looking for window fans that aren't crap

CalicaCalica Registered User regular
edited July 1 in Help / Advice Forum
Obligatory: not about weed :razz:

I'm looking for a window fan that:
  1. works, and won't spontaneously quit for no apparent reason after a month (or a week) of use
  2. moves enough air to ventilate a small- to medium-sized room
  3. is reasonably quiet (that is, doesn't vibrate on low settings, doesn't vibrate much on higher settings, doesn't rattle, and is durable enough that it doesn't develop vibration, rattling, or grinding (all of which indicate mechanical wear and possible failure) over time with normal use
  4. doesn't have flimsy/mushy components
  5. doesn't have any glaring design flaws (can't tolerate rain, lets in bugs, isn't reversible)

Reasonable criteria, you'd think. I'm willing to pay more for quality, if I can find it.

Wirecutter's top pick for window fans started having serious quality control issues about a year ago, and their (distant) second pick is sold out everywhere. Frankly, though, reading reviews I get the impression that every window fan currently available is cheaply made with half-assed quality control at best, and if you want an actually good product you have to go vintage. Lots of people unfavorably comparing their brand new fan to their (or their parents') still-functioning, quieter, more powerful 30-year-old fan from the same company. Diving into the vintage rabbit hole looks exhausting, though. Also, most reviews aren't from experts; so it's hard to tell why a particular model has the issues it does and whether there are ways to mitigate it. (Minimizing vibration by making sure it's installed correctly? Doable. Fixing imbalanced blades? Annoying, and I shouldn't have to; but still technically doable. Compensating for a defective circuit board or a badly-made motor, not so much.)

I'm not sure what the square footage of my apartment is. It's the top floor of what was originally a single-family home. It has windows on all four sides, so it's an ideal situation for cross-breezes. A whole-house/industrial fan is probably overkill (which is ironic, because industrial is where you start to get less-mushy quality). I'm fine with putting several smaller fans in different rooms.

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  • dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    edited June 25
    I have had two fans from Vornado that I left on nearly 24 hours a day 6 months a year and they never died. I eventually moved and had to give them away on two separate moves.

    They don't make a window fan, so I'd buy an air mover and aim it out my sliding door and open a window on the other side of the apartment. It worked very well, but I can see how it might not be the least trip-hazard way of going about it.

    Edit:

    Prior to the Vornado fan my solution was to use some rope and a large screw into the stud above the window and just hang a box fan from it by the handle in a way that it wasn't really holding the fan up, but if the fan tried to tip it couldn't. Several crappy box fans lasted over a year, and since they were pretty cheap I never really cared.

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Going to second the Vornado. I've had one for probably 6 years now, and the last 4 it's basically been on 24/7.

  • CobellCobell Registered User regular
    edited June 27
    Thirding Vornado. I've had a large circulator for over a decade of use and have had multiple zippis (small quiet soft bladed desk fans) that I quite like.

    I wasn't as impressed with the flippi (sort of a small desk circulator) as that one is a bit loud compared to the zippi. But it's still relatively solid for what it is.

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  • spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    Paging @Donkey Kong to the thread for his window AC recommendation.

  • Donkey KongDonkey Kong Wrote, directed, and starred in a Chick-fil-a commercial about respecting the police Registered User regular
    spool32 wrote: »
    Paging @Donkey Kong to the thread for his window AC recommendation.

    Bedroom (10k BTU): https://www.lg.com/us/air-conditioners/lg-LW1019IVSM
    Livingroom/apartment (14k BTU): https://www.lg.com/us/air-conditioners/lg-lw1517ivsm

    They make bigger ones, up to 20k BTU in the same form factor, but these two are suitable for essentially every use case. If you think for sure you need a bigger one, just find the LG Dual Inverter Line and get the size you need.

    Every other window unit in existence is trash. Portable units are worse than trash. Don't think, buy this one.

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  • CalicaCalica Registered User regular
    I'm specifically not looking for AC, just fans.

    Jedoc wrote: »
    The GOP cares about babies until they're born, soldiers until they're in need of care, and families until they interfere with stockholder dividends.
  • Donkey KongDonkey Kong Wrote, directed, and starred in a Chick-fil-a commercial about respecting the police Registered User regular
    (Sorry, didn't even read the name of the topic, was just responding to bat signal. All complaints forwarded to @spool32 )

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  • CalicaCalica Registered User regular
    edited June 28
    (Sorry, didn't even read the name of the topic, was just responding to bat signal. All complaints forwarded to spool32 )

    And I didn't mean to be short with you, sorry :smile:

    edit: removed batsignal; at least it won't get quoted again >_<

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    Jedoc wrote: »
    The GOP cares about babies until they're born, soldiers until they're in need of care, and families until they interfere with stockholder dividends.
  • spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    edited June 28
    You never said you didn't want A/C!

    No further questions, this interview is over.


    (Sorry to waste everyone's time :) )

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    zepherin
  • CalicaCalica Registered User regular
    spool32 wrote: »
    You never said you didn't want A/C!

    No further questions, this interview is over.


    (Sorry to waste everyone's time :) )

    Hey, I appreciate the thought! :biggrin:

    Jedoc wrote: »
    The GOP cares about babies until they're born, soldiers until they're in need of care, and families until they interfere with stockholder dividends.
    spool32
  • BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    Calica wrote: »
    spool32 wrote: »
    You never said you didn't want A/C!

    No further questions, this interview is over.


    (Sorry to waste everyone's time :) )

    Hey, I appreciate the thought! :biggrin:

    How about evaporative air coolers? Which are a thing I learned existed about three days ago and have no actual help or advice about?

  • CalicaCalica Registered User regular
    You can, for example, put a bowl of ice in front of a fan. But I'm still looking for window fans that aren't terrible.

    Jedoc wrote: »
    The GOP cares about babies until they're born, soldiers until they're in need of care, and families until they interfere with stockholder dividends.
  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    Burtletoy wrote: »
    Calica wrote: »
    spool32 wrote: »
    You never said you didn't want A/C!

    No further questions, this interview is over.


    (Sorry to waste everyone's time :) )

    Hey, I appreciate the thought! :biggrin:

    How about evaporative air coolers? Which are a thing I learned existed about three days ago and have no actual help or advice about?
    They only work in areas that are dry. Like in Colorado they work like a champ. Both of my parents had “swamp coolers” and they were able to get the temp down about 10 degrees most days and were way cheaper than A/C units.

    Areas with higher humidity, they are not useful and they lack that evaporative element.

    dispatch.o
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