The Fantasia Blade Fan Review
The Fantasia Blade Ceiling Fan
There is a fine line between making a product that is useful and one that is built purely for its look. Finding that balance between the two is often quite tricky. Too stylised and you risk the actual purpose it was built for. Too simple and it will look plain and boring. With the Fantasia Blade ceiling fan, they have looked to create a product with a happy medium of the two. The initial brief was quite simple. A single bladed fan was required that would offer something different for the consumer. As this was a Fantasia fan however, renowned for quality, it had to serve its purpose and serve it well. Certain boxes had to be ticked. It needed to be suitable for most homes, no matter the ceiling heights. It had to still generate ample air movement and not just offer a token breeze. The build quality had to be of the standard synonymous with Fantasia fans. No doubt the design phase was interesting. I know it was a hard & laborious process but judging by the finished article it was worth it.
The Fantasia Blade fan certainly has a unique look to it. Mounted off-centre the single large blade provides a balanced spinning motion. It doesn’t generate as much air movement as something like the Viper fan, but at 4100 cubic feet of air per minute it still outclasses most cheaper DIY store models. It also puts it in the same bracket as other, more traditionally designed, Fantasia fans such as the Phoenix, Orion & Propeller. As you would expect, it comes with a Fantasia remote control system that operates the speeds, of which there are 3. The fans design doesn’t allow for a reverse switch on the motor housing so reverse isn’t available but then I’m not sure this is the type of fan you would use that feature on anyway.
Being a large bladed fan, the Blade is mostly made from durable ABS, which is both lightweight and balanced. This reduction in weight from solid metal means that the fan weighs in at only 8kg which is significantly less than the Viper Plus fan. It also means less work for the motor, prolonging its lifespan and allowing Fantasia to create a motor that only uses 36W on high speed. In an energy conscious world that is very economical.
For those with higher ceilings, the Blade fan can be dropped using a drop rod and conversion kit though I have to admit I don’t like it too much when fitted this way. It makes it look a little awkward in my opinion and takes away from the way it was supposed to appear. Is the Fantasia Blade fan for everyone? Probably not. We’ve had comments since it was launched ranging from the positive to the complete negative. It has certainly split opinions. What you certainly do get with this ceiling fan though is a thoroughly modern design, good performance and above everything else, a talking point.
The Fantasia Blade is available in both brushed aluminium & white and is available now at Lightahome.
The author of this blogpost was Dave Riley. Ceiling fan & Lighting expert of 17 years with Lightahome Ltd.