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Who Makes the Best Ceiling Fans?

Recommendations From Our Ceiling Fan Experts

Updated 3/29/2020

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Most ceiling fan brands have a wide range of fans to choose from with huge differences in quality and performance. So it is not so much the brand that is important, but the model you choose from a brand. To help you determine which fans are the very best between brands, we give each model a rating from 1 to 5 based on the following criteria: Quality, Airflow (CFM), Efficiency (CFM/Watts), Electricity Use (Watts) and Wind Speed (MPH). You can use this link to view The Highest Quality and Best Rated Ceiling Fans or browse through the recommendations we have below. Each of these fans will run super quiet, move lots air and last a lifetime.

Ceiling Fan Trends for 2020

Here's a high level view of what you can expect to see in ceiling fans this year

  • Blue is the Pantone color of the year and Hunter has introduced fans to fit this trend.
  • Black and dark gray continue to be a strong choice.
  • Smart Ceiling Fans that connect to Alexis and Google Home or operate via WiFi or Blue Tooth are even more popular in 2020.
  • All manufacturers are now making many of their fans in 2 or 3 sizes, going smaller and larger than ever.
  • Most new ceiling fans with lights will have LEDs. CFLs and Incandescent lights are a thing of the past.

Below are just a few of the new ceiling fan models that really stand out for 2020.

The Ultimate Ceiling Fan for 2020

Big Ass Fans i6 Smart Ceiling Fan

The i6 from Big Ass Fans is the epitome of high tech and high airflow when it comes to ceiling fans. This fan has sensors for motion, temperature and humidity, combined with a learning processor to adapt to your personal life-style and enhance your level of comfort...automatically. It can be operated by the included remote control, by Alexa and Google Assistant commands, the Big Ass Fan app or connected to home automation. Even more, it has a super quiet and efficient DC motor that moves more air than most other fans, and costs less to operate. Available in White, Black, Bronze and Brushed Silver, this is our number one pick of all fans (where price is not a concern).

Special Editition for 2020

Haiku L Smart Ceiling Fan

The Haiku L is a special edition of the Haiku fan that includes an LED light, yet is about HALF the price of the Standard Haiku. It has the same high end performance airflow but does not come with all of the smart technology the Haiku is known for. This fan runs super quiet and is one of the best performing fans on the market, so we just had to include it here as one of the very best fan deals of the year.

Hottest Trend Ceiling Fan for 2020

Modern Forms Morphius III Smart Ceiling Fan

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 is Classic Blue. Hunter introduced the The 52" Mill Valley (not shown) fans this year in Indigo Blue. These fans are right on trend and will add a soft touch of blue that can bring any room to life..

Best Transitional Ceiling Fan - 2020

Emerson Carrera Grande Eco

The Eco Fans, which are available in a widening variety of finishes.

Best Versatile Style Ceiling Fan - 2020

Fanimation Kute

The Fanimation Kute has been introduced in a 44" and 52" blade span. This unique fan takes on a somewhat retro contemporary look with the Satin Brass and White combination. This could work well with Mid Century Modern decor, Contemporary as well as Transitional room settings. It even works great in the casual outdoor setting pictured above. It is available in 6 different finishes in both sizes with or without the light and is damp rated, so you can use it indoors or outdoors in covered areas. Great versatility, great simple style, great fan!

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The Best Smart Ceiling Fan - 2019

Modern Forms Morphius III Smart Ceiling Fan

The Modern Forms Morphius III is the ultimate smart ceiling fan that can be controlled by Amazon Alexis, Google Home, Samsung Smart Things, mobile devices, from the included wall control or a very slick wall mounted wifi touch pad. As with all Modern Forms Ceiling Fans, the Morphius III incorporates a powerful and efficient cutting edge DC motor designed by Modern Forms and used exclusively in their fans. It's superior performance boasts an incredible 8500 CFM while running dead quiet and using only 32 watts of electricity. It is Wet Rated, which means you can install it virtually anywhere indoors or outdoors, so it is a perfect choice when you want a super quiet fan for your bedroom or a weather resistant fan for your lanai. There are 4 high quality finishes: Automotive Silver, Dark Walnut, Gloss White (shown above) and the incredibly unique Carbon Fiber finish. It also comes in a 2-blade version aptly named Morphius II. Even if you do not use the smart technology, the Morphius III is still an incredibly smart choice!

Best Transitional Ceiling Fan - 2019

Emerson Carrera Grande Eco

The Emerson Carrera Grand Eco wins our overall best transitional style ceiling fan award for 2019 and has held this position since 2014. This fan is the perfect solution for those who would like a high quality fan that will run dead quiet and move lots of air for years to come. Not only is it a great looking transitional style that fits in almost any decor, it has everything going for it that we recommend you look for in a ceiling fan. Inside is a powerful work-horse DC ECO Motor that is super efficient and friendly to the environment producing lots of airflow while using only 32 watts of electricity. The Carrera Grand Eco has an EPA efficiency rating of 273 CFM/Watt, which is roughly 300% more efficient than your typical ceiling fan. The blades are sold separately in various furniture grade finishes and are available in 54", 60" and 72" sizes, so you can design this fan to fit any room. If you need a ceiling fan with lights, there is a wide variety of light kits to choose from including super efficient LED. For added convenience and range of performance needs, a 6-Speed wall control is included with a reverse function and light dimmer (should you choose to add a light). The motor housing comes in several popular finishes including Oil Rubbed Bronze (the most popular), Brushed Steel and White for additional flexibility in matching your decor. Read more about Emerson Eco Fans

Best Modern Ceiling Fan - 2019

Minka AireArtemis XL5

There are so many really great modern fans to choose from that it made this selection very difficult. We chose the Minka Aire Artemis XL5 simply because it is just so "Artistic" in design and includes all of the best features you can want including a super efficient DC motor, LED light and 6 speed remote. This fan is fantastic in bedrooms due to it's extremely quiet performance, but is more often used in large open rooms because it really has great air movement. For more contemporary settings, it is available in a variety of finishes including a very sleep and cool looking Liquid Silver that looks just like melting metal. Check out more finish options on the Artemis XL5 Product Page.

Best Traditional Ceiling Fan - 2019

Emerson Premium Select

The Most Versatile Fan We Have!
Choose Your: Motor Finish, Blades, Lights, Controls, Downrod

Emerson Premium Select: The ultimate super quiet ceiling fan (great for bedrooms and sound sensitive areas). The Emerson Premium has been an industry standard for over 30 years and was one of the first fans to incorporate the powerful Emerson K55 motor. The K55 is unique in that the motor is connected directly to the fan housing and remains stationary inside the fan with a drive shaft that spins in the center of the motor. A rubberized flywheel is attached to the bottom of the shaft where the blades connect, which dampens noise and adds stability to minimize wobble. You can attach 4 or 5 blades to the flywheel...4 is more traditional. Most other fans have spinner motors where the shaft is stationary and the entire motor spins around the shaft with the blades connected directly to the bottom of the motor. Spinner motors are more difficult to balance and can transfer noise to the blades and motor housing. The Premium fans are powerful and rugged, yet run smooth and quiet. You could leave this fan running 24 hours a day for years. If powerful and quiet is important to you, this is your best choice.

Best Airflow - 2019

Monte Carlo Turbine

Want to get the most breeze of out a really cool liking ceiling fan? Consider the Monte Carlo Turbine: Here's a fan that really lives up to it's name and gets our highest recommendation when it comes to pure cooling performance. The Turbine is one of the only ceiling fans to actually surpass all of our performance criteria, meaning it is beyond our scale from 1-5 for CFM, Efficiency, Watts and MPH Airflow. . This fan quite incredibly produces wind speeds beyond 5 miles per hour and moves over 8300 CFM of air. With a 56" blade span, the fan is the perfect size for most rooms. When comparing this fan to larger fans, don't confuse higher CFM with high Wind Speed, because larger fans with higher CFM spread the air over a larger area and the actual wind you feel is diluted. Because this fan is not too large, the extreme amount of airflow it produces is more concentrated, which is why it is able to generate wind speeds over 5 MPH. For those in the know, wind speed creates the wind-chill effect that cools us off, which is why we buy ceiling fans in the first place. What's even more impressive is that the Turbine performs this well using 75% less electricity at half the RPM of an average ceiling fan, making it a logical choice for those concerned about using less energy. Monte Carlo has really done something special with this design of modern ceiling fans by incorporating 8 aerodynamically shaped blades with a super efficient DC motor to maximize wind speed and save power.

