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Best tower fan 2023: compact and quiet units to cool your home this summer

As temperatures remain hot this summer, it’s worth investing in a tower fan to help keep your home cool so that you and your family can get a restful night’s sleep. We’ve rounded up the best tower fans on the market, including quiet, compact and budget buys.

By Gemma Lumley | Last updated Jul 13, 2023

Selection of the best tower fans

While many of us are rejoicing in the welcome arrival of sunny weather in the UK (finally!), the past few years have shown us that sometimes the summer heat can get a bit too much, particularly in the midst of a heatwave. Luckily, tower fans can provide the refreshing cool breeze you crave when you're feeling rather hot and bothered.

The best tower fan for cooling will look great and create powerful airflow without drowning out the TV. In addition, most are more compact and affordable than the best portable air conditioner or air cooler, and they will make life on hot days much more comfortable. And, while it may seem like summer has only just started, we suggest snapping up a tower fan now before everyone else has the same idea and demand goes through the roof - we're already seeing some models flying off the (virtual) shelves.

To help you pick the best tower fan, we spent hours investigating Mumsnet users' independent and honest recommendations. If anyone knows how to sniff out the most valuable products, it's our trusty army of discerning Mumsnetters – after all, they've given their wisdom on everything from the best cooling boxes to the most effective cooling pillows to help you beat the heat this summer. We then also analysed the suggestions of domestic technology experts, and scrutinised verified consumer reviews on retailer sites to make sure every product we feature is top-notch.

Plus, if you're not sure which type of fan is right for you yet, we also have guides to the best handheld fan, neck fan, desk fan and pedestal fan so you can see which one is the right pick to keep you nice and cool this summer.

Best tower fan at a glance: still in stock

  • Best budget: Igenix DF0030 Oscillating Tower Fan, £33

  • Best for large spaces: Dyson AM07 Cool Tower Fan, £350

  • Best basic fan: Fine Elements Slim Tower Fan, £32

  • Best for smart features: Princess Smart Tower Fan, £100

  • Best for energy efficiency: Honeywell Comfort Control Tower Fan, £49

  • Best with a remote control: Pro Breeze Oscillating 30-inch Tower Fan, £75

  • Best for a bedroom: Dreo Tower Fan, £120

1. Best budget tower fan: Igenix DF0030 Oscillating Tower Fan

Igenix Tower Fan

Price on writing: £33 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Air speeds: 3 | Night mode: No | Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 76cm | Weight: 2.66kg | Cord length: 1.8m | Wi-Fi connectivity: No | Remote control: No | Oscillation angle: 80 degrees | Power: 45W

What we like

  • Two-hour timer

  • Two-year guarantee

  • Carry handle

  • Auto shut-off

What we don’t like

  • No remote control

  • Basic design

  • Quite noisy

Our verdict

If you’re searching for the best cheap tower fan, the Igenix DF0030 is a fantastic option. At less than £40, this compact tower fan may not offer Dyson-esque technology, but it does work brilliantly in smaller spaces, albeit noisily.

It’s compact, lightweight, and has a sturdy carry handle, so it's easy to carry from room to room. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a remote control which is a shame, but its ability to effectively cool all corners of a small space is impressive.

This affordable fan comes with a two-year guarantee and automatic overheating protection. In addition, it has a two-hour timer, so it can easily be set to come on and cool your bedroom as you’re getting ready for sleep.

2. Best tower fan for big spaces: Dyson AM07 Cool Tower Fan


Price on writing: £350 | Buy now from Argos

Key specs

Air speeds: 10 | Night mode: Yes | Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 107cm | Weight: 2.85kg | Cord length: 1.8m | Wi-Fi connectivity: No | Remote control: Yes | Oscillation angle: Not specified | Power: 56W

What we like

  • Quiet

  • Stylish

  • No blade so it's easy to clean

  • Impressive number of speed settings

What we don’t like

  • Expensive

What Mumsnet users say

“We have a Dyson tower fan. When we bought it I thought it was a waste of money for just a fan, but my goodness, it is brilliant. So much better at making me feel cooler than any other fan I've had. So quiet on lower settings. They are pricey, but we have two now, they are saving me this week.” (Recommended by TheBitterBoy)

Our verdict

Dyson is an iconic home appliance brand that many Mumsnet users rate highly. The AM07 Cool Tower has a futuristic yet minimal look and is super quiet, even on higher settings. But it doesn’t just look good, it’s a brilliant fan too, especially for families. It has bladeless technology meaning it’s safe if you have curious toddlers crawling around the house as there are no moving blades for fingers to get caught in.

We also love how easy it is to clean and the nighttime timer, which means you won’t be paying for it to run while you’re asleep.

