9 Best Misting Fans | Reviews & Ultimate Buying Guide

If you want to spend enjoyable time outdoors on hot summer days or evenings, a misting fan is a viable and a reliable cooling solution. It works on the same principle as evaporative coolers but smaller, much more portable and at more affordable prices.

Misting fans use water’s low enthalpy of vaporization to keep us cool. A fan blows a fine mist of water into the air. If the air isn’t humid but dry, the mist evaporates in the heat of the day or night, which needs energy in the form of heat and when heat is taken from the air around you to vaporize water mist, the air gets cooler. This appliance is a great complement to pop up canopies, which also help cool your patio.

The best misting fans are portable so you can place them wherever you need them. They are energy efficient and hassle free to use.

ModelEditor RatingPrice 
1. Welltop Mini Handheld USB Misting Fan with Personal Cooling Mist Humidifier
4.5$
2. O2 Cool Necklace Fan - Model Fn02001 - Assorted Colors (2 Fans included)
4.4$
3. CTLpower Mini USB Fan
4.8$
4. OPOLAR F304 Handheld Misting Fan
4.4$
5. Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan
4.1$$$
6. 7 Nozzle Fan Mister for 36" Fan Outdoor cooling
4.0$
7. SPT SF-241WM Personal Hand-Held Misting Fan, Set of 2
4.$
8. NewAir AF-520B Oscillating Outdoor Misting Fan, 18-Inch, Black
4.8$$$
9. Holmes Group HSF1614-BLU 3-Speed Outdoor Misting Stand Fan, 16", Black
3.6$$

Buying Guide and Useful Info

The best misting fan combines an outdoor fan with mist cooling provided by water from a tank which is built in or directly from a hose. It can reduce the presence of dust and odors in the area, as well as static electricity. It can also help regulate humidity in dry climates, but most important of all of all, it can cool you off.

The types of fans

As you will read in our best misting fan review, misting fans come as small hand held units, medium size portable units in a box-like shape which use water from a hose and fan-like units also getting water directly from your garden hose.

Small hand held units are super convenient for every environment, both at home, in your garden, around a pool or when you are traveling, in your car or using other means of transport. They are small and compact and you can have them handy stored away in your bag, back pack or purse.

Due to smaller dimensions, they have a small capacity water tank so you will have to refill it more often.

Portable units with a tank are a perfect solution for your patio, garden, pool or BBQ area but you can also take them in your RV on trips. They are more robust, use water from a regular faucet via a hose and provide a lot more cooling power than mini hand held models. These can lower the temperature by up to 20-30 degrees.

Fan-like models resemble regular floor standing or table top fans but with a misting feature. These also use water from a hose and are perfect if you want mist coming from an average height of a regular fan.

What influences cooling power?

The higher the water pressure used and the more powerful the fan, the more effective the cooling you will get. The fine mist created by the high water pressure and tiny nozzles evaporates mid-air, cooling the air right in front of the misting fan. Then the fan blows the cooled air out and all around.

So, you need good water pressure, powerful fan and quality nozzles for best outdoor misting fan to do its job to your satisfaction.

The materials used are also extremely important, so look fall metal parts protested from corrosion or quality plastic units. These are not as durable as metal models but are cheaper and won’t corrode.

To take a closer look at some of the most popular and best rated models let’s move on to our misting fan reviews!

9 Best Misting Fans - With Pros & Cons

Editor Rating:

4.5/5

1. Welltop Mini Handheld USB Misting Fan with Personal Cooling Mist Humidifier

Welltop Mini Handheld USB Misting Fan features a rechargeable USB mini cooling fan and beauty humidifier as a 2 in 1 cooling solution.

This handheld portable fan is light-weight and the handle design makes it convenient to carry with you where ever you go. This small fan helps you keep your face and skin moist and fresh at the office, in your car or while you are enjoying yourself by the pool or in any other outdoor or indoor space.

It has a rechargeable battery powered fan with 3 adjustable fan speeds and 2 modes of spraying, continuous and intermittent. It comes with a plastic bottle which you should use to refill the water tank and also as a refill on the go alternative.

Probably the best misting fan in miniature housing and weighing only 6.7 ounces, Welltop Mini Handheld USB Misting Fan measures 7.1 x 1.9 x 3.9 inches and has a water capacity of 0.7 ounces. It can produce 1 ounce of water per hour.

