Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Which Brand of Electric Fan Do You Recommend?

It’s really hot now and it’s so untimely that one of our fans gave up on us. We only have 2 working.  Actually, since we came here in the Philippines 2 years ago, we’ve already bought 6 fans and I’m not satisfied with how they worked for only a short time.

We bought 2 Standard industrial stand fans, one broke in less than a year while the other one is still working. We bought 1 Union desk fan and this one lasted 2 years. Then, we bought 1 Dowell stand fan because of a sale but then it was defective within one month. We brought it to their service center, they got it fixed but then the entire head (with the fan blade) of the fan flew off (nasira ang hinang).
It’s a good thing nobody was hurt in our family. The service center got it fixed but it only worked 1 or 2 months, I think. Then, we bought 1 Hanabishi desk fan but it only worked 3 or 4 months. We actually rarely used it but still it broke.

What’s wrong with the quality of electric fans nowadays? We thought that these brands are good quality because they’ve been around for  years. Our uncle who is an electrician said that it’s because of the thermostat or fuse of the fan which is necessary to guard against overheating and fire.  I’ve actually thought of trying out this YouTube for DIY fan repair tutorial but I’m not really a handy woman, neither is my husband.



Though the fans have one year warranty, it’s actually a hassle to go to the service center which is very far from our place (for some brands). We therefore have simply asked an electrician to look at the fans but they have not been successful to fix them. Well, they fixed it but after a few days, it’s broken again.  Hopefully, the electrician recommended by our sister-in-law last week will be able to fix it for good. I haven’t seen and tested the repaired fans.

To supplement the only 1 fan we have in the house 2 weeks ago, we bought another brand, Asahi. I hope this one will last long. I must admit the fans we have bought have prices ranging from P900 – P1600. They’re not the really expensive ones. I wanted to buy the more expensive one but my husband declined. Is it really better to buy the more expensive brands or models?

The point of this post, aside from the rant, is to ask what brand of electric fan  you are using and which one you actually recommend? If you have bought recently (2-5 years) those available in the market and it’s still working now I would like to know what brand. I want to be specific in asking because units bought about 10 years ago, the old fans, are known to be more durable.

Please share in the comments below so we could see and consider what is really worth buying.  Your comments will be very much appreciated. Thank you for sharing.

Update:  Thanks to some helpful comments I got from FB particularly about industrial fans. Next time, I will avoid the industrial fans because they tend to overheat more and they  actually consume more energy. I’m actually trying to find the post and comments on my FB timeline but I can’t seem to find it. I’m sure I didn’t delete it. Oh well.  Also, thanks to the electrician my sister-in-law recommended because the fans worked great. Now, I know who to look for when needing electric fan repair.

40 comments:

melgie said...

Asahi is good brand I think, We don’t used electric fan here in my place but I’m sure the one that you bought is worth buying for..:)

christie martinez said...

i highly recommend Asahi electric fan. we bought 2 stand fans 6 years ago & both are still functioning well even up to this time.

Chin chin said...

Oh, I hope that our Asahi will last that long, too.

patty said...

I have a 3D desk fan. It’s a bit more expensive, but it’s super sturdy. And for a small desk fan, it’s pretty strong.

Chin chin said...

Patty, thanks for the tip about 3D.

Dominique Goh@Dominique's Desk said...

I have bought many different brands of fans.. some of them only last a few months..while others last much longer. What I get now are mainly air coolers- where you can add water to it.. or put an ice -pack.. Honeywell is a good brand.

Chin chin said...

I’ll keep that in mind in case I buy air coolers, Dominique.

Kristine Gavilano said...
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Kristine Gavilano said...

One thing that I learned about buying (after years of buying the cheaper ones) is to buy the more expensive one if it ensures quality over the cheaper brands. We can use it longer and we’re spared the trouble when the appliance is damaged easily. =)

The electric fan that we are using now is a hand-me-down from my parents and I can’t tell the brand because this is old and the printed letters have faded and the cover at the center is nowhere to be found lol. But it’s still doing its work, lucky for us. I just hope it won’t give up too soon.

Chin chin said...

Old fans are really durable. Good your parents gave you that unit.

Marie said...

