Ceiling fans may still be notorious for being eyesores, but plenty of models now exist without the gaudy candelabra lights and annoying pull chains. With remote controls and silent operation, the best fans will stylishly blend into your home, keep you cool, and save energy all year round.

Sure, you could go to a hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot and strain your neck by looking up at the dizzying displays to imagine which model will look and perform best in your home. Or you could just go with one of these top-rated, bestselling fans from reputable brands like Hunter Fans, Westinghouse, and Minka-Aire.

Check out the quick reviews below of our top five ceiling fans, or scroll deeper for more helpful buying info and full reviews of those models plus other high-ranking options.

How to Find the Right Fan for Your Space

Blade size is the most important feature to consider when upgrading to a new ceiling fan or installing one from scratch. In his feature for Popular Mechanics on what’s inside a ceiling fan, Harry Sawyer provided a general guide for the ideal blade length per room size:

  • 100 square feet or less: 42-inch blade
  • 100–150 square feet: up to 50 inch
  • 150–300 square feet: 52 to 60 inch
  • over 300 square feet: up to 74 inch

    However, Sawyer later advised in Wirecutter that buyers simply go with a standard large 52-inch blade for most rooms for the best balance between size, airflow, and affordability. Keep in mind that blade length is more indicative of airflow (measured by cubic feet per minute, or CFM) than the number of blades.

    No matter which blade size you go with, if you’re planning on installing a fan in a room with low ceilings (eight feet or lower), you’ll want a model that’s specifically low profile to sit flush against the ceiling. Most fans also come with several options for mounting positions, such as downrod, flush, or angled. In addition, if you plan to add a new fan to your porch or sunroom, make sure to go with a model that’s designed for outdoor in addition to indoor use.

    Also note that all of these fans have reversible, three-speed motors, allowing you to set them to counterclockwise in the summer and switch to clockwise rotation for the winter to save money on your energy bill all year round by spreading cool or warm air. While most of these fans will still have pull chains to control the speed and lighting, note that several also have hand remotes, wall controls, or even smart home capability for voice control. Remember, if you want to go with a cheaper model without one, you can always install a universal fan remote later.

    How We Rated Them

    We researched 10 expert sources such as Wirecutter, The Spruce, and Architectural Digest, as well as 5,000 consumer reviews to select the top seven ceiling fans of the year. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of consumers who rated the product at least 4 out of 5 stars on retail and review sites like Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot.


    Westinghouse Comet 7801665 52-Inch

    Consumer Score: 93% give it 4 stars or higher
    The Westinghouse Comet is a great go-to fan for most rooms and budgets.

    5199 CFM | 3 speeds | 61 watts | up to 360 square feet

    Westinghouse Lighting 7224200 Comet Indoor Ceiling Fan
    Westinghouse Lighting amazon.com
    $117.99 (21% off)

    • Quality hardware
    • Good size for most rooms
    • Silent on high

    • Soft illumination

    The Westinghouse Comet 52-inch was not only Wirecutter’s top pick, but also its only pick for a good fan that will cover everything you need most of the time. Based on his experience researching the inner workings of ceiling fans for Popular Mechanics, Harry Sawyer wrote for Wirecutter that the Comet delivers “silent and steady operation, plenty of air movement, and quality parts and hardware.” At around $100, it’s an affordable enough option that will still enhance most homes’ style and also powerful enough to add a breeze to any size room. Users also appreciated that the Comet has a modern yet simple design that blends in with their décor. Some claimed that the included light was dim, and others recommended replacing with LED bulbs if you want stronger light.


    Minka-Aire Light Wave F844-DK 52-Inch

    Consumer Score: 87% give it 4 stars or higher
    This premium pick not only has modern style but also offers smart home connectivity.

    4,531 CFM | 3 speeds | 65 watts | up to 225 square feet

    Light Wave F844-CL 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

    • Wi-Fi connectivity and remote
    • Modern style

    • Expensive

    The Minka-Aire not only offers modern looks, but is also equipped with modern technology as the only fan on this list that’s Wi-Fi enabled, meaning you can connect it to your preferred smart home system for voice control in addition to the included remote control. Available in six color options, including white, black, silver, brown, bronze, and driftwood, the Minka-Aire should satisfy any home designer. Some users reported a loud humming after installation; however, this can be corrected by running the fan for 24 hours afterwards. Several buyers claimed on Amazon that the fan became “nearly silent” even when operating on high.