Best Outdoor Ceiling Fan - 2019

Matthews Donaire Stainless Steel Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Matthews Donaire: The Donaire is the ultimate outdoor ceiling fan and actually survived hurricane Irma when other fans in the neighborhood were demolished (see picture to the right). As one of very few ceiling fans made of 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel, it is made to better to withstand the cruelest punishment mother nature has to offer from wind, sun, rain, sleet, snow and most important, salt air. Although much more costly than the typical steel used in other fans, Marine Grade Stainless Steel is highly resistant to corrosion and is the same type of material used in high end barbecues as you see in the picture above. The Donaire comes with a remote control and built-in dimmable LED light kit and includes a bottom cap if you want a super clean look without the light. The Donaire comes in the stainless steel finish shown here, but is also available in bronze or white (still made of stainless steel).

Ceiling Fan with Most Light - 2019

Kichler Imari LED Ceiling Fan

Kichler Imari LED: Need a ceiling fan that puts out lots of light? The Imari has an integrated dimmable LED array uses only 26 watts yet produces the equivalent of nearly 300 watts of incandescent light according to Kichler. We put it closer to 250 watts, but in any case, it's a lot of light for a single fixture like this. Even more, the fan has a DC motor and produces 9548 CFM with a 65" blade span using only 34 watts. If it were not for the fact that this is a new product, we might have put it in our number one position, it's that good a fan on paper. We'll likely move it up the list as we get more feedback from our customers. But looking at the specs, the Kichler Imari could prove to be one of the best ceiling fans ever!

The Best Energy Star Ceiling Fan - 2019

Emerson Midway Eco LED Energy Star Ceiling Fan

Emerson Midway Eco: DC ceiling fans were introduced into the market by Emerson and the Midway Eco was the first DC motor ceiling fan they made. Emerson Eco Fans represent some of the most efficient on the planet and are up to 350% more efficient than typical ceiling fans. The Midway Eco is also Energy Star qualified for those who need this requirement. DC motors connect to your AC power, but have permanent electromagnets, so the little electricity they use is for the electronics that control the fan speeds and light. There are several Eco Fans to choose from, each of which represent our #1 picks among the best ceiling fans you can buy. This fan was also awarded "Most Efficient 2014" by the U.S. Government Energy Star program. View More Emerson Eco Fans Here!

Best Minimalist Style - 2019

Monte Carlo Minimalist

Montecarlo Minimalist: The Minimalist is not just minimal in style, it is minimal in energy consumption. Incorporating a super efficient DC Motor and 16 Watt LED light fixture this fan uses less than 30 watts on high speed while generating over 7,700 it a high efficiency rating of 288 CFM/Watt (with lights off). On low speed it only uses about 2.64 watts, which means you could run 36 of these fans (lights off) using less electricity than a single 100 watt light bulb...quite amazing!

Best Contemporary Ceiling Fan - 2019

Casablanca Stealth

Casablanca Stealth: This was one of the very first contemporary style ceiling fans ever made and the sleek jet setting style of this fan was years before its time when it was first produced nearly 2 decades ago. Eventually, every other ceiling fan manufacturer copied stealth in one way or another due to its popularity, but none have yet surpassed the overall quality and performance of this trend setting modern ceiling fan. There are several versions of the Stealth available today...this being the latest greatest iteration with a DC motor and an LED light, keeping it up with the times.

The Best Hugger Fan - 2019

Emerson Curva Sky 44 Flush Mount Ceiling Fan

Emerson Curva Sky: This fan sets the standard for flush mount ceiling fans. The sleek slim curvy design is unmatched compared to similarly designed hugger fans that are disproportionately bulky looking. For bedrooms with white ceilings, use this fan in a white finish to blend in as shown in the photo above. Plus, the Curva fans come with a 6-speed remote control with a reverse button and full range dimmer for the included LED light. This fan is ideal for bedrooms or rooms with low ceilings and comes in both 44" and 52" versions in several finishes to suite your decor. For more hugger fans visit this page: Best Flushmount Ceiling Fans.

Best Large Ceiling Fan - 2019

Minka Aire H2O Extreme

The Minka Aire Xtreme fans range in sizes from 65" to 96". The 96" Xtreme one of the largest ceilings fans made for residential applications. The 84" Xtreme H2O (shown above) is wet rated, so it can be installed virtually anywhere indoors or outdoors. These extra large ceiling fans capture the character of industrial HVLS fans (High Volume Low Speed) made popular by the Big Ass Fan company, and other industrial fan manufacturers, and brings it into your home at a fraction of the price. Most HVLS fans made for industrial use can be rather noisy, yet the H20 Extreme runs virtually dead quiet with a super efficient 6 speed DC motor that uses a fraction of the electricity of typical ceiling fans half its size. It installs like any other residential ceiling fan and does not require additional construction as would an industrial HVLS fan. If you are looking to make a real statement in a large open room...the Xtreme is the best large fan for you!

Ceiling Fan Questions and Answers

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Question: I have a question that is I think one of the most important to a prospective buyer and one that brought me to your site. Noise, it is not hard to measure this quality and it seems to me to be a serious omission for such a otherwise very thorough evaluation. Use the same rpm and pitch and record the sound level, or remove the blades and measure just the motor noise level. Both would be a valuable indication of relative noise for each fan. I am looking to purchase the quietest fan for my bedroom.
Answer: Hello Vince, I personally have asked engineers from several of the top quality manufacturers if they have any testing data they can provide for noise levels and none have been willing to share it. Although some do in fact perform noise level tests on certain models as a quality control measure, it is already too expensive for manufacturers to perform the other mandatory tests that the EPA requires of them, so throwing a noise level test in is certainly not something manufacturers are inclined to do.

That being said, noise is an important part of the quality rating system we have developed where every fan on our website has been given a quality rating from 1 to 5. Fans we have rated 5 will run dead quiet because of the engineering of the product; they are precision made with components that are more substantial than lesser quality fans. Smooth quiet performance is the first criteria for any fan on our site that is rated 5. Durability and actual airflow are also major considerations. All of the things that cause noise are addressed by the manufacturers of these fans.

After being in the ceiling fan business for over 25 years, I believe that smooth quiet operation with lots of airflow is what people want most (or expect) from a ceiling fan even though looks is usually what people search for first. For this reason I have designed our website so that all of the search results are sorted by highest quality and then highest airflow (CFM) by default. So our website automatically shows you what you are looking for from the start without you really knowing it; The quietest fans that move the most air.

The bottom line is, look for fans that have a quality rating of 5 and an airflow rating over 6,000 CFM and you will be quite pleased. They are usually found on the first pages of any of our filtered results...if they exist.

Read more here: Who Makes The Best Ceiling Fans
Question: Recommend. Big. Room. Fan. For 365. 24hr. Use
Answer: The large ceiling fan I recommend the most that is built to withstand 24hr 365 day use is the Emerson Carrera Grande Eco. It has a DC motor that produces over 7000 CFM of airflow on high speed yet uses only 20 watts per hour making it over 300 times more efficient than fans without DC motors. Low speed is somewhere around 4 or 5 watts. This super efficiency can be beneficial if you are using the fan constinuously. It can be purchased with 54", 60" or 72" blades.

Here is a link to the Emerson Carrera Grand Eco 72" Ceiling Fan.

You can use the link below to view other recommendations for high quality large ceiling fans. The results are automatically sorted by the best quality and highest performance, so any of the top 30 results would be the fans we recommend, particularly for continual usage throughout the year. If you have further questions, please call and talk to our ceiling fan experts at: 1-800-2014-1193.

