Best Cheap Ceiling Fans 2020 (Under $100)

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In many homes around the world, ceiling fans are more than an accessory to spice up décor; they are necessities. Can you imagine a world without fans? Fans are very necessary for almost every space. As the winter disappears and summer sets upon us, fans become even more important. 

A good ceiling fan will ensure that while the weather is hot, you will always enjoy a cool, refreshing breeze. There are many ceiling fans available on the market. They come in different shapes, types, and at various prices. In this article, we review 10 of the best cheap ceiling fans under $100. 

Furthermore, with the broad range of ceiling fans available, it is easy to make a wrong choice that you will regret. Aside from providing you with the best cheap ceiling fans you can buy, we also provide a buying guide. This buying guide will show you the important things you need to take into consideration before choosing a ceiling fan.

Features to Consider in Good Ceiling Fans

Considering that there are many options on the market, you need a reliable guide on how to choose the best ceiling fan for you. In this mini buying guide, we will highlight some of the important factors you MUST consider when making your choice.

The rest of these factors will be considered in the main buyers guide in this article. In the meantime, here are some of these factors:

  • Purpose
  • Specs
  • Price
  • Noise

Purpose

There are different reasons why you might need a fan, and these reasons should affect your final choice. There are different types of indoor fans with each one serving a specific function.

One type of fan is the exhaust fan. This fan is ideal for use in places like the kitchen. It keeps your kitchen ventilated at all times.

Another type of fan serving a different purpose is the table fan. This fan is simply used to circulate air around the room.

Ceiling fans, which are the main thrust of this review and guide, are fans that serves multiple purposes.

Specs

Just as with other electronic appliances around the home, fans come with different specifications. It is up to you to understand the significance of these specifications before making a choice. You have different options to choose from.

Price

Fans exist in a wide range of prices. Some cost less than $100 while others cost upwards of $500 and $1000. Therefore, you need to consider how much you are willing to spend on a fan and the specs that come with such a fan.

Noise

Just as fans come in different prices and specs, they also come with different noise levels. Some are so silent you have no idea they are working till you feel a breeze while some can be heard from different parts of the house. It is important to consider this factor before buying a ceiling fan.

Best Cheap Ceiling Fans 2020 (Under $100)

1. Hunter Indoor Ceiling Fan

Why we like it: This is the first Hunter fan on this list, and it won’t be the last. Hunter is known for the high quality of their fans, and this fan is arguably the best of the bunch. We love the quiet, efficient performance from this fan that leaves us relaxed and refreshed.

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Design
The appearance of this ceiling fan is quite stunning despite the price. It comes with beautiful craftsmanship and design that makes it appear more expensive than it really is. 

It comes with 3” and 2” down rods that make sure it keeps a safe and comfortable distance from the ceiling. This design also ensures that air movement is optimized.

It is great for small to medium-sized rooms. It comes with 5 harvest mahogany blades that allow the best air movement and gives it a premium appearance.

Performance
Aside from the entrancing design, the performance of this fan makes us rate it very highly. Although it might take some time to assemble, the effort is totally worth it.

The fans provide very quiet performance, unlike the creaks and noises accompanied by other fans at this price range.

Despite the quiet performance, they are capable of displacing so much air for your comfort. It comes with 3 fan settings that serve you well. The lowest setting, fan setting 1, gives a gentle breeze, while on hot summer days, you will be grateful for setting number 3.

You can adjust these settings by using the pull chain that comes pre-installed.

Other Features
It comes with 3 light bulbs that offer decent lighting. They are candelabra bulbs that not only makes the area illuminated but also add a beauty to the overall appearance of the fan.

Pros
  • The design is very alluring
  • It delivers noiseless performance
  • Air-circulation is great
  • It comes with candelabra bulbs
Cons
  • Installation is a tad difficult

2. Westinghouse 7876400 Ceiling Fan

Why we like it: There are many things to like about this fan. It is beautifully designed and crafted. We like the 3 reversible blades that deliver optimal air movement. Coming in at 42″; it is great for medium or small rooms. We also love the variety of colors it comes in. The performance is also quite noiseless, although not as noiseless as our number 1 product.

