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Best Smart Ceiling Fans

When you have a smart home, you would like to make most of your appliances smart to make your home life easier and comfortable and one of the appliances that you could transform into smart technology are fans. Yes, you’ve got that right, your fans. There are several smart fans you could find in the market. In fact, there are several popular brands that offer smart fans. Choosing one could be a difficult task as there are a lot of factors that need to be consider. For example, integration options. Keep in mind that though there are a lot of integration options on most models, they are very limited. The good news is they are improving. For us, we highly recommend Minka Aire. They have a wide range of quality smart fan options.

What type of smart control do you need?

Three ways to add smart ceiling fans to home:

  • Install fans with smart tech built-in. They usually have an app which could integrate with other smart devices and voice assistants like Alexa.
  • Add a smart controller to your existing fan. This could be done through an add-on piece of hardware and wire it into the fan itself.
  • Replace your fan wall control with a smart version. You could do this through the use of a basic smart switch. Keep in mind however, that if you do this you will lose the ability to control the speed of your fan.

Hub or no Hub

There are some smart devices that provide smart features while some have home integration features. Though this is acceptable, it could only be beneficial for devices that are not hard wired to your house. Also, keep in mind that you would need lower power communication.

Voice assistant and Integration options

Just like purchasing any product, you would want to ensure that the one that you are buying would give you value out of your money. This includes your smart ceiling fan and for you to be able to know that your smart ceiling fan is worth investing on is when it could be connected to other smart technology that you have or planning to have.

If you are able to run everything on the same system, it would be simpler to control and manage all your devices. What is more amazing is that you will have more automation options. For example, you will be able to connect with voice assistants which would definitely provide you a more efficient way to control your smart appliances. Moreover, through integrating your smart ceiling fans to your smart home platform, you will be able to get more automation options.

Does It Wobble?

Unlike the traditional noisy fans, having a smart ceiling fan that is factory balanced would not wobble nor would it be noisy. However, there are brands that would be noisy and would wobble. This is why it is important that you check customer reviews and the manufacturers claims.

Best Smart Ceiling Fans

Minka Aire

Features:

  • Various smart integrations
  • WiFi, no hub
  • Indoor and outdoor models
  • 54″ to 84″ models
  • 6 speed remote control
  • Optional in-wall controller
  • Factory balanced
  • 3,5, and 10 blade options
  • Integrated dimmable LED light

Minka Aire range is a favorite of many and this is not surprising. They have extensive smart home integrations and they have integrated and built the Bond smart hub tech into their fans. This means, you will be able to use the Bond app in some integrations such as Alexa, Google Home, Nest, Ecobee, SmartThings, Controll4, Hubitat, ELAN, Siri shortcuts and many more.

Minka is a very well-established brand which means you could trust their products such as light fittings and fans. They also have high customer satisfaction ratings and their fans are factory balanced. This means, they would not wobble nor they are noisy. Their fans also come with built-in light. In fact, they have an integrated LED panel.

Potential Concerns

Minka are DC fans which means they would not work with old style wall controls. This means they would need remote controller or wall controller. Though this is the case, Minka offers an option which means we suggest that when you choose a Minka model, ensure that it comes with Bond smart tech. Keep in mind that not every model has the Bond smart tech. There are some products that would require additional Bond hub. Hence, we discourage you from choosing one that mentions Bond BD-100.

Their light component is also limited to remote. This means you would not be able to use your existing light switch. You would need to get a wall module for you to be able to access without having to find remote.

Pros

  • Most smart integrations
  • Outdoor rated models
  • Wide range of styles

Cons:

  • Available in North America only
  • Low speeds are ineffective
  • Remote feels cheap

Haiku L 52″

Features:

  • Supports Alexa and Google Assistant
  • WiFi, no hub
  • 7 speeds
  • Sleepy, Eco, breeze and timer modes
  • R remote control
  • Factory balanced
  • Integrated LED light – 900 lumens
  • 4 finish options

The Haiku L 52″ is a high-end type of ceiling fans. The reason behind this is because their market is the commercial sector. Most of their models are huge but they also have some smaller models that are designed for residential.

The Haiku L 52″ is their best quality fan. It is factory balanced nor it is not noisy. They also have customer support in case you have any problems. The Haiku come in white, black and cocoa/caramel options. It has flush mounted, low profile warm white LED light with 65W equivalent. Its blades are high efficient and it has a very low noise level. It supports Alexa and Google. It has smart self-management and thermostat which could be integrated with Ecobee.

If you are looking for a more affordable home model, the Haiku L is the best option. However, if you have budget to spare, you could also go for the new Haiku Gen 4 which includes SenseMe.