Here is a link to the Best Large Ceiling Fans.
Question: No ?-just a compliment. I found this article explaining the differences in fans a big help. We purchased fans previously at our local store for another home and they did not perform well and did not move enough air. We are building a new home and will most certainly consider your company for our purchases of ceiling fans. Thank you
Answer: Thanks for the compliment, we certainly appreciate it. We look forward to providing you with the most excellent service when you are ready to purchase your ceiling fans.
Question: Bedroom ceiling fan - need one that is extremely quiet. What brand or specifications would you recommend.
Answer: Any of the fans on our site that have a quality rating of 4 or 5 will run dead quiet and are great for bedrooms. Without knowing the size of the bedroom, I cannot make any specific recommendations. For more info and recommendations, please read more about Who makes the best ceiling fans.
Question: The blades on my Hunter fan fan actually fell off and hit the floor. It was in a cathedral ceiling so it fell along way. Luckily, it did not hit furniture. 1. What caused this to happen? It was put up by a reputable electrician. 2.What fan would you suggest as a replacement that is made better an overall the best fan, in your opinion for a very tall ceiling. It was attached to a long rod.
Answer: Without knowing which Hunter ceiling fan model you own and seeing the damage, I cannot say what might have happened. What you are describing is pretty rare for any ceiling fan. Most Hunter ceiling fans are made to a level of quality that would prevent this, although some of their very inexpensive models sold at home centers may have such issues. My first guess is that the screws holding the blades to the fan motor came loose. These should be checked periodically on any ceiling fan just to make sure they are tight. If the blade actually broke off at the blade holder or the blade itself, that would be a mystery to me and I would need to see the blade.

I would recommend that you consider replacing your fan with a Casablanca ceiling fan. If you use this link, it will show the Casablanca fans in order of what we recommend from a quality and performance standpoint. All of the fans that show up within the top 100 results are made with heavy duty blade holders...or do not have any blade holders at all, so they will not break off like some other fans do. Here is the link: Casablanca Ceiling Fans.

If you can email me a picture of your fan as well as the blades that fell off, I may be able to offer some better insight. Email pictures to:
Question: I am looking for a fan to push heat down from a very high ceiling in an entry-way. Do all fans come with a switch to change the motion of the fan upward or downward and do they all have a remote? I have a townhouse that needs more heat to stay downstaris. Would you advise the #5 rating?
Answer: Not ALL ceiling fans are reversible and many ceiling fans do not come with a remote control, but most can have one added. In many cases, an added remote will not reverse the direction of the ceiling fan. Remote controls that are called "Full Function" remotes, in most cases, will have the ability to reverse the fan. We do our best to make it clear in the description of the remote whether or not it is a full function remote or whether or not it will reverse the direction of the fan. In most cases, when a ceiling fan comes with a remote control included, the remote will have the ability of reversing the fan. In almost all cases, even if the remote does not reverse the fan, there is a reverse switch located somewhere on the fan that enables you to reverse the fan manually...with few exceptions for fans that are simply non-reversing. Ultimately, this information is not always clearly stated by the manufacturer, so it is best that you call and talk to one of our ceiling fan experts so they can show you which fans are in fact reversible from the remote control (or wall control). And yes, we highly recommend any ceiling fan that has a quality rating of 5 as the best choice.
Question: What is the noice level in dB for the52 inches sweep ceiling fan
Answer: Ceiling fan manufacturers do not test their fans for noise level in Decibals...or any other unit of measure, so there is no available data to offer an answer to your question.
Question: Do you have a fan that would be appropriate to place in a medium sized kitchen? We are looking for a fan less than $400 in a deep brown with a light fixture. Thanks!
Answer: We have quite a few ceiling fans that fit your description. We will need to know the actual size of the kitchen as well as the height of the ceiling in order to make specific recommendations. One of our ceiling fan experts will give you a call and help you choose the best ceiling fan for your kitchen.
Question: I have vaulted cielings looking for a high speed air flow fan what is the best fan for the price today that moves the most air thanks looking for something in dark wood.
Answer: By default, our Ceiling Fan Search Results are sorted by Highest Quality and Highest CFM, which will automatically show you the ceiling fans we recommend the most. You can then narrow your search by selecting from various other options on the left side of the page including price ranges. The fan I recommend the most is the first fan that comes up in our search, which is the Casablanca Atria that sells for over $600.00. The Atria is the best of the best and is worth every penny because of the amount of air it moves and how steady and quiet it performs. A powerful fan that runs steady without wobbling is particularly important for high vaulted ceilings where a long downrod is necessary. Actually, any of the top 30 fans that show up automatically in our search will be great, so just compare the price - vs - the CFM rating to find the fan that suits you best. If you give us a call us we can help you narrow down your choices quickly and offer more specific recommendations based on your input during our conversation.
Question: I have several bedrooms each ~11ftx12ft, 8ft ceilings and centered overhead light on a wall switch. I would like to replace them with high quality ceiling fans (with lights if possible). I like the Hunter 20810 but is it overkill? What would you recommend?
Answer: If you are looking for high quality ceiling fans that provide great airflow, I would recommend the Minka Aire Concept II 44" Ceiling Fans over the Hunter Low Profile III Plus. The Minka Aire fans are 44", which is a better size, but they move almost 60% more air...which is a huge difference. If you compare the Minka Aire 52" Concept II Ceiling Fans to the 52" Hunter Low Profile (which is comparing apples to apples), the 52" Concept II moves almost 220% more air! The Minka Aire Concept fans are higher quality, so they will run smoother and quieter. They are also more efficient, so even though they produce more airflow, they actually use less electricity. Because they are better fans, they will cost more, but the difference is well worth it!
Question: Need guidance. I would like to install a WET ceiling fan underneath my carport. I live in the south, extreme heat, and high humidity. I would like an Emerson motor (hear they last for a lifetime), with a 15 or 16 pitch. Dark brown in color. Also, if the fan does not come with a WET light, could you recommend one? Does it come with the option of a fan switch or remote control? Looking for superior quality, long lasting in the deep south region of the USA.
Answer: When it comes to Emerson, I would recommend the Emerson Sea Breeze Wet Rated Outdoor Ceiling Fan model CF654ORB in Oil Rubbed Bronze. The Sea Breeze has a 188mm x 12mm Motor with a 14 degree blade pitch and moves 6,492 CFM of airflow, which is the most air produced by any Emerson WET rated outdoor ceiling fan. They do not have a model with a steeper blade pitch that outperforms this fan. It is also ENERGY STAR qualified, so it is quite efficient.

It does not come with a light fixture so you will need to add one. Click on the link above to get to the Sea Breeze page then click on the button for "Lights" and look for these 2 light fixtures: LK46ORB or LK54ORB which are WET rated. They also have a "Wet Location Plate" model WLP100-ORB that allows you to convert all of the Bowl style light fixtures ranging from LK70 to LK83 into WET location lights. The WLP100 is not on our site at this time, so you will need to call us if you wish to order any of those light fixtures.

The best quality and highest performing WET rated outdoor ceiling fan is the Casablanca Heritage, which has the powerful XRT200 Casablanca fan motor and generates 6,736 CFM. Everything about the Heritage fan is of superior quality to all outdoor ceiling fans, so I would suggest you take a look at it. It is a 60" fan and is one of our best sellers. You can see all of our WET rated outdoor ceiling fans listed by highest quality and best performance here!
Question: how the performance depends of the quantity of blades? How to choose 3,4 or 5 blades? Thank you
Answer: Less blades moves slightly more air given all other factors are equal (motor size, blade pitch, blade size and shape), but the difference is not significant enough to impact your buying decision. Some fans come with the option to install 4 or 5 blades, but no fans come with the option of installing 3 or 4 blades, which means that all 3 blade fans can only be installed with 3 blades.

