A link to the Amazon review and purchase page for the ANSIO is https://amzn.to/2MZTA47 and https://amzn.to/2yTTAdx for the PureMate.
We’ve just had the hottest day ever in the UK. Global warming is a reality, and if you don’t have aircon, a cooling fan is a must. What should you look for in a fan, and what is the best for you?
The first thing is that for a maximum cooling effect it should rotate to spread the cooling air over a wider area, or in trade speak – oscillate. They generally come in two formats, circular table-top and column. The circular ones tend to be more of a directed narrow blast and column ones cover a wider area, particularly if they oscillate. This review is looking at oscillating fans.
How to choose the top oscillating fan
There are a few considerations to bear in mind when looking for a column fan. These include:
- Height – usually 36 inches, though there can be smaller ones and the larger tend to be better suited to an office or industrial environment
- Power – the bigger the motor, the bigger the amount of air blown
- Noise – if you intend to use it in the bedroom, will it be too noisy
- Remote operation – can you control it from the sofa without getting up
- Sleep – can you programme it to automatically switch off later
- Power cord. Will it be long enough without needing an extension cable
- Warranty – you will need one
- Finally – Safety. It must have a have proper safety certification. Safety considerations include an automatic switch-off it it is knocked over or overheats.
The best way ahead is to draw up a list of what you want it to do and the price you want to pay, and compare the fan specification against the list.
Some other considerations include:
How is it delivered
Most domestic fans come in self-assembly format. It is usually quite simple, but you will probably need at least a screwdriver. You can either do it yourself if you are adventurous or find a friend to help. Self-assembly instructions are notorious for being unreadable and looking like they were originally written in Klingon and translated into English by a hamster. You may well need help, though assembling a fan shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.
The best fans allow you to change at least two things – the fan speed and the airflow (wind mode). The fan speed can create wind from a gentle breeze to a howling gale. The wind mode can be a normal mode, a sleep mode which gradually fades away and a natural mode which mimics real wind patterns.
Most will offer three of each, so you can choose a combination which suits you, and change it easily using the remote.
The amount of real estate the fan takes up is important, particularly in a smaller environment. You don’t want to be falling over it.
It needs to fit into your decor, in size and in colour.
We have chosen the Ansio and PureMate Tower Fans for our review. Both are excellent fans and at the top end of the market. However, the Ansio shades it as the top contender and we set out our reasoning below.
ANSIO Tower Fan 36-inch with Remote For Home and Office
We were highly impressed with the ANSIO fan. It is an attractive and well designed fan, fitting well into most domestic setups. To add to that, it displays many features that will add to its effective use.
The first step is obviously to put it all together. At first sight you might think it to be a bit fiddly because of the compact size of the fan but it is really quite easy. You should be able to have it up and running in a half-hour or so. The power cord should be long enough for most.
The unit is made of ABS plastic which makes it robust and durable – able to easily stand up to normal daily use.
Once we had all of the components assembled, we were able to take a proper look at the fan. At first glance it is really impressive. Sleek, tall and with a good modern design. Available in a lovely black colour, this fan is as smooth as they come. It may be available in white or grey in some countries, but best check.
One of the design features that really stood out for us was the modern control panel which is located on the top of the fan.
Not only did the top-mounted control panel make the fan look really nice but it also made accessing all of the different settings really easy to do. We were able to try all of the speeds and the oscillation setting with no trouble at all. The remote is just as easy to use.
The sleep timer is an excellent feature and really helps you to keep the unit’s energy consumption down. It can be set to anywhere between 1 and 180 minutes.
The only issue that we had with the ANSIO Tower Fan is that the sleep mode isn’t as quiet as we had expected. One other gripe is that an oscillating range of 65 degrees isn’t really enough.
PureMate Oscillating Tower Fan
As with the ANSIO, the PureMate is a good-looking unit. It has a sloping top, good-sized control buttons and an excellent display panel. The inbuilt thermometer is a nice touch. It will fit easily into an average room or small office.
It was fairly easy to assemble, and was up and running very quickly. Don’t forget to fit the power cable before finishing assembling the base, or you will need to take it off, add the cord and assemble it again. On that point, the cable at just 135cm (about 5 feet) seems a little short.
With a sloped top, sizeable control buttons and a decent display panel, this tower fan should easily fit into a typical mid-size room or small office.
The controls are housed in a recessed sloping ring on the top of the unit. It does look a bit like an ashtray, so you might want to keep an eye on guests who smoke. A little lower is the temperature display. The indicators are clearly visible from a distance.
Everything can be controlled easily via the remote. In sleep mode, the display closes down shortly after the last command, so it is ideal for a bedroom. Unfortunately the same can’t be said of the irritating beep sounded with every command. That you can’t turn off.
While it is an effective and good cooler, the size of the grille seems very small for the height of the unit. That seems to affect the power of the output airflow which feels a lot less powerful that you would expect from the size of the motor, and it falls off rapidly as you move away from the unit. It is best in small rooms, and would not be effective in larger rooms.
Another drawback is that it only rotates over 60 degrees which is less than the ANSIO, which itself has only a poor 65 degrees.
It’s very quiet, though some users complained of a slight whine when it was in use.
While it’s a close thing, our preference and recommendation is for the ANSIO unit. It gives better bangs for the buck being more powerful and having a longer power cord that makes it more moveable.
Reviews of other domestic items you might be interested in can be found:
Oil Filled Radiators: https://bestreviews.co.uk/oil-filled-radiators/
Portable Air Conditioners: https://bestreviews.co.uk/portable-air-conditioners/
Best Air Purifiers: https://bestreviews.co.uk/air-purifiers/