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Who Makes The Best Flush Mount Ceiling Fans?
(Low Profile and Hugger Fans for Low Ceilings)

Updated 2/16/2019

The best flush mount fan for you may be the one that is closest to the ceiling, or that runs very quiet, or provides the most light...or any combination of criteria, the answer depends on your particular needs and what you consider to be most important. So we have chosen several flush mount fans that we consider the best in several categories so you can decide which is the best 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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Big Ass Fans i6

Ceiling Fan Comparison Graph

Eco Friendly Ceiling Fan

  • 6

    Quality

  • 4.39

    MPH

  • 9746

    CFM

  • 257

    Efficiency

  • 36

    Watts

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
Breeze rating Info Breeze rating is from 1 to 5 where 5 is the strongest breeze!
110
Wind Speed Factor Info The higher the Wind Speed Factor the cooler you will feel! 4.39 MPH

Best Large Outdoor Flush Mount Fan Ever!

Hanging Height:8.1" Ceiling to Blades

When it comes to large spaces with low ceilings the i6 from Big Ass Fans is in a league of it's own. This powerful flush mount fan outperforms anything on the market...by a long-shot. It even mores more air than most other fans that hang from a downrod, which is quite remarkable. If you can afford it, there is hands down no better outdoor hugger fan. Just look at the performance comparison graph, all ratings are over the top. The i6 is available in White or Bronze. Indoor and outdoor versions are available, but we currently only have the outdoor models on our site, so if you want the indoor version, please give us a call.

Minka Aire Concept III

Ceiling Fan Comparison Graph

Eco Friendly Ceiling Fan

  • 5

    Quality

  • 3.28

    MPH

  • 6056

    CFM

  • 204

    Efficiency

  • 30

    Watts

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
Breeze rating Info Breeze rating is from 1 to 5 where 5 is the strongest breeze!
80
Wind Speed Factor Info The higher the Wind Speed Factor the cooler you will feel! 3.28 MPH

Minka Aire Concept III (Indoor/Outdoor Wet)

Hanging Height: 11" Ceiling to Blades

It's hard to beat the Minka Aire Concept III. Minka aire invented the flush mount "unibody" ceiling fan and this is the 3rd generation of the original Concept fans. With a new slimmer look and sexier shape, the Concept III not only looks better on the outside, but has more important improvements inside with a new smoother, quieter more powerful energy saving DC motor, it outperform the previous versions. Add to that a 30 watt dimmabel LED light that ramps up to 2653 lumens, this fan not only put out some airflow, it also puts out almost twice as much light as a typical hugger fan. Available in Coal, White, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze, you cannot go wrong with this fan if you have a room with a low ceiling.

Emerson Curva Sky

Ceiling Fan Comparison Graph

  • 5

    Quality

  • 3.12

    MPH

  • 5393

    CFM

  • 117

    Efficiency

  • 46

    Watts

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
Breeze rating Info Breeze rating is from 1 to 5 where 5 is the strongest breeze!
80
Wind Speed Factor Info The higher the Wind Speed Factor the cooler you will feel! 3.12 MPH

Curva Sky (Indoor/Outdoor Wet)

Hanging Height: 10" Ceiling to Blades

Previously sold under the Emerson brand, the the Kathy Ireland Curva Sky LED has been one of our top selling hugger fans for many years. This fan competes directly with the Minka Aire Concept fan above, and although the specifications are not quite as good, it gives you an extra 1" clearance to the blades, which in some cases is necessary. Because most flush mount 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. With a proven track record of reliability, you can rest assured this fan will last many years while providing exceptional performance. See More Size and Finish Options for the Emerson Curva Fans

Modern Forms Tip Top

Ceiling Fan Comparison Graph

Eco Friendly Ceiling Fan

  • 5

    Quality

  • 3.35

    MPH

  • 4350

    CFM

  • 290

    Efficiency

  • 15

    Watts

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
Breeze rating Info Breeze rating is from 1 to 5 where 5 is the strongest breeze!
80
Wind Speed Factor Info The higher the Wind Speed Factor the cooler you will feel! 3.35 MPH

44" Flush Mount Fan (Indoor/Outdoor Wet)

