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The 8 Best Low Profile Ceiling Fans of 2018

You have a beautiful house with plenty of great rooms where you can do anything from cook to hang out to sleep.

Everything’s okay, except you need some air in some of those rooms to ward off some of that excessive heat and stuffiness that comes in summer.

You figure you want to save some money on air conditioning so you assume ceiling fans will be your most cost-effective option.

Only some of the rooms will need cool air and a ceiling fan can be put on and off when needed without having a home-wide system that stays constantly on.

Besides, you don’t want to pay a small fortune for the installation process.

low profile ceiling fans

Installing a ceiling fan is so easy that you can do it yourself.

There’s only one problem in the scenario above. In fact, it’s more of an important question than a problem: what if your ceiling is too low? Most ceiling fans have a down rod that tends to be too long. That’s where low profile ceiling fans come in. These ceiling fans have short enough down rods that you don’t have to worry about your hair getting shaved off when you stand too close to the ceiling fan.

We went and did a hunt for the very best of these low profile ceiling fans currently on the market and here is what we came up with:



Hunter 53242 Builder Elite 52-inch Ceiling Fan

This ceiling fan comes with some great features. Let’s start with the motor, which is silent in a great way. They call the technology WhisperWind. We call it pretty cool! Basically, you get all the cooling power you want and need in a ceiling fan coupled with no noise so you don’t have to be constantly reminded of the fact that the ceiling fan is on. The motor is also reversible, which means you can change its direction from a downward raft to counter the heat of the summer to the upward draft that combats the cold of the winter.

Hunter 53242 Builder Elite 52-inch Ceiling Fan with five Harvest Mahogany / Brazilian Cherry Reversible Blades

Quick Details:

The kit comes with 5 harvest mahogany/Brazilian cherry reversible composite blades for extra performance. The blades have a 13” pitch to ensure they perform at their peak and the air moves in a cool way. The down rods measure 2” and 3” so you get the right distance at the right blade height.

You can install this ceiling fan in a variety of ways, including standard mounting angled mounting, and low mounting. Understandably, the fan is only suitable for indoor use and includes a pull chain that you can use to turn it on or off as well as switch between any of the three available speeds.


Emerson Ceiling Fans CF711ORS Pro Series II Indoor Ceiling Fan 

This is a heavy duty fan coming with a wingspan of 50 inches and dark cherry or a medium oak finish on the blades. The housing of the fan is oiled rubbed bronze, which makes it look very executive indeed. The down rod is 4 and a half inches long, which makes it pretty convenient for low profile ceilings. If you still feel like that’s too long for your liking, then you will be happy to hear that it also comes with a lower ceiling installation method for, especially low ceilings.

Emerson Ceiling Fans CF711ORS Pro Series II Indoor Ceiling Fan With Light, 50-Inch Blades, Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish

Quick Details:

  • 8 finish options
  • 50 inch span
  • Flush Mount or downrod
  • Light kit included
  • View user manual

There are 5 blades on this ceiling fan, and they are reversible. The blade arms are precision locked with pre-attached screws, slip on mounting brackets, and snap on glass. That means you can install the ceiling fan yourself without any trouble.

This ceiling fan also comes with a lighting fixture. You can easily replace it with a switch cover if you don’t like it. At the very least, you can add a light to make everything look a lot more vibrant. The best part, however, is that this Emerson product comes with a limited lifetime warranty that covers the motor and the removable light fixture.


Westinghouse 7234265 Xavier II 52 Inch Ceiling Fan

Westinghouse is known for some pretty edgy designs, and this gunmetal fan is no exception. It comes with a 52-inch blade span and 5 powerful blades that are bound to give your room some powerful wind. This fan will easily work for a room with dimensions of up to 18 feet by 20 feet.

Westinghouse 7234265 Xavier II 52 Inch Ceiling Fan, Brushed Nickel w Gunmetal Accents Finish

Quick Details:

  • 2 finish options
  • 52 inch span
  • Flush mount or downrod
  • Light kit included
  • View user manual

The motor is made of silicon steel and measures 153 millimeters by 15 millimeters. It has 3 fan speeds courtesy of its triple capacitors. You get to choose among low speed, medium speed, and high speed. It also comes with a reversible switch that allows you to choose between an updraft and a downdraft. That means you can use the fan all year round.

The down rod measures 4 inches long by 3 quarters of an inch wide. That’s more than enough for a low profile ceiling. If you want something with a light fixture, then this ceiling fan won’t disappoint. It comes with 3 50 watt light bulbs. It also comes with a lifetime warranty on the motor and a 2-year warranty on all the other parts.


Hampton Bay Hugger 52 inch Ceiling Fan

This ceiling fan is better known as a hugger ceiling fan. Huggers are a special kind of low profile ceiling fan. Your average ceiling fan has a down rod. There are those that come with long down rods and are meant for high ceilings. Then there are those that come with especially short down rods that are meant for low profile ceilings. There is another special kind of ceiling fan that comes with no down rod at all. Instead, it is installed flush with the ceiling. These are known as huggers.

