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      02.01.2014 18:59
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      I wouldn't do without it, I think it's great for hot summers!

      I bought this fan a few years back during a really hot summer and its still working really well after several years of use. It is fantastic and does the job keeping me cool. The price of this fan when I bought it was £12 which I found really good value. It's only small but has a lot of power on the 3 settings. Most the time I had it on the second setting as I found the 3rd to be way to cold even during the summer. The one problem I found with this fan is the noise. I couldn't have it on during the night as it was just to loud for me even on its lowest setting. But if you really wanted a soundless fan you'd buy the really expensive ones with no rotating plates for about £80+ I was ok having this fan in my bedroom as I have spaces on my sides. Unfortunately if you don't have room on your sides this is not good for you and you should buy the free standing fans. This you can also purchase at Tesco's for approx £35. Overall I really like my fan and thought it was a great purchase and as its so small i can even store it during the winter which is a bonus.

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      21.09.2013 19:41
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      A great fan which has done us proud

      ==Tesco Desk Fan== Since moving into our new house it seems to be so hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. Even keeping all the windows open didn't help when the weather was at its hottest this year and last. I tried keeping curtains drawn and windows closed too but this still kept the temperature inside the house way too high for my liking. Last year when I was pregnant in the summer it got so bad that I went out and bought this desk fan from tesco. It was a fairly good price at around £6 and seemed to be one of the cheapest on the high street at that time. It's nothing particularly fancy and has only basic settings but I can say that it has well had its use and we have certainly got our money's worth from it. The desk fan itself is a white plastic make up and has a metal wire casing to the three fan blades. This can be removed easily for cleaning with the clips on each side of the cage it stands around 60cm approximately in height from the dressing table and has the option to oscillate (move from side to side) or be pointed in one direction. As with most fans of this basic sort there is a pull up push down button type thing behind the casing allowing the moving option to be selected. There are speed buttons located on the base of the desk fan at the front. There are only two speeds of movement to choose from although there are three buttons but the first button in the row is the one allowing the fan to be turned off and this is indicted by a 0 speed choice. These plastic grey buttons are quite robust and like the fan as a whole rather chunky whilst feeling like it is made to last. The fan has been used throughout last summer and this summer as well and we have had no problems with its general use or running. Ok so it's no air conditioning system but I was told if you place a tray of Ice by it and direct the fan toward the ice this will create your own kind of air conditioning but I didn't much fancy doing this with the kids around. The fan worked wonders at taking the edge of the super warm and Very 'close' weather. Although when the baby monitor said 31 degrees in Kai's room this fan really didn't do anything to bring the temperature down only help to keep him a little more comfortable. All in all I think as far as a fan goes this works well. It is not overly noisy but rather relaxing when it is on. God knows how much our electric meter was spinning round whilst it was on but it was well needed and did come in handy. I think for the price you can't really go wrong and I would highly recommend this fan and for that reason award a top score of 5 out of 5 stars. I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you. Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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        04.07.2013 10:53
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        A good value item but wasn't great as a desk fan

