So, apparently my preferred fan wasn’t good enough. It’s a shame because I really liked the design, but it apparently has noise issues. So I had a quick look at the Choice article and came up with the following decisions. Briefly considered the Haiku, which is gorgeous, but too exxy for us (unless we win lotto or otherwise get an amazing deal).
(If you’re not a member but would like to see the Choice article*, email/PM me and I’ll send it to you.)
For the inside, the Aeratron 503 looks like it will suit our modern styling. It comes in white, silver, and black. I’m leaning towards the silver at this point, because I’m not sure what shade of white our ceiling will be. The interior designers were recommending painting the ceiling and walls in the same shade of white, and my concern is that the white of the fan may look off against the white of the ceiling. The black somehow looks too dark (not something I ever thought I’d say!). First world problems!Aerotron e503
The Aerotron is made of plastic and aluminium. Interestingly, it’s being sold at Bunnings, which at least it means I can go and have a look at it. We’ve only specced a fan for the bedroom at this stage, but we’re also considering having one in the living room as well (if we did this, it would replace a light fitting and we’d rely only on downlights for that area. We’d still have a light fitting over the dining table though).
For the alfresco, we thought we’d try going with something different. The Brilliant Galaxy scored the same as the Aerotron, but has a more relaxed look about it, which should suit the outdoors. The Galaxy has a metal body and solid timber blades. It comes in white, silver, and “antique bronze”. We’re favouring the antique bronze colour. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a local supplier, which is a bit annoying.
Alternatively, I think the Aerotron in black would also work in the alfresco, as the ceiling will be lined with timber (probably jarrah), and I’d prefer the fan blend in rather than contrast.
*A note on Choice articles. While we find them to be a very good guide to buying something reliable, they often don’t test all the product models we’re interested in. I especially find that they tend to test in the low to middle price range, and occasionally they’ll throw in a popular high-end brand. Sometimes we have to extrapolate from their results if they test a similar model in the same brand, but that’s not always a good indicator either as results even within brands can vary a lot (I just checked the results for 3 different models of Miele dishwashers and the results we quite different). We tend to be of the view that if we find something we like and it’s not reviewed, we might still buy it anyway if we really like it. On the other hand if something gets a bad review (or performs poorly on an important aspect) we probably wouldn’t buy it.