Hugger ceiling fans are defined as ceiling fans which include no downrod and are mounted flush to the ceiling. This is why they are often interchangeably referred to as flush-mount ceiling fans and are a great choice for low ceilings or small rooms. Hugger ceiling fans are also often lumped together with low profile fans, but these are slightly different as discussed below.

These compact fans not only fit into small rooms but can be purchased with many different features. Just because you have a small room and a low ceiling does not mean you are out of options, or are “option limited.” There are a variety of styles and brands of hugger ceiling fans which are sleek, and help to optimize the space you have. To make shopping easier, we have developed a list which showcases the best hugger fans from different categories. We have even highlighted the “huggiest hugger,” or the hugger which is both the smallest and the shortest.


The Hunter Builder Low Profile

This hugger ceiling fan by Hunter is shown in a bedroom.

Hugger Ceiling Fans Under $100

Shopping on a budget, or working to reduce your spending, shouldn’t have to mean sacrificing quality. For under $100, the Hunter Builder Low Profile 42-inch ceiling fan is available in three finishes, comes with five blades, and three lights. From the ceiling to its lowest point, this fan is only 14.6 inches. The Builder houses a WhisperWind motor making it a very quiet option.

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The Quorum Custom Hugger

The hugger ceiling fan shown has five wood blades and a brushed nickel finish.

The Smallest and Shortest Hugger Ceiling Fans

If you are looking for a fan to truly be as small and compact as possible, the Quorum Custom Hugger 42-inch ceiling fan is our “huggiest hugger,” as our Customer Experience Manager would say. This flush-mount option is only 7.5 inches from the ceiling to the bottom of the fan, and it has an 11-inch base. The Quorum Custom Hugger is available in four different finishes. For a slightly larger fan, you can order the Custom Hugger in a 52-inch span. This only hangs a quarter of an inch lower.

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The Minka-Aire Concept II

A hugger ceiling fan with integrated lighting is shown in a living room surrounded wooden fixtures.

Indoor Hugger Ceiling Fans

Indoor ceiling fans are essential for keeping a home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Choosing a smaller indoor ceiling fan doesn’t mean that circulation will be minimal. The Minka-Aire Concept II 52-inch ceiling fan has a CFM rating of 5,710. This means it can cool down rooms between 225 to 400 square feet. The Concept II has a dimmable light, five different finishes to choose from, and is 11 inches from the ceiling to the bottom of the fixture.

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The Emerson Curva Sky

This flush mount ceiling fan is shown in a nauturally lit bedroom with a soft blue bedframe serving as the focal point.

Outdoor Hugger Ceiling Fans

Creating a comfortable and creative outdoor area is a priority for many homeowners. Whether it’s your patio or front porch you are looking to cool down, an outdoor hugger ceiling fan can help you to save space and add a stylish focal point. The Emerson Curva Sky 52-inch outdoor ceiling fan comes with a six-speed hand-held remote that features full-range light dimming and a reverse function. The Curva Sky comes in four different finishes, including brushed steel and oil-rubbed bronze.

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The Kichler Stratmoor

A hugger ceiling fan with a white powder coat finish is shown.

Small Hugger Ceiling Fans

When looking for a smaller ceiling fan, the 42-inch Kichler Stratmoor is a wonderful option to consider as it is only 8.25 inches from the ceiling to the bottom of the fan, yet still has an impressive 4,098 CFM rating. The Stratmoor comes in four different finishes and has five blades with a 12-degree blade pitch. It can also easily cool an area of 225 to 400 square feet.

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The Monte Carlo Clarity

The flush mount ceiling fan shown has three blades and a rubberized white finish.

Medium Hugger Ceiling Fans

Medium ceiling fans are typically considered ceiling fans with blade spans between 44 and 50 inches. If this is the size flush-mount ceiling fan you are looking for, the Monte Carlo Clarity II houses a 17 watt LED, dimmable light and is 9.2 inches from the ceiling to the bottom of the light. The Clarity II also comes with a three-speed remote, and is available in brushed steel, oil-rubbed bronze or a rubberized white finish. It is a great choice and brings contemporary style.

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The Monte Carlo Traverse

The hugger ceiling fan shown has a 52 inch blade span, three blades, and a downlight.

Large Hugger Ceiling Fans

For large ceiling fans, with blade spans ranging from 52 inches to 60 inches, we recommend another great Monte Carlo fan. The Monte Carlo Traverse has a 52-inch blade span and is also available in three different finishes. The Traverse has a light covered by matte opal glass, but also, comes with a cap for non-light use. The Monte Carlo Traverse is 12 inches from the bottom of the light to the ceiling.

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The Minka-Aire Calais

This hugger has a 52 inch blade span and is shown over a post bed with ornate surrounding decor.

Hugger Ceiling Fans with Lights

For a hugger which not only includes lighting, but highlights it with sheer elegance, we recommend the Minka-Aire Calais. The Calais features five dark walnut blades with a 14-degree pitch, and two 60-watt candelabra base lights housed by aged champagne glass. The Calais is 12 inches from the ceiling to the bottom of the light and is a great embodiment of traditional Tuscan style.

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The Emerson Prima Snugger

This hugger ceiling fan with five blades is shown in a satin white finish.

Hugger Ceiling Fans without Lights

If lighting is not necessarily a concern, and you would prefer no lighting on your hugger, there are many options for flush-mount ceiling fans without lights. A great choice, in particular, is the Emerson Prima Snugger. The Prima Snugger is available in four different finishes and has a four-speed wall control with a reverse switch on the motor. This hugger ceiling fan is 8 inches from the ceiling to the bottom and has a 5145 CFM rating.

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Hugger vs. Low Profile Ceiling Fans

The visual difference between hugger and low profile ceiling fans is shown.

If you are looking for a small and short ceiling fan, but not necessarily a flush-mount ceiling fan, there is something key to note; All hugger or flush-mount ceiling fans are low-profile fans, however, but not all low-profile fans are huggers or flush-mounts. In short, a low-profile fan is any fan which can be mounted and hang below 12 inches. Another clarification is that low-profile ceiling fans may include a downrod, while huggers do not. This means, even if a hugger fan isn’t necessarily what you are looking for, there are plenty of low-profile options for your home!


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