Best ceiling fans for Patio, Pergola & Gazebo

The patio is my favorite place in the evening. Chilling there on a recliner is one of the most relaxing time for me during the day. I bet a lot of people share this enthusiasm. But doing so is tough without a good fan. So in this article, I am highlighting a few good outdoor ceiling fans for patios, pergolas, and gazebos.

What is the difference between a patio, a pergola and a gazebo?

While all of them are outdoor living areas and have many things in common, they have some fundamental differences.

Patios are areas attached to the main building. They come with a variety of roofing options while for a pergola the roof consists of flat and open horizontal planks of wood with gaps in between.

A gazebo, on the other hand, is completely detached from the main building, and it usually has a polygon shape.

Both patios and gazebos are covered areas. There are of course open patios but most have a roof.

Can you use the same model fan in all of these?

No, not exactly. Patios and gazebos are covered and they don’t get wet. On the other hand, the roof of a pergola has holes so anything inside it including a ceiling fan will get wet during rain and snow.

So in the case of patios and gazebos, you can use damp rated fans whereas in a pergola it should be a wet rated ceiling fan.

You can, of course, use a wet rated fan in any of these but it costs more than a damp rated one.

If you are not sure what damp rated and wet rated fans are, check this post.

How big should the ceiling fan be?

The size (blade span) needed for a ceiling fan depends on the floor area of the room where it is to be used. Here is a quick guide to choosing the right size;

  • 30-36 inch – For an outdoor area up to 75 sq.ft
  • 36-44 inch – For an area with 76-225 sq.ft
  • 50-54 inch – For an area with 226-400 sq.ft

5 best outdoor ceiling fans for Patio, Pergola & Gazebo

The most popular blade span for an outdoor ceiling fan is 52 inches. However, I decided to include the best from other sizes as well since my readers may have smaller or bigger outdoor areas.

So here are the best ones;

1. 30 inch, damp-rated Emerson ceiling fan (Model – Tilo)

The Tilo model ceiling fan is a wonderful fan for covered outdoor areas like a patio, a porch or a gazebo.

This is a damp-rated fan, so it is not affected by moisture. But it cannot withstand direct, constant contact with water. In short, don’t install this in a pergola.

Tilo is a small fan so it is perfect for small living areas that are below 75 sq.ft. It moves 2278 CFM of air which is ample considering the area is that small. There are no surprises in terms of airflow efficiency; it moves only 54 cubic ft of air in a minute per Watt, but that is pretty standard.

Here is a quick overview of its specifications;

  • Blade size – 30 inches
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Blade pitch – 18 degrees
  • No. of blades – 3
  • CFM – 2278
  • Power consumption – 42W
  • Airflow efficiency – 54
  • Suitable for – covered outdoor and indoor spaces with area up to 75 sq.ft
  • Reversible – Yes
  • Speeds – 4
  • Control – Wall mount, remote (optional)
  • Light kit – optional
  • Warranty – Limited lifetime motor warranty and 1-year warranty for other parts and electronics.
A quick demo of Emerson Tilo

It comes with a 4-speed wall switch and a 4.5-inch downrod. You can buy a light kit separately. You can also flush mount the fan if the ceiling is not high enough, and also install it on a sloping roof with the right components (those need to be bought separately).

Installation is ‘a pain in the ass’ according to many customers, it is a bit different from installing normal fans you DIY, so make sure to read the manual first.

This fan is reversible ie, it can run in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions. This feature comes handy in summer and winter, you can read more about it in this post.

The motor of the Tilo model fan is covered under a limited lifetime warranty. All other components have a 1-year warranty.

Please note that this is a damp-rated fan, so it is not advisable to be used on pergolas or anywhere it comes in direct contact with water.

2. 42 inch Emerson Veranda

Emerson Veranda wet rated fan
Emerson Veranda wet rated fan

Unlike the above one, the Emerson Veranda is a wet rated fan. That means you can use it in any living areas including where the fan will have to endure rain and snow.

It has a CFM of 4421 which is ample for areas up to 225 sq.ft. You can even use this one for a larger area and still won’t be disappointed.

It consumes 53 Watts at peak speed. Its airflow efficiency is 83 cubic feet per minute per Watt which is good, which means this outdoor fan is energy efficient.

Here is a quick overview of its specifications;

  • Blade size – 42 inches
  • Rating – Wet rated
  • Blade pitch – 13 degrees
  • No. of blades – 5
  • Blade material – ABS
  • CFM – 4421
  • Power consumption – 53W
  • Airflow efficiency – 83
  • Suitable for – pergolas, open gazebos and patios with area up to 144 sq.ft
  • Reversible – Yes
  • Speeds – 3
  • Control – pull chain, wall switch (optional), remote control (optional)
  • Light kit – optional
  • Warranty – Limited lifetime motor warranty and a 1-year warranty for all other parts and electronics.

Emerson Veranda is available in oil rubbed bronze and satin white finishes. A 52-inch option is also available.

The fan has a high RPM of 260 and a low of 100. As mentioned before it moves a commendable amount of air. The steel construction and ABS blades can withstand harsh climates. Though it comes with a pull chain you can also opt for a wall switch or a remote control.

As you can see it has 5 blades. More blades mean quieter operation. Optionally you can add a light kit. It comes with a 4.5-inch downrod. Optional attachments for sloped roof and flush mount are available.

Overall this is a really good fan for any outdoor area.

3. 52-inch, damp rated Honeywell Belmar

Honeywell Belmar 52 inch outdoor ceiling fan
Honeywell Belmar

The Honeywell Belmar fan comes with a blade span of 52 inches, this is the most common size for outdoor ceiling fans.

