Your Guide to Staying Cool in Summer: Comparing Tower Fans, Pedestal Fans, and Air Coolers


The summer season comes with hot days that keep you sweaty and irritated–and all you’ll want to do is disappear to the coldest part of the world. However, that would cost slightly more than you bargained for. But no hassles here as you can easily remedy this by investing in a convenient fan.

With that in mind, we are left with the not-so-simple decision of selecting between a tower fan, a pedestal fan, and an air cooler. Each of these fans has unique features–from energy-efficient settings to the fan size and these determine what fits your preference.

However, you don’t have to worry about that as we’ve got you covered. We’ll explain the differences between these cooling solutions so you can make your choice with no pressure or confusion.

Overview of Tower Fan, Pedestal Fan, and Air Cooler

Tower Fans

Tower fans are slim and usually short fans, meant to save space and often for residential and light-duty use. You can also use them in place of pedestal fans if you need an aesthetically pleasing fan as it occupies less space while blending with your room decor.

Though tower fans are often marketed as “bladeless fans”, it does not mean it has no blades. Tower fans have hidden blades that generate cool air while giving a modern appearance to your space. In essence, if you are looking for a cooling solution to chase the heat away while saving your bedroom, living room, or office space, this is a great option for you.

Pedestal Fans

Pedestal fans have a round fan head that houses the motor and fan blades with a basket covering for safety, attached to an adjustable pole and base. The fan head can usually oscillate horizontally, distributing air more effectively. The stand allows users to place the fan at different heights, making them versatile for various settings. This type of fan is often commonly seen in residential settings and the larger sizes, in industrial settings.

Pedestal fans are designed primarily for cooling purposes. They draw in air and propel it forward using rotating blades. Many modern pedestal fans come with multiple speed settings, allowing you to adjust the airflow according to your comfort level. Some models also include features like timer settings, remote controls, and adjustable tilt angles for targeted cooling.

Air Coolers

Air coolers on the other hand use a modern technique of evaporative cooling. They have simple air cooling process which is similar to that of a modern air-conditioner unit. Air coolers use an air-moving technique that takes air from outdoors and drives it through cooling pads. The wet cooling pads generate water that evaporates and lowers the temperature of the air which is then blown out by the air cooler.

Comparison of Usage Scenarios

Cooling Mechanism

Air coolers use water evaporation techniques to cool the air, which makes them effective in hot environments. In addition, they also add moisture to the air, which is especially beneficial for dry climates.

On the other hand, pedestal fans do not actually cool the air but provide cool airflow to give you a cooling effect through evaporation from your skin’s surface. Like the pedestal fan, tower fans blow high-speed air across your skin to increase the evaporation of moisture from your skin. This in turn makes you feel cooler. In essence, tower and pedestal fans do not necessarily lower the temperature of your space like air coolers do. But with our  3-in-1 Air Cooler, you can enjoy the benefits of both an air cooler and a tower fan.


Among the three types of fans, the tower fan is the most portable fan. However, this depends on the size of the fan. A smaller air cooler will be more portable than a small tower fan or a pedestal fan. But if you plan to buy a large air cooler, a tower fan would be a better option.

Usage Area

Air coolers and Tower fans are suitable for larger spaces such as living rooms, offices, or outdoor areas where humidity is low. They work best in well-ventilated areas. On the other hand, pedestal fans are versatile and can be used in various settings, including bedrooms, offices, workshops, or industrial spaces, depending on the fan’s power and features.

Noise Levels

Tower fans tend to be quieter than pedestal fans and air coolers, especially models designed for residential use. However, some pedestal fans and air coolers are built with noise reduction features for quieter operation, making them suitable for commercial or industrial environments where noise control is essential.

Working Principles and Differences

Tower Fan

A typical fan propels the air forward with blades that spin in one direction. There are multiple fan blades in a tower fan, usually stacked vertically. The air then passes through the vertical column, where the rotating blades create a high-velocity airflow. This airflow is then expelled through vents or grilles at the top of the tower fan, circulating cooler air throughout the room.

