The thing about ceiling fan pull-chains is that they’re not exactly convenient. That’s because, at the risk of stating the obvious, they’re hanging from the ceiling. If you have high vaulted ceilings or a fan that’s hanging over a kitchen table, it can be pretty hard to reach the pull-chain. This is especially true if you’re physically handicapped. While you could probably extend it by tying shoelaces to the pull-chain, there’s a more convenient and less ridiculous option: remotes.
There are remote controls for just about everything, so why not get one for your ceiling fan? Even if you can easily reach the pull-chain, there’s nothing wrong with embracing a little laziness and comfort when you’re trying to cool off on a warm day. Some remotes are designed to be used with specific brands like Hampton Bay, whereas others are designed to be universally compatible. Read on for the ceiling fan remote controls that will make those warm days a breeze.
1. PECHAM Universal Remote Control for Ceiling Fan
This universal remote has intuitive buttons, including speed settings, a timer function, and a light switch. Installation is required; the included receiver must be mounted into the fan for it to work. An included wall mount allows you to affix the remote to a set place in the room.
Pros: Universal remote. Has a timer setting, speed settings, and light controls.
Cons: Installation can be difficult. Receiver may not fit in every fan. No reverse feature.
2. Eogifee Universal Ceiling Fan Remote Control
This universal remote will work with most fans. It comes with a receiver that has to be wired into the fan. It has a light dimmer, 3-speed settings, and it can be used to turn the fan on and off. The remote also has a holster that allows it to be mounted to a wall.
Pros: Compatible with most fans, includes a receiver and remote.
Cons: No timer function.
3. Hampton Bay Remote Control
This remote control is not universal; it’s designed to be used with Hampton Bay fans. Reviewers found that they were able to control different models of Hampton Bay fans without having to do any wiring. Functions include reverse, lighting dimmer and speed settings. However, there is no timer function.
Pros: Good option for replacing dead Hampton Bay remotes, can be used with Hampton Bay fans that didn’t originally come with remotes. Has a reverse function.
Cons: Not universal, although some reviewers found that it worked with ceiling fans from other brands. Remote doesn’t have a timer function.