Standing "Tower" fans are all the rage these days, and most reputable retailers keep an ample supply in stock for the particularly brutal summer months.
I had been in the market for a fan for a while, and a friend suggested that I get a Vornado fan. I just wanted something standard to cool off a small room. When I saw the Vornado 143 "whole room" fan, I figured it might be a good buy. The price was a bit steep, but everyone I knew touted Vornado as one of the best brands out there, so I went for it.
It wasn't until I got it home that I realized I had paid dearly for nothing more than a cheap hunk of plastic. The entire fan is made of cheap plastic, even the circular base. It has a pretty interesting design with 5 curved vents that are made to circulate air in a fan out pattern to "cool an entire room".
Well, despite having three speed settings and vent control, this fan barely put out any air, even on the highest setting. It doesn't cool an entire room. It puts out so little air and is so weak that the only way you can feel it is if you are literally right next to it. It is noisy and very cumbersome to store and move from room to room.
This is very odd for a Vornado I hear, so maybe I just got a bad one, or maybe this model is just really terrible. In any case, I would not recommend this fan, it is nothing more than an expensive piece of plastic garbage. You'd be better off with a classic oscillating fan from a dollar store. I use this Vornado as a Demon Tower for my child's action figures, that is about the best usage for it.