FYI: from the early 1900s until the 1970s, almost all ceiling fans had 4 blades. 5 blade fans were introduced in the 1907s and became widely accepted...most likely because most consumers believe that more is better. Since then, most ceiling fans are made with 5 blades simply because that is what generally sells the best. 3 blade ceiling fans started to become more widely accepted just a few years ago when Minka Aire introduced their Concept ceiling fans, which are currently our best selling fans. 3 blade ceiling fans look smaller than 4 or 5 blade fans, so they are less imposing on a room. You can use a larger 3 blade fan to get better circulation in a smaller room than if you choose a 4 or 5 blade fan.
Question: plz send the entire technical and electrical details about the ceiling fan
Answer: Which ceiling fan model are you referring to? Please email the brand and model number to me here:
Question: can i purchase cromton greaves ceiling fan
Answer: Sorry, we do not sell or recommend Cromton Greeves ceiling fans. They are made in India and are not exported to the USA. They are substantially inferior to the ceiling fan brands you see on our website.
Question: How does the number of blades affect the airflow (effectiveness) and efficiency of a fan?
Answer: Less blades creates slightly more airflow because there is less drag on the motor and the air can flow around the blades more efficiently. However, the actual difference that the amount of blades makes in the overall performance of a fan is too insignificant to use as a factor when comparing fans. Other factors, such as blade pitch, blade size and shape, RPMs, motor power and efficiency will have a much more dramatic impact on the airflow a fan produces than the quantity of blades. We provide very detailed information about the performance of each ceiling fan on our website so that you can easily compare them and see which fans move the most air. Regardless of the amount of blades, you can see how each fan stack up against each other.
Question: I love your website!! Very informative!! I have a den that measures 22x22 we have a tray ceiling and i believe the height inside the tray is 10 feet. I would love a dual fan in that room. Something efficient and in the dark brown family........not red brown. Please advise me and let me know your thoughts. Thank you, Leslie Khafif
Answer: Dual head fans come in 2 varieties, the ones with 2 small high speed fans that are situated at a slight angle and the ones with much larger palm style blades that spin vertically. The dual head fans with small high speed fans are designed to produce a comfortable breeze and are far more efficient. The vertically spinning fans do not move very much air at all and are considered to be for decorative use. Here is a link that shows all of the dual head fans that are more efficient. The Matthews fans are the highest quality overall, although the other models shown on the page have similar performance. Dual Head Ceiling Fans.

My personal recommendations for Bronze finished dual head ceiling fans would be in this order:
Question: Is there a fan made for use in out door applications, such as in a porch or under a pergola? Thanks, Neal Smith
Answer: Certainly. You MUST use a ceiling fan that is UL listed for use outdoors for any outdoor location, whether it be an open patio, screened in patio or any location exposed directly to moisture from the air or rain. There are 2 types of Outdoor Ceiling Fans to consider: Damp Rated Outdoor Ceiling Fans can be used in any covered area that will not have direct exposure to rain. For areas that ARE exposed directly to rain (such as a Lanai or Pergola), you must have a WET Rated Outdoor Ceiling Fan.
Question: I have purchased a condo where the living room is open with an angled ceiling to the second floor. I would like to purchase a fan large enough to look appropriate by itself in this large space (approx. 10x20 feet) but also move a lot of air efficiently. Which fan/fans would you recommend?
Answer: The Large Ceiling Fans that we would recommend most will be found here: Large Ceiling Fans. You will see the airflow and other ratings in our search results. The default sort is by highest CFM Airflow and Best Quality, so the fans closer to the top of the results are in fact the fans we would recommend the most. Your taste in style and your budget will ultimately affect which one you choose. If you need help selecting a ceiling fan, please give us a call.
Question: Great web site. I am looking for a pair of high quality fans for a 15x27 basement level room (8 1/2 ceiling). I currently have an old Hunter 52" model 22272 in the room. I was wondering if you could recommend a low profile, white, quiet, high quality fan (52?). The two fans will be about 10 feet apart. We have a traditonal house built in 1937 but which has been significantly upgraded to somewhat less traditional. Both will be switched from the wall but a remote to adjust would be nice.
Answer: I highly recommend the Emerson Midway Eco Ceiling Fans. They are the most efficient ceiling fans on the market and have a very slim low profile style to them. They run dead quiet and will last you for many years. You can choose to operate them from a wall control, remote control or both.

FYI, if you are looking for Flushmount fans, I would not recommend using them on a ceiling that is over 8 feet high, they will not perform as well as a fan that hangs on a short downrod. Flushmounted ceiling fans are designed specifically for ceilings that are lower than 8 feet high. Please give us a call and we will be happy to offer other suggestions.
Question: When buying a ceiling fan which fan will move the most air one with 3 blades,4 blades,or 5 blades given they all have the same size motor?
Answer: Just having the same motor in any ceiling fan is not an equal comparison. If the ceiling fans you are comparing also have the exact same blades and blade pitch, and the motor specifications are identical, then the comparison would be fair. This being the case, the fan with fewer blades will move slightly more air. However, the difference is so minimal that it should not impact your buying decision.

With that said, it is almost impossible to make such a comparison when it comes to 3 bladed ceiling fans, because there are no 3 blade fans on the market that give you the option of installing 4 or 5 blades. There are some 5 blade fans that give you the option of installing 4 blades.

The best way to compare the performance between 3, 4 and 5 blade ceiling fans is to use the CFM and Wind Speed data that we have for each fan on our website. No other ceiling fan supplier presents this information in the way that we do and allows you filter your search results by CFM or Wind Speed.
Question: can you recommend an outdoor ceiling fan for a covered porch that will cool the most? Looks are not the most important feature. We live in Southeast Texas and have very high heat and humidity. What size and pitch wll provide the most breeze? Thanks!
Answer: If you visit our Outdoor Ceiling Fans page and click on the link that says "Shop All Outdoor Fans", the page that comes up will show you all outdoor ceiling fans sorted automatically by quality and highest CFM (which is airflow). The fans at the top of the search result below the top selling models will move the most air. Here is a link directly to that page: The Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans
Question: Can the Minka-Aire Wall Control WC-106 light dimming function be used for a seperate light? I am planning to have installed one recessed fluorescent light along with a Minka-Aire ceiling fan with no light, and would like to utilize just one wall switch.
Answer: Because the WC-106 control uses 2 separate hot wires to control the ceiling fan and light, you can in fact wire the light dimmer to a separate fixture providing it does not exceed the wattage limitations of the control, which is 240 watts. You must also be sure that the fluorescent fixture you are using is in fact dimmable, because many fluorescent fixtures are not.
Question: Which fan is better, Emerson, Kitchner or Hunter?
Answer: What you have asked is something like "which car is the best...Ford, Toyota or Chevrolet". Obviously each of these manufacturers has a wide range of cars in different classes, each with a selection of upgrades and options. So you cannot simply compare them by must consider them model to model, class to class and look at the included features, optional upgrades and price. The same is true with all of the ceiling fans our our website.

This is why we have created the comparison graphs that you see on our site for each of our ceiling fans. The detailed information in these graphs allow you to compare fans to each other to determine which ones are the best. If you read our Online Guide to Comparing Ceiling Fans, it will be a great help in understanding the information we supply in our comparison graphs as well as what to look for when you shop for ceiling fans.

