Ceiling Fans & Accessories Buying Guide

Ceiling fans offer a refreshing breeze on hot days, and they allow you to reduce the use of your air-conditioner to save money on electricity. This buying guide can help you figure out the differences between models and find the fan that's right for your space -- whether it's indoors or out.

Types of Ceiling Fans

Types of Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans fall into two basic categories: indoor models and outdoor models (which are also ideal for bathrooms or other high-humidity locations). Some fans can be mounted close to the ceiling, offering extra headroom in spaces with low ceilings. Once you know where you'll install your ceiling fan (and how high the ceiling is in that room), you'll be well on your way to finding the right fan for your space.

Indoor Ceiling Fans

These ceiling fans can be installed in interior locations and are available in a variety of sizes and styles. Many models also include a light kit (or can be outfitted with a light kit later). They typically have four blades (although they can have three or five), and can be installed with an extra-long downrod in a room with a tall or vaulted ceiling.

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Minka Aire Fans
$469.95

Tropical style meets strong performance. Featuring all-weather blades and stainless steel supports, the Minka Aire Gauguin Indoor/...Outdoor Ceiling Fan encourages an al fresco lifestyle. Uses a full function wall control that offers 3 forward/reverse fan speeds and advanced lighting capabilities. The Minka Group, located in Corona, CA, offers a variety of products, including Minka Aire fans, Minka Lavery lighting, and George Kovacs fans and lighting. read more

Fanimation Fans
$799.98

A very BIG fan, with a blade span of 84 inches (a whopping 7 feet). However, the Fanimation Odyn Ceiling Fan has a smaller side, t...oo...an overall height of just under 18 inches. Just like the Norse god, the Odyn fan has many appealing contrasts: a powerful DC motor that uses minimal electricity, a bright white downlight that's also an energy-saving LED. Back in 1984, Tom Frampton founded Fanimation in his garage in Pasadena, CA, with three ceiling fans. Today, based in Indianapolis, IN, Fanimation currently offers a range of more than 60 ceiling fans, table fans and floor fans. All employ the latest motor technology on the inside and distinctive designs, blade shapes and materials on the outside. read more

Kichler
$449.99

Cool, coastal appeal and an energy efficient design. The Kichler Indoor/Outdoor Seaside Ceiling Fan features 4 blades with a 54" b...lade sweep and a 14 degree blade pitch. Includes an integrated lighthouse style downlight. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor locations; 3 forward speeds controlled with a pull chain, with a reverse switch on the fan. Kichler also offers a coordinating Seaside lighting collection. Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has created exceptional lighting in a variety of styles, finishes, colors and designs. With a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor lighting in classic and contemporary styles, Kichler Lighting always focuses on making home lighting that is both beautiful and functional. read more

Kichler
$759.95

The Kichler Maor Patio Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan offers a distinct industrial flair that fits well with most indoor and outdoor e...nvironments. Its damp-rated, 4-blade design has an encompassing 65� blade sweep that operates by a 3-speed pull chain. Beneath the motor housing is an integrated LED light source that is diffused by an Etched Cased Opal shade for long-lasting, environmentally-friendly ambient lighting. Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has created exceptional lighting in a variety of styles, finishes, colors and designs. With a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor lighting in classic and contemporary styles, Kichler Lighting always focuses on making home lighting that is both beautiful and functional. read more

Outdoor Ceiling Fans

These fans are UL-rated for damp or wet locations and can be used outdoors. They feature water-resistant shielding around electrical components, stainless-steel screws and hardware, and a weather- and UV-resistant coating on the exposed parts of the fan. A damp-rated fan can be used on covered porches or other areas not directly exposed to rain, while unprotected areas require a wet-rated fan.

