Nothing’s better than having a room with ample light and “Airflow.” Especially in Summer when you’re dealing with heatwaves, poor air circulations, and exhaustion.
I’ve seen people use ACs, exhaust fans, humidifiers, etc. However, nothing has worked as good as a blower fan for me. Yes, they are a bit noisy, but you get direct airflow. The secret? A powerful motor at work.
However, I’m not tiptoeing the issue here. I said, “Noise.” These fans can be loud at their highest (and regular) speeds. But what if I told you, “There are brands who market the quietest blower fans for a decent price?” And, “You can make a standard blower quieter as well.”
Finding it hard to believe? I don’t blame you! So buckle up, go through the article and find out for yourselves. You’ll be a tad bit wiser at the end of the piece. I can guarantee this much.
Lasko HighVelocity Pro
Air King 3 Utility Blower
Aain® High Velocity
Why Are Blower Fans Noisier than Normal Ones?
Want a simple answer? A lot of the noise comes from the inner part of the fan. Particularly the housing. Blower fans or carpet dryers come with straightforward ducts. Unfortunately, these things must work with heavy-duty motors and noisy parts to deliver higher CFM.
In between, they have nothing in place to muffle the sound. Hence, the noise.
Also, Blower fans build air to a static pressure of 1136wg to 2066wg. Too technical for you? Simply put, even the most silent carpet cleaners or blower fans build up more air inside before letting it out. Regular fans go as far as 1136wg.
Anything more than that is due to the “Outlet Velocity” of the fan.
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Being technical for a second, if your blower fan has higher static pressure than your needs… you’ll have more noise to deal with. That’s why almost every brand has a recommended static pressure and “Outlet Velocity” for each type of job you need it for.
If we put things to work, I’d say… the quietest blower fan makes around 59 decibels of noise. This is on par with human conversations.
Which is More Efficient: A blower or a Fan?
This is a common question if you’re looking for circular air ventilation. The short answer is that blowers or fans to dry carpets and walls are better if you want air to be pushed into a particular area. For room-wide air circulation, fans are more efficient.
Of course, modern blower fans can also take care of room-wide air movement.
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Explaining further, fans take existing air in an environment and circulate it around the room. Fans to dry carpets or blow furnaces also take air from the surrounding environment. However, they suck the air, store it, and develop static pressure.
The next step is accelerating the trapped air through impellers (not blades) and throwing it out towards a specific point or area. This makes the process of drying carpets or blowing furnaces quicker. This improves the CFM rating as well. You get a stronger airflow.
Top 5 Silent Blower Fans I Picked!
To be honest, coming up with just the 5 took some legwork. You’ll find bazillion products from numerous brands flooding the market when you’re out to get one. Picking just the five wasn’t easy.
I looked into performance, build quality, versatility, motor, and how quiet the machine is while picking these contenders. Let’s get to the reviews!
1. Lasko High-Velocity Pro-Performance Pivoting Utility Fan
Lasko is inevitable when discussing fans (particularly blower fans). But, I must say, I’m a bit biased when putting it on top of my list. Velocity Pro-Performance is a compact machine that fits into any space thanks to a small footprint. In addition, it’s well-built, able to take a beating (if needed), and portable.
Lasko 15617 is literally 14.5 inches tall. Anyone can bag it, tag it, and take it to parties, job sites, closed spaces, standard rooms, and even offices. I used it to cool off my pets as well. You have to keep it further away from pets for the air to be tolerable, of course.
This is perfect for people who accept contracts for carpet cleaning. Its portable nature allows me to take it with me anywhere I go. Thanks to the build, it withstands small accidents here and there without any scratches. With a 10-foot power cord at work, I had more than enough room to wiggle.
Yup, I can cover a medium-sized room without the cord snapping or tangling one bit! Plus, you have a 3-prong plug to work with. So, if you have unstable electricity somewhere and need some air, Pro-Performance 15617 is relatively safe.
So, does this blower fan work for its praises? It does! In fact, it performs to the peak of its abilities when I need it to. The secret sauce of Lasko has always been the motor. Velocity-Pro is no different. It comes with a 3-speed motor. So, I got to work with the low, medium, and high-speed levels.
