(Pocket-lint) - If you're searching for the best fan to help keep your home cool, you're likely preparing for a heatwave or struggling to stay cool in the middle of one.
Before you rush in and buy the first air cooler you lay eyes on, though, it's important to consider that they come in plenty of shapes and sizes.
It's up to you to figure out whether you require a desk fan, a pedestal fan or even a tower fan, and how much you're willing to pay for the cold-blowing privilege.
To help you snap up one of our tried and tested fan favourites, we've detailed exactly what they're able to help with, and which budget they're suited to. So don't delay, explore below and gain back control of your home's temperature.
Best fans available to buy today
MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator
Is this the best fan on the market? In our humble opinion, yes. MeacoFan's 1056 Air Circulator isn't terribly cheap, but it'll repay the investment and we've really enjoyed having it in our home.
Build-quality from the UK company is very good, and the materials used are just on the right-side of plasticky. A leather carry strap also adds a bit of quality.
The real quality, though, is in the way this thing functions. It's super quiet at around 20db for normal operation, comes with a small remote control (as well as touch controls on the actual unit) and can be customised in various ways.
It'll oscillate up and down, as well as left and right, with nigh on 360-degree coverage. It really will push air around a small or medium-sized room quite comfortably.
There's also a timer so you can switch it off - after you've gone to sleep, for example. Quite simply, a brilliant fan.
Oypla Electrical 3 speed oscillating fan
This standard-sized 12-inch desk fan is about as 'standard' a fan as you can get - albeit with the welcome addition of three speeds.
Naturally, it can oscillate or not depending on what you choose. There's a long 1.8m power cable, too, so you shouldn't need to get an extension lead for most circumstances.
All in all, it's a great value option.
Honeywell Oscillating Tower
One of the appealing things about this Honeywell tower fan is that it comes with a small remote control, meaning you don't have to get out of bed to turn it up, down, or off when you wake up freezing in the middle of the night.
It has an LED panel on the top and offers three different modes, too, with the design giving you something that can more easily blend into your home environment than a pedestal fan.
Tower fans are often quieter than their standing counterparts, as well, and that's certainly the case with this Honeywell model.
We wouldn't necessarily recommend it as our main cooling unit while we sleep, but it's ideal for home offices or living rooms.
Dyson AM07 cool tower fan
This really is the crème de la crème of fans. It's expensive, sure, but there's a reason for that.
Firstly, the design makes this an attractive and easy to clean addition to your home, unlike a bladed fan.
Secondly, it also contains a HEPA filter - so, for hayfever or allergy sufferers, you're not circulating the air that's going to make your eyes itch or your nose run.
Finally, it's quiet in operation and easy to clean. There's also a version that adds heat, but it's cooling that we're really here for.
Meaco 1056P Pedestal Air Circulator
The Meaco 1056P is a pedestal version of the desk fan, with the 'P' at the end of the name to designate this.
It has an adjustable stem, so you can position it at the optimum height within a room, and, like the desk version, it'll also oscillate horizontally and vertically to fill your room with a nice breeze.
If you're looking for a fan with serious airflow, quiet operation, lots of settings and useful modes, the Meaco 1056P pedestal air circulator is an impressive bit of kit.
Dyson Pure Cool Me
The Dyson Pure Cool Me is a personal fan, as its name suggests. It's not a room-filler.
As such, it's ideal for home workers where you need to set it on a desk or table and cool a specific area.
What it does have over the Dyson Cool desk fan is purification - hence the Pure in the name.
As a result, it is expensive. Aside from that, the only real negative we found during testing was the fact it doesn't have smart control available via the Dyson Link app, but that's certainly not a dealbreaker in our book.
The simple elegance of a fan is boosted by the Swan Retro, which comes in a number of different colours – black, blue, red or cream.
It comes with a trio of speed settings, oscillates to help fill the room and is ideally placed on a surface to help keep you cool when you sit.
It's obviously not the smartest option out there, or even the best at keeping you cool, but it has a very strong argument for being the nicest looking model on this list.
Dyson AM06 desk fan
This bladeless fan isn't cheap, leveraging Dyson's Air Multiplier technology to whizz air around the room, but it is an absolute joy to have around.
While it's primarily a desk fan, you won't need to have it next to you, as with some other options - it can do a respectable job of cooling a small room, though it's obviously not as effective as a larger tower fan.
It oscillates as you'd expect, and can also be tilted, all while using less power than older Dyson fans while remaining significantly quieter.
Honeywell HT900E turbo fan
If you're after a pretty basic fan that's not too noisy for your desk, then Honeywell might have the answer.
There are few exciting features for this fan, with just three different speeds and some tilting, but, interestingly, it does feature the option to be wall-mounted - ideal for gardens or saving space.
This one is only about 30cm in diameter, but does come fully assembled, so it's ready to keep you cool from the off.