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Fanimation Fans
$329.98

Showcasing a sleek, modern look that blends into any indoor or outdoor setting. The Fanimation Xeno Outdoor Ceiling Fan offers pow...erful 3-speed operation with an integrated LED light kit for cost-saving efficiency and added luminance in dark spaces. Features fanSync technology for ease of operation through your smart device. Wall control included with purchase. Back in 1984, Tom Frampton founded Fanimation in his garage in Pasadena, CA, with three ceiling fans. Today, based in Indianapolis, IN, Fanimation currently offers a range of more than 60 ceiling fans, table fans and floor fans. All employ the latest motor technology on the inside and distinctive designs, blade shapes and materials on the outside. read more

Kichler
$299.95

The Kichler Sola Ceiling Fan offers an elegant, yet robust blade petal ceiling fan ready for use indoors or out. Made from steel f...or durability, the Sola Ceiling Fan features 3 sleek fan blades for smooth, easy rotation. Its glossy ball-shaped housing showcases a globe body that brings a delightful style to any space. The Sola Ceiling Fan includes an integrated LED light kit and may be dimmed for bright or ambient lighting preferences. Wet rated for outdoor locations. Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has created exceptional lighting in a variety of styles, finishes, colors and designs. With a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor lighting in classic and contemporary styles, Kichler Lighting always focuses on making home lighting that is both beautiful and functional. read more

Savoy House
$330.00

Flaunt your tropical side with the Savoy House 52 Inch Portico Outdoor Ceiling Fan. Five intricately carved Palm Leaf blades span ...52" around the sleek metal housing. Includes a pull chain control and both standard and hugger mounting options. Customize to your porch with two finish/blade color pairings. Savoy House, headquartered in Braselton, Georgia, celebrates the uniqueness of today's decor styles by designing and manufacturing an extensive selection of high-quality ceiling fans and lighting fixtures for discerning homeowners. read more

Fanimation Fans
$284.98

Strong, sturdy, and ready for anything. The Fanimation Hugh Ceiling Fan is wet rated and offers its users powerful airflow for any... indoor or outdoor space. Made from metal for durability, the Hugh Ceiling Fan brings a cooling system with 3 speeds for preference. Integrated into the fan body is a dimmable LED light kit for additional luminance in dark areas. The Hugh Ceiling Fan includes a wall control and a light cap with purchase. Back in 1984, Tom Frampton founded Fanimation in his garage in Pasadena, CA, with three ceiling fans. Today, based in Indianapolis, IN, Fanimation currently offers a range of more than 60 ceiling fans, table fans and floor fans. All employ the latest motor technology on the inside and distinctive designs, blade shapes and materials on the outside. read more

Low-Profile Ceiling Fan

Also called flush-mount ceiling fans or ceiling huggers, these models are installed flush with the ceiling instead of hanging from a downrod. They are ideal for rooms with ceilings of less than 8 feet.

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Hunter
$149.00

Hunter combines 19th century craftsmanship with 21st century design and technology to create ceiling fans of unmatched quality, st...yle, and whisper-quiet performance. Using the finest materials to create stylish designs, Hunter ceiling fans work... read more

Hunter
$129.00 $109.00

Clean lines in select finish options. 5 reversible blades in select finish options. 52-inch blade span, 13-degree blade pitch. Pul...l-chain for easy on/off and speed adjustments. 3-speed, 172mm x 12mm motor. Requires one 60-watt medium base bulb, included. Frosted white glass shade. Powerful and whisper-quiet, the Hunter Low Profile III Plus 52 in. Indoor Ceiling Fan with Light cools your room in style. This ceiling fan has simple lines, five reversible blades, and comes in your choice of available finish options. Its frosted glass shade diffuses light perfectly and the pull chain makes it a breeze to adjust the fan speed and turn it on and off. Color: White with White Blades. read more

Hunter
$109.00

Save on cooling costs with the Hunter Low Profile III 52 in. Ceiling Fan. Designed to be installed in low ceiling areas, this effi...cient 5-blade fan has a traditional, understated design that blends in seamlessly with your decor. And like all Hunter... read more

Hunter
$109.00

Save on cooling costs with the Hunter Low Profile III 52 in. Ceiling Fan. Designed to be installed in low ceiling areas, this effi...cient 5-blade fan has a traditional, understated design that blends in seamlessly with your decor. And like all Hunter... read more

Product Features

Product Features

Product Features Intro Text (100 words): When shopping for a ceiling fan, look for features that will enhance convenience and make the fan easier to operate (such as remote controls or wall-mount controls). For year-round use, you'll want to choose a fan that can circulate warm air during winter months. Manufacturers offer a wide array of choices in terms of fan blade style and finishes, so it should be easy to find a fan that suits the style of your room.

