The Best Fans
Dyson Air Multiplier
A bladeless miracle and a treat for aesthetes, it delivers a strong column of air that reaches clear across the room. Size: 19½ inches high, 12 inches wide.
To buy: $300, dyson.com.
Best Space Saver
At five inches wide (with a 13-inch base), it hides in a corner and can cool a 300-square-foot room. Remote control included. Height: 41 inches.
To buy: $130, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Best Breeze for Your Buck
Honeywell HT-900 Turbo Force
Basic, brawny, and a bargain, it has a surprisingly long reach for a small fan—25-plus feet—and it’s virtually silent. Size: 11 inches high, 11 inches wide.
To buy: $19, kaz.com.
Best for a Desk
Vornado Flippi V6
Provides a light stream of air to cool you without blowing papers around. Cute, too. Size: 7 inches high, 5 inches wide.
To buy: $15, target.com.
The fan stays put, but the wavy grille rotates to move air around the room evenly. Retractable cord; remote control included. Size: 17 inches high, 18 inches wide.
To buy: $45, lowes.com.
Handmade and hefty, it has vintage charm (including an old-school hum). Powerful, with thick, grounded rubber feet. Size: 17 inches high, 13 inches wide.
To buy: $129, stacksandstacks.com.
Best for Big Rooms
Vornado 660 Circulator
In the face-up position (shown), it bounces air off the ceiling to provide exceptional circulation. Not silent, but worth the whir. Size: 13 inches high, 14 inches wide.
To buy: $100, vornado.com.
Otto Wooden by Carlo Borer
Nearly silent, with a sleek bentwood frame, it would be right at home among midcentury furniture. Size: 15 inches high, 14 inches wide.
To buy: $200, swizz-style.com.
Most Natural-Feeling Breeze
Old reliable with a twist, literally: It oscillates in a figure-eight motion to get air flowing in all directions. Remote control included. Size: 57 inches high, 14 inches wide.
To buy: $65, hunterfan.com.
Most Powerful Mini
Caframo Elan Model 967
Lightweight, minimalist, and easy to move. Rubber blades won’t harm fingers (still, keep it away from kids). Size: 9 inches high, 7½ inches wide.
To buy: $28.50, wttool.com.