It's been a cold, snowy winter, so it's easy to forget how unbearable summer can be. Let me go ahead and set the scene for what's to come: it's an August evening. The air is stale and immobile. Without a quiet fan that won't keep you up at night, you're doomed to lie awake forever in your brick pizza oven of a bed, drowning in a pool of your own sweat.
The only thing worse than that? A steady breeze of cool, comfortable air that sounds like a helicopter landing on your dresser. For some, that white noise is optimal for sleeping. (I know a few people with an app on their phones to recreate that fan noise in the winter months.) For others, however, the sound of rotating blades is enough to prompt insanity. For these people, a great fan is one that unites power and silence.
Thankfully, technology is always evolving, even in the world of fans. We've now got brushless motors, vortex technology, and streamlined air channels to get the most airflow with the least amount of noise. These fans also come in all different styles, from towers to desktops and bladeless to clip-ons, so here are a few of the quietest options for the lightest sleepers.
1. This Tower Fan With An Adjustable Thermostat
The Honeywell HYF290B tower fan has eight speeds, oscillation to circulate all the air in the room, and an adjustable thermostat in a 32-inch tall tower design. It even has dimmable lights if you need absolute dark when you sleep. The real selling point, however, is how whisper quiet this fan is. While Honeywell doesn't advertise the actual decibels this fan outputs, hundreds of positive reviews confirm this is on of the quietest fans on the market.
2. This USB-Powered Fan With A Quiet Brushless Motor
Because it's powered by USB (meaning that you can plug it into your computer or phone charger), the OPOLAR desk fan is great for those on the move (office, anyone?). It uses a brushless motor to keep its noise level as low as possible, and it has two speed settings that reviewers say create "lots of air for its size."
3. This Fan That's Literally As Quiet As A Library
With four speeds, a 12-inch oscillating head, and a noise level that ranks 38 to 55 decibels (the same noise levels recorded in a library), the Rowenta Turbo Silence has people raving. It's especially great for bedside tables or desks, and reviewers say, "This fan is so quiet that I leave the room and forget that it is on because I can not hear it."
4. This Personal Fold-Up Fan That's A Perfect Marriage Of Quiet And Powerful
It comes in six awesome colors, it has soft nylon blades that are safe to touch while they're in motion, and it folds up for easy travel. With over 2,000 reviews, the Vornado Zippi is widely considered one of the best personal fans because it pushes a ton of air for its size, sits comfortably on your desk, and "it's a perfect marriage of quiet and powerful."
5. This Light And Bladeless Fan Combo For Crafting Or Working
Reviewers say that this Turcom AirLight Desk Lamp is great for a bedside table as well as a work or craft area. It provides 500 Lux of LED brightness with a swivel neck and touch controls, but the coolest part is the bladeless fan with three speeds. "The light head is quite flexible and light bright enough for my needs," wrote one reviewer. "The fan is quiet and very effective. I would recommend it for sewing or crafting."
6. This Cheap Option That You Can Clip Anywhere
If you're lacking in flat surfaces, the Avalon clip-on fan is an awesome way to ensure that you get cool air flow wherever you need it. The sturdy grip clamp keeps this fan firmly in place on your headboard or on the back of a chair, and you can swivel the head to direct air anywhere. It also comes with a flat base that you can easily attach, and one reviewer wrote, "It's quiet and being able to select low and high speed is a plus. I use it on my work bench."
7. This Tower Fan That Freshens The Air While It Circulates It
The Lasko Wind Curve has three quiet settings, a sleek brushed metallic design, oscillates to cool a whole room, and even has an energy-saving auto shut-off. The coolest part, however, is that it has a built-in ionizer that purifies and freshens the air. You can control all of these things with the convenient remote control, too.
8. This Fan That Uses Vortex Technology To Circulate Air Throughout The Whole Room
The Vornado full-size standing fan uses its signature vortex technology to provide total circulation of all the air in a room. The deep-pitched blades move air up to 100 feet, it has three speed settings, and a rotatable neck, and one enthusiastic reviewer wrote, "Everyone loves these wind movers. Compared to lesser fans, the Vornado is quieter, but moves MUCH more air."
9. This Super Slim Fan That Comes With A Remote Control
In addition to being "the quietest, slimmest fan" according to Amazon reviewers, the Holmes Blizzard has a ton of awesome features. It has a rotating grill for wide area coverage, sleep and breeze modes as well as an automatic shut-off, a remote control, cord storage, and a convenient handle.
10. This Fan That Directs Cool Air Under Your Covers While You Sleep
If you overheat at night, the BedJet V2 Climate Comfort is specifically designed to keep you cool while you sleep. It uses powerful ventilation and biorhythm temperature technology to direct cool air right under your blankets. It's also extremely quiet, pairs using Bluetooth to your phone, and even has a gentle temperature wake-up setting to replace your alarm.
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