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8 Best Smart Ceiling Fans to Buy in 2019: A Guide to App-Enabled Fans

Home automation has been gaining popularity in recent years, with smart ceiling fans being one of the many smart devices used today. Smart fans not just merely make your room cooler: they do so efficiently. And if you’ve been recently thinking about switching to a smart fan, this material should provide you with all the info you need to get started.

What is a smart ceiling fan?

A smart ceiling fan can be described in many ways. To put it simply, smart ceiling fans can be connected to mobile devices or home assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Home to provide you with a whole new gamut of controls.

Scheduling, speed adjustment, thermostat connection to run the fan at specified temperatures – such things could be achieved on a smart fan. This allows a couple of key benefits, which we’ll describe below.

Why you should choose a smart ceiling fan?

Convenience

First of all, smart ceiling fans are convenient. They allow you to control your ceiling fan without the wall panel or the fan’s remote.

With a smartphone or smart assistants like Amazon Alexa, you can control your fan from anywhere in your house. And even from outside the house!

Help you save money

Smart ceiling fans have features like scheduling or thermostat integration that allow you to save money. With the fan running only when you need it, you may notice your energy bills crawling down quite a bit.

Pro tip: Check out those fans we listed here that are Energy Star certified. They will surely save you money in the long run.

Help you protect your home

With scheduling or security mode (when the fan randomly turns on and off), you can make it seem like you are at home, while you are actually not. And this may drive away burglars who have an interest in your possessions.

The Best Smart Ceiling Fans You Can Buy in 2019

Haiku Home L Series 52″ Smart Ceiling Fan

Smart features:

  • Smart Heating/Cooling with a smart thermostat.
  • Fan speed & direction control.
  • LED Light control.
  • Scheduling.
  • Motion sensor activation.
  • Works with Alexa.

Combining smart ability and efficiency!

If you are ready to spend the money on an energy-efficient smart ceiling fan, then Haiku Home L Series 52-inch ceiling fan may be the best option for you.

The best thing about this fan – aside from its “smartness” – is that it is the most power-efficient ceiling fan on our list.

At high speed, this Energy Star-certified fan draws only 18.9 watts, which may well make this ceiling fan one of the best out there in terms of power draw. Additionally, Haiku fan delivers 5604 CFM airflow at its highest speed, which means that its airflow efficiency is at 296 CFM/W, which is a very, very good number.

So yeah, this Haiku ceiling fan definitely is a great choice when it comes to power efficiency.

You don’t have to always run this ceiling fan at its highest speed though. It has 7 forward and 1 reverse speeds, so it is very versatile in terms of airflow and power control.

When it comes to smartness, Haiku Home L Series is one of the greatest model on our list of best smart ceiling fans. It is designed to work well with Amazon Alexa, so you will be good to go if you have it or are planning to use it.

As for other assistants and smart home systems like Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit, you will probably get this thing working with them, but your experience likely won’t be as flawless as with Alexa.

Haiku also has their own mobile app that allows you to adjust your fan preferences from a mobile device. You could control the fan even if you are out of the home.

If you care about lights, then you’ll be glad to hear that this ceiling fan has an integrated 20W LED lamp with 16 brightness settings. And this should be pretty enough for areas for which this fan is designed. If we were to follow this guide, we’d say that such a lamp is going to illuminate an area of about 60-62 square feet.

Haiku also includes 6- and 12-inches downrods with this ceiling fan, so you should be able to get started with its setup immediately.

Everything has a price, and so does this Haiku smart ceiling fan. You need to have quite a budget to be able to afford it. But we think that it is worth it.

Specifications

Motor18.9 Watts, 100–125 VAC / 200–240 VAC, EC motor
Max Air Flow5604 CFM
LightYes
FinishWhite
RemoteYes
ListingsIP x2, Indoor only
Number of Blades3
ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes
Home Automation AppAmazon Alexa, Nest, and Ecobee
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Why should you buy it?

