Thursday, September 16, 2021

10 Top-Rated Toilet Brands

Find the Best Toilet Brand for You 

The toilet is one of the most complicated fixtures in the bathroom. Its function and design has changed little over the years. However, some high-tech features on the toilet can make it easier to clean, conserve water, stop pesky clogs and other unsightly issues. 

When it comes to the toilet, there’s no messing around. You need it to be functional first. But a little style, if it doesn’t interrupt the functionality, can go a long way to making your water closet a bit more interesting to look at. 

Here are 10 top rated toilets you should have a look at in your search for the best toilet brand to add to your bathroom.

Minimalist toilet design by TOTO.


The hallmarks of TOTO are sleek design and cutting-edge Japanese technology. Their motto is “perfection by design” and they blend efficiency alongside style for products that have been leaders in the industry for decades. Their toilets and bidets feature dual flush technology, programmable functions, water conservation, and the ultimate in comfort.


Curvy toilet keeps a low profile in this dark-tiled bathroom.


Fresca believes that the bathroom is the most important room in the house. That is reflected in the quality, durability, and cutting-edge designs they produce. They feature stylish toilets with nice perks like soft close seats and high-tech flushing mechanisms that increase flush power and decrease water consumption.

Shop Fresca

Minimalist square toilet.


Large sanitary manufacturer, EAGO specializes in ceramics for the bathroom that are eco friendly and comfortable to use. The one piece units feature soft close seats and high efficiency design and construction.



A Swiss brand, Laufen employs design, quality, and function to produce practical products that respect your way of life and the environment. The selection available offers unique shapes and minimalist design that still packs a punch for functionality. 

Shop Laufen

Angled styling on a simple white toilet.


Icera’s aim is to improve the quality of life with luxury bathroom design, ecological efficiency, and practical performance. Their industry-leading toilet fixtures help you complete a suite that results in a unified experience. Look for their EcoQuattro flushing technology that allows for max water force without extra water.

Shop Icera

Sleek toilet against a dark wall.

American Standard

American Standard raises the bar for the industry. Their care and commitment is reflected in every product they create. Look for quiet yet powerful units that keep things cleaner longer. Some toilets can handle high traffic and larger masses with ease and that means no clogs.

Shop American Standard


A leading supplier of bathroom ceramic, bathroom furniture, accessories, bathtubs, and more, Duravit makes the bathroom simple and functional.  The one-piece configuration keeps the focus on precision in design and functionality. “WonderGliss” treatment on the ceramic helps make cleaning easy and sanitation simple.

Shop Duravit

Double vanity alongside a square toilet.


Grohe sees design as more than simple aesthetics. Design also incorporates quality. That means the perfect synthesis of form and function. Grohe’s motto and their products exude “smart looks, smart technology, and smart price”. These elongated seat toilets are minimalist but get the job done with style.

Shop Grohe


Innovative and relevant, Neptune’s products spring from customer needs. The well thought out products give you the ability to create your own chic and enjoy a perfect balance of form and function. Contemporary in design and forward thinking in their technology, these toilets deserve a look.

Shop Neptune


Quality products born from concepts from around the world, Barclay toilets aim to bring the best to your bathroom. They aren’t afraid to travel through time either, where they find the styles and technologies that bring you unique bathroom products. 

Shop Barclay

Ready to find the toilet that’s perfect for you? Start now at DecorPlanet. Our selection is sure to offer you something different.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

10 Must-Haves for the Smart Bathroom

The bathroom is a place you spend a lot of time. It’s where you begin and end the day. It’s a place of practicality and luxury where you seek daily basics and occasional pampering. Now it’s also a place of technology. 

It’s about time to get your bathroom caught up with the rest of the house. You have kitchen appliances you can control from your phone and smart connectivity throughout the rest of the house, so why not the bathroom?

A high-tech bathroom offers you a variety of functional and lavish features. Everything from tracking your BMI to getting the latest traffic update can be at your fingertips in a smart bathroom. Explore these 10 smart features you should consider for your bathroom.

Small towel warming rack mounted to a bathroom wall.

1. Warming Towel Racks & Drawers

The only thing not to love about a nice hot shower is when it’s over. You can make that better by providing a warm towel to wrap up in as soon as the hot water stops flowing. These come in a couple of different versions, both of which blend right into your bathroom layout seamlessly. 

