Ceiling fans may be the one home appliance that are still notorious for being eyesores. But there are plenty of models out there without gaudy candelabra lights and annoyingly long pull chains. With their remote controls and silent operation, the best fans will stylishly blend into your home, keep you cool, and save energy all year round.
Sure, you could go to a hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot and get a kink in your neck by looking up at the fan displays to imagine which one will look and perform best in your home. Or you could just go with one of these top-rated, bestselling fans from reputable brands like Hunter Fans, Westinghouse, and Minka-Aire.
Check out the quick reviews below of our top five ceiling fans, or scroll deeper for more helpful buying info and full reviews of those models plus other high-ranking options.
How to Find the Right Fan for Your Space
The first feature you’ll look into when upgrading to a new ceiling fan (or installing one from scratch!) is probably going to be its blade size in relation to the room. In his feature for VentrePlat on what’s inside a ceiling fan, Harry Sawyer provided a guide for the ideal blade length per room size. Generally, go for a 42-inch blade for 100 square feet or less, up to 50-inches for rooms between 100 and 150 square feet, 52 to 60-inch blades for 150 to 300-square-foot rooms, or a fan up to 74 inches for anything 300 square feet or more. However, Sawyer later advised in Wirecutter that buyers simply go with a standard large 52-inch blade for most rooms for the best balance between size, airflow, and affordability. Keep in mind that blade length is more indicative of airflow than the number of blades.
No matter which blade size you go with, if you’re planning on installing a fan in a room with low ceilings (eight feet or lower), you’ll want a model that’s specifically low profile to sit flush against the ceiling. You’ll find low-profile options, both with and without lighting features, on this list. Many fans also come with several mounting positions options like downrod, flush, or angled. In addition, if you plan to add a new fan to your porch or sunroom, make sure to go with a model that’s designed for outdoor in addition to indoor use.
Also note that all of these fans have reversible motors, allowing you to set them to counterclockwise in the summer and switch it to clockwise rotation for the winter to spread cool or warm air throughout your home and save money on your energy bill all year round. While most of these fans will still have pull chains to control the speed and lighting, note that several also have hand remote and/or wall controls. However, if you want to go with a cheaper model without one, you can always install a universal fan remote later.
How We Rated Them
We researched 10 expert sources such as Wirecutter, The Spruce, and Architectural Digest, as well as 5,500 consumer reviews to select the top eight ceiling fans of the year. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of consumers who rated the product at least 4 out of 5 stars on retail and review sites like Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot.
Westinghouse Comet 7801665 52-Inch
Consumer Score: 88% give it 4 stars or higher
The Westinghouse Comet is a great go-to fan for most rooms and budgets.
The Westinghouse Comet 52-inch was not only Wirecutter’s top pick, but its only pick for a good fan that will cover everything you need most of the time. Based on his experience researching the inner-workings of ceiling fans for VentrePlat, Harry Sawyer wrote for Wirecutter that the Comet delivers “silent and steady operation, plenty of air movement, and quality parts and hardware.” At around $100, it’s an affordable enough option that will still enhance most homes’ style and also powerful enough to add a breeze to any size room. Users also appreciated that the Comet has a modern yet simple design that blends in with their décor. Some claimed that the light was dim, while others recommended replacing with LED bulbs if you want stronger light.
Minka-Aire Light Wave F844-DK 52-Inch
Consumer Score: 83% give it 4 stars or higher
This premium pick not only has modern style, but also a great remote control.
Available in six color options, including white, black, silver, brown, bronze, and driftwood, the Minka-Aire will satisfy any home designer in terms of its stylish looks. However, its appearance isn’t all it’s known for: Gadget Review named it the best remote-controlled fan because of its great LED light kit with 17-watt, dimmable lights and remote. Some users reported a loud humming after installation; however, this can be corrected by running the fan for 24 hours afterwards. Several buyers claimed on Amazon that the fan became “nearly silent” even when operating on high.
Hunter Watson 52090 34-Inch
Consumer Score: 91% give it 4 stars or higher
This compact Hunter fan will work best for small bedrooms or offices.
Bob Vila named the Hunter Watson fan the best model for limited space. Even with its 34-inch size, it can produce over 3,500 CFM of airflow. “The blades rotate at a higher max RPM than the 52-inch Hunter in my computer room,” reported one buyer from Home Depot. Its size won’t draw too much attention in a small bedroom or office, and you can match it to your color scheme with brushed nickel, new bronze, and snow-white style options. However, its mounting is not quite flush if you have a room with a low ceiling.
Hunter Key Biscayne 59135 54-Inch
Consumer Score: 81% give it 4 stars or higher
Whether you install this fan inside or out, it’ll provide excellent airflow in large spaces.
If you’re looking for a fan for a covered patio, porch, or sunroom, this is where the Hunter Key Biscayne fan excels. Its WhisperWind motor ensures quiet operation even at powerful speeds. Better Homes & Gardens concluded that this is “a quiet, attractive fan with excellent air flow.” In addition, the mounting system allows for three positions, including standard, low, or angled. In terms of style, one buyer on Amazon wrote, “It does strike me as more of an outdoors-style fan, but it doesn’t look completely out of place inside” when they installed it in a room with an eight-foot ceiling.
Best Low Profile
Hunter Low Profile IV 51059 42-Inch
Consumer Score: 90% give it 4 stars or higher
For rooms with low ceilings, this Hunter fan is the most affordable and quality option.
If you need a little airflow in a small room, but not any additional light, then the Hunter Low Profile IV fan will do the trick. Though it doesn’t have a light attachment, its design allows it to rest close to low ceilings while providing airflow up to 2,900 CFM with three motor speeds. One reviewer on Amazon noted that this model hangs only about nine inches from the ceiling, making it great for installing above a bed. While a light will add more depth to the fan, Hunter also offers this low profile option with a light for just $100.
More Great Fans to Consider
Hunter Builder Deluxe 53091 52-Inch
Consumer Score: 82% give it 4 stars or higher
At under $100, this fan is a bestseller due to its versatility and power.
The Spruce awarded this Hunter fan the best overall due to its blend of traditional and contemporary styles and its large, 52-inch-blade size for rooms up to 400 square feet. This fan kit includes two candelabra incandescent bulbs as well as two dimmable LED bulbs so you can control the amount of light you want in your space. Like some other Hunter fans, you can install it with standard, flush, or angled mounting. A few buyers on Amazon reported issues with lights being too dim or not working. But at under $100, this fan has a great amount of power and performance for its price range.
Hunter Contemporary Dempsey 59245 44-Inch
Consumer Score: 89% give it 4 stars or higher
A four-blade fan fitting for a bedroom with a remote control and dimmable lights.
This 44-inch fan features four reversible blades so you can choose between the black or chocolate oak finish. Despite its small size, the fan has a three-position mounting system. “The install was really easy and the low profile, flush mount gives plenty of head clearance for our standard-height ceiling,” wrote one buyer from Home Depot. It may be more expensive than other small fans, but this one includes a remote control so you don’t need to get out of bed to turn it on or off at night.
Hunter Anslee 59269 46-Inch Low Profile
Consumer Score: 89% give it 4 stars or higher
Another low-profile fan for small to medium-sized rooms.
Available in white, bronze, or matte silver, the Anslee 46-inch fan is a medium-sized but low-profile option for ceilings under nine feet in height. It’s not as small as other low-profile models, but it’s just as quiet and powerful as other Hunter fans. There’s no remote control with this one, so unless you install one yourself, you’ll have to operate this fan with the pull chain. On Wayfair, several consumers wrote that they appreciated its ability to blend in to any room’s décor.