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The 5 Best Ceiling Fans of 2017

Find the perfect ceiling fan for your home with our reviews of the top models available. We pay special attention to the most energy efficient fans for every budget.

the best ceiling-fan Ceiling fans are an often overlooked way of producing energy efficient cooling in the home. Proper use of a good ceiling fan allows you to set the thermostat higher, which saves on power and money. In some cases the AC can be replaced all together.

Today, we review the 5 best ceiling fans on the market right now. Our list pays special attention to the most energy efficient ceiling fans, and you’ll find plenty of Energy Star ceiling fans.

We’ve also been careful to cover all budgets. We’ve included the most affordable models and the more extravagant, with everything in between too.

Start by taking a look at the comparison table where you can quickly scan the key features. Following the table we review each model in more detail and give our honest opinion.

If you’re new to ceiling fans then be sure to check out our buyer’s guide for a full explanation of what you should be looking for.


The Top Rated Ceiling Fans

Compare the key features in the table below. If you’re unsure about what any of the columns mean there’s a key under the table. Click on the images to check the latest prices.

 ModelElectricity UseAir FlowEfficiencyLightOperationPrice
Emerson Highpointe67502375YesRemote Control$$$
Emerson Prima59526389NoWall Control$$
Hyperikon Indoor62440071YesRemote Control$


Emerson Pro Series II84540364YesPull Chain$
Minka-Aire Artemis95645268YesWall Control$$$$$

Key

Electricity Use – This is how many watts of electricity the fan uses to operate. For reference, the average lightbulb uses about 60 watts.

Air Flow – This is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). This figure indicates how much air the fan can move every minute. Basically, the larger this figure is, the more powerful the fan is.

Efficiency – This is measured in cubic feet per minute per watt. This indicates how efficiently it uses electricity to operate. Again, the higher the value, the better.


Top Rated Ceiling Fan Reviews

Here we take a closer look at each fan. We give all the details and a bit of personal opinion. Find out what we like about these fans and why.

Emerson Highpointe          All-round Top Performer

Emerson are probably the biggest name in ceiling fans and have over 100 years of experience behind them. Their amazing attention to detail creates some of the most elegant and reliable fans on the market. Emerson fans also come with an amazing lifetime warranty on the fan motor as standard.

The Emerson Highpointe features a highly efficient 3-blade design. Its main use is to cool a room in hot months, but it can also be set in reverse to help recirculate hot air. In winter months this can really boost the heating efficiency in a room.

Right, time for the stats. The Highpointe puts out 5023 CFM (cubic feet per minute) of airflow while using 67 watts of power. This gives an efficiency of 75 CFM/watt. All this is achieved using three 54 inch blades. Let’s see what these numbers mean….

With regards to the airflow, this is one of the more capable ceiling fans out there. It can be relied upon to cool large rooms with very little effort. It’s actually a very efficient operator too. An airflow efficiency of 75 CFM/watt falls within the Energy Star certificate criteria for a fan that puts out +5000 CFM. However, though this model meets the specifications it doesn’t actually have the official certification. When rating the power output of ceiling fans, manufacturers tend not to include the power drawn by any lights. So, this 67 watt rating is in addition to the two lightbulbs that are included.

The fan is controlled using a remote control. A further wall control is available as an additional add-on if you need that extra convenience. Each control point is able to toggle between the 4 different fan speeds available, and also the various lighting options. The fan does include 2 integrated light fixtures. These are 50 watt mini-candelabra halogen bulbs. The bulbs are housed in a vintage cream glass casing that gives a cozy, warm light .

The fan comes in 4 different style options. Our favorites are the graphite model which has a stylish, contemporary look, and the vintage steel model which has a more classical finish.

Emerson offer fitted downrods of various sizes and also sloped ceiling kits for the more awkward installations. The downrods come in the same styling options as the fans.These are available as additional extras.

Let’s get back to that warranty and customer care. As mentioned earlier, Emerson offer a lifetime warranty on their fan motors. Good ceiling fans aren’t cheap so this kind of customer commitment is great to see. The electronics and components come with a one year warranty. Emerson also offer some top customer support and are on hand to help with any difficulties at installation time.

