of air.
  • Child locks: Some fans are designed with child locks, which makes them safer for all family members. If they’re hard to find, a bladeless fan (also called an ‘air multiplier’) is a good choice, as there’s no sharp bits for little fingers or paws.
  • Handle: This will help you carry your portable fan from room to room.
  • LCD screen: This offers an electronic display that shows the fan settings, and should be bright and clear enough to read while the fan is on.
  • Remote control: Will let you turn on the fan and adjust the settings from the comfort of your couch. It's great for those particularly hot and sticky summer days.
  • Rotating head: Also called an oscillating function, this means the fan moves from side to side. This is an essential function if you’ll be using the fan for more than one person.
  • Reverse cycle: Some more advanced models like the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link are reverse cycle, meaning they can blow warm air as well as cool air.
  • Sleep mode: This is handy if you like going to sleep with the fan on a high setting. After around 30 minutes, the fan will automatically switch to a lower fan speed and reduce the noise, helping you sleep peacefully.
  • Timers: Some fans have a setting where you can select a running time, e.g. 30 minutes or 1 hour, and the fan will switch off after the set time has elapsed. On other models you can set the fan to switch on at a specific time, for example, just after you arrive home from work.
  • Variable speed settings: These give you more control over the airflow, to help you feel like the master weather mage of your domain. Again, shopping in store to see how strong the fan's performance is on its highest speed setting will give you a better indication of its quality.

Wrapping up

Overall, when it comes to ways to keep cool in summer, a standalone fan offers an affordable and effective option. While you won't get the same cooling power as you would from a portable air conditioner, a well-chosen fan that's right for your space can provide much-needed refreshment.

To choose the best fan for you consider placement in a room, coverage, noise level, aesthetics and extra features. You can click here to browse fan reviews to help make the fan buying process a breeze.