Ceiling fan motors are very important in determining how well a ceiling fan will work and how long it will last. When purchasing a ceiling fan it is very important that you research what motor the ceiling fan has. Just like when your buying a car you will want to find a ceiling fan with a best high performance grade, very good performance grade, or a moderate or economy grade motor. Larger more powerful motors provide maximum air movement with quiet operation and can run for an unlimited amount of time without burning out.
High Performance Grade Motors are like Super Cars
Ceiling fans with High Performance Grade Motors are the best in the industry just like super cars, aka chick magnets, are the best cars you can buy (or wish to buy). These ceiling fan motors are large, stay quiet, are extremely durable and circulates a lot air even at low speeds. Ceiling fans with high performance grade motors run perfectly smooth and quiet. You can leave these fans running for days even years without worrying about them burning out.
Flywheel Motor compares to Ferrari
Flywheel motors are like a Ferrari because of their performance and heritage. Flywheel motors are high performance motors that have been in production since 1979. These powerful and energy efficient motors are constructed around thick steel laminations surrounded by copper wiring and have large sealed precision ball bearings. Flywheel motors have an extremely quiet operation- due to the rubber flywheel disc absorbing shock.
Example of Flywheel Motors:
K55XL Motor – Emerson Origami Ceiling Fan
XLP-2000 Motor – Casablanca Stealth Ceiling Fan
Oil Bath Motor compares to Lamborghini
Oil bath motors have an indestructible cast iron motor housing with an oil-bath lubrication system. Oil bath motor ceiling fans were created by Hunter Fan Company.
When I think of oil bath motors I think of exclusivity so they would have to be the Lamborghinis of the ceiling fan industry.
Example of Oil Bath Motors:
210mm x 20mm Motor- Hunter Classic Original Ceiling Fans
DC Motor compares to Porsche
DC motors are the Porshes of ceiling fans due to their technology and efficiency. DC, which stands for direct current, motor is an electric motor that uses electricity and a magnetic field to produce torque. This requires less electricity and also less copper windings are necessary to create the same amount of power. The magnetic field in DC motors are stationary, unlike other motors which makes them 300% more efficient than standard fans. Most ceiling fans with DC motors also have six speeds instead of the normal three speeds.
Example of DC Motors:
165 X 18 mm Extreme Green Motor – Monte Carlo Explorer Ceiling Fan
EcoMotor- Emerson Midway Eco Ceiling Fan
Very Good Performance Grade Motors are like Sport Sedans
These ceiling fan motors are a step down from High Performance Grade Motors but are still extremely durable and they come close to matching the High performance motors air circulation. Sport sedans are also extremely reliable and have high performance.
Ultra-Performance Direct Drive Motor compares to BMW
The ultra-performance motor is a type of direct drive motor. A direct drive motor has a stationary inner core with a shell which revolves around it also known as a spinner motor. The ultra performance motor has high quality bearing and copper wiring with the largest stacks of laminated steel in any direct drive motor. This allows for outstanding air flow.
BMW’s are Ultra-Performance sport sedans so it is only fitting that they are compared to ceiling fans with Ultra-performance Direct Drive Motors.
Example of Ultra-Performance Motors:
212mm x 25mm Motor – Monte Carlo Grand Prix Ceiling Fan
Stack Motors compares to Mercedes
The stack motor is also a type of direct drive motor. A stack motor is built with a basic stator and squirrel-cage rotor. Mercedes cars have powerful motors and are made with high quality materials just like ceiling fans with stack motors. Stack motors are powerful and made with high quality bearings and copper wiring. They have a taller stack of laminate steel than standard direct drive motors.
Example of Stack Motors:
153mm x 18mm Motor – Modern Fan Company Ball Ceiling Fan
Large Standard Direct Drive Motor compares to Lexus
The large standard direct drive motor also has high quality bearings and copper wiring. Ceiling fans with large standard direct drive motors have a wide stack that produces more torque than standard motors. Lexus cars are also made with high quality materials and their engines produce more torque than standard motors.
Example of Large Standard Direct Drive motor
172mm x 20mm Motor – Minka-Aire Rainman Ceiling Fan
Moderate or Economy Grade Motors are like Family Cars
Ceiling fans with moderate or economy grade motors are designed with lower prices in mind just like family cars. These motors are still durable however move noticeably less air than high performance grade and very good performance grade motors.
Standard Direct Drive Motor compares to Toyota and Ford cars
The standard direct drive motor is a very common ceiling fan motor in the ceiling fan industry. Even though these motors have a lower grade than high performance and very good performance motors they are still made with high quality materials, just like Toyota and Ford cars, and produce great airflow. These motors are mostly used in contractor and builder ceiling fans.
Example of Standard Direct Drive Motors:
153mm x 13mm Motor- Quorum Medallion Ceiling Fan
I don’t recommended buying a ceiling fan that has less than a moderate or economy grade motor. Ceiling fans with smaller and cheaper motors move less air, wobble and tend to make noise. Anything lower you are just wasting your money. Ceiling fans with higher graded motors, just like cars, last a lot longer than a low performing model.