The main advantage of this fan is its excellent power efficiency. If that’s what you care for the most, then the Haiku ceiling fan should be a good option for you.

Pros:

  • Can be controlled via Amazon Alexa.
  • Very energy-efficient.
  • 7 fan speeds.
  • 6- and 12-inch downrods included.

Cons:

  • Pretty expensive.

Hunter 54177 Brunswick 60” Ceiling Fan

Smart features:

  • Fan speed & direction adjustment.
  • Light control.
  • Scheduling.
  • Security mode.

Hunter Brunswick is noticeably less power-efficient than the Haiku ceiling fan, but it still is a good bang for the buck.

In fact, this ceiling fan is a bit more versatile than the Haiku L Series ceiling fan in terms of smart device compatibility.

Employing Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect WiFi technology, the Brunswick ceiling fan is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, as well as Google Assistant. Designed for these systems specifically, this ceiling fan should be able to deliver a seamless experience to their users.

In addition, the Brunswick ceiling fan can be controlled from mobile devices, further improving its comfort of use. However, there is one small “but” with the Hunter mobile app.

The thing is that the mobile app can be buggy, with the setup requiring quite some effort for you. But once you get the smart system up and running, you should have no problems with it whatsoever.

Now that we are done with the smart capabilities of this ceiling fan, let’s move onto its power efficiency.

Hunter Brunswick ceiling fan has a 50W wattage, which isn’t that high in the world of ceiling fans, but it is more than double the wattage of the Haiku ceiling fan. Paired with the lower airflow of 4376 CFM, this means that the airflow efficiency of this ceiling fan is 87 CFM/W.

So while the raw power consumption of this ceiling fan is pretty low, its power efficiency could be better.

There are also 3 forward and 1 reverse fan speeds in this thing, so you are getting some good speed control from it.

And lastly, this ceiling fan has an integrated energy-efficient 9W LED bulb. Based on the guide we referenced earlier, such a bulb should illuminate an area of up to 30 square feet.

Specifications

Motor50 Watts, 120 Volts, AC motor
Max Air Flow4376 CFM
LightYes
FinishNatural Iron
RemoteYes
ListingsETL listed, Dry rating
Number of Blades4
ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Home Automation AppAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Why should you buy it?

In the end, while Hunter Brunswick can’t boast excellent energy efficiency, it can be controlled from a wide range of devices. If this is key for you, then this ceiling fan may be the best option out there. And, more importantly, this fan costs much less than the Haiku fan while delivering more control options!

Pros:

  • Supports Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant.
  • Has 3 motor speeds.
  • 3- and 2-inch downrods included.

Cons:

  • Possible issues with the Hunter mobile device app.

Hunter 59226 Apache 54” Ceiling Fan

Smart features:

  • Fan speed & direction control.
  • Inbuilt light control.
  • Fan scheduling.
  • Security mode.

At the essentials, Hunter Apache ceiling fan is very similar to the Brunswick fan we’ve just examined. But when it comes to numbers, it is entirely different.

When it comes to smart capabilities, the Apache ceiling fan is identical to the Brunswick. It employs the same SIMPLEconnect WiFi technology, so it is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit as well.

Besides, it obviously supports mobile device controls. And as it was with the Brunswick, the app may be buggy.

But when it comes to power efficiency, this ceiling fan is a bit less efficient than the Brunswick.

The power rating of this thing is just a tad higher at 84.9W. However, it has a lower airflow of 4216 CFM – mainly because it has 3 blades, 1 less than the Brunswick – so it is more suitable for a bit smaller rooms. As a result, you get less airflow per watt of power – 50 CFM/W, to be exact.

Again, while the raw power draw of the Apache fan isn’t that high, it has a lower power efficiency than some other fans we reviewed.

On the other hand, the Apache ceiling fan is a bit more versatile than the Brunswick in terms of speed control. This fan has 4 forward speeds, so it will provide you with slightly more control over how much cooling you are getting.

Designed for smaller rooms, the Apache fan also has a bit weaker 17W dimmable LED light. Such a light should be able to illuminate areas of about 53 square feet.

