Around 4 months ago, we installed Haiku fans in 4 rooms of our house.
Before I make any purchase of that size, I always look for real-world people to tell me about their experience, so I thought I could return the favor.
And because we have them in our living room, office and multiple bedrooms, I feel like I can give a well rounded review based on last 4 months enjoying them.
Up first, style.
Let’s be honest, if you’re looking to upgrade your fan, it’s either because it has a problem, or you don’t like the look of it.
In our case, it was the latter. We bought a new house and wanted to upgrade it across the board. It’s fairly straight forward to renovate a kitchen or bathroom.
They both have very obvious things you can do to improve them. They each have a lot of “things.” Countertops, sinks, stoves, cabinets, etc.
But what about the rest of the house? I found it was a lot harder to come up with ways to make the rest of the house match up to the improvements we were doing everywhere else.
You can repaint, add crown molding, wainscotting, or change the flooring, but some of those can be significant projects, and they don’t always add that much actual improvement for the amount of work they take.
Aside from our living room fan which was hung on a 18ft high ceiling, I was able to hang all of the fans in one afternoon, and the improvement to the look of the rooms was significant.
There are a lot of different styles to choose from, and we went with the shiny white aluminum in most rooms which matched the white/grey theme we have going on in our house. They look a lot more modern than what we had previously and will match not just our decor, but what most prospective home buyers would be looking for as well.
This is a big differentiator with Haiku fans compared to most others. They are one of (if not the most) interconnected fans you can get. They have an app, integrate well with other smart home appliances, and have sensors themselves.
We have them connected to our Nest thermostat, so they automatically come on to help circulate hot air, or add a breeze in the house when it should be cooler.
They also have a sensor that lets them know when people leave the room, so they automatically shut off their fan and light.
There’s another feature called sleep mode, which has been amazing in our bedroom. You add your ideal sleeping temperature in the app and let it know during what hours you normally sleep. It then automatically comes on throughout the night to keep you comfortable.
Our bedroom is on our second floor so it’s easy for it to get hotter than the rest of the house, even with good circulation. The fan has made a observable improvement and I’ve even I’ve noticed a difference in my sleep since adding it.
We’ve also added all of the Haiku fans to our Alexa routines, so when we wake up or leave the house, certain fans and lights automatically turn on and off.
When it comes down to it, any fan you buy needs to push air effectively. That’s another area these fans dominate in. I looked up the specs on every fan I could find and these push more air for their size than any other one.
It’s like a mini hurricane underneath the 84″ one we have in our living room when you turn it on full blast, which we rarely do.
It you want power, these seriously have it.
When you’re looking for something more subtle, they’re incredibly quiet at lower speeds.
Unlike you’re typical fan, they also have 7 different fan levels instead of just 3, which makes it easier to find the ideal setting you’re looking for.
There are only 3 downsides I’ve found.
First, when you set the fan to it’s highest levels, you’re able to hear it. You can’t hear the actual fan, just the movement of the blades cutting through the air. As I mentioned before, these fans push more air for their size than any comparable model I could find, so this isn’t much of an issue for me.
The only time I need a hurricane force wind in my house is when it’s HOT, like when one of our AC units went out this summer during a 100 degree day. At those times, the extra power was amazing, and not once was I concerned about hearing it. I honestly don’t think we could have staying in the house had it not been for the massive fan we had in our living room.
At normal levels, it’s whisper quiet.
The second point is similar to the first, but with optional integrated light. Each light has almost 40 LED’s that put out a LOT of light. The downside here is that at the highest setting it’s actually somewhat painful to look at.
The only option here would be to have the power of the one light spread out into multiple (not possible) or to limit the amount of light it can put out, which again isn’t a good option. I mention it as a downside, but I don’t really have a solution. I’m actually happy they are as powerful as they are because in my sons room, it’s the only light. I don’t often turn it up all the way, but if I need the extra light, it’s there for me to use.
The third downside is the price. These are not cheap fans, but with them leading the way in most specs I could find, I wouldn’t expect them to be. Compared to many of the types of renovations we’ve done, they don’t stick out as over priced, but it is a factor to consider.
We’re massive fans of these, well, fans.
They beat everything else we were looking at hands down. Based on my experience, I have to believe they must have spend a LOT of time trying to create a fan that takes into account all of the ways people want a fan to work – and then actually made on that did all of those things.
We’re super happy with them and haven’t found anything more we’d want out of them.
Two thumbs way up!
If you want to check out some videos where we installed them, I’ve linked them below. You can see me on the verge of freaking out from my fear of heights.