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.