What you may also like in this ceiling fan is that it comes with a 5-inch downrod. If it happens to be the exact size you need, you won’t have to look for a downrod separately.

Specifications

Motor84.9 Watts, 120 Volts, AC motor
Max Air Flow4216 CFM
LightYes
FinishNoble Bronze
RemoteYes
ListingsETL listed, Dry rated
Number of Blades3
ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Home Automation AppAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Why should you buy it?

Like the Brunswick fan, Hunter Apache offers a good range of control for not such a high price. If you were looking for a good fan for a mid-sized room, this one may be the right pick.

Pros:

  • Supports Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant.
  • Has 4 fan speeds.
  • 5-inch downrod included.

Cons:

  • Sluggish app.
  • High wattage

Hunter 59222 Symphony 54” Ceiling Fan

Smart features:

  • Fan speed & direction adjustment.
  • Light management.
  • Fan scheduling.
  • Security mode.

Among Hunter’s ceiling fans, this one has the highest airflow capacity, which makes it more suitable for larger rooms.

That’s primarily thanks to the increased 4643 CFM airflow. But, in spite of the increased airflow, the Symphony smart ceiling fan consumes the same amount of power as the previous two Hunter fans – that is, 65.3W. Because of this, it has a bit higher airflow efficiency of 71 CFM per watt.

So while this ceiling fan consumes the same amount of power as the other two Hunter fans, it is a more power-efficient ceiling fan thanks to the higher airflow.

And with the 4 forward fan speeds – as many as in the Apache fan – you should be able to control the airflow and power draw of this thing pretty efficiently.

When it comes to smart capabilities, the Symphony fan, as you’d probably expect, is identical to the other Hunter fans. As a reminder, it supports Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, as well as controls via the same not so easy to set up mobile app.

Hunter Symphony also comes with two LED lights, each rated at 9W. This should be enough for about 56 square feet areas.

And the last thing that should be noted in this ceiling fan is that Hunter includes a 2-inch downrod with it. For lower ceilings, such a downrod could be the right choice.

Motor65.3 Watts, 120 Volts, AC motor
Max Air Flow4643 CFM
LightYes
FinishNickel
RemoteYes
ListingsETL listed, Dry rated
Number of Blades3
ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Home Automation AppAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Why should you buy it?

For the same reasons as the other Hunter fans! Namely, for its wide range of controls and good price. In addition, this ceiling fan would be suitable for larger rooms.

Pros:

  • Supports Amazon Alexa, HomeKit, and Google Assistant.
  • 4643 CFM airflow.
  • 4 speed motor.
  • Comes with a 2-inch downrod.
  • Integrated LED light.

Cons:

  • Buggy smartphone app.

Westinghouse 7203900 Techno II 72″ Ceiling Fan

Smart features with a smart hub:

  • Fan speed & direction adjustment.
  • Light management.
  • Fan scheduling.

If you were looking for a powerful ceiling fan for your 400 square feet room, then Westinghouse Techno II may be an excellent choice for you. In fact, this ceiling fan is not only powerful but also pretty power-efficient.

Not as efficient as the Haiku ceiling fan we reviewed in the very beginning, but it’s still pretty high up the rank of the most efficient ceiling fans.

Techno II delivers gigantic airflow of 7234 CFM, which is the thing that makes it great for pretty large rooms.

In spite of such an airflow capacity, Techno II is rated only at 31W. This means that this ceiling fan delivers 233 CFM of air per watt of power. Thereby, this fan is great in terms of both raw power draw and power efficiency.

And because the Techno II ceiling fan has 6 speeds, you could flexibly use all the power that it has got.

Now that we’ve established how power-efficient this ceiling fan is, let’s move onto its smart capabilities.

Westinghouse Techno II fan is compatible with Amazon Alexa, so if you have Echo set up in your home, you may go for this fan. However, you would need to connect this thing to a smart hub to get it working with home assistants, so keep that in mind. And, depending on the hub, you could get this thing working with other home assistants.

