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An engineering masterpiece created for especially large spaces, yet a total height of just 16.5'' still gives it flexibility.

Made by a company with a long history of ceiling fans. Has three mounting options. Easy to fit, very quiet, and extremely affordable.

Will work in reverse - so in the summer it cools, but in the winter it can be used to recirculate warm air that has risen to the ceiling.

A relatively compact unit, specifically designed for low-ceiling rooms. Beautiful, easy to install, and virtually silent.

Uses permanent magnets instead of copper windings, making it compact and quiet; has 6 speeds plus reverse for winter use.

Bad

A pricey investment, but owners swear by it and would not hesitate to make the investment again.

Doesn't come with a remote, but compatible units are available.

Remote is included, but third-party options are available. A 6'' downrod should be taken into account when fitting.

Does not move a lot of air in larger rooms. Cannot be used on angled surfaces.

Only a wall unit is supplied for control, and lighting is not provided as standard either.

Bottom Line

Without a doubt the best ceiling fan on the market. An enormous ceiling fan from one of the top manufacturers in the business.

The best value for your money. A very reliable high-quality fan that won't break the bank. Has a legion of satisfied customers.

A good deal made by a company with a solid reputation. If you are looking to cover a larger room, we recommend the Hunter.

An aesthetically pleasing mid-range fan intendedfor small rooms and lower ceilings.

A big, powerful fan from a well-respected maker, but if you are looking to cover a larger room, we recommend the Fanimation.

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Best Ceiling Fans

Many cheap ceiling fans have poor construction standards, so they wobble and can be very noisy. Not surprisingly, they didn't make it to our top five.

That doesn't mean all of those that did are expensive. There are some very well made, very affordable ceiling fans among our selection. Of course we've also included some more luxurious models, for those who are looking for something special. We believe the following provides a good overview of the market, with options for just about everyone. Our finalists are:

Products we Considered

Fanimation
Odyn LED
Hunter
Builder Deluxe 5-Blade
Westinghouse
Harmony
Minka Aire
44-inch Concept II
Emerson
Carrera Grande Indoor Outdoor

Considerations

Manufacturer

We're looking at ceiling fan manufacturers to give a better view of what's available, and from who. There could be a ceiling fan here with features you really like, but the color is wrong - so we hope that by giving you some insight into the reputation of who makes it you will be comfortable looking at other models they offer.

Size & Construction

Size has a bearing on whether it will fit your space, but the volume of air it moves doesn't necessarily correspond directly to its physical dimensions. There are also different mounting methods and blade styles, all of which can have a bearing.

Motor, Controls & Lighting

Modern ceiling fans provide every possible combination of drive unit, wall switch, remote control, standard bulb or LED you could think of. In this part of the ratings we look at just what you get with each.

Price

While choosing a ceiling fan based solely on price is probably not a wise decision, there's no denying it's an important part of the decision-making process. In this section we sum up precisely what your money buys you.

Considerations

Manufacturer

Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe 5-Blade

The reasons for choosing the Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe Ceiling Fan are explained in the following sections - but there were a number of others from this well-known manufacturer that nearly replaced it. Hunter can trace their history back to upstate New York in 1886, and to have survived this long is testament to their product design, innovation and build quality. Today they offer hundreds of models, for all budgets, so if the one we've featured here isn't quite what you're looking for there's bound to be another that will fit your requirements.

Westinghouse 7214100 Harmony Two-Light 48-Inch Two-Blade

Quite by coincidence, Westinghouse were also founded in 1886 (in Pennsylvania) - although the lighting and fans division actually began as a family-owned business in 1946. It's a brand almost everyone has heard of and their products have a terrific reputation and tremendous appeal. Their range might not be as big as Hunters, but they offer an excellent collection nevertheless. We've chosen the Westinghouse 7214100 Harmony Ceiling Fan in this review, but the high ratings their other models receive underlines how popular all of them are.

Minka-Aire F518-WH 44-inch Concept II Flush Mount

Minka-Aire are a relatively young company, started in 1993 as a development of the Minka Group of Corona, CA, which produces decorative lighting under several different brand names including the widely recognized George Kovacs and Metropolitan Lighting. The word "minka" comes from the Japanese "ming" and "ja", which translate as "bright" and "home". Ceiling fans were a natural extension of their business, which has strong focus on aesthetics and contemporary design. Although the Minka-Aire F518-WH Concept II Ceiling Fan we've chosen has very clean and uncluttered styling, far more extravagant and visually exciting alternatives are available if that's what you're looking for.