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Design
The ceiling fan comes in a modern but attractive design. It is one of the most beautiful fans at this price point. It has a metallic finish on the exterior. It comes with a single light fixture. The light comes in a frosted opal design that bathes the surroundings in a calm ambiance. 

Furthermore, the fan comes with pull chains that have discs on their ends that grant them a nice look. 

Performance
This is the section where the Westinghouse 7876400 Ceiling Fan really shines. As it comes with 3 42” blades, the size is optimal for air movement. Furthermore, these blades are reversible. This implies that you can adjust the direction of airflow depending on the weather or just your preference.

It has a motor that grants enough power for great performance. It has 3 adjustable fan speed settings. These are high, medium, and low. 

Other Features
It consumes about 51W during operation. It also comes with a 2-year warranty on the external components of the fan and, get this, a lifetime warranty on the motor. At this price range, and in fact, with most fans, this is quite rare.

Pros
  • Impressive performance
  • Great for small rooms
  • It comes with a lifetime warranty on the motor and 2-year warranty on other parts of the fan.
  • The fans are reversible
Cons
  • It is relatively noisy

3. Westinghouse Lighting 7812700 Ceiling Fan

Why we like it: The white on white color of this fan and the blades make it look quite elegant. It offers an exceptional performance of any fan at this price range. As it is an industrial fan, it is one of the best fans you can use for large rooms. It delivers performance far greater than its value. It is an absolute steal at this price range and considering the performance.

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Design
The brushed nickel finish on the fan makes it blend into the décor of your living room or bedroom. The blades have a 56” width which obviously increases the amount of air they are capable of displacing.

The look is simple, clean, while stylish. It definitely doesn’t look cheap at all. We are sure that no matter the space you put it, it will enhance the décor and overall appearance.

It tends to hang low, and this is no surprise considering that it is an industrial fan.

Performance
The fan comes with 5 fan speed settings. This allows you a variety of options to choose from when determining the speed of the fan.

As an industrial fan, it delivers incredible airflow. Therefore, they can be comfortably used in medium to large-sized rooms. With an airflow of 7105 CFM and 63W of power consumed, it is a great fan at this price.

Other Features
As this is an industrial surprise, there is no surprise that it is noisier than your regular fan. Nevertheless, this sound is only really noticeable when you use the fan on a high-speed setting. 

This fan is very easy to install.

Pros
  • Powerful performance
  • Beautiful modern look
  • Can be used in a large room
  • It comes with 5 speed settings
Cons
  • It is noisy
  • Blades are not reversible

4. Emerson CF710WW

Why we like it: We particularly like the strong, sturdy construction of this fan. It is obviously meant to last for a long time. Aside from the durable construction, it is not too shabby either in terms of the overall design. Coupled with the lights and overall performance, this cheap ceiling fan meets all your needs.

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Design
This budget fan comes with a nice design. We like different options you have of mounting the fan. You have the 4.5” down rod that you can use to mount the fan conveniently. You can also make it flush with the ceiling by ignoring the down rod. And if you like, you can install it with a lengthier down rod. 

It comes with a 4-way light fixture as an added design feature. It is a pull-chain operated ceiling fan that is compatible with remote control. It has a glossy white finish that can instantly transform the look of your living space.

Performance
It might be a budget ceiling fan, but there is nothing “budget” about the performance. It delivers 3834CFPM and uses only 45W even on the highest speed setting.

With this feature, it is one of the most powerful budget fans available. The blades on this fan are reversible. With this feature, you can reduce the temperature of the air flow from the fan. This setting is also great in cold weather. With a simple switch, you can have the fan blow down hot air to keep you warm.