However if you don’t want to use this fan’s smart features, then a remote control, which is include is sufficient.

What could be better in this ceiling fan though is the LED light. Rated at 17.5W, we feel that it is underpowered for this fan if you want it as the only light source. It is going to illuminate an area of just about 55 square feet.

Specifications

Motor31 Watts, 120 Volts, DC motor
Max Air Flow7234 CFM
LightYes
FinishBrushed Steel
RemoteYes
ListingsETL listed, Dry rated
Number of Blades3
ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Home Automation AppAmazon Alexa
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Why should you buy it?

Ensuring good air circulation in over 400 square feet rooms shouldn’t be a problem for this ceiling fan. So if you were looking for a power-efficient ceiling fan for a large room, the Techno II is a great option.

Pros:

  • Works with Amazon Alexa.
  • Great for large rooms.
  • Great energy efficiency.
  • 6 fan speeds.

Cons:

  • The integrated LED light could be improved.
  • You need to get a smart hub to use smart features.

Honeywell 50195 Rio 54″ Ceiling Fan

Smart features with a smart hub:

  • Fan speed & direction control.
  • Light control.
  • Fan scheduling.

If you were looking for an inexpensive ceiling fan for a mid to large-size room, Honeywell Rio ceiling fan may be the right pick for you.

In spite of its cheapness, Honeywell Rio ceiling fan has a couple of features to boast.

While this ceiling fan isn’t the most efficient on our list, it has a pretty high airflow capacity of 5736 CFM, which makes it suitable for mid to large-size rooms.

At the same time, this ceiling fan consumes about as much power – 53W – as the three Hunter smart fans we reviewed earlier. But since it delivers higher airflow at about the same power draw, it is more power efficient – 108 CFM/W. Add to this the lower price of the Rio fan, and it may be more attractive for you than the Hunter fans.

And with the 3 forward speeds, you should be able to better control the power consumption of this ceiling fan

In terms of smart device compatibility, Honeywell Rio ceiling fan works with Alexa, as well as probably with other smart assistants. However, you would need to purchase a smart hub to hook this thing up to your home automation system. But once you do, you’ll be able to fully control the settings of this fan.

It should be noted that this ceiling fan is shipped with two 13W CFL bulbs. They are pretty efficient, but they are not nearly as efficient as LED light bulbs. However, because the bulbs aren’t wired onto the ceiling fan, you could easily swap to more efficient LED bulbs.

Based on the guide we referenced earlier, two 13W CFL bulbs (26W) would be able to illuminate about 56 square feet. LED lights would do the same at 17-18W

Motor53 Watts, 120 Volts, AC motor
Max Air Flow5736 CFM
LightYes
FinishBrushed Nickel
RemoteYes
ListingsETL listed, Dry rated
Number of Blades3
ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Home Automation AppAmazon Alexa, Google Home
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Why should you buy it?

Honeywell ceiling fan delivers great airflow capability for the price. If you are on a tight budget, then this ceiling fan may be a great pick for you.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive.
  • Pretty good power efficiency for the price.
  • Works with Alexa.
  • 3 fan speeds.
  • 4-inch downrod included.

Cons:

  • The included CFL lights aren’t as efficient as LED.
  • Requires a smart hub to work with smart assistants.

Minka-Aire F569-BS Supra 52″ Ceiling Fan

Smart features with a smart hub:

  • Fan speed and direction control.
  • Light adjustment.
  • Fan scheduling.

Minka-Aire F569-BS Supra ceiling fan is also a pretty good option of a not so expensive fan for mid to large-size rooms. In fact, one of the good things about this ceiling fan is that it comes with plenty of accessories to help you get started.

First off, it comes with 3.5- and 6-inch downrods, so you are likely not to need anything else. And Minka-Aire also includes an angled ceiling adapter that can work with up to 21-degree-angled ceilings. If all those are all the things that you’d need for setup, then you’ll be able to install this thing out of the box.

