“ Brand: Argos / Type: Tower / Speeds: 3 „
Normally I am quite good at dealing with hot weather but this summer at times it was just that tad bit too hot for me, so I thought I would invest in a relatively cheap fan. Let's face it when it's sunny here, it is never for too long so I didn't exactly want to invest a lot in something that I will only use a few days a year.
So I needed something urgently, popped on to the Argos site and saw this had a lot of positive reviews and it was in the value range. Next thing I popped down to my local Argos and before you know it I was the owner of a Tower fan. The reason I plumped for a tower fan instead of the classic kind is twofold. Firstly it is easier to store away as it is quite compact and not too bulky plus I know I am in the minority but I find Tower Fans to be more attractive.
This comes with three settings like with most fans. Personally I always use the highest setting as I don't find the first two to have a great enough effect. Especially with setting number one I am not sure why anyone would use this. This is really a waste of a setting, but I guess for this value they can't make the fan that much more powerful. I didn't have to worry about paper flying off my desk as I used this primarily in my room to cool me down in the evenings before I went to sleep.
Of course with these things noise is always a factor and there is some noise here however I was pleasantly surprised that it was not too loud. I was expecting this to be a nuisance however in actual fact if I wanted to I could have comfortably slept with the fan on and not have been disturbed so I give this very good marks in terms of noise.
This does have the possibility to rotate as well which is useful if you have a group of people, but I do not use this feature much at all, as I am the primary user and like this fan just to be focused on the one point, so in essence I can't really comment too much on the rotation feature. In terms of price this is currently under £25 at Argos and you can go cheaper if you want. I have never owned a fan before so I can't comment on how this compares to others in a similar price range but I personally have found it to be good value for money.
Overall I think is a decent fan and whilst it isn't perfect and maybe for some people won't quite be powerful enough they also need to remember this is a value fan. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for and if you want something that has serious wind power then you really need to be investing more money in to your fan.
During the recent spell of hot weather that hit us unexpectedly I desperately needed to find a fan that not only cooled a room down but helped to keep my son as cool as possible as he has a condition that is made worse in the heat. I searched online for a decent fan. Most fans I wanted to purchase had not surprisingly sold out or there was a long delivery date and I wasn't prepared to wait. The only local place that I could find that had fans in stock was Argos. I went online and reserved two of the fans at my local Argos store. My daughter in law had also requested I pick one up for her.
Now I did read the reviews on the Argos website and there was a mixture from one star to five stars and I thought for £24.96 I would give it a go. Some people had returned there fans due to them being faulty etc, some stated on the noise.
The speculations of the fan are as follows,
The colour is white, The height is 75.6 cms, width 26 cms and depth 26cms. It really doesn't take up much room at all so would be ideal if you had little space and it has a slightly modern appearance though I have seen nicer. Easy to store away when not in use, taking up little space. I just wanted it to do the job. It weighs 2.8kgs making it very easy to move around or carry it to another room. The assembly of the fan was easy. You just need to clip two separate plastic parts to the bottom and it was straightforward. There are two holes for screws but no screws in either box so I assume that maybe at one time they had screws or it was just a manufacturing error. Not a problem though as the fan remains sturdy and doesn't fall over, isn't wobbly. It comes with the plug fitted. There are three buttons to press for the fan numbered 1, 2 and 3. One being the lowest and three the highest.
Once set up and initially trying the fan I immediately stood in front of it, yes it did cool my legs. I tended to have it on button two most of the time. It did cool an average room down slightly but not as much as I'd hoped. It also blows along the length of it so if in front of you it would cool your lower body only. I hadn't really considered this at the time of purchase. I ended up putting the fan on a piece of furniture and had it oscillating in order to blow cool air on my son. It worked but not as powerful as I would of liked. It is also very important to note that is extremely noisy. If was annoying as the fan was heard over the television and for me anyway it was a bit of a pain. In my sons bedroom to aid his sleeping and to keep him as cool as possible I experienced the same problems. Firstly I had to put it on a set of drawers and reasonably close to him for him to take advantage of what is designed for, too cool you down. He wasn't to keen on this as has special needs. Again the noise disturbed his sleep so if you are a light sleeper I would probably avoid this purchase. The same night I searched for another fan that I managed to collect two days later which was cheaper and Fantastic. I have used this fan since in the sensory room and it does cool the room a little but not as much as I would expect it to. I would say if you need one desperately then yes purchase the fan as it is better than nothing and will offer a little light relief from the heat but if able to I would consider a different product.
****Oscillating tower fan****
I recently bought this as we moved home and the house is like a sauna. I popped into Argos as saw this for £24.96 and picked it up as it was in stock. When getting home we set it up which took no time at all. All we had to do was fix on the base and plug it in.
