10 Best Reliable Ceiling Fans Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

A quality ceiling fan can be used in your home year-round for air circulation. Many ceiling fans have the option to reverse the direction so that they help to circulate warm air in the winter and can also help with cool air flow in the summer. Ceiling fans are not only functional, but they also come in many different styles and finishes so that you can find one that goes with your home decor.

Top 10 Reliable Ceiling Fans

Bestseller No. 1
Hunter Fan Company 51082 Newsome Ceiling Fan with Light, 42'/Small, Brushed Nickel
117 Reviews
Hunter Fan Company 51082 Newsome Ceiling Fan with Light, 42"/Small, Brushed Nickel
  • WhisperWind motor delivers ultra-powerful air movement with whisper-quiet performance so you get the cooling...
  • Reversible motor allows you to change the direction of your fan from downdraft mode during the summer to...
Bestseller No. 2
Monte Carlo 3MAVR70BS Maverick Max Modern Ceiling Fan, 70-inch, Matte Black with Dark Walnut Blades
4 Reviews
Monte Carlo 3MAVR70BS Maverick Max Modern Ceiling Fan, 70-inch, Matte Black with Dark Walnut Blades
  • Premium power 85 X 65 mm DC motor for quiet ceiling fan operation
  • Ceiling fan specially designed for patio and damp locations
Bestseller No. 3
Haiku Home L Series 52' Smart Ceiling Fan, Wi-Fi, Indoor, LED Light, White, Works with Alexa
132 Reviews
Haiku Home L Series 52" Smart Ceiling Fan, Wi-Fi, Indoor, LED Light, White, Works with Alexa
  • Works with Amazon Alexa to support dimming through voice control. Controlled by IR remote (included), Alexa...
  • Factory-balanced and sound tested to ensure each L Series Ceiling Fan will never wobble, rattle or...
Bestseller No. 4
Hurricane 736565 Fan Super 8 Oscillating 16 Inch Wall, Black
2637 Reviews
Hurricane 736565 Fan Super 8 Oscillating 16 Inch Wall, Black
  • The Hurricane Super 8 produces a figure 8 pattern for better and more uniform air circulation.
  • It has 3 speed settings and 3 oscillation settings.Air Flow (CFM) - High :2118
Bestseller No. 5
Hunter 53249 Pro's Best Five Minute Fan 52-Inch Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan with Five...
31 Reviews
Hunter 53249 Pro's Best Five Minute Fan 52-Inch Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan with Five...
  • WhisperWind motor delivers ultra-powerful air movement with whisper-quiet performance so you get the cooling...
  • Reversible motor allows you to change the direction of your fan from downdraft mode during the summer to...
Bestseller No. 6
ACDelco 12 Volt Batteries, Super Alkaline Battery, 12 Count Pack
37 Reviews
ACDelco 12 Volt Batteries, Super Alkaline Battery, 12 Count Pack
  • 12 12-volt batteries
  • Batteries perform better than the competition in high-drain and super high-drain devices
Bestseller No. 7
Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch for Wall & Ceiling Lights, PD-6WCL-WH, White,...
922 Reviews
Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch for Wall & Ceiling Lights, PD-6WCL-WH, White,...
  • Works with Amazon Alexa to support dimming through voice control (Smart Bridge required, Alexa device and...
  • Replaces an existing switch and installs in 3 steps in as little as 15 minutes; Ideal dimmer for all homes, as...
Bestseller No. 8
Emerson Ceiling Fans CF711ORS Pro Series II Indoor Ceiling Fan With Light, 50-Inch Blades, Oil...
233 Reviews
Emerson Ceiling Fans CF711ORS Pro Series II Indoor Ceiling Fan With Light, 50-Inch Blades, Oil...
  • 50-inch Pro Series II ceiling fan with Oil Rubbed Bronze housing and Dark Cherry/Medium Oak dual finish blades
  • This dual mount ceiling fan comes with a 4-1/2-inch downrod for standard installation or can be mounted using...
Bestseller No. 9
VES 24' Exhaust Shutter Fan, Wall Mount, 3 Speed
43 Reviews
VES 24" Exhaust Shutter Fan, Wall Mount, 3 Speed
  • This shutter/exhaust fan can help replace your ac unit by cooling your garage, attic, greenhouse shop or...
  • Can easily be added to a window opening or opening in the wall along with a thermostat to optimize cooling.
Bestseller No. 10
Broan 678 Ventilation Fan and Light Combination, 50 CFM and 2.5-Sones
503 Reviews
Broan 678 Ventilation Fan and Light Combination, 50 CFM and 2.5-Sones
  • Bright 100-watt lighting capacity. Bulb not included.
  • Shatter-resistant light diffusing lens

Fans save energy. The recommended indoor temperature for summer is 78° F, but some people set the thermostat much cooler. According to Energy Star, you can save 3 to 5 percent on air-conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat. Using a ceiling fan, which costs little to run, can make you feel up to 4° F cooler. (Don’t forget to turn off the fan when you leave the room; fans cool you, not the room.)