Bottom Line: The Emerson name is synonymous with quality and reliability. The Highpointe works efficiently and effectively while retaining a classic look. In our opinion, this is best medium priced ceiling fan available right now.


Emerson Prima         The Most Energy Efficient

The Emerson Prima caters to smaller rooms than the previous Highpointe model. The 52 inch blades can comfortably and quietly cool rooms of up to 225 square feet in area.

Being a bit smaller does come with some considerable advantages however. The Prima is Energy Star approved for its energy efficiency and is one of the most efficient fans around.

The 5 blade configuration puts out a massive 5263 CFM of airflow (take a look at the comparison table to see how this compares to competitors) which is all the more impressive when you consider it uses just 59 watts of power to do so. This gives an airflow efficiency of 89 (airflow/power used) which is one of the best we’ve come across in our research. Out of the 5 fans we’ve included in our recommendations, this fan ranks number 1 for energy efficiency and it also uses the least amount of power.

The Prima is operated with a wall control. It has 4 speed options and can also be controlled with a remote as an optional extra. The Prima kit also includes a 4.5 inch downrod.

The Prima features five 52-inch blades in a dark walnut finish. The central fan housing has a Venetian bronze finish that exudes class. A few other styles are available, including a modern brushed steel finish, but the Venetian bronze is definitely the highlight for me.


Hyperikon Indoor         Amazing Value for Money

This ceiling fan from Hyperikon has been included for the amazing value for money that it offers. It meets Energy Star efficiency criteria but isn’t expensive like some of these fans can be.

The Hyperikon is on the smaller side and would work comfortably in rooms of less than 225 square feet in size. The five blade configuration gives a blade-span of 52 inches. These are propelled by just 62 watts of power to give an airflow of 4,400 CFM.  This gives an airflow efficiency of 71 which is very good, but it actually ranks 5th out of the 5 fans we have reviewed.

This airflow and efficiency figures are made more impressive when you consider how much this model costs and what you get for the money. This is the cheapest ceiling fan we have included, and when compared to some of the models, by some margin too. For this price, you get a remote control. These are usually the sole reserve of the more expensive models. The remote allows you to switch between the 3 fan speeds and also to turn the fan on and off.

But, probably our favorite thing about this fan and the main reason it’s on this list is the warranty. Now, we mentioned Emerson’s impressive lifetime warranty on the motor and yes that’s hard to top. But, the electronics and components are only covered by a year. Hyperikon do things a bit differently and offer a full unlimited 5 year warranty. That means should anything fail they will replace the unit. Now, you wouldn’t expect anything to fail within this time, but it’s sure nice to know that you’re not at risk should the worst happen.

Bottom Line: This is the value pick. We love the price tag but also the level of performance and warranty that come with it.


Emerson Pro Series II           Great Budget Choice

The Emerson Pro Series II is another that gives excellent value and fits in the lower budget category. However, despite being one of the cheapest fans that we have included, it is actually very powerful.

The Pro Series II is a ceiling fan/ light combination that features 4 removable light fixtures. It caters to smaller rooms and comes in 42 inch and 50 inch blade-span options. Check out our sizing guide further down the page to see exactly how large a room these blade-spans will serve.

It’s one of the more power hungry of the models we have included in our recommendations. Excluding the 4 lights, it uses 84 watts at its highest setting. However, it also gives the strongest airflow and clocks in at 5403 CFM. This figure represents how much air it is capable of moving/cooling per minute. This figure is impressive and makes it an effective cooling device. However, because it uses a bit more power than others, it has the lowest power efficiency rating of our 5 choices. An efficiency rating of 64 means it misses out on the Energy Star standard of around 75 CFM/watt.

It comes in a variety of finishes and colors. We love the oil rubbed bronze version, but there’s something for everyone. The unit also comes with a 4.5 inch downrod included. It’s ideal for ceiling heights of 8-9 feet but longer downrods are available for higher ceiling installations.

Depending on the model, it comes with 3 or 4 light fixtures. The 60 watt candlebra bulbs are included. The light fixtures are actually removable too if you should wish to do so.

