Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
Last week, aware that summer was quickly approaching, I shoved my air conditioner back into the kitchen window and dragged my tower fan from the closet.
I’ve never been happy with this fan. It produced a strong breeze but, due to its limited height, failed to cool anything above knee level. Also, this device is extraordinarily noisy; especially when sweeping back and forth. It was time to look for a replacement.
I checked out a few models on Amazon before deciding to purchase Air Choice’s bladeless 43-inch tower.
This Air Choice tower fan consists of a white plastic base, main unit, and chimney. It comes equipped with a remote control and includes a user guide.
The main unit is 17 inches tall and up to 10 inches deep. It bulges slightly at the bottom, bringing the device’s width to five inches. While primarily composed of white plastic, the front of this component is colored black and features pushbutton controls. Tiny green LEDs display the selected settings. When this unit is operating, air is blown upward to provide circulation.
The chimney can be fitted directly atop the main unit. It is 26 inches high and follows the same coloring scheme. This component is six and one-half inches deep and just over two inches wide. A black colored grill guides air flow in a forward direction.
The fan’s settings can be set and adjusted, using the provided remote control. A built-in timer allows the user to specify the length of time the fan remains in operation and, in swing mode, this device will oscillate 70 degrees.
Three methods of controlling airflow are available. In normal mode, the fan blows continuously. In natural and sleep, the fan speed varies, simulating the effect of wind.
- Brand: Air Choice
- Model: BLF-YH05
- Height: 110 centimeters (43 inches)
- Weight: 4.4 kilograms (9.7 pounds)
- Rated voltage: AC120V
- Rated power: 50W
- Breeze direction: Upward or forward
- Oscillation: 70-degree swing
- Speeds: Three
- Breeze types: Normal, natural, and sleep
- Timer: up to 7.5 hours
- Remote control: Included
Air Choice was trademarked in 2017 by Ningbo Konwin Electrical Appliances Co., Ltd. This company is based in Ningbo, a sub-provincial city in the Zhejiang province of China. Ningbo Kowin is a manufacturer and exporter of electrical appliances.
Despite the terminology, these fans—even those manufactured by Dyson—are not entirely bladeless. A small fan is hidden inside each unit’s base. The air flow produced by this blade is, however, significantly increased by the use of innovations based on air-multiplier technology. More information on these techniques can be found at Wikipedia. Bladeless fans are quieter, more energy efficient, and tend to attract less dust.
Although floor and blower units may exhibit a powerful, macho image, in terms of attractiveness, most fans range somewhere between utilitarian and hideous. Air Choice’s tower fan is a rare exception to this rule.
From the front, this unit appears thin, modern and competent. If viewed from the side, however, the Air Choice tower fan transforms into a tall and massive monolith. It is quite striking and fits well with my furniture.
During my tests, the Air Choice tower fan was compared against my Cool Works FTQ29-M. This older 29-inch fan was perched atop a piano bench to raise its height to match that of its competitor.
At low and medium speed, the Air Choice ran quieter and produced significantly more air circulation than the Cool Works. The older fan fared better when set to the highest speed; its air circulation and noise level roughly equaling that of the Air Choice.
When oscillating, the Air Choice tower swung noiselessly back and forth a full 70 degrees. The unit from Cool Works could also oscillate, but an irritating buzz accompanied its movements.
Options and Accessories
The Air Choice tower fan is equipped with a removable chimney. When the upper section is fitted, air can be directed in a specific direction or used to cool an entire room. With the chimney removed, the fan can be discreetly hidden while it sucks in cooler, floor level air and directs it toward the ceiling. If you want a demonstration of the benefits of bladeless technology, cool yourself down by standing directly alongside this fan with the chimney removed.
A remote control is supplied with this device. I found it to be unexpectedly convenient. So much so that I will be reluctant to purchase another fan without a remote.
Durability and Maintenance
The Air Choice BLF-YH05 arrived well packed and was easy to assemble. Over the test period, it operated flawlessly, suggesting good quality control.
Maintenance is a breeze. When the exterior of the unit becomes dusty, simply unplug the fan and wipe it down with a damp rag.
This is the most attractive fan I’ve ever come across. It is capable of quickly cooling a room and runs quietly in low and mediums setting. At high speed, the noise level is comparable to competing products. This tower fan swings silently when oscillating and comes equipped with a handy remote control. Air Choice’s BLF-YH05 tower fan is highly recommended.
© 2019 Walter Shillington
Walter Shillington (author) from Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 11, 2020:
Aside from ensuring that it is running at the highest of its three speeds, no.
David Thompson on August 11, 2020:
Is there a way to get more wind speed, for, my taste it's too weak?