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The best tower fans in 2020 (and four you should skip)

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The hot summer months are upon us, and that makes it a very good time to have a good tower fan on hand. With vertical designs that typically oscillate from side to side, the right tower fan can quickly cast a cooling breeze across an entire room without taking up a lot of space or using too much energy. On top of that, tower fans offer a great variety of features and designs to choose from as you shop.

Sure enough, I found a good number of recommendable models after testing several of the things out at my home in Louisville, Kentucky. Here’s what I learned, starting with my top picks, which I’ll update periodically.

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Available at Walmart for less than $50, this Better Homes & Gardens-branded tower fan appears to be a reskinned version of a well-rated model from HomeLabs that sells for roughly twice as much on Amazon. Alongside the sleep timer and the three speed settings, you’ll find two additional modes that simulate a natural breeze. The remote uses magnetism to stay in place on top of the device when you aren’t using it — a nice, high-end touch not commonly found at this price.

The sturdy, understated design features a grill that oscillates within a fixed base, khytech making it less conspicuous than a tower fan that turns entirely from side-to-side. While I found it plenty powerful to cool off a medium to large room on a hot day, it still managed to keep things a little quieter than smaller tower fans like the Vornado V-Flow and the TaoTronics TT-F001.

I’d like it better if the warranty ran longer than a single year and if the build weren’t quite so plasticky, but those trade-offs are more than fair at this price. If you’re looking for a capable tower fan that feels more expensive than it actually is, this one fits the bill better than anything else I’ve tested.

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Tower fans generate noise, which might be top of mind if you’re planning on using one while you sleep or binge through your favorite TV shows. Fortunately, the quietest fan I tested, the Honeywell QuietSet, was also a pretty well-rounded appliance across the board.

Along with holding its highest-speed setting to a best-in-class 41 decibels (measured at a distance of 30 inches), the QuietSet was also one of the most energy efficient fans I tested, drawing just 36 watts at full blast. Speaking of settings, the QuietSet offers a whole bunch of them, ranging from a near-silent, 26 db Sleep setting and a comfortably quiet, 28 db White Noise setting up to Relax, Refresh, Cool and Power Cool settings that move greater masses of air while keeping the noise at bay. The slim, rocket-shaped design is sturdy and relatively compact, the batteries-included remote docks neatly in the back when not in use and the upward-angled controls on top are easy on the eyes. You can customize the brightness of those LED lights on top, too.

The $70 price tag makes this model a slight upgrade over your average tower fan, but it looks and feels the part. I wish the warranty ran longer than one year, but that’s just about my only criticism of this impressive tower fan.

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At $80, the TaoTronics TT-F001 isn’t an inexpensive tower fan, but it makes up for it with a great mix of features and by packing plenty of cooling power into a compact, 35-inch build. Its 60W power draw was second only to Dyson among the fans I tested, and its highest-speed setting was the second noisiest, ringing in at 48 decibels — but neither factor is a deal breaker, particularly if you need a smaller tower fan but you don’t want to sacrifice cooling power.

As for the features, the TT-F001 includes an ambient temperature reading on the admittedly dated-looking display. Those readings proved to be completely accurate when I used some of the thermocouples left over from my waffle maker tests to double check them. Better yet, those readings let you run the fan on an auto-pilot mode, where it automatically turns on whenever the temperature rises above 79 degrees. With the exception of Dyson, none of the other fans I tested offered an auto-pilot mode like that. I also appreciated the artificial breeze modes and the removable cover in the back, which makes the fan easier to clean.

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When it comes to ultra-high-end tower fans, Dyson is awfully tough to beat. Its latest, the Dyson TP04, is a $550 behemoth with king-size activated carbon and glass HEPA air filters hugging the base intake. That allows it to purify the air it puts out, removing things like dust and allergens from the air you breathe. Dyson claims it can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns wide (and before you Google it, a single coronavirus molecule is 0.125 microns wide, and although there’s research from NASA suggesting that HEPA filters might be highly effective at capturing particles as small as 0.01 microns wide, it’s worth adding that the CDC currently notes that most COVID-19 transmission comes from person-to-person contact). Just know that if an air purifier you’re after, you can find lots of good options that cost less, as my colleague David Priest can attest.

Air filtration aside, the Dyson boasts 10 speed settings ranging from an ultra-quiet 28 decibels up to a 48-decibel blast of concentrated air. It was the most comfortable tower fan I tested, too, with a cool, steady stream of air that feels like a much less forceful version of one of Dyson’s bathroom hand dryers. An LCD screen on the front of the device tracks air quality in real time, but you can also set it to display things like the ambient room temperature or the relative humidity. You can also customize the oscillation angle between 45-, 90-, 180-, and 350-degree settings, which is a very nice, unique touch. The sleek remote docks magnetically on top of the fan when you aren’t using it, too.

