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...

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Vornado 660

Vornado 660 🏆 2024

4.4  (97)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $249
  • Number of Blades3
  • Number of Speed Settings4
  • TypeDesk
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Peta R
Peta RVictoria3 posts
 
I have bought 5 Vornado nowVornado fans are the best - powerful and super portable. I have bought them for family members too. Show details
Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link

Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link

3.6  (210)
 Summary
  • TypeTower
Ahmad
Ahmad3 posts
 
The newer model is more of a purifierThe air throw is lesser than the older hot and cool model even this one is a bit bigger .

Price is high but unfortunately Dyson has a monopoly and couldn’t find anything better . Show details

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Kmart High Velocity Chrome Fan

Kmart High Velocity Chrome Fan

4.1  (45)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49
  • Number of Blades3
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypeFloor
TaraM
TaraMSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA5 posts
 
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Fanco DC Wall Fan

Fanco DC Wall Fan

4.6  (24)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Number of Blades3 to 4
  • Number of Speed Settings8 to 10
  • TypeWall
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Rob S
Rob SQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD6 posts
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Vornado 633

Vornado 633

4.1  (28)
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  • Price (RRP) $179
  • Number of Blades3
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypeDesk
tjarlz
tjarlzNSWMid North Coast, NSW11 posts
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Dyson Cool Tower Fan

Dyson Cool Tower Fan

3.4  (85)
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  • TypeTower
Jen
Jen
 
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Dyson Pure Cool Tower

Dyson Pure Cool Tower

3.7  (49)
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  • TypeTower
Productuser
Productuser30 posts
  Black Nickel
Purifies well, cools gentlyI ‘bought’ this fan using my Qantas points so I absolutely don’t feel ripped off of the $599 cost.
It purifies excellently, really excellently, no bushfire smoke escapes it.
As for cooling, it does the job but if you want quiet power then a Bunnings fan will suit you better. Show details ·  1
Omega Altise O14B

Omega Altise O14B

4.3  (21)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $119
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypeBox
falegal
falegal63 posts
 
The best box fanFan is strong and long lasting. Have had ours for 10yrs still going strong. Show reply
Vornado 533

Vornado 533

3.5  (26)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypeFloor
circxs
circxsNSWSydney, NSW15 posts
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Dyson Hot+Cool Fan Heater

Dyson Hot+Cool Fan Heater

2.7  (305)
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  • TypeTower and Desk
JenPerera
JenPereraVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC11 posts
  AM09
Returned it as it was rubbishI had high hopes that this was going to be great. I unpacked it, (didn't realise how small it was when I purchased it online) small but hopefully mighty I thought, up onto my drawers to give it some height. Turned it on to full power, stood only a few steps from it and I felt barely anything. Packed it back up and returned it. Very disappointed! Show details
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Kambrook KPF849WHT

Kambrook KPF849WHT

4.8  (10)
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$169.95RRP
Linesman
LinesmanSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA
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Kmart 40cm Wi-Fi Pedestal Fan

Kmart 40cm Wi-Fi Pedestal Fan

4.5  (11)
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  • Price (RRP) $89
  • Number of Blades5
  • Number of Speed Settings8
  • TypePedestal
Robert E.
Robert E.SAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA5 posts
 
Loud clicking noiseWorked well for 12 months then started making a loud clicking noise when oscillating, so much so that we had to throw it out. $89 for only 12 months use isn’t that great considering you can buy a cheaper fan from bunnings with remote for $35. Show details
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Dimplex WhirlTech Air Circulators

Dimplex WhirlTech Air Circulators

3.6  (20)
 Summary
  • Number of Blades3
  • Number of Speed Settings2 to 3
  • TypeDesk
Nfol
NfolQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD17 posts
  DCACM20
Lasted barely 3 years and can't remove cover to clean!Purchased 3 of these fans as initially thought they were great. Compact yet powerful. However 1 has stopped working already , for $100+ per fan you expect longer than that. The cover CANNOT be removed to clean the blades. Ridiculous design. Do not recommend. Show details
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Ryobi One+ 18V R18HF-0

Ryobi One+ 18V R18HF-0

4.9  (9)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $79
  • Number of Speed Settings2
  • TypeFloor
Andrew
AndrewQLDCentral Queensland, QLD252 posts
 
Omega Altise Tower OT120

Omega Altise Tower OT120

3.9  (15)
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  • TypePedestal
mhectorb77
mhectorb77
 
For 4 years and still strongMinimal sound. Good breeze each setting. It's keep the room coles on most warm days but on those very skizler days u need air con but most days of summer this can make pleasant. I'm happy with mine and I bought second one for another room. I use thin brushes and wet wipes and keep it cleaned. Show details ·  1
Omega Altise OT600E

Omega Altise OT600E

3.2  (25)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $109
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypeTower
GSB
GSBSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA6 posts
 
