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nstalling an outdoor ceiling fan on your porch, deck, or patio is a perfect way to keep cool and refreshed whenever the heat is on. As well as offering maximum cooling comfort, an outdoor ceiling fan is cheaper to buy and maintain and much more energy-efficient than air conditioning.

Many considerations need to be taken into account when looking for an outdoor ceiling fan. But what makes the perfect ceiling fan? While style and aesthetic are certainly important, considering a few key factors will help you pick the right ceiling fan for your space. Let’s take a look at some of those factors:

Location and Type of Fan

The most important consideration in any light fixture or ceiling fan purchase is location. Where will it be installed? How large or small is the space you want to fill? How will you deal with challenges like sloped ceilings? Since the ceiling fan will most likely be subjected to the elements year-round, how well it deals with moisture is also important.

You will typically find two options that make a fan suitable for outdoor use: damp-rated ceiling fans and wet-rated ceiling fans. These types of fans are given UL rating that specifies the amount of water a ceiling fan can be exposed to. Wet-rated ceiling fans can be installed in either damp or wet environments and may be directly exposed to rain. Damp-rated ceiling fans, on the other hand, should only be installed in covered locations that are not exposed to rain.

When it comes to fan blade materials, opt for aluminum or stainless-steel models that are stronger, more durable, and resistant to the elements.

Size

The size of the outdoor ceiling fan you choose should work in relation to the size of the space you want to fill. Important aspects like number of blades and motor power will also be determined by this space. You’ll also need to figure in clearance area, which is the space between the fan and the ceiling, floor, and nearest walls. In most cases, a standard outdoor ceiling fan should be about a foot from the ceiling, 84 inches from the floor, and 24 inches from the wall and the fan blades.

Motor

It goes without saying that a good outdoor ceiling fan needs a strong, reliable motor to be effective. Look for fans with motors made from die-cast aluminum that is long-lasting, quiet, and that circulate a lot of air. When it comes to fan motors, quality matters.

You will also need to choose between AC or DC motors. We recommend energy-efficient DC models that use 75% less electricity without compromising performance. Both types connect directly into your home’s electricity source.

Number and Pitch of Blades

It used to be that a large number of fan blades will be better at moving air, but they can also slow down the motor. Not anymore, as newer models of outdoor ceilings fans are designed to work effectively and efficiently, no matter the number of blades.

Blade pitch is the angle between a 180-degree horizontal plane and a ceiling fan’s blade tilt. The angle of the blade makes a difference in how much air a fan can circulate throughout a room. The optimal blade pitch for a ceiling fan is 12-15 degrees.

Environmental Factors

Your outdoor ceiling fan should be built to withstand other weather issues like heavy winds and salty air. To combat windy conditions, choose “unibody fans” that feature sturdy blades with no blade holders to ensure that the components do not sway or break in high winds. Those living in locations with salty air should choose an outdoor ceiling fan built from marine-grade parts that won’t rust or corrode, even when outside in salty air 24/7.

Top Outdoor Ceiling Fans

#7 Casa Delta-Wing 52” Modern Outdoor Ceiling Fan

 

The damp-rated Casa Delta-Wing 52” Modern Outdoor Ceiling Fan is another fan whose 3 wood-finished 52-inch blades project the classic look of vintage ceiling fans found in western saloons. Fans of bigger blades will be glad to know that a bigger 66-inch blade is also available for this model. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, this fan comes loaded with extras like a handheld remote that cycles through the 3 speeds of its reversible motor and the ability to power the fan through a wall switch. There’s also a light kit option available. A classic look, variety of options, and reasonable price make the Casa Delta-Wing 52” Modern Outdoor Ceiling Fan an excellent choice.

Pros Cons
3-Speed Reversible MotorCan Be Noisy
Remote IncludedDifficult to Install
Affordable Price

Our Rating:

4.0 out of 5.0 stars

#6 Emerson Ceiling Fan CF621SW 52” Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Emerson Ceiling Fan CF621SW 52” Outdoor Ceiling Fa

Thanks in part to the unique space-age design of its 5 rattan-inspired fan blades, the Emerson CF621SW 52” Outdoor Ceiling Fan marries eye-catching aesthetic appeal with plenty of nifty functions. Want features? How about its 100% wet rating? Or the lifetime motor warranty? We liked its ability to efficiently push a lot of air while being energy efficient. But ultimately, for us it all came down to its cool design and this fan will be a true conversation starter at your next gathering. While a bit on the pricey side, its cabana-inspired design makes it perfect for those looking for something different.