    Harbor Breeze Mazon Brushed Nickel 44-inch

    Consumer Score: 89% give it 4 stars or higher
    A suitable size for small bedrooms or offices.

    4,545 CFM | 3 speeds | 58 watts | up to 100 square feet

    Harbor Breeze Mazon 44-in Brushed Nickel
    Harbor Breeze

    • Includes dimmable light and remote

    • No manual controls

    Unlike some low-profile fans, the Harbor Breeze Mazon includes an overhead light, but its 44-inch blade size provides sufficient airflow up to 4,545 cubic feet per minute for smaller rooms around 100 square feet in size. The three brushed-nickel blades and matte opal light kit create a sleek, modern design. You can control the three-speed reversible motor with an included remote controller, which comes with a wall holder, so you’re less likely to lose it in the couch cushions. Even better, it comes with an 18-watt, dimmable LED bulb. Amazon reviewers note that while the included bulb may not seem very bright at first, it can be adjusted by holding down the light button on the remote.


    Hunter Key Biscayne 59135 54-Inch

    Consumer Score: 89% give it 4 stars or higher
    Whether inside or out, this fan will provide excellent airflow in large spaces.

    6,239 CFM | 3 speeds | 14 watts | up to 400 square feet

    Hunter Key Biscayne 59135 54-Inch
    HUNTER amazon.com

    If you’re looking for a fan for a covered patio, porch, or sunroom, this is where the Hunter Key Biscayne fan excels. Its WhisperWind motor ensures quiet operation even at powerful speeds. Better Homes & Gardens concluded that this is “a quiet, attractive fan with excellent airflow.” In addition, the mounting system allows for three positions, including standard, low, and angled. In terms of style, one buyer on Wayfair said "Beautiful fan. Very nautical, with a touch of farmhouse. Works GREAT!"


    Hunter Low Profile IV 51059 42-Inch

    Consumer Score: 93% give it 4 stars or higher
    For rooms with low ceilings, this Hunter fan is the most affordable and quality option.

    2,328 CFM | 3 speeds | 29 watts | up to 100 square feet

    Low Profile IV 51059 42-Inch Ceiling Fan
    Hunter Fan Company amazon.com

    • Small enough for ceilings under 8 feet
    • Inexpensive

    • No light attachment

    If you need a little airflow in a small room, but not any additional light, then the Hunter Low Profile IV fan will do the trick. Though it doesn’t have a light attachment, its design allows it to rest close to low ceilings while providing airflow over 2,000 CFM with three motor speeds. One reviewer on Amazon noted that this model hangs only about nine inches from the ceiling, making it great for installing above a bed too. While a light will add more depth to the fan, Hunter also offers this low profile, 42-inch option with a light for just $100.


    Brightwatts Energy Efficient 52-inch Espresso

    Consumer Score: 90% give it 4 stars or higher
    A large, economical fan with wooden blades and included light at a great price.

    5,509 CFM | 3 speeds | 17 watts | up to 400 square feet

    Brightwatts Energy Efficient 52 Inch Nutmeg Espress
    $79.00 (20% off)

    • Inexpensive and energy efficient

    • No included remote

    For well under $100, this Brightwatts fan not only is a great price for a large, 52-inch option, but also claims to be energy efficient by using only 17 watts with a high airflow rate. It also includes an integrated LED lightbulb for the white glass light bowl that’s designed to last for over a decade of use. However, if you loathe pull chains, this fan may not be for you since it does not come with a remote control, unless you want to separately purchase and install one from Brightwatts.


    Honeywell Carnegie 50614-01 52-Inch

    Consumer Score: 91% give it 4 stars or higher
    Add an industrial touch to a medium to large room with high ceilings.

    3 speeds | up to 324 square feet

    Honeywell 50614-01 Carnegie LED Ceiling Fan
    Honeywell amazon.com

    • Included light bulbs and remote

    • May be too large for low ceilings

    For an industrial, rustic style, the Honeywell Carnegie has three color options, each with reversible blades, so you can switch up the style to perfectly match your home. This 52-inch fan with three speeds and a reversible motor is a great option for rooms between 12 x 12 to 18 x 18 feet in size. It’s better for rooms with higher ceilings, since it can reach 14 inches long with the included 4-inch downrod. But in addition to the standard downrod, you could also do an angled or flush mount. The Carnegie also comes with three Edison E26/B10 LED bulbs, which can be dimmed with the included remote control.