Best Outdoor Ceiling Fan [Buyer’s Guide for 2019]

Choosing the best outdoor ceiling fan for your home is not easier than the fan you have installed in your living room but our buying guide will show you how the high-performance models align features to brace the outdoor elements. Outdoor ceiling fans have become very durable – they can withstand moisture, have durable hardware, and are perfect for your style and outdoor area be it a patio or deck.

Our Winner

After extensive research on over 46 outdoor ceiling fans and consulting three home industry experts, we’ve selected the trustworthy Hunter 59135 Key Biscayne as our favorite pick. We understand that the rustic style is not everyone’s taste, but you got to give it to this fan to tick the right boxes. It has an impressive airflow, weatherized blades, and a sealed housing for damp areas. Installing an outdoor fan is not easy but this one is a breeze.

Top Rated and Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans  – 2019

#1 Hunter 59135 Key Biscayne: Best for Covered Patios, Decks, and Porches

  • Design: 5/5
  • Airflow: 4/5
  • Versatility: 5/5
  • Outdoor Performance: 4/5


  • Reversible motor
  • Rust-resistant due to application of an antistatic agent
  • Does not produce any sound
  • Comes with a beautiful light
  • Includes stainless steel hardware
  • Allows mounting in three different positions


  • It does not come with a remote
  • Light cover has to be taken off to access the reverse switch
  • Blades must be installed the right way to not interfere with the light housing

Worry about an empty wine bottle but not a hot drink sitting in your porch. This ceiling fan reminisces the beach with some maritime-looking fan blades that give you the rustic vibe. It can withstand moisture, so no worries about condensation drip if you live in high humidity areas.

This fan combines ultra-quiet performance and a reversible motor to give you all-year performance. The only feature we don’t like is that its bulbs are rated for 14watts only. Whether its CFL or LED you can’t go above that, lest you risk starting a fire.

#2 Emerson Ceiling Fan CF152WW Curva Sky: Best Wet Rated Outdoor Ceiling Fan

  • Design: 4/5
  • Airflow: 3/5
  • Versatility: 5/5
  • Outdoor Performance: 5/5


  • High-quality construction with a wet rating
  • Flush mount installation for low ceilings
  • Comes with a six-speed remote control
  • It includes a no light plate
  • Durable die-cast hanging ball
  • Quiet, reversible performance


  • The light fixture is stuck at 50W per bulb
  • LED lighting is not dimmable on this model
  • The receiver is not wet-rated
  • No pull chain

Outfitted with aesthetically appealing parts, Emerson Ceiling Fan CF152WW Curva Sky is a must have for wet environments. Its blade and electrical components are all weatherized, meaning you get to enjoy fresh air in the summer and warm air in the cold of winter.

For covered screens and porches, you can use the remote, but an exposed setting needs hardwiring of this fan because the receiver for the remote is not wet-rated. Otherwise, this is a good fan for most people with low ceilings and easy peasy when installing a ceiling fan.

#3 Harbor Breeze Twin Breeze li: Best Design for Large Spaces

  • Design: 5/5
  • Airflow: 4/5
  • Versatility: 4/5
  • Outdoor Performance: 4/5


  • Reversible for all year use
  • Weatherized wood blades
  • Integrates two bulb lights
  • Has a higher bulb watt rating at 120 watts
  • Ideal for large outdoor spaces


  • It does not have a universal bulb base
  • Lacks a remote controller
  • Changing its configuration with a longer downrod is challenging

Nothing beats the style and output performance of a double ceiling fan. For all those with large patios and not interested in buying two fans, grab the Harbor Breeze Twin Breeze li. It equals the efficiency of other much more expensive fans thus saving you money.

Its elegant design befits the contemporary home with traditional accents. It has a lifetime warranty, the more reason to get it if you don’t plan on upgrading it after a few years. For what’s it’s worth, we would expect better customer service since some models may come with a damaged part or two during transport.

#4 Monte Carlo 3MAVR60BK Maverick: Best High-End Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Why we chose it.

