Choosing the best outdoor ceiling fan might seem hard, but we’re here to make it easy! It’s important to remember that outdoor ceiling fans can work just as well inside, but when placed outside a ceiling fan should always have a damp or wet rating. Damp-rated ceiling fans work best on covered porches while wet-rated ceiling fans can be in more direct moisture like on pergolas. 
In the summertime, some parts of the country can experience unbearable heat making many fun outdoor activities seem like a chore. No matter where you live though, an outdoor ceiling fan can come in handy to help keep your living spaces cooler. Whether you have a porch, patio, or pergola, we’ve got you covered on the best outdoor ceiling fans of 2019. 

FAQ: Can any ceiling fan be used outdoors?

In order to be used outdoors, a ceiling fan must meet certain requirements. For outdoor spaces, only special damp or wet rated ceiling fans can be used to avoid blade droop, malfunction, or even fire hazards.


How to Choose an Outdoor Ceiling Fan

      Ceiling Fans for Pergolas: When choosing a ceiling fan for open air living spaces like pergolas or gazebos, you’ll need a wet rated ceiling fan. A ceiling fan with a wet rating means that it can directly be exposed to moisture.

·       Ceiling Fans for Patios: Covered areas under patios, porches or sunrooms will require a ceiling fan with at least a damp rating and should be placed so that no direct moisture can reach the fan. Damp rated fans can also be placed in indoor humid climates like bathrooms with tubs or showers. The most important thing to remember about damp rated fans is that they must be placed where rain cannot reach the ceiling fan.

·       Mounting: Ceiling height is an important factor when deciding what ceiling fan will be the perfect fit for your space. When it comes to mounting, you have several options: standard mounts, flush or low-profile mounts and angled mounts. For most applications, standard and low-profile mounts work just fine for the average ceiling. For ceilings that are under eight feet a low-profile ceiling fan is recommended. Ceilings that are taller than eight feet will use a standard mounting system.


Cedar Key

The Hunter Cedar Key indoor and outdoor ceiling fan is one of the most functionally versatile fans. This fan comes in two finishes, each with reversible blades, as well as a low-profile mounting option. The Cedar Key in white goes perfectly in coastal inspired spaces pairing well with textiles in blues and greens while the darker Cedar Key finish accents dark hardware in modern farmhouse spaces.


In addition to a powerful three-speed motor, this high velocity fan also features Hunter Fan Company’s exclusive SureSpeedTM Guarantee, delivering airflow optimized for ultimate high-speed cooling. Another convenient feature is the included handheld remote control. The Cedar Key is among one of Hunter’s best outdoor ceiling fans with a remote control.


The Cedar Key is a premier Hunter fan and for good reason. With so many features, finishes, styles and sizes, anyone could find the perfect spot for a Cedar Key inside or outside of their home.


Coral Bay

The Hunter Coral Bay chandelier ceiling fan features a lantern-style light fixture with three vintage, energy-efficient LED Edison bulbs encased in seeded glass. This fan is perfect for complimenting farmhouse and rustic décor in or outside of your home. One feature that’s sure to enhance the ambiance of any room is the ability to dim the light to your preference. This fan is among Hunter’s best outdoor ceiling fans with lights.


The five-blade design allows for optimal air-flow coupled with reversible three-speed WhisperWind® motor technology to deliver ultra-powerful air movement that’s whisper-quiet. Included with the Coral Bay is a handheld remote for easy speed and lighting adjustment from anywhere in the room with the simple push of a button!


Wherever you choose to put the Hunter Coral Bay it’s sure to add the perfect amount of aesthetic flare to your space.


Key Biscayne

The Hunter Key Biscayne is another rustic ceiling fan with weathered blade finishes, although it’s lantern-style light kit gives it a maritime style look and feel. The Key Biscayne will feel right at home on any porch or patio and is especially ideal for houses on the lake. After putting this one up, you’ll think it’s almost too nice to be used outdoors!


Because it’s damp-rated, the Key Biscayne features stainless steel hardware resistant to rust making it extra durable. Also included are two and three-inch downrod lengths letting the user to choose the best distance from the ceiling to hang their fans for optimal air movement. Installation is also very quick and easy allowing you to enjoy your outdoor activities even faster!


With finish options in onyx Bengal or weathered zinc, the Key Biscayne is great for anyone looking to enhance their coastal inspired space indoors or out.



The Hunter Rainsford is one of Hunter Fan Company’s exclusive wet-rated products. That means this fan is designed to function in direct moisture environments like patios and pergolas. The universal style of the Rainsford also means that it will compliment a wide variety of décor, making it an easy choice for anyone.


With a three-speed reversible motor you’ll be able to use this fan not only in the summer but during seasons you might not think to use a ceiling fan. The direct-drive motor also provides unparalleled power with silent performance for decades of usage. The Hunter Rainsford has an overall rating of five stars making it one of the best wet rated outdoor ceiling fans of 2019.


The casual design of the Rainsford makes it a good fit with any kind of style; from barns to bathrooms to pergolas and patios the possibilities are endless!


Sea Air

The Hunter Sea Air boasts a traditional design to compliment many large areas around your home including outside. The Sea Air is one of Hunter’s exclusive wet-rated fans which means it includes stainless steel hardware to resist rust and able to be exposed directly to weather. The Sea Air would be a good option if you’re looking for an outdoor ceiling fan for coastal areas.


Outfitted with a WhisperWind® motor, the Sea Air delivers ultra-powerful air movement all the while being so silent you might not know it was there. Included is a pull chain for easy on and off speed adjustments.


The Sea Air is available in three different finishes which means it can be as versatile as it is functional. One thing’s for sure though, no matter where you choose to put it the Sea Air will leave you with a breath of fresh air.



Once you’ve selected an outdoor ceiling fan, Hunter makes installation a breeze so that you can get to enjoying those summer days with comfort sooner. And with summer right around the corner now is the perfect time to start looking. Whether updating a existing fans or installing ceiling fans for the first time, it’s never too early to get started.


Whatever your needs may be, Hunter has you covered. From style to functionality Hunter offers the best outdoor ceiling fans of 2019!

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