Emerson CF788ORB Carrera Grande Eco Energy Star

Emerson is another name known by almost everyone - but you may not know that, like Hunter, they were one of the very earliest developers of ceiling fans. Founded in St. Louis, in 1890, their technological breakthroughs had huge impact not just on ceiling fans but on sewing machines, washing machines, in fact almost anything that had a small electric motor in it. Continual research and development has led to all kinds of advances, and levels of performance and reliability that are among the highest in the industry. We've gone with the Emerson CF788ORB Carrera Grande Eco Ceiling Fan, but the others in the range are of a similarly high standard.

Fanimation Odyn LED, 84-Inch

When you talk about people's passions, you might expect sports, or fashion, maybe cars - not many would think ceiling fans. Tom Frampton did though, and in 1984 he started designing and building them in his garage - Fanimation was born. With passion also often comes great creativity and incredible attention to detail. The product is the most important thing, not component or production costs, but making the very best ceiling fan possible. The Fanimation Odyn is one example of that, but each Fanimation model follows the same principles of engineering excellence and uncompromising quality.

The Fanimation Odyn an engineering masterpiece from arguably one of the finest manufacturers in the business.
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Size & Construction

Ceiling fans are usually measured by blade diameter (in inches), but this only tells part of the story. Size is important for how it looks in your room, but number of blades, blade shape, angle and speed all effect performance, so a more useful measurement for comparison is the amount of air they move - and that's measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute). You might think five blades would move more than two, but the CFM might tell you different. The other important thing to understand is that ceiling fans don't really cool a room at all - they cool you with the breeze they create. For that reason, it's not always best to site them in the middle of the room, but rather where they'll have most effect on the people - so above a seating area, or a bed, for example.

The Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe Ceiling Fan has a diameter of 52 inches and moves 5110 CFM which is sufficient, according to the manufacturer, for rooms of up to 400 square feet. It's a five blade model with reversible blades (stained oak one side, Brazilian cherry the other) and has three mounting options - which can very useful if you want to put the same fan in a couple of different rooms, because you can mount it on a downrod (the standard method), flush, or from an angled part of the ceiling if necessary. White and nickel versions are also available.

The diameter of the twin-bladed Westinghouse 7214100 Harmony Ceiling Fan is smaller than the Hunter, at 48-inches, and CFM is 4880 - so you can tell straight away it's a fan for a smaller room. In fact it's rated for up to 144 square feet, which seems much less, but area measurements can be deceptive, so it's important that you know your room's dimensions when deciding. There's a six inch downrod that needs to be taken into consideration when fitting, and a couple of owners expressed concerns that this would be a problem with 8' ceiling heights. Some said it wasn't a problem (unless you had friends over 7' tall!), others had found contractors capable of modifying the length - although doing so could effect the warranty.

Minka-Aire F518-WH 44-inch Concept II Flush Mount

With a diameter of just 44 inches, the 3-blade Minka-Aire F518-WH Concept II Ceiling Fan is a relatively compact unit, specifically designed for low-ceiling rooms of moderate dimensions (around 100 square feet or less). It's just 10.5 inches from the "hugger" mounting base to the lowest part of the light cover, so can be used where taller fans might risk serious injury! It's an energy-efficient unit, but with a CFM of 4600, it doesn't move a lot of air - hence the recommendation for small room sizes. However, a 52 inch blade version is available for those who have larger spaces. Being a flush mount model, it cannot be used on angled surfaces.

Emerson CF788ORB Carrera Grande Eco Energy Star

The Emerson CF788ORB Carrera Grande Eco Ceiling Fan is another 5-bladed design, but with this model you have a greater opportunity than usual to customize it, thanks to a choice of 54, 60 or 72-inch blades. What you do is buy the central drive unit (which is powerful enough to cope with any of the blade sizes mentioned), then choose the blades you want - from a range of over 30 hand-carved or plywood styles. The CFM quoted is 7929 for 60-inch blades. We couldn't find figures for 54 or 72-inch version, but suffice it to say this is a fan for quite large spaces. A 4.5-inch downrod is supplied (giving a total drop of 14.5 inches) but longer rods are available should you wish to site it in the center of an angled ceiling.

