The 5 Best Outdoor Oscillating Ceiling Fans

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Damp vs. Wet Rated

When purchasing a fan to use outside, you need to understand the difference between damp and wet rated fans.

As the names suggest, damp rated fans are designed so they won’t be damaged by damp conditions but they cannot be left in an uncovered area where they will get completely drenched. Damp rated fans are designed to be used in covered outdoor areas.

Wet rated fans are even more protected than damp rated fans and can be used in completely uncovered areas. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to come across any wet rated outdoor oscillating ceiling fans and all of the fans below are only damp rated. I imagine this is because usually a ceiling mounted fan will be placed in a covered area, but it would be nice if there was an option for things like pergolas.

If you do need a wet rated oscillating outdoor fan, there is the option of purchasing a wall mounted fan like the HydroMist F10-14-011 (link to Amazon). This one must be mounted to the wall though and is not designed for ceiling mounting.

Best Outdoor Oscillating Ceiling Fans

If you will be placing the fan in a covered outdoor area, the five fans below are all excellent options for outdoor oscillating ceiling fans.

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Last update on 2023-02-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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