  • Design: 4/5
  • Airflow: 4/5
  • Versatility: 3/5
  • Outdoor Performance: 3/5


  • It is energy star rated
  • Ideal for indoor and outdoor use
  • Available in three sizes; all for large patios
  • Can work with Alexa in conjunction with a Bond Hub
  • It has handcrafted blades


  • It is not wet-rated for the price
  • It does not have a light kit
  • There’s no way to attach any form of light fixture

Nothing, not even the weather should keep you from enjoying your deck, porch, or screened gazebo. Monte Carlo has created their most elegant outdoor ceiling fans with features that play the part. It boasts a handcrafted design that speaks of its upscale price.

What you get is a thoughtfully made fan with a remote for controls such that you can install it as high up as you want without looking for a ladder to switch it on and off. The lack of a light isn’t exactly a bad thing because it would have ruined its aesthetics.

You won’t however, receive a wall switch if you want to hardwire it.

#5 Honeywell Duvall: Best for Wet Areas

  • Design: 4/5
  • Airflow: 3/5
  • Versatility: 3/5
  • Outdoor Performance: 4/5


  • Quality bronze finish on the plastic blades
  • Uses an energy efficient DC motor
  • It has four speeds on pull switch
  • Simple to install using ‘quick to hang’ technology
  • The reversible function is easy to activate


  • Does not come with a light kit
  • Remote has to be bought separately
  • Complaints about poor packaging

Sweating profusely and tired of pushing a hefty air conditioner? Turn to the Honeywell Duvall outdoor ceiling fan. From high airflow to saving you energy costs, it is the perfect addition to your porch. You don’t need to bother with expensive electricians to install it. With quick to hang technology, it is a breeze to get it up and running.

Only two colors are available for this fan, and the bronze model is way more expensive than the white one.

How to Choose Your Type of Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Damp and Wet Rating

  •  Indoor fans will get damaged when exposed to the elements. That’s why you need a ceiling fan with a damp or wet rating. An Underwriter Laboratories (UL) rating means that the fan can be exposed to moisture or come in direct contact with water without getting damaged or risking fire from the electrical components.

Fan Size

  • The size of the fans gives you a good idea of how large a space the fan can cool. For large spaces above 300sqft, you will need a fan not smaller than 52 inches. For spaces up to 100sqft, you will want to invest in a fan size no bigger than 36 inches, and for 100sft to 300sqft, a fan size up to 42 inches is ideal.
  • But size is not everything because you also need to look at the design and quality of the blades.

Choose your Style

  • Be sure to choose a fan that complements your outdoor locations. You will find modern, contemporary, industrial, traditional, coastal, rustic, and combination styles in fan designs. The last thing you want is a fan that looks as if it’s going to walk away any minute because of being out of place.
  • Go for solid colors that contrast the color of the ceiling. They are easy to blend in with most outdoor furniture.
  • And remember to set yours correctly

Fan Clearing and Finding an Ideal Location

  • Ceiling fans have standard requirements though it may vary if you have a high ceiling. Ideally, it should be 1ft from the ceiling, 7ft from the floor and the blades should be 2ft from the nearest wall. If you want to install the fan closer to one end of your patio, it’s good to go with a big one so that it can circulate enough air to reach the other end.
  • Also, if you have partitions in an outdoor space, it’s better to install two fans instead of one.

Fan Quality

  • Besides the damp or wet rating, you should also look for weatherized blades made of ABS plastic or galvanized rust-proof metal. Your outdoor fan should also come with a waterproof seal for its electrical components.

Top Questions About Outdoor Ceiling Fans Answered

Wrapping up

It’s impossible to tell the performance of a fan simply by looking at it. For outdoor fans, a lot goes into determining the best in a pool of hundreds of choices. The most crucial factors include the damp or wet rating, blade quality, energy efficiency, CFM, and aesthetics. After all, you want to be complimented for your excellent taste by choosing something that suits your style.

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