Who Makes The Best Flushmount Ceiling Fans?
The Best Hugger Fans for Low Ceilings

Updated 6/27/2017


Building codes stipulate that the blades from a ceiling fan must be at least 7 feet from the floor. Most standard mount fans that hang from a downrod will put the blades about 12" from the ceiling making them appropriate for rooms with ceilings that are 8 feet or higher. Hugger fans are designed for rooms with ceilings that are lower than 8 feet. But what you must be aware of is that the closest the blades are to the ceiling with any hugger fan is about 5". So if your room has a ceiling lower than 7.5 feet, you cannot install a ceiling fan. Because each hugger fan hangs at a different height, it is important to look at the actual distance the blades are from the ceiling in order to determine if any particular flushmount ceiling fan is appropriate for your room. Read more Tips and Facts About Hugger Fans below!

Ceiling Fans for 7 Foot Ceilings

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because building codes require fan blades to be at least 7 feet from the floor, it is not possible to install a ceiling fan on a 7 foot high ceiling and still meet safety standards. People with 7 foot ceilings will often install fans that are as close to the ceiling as possible (see below), but it is not recommendation due to the safety standards.

Which Fans are Closest to the Ceiling?

The Harbor Walk from Kichler (with a flush mount adapter) and the Universal Hugger from Craftmade both have blades that are 5.25" from the ceiling, which is the closest to the ceiling you can get. These fans can be installed safely on ceilings that are just over 7.5 feet high.

OK, So Who Makes the Best Hugger Fan?

The answer depends on your particular needs and what you consider to be most important. The best flush mounted fan for you may be the one that is closest to the ceiling (see the above examples), or that runs very quiet, or provides the most light...or any combination of criteria. So we have chosen several flush mount fans that we consider the best in several categories so you can decide which is the best hugger fan for your particular needs. If something is missing here, please feel free to give us a call or send me an email so that I can add an additional category that may be important to you. Send Email To: gregt@hansenwholesale.com

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(#1) Best Overall Hugger Fan (Indoor/Outdoor Wet)

All things considered, The Emerson Curva Sky LED gets our highest overall recommendation when it comes to flushmount ceiling fans. Although this fan does not have the highest performance, it does provides sufficient breeze and the necessary clearance for most applications where a flushmount fan is warranted. Because most flushmount fans are installed in bedrooms and other sound sensitive areas, you will really appreciate the quality of this fan and how smooth and quiet it performs. The six speed remote control has a reverse feature and full range light dimmer for extra control on your level of comfort. In 2018, the light was changed from Halogen to a dimmable LED, which is an additional plus. Because the fan is rated for outdoor wet locations, it can be installed both indoors and outdoors in virtually any location. Even more, Emerson has been making ceiling fans since 1895, so you can rest assured you own a good quality product made by a company with a proven track record of quality and long standing American heritage. See More Size and Finish Options for the Emerson Curva Fans

(#1) Closest To The Ceiling

Looking for the one fan that mounts the absolute closest to the ceiling? The Harbor Walk from Kichler with an optional flush mount adapter (left upper) and the Universal Hugger from Craftmade (left lower) both have blades that are 5.25" from the ceiling, so for applications where maximizing the headroom with your ceiling fan is most important, these are as good as it gets. These fans can be installed safely on ceilings that are just over 7.5 feet high. If you have a ceiling that is 7.5 feet high or less, you cannot safely install a ceiling fan.

Options: 44" White | 44" Brushed Nickel | 44" Chrome | 44" Bronze | 52" White | 52" Brushed ickel | 52" Chrome | 52" Bronze


(#1) Best Hugger Fan by Performance (Indoor/Outdoor Damp)

The Modern Fan Company's Velo Hugger provides the best overall performance when it comes to flushmount ceiling fans. Producing a reported airflow of over 6,600 CFM, the wind speed factor calculates out to about 4.42 MPH. This is well above any other hugger fan on our site where the CFM data has been reported, making it the best choice for those looking for a flushmount fan that provides the most cooling breeze. This great looking hugger fan can be purchased with or without an LED light kit. The no light version comes with a wall mount speed control while the LED version comes with a remote control and wall control. Bottom line, when it comes to low profile ceiling fans, the Velo is the best you can get.

