I just started shopping for a good, powerful, electric fan, as electricity
costs in the northeastern part of the US are wild. With the heatwaves
we've had over the last few years (thank you global warming), I'm tired of
running the AC constantly.
Anyway, I've checked out the Lakewood HV18C (approx. $50) and the Lasko
4924 (approx $70). I don't think an oscillating fan is necessary as that
usually means papers go flying. I've also noticed that it's hard to find a
reasonably priced tall standing fan. In addition, many are made of cheap
plastic and not the metal I was accustomed to 20+ years ago.
The last fan I purchased was several years ago - a Bionaire which is
completely plastic, and can't even be opened for cleaning! The insides are
full of grime and soot. So much for the clean air company.