Other Features
The fan is very easy to install and comes with a dedicated instruction manual. It also delivers all this great performance with no noise.

Pros
  • Noiseless performance
  • Solid construction and classy design
  • Reversible blade
  • It is very easy to install
Cons
  • It doesn’t come with a remote

5. Westinghouse 7801665 ceiling fan

Why we like it: If you are on the lookout for a simple fan that provides decent performance, you will like the Westinghouse 7801665 ceiling fan as much as we did too. We like the strong build; even while on high settings, it remained firm and quiet. It also comes with little lights that provide surprisingly efficient illumination.

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Design
This budget ceiling fan has a modern appearance underlined by the 5 52” slim blades that contribute to the efficient performance.

The blades are made of plywood with a black decorating covering. This makes them look even more impressive. The blades as an overall design make this fan ideal for rooms that measure around 225 sq.ft and have 8 ft. ceilings.

The blades are customizable and can be changed to a black marble texture.

Aside from the blades, the fan comes with a frosted glass dome that encases 2 40W bulbs. This lighting is sufficient for some folks, although you might find it inadequate.

Performance
Considering the 52″ span of the blade, it is no surprise that this fan blows a lot of air, to put it mildly. The fan has an airflow of 3589CFPM. Coupled with an airflow efficiency of 57 CFM/W, it is no wonder that the fan is one of the best cheap ceiling fans on the market.

Other Features
It comes with a 153 x 15 mm cold-rolled motor. Coupled with the 3 capacitors and the 52” blades, this fan delivers excellent performance. It has 3 speed settings. And like some of the fans on this list, it has a reversible switch.

It has wall-mounted controls that we found easy to install. If you want even more convenience, you can purchase a remote control for the fan.

Another feature we observed, and definitely love, is the lifetime warranty offered by the manufacturer.

Pros
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Decent performance
  • It comes with 3 speed settings
Cons
  • Design is not anything special
  • It is relatively hard to install

6. Westinghouse Lighting 7247300

Why we like it: This ceiling fan offers safety along with good performance. We like the high airflow capacity of the fan along with extra features like reversible blades and remote control access.

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Design
The Westinghouse Lighting 724730 has a nickel finish that makes it look alluring. The 3 blades are nice to look at, and while they will not draw any appreciative glances, they are not offensive to the eye. 

The ceiling fan also features a frosted glass fixture with 2 40W bulbs encased. We observed that this light fixture is removable if you want to give the fan a simpler appearance.

It comes with a pull chain that adjusts the speed settings.

Performance
The ceiling fan easily services a room of up to 144 square feet dimensions. It has an airflow of 80 CFM. You can install this fan in different parts of the home, from your bedroom to your living room.

The fan has a powerful silicon steel motor that ensures that the fan delivers high airflow. There are 2 modes that the motor provides. These are; summer mode and winter mode. Thanks to the reversible capabilities of the blade, you can use the fan in both summer and winter. 

Other Features
The fan comes with a 2-year warranty on the parts of the fan and 1-year warranty on the motor.

Installation is made easy by the provision of an easy-to-read instruction manual. We also observed that the fan comes with light fixtures, although these are removable.

Pros
  • Installation is a breeze
  • Powerful, efficient performance
  • Blades are reversible
Cons
  • Has only pull chain and wall-mounted controls: no remote control

7. Hampton Bay

Why we like it: The fan delivers decent performance without being noisy. It has reversible blades, and the walnut finish of the blades is sure to complement the décor of many homes. These are the main reasons why we enjoyed testing this ceiling fan.

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Design
As mentioned earlier, the fan has blades that have a beautiful walnut finish. The brushed nickel finish and the maple finish on the other side of the blade are sure to make almost any space look even dapper. The blades have a span of 52” which ensures optimal distribution of blown air.

To complement this beautiful finish, it also comes with a frosted opal casing for bulbs. This good-looking fan is also quite durable. 

