“ Manufacturer: Bionaire / Type: Tower / Speeds: 3 Speeds / Features: Remote Control (Included) / Power: 50 Watt / Height: 91.4 cm / Width: 28.4 cm / Depth: 28.4 cm „
I bought this fan a few years ago for around £40 and it still holds that price tag on a few internet sites that I checked which emphasizes the quality of this fan.
The box contains 3 pieces of the fan (the main tower, front half of the base and back half of the base), screws to connect these parts and a power cord. There are instructions supplied, which I highly recommend you read first due to the somewhat strange way of positioning the pieces and the power cord. All in all though, it was a relatively painless experience considering there were only 3 pieces that required any sort of assembling, and even then it was just a few screws.
Once all the pieces are attached, the fan is a solid structure. Many other, more expensive fans, no longer use screws to make the setup easier, but this means that the tower can be toppled from the base very easily. This problem is averted with this model meaning that it is harder to topple due to the base weight and lower center of gravity, and even if it does fall, it will not break into pieces.
There are 4 large buttons on the top of the fan to control all the settings (there is a remote as well but more on that later). The 4 buttons are; power/speed control, mode control, timer setting and rotation control. The power/speed button is used to both turn the fan on as well as to increase the speed of the fan. This could be considered convenient as it is all packed into one button, but the huge downside is when you want to turn it off. There are 3 speed levels, so for example you turn it on and it is on speed 1 and after a while you go to turn it off you need to press it 3 times, pressing it once will go to speed 2, again speed 3 and when you press it again it will turn off. This is very annoying and has often resulted in me just pressing it once and accidentally leaving the fan on for hours on end. The speed levels are good, offering control of the strength and coolness of the air, although I have found that on hot days, however rare they may be in the UK, even the highest fan speed doesn't really do the job. On most days though it is fine providing a level that is acceptable for most temperatures. I have never really used the modes available because I prefer the constant stream of cool air rather than 'breeze' which mean that on a hot day, the fan decides when the fan is on and when it isn't. This may be beneficial to some people as it creates a more natural effect, however it was just not for me. The timer setting, albeit slightly limited, is an excellent feature. It offers a timer setting for 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours and 8 hours. I often use it at night especially on days when it is hot but cools down through the night. At the end of the timer period the fan automatically switches off also aiding with saving electricity. The rotation feature is again slightly limited, there is only one mode for rotation; the distance it rotates is pre-defined and cannot be changed. The distance is very long, it rotates over 180 degrees, which for most people is way more than is required so I rarely use this feature either. There are small green lights that display which, if any of the 4 button options you are currently using. These are good to see the settings you like/don't like and they are not harsh enough to keep you up at night.
The remote has all the same buttons as the ones located at the top of the fan, albeit smaller versions. The remote requires 2 AAA batteries which were not meant to be supplied but for some reason I got some in my pack. The battery life of the remote is great, I have only ever had to change them once and that was very recently. There is a discreet storage compartment for the remote on the back of the fan where you push the remote in and when it clicks it is securely stored. Then you have to push again to get a click and bounce back to release the remote. The remote has great range and it works from anywhere on the floor that the fan is located for me, although I have heard reports that it only works within a 10m range. Although this is still a good range, and far more than is really necessary in a fan remote, you may want to get a replacement.
All in all a good, solid fan for a reasonable price. Recommended to anyone who wants a fan that is just a fan and does what it does well.
@ About, Ease of use @
I bought this fan as an upgrade from my old cheap desk fan and i have to say credit where credit is due, bionaire have made a superb product right here. The ease of use is one of the best points - all the buttons have simple icons and logos that you wont need to get used to. Fr example, three bars for three speed, a picture of a head on a pillow for snooze and a timer logo for the timer. Done. simple as. The next best thing if you don't understand how to use this fan is the manual which comes in a wide variety of european languages and explains everything down to the smallest detail, even the remote control.
Power was another thing that i considered when buying a fan because this particular fan is quite powerful - not because it spins fast, but because its blades are long and wide. Standing a few meters away will still give you a good blast of cool air and close up it wont rip your face off with wind, it just gives you a very stiff breeze. The power can be adjusted and i find that even 1 is sufficient enough when you're two meters away.
