What is a high CFM ceiling fan? What are the best high CFM ceiling fans? If you search for a high CFM ceiling fan, often times you are presented with an array of industrial fans with a CFM up to 60,000, like the Hunter Industrial Ceiling Fans. However, most people are looking for a high CFM fan for their home or outdoor patio. For this reason, we have compiled a list of the best high CFM ceiling fans for residnetial use with varying CFMs up to 12,000. For our list, we have taken special consideration of not only CFM, but other elements such as efficiency, size, and style. Enjoy and be prepared to be blown away!



Ceiling Fans that Move the Most Air

What precisely is a fan's CFM (cubic feet per minute)? The CFM rating on your ceiling fan indicates how much air a fan moves while the fan is on its highest speed. Both the volume of air and the rate the air is moving is measured. Other considerations include blade pitch, the fan's motor, and the shape of the blades. The essential thing that everyone should know, however, is that larger rooms and outdoor areas are best suited with a ceiling fan which has a higher CFM rating. Attached below is a guide to help you figure out the ideal CFM range for your interior or exterior space. Additionally, you can read our Ceiling Fan Size Guide to learn more about sizing your ceiling fan, or Ceiling Fan Rating Guide here to look at our ceiling fan rating guide.


Ceiling Fan CFM Sizing Table

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Minka-Aire Slipstream

Pictured is a large ceiling fan with eight symmetrical blades and a light.

The Minka-Aire Slipstream is all about sleek styling and making a statement. The Slipstream has eight all-weather ceiling fan blades and can be placed in wet, damp, or dry locations. Not only is the Slipstream Energy Star Certified, but it produces a high CFM rating of 8,778. This whopper is available in four different finishes but is shown with the ever-popular brushed nickel wet finish.

Cap for non-use light: The Slipstream also comes with a cap which can be placed over the fluorescent lighting if desired.

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Emerson Heat Fan

Emerson Heat Fan

At a whopping 11,562 cubic feet per minute, the Emerson Heat Fan is a 60" industrial ceiling fan finished with a beautiful brushed steel. This fan brings contemporary style, and when hanging at 20 feet, it can cover 3,500 square feet. The Emerson Heat Fan is sold with both a 6" downrod and 4-speed wall control.

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Quorum Vector

Quorum Vector

Stepping down slightly, the Quorum Vector has a CFM rating of 9,873. It comes with a 4" downrod, 2 50-Watt mini-can halogen lights, and a 6-speed wall control with reverse function. The Quorum Vector showcases sheer simplicity and is sold with an oiled bronze, satin nickel, or studio white finish.

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Minka-Aire Artemis XL5

Minka-Aire Artemis XL5

Very distinct in design, the Minka-Aire Artemis XL5 boasts a Liquid Nickel finish appearing like flowing ripples on its 5 polycarbonate blades. The Artemis XL5 ranks in with a 9,160 CFM. It comes with a 6-speed remote with reverse function. The Artemis XL5 also sports an integrated LED dimmable light.

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Quorum Proxima

Quorum Proxima

With an 8,327 CFM ranking, the Quorum Proxima is UL listed for wet locations and comes with a 6-speed wall control with reverse function. It also highlights 8 beautiful blades featuring a 14-degree pitch. The Maor is available in three different finishes.

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Fanimation Edgewood

Fanimation Edgewood

With a 72" blade span and UL indoor listing, the Fanimation Edgewood also shows off with an oil-rubbed bronze finish. The Edgewood has a CFM rating of 9,173 cubic feet per minute and is not only efficient but affordably priced as well. This fan is remarkable for both it's Energy Star rating and its ability to operate in dry and wet conditions.

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Casablanca Duluth

Casablanca Duluth

The Casablanca Duluth has a high CFM rating of 7,988 and is truly a machine. Its industrial look is present from top to bottom, emphasizing prominent rivets and a turbine-inspired switch housing cap. The Duluth certainly stands out for more reason than one. Along with a 3 galvanized steel blades, the Duluth comes with an 11" down rod, 3-speed stepped wall control and reverse switch on the motor.

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Kichler Tulle

Kichler Tulle

Finished in a clean white, the Kichler Tulle has an 8,060 CFM rating, and an Energy Star rating as well. The Tulle is made of steel and features 5 white wooden blades. It also has a 3-speed fan pull-chain, and a reverse on the motor. It is very efficient as it has an estimated yearly energy cost of $23. Another great high CFM fan by Kichler.

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Fanimation Xeno

Fanimation Xeno

Coming down a bit more in CFM rating, but still considered high, the Fanimation Xeno holds a 7,782 CFM rating. The Fanimation Xeno is extremely sleek and modern, as it has 3 blades with a 56" span and 14-degree blade pitch. The Xeno has a dimmable light, 3-speed wall control, and a reverse on the motor. It is also noteworthy for its UL wet rating and ULC Approval for wet locations.

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Kichler Maor

Kichler Maor

Also styled with a metallic finish is the Kichler Maor. The Maor has 4 Olde Bronze Aluminum blades and comes with a 4.5" downrod. The fan has a light chain pull which controls 3 speeds and comes with a reverse on the motor. The Maor has a high CFM rating of 8,804.

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Craftmade Katana

Craftmade Katana

Last but certainly not a lesser choice is the Craftmade Katana which is marked with a 7,502 CFM rating. Featuring 9 blades of different sizes, and LED down lighting, this fan is very unique. The Katana has a 72" blade span and includes a 6-speed remote with light dimming and a reverse function.

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Quorum Windmill

Pictured is a large fan with wooden blades hung on an outdoor patio over a pool with blue tile.

Apropos to its image, this 72-inch outdoor ceiling fan goes by the name, the Windmill. The Quorum Windmill is ETL listed for damp locations and certainly brings a unique look. Additionally, there is a UL dry listed Windmill model which makes for a wonderful addition indoors. Its rustic style reminiscent of a farm is a great fit for anyone looking to bring an element of comfort to their country-style porch or patio or even indoors!

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Monte Carlo Maverick

A large, sleek ceiling fan with three blades in a contemporary living room scene.

Recently featured in our March giveaway, the Maverick ceiling fan features three curved wood blades and a super discrete motor. You are likely to question how this sleek and stylish fan is so powerful that it can generate over 14,000 CFM (88" model).

The Maverick is also true to its versatile name with a damp-rating for outdoor-use on a covered porch, carport, or in a pool house. Available in three sizes with 5 different finishes, Aged Pewter, Black, Brushed Steel (with either Walnut or Koa blades), and Matte Black, you will be sure to find an option that meets your expectations.

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