REVIEW – Summer is right around the corner, and it is time to find ways to beat the heat. I love my central air conditioning, but running it 24/7 in the summer gets awfully expensive. Tower fans are a good alternative, and I have owned a few over the years. However, I never really found one that provided both power and quiet operation. The Techvilla Oscillating Tower fan promises quiet operation and cooling power. I recently had the chance to review one. Let’s see if it does the job.
What is it?
The Techvilla oscillating tower fan is a 36-inch quiet cooling fan with 3 modes, 3 speeds, a remote, and a 12-hour timer.
What’s in the box?
- Oscillating tower fan
- User manual
Design and features
The fan is very slim and lightweight, with a small footprint. It does require some light assembly (putting the base together and attaching it to the fan), all of which took me a couple of minutes. The base attaches to the fan using a large plastic nut that screws onto the bottom of the fan. This makes the fan very stable.
The touch-sensitive control panel is located at the top of the unit. The screen lights up when touched and automatically shuts off after 30-seconds. There are buttons for power, mode, speed, oscillation, and timer. The fan also comes with remote control.
The remote control allows you to control the oscillating tower fan from up to 26-feet away. I am not a big fan of the remote. No pun intended. It just seems like an afterthought here. It is small, but almost too small, especially if you have large hands. And the buttons are not very responsive. I found myself pushing them multiple times before the fan would respond. Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice feature to have, but it just could have been implemented better IMO.
The built-in timer allows you to turn the fan off automatically, and it can be set at 1-hour intervals for up to 12-hours.
The tiny grid and bladeless design eliminate the risk of unattended kids putting fingers in. A safety lock feature allows you to lock the touch screen so little hands can’t mess with the fan’s settings.
Using the fan
My first impression upon turning the fan on for the first time was how quiet it was. On the low-speed setting, you can hardly tell the fan is on. Medium and high speeds provide the same quiet operation. Definitely, the quietest tower fan I have ever used.
There are 3 modes (Normal/Natural/Sleep) and 3 Speeds (High/Medium/Low).
Normal mode is, as the name implies, normal. The fan will blow at whatever speed you set it at.
Both natural and sleep modes are unique. When in either mode, the fan doesn’t run at a constant speed. The best way I can describe it is that the breeze coming from the fan is more natural, like a summer breeze. I found both modes relaxing, and I can see the benefits of using both for sleep.
The oscillating tower fan passed the quiet test, but all that does not mean much if it doesn’t have much power. While it will not literally blow you away, the power of this fan, especially on the high setting, is more than adequate. I sit about 10 feet from where I placed the fan, and the breeze was nice. It will definitely do the job in small to medium size rooms. And the wide air outlet and 75º oscillation really help to move the air around.
What I like
- Space-saving design
- Touch screen with auto-shutoff
- Multiple speeds and modes
What I’d change
- Remote control
Overall, the Techvilla oscillating tower fan is exceptional. The quiet operation and multiple speed and mode settings are excellent. It may not be the world’s best tower fan, but it is a nice fan at a reasonable price.
Where to buy: Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by TECHVILLA.