Pros and Cons of a Tower Fan


  • It is ideal for smaller rooms or tight spaces.
  • It has a modern look.
  • It provides wide oscillation for better air circulation.


  • It is less powerful compared to pedestal fans.
  • It has limited cooling capacity.

Pedestal Fan

Pedestal fans, use airflow and mechanical rotation to create a cooling effect. These fans consist of a motor housed within the fan head attached to an adjustable stand. When the fan is turned on, the motor powers the rotation of fan blades, drawing air into the fan head and propelling it forward. The adjustable height and oscillation features allow for customized airflow direction and coverage.

Pros and Cons of a Pedestal Fan


  • It is suitable for larger rooms or areas.
  • It has an adjustable height and tilt for customized airflow.
  • It is more affordable compared to tower fans.


  • It may take up more space than tower fans.
  • It is a less visually appealing design in some cases.

Air Cooler

An air cooler uses the principle of evaporative cooling to cool the air. It draws warm air from the environment through a water-soaked pad or cooling media. As this warm air passes through the wet pad, the water evaporates, absorbing heat from the air in the process. The cooled air is then circulated back into the room, effectively reducing the ambient temperature.

Pros and Cons of Air Coolers


  • Effective cooling through the use of water evaporation.
  • Can add humidity to dry environments, beneficial for health.
  • Energy-efficient compared to air conditioners.


  • Requires a constant supply of water, which can be a hassle.
  • Not as effective in humid climates.
  • Limited cooling range compared to air conditioners.

Comparison of Cooling Effects

Air coolers provide the most effective cooling, especially in dry climates, due to their evaporative cooling mechanism and ability to add moisture to the air. Tower fans offer decent airflow and are quieter than pedestal fans, making them suitable for residential use. Pedestal fans are powerful in moving air but lack the cooling capacity of air coolers and the quiet operation of tower fans, making them better for industrial or commercial settings where high airflow is needed.

How to Choose the Right Fan

Choosing the right fan for your summer break significantly determines your level of comfort and energy efficiency. Therefore, you need to consider some factors like the room size, noise level you need, and airflow settings. With these in mind, here are some of our top-rated products you should check out.

TaoTronics TT-TF015 42″ Oscillating Tower Fan 

Our TaoTronics TT-TF015 42″ Oscillating Tower Fan delivers a powerful 26ft/s air for fast cooling, so you can enjoy your work or study without the disturbance of the summer heat. In addition, it comes with a 120° oscillation mechanism. It is also equipped with 12 speeds, 4 modes, and a 12-hour timer so you can customize your cooling to your preference.

TaoTronics TT-TF010 Pedestal Fan

If you prefer a pedestal fan to a tower fan, then our TaoTronics TT-TF010 Pedestal Fan is the perfect choice for you. The pedestal fan comes with a cutting-edge dual-blade top and an 85-degree oscillation that provides a broad and powerful breeze to keep you cool during the hot season. With its 38dB noise level, you can be assured of a whisper-quiet operation.

TaoTronics PE-TF008 3-in-1 Air Cooler 

However, if you’d prefer an air cooler to help you escape the heat, our TaoTronics PE-TF008 3-in-1 Air Cooler had got you covered. The oscillating tower fan comes with a 3-in-1 functionality to help you hydrate the air, distribute a cool breeze, and increase airflow. You can also add ice packs to the air cooler’s 6-liter tank to increase the cooling power of the cooling device.


When it comes to selecting the right fan for your space, there’s no one size fits all. In essence, the choice between a tower fan, an air cooler, and a pedestal fan depends on what you require, your space size, and the features that are more necessary for you. All three types of fans can give you the cook air circulation that you need but each had it’s own advantages. However, if you are still confused if what code to make, our sales team are willing to help you with your purchase decisions.

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