On top of all of that, the TP04 features app-enabled smarts. I’ll admit I didn’t spend too much time testing all of the features out (I had seven other fans in my test queue), but the app offers a detailed look at the air quality in your home and it lets you create custom cooling schedules, too. You can also use it to customize the fan’s auto-pilot mode to your liking. The TP04 also supports voice controls via Alexa or via Siri.

All of that adds up to one of the nicest and most fully featured tower fans that money can currently buy. Whether or not it’s worth the full $550 is up to you, but I’ll note that it’s in the same ballpark as high-end air purifiers from names like Coway and Levoit that don’t boast as many features as Dyson and don’t double as tower fans at all. If you want to save some money, the original Dyson TP01, which offers the same design and many of the same features, is still available, too — that one currently costs $160 less than the TP04.

Tower fans we’ve tested

Size

Weight

Speeds and Settings

Ambient Temperature Display with Auto Mode

Noise Range

Energy Draw

Shutoff Timer

Remote

Remote Batteries Included?

Smart Functionality

Warranty

Price

Better Homes & Gardens 5-Speed Tower Fan

41″

10.0 lbs

Low, Medium High, Natural Wind, Sleep

No

35 – 46 db

48W

1-8 hours

Yes, magnetic

Yes

None

1-year

$50

Vornado V-flow Air Circulator Tower Fan

37″

8.0 lbs

Low, Medium, High

No

33 – 50 db

54W

1,2,4,8 hours

Yes

Yes

None

5-year

$70

TaoTronics TT-F001 Oscillating Tower Fan

35″

6.3 lbs

Low, Medium, High, Natural Wind, Sleep

Yes

38 – 48 db

60W

1-12 hours

Yes, dockable

Yes

None

1-year

$80

AmazonBasics Oscillating 3-Speed Tower Fan

41″

9.5 lbs

Low, Medium, High, Natural Wind, Sleep

No

30 – 42 db

35W

1-7 hours

Yes, dockable

No

None

Unspecified

$60

Lasko Wind Curve T42905 Oscillating Tower Fan

42″

13.0 lbs

Low, Medium, High

No

30 – 43 db

48W

1-7 hours

No

N/A

Bluetooth, app controls

1-year

$80

Honeywell QuietSet HYF290B Whole Room Tower Fan

40″

9.2 lbs

Sleep, Whisper, Calm, White Noise, Relax, Refresh, Cool, Power Cool

No

26 – 41 db

36W

1,2,4,8 hours

Yes, dockable

No

None

1-year

$70

Pelonis FZ10-10JRH Oscillating Pedestal Tower Fan

40″

9.3 lbs

Low, Medium, High

No

36 – 46 db

41W

1-8 hours

Yes, dockable

No

None

Unspecified

$55

Dyson Pure Cool TP04 Air Purifying Tower Fan

41″

10.9 lbs

1-10

Yes

28 – 48 db

180W

Timed shutoff available in app only, 1-9 hours

Yes, magnetic

Yes

Wi-Fi, app controls, voice compatibility with Siri and Alexa

2-year

$550

What we were looking for

Tower fans are a little tricky to test, especially when you’re working from home without access to a lab environment. Unlike air conditioners, they don’t generate their own cold air — instead, they take whatever air is nearby and recirculate it throughout the room. That breeze-like effect feels great on a hot, stuffy day, but it isn’t something you can easily track with a temperature probe.

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What you really need is a wind tunnel, or some other means of effectively quantifying the amount of air each one is capable of moving. We’ve run tests like that before at CNET Appliances HQ and we’ll plan to do so once again once we’re back in the office. Expect an update to this post when that time comes.

For now, I started by focusing on each fan’s design and features. I also ran noise tests in the quietest part of my home to get a good sense of which ran runs the noisiest. Most tower fans come with a remote and most of those remotes are cheap and bulky, but some tower fans do a better job than others of docking those remotes when they aren’t in use. The wide variety of designs gave me lots to think about, too — tower fans are large and conspicuous enough that it’s worth it to look for one that isn’t too ugly or bulky.

On the feature front, I took a close look at how much control each fan offered over the way in which it puts out air. Just about every tower fan offers a low, medium and high setting, but some go further with a greater number of speed settings in between those basics for more granular control over the force of the breeze. Others offer artificial wind modes that flutter the breeze for a more natural effect. Some include ambient temperature readings on the display, or auto-pilot modes that only kick in when the temperature hits a certain threshold. Wherever I found features like that, I tested them and took them into account.

