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Rowenta Turbo Silence

This four-speed tabletop fan requires some setup but, once running, works like a smoother-operating version of the oscillating unit you grew up with. We measured its decibel level at 62, higher than its claimed rating of 55, but that was on its impressive "Turbo Boost" mode, which you'll probably use only during dog days.
[$90; rowentausa.com]