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Updated November 2, 2023

Before there were air conditioners, there were ceiling fans. In southern climates especially, they’re used to keep the air flowing and the temperature down on steamy days. A ceiling fan can significantly lower the “feels like” temperature of your home. In the colder months, reversing the direction of the blades to a clockwise motion will draw warm air down from the ceiling, providing your home with better air circulation.  There are tons of styles to choose from to compliment most any décor. Along with outdoor rugs and furniture, you can use some fans on patios and porches (Note: they’ll need to have at least a damp rating). Here are some of the best ceiling fans we’ve found to keep you comfortable all year round.

 Our top picks for the best ceiling fans 

Best ceiling fans for bedroom: Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse 52-Inch Strasser Fan

Strasser 52'' Ceiling Fan with Light Kit

If you’re looking for something more stylish than a basic ceiling fan, this one from Laurel Foundry is for you. It features a down rod and metal and wood grain shade that adds a rustic feel to the fixture. It’s rated for low noise so you won’t be bothered by it while sleeping and works with sloped ceilings up to 15 degrees.  

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 52 inches; Overall height: 18-22 inches
  • Controls: Remote
  • Airflow: Maximum: 3800 CFM
  • Speeds: 4
  • Price on publish: $233.00
  • Color/finish: Matte black and wood grain

What we like:

  • Quiet
  • Easy to assemble and install

What we don’t like:

  • Doesn’t give off much light
Best for bedroom
Strasser 52'' Ceiling Fan with Light Kit

Strasser 52'' Ceiling Fan with Light Kit

Best ceiling fans for living room: Honeywell Palm Island 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

Honeywell Ceiling Fans Palm Island

This indoor/outdoor fan from Honeywell has a tropical feel to it because of its large, palm shaped blades. It works well in your living room or on your front or back porch. The durable, plastic blades withstand natural elements and won’t bend. You can mount this fan three ways including close mount, with a four-inch down rod, or on an angled ceiling. Whichever and wherever you mount it, you’ll enjoy the feel of powerful airflow with a tropical look.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 52 inches; Overall length: 14.3 inches
  • Controls: Pull chain
  • Airflow: 3516 CFM
  • Color: Bronze
  • Speeds: 3
  • Price on publish: $150.00

What we like:

  • Multiple mounting options
  • Damp rated

What we don’t like:

  • Blades are a bit difficult to assemble
Best for living room
Honeywell Palm Island 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

Honeywell Palm Island 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

Best kitchen ceiling fans: Hunter Mill Valley 52” Low Profile Ceiling Fan

Hunter Fan Company

We’re fans of the rustic, farmhouse kitchen decor and this fan from Hunter Mill Valley fits in perfectly. The single metal shade makes me think of the old barn lights on my grandparents’ farm and the matching metal rivets are a wonderful touch. It’s also rated for damp locations, so you can even hang it in an actual barn.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 52 inches; Overall length: 8.84 inches
  • Controls: Pull string
  • Airflow: 3733 CFM
  • Colors: Barn red, matte black, matte silver
  • Speeds: 3
  • Price on publish: $330.00

What we like:

  • Can be mounted on low ceilings
  • Stylish
  • Dimmable

What we don’t like:

  • Very specific décor style: If you don’t like farmhouse chic, you won’t like this fan
Best for kitchen
Mill Valley 52 in. LED Indoor/Outdoor Low Profile Barn Red Ceiling Fan with Light

Mill Valley 52 in. LED Indoor/Outdoor Low Profile Barn Red Ceiling Fan with Light

Best outdoor ceiling fan: Minka Aire 65-Inch Extreme H2O Ceiling Fan

Minka Aire Xtreme H2O

With a 65-inch blade span, this is a large ceiling fan; one of the largest available. It features eight sleek, all-weather blades (for  indoor or outdoor use) and an LED light kit. You can configure it to work with Alexa or Google Home by connecting it to a Bond BD 1000 hub (sold separately). It’s also energy-efficient. We love the understated, modern design that fits in well with a variety of decors.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 65 inches; overall length: 12.75 inches
  • Controls: Remote
  • Airflow: 5713 CFM
  • Colors: White, bronze, black
  • Speeds: 6
  • Price on publish: $489.00

