Tower Fan Vs Pedestal Fan


Tower Fan Vs Pedestal Fan: Pros And Cons

When you are in the market for a new fan, the tower fan vs pedestal fan debate can make it difficult to decide whether a tower fan or a pedestal fan is the right choice for you. With so many different fans on the market to select from, the prospect of narrowing your choice down to just one is not always as simple as it looks.

If you find yourself struggling to make the correct decision about which fan is best for your living situation, be sure to read on and learn more about the pros and cons of each so that you can make a truly informed decision.

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Pedestal Fan Pros

• Ability To Reach Large Spaces

Pedestal fans have the ability to rest on their long stand and reach areas of a home that do not typically receive the proper ventilation. These fans are tall and do not require the usage of a desk or a shelf to remain propped up over the course of a long, hot summer season.

• Can Be Used In Offices

If the office is a more laid back environment where appearances do not matter, the pedestal fan can be used in these buildings to provide added cool air. In places with high ceilings and plentiful open spaces, the pedestal fan is a helpful tool, as they provide far more raw power than other fans are able to deliver.

• Circulation

The aforementioned raw power that a pedestal fan has to offer is also great for the circulation of air and when they are used in the correct setting, they deliver a range of cooling that allows employees or residents to beat the summer heat.

• Control of airflow

The good thing about pedestal fans is that you are able to control the direction of the airflow much better than you can with tower fans. You can adjust up and down, left and right and often you can control the tilt of a pedestal fan.

This gives you a lot of control in terms of where you want the airflow to be directed. With stand fans this is important as the purpose of these fans is not to cool down your room but to blow air on the people in the room.

So in terms of control, a pedestal fan has more options as the height of the tower fan cannot change, and very rarely do tower fans have a built-in tilt feature.

• Airflow Area

Another tick in the pedestal pro box is the actual airflow area. More often than not the actual area where the air is coming from is much larger.

What you see is what you get with pedestal fans. You know exactly where the airflow is coming from.

However, with a lot of tower fans, the actual space where the air is coming out is quite limited and often quite deceptive on the first look of the fan.

Tower Fan Vs Pedestal Fan

Pedestal Fan Cons

• Aesthetically Displeasing

Pedestal fans are not always used by business owners or homeowners who truly value the motif of the space, as pedestal fans can become a bit of an eyesore. They are usually only deployed by those who do not care about appearances and are looking to save a few dollars on their ventilation needs. The pedestal fan tends to draw attention wherever it is used but in a more negative way.

• Can’t Fit In Tight Spaces

While the pedestal fan can be perched in a number of spots, this only serves to disguise the fact that they cannot be used in tight spaces, because of their inability to power down. Those who utilize pedestal fans are left to aim and point the device in the directions that they wish to cool, without having a great deal of control over the process.

• Lack of Improvement To Air Quality

A pedestal fan allows for far more air to circulate in a certain area, but the pedestal fan also does precious little to improve the quality of the air that it is responsible for circulating. If one of your primary objectives when purchasing a fan is to improve air quality, the pedestal fan is not going to be your best choice, instead, you will want to look at a tower fan with an ionizer.

• Noise

As like most fans, the more powerful the fan, more often than not, it will mean more noise. Given that pedestal fans generate a larger amount of airflow, they are also generally noisier.

Tower Fan Pros

• Wide Range of Pricing Options

Other fans do not provide the customer with the same freedom of choice as the tower fan. They come in a number of varieties with a plethora of pricing options, which is what the modern consumer has come to expect in these instances. Even the most basic and inexpensive models come with a multitude of features that allow you to personalize your settings.

• Easy To Fit In a Variety of Spaces

The pedestal fan tends to only work best in one type of space or enclosure and for those who are seeking a fan for their small to medium spaces, they can fit a tower fan into the corner of any room and still enjoy the same air circulation that a more cumbersome fan would provide. There are also a number of settings and speeds that give the fan owner a chance to settle into a mode that is most comfortable to them.

• Freeing Up Space

If you are in search of a fan that can fit in limited spaces, the tower fan is your best choice. Since the fan can be kept on the floor, you are able to free up untold amounts of counter space in the process. Not only that, they are great for keeping utility bills low and unlike the pedestal fan, they do not make a great deal of noise. There are also models that function as an air purifier, giving you a chance to free up even more space if you so choose.

• Features

Tower fans are a bit more versatile in terms of features and there are a lot of features you can get on tower fans that you won’t find on pedestal fans.

For example, if you are wanting a nightlight or an Ioniser on your fan then you will likely only find those on a tower fan. Also on a number of tower fans, there are a variety of different speed settings

Also on a number of tower fans, there can be a variety of different speed settings. For example a breeze mode, or sleep mode which changes the amount of air coming out of the fan automatically.


Tower Fan Cons

• Cannot Serve As an Air Conditioning Replacement

Should you find that you have too large of a space to cool, then you will need to invest in a portable air conditioner that allows for more raw power that is actually controllable. Otherwise, you are left with poor air circulation and a fan that does not get the job done.

• Noise Levels

Most tower fan models are quiet and easy to keep in a house with small children, while others are not. This is why it is important for consumers to pay close attention and ask plenty of questions before making a decision on which model to purchase so that they are not forced to make an exchange at a later date.

Some of the more powerful tower fans are quite noisy however as mentioned in the positives, there are often features on these tower fans that tip the balance in favor of these tower fans, depending on what you are looking for.

• Durability

Some models may not possess the proper durability and when you make the wrong purchase, you could end up spending more money over the long haul. Be sure to choose the correct tower fan, so that you can save yourself the time and hassle.

Tower fan vs pedestal fan conclusion

Like many things, there are pros and cons to each decision, but you can come to a more informed decision by thinking more specifically about what you want the fan to do.

If you’re looking for more control, more features and something visually appealing, perhaps a tower fan is more for you. However, if you are looking for something with a lot of airflow, more control over airflow direction and have less concern with aesthetics, then a pedestal fan might be better suited.

Hopefully, this guide has given you a bit more of an idea about where to start.

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  1. Great discussion. In my opinion for apartment dwellers or those looking to cool smaller rooms, tower fans are a great option. Their slender design allows them to fit in tight corners, while still providing ample air flow. Because pedestal fans have large blades, they are typically capable of cooling larger rooms.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Yup Tower fans also have a lot more variations in styles which enable them to fit with your decor a bit better. For the most part a pedestal fan looks like a pedestal fan, but Tower fans can look quite stylish ie. Dyson AM Range, Sharper image.

    1. Hi Jordyn
      Thanks for the question.
      TLDR: There is not a lot of difference and it will vary from fan to fan. There are many factors at play to determine which fan uses more.

      There is a good comparison chart here It will also vary from fan to fan and you will likely find tower fans that use more wattage than some pedestal fans and vice versa. For example the Vornado 153 we tested uses only around 53W on full speed however the Lasko 4443 uses up to nearly 90w. The Lasko 4443 is far far more powerful though. If you are really interested I suggest checking this article out. though its about ceiling fans, a lot of the same principals apply.

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