Warming drawers can be incorporated into your vanity and let you store and warm towels. They were originally designed for kitchen use, but they do a great job in the bathroom as well. Just switch it on before you get in the shower and you can enjoy pampering every day.

The warming towel rack is available either mounted to the wall or freestanding. You can get electric or hydronic versions in several configurations. They come in the usual bathroom finishes so your fixtures can coordinate.

2. Smart Showers

You’ve heard of the spa shower, smart showers go beyond even that. You can set water temperature, flow rate, and even how long your shower lasts. Many can be controlled by app or voice command. You could get the shower going even before you get out of bed!

Add to that some spa features like rain shower heads, steam features, and body jets, and you’ll never want to leave your morning shower. 

Smart toilet in a gray bathroom.

3. Smart Toilets

Japan has been perfecting the art of the toilet for many years. Automatic opening and closing lids, seat warming, auto-flush, night lights, and cleaning features are just a few of the perks of the smart toilet.

Cleaning, both the toilet itself and you, are at the forefront of the smart toilet world. Some have redesigned flushing features that aim to reduce splashing all while cleaning the toilet bowl better than conventional toilets. They also have touchless flush and touchless lids so the whole experience is more hygienic.

Part bidet and part toilet, the washlet toilet offers an array of cleaning features that are so good you’ll be able to eliminate toilet paper altogether. Remote controlled water temperature, angle of spray, and water pressure leave you fresh and clean. Top it all off with a warm air dryer and you’ll be sitting pretty.

4. Heated Floors

Heated floors have been more of a system for heating the house rather than a luxury item. But what better place to include a little more luxury than the bathroom? The harder, water resistant surfaces of the bathroom tend to be colder, and that’s not a good thing when you’re ready to step out of a nice warm shower. 

Heated floors are basically a radiant heat system that uses either electricity or hot water beneath the floor to heat the room. They make cold tile warm and eliminate vents blowing air on you when you’re dripping wet. 

A smart bathroom mirror on the wall of a gray bathroom.

5. Smart Bathroom Mirror

The smart bathroom mirror is far more than a reflective surface. It can also give you the time, weather, traffic, display emails and messages, and play music and video. It’s the ultimate multi-tasking tool of the bathroom. 

You can also get models that have built-in lighting that can be dimmed or brightened according to what works best for you. Medicine cabinet versions offer storage so everything you need is close. Many smart mirrors also have anti-fogging technology so you don’t have to worry about condensation on the mirror after your shower. 

6. Home Assistant

Your best thinking often happens in the shower. You remember things, have great light-bulb moments, and solve problems there. As often as you have an epiphany in the shower, you probably also forget it the moment you walk out of the bathroom. Time to invite Siri or Alexa into the bathroom!

Now you can record your great ideas so you won’t forget, order more as soon as you run out, and keep lists of things to do. You’ll also be able to play your favorite podcasts or music in the morning. Be sure to protect your device from direct contact with water and you’re ready to go.

Touchless faucet at a bathroom sink.

7. Touchless Faucet

Touchless faucets have been around for several years, but their popularity soared as we all tried to be a bit more vigilant about hygiene in 2020. It senses motion and turns the water on and off automatically. Touchless faucets are not only more hygienic, but also more water efficient. They come in all shapes and finishes to suit your bathroom style. 

If you’ve not been particularly impressed with touchless faucets in the past, the new high-tech versions have smarter sensors and even use their own water flow to power their batteries so you don’t end up with less responsive sensors.

8. Water Efficiency

One benefit of ever-advancing technology is better efficiency and more earth-friendly features. Many faucets and toilets, even showers use technology to limit water flow without sacrificing water pressure. Look for WaterSense certified products, which are certified by the EPA.

Toilets that use 1.6 gallons of water per flush or less are considered water conserving. However, WaterSense toilets use only 1.28 gallons of water per flush. That adds up to 13,000 gallons of water saved every year for a typical family. 

WaterSense bathroom faucets use no more than 1.5 gallons of water per minute and provide 60 psi of water pressure. You won’t notice any difference in these WaterSense products, except when your water bill comes. 

Chromatherapy bathtub with specialized lighting.

9. Chromatherapy Bathtubs

Chromatherapy or color therapy uses colored lights in a bath or shower and is meant to create a soothing, therapeutic environment. It is much like essential oil therapies that tout specific herbs that produce specific results.

