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Best Modern Paddle Fans Under $400 (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Felisberto Silva  |  July 17, 2013  |  3 Min. Read

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If you wanted to buy a modern paddle fan 10 years ago, you had a choice: Go with a simple white fan or spend a small fortune of $700 for a designer piece. Today the market has so many styles and kinds of ceiling, but you can spend $99 for something truly different.

Below are the most popular under $400 Contemporary fans

Concept I by Minka-Aire: F517-BN – This ceiling fan is one of our best sellers. It is available in White, Brushed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Nickel, and Mahogany finishes. You can buy this fan in a 52” or 44” blade span with or without the 100W Halogen light. The 52” moves 6,300 CFM airflow and the 44” moves at 4,600 CFM airflow which is very strong. This fan comes with a remote control but you also have the option to purchase a separate wall control. Models available for wet locations as well. Prices start at $285.

minka aire concept 1 ceiling fan F517BN

Acero by Minka-Aire: F601-BS/BN – This retro style with or without the light. This fan comes in Polish Nickel, Brushed steel, and Oil Rubbed Bronze with a full function wall control. You can also purchase a separate remote control if you like. It has a 100W halogen light built in but you can also cap it off if you don’t need the light. This is only available in a 52” blade span with airflow of 6,500 CFM. Prices start at $399.

minka aire acero ceiling fan F601BSBN

Zen by Minka-Aire: F514-WH – This modern ceiling fan is available in three finish options. You can buy this fan in Oil Rubbed Bronze, Brushed Nickel or White finish. This is only available in a 52” blade span with airflow of 5,949 CFM. The integrated light uses 2-13W CFL bulbs. This fan comes with a remote control but you also have the option to purchase a separate wall control. $265.

minka aire zen ceiling fan F514WH

Space Saver by Minka-Aire: F510-BS – This small 26” blade span low profile ceiling fan can be used in many smaller spaces. With a total hanging depth of 10 ¾”, this fan is available in White, Brushed Steel, and Oil Rubbed Bronze finishes. Move some air in smaller spaces with this 1,250 CFM airflow fan with a 50W halogen light. $150.

minka aire spacesaver ceiling fan F510BS

Aluma by Minka-Aire: F521-ABD – This sleek contemporary design is only available in a 52” blade span with airflow of 4,905 CFM. The integrated light uses 100W Halogen bulb. Choose between the White or Brushed Aluminum finish. You have the option to have a remote control or a wall control. Prices start at $260.

minka aire aluma ceiling fan F521ABD

Kewl by Minka-Aire: F833-WH – This is a pretty simple low profile ceiling fan. This fan is available with finish options of White, Silver, Red or Black finish. You have the option to buy a separate remote or wall control. This 52” moves 5,000 CFM. Prices start at $99.

minka aire kewl ceiling fan F833WH

Choosing a Ceiling Fan

  1. Minimum hanging height for a ceiling fan must be no less than 7 feet from the floor
  2. Consider controls whether remote or switch
  3. Slope ceilings need adaptors

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Felisberto Silva

Felisberto Silva is a Lighting Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Fe has worked at Yale for over 15 years. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his three children and traveling.

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