I'm extremely happy with the quality of this fan. It's not easy to find metal fans like I had in my room as a child. Other reviewers mention the noise-and it is fairly loud. But it's white noise, which is awesome for my tinnitus. Other sounds, like frogs and rain, haven't had the same effect as the familiar sound of a metal blade fan. I chose to pick it up at the store, and the box was crushed and had been opened, checked, and re-taped by BB employees. I asked if it could still be returned if I had a problem with its operation, and the young attendant rolled her eyes and said, "It's only a fan!" I'm thinking, Yep, with a motor that relies on intricately moving parts. I almost left it there at that point, but I'm glad I ignored the help and brought this home. It has a small footprint, looks nice, and I think it has more forceful airflow than my ceiling fan. But it's great, even on low, for my intrusive tinnitus that keeps me awake at night.