White light is for purifying, yellow is stimulating, red brings courage, green creates balance, orange invigorates, etc. Chromatherapy bathtubs are large soaking tubs with customizable LED lights in and around the tub. 

Many of these bathtubs also incorporate additional therapies like massage and heating—all controlled by app or remote. You can also program the settings for the exact experience you desire. 

10. Smart Scales

Smart scales measure all sorts of body composition metrics (BMI, BMR, body fat, muscle mass) in addition to your weight. They use a technology called bioelectrical impedance, which sends a mild electrical current through your body.

Connect to your favorite app and fitness tracker to keep track of your progress. Most can track several users. It’s a good idea to find a model that you can disable the impedance features since it isn’t approved for people who are pregnant or have implanted health devices like a pacemaker.

Amp up your bathroom game and add some high-tech features. It’ll make your daily routines easier, more sustainable, and luxurious beyond belief. 

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Bathroom Trends 2021

Bathroom trends in 2021 center on personalized spaces that combine luxury and functionality. This extends into design as well with minimalism with pops of the ornate in a single design. Here are the details on the big trends in bathroom design this year.

Spa shower wet room in a white and gray bathroom.

Spa Sanctuary

The tendency toward spa-like bathrooms continued into 2021 and is only gaining momentum. Spa elements can be as simple as a rain showerhead or as ornate as steam and jet showers. It’s a concept that can scale up or down depending on your space and budget. 

One of the hottest 2021 bathroom trends is called cocooning. It’s the idea that the bathroom envelopes you in comfort. Everything from the design to the features is all about creating the ultimate sanctuary for body and mind. 

Bold Design

Bathroom design took a turn for the bold in 2021. Demure, minimal, white bathrooms gave way to elaborately designed spaces with rich colors and patterns. Size of the bathroom has no bearing on a bold design. Even powder bathrooms got in on the action. Everywhere you look, you’ll see something interesting. 

Large patterned wallpapers, dark colors, and rich textures are on trend. Big faucets in any metallic color draw attention. Bold elements shouldn’t compete so be sure there’s a golden thread that ties everything together. 

Dark fixtures at a white wall-mounted vanity in the bathroom.

Dark Fixtures

Chrome has been the favorite for bathroom faucets, showerheads, and handles. But 2021 saw a turn toward darker fixtures. Going right along with the penchant for bolder design in the bathroom, darker fixtures make a statement.

Black is an excellent go-to, but also consider colors like bronze, graphite, and pewter, all of which add the drama of dark coloring. Brushed or matte brass and copper can also have the same effect if you desire a little more warmth in your fixture color. 

Integrated Lighting & Statement Lighting

Lighting for 2021 bathroom trends went for either high visibility or no visibility at all. Integrated lighting provides plenty of light but the fixtures themselves are hidden. You’ll see this in backlit mirrors or LED bar lighting tucked behind a soffit.

In complete opposition, statement lighting aims to draw attention to itself and takes a leading role in the bathroom’s design. You’ll see this in the bathroom with chandeliers or unique sconces. Which direction you decide to go rests largely on the overall design of your bathroom. Integrated lighting is better for a minimal design, while statement lighting is better suited to bolder design.

Floral wallpaper on the wall behind the vanity in a beige bathroom.

Wet Room

A wet room is a space in the bathroom designed to be wet. Instead of an enclosed shower or bath/shower combo, a small waterproof room is created. This allows for a larger shower space that may include multiple shower heads or a spa shower system. It can take up the entire bathroom or be a separate enclosure within the bathroom.

This year in bathroom trends, you’ll see more wet rooms that enclose a luxury shower and a statement freestanding bathtub. The idea is that it keeps the moisture and the heat in a separate space for a more enjoyable experience.

Natural Elements

Inviting natural elements into the bathroom is a hallmark of 2021 bathroom trends. More live plants are making their way into the bathroom. These create a sense of bringing the outdoors in and the wellbeing that comes along with that. 

Natural color palettes and textures are another way to bring this trend into your bathroom. They instantly introduce calm and comfort. Try a light colored and simple grained wood for the vanity and plush beige towels and rugs. 

Freestanding copper bathtub in a rustic bathroom.