Most likely, you would only need to buy a smart hub to get this thing fully up and running.

When it comes to power efficiency, this ceiling fan is decent. It delivers a lot of airflow – 5755 CFM – while consuming up to 79W of power. And with the airflow efficiency of this fan standing at 73 CFM/W, this ceiling fan isn’t the best choice if you are looking for a power-efficient ceiling fan.

With this model, you should keep in mind that Minka-Aire includes a 100W mini-can halogen bulb. It delivers more light than a regular 100W incandescent light bulb and overall is pretty bright. But it is going to be less efficient than a LED light.

A 100W halogen bulb is going to be And based on the guide we referenced, this would be enough to illuminate about 70 square feet. It would take a 22-23W LED to do the same.

The design of this ceiling fan should also be noted. All the fans we reviewed had a good design, but this one is especially good. With its sleek design, we think that Minka-Aire Supra ceiling fan is the best-looking model on the list.

Motor79 Watts, 120 Volts, AC motor
Max Air Flow5755 CFM
LightYes
FinishBrushed Nickel
RemoteYes
ListingsETL listed, Dry rated
Number of Blades5
ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Home Automation AppAmazon Alexa
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Why should you buy it?

What we liked in this ceiling fan the most is its seamless design. This is the best ceiling fan on the list in terms of looks. And if you need a fan for a large room and don’t really care about power draw, it may be a great option for you.

Pros:

  • Sleek design.
  • Alexa-compatible.
  • 3 fan speeds.
  • Comes with 3.5- and 6-inch downrods.
  • Includes an angled ceiling adapter for up to 21 degrees.

Cons:

  • 79W wattage.
  • Low 73 CFM/W airflow efficiency.
  • The inbuilt mini-can halogen bulb can consume up to 100W.
  • You need a smart hub to use home assistants with it.

Modern Forms FR-W1815-60L-MB/DK Windflower 60″ Ceiling Fan

Smart features:

  • Fan speed and direction adjustment.
  • Light adjustment.
  • Smart energy saving with a thermostat.
  • Scheduling.

And the last model on our reviews of best smart ceiling fans is Modern Forms Windflower. If you are ready to pay the money for a ceiling fan for a huge room, then this one is a good pick.

But let’s begin with the smart capabilities of this fan first.

It has been designed to be used with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and Ecobee, which makes it the most versatile ceiling fan on the list. In addition, you could install Modern Forms’ app on your mobile device to gain full control over the fan’s features and save plenty of money on energy bills.

Speaking of energy bills, that’s another area where Windflower is great. Delivering insane 8840 CFM airflow at high speed, this ceiling fan is a good choice for rooms well over 400 square feet in size. And what’s better is that this fan is rated at only 49W!

This further means that the Windflower has airflow efficiency of 180 CFM/W. With the 6 speed settings, you get great control over the power capabilities of this ceiling fan.

What should also be noted in this ceiling fan is that it is rated for use in wet conditions. This means that you could safely use it outdoors even if it is raining.

By the way, we didn’t cover the design of this ceiling fan. It’s got 12 blades, which is one of the things that help this model deliver the over 8k airflow. And besides, it adds some unique aesthetics to it.

The one thing that we didn’t like in this ceiling fan is its 23.5W LED lamp. It’s underpowered for this fan, given that it can move air in very big rooms. Overall, this lamp would illuminate up to about 73 square feet.

Specifications

Motor49 Watts, 120 Volts, DC motor
Max Air Flow8840 CFM
LightYes
FinishMatte Black
RemoteYes
ListingsETL listed, Wet rated
Number of Blades12
ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Home Automation AppAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung Smart Things, Apple Homekit, Nest, and Ecobee
WarrantyLifetime Limited Motor Warranty

Why should you buy it?

If you wish to cool down a room that is sized well over 400 square feet, then this ceiling fan is a good choice. It’s also pretty power-efficient!