Potential Concerns:

It is a bit pricey. They are not focused on smart tech side. The connectivity is also limited to two platforms. Though that is the case, if you are looking for a high efficient fan, we highly recommend this one.

Pros:

  • High quality build
  • Most efficient airflow
  • Great support

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Limited integration options
  • Indoor only

Hunter Fan

Features:

  • WiFi, no hub
  • Supports Alexa, HomeKit and Google Assistant
  • 3,4 and 5 blade designs
  • 54″ and 60″ models
  • Integrated LED light
  • 54″ and 60″ models
  • 4 speeds, reversible
  • Handheld remote control
  • Lifetime motor warranty

This smart ceiling fan comes with built-in HomeKit. It comes in various blade sizes such as in 54″ and 60″. They are designed modernly and they use SIMPLEConnect technology smart integration. It supports the big three voice assistants including full HomeKit support. Yes, that is right, they are the only one who offers HomeKit capability and they are rated the best in terms of this category.

Potential Concerns:

For non-HomeKit users, Hunter could have some connectivity issues including their own app and remote. However, for HomeKit users, this issue is non-existent. Lastly, this one is locked to North America only.

Pros:

  • Native HomeKit support
  • Lifetime motor warranty
  • 3,4, and 5 blade options

Cons:

  • App is restricted to US
  • Indoor rated only
  • Has some reliability issues

Modern Forms Axis 44″

Features:

  • Supports Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings
  • 44″ or 52″ models
  • WiFi, no hub
  • 6 speed DC motor
  • Factory balanced
  • Bluetooth wall control
  • 3 Integrated LED light options (1600 lumens)
  • Indoor and Outdoor rated
  • 4 finish options

This fan is considered as one of the best small smart ceiling fan. It is under the Modern Forms brand which is a trusted brand. They are 44″ in size which means it is very compact. The are offered in white, black, titanium and bronze color options. They have a wide range of supported platforms. It is compatible with Ecobee and home automation systems such as Josh Al and Control4. It also supports Lutron, Savant and Nest integration.

Its LED light is bright at 1600 lumens and it comes in three color temperatures – 2700K, 3000K and 3500K. You could control this fan through a Bluetooth remote control with wall controller which is sold separately. Lastly, this smart fan uses high efficient DC motor which ensures it would not be noisy.

Potential Concerns:

The app needs improvement. However, once you have set it up, surely, you would get a hang of it. Installation is a bit challenging and it is highly recommended for you to get an experienced professional to install it.

Pros:

  • Bright LED light
  • Good integration options
  • Indoor and outdoor rated

Cons:

  • Remote reliability issues
  • Installation could be challenging
  • Poor support

Carro Smart Fans

Features:

  • WiFi, no hub
  • 45″ up to 60″ models
  • Supports Alexa, Siri shortcuts, Google Assistant
  • 10 speed reversible DC motor
  • LED lights
  • IR remote control
  • Indoor and Outdoor rated
  • Optional wall mount for remote

This one is a very popular brand in North America. They have been in the market since 2019. They are also known as Smafan and SMAAIR brands. Though they are just new in the market, they have proved how reliable their products are.

The Carro Smart Fan supports Alexa, Google and Siri shortcuts. Unfortunately, not HomeKit. They have integrated LED lighting panels. It is not factory balanced but it runs on DC motors.

Potential Concerns

The LED lights are oddly set up. The quality is good but it is difficult to set up and install. They have grouped smart and non-smart fans together under DC category.

Pros:

  • Bright LED lights
  • Good range of styles
  • Great support

Cons:

  • Difficult to install
  • Not factory balanced
  • North America only

SMAAIR Striver Series

Features:

  • Supports Alexa, Siri shortcuts, Google Assistant
  • WiFi, no hub
  • Low profile
  • Integrated LED light
  • Indoor and Outdoor rated
  • 10 speed, reversible

If you are looking for high quality smart fan, then, this one is perfect for you. It is affordable and it comes in 52″ span. It is perfect for low ceilings and it is offered in white, gold/black and light wood look. It runs on DC motor and it has a hand-held remote control. It supports Alexa, Siri shortcuts and Google Assistant. It is quiet and it is rated for damp locations. This means it could be installed outdoors and under cover.

Potential Concerns

This is a flush model which means it could only work in low ceilings and flat ceilings.

Pros:

  • Flush mount for low ceilings
  • Lower price
  • Indoor and outdoor rated

Cons:

  • Limited smart integrations
  • No wall control or bracket
  • Flat ceilings only

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