It is rechargeable with a USB without any issues. Since this model is handheld, you have to either hold it or lean it on something to keep it upright. It would be great if it came with a table or dashboard stand and a strap.

It has a fan power of 3.5W and it’s powered by a built-in 3.7V/2200mAh battery which takes about 4 hours to charge and provides up to 6 hours of use. The recommended charging voltage is DC 5V with the charging current of 1000mA. You can plug it into your computer, your car or use an adaptor plug to charge it in any outlet with the specs as recommended.

Things We Liked


  • Light weight, portable and convenient
  • 3 fan speeds and 2 mist modes
  • 3.7V/2200mAh built-in battery
  • Up to 6 hours of use
  • 1 ounce of water per hour output

Things We Didn't Like


  • A carrying case to protect fan as well as a stand would be welcome additions

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.4/5

2. O2 Cool Necklace Fan - Model Fn02001 - Assorted Colors (2 Fans included)

O2 Cool Necklace Fan is an ideal mini fan for cooling on-the-go. It provides a cool breeze in a convenient shape and size. What’s more, there is a necklace and a clip for hands free cooling.

This fan can be carried in your purse or pocket as it measures only 6 x 2 x 3.4 inches and weighs 7.2 ounces. Its compact lightweight design makes it super convenient to carry, wear and store. It includes a lanyard with safety break-away and adjuster.

O2 Cool Necklace Fan comes with a powerful one speed motor with internal 2.5 inch fan blade powered by 2 AA-Cell batteries which you’ll need to buy separately. We recommend buying rechargeable batteries of the highest capacity you can get so you can enjoy this mini misting fan wherever you go for as long as the batteries last. You can double the cooling time if you carry an extra pair of fully charged batteries.

For the price, you get 2 O2 Cool Necklace Fans and they come in a variety of colors to match with your clothes, sports outfits or accessories. Lively and bright colors add to this adorable little cooling buddy.

This is a misting fan you should always take with you when traveling. Just put in new batteries before you travel in case you need to use it for the whole trip. You’ll have 1 more for your partner or a friend and you can buy 2 sets for the whole family. As the fan is really quiet, it won’t disturb people near you and you will certainly appreciate the cooling this little vibrant guy provides.

Things We Liked


  • Comes in a set of two mini fans
  • Light weight, portable and quiet
  • Assorted colors available
  • Powered by universal AA batteries
  • A lanyard with safety break-away and adjuster included

Things We Didn't Like


  • A tad bigger than other portable mini fans

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.8/5

3. CTLpower Mini USB Fan

CTLpower Mini USB Fan is a portable rechargeable mini cooling Fan with misting feature. It is really quiet and super convenient for home, office or travel. It’s powered by USB and has a Built-in Lithium Battery. This mini misting fan is safe and durable and comes with a USB cable for more convenience.

It helps your face or skin to keep moist and fresh at home, office or on the go and also allows for healthy and comfortable breathing regardless of the heat.

This rechargeable cooling fan and beauty moisturizing fan is a practical 2 in 1 cooing option. It features automatic protection for your safety and when the humidifier has been working for more than 1 hour, it will automatically power off for protection.

CTLpower Mini USB Fan features a fan with 3 modes: a fan mode, a misty mode, a fan+misty. It’ll keep you cool and your skin fresh, based on your preferences. A high quality motor and unique design make this misting fan ultra quiet so the noise won’t bother you or the people around you.

This sturdy misting spray fan produces a soft breeze to keep you cool and relaxed regardless the heat. The ultra-quiet and fashionable design make it reliable and slick cooling companion at an affordable price. Overall, great little unit and probably the best misting fan for your desk, stroller, coffee table or when you are on the go.

Things We Liked


  • Good quality, portable and convenient fan
  • 3 modes: a fan mode, a misty mode, a fan+misty
  • 3.7V/2000mA built-in rechargeable battery
  • 7 hours for Fan; 5 hours for Misty; 3 hours for Fan + Misty

Things We Didn't Like


  • One fan speed only

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.4/5

4. OPOLAR F304 Handheld Misting Fan

OPOLAR F304 Handheld Misting Fan Mini USB fan with Cool Humidifier features continuous or intermittent misting modes at your choice and a fan powered by a built in rechargeable battery.

3 convenient fan speeds- low, medium, or high, with a maximum airflow up to 3.3m/s will provide cool and fresh heat relief for your home, office, pool area or when you are travelling.