        When I was pregnant last year, I went through a stage where I always seemed hot - I assume due to hormones and my temporary central heating growing inside! For that reason, I wanted a desk fan to use at work and home. I didn't want to spend too much as I'd never needed to use one regularly before being pregnant and knew afterwards it would just be something that got pulled out for the odd warm day. Basics This fan was perfect for my requirements - it was £9.99 in Tesco - the main attraction was the price as others I came across were more expensive. It comes with two settings so it can be set to the higher one if it's really warm or the lower one if you just need a burst of air. It has an oscillating feature that can be stopped by pulling a nozzle at the back and then it just blows air out in a straight line in whichever direction it's pointing. It runs off electricity and the cable isn't that long (I'd say around 1.5 metres) so you always need to make sure you're fairly near a socket to use it. It has 30kw of power and is a white and grey colour. It comes boxed but needs building as the blades, cage and stand are all separate - this process is easy to complete though and I did it within a couple of minutes. When built, the fan part measures 9 inches in diameter - the whole thing measures around 30cm x 29cm x 16cm in total - I think it's quite bulky really considering it's description as a desk fan. It also is heavier than I expected, it weighs 1.5kg according to Tesco's website and I remember when carting it home from work it seemed weighty. It's easy to operate though - apart from the oscillating feature operated at the back, there are three buttons on the front that are pressed in according to the setting that you require (two settings for the fan and a stop button). It is basic, but ample for everyday short bursts of use as I originally needed it for. In Use The first thing I noticed when I used it at work was it's massive surge of cool air even on the lower setting. I could never use the oscillating setting on my desk because it always started to blow my paperwork about (not the professional look I was after!). I found I had to point it away from my face when on my desk so it was blowing slightly past me, rather than at me. It was just too much when blowing towards me and my hair was bobbing about all over the place. At home, I now use the fan in a larger room and it sits further away from us than it was at work whenever it gets warm. I find in this case the lower setting and oscillating is fine on a hot day. The fan easily keeps the room nice and cool on that setting and circulates the air very well so that in a short space of time (under a minute) we start to notice a big difference and start to cool down. It's also fairly quiet and it's not distracting. I rarely use the higher setting due to the lower one being so powerful anyway. The only time I've used the higher setting is whenever I've been walking for ages and return home tired and sweaty but often then I prefer to grab a shower straight away rather than sit down first. At least the option is there though if needed and I would assume it would be handy on that setting in a room of much larger scale on a hot day. It does get slightly louder on the higher setting, but still not really loud. Conclusion I would recommend this fan, I think it's good value although I wish it came with a third setting that was lower than the two available that blew the air more calmly so it was possible to have on the desk without things blowing about. The fan now lives at home rather than used at work. Considering it's advertised as a desk fan, I'm quite surprised that the lower setting is so strong. My desk isn't small - it's about the size of standard office ones out there so I would assume most people would have similar issues unless the desk was massive. I rate this desk fan 3 stars in total - I think it's a good item although I've taken two off for it being advertised as a desk fan when I've not been able to use it that way and for it being quite bulky as it's not very portable. Thanks for reading :o)

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          30.01.2013 17:07
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          You"ll be glad you have it on a hot day!

          A few summers back we lived in a flat which got very hot and I desperately needed a fan.  Of course, because I wanted one I struggled to get one as everywhere had sold out, but I did come across this one at a large Tesco on the off-chance one day. As far as fans go, it's pretty bog-standard, but one s hot day it really helps and can be a bit of a life-saver.  I wouldn't say it is super effective, I think it's more moving air around than anything, but for around £10 it does the job of keeping you cool if you are set close to it. I guess this fan is about 40cm high and the cage such the fan is in is probably around 30cm in diameter.  It is therefore quite big to have on a desk, and usually I out mine on the shelf next to the desk if I am working.  Otherwise, if sitting on the sofa I put the fan facing me on the coffee table. This fan is simple to use.  It has a good length lead so you can move the position around, which is very useful as the fan's output doesn't have a wide radius.  The fan has an on/off switch on the base and three setting, low, medium and high, and I usually find that that the high setting is needed.  The head of the fan, the cage section can either move from side to side or be fixed, which is very useful, also the angle of the head can be adjusted. The cage obviously is protecting the blades and the cage holes are quite small, however I don't like to leave the fan on and the kids alone just in case.  For this reason I also prefer to keep the fan on the shelf above where my kids can reach, I feel it's safer there. It's good but not really effective, but I think this fan is worth the money for a mere £10.  On a hot day I am really glad I have it.

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            02.01.2013 17:09
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            Effective and affordable Tesco fan