A Dyson appliance is an investment; however, the high-tech features, two-year guarantee and ability to reach the corners of large rooms make it worth the extra cost. In addition, the AM07 is light so it can travel around the house with you, and the magnetic remote control sits on the fan exterior, so you always know where it is.

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3. Best basic tower fan: Fine Elements Slim Tower Fan

Wickes tower fan

Price on writing: £32 | Buy now from Wickes

Key specs

Air speeds: 3 | Night mode: No | Dimensions: 26 x 81 x 26cm | Weight: Not specified | Cord length: 1.5m | Wi-Fi connectivity: No | Remote control: No | Oscillation angle: 85 degrees | Power: 45W

What we like

  • Sturdy

  • Great value

  • Small footprint

What we don’t like

  • No remote control

  • Simple design

What Mumsnet users say

“The Wickes ones are noisier but you can use them and watch telly in the same room, no problem. They're really nice and breezy.” (Retailer tried and tested by oddoneoutalways)

Our verdict

Available exclusively from Wickes, the Fine Elements Tower Fan may be basic, but it's a terrific value appliance with three speed settings and a 45-watt motor that can provide a powerful blast of air. This affordable fan feels sturdy, and the glossy black exterior and slim, sleek lines are attractive. It also takes up minimal floor space.

We're disappointed that there's no remote control; however, it is lightweight, so it’s easy to move close to where you’re sitting. It also has an optional one-hour timer, which will switch off when the room has been cooled, a valuable feature for use at night.

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4. Best smart tower fan: Princess Smart Tower Fan

Princess Tower Fan

Price on writing: £100 | Buy now from Argos

Key specs

Air speeds: 3 | Night mode: Yes | Dimensions: 81.3 x 31 x 103cm | Weight: 5.86kg | Cord length: Not specified | Wi-Fi connectivity: Yes | Remote control: Yes | Oscillation angle: 80 degrees | Power: 50W

What we like

  • Voice and app control

  • Stylish

  • Easy-to-use digital display

What we don’t like

  • Tricky to clean

  • Heavier than other models

Our verdict

The Princess Smart Tower Fan is designed to be seen. It is tall and combines classic, glossy black with a satin finish silver. The power from the 50-watt motor packs a punch, and we love the smart features. You can control this clever machine from an app on your phone or a smart speaker such as Alexa, super convenient for those times when the heat has you feeling lethargic.

It oscillates 80 degrees so the airflow will reach most parts of a large room, and it also has a brilliant climate control function that switches the fan on when the environment gets too warm and off when it gets too cold. There’s a timer and a nighttime-friendly quiet mode too. The downside is that it can be tricky to clean, but we think it’s worth the effort for this many features at a reasonable price point.

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5. Best energy efficient tower fan: Honeywell Comfort Control Tower Fan

Honeywell Tower Fan

Price on writing: £49 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Air speeds: 3 | Night mode: No | Dimensions: ‎80.2 x 21.2 x 17.6cm | Weight: 3.7kg | Cord length: 1.8m | Wi-Fi connectivity: No | Remote control: No | Oscillation angle: 55 degrees | Power: 36W

What we like

  • Carrying handle

  • Affordable

  • Eight-hour timer

  • Energy efficient

What we don’t like

  • Not powerful enough for a large room

  • Lower oscillation angle than some

  • No remote control

Our verdict

Sometimes you want a high-tech gadget with all the bells and whistles, other times you just simply want a basic but hardworking model at a decent price. Enter the Honeywell Comfort Control Tower Fan. It's fairly simple, but if you’re on a budget, it’s worth considering as it is affordable to buy and, at 36 watts, it’s cheap to run. What’s more, at the current energy price cap rate of 34p per kWh, it will cost around 12p for 10 hours of use (depending on the setting and your energy provider). Granted, it's not the most powerful fan out there, but it does offer great value for the initial cost.

This basic machine will efficiently cool a small to medium-sized room, and while it would be a bit noisy to sleep alongside, the background hum isn’t too distracting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a remote control, but it does have a timer, three speed settings and a sturdy carrying handle.

6. Best tower fan with remote control: Pro Breeze Oscillating 30-inch Tower Fan

Pro Breeze Tower Fan

Price on writing: £75 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Air speeds: 3 | Night mode: Yes | Dimensions: 19 x 19 x 81.5cm | Weight: 4.6kg | Cord length: Not specified | Wi-Fi connectivity: No | Remote control: Yes | Oscillation angle: 70 degrees | Power: 60W

What we like

  • Energy efficient

  • Powerful

  • Seven-and-a-half-hour timer

What we don’t like

  • Noisy at high speed

What Mumsnet users say

"I have a Pro Breeze tower and it's brilliant with no squeaking. It has a remote control with three speeds and an oscillate and timer option. It's about a metre from the end corner of the bed and does the job brilliantly." (Vetted by Billandben444)

Our verdict

One of the most powerful tower fans on our list, the Pro Breeze boasts 60 watts, three speeds and three wind modes from standard to natural, then sleep. It is ideal for cooling large rooms, but you will need it on sleep mode during the night as it can be noisy on the higher setting.

