Whether you work in an office, work from home, or you’re crammed in a dorm room, there’s a good chance you spend a lot of time at your desk. The typical workday is eight hours, which means that the place where we spend 1/3 of our day should be comfortable and that means a supportive chair, bright lighting, and a temperature that is neither too hot nor too cold. If you share a work space with other people and don’t have control of the thermostat or you want to cool your work space without freezing out your entire home, you need a desk fan.
A desk fan is a personal fan that can be used to make your working environment a place where you’re alert and focused, not the spot where you fall asleep on your keyboard because Dave in accounting likes the office at 82 degrees. Whether your office is stuffy and needs some air movement or gets warm in the afternoon, a small desk fan can make a big difference in your comfort level.
We also like using desk fans in our home, including our bedroom and living room. Not only are desk fans great for small spaces, but they also help to localize the airflow to a set area, meaning you can be cool in bed while your partner enjoys their warm side of the mattress.
Stop fighting with the thermostat and pick up a small desk fan that will keep you cool all day and night.
1. Honeywell QuietSet Mini Tower Table Fan
Choose from four levels of sound and power settings with the Honeywell QuietSet Mini Tower Table Fan, with the energy-saving fan enabling users to fully customize their cooling experience. The Honeywell is oscillating, making it a great option for small rooms or offices that need extra airflow.
Pros: Unlike the other two fans on our list which are USB powered, the Honeywell uses a 120-volt electrical outlet, making it a great choice for desks, as well as in bedrooms, bathrooms, and other rooms in the house.
Cons: The Honeywell has the smallest footprint on a desk, but at 13” is the tallest fan on our list and may not be appropriate for all desk spaces.
2. Aikoper USB Small Table Personal Electric Fan
Recently updated with a new turbo cyclone structure that disperses airflow evenly, the Aikoper USB Small Table Personal Electric Fan is smartly designed with a U-shape cylinder that blows wind upwards, keeping your important papers in their proper spot on your desk. Controlling the Aikoper is easy, with the sensitive touch control allowing users to choose between low and high wind speed. The Aikoper includes two rubber pads to keep it in place and only uses two powerful blades to help cut down on noise.
Pros: The space-saving fan is only 3.9” wide and 4.9” high and can be easily angled up or down with one hand.
Cons: The Aikoper is a USB fan and requires an AC adapter in order to plug it into a wall unit.
3. iKross USB Fan
For a fan that is small but mighty, we recommend the iKross USB Fan. The compact fan measures 6” x 4” x 4” and has an ultra-quiet design that produces strong wind with little energy use. Like the Aikoper, the iKross can be angled up or down. The iKross is controlled by a conveniently located on and off switch on the back of the fan.
Pros: At only 8.8 ounces, the iKross is the lightest fan on our list, making it ideal for travel.
Cons: Unlike the other two fans, the iKross only has one speed setting.