A Look At The Top Rated Ceiling Fans

Searching for the right ceiling fan for your particular need can be frustrating. For example, the phrase “Who Makes the Best Ceiling Fan?” is a loaded question. Most ceiling fan manufacturers produce different levels of quality and performance to match the customers budget. If you are comparing one brand to another, the trick is to compare equivalent priced ceiling fans with each other, as the price is some indication to the workmanship and durability of the fan.

It all depends what you need the fan to do. Most people who shop for the perfect ceiling fan think all they have to do is choose one that matches their decor or style. But in reality you have to know a lot more info.

—If you don’t know the basics of how to buy the correct ceiling fan, then click here to get started. To see the top rated ceiling fans – read on.

Top Rated Ceiling Fans by Category

The following ceiling fans were rated on efficiency of motors, best quality, and overall design. There are many more just as good, but you can’t choose them all. Enjoy!

Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Emerson CF788ORB Carrera Grande Eco

Selected by the EPA as “ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient” of 2014. This Emerson ceiling fan is UL rated for indoor/outdoor-damp locations and is rated with the 60-inch span. It’s suited for covered areas like a covered patio or wide porch, covered Gazebo, covered area over a pool, bathrooms and small laundry rooms.

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Hunter 23568 Sea Air

A top rated ceiling fan by verified buyers. This Hunter ceiling fan is UL rated for outdoor-wet locations and it’s 52-inch span is suited for partially covered or uncovered areas like a patio, porch, pergola, Gazebo, or any indoor or outdoor location close to the ocean (due to salt in air). Fan has been discontinued, get one while you can!

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Best Ceiling Fans with Lights

Keep in mind, most ceiling fans can have a light kit added to them. To make things easier, these are top rated fans that include lights.

Emerson CF955BS Midway Eco

Proven to be over 300% more efficient than any other ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fan with lights. This Emerson ceiling fan is UL rated for indoors only. With a span of 54-inch, it accommodates standard bedrooms, family rooms, great rooms, and large areas.

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Fanimation FPD8089BA Keistone

Fan consumes 70% less energy than a conventional ceiling fan thanks to its DC-powered motor. This Fanimation fan is UL rated for indoors only. A wide 72-inch width span is perfect for large bedrooms, family rooms, great rooms and other large areas.

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Best Ceiling Fans for Bedrooms

Casablanca 59510 Panama

Due to the super efficient DC motor, this fan handles large rooms with ease and quiet operation. The Casablanca fan is UL rate for indoors only. It’s 54-inch span is perfect for standard bedrooms, family rooms, great rooms and large areas due to its 15 degree blade pitch.

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Kichler Lighting 300133OBB Rivetta

The DC motor uses 70% less energy than conventional ceiling fans. The Kichler fan is UL rated for indoor only. Span is 52-inches which is made for standard bedrooms, family rooms, great rooms and other large areas. Fan blades are not reversible – single color only.

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Best Hugger Ceiling Fans

Minka-Aire F518-WH Concept II

As far as energy usage, this fan uses more energy than others in this list, but is the most popular flush-mount ceiling fans out there. It is UL rated for indoor only. The span of 44-inches is meant for smaller rooms like standard kitchens and living rooms.

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Emerson CF144WW Curva Sky

The energy consumption is better than the Minka-Aire version, but barely. UL rated for outdoor-wet locations. This 44-inch fan is for smaller rooms like standard kitchens and living rooms.

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Best Ceiling Fans for High Ceilings

Fanimation FPD8148BN Odyn

This massive 84-inch ceiling fan puts out 10,104 CFM using it’s super efficient DC motor. The Fanimation fan is UL rated for indoor/outdoor-damp locations. Perfect for large family rooms, great rooms and other large areas with tall ceilings including area over a pool.

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Minka-Aire F888-BNW Slipstream

Selected by the EPA as one of “ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient” fans of 2014. The Minka-Aire is UL rated for outdoor-wet locations. The 65-inch span of this fan makes it perfect for uncovered areas like a patio, porch, pergola, and Gazebo.

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Buying Tips for The Best Ceiling Fan

What size fan should I buy?

For a room where the longest wall is 12 feet or less, a 36 inch fan or smaller is best. A room that is 12 to 15 feet wide should have a ceiling fan between 42 and 48 inches. If the rooms longest wall is more than 15 feet, then 52 inches or larger is recommended.

How do I install a ceiling fan?

While installing a ceiling fan is not hard, the most important thing is making sure the mounting bracket is securely braced properly. Most ceiling fans weigh as much as 15 to 50 pounds. For ease of explanation, here are some links to videos.

How do I use a ceiling fan in the winter season besides summer?

Most ceiling fans are built for year round use. To make this happen, change the direction that a ceiling fan’s blades are moving.  Depending on the fan model, the direction can be changed through the reverse switch on the fan’s motor or on a remote control. Summer Use: Counter-Clockwise

  • Have your fan’s blades run counter-clockwise to blow air straight downward. This creates a wind chill effect making the room seem cooler.

Winter Use: Clockwise

  • Reverse the direction of the blades (set to clockwise) and set the fan to low speed. The updraft will force any warm air concentrated near the ceiling to circulate down along the walls in the room distributing the air more evenly.

Can a fan be installed on a sloped ceiling?

Yes, absolutely given the slope is not too steep and the fan can handle it. A sloped ceiling adaptor is required for such a installation. Some fan models include a sloped ceiling adaptor. Make sure to read the recommended use for proper specifications.

  • Extra downrods may be necessary if the room has a high vaulted ceiling.

Is more ceiling fan blades better?

Typically the amount of fan blades changes nothing to the cfm’s (The amount of air movement the fan produces.). What is affected is the noise levels and efficiency. The combination of blade pitch and spacing determines the overall effectiveness of the fan.

  • Depending on fan blade designs, with more fan blades the fan can be quieter but with less air flow.
  • Additional blades can slightly increase drag causing a ceiling fan’s motor to slow down.

Advancements in overall design, balance, low-drag blades and blade pitch produce ceiling fans where the number of blades don’t matter. Aesthetic design and function within a room is always the goal.

What is blade pitch?

The angle of the blade. It makes a difference in how much air a fan is able to circulate throughout a room.

  • The optimal blade pitch for a ceiling fan is between 12 to 15 degrees.

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