Luxury Bathtubs

What spa bathroom is complete without a luxury bathtub? Look for something that is both visually beautiful and offers a luxurious experience. Freestanding tubs are popular and come in many different styles from Victorian clawfoot to modern, clean-lined soaker tubs.

Bathtubs like this are meant to be a main feature of the room so don’t be modest in your selection. Go for something with ornate details, a splash of color, or an interesting shape.

Wall-Mounted Vanities

Sleek and clean, a wall-mounted vanity keeps the design fresh without sacrificing on storage. The wall-mounted, or floating vanity gives the space a more open and light feel. They come in many designs and materials and their simplicity is well suited to many styles. 

Wall-mounted vanities are great for small bathrooms because they come in the smallest sizes. However, they are also available in double vanity sizes for larger bathrooms. They do a good job of hiding plumbing and look great while doing it. They are the perfect selection for an on-trend bathroom in 2021.

Smart Toilets

Another luxury item finding its way into bathroom design in 2021 is the smart toilet. Luxurious and technologically advanced, these toilets offer things like automatic close, no-touch flushing, lighting, remote controls, and bidet settings.

You can achieve some smart features with very little effort with a washlet toilet seat. High-tech toilets also are a great way to increase the eco-friendliness of your bathroom. Select a toilet with dual flush (two different settings for ultimate water efficiency). Some can even be set up to use reclaimed water.

A well-designed bathroom can be a haven and a place of functional efficiency and that’s what 2021’s bathroom trends are all about. Consider a reno for your bathroom this year. 

Get Ready for a Bathroom Remodel

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Why Remodel Your Bathroom?

10 Good Reasons to Remodel

Is it worth it to remodel a bathroom? We think so. Remodeling isn’t just about making repairs or updating the design so your home will sell better. Investing in the bathroom is investing in yourself literally and figuratively. There are many reasons why remodeling your bathroom is beneficial. Here are several.

1. Add a Bathroom

You can’t go wrong when you add a bathroom. Whether you install a powder bath in your main living area or create an en suite in an upstairs bedroom, it adds value now and into the future. Your family, guests, and potential buyers can definitely get behind additional bathrooms.

2. Expand a Bathroom

Small bathrooms have a charm all their own [link to small bathrooms post]. But that charm wears off when you find yourself doing battle for some functionality or trying to share space with your significant other. Enlarging a powder bath to a full or ¾ bath adds value to your home and a more workable solution for you now. 

3. Increase Accessibility

If you or a member of your family has special needs, bumping up the accessibility can be as simple as adding a few features like grip bars or lowering countertops. Or it can be a more involved project that transforms the entire bathroom into an oasis that anyone can use easily. Design features like zero-entry showers allow for full accessibility and yet, are a design that is on-trend, even in demand. 

4. Update the Design

If your bathroom is still sporting pink tile, gold fixtures, and other outdated design, you might need a little update. Retro design like pink tile may be on-trend, right now, but you’ll get more mileage (and potential buyer appreciation) if your design leans toward more neutral rather than eclectic.  Stick to neutral colors and classic materials and your bathroom will look great and maintain value for decades.

Luxury freestanding tub.

5. Update Functionality

If you and your significant other have been trying to share a sink or make do with a bathtub/shower combo it may be time for a functionality update. Take stock of your needs and design a bathroom around that. Go for the double vanity. Create a spa-like bathtub experience or skip it altogether and put in a spa shower.

6. Repair Plumbing

Have you ever watched the plumber cut holes in the wall to repair plumbing and wonder if while you’re at it you should just replace the whole vanity? Plumbing problems are often the catalyst for further projects. Or if you’re doing a cosmetic remodel, take the opportunity to invest in the little-seen but absolutely necessary inner workings of the bathroom too.

7. Save Water

If you have an older bathroom, consider adding some water saving features to your remodel. Most of your household’s water usage comes from the bathroom. Look for the WaterSense label to decrease your water consumption on faucets, showers, toilets, etc. 

8. Become More Energy Efficient

Another great behind-the-scenes update in the bathroom remodel is for its electrical components. Any investment in your electrical will pay you back multiple times over and increase the sustainability and value of your home.

9. Boost Resale Value

Is it worth it to remodel your bathroom? Smart improvements to your bathroom will give a boost to the value of your home. If you remodel the bathroom with potential buyers in mind, you’ll broaden your design appeal and the longevity of your bathroom and entire home. 

