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5 Best Quiet Fans For Your Bedroom (2021 Review)

The best quiet fan I recommend produces just 20 dB of noise. Considering whispering produces 30 dB this should give some context as to how quiet this actually is! 

You’ll also want to consider features like oscillation, if the angle is adjustable, whether it comes with a remote and how long the power cable is. Lastly, you’ll need to decide on the right type of fan for your room – this might be free-standing, sitting on a desk or table, or perhaps wall-mounted. 

I’ve spent multiple nights the summer testing the best quiet fans. The ones recommended on this page not only kept me cool, but also didn’t wake me up!

What is the Best Quiet Fan For Your Bedroom?

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Comparing The Best Quiet Fans

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  • Noise (dB)
  • Speed Settings
  • Type
  • Oscillating
  • Oscillation Degree
  • Adjustable Angle
  • Power
  • Weight
  • Remote
  • Cord Length
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In-Depth Reviews of Our Recommended Quiet Fans

4UMOR Standing Quiet Fan4UMOR Standing Quiet Fan

Best quiet standing fan

Noise Level
Power
Design
Adjustability
Value for Money
Overall
4.5
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4UMOR Standing Quiet Fan review

Specifications

  • Noise (dB): 20dB
  • Speed Settings: 9
  • Type: Standing fan
  • Oscillating: Yes
  • Oscillation Degree: 90°
  • Adjustable Angle: Yes
  • Power: 24 W
  • Weight: 3.06 kg
  • Remote: Yes
  • Cord Length: Not listed

Fans which need to sit on tables or surfaces aren’t always practical; firstly, it depends if there’s any free space available, but also it can be difficult to find somewhere at the right height. Models like the 4UMOR Standing Quiet Fan offer the flexibility of having a fan anywhere in the room, without using up valuable surfaces.

Whilst some freestanding fans can be too large to be practical in smaller rooms, this is still quite a compact model with a base diameter of 38 cm. The height can be altered from 75 cm to 98 cm so there is a lot of flexibility depending on the space you have available and where you choose to position the fan.

The LED smart panel clearly displays the current fan setting, and makes it straightforward to choose between different options. There is also a remote control that can be used up to 6 m away from the fan, so whether you’re sitting watching TV, or in bed about to doze off, you can adjust the fan setting without getting up.

There are also a lot of options to choose from, making this fan one of the most intuitive and adjustable on this list; there are nine wind speeds as well as a sleep mode and eco mode.

Whilst nine might seem like a lot, having such a choice of settings can really help find the most comfortable temperature, no matter the size of the room. However, it should be noted that the airflow may not be quite as evenly spread as you might expect; the difference between some of the settings are more dramatic than others, so it can take a bit of time to find the perfect adjustment.

When using the eco mode, the fan automatically adjusts depending on the surrounding temperature, saving up to 80% energy by stopping the fan from blasting out air unnecessarily.

Finally, one of the most important factors when looking for the best quiet fan: volume. On sleep mode, this fan emits a mere 20 dB, making it the quietest fan featured here. This makes it very comfortable to have on whilst sleeping, unlikely to disturb even very light sleepers.

Pros

  • Lightweight for a standing fan, so easy to move from room to room
  • The integrated timer is perfect for overnight use, while sleep mode will gradually decrease the speed
  • There’s 9 speed settings to choose from
  • On the lowest setting this fan produces just 20dB of sound
  • Remote control included so you can control the fan from a distance

Cons

  • While the height is adjustable, the maximum height is 98 cm. Some users may need to place their fan on a table to get it at the right height
  • Setting 4 is much stronger than setting 3, so although there are 9 speed settings, they are not evenly spread
  • There is no turbo setting and it may lack the power of some other fans from a distance

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MYCARBON Quiet Cooling Bedroom FanMYCARBON Quiet Cooling Bedroom Fan

Best quiet table fan

Noise Level
Power
Design
Adjustability
Value for Money
Overall
4.44
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MYCARBON Quiet Cooling Bedroom Fan review

Specifications

  • Noise (dB): 25dB
  • Speed Settings: 4
  • Type: Table fan
  • Oscillating: Yes
  • Oscillation Degree: 90°
  • Adjustable Angle: Yes
  • Power: 12 W
  • Weight: 2.86 kg
  • Remote: Yes
  • Cord Length: 1.5 m

Whilst some fans just happen to be relatively quiet by nature, others have been intentionally designed to keep noise levels down. With these fans in particular, manufacturers have often gone to extra lengths to further reduce sound output, with intelligent settings intended to keep things quiet.