The fan measures 7x3.93x1.88 inches and weighs less than half a pound including the battery. As with all portable models, there is a built-in water tank in the misting fan itself. All you need to do is to fill it with water and use it to get cool and fresh.

The tank in this model can hold 30ml of water while the battery will provide different working time depending on the fan speed: 2 hours (High) – 4 hours (Medium) – 6 hours (Low). It will take about 5 hours to fully recharge the battery which is 2000mAh Lithium and non-removable. So, the battery will last depending on which speed you choose.

As the battery may die on you while you’re on the go, for instance, consider buying two of these fans and use them in turns. At this price, the fan is affordable and you can’t go wrong with Opolar since the manufacturer offers one year warranty for defective products.

Things We Liked


  • Convenient handheld fan with dual misting modes
  • 3 Convenient fan speeds- low, medium, or high
  • 2000mAh built-in rechargeable battery/USB charging
  • Battery time 2 hours (High) – 4 hours (Medium) – 6 hours (Low)

Things We Didn't Like


  • According to some misting fan reviews, the mister doesn’t last long and the tank has to be refilled quite often

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.1/5

5. Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan

Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan provides a refreshing, cool breeze and can bring instant heat relief outdoors. It's as easy to use as it looks. All you need to do is hook up the hose, plug it in, and turn it on.

It provides a fine mist, and the powerful little fan blows it out bringing immediate cooling. The immediate vicinity of this unit does get quite wet. The area in front of the fan, for a good six to ten feet, will quickly dampen and start puddling within a few minutes.

Because of this, you're not going to want to direct this where slipping is an issue, or where people don't otherwise want to get wet. It's perfect for directing into a garden area, onto your children, over the grass, or near a hot tub or poolside.

Even a hot grill or BBQ area in the sun will be cooled as the fan’s cooling breeze extends beyond the "wet" area. If you position this far enough back from the area you want to cool, you will still be fine and not wet.

There are 3 power modes as well as vertical adjustment feature. This unit is portable but needs a standard power outlet near buy and since water and power don’t exactly mix well, do pay attention to safety precaution measures as regards your power cord and outlet insulation. This unit is, however, ETL listed for safety.

Misto was designed to be the best outdoor misting system for picnics, decks, patios, sports activities and BBQ gatherings. 9' water hose attaches to standard garden hose and the misting kit detaches without tools for cleaning.

Automatic louvers create a 90° wide sweep for comfort with three refreshing speeds. It features a sealed ball bearing motor for long life and the unit is weather, UV and rust resistant.

Things We Liked


  • Low profile for outdoor stability
  • 3 fan speeds and vertical adjustment feature
  • Connects to a standard garden hose
  • Runs by being plugged into your regular power outlet
  • Weather, UV and rust resistant

Things We Didn't Like


  • The area in front of the unit gets wet (more powerful vaporizer needed)

Price:

$$$

Editor Rating:

4.0/5

6. 7 Nozzle Fan Mister for 36" Fan Outdoor cooling

7 Nozzle Fan Mister for 36" Fan Outdoor cooling will help you to keep cool outside just by attaching the "Fan Mister" to your electric fan. Fan Mister will decrease the temperature up to 30 degrees F.

By attaching the Fan Mister to your electric fan, cool mist will be blown further, and an oscillating fan will distribute the cold air throughout the area you want to cool.

Complete fully assembled 7 nozzle Fan Misters includes 7' of 1/4" Polyethylene tubing with 3 brass misting nozzles installed at 6" intervals. 3/4" FHT Swivel x 1/4" compression-lock tubing to hose thread adapter. The Fan Mister is fully assembled, packed in bulk with less decorative packing materials for lower costs and to reduce environmental footprint.

The number of nozzles on your Fan Mister depends on the size of your fan and also on the strength of fan. Hi velocity fan may add 2 nozzles. Here are recommendations on how many nozzles per fan: less than 12 " diameter fan -1 nozzle, 12" to 16" diameter fan - 3 nozzles, 16" to 24" diameter fan - 5 nozzles and for 24" -36" diameter fan -7 nozzles

Use only Standard Garden hose, ¾ diameter with the threaded part of 5/8". This is the most common hose being used in the United States and Canada. As the hose will be attached to your standard water faucet, you will not need any electric pumps.

