Okay, I read the reviews before buying this thing, and thought people were just being petty. I'm not generally a superficial person, and I just wanted a fan to keep me cool in the summer. So when I saw people complaining that this was "tacky" and "all plastic" I thought, whatever, who cares if it's plastic? Not me.
However, when it arrived, holyyyyyyy. I had a pretty standard pedestal fan before this that broke after a couple of years, that I feel is the normal size of every other pedestal fan I've ever owned. This thing, though.... the base is this giant MOUND of bulky weird plastic that is 4x the size of my old fans (not sure why the base had to be so much larger than the rest of the fan) and the overall fan itself was pretty much at least 2x the size of a normal pedestal fan. It made the fan stand out like crazy, and accentuated the fact that it REALLY IS so tacky and cheap looking! For spending this much money on a fan, it looks like one of those ancient ones a great grandmother on welfare still has in her house.
It seemed strong, but I had to return, it was just so hideous and so massive that it couldn't really oscillate anywhere..