Best desk fans


Singapore is hot, humid and borderline unbearable throughout the year. Aircon units can blow a hole in the electricity bills, while standing fans are bulky and an eyesore for your minimalist home. So instead, let us introduce you to the third option – desk fans.

These small, portable yet powerful and multi-functional fans can be arranged nicely on your desk to keep it breezy while you’re working from home or gaming with friends. And not only do these desk fans keep you cool, but they also look cool as well. Plus, the prices range from $35 and below – way cheaper than your monthly aircon bill.

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1. Xiaomi 3-in-1 bladeless fan – with humidifier and LED light ($35)


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While bladeless fans usually cost in the hundreds, this 3-in-1 fan from Xiaomi is affordably priced at just $35. Better yet, it’s charming and aesthetic – a worthy addition to your curated desk decor.

The warm glow of the LED light on board can act as a night light to reduce eye strain when you’re slewing away at work at 12AM. On top of that, there’s a humidifier and water tank hidden in the back to get rid of all the dry air around your workstation and prevent dry eyes and skin.

Fan power: 8W
Power supply: USB
Price: $35

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2. Aikoper USB desk fan – aeroplane engine-inspired to reduce vibrations ($23)


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The Aikoper USB desk fan ($23) boasts a unique design reminiscent of a plane engine. Its suspended design and unique fan arrangement with two sets of blades running in opposite directions allow it to reduce vibrations. And since it’s USB powered, you can simply plug it into your laptop, PC or power bank and enjoy the cooling air with none of the annoying, tangly cables.

Depending on your preference, you can angle the fan vertically up or down for maximum comfort. There’s also a sensitive touch control at its base where you can turn it on or off with a light tap.

Fan power: 2W
Power supply: USB
Price: $23

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3. Mistral Mimica Windmill – tiny base and minimalist design ($23)


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Roughly the size of a Domino’s 6-inch personal pizza, the Mistral Mimica Windmill ($23) fan is a compact powerhouse. The small base takes up minimal space on your desk, but the fan’s sturdy structure keeps it stable so you don’t have to worry about it toppling over.

There are 3 different speeds as well as a rechargeable battery so you don’t have to constantly keep it plugged in. The battery can last up to 4 hours on low speed or 1.5 hours on high speed.

Fan power: 5W
Power supply: USB | Rechargeable battery
Price: $23

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4. WAMP rechargeable clip-on fan – four adjustable modes ($30)


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Not everyone has a desk large enough to accommodate all their files, stationery and monitors – let alone a desk fan. So to work around this issue, opt for the WAMP rechargeable clip-on fan ($30). With a strong aluminium clamp, hooking it up to the side of your desk, the arm of your table lamp or the shelf above you is a breeze.

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The four adjustable modes – “sleeping wind”, “nature wind”, “strong wind” and “circulating air” – let you customise its speed for various situations. There are also 2 colours available: a pristine, bright white and a sleek, smooth navy blue.

Size: 163 x 135 x 269mm
Power supply: USB | Rechargeable battery
Price: $30

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5. Cactus fan – 80-degree rotation and cute design ($21)


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If you have a potted cactus on your desk, give it a companion with this cactus fan ($21). This adorable contraption fits in the palm of your hand and can oscillate 80 degrees, giving you plenty of fan coverage. 

With a quiet propellor and 3 different power modes, your little desk companion won’t be causing you any noisy trouble. And just like how cacti can survive a long time in the desert, the 2 rechargeable lithium batteries keep the fan going for up to 14 hours.

Power supply: USB | Rechargeable battery
Price: $21

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6. Mosum 2-in-1 humidifier and fan – retro and vintage design ($30)


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The Mosum 2-in-1 humidifier and fan ($30) stands 29CM tall, about neck and neck with your average 1.5L water bottle. But unlike most standing fans, this one has a retro and vintage design with a white, blue or pink paint job that should satisfy the hipsters in the crowd. 

Its base contains a water tank that’s used for the humidifier to spray cooling air which can last from 3-6 hours straight. The only con is that some reviewers find the fan motor to be a little loud, but it shouldn’t be a problem if you’re constantly plugged into music while at your desk.

Fan power: 5W
Power supply: USB
Price: $30

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7. 360 degrees mini USB clip fan – rotate freely ($14.50)


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In every room, there’s always that one annoying little corner that’s just outside of the radius of the ceiling fan or standing fan. To solve this problem, enter the 360 degrees mini USB clip fan ($14.50) that can be manually rotated in any direction you’d like, making sure that there’s no nook left without wind.

Packed into this little guy are 4 different wind speeds, with a rechargeable battery as well as a clip so you can clamp it anywhere. As a cherry on top, it can double as a stroller fan for those with babies.

Power supply: USB | Rechargeable battery
Price: $14.50

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8. Arctic Air Cooler – fan with mini aircon ($22)


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The Arctic Air Cooler ($22) can act as your mini portable aircon that doesn’t cause the electricity bill to skyrocket. By simply pouring water or ice into the compartment on top, the fan will blow cool air out, kinda like Superman’s icy breath.

The entire appliance takes up less area on your desk than an A4 notebook. And while the size of the air cooler may be smaller than you expect, the 350ML water tank can keep your desk cool for up to 8 hours. 

Power supply: USB
Price: $22

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9. JOYROOM dual desk fan – twin fans ($19)


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You know what they say, two fans are better than one. The JOYROOM dual desk fan ($19) boasts 2 spinning blades in an ultra-portable casing that you can move around easily. Plus, there are 3 adjustable wind speeds – soft, natural and strong. 

If you have aromatherapy tablets or essential oils, you can place them in the cover at the back of the fan and let the scent diffuse around your workspace to improve your wellbeing. It’s also a good companion for naps – be it at your desk or in your bed.

Power supply: USB
Price: $23

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Best desk fans in Singapore


Desk fans are just another tool Singaporeans have at their disposal when trying to keep themselves cool. Even with their low prices and tiny size, you’ll still get shockingly high returns in terms of cooling the places you spend the most time at. And whether you’re opting for a bladeless design, retro-inspired or even a cactus-shaped desk companion, you’ll find a practical option that matches your aesthetic nicely.

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The products have been ranked in terms of features and price from sources and reviews online.