This is a ‘damp rated‘ fan which is suitable for covered outdoor areas. The fan cannot be used in places where water may come in direct contact with it.

Ths fan has a CFM of 5070 at its highest speed. It is suitable for spaces with areas up to 324 sq.ft. It comes with a 3-speed setting that is controlled via a pull chain. But it is also compatible with Honeywell fan remotes.

Here are the specifications of the fan;

  • Blade size – 52 inches
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Blade pitch – 12 degrees
  • No. of blades – 5
  • Blade material – ABS
  • CFM – 5070
  • Power consumption – 56.4W
  • Airflow efficiency – 89
  • Suitable for – covered outdoor spaces with area up to 324 sq.ft
  • Reversible – Yes
  • Speeds – 3
  • Control – pull chain, remote control (optional)
  • Light kit – optional
  • Warranty – Limited lifetime motor warranty and a 1-year warranty for all other parts.

The Belmar fan has an airflow efficiency of 89, which is good. The efficiency of most fans of this size is somewhere below 80.

The rotation of the fan is reversible so you can run it in the anti-clockwise direction during summer and vice versa. You can also attach a light kit to it but that doesn’t come with the package. It is available in two finishes; white and oil rubbed bronze.

This outdoor fan is perfect for your patio or gazebo, and its motor is covered under a lifetime warranty. All its other components come with a warranty for 1-year. This is also one of the cheapest outdoor fans you can get.

Also, check this one – Hunter Builder Elite

4. 60 inch, damp rated Monte Carlo Maverick

Maverick by Monte Carlo is my favorite outdoor ceiling fan. It is very energy efficient and drives a huge volume of air. It moves 6687 CFM of air at its highest speed. With a weighted average CFM of 4551, it scores the highest in airflow efficiency; 228CFM/Watt.

On the downside, this one is very costly. Also, this is not wet rated so you cannot use it in pergolas or in other open-roofed areas.

This model has a blade span of 60 inches with a pitch of 12 degrees. It uses a DC motor which is the reason behind its high efficiency. Another notable thing is its blades; they are real wood and are hand-carved. As you know hand carving is not very precise so you may need to do some balancing for the blades after installation.

Here are the main specifications of this outdoor fan;

  • Blade size – 60 inches
  • Rating – Damp rated
  • Blade pitch – 12 degrees
  • No. of blades – 3
  • Blade material – Wood
  • CFM – 6687
  • Power consumption – 27.3W
  • Airflow efficiency – 245
  • Suitable for – large covered outdoor spaces
  • Reversible – Yes
  • Speeds – 6
  • Control – remote control
  • Light kit – None
  • Warranty – Limited lifetime motor warranty and a 1-year warranty for all other parts.

Monte Carlo Maverick is available in 5 sizes; 52 inch, 60 inch, 70 inch, 88 inch, and 99 inches. It is also available in 7 finishes. It comes with a 6-speed remote control and a 6-inch downrod.

The specifications of this outdoor fan are shown incorrectly on many websites including some marketplaces. So here is the specification sheet by the company Monte Carlo for your reference – Spec sheet.

Also please note that the warranty of the fan, which is given as ‘limited lifetime warranty’ everywhere on the web actually applies only to the motor. All other parts are covered under a 1-year warranty just like all the other fans I listed above.

I am totally impressed by this fan, I wish it was wet rated as well. If you have a large patio or a covered outdoor area, and have the money, then this is a really good choice.

5. 52-inch, wet rated, Emerson Batalie Breeze

Unfortunately, there aren’t as many wet rated fans as damp rated ones when it comes to outdoor ceiling fans. So you are not left with many choices if you are looking for an outdoor fan for your pergola or open gazebo.

So here is another wet rated fan; Emerson Batalie Breezer. This is a tropical styled fan with 5 blades that are shaped like leaves. It is very beautiful and definitely looks great in any outdoor living area.

This fan has a weighted average CFM of 3831 and its airflow efficiency is 83 CFM/W. It has a 3-speed AC motor controlled by a pull chain. At the highest speed, it can move 5231 CFM of air.

Here are the specifications of Emerson Batalie Breeze;

  • Blade size – 52 inches
  • Rating – Wet rated
  • Blade pitch – 14 degrees
  • No. of blades – 5
  • Blade material – ABS plastic
  • CFM – 5231
  • Power consumption – 47W
  • Airflow efficiency – 83
  • Suitable for – large outdoor spaces including pergolas and gazebos
  • Reversible – Yes
  • Speeds – 3
  • Control – Pull chain, remote control (optional), wall switch (optional)
  • Light kit – Optional
  • Warranty – Limited lifetime motor warranty and a 1-year warranty for all other parts.

This fan is really quiet, and is light kit adaptable. Its leaves have a really nice design, and they also have a special UV protection coating to withstand sunlight.

It is available in 2 finishes; white and Venetian bronze.

In addition to the pull chain you can also control the fan via a remote switch or a wall switch but they need to be bought separately.

The warranty for the Batalie Breeze is just like all the other fans listed here; Lifetime warranty for the motor and a 1-year warranty for all other parts.

Are ceiling fans the only option for patios, pergolas and gazebos?

Definitely not, there are floor fans and wall mount fans which you can use for these outdoor places.

Here are some of them;

  1. B-Air Firtana
  2. Hurricane Super 8
  3. Lasko 3300

These fans are generally cheaper than outdoor ceiling fans, and these need not be wet rated since they can be moved indoors after use.

But ceiling fans are better since they move air uniformly across the whole area.

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