A fan can create an irritating hum or background noise. You want to be cool in your home gym or weight room but without the noise? Here are the six best fans for you.
The 6 best quiet home gym fans:
- Rowenta VU5670
- Hykolity Ceiling Fan
- Lasko 20″ Fan
- KLARSTEIN Silent Storm
- Pelonis FS40-19PRD
- Dyson AM07
These fans push enough air to cool you down in your home gym while not making a lot of noise.
Find more information and where to buy these fans down below.
The 6 best quiet home gym fans
Here are the 6 best quiet fans for your home gym. No fan is completely quiet and there will always be a tradeoff between airflow, noise and price. The fans on this list fall on different places of that trade off although they are all quieter than average.
The fans on this list are pedestal fans or similar. Table fans are not great for a home gym since they produce an airflow that’s too low to the floor. For cooling, airflow on the head and torso are better.
1. Rowenta VU5670
This is a high quality appliance. Not plasticy or cheap feeling like some other fans. The price is quite high for a normal fan but it’s worth the money if you’re looking for a high quality, quiet fan that pushes a very good amount of air, you can’t go wrong with this fan.
It’s not a fan that pushes as much as a shop fan but on the flipside it’s a whole lot quieter. The Rowenta is largely made from metal and comes with a remote control. In a home gym, you just use the fan for about an hour a day. The good thing is that this fan isn’t out of place anywhere. It’s design means you can easily put it in the living room without raising any eyebrows. That multifunctionality and quality of this fan make it a really good choice.
- 5 Speed settings
- 35dB(A) on low setting
- 2436 CF/M on high setting
- 16” rotor
- Remote control
- Great build quality
As you can see it’s a relatively standard fan except it pushes more air and is very quiet. It looks great for a standard fan but is sturdy at the same time.
2. Hykolity Ceiling fan
Ceiling fans can be a great way to circulate air through your home gym. They have large blades which can move a lot of air. Because the blades are big, they can spin slower to provide the same or more airflow than a floor standing fan while being quieter. The downside of ceiling fans is that it takes up ceiling height and is a big more difficult to install.
Many home gyms tend to be built in spaces with relatively low ceilings so adding a ceiling fan takes away valuable space. You don’t want to stick your hand or barbell in a spinning fan. However, if you’ve got a high ceiling, a ceiling fan is a great choice. Ceiling fans can move more air and while it’s not as focused an air stream as a pedestal fan, ceiling fans provide more whole room air circulation.
If your ceiling is high enough for working out but you don’t have a lot of extra space, a fan with short down-rod is the right choice.
The other downside is that a ceiling fan is a bit more difficult to install. Pedestal fans are just placed wherever you need them. A ceiling fan should be installed properly. Get the biggest fan you can fit in your space. if your space is long and relatively narrow, installing two fans will have the best results.
The Hykolity ceiling fan is large, is made from metal, is damp rated and has a remote. The industrial look works well in a home gym and the 8 large blades means it can move a lot of air. The DC motor helps save energy and is quieter than the standard AC motor. For a home gym this is a great choice in both looks and capabilities.
3. Lasko 20″ wall mounted fan
No headroom for a ceiling fan? Wall fans don’t use any floor space but tend to be designed to produce a lot of airflow. That’s great for staying cool but not for quiet. To get a wall fan that is a bit quieter, it’s better to get a large fan but use it at a lower setting. This way the blades spin slower and create less turbulence and therefore less noise.
The Lasko 20″ Floor and wall fan is quiet enough for a home gym on the low settings while still producing plenty of airflow. The fact that you can place it both on the floor and on the wall is a big benefit as well. It has a pretty industrial look but for a home gym this is fine.
4. KLARSTEIN Silent Storm Pedestal
The fan with the highest airflow on the list. If you’re in a hot garage or basement and need air from another space to be pushed into your gym, this is your best bet. It’s a simple design but modern and sleek. Another benefit is that it’s really quite energy efficient. The motor uses 35w in the highest setting which pushing an amazing 2735 CF/M.
- 12 speed settings
- 16” rotor diameter
- Height adjustable
- Only 35w power consumption on highest setting
- 2735 CF/M
- No quoted noise levels however most reviews mention it’s quiet for the amount of air it moves
5. Pelonis FS40-19PRD
The cheapest option on this list. Because of its Brushless DC motor technology (like the KLARSTEIN one), it works pretty quietly, not far behind some of the more expensive options. It’s a solid fan without many bells and whistles.
