Russell Hobbs 12" Scandi Desk Fan review

With all of the high-tech options now available for cooling our homes, it's easy to forget the power of a well placed desk fan.

Russell Hobbs Scandi Desk Fan on side table
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Ideal Home Verdict

Despite its lack of fancy features, the Russell Hobbs 12" Scandi desk fan is a good-looking, affordable and basic desk fan that packs a surprising amount of cooling power.

Reasons to buy
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    Very good price

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    Looks lovely

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    Easy to assemble

Reasons to avoid
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    No smart features or app control

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    Fan quite loud on maximum settings

This unassuming device makes a huge difference to your at-home comfort, whether there's a heatwave or you just want to remain at a neutral temperature while you work - and Russell Hobbs' 12" Scandi fan adds stunning design to the mix.

With wood-effect blades coupled with a white, grey or black casing, the Russell Hobbs fan looks brilliant anywhere. But does it do a good job? We tested the product to see how to measure up during a period of warm and humid weather. And if you want to see what we thought of others we've tested, check out our guide to the best fans.

Russell Hobbs 12" Scandi Desk Fan

Russell Hobbs Scandi Desk Fan in front of grey wall

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Russell Hobbs Scandi Desk Fan: key specs and features

Russell Hobbs Scandi Desk Fan operating switch

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  • Power: 45W
  • Speed settings: 3
  • Oscillation?: Yes
  • Dimensions: 46 x 35 x 29cm
  • Weight: 3.7kg

The Russell Hobbs Scandi fan comes unassembled but is extremely simple to put together. Simply attach the rear grill, blades and front grill to the motor and ensure everything is held in place by the clips around the frame.

Once you're all set up, you can control the speed of the fan via the switch on top of the motor (pictured). Change between levels 0 (off) and 3, and use the other knob to control whether the fan will oscillate or not.

Russell Hobbs Scandi Desk Fan: how does it look?

How a basic bladed fan looks is often one of the most important things to consider before buying, and Russell Hobbs seems to know that. The Scandi desk fan is bang on trend (even if the trend is a little long in the tooth at this point) with its light wood blades and choice of light grey, white and black.

And it really does look great in the space. Note - you can also get the fan in a pedestal form (opens in new tab), should you be short of counter space (or just prefer it). It's obviously slightly more expensive, but still very affordable.

Russell Hobbs Scandi Desk Fan: how noisy is it?

Russell Hobbs Scandi Desk Fan on side table in room with grey walls

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No fan of this kind is going to be completely silent, and we were indeed worried that the metal casing would lead to a noisy nuisance. But thankfully that was not the case, and all we could really hear was the force of the air being circulated. Still, this still got quite loud on level three, so bear that in mind if you have sensitive ears.

Russell Hobbs Scandi Desk Fan: our verdict

The Russell Hobbs 12" Scandi Desk Fan is a lovely accessory for the home that both cools effectively and looks great on a side table or desk. While it would have benefitted from some app control or more speed settings, those who prefer less bells and whistles should get on with it great.

About this review

Caroline writes about all things air quality for Ideal Home, testing and reviewing as many fans, air purifiers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers as can fit into her space. All reviews are based on real at-home use of the products, over the course of several weeks if required. This ensures that all recommendations are as informed and detailed as possible.

Caroline Preece
Caroline Preece

Caroline is the smart homes editor for Ideal Home, bringing her background in ecommerce and technology journalism to the homes world since the start of 2021. She has been in the industry for more than a decade, working for magazines and websites across industries as including IT Pro, Expert Reviews, Coach and The Week. Her main passion is for how technology can make people’s lives easier and more fun, as well as how smart home devices can save us all money and time.