14 Ceiling Fans That'll Keep You Cool All Summer Long
"When shopping for a ceiling fan, it's important to consider the size, location, mounting type, and features, such as style and control of the product," says Christy Edwards, merchant of ceiling fans at Home Depot.
To help you decide which is the best ceiling fan for your home, we researched the best picks, keeping in mind the number of blades, air flow, motor speed, and safety certifications. We also consulted Christy Edwards; Sierra Fallon, lead designer at Rumor Designs; and Erin Shelton, senior brand marketing manager at Hunter Fan Company.
Overall, we recommend the Hunter Builder Deluxe Indoor Ceiling Fan based on the fan's sleek good looks that work with almost any style. It's also quiet and includes dimmable lights.
Here are the best ceiling fans.
- Best Overall: Hunter Builder Deluxe Indoor Ceiling Fan
- Best Budget: Hunter Conroy Indoor Low Profile Ceiling Fan
- Best Splurge: Springer Collection Distressed Walnut Coastal Windmill Ceiling Fan
- Best for Small Spaces: Prominence Home Hero Ceiling Fan
- Best for Low Ceilings: Honeywell Carmel Ceiling Fan
- Best with a Remote: Minka Aire Ceiling Fan
- Best for Large Rooms: Honeywell Xerxes Ceiling Fan
- Best Coastal Style: Honeywell Ceiling Fans Royal Palm Ceiling Fan
- Best for Kids Rooms: Hunter Discovery Indoor Ceiling Fan
- Best for Bedrooms: Honeywell Carnegie Industrial Ceiling Fan
- Best Retractable: HNDDS Black Bird-Cage Ceiling Fan
- Best with Lights: Ashby Park Color Changing Integrated LED Ceiling Fan
- Best for Salt Air Climates: Hunter Oceana Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan
- Best Outdoor: Hunter Cassius Indoor / Outdoor Ceiling Fan
What We Recommend
Best Overall: Hunter Builder Deluxe Indoor Ceiling Fan
Best Budget: Hunter Conroy Indoor Low Profile Ceiling Fan
Best Splurge: Springer Collection Distressed Walnut Coastal Windmill Ceiling Fan
Best for Small Spaces: Prominence Home Hero Ceiling Fan
Best for Low Ceilings: Honeywell Carmel Ceiling Fan
Best with a Remote: Minka Aire Ceiling Fan
Best for Large Rooms: Honeywell Xerxes Ceiling Fan
Best Coastal Style: Honeywell Ceiling Fans Royal Palm Ceiling Fan
Best for Kids Rooms: Hunter Discovery Indoor Ceiling Fan
Best for Bedrooms: Honeywell Carnegie Industrial Ceiling Fan
Best Retractable: HNDDS Black Bird-Cage Ceiling Fan
Best with Lights: Ashby Park Color Changing Integrated LED Ceiling Fan
Best for Salt Air Climates: Hunter Oceana Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Best Outdoor: Hunter Cassius Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan
The Bottom Line
What to Know About Ceiling Fans Before Shopping
One of the more important things to keep in mind when shopping for the best ceiling fan for your home is how you want to control it. While some options will come with a handy remote control, other styles may only have a traditional pull chain, which can be difficult for some to access.
Pull Chain: Standard ceiling fans include pull chains to adjust fan speed and lighting. Though they'll get the job done, you'll want to keep in mind the height of your ceiling and how the fan is mounted to ensure you'll be able to reach the pull chain, especially if that's the only way to adjust the ceiling fan.
Remote Control: Handheld and convenient, a ceiling fan remote allows the fan to be controlled within a 30 to 45-foot range. You'll be able to adjust the fan's settings wherever you are, whether you're already tucked into bed or enjoying a movie night on the couch. It's also a great option for kids' rooms since little ones are often too short to reach a pull chain.
Wall Control: This option allows you to control the fan by adjusting a switch that's secured to the wall. It's a great option if you're concerned about losing a remote control, but keep in mind that, like a pull chain, you'll have to get up from whatever you're doing to adjust the fan.
Smartphone: In lieu of a remote control, some smart ceiling fans can be controlled via an app through your smartphone or Wi-Fi-connected device, allowing you to ensure you've turned the fan and lights off no matter where you are.
The best ceiling fan for a particular room also depends on the room's size.
