Desk Fan vs Ceiling Fan – Which One Should I Buy?

A guide to whether you should buy a desk or ceiling fan.

Desk fans and ceiling fans may seem quite similar: they both have blades, they both have a motor and they both make me cooler! In actual fact however, desk and ceiling fans are quite different, each having their own strengths. It can be hard to decide which one to buy, especially when looking at the huge variety of both that Hunter sells, however this guide should give a better insight into which is best for you.

It all depends on what you are going to be doing when using the fan and in which room it will be positioned. High quality desk fans, such as the Hunter Rockefeller, operate at 1330 RPM, moving 2290 metres cubed of air per hour.  This means that the wind chill effect obtained is far higher than that of a ceiling fan, as a popular Hunter Ceiling fan operates at a much less powerful 220 RPM. If you are planning to use your fan in your office, and just want it to cool you then a desk fan is perfect as, especially in hot weather or in hotter countries, a fan such as the Rockefeller will be sure to keep you cool enough to work effectively and efficiently, regardless of what may be a 30 degree heat wave!

Ceiling fans have different strengths however and can be used with more versatility. Where a desk fan can only cool a few people at once, despite the Rockefeller’s 85 degree oscillation, a ceiling fan circulates the air and produces the wind chill effect across the whole room. Ceiling fans are also much quieter than desk fans, owing to their slower blade speed. Together, these show how a ceiling fan would be suited much better to a living room or bedroom where relaxation is key, rather than an office where sustained concentration is vital. Although desk fans allow mobility throughout the house, a ceiling fan has the added benefit of working throughout the year, where in the summer by switching the fan to its reverse setting, it could save you up to 24% on your heating bill!

So in conclusion, if you are looking for a fan that will be sure to keep you concentrated and cool whatever the weather, especially if you want to use it in your office, consider buying a desk fan. If however you want to use your fan in your living room or bedroom, where relaxation is the important factor, purchase a Hunter ceiling fan. A popular make of Hunter’s is the Seville ceiling fan, designed to elegantly fit into any bedroom or living room due to its classic finish and small size.

A Cool Home Office

Hunter desk fan

Blog of Hunter Desk and Pedestal Fans

Here we want to build up a collection of reviews, posts and comments about your experiences with Hunter desk and pedestal fans.  Please feel free to post pictures and comments – we’d love to hear from you!

Hunter Pedestal Fan in Small Office – now that’s what I call a cool office!

Dyson vs Hunter

Retro New York style solid engineering desk fan with heavy base

I have very low ceilings so my only option was to get a desk top fan and after checking a lot of different styles and models including the dyson type fan decided to go with the Hunter Century desk fan in brushed nickel. I placed my order and it was delivered the next day which was totally unexpected.

On opening the box and seeing the fan I was blown away by not only the look but the quality as well. It really is a stylish design and when I turned it on was amazed at how quiet it actually was. I then went ahead and ordered 3 more. I love it and it is worth every penny. I would recommend Hunter to everyone.

Great fan for small flats

Rockefeller fan with a smile

My little flat gets so hot, even in the cold weather we are having at the minute, so I started to look at my options. I decided to try Hunter and wanted two ceiling fans. I wanted one each for the bedroom, lounge and dining room so I called Hunter and found that my ceilings were too low for me to be able to have the ceiling fans I wanted. This was not what I wanted to hear.

I was quite annoyed that even the lowest hanging fan would not be suitable but was advised to look at the range of desk and pedestal fans. We went through them and I found that the Rockefeller came in different colours so I could get them to match my rooms. I ordered one in red for the lounge room and a black one for the dining room. I also ordered the brushed nickel Century for my bedroom.  They have a nice range of desk and wall mounted fans too.

When they came I can’t say how pleased I was with my choices but they did exceed my expectations tenfold. They look stunning and are not the light weight basic ones I expected. They are good solid, great looking fans. It made me wish I had more rooms.