Product Type: Bionaire Tower Fan
Newest Review: ... 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 wel... more
A cool fan
Member Name: spirit19
Advantages: variety of settings, solid build, remote
Disadvantages: annoying controls
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.
Summary: Does what it says it does, and does it well.