Tower Fans vs Normal Fans

The standard electric fan that is found in so many homes can trace its roots all the way back to the year 1882. It was the first electronic means for people to be able to cool themselves and get some relief on the hottest of days. But as is the case with many electronic goods someone came up with a different and more effective fan design in 1981 that is now capturing a large share of the electronic fan market; that fan is known as the ‘tower fan’ or ‘cross flow fan’. Here is a comparison of these two types of fan models (ceiling fans are not included in this comparison).


As was mentioned, normal or what are sometimes known as ‘standard electric fans’ have been around for a long time. There have been billions of them that have been sold all over the world since they first came into the marketplace. They are still a staple for heat relief in less developed countries where air conditioning is hard to come by and very expensive. They will always have their spot in the marketplace (like the Lasko model below).

The problem with standard electric fans is they do not do anything besides circulating the air. They are usually used in a fixed position (e.g., on the floor, or on a counter) or set in an oscillating mode to better circulate air all throughout the rooms they are placed in. That is pretty much all that they do other than being able to adjust the speed they circulate air at.


Quite simply put, tower fans have been proven to be a much more versatile air circulation device than normal fans. That is the reason for their sudden and dramatic upswing in popularity.

Take a look at the many benefits that a tower fan can give you over a standard electric fan. They do so much more than just circulate the air in the rooms they are placed in:

  • Save Space

Tower fans have a much more compact design than normal fans have. They are less wide and are squarer in shape. This means they will not take up as much space in a room as a standard electric fan does.

  • Quiet operation

Normal fans tend to be very noisy as their large fan blades rotate to pass air through them. On the other hand, tower fans tend to be much more to the quiet side. Often you cannot even hear them as they operate unless you are very close to them.

  • Air filtration

Standard electric fans do not have any means to filter the air that passes through them; often you will even see a large amount of dust collect on them. Tower fans usually have not one but two filters inside them for purifying the air that passes through them. One filter is designed to trap large pollutant particles, and the other filter is designed to eliminate smaller particles and allergens from the air that passes through it.

  • Air Ionization

Many tower fans also use a strong electric charge to further filter contaminants from the air that passes through them too. This process is called ionization.

  • Stylish

Because of their somewhat boxy shape manufacturers are able to make tower fans look more stylish by design. They are available in a large variety of color schemes and body styles. Some of them are so well designed that they will compliment the looks of any room they are placed in.

  • Many circulation options

Tower fans also tend to have many more circulation options than standard electric fans do. They will have modes such as quiet modes and turbo that will circulate the air with a large variance in speed.

  • Remote controlled

Many tower fans come with remote control units to operate them. This makes them much more convenient to use than most traditional fans.


When you take a look at these two types of fans in a side by side comparison, it is easy to see why tower fans are starting to dominate in the marketplace. They simply offer so much more than a traditional standard electric fan does. They still have their uses, but people are now more than ever willing to spend more to get all the benefits that the best tower fans have to offer them. It is safe to say that tower fans will continue to capture a larger percentage of the electric fan market in the years to come.

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