People might frown at its manual controls. I get that. But at this price, you take everything you can get. And manual controls are good, in my opinion. Tweaking the dials is simple and foolproof. I can adjust the air speed according to my preferences. If I could… I believe anyone can.
I can get behind simplified controls and a safe machine. But what about the performance? Well, as it turns out, Lasko doesn’t disappoint. Pro Performance 15617 pivots for up to 360 degrees. Lasko circulates air everywhere you need it to. You could direct it at the push of a button.
Coming to the crucial part of it all, is it quiet enough? To be honest with you, even the silent blower fans AREN’T “Completely” noiseless. This little dynamo gives you 341 CFM at its highest speed and 290 CFM at its lowest.
I’d say it’s “Reasonably” quiet. I could hear people talking while it ran in the background.
However, I have one gripe with this product. You can only operate it using 120V outlets. It won’t work with 240V ones. Sad.
2. Air King 3-Speed Commercial Grade Pivoting Utility Blower
This little thing is perfect if you want a commercial blower fan at work. Air King gives Lasko a run for its money with variable speeds, a small footprint, and a pivoting head. For this review, I could use the machine on job sites, my friend’s studio apartment, office, and even my home.
The 9550 comes with an ABS plastic body. I could abuse it to my heart’s content. It’s a tad bit taller than 11 inches (11.5 inches, to be precise). It’s lightweight as well. I could take it anywhere. Don’t worry. You’ll get a carrying handle for convenience.
Air King prides itself on industrial-grade floor fans. These blowers have a capable motor. 9550 is no exception. I had a single-phase motor to work with.
The motor comes with split capacitors. These protect my machine from irregular voltages and sudden spikes. This is where the specialties begin.
I was surprised that the fan had only a 1/16hp motor. Yet, it could pull off variable speed with this tiny machine at its core. Talk about the quietest blower fan on the block!
Wait till you get the RPM count of the beast. It ranges from 950 to 1450. I could control everything with a manual set of controls (you get a dial to regulate speeds). I even had the luxury to plug-in additional devices thanks to the 3-prong grounded outlets (two in total).
The motor is further strengthened with “Enclosed” ball bearings. Again, nothing special; I get that. However, these things are permanently lubricated. This means you’ll have the noise brought down a tad bit. You’ll have to deal with less noise while working in tight spaces.
Make no mistake; this little machine is a “Fan” among many things. It has a 360-degree pivoting head to disperse air when and where you need it. That, too, at the push of a button.
Air King beats Lasko regarding CFM count at the lowest speed. You’ll have variable CFM that jumps up and down with a particular speed level. For example, I had to deal with 310 (CFM count) at the highest speed and 190 at the lowest.
At the highest level, it’s quieter than our previous contender (60 dB only, compared to the average human conversation). At the lowest speed, the sound comes down to 53 dB. Medium speed hardly makes any difference. I mean, you get 59 dB. People won’t even notice noise reduction.
Remember I said Airking 9550 has a single-phase motor? This means you’ll be able to run it on a 120v connection and not 240v. The bright side is that this machine runs at 0.8 amps on the “High” setting and 0.5 amps on the lowest. So, you’ll end up saving a bunch in electricity bills.
This machine is safe and has a bunch of safety certificates to nail the point home. However, my gripe with the machine is that it has a 7-feet power cord. It’s shorter than Lasko but still gives you enough room for a small to medium-sized room (consider your study).
3. Aain® high Velocity Blower Dryer Fan LT015A
If you’re in the market for the quietest floor-drying fans, this one from Aain falls right up your alley. But unfortunately, you’ll have to deal with 10 lbs of weight while moving it around each time.
So, no matter what people say to sugarcoat it, the added weight is still an issue to be wary of.
Let’s go over some standard things first. A 3-prong plug, check. You’ll have heavy-duty housing to withstand damage as well. Next, I had access to multiple (2) grounded outlets for overload protection.
Finally, the usual carrying handle is there for taking the machine anywhere.
