Hopefully The Fit Won't Hit The Shan
As Leslie Nielson once said, you take a chance getting up in the morning, crossing the street or sticking your face in a fan. Well, unless somebody's been tampering with this fan you should be ok.
The hot summer of 2013 has been a long time coming, and I have certainly enjoyed it. However, at night the house can remain very hot and humid. It also makes it harder to sleep. Without the expense of investing in a portable air conditioner unit for the rare British heat waves a good old desk fan can be a life saver.
The challenge desk fan is a budget fan that is available from Argos (where I purchased it) or popular online shops like Amazon. I got mine from Argos for the convenience and I was melting so needed a quick cool down.
Constructing the fan is easy enough, just put it together without using the instructions and when there's something left over refer to the instructions. I had the fan constructed and ready to go in about ten minutes. The build quality is very good for the price.
The fan itself won't win any design prizes, it's not all that aphetically pleasing but who cares when it only comes out a couple of times a year. Its size is just about right to be able to be stored away easily in the cooler months and to fit on my bedside table. It's a 12" fan. It's made of mostly white plastic.
There are three speed settings available, I have found generally that the first setting is usually more than adequate to keep me cool but I usually give it a quick blast at two or three for a quick cool down and switch it down to one.
As with most desk fans, you can set it to either a static position or to oscillate. To make the fan oscillate simply pull out the plunger on the top and it will start.
The fan is very quiet, with a little more noise on the higher setting, Just lately the guard has started to rattle a little so I've just wedged a small piece of card between the two sections and problem solved.
If you can get hold of one, they of course sell out quickly during hot weather then I can thoroughly recommend this fan. It's cheap and cheerful, and for how often you'll need it it's really is a bargain and should last you a good few years.
My sister actually bought this fan and used to have it in her room and then when she moved out a couple of years ago, this was one of the items she left behind and so I had it. I hate being hot - especially in summer and with my sinusitis which gives me a fever and becomes worse in the summer, a fan is a necessity to cool me down.
The fan is very basic to look at. It's just like any other fan to look at really. It's made of plastic and has the metal 'protector' around the fan. The fan is 12 inches in size - so it's not huge and doesn't take up that much space. I find that it sits well on a hard surface (desk, bedside table etc) and doesn't 'move about' with the movement of the fan itself.
There are four buttons; low, medium, high and off. I never use the low or medium buttons as I prefer to have the maximum benefits of the fan and so always put it on the 'high' setting. The fan is easy to put on; simply plug it in and choose your setting and away you go - the results are instant as as soon as you put the fan on it's throwing out cold air which is great. Turning the fan off is simple too, simply press the 'off' button and you can unplug it if you want, although you don't need to unplug it to turn it off. You can also have the option of having the fan 'stay' in one place whilst it blows cool air out (which I do when it's in the bedroom), or if I want it to cool down the whole room then I use the option where the fan moves about.
I find that this fan does a great job. It's very effective and quickly cools down the room, even our large living room - it quickly cools it down when it is on a high settings. It's great as it does the job really fast and after a few minutes we are having to turn the fan off because the room has got to chilly. In the summer when it is hot, I tend to take the fan with me wherever I am in the house; for example if I am cooking in the kitchen then I will have the fan in the kitchen, if I'm watching television in the living room I'lll have it with me etc.
The only downside I find with this fan is that it is quite noisy when on the high setting which is the setting I always have it on. This isn't a problem during the day etc. as I can just turn the volume on the television up etc. However, it is a problem at night when I am sleeping. I hate being hot when I am trying to sleep and so it is a choice between being hot or not being able to sleep. I find that it takes me a while to get to sleep but once I am asleep then I don't really notice the sound of the fan.
This is a good fan and a good price too - you can find it selling for various prices online between around £12 and £20. Well worth the money. All in all, I would definitely recommend this fan!
Thanks for reading!
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I bought this a couple of months ago to replace our previous fan which broke after being used almost everyday in the hot weather. I got this one from Argos for £12.96 which I thought was pretty good value for money. It is also available from Homebase or Amazon (where it also comes with a free microfiber USB cleaning glove).
The appearance is quite basic with a simple white plastic finish and wire mesh to protect against the blades and it certainly isn't the best looking fan in the world but the base is surprisingly sturdy so it feels secure. The fan measures 49(H) x 36.4(W) x 34(D) cm with a diameter of 30cm so fits really nicely on my desk at home. The small size also allows it be easily stored away in a cupboard during the winter months. At 2.2kg it is also fairly lightweight so can be carried around the house really easily.