If you’re a particularly light sleeper, the MYCARBON Bedroom Fan is one of the best quiet fans you’ll find, with a specific ‘sleep setting’ that drops the sound of the fan down to 25 dB. To put this figure in context, 25 dB is roughly comparable to the noise created by whispering, or rustling leaves (read: very quiet indeed!).

It’s got more settings and features than some of the more basic fans on this list, which is reflected in its higher price tag. However, it is much more intuitive than most, with thoughtful design elements that are specifically aimed at making it a practical bedroom fan for night time. This is a case of paying more to get a product with additional settings that do actually improve the user-experience, as opposed to unnecessary extras.

The fan has ‘3D oscillation’ which means it circulates air around the entire room, both vertically and horizontally, encouraging air to keep moving and stay cool. There is also a remote control, which allows complete control of the unit no matter where you are in the room. You may choose to place the fan away from the bed, near an open window to draw in cool air, and you won’t have to get up in order to turn it off or adjust its settings.

On the unit itself, the buttons are ‘touch’ sensitive, but can also light up to be visible in the dark. However, if this sounds disruptive, it’s also easy to turn off the display lights, so that they don’t shine on through the night.

When using the night/eco mode, the fan adjusts its air output depending on the temperature. When it’s cooler, it won’t use such a powerful setting, but if temperatures start to creep up, the output of the fan will increase to keep you cool.

In terms of size, this is suitable for bedside tables, although it will take up more space than the mini fans featured on this list. It has a 22.8 cm diameter and is 34.5 cm tall, with a footprint diameter of 24 cm.

There is a small amount of maintenance/upkeep required with this fan, as it can get slightly noisier if it isn’t cleaned regularly enough. This is a result of the components getting clogged with dust, so cleaning it everything 2 months or so can help keep it running smoothly and (almost) silently.

Pros

  • Oscillates both side to side and up and down, so it’ll cool the entire room
  • Eco-mode automatically adjusts the speed according to the room temperature, saving electricity
  • Very powerful for such a small fan
  • Remote control included so you can control the fan from a distance

Cons

  • Needs a thorough clean every 2 months or it’ll start to get noisy
  • 1.5 m power cord may not be long enough for some homes
  • More expensive than others on the market

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Honeywell HT900E Turbo FanHoneywell HT900E Turbo Fan

Best wall-mountable option

Noise Level
Power
Design
Adjustability
Value for Money
Overall
4.48
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Honeywell HT900E Turbo Fan review

Specifications

  • Noise (dB): 39dB
  • Speed Settings: 3
  • Type: Desk Fan
  • Oscillating: No
  • Oscillation Degree: n/a
  • Adjustable Angle: Yes
  • Power: 30 W
  • Weight: 1.3 kg
  • Remote: No
  • Cord Length: 2 m

If you don’t have a lot of space on your bedside table or office desk, but really need something that will keep you cool during the stifling summer, the Honeywell Turbo Fan succeeds at being compact yet powerful (and quiet!).

With a fan head as large as a standard handspan, the whole unit measures roughly 28 cm high and 26 cm wide. It can sit on a table or even on the floor, angled upwards, and also has the potential to be wall mounted if required. Having these different placement options can really come in handy if available surface space is at a premium.

Generally speaking, it’s great as a standing unit because it can be easily moved around the house, with a 30 W output that is powerful enough to cool even relatively large rooms.

There’s no oscillating function, so air may not circulate as much as with other fans, but the head can be tilted through 90 degrees. Given the strength of the airflow, this means it can be positioned anywhere in a room, at any level, and still be angled to reach you.