Coming to the crucial parts, you’ll have to deal with a 3-speed motor. This is ideal for drying floors and carpets. Aain LT015A works as an exhaust fan as well. As a matter of fact, it does the job quite fine. You’ll have to put the fan on the lowest speed for the job.
The second and third positions work well when you need some walls to be dried. This is one of the best carpet drying fans when considering the second and third-speed levels. With a 2/5 HP, CSA-Approved motor, it’s undeniably fast.
The LT015A gives you 1200 CFM. That’s why the fan blows year as it does. This little machine can dry a wet wall or a soggy carpet in two hours. I’d suggest my readers use it in the office for quick maintenance. This thing is perfect for medium-sized rooms.
With this blower fan, you’ll have manual controls to tinker with. This much I like. However, the machine is comparatively loud. The downside is that you’ll hear vibrations and thumping noises if you leave this on for too long.
You’ll notice the noise even if you work in your garage.
This bests Air King’s product I discussed earlier in terms of cords. You’ll have an 8.5-feet cord to play with. This comes with a cord wrapper as well. As a result, I didn’t have any trouble moving it around when traveling.
I had no trouble running it on 120v connections. But unfortunately, it eats up 300 watts of electricity per hour. This can concern people who want to keep their bills on the down low.
4. Vacmaster Red Edition AM201 1101 550 CFM Portable Air Mover
If you’re a garage tinkerer like me, you’ll love Vacmaster AM201 1101. It’s quiet (with 550 CFM), portable with a carrying handle, and versatile with as many as three drying positions for people to take advantage of. Very few machines offered me this level of convenience.
I said garage, I know. But you can use this to dry bare floors, carpets, ceilings, and even office spaces on special occasions. Don’t worry. It has a rugged build; I can attest to that. Also, you’ll have rubber feet that stick to whatever surface you’re putting it on.
This nifty little feature allows you to expand the use case of this object. In fact, I’ve seen people use it as a quiet bounce house blower, a noiseless blower fan for furnaces, and more!
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I had to work with the standard dials to control speed levels. The AM201 1101 has three you can experiment with. As usual, it’s “Low,” “Medium,” and “High.”
The good thing is people can pair up three of these if they need additional units. You have two grounded outlets for that.
Speaking of which, I went ahead and paired three up just to see the results. I could operate three blowers at once at variable speeds. Drying my garage was a quick task. These machines have an interlocking system that works like a charm.
However, stacking three of them has a downside as well. Yes, you guessed it right. It’ll throw the “Quietness” we’re aiming for down the drain. If you don’t mind the sound, buy the units at a time. You’ll have a 2-year warranty to back things up.
VacMaster should’ve allowed this machine to run on DC current rather than AC. It burns electricity a bit more than my previous picks.
The silver lining is that the induction motor comes with self-starting torque and is maintenance-free. This machine of mine is here to stay!
5. B-Air VP-25 1/4 HP 900 CFM Carpet Dryer Floor Blower Fan
I’d not lie to you; B-Air VP-25 isn’t remarkably “Quiet” like previous candidates on my “Quietest Blower Fan list.” Instead, this thing offers 900 CFM with the tiny motor it has. This rating allows the device to circulate air very quickly.
However, the dB count goes as high as 80.
This is slightly higher than the sound of human conversations. It’s a bit noisy for in-house carpet drying or furnace blowing. However, if you’re in the market to buy a blower fan for plumbing, you’re in luck. B-Air VP-25 is perfect for getting water out of your basement.
With 900 CFM, it dries carpets and ceilings as well. So I could use it to clean my kitchen as an experiment. I had to be innovative in this case. People can set it up in three different positions. 0-degree angle, 45-degree angle, and 90-degree angle, to be precise.
Now, where does all the power come from? B-Air gave their machine a ¼ HP motor. It’s more potent than Air King’s pivoting blower. However, you’ll get the same speed levels (3). Thanks to the speed variations, people even use it to cool off their rooms during summer.
I liked that you could pair as many as five blowers with B-Air VP-25. So I could do a “Daisy Chain” between five machines for this review.