We also know that what is better to one person does not fit the needs of another, so there are questions that need to be asked in order to decide which ceiling fans are best for you. Ultimately, the best way to get the answer you desire is to call and talk directly to one of our ceiling fan experts. They will know what to ask you in order to help you determine which ceiling fans are best suited for your particular needs...and budget.
Question: Good morning. I am looking for ceiling fans to place in my barn. I live in the deep South, near the water, so lots of humidity. Air movement is a priority; light option would be nice. What would you recommend? Thank you
Answer: We have many ceiling fans to choose from that are perfect for a barn in a humid climate. Thanks for leaving your phone number, it is definitely much easier to help you choose the best ceiling fans for your needs over the phone. One of our ceiling fan experts will call shortly.
Question: I am looking for a kitchen fan, room is 9x10, no windows. Eight ft ceiling. There is 1 dome light and the kitchen needs more illumination. This is the only ceiling electrical fixture possible due to concrete ceiling. I would love a fan w/several down lights that could be directed to add more light. What size fan would you recommend? Also would like a contemporary style; without frosted glass scalloped bell shades. Does a fan in a small kitchen blow the gas flames on stove? Thank you.
Answer: Great...thanks for the detailed description. One of our ceiling fan experts will give you a call and answer all your questions over the phone.
Question: I am looking for an outdoor "wet" rated fan that is close to the ceiling...floor to ceiling height is seven feet ten is for an 8 by 10 foot porch area
Answer: There are very few flush mounted ceiling fans on the market that are designed to be used in outdoor wet locations. However, helping people find unusual ceiling fans is our specialty and you can see what is available using this link: Wet Rated Flusmount Outdoor Ceiling Fans.
Question: Ok, ok so I bought a home center fan that wobbles and hums, I hate it and I’m going to replace it. What would you recommend for a bedroom, 10 ft x 10 ft x 8 ft ceiling, white traditional/transitional decor, must have a remote, light, and must be quiet. Price range $200-$500. Thank you for your help
Answer: We have quite a few ceiling fans that run smooth and quiet and are available with the other parameters that you have specified. Since there are so many choices, it is best that we discuss your options over the phone and help you narrow them down quickly rather than attempt to post suggestions in this forum and go back and forth. Please give us a call and one of our ceiling fan experts will be glad to help you.
Question: Very informative site--Thank You. We want to install a ceiling fan in our bed room. We have a 9 ft. ceiling. We were going to get a "flush fan", but after reading your info., I have second thoughts. What fan would you suggest for us? and how low should we go with a Down Rod? Thank you Again
Answer: Flushmount ceiling fans are designed for ceilings that are lower than 8 feet, so in your case you would definitely want a standard mount ceiling fan. On of our ceiling fan experts will call you to discuss the style of fan you want and help you choose one that is appropriate for the size room that you have.
Question: I got a retro hunter fan last year for europe, but I was not very satisfied by its performance as it can get very hot in my country during the summer period. I am now thinking of getting the valhalla one and I wish to know which fan you consider to have the best performance as well as which one would be ideal for a normal size bedroom. Thank you
Answer: Comparing the performance of the Hunter Retro ceiling fans to the Hunter Valalla, the Retro generates 5,932 CFM on high speed while the Valhalla generates only 4,348. So the Retro out-performs the Valhalla by a substantial margin. If you are not satisfied with the airflow of the Hunter Retro, then you will be even less satisfied with that of the Valhalla. I would suggest that you give us a call so that we can find a better performing ceiling fan that will suite your needs and is similar in design.
Question: my fan is a Beverly Hills ceiling fan. Are they still in business???
Answer: Beverly Hills fan company was purchased by Modern Fan Company years ago. What is it that you need? It may be possible that Modern Fan Company still makes it. Just give us a call.
Question: How long can we run a good quality ceiling fan at its top speed without it getting overheated to cause a safety concern
Answer: A really good quality ceiling fan can be left running 24 hours a day for years on end without overheating or burning out. Fans on our site that have a quality rating of 5 would be fall into that category. Fans that are rated 4 would also likely be able to handle similar use, but may not last quite as long, so they are a great choice as well.
Question: What is the "Average RPM" for a regular ceiling fan?
Answer: RPMs range anywhere from 25 to 300 or more depending on the type of fan and the speed it is operating at. RPMs are quite meaningless if they are not considered along with blade pitch and motor design. What is most important is CFM, which is the measure airflow a fan produces in Cubic Feet per Minute. A ceiling fan with an RPM of 200 and a blade pitch of 18 degrees can move twice as much air as a fan with an RPM of 300 with a 12 degreen blade pitch depending on the type of motor each fan has as well as other factors. So it is best to use CFM to compare fans...and then throw in efficiency to differentiate between fans that move similar volumes of air. For more information, read our Guide to Comparing Ceiling Fans.
Question: I am wondering if I can replace the blades on my ceiling fan, as they are quite narrow and are quite flat, with little pitch, and are also fairly short?
Answer: You cannot change the pitch of the blades on your fan, nor can you use longer or wider blades. Fans that have short narrow blades with very little pitch are designed to use very cheap motors. Because most consumers are not aware that fans like yours do not move any air (until they actually install one), they go for the low department store priced fans like yours that sell for $50 to $100 thinking they are getting a bargain. Unfortunately, the cheap motors used in fans like that cannot handle the torque required for wider blades that are they just do not move any air. This is very common characteristic of fans sold at home centers and department stores.

It is a shame that fans like yours even exist because they distort the consumers expectation of what a good quality ceiling fan can do (move lots of air) as well as how much one costs...which is closer to $250 to $500. This is the main reason that we provide detailed information about the performance of the ceiling fans that we well as comparative graphs that make it easy to pick out the better performers.
Question: How reliable is the Casa Vieja brand of ceiling fans? I like the looks and specifications of the 60 inch Casa Epoch black glass light model 19290. However, I do not find many sites listing them or recommending them as one of the top brands. Please advise.
Answer: Is Casa Vieja a top quality name brand? is not. Casa Vieja is a line of ceiling fans imported directly from China by Lamps Plus, so it is their own house brand that is not sold anywhere else. The price of these fans is highly inflated because Lamps Plus can charge whatever they want for them since there are no competitors selling them. Although some Casa Vieja ceiling fans are decent quality, some are not. So we do not consider them a good value and would not recommend them. They use the name Casa Vieja and many people believe they are a made by Casablanca Fan Company, even though they are not.
Question: what is the minimum air flow rate of a good ceiling fan? thank you.
Answer: 6,300 CFM is a good place to start, but it really depends on the application (room size & configuration). A detailed discussion of CFM and comparing ceiling fans can be found on our site here: Ceiling Fan Comparisons.
Question: I am mounting a fan in a 2 story A frame house. From the floor to the Ridge Beam is approximately 18 feet. Is there such a thing as a 9-10 foot downrod? Or is a coupling available to connect 2 shorter rods?
Answer: Casablanca fan company is the only brand that offers downrods that come in a single length up to 10 feet long. Some other brands do have downrod couplers that allow you to connect multiple downrods together, which would also suit your needs. These brands include: Craftmade, Emerson, Montecarlo, Minka Aire and Tommy Bahama. Please give us a call and we will help you find the best fans for your application and make sure you get everything you need in order to install them on your high ceilings.
Question: I have a screened in porch fifty feet from the ocean in the Fla Keys. The three fans I have currently have corroded to the point the metal that holds the fan blades on are breaking (the motors still work, but the motor housing have corroded as well). The fans are ten years old. This is obviously an extreme enviroment. Are there fans made to last a long time in this environment?
Answer: Wet Rated outdoors fans with a Quality Rating of 5 will give you the best performance and longest durability. Here is a link to all of the Wet Location ceiling fans on our site: Outdoor Wet Rated Ceiling Fans. They are automatically sorted from the Best Quality to the least, so the first fans that come up (after the top sellers) are the best. Ultimately, I would recommend the Outdoor Wet Rated Casablanca Heritage Ceiling Fan for your application.
Question: I have Casablanca Delta IIs in my house. I have a small room, office, and would like something like it. A quiet motor is the highest priority. It will most likely be run at low speed when in use.
Answer: The Casablanca Delta ceiling fans are some of the best fans ever made. Some time ago, Casablanca discontinued the Delta and simply made the Panama into a pull chain fan. The Panama was the Computerized version of the Delta, where Delta fans used pull chains. Since you are happy with the performance of your Casablanca Delta fans, I would suggest buying a Casablanca Panama. If the room is less than 10 x 10, then you can use 42" blades on a Panama, otherwise the standard blade span is 50". Since the fan is available as a pull chain, Inteli-Touch wall control or Advan-Touch remote control, I cannot send you directly to a product page, but here is a link that searches our site for all Casablanca Panama Ceiling Fans.
Question: We are looking for a white fan with a remote that will also reverse the motor. The fan should have 4 lights like the Hunter Grand Isle Model # 25746. Unfortunately Hunter does not have a reversing remote. We have a very high ceiling (20-25 feet) and we cannot reach to reverse the motor for winter or summer. Is there a remote that works with Hunter or what fans can you recommend that have the described features?
Answer: We have too many options to begin listing them in this forum. Please give us a call so we can go over them over the phone. We will save you hours of research and help you find the perfect fan for your application in a matter of minutes.

Mistakes to avoid when shopping for ceiling fans!

The most common mistake people make when purchasing a ceiling fan is to base their decision strictly on how a fan looks and how much it costs without considering how it will perform. Will it wobble? Will it make noise? Will it actually cool you off? After talking to thousands of people shopping for ceiling fans over the past 20 years, I have learned that the average consumer is not even aware that there are such differences between ceiling fans. They generally assume that one fan is more expensive than another simply because it is fancier...or it has a remote control or some other feature. Ultimately, there are huge differences in the airflow performance of ceiling fans that you need to be aware of as discussed in the next section.