With three air speeds available, there’s also no reason to sit unnecessarily in an icy blast if you just want a cooling breeze, but more powerful settings can be used when the heat gets too much.

It’s also quiet enough to have on whilst sleeping without being disruptive, creating a soothing background hum that isn’t grating when positioned near to the bed.

The main downside to this fan is the position of its ‘settings’ dial. It’s been placed at the back of the fan, behind the fan head, with an overhanging cover that makes it quite difficult to access easily from the front. Therefore, changing the setting in the night can be a bit challenging – you’d probably have to sit up, as it’s difficult to adjust from lying down.

Pros

  • Very powerful for such a small fan, perfect for cooling your office or bedroom in a heatwave
  • The compact design means it can be placed on your desk or bedside table, while it can also be mounted to the wall
  • Great quality build that should last a long time
  • Even the lowest setting offers a good airflow to effectively cool the room

Cons

  • The knob to turn on and adjust the settings is in a slightly awkward position, so you may struggle to adjust the airflow in the middle of the night
  • This fan doesn’t oscillate, although it can be tilted up and down
  • The switch goes from 0, to 3, to 2, to 1, which is a little counter-intuitive

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Snowpea Quiet Desk FanSnowpea Quiet Desk Fan

Best cordless quiet fan

Noise Level
Power
Design
Adjustability
Value for Money
Overall
4.42
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Snowpea Quiet Desk Fan review

Specifications

  • Noise (dB): 25dB
  • Speed Settings: 5
  • Type: Standing fan
  • Oscillating: Yes
  • Oscillation Degree: 120°
  • Adjustable Angle: Yes
  • Power: 12 W
  • Weight: 2.02 kg
  • Remote: Yes
  • Cord Length: USB Charging

One of the biggest problems with having a fan on overnight is using power unnecessarily. Often, once we’ve nodded off, we don’t really need the fan anymore, but it can still remain running for the next 6 hours. In these situations, timers can make all the difference, and the Snowpea Quiet Desk Fan can be programmed to switch off after 90 minutes to save power and stop you from catching a chill.

Not only does it have this useful timer function, it also has a versatile design making it suitable for use throughout the house. The height is adjustable from 14 cm to 99 cm, making it functional as both a standing and table-top fan – it can be placed on the desk in the study during the day, and on the bedroom floor at night.

Also, when not needed, this fan can fold up to be very compact, meaning it can fit under the bed or in a drawer. The stand retracts, allowing the fan head to rest on top of the base, resulting in a standing-fan unit which only measures 25 x 25 x 18 cm when not in use. It’s ideal for houses with limited storage space and allows you to own both a desk and standing fan without struggling to find where to keep it.

Unlike other fans featured here, this is a battery-powered model so there are no wires or limitations on placement. It can be used whilst charging, or disconnected from the mains when charged to be used throughout the house or even in the garden.

A unique feature of this fan is its ability to charge via USB, so even if you aren’t near a power source, it can also charge whilst connected to your laptop or a portable charger.

The oscillation goes both vertically and horizontally, circulating air around all corners of the room without leaving hot pockets. There are five speeds to choose from, which give a good amount of flexibility depending on the temperature, and the sleep mode is extremely quiet at just 25 dB. In fact, even the fastest, loudest, speed setting only reaches a maximum of 50 dB, which is equivalent to a low-level conversation

The only real downside to this battery-powered fan is the amount of time that the battery takes to fully charge; from zero, it can take as long as eight hours. Plus, when used on the more powerful settings, the battery can be used up pretty quick. However, on the plus side, there’s no need to wait until full charge to use the fan, as it still runs when plugged in.