We mean this in the nicest way, but the Fanimation FPD8148OB Odyn LED Ceiling Fan is a bit of a beast. The 9-blade array has a diameter of 84 inches and moves an incredible 10104 CFM. This is an impressive fan created for especially large spaces - yet a total height of just 16.5 inches still gives it flexibility - you don't have to have cathedral-like ceilings to find a home for it. However, should you have that kind of room a variety of optional downrods are available. Maximum length for these is 72", though a downrod coupler can extend this even further. What's more, it can be mounted as standard at angles of up to 30 degrees, and right up to 52 degrees using the available ball mount kit.

As you might expect from a top quality product, everything on the Fanimation is controlled by a hand-held remote.
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Motor, Controls & Lighting

Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe 5-Blade

The Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe Ceiling Fan comes with what they call their "Whisper Wind" motor, a three-speed unit that many owners agree is very quiet. The unit as a whole was considered easy to assemble and fit, although when electricity is involved, using a properly qualified contractor is always worth considering. Inside the toffee glass light bowl are candelabra-type sockets for two bulbs. Those supplied were thought a bit dim by some users, but brighter alternatives are easy to find - although it's not actually necessary to fit the light section at all if you have alternatives in your room already. The Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe doesn't come with a remote, but compatible units are available.

Westinghouse 7214100 Harmony Two-Light 48-Inch Two-Blade

The motor in the Westinghouse 7214100 Harmony Ceiling Fan is described as a three-capacitor, silicon steel model. Quite what that means, we don't know, but it has four speed and was thought to be quiet enough, even when fitted in quite small spaces. What's particularly useful with this fan (and some of the others reviewed) is that it will work in reverse, so in the summer it cools, but in the winter it can be used to recirculate and push back down the warm air that has risen to the ceiling. The light fitting takes two bulbs with a maximum of 40 watts, but you can change these for brighter CFL bulbs. As with the Hunter, there's no problem finding a remote that will work with this fan, but it's not part of the package.

Minka-Aire F518-WH 44-inch Concept II Flush Mount

We don't have any details on the motor used in the Minka-Aire F518-WH Concept II Ceiling Fan, but we can relay the comments of a number of owners, who say it's near silent when running. It also has the reverse option, like the Westinghouse, for all-year-round use. The manufacturer claims it's very easy to install, something that's supported by many users who also liked the 100 watt bulb and frosted glass (there's a no-light option if you prefer). A multi-function remote is included, that will not only change fan speed and dim the lights, but can also "learn" different fans, so if you have several of these in different rooms, you can use the same remote for all of them.

Emerson CF788ORB Carrera Grande Eco Energy Star

The Emerson CF788ORB Carrera Grande Eco Ceiling Fan needs a powerful motor to cope with fitting up to 72-inch blades, yet has a built-in sensor so it doesn't over-power smaller blades - effectively meaning it only provides the electricity necessary and thus is efficient enough to qualify for an Energy Star rating. Because it uses permanent magnets rather than copper windings, it's also compact and quiet. It delivers six speeds, plus reverse for winter use. Surprisingly perhaps, only a wall unit is supplied for control, and lighting is not provided as standard either. There are, however, several options for both if you don't mind the extra cost.

Fanimation FPD8148OB Odyn LED, 84-Inch

You might expect the big Fanimation FPD8148OB Odyn LED Ceiling Fan to have a motor that creates considerable sound - after all, it moves a lot of air. In fact the DC unit attracts no complaints from owners and is remarkably energy-efficient too (up to 70% more than comparable AC versions, according to the manufacturer). It has six speeds, plus reverse, and an LED light fitting that, despite delivering the equivalent brightness of a 100 watt bulb, actually only uses 14 watts of power. As you might expect from a top quality product, everything is controlled by a hand-held remote.

The Emerson Energy Star is a big, powerful fan from a well-respected maker and many owners are absolutely delighted with it.
Considerations

Price

Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe 5-Blade

Although list price is $144, you can get the Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe Ceiling Fan for around $90 at the moment. There are cheaper fans on the market, but this is one area where it's worth paying for quality. This model is well put together by a company that has been in the business of making ceiling fans as long as anyone. Customer complaints are very low - a couple had noisy bearings, one or two were damaged on arrival - but no single problem comes up consistently so these can be categorized as isolated incidents that occur with any popular item. On the positive side, many owners love the look, and while that's a matter of personal taste, they also said it was easy to install, quiet, moved a lot of air and was excellent quality for the price.

