Innovations in technology have ushered in a new world of hands-free automation. From voice controlled TVs to wireless lights, nearly everything in our home can operate without a touch of a button. Now, this smart technology has been integrated into ceiling fans to make our lives even simpler. With a smart ceiling fan, you can adjust and control the fan's speeds and lighting wirelessly and remotely.

Gone are the days of pulling a string to make the fan spin faster or slower, or scrambling to turn on the fans to cool down your home after a hot summer day away at work. In the following guide, we bring you the lowdown on 10 of the best fans to buy and one that we think deserves the top spot as the best smart ceiling fan.

SMART CEILING FAN comparison table

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SMART CEILING FAN FAQ

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1. WHAT IS A SMART CEILING FAN?

2. WHAT DOES A SMART CEILING FAN DO?

3. HOW DOES A SMART CEILING FAN WORK?

4. WHERE CAN YOU BUY A SMART CEILING FAN?


HOW WE REVIEWED


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The following products were reviewed based on the following parameters: Features, Pros & Cons, Price, and Where to Buy. Looking at features, we wanted to know about the fans' compatibility with home automation systems, hands-free controlling capabilities, and wireless settings. Taking all of that into account, along with the pros and cons and price of the products, we were interested in determining how much they lived up to their claims, and whether they were worth buying.

OVERALL PRICE RANGE OF THIS PRODUCT (AND SIMILAR PRODUCTS)


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Some fans cost more because they feature more elegant designs, are made with higher-quality materials such as mahogany wood, or have more home automation integration capabilities.

WHAT WE REVIEWED


  • Haiku Home L Series 52" Smart Ceiling Fan
  • Hunter 59222 Symphony Ceiling Fan with Wifi Capability
  • BOND | Smart Home Automation
  • Minka-Aire F569-BS, Supra, 52" Ceiling Fan
  • Insteon 2475F FanLinc
  • GE Z-Wave Plus Smart Fan Speed Control
  • Emerson CF205BS Ceiling Fan
  • Craftmade 3 Blade Ceiling Fan
  • Savoy House 26-9536-FD-196 Alsace Fan D'lier 26" Ceiling Fan
  • 56" Casa Esperanza Teak Finish Blades Ceiling Fan

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FEATURES

The Haiku Home L Series 52'' Smart Ceiling Fan has Amazon Alexa compatibility to control via voice command your home's fan speed and light dimming. This smart fan also features an IR remote that can be used to control the fan with only one touch of a button. Away from your home? With the free Haiku Home mobile app, you can set and adjust your fan's preferences wherever you are.

In addition, this fan features LED lights that are more efficient than traditional light bulbs, so there is seldom a need to change light bulbs. Finally, this fan has received an Energy Star rating in 2016, and the L Series has surpassed its requirements by over 450%

Pros

  • Big size fan
  • Easy to install
  • Remote control
  • Super quiet 

Cons

  • Poor customer support
  • Some users did not like the color
  • Does not integrate with home automation hubs

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FEATURES 

The Hunter 59222 Symphony Ceiling Fan with Wifi Capability is a 54-inch smart ceiling fan that works with Amazon Alexa to control the fan and lighting via hands-free voice control. This fan features WhisperWind motor to deliver powerful air without any of the noise. The reversible motor allows you to change the fan's direction depending on your cooling needs. This 3-fan blade fan also comes with optimized blades at a 13-degree angle for the best air movement. Finally, this fan comes Wi-Fi enabled and is integrated with home automation systems. 

Pros

  • Works with Apple HomeKit
  • Strong wind
  • Silent fan
  • Dimmable light
  • Reversible  

Cons

  • Poor customer support
  • Did not work with Alexa for some users
  • Non-functional Wi-Fi app

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FEATURES 

The BOND Smart Home Automation uses radio frequency and infrared signals to remotely control your old ceiling fans and fireplaces via voice control. With this Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatible automaton system, you can basically turn your old ceiling fans into smart ceiling fans by controlling and adjusting their speed. One BOND gives you the freedom to control up to six ceiling fans in areas of up to 2,500 sq. ft. The best part is, there is no installation required; simply download the BOND app and follow the instructions to set up.

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Works with Google Home
  • Dims lights, adjusts speeds

Cons

  • Does not work with certain brands of fans
  • Does not work with certain mobile devices
  • Inconsistent behavior for some users

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FEATURES 

The Minka-Aire F569-BS, Supra, 52'' Ceiling Fan is a smart ceiling fan that works with Amazon Alexa to provide hands-free comfort. This fan features a 100-watt Mini-Can Halogen bulb that is energy efficient and soft on the eyes. This fan also features a brushed steel body that is both sleek and modern. The remote control allows you to adjust your fan's speed and dim your fan's lights. You can also reverse the blades, although manual switch must be used to do so.