How to Save 10% to 40% with Ceiling Fans

Operating a central air conditioner or wall unit can cost anywhere from 20 to 50 cents/hour or more, whereas a ceiling fan on high speed costs between 1/4 of a cent to 3 cents per hour to operate. So ceiling fans cost far less to operate than air conditioning. Using ceiling fans more and your AC less can save you anywhere from 10% to 40% on your cooling bills. Keep in mind that ceiling fans do not change the room temperature they simply create a wind-chill effect that makes you feel cooler than it actually is. This allows you to use your air conditioning less without sacrificing your level of comfort, which explains why ceiling fans are so popular. But in order to use your air conditioning less, you must either manually turn it off or raise the temperature of your thermostat. If you do neither of these, you will not save anything on your energy fact you will spend a little more because you are paying to run both your AC and your fans. So in order to realize the actual potential savings of ceiling fans, you must not forget to raise the temperature of your AC by several degrees or turn it off altogether. Furthermore, there is no need to run a ceiling fan if you are not there to feel the breeze, so always turn them off when you leave a room.

Which ceiling fans are the best?

The best ceiling fans are those with the highest Quality, highest CFM (Cubic Feet of Airflow per Minute), and lowest Watts (or most efficient)! Of these factors CFM is most important because it is what creates the wind-chill effect. The more wind-chill effect you have the less you need your AC. For an average size room, ceiling fans that produce at least 6,000 to 7,000 CFM will keep you cooler and allow you to raise your thermostat more to save the most on your energy bills. Efficiency is defined as CFM/Watts, so the amount of air produced divided by the amount of electricity used. If you are torn between several fans that have similar CFM ratings, then choose the one that is most efficient (uses less watts). Keep in mind that even the least efficient fan motors only cost about 2 or 3 cents per hour to operate (which is nothing compared to your AC), so CFM is far more important than efficiency since the goal is to maximize the wind-chill and minimize the AC.

Ceiling Fan Regulations

As of January 1, 2009, all ceiling fan manufacturers are required to test their ceiling fans for airflow performance and publish the results to the public. With this new legislation, you can now determine which ceiling fans are best for your needs...that is, if you know how to interpret the data. Hansen Wholesale is the only website to put all this data together into a graph format that allows you to easily compare the performance of each ceiling fan! The graphs you see below are examples of what you will see in our search results as you shop on our site outdoor ceiling fans, modern ceiling fans, remote control ceiling fans, ceiling fans with lights and other unique styles of ceiling fans. In each graph you will see how much air each fan moves in CFMs (Cubic Feet per Minute of Airflow), how much electricity they use in Watts and how efficient they are in terms of CFMs per Watt. We have also added our own Quality Rating to help you decide which fans are best.

Update 5/7/2013

The Department of Energy (DOE) is now in the process of reviewing previous ceiling fan regulations with plans to impose even further regulations which will likely drive the price of ceiling fans up in the near future. You can read more about these new regulations here: Highly Decorative Ceiling Fans and Other Ceiling Fan Classifications or follow the development of the legislation by reading the information in the Docket Folder at the DOE: Energy Conservation Standards Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits: Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document.

How to Compare Ceiling Fans

The Best

Ceiling Fan Comparison Graph

Eco Friendly Ceiling Fan

  • 5
  • 4.34
  • 7500
  • 250
  • 30
  • Quality
  • MPH
  • CFM
  • Efficiency
  • Watts
  • 5
  • 4
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Breeze rating Info Breeze rating is from 1 to 5 where 5 is the strongest breeze!
Wind Speed Factor Info The higher the Wind Speed Factor the cooler you will feel! 4.34 MPH


Ceiling Fan Comparison Graph

  • 3
  • 3.19
  • 5513
  • 79
  • 70
  • Quality
  • MPH
  • CFM
  • Efficiency
  • Watts
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
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Breeze rating Info Breeze rating is from 1 to 5 where 5 is the strongest breeze!
Wind Speed Factor Info The higher the Wind Speed Factor the cooler you will feel! 3.19 MPH

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Ceiling Fan Comparison Graph

  • 2
  • 1.42
  • 2450
  • 29
  • 85
  • Quality
  • MPH
  • CFM
  • Efficiency
  • Watts
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
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Breeze rating Info Breeze rating is from 1 to 5 where 5 is the strongest breeze!
Wind Speed Factor Info The higher the Wind Speed Factor the cooler you will feel! 1.42 MPH

Our ceiling fan comparison graphs rate each fan from 1 to 5 where 5 is best for each of the 5 comparison factors listed below. Fans that far exceed the highest rating will appear above the 5 line and are considered the best of the best for that rating. The averages below are based on data compiled from of over 2,000 ceiling fan models from 12 different brands.

Average Quality = 3
Average Airflow = 5500 CFM
Average Energy Use = 70 Watts (on high)
Average Efficiency = 79 CFM/Watt
Average Wind Speed = 2.5 MPH (220 LFM)

Important Note: The formula for calculating wind speed was revised on 1/31/2015. The previous formula did not take into account that the testing chamber (cylinder) used to determine the CFM of a fan is 8" in diameter larger than the blade span. The revised formula ads 8" to the blade span to account for this. The new wind speed results are now slightly lower than previosly stated but are still proportionally similar for the purpose comparing various fans.

How to use our Ceiling Fan Comparison Graphs to Choose the Best Fans

Averages: Fans that are average in for any factor are given a rating of 3. We recommend looking for fans that are rated at 4 or 5 for quality, CFM and MPH. Some fans that have very high CFM will use more energy and be less efficient, but may be the best choice for your application. Many ceiling fans that are rated 5 for CFM are still rated lower for Efficiency and Watts. This is because some fans that move lots of air tend to have larger more powerful motors that use a bit more electricity. Not to worry...these are still great choices. Keep in mind that the best way to save energy with ceiling fans is to feel enough cooling breeze so that you can raise your AC thermostat a few degrees during the summer so you use less electricity from you AC. Even the least efficient ceiling fan will still use far less electricity than your AC...but you cannot benefit from the energy saving ability of ceiling fans if you do not raise the temperature of your thermostat several degrees.

Here is a brief explanation of each of the criteria

Quality: This is a rating of from 1 to 5 where 5 represents the best quality fans on the market. This rating is determined exclusively by our own ceiling fan experts on staff and is based on our first hand knowledge of each fan. The quality rating has nothing to do with how much air a fan will move, that is a separate rating. Quality has to do with how well the fan is made, how smooth and quiet it will operate, how long it will last, and equally good looks in real life. The internal components use to make the fan including the motor, capacitors and controls are considered for the precision and tolerances to which they are made are critical. We highly recommend any ceiling fan that has a Quality rating of 4 or 5 when considering the other criteria below.

CFM Airflow: CFM is short for Cubic Feet per Minute, which is how the airflow of a ceiling fan is measured. The EPA now requires all ceiling fan manufacturers to test their fans for CFM using a testing cylinder like the one pictured here. The intent of this requirement is to give consumers a method of comparing the performance of ceiling fans. Although CFM is good for comparing ceiling fans of the same diameter, it does not bode very well when comparing fans of with different blade spans and it does not give you a very good correlation to how much wind-chill a fan will produce. So when comparing fans, we recommend you not only look at the CFM, but pay close attention to our "Wind Speed Factor", which is more closely related to the wind-chill affect a fan will produce. With that said, the CFMs shown in each graph represent the volume of air the fan can move when it is on High Speed. Based on comparing over 1200 ceiling fans that we have data for on our site, the average ceiling fan moves about 5513 CFM. Since most people buy ceiling fans in order to stay cooler, you must make sure you get sufficient airflow, otherwise you may be dissatisfied with your ceiling fan regardless how smooth and quiet it performs or how great it looks in your room. The worst is around 1400 CFM and the very best approach 10,000 CFM. So there is quite a range of difference in the performance between ceiling fans. For average size rooms, we recommend ceiling fans that are capable of moving at least 6000 CFM, which is above average. Larger rooms will need much more and smaller rooms can get away with less.