This robust fan also has a wireless remote control that allows you to adjust the settings from the comfort of your sofa or bed, even if you’re several metres away. Reviewers were delighted with how easy this tower fan is to set up and use; they also loved the elegant yet modern design.

7. Best tower fan for bedrooms: Dreo 106cm Tower Fan


Price on writing: £120 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Air speeds: 6 | Night mode: Yes | Dimensions: 32.3 x 32.3 x 106.4cm | Weight: 4.38kg | Cord length: Not specified | Wi-Fi connectivity: No | Remote control: Yes | Oscillation angle: 90 degrees | Power: 50W

What we like

  • Wide oscillation angle

  • Great value

  • Powerful yet quiet

What we don’t like

  • May be too tall for some rooms

Our verdict

The Dreo is our quietest tower fan at just 34 decibels depending on the setting, a noise a little above someone whispering. It is, therefore, perfect for bedrooms or offices where many calls are made. We also love that it has 90-degree oscillation capability that creates cool airflow across an entire room.

This chic-looking fan has six speeds, the highest of which creates a powerful draught. Our favourite feature? The auto mode changes the fan speed when the room temperature goes up or down, so you’ll stay cool and relaxed without having to faff with the settings.

8. Best overall tower fan: John Lewis Tower Fan, 30 inch

John Lewis Tower Fan, 30 inch

Price on writing: £50 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Air speeds: 3 | Night mode: Yes | Dimensions: 24 x 17.5 x 80.3cm | Weight: 3.8kg | Cord length: Not specified | Wi-Fi connectivity: No | Remote control: Yes | Oscillation angle: 90 degrees | Power: 45W

What we like

  • Powerful

  • Great price

  • Compact design

  • Two-year guarantee

What we don’t like

  • Quite noisy

Our verdict

If you're looking for a powerful tower fan but don't want to splash out a small fortune, the John Lewis 30-inch Tower Fan is your best bet. Coming in a sleek and unobtrusive design, it'll sit neatly in your living room or bedroom while its 90-degree oscillation angle works a refreshing, cool breeze around the room.

Don't let its compact size deceive you though, it still packs an impressive punch, especially on the highest setting. And you can control it all from the comfort of your sofa or bed using the handy remote.

Our biggest gripe is the noise level. It's quite loud on the maximum setting, but thankfully the lowest speed is a lot quieter for a peaceful bedtime. Overall though, we think it's a great value buy. You could say we're big fans <sorry>.

Please note: this product is currently sold out, but we're checking back regularly and will update the page when it's back in stock.

9. Best tower fan for cooling power: Vornado 154 Whole Room Tower Air Circulator

Vornado tower fan

Price on writing: £358 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Air speeds: 4 | Night mode: No | Dimensions: 27.94 x 27.94 x 81.28cm | Weight: 3.82kg | Cord length: Not specified | Wi-Fi connectivity: No | Remote control: Yes | Oscillation angle: Not specified | Power: 72W

What we like

  • Powerful

  • Five-year warranty

  • Will reach the edge of large rooms

What we don’t like

  • Expensive

  • Noisy on high settings

Our verdict

The Vornado 154 Tower Fan is an innovative cooling appliance that continuously circulates the air and pushes it 80 feet away, so you feel the breeze constantly wherever you are in the room. In addition, despite having lots of power, it is still remarkably quiet on gentle settings.

We love the modern look of this brilliant fan and are impressed with the four speed settings, energy-efficient LED displays and generous five-year warranty. The handy remote control is great too; when you’re not using it, it magically attaches to the top of the fan, so it is always within easy reach. Setting you back over £350, it is very pricey though, especially when compared to the Vornado's retail price in the US, which is significantly lower.

Please note: this product is currently sold out, but we're checking back regularly and will update the page when it's back in stock.

Do tower fans cool a room?

A tower fan won’t cool the air in a room like an air conditioning unit will. However, it is one of the most effective ways of creating a powerful breeze to circulate the air around a room, so they can definitely help to make you feel cooler.

Do fans use a lot of electricity?

The wattage is the primary indicator of how much a tower fan will cost to run. It also depends on how often and how long you will use it.

Our most energy-efficient fan, the Honeywell Comfort Control Tower Fan, runs at 36 watts per hour (0.036 kWh). Multiply the kWh it uses by the capped cost of electricity (as of 1st October 2022) of 0.34p per unit, and you’ll discover that it will cost 1.2p per hour to run - that’s around 12p per 10 hours. This can vary depending on factors like the time you're using it, your energy provider and the setting you use it on.

