If you’re looking for a more cost-efficient alternative to your air conditioning unit, these best window fan reviews may be for you. Window fans can be viable AC replacements in some conditions and make for good investments if you want a particular area of the house to be well-ventilated. The ones listed below are among the very best on the market now and should see your ventilation and cooling needs properly taken care of.
- Fans can be set to move air in directions independent of each other
- Relatively quiet at the 2 lower speeds
- No night-dimming/off switch for LEDs
- Can be a little noisy in the switch from one speed to another when being managed automatically by the thermostat
This fan is a solid product with some nice motor muscle behind it. It’s far from being a whole-house fan, but it’s still strong. It can move a lot of air quickly and functions well whether on intake, exhaust, or exchange mode. It’s not the quietest fan around, but it’s far from being the noisiest—at the lowest and middle speeds, it’s even decently quiet as far as these fans go.
- Moves a lot of air
- Reasonably quiet
- Doesn’t impede window closure in bad weather
- May not be sufficient for whole-house cooling in medium-to-large homes
This is an excellent fan for the money given how strong it is and how well it performs, but if your place is more than 3 rooms, it probably still won’t be enough to do whole-house cooling duty. Nevertheless, it’s a powerful instrument, and it doesn’t put out as much noise as one might expect from its size. With 16-inch blades, this is no baby, yet it operates very nearly as though it were one.
- Feels quite durable
- Storm Guard works
- Decently strong
- Can be noisy
- A touch pricy
This fan isn’t among the cheapest, but it does have some nice features to justify its cost. Among these are the 20-inch blades—these move a lot of air, and they will serve to cool most modest spaces within minutes even on warm days. They can be noisy, though, although a big part of it might be improper mounting, as the fan tends to rattle if you haven’t mounted it the right way. The casing is not all metal, but it still feels rather strong, so you do not have to worry that it will collapse after a few months of use.
- Fairly easy to use
- Comes with a thermostat for automated powering-on and shutdown
- Moderately quiet
- Could have better controls
This is a modest little fan with better performance than one might expect for its price. It moves air well—just don’t expect to feel gusts—and is about as quiet as one might expect for a fan of this size. The thermostat is a particularly useful feature. It doesn’t have the best controls ever, but they’re easy enough to figure out; they’re just not as quick to set as many other fans’ controls are. It’s also quite energy-efficient. It will probably suit people who only need to cool single rooms.
- Reasonably priced
- Very easy to install
- Comes with a screen that you can use as an extender
- Blades cannot reverse flow by electronic control
- A bit noisy
This is one of the smaller window fans, so of course it costs less than the rest of the items on this list. Still, it’s reasonably priced. It won’t wow you with automation or electronic features like thermostats or independently-controlled twin motors. Instead, it’s just a plain little window fan—and that’s probably what most of the people for whom it’s designed will like best about it. It’s relatively low profile, easy to put in and put out, and is good value for the smaller rooms.
This really depends on the size of the space you need to cool, but most buyers will probably agree that the best buy here is the Lasko. It’s not the biggest fan in the group, but it is a fantastic performer nonetheless and will cool more than one room quite effectively. If your cooling needs are lower, you can go with the Bionaire instead, which has a number of really nice features to go with its decent muscle-power.