Ceiling Fans Made in the USA?
Virtually all ceiling fans are now made in China!
With all that is going on in China, more and more people are searching online for American Made products. According to Federal standards, there are no residential ceiling fans that can claim they are fully made in the USA. Almost all ceiling fans are made in China, with a couple exceptions you can read about below.
Big Ass Fans - Assembled In The USA
The Haiku and more recent i6 models from Big Ass Fans are fully assembled at their factory in Lexington Kentucky from components manufactured at their partner factories in Malaysia. Each of these models are made to order and tested for perfect balance and performance before being packaged and shipped. They keep no inventory on the shelf, so it takes about 30 days to get one of these American assembled ceiling fans. The Haiku and i6 models incorporate proprietary SenseMe technology and include WiFi capabilities for use with home automation. The i6 is likely the most energy efficient high performance ceiling fan ever made.
These fans sell for over $1200.00 and those who own them will tell you they are worth every penny. But if that's more than you are willing to spend for a "Made in USA" ceiling fan, the dumbed-down Haiku C and Haiku L models are made in Malaysia for about half the price. Because they are imported, they are kept in stock and ready to ship. If you are specifically looking for a fan that is not made in China, Big Ass Fans is a great alternative.
Matthews Fans - American Made Motors
With the exception of the Matthews "Atlas" line that is made in China, the multi-head and single head fans (like the one shown here) from Matthews Fan Company are the only residential fans being sold today that have American Made Motors and Controls from McMillan Electric and Lutron respectively. The other fan components are manufactured in Brazil and other parts of South America with the assembly completed here in the USA, making Matthews Fans a true "Pan-American" product.
What about the quality of ceiling fans that are made in China?
Nowadays, most brands of fans have different levels of quality within their own brand. Generally, fans sold at home centers and department stores will be of lesser quality than those sold at ceiling fan specialty stores because they use less expensive components and less quality control, which cuts down on production costs. Unfortunately, these cost savings usually translate into lower quality, less reliable products.
Name brands, like those you see on our site, will have more high quality ceiling fan models to offer than lesser brands. The more automation that is used without the added cost of quality control, the less expensive a product will be...but the less consistent the quality will be. So the difference in quality from one brand to another begins with the level of human interaction that one is willing to pay for to achieve consistency every step of the way during production. But most importantly, the highest quality fans will have more superior components that are engineered to much tighter tolerances and performance specifications, which makes them more expensive. So...you get what you pay for really rings true with ceiling fans.
Bottom line here is that we regret that there are no longer any ceiling fans made in the USA, but are happy to report that there are still quality USA ceiling fan companies that take pride in their products and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure the products they have made in China meet or exceed the the level of quality we would expect from them.
For help deciding which fans to choose for your needs, please call Hansen Wholesale at: 1-800-201-1193. We are here to offer you the most excellent service (not offshore either).
For further discussions regarding the differences in quality between ceiling fans, please refer to our Ceiling Fan FAQs page.
Author: Greg Tillotson
Editor in Chief