Reversible Fan Blades

Some models feature blades with a different design on each side, so you can turn the blades over to give the fan a new look.

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Craftmade
$323.00 $178.00

CraftmadeThe Civic Series is Craftmade value introduction into the soft contemporary look. This fan can be combined with many diff...erent blade and light kit options.2" and 6" Downrods (Included) 30 Year limited warranty Universal Control Adaptable... read more

Craftmade
$178.00

CraftmadeThe Civic Series is Craftmade value introduction into the soft contemporary look. This fan can be combined with many diff...erent blade and light kit options.2" and 6" Downrods (Included) 30 Year limited warranty Universal Control Adaptable (Optional) Includes B552P-CR bladesAirflow (Cubic Ft Min): 5159 Airlow Efficiency (Cubic Ft Min Watt): 85 Amps (High Speed): 0.7 Blade Dimension: 20-7 8" x 11-4 5" x 5 8" Blade Finish: Reversible Cherry Rosewood Blade Length: 52 Blade Pitch: 12 Blade Span: 52" Blade Type: Type 2 Blade Weight: 3.41 Blades Included: Yes Collection: Civic Electriciy Use: 61 Watts Energy Star Compliant: Yes Finish: Oiled Bronze Height: 11 Length: 19-1 7 Location: Indoor Motor: Standard 3 Speed Reversible Motor Motor Size: 153x15 Number of Blades: 5 Rpm (Hi-Med-Low): 200-125-55 Shop By Style: Contemporary Style: Modern Watts (High Speed): 61 Weight: 19-1 2 Width: 13-5 8 read more

Craftmade
$267.00 $161.50

Craftmade CRA-K10289 Civic Oiled Bronze 52" Ceiling Fan with Plus Series Reversible Cherry/Rosewood Blades. Lighting > Ceiling Fan...s. 52" Ceiling Fan with Plus Series Reversible Cherry/Rosewood Blades, Civic Collection, The Civic Series is our value... read more

Hunter Fan
$399.00

Stay comfortable in extreme temperatures with this Hunter fan featuring reversible blades for use in hot or cool weather, plus a p...ull chain for ease of use. This polished nickel, ombre cherry fan gives your home a rich appearance. LED light bulb type... read more

Remote-Control Operation

Some models come with a remote control, so you can turn on the fan and light and control fan speed from your bed or favorite chair.

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Progress Lighting
$91.99

Take control of your life and atmosphere with the fan and light hand held remote for fan speed and dimming light control. With thi...s remote control, you'll never again find yourself awkwardly reaching up for pull chains to control your ceiling fan.... read more

Progress Lighting
$91.99

Take control of your life and atmosphere with the fan and light hand held remote for fan speed and dimming light control. With thi...s remote control, you'll never again find yourself awkwardly reaching up for pull chains to control your ceiling fan.... read more

Progress Lighting
$98.99

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that mean the most, with this remote control, you'll never again find yourself awkwardly re...aching up for pull chains to control your ceiling fan. The remote provides both control of fan speeds as well as operation... read more

Monte Carlo
$139.50 $93.00

Wall switch, remote, and receiver included. Plastic construction finished in white. Controls lighting, fan speed, and direction. C...onvenient, must-have accessory. Designed for Monte Carlo ceiling fans. Don't fumble with your fan's pull-chains any longer! The Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan Wall and Handheld Remote Control Kit provides you with several options to adjust your Monte Carlo ceiling fan's settings without even leaving your seat. This set includes a receiver, wall-mounted switch, and a remote control. Each piece is made from durable plastic and finished in white. Both the wall switch and remote allow you to control the fan's rotation direction, speed, and the brightness of the bulbs. read more

Automatic Temperature Control

Fans with this feature speed up or slow down depending on room temperature, helping to improve energy efficiency and ensure adequate circulation.

