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Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans: The Top 10 Options to Help Cool Your Porch Down

Outdoor ceiling fans, also known as patio ceiling fans, exterior ceiling fans, and outdoor porch fans can be a great addition to your home. An exterior fan is similar to an indoor ceiling fan, but an outdoor ceiling fan is installed outdoors. It is made to cool down your porch, gazebo, or any other outdoor area you need to be cooled. There are many different types of outdoor ceiling fans, including damp location fans, wet location ceiling fans, outdoor ceiling fans for windy areas, and outdoor ceiling fans with a light. Today I will be discussing what each type of outdoor ceiling fan is for, advantages and reasons for buying each type, considerations, features, and our top pick for the best outdoor ceiling fan. I have also included a list of the best rated outdoor ceiling fans that you can purchase. To find out more about each outdoor ceiling fan, click “Read Review.” So let's get started on learning about the best outdoor ceiling fans available on the market and how to choose one for your home.

The Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans on the
Market Today

In the chart below, you will find our top 10 rated outdoor ceiling fans. For a more in-depth review of each model, please click on "Read Review."

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Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Ceiling Fan

4.2 out of 5

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Hunter Fan 54" Weathered Zinc Outdoor Ceiling Fan

4.4 out of 5

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52" Casa Delta-Wing Bronze Outdoor Ceiling Fan

4.4 out of 5

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Kensgrove 72 in. LED Indoor/Outdoor Espresso Bronze Ceiling Fan

4.4 out of 5

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Harbor Breeze Twin Breeze Ii 74-in Oil-rubbed Bronze Outdoor Downrod Ceiling Fan

4.2 out of 5

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Emerson CF765BQ Ceiling Fan

4.2 out of 5

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Monte Carlo Maverick Modern Ceiling Fan

4.4 out of 5

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Hunter 59135 Key Biscayne 54" Weathered Zinc Ceiling Fan

4.2 out of 5

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Hampton Bay Seaport 52 In. Indoor/Outdoor White Ceiling Fan

4.9 out of 5

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Westinghouse Brentford 52-Inch Aged Walnut Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan

4.5 out of 5

Top Ten Rated Outdoor Ceiling Fans of 2018

  1. Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Ceiling Fan
  2. Hunter Fan 54" Weathered Zinc Outdoor Ceiling Fan
  3. 52" Casa Delta-Wing Bronze Outdoor Ceiling Fan
  4. Kensgrove 72 in. LED Indoor/Outdoor Espresso Bronze Ceiling Fan
  5. Harbor Breeze Twin Breeze Ii 74-in Oil-rubbed Bronze Outdoor Downrod Ceiling Fan
  6. Emerson CF765BQ Ceiling Fan
  7. Monte Carlo Maverick Modern Ceiling Fan
  8. Hunter 59135 Key Biscayne 54" Weathered Zinc Ceiling Fan
  9. Hampton Bay Seaport 52 In. Indoor/Outdoor White Ceiling Fan
  10. Westinghouse Brentford 52-Inch Aged Walnut Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Different Types of Outdoor Ceiling Fans

There are mainly two different types of outdoor ceiling fans. These two types are damp location fans and wet rated fans. Below I will go over these two different fans and discuss what they are and what they are for. I will also go over a couple other of outdoor fans that are not as common but are used for specific climates or varying types of weather (such as outdoor ceiling fans for windy areas). Let's get started.