I hope you will find a durable fan. I am not sure about our electric fan’s brand (I think it is asahi) and it was with us for years. It was a freebie for a 12kg washing machine we bought. I dont use it that much though (I live in Baguio)

Allan said...

last year we bought camel and until now it still works smoothly. Also our industrial fan is Nikon which is a wedding gift for us way back 2014 and it was still in good condition.

Theresa said...

I remember our fan was Standard. It lasted for 10 years I think.

redamethyst said...

I think products before are more durable compared to products nowadays whatever brand it is. but I am using Nikon and hanabishi, both are about three to five years old already.

Chin chin said...

That is good to hear about your Nikon and Hanabishi, redamethyst.

Jhari said...

I wish I could help you with this, but I forgot what brand we bought for my parents last year. Sinunod lang namin yung sinabi ng agent hehehe!

Anonymous said...

Hanabishi E-fan ko, pumutok. Sa office kita ko luma na ang isang stand fan pero maayos pa rin, National ang tatak.

Ida said...

Investing in a more expensive fan will enable you and your family to use it for a longer time. Similarly, regular oiling will help the motor of the fan work efficiently too.

Leira Pagaspas said...

Asahi is a great brand but I stay away from brands na di ko kilala.,

Kat said...

I have 1 National stand fan, 2 National desk fans, 1 KDK stand fan, 1 3D wall fan. I think the newest one was bought more than 5 years ago. ( I think National is now called Panasonic.)

Chin chin said...

National is a good brand but a bit expensive, worth it naman yata.

JanzCrystalz said...

We have 7 electric fans at home of different brands and all are still working. The oldest one is a 3D box fan, the first appliance I bought when I started working in 2000.. so 14 years na sya and still alive hehehe…

Chin chin said...

I wish that all of our electric fans now will also last that long. Thanks for the input.

David said...

All are made in China. Everything is made in China. I think I was made in China. LOL

5 years ago I bought two fans for P1650. It was a buy one/take one promo. The fans are Zeus Home Brand. Obviously, not a "Name" brand product, but both have worked well even after I damaged both blades. Once when I was moving one of the fans my finger slipped through the guard and the blade hit my finger. Ouch! The blade was bent. Then a few months later I was walking past the other fan and the drawstring on my shorts got sucked into the fan and bent that blade. I just used my hammer to straighten out both blades and the fans continue to run without any problems.

Years ago name brand products meant they were actually made someplace other than China. Now many so-called name brand products are made in China. People think Apple's i-Phone is a name brand product from the USA but the truth is that most of their product line comes from China. Personally, I believe i-Phones are grossly overpriced and it is only advertising that sells their products. My Huawei phone has a better camera and screen than an i-Phone and it was 60% less expensive than a comparable featured i-Phone. Many companies (Samsung, LG, Canon, GE, etc.) have some of their products manufactured in China.

I have two Kolin air-con units that were manufactured in Thailand. Both have worked well. One is 5 years old and the other is 2 years old. Why did I decide to purchase the Kolin brand? I took the time to read reviews from actual customers who had purchased these products. Price was a consideration, but value is also dependent on the service life of the product.

Customer reviews are very important in my decisions when making a purchase. I mean, real customer reviews that offer complete information (Price, longevity, origin, power consumption, ease of cleaning, service availability, etc.) as opposed to a review that says, "Uh, I think it was an XYZ brand, but I am not sure."

Ida said...

Investing in a more expensive fan will enable you and your family to use it for a longer time. Similarly, regular oiling will help the motor of the fan work efficiently too.

Leira Pagaspas said...

Asahi is a great brand but I stay away from brands na di ko kilala.,

Pinay R. said...

I never really thought about it! I should look into this….

Mommy Maye said...

When we got married, we received 4 efans as gifts. We gave one to my mother in law and we took home the 3 fans. Out of the four, two are still working well. One is Nikon and the other one is 3D. We also bought two wall fan, Camel and Hanabishi. All still working well. It’s so hot nowadays that I wanted to buy an air cooler or air condition unit., hehe.

Chin chin said...

It is very hot and for sure electric bills will shoot up. It’s not a wonder that 2 or more fans are working at the same time. Buying an aircon will be comfortable but expensive as well. Better buy the inverter aircon to save on power consumption.

Peter Cruz said...