I wasn’t a fan of these:

Lasko Wind Curve T42905 Oscillating Tower Fan

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I loved the sleek silhouette and wood grain accents of this Lasko model. It was also the third quietest fan that I tested, measuring in just a few decibels noisier than Honeywell. It also features Bluetooth, which lets you control the fan via an app on your phone.

The problem is that the app is all you get as far as remote controls are concerned. That isn’t ideal for a shared space, as the fan can only connect with one device at a time. If someone else pairs with the fan, your connection gets cut. That might be forgivable if the app offered advanced features like voice controls or the ability to set a custom schedule, but it doesn’t. You can turn it on and off, turn oscillation on and off, adjust among three speed settings or start the sleep timer — the same controls as you’ll find on the fan itself. While it doesn’t ask for any permissions aside from Bluetooth access, the app doesn’t seem to offer a privacy policy at all. All of that makes this one easy to skip at $80.

Pelonis FZ10-10JRH Oscillating Pedestal Tower Fan

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Pelonis makes a number of tower fans, including this 40-inch white-bodied model, which shows up on Amazon and at Walmart for a little over $50. It did a decent enough job in my tests, but I came away unimpressed with the ugly design — particularly the slightly wobbly base and the strange, seemingly random array of unnecessary LEDs on the front. Good luck with the warranty, too — Pelonis doesn’t specify how long it is anywhere that I could find in the manual or online. You won’t find much by way of features — just three speed settings, oscillation, and a sleep timer which lets you schedule an auto-shutoff up to 8 hours in advance. That makes for a very simple, four-button remote, but it’s still about as bulky as a TV remote (and the batteries don’t come included).

With a reading of 46 decibels at its highest speed from 30 inches away, the Pelonis was a middle-of-the-pack performer in terms of noise. The 41-watt power draw is a little less than average for a fan of this size, which might add some appeal for energy-conscious shoppers. The price isn’t unfair, but all things considered, I think you can do better.

Vornado V-Flow Air Circulator Tower Fan

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The Vornado V-Flow tower fan features a neat-looking build that twists the fan’s grill around the cylindrical base. It’s one of the best-looking tower fans I tested — but it doesn’t oscillate like a traditional tower fan, relying instead on that twisty design to move a wider field of air throughout the room.

It worked well enough in my tests when I had it aimed at me, but coverage varied at those side angles, where the airstream is positioned lower or higher due to that diagonal grill. The bigger issue was that the Vornado V-Flow was the noisiest fan I tested, ringing in at 50 decibels on the highest of its three speeds from a distance of 30 inches. On top of that, my remote wouldn’t work, which echoes frustrations I’ve seen from user reviews at retailers where the V-Flow is sold. That, plus a lack of features beyond the usual sleep timer, has me saying no thanks to Vornado’s $70 price tag here (and I’d probably skip it during a sale, too). That’s a shame, as Vornado’s 5-year warranty was the best among all of the fans I looked at for this roundup, and more than twice as long as you get with the $550 Dyson TP04.

AmazonBasics Oscillating 3-Speed Tower Fan

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Amazon continues to sell a growing variety of products under its AmazonBasics brand and these days that includes a tower fan. Like the name suggests, it isn’t anything too fancy. The remote batteries don’t come included, but you at least get a couple of natural wind settings on top of the typical low, medium and high speed settings.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a good experience testing this fan out. For starters, my remote stopped working shortly after I began my tests and the fan itself came out of its flimsy base after hauling the thing back and forth between my bedroom and living room a few times. The 35W power draw was the lowest of all the fans I tested, but I felt that lack of power in the form of an underwhelming stream of air, even at the highest setting. At $60, this tower fan might be selling for twice as much as it’s worth.

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What we expect from iPhones in 2020

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The current iPhone 11.

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With Apple’s announcement of iOS 14 at its annual WWDC developers conference on June 22, we now know more about what the upcoming iPhone, and all the other iPhones that are compatible with the update, can do. From widgets and app libraries to picture-in-picture, you can expect a bunch of software as well as hardware upgrades to the iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Max. (Apple has not confirmed the names of the phones, but we’ll go with those for now.)

So far, it looks like the new iPhones are on schedule for the fall, but when exactly will it launch during the season is still up in the air. Though we usually see new flagship iPhones in September, recent reports say that Apple may delay the iPhone 11 sequels due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is understandable with the iPhone 12 sailing into unknown water. The COVID-19 outbreak forced Apple to close its US retail stores, though some have now reopened in limited ways. Suppliers in China have also shut down or are operating on limited capacity, which may impact not only inventory in September but sales, too

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Despite such disruptions, rumors continue to swirl around the iPhone 12 phones, which we imagine will continue until they officially launch. In addition to maybe introducing 3D depth-sensing to its rear cameras and new screen sizes, speculation has arisen that Apple will belatedly include a feature in the iPhone that would make it competitive with its competitors: 5G. This makes sense considering its main rival, Samsung, launched several 5G phones this year, including the high-end Galaxy S20 phones and the more budget Galaxy A series of handsets.