There are grounded outlets on each fan’s body. Thanks to these, I could pair them up with only one socket as a power source.
The controls are relatively simple, as with any regular blower. However, you’ll have to deal with plastic housing. It might feel dodgy for some users.
On the other hand, I didn’t move this around much. Hence, it wasn’t a huge setback. I was concerned about the cord length instead.
As it turns out, B-Air gives the machine a 10-feet or so long cord to move around with. It’s good to have some flexibility, I guess. The unit I got runs on 2.1 amps of power. I won’t complain since this didn’t put a massive dent in my wallet as far as bills are concerned.
Looking for a Quiet Blower Fan? Make Sure to Tick Off These Boxes!
Look: There will be people who put faith in my list and choose a product from it. Some people won’t. If you belong to the second category, let me at least give you pointers that I kept in mind while buying and testing these machines. These will help you select yours.
Decide What Do You Need Your Fan for?
Let’s be honest for a second, shall we? Even if we’re buying a blower fan, we don’t need the machine for the same tasks. Our needs, operating methods, places we use them in, and frequency of use differ significantly. That’s why you need to decide why you need these.
Depending on the use case, fan type varies as well. For example, a fan to dry carpets differs from the one you need to dry your ceilings. This is because ceiling driers need to be put in specific positions for the air to reach the required height.
On the other hand, you need to place the nozzle of the carpet drier underneath the carpet. It’ll allow the fan to circulate air to the wet area at an incredible speed. These blower fans have a higher CFM count for facilitating such speed.
Believe it or not, you’ll have blower fans (cue: B-Air on my list) to clear up water blockages. These fans have the highest CFM and make the most sound out of the lot. The silver lining is that you don’t have to keep these machines near you. These are made for basements.
Hence, no one will notice the noise that much. As a buyer, you must choose which of these fans you need and for what tasks. Make sure to fix that before moving on to the next element to tick off.
Consider the Build Quality of Blower Fans
I’d say it outright. We need blower fans for some of the most challenging jobs around our houses and job sites. We need them tough as well. Go with fans that are impact-resistant.
Cheap products often come with flimsy plastic as the outer cover for the motors, balls, bearings, and the inner workings of a fan. One fall from 5 feet height dents them. A fall from 10 feet height will break them. That’s why we need to look for alternatives.
For example, I’d prefer a fan with a reinforced ABS plastic exterior for accident-proofing. I’d also take a look or at least inquire about the motor and housing of the parts. Things need to be adequately lubricated. We’re searching for the quietest blower fans, don’t forget that.
You need to avoid gimmicks from cheap brands. They are stylish, sure! But not a good bargain in the long run.
Look at the Airflow of These Fans
Let’s be honest with each other for a second. We’re going after blower fans to get quick airflow on a focused point. So you must look for a unit that gives you speedy air and facilitates good flow all around that point as a bonus. So that’s why you need suitable air ducts.
The intake mechanism should be able to take the air, circulate it through the inner machinery, and push it out to the intended point. You’ll be able to measure all that in CFM ratings. Let me give you a heads-up. A good fan has to have 1 CFM rating per square foot.
I repeatedly say that a higher CFM count means brisk air and better airflow. While you’re at it, take a look at the oscillation capacity of the fan you choose.
Of course, you’ll need to consider the build quality of the fan as well. So measure that and strike a balance between noise and performance.
Look at the Motor Before Buying
I’d look at the motor my machine uses if I were you. You’ll find products with all sorts of motors at different prices. However, I’ll advise you to go for single-phase motors.
These motors give you silent blower fans and a safe current flow that drives your product. The chances of voltage spikes and overloads will be close to none.
Check If Your Blower Has Variable Speed Levels or Not
Speed levels on your fan mean you’ll have more control over the object. People can fine-tune the settings they want and the speed they’re comfortable with. Usually, you’ll have a dial representing “High,” “Medium,” and “Low” speed levels.
Of course, there are fans with more options. But they’ll cost you more. The CFM rating varies with each level. How noisy your machine is, depends on the speed you’re running it on.