            At work, we have a number of different fans that we use on a regular basis throughout the year, and this is one that has surprisingly stood the test of time better than others. Part of Tesco's Value range, it cost a little under £10 and has been worth every penny in my view. I often use this even in the colder winter months as I work in a room where there are a large number of computers, and when the room is full of people then even in the winter the temperatures soar, and we have a battle to prevent people from opening windows, which can create a through draft and make other areas that are already cold even colder. Part of my role means that I am usually the one to fiddle and fix things whenever the occasion arises, and this fan has been taken apart by idiots poking chocolate wrappers and paper through the small gaps in the mesh safety cover around the moving mechanism of the fan. The mesh is held on very securely, which is just as well, but is relatively simple to remove and is actually very sturdy so long as you look after it. We have had two of these in the past, and one got a little bit battered on the floor and the mesh didn't stand up to much to be honest. the other one though has stayed secure indeed. To operate the fan once plugged in, there is an 'off' setting and then three different speeds. Each one naturally provides a different amount of effectiveness when it comes to cooling the room you're in, and you can also adjust the angle the fan is facing as well as whether it moves from side to side or not. I think this is very good, and while this is pretty much standard on most fans, it works very well on such a cheap model without any hitches at all. The fan itself has a small base and is relatively tall, and so placing it doesn't have that many restrictions. Despite these two elements, it's not top heavy in the slightest and is actually a very sturdy gadget to have and use. Its effectiveness is slightly questionable at times, and we have had to use more than one fan, especially in the summer. The occasions when we've used more than one in the winter have led us to wonder whether or not we should pay a bit more and try to find a more effective fan, but we have enough functioning fans to do the job so this is unneeded. The majority of times you wouldn't know what brand or type of fan you have to be honest, and this one gets regular use, most days in the winter, and easily all day every day in the summer. It's easy to clean, you just detach the front mesh and unscrew the circular central elements. Reassembling is pretty easy too, there are plenty of complicated fans out there but this is not one of them, it really is very simple indeed. It does an okay job of what is expected of it, and combines very well with other fans to give a large room a cool feel without the coolness resting solely in one area. It doesn't have the most powerful blast, but is smooth and effective and a good bargain. I've seen better fans, but you have to dip into your pocket a bit more for these, so I'm perfectly happy with this one. It has lasted a number of years, and as long as it doesn't get dropped and battered like the other one, there's no reason why it shouldn't keep on going for a few years more. Recommended.

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              11.11.2012 17:40
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              Great fan, recommended

              Sadly the summer is over now and there is no need to use this nifty fan which I picked up at Tesco nearer the beginning of the year. However, on the brighter side of things I did get some good use out of the product which means its now time to review and rant. I live in a fairly small household which tends to be overcrowded with people the majority of the time, so as you could imagine the heat in the summer can sometimes reach an unbearable point. A fan seems to be the best way to go when it comes to cooling a room down, and due to my growing positive experiences with the Tesco value range, I didn't hesitate to purchase their desk fan. Coming from the value range the fan didn't break the bank and was kind to my pocket at just under £10. I do think this is a fair price for the product, however considering the other appliances I managed to snap up were just £5 it did seem a little steeper for a product I wouldn't use as much as the others. Never the less, £10 is a good price. My first impression of the fan was that it was very sturdy and more importantly it felt very safe; I'm always wary about my appliances being child friendly as I have younger relatives around a lot. The mesh/ metal casing around the fan felt sturdy enough to protect anyone from the fan, however it was a slightly cheaper material than some of the higher end brands use, meaning if you were to kick this fan it would probably dent or get damaged in some way. The fan is easy to use, just three buttons to press for different degrees of coolness, or better put, different speeds of the fan. The buttons were a bit stiff to press at the start of me using the product, however don't be put off by this as it tends to loosen up with a few useages. I'd say that it takes around 5-10 minutes for the fan to cool the whole of a large room ( being a living or dining room), however in a box room it takes just under 5 minutes. I'm not too worried about the time for the air to spread, however if this is an important factor for you I'd say this product is pretty average. I've been using this product throughout the summer, so probably about 10+ times, not as much as I'd have liked to have used it, but you know what the English weather is like! I've had no problems with this fan each time I've used it, and I feel like the £10 was well spent. The product does the job and I don't see any reason to pick a more expensive product over this one, they all do the same thing!

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              22.08.2011 11:55
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              A cheaper well designed model that affords excellent cooling dynamics and easy up-keep.

