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Bionaire 42-Inch 3-Speed Tower Fan

Bionaire’s BT440RC-U is a 42-inch tower fan with remote control and an automatic shut off timer.  It has oscillation and a centrifugal blade design that gives it huge airflow.  The remote control unit for the fan has a storage nook built right into the fan for convenience, reducing the chances of the user misplacing the RC.

Features

  • 42 inches tall
  • 3 speed settings
  • Centrifugal blades
  • Control panel placed at the top of the unit
  • Remote control
  • Remote control storage built into tower
  • Oscillation
  • Auto-shutdown timer
  • Offers modes for sleep (white noise) and natural breeze airflow
  • 5 year limited warranty

Pros

  • Very sturdy construction
  • Covers a lot of range in its oscillation
  • Quiet
  • Not bad-looking
  • Very strong

Cons

  • The remote control buttons can be a little stiff
  • Occasionally rattles a little because of a few of the pieces are not always perfectly flush in their locations
  • A bit pricy

Verdict

This Bionaire tower fan is a bit of a beast when it comes to moving air around.  It is among the more powerful fans of its type on the market and also has one of the biggest ranges of coverage when it comes to oscillation in tower fans.  It also feels very sturdy and typically runs quietly, although there are some who report that their units have a tendency to produce rattling or vibrating sounds due to some of the plastic parts used to cover the fan’s exterior.  As of the price, it is not cheap, but it does deliver good quality for its cost, at least.

Comparison

There are a lot of other tower fans on the market, some of which might be viable alternatives to the Bionaire BT440RC-U.  Two possibilities here would be the Optimus F-7522 and Bionaire’s BTF4010CR-BCU.  These are the fans we will be looking at and comparing to the BT440RC-U below.

OPTIMUS F-7522 42″ Tower Fan

The Optimus F-7522 is a three-speed tower fan with the same height as the Bionaire BT440RC-U.  It has three speeds and can be operated by remote control.  It also has a soft-touch switch for easy operation.

Features

  • 42-inch tower fan
  • Remote control unit
  • Onboard LCD screen
  • Oscillating swing (this can be controlled remotely)
  • 70 degree coverage for oscillation
  • 5-position soft touch switch
  • Multiple operation modes, including a sleep mode
  • Carrying handle
  • Digital temperature display

Pros

  • Consistent airflow
  • Multiple airflow modes
  • Room temperature readout

Cons

  • LED screen is very bright and can be annoying at night
  • Some units tend to be noisy

Conclusion

This Optimus tower fan is cheaper than the Bionaire and is of the same size.  There are a fair number of things to appreciate about it, most especially the digital room temperature and the wide oscillation coverage.  It is not a bad buy on the whole for the price at which it is sold, although it could use a better warranty.

Bionaire BTF4010CR-BCU Tower Fan Combo

This other tower fan model from Bionaire is a 40-incher with an oscillation switch.  It also comes with a remote control and three total speeds.  It has a modern silvered-grey and black design.

Features:

  • 40 inches tall
  • Oscillates
  • Remote control
  • 3 speed settings
  • Modern design
  • Wide, 12-inch base for stability

Pros

  • Relatively cheap in some stores
  • Appealing (aesthetically)
  • Oscillates

Cons

  • A bit noisier than other tower fans
  • Makes a very loud and high-pitched beep each time you press the controls
  • Not as strong as one would expect of most 40-inch tower fans

Conclusion

This Bionaire is one of cheaper cooling tower fan you can find — and the price is not bad for a tower fan of its size.  A good-looking unit, it also boasts oscillation and convenient remote control, although this is brought down a little by the fact that there is no way to disable the beeping whenever one manipulates its controls.  It could do with a little more air movement, perhaps, but it should do the job for medium-sized and small rooms anyway.

Verdict

These three tower fans are nearly all of the same size but clearly have some glaring differences between them.

The most noticeable is perhaps in terms of price.  The first Bionaire on the list costs drastically more than the other two, actually costing as much as twice the price of the Optimus and around three times the price of the other Bionaire. That is a rather dramatic difference, which should rightly lead someone to expect it to outclass the other two in a lot of areas.  Fortunately, it actually does that.

The Bionaire BT440RC-U flat-out surpasses the other two when it comes to the core purpose of a tower fan: cooling.  Not only does it move more air than either of its rivals in this list but it also does so more smoothly than they do, and with far less noise.  Even with the occasional loose parts that render a few of its units noisier when operating at high speeds, it still remains the most silent of the three on an overall performance test.  It will make some noise when set at the highest speed, of course, but at the lower speeds, it sounds nice and gentle.

The Bionaire BT440RC-U also has the best oscillation rhythm of the three.  The other Bionaire unit has occasional squeaks in its oscillation while the Optimus just tends to move far too fast—given the speed at which that one swings airflow from one direction to the other, people used to the sort of oscillation typically found on ACs and windmill fans might feel uncomfortable. On the whole, the BT440RC-U is the best product here, even if it also costs the most.

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