Pros

  • The foldable design is perfect for those who like to keep their desk or bedside table very tidy
  • Arrives fully charged so you can get it set up straight away
  • The magnetic remote control has a long 80m range
  • Sleep mode has just a 25dB noise output, one of the quietest on the market

Cons

  • Takes a long time to fully charge - around 8 hours from zero
  • On the top speed, the battery only lasts for 7 hours which may not be enough for long, hot days
  • Whilst the remote control is very handy for adjusting the settings, you cannot switch the fan on using the remote

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Pro Breeze Professional 6” Mini Clip Fan Pro Breeze Professional 6” Mini Clip Fan

Best portable option

Noise Level
Power
Design
Adjustability
Value for Money
Overall
4.16
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Pro Breeze Professional 6” Mini Clip Fan review

Specifications

  • Noise (dB): 46dB
  • Speed Settings: 2
  • Type: Clip on Fan
  • Oscillating: No
  • Oscillation Degree: n/a
  • Adjustable Angle: Yes
  • Power: 15 W
  • Weight: 0.95 kg
  • Remote: No
  • Cord Length: 1.5 m

For a truly portable quiet fan, this extremely practical Pro Breeze Professional 6” Mini Clip Fan can clip onto the edge of any surface, able to be used anywhere that there’s a plug within reach.

Whilst its 15 cm fan head might sound small, given that this fan can easily be clipped onto the desk directly beside you, it really doesn’t need to be any bigger to provide a really decent level of cooling power. The large clip has rubber pads so it won’t damage the surface, and it’s just as useful to have in the office as it is at the bedside.

One of this fan’s best features is its transportability, measuring just 20 cm x 20 cm x 14 cm it can even be put in a backpack or suitcase, ready to take away on holiday or use on the train.

The combination of the movable clip and the fan’s tiltable head make it simple to sufficiently adjust to wherever it’s needed. The fan itself can’t rotate, but the clip can be moved around to change the direction that the fan faces.

In general, this is a great choice for sleeping because the fan can be clipped to the bed, even when travelling or using bunk beds in hostels. It’s also ideal if you have limited space and can’t fit a desk or pedestal fan near your bed.

Producing 50 dB of sound, it’s slightly noisier than some of the fans featured on this list that have specific ‘quiet’ or ‘sleep’ modes; however, 50 dB is still considered to only be as loud as the hum of a refrigerator. There are also two speed settings, of high-power and low-power, so it is possible to make the fan slightly quieter by using the low-power mode.

Pros

  • Adjustable by 360° and tilts on a 100° angle so you’ll have full control over the direction of the airflow
  • Weighs just 950g so it can be taken on the go or to the office
  • The clip is very secure, while the rubber pads will protect your table

Cons

  • The clip can be a little tricky to open
  • Does not automatically oscillate, which is a feature many users would prefer
  • At 46dB on the lowest setting, it’s noisier than others on the market

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Things to Know Before Buying a Quiet Fan

I think we’ve all been there: it’s a hot night and you can’t sleep so you put the fan on. Then you lie in bed, wide awake, listening to the loud whirring of the fan. Spending the next 6 restless hours flipping between being too hot to sleep, or turning the fan on and being too irritated.

So, what is the solution? Well, it’s none other than – a quiet fan!

These are fans which have often been specifically designed with a quiet sleep mode in mind.

You’ll want to make sure that you get the best quiet fan possible so that your sleep is never disturbed again, so check out the following tips to help you make an informed choice:

Quiet Fan Shape/Style

There’s a surprising amount of style variation in the world of quiet fans – tower fans, circular fans, table-top models and wall-mounted machines. So, which is the best quiet fan for you?

Smaller table-top fans are great for portability. You can move them around between rooms, and also position them right next to you on your bedside table if you want. If you buy one which can tilt vertically, like the MYCARBON Bedroom Fan, you’ll also be able to place it on the floor and aim the air upwards. As a result, a table-top fan is a very versatile option.

Tower fans look fantastic. They are streamlined and tuck neatly into the corner of a room (round standing fans, for example, are harder to store discreetly like this). Tower fans may not be quite as powerful as round fans – they do not have spinning blades creating the airflow – but they can still cool rooms effectively. They lend themselves to having more features, owing to their more digital nature, and will often have more speed settings.

