Founded in 1884, Rowenta has a long history of producing high-end home appliances.
The Rowenta Turbo Silence fan is part of a range of premium models from the established German manufacturer, and it does live up to its name.
It’s quiet enough to not be a distraction, while the Turbo mode produces enough power to make a difference on the stickiest of days.
Their fans come with a host of additional features, so here’s a rundown with everything you need to know.
Models and Pricing
The range is split between a sleek stand fan, with a smaller desk version available.
Rowenta has also produced a “Protect” version, which comes with an anti-mosquito function. (It works by distributing insecticide for mosquitoes during use.)
It’s great if you live in a hotter climate, and it’s still as fast and quiet as a smaller model.
The “Extreme” option offers a slight boost in overall power, and there’s also a portable remote control which is handy. It’s perfect if you lack mobility, or if you’re feeling especially lazy.
Models vary in price, and comparatively, they’re on the higher end of the market compared to an entry-level fan.
Prices start from around $70, so they’re not outlandishly expensive. You’ll be able to find cheaper alternatives online, but you’ll struggle to find similar quality at a lower price point.
Turbo Silence Stand (Extreme)
The larger model has a sturdy stand, making it easy to spread air across the room rapidly. The height is also adjustable, up to 30 cm vertically. It can also pivot and tilt in a number of directions.
The remote is a great addition, but you need to remember to activate the Remote button located on the fan itself to get it to work. It takes time to get used to, but eventually it’ll become second nature.
Rowenta claim that it’ll take “under 3 minutes” to assemble in a handy video on their YouTube page. While it’s likely to take a little longer if you haven’t got a degree from IKEA, it’s still simple enough to complete in 10 minutes or less.
Turbo Silence Desk
If you’re on the lookout for something more compact with similar functionality and power, the desk version is smaller (0.55 m) and significantly cheaper.
It doesn’t come with a remote like the other model, but it’s essentially the same in all other respects.
As it’s similar in design to the larger variation, you can expect many of the same features. It’s quieter on the lowest setting too, registering as little as 40 dB during use.
German engineering is stereotypically precise, and Rowenta fans are no different.
Design-wise, one of the first things you’ll probably notice is the additional blade. There’s five in total, but it conforms to European Standards by allowing no access from the front.
This is due to smaller grids on the outer shell, made to keep fingers away from harm. It’s easy to clean and maintain the insides by unscrewing the fan cage, although a few owners have reported rust on the metal over time.
If you do run into any issues it’s under warranty, and it comes packaged with a registration card to speed up the process. Rowenta also keeps all replaceable parts for at least five years after production has ceased.
It’s controlled by a simple, intuitive interface located near the bottom, allowing you to switch to different settings, speeds and features easily.
The base on the Stand model is quite large. It’s still lighter than it appears, and there are no obvious cheap materials at first glance.
The build quality is impressive, and it’s clearly made to last. It might not be quite as sleek as the latest Dyson model, but it’s a lot better than most cheaper and similarly priced options.
Performance and Features
You’ll see the quietest results on the lowest speed setting. At roughly 40 dB it’s comparable to a whisper, and it will get slightly louder if you decide to turn it up.
While it does make a very slight noise, claims that it’s “silent” are close to the truth. It soon fades away into the background like the gentle hum of an old computer, and it won’t keep you up at night.
If you want to use Turbo features, it’ll be louder, but still not offensively so. There’s always a choice between silence and speed, and you’ll have to decide which is more worth it for you.
Automatic oscillation features work to distribute air more effectively. Instead of spinning endlessly like a traditional model, it alternates from left to right and right to left. This can be turned off at any time for a more localized burst.
The Turbo Boost will increase airflow much more quickly than normal, coming out at 1695 feet per minute. It’s fast enough to make a noticeable difference almost instantly, and it’s the quickest of the four settings on offer.
While it’s probably not ideal if you’re working within a tight budget, it’s perfect if you want a sturdy fan to leave on in the background while you sleep, or if you’re working on a hot day.
Both versions are packed with extra features to separate them from the pack, and cheaper options won’t come with automatic oscillation and the reliable build quality found with Rowenta models.
It’s quieter than most others, but don’t expect deathly silence while it’s on.
What We Loved
- Automatic oscillation allows for better air flow
- Solid overall build and lots of extra features
- Offers either power, or minimal noise
What We Didn’t Like
- Not entirely silent, but will be as low as 40dB (47 for the larger model)
- No options for those on a tighter budget