The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one Tower Fan that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The Tower Fan that is currently The Best can be found here.
Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a Tower Fan. They responded that Air Flow is by far their most important concern, followed by Ease of Use and Features. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.
Respondents were also asked which features matter most in a Tower Fan. Based on their answers, The Best model must oscillate for even air distribution and have a remote control for easy control of the settings.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained Tower Fans that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.
Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts. Each Tower Fan was rated for its Air Flow, Ease of Use, and Features.
To test the output of each fan, the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute measured the speed of air throughput as well as the volume at the different fan speed levels.
For each Tower Fan, analysts determined how easy it was to:
Analysts assigned a score each step, with lower scores indicating a process was very difficult and higher scores indicating it was very simple. After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each Tower Fan.
Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made a Tower Fan easier or more effective to use:
Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for a Tower Fan to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:
Though an icon of industrial design, the original household electric fans of the early 1900s were unrefined machines, blowing an unwieldy gust of air into a room. With their curved blades swirling in an attractive brass cage, they could cool an individual sitting directly before them, providing that person was not sitting at a desk where papers can be upended and scattered. Modern ingenuity has fine-tuned the household fan to a far more precise machine for controlling climate and bringing more lasting comfort to an uncomfortably stuffy room. The innovation of the tower fan is that it circulates substantial amounts of air to properly cool a room, while remaining unobtrusive, quiet and truly portable. The blades of tower fans can be tilted to draw cool air up, force warm air down, or circulate stagnant air through 180 degrees of oscillation without, if one chooses, so much as rustling a paper on a table. Often tower fans come with remotes (to adjust the air flow from the other side of the room, where its affects will be felt), timers (to simplify daily routines and save energy) and even ionizers to help remove some airborne particles from circulation.
As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.