If you’re in the market for a new tower fan, you might well have seen the Lasko brand and their products.
This is a really popular range of fans. A couple of friends of mine bought Lasko tower fans last year and when I decided to do some research and a Lasko Tower Fan Review to see if their products live up to the hype.
In this Lasko tower fan review, you will get a comprehensive comparison of the most popular Lasko tower fan with two other models. I will compare their features, pros, and cons in order to understand why the Lasko 2554 model is the best one among other Lasko tower fans.
Presenting Lasko Company
Lasko was founded from a store in Philadelphia over 100 years ago.
The humble beginnings that the brand started with were soon to be outgrown, and over the years they have grown to be the largest producer of portable fans and heaters in the USA as well as having a range of other products.
Image via lasko.com
The brand started in 1906 and started by making metal products. Over time this spread to a range of fans, household heaters, and other small appliances. Once they’d grown, they started manufacturing products on a larger scale in Tennessee and in Texas.
The brand has become international in the modern era.
In 2016, it was announced the brand would be bought by Comvest Partners (“Comvest”) in partnership with JW Levin Management Partners (“JWLMP”)
Lasko’s website says they are committed to high-performance, quality and value in all of their range of products. It is hardly going to say otherwise, but this is one of the companies who you believe when they say they care about the consumer. There is a reason they are stocked by so many big brands and retailers, too.
In terms of the selection of fans, Lasko produces almost every type imaginable, from bladeless to desktop and of course, tower fans. The tower fan range is what we are exploring here.
Lasko Tower Fan Range
Lasko’s range of fans is huge.
Even within the tower fan range, there are dozens of models, sizings and configurations. The brand is modern and embraces some filtration and technology features that other ranges of fans simply don’t.
For people who need something which is free standing but isn’t too intrusive or bulky, and doesn’t take a huge amount of space in the home, the range can be very useful. Tower fans often have multiple oscillators which can give a bit of a boost of power, so they’re good for hot homes, too.
Ask yourself what you need from your fan before you buy. Will a desk fan really have enough power? A tower fan isn’t always the cheapest but they can provide a cooler environment and might be quieter than other options, too.
Though it isn’t a top priority for fans, the Lasko tower fan range is also good for people who care about the looks of the items they’re putting in their home! They look quite stylish and compact.
Features & Benefits of Lasko Tower Fans
Naturally, the features of each tower fan in their range all have their own selling points. All have multiple speeds.
Many of the tower fans feature an Ionizer. This is built-in to the product and isn’t something that requires maintenance. It creates negative ions (this is a good thing) and then releases them in an effort to make the air feel fresher. It lowers levels of air pollution and makes it feel like you’re sitting outdoors.
For more details on what an Ionizer is, and the benefits it can have for a room, this handy guide can walk you through it.
Remote controls are also a feature among the tower fans in this range.
Lasko remotes are great, as they have a very simple interface. They also work at up to a 15 feet range, which is plenty of space for most of us. You might think a remote is overkill, but if you’re lying comfortably in bed and start to feel overly hot, being able to switch on the fan without having to get up is a blessing.
Other technology features which can be really useful include the timer. You can set your alarm to come on or turn off at a time which is suitable. For instance, have the fan turn on 30 minutes before you get home for a cool room waiting for you after work. Alternatively, if you know that you won’t need the fan on all night, you can set it to turn off after a while once the temperature has dropped and you are fast asleep.
Something that many Lasko fans offer is a curved design across the multiple blades of a fan. This means that the cool air disperses better around the room, and is preferred by people who are covering a larger space with their tower fan.
The noise produced by these fans varies from model to model within the range.
Though there are quieter models on the market than some Lasko products, they are certainly not excessively loud.
One thing that is only offered within the Lasko range is their patented safety plug.
This is on both their fans and their humidifiers. The device shuts off any electric current if there is a fault detected within the motor or the power supply. This can help to avoid potentially hazardous issues some fans (or power supplies) can develop over time.
Lasko 2554 Review
First, let’s start with a popular tower fan.
The model 2554 is also known as the 42-inch Wind Curve tower fan from Lasko, and it comes with an option for a CARB-compliant ionizer to optimize the freshness of the air it is circulating.
It has an electronic timer that can be set for any period from 30 minutes to 7.5 hours, 3 speeds, optional oscillation, a remote control, and a storage area for the remote control unit on the tower itself. The tower also has an easy-carry handle and wood-grain accents.
