Tower Fan vs. Pedestal Fan: Which to Choose?

Last Updated on December 11, 2021

Honeywell QuietSet Whole Room Tower Fan HYF290B

It is that time of year again: time to buy a fan. But how to choose? There are so many different kinds, some more aesthetically pleasing than others. Believe it or not, there might be a reason to go with the ugly and leave the beauty on the shelf. Prepare to be blown away.

Tower Fan Pros

Choose Your Own Adventure

With tower fans, there are all sorts to choose from. They are meant to have at least some semblance of aesthetic quality and of course, functionality. You can find yourself shopping for a tower fan and be blown away by the variance in price, but that’s a good thing, because tower fans are for everyone.


Not only are tower fans priced differently, they can also suit your needs in a number of ways. If you want your fan to be totally out of the way, a tower fan can do that, as it is normally built with a sleek and space-saving design. With its aesthetic prowess, it can also be the centerpiece of a room. Speaking of rooms, how big is yours? Tower fans sometimes comes with a setting that reads the size of the room and will have an output based on that. Pretty cool!

Clean Air

Certain tower fans go above and beyond and serve as air purifiers, making a room feel extra crisp and comfortable.

All the Stuff

Whether it be speed settings on the fan itself, how much it oscillates, or whether it is cleaning the air, tower fans give you all sorts of leeway. They also let you choose your experience from the comfort of your couch by coming standard with remote controls.

Lasko 2554

Image credit: Lasko 2554, Amazon

Tower Fan Cons


Tower fans are notorious for having many moving parts, so if it breaks down, you might have an issue fixing it. Sometimes, you might even have to call in a professional! Depending on how much you spent, it’s might be worth it though.

More Pretty Than Powerful

While tower fans can look wonderful, most of the time, they just aren’t that powerful. During warm seasons, they will get the job done, but if you are in an area of the world that gets incredibly hot, you might want to opt for something a little more cool air oriented, as opposed to just looking good in the corner.

No Replacement for AC

While these products can cool you down, we all know what they’re really doing: just blowing hot air. There is no replacement for AC, especially on the hottest days of the year.

Pedestal Fan Pros

More Power

While tower fans look nice, a pedestal fan is exactly what it is and makes no bones about it. This thing will indeed cool you down. Because it has more power than a tower fan, it is also more adaptable to conditions. Whether you want a personal cooling system or are trying to cool a whole room, these are great fans.

The Area

Because of the power, the amount of space that this can cool is much bigger. It’s also more predictable. With a moving head, you can point it wherever you like and know where the chill is coming from.

Great for Workspaces

Since there are no worries of aesthetics here, these are great to buy in bulk for the worksite.

Lasko 1827

Pedestal Fan, Credits: Lasko 1827, Amazon

Pedestal Fan Cons

NOT an Air Filter

If you are in a dirty or dusty room, get ready to sneeze, because a pedestal fan will blow that stuff everywhere! Pedestal fans can actually lower the quality of air quite dramatically in rooms that are especially dusty/dirty.

Noise Levels

Pedestal fans are historically noisy. There’s no two ways around it. So, if you are looking for a nice, chill fan where you can sit down and enjoy its comforting hum, this is not the best option.

Tangled Cords

Not only do the cords of these fans get in the way, but the design of pedestal fans makes them especially wobbly and susceptible to being toppled over.

Hot Take

Unless you spend a great amount of time in industrial areas, we tend to lean toward tower fans. They are much more quiet and compact, and we prefer the aesthetic appeal and adaptability of tower fans over pedestal fans. Much like cable TV in a streaming service world, we just don’t need them anymore.

Featured image credit: Honeywell QuietSet Whole Room Tower Fan HYF290B, Amazon