The Best Ceiling Fans for Every Style and Budget
Whether you're shopping for an outdoor ceiling fan or a low-profile option for your tiny home office, we share our top ceiling fan picks for every space, need and budget.
Our Top Ceiling Fan Picks
- Best With Remote: Harbor Breeze Mazon 44" Ceiling Fan
- Best With Lights: Hunter Crestfield 52" Ceiling Fan
- Best Outdoor: Hunter Fan Cassius 52" Outdoor Ceiling Fan
- Best for Bedrooms: Anatolija 52'' Ceiling Fan
- Best Bladeless: DingLiLighting Ceiling Fan
- Best Oscillating: Air King 18" Industrial Grade Ceiling Fan
- Best Misting: Hampton Bay 52" Misting Outdoor Ceiling Fan
- Best Small: Modern Forms Vox 26'' Smart Ceiling Fan
- Best Low-Profile: Hunter Fan Dempsey 44" Low-Profile Ceiling Fan
- Best Flush-Mount: Three Posts Bernie 52" Flush Mount Ceiling Fan
- Best Modern: AllModern Zelda 52" Ceiling Fan
- Best Farmhouse: Chriari 32" Ceiling Fan
- Best Industrial: Westinghouse Lighting Industrial 56" Ceiling Fan
- Best Coastal: Emerson Batalie Breeze 52" Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Even if you're lucky enough to have a competent air conditioning system in your home, it's a good idea to consider installing ceiling fans. Fans are great for a few reasons: They allow you to control the temperature in a specific room, they're more energy-efficient than running the air conditioning and best of all, they'll allow you to save money on your monthly electricity bill.
What to Look For In a Ceiling Fan
Skip the hours of research and trips to the hardware store, and find out all you need to know about picking your ceiling fan right here. We've broken down the main components to consider before adding anything to your cart: size, lighting, blade pitch and style.
SIZE: First and foremost, how large is the space you need your ceiling fan to circulate air throughout? If you measure the longest wall of your room and it's not even 12 feet, a fan width of 48 inches or less should suffice. However, if the longest wall of the room is greater than 18 feet, consider choosing a fan width of at least 56 inches.
LIGHTING: Ceiling fans can also be a convenient source of light for your room. LED bulbs consume less energy, and many fans have an LED lighting kit built into it, which can typically last at least 10 years. On the other hand, choosing to buy LED bulbs that you can install and replace can last an average of five to six years. Of course, if the room receives enough natural lighting, go with a lightless option.
BLADE PITCH: A fan's blade pitch (or angle of the blades) is measured in degrees and indicates how much air is circulated. The higher the blade pitch, the more air is moved around.
STYLE: Your ceiling fan is a major decor piece of the room, so make sure you snag one that matches your style. From modern and farmhouse to traditional and coastal, you're sure to find a design that speaks to you.
Check out our list of indoor and outdoor ceiling fans that are less than $500, and get ready for warm weather by shopping our top picks.
Make a statement with this beautiful contemporary ceiling fan. The fan features an LED light kit to provide years of cost-efficient and maintenance-free enjoyment. The small remote control lets you choose between various speeds and turn the integrated light on and off.
The contemporary-looking ceiling fan with a Noble Bronze finish is chic and easy to manage. This option features a dimmable energy-saving LED light kit, a reversible motor and a pull chain control. This product is recommended for low-profile rooms with a square footage of 400 feet or less for optimal results.
This understated matte black fan will simply fade into the background. It's also super budget-friendly, so it's a great choice if you need fans for several rooms in your home and you want to keep them consistent.
Not just a way to circulate stale air around a room and lend a little light, ceiling fans help solidify the look of your ensemble. This design, for example, puts the focus on contemporary silhouettes, showcasing an understated frame crafted from metal and coordinating wood blades. The fan features a reversible motor and integrated LED light, and can be turned on and off using a handy remote control.
This stylish contemporary fan will catch everyone's eye because of its unique design and functionality. The housing is illuminated with energy-saving dimmable LED light chips. It features three different color temperatures, three speeds and sleep mode. A remote control is included. Plus, its space-saving design makes it perfect for small rooms.
This industrial-inspired petite ceiling fan works perfectly for smaller indoor and outdoor spaces, or you can line a few up in a row for larger areas. The oscillating fan guarantees the entire room feels a cool breeze and its powder-coated steel ensures longevity.
This misting ceiling fan is designed to keep you cool in hot weather with its three cooling options — you can use the fan alone, the misting system alone or both together for maximum cooling. The fan is wet-rated for direct contact with weather elements, and the blades are designed to prevent mist condensation and dripping. Heads up that this ceiling fan requires an outlet for the water pump feeding the misting system and comes with a hose and spigot attachment to bring water up to the misting apparatus itself as well as an extension cord for the pump.
Attention all small space dwellers: we'd like to officially introduce you to the mini fan. With shorter blades, this fan is perfect for any of the more petite spaces you have in your house or apartment. This fan is also "smart" and can be paired with an Amazon Alexa, Smartthings hub, Nest or Google Home so you can control it from an app on your phone.
Ideal for lower ceilings, this modern fan features an enclosed LED light and remote control. It's the tiny addition to your home you didn't know you needed.
Bring traditional flair to your abode with this three-light, five-blade 52-inch ceiling fan. Its white drum shade adds modern appeal to your space and pairs well with its rustic brown-hued blades. Its reversible blades are crafted from manufactured wood and feature a pitch of 12 degrees. Equally, at home suspended above your living room seating group as it is in your main suite, this versatile design is a must-have addition to your well-appointed home.
Keep cool without sacrificing style with this streamlined ceiling fan, spanning 52 inches wide to regulate temperatures in small or medium rooms (think: up to 12' x 14'). Crafted from metal, its frame features three ABS plastic blades pitched at 14 degrees that move at three speeds. For even more function, a light kit with an integrated 17-watt LED light sits in the center to offer a boost of brightness. A remote control is included.
If you're looking for a farmhouse fan that's powerful, environmentally friendly, child-friendly and easy to install, Chriari is your buy. This option is built with a reversible motor that runs quietly and 30 percent faster than other fans. A remote control to manage the lighting, timing and six wind speeds is included.
The industrial 56-inch ceiling fan is durably constructed for a variety of industrial-style spaces. Well-recognized for its modern, mechanical appeal, this fan needs minimal assembly and includes a five-speed wall control unit and a sleek brushed nickel finish. Meant for cooling larger living spaces, such as lofts and high-ceiling rooms, this fan must be hung at least 10 feet above the floor.
A tropical-inspired fan that works indoors or outdoors? Yes, please. The wicker blades of this ceiling fan are super stylish, but because they are reversible, they can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In winter months you simply reverse the direction of the blades to recirculate the hot air stuck at your ceiling.
How to Install a Ceiling Fan
The process for installing a ceiling fan is straightforward and similar to wiring a light fixture, with a few modifications to accommodate for the extra weight and wiggle of the fan. You'll want to make sure that your fan installation is structurally sound. Don't forget; safety first! Before starting any ceiling fan installation, turn off the power to your light fixture at the source by locating the appropriate breaker and switching it to "off." Follow our step-by-step instructions to replace a light fixture with a ceiling fan.
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