“ Manufacturer: Homebase / Type: Stand (Pedestal) / Speeds: 3 „
It's possibly the coldest month of the year, everyone's feeling a bit down after Christmas, it's been blowing a gale for the past few days and it's currently raining outside my window... yet I spent the day in a t shirt with a fan on! Sadly I'm not in the Barbados (despite praying every night to wake up there in the morning) and I'm actually still in the north west of England where the majority of people are moaning about the cold weather (we Brits are just so predictable aren't we)! I've also not lost my mind by trying to contract hypothermia (even though I don't really want to go to work tomorrow) and I'm not under trying to play those mind games where you imagine the opposite and it'll actually happen to you...
Somewhat more believably, the heating at my work has broken. Now before you get all excited, as I did, by cleverly researching what the minimum temperature you could legally work in was, it's actually broken the other way and is stuck on maximum! Most people would feel elated at this news, as I did after spending the past couple of days freezing, but when the average temperature is 25 degrees in a room full of children it's not an ideal situation! After about half an hour I'd had enough of sweating and resorted to digging out my fan from the summer that I'd luckily stored in my classroom cupboard after rather of lot of them mysteriously ended up in the deputy head's room last year!
The fan is from Homebase and is advertised as a Pedestal Fan. It came in quite a long and fairly thin box which housed the fan head, the base and the stand that connects the former two together. The whole thing weighs 4.8kg when it is in the box so it's quite easy to lift and doesn't require a weightlifter to manoeuvre it at all. Assembling the fan (thankfully) couldn't be easier, after I carried the box into the classroom it took me about a minute or two to assemble the fan and get it working. Once upright it measures 120cm in height, 67cm in diameter and 67cm in width. It has a wattage of 45W which doesn't really mean a lot to me but apparently it's reasonably cheap to run at this wattage.
Operating the Homebase Pedestal Fan is relatively straightforward as well, even for an electrical disaster like myself. After plugging it into a socket you merely switch it on using the buttons on the stand. You can then select which of the three speed settings you wish to use. I tend to opt for the medium setting as the high one is just a little too forceful for me and ends up blowing all my things everywhere! The fan can also be kept still or it can be allowed to turn (or oscillate as the instructions say) which mean the breeze can be shared. Lastly it also has an adjustable tilt if you wish to tilt the head for maximum effect as well.
I was bought this fan back in the summer when they were on offer at around the £19 mark. I've since checked their website and they're retailing at £24.99 although they always seem to have offers on them during the summer months... apparently that's when they're usually in demand! The only downsides I've found are that it can be easily knocked over, especially by children, as the base and the stand do seem a little flimsy. The other problem that isn't an issue for me at all is that it does make quite a humming noise when in use, it wouldn't be enough to keep you awake at night but could be a little irritating for some! I used it from Easter throughout the summer term last year and it worked reliably every single day with no issues whatsoever.
So would I recommend this fan? Abso - freezing - lutely! The main advantages for me are that it requires minimal assembly (thank goodness), it's reasonably priced (considering I didn't buy it), it keeps me cool and it's stood the test of time.
Thanks for reading!
This fan has been in my room for about 2 years, we bought it after a few really hot weeks back on 2009 and bought it primarily to use at night as I found it really hard to sleep and still had to get up early for college exams at the time. Initially we were on the lookout for a desk fan and went everywhere to find one but to no avail - there was probably too many people all rushing out to buy fans at the same time!
Despite initial disappointment of not being able to find a decent desk fan we had a look in Homebase and this is when we came across this pedestal fan. Granted it wasn't a desk fan but the pedestal fan still fitted in with our needs and I have quite a lot of free floor space so this was not an issue. I saw the fan erected in the Homebase store and decided that it was a nice size to have in my room during the summer.
The fan came flat packed and I was worried about trying to re-erect it once we had got it home but there was nothing to worry about the instructions were very clear and the diagrams were most useful. The base is a cross shape making it very sturdy in the centre of the base the poles and fan top are connected. It took around 15 minutes to put up including reading of the instructions!
The fan is a typical shape: round with 3 petal shaped plastic pieces which are the bits that whirl around and produce the cool air. Primarily the fan is white and made from a hard plastic. With the fan being a neutral colour it fit in well in my room and didn't look out of place at all despite looking bigger in my room than it did in the shop!
The plug on the base of the fan is over a metre long meaning that I could situate the fan anywhere in my room and it would still comfortably fit into the plug socket which was a big bonus. Once the fan is plugged in there are 3 settings to choose from, the lowest setting was perfect to keep on all night to cool the room down to ensure I got a decent nights sleep!