Westinghouse 7214100 Harmony Two-Light 48-Inch Two-Blade

You can find big savings on the Westinghouse 7214100 Harmony Ceiling Fan right now, with up to $100 off retail, bringing it down to a very affordable $140. As with the Hunter, you have a company here that's been making these things for a long time - so they ought to know how to build them. Owners would seem to agree. "Looks cool, works great," and "great air flow" are typical of responses. Remarkably few people had anything bad to say about it. One couple complained of an annoying clicking sound, then wrote again saying that one day it just stopped doing it!

Minka-Aire F518-WH 44-inch Concept II Flush Mount

The smart and subtle Minka-Aire F518-WH Concept II Ceiling Fan is on offer at $270, rather than the usual $420. We've featured the white one, but there are three other styles if that doesn't fit your decor. It's undoubtedly a high-quality item, cleverly designed to minimize the space needed. There is mixed feedback about its actual effectiveness - some say it moves air well, others criticize that it doesn't move enough for their room size. When we got that feedback, we did wonder how much attention those buyers had paid to the description. This model is described as specifically for small rooms, and a higher CFM version in exactly the same style is available. Once again, the vast majority of buyers were more than happy, citing it as beautiful, easy to install, and virtually silent.

Emerson CF788ORB Carrera Grande Eco Energy Star

The price for the Emerson CF788ORB Carrera Grande Eco Ceiling Fan depends on the blades you choose. The main unit is $429 right now (list is $644) but a set of blades varies from around $60 to $150. That's quite a lot of money, but it is a big, powerful fan from a well-respected maker and many owners are absolutely delighted with having made the investment - several having bought more than one. On the negative side, one or two have reported noise (not from the motor but from the blades, and a free of charge kit was provided to resolve the problem), and others complain that it wobbles too much. Actually, slight wobble happens with almost all fans at high speed and its exaggerated if long downrods are used (one was cited at 36"). It might be an occasion to call a professional installer. As we've said, these are big fans and getting them balanced properly requires patience.

Fanimation FPD8148OB Odyn LED, 84-Inch

At $999, the Fanimation FPD8148OB Odyn LED Ceiling Fan is not cheap - but that is around $600 off its usual retail price. It's also around a quarter of what you'll pay for similar from some of its competitors, so it would be unfair to call it expensive! What you get for your money isn't just an enormous ceiling fan, it's an engineering masterpiece from arguably one of the finest manufacturers in the business. Saying it's not for everybody is a bit of an understatement, but the few who buy one will not be disappointed.

Hunter have a long history focused on making ceiling fans, and there's nothing like experience for designing and producing a good product.

Best of the Best

When you have five great products it's always difficult to pick an individual winner. That's made harder in this case, because personal style preference is particularly important here.

So we've taken appearance out of the equation by looking at what the professionals think: not just the sellers, but skilled installers who work with numerous different models every day and know their strengths and weaknesses. In their opinion - and we would have to agree - the best ceiling fan is the Fanimation Odyn.

Yes, it's a lot of money, but fans this large from other makers can be several times as much - and aren't any better made. Fanimation have a reputation for unrivaled attention to detail, what one contractor called over-the-top quality. The Odyn may not be exactly the right model for your space, but if you need a fan for a spectacular setting they offer some exceptional solutions.

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If you need a fan for a spectacular setting, Fanimation offer some exceptional solutions.

Best Bang for your Buck

How do you pick the best value for money ceiling fan when you have such a diverse choice? They all offer superb value, just at different price points, and even at a grand a throw, the Fanimation is not actually expensive for its type.

Having said that, we think you get best bang for your buck from the Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe (and several others in their range).

Hunter have a long history focused on making ceiling fans, and there's nothing like experience for designing and producing a good product. Owners back this up, many of them buying two or three, and in one case five - that's customer satisfaction. It's a big enough fan for many people, it's easy to fit, very quiet (one owner said "barely a hum, even at high speed"), moves plenty of air and right now is available at a terrific price. Even if this exact version doesn't suit your room, you can reverse the blades or choose from alternative styles that have exactly the same form and build quality. Reliability is underlined by a lifetime warranty on the motor. An all-round winner.
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Many owners have bought two or three, and in one case five - that's customer satisfaction.
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