Lasko 4443 40" Hybrid Fan
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161 of 168 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2013
Spoiler version: It is awesome if you like white noise, good air flow and don't mind a little blue light or have a black sharpie pen.

As someone who is VERY particular about sounds when trying to fall asleep I read up on all the tall (40"+ tower fans) fan reviews here on Amazon and let me again say how great it is we can share info with each other. How particular am I about the noise? Well I installed fantastic ceiling fan to never use it once I heard how it has a low frequency HUMMMMMMMMMM when on low or medium. I have hardwood floors and most circular fans with a stand put out a vibration that travels down the shaft of the stand and seem to broadcast these vibrations directly through the base, into the wood, into the bed frame, somehow through all that padding including memory foam, my pillow right into my brain and HUMMMMMMM again.

I had a tower fan for $20 from a Dollar discount store that was only like 28" high but put out a decent amount of air and white noise without much vibration but the actual fan blades themselves started getting a little squeaky as they spun and I knew my time was limited so I began my search here and after picking this Lasko 4443 as the least likely to aggravate me based on the bad reviews (which seems to be mostly about screws - which BTW my little package was opened and screws were loose in the box but still all there), I got the chance to use it for the first time last night and I wish I had this fan for the past 3 or 4 years and I would have slept so much better.

The pitch of the white noise is mid to high which is EXACTLY where I like it. Lower frequencies grind on me. The air flow is excellent on the lowest setting (where I use fans at night) and on medium it rivals the biggest fans on high setting I have scattered throughout the house from previous attempts to find the right sleep accessory. The best way I could describe it is it's that higher pitch like sitting in a jet during a flight - but not nearly that loud. I sleep like a baby on flights and usually am out by the time the drinks get served so that's just my personal preference.

The only minor negative thing (for me) is the blue power light. It is almost as bright as the built in "night light" feature which is the Lasko label down low on the tower that is backlit with a white led if you want it on. It makes just the right amount of light down there for my 13 year old maltese who has a habit of going to get water in the middle of the night and has diminished eyesight and sometimes gets frozen in the dark trying to figure out where he is - so I'm going to say he likes this fan too. But the blue power light beaming up at the ceiling is of very little use and will be getting a makeover this evening before bed with a black sharpie or electrical tape. It didn't keep me awake or anything but as someone who likes a dark room, this would be a flaw worth noting.

As others also noted, the oscillation spread is very narrow, maybe 35-45 degrees total variation. I actually like it this way because I can keep it blowing across me and my side of the room without spinning too far around and still keep air off the wife who seems to get cold all the time and cannot stand air blowing on her.

So overall in order of importance to me;

Sound - A+ (a sensitive sleeper's perfect white noise fan)
Airflow - A+ (heaven help you if you need the high setting)
Price - B+
Remote - B
Other features - C+ (night light, power light, oscillation, packaging, size, weight, looks)

Overall - A- in my book.

I hope this review helps the other finicky sleepers like me.

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Update 3/26/14

Fan still runs like new - no new noises or mechanical issues at all and I have used it every night since I purchased it. I'm considering buying another one just to have in case this one ever dies though because I don't want to have to find a new fan if they stop making this one.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2012
The pitch for this fan is that it has "30 percent more air delivery than standard tower fans." This is true; it's more powerful than the average tower fan, but much louder too.

It has three power settings. The lowest isn't so bad; it's about as quiet as my other tower fan is on it's highest setting, though. The middle setting is considerably louder, but nothing most folks can't adjust to. The highest power setting can compete with your neighbor's lawnmower or your garbage disposal. If you are a noise-sensitive sleeper, it would really take some getting used to. I have to increase the volume on my television or radio above normal levels so the fan doesn't drown them out.

It comes with a night light feature as well. I find it to be pretty weak and little more than an extra bullet point on the box. If your children like night lights, they won't see this as an avid replacement.

It also features the standard oscillation option, as any standard tower fan should.

To sum it up, this is for those that need a fan with some serious blowing power. I like it because I often just leave my AC turned off and let it blow on me on the middle or highest setting, keeping me cool while saving me a ton on my energy bill. But if you need a quieter fan in a more comfortable setting, you may want to look elsewhere. I suggest the Lasko 4820 Xtra Air Tower Fan with Fresh Air Ionizer for this scenario.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
I live on the third floor of a vintage brick building without AC. (Think pizza oven.) My living room has western exposure. (Think microwave.) I don't want to ghetto up the living room windows with a window AC. So, I try to survive our Chicago summers catching window unit AC air from my bedroom with a floor fan. It doesn't really work.

So, I ordered this Lasko fan after reading reviews. It's amazing!!! The air is almost cold.

Now, I must be honest. It's hideous. Tall and severe. And I suppose you could call it loud. But that wouldn't really be fair as -- its a FAN!

I am so over that. The last few days have been unbelievably humid and the air that this blows, literally is almost cold.

The oscillation has a wide path and does so smoothly. At 93 degrees, with the out of control humidity, I have been fine on level two.

Just do it.
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67 of 78 people found the following review helpful
I had been using a Honeywell fan that I purchased at Target for a few years but hated constantly moving it around depending on where I was. I did my research (bought in 2010) and ended up buying this one from somewhere other than Amazon as they were out of stock. It immediately replaced my Honeywell. It moves a lot more air, moves it quickly, and moves it further! Its a little loud but we still sleep with it on in our bedroom a year after purchase.

I just came on here to get another as the ol' Honeywell seems to be dying a slow death.

Update (Dec 2014): I bought a second one and both are going still going strong several years later. One of my better purchases.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2011
Lasko 40" Hybrid Tower Fan has been the best tower fan that I've had. What the description states, it does. I noticed a difference in its output vs. the one I have in another room and it's great. Considering replacing the other with this one too. I recommend the Lasko 40" Hybrid Tower Fan highly.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2011
I have this fan(didnt purchase from amazon). Has done wonders. I use it to circulate the air from my ac, but it by itself is a god send. Very powerful yet quiet. I never smelled any burning, ive had it over a year and being on the top floor of an apt building it gets ridiculously warm, this def keeps me cool in the summer!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2014
I read the reviews about missing screws and thought "that is a one off situation. It will be okay" and ordered the fan, The box arrived in terrible condition. It had obviously been cut open and taped up. Torn open in the place where the remote and screws might have been. The styrofoam packaging was broken onto pieces. No screws. No remote. No assembly instructions. The box is in such bad shape that it will surely be in shreds when it arrives back to wherever it cam from. BUST
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I have bought at least 5 tower fans in the past couple of years. They really do vary widely, so do your homework and read the reviews. For me, this one works best for us because of it's high power. It is not super quiet, but it's also not the loudest I've bought. For what it does, I happily live with the louder noise. The ones I have bought that ARE quiet give absolutely no cooling affect for me, so they aren't good for big rooms. Those I have moved to my kids' rooms that are smaller and work just fine for them at night. For our bigger rooms, we need these in summer months. We do not have central air, so we need to move the air at least to keep the air flowing on the first floor. Totally does the trick. Lots of extra features like a night light and remote control, that personally I don't need but are nice features. This also have a great turning radius, which helps a great deal. You can't go wrong with this fan, highly recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2012
It cools down my room. it oscillates and it is very quiet. even on the 3rd speed it is still quieter than other high velocity fans. overall I'm satisfied, it is thinner and taller than my previous high velocity fan from lasko. the remote control works good. haven't had a problem with it. I have it running day and night because it's been really hot lately. it still works as good as the first day and I believe I had this fan for 3 week or a month now.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2014
Great room fan, swivels, nightlight, and 3 fan settings. Looks nice.
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