What we like:

  • Impressive blade span and airflow
  • Quiet
  • Indoor/outdoor

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive
Best for outdoor
Xtreme H2O 65 in. Indoor/Outdoor Coal Ceiling Fan with Remote Control

Xtreme H2O 65 in. Indoor/Outdoor Coal Ceiling Fan with Remote Control

Best ceiling fan with lights: Honeywell Carmel 48-Inch Ceiling fan

Honeywell Ceiling Fans Carmel

Suitable for both standard and angle mounting, this modern looking fan from Honeywell has a sleek, integrated globe with three 40-watt LED bulbs that provides excellent illumination, no matter where you install it. It also has five blades for ultra-efficiency and prime airflow.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 48 inches: Overall length: 12.8 inches
  • Controls: Remote
  • Airflow: 5202 CFM
  • Colors: Brushed nickel, espresso, and pewter
  • Speeds: 3
  • Price on publish: $138.00

What we like:

  • Quiet
  • Versatile
  • Good value

What we don’t like:

  • Installation can be difficult especially with syncing the remote
Best ceiling fan with lights
Honeywell Ceiling Fans Carmel, 48 Inch Contemporary Indoor LED Ceiling Fan with Light, Remote Control, Dual Mounting Options, Dual Finish Blades, Reversible Motor - 50196-01 (Brushed Nickel)

Honeywell Ceiling Fans Carmel, 48 Inch Contemporary Indoor LED Ceiling Fan with Light, Remote Control, Dual Mounting Options, Dual Finish Blades, Reversible Motor - 50196-01 (Brushed Nickel)

Best ceiling fan for large rooms: Hunter Channing 52-Inch Hunter Express Ceiling Fan

Channing 52-Inch Hunter

This fan includes a four-light kit with painted cased white shades and reversible blades so it can be easily synced to a range of decors. The four light bulbs are dimmable and the fan can be mounted in three positions: standard, low, or angled. Hunter fans are known for their quality, often lasting for more than 20 years. In fact, I’m pretty sure my brother has had the same one of these in his office for the past 25 years.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 52 inches; overall length: 18.74 inches
  • Controls: Remote
  • Airflow: 2788 CFM
  • Colors: Brushed nickel with reversible blades (dark and light brown)
  • Speeds: 3
  • Price on publish: $215.00

What we like:

  • Includes 4 9-watt dimmable LED bulbs
  • Quiet
  • Long lasting

 What we don’t like:

  • Included bulbs are rather dim
Best for large rooms
Channing 52 in. Express Indoor Matte Black Ceiling Fan with Light Kit Included

Channing 52 in. Express Indoor Matte Black Ceiling Fan with Light Kit Included

Best ceiling fan for small rooms: Hunter 42-Inch 5-Blade Ceiling Fan

Hunter Fan Company 51059 Indoor

A traditional ceiling fan style found in apartments and homes across the country, the Hunter fan provides excellent value and reliability. This is a low-profile fan, designed to sit close to the ceiling, making it a good choice for a foyer, pantry, or bathroom. You won’t necessarily win any design awards with this, but you’ll be happy with the quiet operation and more than adequate air flow.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 42 inches; Overall length: 14.6 inches
  • Controls: Pull chain
  • Airflow: 3369 CFM
  • Colors: Brushed nickel with reversible maple/cherry blades; bronze, white
  • Speeds: 3
  • Price on publish: $125.00

What we like:

  • Excellent value
  • Traditional design
  • Quiet

What we don’t like:

  • It’s nothing fancy
Best for small rooms
42" Hunter Low Profile 5-Blade Ceiling Fan

42" Hunter Low Profile 5-Blade Ceiling Fan

Best low-profile ceiling fan: Portage Bay Hugger 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

