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Bladeless fan sales have been increasing since the first models were introduced to the market. They offer a convenient, relatively low-maintenance alternative to indoor fans, and since they have no blades and operate at a reduced speed, they’re safer to use and maintain.
If you’re new to these products, it can be hard to see what sets one bladeless fan apart from another but don’t worry, that’s where we come in.
We’ve taken five examples of these bladeless fans and listed them below, each entry containing a description of the product and a short list of their pros and cons, so their information is condensed into an easily readable format.
We’ve also written a buyers’ guide so that you can educate yourself on what to look for when buying fans in the future.
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How to find the right bladeless fan for you
Bladeless fan technology has been around for almost fifteen years at this point but there’s still many who haven’t come across these before and, with their techy, minimalist designs, they can be intimidating to those used to bladed fans.
This buyers’ guide will focus on the main considerations you should have when buying your fan, allowing you to understand why one product is better than another and make your purchase confidently.
We’ve separated the fan features into customisability, oscillation, power efficiency, noise level, and control interface, and have elaborated on them below.
By customisability we mean two things. Firstly, there are the modes and speed settings that many of these high-end tech products often have, and secondly, there are also programmable timers that are available with these fans.
The speed settings are fairly self-explanatory but some general rules can advise you on your purchase. Speed settings will naturally dictate the strength of the fan and its cooling or heating performance, and these settings often range from six to nine. If you want the most powerful fan, then look for those with more speed settings since the higher number of power levels correlates with a continuous increase in power.
Modes also dictate the speed but also have some bearing on the noise level and the type of fanning performance you get, e.g. a natural wind mode that tries to mimic breeze or a sleep mode that operates quietly.
As for programmability, many fans will have the ability to set a timer so that the fan automatically turns off. This is for use during the night or where you may be out of the house, so it can turn off after a set amount of time without you having to return to the fan. It’s a great and convenient option for fans, especially those with air purifier features that’ll be on passively for most of the day.
Oscillation is simply the side to side motion of the fan, though some models like our number five option can oscillate up and down. This distributes the spread of the fan, and you’ll find most bladeless fans will max out at an oscillation angle of 90 degrees. This is ample for most, hence why all the fans above hit this threshold.
As with any electronic tech, knowing how power efficient the product is can be a factor in your purchase. Time is money, and power is too by the same logic, so getting a power-efficient will save you more money over time.
You don’t want your fan to skimp on performance for the sake of energy efficiency, though, since there are more than enough options out there that are capable of producing a high-velocity airflow whilst saving you money to run them.
The main feature of bladeless fans is the fact that, without their blades, the noise they make is significantly reduced. This means the fan is much less distracting, allowing you to have it on in the background at all hours of the day without it becoming a nuisance.
We think it’s fairly obvious that lower noise levels are preferable, though some don’t mind the noise that bladed fans make, let alone bladeless ones.
The control interface is simply whether the fan is controlled by a button panel or a touch-sensitive screen, and/or a remote control that allows you to operate the fan from a distance. Fans are ultimately intended for comfort, so we see having an accompanying remote control as a must so you can control the fan from the comfort of your bed or sofa.
Higher-end fans like many on this list will prefer touch-sensitive screens over buttons, simply because it matches the minimalist design of most bladeless fans whilst allowing for the vast array of controls that these fans have, and doing all of that in an intuitive and easy to navigate format. We also prefer this, as buttons can be damaged and stick through wear and tear, though this too is arguably down to your own preferences.