This misting hose works great. It emits a medium-fine mist at least 5 ft away (with a nicely powered fan) and will rapidly cool down a good sized area of your patio. This may not be the most powerful and the best outdoor misting system but is certainly a viable and affordable option.

Things We Liked


  • Simple misting solution for your existing fan
  • 3 brass misting nozzles installed at 6" intervals
  • Connects to a standard water faucet and hose
  • Fan Mister comes fully assembled
  • Weather, UV and rust resistant

Things We Didn't Like


  • You need a fan to use a Fan Mister

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.0/5

7. SPT SF-241WM Personal Hand-Held Misting Fan, Set of 2

SPT SF-241WM Personal Hand-Held Misting Fan comes in a set of 2 mini fans, which is a welcome bonus at already very good price. You’ll be able to cool down on a hot day with this misting fan which features pressurized water tank that delivers a fine mist in front of the blade to help you stay fresh.

The fan turns on and off with an easy-to-use sliding switch. Ultrafine, cooling mist is provided by simply pumping the EZ pump and pressing the mist button to activate the pressurized water tank. Mist shoots in front of the blades which should prevent large droplets from forming on the fan blades.

The water lasts a long time and is really refreshing once turned into mist and blown away by the fan. The blades are a thick but bendy plastic so it’s fairly safe for the kids, too. SPT SF-241WM Personal Hand-Held Misting Fan is ideal for camping, the beach, amusement parks and, of course lounging in your own backyard.

Things We Liked


  • Light weight and easy to use
  • Child proof blades
  • Carabineer for easy carrying
  • Ultra fine continuous mist

Things We Didn't Like


  • The bottles a bit leaky

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.8/5

8. NewAir AF-520B Oscillating Outdoor Misting Fan, 18-Inch, Black

NewAir AF-520B Oscillating Outdoor Misting Fan stands at 18-inch and comes in black color. This misting fan cools up to 500 square feet of patio space with a cool, refreshing breeze.

Its black finish complements most outdoor décor or at least appears neutral and easily blends in. The fan has a flexible design that lets you adjust the height and tilt to reach the areas where cooling is needed most.

The oscillating fan head allows full coverage and its 3 fan speeds help maintain the level of comfort and freshness based on your preferences. The high pressure misting nozzles produce a very fine mist so that they don't soak everything in sight as the mists quickly evaporates.

The fan is well constructed with a seriously great safety plug with built in ground fault protection. The water line and electrical cord are about the same length. If you add an additional garden hose to this and an outdoor extension cord, you can move the fan where you want it.

The base may come loose over time so you might need to tighten it periodically. The fan height is fine and the fan is adjustable so you can change the angle and height. The unit is fairly well built and a good value for the price. Where it seems to fall short is the mister which seems to be too intense and gets the immediate vicinity wet.

Things We Liked


  • 3 convenient fan speeds
  • Extended misting to 500 sq. ft.
  • Oscillates for widespread cooling
  • Tilting head and adjustable height allows for targeted misting

Things We Didn't Like


  • If it made finer mist there wouldn’t be wetness in front

Price:

$$$

Editor Rating:

3.6/5

9. Holmes Group HSF1614-BLU 3-Speed Outdoor Misting Stand Fan, 16", Black

Holmes Group HSF1614-BLU 3-Speed Outdoor Misting Stand Fan provides simple, drip-free, and effective cooling relief for the outdoors. You will enjoy expanding your living space outdoors with the adjustable pole and integrated misting fan solution.

Oscillation and tilt-adjustable head allows you to get the optimal coverage according to your preferences. The misting fan works with a standard garden hose to create a cooling mist.

The micro-mist added to the air does not wet surrounding surfaces - making this the perfect outdoor cooling solution with 3 speed settings, height adjustable pole and adjustable tilt head.

Motorized oscillation add to the efficiency of over 40,000 BTU's of cooling power of this unit and grounded GFCI plug adds to safety.

The unit requires assembly but the instructions lack some key words and pictures for the assembly. This made it difficult to figure the instructions out for some of the buyers. Another con, misters have been reported not to work properly or at least some of the misters were faulty.

Things We Liked


  • Height adjustable pole
  • Motorized oscillation
  • Adjustable tilt head
  • 3 speed settings

Things We Didn't Like


  • Not the best instructions and not the most reliable spray heads reported

Price:

$$

Aleks Stanic

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