I’d advise choosing a product with high CFM and multiple speed levels. Then, you can tweak the speed levels and experiment with the sound.
Pivoting Head to Make Sure Your Fan Oscillates
It might not look like much, but a pivoting head is essential, especially when you’re looking for a blower fan to dry the carpet or ceiling.
The ideal product should pivot at the touch of a button. So I’d go for a product that gives me at least 120-degree coverage in a room while pivoting.
Interesting Fact: These fans come with a present angle lock. I can set them to spray air at 45-degree, 90-degree, and even 60-degree angles. Spraying air like this allows us to dry the area quicker than usual.
Search for a Silent Blower Fan
Yup, this is the main objective of the article. We need a silent product to keep our home soundproof. I mentioned the impact of some of the critical components in these fans on noise. I’ll briefly touch on them to give you a refresher.
You’ll need to check the inner housing of the fans. They should be adequately lubricated and placed to avoid rattling and causing vibrations when you work with the blower.
Make sure to measure the CFM ratings of the fans. Pay attention to how much they go down or up, depending on your speed settings. The lower the CFM, the more silent your fan is.
Last but not least, check the decibel rating for your fans. I must tell you, no fan is quiet. You’ll have to adjust the sound according to your preference. Even the quietest blower fans make 60dB of noise. Usually, you’ll have to do with your household’s 70 – 80dB noise.
This is the sound of a washing machine and a human conversation. Fans with a high CFM count make more noise. Of course, you’ll find numerous ways to silence them.
Your Product Should be Easy to Use
Whatever brand and/or product you choose should be easy to handle and operate. I prioritize products that have a button-centric control panel.
My products are crystal clear about what each button does and how. You should look for a dial to control the speeds of your fan, a switch to turn the “Pivot” function on and off, and a carry handle while you’re at it. This handle saved me from sore hands from carrying the fan.
You’ll also notice some products have power outlets on their bodies. These allow people to “Daisy Chain” multiple units with one another. It’ll allow you to have more air. However, you’ll have to deal with more sound. This is an obvious point to consider before buying.
Consider How Secure the Machine Is Against Accidents
The products of your choice need to be safe from all hazards.
I suggest you look for in-built circuit breakers in these units. Also, look for three-pronged power cords. Together, these features protect your machine from electric surges and overloads that often happen in an urban environment.
How Do I Make My Blower Fan Quieter than It Already Is?
If you’ve accidentally bought a noisy blower fan, lousy luck, dude. You’ve been dealt a bad hand. Now, you’ll have to muffle the sound. But, to be honest with you, this topic deserves an article. I’ll elaborate on the topic further. But, for now, I’ll hand you a few tips.
- If you need a quiet furnace blower fan, simply reduce its speed. Some fans are noisy at high-speed levels and quiet when the level is set as “Low.”
- If your fan is rattling, check the parts. Clean them. Sometimes dust particles get into the product’s housing and disrupt usual operations. If you hear a loud grinding noise, your device is in contact with metallic objects. Grease the inner parts and remove the object to make the blower fan quiet.
- Sometimes, vibrations and rattling sounds can result from loose connections. Tighten them to eliminate them.
- If you have a faulty motor, change the belt drive to eliminate the noise.
- Try some soundproofing insulation. I’d take a melamine foam or galvanized metal and place it next to the intake of the machine. This will significantly muffle noises.
- I’ve heard weird noises from the bending of the fan impellers or even the inside of the motor. A straight-laced solution is to replace these things.
My Last Two Cents
Not to be coy here, but the quietest air blowers are available at an accessible price. First, however, you need to put your fingers on the right product. I believe my list of reputed brands and their models will give you a heads-up.
If you want a quick fix, I’d recommend either a Lasko or an AirKing product. B-Air, if you need your basement cleaned. Feel free to go beyond and do your own research. In this case, the buying guide will be a good help.
Please, let me know how each of these products faired for you in the comments.
Robert is an electronic engineer with more than five years of experience with a solid affinity for helping people reduce noise. He writes about these silent home appliances and easy soundproofing measures to help everyone avoid the negative effect of extended exposure to high noise levels.