Damp Location Fans

A damp location fan, also known as damp rated ceiling fans, are made for outdoor areas that do not receive much rain, snow, and hail. This is a good ceiling fan for a screened porch, garages, bathrooms, and covered patios. While damp location fans work well in moisture, they do not work well when left out in the direct rain, snow, or hail. However, they work much better than indoor ceiling fans that are installed outdoors. Indoor ceiling fans should be used in outdoor areas, and can even become damaged when used in damp areas such as the laundry room or bathroom. Damp location fans can indeed be used outdoors and in damp rooms, but make sure that you do not expose them to direct rain, hail, or snow. This type of outdoor ceiling fan is sometimes called an indoor/outdoor fan because it can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Wet Rated Fans

Wet rated ceiling fans, also called wet location ceiling fans, can withstand any weather and climate. You could spray a wet rated fan with a hose and it would still work properly. They can handle ice, snow, and intense rain equally well, and can also stand up to the harsh, salty breezes from the ocean. This type of outdoor fan can be used on exposed decks, verandas, or lanais that are outside a seaside home as well as gazebos and cabanas.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans for Windy Areas

If you live in a windy climate, you will be happy to know that there are outdoor ceiling fans made just for you. Some of the best outdoor ceiling fans for windy areas would be the Monte Carlo Maverick Modern Ceiling Fan and the Emerson Ceiling Fan. One tip to remember when purchasing an outdoor ceiling fan for windy areas is to buy an outdoor ceiling fan without blade holders. Also, make sure the outdoor ceiling fan blades are made from a strong material. The blades are what will probably break first, so it is important that you buy strong and durable blades.

Outdoor Floor Fans

While this type of fan is not an outdoor ceiling fan, outside floor fans can be used outdoors and do the same thing as a ceiling fan, except that they sit on the floor. The nice thing about an outdoor floor fan is that you don't have to install it onto the ceiling. Instead, you simply plug it in and enjoy the cool breeze. A disadvantage to outdoor floor fans is that they are missing some features, such as the added light that some outdoor ceiling fans feature. But outdoor floor fans can be used in almost any climate. They are a great buy if you have the extra floor space for one available.

Outdoor Ceiling Fan With Light

Almost every indoor ceiling fan has a light on it. The light is what lights up the room because the fan usually replaces the light that was originally installed in the house. An indoor ceiling fan wouldn't be the same without the added light bulb(s). Because the light is such an important feature on indoor ceiling fans, it is no wonder why outdoor ceiling fans may also feature light. Outdoor ceiling fans with lights are becoming very common. The added light feature allows you to use it as a porch light.

Advantages / Reasons for Buying

There are many advantages and reasons why you should buy an outdoor ceiling fan. An outdoor ceiling fan can be a great addition to your home during the summer and may be just what your outdoor space needs to make it more comfortable during hot months. I am going to go over the advantages of buying an outdoor ceiling fan below.

  • Keep You Cool The purpose of an outdoor ceiling fan is to keep you cool, and that is exactly what it does. Just like an indoor ceiling fan, it circulates the air so that you feel a cool breeze. During the hot days of summer, this may be exactly what you need in order to keep cool.
  • Can Be Used Outdoors, Unlike Indoor Ceiling FansIndoor ceiling fans will quickly become damaged if you install one outside. That is why outdoor ceiling fans are extra unique because they have the same shape and look of an indoor ceiling fan but they are way more durable.
  • Look Nice Lastly, outdoor ceiling fans look nice! An outdoor ceiling fan are designed to add style and color to your home. Outdoor ceiling fans come in many different colors, such as white, wood, gray, and black. Some models are also available in stainless steel to prevent rusting. They also are available in different styles ranging from traditional to modern. The fan colors available are neutral enough that they could match or blend with virtually all decorating colors. Another option is to paint your ceiling fan if you don't like the color or if it doesn't match your house. Find out how to paint a ceiling fan by clicking here. Remember to use paint that is weather resistant and durable. Choose a fan that matches the style of the area where it will be hung.

Considerations When Buying

Whenever you buy a product, there are several things to consider. I will discuss some considerations and questions to ask yourself in the following paragraphs. Hopefully this will help you decide which outdoor ceiling fan will work best for you.

How Large Do I Want the Fan to Be?