It is 75cm in height and is perfect for when sitting down on the sofa. It has been extremely hot this summer and everyone seems to be suffering from it and struggling to get off to sleep. We move it around the house depending on where we need it. I take it to bed and stick it on low which is great as its not too cold for us when the room cools. I have ended up waking up after about an hours sleep to turn it off.
Before buying this, I did read a few other reviews on Argos to find out how other people got on. Some said it was too noisy and others said it was brilliant. It does make noise but what fan doesn't? We have had it on whilst trying to watch the TV and it doesn't disrupt us or become unbearable.
The fan has 3 speed settings. Low, medium and high. We mostly use the low setting just to save ourselves a bit of money on the electric. It is nice on the high setting but it does get too cold and you end up turning it off and on again. I kind of regret the decision to buy this fan as it doesn't reach my face or neck when sitting on the sofa but it does cool me down without the need for me to do that. It works really well for us when we are in bed as it is just the right height to cool us down.
I would have preferred to have the circular fan on a stand and will probably buy one for the living room and leave this one upstairs. When coming home from being out in that boiling hot sun, we run in and switch the fan on to try and cool ourselves to a better temperature and this doesn't really do the job I want it to. The fan works really well and does cool you down, but you would have to sit on the floor or sit it on a table if you wanted it to get you properly.
For those who wanted a fan this summer, this is a good fan but I wouldn't say it's the best sort to have. It's too low down and doesn't make much of a difference to a room if you're standing up. I've given the fan 3/5 stars for being good but not practical for what we wanted. It keeps us cool in bed but doesn't do a great job when downstairs.
Thanks for reading my review
I'm the kind of person that is always hot rather than cold so during the summer months I really suffer when it's hot. I hate being too hot, it makes me feel sweaty and sticky and even though you've had a shower a few hours later you feel like you need another. I also have this weird thing of needing to have the windows open or a fan on to breath ice clean fresh air. If it's muggy and stuffy I feel like I can't breath. I have two of these fans and wouldn't be without them. One I keep in my living room and one in the bedroom.
Available in Argos for £24.97. It's all white plastic with a black guard on the front where the air comes out. It doesn't look like the fan pictured so maybe they've changed the model since. It's noting fancy looking, I'd prefer silver to match in with my television but it still looks nice considering the price. It has 3 speed settings and is oscillating so it circulates the air around the room to keep you lovely and cool.
It has quite a long cord so it can be moved quite far from the plug, it's also quite slim so doesn't take up much floor space. I find this a godsend at night when it's really hot. I leave it on and the feeling of the cool air blowing over me is heaven. I would say though that on the 3rd setting which is the highest it is a bit noisy but I'm used to it now and I actually find it quite soothing at night.
A great fan for the price.
A few months ago in April we had some lovely hot weather. This was unbelievable. It was really hot and very unusual for April. In England, it is rare to find shops with Air conditioning and even rarer for peoples homes to have Air Conditioning. Whilst I certainly do not like cold weather...I don't like it boiling hot either. I suppose I am a typical British person; always complaining about the weather! Its either too hot or too old for me! My ideal temperature is probably between 22 and 24 degrees Fahrenheit.
Anyway, last year I had 2 fans; one small one and one large one. The larger one was really annoying. It worked well but was just too big and it was hard trying to find a place where to put it in my flat. In the end I put it in my small shed. However, that was totally full up and due to the fact I have hardly no storage space in my flat, I try to keep as much as I can in the shed (including 2 bikes!) I'd had enough and simply threw the big fan away. I now realise what a mistake that was.
This year I spotted these newer Tower type fans; I thought to myself that they looked good. I was mainly thinking about saving space. They look very compact, sort of slim line; and ideal for people who don't have much space in their homes.
I am sometimes a bit wary of so called 'Value' products. However, in my experience some of the value products I buy and have bought have been great with no problems. In this case I didn't dream that you could go wrong with a fan. My dream turned into a nightmare. Both me and my partner bought this Argos value oscillating tower fan. It looks great, compact and neat for any home and has 3 so called settings for blowing out air...1, 2 and 3....Number one...does almost nothing....Number two...a very slight sort of breeze.....Number 3.....You have to be sitting very close to the fan to feel any affect.
I am extremely disappointed with this fan and in my view it is totally useless. If you have it on its highest level and are sitting around 5 feet away from it, you will feel almost nothing. When you are right next to it, in front of it, you will get a reasonable affect and air blows out... but its incredibly weak.
The most annoying thing is that I have lost my receipt from Argos, so now neither me or my partner can go and get a refund!! Even more annoying is that it cost around £27.00 per fan and a couple of weeks ago I noticed Argos had it for around half that price.
I buy so many things from Argos and all in all I am a real fan (excuse the joke!) of Argos. However, I feel really let down this time.
I cannot recommend this fan. You will just be wasting your money. I am afraid on this occasion the only star rating I feel this product deserves is just the one.