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Fans often generate effective "white noise" which can encourage relaxation and sleep by reducing or eliminating disruptive sounds such as traffic, barking dogs, weather, etc.
The main competitor of fans used for white noise and sleeping is sound / white noise machines. Fans are the better choice if you want air circulation in addition to white noise; sound machines are better if you seek only white noise.
The table below evaluates only those fans that rate highest in owner satisfaction based on 250+ consumer experience. Links go to Amazon.com.
|Owner Satisfaction / Sample1||Price2||Quality of Sound3||Noise Volume4||Air Circu- lation||Reliability and Longevity|
|Lasko Personal Fan, 6 Inches|
|92% / 817||$19||fair - good||low -
|90% / 423||$78||good||medium||good - very good||good|
|Lasko 3520 20-Inch|
|87% / 518||$46||good||medium -
|good - fair||good|
|Lasko 42-Inch with Remote|
|87% / 2030||$85||good||low -
|Vornado Midsize Fan|
|86% / 483||$58||fair - good||low -
|good||good - fair|
|84% / 4365||$15||fair - good||medium||fair - good||fair - poor|
|81% / 1030||$13||fair||medium -
|fair||good - fair|
1 Owner Satisfaction / Sample Size. Owner satisfaction is not necessarily based on how effective the fan is for sleeping but rather on the fan's effectiveness overall. Sample size refers to the number of owner experiences that the satisfaction rate is based on.
2 Price. Fans that have the best quality of sound are often among the most expensive.
3 Quality of Sound refers to the smoothness of the white noise generated. This is likely the most important factor if you plan to use the fan for sleeping. Note: the ratings indicate only what tends to be true for most owners. Your personal evaluation of the fan's sound quality may differ.
4 Noise Volume refers to how loud the fan is. If you have fairly loud noises that you would like to drown out with a fan, then you will probably need one that rates moderate or higher. Note: ratings show only what tends to be true for most owners. Your personal evaluation of the fan's noise potential may differ.
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