7 Fans That Blow Cold Air

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For those of us looking for a fan that blows cold air, I have some news for you: The reason air coming from the fan in your room feels cold isn’t because it’s actually colder. The reason why the air blowing at you from your favorite cooling fan feels cold is because it’s moving fast, and displacing the warmer air around you. So, when shopping for a fan that blows cold air, you want to buy a powerful fan, preferably with a few different speeds or settings so you can customize it to your liking.

The right fan for you will come down to your personal preference and your space. Vertical tower fans are great for tucking into small spaces and corners, while a small tabletop fan can go from the floor to your counter easily as you move around the room. For the most versatility, look for a fan that oscillates.

When looking at power, most manufacturers are a bit tight-lipped about the actual horsepower of their fans in favor of marketing language like “high-velocity” or “turboforce.” As you shop, be wary of labels and language. Since most manufacturers don't disclose the power of their fans’ motors, you'll have the best luck if you opt for one with multiple speed settings. These fans tend to have a better range of power than a one-speed fan, and are customizable to your noise and power preferences.

When in doubt, consult the reviews (I have you covered here). Every fan on this list comes with rave reviews and multiple speeds, so it’s more likely to suit your needs. And, if you’re looking for an appliance designed to cool air and circulate it, you may also want to consider an evaporative air cooler or a swamp cooler, which uses ice to cool air and redistribute it in your space. I’ve included one of those on this list, as well.

Whether you live in a place without air conditioning or simply need a little extra help cooling off, investing in a great fan that blows cold air can be a simple solution. Scroll on for some of the best fans to cool you down.

And, while you’re here? Here’s a roundup of some of the best fans that cool like air conditioners, so you can beat the heat.

1. The Best Overall Fan, According To Experts, Editors, & Reviewers

  • Speed settings: 3 speeds
  • Design: Floor fan
  • Warranty: 5 years

When it comes to power, this floor fan is a standout choice that has won over independent testers, one Bustle editor, and over 4,000 Amazon reviewers. Vornado makes some of the best fans on the market, and the 630 offers a thoughtful design with a powerful motor that can blow air up to 70 feet. And, while this fan lacks the oscillation features of others on this list, the “vortex-style” air circulation technology of this model is designed to keep air moving throughout your space, despite the fact that it doesn’t rotate.

There are other Vornado models that would also credibly do the job (including the pricier Vornado 660 which can blow air up to 100 feet and is one of Bustle’s best fans for bedrooms), but this model offers great value. It has three speed settings you can choose from and is relatively compact, especially given its power. The face of this fan can also be tilted to adjust to your space or where you’re sitting, and a 6-foot cord lets you move it around a bit. This fan even comes with an impressive five-year warranty unmatched by any of the other fans on this list.

According to one reviewer: "This is the best fan I've ever purchased! It circulates the air in the room as described and does it ever. Put it in a corner facing slightly up and your whole room will cool down considerably. Great purchase and would do again.”

2. The Best Tower Fan

  • Speed settings: 3 speeds
  • Design: Tower fan
  • Warranty: 1 year

For a slimmer design, this Lasko tower fan is definitely worth your money and can fit in nearly any space. It has three speed settings and a powerful motor that circulates cooler air through your room. Unlike others on this list, this fan also has a built-in ionizer, which is designed to make the air feel fresher while it circulates. And, this tower fan has a timer you can set to run from 30 minutes to 7.5 hours. One of Bustle’s Commerce Editors, Amy Biggart, owns this fan and says, “This fan was a life-saver last summer without AC. Thanks to the speed settings, I was able to set the power of the fan based on how hot the day was. I also love how it oscillates to cover my entire room.” This fan also has a remote control and a 6-foot cord, so you move it and operate it from just about anywhere in the room. It comes with a one-year warranty.

According to one reviewer: "I turned on the fan and thought great, the sound was very low on all 3 speeds, so I figured it wouldn't cool the room. I turned it on level 2 and one hour later I had to turn it down to 1 the lowest speed. I do not know how, but the fan produces [c]old air.”

3. The Best Personal Fan

  • Speed settings: 2 speeds
  • Design: Personal fan
  • Warranty: 3 years

This tabletop fan is perfect for cooling down stuffy offices and other tight spaces. Similar to Vornado's larger options, this smaller personal fan uses "vortex-style” circulation to create a powerful, swirling air stream that instantly cools you off. Unlike larger models, it only features two speeds, but those two will allow you to customize the air to your liking. The fan also features a tilting head to target airflow, a 6-foot power cord, and is whisper quiet, according to Amazon reviewers. It comes with a three-year warranty, should you run into any issues.