Size & Finish Choices: 48" Bright Nickel | 48" Bright Nickel w/LED Light

(#1) Most Efficient Hugger Fan (Indoor Only)

The Matthews Irene Hugger is one of the few flushmount ceiling fans on the market that is available with a super efficient DC motor. DC motors use about 75% less electricity than a typical AC motor found in most ceiling fans. DC motors reportedly run cooler and quieter, so overall quality and lifetime is also improved. This particular model does not have a light fixture option, so you will not want to install it when replacing an overhead light without considering other lighting options for the room. The striking contemporary style fan has real solid wood blades with an aerodynamic design for improved airflow. The performance is nearly as good as the Velo Hugger, but since it does not have a light kit option, we opted to include both fans in our review. The Irene is available in 42" and 52" sizes with 3 and 5 blade configurations and various finish combinations. The Velo Hugger is certainly for those who appreciate high design and are concerned about conserving energy.

View all 3 Blade and 5 Blade choices here in both 42" and 52" sizes

(#1) Highest CFM Hugger Fan (Indoor Only)

The Monte Carlo Cannondale is a 56" classic contemporary style fan that has the highest reported airflow of all our hugger fans tested at well over 7300 CFM. Although the airflow is higher, keep in mind that the larger blade span will spread the airflow over a larger area, so the wind speed comes in second to the Modern Fan Velo. This fan does not have a light, but it is a great looking top quality hugger fan that moves lots of air while running smooth and quiet. The overall height of the fan from ceiling to bottom is just 12", so it is a great choice for bedrooms and other rooms with 8 foot ceilings where a light is not desire or needed.

Options: 56" Brushed Steel | 56" Bronze

(#1) Hugger Fan with Most Light

The Emerson Prima Snugger: Because hugger fans are often replacing the main overhead light in a bedroom, we are often asked "What hugger fan will give us the most light". In response, we have created a customized fan configuration to meet this demand: The Emerson Prima Snugger combined with the Emerson Riley light kit. The Riley light fixture has four 40 watt medium base sockets, which is unheard of nowadays for a single bowl light kits, which more often use just one or two 60 watt Candelabra base bulbs. To meet government regulations using medium base sockets, it must be shipped with four 13 Watt CFL bulbs, which are equivalent to 60 watts each or a total of 240 watts of incandescent light. That in and of itself is a LOT of light for a single light fixture. What makes it even more special is the fact that because it has standard medium base sockets, you can swap out the included CFLs for 17 watt LED bulbs that are equivalent to 100 watt incandescents each, giving you the equivalence of 400 watts of incandescent light from a single light fixture. Now that’s a lot of light. BTW: This Riley light kit is also available as an option for many other Emerson ceiling fans.

Options: 52" Venetion Bronze (featured above) | 52" Oil Rubbed Bronze | 52" Brushed Steel | 52" Satin White

(#1) Best Decorative Hugger Fan (Indoor Only)

The Minka Aire Calais is one of the most beautiful hugger fans when it comes to appearance. But don't let the good looks fool you, this is also an excellent fan when it comes to airflow with a reported CFM over 6,000 and Wind Speed Factor of 3.5 MPH, this little fan will do a great job of keeping you cool while enhancing your decor. This is one of our best selling flush mount fans that is NOT contemporary in style. The blades are only 8 1/2" from the ceiling, so this 44" size fan is good for any small to medium size room with a ceiling as low as 7' 9".

Options: 44" Belcarow Walnut | 44" Gilded Bronze

(#1) Best Transitional Style Hugger Fan (Indoor/Outdoor Wet)

The Minka Aire Traditional Concept is one of our most popular styles. This great looking fan is available in 44" and 52" sizes an is rated for outdoor wet locations, so it can be installed virtually anywhere either inside or outside of your house. Boasting over 6,500 CFM with a Wind Speed Factor of 3.8 MPH (52" version) and a ceiling to blade height of about 7 1/2", this is a great fan from rooms with a ceiling as low as 7' 9".

Options: 44" Bronze | 44" Pewter | 44" White | 52" Bronze | 52" Pewter | 52" White

Tips and Facts About Hugger Fans

What is a Flushmount Ceiling Fan or Hugger Ceiling Fan?

Flushmount ceiling fans (often referred to as "Hugger Ceiling Fans, "Ceiling Hugger Fans" or "Low Profile Ceiling Fans") are fans where the motor casing mounts directly to the ceiling instead of hanging from a downrod.

For What Ceiling Height Are Flushmount Fans Recommended?