Performance
The fan comes in 3 fan speed settings. These settings are: high, medium, and low. At the highest fan speed, the fan remains firm in the ceiling and does not wobble. Although it is primarily designed for high ceilings, it doesn’t really matter the distance of the ceiling; it still provides great performance. 

Despite the price, it is very durable and delivers impressive performance. An airflow capacity of 4670 CFM makes for satisfactory air movement.

Furthermore, during operation, it produces little to zero noise.

Aside from the impressive performance from this ceiling fan, it is very easy to install. 

The fans are reversible. Therefore, whether the weather is hot or cold, you can use them satisfactorily. 

Pros
  • The blades are reversible
  • It is quite durable
  • The fan has an appealing appearance
  • Quiet performance
Cons
  • Light output from the bulbs is rather poor for large rooms

8. Hunter Fan Company 53090

Why we like it: This fan is quite beautiful, and as is common with products from Hunter, it delivers excellent performance. It provides this excellent performance, great airflow, and other features at a very affordable price. What is there not to like?

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Design
It comes with a pull chain to control the different speed of the fan and to turn it on. We found the canopy that comes with the fan useful for attaching it to a ceiling.

It comes with light fixtures to add illumination and give the fan a more sophisticated appearance. The brushed nickel finish of the fan completes the entrancing design.

It is easy to install this fan. You can take advantage of the different mounting systems of the fan. These systems are the: 

  • Flush mounting
  • Standard mounting
  • Angle mounting

Each of these systems has its advantage. With the flush mounting system, you can directly mount the fan to the ceiling. The standard mounting system requires the use of a down rod to fix it to the ceiling, and the angle mounting is great when the ceiling lies in an angled position.

Performance
The ceiling fan has 3 different speed settings from high to low. According to the manufacturer, it can serve an area of 400 sq. Ft. During testing, we found this estimate accurate.

We enjoyed using this fan as it causes an almost natural feeling of air.

Another feature the fan has is the ability to reverse the blades. Therefore, you can use the fan to blow warm air even in winter.

Pros
  • Quiet performance
  • Reversible fan blades
  • Different mounting systems
Cons
  • Pre-installed bulbs need to be replaced after a short period.

9. Minka-Aire F566-WH Flush Mount

Why we like it: Although this fan looks a tad old-fashioned, we like the strong, sturdy, and firm design. We like the ease of installation and the overall performance. It is clear that Minka-Aire put a lot of effort into making this fan, and this is clear from the appearance and performance.

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Design
The fan has a white body that fits into your décor quite well. The paint applied to this fan is so thick that you will be forgiven for thinking the fans are made of plastic.

The 5 blades have a span of 42” and the whole fan measure about 8.5” from the ceiling to the end of the fan. It is a flush mount fan that fits quite seamlessly with the ceiling. To assist with installation, the fan comes with a canopy that eases attachment to the ceiling.

Unlike the majority of the fans on this list, the fan has no light fixtures attached to it. If you want any light fixtures, you will have to buy them separately.

Performance
The fan delivers great yet quiet performance. During testing, we even sometimes forgot it was on. Until you look up at them, or you feel the air blowing, you might forget they are there.

The air blown by this fan might not exactly blow your newspaper out of your hand, but it delivers quite decent performance. We were very comfortable testing this fan even in hot conditions.

Other Features
A feature we feel deserves special mention is the ease of installation. It is one of the easiest fans to install. 

It also delivers very quiet performance. The plates and connection points of this fan all have rubber protectors to ensure completely quiet operation at all times.

Pros
  • Very quiet operation
  • It is easy to install
  • Flush mount
Cons
  • Although easy to install, the instruction manual is very confusing.
  • No light fixtures

10. Westinghouse Lighting 7863100

Why we like it: The design of this fan is eye-catching and simply outstanding. It is compact and durable. The 6 blades ensure proper circulation of air in a room. We also like the fact that it comes with a lifetime warranty on the motor and a 2-year warranty on the other parts of the fan.

