Summer has arrived, high temperatures with it. And the summer of 2022 is particularly marked by heat waves. Rather than give in to air conditioning, we have selected and tested four fans (Rowenta, Dyson, Ohyama and Xiaomi) in order to direct you to your future best friend who is a fan.
- the Xiaomi Mi Smart Standing Fan 2, a low-cost fan that can be controlled by voice. 99 euros at Xiaomi (but often out of stock), around 75 euros at Amazon.
- the Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde, an ultra high-end fan-air purifier, with a futuristic design. 699 euros at Dyson
- the Rowenta Turbo Silence Extreme+, a very powerful propeller fan, with a silent mode perfect for sleeping in the middle of a heat wave. 159 euros at Rowenta, 99 euros on Amazon.
- the Woozoo by Ohyama, a small fan with an all-circular design, sold for around 70 euros on Amazon. The surprise that no one expected.
Is the summer of 2022 about to break new heat records? Given the incredibly high temperatures in June and the heat waves in July, everything suggests that new heat waves will continue to hit France in the coming weeks. Who says high heat generally says stock shortages for fans or other air conditioners, and therefore complicated evenings. In this article, we suggest that you anticipate your fan purchase before prices soar and stocks are at their lowest.
It should also be remembered that heat has many effects on the body, and good practices should be adopted to avoid “heat stroke”: stay hydrated, eat light and avoid going out at hours the hottest are in particular sanitary gestures to be constantly reminded, especially to the most fragile people.
It is possible to invest in an auxiliary air conditioner to lower the temperature, but the fan is a more practical, less expensive and more ecological solution. We have selected and tested three of them to help you choose from the hundreds of more or less good references on the market.
Xiaomi: connected fans at low prices
Known for its smartphones, computers, scooters, headphones, televisions and light bulbs (for almost everything in fact), the Xiaomi brand also makes fans. One of their main strengths is their all-white, extremely minimalist design, which is light years away from the nagging looks of other competitors. Who says Xiaomi also says connected, the entire Mi Smart Standing Fan range can connect to Wi-Fi to be controlled via the Xiaomi Home app or Google Assistant. “OK Google turn on the fan” is a reality at Xiaomi, although many more options are offered in the Xiaomi Home app.
The reference at Xiaomi is the Mi Smart Standing Fan 2, offered at 99 euros on the Mi Store (but often out of stock) and at 75 euros on Amazon. Since we couldn’t find one, we tested the more compact version, the Mi Smart Standing Fan 2 Lite (about 70 euros on Amazon). The quality of the design is there (despite a slightly small foot, it will probably have to be placed on a chair) and the ventilation is very pleasant, while being silent. Xiaomi proves once again that it knows how to do it in terms of value for money. The app Xiaomi Home works very well and allows you to control your fan from your smartphone.
- Nice all white design
- Application to control it remotely
Quiet and powerful: the Rowenta Turbo Silence Extreme+
So yeah, on paper, the Rowenta fan isn’t the sexiest. Its design is that of a lambda fan. It is piloted using an “old-fashioned” wheel and, on the connectivity side, there is nothing. No Wi-Fi module or Bluetooth module on this model, it is a fan that could not be more classic.
However, the Rowenta Turbo Silence Extreme+ is by far the one that does its job best. Its breath is extremely powerful without making you want to cough, its foot can easily be readjusted to make it gain height and, icing on the cake, its night mode is exceptional. It makes almost no noise, it’s amazing. Its propellers then turn slowly, which provides a gentle feeling of freshness without overdoing it. It is by far our favorite fan, especially since its price of 159 euros is rarely applied in reality. It is found at 99 euros on Amazon, which makes it a very good value for money fan. Especially given his performance.
- The most powerful of our three fans
- Truly Quiet Silent Mode
- An adjustable foot
- (But not connected and not very cool design)
The too high-end: Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde
Do we need to introduce Dyson? You probably know the brand for the design of its products. The Purifier Cool Formaldehyde is no exception to the rule. Forget the propellers, you can pass your hand through this fan while it is running, without any risk. It is undeniably a nice product that you want to put in your living room or in your bedroom, which is not the case with other fans.
The Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde is not sold as a fan, but as an air purifier. It filters out an awful lot of stuff, making it a product in a different category than the previous two references in this article. Everything can be consulted from an extremely complete application, which provides precise information on the outside air and that of your room.
However, at 699 euros, it is mainly a design product. Its ventilation is nothing exceptional, you have to place it high up to really feel the fresh air and, above all, the modes that really cool the room make a lot of noise.
- An ultra-futuristic design
- Purifies the air
- A complete app
- (low ventilation)
The beautiful little-known surprise: Woozoo by Ohyama
Coming from a little-known brand, the Woozoo fan proves to be wonderfully efficient in use, rivaling well-known brands and models. First, because its ventilation is formidable: the air stirred is pleasant, the range is far (you can feel it at the other end of the room), and you can orient it in many possible configurations, at 180 degrees vertically and horizontally, thanks to its round shape that moves like a telescope.
Another advantage: the “natural breeze” mode. This function reduces the power, but automatically varies the fan power – the result looks like a nice strong cool breeze. This mode offers competitive silence, which makes the ventilation very discreet and makes it easy to fall asleep.
The fan can be fully controlled remotely, without getting up from your sofa once, thanks to a small remote control with buttons to switch on/off; for each power mode; to activate the breeze; to manage rotations; and even to activate a timer (three timer modes: 1 hour, 2 hours or 4 hours, useful for saving energy).
Small (21 x 29 cm), and rather cute, it easily takes place in the living room, on a desk, in a bedroom, with taste. In short, it’s a very nice surprise for an affordable price ranging from 68 to 80 euros depending on the color or the seller.
- A cute design
- A complete remote control
- A pleasant and very quiet “natural” breeze mode
- 4 highly efficient speed modes
- A timer
- Combinable vertical and horizontal rotation
- Low price for quality that challenges or even surpasses much more expensive fans
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