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Best Desk Fans TechnoBuffalo 2019

We all spend a chunk of our time in the office; Be it a home or a commercial office. As much as you love the warm weather, it can turn your workspace into a mini furnace. A functional desk fan will transform that hot and uncomfortable office into a cool workstation. While all desk fans push cold air around, they come in different sizes and with varying features. Our best overall fan is the Dyson AM06 Desk Fan model for being safe, stylish, and powerful.

Best Overall: Dyson AM06 Desk Fan

Dyson AM06 Desk FanSource: Dyson

The Dyson AMO6 fans come in two sizes; 10 and 12 inches tall. This particular one is a 12-inch bladeless fan that operates on Air Multiplier technology. The Dyson fan's design is nothing like your regular traditional fan. It features a clean, sleek and stylish loop. Under the loop is a detachable base that bears all the control functions.

The incorporated air multiplier technology provides an uninterrupted flow of cold air. Since it doesn't spot usual fan blades or grills, it is perfect for use around kids and pets. All you need is a damp piece of cloth to wipe the loop clean.

Also, the fan has a sleep timer allowing you to set the desired cooling time duration. With the help of a remote, you can control the oscillation, speed, and tilt direction of airflow. The price tag may sound outrageous, but it is all worth it.

Pros:

  • Safe and easy to clean
  • It can be remote controlled
  • Great style statement
  • The loop and remote can be replaced in case of loss or damage

Cons:

  • It is quite expensive
  • If you lose the remote, you lose 50% of all control functions

Best Overall

Dyson AM06 Desk Fan

Bladeless

The Dyson fan is safe, stylish, and powerful. It is the perfect choice for desks frequented by babies and pets.

Best for Versatility: Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Fan

Honeywell HT 900E Turbo FanSource: HoneyWell

The highlight of this fan is how powerful and quiet it is. Being an improved version of the HT-800E, it has a noise reduction of 25 per cent. The fan uses turbo force power for intense cooling or air circulation that can be felt up to 27 feet away. Its aerodynamic turbo design enables powerful movement of cold air. It makes it an excellent pick for big or shared office desks.

This Honeywell fan offers three air cooling speeds from simple top-mounted speed controls. Also, the fan tilts vertically with a 90-degree pivot without continually blasting cold air into your face. For added convenience, you can mount it on the wall.

Pros:

  • Circulates air in three different speeds
  • Powerful even on the slowest speed
  • Tilts vertically by 90 degrees
  • Has a solid build

Cons:

  • It will be tricky to regulate speeds especially once you mount it so high

Best for Versatility

Honeywell HT 900E Turbo Fan

Reliable

You get powerful and constant cold airflow at all speeds. You can use it to cool medium to slightly big rooms.

Best Rechargeable: EasyAcc 5200mAh USB Desk Fan

EasyAcc 5200mAh USB Desk FanSource: EasyAcc

Although small in size, the EasAcc fan maintains the shape of a regular standing floor fan. Powered by a whopping 5200mAh rechargeable battery, the fan cools air for 6 to 16 hours on battery power. A 5V 1A USB cable is included and supports charging from laptops, power banks or wall outlets.

The fan features an improved Brushless motor for ultra-quiet fanning. Wind oscillation speed and angle are manually controlled from a knob. The fan has both horizontal and vertical tilts up to 60 degrees. It is an excellent choice for bedrooms, study rooms or areas that need little to no noise. Even on the fastest cooling speed, the noise level is still below 50 decibels.

Pros:

  • It has a huge battery capacity
  • Charging convenience
  • Pretty silent even on the highest speed

Cons:

  • It is a basic fan

Best Recharagable

EasyAcc 5200mAh USB Desk Fan

Fanning convenience

The convenience of using a rechargeable battery or using the fan directly from a power source is undeniable.

Best Metallic: Stadler Form TIM Household Fan

Stadler Form TIM Household FanSource: Stadler Form

I find it quite endearing that most if not all of Stadler Form's appliances have human names. This particular fan goes by the name Tim. First impressions and Tim could pass for a regular fan. The fan is relatively quiet, but you will still know he is there from a gentle breeze. He comes in three colours; Black, white and chilli red.

Tim can be powered through a USB cable for mobile convenience, or from an adapter for home use. It has a stainless steel build for absolute stability and durability. He is well pivoted to rotate 360 degrees, giving you a wholesome cool airflow experience. Also, Tim is a great alternative to the usual desk fans with a plastic exterior.

Pros:

  • Over a range of airflow speeds
  • Has a stable and durable construction
  • It rotates 360 degrees

Cons:

  • It could be nice if it had a rechargeable battery.

Best Metallic

Stadler Form TIM Household Fan

Cool roommate

Tim makes a great and relatively quiet roommate. You can know he is around from his chilli red colour and breeze.

Best for Portability: EasyAcc Handheld Electric USB Fan

EasyAcc Desk FanSource: EasyAcc

This super portable fan has a compact handheld design with a foldable handle. The EasyAcc fan's miniature size makes it a perfect grab and go fan. It will effortlessly fit into your handbag, duffle, or backpack. Additionally, it is ideal for use both as a desk, bedside and kitchen countertop fan.

The EasyAcc fan uses a single rechargeable 4000mAh lithium battery, enough to last you up to five hours on the highest speed, and 23 hours on the lowest cooling speed. Besides taking up minimal desk space, the fan comes in a range of four colours; Blue, pink, black and green. There is something for everyone!

Pros:

  • Small and Portable
  • Great battery running capacity
  • USB compatibility for charging convenience

Cons:

  • Can be noisy on the highest speed

Best for Portability

EasyAcc Handheld Electric USB Fan

Very affordable

Besides the price being just right, you get a powerful and efficient desk fan. Just carry it with you wherever you go.

Bottom line

Most fans produce a degree of white noise. The noise can be a distraction to one person but welcomed by another. If you intend to use the fan from room to room, you should go for a portable one.

Our best pick, the Dyson AM06 Desk Fan, remains the safest choice for a workstation or room frequented by babies and pets. It features a stylish loop, and all you need is a moist cloth to wipe it clean. Besides, you get to enjoy a constant, powerful, and uninterrupted airflow. All these conveniences are available at the press of a remote. Even better, Dyson sells the remote and loop as replacement parts.

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