              Reasons for Purchase ~ 'Fanatic' On the sporadic occasions we enjoy hot Sunny days it is lovely to come home to the cooling breeze of an electric fan! But, there are many more reasons that I have found why this particular design is of great value! Product ~ 'Cool Dude' This is no high tech, retro, state of the art apparatus, but, for my requirements it's a practical little tool in supplying refreshing air flow at the touch of a button! The traditional styled fan is predominantly white with grey buttons and connective components. The safety frame that contains the fan's moving elements is manufactured in a sturdy metal wired white surround that opens no wider than 10mm at its widest point. The instrument is quiet enough for it to be no negative distraction whist viewing a television, listening to music, and reading or whilst in conversation. A practical plastic covered wire handle situated on the fan's protective frame affords easy portability in transferring the component from one area to another. The clean white veneer with accessorized light gray components fits in well with most décor shades. I have incorporated the remaining features of this product with my 'usage experience' to show the utilitarian benefits of this model. Usage Experience ~ 'As Cool As A Cucumber'! 1) I find the desktop fan's smaller assembled dimensions of 40cm height x 23cm width and 27cm depth just right for setting the fan on my lamp and coffee tables. Because the fan's base is compact and the stem that holds the fan is fairly tall, the tool doesn't interfere with books or other objects set on the same structure. The sturdy plastic base of the fan gives a strong support to the movements of the fan, which enables me to feel secure in the knowledge that this gadget cannot be easily knocked over. The ventilator is 1.85kg which is light weight enough for me to easily and comfortably transport from one room to another. 2) Forgive me for stating what you may be aware of concerning oscillation, simply a term to describe a back and forth movement! The practicality of this design over a 'box' fan is that it furnishes me with a wider cooling breeze flow, even in larger rooms. I generally place the fan on a coffee table in a centralized point in the room. The full 90 degree oscillation of this small but ample 9" fan affords a breeze that can be felt even at the room's furthers point from the fan, though of course, much gentler. The closer one is to the fan, the stronger the air flow's effects can be felt. This aspect of the fan is a real plus over 'box' fans that only blow air in one direction. 3) I also use the fan in the kitchen; a great way of dissipating strong cooking food aromas such as fish and cabbage. I do not have an extractor fan so this little tool is a practical way of helping to remove the more obnoxious of odours! 4) Additionally, I often use the appliance to dry the floors after washing. By simply placing the fan on the floor in the corner of the room in question, adjusting the screw method plastic dial on the stem to decline the fan towards the floor, positioned and angled with the fan facing away from the door and set on the second button, full speed, an average sized room can be fully dried within twenty minutes. This time is taking into consideration that I use a rope style floor mop head as opposed to the super squeegee models! 5) When retiring to bed, I like to set the mechanism on my bedside table, set on the slower speed, to provide me with both a mild cooling wind and 'white noise'! The soft whirring sound of the fan as it softly moves from side to side supplies a wonderful back drop sound to fall asleep by. I feel the calming rhythmic tones are a lovely de-stressing tool in settling too. 6) Although I do not use the fixed setting often, it is another option that I find comes in handy for such things as drying coats that have become wet from showers and heavier rain. The adjustment is made by simply depressing the top button situated on the fan's motorized head. 7) I have also found that, by adjusting the fan's direction flow to point upwards, using the screw dial to angle the motor head, I have been able to dry recently decorated walls too! Maintenance ~ 'Fan-dabby-dozy' From time to time, dust gathers on the actual fan element and the wire frame. Added to this, the plastic pedestal and stem gathers finger marks through transportation. To clean, I make sure I have plenty of space to dissemble the machine's components. I begin by enclosing the plug and cord in a plastic bag with a twist tie to avoid any water droplets falling onto the electrical elements! I then carefully flick the levers that hold the two wire protective frames together, upwards. The outer frames are then loosened enabling me to get to the inner segments. Next, I gently twist off the screw device that holds the 9" fan to the turning constituent. I set the remaining stand to the side while I wash the dismantled pieces in warm soapy water with a soft sponge. After rinsing well under clean warm water, I then dry the items with a soft cotton cloth. Setting these aside I am now ready to carefully clean the plastic parts of the fan but completely avoiding the open motorized component. The white plastic stem, base and head only need wiping with a warm moistened sponge to remove marks. Once I have ensured that each section is clean and well dried, I am ready to assemble by simply reversing the method I used to dissemble the unit. For safety reasons, the screw button that secures the fan to the motor must be firmly attached without over-turning the device. The frame attachments that secure both sides of the frames together must be firmly, completely and fully secured down. Upon removing the plastic container that housed the plug and cord, the apparatus is now ready for using once again. Do I recommend? ~ 'Fan Club' Absolutely! This is a very reliable and sturdy condensed tool to provide a comfortable cooling breeze any time of the day without getting in the way. As noted above, this handy tool affords many other varied uses too! It is portable, light-weight, easy to clean and very effective. It furnishes great assistance over climate control, with its pivotal head, speed controls and oscillating features. But, it is worth mentioning that, if you desire to cool an entire room with a more purposeful circulating air flow, a larger width fan set on a tall pedestal would be more prudent to purchase. Although I would have liked this type of fan, active excitable grand-children would have made this an impractical and unsafe choice! This Tesco DF98 9" Desk Fan can be purchased at the reduced price of £6.65p, a saving of £3.32p, plus earning 12 Clubcard points at Tesco Direct and in store! Thank you for taking the time to read my review xXx

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              Short name: Tesco DF98