Luxury shower in gray stone bathroom.

10. Add Tech

Add a little luxury to your bathroom with some technology upgrades. We’re talking water heaters right at the faucet, toilets you can program, towel warmers, and more. Technology in the bathroom adds value and convenience that make everyday tasks easy and even enjoyable. It can also be healthy for you since it can decrease touchpoints and increase cleanliness. 

Why remodel your bathroom? We hope you found a few reasons to take the plunge. It’s an investment that gives back now and into the future. The next step is deciding how to begin. Learn more about the next steps for your bathroom remodel.

Next Steps for a Remodel

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Bath or Shower?

A Discussion on Health, Hygiene, Conservation, and Property Value

Clawfoot bathtub with faucet and hand shower.

In the battle between bath vs shower there are no clear winners. Each has its positives and negatives. What you decide to do will be based on your priorities. Here are four perspectives on the bath vs shower debate to help you decide the best course of action.

The Water Conservation Perspective

If you are concerned about conserving water, your primary question is “does a shower or bath use more water?”. A standard showerhead uses about 2.5 gallons of water per minute. So a 10 minute shower uses 25 gallons of water. Standard bathtubs can use up to 70 gallons of water per bath. Showers nearly always use less water than baths. 

If you enjoy an occasional soak, there are things you can do to reduce your water usage. Instead of filling the tub all the way up, just fill it halfway. You can also save water by plugging it right away instead of waiting for the water to warm up then adjusting water temperature as you fill the tub. 

Showers not only use less water than baths, but you can easily decrease water consumption even further. Consider taking a shorter shower. You can also upgrade your showerhead to a WaterSense labeled product. The EPA WaterSense label certifies that a showerhead doesn’t use more than 2 gallons of water per minute with the same experience of a 2.5 gallon or greater showerhead. 

The Hygiene Perspective

If cleanliness is your priority, you’re probably asking yourself, “what is more hygienic, a bath or shower?”.  You probably already guessed that the shower is more hygienic. Fresh water continuously comes out of the faucet and contaminated water washes down the drain. Baths are still effective at cleaning your body but the shower does it a bit better. 

Showers are generally better for your skin too. A long soaking bath tends to remove needed skin oils and can actually leave your skin dryer after your bath than a shower does. 

The Health Perspective

Water and water therapies have been used for health for millennia. So in the bath vs shower health debate, there are really no losers. 

Showers, especially cold showers, reduce tension and improve circulation. Warm showers relieve sore muscles and get rid of headaches. A 2016 study found that a hot-to-cold shower (start with hot and decrease temperature over the course of the shower) resulted in adults needing fewer sick days in a year. It’s also possible that this type of shower can help with depression: stimulating your nervous system and increasing endorphins. 

Different types of baths have been used over hundreds of years to treat eczema, psoriasis, sore muscles, colds and flu, inflammation, and are often prescribed for hemorrhoids and after giving birth. A 2019 study showed that people who took daily immersion baths in warm water had less fatigue, stress, and depression. Additionally, baths are home remedies for a good night of sleep and better circulation and blood pressure. 

The Property Value Perspective

If you’re considering a bathroom remodel you may wonder about the influence a bath vs shower has on your property value. Any bathroom remodel produces a good return on investment but what you include or exclude in that bathroom can have an impact on property value. 

There is a huge trend toward luxury showers over bathtubs with many opting to get rid of the tub entirely. Technically, this downgrades the bathroom from a full bath to a three-quarter bath but that doesn’t necessarily spell a decrease in value. Be sure that at least one bath in your home has a tub and you shouldn’t see a decrease in value. If you put that full bath on the main level, it’s even more enticing. According to a 2013 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) study, 81% of home buyers want a full bath on the main level.

If you are getting rid of a bathtub but amping up the shower with luxury features (like a spa shower or walk-in shower design), you might even see an increase in value. If you’re remodeling the master bathroom, the NAHB study found that 51% of home buyers prefer a bathtub in the master bath.

Bath or shower is purely about what’s most important to you. Find your best bathing experience right here at DecorPlanet.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Top Shower Faucet Brands

Spa shower in a white and blue bathroom.

If you love the luxury of the spa at home but aren’t sure you have much time for relaxation, think again. These top shower brands offer deluxe shower experiences like body sprays, shower systems, and design that gives you the pampering you deserve. Take a closer look at what these distinctive brands have to offer. 


