The Best Window Fans

The Best Window Fans

Our pick

Bionaire Twin Reversible Airflow Window Fan

Bionaire Twin Reversible Airflow Window Fan

The best window fan

The Bionaire is the most powerful twin fan we tested and also the easiest to use. But even the leader of the window fan pack is not without its shortcomings.

Buying Options

$58* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $65.

The Bionaire Twin Reversible Airflow Window Fan was clearly the most powerful fan we tried, with robust breezes we felt from 24 feet away, 8 feet farther than from our runner-up, the Genesis Twin Window Fan. It’s also the easiest to control, with a straightforward interface and an individual button corresponding to the fan’s every feature, including speed, temperature, and electronic reversibility—that means, like many good window fans, you can push a button (rather than physically flipping it) to change from drawing in fresh outdoor air to venting stale or smelly indoor air.

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Runner-up

Genesis Twin Window Fan

Genesis Twin Window Fan

A distant second place

If the Bionaire is sold out and you absolutely need a fan, the Genesis is our second choice. It’s weaker and has worse controls—but is still better than the rest that we tested.

Buying Options

$45* from Amazon
$50 from Home Depot
$56 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $50.

The Genesis Twin Window Fan (occasionally listed as the Avalon Twin Window Fan) was the second most powerful fan in our testing, but we recommend it only if you absolutely can’t get the Bionaire. Its airflow is weaker—we felt its wind at a max distance of 16 feet—and its less intuitive controls make accessing basic functions unnecessarily confusing. But leaving the Bionaire aside, the Genesis stands apart from a field of worse competitors—it’s still among the most powerful models available, it’s electronically reversible, and it’s easy enough to install, and one nice side effect of its weaker power is that the Genesis isn’t as loud as the Bionaire.

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Our pick

Bionaire Twin Reversible Airflow Window Fan

Bionaire Twin Reversible Airflow Window Fan

The best window fan

The Bionaire is the most powerful twin fan we tested and also the easiest to use. But even the leader of the window fan pack is not without its shortcomings.

Buying Options

$58* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $65.

Runner-up

Genesis Twin Window Fan

Genesis Twin Window Fan

A distant second place

If the Bionaire is sold out and you absolutely need a fan, the Genesis is our second choice. It’s weaker and has worse controls—but is still better than the rest that we tested.

Buying Options

$45* from Amazon
$50 from Home Depot
$56 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $50.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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