Wall-mounted fans are an excellent option if you really don’t want to spend any floor space on your fan. They’re great if you only want to use the fan in one room, and have a suitable place to mount it on the wall where the airflow will reach where you want it to. Some fans, such as the Honeywell Turbo Fan, can be mounted on the wall or can stand independently. This is a good option if you’re not sure whether you want to commit to the static nature of a wall-mounted fan.

Finally, there is a slightly more unusual style of quiet fan available: the clip-on fan. These fans are a lot smaller, and come with a clip so that they can attach directly onto the bed frame or the side of a desk. Whilst not the biggest fans, for example the  Pro Breeze Professional 6” Mini Clip Fan has a diameter of 15 cm, they are effective one-person fans and can actually do a great job of keeping you cool. Plus, they’re extremely portable.

Decibel Noise Level

Of course, when looking for a quiet fan, noise level is one of the top things to consider.

When purchasing a quiet fan, look at how many decibels of sound it produces.

On this top 10 list, the quietest fan produces 15 dB whilst the loudest (on its fastest non-sleep-mode setting) produces 51 dB.

To get an idea of what this means, here are these sound levels put into context:

  • 10 dB – the sound of breathing
  • 20 dB – rustling leaves
  • 30 dB – whispering
  • 40 dB – the sound of light rain
  • 50 dB – the hum of a refrigerator
  • 60 dB – normal conversation

So, as you can see – the fans on this list are extremely quiet. It’s unlikely that any one of them would disturb your sleep, but if you’re worried you can look for ones on the lower end of the above chart.

Adjustable Settings

A standard fan is great and doesn’t need too many mod cons to be effective. However, when you’re trying to find the absolute best quiet fan, you might find it useful if your fan has some adjustable settings.

For example, you can buy fans which specifically have a ‘sleep’ mode – designed with very quiet operation in mind. It’s certainly something to consider looking out for if you really want to ensure your sleep isn’t disturbed.

Another really useful setting for a fan is a timer function. If you set your fan running as you’re going to sleep, you can use a timer function to program it to turn off after two hours. This is great if you want to save electricity but need your fan on to help you nod off.

Useful features

One particularly handy feature for a quiet fan is a remote control. Controlling your fan remotely is great, especially if you’re using it when it bed. If you’re too hot or too cold, you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your mattress – you can just use your fan’s remote control to change the settings! It’s definitely a useful feature to look out for, although of course not the end of the world if it doesn’t have one!

Oscillation is a pretty typical feature for fans to have, but not all can oscillate, and not all do so to the same degree. The MYCARBON Bedroom Fan has ‘3D oscillation’ so it’s great at really circulating the air around a room. The 4UMOR Standing Quiet Fan has a more standard oscillation which is perfect if you just want the airflow focused on you. It’s best to think about where you’re going to place your fan and what purpose you want it to achieve – personal cooling or circulating airflow – to help you choose the best quiet fan for you.

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Quiet Fan FAQs

How can I be sure that a quiet fan won’t disturb me when I sleep?

Look at the decibel rating for the fan. Decibels are a really easy way to gauge if the fan is going to be quiet enough for you.

For example, you can buy fans which only emit 15 dB of sound. For context, 10 dB is the sound of breathing, and 20 dB is the sound of whispering from 5 ft away. Likelihood is, you’ll barely notice 15 dB of fan noise.

How big a fan do I need to buy to make sure my home keeps cool?

This depends on several factors. For example, if you live alone then you’ll be able to use a much smaller personal fan, this could be anywhere from 15 to 30 cm in diameter. If you’re trying to keep a larger space cool, and you want better air circulation, you’ll probably want a fan with a diameter of 30 cm +. Of course, this isn’t relevant to tower fans, so it’s good to check with the manufacturers what size room they are able to cool.

Is a tower fan better than a stand fan?

Tower fans generally take up less floor space than stand fans and look more stylish. However, stand fans are often a bit more powerful and better suited to larger areas – you have more control over oscillation, height, and air circulation potential.

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Sources

  1. UK Health and Safetey Executive: Top 10 noise control techniques
  2. Cory, William (2010). Fans and Ventilation: A practical guide

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