Your living space is almost perfect. The couch, the coffee table… everything’s in it’s place. But we need a fan for when things get hot. The question is, which type? A pedestal fan, or a tower fan? What’s the difference – really?

I was stuck on this for a while. So I’ve put some thought and research into tower fans vs pedestal fans:

Pedestal fans are more powerful than tower fans – they’re great for large areas and stand above furniture. They’re also quieter than tower fans. On the other hand, a tower fan works best placed a few feet away from you. Choose a pedestal fan for strong airflow, and a tower fan for close cooling.

Pros & Cons of Tower & Pedestal Fans

Sometimes the best way to decide between something is to compare their pros and cons. So I’ve put together this table to do just that! Hopefully it helps.

Aspect Tower Fans Pedestal Fans
Height Smaller - often some air will blow into the side of a couch/bed. Taller - can be placed behind furniture and directed straight to you.
Power Less Powerful - the air comes from turbine-like fans. More Powerful - the fan is the same style that powers some planes!
Noise Louder - the fan type is just louder. Quieter - high end models are super quiet. Only sound it the airflow.
Space Less Space - these tall and slim fans can be placed anywhere. More Space - pedestal fans have large bases to balance the power.
Features Standard features of all modern fans. Standard features of all modern fans.
Looks Better Looks - More modern, sleek designs. Basic Looks - not much you can do with a stand and some fan blades.

Overall Recommendations

Looking at everything from a top-down view, when should you get one of these fans over another?

Pedestal Fans

The power of a pedestal fan is the main point of difference. They can be used over much larger areas, and can be positioned behind furniture to reach over it. 

For that reason, consider a good pedestal fan for a larger space. If you’re shopping for one, don’t miss our guide on the quietest models.

Tower Fans

On the other hand, tower fans are excellent when placed close to you. They’re great for placing next to seating areas for more direct and gentle cooling.

While we’re still working on our tower fan comparison reviews, we can recommend the model offered by hOmelabs (pictured below).

Woman enjoying hOmelabs portable tower fan

This tower fan by hOmeLabs is one of the best all-rounders available.

We don’t recommend it for one reason, but for many! Essentially, it’s a fantastic all-rounder. This model doesn’t pack as much power as a pedestal fan, but can provide gentle cooling to a wider area. Most importantly, it can do cool you quietly. The fan even has a ‘Sleep Mode’ which works well on those hot summer nights.

Although it’s got an average of 4.6/5 stars from 1,000+ reviews on Amazon, I recommend checking it out directly on the hOmelabs website here. Amazon often fulfills orders via a third-party, while ordering direct means:

  • You support the product’s manufacturer
  • You’ll get priority customer support
  • You may get quicker delivery

Okay – that’s the quick summary and recommendations. Ready to dive into the details? Then read on.

Pedestal vs Tower Fans – Feature by Feature

For a detailed comparison, we’ve compared these two types of fans in different aspects. Consider which factor may be important to your living space, and it can reveal which fan type will best suit your home.


Tower and Pedestal fans are two of the tallest types of fans out there. While a pedestal fan stands high and mighty, blowing air from a height, tower fans tend to blow air up their entire height.

This is the key difference between the two.

Pedestal fans blow all their air from a height so they can be placed behind objects.

They’re not the prettiest or modern fan, but they can be placed behind a couch or other bit of furniture. Couple this with a remote, and you have a subtle but powerful air source.

Alternatively, tower fans are made to sit in-front of you.

Because their airflow reaches from the floor upwards, they can’t be placed behind anything. This makes them much more suited to being placed a few feet from where you’re sitting.


While these two types of fans can cause the same, they deliver entirely different types of airflow.

Pedestal fans can be real powerhouses. They work the same way that old propeller planes used to be powered – so you can see how powerful they can get!

Modern pedestal fans can pack an amazing amount of force behind them. They come with sturdy bases and powerfully optimized fan blades – giving you as much airflow as you’ll ever need.

On the other hand, tower fans are more like turbines or old windmills. They use a spinning set of blades to spin up and shoot air out of their opening:

While this is works to give air out the whole tower, it’s nowhere near as powerful or direct as a pedestal fan.

Shopping for a workshop? Blower fans give much more direct and accurate airflow.


The amount of sound from your fan make all the difference. Instead of “this is so cooling and relaxing”, you can find yourself saying “yeah the air is nice, but why won’t it shut up!”

Now – any high quality, modern fan will be mostly silent. But unfortunately for tower fans, the way they push air out is simply a noisier mechanism than a pedestal fan.

Instead of 3-5 simple blades spinning on a quiet axis, tower fans have entire towers of turbine-shaped blades being spun around inside a cylinder. This will just always be louder than a pedestal fan (despite giving less airflow).

In contrast, check out this high-end pedestal fan.

Even on the highest setting, you can barely hear the blades spinning. The only noise is the strong airflow coming from the fan blades.

This fan is our top recommendation and is ultra-quiet, but this still represents the difference between most tower and pedestal fans.


For mobility, it’s roughly a draw between tower and pedestal fans.

Both are easy to place – though pedestals have a slight advantage being able to sit behind something. Great for using as an office fan.

However, moving requires the same amount of weight and hassle with the plugs. Aside from that, mobility’s a draw.


Pedestal and Tower fans are great space savers –  but for different reasons.

Tower fans are often slim, easy to place, and barely take up any floor space. This makes them fantastic to sit in next to your couch or bed. They’re ideal for when you have limited floor space.

On the other hand, pedestal fans tend to have a big, sturdy base. This is needed to help balance them and the extra power they have. While this can take up more space, they make up for it by sending the airflow over a longer distance. Meaning you have more options to place them.


Modern fans have plenty of features – and these are available to both types of fans.

Remote controls, oscillation, different modes, timer settings, and even child locks, can be found on most modern fan models.

Features is roughly a draw between both models.


Modern tower fans are starting to look incredibly good. Almost like an ornamental part of the room.

Tall, sleek, slender designs make them blend in with most modern living spaces.

Honeywell’s Quietset Tower fan fits into any modern space. (Image links to Amazon)

On the other hand, pedestal fans aren’t quite as glamorous. 

There’s not much you can do to improve the looks of fan blades on a stick. However, some modern models are looking very respectable. Like the Rowenta fan features in the Noise section above.


The price ranges for both types of fans are around the same.

Starting at anywhere from $20, all the way up to $80 for decent models.

However, pedestal fans have a ‘super high-end category’.

These absolute machines will cost you over $100. Why? Because they’re super silent, super powerful, and super reliable. It’s a hell of a lot of money for a fan, sure. But they’ll last, and never fail to have your friends commenting about how silent but strong they are.

Check out our run-down of the quietest pedestal fans to find the best options.


Pedestal AND Tower fans are both fantastic options for any living space.

For a minimal cost, they can help keep you cool without too much noise, or taking up too much space.

If you’re looking to place the fan behind furniture (like a couch) and have it blow over a wide area, consider a pedestal fan. Our guide to the best models here.

On the other hand, if you’d rather a gentler, quieter cooling fan that works over a wider area, consider a tower fan. We recommend this one by hOmeLabs – it’s a great all-rounder for build quality, quietness, and modern features.

I hope this quick guide has helped you decide which of the two will be better for your living space!

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– Craig