@ Features, Build Quality @
One feature that stumped me was the snooze mode which seems to randomly cycle through every single setting on the fan. No idea why, i would assume sleep mode was a quiet gentle breeze which wont wake you up but instead it just sits there oscillating, changing its speeds and eventually if you set the timer, it will shut off. A handy feature on this fan is the remote holder, which allows our remote control to slot into the back and clip in. Its not that sturdy because you can just yank the remote out, and there is a little wiggle from the clips.
The casing is solid plastic which creaks quite a bit when you move it around but so far so good - 2 years on and there have been no buts falling off, and there are no cracks or dents. The fan will wobble on its base quite a lot, so if you knock it e fan will move more than the base. This in a way is good because i regularly knock mine and its fine, but also shows that the base is not sturdy.
@ Overall @
All things considered this is a great fan - durable, lightweight and simple. Its easy to use and the fact that you can set it up from the moment you plug it in, makes it ideal for those who don't have time to faff around getting it organised. Despite a couple flaws i will still award a generous five stars.
Those of you who own a convensional fan may not want to go to one such as the Bionaire but I for one would say that there is hardly any difference, if anything, purchasing the Bionaire is a step in the right direction. It has 3 speeds similar to any other fan and its oscillation allows it to cover most of, if not all of a room. It is a lot less clunky than a conventional fan and there is no fiddling about with titlting the head in the right direction because it is a tower fan. The sleep mode and breeze modes are innovative features but I feel are not as useful as the manufacturer states however, the timer allows the user to set an off time after 1, 2, 4 and 8 hours which is very useful. On the other hand, the device is quite clunky and plastically and during the night it can make noises as if someone is trying to escape out of it. For the £25 price tag there are better fans out there but there is nothing overly wrong with this one
I purchased this fan as a way of keeping certain room's cool for me and my cat's (they are indoors only) during the hot weather we have had so far this year.
It took me around 25 minutes to assemble, it can be done alot quicker than this but i'm just not great and putting things together. I think 99% of people would find it easier to put together than i did!
It came with all the correct screws, nothing to use to screw them in, but then most people (except me!) will have something to do it, i resorted to using a knife. It done the job. I started fixing it together, then realised i needed to place the cable through the stand i had already started to piece together, i couldn't separate it, and ended up having to take the plug apart so it could fit through, so the cable was inside and going out the bottom of the fan.
I just made a complete mess of it, if there were better instructions then maybe i wouldn't of had to do all that, but then i really should of used common sense. (lol)
Once i finally had it all put together, i placed it where i wanted it, and it looks fab. Much better than your usual looking fans, it isn't an eye sore at all.
I do find when its in the same room as the telly, i tend to have the volume up louder than normal, so i guess it must be abit loud.
It helps to keep rooms cooler, but i wish it was abit more powerful. On some really hot days, i have been having to place it right next to cool me down.
But then it looks nice, much nicer than your standard fan, does exactly what it is suppose to do. So i'm happy with that.
As we had a number of weeks of extremely hot weather during 2010 my husband and I were experiencing major difficulties with sleeping and decided to purchase a fan. Whilst we owned a number of circular pedestal fans we found them too noisy for during the night as well as being ineffective for delivering a sufficient amount of cool air. My parents had recommended to us the Bionaire Pedestal Tower Fan BT16, particularly as it is much quieter when in operation. Consequently, our purchase was made and this review discusses my experience.
The fan, which is manufactured from an extremely robust plastic, was supplied in a sturdy box where inside I found the front and rear of the fan column protected in polystyrene, together with the rear and front bases and power cord. There were easy to follow diagrams contained within the instructions to enable me to attach the column pieces and secure the power cord within the two round base pieces and inside the main fan housing. Whilst the assembly should have taken approximately 15 minutes, I decided to carry on full steam ahead without fully reading the instructions and made the stupid mistake of not ensuring the power cord was enclosed within the fan housing. Consequently, I had to remove all the screws and start again. I have purchased many self assembly products over the years where the manufacturer has failed to supply sufficient screws and I was pleased to note that the correct number were supplied to enable me to successfully complete the job.