Portage Bay 50251 Hugger

A great budget option for low-ceilinged rooms, the Portage Bay Hugger fan extends a little less than a foot from the ceiling, keeping the blades out of the hairs of taller folks. With its unobtrusive modern style, it works in a range of places and with all sorts of interior design styles. A quiet and powerful fan, it does what it's intended to do without any added tech—or cost.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 52 inches; overall length: 11.5 inches
  • Controls: Pull chain
  • Airflow: 2600 CFM
  • Colors: Matte black, silver and light brown
  • Speeds: 3
  • Price on publish: $70.00

What we like:

  • Budget friendly
  • Easy installation
  • Great value

What we don’t like:

  • No remote
Best for low-profile ceiling
Portage Bay Hugger 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

Portage Bay Hugger 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

Best smart ceiling fan: Haiku L 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

Big Ass Fans Haiku

If you’re in the market for a high-tech fan with all the bells and whistles, the Haiku L from the Big Ass Fans (yes, that’s the actual company name) is for you. It’s wifi-enabled (comes with a wifi module that allows you to pair it with the app) and connects to Alexa or Google Home. There are seven speed settings with whoosh, sleep, timer, fan, and eco modes. We confess to not knowing exactly what ‘whoosh’ mode is, but it doesn’t matter: With motion, humidity, and temperature detectors, this fan essentially runs itself.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 52 inches; overall length: 11.5 inches
  • Controls: Remote, app, and voice
  • Airflow: 5604 CFM
  • Colors: Black, white, silver with various blade color options
  • Speeds: 7
  • Price on publish: $849.00

What we like:

  • Quiet
  • Excellent airflow
  • Unique design

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive
Best smart ceiling fan
Haiku L 52 in. Indoor White Ceiling Fan with Integrated LED Light

Haiku L 52 in. Indoor White Ceiling Fan with Integrated LED Light

Best modern ceiling fan: Cirrus DC Ceiling Fan

Cirrus DC Ceiling Fan

If you have a home with a modern—or even mid-century modern design—this fan is for you. It features a clean, sleek capsule or bullet shape with three slim blades. Manufactured by the Modern Fan Company, one of the few makers of ceiling fans with contemporary, minimalist shapes and profiles, this fan is a statement in and of itself. Can be installed both indoors and outdoors.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 50 inches; overall length: 23.6 inches
  • Controls: Remote
  • Airflow: 6550 CFM
  • Colors: White with white, silver, or maple colored blades
  • Speeds: 3
  • Price on publish: $485.00-$550.00

What we like:

  • Indoor/outdoor use
  • Modern, minimalist design
  • Energy efficient

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive
Best modern
Cirrus DC Ceiling Fan

Cirrus DC Ceiling Fan

Best ceiling fan with remote: Home Decorators Collection Ashby Park 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

Home Decorators Collection Ashby Park 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

One of the cool features in the Ashby Park ceiling fan is the integrated LED light kit with three temperature settings and color changing technology, so you can set the light to reflect your mood—all via the remote of course. The modern design fits a variety of styles.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 52 inches; Overall length: 11.67”
  • Controls: Remote
  • Airflow: 4881 CFM
  • Colors: Brushed nickel
  • Speeds: 3
  • Price on publish: $172.00

What we like:

  • No bulb to change
  • Light temperature selections
  • Easy installation

What we don’t like:

  • Not as quiet as many others on our list
Best with remote
Ashby Park 52 in. White Color Changing Integrated LED

Ashby Park 52 in. White Color Changing Integrated LED

Best ceiling fan with curved blades: Minka Aire 52-Inch Light Wave Ceiling Fan

Minka-Aire F844-DK Light Wave 52

The Minka Aire Lightwave has a unique design that the company says draws its inspiration from graceful ocean waves. This is evident in the beautiful shape of the fan blades. The silver version reminds us of a plane propeller, as does the amount of airflow this fan produces. Included is an integrated and dimmable light kit. It’s also smart home-compatible.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 52 inches; Overall length: 13.76 inches
  • Controls: Remote
  • Airflow:
  • Colors: Black, silver, brown woodgrain, white
  • Speeds: 3
  • Price on publish: $360.00

What we like:

  • Super quiet
  • Modern design
  • High tech

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive
Best with curved blades
Light Wave 52 in. Integrated LED Indoor Distressed Koa Ceiling Fan with Light with Remote Control