According to one reviewer: "I'm very hot natured and I sweat easily. I bought this fan to sit on my vanity while I apply my makeup. This fan is the perfect size and it sit in the corner of my vanity. It don't take up hardly any room and it [gives] me just the right amount of air to keep me from sweating. It has 2 settings, high and low, and most of the time I use it on low. I'm so glad I came across this fan."

4. The Best Pedestal Fan

  • Speed settings: 12 speeds
  • Design: Pedestal fan
  • Warranty: 1 year

Pedestal fans offer another vertical design that’s easy to fit into tight spaces, and are often even more powerful than tower fans. This oscillating fan from Pelonis has a few fun benefits that make it a great pick. With a remote control and a 12-hour timer, you can really customize how you use this fan and make adjustments without getting up from where you’re sitting. The remote allows you to choose from one of 12 speeds, set the fan to oscillate, and even set the fan on a timer, so it turns off after anywhere from one to 12 hours. The height on this fan can be adjusted, and it comes with a 6-foot cord and a one-year warranty.

According to one reviewer: “Best fan I’ve ever owned. I only need it on level 3 or 4 to sleep comfortably. Provides a lot of cool air and very quiet. I was surprised at how quiet this fan is. I highly recommend this fan.”

5. The Best Splurge

  • Speed settings: 10 speeds
  • Design: Table fan
  • Warranty: 2 years

A splurge to be sure, but this Dyson tabletop fan is a top-of-the-line option that many reviewers swear by. This fan has a sleek bladeless design that makes it simple to clean, and comes with 10 speed settings which you can change via the included remote. It oscillates and even has a built-in timer so you can set the fan to run from anywhere from 15 minutes to nine hours before it automatically shuts off. Like the other designs on this list, this fan is corded, and this has a slightly smaller cord that’s roughly 4 to 5 feet in length. One additional perk? The bladeless head of the fan makes it a great pick for anyone with children or pets who might accidentally encounter spinning blades.

According to one reviewer: “This [f]an is awesome. I am one of those people who need fans to be able to sleep. This fan is expensive but well worth it. This fan blows out [c]old air. {I]t’s easy to clean and comes with a remote.”

6. The Best Box Fan

  • Speed settings: 3 speeds
  • Design: Box fan
  • Warranty: 1 year

Box fans are great for windows or large surfaces like dressers, and this one from Pelonis comes outfitted with three speed settings so you can keep it as cool as you need, and the simple dial on the upper corner of the design allows you to change speeds. This doesn’t oscillate like other designs on this list, and the 5-foot cord is on the shorter end, but for an affordable, full-size fan that thousands of reviewers swear by, this can’t be beat. Like Pelonis’ pedestal fan on this list, it comes with a one-year limited warranty.

According to one reviewer: “This fan blows colder air than any box fan I've had in the past! I like that it's not silent because I prefer to fall asleep to the sound of a fan.”

7. The Best Industrial Fan

  • Speed settings: 3 speeds
  • Design: Industrial fan
  • Warranty: 1 year

Unlike many personal fans, this industrial fan can be mounted on your wall or sat on the floor to blow cold air wherever you need. It may not be the most aesthetic option, but it has three speeds that you can change using the dial on the side, and the floor stand doubles as a handle, allowing you to bring this fan with you around your space. It comes with a wall-mounting bracket if that’s how you’d prefer to assemble it, too. The 6-foot cord makes it easy to reach, and while industrial fans are usually not the quietest pick, many reviewers report that they like sleeping with this on the low setting for the airflow and the white noise. This fan has a one-year limited warranty.

According to one reviewer: “It generates more noise than our old, outdated box fan did, and I sleep soundly all night. And don't even get me started on how COLD this thing can make a room. I thought this thing was gonna blow me halfway across the room, the air movement is so strong.”

Also Great: An Evaporative Air Cooler

  • Speed settings: 12 speeds
  • Design: Evaporative cooler
  • Warranty: 1 year

Fans are great, but if you’re looking for a solution that will actually turn the air in your space colder, an evaporative air cooler is what you need. How it works: You fill up the tank of this cooler with cold water, and it funnels the hot air in your space into the cooler, cools it with the water, and then sends it back into your space. This model has five different settings, including two that utilize the tank to cool the air, and two that work just the internal fan. And, if you live in a particularly dry area, an evaporative air cooler is also great because the air it pumps back into your space is moisture-rich.

According to one reviewer: “This thing saved our lives! It was affordable, it feels industrial and it pumps out cold air like crazy without the need for an exhaust like portable ACs.”