Ceiling Fan Vs. Standing Fan (Detailed Comparison)

Last Updated on October 9, 2022 by Barry Gray

Ceiling Fan Vs Standing Fan

During the heated seasons of the year, one is usually dependent on a fan to stay relaxed and cool at home. Therefore, when these humid days come around, we are entirely grateful for these charming additions to the house. However, which one you choose to use is dependent on various variables. So, is a ceiling fan better than a standing fan?

If you are looking for a breeze within a small area, the standing fan is the best option for you. Standing fans are cheap and compact, allowing easy transport from one room to another. Ceiling fans are more expensive and cannot get transported; however, they do cool rooms more efficiently.

Let’s go further and look at various aspects that might divert your choice between the two. We will be looking at price, power usage, portability, and style. Finally, we must consider the space or room where you wish to place your newly bought fan. So, how large is the difference between a standing fan and a ceiling fan, and which one should you choose?

Price Difference Between Ceiling And Standing Fans

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Standing fans are smaller than any ceiling fans, making them cheaper than their ceiling counterparts. However, even withstanding fans, the price can vary depending on design, brand, and extra features included with the product. The price of a standing fan is anything from $35 to $150, possibly more.

The cost of installing the ceiling fan alone, excluding the purchasing of the ceiling fan itself, will be the same price as directly purchasing a regular standing fan. The payment for the installation labor can range from $150 to $350. Because ceiling fans can come in a larger spectrum of designs, the price range can vary from $20 to $12000.

So, most standing fans have a similar design and come at an affordable price, but the price mostly varies depending on size and possibly additional features. However, ceiling fans have more room for different styles and sizes, and the price range is much larger because there are so many possibilities for this type of fan.

Do Ceiling Fans Use More Electricity Than Standing Fans?

The operations of a ceiling fan cost the least than any other type of fan on average. The number of watts a ceiling fan uses, which gets normally labeled on the box, can vary from 50 watts to 90 watts depending on the size of the blades. The number of watts used also becomes dependent on how long and how fast you leave the fan running.

Most traditional standing fan designs use 48 watts to 100 watts to operate. This amount mostly varies depending on the speed setting you choose, normally three options. So, between these two types of fans, the watt usage is nearly similar; however, a few variables will change the end of the month’s cost regarding electricity.

So, regarding the cost of running a fan, the end-of-the-month electricity bill can differ depending on the speed and the amount of time it operates. However, ceiling fans will most of the time save you more money in the long run as the speed at which they run is usually slower than standing fans; therefore, uses fewer watts.

Space Regarding Ceiling Fans & Standing Fans

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Even the smaller kind, ceiling fans are larger than any standing fans. However, its larger size brings about the option of various styles and additional features so you can receive a ceiling fan perfect for you. 

For example, most ceiling fans come with light fixtures, and some more modern ones come with remote controls. Yet, in the end, you cannot move a ceiling fan once it gets installed.

Standing fans may not be as charming as ceiling fans. However, they provide other advantages that a ceiling fan cannot achieve. A standing fan is highly portable, so you will never have to worry about moving while leaving your fan behind. In addition, you only need to plug your standing fan into an outlet instead of having to go through the whole wiring process.

Pros And Cons Of Ceiling Fans & Standing Fans

I will easily summarize the pros and cons of ceiling fans and standing fans to help you easily see what you will completely receive when purchasing either of these cooling systems. So, let us look at the advantages and disadvantages of ceiling fans and standing fans without delay.

Pros Of Ceiling Fans

  • Less expensive than A/C units
  • Additional features such as light fixtures and remote controls
  • Consume less electricity on average
  • A large spectrum of sizes and styles to choose from
  • Cools an area more effectively than a standing fan
  • Can rotate clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the direction of the air

Cons Of Ceiling Fans

  • More complex installations process
  • Heat relief solely in the room the ceiling fan is in
  • Only provides heat relief for the people, excluding the entire room
  • Leaving the fan to operate while not in the room wastes electricity
  • Depending on the model, it can produce a lot of noise
  • Not easy to clean
  • A large amount of space is necessary

Pros Of Standing Fans

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  • Easier installation process than ceiling fans
  • More affordable pricing
  • Extremely portable; easy to transport
  • Not much space is needed
  • More powerful, therefore, providing heat relief much quicker.

Cons Of Standing Fans

  • It takes up space as it sits on the floor
  • Only circulate air in one direction
  • More electricity usage
  • Less unique or customizable features
  • Safety hazard for young kids as an accident could occur.


Standing fans are small, efficient devices and are more suitable for compact spaces and traveling or moving. These fans also have a simple setup process and come at an affordable price. A ceiling fan is a wonderful addition to the home and performs wonderfully during hot summer days. However, these fans are more expensive and cannot get moved once installed.

So, deciding on which type of fan to get can be very situational; however, in most circumstances, a ceiling fan will be the better option, whether at home, a shop, a warehouse, or a factory.

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Barry Gray

Hi, I’m Barry. I’ve loved woodworking and bringing things back to life for more years than I care to remember. I hope my passion for tools comes across loud and clear in everything you read here on The Tool Square.