Light Wave 52 in. Integrated LED Indoor Distressed Koa Ceiling Fan with Light with Remote Control

Best budget ceiling fan: Harbor Breeze 52-Inch Armitage Ceiling Fan

Harbor Breeze Armitage 52

This is an excellent budget-friendly ceiling fan from Harbor Breeze that compliments a range of design styles. It’s a flush-mount style, so you can install it in rooms with low ceilings if needed. If you buy them in bulk, you can even get a discount—so feel free to order one for every room in your house. And maybe your parents’ house, as well.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Overall span: 52 inches; Overall height: 15 inches
  • Controls: Pull string
  • Airflow: 2263 CFM
  • Colors: Brushed nickel with toffee/coffee woodgrain blades
  • Speeds: 3
  • Price on publish: $80.00

What we like:

  • Quiet
  • Works with many different styles
  • Light is dimmable
  • Good value

What we don’t like:

  • Glass light cover shade screws are difficult to install
Best budget
Harbor Breeze Armitage 52-in Brushed Nickel Indoor Flush Mount Ceiling Fan with Light (5-Blade) | 41391

Harbor Breeze Armitage 52-in Brushed Nickel Indoor Flush Mount Ceiling Fan with Light (5-Blade) | 41391

How to choose the best ceiling fan

Control type

If you’re installing a ceiling fan in your bedroom, you’ll likely want one with a remote so you can control it without having to get up from your comfy bed. Many fans have both remote and pull-string capabilities. And some, as evidenced above can be integrated with your smart home.

Consider your ceiling height

 Ceiling fans can either be flush-mount, sitting close to the ceiling or hang from a drop rod. If you have 8- or 9-foot ceilings or lower, you’ll probably want a flush mount style to avoid the possibility of anyone getting hit on the head by spinning blades.

Size

The size of room you want to install a fan in will determine how wide the blade span should be.

The following is a good general formula for blade span:

Less than 80 square feet: 36 inches or less

80-150 square feet: 36-42 inches

150-250 square feet: 42-52 inches

250 square feet or more: 52 inches or more

How we selected the best ceiling fans

We selected the best ceiling fans from scouring extensive online reviews as well as from personal experience. I’ve owned and renovated a few homes in my day (as have my parents, who always used my brothers and me as free labor) so I’ve bought and used more ceiling fans than perhaps the average consumer. I’m also obsessed with them. I feel every room would benefit from a ceiling fan. The best way to clean ceiling fans

First, turn the fan off (the most important step). Then spray a cleaning solution into a microfiber cloth and wipe each blade. This method requires a ladder or tall stool to stand on. Alternatively, you can also use a long-handled brush or Swiffer of some kind. If you’re up for a creative DIY method, you can wipe the blades with a pillow case so that all the dust ends up inside the case rather than on the floor. If you’re feeling especially lazy, simply switch the motor into the reverse direction and watch the dust fly (not that we recommend this method).

Finding the best places to buy ceiling fans

The best places to buy ceiling fans are in online furniture stores and retailers like Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, and more.

How ceiling fans are measured

Ceiling fans are measured by their total blade span (or wingspan, as it were). The number you see in fan descriptions includes the total width of the blades from the tips on one side to those directly opposite. The length of a ceiling fan refers to the total distance from your ceiling to the lowest hanging surface, usually the light fixture.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is the best brand for ceiling fans?

There are many best brands for ceiling fans including Hunter, Harbor Breeze, Honeywell, Minka, and others included in this guide.

Are three or five blades better for ceiling fans?

Five blades will produce more air flow, but can possibly be louder than three blade options. One is not necessarily better than the other; it depends on what’s most important to you.

Which way do ceiling fans go in the summer?

In summer, ceiling fans should turn counterclockwise to move air down. You’ll be able to feel the breeze from the fan because of the blade angle. In the winter months, switch your fan to a clockwise direction to create an updraft, pulling the warm air that naturally rises to the ceiling down. As we learned in science, hot air rises.

What sizes do ceiling fans come in?

Generally, ceiling fans come in 36, 42, 44, 52, and 65 inches.

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