Best for Living Rooms

Vornado VFAN

Modeled after this company's metal-bodied units of the 1940s, the compact chrome and plastic VFAN is less than a foot wide and can hide in the corner of a room while circulating serious air throughout. On the highest of its three settings, it was the most powerful of the fans we tested, but also the loudest.
[$140; vornado.com]