Because our days begin and end in the bathroom, it is important that it is a peaceful and private sanctuary. They pair high quality, durable materials, and cutting edge design to achieve excellence for the most important room of the house. Check out their shower massage panels for the ultimate in shower luxury.

Shop Fresca


Premium-quality bathroom fixtures that satisfy the most refined tastes. Each piece reaches a harmonious balance between form and function. Be sure to take a look at their distinctive body sprays, hand showers, and shower panels.

Shop Graff


Vigo aspires to increase value with products that fit seamlessly into your life. They reflect your style while simultaneously improving each day. Case in point, their all-in-one shower panels combine a spa experience with everyday functionality.

Shop Vigo


Proposing better ways to experience water, Delta is dedicated to design that incorporates smart thinking and anticipates needs. Enhance your shower experience with body spray that soothes, comforts, and revitalizes all while using less water than a standard body jet.

Shop Delta

Rain shower head.


Crafted in the small villages of Western Europe, North America, and New Zealand, ROHL reflects the charm and craftsmanship of the places that inspired them. Fine quality and authentic production produce a product with an experience all its own. We offer a wide selection of showerheads and shower fixtures. Don’t miss the complete shower systems that offer luxurious design and all the elements you need for a better shower.



For over 50 years, Phylrich had been creating luxurious bathrooms in elegant homes and hotels all over the world. Made in the USA, you can count on Phylrich continuing to influence trends in decorative plumbing into the future. Experience the assortment of showerheads, hand showers, and body sprays that will make your shower the best part of your day.

Shop Phylrich


Grohe sees designs as more than simple aesthetics. It is also a quality feature that is the perfect synthesis of form and function. Their motto and their products exude “smart looks, smart technology, and smart price”.  Their collection of showerheads offers you comfort born of technology. Take a look.

Shop Grohe


Bathroom and kitchen solutions that offer discerning buyers exceptional quality. Aquabrass’s expertise and craftsmanship are second to none. But the flair they add to functionality is what truly sets them apart. Peruse shower arms, showerheads, and body sprays.

Shop Aquabrass

Shower with hand shower attachment in modern bathroom


High-fashion Brizio purports that fashion isn’t just about what you wear, but your whole lifestyle. Explore hand showers, faucets, and showerheads that prove that form and function can be one in the same.

Shop Brizo


Santec blends equals parts art and technology to deliver innovative bath products that meet the highest quality, design, and functionality standards. They invite you to explore the crossroads between the bathroom and your imagination. Body sprays, hand showers, and showerheads are just the beginning. 

Shop Santec

California Faucets

Nurturing a culture of “yes”, California Faucets gives you the go ahead to embrace your unique sensibilities. Enjoy hand-finishes, custom assembly, and artisan pride in every product, including adjustable body sprays and showerheads.

Shop California Faucets


Customer needs and insights drive the development of delightful, innovative Moen products that help to make every day tasks just a little bit easier and more enjoyable. Deluxe shower fixtures, body sprays and hand showers make every shower an experience. 

Shop Moen

Explore more top brands at DecorPlanet for the bathroom and kitchen.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

7 Things You Never Knew About Ceiling Fans

Modern ceiling fan in the bedroom.

You already know that ceiling fans are a must for keeping your home comfortable. But they have a few secrets too. When you know their secrets, you can make the most of your ceiling fans. From increasing your heating and cooling efficiency to getting maximum air circulation, here are seven things you may not know about your ceiling fans.

#1 Ceiling Fans Can Increase Heating/Cooling Efficiency

Ceiling fans do more than provide a little airflow on a hot day. Did you know that you can change the direction your fan turns? When it turns clockwise, it pushes air down. When it turns counterclockwise, it draws air up. Why is this important? Hot air rises so depending on which season it is, you’ll want the hot air to be directed differently.

Setting your ceiling fan for summer vs winter is a matter of logic. When that hot air rises in the summer, you’ll want to push it down to blend it with cooler air and maintain a more consistently cool temperature. In the winter, you don’t want all that hot air at the ceiling; you want it down by your cold toes. Set your ceiling fan direction for summer vs winter like this: 

Summer = Counterclockwise

Winter = Clockwise

#2 Ceiling Fans Can Be Virtually Silent

Have you ever laid awake at night and instead of counting sheep you listen to the hum of the fan above your bed? Did you know there are whisper quiet ceiling fans? They can be practically undetectable (although the airflow is a dead giveaway). 