As this is a basic model the fan has no special features but does work well and functions exactly as you would expect. It oscillates around in a 90 degree circle by pressing a button behind the fan or you can just have it concentrated on one place. The fan can also be tilted by simply pulling it up or down so it is easy to direct the air where you want it. It is very easy to use with 4 push buttons located on the base. The first turns the fan on or off and the remaining 3 are the various speed settings for low, medium to high. I usually don't bother with the low or medium during the day, instead just keeping it on the high setting, although if I'm using it at night I'll keep it low to minimise the noise. There isn't much difference between the three settings to be honest but as they all do the job and cool down the room really well I'm not complaining. On the whole the fan is really quiet which I was really impressed with - given the price I thought it would be much more noisy.
Overall this is a great, functional fan and ideal if you want an inexpensive solution to the hot weather. It has been really effective at keeping both me and the dogs cool this summer and I would definitely recommend.
This is a review for the 12" desk fan made by Challenge.
Living in a poorly insulated apartment with a flat roof the temperature swings hugely between freezing cold in winter and red hot in summer.
In summer I need a fan.
I bought this fan last year from Argos for a price not too dissimilar from this year's price of £12.96. This price seems fairly standard across several of the retailers I have checked. Although with the weather as warm as it is now I am surprised they haven't ramped up the price.
It is the 12" (30cm) fan and has a power rating of 50 Watts, according to the sticker on the base.
It is predominantly made from a white plastic that seems to be adequately tough enough for the job.
It is a three bladed fan with three speed settings which are selected from the four buttons mounted on the base. Obviously one button is the "Off" button.
The fan blades are surrounded by a white wire mesh guard which is fine enough to prevent even the most slender young fingers from coming onto contact with the spinning blades.
There is a push/pull switch mounted to the rear of the fan on top of the motor housing. This switch controls the oscillation, which is where the fan sweeps from side to side to push air over a larger area, instead of concentrating it in one direction. This useful when cooling a room full of people so they all feel the benefit. As a rough estimate I would guess it sweeps in a 40 degree sweep.
There is an adjustment wheel on the main body of the fan to adjust the height at which the fan is aiming. Whilst it doesn't seem to allow much adjustment, it is more than enough in my experience, as the further away you are the more difference it makes.
The flex measures about 5 foot from fan to plug.
The product comes out of the box unassembled. Being a man I attempted to assemble without referring to the instructions as it seemed very straight forward. Obviously, I only looked at the instructions to ensure they had written them accurately: They had.
Seriously, the fan is very easy to assemble and only requires two hands and a modest amount of dexterity.
It blows air.
While there is a difference in air output between the three speed settings, it is minimal; speed setting one is enough for me even on the hottest of days. The slight increase of speeds two and three can be just a tad too much if the flow is directed directly at you. The highest setting reminds me of an old diesel Ford Fiesta I owned - "it makes more noise than go". Even on the first speed setting this fan would be an annoyance in the bedroom. What is worse is the clicking of the drive mechanism that makes the fan oscillate. Very annoying when concentrating or trying to sleep - like a dripping tap.
Visually this is not particularly modern looking when compared to what else is available, but for the price this fan is more function over form.
It is secure and steady when mounted on a smooth flat surface. The rubber feet offer good grip and the low centre of gravity means it would take some effort to knock it over.
I like this fan. For the money it is doing a sterling job. Whilst not the prettiest around, it does what I need it to do - keeping me cool and sane on hot days and cool and calm on steamy nights.
In our old house my little girl had a small room which tended to become a bit stuffy on warmer nights. So we decided to purchase this fan to try and keep the room cool. It is from Argos and currently costs £19.99 - however I am sure we didn't pay this much and I reckon this is the type of product that will be reduced at times - especially during the colder months.
This is a very simple looking white fan. It is 12 inches in diameter and the base is really sturdy so you can pop it on any flat surface. There are four buttons on the base which are for the three different speed settings, and the off switch. There is also a button at the back that can be released to make the fan spin in a 90 degree arc, which helps cool the whole room.
When we bought this fan my daughter was still in her cot so luckily we didn't need to worry about any safety issues. We always used to put this on the lowest speed setting to keep the noise to a minimum, although this isn't actually very noisy at and it doesn't make the sort of sound that is going to keep you awake or wake you up once asleep. We would generally put this on for my daughter at bedtime to keep the room cool as she fell asleep, and then turn it off a short while later.
A cool home office
Since moving to our new house we have not needed this fan in my daughter's room so much, and as she is now out of her cot I wouldn't necessarily want this on while we aren't in the room. However we have still got use out of it. I work from home on occasion and this has come in really handy when I'm stuck indoors on the computer on a hot day - it is so simple to just plug in and pop onto any surface - it is no hassle at all to set up and it is light enough to move around. Although this is packed away in a cupboard at the moment, I am sure when the weather gets warmer this will be out again many a time!
In summary ...
Overall I recommend this fan. It is simple to use and very effective at cooling down a stuffy room. But I am going to lop off one star for the price as I reckon you could get a fan for under the £20 mark if you shop around.