Hanging Height: 7.78" Ceiling to Blades

Modern Forms makes the ultimate Tip Top 44" LED DC Motor Low Profile Fan. One of the main advantages of this fan is just how close it is to the ceiling with the blades dropping down just 7.78", you have plenty of headroom. The DC motor is super quiet and efficient making it perfect for bedrooms and other small rooms. The LED light saves even more energy. It is wet rated, so it can be installed anywhere indoors or outdoors. It is a smart fan, so it works seamlessly with Google Home or Amazon Alexis. It also comes with a remote control. It has 6 speeds forward and reverse and many other functions when used with the Modern Forms exclusive ap. Available in White, Bronze and Titanium finishes.

Modern Forms 38 Vox

Ceiling Fan Comparison Graph

  • 5

    Quality

  • 4.79

    MPH

  • 4860

    CFM

  • 162

    Efficiency

  • 30

    Watts

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
Breeze rating Info Breeze rating is from 1 to 5 where 5 is the strongest breeze!
110
Wind Speed Factor Info The higher the Wind Speed Factor the cooler you will feel! 4.79 MPH

Best Small Flush Mount Fan (Indoor/Outdoor Wet)

Hanging Height: 7.5" Ceiling to Blades

Need a flush mount fan for hallway, walk-in closet, breakfast nook or other small space? The Modern Forms Vox comes in 38" and 26" blade spans for the smallest spaces. This great little powerhouse of a fan has a DC motor, LED light, 6 speed remote and, like all Modern Forms ceiling fans, it's a smart fan with home automation and voice command capabilities. Available in White, Bronze and Titanium finishes.

Kichler Chiara LED 300352NI

Ceiling Fan Comparison Graph

  • 4

    Quality

  • 2.46

    MPH

  • 4245

    CFM

  • 79

    Efficiency

  • 54

    Watts

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
Breeze rating Info Breeze rating is from 1 to 5 where 5 is the strongest breeze!
40
Wind Speed Factor Info The higher the Wind Speed Factor the cooler you will feel! 2.46 MPH

Mid-Century Modern Fan

Kichler has taken flush mount ceiling fan style to a new level with the 52" Chiara LED. We love the looks of this fan, it is so different than the typical hugger fan. The vintage Mid-Century Modern look with the mesh inlays is very different and also works with industrial style, contemporary, retro and many other styles of decor. It is available in Brushed Nickel (as shown) and Olde Bronze.

Closest To The Ceiling

Hanging Height: 5.25" Ceiling to Blades

Looking for the one low profile fan that mounts the absolute closest to the ceiling? The Universal Hugger from Craftmade has blades that are 5.25" from the ceiling, so for applications where maximizing the headroom with your ceiling fan is most important, this fan is as close as it gets and 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 any ceiling fan. Available in several finishes.

Highest CFM (Indoor Only)

The Monte Carlo Cannondale is a 56" classic contemporary style fan that has the highest reported airflow of all our low profile 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 fan that mounts close to the ceiling yet 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

The Most Light

The Emerson Prima Snugger: Because hugger fans are often replacing the main overhead light in a bedroom, we are often asked "What flush mount ceiling 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 incandescent bulbs 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

Most Decorative (Indoor Only)

The Minka Aire Calais is one of the most beautiful low profile 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

Best Transitional Style (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 Flush Mount Fans

Introduction: 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. flush mount fans are designed for rooms with low ceilings that are less 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 low profile 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 flush mount ceiling fan is appropriate for your room.

What is a Flush Mount Ceiling Fan or Hugger Ceiling Fan?

Flush Mount 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.

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.

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 flush mount fan and since there are no flush mount 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 Flush Mount 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 Flush Mount 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 Flush Mount 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 typical 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.

EnergyStar Qualified Low Profile Fans!

Currently there is no such thing as an EnergyStar qualified low profile 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 low profile ceiling fans can be included in the definition of ceiling fans. Once this legislation is enacted, the EPA will likely develop EnergyStar standards for hugger fans.

Do Flush Mount 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 flush mounted 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 fan mounted flush to the 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 flush mount fan will vibrate and "Shudder" because there is less give in the mounting hardware. So a cheap poorly made fan mounted too close to the ceiling can 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.