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If you’re looking for a way to cool down without having to turn on the A/C, a smart ceiling fan could be the way to go. While regular ceiling fans feature a basic on/off function, the best smart ceiling fans let you program and adjust a variety of settings to find the most comfortable way to cool off for you.
What Are the Best Smart Ceiling Fans?
The best smart ceiling fans feature the same blade-driven cooling as regular fans but with built-in smart features that allow you to control settings and speeds with your voice, or connected device.
A smart ceiling fan has to fill a few requirements in order to make it worth your while. It has to have a functional app or control device. It has to be attractive in your home. And it has to provide decent airflow.
Smart Features: Using WiFi, the best smart ceiling fans can be paired with your smart home device (I.e. Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant) so that you can use your voice to control settings. Ask Alexa to turn off the fan, or as Google to turn the lights on.
App: Most smart ceiling fans can be operated using your smart phone via an accompanying app. These apps are typically compatible with both iOS and Android phones. While most of the fans on our list come with an included remote control, using the app (via WiFi) means you can control the fan even if you’re not in the room. A remote typically needs to be within a few feet to work.
Appearance: We look for a minimalist, modern style, and fans with long-lasting LED lights. An understated and contemporary design will work nicely with most home decors. That said, we’re not opposed to having fun with colored lights or other extra features, which you’ll find on this list. Note that when hanging a ceiling fan, most manufacturers recommend leaving at least 8-10 inches between the blades and the ceiling.
Airflow: Just like any other fan, a ceiling fan must provide strong airflow that efficiently circulates air around the space while saving energy. We found smart ceiling fans with unique curved or sculpted blades, which are said to provide better airflow and distribution.
1. Big Ass Fans Haiku L Smart Ceiling Fan
This 52-inch fan delivers powerful air circulation and near silent operation thanks to its unique sculpted, propeller-style design. We also like the bright LED light, which comes with dimming functions and is said to last more than 50,000 hours. In other words: no worrying about constant replacing of the bulb.
Other thoughtful features include the memory function, which, when synched to your other electronics, can be flipped on with the same switch you use to turn on the lights. And the fan is whisper-quiet, so you’ll barely hear it, even at full speed.
Connect the fan to WiFi and download the Haiku smartphone app (iOS and Android) to control your fan’s settings, speed, and lighting modes using your phone (you can also use the included remote).
You can also pair the fan to an Alexa-enabled device or a Google Assistant hub to control the fan with your voice. “Hey Alexa, turn the fan on.”
2. Minka-Aire Smart Ceiling Fan
You’ll appreciate the slim, modern design of this fan and its two-tone colorway, as well as the energy-efficient fan action — with 60 inches of sweep, it’s strong enough to produce a comfortable breeze without needing to turn on the A/C.
This unit has Bond Home tech built in, so it can also connect with your smart home device and a downloadable app. Control settings using your voice or phone. And in case you need another method of controlling operation, it also includes a pre-programmed wireless remote.
3. Horevo Ceiling Fan
If there were such a thing as a “party ceiling fan,” this would probably be it. The fan, which features a unique curved blade design for better airflow, includes a Bluetooth speaker and a ring light with a variety of color choices. This provides users with a variety of mood-setting options, whether it’s cozy lights and soothing music for a child’s nursery, or downtown dance club in your living room.
The fan’s other uses include a memory function, a timer alarm clock, and more. Control settings from your phone or using the included remote — you can adjust brightness levels, fan speeds and more.
This fan measures 42.5 inches in diameter, and has a retractable feature as well, that lets you raise and lower it from the ceiling.