Once assembled the lightweight fan offers a sleek, stylish and contemporary appearance with its eye-catching matt silver in colour, which despite being a high quality plastic, gives the impression of metal. It stands at 89 cm in height with the base measuring approximately 11 inches in diameter. Whilst the fan is provided with a handy remote control that requires three AAA batteries, which were not included in the box, there are also controls on the top of the fan itself. I would point out that whilst owning the fan for two years we have never had the need to change the batteries although this is no doubt due to the fact that the hot weather in the UK seems to be a rarity these days. The controls situated on the top of the fan itself are easy to use as there are four extremely large buttons, so those with mobility issues in their fingers and hands should not experience any difficulties in using. There are three power settings with the highest setting being extremely powerful and more than efficient. The fan can be oscillated if required or used in the stand still mode, which is generally how we use it, particularly at night time when sleeping. The fan offers a hand feature with an 8-hour timer, which allows the unit to be switched on and off as and when required. I cannot admit to having used the timer option, so cannot give my opinion on how it operates.
The fan offers two modes, such as the sleep breeze mode, which allows the fan to alternate through the different speed settings in a specific order. The natural breeze mode will allow the fan to randomly select the different modes. Although I have tried out the different modes I have never used this function properly, particularly as the highest mode resembles that of a gale force wind! At the rear of the column there is a large grid that vents the fan and located above is a large groove where you place your hand to easily transport the product from room to room. There is a little "shelf" situated above for you to discreetly store the remote control when not in use. However, as the fan is stored in the attic when not in use I am afraid the remote control will get lost so I keep it in a drawer in the bedroom. What I particularly like about this fan is the small base as it's not cumbersome unlike some of the fans available where you can trip over the huge legs! It can be pushed discreetly into a corner of the room without looking unsightly and out of place. Bionaire have considered the safety features as the fan is child friendly where there are no fast speeding blades where little ones can trap their fingers. Having said that, I obviously wouldn't recommend anyone poking their fingers between the grids!
The area from which the cool air is emitted is 10 cm wide and 51 cm high so you are guaranteed a plentiful cooling air flow. The fan is fairly quiet, which is clearly a bonus when you're trying to sleep. I'm one of those people who are unable to sleep with any noise whatsoever and whilst the gentle sound of the whirring fan is evident, it does not prevent me from nodding off and in fact, I find the slight sound quite relaxing. During extreme hot weather I always turn on the fan an hour or so before going to bed to enable the bedroom to feel cool and comfortable. The cooling breeze is extremely effective and enables both my husband and I to obtain a good night's sleep, even in the hottest of weather. It has served its purpose well over the past couple of years and has helped us through the two periods of hot weather that we have experienced this year. However, I can see the fan being stored in the attic once again now that the UK is experiencing gale force winds and heavy rain. The only criticisms for me is the rather short power lead, which measures approximately 150 cm in length and the fact that the fan column wobbles when touched. However, the fan is well secured when attached to the base. The fan is fitted with a 13 amp plug and is 50w.
The matching remote control measures 5cm wide and 10cm long and has the four identical buttons to that of the top of the fan, so after using a few times, they are easy to navigate without having to refer to the instructions. I tend to keep the remote control under my pillow so I can operate from my bed! The fan comes with a 3 year guarantee and whilst we purchased ours two years ago we have experienced absolutely no problems. I am surprised that there are no marks on the outer casing, particularly as it has been bashed about a little in the attic, but the fan looks as good now as the day we first made our purchase and has helped us through some boiling hot periods of weather. I carried out a little research prior to purchasing the fan and read mixed reviews where a few consumers considered it to look cheap and to be noisy when in use. However, I cannot agree with either of these comments as in my opinion, the fan offers a high quality appearance and is fairly quiet when in operation unlike some fans I've witnessed. The fan is supplied with a handy instruction booklet although ours seems to have disappeared. The fan is manufactured to comply with the EEC Directives 73/23/EEC, 89/336/EEC and 98/37/EEC.
I have searched around the internet to ascertain where you can purchase a Bionaire Pedestal Tower Fan BT16 and at the time of writing the best price is with Amazon who are selling them for £36.95 plus £3.95 postage and packing, which is a brilliant price considering that we paid well over £40 two years ago. I cannot recommend this product highly enough as it is extremely efficient and perfect for extreme hot weather conditions. Even though I have grumbled about the rather short power cable and the wobble of the column the positive points with this fan far outweigh the two negatives and for that reason it receives 5 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Originally written in June 2010
Updated June 2012
This review also appears on Ciao under the same user name.
Remote-controlled, upright Bionaire BT16-UK oscillating fan, in a chrome and silver finish. It has a choice of 3 speeds, a 8-hour timer, LED display and sleepe/breeze facility when you want to keep cool during the night - but without the noise.