Best for the Design Conscious

Stadler Form Otto

With an outer ring in either bamboo or African sapele wood (shown), the 14-inch-wide, Swiss-designed Otto can warm up a room's decor while keeping it feeling cool. The steel-framed fan doesn't oscillate and has only three speeds, but, dialed up, it pushes a gusty 8,265 cubic feet of air per hour – enough to cool larger rooms. Your AC will feel neglected.
[$200; stadlerformusa.com]