You shouldn't need a huge fan to cool down at home. Now, new versions — oscillating or circulating in place — are popping up in smaller sizes with impressive multi-speed features, style that matches any space, and, best of all, lower noise levels while still getting the job done. So turn down the AC — you'll forget you ever had one.
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.