If you’re looking for something a little cheaper, this is a good option.
- 38-50 dB depending on setting
- 12 speed settings
- Solid build quality
- Low power use
If you’re looking for a simple and relatively cheap fan, this is the one for you.
6. Dyson AM07
The future is here. If you look at this ‘fan’ you don’t immediately understand how it even moves air. It looks like something from the future. The ‘fan’ is built into the base. Actually it looks more like a turbine than a normal fan. The airflow created by this turbine is then channeled through holes around the rim of the oval.
This way they can optimize the noise and turbulence without having to expose the blades to open air. The airflow of these fans isn’t the highest but they are pretty quiet. The biggest reason to buy this fan is the design and I have to admit it looks awesome to me. You pay for that design however.
- 10 speed settings
- No blades
- Great design
- 61 dB on HIGHEST setting. About 40 dB on low setting.
- 1271 CF/M
The airflow is high enough to keep you cool but by design, these fans aren’t great to push air from one space to another. If you’ve got a very modern looking home gym and are willing to pay for a great design, this is a good option.
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What to look for in a home gym fan
There are thousands of fans available out there. How can you choose one that’s right for your home gym? Here are some guidelines to help you select the correct fan for your home gym.
- Enough airflow.
- Reasonably quiet.
- Size that works in your space.
- Format or mounting that works in your space.
A fan in a home gym has to do two main things. Keep you cool and move fresh air into your gym to keep the air from getting stale. Keeping you cool doesn’t require too much airflow if you’re sitting still. However, when working out your body produces a lot more heat which requires more air to cool down.
For pushing fresh air into your gym space you certainly need a lot of airflow. A little fan won’t really make a difference in the amount of air that’s being pushed into your gym.
This post is about quiet fans but you might want to sacrifice some noise for more airflow. Usually those two are a tradeoff.
Get the biggest fan (diameter) you can fit in your gym without it being in the way. You want to stay cool and fresh but not at the expense of too much space. Bigger fans will move more air and be more efficient doing it. In general a bigger diameter fan will push more air while spinning slower than a smaller fan. This means less noise for the same amount of air being moved.
Finally it’s a good idea to get a fan in a format that works. That really depends on the layout of the gym. For just cooling a ceiling or wall mounted fan is good. If you want to push fresh air into your gym, a pedestal or blower style fan is better because you can move it around.
Fans can’t be completely quiet
Fans move air. Noise are simply vibrations in the air that reach your ears. A fan moves air from one place to another. This is almost impossible to do without any vibrations and therefore, noise. There will always be some sort of trade off with airflow vs. noise. In general, fans that move more air, will be noisier.
All fans will produce some level of noise. There are big differences in the design of fans however. Different designs or even technologies can very different results in the way of airflow and noise.
Most normal fans have blades. This type of fan is super simple to produce, the materials are simple and the technology is about a century old. This makes blade fans very cheap.
The blades can look different and the amount of blades can range from 2 to +-6. The number and shape of blades has consequences for how efficiently a fan moves air and how much noise it creates. However, by design a blade fan will always create a considerable amount of noise. The edges of the fan blades create turbulence when slicing through the air. That turbulence translates to noise when it hits your ears.
Some producers have found ways to limit that turbulence with different blade and shroud designs. Less turbulence means less noise and higher efficiency. But, while good blade fans are significantly quieter than badly designed ones, to make fans really quiet, you need a completely different design. The DYSON fans you can find on this list use a completely different technology but that comes at a price.
Is air quality important in a home gym? Yes, doing exercise in a closed room can deteriorate the air quality very quickly. In a room where you breathe a lot and deeply, this is not good for your health. Improving the ventilation or getting a air purifier can help a lot.
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Favorite home gym tools
Many people often forget a few important pieces of their home gym that isn’t directly gym equipment. Here are my favorite home gym tools.
- Interval timer: To time your intervals and all types of other workouts, the GymNext Flex is easily the best and easiest to use.
- Mirrors: Fab & Glass (Amazon link) makes the best large mirror sheets so you can see your exercise form.
- Flooring: American Floor Mats gym flooring (Amazon) or equipment mats make your gym quieter, easier to clean and keeps your floor and equipment safe.
- Fan: The Rowenta VU5670 (Amazon) is a great way to stay cool while working out.