- (LWH) 13x13x42.5 inches
- Remote control
- Storage nook for remote control on the tower
- Electronic timer for automatic shutdown
- Easy-carry handle
- Oscillation switch
- Wind Curve profile
- Patented safety fuse technology on the plug
- Ionizer means it blows out very fresh air
- Very minimal noise when operating
- Has a cooling effect on air
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Remote control only works if it is pointing straight at the fan’s front panel
Lasko 2554 Wind Curve model costs about right for fans of its size. This 42-inch tower also checks every box in the quality fan criteria list: it’s pretty, it’s quiet, it’s strong, it oscillates, it’s easy to use and it’s remote-controlled. It even adds such convenient perks as an electronic timer and an ionizer. The remote control is perhaps the only place where it begins to stick, as the RC unit has such a limited range of operation. Despite that, the 2554 is still more than worth the money it costs.
How Is It Compared With Other Models?
Lasko actually puts out a number of other tower fans that the 2554 would be worth comparing to.
Two great examples are 2511 and the 2519. Both are actually smaller fans than the 2554. Nevertheless, both could technically be considered alternatives for buyers looking into the 2554.
Lasko 2511 Tower Fan
This 36-inch fan comes with Lasko’s patented safety plug technology and standard electronic touch controls. It is remote-controlled and has optional oscillation. It also comes with onboard storage for the remote control unit.
- (LWH) 12 x 12 x 36
- Onboard storage for remote control unit on the tower
- Programmable timer
- Oscillation switch
- 3 speeds
- Easy-grip handle
- Quiet on the lower settings
- Easy to operate
- Has a timer
- Very light and easy to carry
- Oscillation range is very narrow (even more narrow than the 2554’s)
- Could have a longer cord
This 36-inch tower fan is a fine example of its type, although it does tend to fall behind a number of its rivals in terms of the actual amount of air it moves. It is not weak, to be clear: just not “a real powerhouse”, as far as fans go. That said, it does consistently push out cool air and is easy to operate. It may not work for those who want something much larger or who have much bigger rooms to cool, but for the money and despite its faults, it remains a good product.
Lasko 2519 Wind Tower Fan
The 2519 is Lasko’s 38-inch tower fan model. It comes with a remote control, an oscillation switch, and 3 speeds. It also comes with an electronic timer.
- (LWH) 12 x 12 x 38 inches
- Has storage for the remote control unit on the fan
- Oscillation feature
- Electronic timer that goes up to 7 hours
- Easy-carry handle
- Patented, safety plug
- Very quiet
- Stable base
- Remote control unit has limited range of operation
This is the next step up from the 2511, and it does push out more air than that model as a result. It is not overly powerful for a 38-incher, though, so keep that in mind. It fares much like the 2511 in that respect. However, it is also still much better than most other competitors, so it is far from a bad purchase at it’s price. Its total package of features gives it serious value, as does its overall sturdiness of construction.
These are all fairly similar fans—which is hardly surprising given that they all come from the same manufacturer.
They share a number of features as a result.
First is the easy-carry handle, which most Lasko models have.
Second is the remote control, which seems to be a common feature for Lasko’s tower fan units. One might as well include the onboard storage it builds for those remote controls.
Then there is the programmable timer for automating the fan’s shutdown.
Finally, there is the fused safety plug.
All of these features are good things, quite obviously.
This has definitely had good results for the brand, which is one of the top sellers of tower fans at the moment. Nevertheless, this does not mean its models do not also share some drawbacks across their designs.
All three of the Lasko tower fans listed here have remote controls with lackluster range, for instance: they tend not to register unless you have them aligned perfectly in front of the tower fans.
All three are also afflicted by the classic weakness of the tower fan when compared to the windmill fan: they don’t move as much air as their windmill competitors.
That said, they do tend to produce cooler air than most windmills, and even compared to most other tower fans. They also work very smoothly, being famously user-friendly in their controls as well as offering very quiet fanning compared to the competition.
There are naturally individual differences, but they are minor.
Strength is obviously related to size, so the three models discussed here would have different strengths compared to each other. There are also premium features that differentiate at least one (the 2554) from the others, like the ionizer. Finally, there is the Wind Curve profile and the accenting on the 2554, which is easily the handsomest of the three.
Are these minor differences sufficient to merit calling the 2554 the best model?
The upgrade in power makes a big difference in the amount of air the unit moves, rendering it capable of dealing with both small and big rooms.
The overall construction also feels more solid on the 2554 compared to the other two, besides making it look better. Furthermore, the ionizer really makes a difference. In sum, this may be the most expensive model but it also offers the most value for your money.
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