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...

121 listings

Best Standalone Fan

Vornado 660
4.4 from 87 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 (14)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (15)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.1 (13)
  • Noise Level
    3.3 (15)
  • Power
    4.2 (10)
  • 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
3.7 from 199 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.

Price (RRP) $799.00

  • Build Quality
    4.3 (110)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (111)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (106)
  • Noise Level
    3.6 (103)
  • Power
    4.1 (79)
  • FeaturesBladeless, HEPA Filter and Remote Control
  • Body MaterialMetal
  • Colour / FinishSilver/White
  • Cord Length1.8 m
  • Dimensions 691 x 261 x 260 mm
3rd Best Standalone Fan
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

Affordable at $49
Powerful airflow for a standalone fan
Can be noisy on high settings
  • Build Quality
    4.5 (2)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (2)
  • Power
    4.0 (2)
  • Blade MaterialAluminium
  • Body MaterialMetal
  • Blade Diameter400 mm
  • Colour / FinishStainless Steel
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

Three independently operating fans in one, to help customise your airflow
Effective air circulation
  • Build Quality
    4.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (2)
  • Noise Level
    3.5 (2)
  • Power
    4.0 (2)
  • FeaturesRemote Control
  • Colour / FinishBlack
  • Dimensions 1160 x 168 x 345 mm
Dyson Cool Tower Fan
3.5 from 80 reviews
TypeTower

With 10 airflow settings, remote control, and a safe and easy to clean blade-free design, the Dyson Cool Tower Fan can help cool down small and large spaces.

Price (RRP) $569.00

Effectively cools air
Quiet
Lightweight
Not as powerful as expected
  • Build Quality
    2.8 (13)
  • Value for Money
    1.9 (13)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.5 (12)
  • Noise Level
    2.7 (13)
  • Power
    2.8 (9)
  • FeaturesBladeless, Oscillating, Remote Control and Timer
  • Body MaterialMetal
  • Colour / FinishSilver/White
  • Cord Length1.8 m
  • Dimensions 1007 x 230 x 230 mm

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Dyson Pure Cool Tower

Dyson Pure Cool Tower

 · includes 2 listings
3.8 from 45 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

Highly effective air purification
Powerful airflow
At $99 per year, filters are expensive to replace
  • Build Quality
    4.4 (41)
  • Value for Money
    3.2 (40)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (41)
  • Noise Level
    3.6 (38)
  • Power
    3.9 (25)
  • Body MaterialMetal
  • Colour / FinishBlack Nickel and White Silver
  • Cord Length1.8 m
Vornado 633
4.1 from 27 reviews
Number of Blades3
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeDesk

Ideal for mid-sized bedrooms, kitchens, and living areas, the Vornado 633 has 3 different speed settings that circulate air around your home to keep you cool and comfortable.

Price (RRP) $179.00

Powerful
Circulates air well
Energy efficient
Can be noisy
  • Build Quality
    4.3 (6)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.3 (6)
  • Noise Level
    3.8 (6)
  • Power
    5.0 (5)
  • Blade MaterialPlastic
  • Body MaterialPlastic
  • Colour / FinishBlack or White
  • Power63 W
  • Cord Length1.8 m
  • Dimensions 349 x 305 x 219 mm
Fanco DC Wall Fan PWFC45DC
4.6 from 17 reviews
Number of Blades3
Number of Speed Settings6
TypeWall

Powerful and quiet, the Fanco DC Wall Fan PWFC45DC has 10 speed settings and aerodynamic aluminium blades to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Price (RRP) $299.00

Easy to install
Doesn't make much noise
  • Build Quality
    4.7 (13)
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (14)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.6 (13)
  • Noise Level
    4.8 (14)
  • Power
    5.0 (10)
  • FeaturesRemote Control
  • Blade MaterialMetal
  • Body MaterialPlastic
  • Blade Diameter457 mm
  • Colour / FinishBlack
  • Power43 W
  • Cord Length1,600 m
  • Dimensions 510 x 510 mm
Omega Altise O14B
4.3 from 19 reviews
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeBox

The Omega Altise O14B Box Fan has been praised for its low noise level, durability, and ability to stimulate the flow of cool air around the room.

Price (RRP) $119.00

Great airflow
Sturdy frame
  • Build Quality
    2.5 (2)
  • Value for Money
    2.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.5 (2)
  • Noise Level
    2.5 (2)
  • Power
    2.5 (2)
  • FeaturesOscillating
  • Blade MaterialPlastic
  • Body MaterialPlastic
  • Blade Diameter350 mm
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Power70 W
  • Dimensions 520 x 450 x 200 mm
Vornado 533
3.6 from 27 reviews
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeFloor

Price (RRP) $149.00

  • Build Quality
    3.8 (6)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.5 (6)
  • Noise Level
    2.8 (6)
  • Power
    3.3 (3)
  • Blade Diameter182 mm
  • Colour / FinishBlack or White
  • Power56 W
  • Cord Length1.8 m
  • Dimensions 287 x 245 x 178 mm
Dyson Hot+Cool Fan Heater
2.8 from 176 reviews
TypeTower

Anything Dyson branded is sure to garner interest – it’s like the Apple of the home appliance world. But what do reviews on the Dyson Hot + Cool Fan have to say about this tower fan’s overall quality and performance?