What are the different kinds of fans?

Tower fans: Tower fans are tall and thin, and their compact footprint means they can easily be tucked into the corner of a room. They tend to have a sleek and modern design because the blades are hidden within the tower. Tower fans are lightweight, and most have a carry handle, so they are easy to move, thus creating airflow where it is most needed.

Pedestal fans: Pedestal fans have a circular fan atop a narrow pole with a broader base at the bottom. The blades can be seen but are tucked behind a plastic or metal mesh for safety. Tall pedestal fans are ideal if you want air blasted across a room or at height.

Desk fans: A desk fan will be small enough to sit on an office desk, bookcase or bedside table. They are usually shaped like a pedestal fan, but some compact tower designs are available.

Do tower fans cool better than regular fans?

If you have limited space, a tower fan is a good option as they are compact and have a smaller footprint. They are usually more expensive than pedestals and desk fans but have more high-tech features. In addition, their bladeless design makes them quieter, making them perfect for bedrooms. If you’re looking for a modern, minimalist or futuristic look, a tower fan is the type you need.

Where should a tower fan be placed in a room?

Ideally you should place a tower fan by a window so you can blow the hot air out of the room and cold air in. Placing it near a doorway with a draft is also effective. As much ventilation as possible is beneficial to the cooling process.

How to choose the best tower fan for you

Here’s what to consider as you shop for the perfect tower fan for your home.

  • Speed settings: Most tower fans will have three speed settings, from gentle and quiet for nighttime to fast, powerful and suitable for a hot summer’s day.

  • Oscillation: This describes a tower fan's range of motion. An 85-degree oscillation will blast air into most parts of the room, allowing a person on the sofa to be cooled at the same time as someone sitting at a desk in the corner.

  • Weight: If you plan on buying one fan and carrying it from room to room, a lightweight model with a carry handle is a good idea.

  • Remote control: A remote control lets you switch your fan on and off and alter the settings from the comfort of your armchair or bed. Some tower fan remotes are magnetic so that they can be stored safely and conveniently on the exterior of the fan.

  • Smart technology: A Wi-Fi or voice-controlled tower fan is an excellent option if you want to turn on your bedroom fan while putting the dogs to bed or settling the kids. Most smart fans will require you to download an app or connect to Alexa or Google Assist.

  • Size: Tower fans can be as tall as 1.5 metres, which is fantastic if you have a large room but not if you want a fan that will sit neatly and discreetly in the corner of a room. Most tower fans have a small footprint so they won’t take up a lot of floor space.

  • Timers: A timer is helpful if you want your tower fan to switch on half an hour before you get home from work or switch off an hour after you have drifted off to sleep.

  • Automatic mode: Some high-spec fans can be programmed to switch on when the room reaches a particular temperature.

How much do tower fans cost?

Tower fans can cost anywhere between £30 and £400. More expensive fans will have higher spec features such as intelligent tech and automatic switch-on; they will be made from metal rather than plastic and look more stylish. Brands such as Dyson and Vornado are top of the range and will combine powerful air flow and quiet operation.

What is the best low-noise tower fan?

Our quietest tower fan is the Dreo Tower Fan; it reaches 34 decibels in sleep mode, just above the noise created by people whispering. Therefore, it is an excellent option for a bedroom or office where you make many calls. With their innovative air multiplier technology, Dyson fans are also very quiet on the lower settings, and the Dyson AM07 Cool Tower Fan has a coveted Quiet Mark award.

How to clean a tower fan

Unless you choose a ‘bladeless’ model like a Dyson, the interior of a tower fan can be tricky to clean. It’s essential to check the manufacturer’s instructions, but the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner will remove most of the collected dust and debris. The exterior can be wiped clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth (just make sure you unplug it first though!).

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know there’s nothing like a genuine recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which tower fans discerning Mumsnet users had bought. Next, we compiled a list of fans they recommended, noting how effective they found them and whether they were particularly good for specific needs.

We then researched the wider web, looking at which tower fans had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media and what customer reviews said about them. Then, having collated all that information, we picked the tower fans we thought would make the best buys in several interest categories.

About the author

Gemma Lumley writes consumer product round-ups and reviews for Mumsnet with a focus on home and lifestyle buying guides. She has been a content writer for various websites and online magazines and specialises in travel, parenting, fitness and the outdoors.

As someone interested in creating an efficient and comfortable home with functional appliances for her family, Gemma was determined to provide honest and independent advice on the best tower fans available in the UK.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide honest and independent advice you can trust and we spend hours scouring the Mumsnet forums and online bestseller lists to find products that real parents rate.

Transparency is really important to us and that's why we're always upfront about where we find our recommendations. We write about products that we feel offer the best value to most parents – the ones that our users would recommend to their own friends and family.

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