Until any of that happens though, check back often as we will continue to update it with the most probable and compelling rumors

iPhone 12’s release date may be in October

Despite Apple’s largest manufacturer, Foxconn, assuring investors it should still make its fall timeline, The Wall Street Journal reported that the iPhone 12 could face delays. This is due to the coronavirus pandemic and its unprecedented effect on manufacturing and consumer demands. The report estimated that Apple may wait until October to announce the phone, which is about a month after the iPhone’s usual launch.

iPhone 12 price may be cheaper than iPhone 11

When the iPhone 11 debuted last year, we were pleasantly surprised that its base model cost $699, which was $50 cheaper than 2018’s iPhone XR. This trend may continue, with one tech analyst reporting that Apple will price the iPhone 12 at $649, the iPhone 12 Pro at $999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max at $1,099.

iPhone 12 design: Similar (or not) to iPhone 11

Every other year, Apple usually makes notable cosmetic changes to its iPhone to freshen up its look, much to the delight of anticipating buyers. But a report by Japanese publication Mac Otakara, citing an unnamed Chinese supplier, reported that the iPhone 12 will look similar to the iPhone 11. The only possible difference, unfortunately, is that the iPhone 12’s edges will be slightly bowed.

On the other hand, Apple is also speculated to completely revamp the iPhone’s design with flat edges (similar to the new iPads). This could trigger what Wedbush analyst Dan Ives called “the perfect storm of demand,” which would drive up sales and result in a “super cycle” for Apple.   

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iPhone 12 Pro’s rumored colors include dark blue

Last year Apple introduced a midnight green color on the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Whether you like the shade or not, the color variant actually sold well compared to expectations. This year there may be a possibility that Apple will launch another new color, navy blue, on the iPhone 12 Pro according to XDA Developer. This would be on trend since blue is both Pantone’s color pick for the new year (“classic blue”) and Shutterstock included “phantom blue” in its color forecast for 2020.

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Could this be the new iPhone color?

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iPhone 12’s possible specs and display sizes

One of the more enduring rumors about the upcoming iPhones is that Apple may introduce new screen sizes. One of the iPhone 12s could have a 5.4-inch screen (of the current iPhones, the new iPhone SE has the smallest display, which measures 4.7 inches). And the iPhone 2020 Pro Max could go as large as 6.7 inches (for reference, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch display). 

There’s also speculation that the iPhone 12’s display will have a 120Hz refresh rate and that perhaps the iPhone 12 Pro may have a ProMotion display, which is currently featured on the iPad Pro. Most phones refresh at 60 frames per second, or 60Hz, but other phones, like the Galaxy S20 and the OnePlus 8 Pro refresh at 120Hz. With a higher refresh rate, a phone feels faster and smoother when scrolling through things like web pages and apps.  

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A render of what the iPhone 12 could look like.  

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With the possibility of new display sizes, rumors that Apple will expand its iPhone line have been swirling around. In December 2019, CNET’s Lexy Savvides wrote:

According to JPMorgan analyst Samik Chatterjee, Apple will release four new iPhone 12 models in the fall of 2020: a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch 

These size predictions were also backed this week by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes the current 5.8-inch size of the iPhone 11 Pro may be going away. So the 5.4-inch and one of the 6.1-inch models will be the lower-end devices, presumably called the iPhone 12. Then the more expensive phones will be the other 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, respectively.

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iPhone 12’s 5G connectivity?

Several rumors are predicting that Apple will include 5G connectivity this year. More specifically, Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo expects  and Fast Company reported that Apple may use its own proprietary 5G antennas.

There are a couple of reasons why the company didn’t jump on the trend in 2019. First, Apple usually isn’t the first in on mobile trends, preferring instead to perfect an emerging technology before committing to it. For example, it was behind its competitors in making phones with 3G and 4G LTE connectivity when those networks just launched. 

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Another render from Phone Arena.

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Second, Apple stopped working with the leading 5G modem provider, . The two companies  in April 2019, and then agreed to . This khy led to Apple’s previous partner of 5G modems,  altogether and for $1 billion. Apple is still working with Qualcomm, but it got started too late to launch a 5G phone last year when a few of its rivals released their 5G models, like the Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 5G and .