With the warmer months finally upon us and the UK’s famously unpredictable weather, we can’t help but think of hot summer days working from home. If you're back in your office with aircon, then, good for you - but many of us won't have that luxury just yet.
If heatwaves from recent years have taught us anything, it’s never too early to set yourself up with some cool tech to keep you calm and collected this summer while working from home.
Regardless of decor or the size of your workspace, there are plenty of desk fans for every style and budget - especially if you don't have enough room for a tower fan. So, whether you want to treat yourself to something fancy with remote-control adjustable airflow settings, or prefer to keep things simple and stylish, we’ve found the best desk fans that can be delivered directly to your door.
The best desk fans
1. Beldray® EH3413GR Cordless Foldable 3 in 1 Cooling Fan
If you're pushed for space but still need the cooling breeze of a fan then a folding fan like this one from Beldray is perfect. The fan can be used as a normal desk fan or extended to be a tower fan thanks to a telescopic construction. It's battery-powered and recharged via USB too which makes it a great portable option. There are four fan settings and it even features a light. Extremely easy to use, simply recharge your fan by connecting it to either a mains plug or your device through the USB charging port. Tried and tested: "This fan has been life-changing. The battery life allows me to carry it about with me wherever it's needed and the fact that it's no bigger than a victoria sponge when folded up means I can even take it away with me. Small niggles include the lack of oscillation and the touch buttons are a little hit-and-miss but I still adore this fan."
2. Honeywell HT900E Turbo Fan
One of Amazon's best-selling products, this quiet but powerful little fan has three power settings and a wall mount feature, which will save on floor or desk space.
3. Portable USB Powered Desk Mini Fan
If you're limited on space, this vintage-inspired mini fan is light and portable, plugging directly into your computer or laptop. You could even place this on your bedside table for those uncomfortable, warm nights. Available in three colours.
4. BLACK+DECKER Mini Tower Fan
This desk fan may look more like an Alexa than a fan, but it's an excellent space saver. As well as its slick, lightweight design, an extra-long power cable allows you to control the airflow, and is ideal for your home office or bedside table.
5. Dyson Cool AM06 Desk Fan
This sleek Dyson fan is quiet, powerful and energy-efficient. Speed, airflow and tilt settings are simple and can be adjusted via touch. Plus, the no blades feature means it's safe, easy to clean. There's also a remote control for precise airflow control and a sleep timer.
6. Beldray EH3139V2 Ice Cube Plus+
This is more of a personal air conditioning unit than a normal fan. Two tanks are filled with cold water that provides chilling air through an antimicrobial filter. It's ideal for smaller places and the tanks should provide a good few hours of cooling air. It's USB powered and comes with some cool LED lights too.Tried and tested: "A step up from a traditional desk fan, this cooling cube uses cold water to cool the air for a really refreshing breeze. I was impressed by the cooling abilities of this fan and the LED lights are a nice touch. The only issue is that moving the cube when it's full of water resulted in some spillage."
7. MeacoFan 360 Personal Air Circulator
If a Dyson isn't within your budget, this multi-award-winning fan is an excellent alternative. Famed for its super quiet technology and energy efficiency, this little desk fan is small but powerful and even has an in-built timer.
8. ibohr Mini Desk Fan
The ibohr Mini Desk Fan proves that less is more. With a modern and practical design, this portable desk fan can be charged via USB or power cable and can be used in your home office or even in the car.
9. Swan Retro 12 Inch Desk Fan
If you're looking for a stylish number, this retro fan from Swan could be a winner. Available in six colours, with a 1.6m cord length and low noise levels, it's ideal for office use or around the home.
10. Beldray EH3266RG 10 Inch Desk Fan
Another trendy option, keep your home office cool and stylish with this rose gold desk fan with 3-speed settings. Made from high-quality stainless steel with three durable aluminium blades, this fan is lightweight, compact and great for everyday use. Also available in white and black colour options.
Now that you're fully committed to investing in the best desk fans for your home set-up, we've answered some popular questions on how to use them safely.
How do desk fans work?
Desk fans work the same way that all fans do, by moving the air that is in the area of the fan. However, the power source may be different, as you can often pick up desk fans that charge via USB or electricity.
Are desk fans a fire hazard?
With all types of products, there is a risk of a fault. To make sure that nothing goes wrong with your desk fan, assess it before use and always turn it off when it's unattended.
Can desk fans be expensive to run?
We can't say exactly how much running your fan will cost because it depends (mostly) on your electric tariff and how much you use it. The best advice we can give you is to monitor your energy bill closely.
How long do desk fans last?
This should last around three years depending on your model - some have the capability of lasting longer, whereas others might only last you the summer.
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