Ceiling Fans Buying Guide

As appliances go, ceiling fans are mighty workhorses: They spin from season to season, helping to make rooms feel more comfortable and in turn reduce energy costs. And with optional light kits available on many, ceiling fans can also provide welcome overhead light.

Types of Ceiling Fans

Types of Ceiling Fans

A ceiling fan is an investment that pays back in nearly every way. As a decorative element, the range and diversity of ceiling fans has increased dramatically in recent years, meaning these once-traditional-only items are now available in styles from cottage to contemporary. And ceiling fans work hard to improve the comfort of a room by circulating air year-round. There's a ceiling fan for seemingly every room, but most can be divided into three types: wall-mount, flush-mount, and down-rod mount.


Unlike many ceiling fans, a wall-mount version attaches to a vertical wall. It then directs air out into the room. These fans usually do not come with light kits.

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Three-speed Kaye offers a distinctive '40s flair that is both elegant and super cool. The Atlas Fan Company Kaye Oscillating Wall/...Ceiling Fan is made of cast aluminum and stamped steel, and comes with hand-balanced metal blades. The petite Kaye fan can be mounted in small or awkward spaces for better airflow in the entire room. Atlas Fan Company produces fans that combine superb ventilation solutions with sharp, contemporary design. read more


Keep your cool on the hottest of days with this oscillating fan. A wall-mounted design means this fan won't take up room on counte...rs or dressers, making it ideal for use in small spaces. The oscillating feature helps to deliver cool air to your room,... read more


The Lasko 3012 12-inch oscillating wall-mount fan, in white, is a real problem-solver ideal for kitchens, bedrooms, workshops or a...nywhere indoors where table/counter space is limited. It can be quickly installed with the included mounting hardware, and... read more

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Dimensions: 14.5L x 14.25W x 20.75H in.. Durable metal construction. Choose from available color options. Tilting and lockable hea...d. Installation hardware included. 3 quiet operating speeds. Cool off in no-time with the Lasko 12 in. Oscillating Wall-Mount Fan. This high-performance fan is easy to assemble and includes all hardware for hassle-free wall mounting. No matter where you put it, this fan can lower the temperature of the entire room thanks to its three speed settings, wide-range oscillation, and adjustable height and tilt angle that directs air wherever you need it most. Includes rear cord wrap and patented, fused safety plug. read more


Flush-mount ceiling fans are positioned close to the ceiling and cannot be adjusted upward or downward to accommodate various ceiling heights. Because the blades on these types are closer to the ceiling, they may not be able to move as much air as others.

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Down-rod mount ceiling fans have a center rod that extends from the ceiling, usually several inches or up to several feet long, giving them a slightly different look from flush-mount fans. The down rod allows these ceiling fans to be adjusted slightly for height.

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For vaulted ceilings, slope-mount ceiling fans are an option; these are similar to down-rod models, but the mounting plate can be installed at an angle to accommodate the surface overhead.

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Product Features

Product Features

A surprising number of product features come into play when it comes time to purchase a ceiling fan, and all are worth considering for convenience, effectiveness, and impact in the room. For example, fan width comes into play, not only for proportion in the room but for power to move air. Other items to consider include cord/remote/switch operation, number of blades, damp/wet rated, style, speed variability, motor size, and lamp kit. Here's a review to help in your ceiling fan purchase.

Fan Width

Ceiling fans come in downright diminutive widths—some as small as 24 inches. This means that fans are suitable and available for tight spaces such as closets or hallways.

Cord/Remote/Switch Operation

Most ceiling fans have multiple modes of operation, including but not limited to traditional cord pulls, remotes, and switches.

Number of Blades

Dramatically styled, contemporary ceiling fans sometimes have just a single blade, while others have five blades. The difference is mainly in style versus performance.

Damp/Wet Rated

For ceiling fans that are to be used in outdoor spaces—say, a covered porch—this rating is critical. Look for one that is damp or wet rated, which means that it can be used in sheltered outdoor spaces or in spaces that receive direct contact with rain, snow, or moisture.


Once a staple of traditional rooms, ceiling fans have expanded dramatically in design. Now you can find everything from sleek ceiling fans with stainless-steel blades to cottage-style versions with decorative housings.

Speed Variability

Many fans offer differing speeds, which allow you to adjust the air that flows around a room based on the temperature.

Motor Size

The motor size of a ceiling fan is a good indication of its power, and potentially its price. A fan with a larger motor will have more power.

Lamp Kit

Many ceiling fans offer light kits as part of the package, but some fans are intended to increase airflow and nothing more. If your room needs overhead light, you may want to invest in one with a light fixture.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As with many other household items, what affects your ceiling fan purchase is mostly about your room's size, your requirements, and your decorating preferences. Still, a few purchase considerations come into play that will affect the future impact your ceiling fan has, not only on your rooms but your household budget. Motor noise is one, and Energy Star or efficiency rating is another. Here's a quick reminder as you start your search.

Motor Noise

Most ceiling fans make little noise while operating, but look for information on expected motor noise so you understand how the item may affect the room.

Energy Star/Efficiency Rating

Long a standard for consumers to judge the energy-effectiveness of household appliances, Energy Star ratings are also used to indicate the efficiency of light fixtures, including ceiling fans.

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