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 Value
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.