If you have a kid that is away at college, or you are a kid away at school, there are items that are essential for your comfort and sanity. In addition to a coffee maker, mini-fridge, and laptop, a fan is a must-have for any dorm. Unlike an air conditioner, fans are relatively inexpensive to run yet just as cool in many instances thanks to today’s technology.
And to help you find the perfect one for you or your kid’s space we’ve put together this in-depth review of the best fans for dorm rooms. We promise these fans will help keep the temperature down, so you can study and get your grades up.
Our Top Pick
- 1 Our Top Pick
- 2 Top Rated Dorm Room Fans
- 2.1 Holmes HT38R-U Oscillating Tower Fan 32 Inch with Remote Control
- 2.2 Lasko 3733 20″ Fan Box
- 2.3 Vornado CR1-0121-06 660 Large Whole Room Air Circulator Fan
- 2.4 Genesis 6-Inch Clip-On Convertible Table-Top
- 2.5 Dyson Air Multiplier AM07 Tower Fan
- 2.6 What to consider when Buying a Dorm Room Fan?
All of our choices are top of the line, if we had to choose one it would be the Holmes oscillating tower fan. Slim yet powerful, it easily fits in any space and is strong enough to cool off a large size room. What we like best though, is that even though it is slender, it covers a large area in one pass and is surprisingly cool.
Top Rated Dorm Room Fans
And now, here are our top 5 picks:
Our top recommendation, the Holmes oscillating tower fan is the perfect blend of style and function and will keep just about any dorm room feeling cool and comfy all year long. Not to mention affordable! Dyson Air Multiplier AM06 Table Fan, 10 Inches – Black/IronEquipped with a remote control, so it can be turned on and off from anywhere in the room, even while lying in bed, it has some great features including:
3 Speed Settings/ Auto Shut-Off
One of the best things about this fan is its 3-speed choices, including sleep and breeze. This allows the room to be cooled precisely the way it needs to be at any given time. So you can have a cool gentle breeze on a cool spring night or go high-speed sleep mode for those muggy summer nights.
And the automatic shut-off timer ensures the room will never get too cold; it also gives parents peace of mind, knowing the machine can be programmed not to run endlessly- a big bonus for college kids with a lot on their mind.
The oscillating motion lets the fan circulate and cool larger areas as it moves back and forth. Which means each time it passes back and forth it generates more cool air for maximum comfort. Also, this promotes cleaner air quality, which is great for what are often stuffy dorm rooms or those with asthma.
Oscillation moves air all around, as opposed to just back and forth, allowing air to evenly move throughout the room. As a result, it feels cooler and lighter.
The unit’s size, which is tall and slim, is another great selling point because let’s face it, most dorms tens to be tiny; not to mention tiny. Which is why this fan is such a good buy. It fits in virtually any corner and since it has a far reach it will still keep the temperature down, so kids can study, or party in comfort. Plus, the controls are on top and easy to use, so they can set it and forget it.
For us, the beauty of this fan lies in the multiple ways you can use it; stand it on the floor for a traditional fan or mount it in a window to suck out hot air or draw in cool air. With a budget-friendly price tag, this is a win-win for any college kid. It’s top features are:
Your kid can place this fan anywhere and it’s even light enough to pick up and take to a friend’s room across the hall or to bring to the rec room and cool everyone off. More importantly, it can be used as a floor or window fan, so you can use the outside air to cool things off on a breezy summer night.
Quiet Speed Settings
There are 3 different speed settings, and even on the highest, it is super quiet. Seems like a small thing but if you share a room with someone it can make all the difference. And the 3 speeds each give you just what you need for that setting.
This unit is an energy-saver, which is good for the electric bill and the environment. It also means your kid is less likely to throw a circuit from having the coffee maker, fridge, laptop, and fan going.
Reasonably priced, this is what we call the little fan that can, moving air around the room simply and efficiently. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the others, but it doesn’t need them as its performance speaks for itself. Let’s take a closer look at what if has:
Multiple Settings/ Powerful Technology
There are 4 speeds so you can go from fast to slow with the simple push of a button. The different settings allow your kid to adjust to the temperatures outside, so they can watch TV or cram for an exam and the only thing they’ll be sweating over is their grades.
But the best feature is the Vortex technology, which doesn’t just push air around; instead, it circulates it in a continuous pattern that goes all around, so the air is fresh and soothing.
Thanks to its efficiency, the smaller size of this fan doesn’t affect its performance. Which makes it ideal for any size dorm or off-campus room. It can go in any corner and still keep it breezy or even on top of a dresser or large desk and will cool every inch of the place.
No matter how careful you are accidents do happen, which is why a 5-year guarantee is a gold mine. It lets yu make the most of your money and makes this under $100 fan a no-brainer.
Finally, for the kid who shares a dorm room but doesn’t share everything, this mini fan from Genesis is the way to go. Despite its small size it is surprisingly strong and puts out enough power for you and only you. It’s best features are:
It can clip onto furniture or stand on a desk/dresser, so you can put it precisely where you need it. Keep it on the desk when you’re working and clip it to your bed at nighttime. Its ability to move around the room with you is perfect if your roommate and you aren’t sharing appliances.
It operates silently, so you never need to worry about waking or annoying whoever you share your room with. The 2 varying speeds are equally quiet and produce strong, cooling air.
The quality of this fan is what makes it a good buy. It can go from clip-on to stand style without showing any signs of wear ans tear.
The most expensive fan on our list, it is so strong it could double as an air conditioner, making it well worth the investment. Created using state of the art technology, this fan is quiet, durable, and produces cool air without blades- making it safe too. Among its top features are:
Featuring air-multiplier technology, this unit produces a strong and steady stream of air flow, so it feels just like an AC. Air flows smoothly, without interruption or a change in intensity, for continuous cooling action. And since there are no blades it ensures no accidental injuries; not to mention, no blades means no build-up of dust, which is better for your kid and the environment.
You’ll never have to worry about being distracted because this fan is as quiet as can be. As someone whose son is a light sleeper, believe me when I tell you this does make a difference. You can study in peace and quiet and sleep like a baby thanks to its silent operation.
Easy Operation/ Speed Settings
The remote control allows you to control the fan from any spot, while the sleep timer lets you program when it shuts off. There are 10 fan settings, so you can custom control the level and power of air coming out of it and the sleep timer can be set for up to 9 hours- so your kid can have it turn off as soon as the alarm goes off and not have to even think about it. Because ets face it, odds are your teen will forget and leave it on all day while they’re in class, which can be a safety hazard.
What to consider when Buying a Dorm Room Fan?
Before investing in any fan for a dorm room, consider the following:
- Size: Make sure the fan you buy not only fits in the room but is big enough to cool the space it’s in. No need to waste money on a fan that will still have you sweating.
- Power: You don’t want to be too hot or too cold, so choose a fan with settings that suit your needs.
- Features: Tend to oversleep? Then choose a unit with a timer. Or, if you are the type to get comfy and not want to move from bed get one with a remote control so you can adjust it anywhere you are.
- Oscillation: If you have allergies or asthma, a unit that circulates and purifies is your best bet
- Price: Don’t go broke buying a fan, college is expensive enough; make sure it is strong enough and moves where you need it without breaking the bank.
We hope our review of the best fans for dorm rooms helps you choose the best fan for your dorm room. While the Holmes is our top choice, all of these machines more than get the job done. Just be sure to maximize your budget and review each option before you buy. And keep cool, you’re a winner no matter which one you pick.