Price (RRP) $599.00

Price from$599Bing Lee

Safe bladeless design
Heating function works well
Fan not particularly powerful
Noisy
  • Build Quality
    3.1 (56)
  • Value for Money
    2.1 (56)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.4 (52)
  • Noise Level
    2.9 (54)
  • Power
    2.9 (43)
  • FeaturesBladeless, Oscillating, Remote Control and Timer
  • Body MaterialMetal
  • Colour / FinishBlack / Nickel or White / Silver
  • Power2,000 W
  • Cord Length1.8 m
Dimplex WhirlTech Air Circulators

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3.8 from 18 reviews
Number of Blades3
Number of Speed Settings2 to 3
TypeDesk

Price (RRP) $149.00

  • Build Quality
    3.7 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.4 (10)
  • Noise Level
    3.3 (10)
  • Power
    3.9 (8)
  • Blade MaterialMetal
  • Body MaterialMetal
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Power45 W
Kmart 40cm Wi-Fi Pedestal Fan
Number of Blades5
Number of Speed Settings8
TypePedestal

Price (RRP) $89.00

  • Build Quality
    4.5 (11)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.8 (11)
  • Noise Level
    4.5 (11)
  • Power
    4.6 (7)
  • FeaturesOscillating and Timer
  • Blade MaterialPlastic
  • Body MaterialPlastic
  • Blade Diameter400 mm
  • Colour / FinishWhite
Kambrook KFA624
4.3 from 12 reviews
Number of Blades3
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeFloor

Price (RRP) $99.95

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.0 (2)
  • Noise Level
    2.5 (2)
  • Power
    4.5 (2)
  • Blade MaterialMetal
  • Body MaterialMetal
  • Blade Diameter460 mm
  • Colour / FinishBlack
  • Power130 W
  • Dimensions 535 x 530 x 210 mm
Ryobi One+ 18V R18HF-0
4.9 from 9 reviews
Number of Speed Settings2
TypeFloor

Price (RRP) $79.00

  • Build Quality
    4.8 (5)
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (5)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.6 (5)
  • Noise Level
    4.4 (5)
  • Power
    5.0 (3)
  • FeaturesTimer
  • Power50 W

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Omega Altise OT600E
3.2 from 25 reviews
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeTower

Price (RRP) $109.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
  • Power
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesOscillating, Remote Control and Timer
  • Blade MaterialFabric
  • Body MaterialPlastic
  • Blade Diameter890 mm
  • Colour / FinishSilver
  • Power45 W
  • Dimensions 890 x 320 x 320 mm
Kambrook KFA837
2.9 from 45 reviews
Number of Speed Settings3
TypeTower

Price (RRP) $99.95

  • Build Quality
    3.3 (6)
  • Value for Money
    2.5 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.5 (6)
  • Noise Level
    4.3 (6)
  • Power
    4.4 (5)
  • FeaturesOscillating, Remote Control and Timer
  • Body MaterialPlastic
  • Colour / FinishGrey
  • Power45 W
  • Dimensions 955 x 315 x 315 mm
Omega Altise Tower OT120
3.9 from 14 reviews
TypePedestal

Price (RRP) $129.00

  • FeaturesOscillating and Timer
  • Blade MaterialPlastic
  • Body MaterialPlastic
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Power55 W
  • Dimensions 1200 x 320 x 320 mm
Kambrook KPF849WHT
4.8 from 8 reviews

Latest review: Had an old 40cm fan that had seen better days. While researching a replacement, came across the Kambrook KPF849 model. Whilst relatively expensive (compared to similar sized fans), it was receiving

Price (RRP) $169.95

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (2)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (2)
  • Power
    5.0 (1)
Caframo Sirocco II
3.0 from 23 reviews
Number of Blades2
Number of Speed Settings4
TypeDesk

Price (RRP) $175.00

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (13)
  • Value for Money
    2.1 (14)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.6 (11)
  • Noise Level
    3.6 (14)
  • Power
    4.0 (14)
  • FeaturesTimer
  • Blade MaterialPlastic
  • Body MaterialMetal
  • Colour / FinishBlack, White
  • Dimensions 30.48 x 24.13 x 8.89 mm
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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

Best forPedestal FanTower fan
Cooling Power
Noise level
Coverage
Price
Extra Features
Appearance

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.