I can't remember exactly how much I paid for this fan but I think it was around the £20 mark which is a really decent price for a fan that has lasted years and definitely does the job with ease.
When we lived in our previous house the office was up in the converted attic and despite there being a big Velux window up there it used to get VERY hot at times so we decided to buy a fan.
The one we chose was a pedestal fan from Homebase and I can't remember how much we paid for it but the current price is £31.49. Having read the other reviews on this site the price seems to be around the £18 mark so I don't know if they got theirs on special offer.
Getting Set Up
The fan comes in a box (obviously) complete with instructions on how to put it together. The weight of the whole thing is 4.8kg so it isn't too heavy to go and collect from your local store although they will deliver for an extra £5.95.
The fan is made from white plastic and from memory was very easy to put together. The base is in the form of a cross so that it is stable in use and then the main stand is straight with the on / off and speed control switch on it and the three bladed fan sits at the top encased in a grill so you don't accidentally get your fingers or anything else caught in it.
When the fan has been put together it measures 60.6cm tall, 46.2cm wide and 13cm deep. The diameter of the actual blades is 40cm. The whole thing looks clean and smart.
Use of the Fan
Well there again it very easy to use - you just plug it into a standard socket, switch it on and Bob's your uncle! There are three speed settings so it can be adjusted to suit your circumstances. It's no good having a high speed fan that blows all the papers off your desk is it? The lowest speed is a gentle movement of air and the highest is quite a breeze!
It also has a function enabling you to tilt the fan so again it can be adjusted to suit you. When the fan is spinning it can be set to remain stationery or to turn from side to side so everyone gets a turn - the oscillating function!
Is it any Good?
Well we found it to be great for our needs. When the sun was shining directly into the office the fan really helped to cool us down and it did get a lot of use.
The only down side I can think of is, that being quite lightweight, it did seem a bit wobbly when it was in use although to be fair it never moved along the floor or fell over so it didn't cause any problems.
Obviously since it is mechanical it is going to make a noise but we didn't find this a problem as it is not excessively loud.
As the whole thing is made from white plastic it does show the dirt but a wipe over with a damp cloth soon sorted that out.
When we were stuck in a very hot hotel room in Manchester we did buy another fan which is one of the straight slim types so we have since passed our white fan on to Dave's mom but it is still going strong when the need arises.
One final remark is that this item is only available from Homebase during the warmer months but then again you wouldn't really want one when it was cold would you?
When things started heating up seriously over the last two weeks in my office and our air conditioning packed up (great timings ay) we needed a solution. So a few of us hot foted it down to the local homebase. It seems homebase knew things where gonna get a bit hot under the collar because these babies were cente stage as we walked in along with desk fans and all sorts of other contraptions for keeping you cool.
Weve had it for a few weeks now and we have had no problems with it. I tend to think that when you buy own brand cheapy products like this, especially electronics, they either fail in the first two weeks or keep on going for a long time and ended up being a well found buy...it looks like this fan is the latter.
You can buy it from Homebase for £18- which is reasonable when its a 12 inch blade jobby like this and when your buying it on your managers expense account. So we got 4 ! Apart from a little bit of dust build up on he blades, it still looks clean, this in itself is easily fixed as it has very simple latch on gril front, 3 latches that you can unlock without the need for tools, all by hand, so the blades can be cleaned.being white, dust shows up easily though
Its very lightweight, which is good when your putting it together and hauling it from the store, I could easily carry two of these in there boxes. Lightweight is also great when like us we have to move it around the office regularly, but this feature is also a drawback because the buffeting of the fan (the baffels) make the base (a simple four point base) sway very slightly from side to side and this creates a little bit of background noise. Not a problem in our office as we are all on the phone or arguing with each other, but in your house on a quiet day I can imagine hat this would start to bother some people. But the pedestal base is stable and not easy to tip over' The grill is tight and the holes small so you wont catch your fingers on it or any other bit of you for that matter
This fan is made of plastic and comes across as a bit flimsy but you dont mind, its not there to look good, its there to keep you cool. On this subject the fans have three speeds to this fan 1, 2, and 3, 1 is just about moving air around and 3 is like a helicopter in the room, with 0 being off obvisouly.
In addition the blades move from side to side, meaning that the air is being oscillated, if your a greedy one like me, I tend to switch this feature off and have it concentrating on me and you can turn it off very easily by pressing the knob on the top up and down, down keeps the oscillating going, and up stops it, keeping it at that angle it stops.
