The Best Fans For A Home Gym: Floor| Ceiling| Wall |Barrel

Working out in your home gym is sure to get you sweaty. A fan is the easiest and cheapest way to cool yourself down. But what is the best type for you and which models are good choices? Let’s find out.

A pedestal or wall fan is the easiest and cheapest way to get some airflow in a home gym. If you want more airflow and there is enough ceiling height, a ceiling fan is the best solution that moves a lot of air. For the most airflow and cooling possible, a barrel fan is an option.

Let’s find out what the pros and cons of the different types of fans are and what the best choices for you are.

Pedestal fans for a home gym

The easiest way to go about getting a fan in your home gym is with a floor/pedestal fan. Just plug it in and you’re set. You can easily aim it in a different direction if you are moving to another spot in your gym and even taking it to another room is not a problem.

On the flipside, pedestal fans are usually the ‘weakest’ because they don’t produce the same amount of airflow as a ceiling or wall fan. But since the air flow is quite focused, it still does a good job cooling you down.

Image of a pedestal fan

Pros and cons of floor fans in a home gym


  • No installation required
  • Can be easily moved
  • Usually quiet
  • Affordable
  • Focused stream of air


  • Takes up floor space
  • Can get in the way
  • Don’t move the most air

Best Pedestal Fan For A Home Gym

The best pedestal fan you can find for a home gym or other purpose is the Rowenta VU5670. It’s a very high quality fan made from good materials. No plastic feeling stuff here. It’s also very advanced and can be programmed to do pretty much whatever you want and even has a remote.

Another reason the VU5670 is a great fan is that it pushes a good amount of air for a pedestal fan (up to 2436 CFM) but it does so while being very quiet. Loud noises can be distracting and this won’t disturb your workouts.

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And last, you can use this fan anywhere. One of the benefits of a pedestal fan is that it’s super easy to move around. The build quality and design of this fan mean you can put it in the living room without it looking out of place.

Ceiling fans for a home gym

Ceiling fans are a great upgrade from a floor fan. Ceiling fans are great at circulating air through a whole room. They don’t produce as focused a column of air as a wall or floor fan but works for the whole space. The obvious other benefit is that it’s off the floor and therefore doesn’t take up any space.

One downside of a ceiling fan in your home gym could be headroom If your home gym ceiling is lower than 8’, a ceiling fan is going to take up too much space. You would run the risk of  hitting the ceiling fan when doing things above your head. That’s not a great thing to do.

However, if you’ve got tall ceilings, a ceiling fan is a great solution, especially if you’re trying to circulate air. For example in combination with open windows or A/C a ceiling fan is very effective.

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Ceiling fan gym

Pros and cons of ceiling fans in a home gym


  • Move a lot of air
  • Circulate air in the whole space
  • Don’t take up floor space
  • Very effective in combination with open windows or A/C


  • Don’t create a focused stream of air
  • More expensive than other types of fans
  • Don’t work well with low ceilings
  • Quiet

Best Ceiling Fan For A Home Gym

For a home gym you don’t want some ceiling fan that is over styled or only makes sense in some architects mind. You want something that works and is reliable. An industrial ceiling fan is what you want. In a home gym that’s what makes the most sense.

The Big Air 96” fan will fit in a garage gym and larger home gyms. It moves a ton of air while being reliable and quiet. It doesn’t use a lot of energy thanks to its high quality DC motor. It’s possible to control it with a remote which makes installation easier. There’s also a 72” version if the 96” doesn’t fit in your gym.

Wall fans for a home gym

Wall fans are kind of a halfway point between a floor fan and a ceiling fan. They are usually a little bigger than a floor fan but nowhere near as big as a ceiling fan. And of course, they’re mounted on the wall.

Wall fans are usually meant for in a garage or a shop. That’s why they move a lot of air but are also a little noisy. They are going to be a lot noisier than the standard pedestal fan that’s meant for use inside. Wall fans create a strong stream of air which is great if you can aim it in a specific spot where you need it. Move a roughly same amount of air but they’re less focused. So which type is better for you depends on your needs.

Wall fan

Of course wall fans are a bit easier to install than ceiling fans and don’t take up any headroom. That can be a deciding factor as well. Heavy wall fans do have to be installed on a concrete wall or wall stud. Drywall won’t work because most wall fans are pretty heavy duty and their weight needs to be supported.

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Pros and cons of wall fans in a home gym


  • Produce a strong air flow
  • Focused stream of air
  • Affordable
  • Durable


  • Noisy
  • Not the prettiest
  • Most models have to be mounted on concrete or stud

Best Wall Fan For A Home Gym

The Lasko 20” wall fan is a great choice for a home gym. It’s quite big although not too big. It produces a good airflow that isn’t too noisy on the low setting. It has an all metal construction and Lasko is known for building quality fans.

The best things about it is that this fan comes with a floor standing frame but also a bracket to hang that frame on the wall. So you can hang it on the wall but also easily take it off and put it anywhere you want as long as the power cord reaches.

Barrel fan for a home gym

The last type is a little less known but it can be a great tool in your home gym to stay cool. A barrel fan is a floor standing fan that has a big fan blade in a barrel. Of course they don’t actually use a barrel and cut it up but there is a shallow tube around the blade. This tube directs the air.

Most of these are absolutely massive. Some are as big as a small ceiling fan which is big for a floor fan. However, the barrel shroud and much higher blade speeds than a ceiling fan means these fans move an immense amount of air and it’s pretty focused.

In general, this type of fan is not used for a small home gym. They are meant to move air in big warehouses or to dry out a construction project. They’re built to move air from outside to inside or vice versa. In some cases this can be good for a home gym. If you’re in a garage or other place with large doors and the air outside is better than inside, this kind of fan works very well.

Pros and cons of barrel fans in a home gym


  • Move an incredible amount of air
  • Mobile
  • Can move a lot of air from outside to inside your home gym


  • Very big
  • Noisy
  • Not for small spaces
  • Some are expensive

Best Barrel Fan For A Home Gym

If you want simply the best barrel fan, don’t look any further than the Big Ass Fans Sidekick. It’s a 48” blade monster that pushes up to 15000 CFM up to 120 feet away. It’s efficient and moves way more air than anything else that comes close. Check it out on Amazon.

Is the Sidekick not big enough? Check out the Blackjack on amazon. No, that one isn’t really necessary for a home gym but it’s so large it’s funny.

The two fans above are expensive. Very expensive. While they are very well built and engineered, I can understand you don’t want to spend that kind of money. Check out the Tornado 24” barrel fan. It’s a lot more appropriately sized and priced for a garage gym. This fan pushes up to 7800 CFM which is of course a lot less than the Sidekick but still 3 times as much as the Rowenta pedestal fan.  And it does that for less than 1/10th the price of the sidekick.

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Hey, I'm Matt. Welcome to I've been going to the gym for about 15 years and am now looking to build my own. In the process I've learned many things I'd like to share with you.

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