The best outdoor ceiling fan can turn your blazing hot patio or sunroom into a comfortable and airy environment.

So what makes a ceiling fan an “outdoor ceiling fan” versus an indoor ceiling fan?

Outdoor ceiling fans have different requirements than their indoor counterparts.

Cooling you down and keeping the air moving on hot, stagnant days isn’t the only thing that the best outdoor ceiling fans should do.

The best outdoor ceiling fans are affordable and reliable in terms of withstanding outdoor conditions without requiring much maintenance.

Of course the best outdoor ceiling fans should also be relatively easy to install.

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The best outdoor ceiling fan transforms your deck into paradise.

Revamping your patio space does not have to mean major renovation or a ton of money out of your pocket.

In fact, it can be as easy as replacing (or adding) one or two outdoor ceiling fans, and our list of Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans will help you in choosing the right one for your backyard or patio area.

Full disclosure, writing this article is also helping me get a few decorating ideas for my own backyard.

About six months ago, my fiancé and I purchased our first home and while we absolutely love it, there are of course things that we need and want to do around the house to make it feel more like our own.

One of the things we will focus on will eventually be the backyard, which we would like to make more comfortable and “hangout-friendly.”

That includes adding a few patio furniture pieces, a bar area, and a couple of outdoor ceiling fans to the covered pergolas to complete the look.

This may sound a bit crazy, but until I bought my first home, I had no idea how much fun decorating can be.

And overwhelming. And expensive.

Seriously, our list of ideas for the house is endless.

But to start a project and be able to follow it through to the very end and actually enjoy the final result, is completely worth it.

I would imagine that there are very few feelings of accomplishment quite like it.

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The best outdoor ceiling fan should make you happy for a reasonable price.

Once we realized that the typical home improvement stores we went to sold the same home improvement gear available online at marked-up price, we just couldn’t justify going back to Home Depot.

It turns out that all of the best outdoor ceiling fans – and any other home improvement item you might need – can be easily purchased online.

So as a result, all of the fans on our list can be had on Amazon, making them available to anyone.

Read on to discover the best outdoor ceiling fans according to our testing and real user reviews! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite 🙂

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Minka-Aire Sundance 52” Outdoor Ceiling Fan55 Check Price
Westinghouse Brentford 52-inch Aged Walnut Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan63 Check Price
Hunter Fan Company Matheston 52-inch Onyx Bengal Outdoor Ceiling Fan16 Check Price
Hunter Key Biscayne 54” Weathered Outdoor Ceiling Fan69 Check Price
Bala Brushed Chrome Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Frosted Disc Light Kit69 Check Price
Hunter Beachcomber 52-inch White Outdoor Ceiling Fan23 Check Price
Emerson Tilo Modern Low Profile Hugger Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan 17 Check Price
Hunter Bayview 54-inch ETL Damp Listed Provencal Gold Outdoor Ceiling Fan61 Check Price
Minka-Aire Sundance 52” Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Not only is this Sundance fan by Minka-Aire beautiful, but it has received several stellar reviews, which is why we have included it on our list of Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans.

It is a five-blade ceiling fan and is available in Oil-Rubbed Bronze, White, and Driftwood colors, so it is sure to matc...
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Westinghouse Brentford 52-inch Aged Walnut Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan
This Brentford ceiling fan from Westinghouse in Aged Walnut is suitable for both indoor and outdoor usage.

Not only can it withstand damp weather, but the blades are also weatherproof, which is even better.

The blades are also reversible, giving you a choice of dark cherry blades with shaded...
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Hunter Fan Company Matheston 52-inch Onyx Bengal Outdoor Ceiling Fan
If you are looking for a fan that is classy and beautiful, yet also gives off a homey and inviting feel, this may be the perfect outdoor ceiling fan for your patio.

Similar to the other Hunter fans on this list, it is equipped with a WhisperWind motor that gives off powerful, yet impressively qui...
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Hunter Key Biscayne 54” Weathered Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Even if an appliance is going to be placed outside, it is still quite important to most people that they have a nice and pleasant appearance while doing a great job at whatever it is they are designed to do.

The Biscayne 54” ceiling fan by Hunter Key fits both of those important criteria, w...
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Bala Brushed Chrome Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Frosted Disc Light Kit
This outdoor ceiling fan made by Bala features a brushed chrome and metal finish that is beautiful, sleek, modern, and stylish. But we all know that looks are not enough.

Yes, it looks beautiful, but does it do a great job at moving air around the room at a rate that keeps its occupants comfortab...
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Hunter Beachcomber 52-inch White Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Although this ceiling fan would make a great addition to any home, it would be especially perfect for a home that is by the beach (or at least beach themed).

Its all-white exterior and swirled marble glass light kit just scream “relaxing beach day,” does it not?

Not only is this fan beau...
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Emerson Tilo Modern Low Profile Hugger Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan
This chic, yet beautiful fan from Emerson is available in three different colors - Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Brushed Steel, and Appliance White.

Whichever style you choose, you are likely to be impressed.

Although it appears rather small or “compact,” and has only three blades, it also features...
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Hunter Bayview 54-inch ETL Damp Listed Provencal Gold Outdoor Ceiling Fan
I know, I know. Another Hunter fan?

Well let me tell you, these fans seem to be extremely popular for outdoor settings, and if the reviews mean anything, then there is a reason that this one has also ended up on our list of Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans.

Like its other Hunter brand counterparts,...
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