Flush mounted fans are designed specifically for low ceilings. A ceiling is considered a low ceiling if it is "less" than 8 feet high. National safety standards require that ceiling fans be mounted such that the blades are at least 7 feet from the floor. Most standard mount ceiling fans will have the blades mounted 12" from the ceiling in order to meet this standard without hampering the airflow (read below). So any ceiling that is less than 8 feet will require a flushmount fan and since there are no flushmount fans with blades any closer than 6" from the ceiling, the lowest ceiling on which you can install a flushmount fan is 7 1/2 feet.

Can I Install a Flushmount Ceiling Fan on A Higher Ceiling?

Although you can install a hugger fan on an 8 foot or higher ceiling, we do not recommend them for any ceiling that is much higher than 8 feet because they will not move nearly as much air as a traditional ceiling fan that hangs from a downrod.

Can A Flushmount Fan Be Installed on an Angled Ceiling?

No, flush mounted ceiling fans have no way of hanging level without being attached to a flat ceiling. Ceiling fans that hang from a pole can tilt to accommodate an angled ceiling because the pole is mounted to a ball that hangs in a metal socket on the ceiling. Flush mount fans mount directly to the ceiling and cannot operate when they are slanted.

Do Flushmount Ceiling Fans Move Less Air?

A ceiling fan that is mounted flush to the ceiling will typically move less air than a fan with the same motor and blade specifications that hangs down from a pole. This is because the closer the blades get to the ceiling, the more restricted the airflow is between the blade and the ceiling. Ceiling fans operate most efficiently when the blades are least 12" from the ceiling. The blades of a ceiling hugger fan are anywhere as close as 10" to 5.25" from the ceiling. As the airflow around the blades becomes restricted, the air has a tendency to bounce up and down between the blades and ceiling rather than flow smoothly around them. The closer the blades are to the ceiling, the more pronounced this effect will be.

More About Airflow - The EPA Says Hugger Fans are NOT Ceiling Fans!

Recently, the EPA began requiring ALL ceiling fan manufacturers to test the airflow of their ceiling fans. Three criteria are required to be published and printed in catalogs and boxes of ceiling fans; CFM airflow (cubic feet per minute of airflow, Watts used by the motor and the efficiency (defined by the EPA as CFM/Watts or the amount of air a ceiling fan moves per watt of electricity consumed). This information makes comparing the performance of ceiling fans a lot easier by consumers. However, because flushmounted ceiling fans move so much less air than those that hang from the ceiling and they are installed in a different manner than those that fit the standardized testing facilities (see picture at right), the EPA does not currently recognize flushmount ceiling fans as ceiling fans at all, so they are exempt from the testing and data publishing requirements. For this reason, not all manufacturers test their hugger fans or have any published airflow information. With that said, some manufacturers do in fact test their hugger fans published the data even though it is an extra cost that is not required by the government. So you may notice that some of the cheaper hugger fans sold at home centers will not have any airflow information. We strongly recommend only considering a hugger fan if the CFM data is available so you know in advance whether or not it is going to move any air.

EnergyStar Qualified Hugger Fans!

Currently there is no such thing as an EnergyStar qualified hugger fan. As mentioned above, a flush mount fan is not even considered to be ceiling fan according to the EPA. Even more, the EPA mandated method by which ceiling fans are to be tested does not accommodate hugger fans (see picture at right). Notice there is no ceiling to mount a hugger fan to in the testing apparatus. As of this year (2016) there is legislation in the process that intends to change the testing method so that hugger fans can be included in the definition of ceiling fans. Once this legislation is inacted, the EPA will likely develop EnergyStar standards for hugger fans.

Do Flushmount Fans Wobble Less Than Fans That Hang From A Pole?

Whether a fan wobbles and makes noise or runs smooth and quiet depends more on the quality and precision to which the components are made than whether or not it hangs from a pole. Many people buy a flushmounted ceiling fan where a standard mounted ceiling fan would be a better choice because they believe that hugger ceiling fans will not wobble or make noise since they are attached directly to the ceiling. This is actually not true. A flushmounted ceiling fan can wobble and make noise just as bad or worse than one that hangs from a pole. Although the mounting hardware may be more rigid, any vibration or noise generated from the fan transfers directly to the motor housing and ceiling where it can be reverberated like a loud speaker. Even more, rather than slowly wobbling like a traditional fan does when it is out of balance, a flushmount fan will vibrate and "Shudder" because there is less give in the mounting hardware. So a cheap poorly made ceiling hugger fan shudder and make more noise than a traditional fan of similar quality. The important take-away here is that quality is important when considering a flush mount ceiling fan if you do not want to be annoyed when you turn it on.

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