6 years+ and still going strong and still runs quietlyThis is a great Fan. We’ve had ours for many years. Easy to assemble, easy to dismantle for cleaning. Runs smooth and quiet. After all this time it still runs perfectly.
We have a different fan in our bedroom. A sunbeam. It has always been noisy and so we are going to buy another one of these. Can’t go wrong Show details ·  2
Kambrook KFA837

Kambrook KFA837

2.8  (49)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $99.95
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypeTower
Amayzingone
AmayzingoneNSWSydney, NSW360 posts
 
ALDI Tower Fan

ALDI Tower Fan

3.2  (22)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $39.99 to $149
  • Number of Speed Settings3 to 9
  • TypeTower
Paul M.
Paul M.ACTCanberra 2600, ACT11 posts
  Stirling Tower Cooling Fan
Great fan, quiet too!Bought a fancy delonghi one first, way too noisy for the bedroom. The Stirling feels a bit light and not as well put together, but I like way better. It's efficient and quiet for half the price of the other one. Show details
Kambrook KFA413

Kambrook KFA413

3.2  (18)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $39.95
  • Number of Blades3
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypePedestal
Kelli W.
Kelli W.4 posts
 
Will NOT buy againBought this fan less then 12 months ago, and it started making a tapping noise so ha to take it off rotate, then all of a sudden it just STOPS, and the top of the fan where the motor is, was HOT. Show details
Kmart Anko 50cm Black Pedestal Fan

Kmart Anko 50cm Black Pedestal Fan

3.1  (20)
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  • Price (RRP) $39
  • Number of Blades5
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypePedestal
Jaime T.
Jaime T.
 
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ALDI Stirling 40cm DC Motor Pedestal Fan

ALDI Stirling 40cm DC Motor Pedestal Fan

3.6  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $79.99 to $89.99
  • Number of Blades5
  • Number of Speed Settings15
  • TypePedestal
mojo
mojo12 posts
  Stirling DC Pedestal Fan with Wi-Fi
Fenici 125cm Misting Tower Fan FFTFC50DE

Fenici 125cm Misting Tower Fan FFTFC50DE

3.1  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $119
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypeTower
Elizabeth U.
Elizabeth U.
 
Fenici Misting Tower FanIt's the best fan I have ever bought, I use it every night all year round. I have owned this fan for over 5yrs and I absolutely love it. The only problem I have with this fan is the fact that I want another one and can't find one.
Kmart 40cm Pedestal Fan

Kmart 40cm Pedestal Fan

2.8  (20)
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$15RRP
Belle M.
Belle M.
 
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Kmart Anko Bladeless Fan

Kmart Anko Bladeless Fan

2.5  (21)
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  • Price (RRP) $89
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypeTower
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Kama
KamaNSWSydney, NSW3 posts
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The best fan compare to my other fansI bought the fan from K-mart for $99 good value for money and I like the style and quite the air flow very good I am very happy about it. Show details ·  1
Arlec APDC7HA 40cm Smart Pedestal Fan

Arlec APDC7HA 40cm Smart Pedestal Fan

2.9  (13)
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$99RRP
Sid
SidVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC3 posts
 
Omega Altise OHV40C / OHV46C

Omega Altise OHV40C / OHV46C

3.1  (11)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $79.95 to $99
  • Number of Blades3
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypeFloor
Shaheen
ShaheenNSWSydney, NSW113 posts
  Verified OHV46C
Floor FanA good little fan . Easy to use, easy to store , easy to carry around, highly recommended, child safe and very affordable at a price that you can afford easily , cheap but good quality. Show reply
DeLonghi DEAPF40WH

DeLonghi DEAPF40WH

3.3  (9)
 Summary
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypePedestal
Chuppa C.
Chuppa C.NSWMid North Coast, NSW
 
Kleva Arctacool Mini Fan

Kleva Arctacool Mini Fan

4.0  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $29.95
  • Number of Blades4
  • TypeDesk
Anita Pastuovic
Anita Pastuovic
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Just what I wantedI have been looking for a clip on fan for ages, and am very pleased with my purchase Show reply
DéLonghi DETF115

DéLonghi DETF115

2.4  (19)
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  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypeTower
$149Bing Lee
Ken S.
Ken S.
 
Noisy fanI have had this fan for 2 years. I hate with a passion it because it is noisy. I tried to return it when I bought it but they wouldn't take it back. Stay away from this one if you want quiet operation. Show details
Arlec 45cm White Pedestal Fan

Arlec 45cm White Pedestal Fan

3.7  (6)
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  • Price (RRP) $149.99
  • Number of Speed Settings3
  • TypePedestal
Julie
JulieNSWSydney, NSW7 posts
 
Problem with my electricPreviously put up a bad review however, it was a problem with our electric. Very happy with it. Sits at the end of my bed. I suffer with hot feet and it’s perfect for sorting that out. Show details

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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