The 5 Best Carpet Fans [Ranked]
Carpet fans are high-powered air circulating fans that are ideal for drying out flooded basements, wet carpet, and providing cooling air circulation in confined spaces (Source).
They are engineered to be portable, compact, durable but still extremely powerful-useful for residential as well as business purposes, frequently employed by janitorial staff or professional carpet-cleaning companies (Source).
These carpet fans feature different speed settings and operating angles so that you can position the airflow to surge across the floor, straight up in the air, or at 45° angles.
Our Top Pick: The Stanley Lasko
The Stanley high velocity blower fan is one of our favorites. Its users say that it is excellent to use in confined areas where fresh air is at a minimum. This is often the case in basements, garages and moldy attics.
As well, it's great for drying furniture, walls, carpets and floors. Even pets, since they don't produce heat! One reviewer who purchased the Stanley carpet fan says that it is incredibly strong, pushing high volumes of air in a very focused stream, and does it pretty quietly, as well.
This particular reviewer likes that you can pivot it 180°, allowing you to rotate it while it is positioned on the floor to adjust airflow.
Another reviewer writes to us that the fan has three truly differentiated speed settings. Unlike other carpet and high velocity fans that often have speed settings that aren't truly that different, this Stanley Lasko carpet fan doesn't count the off button as one of its speed settings.
Other buyers were impressed by the solid feel of the plastic case- and also say that the noise it creates is similar to that of a white noise machine.
Let's take a look at five of the best-selling carpet blowers on the market today and see how they compare.
The Five Best Air Moving Carpet Dryers
What Are Users Saying?
The Stanely Lasko carpet fan was certainly a solid option with the reviewers we surveyed. Many reviewers say that they use these fans in their garage that doubles as a home gym. It circulates a great deal of cooling air, and it's also great for drying out their damp bedding, towels as well as carpet. Indeed, it has proven to be a personal and dynamic option for many users.
One reviewer that wrote us says that on particularly high humidity days, they use it to dry their freshly mopped floors after their pets have had accidents on the linoleum. One buyer says that on the low, medium and high settings, it uses 76 W, 85 W and 103 W- which means that there truly is a higher power consumption at the higher fan speed settings.
The Contair carpet fan was another high-velocity air-moving carpet dryer that we examined. It has three speed settings, a 15 foot power cord that includes an inbuilt power cord wrap, and provides 1,200 CFM airflow over 25 feet. The manufacturers claim that this is a state-of-the-art device that provides a lightweight and energy-efficient means of generating powerful flowing air. They particularly play up its multi-purpose functionality saying that it is ideal for drying out a flooded basement, cooling a hot room, and drying out laundry indoors on humid days.
Reviewers, in general, were pretty pleased with this particular Contair FLO800GY high velocity carpet-drying fan-saying that they were surprised that even though it is very small and compact but it is actually incredibly powerful. Another professional carpet cleaner says that this portable unit is ideal for any of the jobs that he tackles- he brings it along in his truck to all of his residential and commercial job sites, highly impressed by its power and mobility.
Another reviewer that we consulted says that they use it to dry out dogs and cats after they have been professionally groomed. Because it doesn't produce hot air that might be painful or damaging to pets, they just position it near the crates to quietly dry out dogs and cats.
The Shop-Vac 1032000 Mini Air Mover was another attractive option- it is a stackable carpet fan that includes a 10-foot long power cord, a convenient carry handle and an airflow control with three different positions.
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This 500 CFM air from moving fan is designed for all of the familiar uses, with the manufacturers saying that it is particularly excellent at drying out wet floors and carpets, as well as ceilings and walls. One buyer that we interviewed says that his commercial building provided these devices for his office after the air-conditioning went down during the summer.
Once they were installed, they found that these high-velocity airflow movers were able to reduce the temperature a good 8° in under an hour. As well, they found that while the high speed setting was a little too loud for business purposes, a medium fan speed did the job- though they say the noise wasn't objectionable, really too loud to conduct business over.
Other reviewers endorse this Mighty Mini air mover, saying that it pushes air a tremendously long distance. This is especially true if you compare it to traditional models like table and box fans- with a lot of users saying that even at over 20 feet away they can still strongly feel the flow of air.
Most reviewers were really surprised at how small this air mover was- particularly buyers that were familiar with commercial units that pump out tremendous airflow, this miniature, high-powered air circulator provides a tremendous bang considering its diminutive stature, they said. Because it is so small and portable, it is easily positioned and repositioned throughout homes or worksites, allowing you to get the benefit of high-circulating air flow in confined and hot areas.
Using With Water Damage
Other reviewers say that the polyethylene plastic is truly unbreakable, despite it not being a style of high-impact plastic. Another reviewer says that because he lives in a small, cramped Brooklyn apartment without any airflow or ceiling fan, that he purchased this air mover to give his confined condo much-needed air circulation.
Other buyers were impressed by the brand name, which was the tipping point for convincing them to purchase this particular model. This is a particularly heavy-duty option and provides a great deal of bulk and should you drop it on the floor from a moderate to high height- you can rest assured that is not gonna crack open.
The Max Storm was another solid option. This carpet-drying to say and actually comes in three different colors-a purple, and orange and a blue, which is a nice consideration if you have concerns about blending your hair-circulating fan into your home decor. It features a 25 foot power cord that easily wraps around the top of the blower, has two different speed settings, and three different operating angles so that you can blow air across the ground, straight up, or at a 45° angle.
Buyers, again, were fairly impressed by this air blower saying that it is incredibly powerful, not that expensive, although some users did report having a bit of a struggle stacking them.
While some buyers look to rent carpet blowing fans, many people find that these multi-purpose devices have a range of different applications that makes them ideal to own.
If you are looking to purchase a carpet dryer, check out the blower fan ratings on our page. Before you purchase from Harbor Freight, Lowe's, Target or Home Depot, do some research online and read what other reviewers have said about these carpet blowers to figure out which ones will best meet your needs.