Hampton Bay Hugger 52 in. White Ceiling Fan With Light

Quick Details:

  • 2 finish options
  • 52 inch span
  • Flush Mount or downrod
  • Light kit included

This particular hugger ceiling fan comes with 5 reversible blades and has a bleached oak finish on the one side and a sleek white finish on the other. You get to control the speed of the fan up to 3 speeds, of course also being able to reverse it. This makes for some great airflow that you can apply all year round to different temperature conditions.

The multi-capacitor on the fan ensures you get a silent airflow so no one knows there’s a ceiling fan in the room simply because of the noise. It doesn’t come with a light fixture, but you can attach a medium bulb to it very easily.


Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe 5-Blade Single Light Ceiling Fan 

This is a great ceiling fan, with a nice and classy finish to it. It comes with Brazilian Cherry and stained oak blades, giving it a great look, and a toffee glass light bowl that compliments the blades excellently.

Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe 5-Blade Single Light Ceiling Fan with Brazilian Cherry/Stained Oak Blades and Piped Toffee Glass Light Bowl, 52-Inch, New Bronze

Quick Details:

  • Single Finish
  • 52 inch span
  • Flush Mount or downrod
  • Light kit included
  • View user manual

The motor works on WhisperWind technology and produces some powerful drafts without any noise. You get to warm up or cool down the entire room without having to worry about everyone knowing you switched on the ceiling fan.

The ceiling fan also comes with two incandescent light bulbs that glow at 60 watts. That’s more than enough to light up any room. The motor is, of course, reversible, making the ceiling fan versatile enough to be used in both the summer and the winter. You can only use it indoors, though.


Westinghouse 7800000 Brentford 52-Inch Aged Walnut Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan

One of the things that make this ceiling fan stand out above the rest is the fact that it can be used both indoors and outdoors. It’s ideal for very small as well as very large rooms of dimensions up to 18 feet by 20 feet.

Westinghouse 7800000 Brentford 52-Inch Aged Walnut Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan, Light Kit with Clear Seeded Glass

Quick Details:

  • Single Finish
  • 52 inch span
  • Flush Mount or downrod
  • Light kit included
  • Indoor/outdoor use
  • View user manual

The motor is made of silicon steel and measures 17 millimeters by 153 millimeters. It comes with 3 speeds: low, medium, and high, due to its triple capacitor. It also has a reversible switch that can easily change the updrafts into a downdraft. That means you get to use it all year round.

There is a 54-inch lead wire included as part of the package. Meanwhile, the down rod measures ¾ inches by 4 inches, making it ideal for your average low profile room.

This ceiling fan comes with a light fixture in the form of a torpedo incandescent light that glows at 40 watts. If you have a small room, then this might be enough. However, you might need additional light fixtures for larger rooms. The light fixture is made of glass and is in the style of a lantern.

You get a lifetime warranty on the motor as well as a 2-year warranty on all other parts.



Hunter 52090 Watson 34" Ceiling Fan

Here is another great ceiling fan from the Hunter Fan Company. The thing about this one is that it is a little smaller than the others on this list with a blade span of 34 inches. It would best serve one of your smaller rooms. It does, however, come with all the other features of a Hunter fan that you love.

Hunter 52090 Watson 34

Quick Details:

  • Single Finish
  • 34 inch span
  • Flush Mount or downrod
  • Light kit included
  • Indoor use only
  • View user manual

The motor works on WhisperWind tech, which means you get full cooling power, even with the 34-inch blade span and none of the noise. The motor is also reversible, which means you get to use the fan all year round with no issues. There are 5 blades, colored walnut on one side and cabin home on the other. The finish certainly gives them an executive look. They also have a 13-degree optimized pitch for great performance and air movement.

There are two down rods that come with the fan: 2 inches and 3 inches, which are perfect for the average low profile use. The blade itself comes with a simple lighting fixture and is only suitable for indoor use.


Minka-Aire F844-DK, Light Wave 52" Ceiling Fan

This ceiling fan looks pretty futuristic with its distressed koa blades. The span is 52 inches, which is wide enough to cool down or warm up just about any indoor room. The down rod is a little longer than the average down rod on a low profile ceiling, which can be a bit of a disadvantage depending on how low profile your low profile ceiling is.

Minka-Aire F844-DK, Light Wave 52

Quick Details:

The motor itself is 172 millimeters by 14 millimeters and is reversible with a reversible switch. It also comes with a hand-held remote that allows you to switch between any of 3 speeds: low, medium, and high. There is also a light fixture on the fan, specifically a 17 watt LED light module that is dimmable and comes housed in an etched lens. You’ll love the fact that you can dim the light using the handheld remote. You can also include this fan in any smart home thanks to Bond.

This is by far the most futuristic fan on this list, going by both the looks and the features involved.

Final Thoughts

These are some of the best low profile ceiling fans on Amazon. You can, of course, find something you like on Amazon yourself. However, you’re unlikely not to find it on this list. You no longer have to worry about getting a fan for your baby’s low ceiling nursery again!