I prefer Hanabishi Cool Blossom stand fan that I bought at goods.ph because it has thermal fuse protected motor that prevents over heating due to continues usage.

Catherine Jugo said...

I highly recommend KDK fan, we bought 1 in 2008 and did not have any problem with it except for the need for some oil after many years. The brand is from Japan and so the motor is really good. Here in the Philippines, I am only able to see this brand in SM Appliance Stores. The motor can run upto 72hours non-stop without overheating. And the lowest speed, No. 1 is like the No. 2 speed in other brands but the blow is not rough. The built is very simple and has rollers for easy moving. Very good brand.

Chin chin said...

Thank you Catherine for sharing your opinion. I know the KDK fan brand and I think we have one before. It’s just rare to find this brand nowadays.

Redge Lopez said...

My grandparents still have a working 35 year old National fan. My dad tried to look for the now-renamed Panasonic fan but the store said they stopped producing. Probably the cheap “throw-away” fans eased it out from the competition.

Chin chin said...

I can still see some Panasonic fans for sale, but they are priced higher than Asahi or Hanabishi. Maybe they are indeed longer lasting. Thanks Redge for commenting.

Kei Zie said...

I feel you but my story of buying fans stop when I bought a camel stand fan way back 2010, I’ve desided to buy another 3 fans and they’re all still working…

Chin chin said...

Nice to hear good reports about Camel branded fans.

Noel Ocampo said...

First of all I regularly clean the fans and once a month or so oil and grease the rotor. If need be open the motor a little bit by unscrewing the 4 screws holding the motor together and drip new Diesel Motor Oil. Remember just a few drops on the rotor to the outer covering. You need not separate all the parts like the YouTube above. But if you can better so that you will be able to clean every part.
Here is my feedback about different brand of fan:
Asahi – Great motor but the plastics cracks thru time wall fan 16″ 2010, still working and strong. Another Asahi
stand fan still working and strong. Remember regular cleaning.
Nikon – Great motor, heat on the motor is less, because it has bigger fins inside. Needs regular oiling (fan since
2009 )
Camel – Wall fan Great motor but the plastics and grill are soft, probably because this was bought at 900 peso in
2011. Still working blowing strong but no more oscilation. Stand fan same as previous but bought it
2000
Fukuda – Stand fan model 2013 december worth 1,200 pesos, great no problems just regular cleaning.
Same model but bought it March 2014 at 900 pesos, Terrible as the oscilation keeps on breaking 4 times brough it to Fukuda service center at cubao ( Farmers wet market area). Eventually the technician changed the osilator motor with a good one. But still Motor almost give way on its 14 month of service. But fortunately I disassembled it like the you tube above and is not working. Please take note the 2013 model and the 2014 model has different design internally. That is why there where able to sell the 2014 fan cheap. Lesson is cheap isn’t better.
3d Turbo – This is 18″ industrial fan 125 watts, great, bought is 2013, no issues just regular dusting and sometimes oil a bit. Since 2013 I have only oiled this unit twice without opeing the motor.
KDK – good fan still blows strong and good osciallation about give or take 90 degrees. (2007)
Hannabishi – deskfan almost like ACE but still I will lean towards Ace if its for small fans. (2008)
Ace – 40 watts deskfan. I have really abused this little sucker, Seldom clean it, in its 5 years of service. Probably 3 times in 5 years, oiled it twice. But this old faithfull still works no problem, blows great, oscilation good.

Chin chin said...

Wow! You’ve owned plenty of brands of electric fans already. We only have tried 3D, Asahi, Union and Hanabishi. Thanks for sharing. This can definitely help me and other info seekers on this topic.
By the way, when you say Ace, does it mean Ace Hardware’s brand of electric fan?

Jessa said...

Try to buy “National” brand, “Panasonic” na name niya ata ngayon. About 10 to 15 years na ata yung electric fan namin. Basta grade 1 (1990’s) pa lang ako nun nandyan na yung electric fan namin and until now in good condition pa rin.

Anonymous said...

Don't buy Panasonic. We bought 2 standfans for 2000 each last year. Sira na pareho ngayon. Tried to have it fixed but cost is equivalent to 1 brand new Panasonic electric fan so wag nalang. Akala rin namin maganda yung brand kasi in store ang tahimik ng motor pero madali ring masira. Sayang pera.