Setting up is easy , there are instruction sinside the box, being light its easy to put up and being plastic its easily cleaned.
Its fair to say that I have not had much need over recent months to turn on my Homebase Pedestal Fan - but back in the summer, this was a different story and I used it a fair bit. Unlike in other places in the world that are geared up for hot weather with air-con installed in their houses and swimming pools in their back gardens, here in the UK we have to make do with regular cool showers, cold drinks - and a fan in the corner of the room which battles to keep the room temperature at least a little more comfortable.
The fan was bought from Homebase about 18 months ago for the low cost of £17.99 - which seemed a very reasonable price to pay. I have used it for two summers and it has remained in working order despite some fairly heavy use over the summer period - and, to be honest, it still works as good as new. Although it feels fairly lightweight and even a little flimsy, it is actually quite durable as it has survived my house - which is no small feat!!! The pedestal base is stable and not easy to tip over, and from a safety point of view, the grill holes are too small for little children to poke their fingers in to (so no trips to the Emergency Department!).
This fan is made of plastic and works by blades inside the round grill swirling around very fast, creating a movement of cool air which emits from the fan and cools the room. There are three possible speeds to this fan (1, 2, and 3), which the highest speed being the one which will turn the blades the fastest and so create the coolest air and the most blow. I would tend to have it set to the highest level most of the time as I have fairly big rooms and so the maximum effect really is needed. However, in a small office, I would expect that it would be possible to have it on a lower setting - which would mean less noise and less electricity being used.
As well as the blades moving inside the grill, the grill also moves from side to side, meaning that the air is being oscillated around the room and not just being focused in one direction. This clearly allows greater movement and circulation of air within the room which keeps the room that little bit cooler. It also means that you do not have to have the fan directed at you all of the time which, even on the hottest days, can make you cold rather than cool very quickly. However, this feature is optional and if you would prefer to have the fan blasting in one direction then you can simply turn off the oscillating feature.
From an effectiveness point of view, I have found that it helps keep the room cooler. Its not magic and it is no where near as good as air-con, but it is an aid which can make the heat a little more manageable with no effort needed on your part.
The only negative thing about the fan, as with all fans, is that it does create a background noise - and the higher the setting, the more noise is created. To be honest, I'm able to tune this out as white noise, but my partner hates it and regularly nags me to turn it off because of the noise. I would say it is a fairly soft sound and is constant and so you habituate to it very quickly.
Because it is made from plastic, it is wipeable - which is a good thing as it does have a tendency to attract dust. However, it can be hard to get all of the dust out of the small holes in the grill - but most of it can easily be wiped or dusted away.
Overall, I recommend this fan for summer use.
We are a contrary lot here in the UK. First we moan that we don't get a summer. Now it's here, we are all moaning that we are too hot! I think we just need the weather to give us something to talk about...
My office is an oven in summer though, as we have large windows that don't open and only two weeny little louvre window things that tilt a bit at the top. Gasp. Much as I love the summer, I don't enjoy sitting and getting sweaty at work.
So I've brought my pedestal fan in from home and thought it might be the perfect moment to review this little gem. I have owned the white version of this fan for six years and it gets put to use every summer, then slung back in a cupboard over winter, only to pop up again the next year as good as new.
A three speed pedestal fan, adjustable height, features 'Oscillation movement' (you know, that thing where it moves from side to side) and it's made of white plastic. There is a chrome version for another pound or so. Homebase describe it as suitable for 'room use' so I'd guess you aren't supposed to stick it in your car if your air-con has packed up or try using it in a swimming pool (honestly, do people really need to be told this sort of thing?). It currently costs £20.99 from Homebase.
So am I a 'fan'? (boom boom!)
Yes. This fan has been extremely reliable and provides a good flow of air around even quite a large office with several hot and bothered people in it. It also did a good job at home. You can easily adjust the height and whether you want it to turn or stay in one position, and it also tilts.
What I really like about this fan is that it is very quiet in operation, which is ideal in the office. Of course you can hear the air blowing and there is a dim 'whirr' from the blades, but it doesn't disturb you and you soon forget all about it. It used to live in my bedroom and never kept us awake.
It has a good long lead as well so you can experiment to find the best position in the room for it.
Not the very cheapest around, but good quality, reliable, effective and most importantly, quiet. Recommended for home or office use.
Update: 4 years later and it's still going strong after heavy use