If you’ve read any of our previous Emerson ceiling fan reviews you’ll be familiar with the warranty. Emerson give a lifetime warranty on all fan motors and one year on the components and electronics. They also have some really helpful support staff to help with installation questions.

Bottom Line: This one is power over finesse. Its shorter blades mean it’s only suitable for the smaller rooms, but it will cool them with ease. The downside is in the energy efficiency. It’s a great value choice.


Minka-Aire Artemis          Powerful & Effective

In my opinion, the Artemis is the best of the bunch when it comes to looks. The distressed koa finish is gorgeous and would compliment most living rooms. This fan also comes top in a few other categories like price, size, power use, and airflow.

The Artemis is huge. The 58 inch blade-span means it can cool even the larger of rooms (check out our sizing guide to see just how big). This massive blades allow it to cool 6452 cubic feet of air every minute. This is the largest airflow value of the fans we’ve included. However, it’s also the most power hungry. The Artemis uses 95 watts of power at its highest setting. These two values give an energy efficiency rating of 68 CFM/watt. This puts it 4th out 5 when it comes to energy efficiency. It should be noted that as a fan gets bigger in size it naturally becomes less efficient in its operation. It uses more power and creates more drag. An energy efficiency of 68 is actually very good for a larger fan like this.

The Artemis is operated by a wall control. There are three speed settings and also controls to dim the light and reverse the fan rotation. The light fixture uses a 100 watt halogen bulb (included). There’s also the option to have an LED light fixture. LED lights are great for increasing energy efficiency in the home.

The kit includes two downrod options of 3.5 inches and 6 inches and also an adapter for angled ceiling installations (up to 21°) . Options like these are usually paid extras so it’s nice to see them included.

This fan was recently certified by Amazon for use with Alexa voice control. I’ve no idea how to set this up, but it sounds like an awesome way to impress visitors!

Bottom Line: Elegant and powerful. This is one for the larger rooms. Don’t be put off by the lower efficiency rating as this comes with the territory with the larger fans.


Before You Buy

If you’re new to ceiling fans then be sure to read this guide before you make a decision. Here we cover the key features that you should be looking for in the perfect ceiling fan. Don’t miss the next section that covers how to size your ceiling fan either.

How’s the Airflow?

This is what you’re buying the fan for, so better make sure it does a good job right? The airflow of a ceiling fan is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). The larger the value, the bigger an area it is capable of cooling. Make sure to match the size of your room with a fan that can cool an area of that size. The following table works as a good guide. Check out the next section on “Sizing a Ceiling Fan” to learn more. The top rated ceiling fans will cool rooms while being economical with power. Read on to see how.

Room Size (Square Feet)Recommended CFM
Less than 751,000 - 3,000
76 - 1441,000 - 3,000
144 - 2252,000 - 4,500
226 - 4002,500 - 6,500
More than 4005,500 - 13,500

Energy_Star_logoHow Energy Efficient is it?

One of the main reasons for buying a ceiling fan is for its energy efficiency when compared to an AC unit. Running a ceiling fan allows you to set the thermostat much higher, which can save a lot of money in the long term.

Ceiling fans are generally pretty efficient devices but some shine brighter than others in this area. The most energy efficient ceiling fans are awarded Energy Star certificates.

The efficiency of fans is judged according to two measurements. These might be new to you so here’s a quick summary:

Airflow is measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute). This is a figure that represents how much air a fan can move (cool) each minute.

Airflow efficiency is measured in CFM/watt. This indicates how much air a fan moves per unit of power. This measures how much power it uses to do its job.

An Energy Star certificate is awarded to ceiling fans that meet the following criteria:

  • At a low setting the fan must have a minimum airflow of 1,250 CFM and airflow efficiency of 155 CFM/watt.
  • At a medium setting the fan must have a minimum airflow of 3,000 CFM and airflow efficiency of 100 CFM/watt.
  • At a high setting the fan must have a minimum airflow of 5,000 CFM and airflow efficiency of 75 CFM/watt.