It is more common for people to buy larger outdoor ceiling fans than to buy smaller fans. This is because they assume that the larger the fan is, the more powerful it is and the larger the square feet that it will cool. However, the most powerful outdoor ceiling fan is the one with the most cubic feet per minute of airflow. Therefore, when purchasing an outdoor ceiling fan make sure you purchase one with more cubic feet per minute of airflow. Besides the airflow, you will also want to consider how large of a ceiling fan you want. Do you have enough room for a large outdoor ceiling fan? Or would a small outdoor fan be more appropriate in the area you need to be cooled?

What Color?

The color choice is completely up to you. Some people like the color of a white/neutral outdoor ceiling fan. But for others, a wood colored fan is more their style. Think about which color would match the area and which color you like the most. Remember, you can always paint your ceiling fan if you don't like the color. You can paint it the same way that you would paint an indoor ceiling fan, except you should use outdoor durable paint.

Choose Fewer Blades

While this isn't really a consideration, this is definitely something you should keep in mind while you purchase an outdoor ceiling fan. People often assume that the more blades there are, the more powerful the outdoor ceiling fan will be. But this is not true. In fact, it is the other way around. The fewer blades there are, the more powerful the fan will be, and it will make your porch much cooler. If your ceiling fan has too many blades, the fan will slow down, and therefore not produce as much cool air. It is recommended to get a fan with three blades, but a four blade ceiling fan will work fine too.


Pros

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    Will keep you cool
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    Looks nice
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    Can withstand the weather 

Cons

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    Some can be expensive
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    Uses electricity
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    Some people/guests may not like air blowing on them

Features

There are many features to an outdoor ceiling fan. Besides the fact that there are numerous types available to buy, outdoor ceiling fans have many features and benefits. Below I have shared some of the best features available for outdoor ceiling fans.

Keeps Your Porch Cool

One of the most common places to hang an outdoor ceiling fan is a covered porch. This is because most people want their porch to be cool during the summer. A porch is a great place to host parties, relax, and enjoy summer. The nice thing about a ceiling fan is it they actually works to keep your porch cool. It’s a simple as installing the fan, turning it on, and enjoying the cool air that the fan circulates in a large square foot area.

Handles Damp Areas and Moisture Well

Unlike an indoor ceiling fan, outdoor ceiling fans can be used outdoors where it is wet outside. If you were to put an indoor ceiling fan outdoors, it would quickly be ruined. But an outdoor ceiling fan handles the weather very well. How well it handles the weather will depend on what type you purchase. If you get a damp location fan, you can only use it in an outdoor area that is covered, such as a screened patio or a garage. A wet location ceiling fan, however, can be used in ice, rain, and snow. It is very durable and can withstand any type of moisture.

Light

Some outdoor ceiling fans come with a light included. This is a nice added feature because it allows you to light your porch in addition to your porch light. Many models include LED lighting that is more economical to use. You wouldn't have to always use the added light feature, but it would always be there for those times when you need additional lighting on your porch.

Remote Control

Several types of the ceiling fans reviewed have remote controls that are included in the package. This feature is nice if you are relaxing in your favorite outdoor chair and want the speed of the fan turned up to circulate the air. Watch for outdoor ceiling fans that include this convenient feature if you are interested.

Reversible Motor

Many outdoor fans come with a reversible motor. This feature is useful because when it circulates one direction it sucks up the air to cool an area and when the blades are reversed, the fan will circulate warm air that rises to warm your outdoor in cooler months. This feature extends the use of the fan through more seasons where you would want to be in your outdoor space.

Our Top Pick

Our top pick for the best ceiling fans is the Hampton Bay Seaport 52 In. Indoor/Outdoor White Ceiling Fan.

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Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you understand more about outdoor ceiling fans and the advantages, benefits, and comfort they can provide for your home. In this article, I discussed the best outdoor ceiling fans, the different types of outdoor ceiling fans, advantages to buying one, considerations when buying a ceiling fan, features that outdoor ceiling fans have, and our top pick for the best outdoor ceiling fan. So go get shopping. You will soon be rewarded with cool air circulating on your patio or other outdoor areas that will make your outdoor space much more comfortable during the hot summer months for many years to come.