Quiet ceiling fans are all about technology. Look for a fan with an oil bath motor. These are pretty heavy and require an oil check every 1-5 years. However, they are top notch ceiling fans. Another option is a flywheel motor. It is an AC motor with flywheel discs that absorb shock and that means a quieter ceiling fan. On the flip side, a DC motor has a higher torque and better control. They are lightweight and very quiet.

Ceiling fans with eight blades.

#3 The Number of Fan Blades Is Not Just About Style

Did you know that the number of blades your ceiling fan has is mostly about performance? Ceiling fans generally come in 3, 4, or 5 blades, though occasionally you’ll see fans with more or less. If you want a gentle breeze, look for more blades. If you want more of a wind chill effect, look for fewer blades. 

The fewer the blades, the less drag there is. The less drag, the faster the blades can spin creating more airflow. Ceiling fans with 2 or 3 blades really move the air around and make their presence known. Fans with 4 or 5 (or more) blades have a gentler airflow. They also tend to be quieter.

 #4 The Pitch of the Blades Has a Huge Impact on Performance

The fan blades determine how much air gets circulated through the room. Did you know that the angle (or pitch) that the blades sit at and the shape of the blades can change airflow dramatically? Fan blades between 12-15 degrees will move the most air. Anything less than that won’t be enough and more than that will be too much. 

Balance is the bottom line when it comes to ceiling fans. If the angles of each blade don’t match, the fan will wobble, which can cause inefficiency and even damage. Fan blades also have to weigh exactly the same or you’ll get a wobble. Ceiling fans must be precise. If they’re not, they’ll be noisy and completely dysfunctional.

Angled fan blades on a ceiling fan.

#5 Shape & Size of the Blade Can Impact Your Electric Bill

Did you know that the shape and size of the blades significantly change how much air circulates and therefore can influence how much electricity it takes to create airflow in your room? Blades that are extra long or wide, ironically, move less air than a moderately sized blade if the motor doesn't have the right level of power. Same goes for narrower and shorter blades. The motor needs to match the size of the blade. 

Most fan blades are a sort of rectangular shape with tapered or rounded ends. You’ll also see some alternative shapes that tout higher energy efficiency and better air circulation. These often look like plane propeller blades. Do they work better? Maybe. But for the purposes of your home, standard blades get the job done just as well.

#6 Different Ceiling Heights Require Different Installation

Depending on the height of your ceiling, you may have to install your ceiling fan differently. Did you know that airflow is impacted by the distance between the fan and the floor/ceiling? There are two rules of thumb when it comes to how to hang your ceiling fan. A fan that is 10-12 inches from the ceiling does the best job with air circulation. However, if the ceilings aren’t standard height, everything changes. 

The better rule to go by states that a ceiling fan should be 8-9 feet from the floor. If you have vaulted ceilings or extra tall ceilings, your fan will work best when hung from a downrod. If you have lower ceilings, you may need to consider a fan designed to be closer to the ceiling, called a flush mount, low profile, or hugger fan.

Traditional fan in a bedroom.

#7 A Bigger Room Doesn’t Always Need a Bigger Fan

You might think that a bigger room needs a bigger fan and that’s usually true. Did you know that the shape of the room is the determining factor for the size of the fan? In general, you can only feel the airflow of a ceiling fan if you stand no more than two feet outside its radius. Mathematically, a ceiling fan works best in a square room. If you have a square room you can scale the fan up in size the larger the room gets. 

8 x 8 foot room needs a 30 inch diameter fan or smaller

9 x 9 foot room needs a 41 to 50 inch diameter fan

12 x 12 foot room needs a 51 to 60 inch diameter fan

16 x 16 or larger foot room needs a 61 to 70 inch diameter fan

If your room is rectangular, a bigger fan’s effectiveness will be limited. In long rooms, it’s often better to use multiple fans spread equally across the room. Split the room’s measurements into two equal squares then buy the right diameter fan for each of the squares.

Whether you wonder about the ceiling fan direction in the winter vs the summer or you’re not sure about which ceiling fans move the most air, we hope these ceiling fan facts help make your decisions easier.

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