Wind Speed Factor:

"Our exclusive Wind Speed Factor is the only online tool that allows you to compare the actual potential cooling effect of fans with different sizes and CFM"

Aside from Quality, our Wind Speed Factor is by far the most important piece of information to compare between ceiling fans. Wind speed is not the same as CFM. CFM is a measure of the overall amount of air being displaced in an area, whereas wind speed is the measure of how fast the air is moving. Ceiling fans do not change the temperature of a room, they cool you off by creating a wind chill effect, which is directly related to wind speed...not CFM. So it is logical to assume that higher wind speed will make you feel cooler. It is also important to note that the breeze created by a ceiling fan is mostly concentrated in the column of air just beneath the blades and does not extent out much more than a foot or two beyond that. If you have two fans of different sizes that produce the same CFM, the smaller fan will have a higher wind speed. It is a bit more complicated when two fans of different sizes produce different CFM. In many cases, the larger fan may move more air or have a higher CFM, but because the airflow is spread over a larger area, the intensity of the breeze you feel (wind speed) may be less than a smaller fan. Our exclusive "Wind Speed Factor" is the only online tool that allows you to compare the actual potential cooling effect of fans with different sizes and CFM. This is particularly useful if you are trying to decide whether to use a single large fan as opposed to two or more smaller fans for a particular area. It is our experience that for large rooms it is often better to have 2 or more smaller ceiling fans than a single large fan. So, what should you look for when it comes to wind speed? We have determined that the average wind speed factor of a ceiling fan is a about 2.5 MPH, which is lacking when it comes to cooling you off. If the main reason for considering installing a ceiling fan is to cool you off, we recommend considering fans with a wind speed factor of 4 MPH or higher.

How we calculate our "Wind Speed Factor": Manufacturers are now required to test their ceiling fans in a testing chamber like the one shown here. The chamber is a cylinder that is 8" in diameter larger than the blade span of the fan. There are several arrays of sensors (anemometers) that measure the actual wind speed in the area of each sensor. The CFM is then calculated by combining the wind speeds for the area of each sensor to determine the amount of air moving through the entire chamber. The actual wind speeds used to calculate the CFM are not reported publicly, so we have devised a formula to extrapolate the wind speed from the CFM data based on the diameter of the chamber (8" larger than the fan) and the reported CFM for that area. To make it easier for you to compare fans of various CFM and blade spans, we devised the Wind Speed Factor, which is calculation is based on the CFMs (as reported by the manufacturer) per square foot of the testing chamber, which is the diameter of the fan plus 8". We use the term Wind Speed Factor because it is a calculation based on the CFM results in the testing chamber, not an actual scientifically tested measurement of wind speed.

Efficiency: Efficiency is defined by the EPA as CFM/Watts. The average efficiency of a ceiling fan is bout 79 Watts/CFM. This translates into the amount of air a fan moves (in CFM) divided by the amount of electricity it uses (in Watts) at high speed. Normally you would think of efficiency as a number between 1 and 100 because no mechanical device can actually be more than 100% efficient. However, the formula adopted by the EPA is actually a rather good way to compare the cost to operate a fan -vs- the comfort level you can expect from it to create. However, the most efficient ceiling fan will only save you about $10 to $20 per year max compared to the worst fan because even the worst fans use less electricity per hour than a single 100 watt light bulb. So it is our opinion that the CFM rating is far more important than the efficiency rating because a fan that produces more airflow is going to allow you to raise your thermostat 2 or 3 times higher than one that blows less air. That alone can save you hundreds of dollars per year. So don't sell yourself short by using the efficiency rating as the first criteria to consider. If you are torn between 2 models, then you may want to use it as a deciding factor. The best choice would be a fan with both a high CFM rating and a High Efficiency rating...although there are few that meet that criteria since getting the most air generally entails using more power.

Watts of Electricity Used: This is the amount of electricity that you can expect the ceiling fan to use when operated on the highest speed. The average watts used by ceiling fans is about 70 watts on high speed (without lights). A higher rating for Watts means the fan uses LESS watts, which is more desirable. Although this number is used to calculate the efficiency of the fan, it can also be used as a direct comparison between fans, or simply to get a better grasp on how much energy a fan will use. Think of the wattage in terms of light bulbs and you will easily understand just how little electricity virtually all ceiling fans use. This is the main reason that ceiling fans are such a popular alternative to air conditioning...simply because they use less electricity than an average light bulb. Use the calculator below to see just how much any of our fans will cost you to operate based on the Watts it uses.

Calculate how much it will cost to operate a ceiling fan based on the Watts it uses

If you look at your last electric bill, it will tell you just how much you are paying for each kWh of electricity (Kilowatts per hour). You can use that number to calculate the actual cost of operating any of the ceiling fans on our site that have the Watts data. Just plug in the Watts the ceiling fan uses and your own kWh cost...or select your state to automatically input an estimated average.

Operational Cost Calculator

Fan Watts Light Watts Cost of Electricity/kWh Hours/Day Days/Year
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The average kWh by state used by our calculator is derived from information published by the US Government Department of Energy as of May 2009. Since this is an average number calculated by the Government, your actual cost may differ from this. You can find your exact cost of electricity per kWh on your electric bill if you wish to plug in that number for a more precise calculation.

EPA Exemptions for CFM Testing

Certain ceiling fans are exempt from the EPA legislation, particularly hugger fans and fans with large palm leaves. Apparently hugger fans cannot be tested using the same method...and they do not move as much air as traditional fans anyway. Fans that are considered as strictly decorative are exempt as well such as fans with palm leaf blades, belt driven fans, and Punkah style fans that waft from side to side. Fans like these are simply not capable of moving much air and should only be considered where you are more interested in making a decorative statement and do not really care about keeping cool or lowering your thermostat.

Don't know how much your electricity costs?

If you do not have your electric bill handy, use this map to find he average cost per kWh by region in the USA, then plug that in to the calculator. The cost for your area could vary dramatically from this table, so for a more exact calculation, refer to your electric bill.

The numbers below are "CENTS" per Kilowatt "NOT" Dollars per Kilowatt
For example: California is just 12 cents per kWh!

More information regarding what to look for in ceiling fans

Important Note: The information below has been posted on our website for several years...which was prior to having the CFM and Watt data as detailed above. We have kept this information on our site for you to review because most of it is still pertinent, although some details make less sense now that there is actual data that can be used to compare fans.

The most common mistake people make when purchasing a ceiling fan is to base their decision strictly on how a fan looks and how much it costs without considering how it will perform. Will it wobble? Will it make noise? Will it actually cool you off? After talking to thousands of people shopping for ceiling fans over the past 20 years, I have learned that the average consumer is not even aware that there are such differences between ceiling fans. They generally assume that one fan is more expensive than another simply because it is fancier...or it has a remote control or some other feature.

The bottom line is, there are huge differences in the performance and quality of ceiling fans that you need to be aware of...and the information on this page will help you understand them

The most important component of a ceiling fan is the motor.

If you have ever shopped for a car, you know some cars are available with your choice of a 4 cylinder, 6 cylinder, V8 and or high performance V8. You also know that the price goes up substantially with each motor as does the performance capabilities and optional bells and whistles. In general, the same is true for ceiling fans. The motor inside each ceiling fan is the most important component to compare because it is what makes the fan work. Smaller cheaper motors move less air and are not precision made so they have the propensity to wobble or make noise. Larger high performance motors have precision made components designed to provide maximum air movement with smooth quiet operation, but they come at a much higher price. Just as with shopping for a car, you will need to balance the quality and performance level with your budget.

Unfortunately, the motor inside a ceiling fan is completely hidden inside the decorative outer casing, so you don't necessarily get to "Pop the Hood" before you buy a fan. But, if you know what to look for, you can make an educated decision when comparing ceiling fans...which is why we have made it easy for you by including this information in our search result pages and on our product detail pages.

Although there are many more motors used in ceiling fans than what we have here in this chart, this information will give you a good idea as to how we go about rating our fans. In most cases, the rating we give a fan is directly related to the motor inside. However, equally considered is the quality of the additional components used to make up the fan. The best fans will have precision made components throughout so they will run smooth and quiet and last a lifetime.

