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What is the best portable fan to buy in Canberra?

By Testfest - 14 January 2014 38

Hello rioters,

It’s hot and getting hotter. I like to sleep without sweating so I am looking for advice on the quietest pedestal or tower fan to buy so that I can use it in my bedroom at night. It needs to be as quiet as possible or the missus gets the hump and turns it off…

Yes, I know that proper air conditioning or even ceiling fans would be the best thing to get, but I live in a rental property so that sort of permanent installation is just not on the cards right now.

Thanks in advance.

 

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What is the best portable fan to buy in Canberra?
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zorro29 11:23 am
14 Jan 14
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Ah yes…..this is why I only ever live in places with fully ducted air con (don’t deal very well with the heat) :) And can also relate to the noise of fans at night…

You can get portable air conditioners (evap ones) that seem pretty good…and those Dyson air multipliers are effective (and have the added bonus of looking really really cool – downside of being about 45 times more expensive than a standard pedestal fan)

Good luck surviving the heat :)

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Instant Mash 11:41 am
14 Jan 14
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In my opinion, a little evaporative cooler would be the way to go. Quiet and cheaper to run.

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Blen_Carmichael 11:52 am
14 Jan 14
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“It needs to be as quiet as possible or the missus gets the hump…”

Could be a win/win situation.

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peitab 12:12 pm
14 Jan 14
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The Dyson ones are definitely the quietest, but are not in everyone’s price range. In the past, I’ve found portable evaporative coolers are about as noisy as regular portable fans. Have you considered a fan with a timer? That way the noise isn’t going all night, but you could fall asleep with the fan on (if the noise isn’t an issue for you falling asleep).

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johnboy 12:19 pm
14 Jan 14
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the white noise of a fan can actually be very helpful in urban environments.

Masters have some really huge bastards in right now which I’ve got my eye on.

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maxblues 12:28 pm
14 Jan 14
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Get a second-hand fan off a hovercraft, apparently they aren’t noisy.

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Madam Cholet 12:40 pm
14 Jan 14
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Passing by Homeart t’other day I noted they had ‘misting’ fans for about $130. Felt very cool when I stood next to it. I’m assuming you fill some part of it with water and it then spews it out as an icy mist. Wasn’t overly noisy and they had tower or more squat versions. Honestly been considering a purchase myself.

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arescarti42 12:40 pm
14 Jan 14
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Typically the bigger the fan, the slower it can turn to move a certain volume of air, and the quieter it will be.

I personally find the Dyson air multipliers to be a phenomenal waste of money. In my experience they’re just as effective (and noisy) as the $12 pedestal fans you find at places like BigW.

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Postalgeek 12:55 pm
14 Jan 14
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Never encountered an portable evaporative cooler or portable air-conditioner that I would consider to be quiet. And the Dyson I’ve used isn’t quiet either.

Oi reckon you’ll have to do the leg work and go listen to fans.

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Queen_of_the_Bun 1:01 pm
14 Jan 14
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I’ve bought a Dyson and I love it. Plus it does look really cool.

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JessP 1:06 pm
14 Jan 14
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In this weather any fan that works is a winner and buy ear plugs for the wife.

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HiddenDragon 1:31 pm
14 Jan 14
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I can recommend a Zante pedestal – a gentle whir and a slight periodic click (which seems to have something to do with not using the oscillate function) which is really quite soothing – three speeds, and a fair range of tilt adjustment for the fan. From recollection, it was $20 – $30 when I got it a few years back.

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HiddenDragon 1:44 pm
14 Jan 14
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arescarti42 said :

Typically the bigger the fan, the slower it can turn to move a certain volume of air, and the quieter it will be.

I personally find the Dyson air multipliers to be a phenomenal waste of money. In my experience they’re just as effective (and noisy) as the $12 pedestal fans you find at places like BigW.

+1 re the Dysons – elegant design, I suppose, but I tried one, in a fit of sheer extravagance, found it surprisingly noisy and was very grateful to be allowed a full refund when I took it back the next day.

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A_Cog 1:45 pm
14 Jan 14
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Last month I bought two evaporative coolers (one LG, one by some other company which I can’t remember) to protect me from the summer heat. They’re 55W and 70W. One cost $99, LG cost $120. They were to replace my two tower fans, because I hoped I could do better.

Not super impressed. You add tonnes of water (one is 7L, the other is 11L), put in some ice cubes, close the door to the room, but the air isn’t that fantastic. They push air out like a tower fan, they make the same amount of noise, and you’ve always gotta check the water level because if they run dry when they’re on ‘cool’ then you blow the motor (or sumfink). They’re both kinda… meh.

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watto23 2:02 pm
14 Jan 14
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How the hell does your missus sleep in the heat then?

I have to say, ceiling fans are the best. Thery keep the air circulating which is the trick.
If you are going to pay for a fan why not ask your landlord about ceiling fans and offer to pay for some of it (ie the cost of a pedestal fan).

Also the good thing in Canberra is ducted evap A/C works really really well. Plus its a lot cheaper to run and install over those wall mounted A/C refrigerative units.

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