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Design
The ceiling fan comes in a design that immediately catches your attention. The style is quite sophisticated and will definitely add an interesting flavor to your space.

It has a chrome finish that highlights the beauty. Furthermore, the light fixtures add to the stunning appearance. Light fixtures come in an opal frosted glass casing.

These small fans fit into the room quite seamlessly. While they provide an interesting décor option, they do not overwhelm.

Performance
The performance is highly satisfactory. During testing, we observed that the fan is able to serve a room of around 80 Sq. Ft. 

With an airflow of 1270 CFM and an airflow efficiency of 39 CFM, it delivers comfortable performance. It might be small in size, but it delivers powerful performance. The candelabra bulbs provide good lighting, although most folks decide to change them for something brighter.

They have reversible blades. In winter, you can reverse the blades to blow warm air to keep you comfortable and change the setting in the summer so that it blows cool air.

Installation of this fan is quite easy. It is also durable, and even when set to high, it does not wobble or threaten to fall. As for noise levels, it does not produce more noise than similar-sized fans.

Pros
  • Small size but powerful performance
  • Easy to install
  • The fan has reversible blades
Cons
  • The bulbs are quite dim.

Features to Consider When Buying a Ceiling Fan

From the reviews above, you have seen the 10 best cheap ceiling fans under $100 that you can buy. By considering these ceiling fans, your choice is made easier.

In this section, we will discuss in some detail the important factors you have to consider before buying a ceiling fan.

Ceiling fans come with so many features and in a variety of options. By knowing the features to look out for, your choice is made easier. Here in this section, we will point out the most important ones.

Controls

Ceiling fans can be controlled in different ways. The vast majority of these fans come with a wall-mounted box. It is similar to the function of a light switch. This box allows you to change the speed of the fan, and more sophisticated ones allow you to do even more.

If you are faced with the option of choosing this kind of control, you should ensure that the box has a functional and durable capacitor. That way, it will not cause bad issues during use. You should also ensure that it is noiseless.

If you do not want a box controlled ceiling, you have other options available to you. Some fans have a pull-down switch attached to the ceiling fan. You can use this switch to turn on the fan or adjust the speed settings.

Of all the control options, the most sophisticated and sometimes the most expensive option is the remote control option. The remote controls let you control so much more. From fan speed to fan direction and even timers, these ceiling fans are technologically impressive.

Mounting Option

This is another important factor you need to consider. Although ceiling fans are hung from the ceiling (obviously), there are different ways of hanging them. Here are the types of ceiling fans based on the mounting method.

Ceiling Fans on Angled Ceilings

Some ceilings are unlike conventional parallel ceilings. They are constructed at an angle. Therefore, not just any ceiling fan can be installed on them. If you have this type of ceiling, you need a ceiling fan that has an angled ceiling adapter. This will allow you to install the fan safely. Aside from angled adapters, some fans come with down rods that are angled. With these down rods, you do not need any special adapters to hang your ceiling fan.

Down Rod Ceiling Fans

These ceiling fans come with down rods. Down rods are the lengths of metal or other durable material that is attached to the ceiling and attached to the fan. They come in different lengths, and you will be wise to check the distance of your ceiling to the ground before using a down rod ceiling fan.

Hugger/ Flush Mount Ceiling Fans

These ceiling fans are, as the name implies, flush with the ceiling. They are especially useful for low ceilings (<8 ft.).  They do not have down rods but are just a few inches from the ceiling.

Close Ceiling Fans

These fans are a blend between flush mount ceiling fans and ceiling fans with down rods. They have down rods, but these down rods are shorter than your average down rod ( 2-5 inches). If your ceiling is around 9 ft. these are ideal for the ceiling.

Size

A very important factor in choosing a ceiling fan is the size, both of the fan and space it will fit. 