"Because the ceiling fan's main purpose is to circulate air and regulate the temperature in a room, it's important that your fan size matches your room size," Edwards says. "When deciding between ceiling fan sizes, measure the room before you purchase your ceiling fan to ensure you get the size that will be most effective for the space."
According to Edwards, the recommended fan widths are based on the length of the longest wall in your room. If the longest wall is 12 feet, the blade span should be no more than 46 inches. If the wall is 12 to 18 feet, you can choose a fan that's 48 to 56 inches in diameter. And if the wall is over 18 feet, Edwards recommends the fan be 56 inches or larger.
Number of Blades
A fan can have anywhere from three to 12 blades, and while it might seem like the number of blades would make a difference in airflow, that's actually not quite the case.
"The number of blades doesn't impact air circulation, noise, or performance—it's really an aesthetic choice," Shelton says.
Since a multi-blade fan will make a statement on your ceiling, it's worth considering whether you want your fixture to be a focal point of the room or if you'd prefer it to blend in with your other decor. If you want a seamless look, consider fans with three to five blades in a neutral color. Want an eye-catching fixture? Opt for a fan with several blades in a bold pattern or color.
In order to figure out the best mount style for your ceiling fan, there are a few key measurements you should take.
"Measure your ceiling height to choose the correct downrod length," Edwards says. "Subtract 12 inches from the downrod length if your ceiling fan includes a light kit. In addition to ceiling fan sizes, the mounting type, downrod or flush, is extremely important. Ideally, your ceiling fan height (from floor to blade) should be 8 feet. Fans mounted too close to the ceiling will trap or move less air around the space."
Most homeowners need either a flush mount or a downrod mount.
Flush Mount: A flush mount anchors the fan directly against the ceiling. This option is ideal for rooms with low ceilings that don't leave much room for a fan.
Downrod Mount: A downrod lowers, or suspends, a ceiling fan to bring the breeze closer to occupants in the room. It's a great choice for ceilings higher than 8 feet tall. Very high ceilings, such as a vaulted ceiling, may need a longer downrod, so check the downrod size prior to purchasing your fan.
"If you have a tall, vaulted, or sloped ceiling, hang your ceiling fan from a downrod to lower it to the desired 8 or 9 feet from the floor," Edwards says. "If your ceiling is sloped, check that the ceiling fan you are buying can be installed at an angle. If not, a sloped-ceiling mounting kit may be required."
Depending on your needs, it's advisable to look for a fan with a reversible motor. It allows you to set the blades spinning in a counterclockwise direction to create a downdraft for a cooling effect in the summer and to spin the blades in reverse to create an updraft, which circulates warm air back down, in the cooler months.
Your Questions, Answered
Which rotation direction is best for a ceiling fan?
According to Edwards, the ideal rotation direction depends on the climate where you live and what your needs are.
"In warmer climates, ceiling fan blades [should] spin counterclockwise for a cooling effect," Edwards says. "On the other hand, in cooler climates, a ceiling fan can be used for air circulation and rotate clockwise for a warming effect."
How do you clean a ceiling fan?
In addition to general cleanliness, there are other important reasons to ensure you're keeping your ceiling fan clean and in good shape.
"Dirty fan blades can lead to imbalances, often causing unwanted noises that may sound like humming," Edwards says. "For cleaning, first make sure the fan's power is completely off. Drop an old sheet or cloth under the fan to collect the dust. Use a sturdy step stool or step ladder and a slightly damp rag to clean the blades of your fan. You can also use a 50/50 white vinegar and water mix."
Another handy suggestion involves using an old pillowcase you might have laying around.
"Slowly insert a pillowcase over the ceiling fan blades, one at a time," Edwards says. "Use the pillowcase to wipe the dust off the sides, top, and bottom of the blade. Once you've wiped each fan blade, take the pillowcase outdoors, turn it inside out and shake it. Then wash it in the laundry."
Who We Are
Tanya Edwards is an award-winning writer and editor with bylines at The Boston Globe, CNN, Glamour, Yahoo, Allure, Refinery29, Aol, Huffington Post and many more. She spent half a decade running culinary programming for Food Network digital and has been writing about food, dining, and food products for over a decade. To make this list of the best ceiling fans, she kept in mind each pick's style, number of blades, airflow, motor speed, and certifications. She also consulted Christy Edwards, merchant of ceiling fans at Home Depot; Sierra Fallon, lead designer at Rumor Designs; and Erin Shelton, senior brand marketing manager at Hunter Fan Company.