Fan Motor Rating Chart
(ratings updated 4/30/2011 - added DC motors)
RATING TYPE Details Price Range

DC Motors

Super Efficient DC Motors (the Green choice!): DC motors are the latest technology for ceiling fans. Unlike all other ceiling fan motors, DC Motors have their own built-in electromagnets so they do not use Electricity to create a magnetic field. This allows them to operate using up to 75% less electricity! They also generate more power than other motors with no wobble or noise. What's more, they operate at a cooler temperature boosting their efficiency even more while introducing less heat into the room. We consider all ceiling fans with DC motors to be the Best of the Best and our highest recommendation!

More about DC Ceiling Fans | Shop for Ceiling Fans with DC Motors

$400 to $1000 +

Emerson K55
Casablanca XLP
Hunter Cast-Iron
Some 212mm

Hi-Performance Motors: No wobble or noise. Fans with these motors are precision crafted throughout including the balancing of blades and careful engineering all components so they run perfectly smooth and quiet. Fans with these motors are built to last a lifetime with an unsurpassed proven track record of longevity. You can leave fans like these running 24 hours a day for years on end without worrying about the motor burning out. You will find them to be the most attractive as well since they are designed to appeal to those who can afford the very best. Highly recommended for sound sensitive applications such as bedrooms.

$300 to $1000 +
4 188mm - 212mm Very Good Performance: Great air movement. Very little wobble or noise. Will last many years. Good for small to medium size rooms. $200 to $500
3 172mm Above Average: Acceptable air movement. Very slight noise. Very affordable. Recommended for smaller rooms if a higher quality fan is not affordable. $150 to $350
2 53mm Average: Less air movement. Some noise or wobble over years of use. Recommended for contractors where projects require inexpensive fans. $95 to $200
1 *Typical Import Below Average: Very little airflow. Annoying wobble and noise when new or within 1 or 2 years of use. Not recommended for any application. Under $95

(motors from Emerson ceiling fans)

*Fans with smaller motors are typically found at home centers and mass merchants. We do not supply this type of fan at Home of Decor.

Important Note: Fans with extra wide palm leaf, wicker, or canvas type blades will only provide a gentle breeze and are considered to be more decorative than functional. Because this type of blade will tend to overwork an average fan motor we recommend that you choose only brands that offer these styles with Hi-Performance motors. Otherwise, your fan will overheat and start to make annoying noises and eventually burn out.

DETAILS: What makes some fans better than others?

The motor inside your fan is the most important component!

The most important consideration when purchasing a fan (aside from the way it looks) is the size, power, and durability of the motor. Larger more powerful motors are more expensive than smaller more generic mass produced motors...but they will move substantially more air without wobbling or making noise and can be left running for days, weeks, even years on end without burning out.

There are 5 major factors that work together to determine how much air a fan will move as well as it's overall performance and durability. The most important factor is the motor. A strong precision made motor will move the most air without noise or wobble if the other 4 factors are present.

The 5 basic factors are:

  1. Motor Quality and Power (size)
  2. Blade Pitch
  3. Blade Shape and Size
  4. RPM
  5. Height from Ceiling

Looking more closely at each of these factors will show how they affect each other and why a fan with the most powerful motor can produce the most air movement.

  1. Motor  - Size, Power, and Quality
    The motor is the most important component of a ceiling fan. The most powerful motors will move the most air when combined with the proper blades and RPM. High power fan motors are only available in the top of the line models from each of the major name brands. As a consumer, it is difficult to know what type and quality of motor is inside a fan that you are considering. So to make it easy for you to find fans with good motors, we give each of our fans a motor quality rating between 1 to 5...where 5 is the best. Fans rated above 5 on our website are super efficienty DC motors that are 2 to 3 times more efficient than other motors, so they cost much less to operate. You can rest assured that any fan with a motor rating of 4 or 5 will be a good quality powerful motor that we would highly recommend. Fans with good motors are going to be more expensive...but the difference in the amount of air you will feel is quite remarkable and the performance, durability, and efficiency is well worth the extra money.

  2. Blade Pitch:
    The angle at which the blade sweeps through the air is called the "Pitch" of the blade. A good blade pitch is typically 14 degrees or more, although some fans with slightly lower blade pitch may perform well based on other factors such as blade surface area and shape. For example, some fans have blades with an airfoil shape where the pitch is not fixed, but rather more steep closer to the motor and flatter out near the end of the blade. These types of blades are much more aerodynamic and can be extremely efficient, requiring less power from the motor to move the same amount of air as a flat blade.

    A good way to understand how blade pitch effects air movement is to equate the blades of a fan to the oars of a rowboat. If you have ever tried to row a  boat, you know that if you put the oars in the water virtually flat, it takes very little effort to row...but even if you row very fast, the boat moves very slow. If, on the other hand, you tilt the oars at a steep angle in the water, it becomes very difficult to row the boat...but each stroke makes substantial progress. You will need to be much stronger and in better shape to sustain a high rate of speed for any period of time in this case.

    The same is true with ceiling fans. Believe it or not, a fan spinning at a high RPM encounters substantial wind resistance if the blades are set at a steeper pitch. A fan that has blades with a very flat pitch (between 10 and 12 degrees), does not require a very powerful motor to make the blades spin fast. However, even at full speed, the fan will move very little air and may have a tendency to wobble or make noise. On the other hand, a good blade pitch (between 14 and 15 degrees) or a fan with airfoil designed blades requires a well engineered finely tuned powerful motor to move the blades through the air at a high rate of speed for extended periods of time without overheating and burning out. Just as well, a good blade pitch with an average or lower grade motor will not be able to reach as high an RPM and may in fact be overworked resulting in a fan that overheats and eventually burns out.

    Therefore, the pitch of the blade and the power of the motor must be well engineered to work together to create air movement without going beyond the motors capability in order for a fan to operate efficiently and last a lifetime.

  3. Blade Shape and Size
    Imagine rowing a boat with short narrow oars compared to wider longer oars. The wider and longer the oar is, the more effort it takes to pull it through the water. But once again, more effort means more progress. With ceiling fans, when you combine a wider longer blade with a steeper pitch, you get even more air least to a certain point.

    There is a limit to the shape and size that the oars or fan blades can and should be. If the oars or blades are too wide or too long, you will not be able to move maneuver them fast enough no matter how strong you are. As with ceiling fans, blades that are too wide or long cannot be moved fast enough to be effective with even the most powerful fan motor. So...larger does not always mean better...but too small or narrow is not good.

  4. RPM
    RPM is simply how fast your fan blades spin at a given speed setting. Faster means more air...but only if the blades are pitched properly. Also, some fans have a lower RPM at low speed and a higher RPM at high speed, which means they give you more flexibility in the cooling effect required. The best fans will give you 6 speeds from very low to very high.

  5. Height from Ceiling
    In order for a fan to operate efficiently, there needs to be about 10 to 12 inches between the blades and the ceiling so that the air can flow freely around the blades without bouncing up and down between the blades and the ceiling. For this reason, you will find that ceiling hugger fans (fans that mount flush to the ceiling) don't move very much air. This type of fan will always have a small motor with relatively flat blades so that it does not create enough turbulence to cause it to wobble or shudder. You just won't find a "Hi-Performance" hugger fan.

    The blades on a typical hugger fan will be 7 or 8 inches from the ceiling as opposed to 10 to 12" for a good quality performance fan. The additional 2 or 3 inches makes all the difference in the world...kind of like having a tire on a car that is just a little out of balance. It may only take a small .5oz weight to balance the tire, but without the weight, the tire will bounce up and down like crazy at certain speeds. You should only use hugger fans if your ceilings are lower than 8' high or there is some other restriction (such as a bunk bed) that prevents you from installing a Hi-Performance fan that drops down a few more inches. 

    For higher ceilings, a longer downrod is recommended in order to bring the fan blades to about 8 or 9 feet from the floor so that you will feel the air movement.

A well engineered ceiling fan takes all of the factors on this page into account, and with precision testing, a "Sweet Spot" is determined with the most efficient combination of blade pitch, shape and size of the blades, RPM, height from the ceiling, and most importantly, the capacity or capability of the motor.

The fans on our site that are rated 4 or 5, or are referred to as "Hi-Performance" are fans that are well engineered to the "Sweet Spot" and will give you the best performance for many years. We are sure you will be satisfied if you purchase one of these fans. We believe any other rating to be a compromise that manufacturers make in order to design fans to meet lower price points.

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