It does not make any sense mounting a 78” ceiling fan in a room with low ceiling height. It also does not make sense buying a small fan with low air flow efficiency in a spacious room.

Thus, measure out your space and take note of the size of the fan.

Price

In most cases, the more expensive a fan is, the better the performance. However, you should not base your entire decision on price. For example, some fans might be worth a lot of money, not because of better performance, but because the fan has some feature that ultimately is of zero use to you.

You can find high-quality ceiling fans in our review of the best cheap ceiling fans under $100. 

Noise

The noise a fan produces should be an important factor to consider. For instance, if you are planning to place the ceiling fan in your bedroom, it would be counterproductive to buy a fan that makes so much noise you can’t sleep.

Thus, give attention to the level of noise a fan produces during operation.

Aesthetics

Although this does not impact the actual performance of the fan, this factor determines how good it looks in your room. 

This factor affects not just the design of the fan, but also external factors like the color of your wall, the type of furniture you have and a load of other décor factors.

Durability

There is no use buying a cheap fan only for it to stop working or have parts breaking down in a few weeks. Aside from costing you more, it is also very frustrating. 

Therefore, with regards to this factor, you have to seriously analyze the quality of the build of the ceiling fan. You need to check out how strong it appears and the level of care put into manufacturing the fan.

It is also smart to consider the warranties that the fan might have.  If a ceiling fan does not have any warranty, this is a red flag. It likely means that the manufacturer is not convinced of the quality of the product.

Some ceiling fans come with a lifetime warranty for the motor of the ceiling fan and varying warranties for the other parts of the fan.

Specifications

The specifications of a ceiling are an indicator of what it can do. Although specifications can sometimes be deceiving, it is still an important factor to consider.

Brand

Reputable brands are more likely to create products that deliver excellent and durable performance. They also offer warranties better than lesser-known manufacturers.

Furthermore, in cases where you need to replace parts, it is easier to find the parts of ceiling fans from popular brands.

Benefits of Choosing Ceiling Fans

Although it is true that there are other options to ceiling fans for keeping you cold in hot weather, these appliances still have distinct advantages. In this section, we will consider some of these benefits.

They save Energy

You cannot compare the amount of energy a fan uses with that consumed by an air conditioning unit. Although they do not exactly cool a room as an air conditioning unit does, they can make the room feel cooler.

By using these appliances, you can chop off a large chunk of your utility bill every month.

Stylish

Air conditioning units might come in different colors and designs, but they are limited when compared with ceiling fans. These fans add a whole new dimension to the way your room looks. These come in different styles, shapes, themes, and so on.

A great interior decorator can make the ceiling fan the focal point of decorations and make it vastly improve the appearance of the space.

Versatility

The ceiling fan can be used all year round. There are ceiling fans with reversible blades that rotate anti-clockwise. These kinds of ceiling fans can blow warm air even in winter.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ceiling Fans

Do Ceiling Fans Have Benefits?

Yes, they do!
They help you reduce your utility bills, can be used all year long, and they can add beauty to your space.

What is a reversible ceiling fan, and does it really work?

These fans are fans that reverse the direction of airflow. They act by sucking air instead of pushing it.
This is especially useful in cold weather. Using a reversible airflow action, the ceiling fan can make the room feel warmer than it actually is.
And they work! However, to fully enjoy these fans, they are best used with a heater in the room. You can rest assured it will make you feel cozy even in the dead of winter.

Where can I install the Ceiling Fan?

You can place these fans wherever you want, as long as there is a ceiling to hang it from. From your kitchen to your bedroom to the living room, there is almost no place you can’t install them.

Conclusion

Ceiling fans are very useful appliances in the home. The fans listed in this article are the best cheap fans under $100. We are sure that by choosing one of them, you are getting the best quality and performance for that price point.

If you want other fans aside from those in the article, let our buying guide help you determine the factors you should consider before making a purchase.