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Remote control
  • Lots of air

Cons

  • Poor customer support
  • Paint peeled off on blades after short use
  • Hums when spinning
  • Manual blade reversal

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FEATURES 

The Insteon 247F FanLinc is a dual-band smart ceiling fan and light controller that allows you to wirelessly adjust and control your fan speeds and light dimness. This controller works like a home automation hub to incorporate your fans and lights within the Insteon network. With four speed controls, you can adjust the fan to fit your cooling needs. Whether it's via a remote or an app on your keypad, this controller can wirelessly perform it all. You can even set all your fans in your home to turn on at a specific time with the use of a computer.

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Four fan speed settings
  • Works great to wirelessly control fans

Cons

  • Stopped working after short use
  • Poor customer support

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FEATURES 

The GE Z-Wave Plus Smart Fan Speed Control is a wall control panel that works with Amazon Alexa and other home automation hubs to wirelessly control your ceiling fans. This smart ceiling fan controller also works with a Z-Wave certified gateway, such as SmartThings, for further integrated controls. With this controller, you can wirelessly adjust your fans' speeds, pre-set timers, and control how you want to cool your home from anywhere. Although in-wall installation is required, this controller works seamlessly to replace your existing fan switches so you can live more comfortably.

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Works great to control fan speeds
  • Works with home automation hubs

Cons

  • No light switch control
  • Requires in-wall installation
  • Stopped working after short use

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FEATURES 

The Emerson CF205BS Ceiling Fan is a sleek and contemporary remote control smart ceiling fan that uses an integrated light fixture for two 50-watt halogen bulbs. This fan also comes equipped with a superior motor for improved air movement that is not found in traditional ceiling fans. In addition, this fan features a remote control with four-speed settings and light adjustments. What's more, this fan comes with a vintage cream glass light fixture that adds a soothing glow when used with the halogen lights. 

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Remote control
  • High-quality fan

Cons

  • Noisy hum at low speed
  • Not enough lighting for some users
  • Looks smaller in person for some users

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FEATURES 

The Craftmade 3 Blade Ceiling Fan is a 58-inch smart ceiling fan featuring three custom brushed nickel blades and wall control capability. This non-reversible ceiling fan is designed to provide constant airflow and is capable of four-speed adjustments. The hand-held remote is not included, however. But, this fan is easy to install and includes 12'' down-rods for added comfort and customizable air flows. 

Pros

  • Lots of air
  • Easy to install
  • Quiet fan
  • Energy efficient

Cons

  • Remote control not included
  • Did not work for some users
  • Occasionally wobbly on high

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FEATURES 

The Savoy House 26-9536-FD-196 Alsace Fan D'lier 26'' Ceiling Fan features elegant and traditional reclaimed wood finish and a white etched glass for the light bulb fixture. This smart ceiling fan works with one Mini-Can H-type bulbs for bold lighting. This sophisticatedly designed fan saves you energy while keeping you cool all year long. You can use this fan outdoors on your patio as well as indoors.

Pros

  • Lots of air
  • Beautiful and elegant design
  • Light can be dimmed 

Cons

  • Finish on the fan motor could be improved
  • Fan could rattle on high speed
  • Real-time operation lacking

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FEATURES 

The 56'' Casa Esperanza Teak Finish Blades Ceiling Fan features a bronze and gold finish and five-shaded teak finish blades that are elegant and beautiful. This smart ceiling fan also features 56-inch blades with a 14-degree blade pitch for the perfect amount of air circulation. In addition, this fan comes with a wall control for convenient operations. For the lighting fixture, this ceiling fan features an integrated light kit that includes two 50-watt mini halogen bulbs for comfortable and efficient lighting. Finally, this fan comes with a lifetime motor warranty.

Pros

  • Wall control
  • Big and beautiful fan
  • Great customer support

Cons

  • Light kit too small for some users
  • Light too dim for some users
  • Does not come with a remote control

The Verdict

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After reviewing all 10 products based on the four parameters, we present our verdict for the best smart ceiling fan: The Minka-Aire F569-BS, Supra, 52'' Ceiling Fan. This ceiling fan works with Amazon Alexa for seamless voice control capabilities for adjusting the fan's speed and lighting. Built with one 100 watts Mini-Can Halogen bulb, this fan provides comfortable lighting at a fraction of energy costs.

Made with a stainless steel body, this fan features five blades that boast huge air circulation with unmatched efficiency. In addition, you can adjust the speed of this fan with the hand-held remote, as well as adjust the dimness of the light to fit your needs. Priced at under $200, this affordable fan is well-made and is sure to provide all the comfort you desire all year round, without breaking your wallet.

If you're looking for a smart ceiling fan to replace your old traditional fans, or are looking to add this fan to your existing home automation network, look no further than the Minka-Aire F569-BS, Supra, 52'' Ceiling Fan.

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