Pros Cons
5 52-Inch BladesPricey
QuietHard to Assemble
Good Air Speed and Flow

 

Our Rating:

4.0 out of 5.0 stars

#5 Hunter Ocala 52-inch Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Hunter Ocala 52-inch Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan

The damp-rated Hunter Ocala Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan is a reliable ceiling fan that comes loaded with the top-notch features the Hunter company is known for. With a sleek, modern design that looks perfect on a porch, sunroom, or open-aired patio, this fan packs a powerful punch. The 13-degree pitch of the fan’s 4 washed walnut-roasted blades helped it push much more air than we expected, aided by a “WhisperWind’ reversible motor that delivers super-powerful airflow with quiet performance. Best of all, it comes with a lifetime motor warranty. We also liked the LED light and convenient pull chains. While it does not come with a tri mount, 2-inch and 3-inch down rods make installation a snap.

Pros Cons
Multi-Speed Reversible MotorWon’t Work with Dimmer Switch
LED Light IncludedHeavy
Lifetime Warranty

 

Our Rating:

4.5 out of 5.0 stars

#4 Monte Carlo 3MAVR60BK Maverick 60” Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Monte Carlo 3MAVR60BK Maverick 60'' Outdoor Ceiling Fan

You don’t get much more aesthetically pleasing than the damp-rated Monte Carlo Maverick 60” Outdoor Ceiling Fan. Even better, it’s available in a variety of colors and blade sizes (60-inch, 70-inch, 88-inch, and 99-inch). We liked its sturdy, 6-speed reversible motor and a 13-degree blade pitch that helped it move a lot of air. We especially liked its big-time energy efficiency, offering as much as 50% savings on energy bills. Also impressive were its high-tech remote control abilities, and how with Bond Hub, we were able to use Alexa to turn the fan on and off. While a bit on the pricey side, form and function work together to make the Monte Carlo Maverick 60” Outdoor Ceiling Fan a fan that is sure to raise eyebrows at your next social shindig.

Pros Cons
60-Inch Fan BladesAirflow Can Be Weak
Energy Efficient
6-Speed Handheld Remote Included

 

Our Rating:

4.5 out of 5.0 stars

#3 Westinghouse Lighting 7204300 Indoor/Outdoor 52” Ceiling Fan

 

Westinghouse Lighting 7204300 Indoor/Outdoor 52” Ceiling Fan

 

The Westinghouse Lighting 7204300 Outdoor Ceiling Fan is a 100% wet rated fan, which means it can be hung anywhere, even in places with an abundance of salty air. Designed from sturdy steel, glass, and plastic, even the motor is safely covered and protected from moisture. Speaking of the motor, it has three speed option with a reversible switch that circulates warm air in the winner. Best, the motor comes with a lifetime warranty. Aesthetically, we liked how the retro brown tones of the four 52-inch fan blades worked well with the overall metal structure. We also liked how the LED light option can be hooked up to a dimmer switch. For its classic looks, 100% wet rating, and reasonable price point, the Westinghouse Lighting 7204300 Outdoor Ceiling Fan should be worthy of your consideration.

 

Pros Cons
100% Wet RatedLED Light Can Be Dim
3-Speed Reversible MotorDifficult Installation
Energy Efficient

 

Our Rating:

4.8 out of 5.0 stars

#2 Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Honeywell Duvall 52-Inch Tropical Outdoor Ceiling Fan

The Honeywell Duvall 52-inch Tropical Outdoor Ceiling Fan is a low-priced ceiling fan with the type of features found in higher-priced models. We especially liked how the energy-efficient, 4-speed reversible motor and the 5 wet rated bronze wicker blades that kept air flow cool and lively. A pull chain controls the speed of the fan’s rotation. Made from plastic and wood materials, it comes with a tri-mount installation kit that allows it to be hanged on any type of ceiling. One point to note: While this kit is advertised as being wet-rated, only the blades are wet-rated while the fan itself is damp rated. Available in two color options, this fan is perfect if you’re looking for form and function at a reasonable price.

 

Pros Cons
AffordableDifficult to Install
Quiet Reversible Motor
52-Inch Blades

 

Our Rating:

4.8 out of 5.0 stars

#1 Honeywell 50513-01 Belmar Outdoor LED Ceiling Fan

Honeywell 50513-01 Belmar Outdoor LED Ceiling Fan

 

The damp-rated, five-blade Honeywell Belmar Outdoor LED Outdoor Ceiling Fan is a winner in our books! We found so many great features with this beauty: weather resistant, 3-speed reversible motor, steel body, 52” wooden textured plastic blades that won’t bend, and a build quality that makes it tough enough to handle whatever weather elements are thrown its way. Incredibly versatile, this outdoor ceiling fan is tri-mount compatible and can be hanged on both sloped and standard ceilings. With its low price point, classic design, replaceable LED light enclosure with pull chain, and host of other great features, you just can’t go wrong with the Honeywell Belmar Outdoor LED Outdoor Ceiling Fan.

Pros Cons
Weather-Resistant BladeRemote Control Not Included
Tri-Mount CompatibleGlass Globe Can Be Broken in Shipment
3_speed Reversible Motor

 

Our Rating:

5.0 out of 5.0 stars