Reverse Switch

This switch allows you to use the fan during colder months as well as summer months. In the winter, ceiling fans can help bring warm air (which naturally rises) down into the living space.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

You can find ceiling fans that cost less than $50, or spend several hundred dollars on a fan. The price reflects the quality of construction, which in turn can affect noise level and performance. Regardless of how much you want to spend on a ceiling fan, you'll need to choose a fan size that suits the size of your room and make sure the space is free of obstacles. Depending on how tall the ceiling is, you may need to purchase optional mounting accessories or look for a fan that's designed for shorter ceilings. Here are a few things to think about before purchasing a ceiling fan.

Size

It's important to choose a fan size that suits the size of the room in which it will be installed -- a fan that's too big will blow around too much air, while a fan that's too small will not cool the space effectively. Fan size is determined by measuring straight across from blade tip to blade tip. In general, 52-inch fans are best for rooms 225-400 square feet, a 42- or 44-inch fan is best for a room that's 100-225 square feet, and a 30-inch fan is best for a room that's less than 100 square feet.

Placement

When measuring for your ceiling fan, keep in mind that the tips of the fan blades should be at least 18 inches from the wall to ensure adequate clearance. If you're installing the fan in your kitchen, make sure open cabinet doors will not get in the way of moving fan blades. If you're planning to put a ceiling fan in a bedroom, it's best to install it above the foot of the bed. In living areas, place the fan in the middle of the room, near where people gather.

Installation

The optimum placement for a ceiling fan is 8-9 feet above the floor. A fan should never be installed so that its blades are less than 7 feet above the floor. Most fans are installed with a short downrod, but if your ceilings are more than 9 feet high, you'll need to use a longer downrod to bring your fan closer to the floor. If your ceiling is sloped at an angle greater than 30 degrees, you'll need to use a sloped-ceiling adapter or a vaulted-ceiling adapter. If your ceiling is just shy of 8 feet, look for a low-ceiling adapter that can raise the fan a few inches.

Noise Level/Performance

Typically fans with a higher-quality motor will be quieter. Motors range from 1/60 to 1/3 horsepower; higher-powered motors produce more air and aren't likely to overheat. Look for a motor with sealed bearings that don't need to be oiled. You may also want to choose a fan with a rubber flywheel, which helps stabilize the fan and reduce noise. Energy-Star qualified models help move air more efficiently.

Style

Ceiling fans are available in a wide array of styles and finishes to match the decor of your room. For a cohesive look, choose a finish that complements finishes on other fixtures and hardware in the room. Or opt for a fan that's the same color as the ceiling to help the fan blend in with its surroundings.

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Hunter Fan
$199.00 $185.99

Bring a small piece of the Caribbean into your home with this 54-inch ceiling fan. The five textured white finish wicker style bla...des swirl air to cool you off on even the hottest tropical day. Charming and easy to install, this 5-Blade ceiling fan... read more

Vento
$356.00 $199.00

Clover is the ceiling fan without blade brackets, and blades integrating directly with its motor. When in operation, the motor dri...ves the blades to produce the high effect of cooling. The translucent black blades make the fan looks light. read more

Home Decorators Collection
$299.00 $210.00

Offering both function and style for your living space, the Home Decorators Collection Kensgrove 72 in. Brushed Nickel LED Ceiling... Fan is great for large areas and lofts and provides superior air circulation. Eight efficient blades push out 8881 CFMs... read more

Casa Vieja
$289.99 $259.95

Your outdoor spaces will take on a new glow with this sleek and stylish Casa Vieja® outdoor fan. Best suited for outdoor use, this... fan adds a refreshing breeze to porches, patios and more. It comes with a light kit that features antique seedy glass and... read more

Casa Vieja
$399.99 $349.95

This large ceiling fan is damp rated and perfect for large patio areas and porches. Finished in English bronze with eight cherry f...inish ABS blades. DC motor with included six-speed remote control and wall bracket. read more

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