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When I saw the Vornado FA1 42″ Tower Fan on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond I decided to pick it up and give it a whirl because my other fan had broke (the power button didn’t work) and I needed a new one anyway.
The fan is very tall and fairly light weight for the size, installing the base wasn’t a big deal you just attach 2 half circles and screw them into the bottom of the fan. The plastic feel of the circle is the same quality as any other fan and not overly tough, but the fan will not fall over if you bump into it either.
The fan in action provides more air flow vs. any other tower or standing fan I have tested when it is set at the highest setting. The volume of the fan is comparable to floor fans with the same type of airflow design which isn’t overly loud, but you can have the fan a good distance away and still feel the airflow which helps compensate for noise. I keep the fan on at night near my bed moving it from my office and can sleep with the fan on full blast without an issue.
The lower settings seem almost a waste because it does pass very little airflow at the lowest settings, the 2nd to highest setting seems to be the best airflow for the volume point. It does circulate the air very well however and has a wide conical range of airflow that extends and is felt easily 10-12′ away from the fan.
This is the best tower fan I have tested to date, but at it’s price it isn’t cheap. There are floor fans that can produce more power (some Vornado floor fans have more airflow as well) but they also have a louder volume. The design and appearance of the fan is one of the better I have seen on a tower fan as well.
Overall if you need a powerful tower fan, I was not disappointed with the Vornado FA1 42″ Tower fan. It does keep my room much cooler.