Generally, this works out as fans that use about 65 watts or less of power.

Keep in mind that this figure only takes the operation of the fan into account. Some fans run lights too and the power drawn by the light is not considered when awarding Energy Star ceiling fans. The best ceiling fans with lights can run LED lights, which allow them to use very little power when compared to a conventional lightbulb.

It’s also worth noting that bigger fans are just less efficient than smaller ones. Bigger blades create more drag and therefore require more energy to be rotated.

So the question “How much electricity does a ceiling fan use?” is a bit more complicated than you’d expect. The best rated ceiling fans for efficiency will generally have a value of +75 CFM/watt at full power.

screwdriversConsider the Installation Process

Consider the optimum place for the ceiling fan to be installed. This should be as central as possible to ensure even air circulation. The blade tips should not be less than 18 inches from any wall.

How high is your ceiling? Do you need a downrod? We detail the sizing and installation process in the next section.

How’s it Operated?

The top rated ceiling fans are controlled by a remote control, but there are also options for a wall mounted control panel and a pull chord.

The better models will also give multiple options when it comes to the settings. At the minimum you should have the option to set a counter clockwise rotation for the summer months, and a clockwise rotation for the colder months to spread dormant warm air throughout the room.

Don’t Overlook the Warranty

Ceiling fans are built into the home and become part of the furniture. As a result, they come with quite substantial warranties. The motors can have warranties ranging from 5 years up to lifetime. However, the warranties for the components can be much less. The best ceiling fan brands offer exceptional warranties.


 

Area (in Square Feet) = Length x Width (both in Feet)

For example, a room of 9 feet by 8 feet has an area of 9×8 = 72 Square Feet.

If your room is an awkward shape then split it up into smaller rectangles, squares or even triangles (a triangle’s area is L x W x 1/2). Add these smaller pieces together to get the overall area.

Next, take a look at this table to get an idea for what kind of blade size you need.

The CFM (cubic feet per minute) value is the overall airflow of a fan. It represents how much air it is capable of cooling. Make sure the that the blade span and CFM align for your room size.

Room Size (Square Feet)Blade Span (inches)Recommended CFM
Less than 75361,000 - 3,000
76 - 14442 - 441,000 - 3,000
144 - 22552 - 542,000 - 4,500
226 - 40054 - 722,500 - 6,500
More than 4002 fans of 54 - 725,500 - 13,500

2. You also need to know how high to hang your fan. You don’t want your taller friends or family members to bang their heads now do you?

A general rule is that there should be at least a 7 foot gap between floor and ceiling fan blades (the desired hanging height is usually 8 feet). You also need to ensure that there is at least an 18 inch space between blade tips and walls.

For ceiling heights that are greater than 9 feet you will require a downrod. A downrod is a metal extension pipe that connects the fan to the ceiling. These can also aid in the fan’s stability and decrease any wobbling. Downrods are relatively inexpensive and range in price from $15 to $25.

ceiling-fanHow to Size a Downrod

As touched on earlier, the downrod is the pole that attaches the ceiling fan unit to the actual ceiling. Different heights of ceiling will require different sizes of downrod so that the fan can be hung at the optimum height. It’s really important that your fan rests at the correct height for it to work at full efficiency.

The best way to find the length of downrod that you need is using the following formula:

Room Height – Ceiling Fan Height – Desired Hanging Height = Downrod Length

The desired hanging height for optimal efficiency is about 8 feet.

For example:

I have a ceiling height of 11 feet.

The fan is 16 inches in height.

I want to hang the fan 8 feet above the floor.

11 feet – 16 inches – 8 feet = 20 inch downrod

When choosing a downrod it’s always better to stick to the same brand as the fan. Different manufacturers have different interior diameters that may not fit your fan. Also, you may want to match the finish of the downrod to the that of your fan. Sticking with the same manufacturer minimizes compatibility issues.

That’s a wrap for our guide to the best rated ceiling fans of the year. We’ll add to this list when we come across other fans that we deem worthy enough. We’d love to hear from any suggestions from our readers too!

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Energy Star image By United States Environmental Protection Agency [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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