Airflow and blade shape matter. Look at cubic feet per minute (CFM) numbers on the box or on the manufacturer’s or retailer’s website to get an idea of how well the ceiling fan moves air. A higher number means more air movement, but don’t fret over small differences. Our tests showed comparable airspeed from fans rated from 5,000 to 5,600 CFM.

Wobble can be fixed. Most fans come with balancing kits, a combination of weights that you attach to the blades to make up for slight differences in blade weight, and removable clips that help you determine where to place the weights. You can eliminate most of the wobbling with such a kit.

Find the Right Ceiling Fan

Look for the Energy Star. Fans that earn the Energy Star label move air 20 percent more efficiently than standard models. Energy Star fans with light kits are 60 percent more efficient than conventional fans with light kits and can save you more than $15 per year on utility bills.

Select the right size. Though 52-inch fans are the most popular, that size—give or take a couple of inches—works best in rooms that are 225 to 400 square feet. Choose a 42- to 44-inch model for 144 to 225 square feet. Opt for a larger fan if your room size is on the borderline, and run it on a slower speed, which will be quieter.

Suit your style. From basic to ornate, ceiling fans can bring back memories of “Casablanca” or have a Jetsons-like modern twist. Motor-cover finishes include brass, bronze, and pewter. Basic fan blades have a paddle shape, but variations include oval and leaf shapes or wickerlike textures. Finishes include cherry, oak, maple, and painted.

Know installation requirements. Install a ceiling fan in the center of a room at least 7 feet above the floor, 8 to 9 feet for optimal airflow. Generally, blade tips should be no closer than 24 inches to a wall and drapes. Check manufacturer’s directions for specifics. If you’re replacing a light with a fan, be certain that the electric box in the ceiling can support the weight of the fan. Not sure? Check the installation instructions or call an electrician.

Check the wet/damp rating. If you’re placing a ceiling fan in a bathroom or outdoors, you need to find one that meets UL’s wet/damp rating. If the fan is indoors in a moist room, look for a UL damp rating. If it will be placed outdoors on a porch, look for one with a UL wet rating. Energy Star says that fans with these ratings have such features as sealed moisture-resistant motors, rust-resistant housing, stainless steel hardware, and all-weather blades.

All About Light Kits

Ceiling-fan light kits come three different ways: integrated into the fan, included with the fan at the time of purchase, or sold separately. Many of the light kits that are sold separately are universal, meaning they can be used on a number of fan models. Similarly, most ceiling fans are light-kit adaptable. But there are many cases where compatibility is only between light kits and ceiling fans of the same brand.

The right lightbulbs. Not all CFLs and LEDs are intended for use in ceiling fans. If your fan has bowl lighting, look for a lightbulb that can be used in an enclosed fixture. If it has cans or globes in which the bulb points down, you’ll need lightbulbs specifically intended for ceiling fans. Keep in mind that lighting affects energy use. LEDs are more efficient than CFLs, and CFLs are more efficient than halogen lightbulbs. Incandescents are the least efficient of all and are being phased out.

Match the Fan to the Room

The style you choose should add to the room décor, like a piece of furniture. You might want to install more than one fan in very large spaces, such as a great room, or if your home has an open floor plan.

Hang it high. A fan at 8 to 9 feet is best for optimal airflow, so if your ceiling is higher, use a download to position the fan at the proper height.

Connect with color. Coordinating a fan’s finish with other furnishings helps create unity and balance in a room. You can match the color of a wood fan blade to the floor. Metal fan finishes can coordinate with doorknobs, cabinet hardware, and even kitchen faucets and bathroom fixtures.

Blend it in. If you want to make a fanless obvious, choose a very simple style in a color that blends in with the ceiling. A flush-mounted fan will disappear into the ceiling a bit more.

Keep It Clean

Dirty fan blades don’t move air efficiently, so clean all household fans at least once each cooling season. A ceiling fan that’s covered with dust or pollen might also fling the offending particles around the room as it’s whirring away. And if you have a fan in the kitchen, cooking grease can make it a dust magnet.

Cover the floor and furniture. Spread a drop cloth or old sheets on the floor and over any furniture that’s near or under the fan. Try to cover an area about twice as wide as the full width of the fan. Position the ladder so that you can see the top of the blades. Remove any globes and hand-wash them in the sink.

Dust, then wash.  Begin by removing loose dust with a cloth or duster. Then moisten a cloth or sponge with an all-purpose cleaner—don’t spray liquid on the fan—and wash each blade. Don’t apply heavy pressure, which can bend the blades and cause the fan to not work properly. Dry thoroughly; damp blades attract dust.

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