Are Bladeless Fans Any Good? (do they really work better)

Considering all of the hype (and the price) given to bladeless fans over the last few years, asking “are bladeless fans any good?” is a good question.

In this article we look at bladeless fans and ask that very same question. Keep reading for the results our experts came up with.

It turns out bladeless have many positive points in their favour.

Why Buy A Bladeless Fan?

There are several reasons why a bladeless fan is worth buying which include;

  • They’re Energy Efficient
  • They’re Aesthetically Pleasing
  • They’re Safer
  • They’re Quieter
  • They’re Lightweight
  • They’re Portable
  • They Collect Less Dust
  • They Produce A Smooth Airflow

Let’s now take a look into each of these in more detail:

Bladeless Fans Are Energy Efficient

In comparison to conventional bladed fans, bladeless fans are far more energy efficient. 

Using almost half the power of a bladed fan, a bladeless fan can push more than 15 times more air than it actually takes in.

Bladeless Fans Are Aesthetically Pleasing

If we’re being completely honest here, a conventional bladed fan looks ugly. They’re functional but they look wrong in almost every room.

Whereas the bladeless fan looks like a work of art. They are sleek, stylish and look perfect in any room or setting.

Bladeless Fans Are Safer

Even though bladed fans have that metal cage around the blades, it wouldn’t stop an inquisitive child from poking a finger through the bars. This could result in a hurt finger or a burnt out fan motor.

Bladeless fans have no visible moving parts. Even though they do have blades, they’re hidden inside the pedestal and cannot be reached by children’s fingers.

If the fan was to be knocked over, there are no blades to be damaged or to damage anything else in the room.

Bladeless Fans Are Quieter

Compared to bladed fans, bladeless fans are far quieter. 

We’re not saying they make no noise at all, but at full power a bladeless fan is far quieter than a bladed fan at full power.

Bladeless Fans Weigh Less

This one’s obvious if you think about it, bladed fans have to have a large weighted base to offset the large rotating fan blades. If they never had a weighted base, the fan would topple over as soon as it was turned on.

Bladeless fans eliminate the need for a large heavy base by keeping the small asymmetric fan blades inside the pedestal unit. This gives a far lower centre of gravity for the bladeless fan which means it doesn’t need a counter balance.

Bladeless Fans Are Portable

Due to their relatively small size and lightweight design, bladeless fans can be moved from room to room very easily. 

Unlike their bladed counterparts which are heavy and cumbersome making them very difficult to manoeuvre from room to room.

Bladeless Fans Collect Less Dust

Bladed fans often have their blades coated with dust. 

And while it is a fact that all fans attract dust, bladeless fans collect less dust due to their innovative design.

Bladeless Fans Produce A Smooth Airflow

The blades on a bladed fan chop the air and create a stuttering effect on the airflow from the fan. In comparison, bladeless fans create a steady airflow that’s uninterrupted.

This means that a bladeless fan will produce a more powerful, uninterrupted stream of air that will help to cool you down faster.

SEE ALSO: Our Picks For The Best Bladeless Fans 

What To Look For In A Bladeless fan

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Now we’ve established that a bladeless fan is definitely worth it, we need to consider which features are important. 

These will vary from person to person, but we have included the most popular features from a recent poll.

Noise level

By their design, bladeless fans are less noisy than bladed fans. But they’re definitely not silent, they use a small motor that powers the asymmetric fan blades. 

This can sound like a low hum, but some are noisier than others. Look for a brushless motor if you want a quieter motor.

Fan Size

Bladeless fans come in a range of sizes from desktop models to floor fans. You’ll need to decide how much space you’re prepared to allocate to your bladeless fan.

It all depends on the size of the area you’re looking to cool. Large rooms will probably benefit from one of the larger fans whereas a smaller room will not need such a large fan.

Does It Have A Remote Control

For many people having a remote control can be a deal breaker. There are many bladeless fans that do have remote controls and many have smartphone connectability. 

With a smartphone connected to your bladeless fan you will always be in control.

Power Level

Depending on which company made the bladeless fan, the level of power can vary. You’ll need to check the specs for the power of the motor. 

Remember the more powerful the motor is the greater airflow it can produce. But more power often means more noise, you’ll need to find a happy medium.

Air Filtration System

There are several bladeless fans that feature an air filtration system. This will help to remove any pollen or other allergens from the air.

In some cases you pay considerably more for this feature so shop around.


There are many bladeless fans that feature a light as well as a bladeless fan. This makes them multifunctional and offers better value for money in some cases.

However, it only works out as a good buy if you actually need an extra light.

Hot And Cool Features

Some bladeless fans incorporate a heating element that allows the fan to produce a steady stream of hot air into the room. The element can be switched off allowing the unit to be used as a cooling fan once again.

If you think you need a portable heater, it’s worth considering buying a bladeless fan that includes this feature.

Integrated dehumidifier

There are some bladeless fans that feature a dehumidifier which will be great for using in damp rooms.


Consider The Costs

All of these features can add to the cost of the bladeless fan. Which is why you need to do your homework before you buy. There’s no point paying for features you don’t want and are never going to use.

Bladeless fans use around 50% of the power of a regular bladed fan but release 15 times as much air as they take in. This makes the airstream from a bladeless fan far superior than that of a bladed fan of comparable size.

This means you’ll probably only need a small bladeless fan in a small room like a bedroom. A large lounge or office space might need a larger bladeless fan.

So In Answer To The Original Question, Are Bladeless Fans Any Good?

Yes they are good if you’re looking for 

  • A sleek aesthetically pleasing design
  • A steady airflow
  • A safe fan for use around children and pets
  • An energy efficient fan
  • A quieter fan
  • A lightweight fan
  • An easy to clean fan
  • A fan that’s easily portable from room to room

Do You Have Any Questions?

We hope this answers any questions you might have had about bladeless fans. If you do have any questions we haven’t covered in this article, please feel free to ask them in the comment section below.

SEE ALSO: Are Bladeless Fans Easy To Clean? (and do they collect dust)

Frequently Asked Questions

Are bladeless fans worth the money?

Bladeless fans are worth the money because they produce a steady stream of air that is around 15 times as much as they draw in. They are also pleasing to look at, safe for use around children and pets, easy to clean and more energy efficient.

Do bladeless fans use a lot of electricity?

Bladeless fans use less electricity than bladed fans of a comparable size. In fact, a bladeless fan uses around 50% less electricity compared to a comparable bladed fan.

Are bladeless fans less noisy?

Bladeless fans are considerably less noisy than comparable bladed fans.

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