Pros:

  • Compatible with most home automation apps.
  • 6 fan speeds.
  • Huge 8840 CFM airflow.
  • Rated for wet location use.

Cons:

  • Very expensive.

Alternative way: Making your old ceiling fan smart

In the end, you don’t need to buy a smart ceiling fan necessarily to enjoy its convenience and energy-saving benefits. It’s pretty easy to turn your old “dumb” fan into a smart one.

And this is a thing that you should probably do because smart ceiling fans can cost quite a lot. It’s certainly cheaper to turn your old fan into a smart fan than to buy a new one.

We’ve mentioned a thing named “smart hub” on our reviews. That’s the thing you will need to turn your old fan into an old but smart fan.

They basically allow you to hook your fan into your smart home system. And once you’ve got everything set up, you should be able to control your old fan via your smartphone or assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Not every old fan will work with the smart hubs available out there. This will depend on the smart hub and what kind of ceiling fans it supports. In the worst case, if nothing works, you’ll have to go and get yourself a new smart fan.

So before attempting to integrate your old ceiling fan into your smart home system, make sure that the smart hub is going to work with your fan. Smart hubs aren’t too expensive, but you don’t want to waste any money.

Hunter SIMPLEconnect

Hunter SIMPLEconnect has been specifically designed to work with pull-chain ceiling fans, but it should work with any kind of fan just okay. As Hunter claims, this little guy works with all major ceiling fan brands with pull chains.

One downside of this smart control is that it operates on Bluetooth, so the fan controls will be range-dependent. You won’t be able to control your fan if you aren’t home.

And besides, it doesn’t work with smart home systems. You need to have the Hunter mobile app to use it.

BOND Smart Home Automation

Unlike SIMPLEconnect, BOND Smart Home Automation device operates on Wi-Fi, so it allows you to control your fan via your mobile device from anywhere as long as there is an internet connection.

What’s also better about BOND’s device is that it works with Google Home and Amazon Alexa out of the box.

The setup of this thing is easy as well. Just like SIMPLEconnect, it requires no wiring, so you can get it running pretty quickly.

Wemo Light Switch

Wemo Light Switch is designed to be installed in the place of a regular wall light switch. It requires a neutral wire, so it’ll be more convoluted to set up.

However, it works with Wi-Fi and delivers about the same smart features as the BOND smart hub. And besides, it is a pretty cheap option, so you could go for it if you have a limited budget.

Out of the box, this thing works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and the Wemo smart app.

Issues and problems with smart ceiling fans

As convenient and efficient smart ceiling fans are, they have a couple of potential problems that you should know about. Not that you’ll definitely come across such problems, but you need to be aware of them so you are ready to take measures if necessary.

Require setup

With regular ceiling fans, you install them, and you are good to go. With smart ceiling fans, you also need to do some integration like setting up a mobile app and connecting the fan to your smart home system.

If everything goes alright, this isn’t a difficult thing to do. But problems happen: mobile apps can be buggy, your smart home system may not recognize the fan, and so on. In some cases, you will need to contact the fan’s manufacturer’s support to solve the problem.

Dependent on the internet

Smart ceiling fans are internet-dependent, so if internet often goes down in your area, smart fans may become a frustration for you rather than a convenience. This isn’t the case for systems that are based on Bluetooth or other communication technologies.

May interfere with wireless devices

You probably have experience in resolving issues with wireless devices. The thing is that they can interfere with each other, causing various problems from not starting up to randomly shutting off.

And no matter how good the design of the fan is, you may still occasionally run into this issue. If you’ve got plenty of wireless devices in your house, you may need to deal with connectivity problems.

Should you really get a smart ceiling fan?

If you are planning to smarten up your home, then a smart ceiling fan definitely is a good addition to your system. It will be convenient, and it may help you save money on power.

If you don’t really need all the convenience of smart fans, you probably shouldn’t buy one. They can be quite pricey.

You may want to try to make your smart though. For much less money, you could enjoy all the benefits of smart fans. But this is a good idea only if your older fan is good for you as it is.


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