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H oneywell has quite a reputation when it comes to releasing quality products at accessible prices. This applies even when it comes to their selection of fans, and the Honeywell HYF290B reviewed here stands as proof. The current asking price is approximately $65, so if you’re lucky enough to find it at discount, you might pay as little as $50 or less for it. Let’s see what this stylish bladeless tower fan is capable of in the following so that you get to better appreciate its performance, design, and features to make an informed decision.
I purchased this Honeywell fan a few months ago, right before the heatwave started in my area. I did my research and found the HYF290B to be the best option for my needs related to airflow and area coverage. I personally tested it and the review is based on my experience with the product over the last few months.
Compare the Honeywell HYF290B to other top-rated tower fans to decide if this is the model you want to settle for or there’s a better suited option out there.
Putting this tower fan together was easier than I ever dreamt. It took just a few minutes, and the instructions were as clear as they could be. It comes in three pieces, the two parts that you put together to make the base, and the fan housing.
To assemble the base, I just snapped together the two parts shown in this picture. No need for excessive force in the process, just a slight push, and the two parts join just fine.
I unscrewed the locking lid from the housing (it’s the red ring you see in this picture).
Then, I threaded the power cord through the base hole. There’s even a small gap on the bottom side of the base for the cord to pass through without tilting the whole fan.
Next, I placed the housing on top of the base, threaded the power cord through the locking lid, and twisted the base in the lid until it made a clicking noise.
It stands very sturdy even when I knock into it, which I really like. I have a dog that runs around the house quite often and I was afraid he might tip the fan over, but this wasn’t ever the case.
Tower fans are notorious for the range of features they comprise. While the Honeywell HYF290B might not integrate an ionizer for air purification like the Lasko Wind Curve 2554 does, it excels in all other areas. In the picture above, you can see the controls of the fan. It’s a pretty intuitive setup, it’s not hard to figure out what each of the buttons stands for even without looking into the user manual. Let’s go over the controls and general features of this product quickly to give you a clearer picture of what to expect from it:
- 8 fan speeds: As you can see in the picture, there are 8 different fan settings, each with a different picture next to it that shows how powerful the airflow is on that specific setting. On the lowest level, there’s the Sleep mode setting that is the quietest of them all. Evidently, airflow production is at the lowest level too. The higher you go, the louder it gets and more airflow is produced. However, what I can say for sure is that even at the 8th and highest running speed, it still doesn’t make much noise. To toggle between speeds, press the button with the small fan drawn on it until you reach the level you prefer.
- Oscillation control: You can opt to turn the oscillation function on or off as you prefer. Just push the button with the two arrows that form a circle to activate/deactivate this feature. From personal experience, I can say that the 90-degree oscillation really comes in handy when you have guests over since it ensures the cooling breeze reaches everyone in the room at the same pace.
- Illumination control: Press on the little button with the lightbulb drawn on it to switch between light settings. There are 5 total selections, namely – Off, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%. There’s a blue light that produces quite a soft illumination. I prefer to leave it on 25% when I sleep because it soothes me.
- Timer: Press the button with the clock drawn on it to set after how much time the fan should turn off automatically. You can pick between 1, 2, 4, or 8 hours. When you make a certain selection, the number lights up to let you know what you picked.
- Integrated handle: It features the handle on the top backside. Grab it to more easily relocate the fan whenever you need to. Considering that the whole unit weighs only 6.8 pounds, moving it around isn’t problematic at all.
- Included remote: This is a 3-button remote with which you can turn the fan on or off, switch through settings, and activate or deactivate the oscillation function. Best of all, you do this from the couch, there’s no need to manually select the options via the control panel on the housing thanks to this much-needed accessory.
The peak airflow this Honeywell fan produces is 290 CFM, which is more than enough for medium-sized areas. I actually only used it in two rooms of my house until now – the 230 square feet master bedroom, and the 584 square feet living room. It fared just as well as I expected in both rooms. To be honest, considering how little I paid for it and how quiet it stays on any of the 8 speed levels, I expected it to have issues in the living room since the space is more than double the size of the bedroom. But it didn’t, which is lucky for me because I didn’t need to turn the AC on as much during the hottest days of the year. I mostly relied on the fan alone to cool me off, and when temperatures got extremely high I turned both the AC and the fan on to cut on expenses (the cold air the air conditioner makes was better distributed in the room, so I didn’t need to keep it on as much as I used to).
|Honeywell HYF290B Spec Sheet|
|Airflow Capacity||290 CFM|
|Timer||Set it to 1, 2, 4, or 8 hours|
|Safety Features||Fused safety plug|
|Control Panel Dimming Light||5 selections – Off, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%|
|Noise Level||41 dB|
|Power Rating||34 watts|
|Dimensions||10” x 8” x 32”|
The best part about bladeless tower fans, in general, is that they are significantly easier to clean as opposed to their exposed blade counterparts. This Honeywell fan really surprised me with how easy upkeep is. I just wipe the dust off the housing once every few weeks and that’s it. I don’t have to waste time wiping blades or disassembling the unit to reach any internal part. A simple and swift wiping session, and that’s it.
Pros & Cons – What Our Tests Unveiled
- It handles air circulation in spaces of up to 600 square feet
- It stays very quiet on all speed levels, even the 8th setting that produces a hefty amount of airflow
- The included remote is quite convenient since it lets you change settings from afar
- It took less than 10 minutes to assemble it
- Features a handle that you can grab onto when relocating the fan
- The control panel buttons are clearly marked with symbols for intuitive use
- The wide 10-inch base keeps it steadily in place
- 90-degree oscillation comes in handy when you have guests over since the airflow reaches everyone
- If you don’t carefully twist the housing in the locking lid, it will wobble
- The dimming feature is lost whenever I pick a new setting, so I have to reselect the light setting each time
Warranty and Support
The warranty is pretty standard – 1 year. This is common for most Honeywell fans. I didn’t personally need anything changed, repaired, or replaced up to now. Neither did I have difficulties setting it up or with its operation, so I didn’t need to contact customer support for any reason at all. However, the hours I spent on research did show me that most customers who had also acquired the Honeywell HYF290B responded positively to the assistance they received from customer support.
More Powerful Alternatives
The 290 CFM of this Honeywell fan did suffice for me, but this might not be the case for everyone. If you want a fan for the garage or another vast enclosed area, you need something a bit more powerful, clearly. The best alternative out there is the Dyson AM07, hands down. It’s a bit up there in price, but it’s worth every cent considering that it boasts a whopping 1271 CFM airflow capacity, which is impressive considering that this is a tower fan, after all.
My personal experience with the Honeywell HYF290B makes me strongly recommend it to anyone who seeks a fan able to handle medium- and even large-size rooms. The discrete operation it upholds on all speed levels and the simple fan that there are 8 total settings to pick from is more than enough to show how qualitative this product is. It lets you be the master by customizing both the airflow capacity and the 8-hour timer as you see fit. Assembly is very easy and won’t take long at all. It’s just as easy to use as it is to put together. Basically, you are bound to have a great experience with the product, guaranteed.