Outdoor Misting Fan: The Top 3 for Workers Compared

Outdoor Works Misting Fan

There’s work and then there’s hard labor. While people sitting in their office cubicle complain about their coffee being too cold, men and women everywhere are scooping, digging, raking, picking, scrubbing, lugging, and more. And on most days, they’re outside at the mercy of the elements. As the weather warms up, overheating becomes an increasing concern for these workers.The United States Department of Labor even has an ongoing “Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers.”

Outdoor Workers Heat

Outdoor workers are susceptible to heat illness when temperatures rise.

One way to combat hot temperatures in such workplaces is with an outdoor misting fan. This appliances work exactly as the name suggests: they use water, combined with air blown by a fan, to cool an area down. The fan head usually has several nozzles or a centrifugal pump system through which the water is sprayed, and this cool mist is then spread and circulated by the fan. Some mister fans draw water from a storage tank, while others can be directly connected to a hose.

There are many outdoor mist fans on the market, but not all will get the job done. Whether you’re an employer seeking to keep your hard-working crew cool, or an employee who wants to take the initiative to prevent heat stress, or a DIY enthusiast looking for a solution to being too hot in your own backyard, the below guide summarizes 3 popular outdoor misting fans so you can make a quick decision on which one to purchase. At the bottom of the article, you can find a quick reference chart of each mister’s main specs.

Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan

Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan for Work

Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan

Cooling Coverage Area

The Lasko 7050 is one of the most popular outdoor misting fans because it’s a compact, low profile unit at a low price. Customers have found that this product can cool areas up to about 30 square feet. This means this fan is more suited for personal use in an outdoor work space, and you would need one of these for every few workers.

Temperature Drop and Water Connection

Within its cooling radius, Lasko’s outdoor misting fan can drop temperatures by about 25°F. To use this appliance, you must have access to a continuous water supply, and it comes with a 9’ water hose that attaches to a standard garden hose. This fan mister has no water tank and so will only run for as long as you have the spigot turned on.

Oscillation, SpRAY, and Fan Speeds

The actual fan component on the Lasko 7050 Misto does not oscillate, but it can be pivoted on a 90° angle. It also has louvers that automatically oscillate/move to create a wide misting sweep. You can choose between 3 fan speeds — low, medium, and high — and there are 3 misting nozzles. This outdoor mist fan is very effective at cooling within a close range, though one customer complaint is that it gets everything which is too close — i.e. under 5 feet — too wet.

Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan Nozzles

The Lasko 7050 Misto Fan front misting nozzles and fan louvers.

Base, Dimensions, and Construction

The Lasko outdoor misting fan is very small, but heavy for its size. It measures 12.3″L x 16.25″W x 14.85″H and weighs 16.7 pounds. The fan sits very low to the ground and so you’ll need to use the pivot feature to direct the mist upwards. It does not have wheels, but does have a large carrying handle on the rear. This misting fan is made out of plastic and is designated as weather, UV, and rust-resistant. It’s also intended for outdoor use only, and so is engineered to hold up under the elements.

Price

The Lasko 7050 outdoor misting fan runs for about $115. This is fairly inexpensive, but it’s important to remember that this model has a relatively small cooling area. Thus, this portable mister would be most suitable and cost-effective for small outdoor crews or for home outdoor projects.

Luma Comfort MF26B 26″ Commercial Misting Fan

Luma Comfort MF26B Outdoor Misting Fan for Workers

Luma Comfort MF26B Commercial Outdoor Misting Fan

Cooling Coverage Area

The Luma Comfort MF26B is considered a commercial misting fan and is ideal for larger-scale applications than the Lasko 7050. That’s because it offers a substantially wider coverage area of 1,000 square feet. This mister fan is specifically designed for cooling big areas such as athletic fields, greenhouses, and more.

Temperature Drop and WaTer Connection

The MF26B commercial mist fan can also provide a more significant reduction in ambient temperature, with a 30-45°F drop, and operates with optimal output in temperatures up to 104°F. That means that it can bring the working temperature down to a nice 70°F or below in extreme heat conditions. Unlike the other two misting fans on this list, Luma Comfort’s product runs off of a water tank, with a 5 hour misting time. The tank can hold up to 4.4 gallons of water. This makes this outdoor cooler more convenient if you don’t have immediate access to a water hose line. However, it will require refilling once during an 8 hour work day.

Oscillation, Spray, and Fan Speeds

Luma Comfort’s misting fan combines a high pressure, centrifugal misting system with a blower fan. That means there are no misting nozzles and thus no possibility of clogging from hard water build-up. There are 3 fan speeds to choose from — low, medium, and high — with respective RPMs of 1400, 1500, and 1700. This outdoor fan has a very wide head, at 26 inches across, and when combined with the oscillation option, is highly effective at cooling horticulture, agriculture, and commercial operations.

MF26B Outdoor Misting Fan Close Up

The Luma Comfort MF26B uses centrifugal technology instead of misting nozzles.

Base, Dimensions, and Construction

The Luma Comfort MF26B is a fairly heavy appliance, weighing 89 pounds. Its dimensions are 17.30″L x 26.00″W x 76.60″H, so it has a much bigger footprint than the Lasko 7050, with the most space required vertically on this list. However, this fan is considered a “pedestal misting fan with cart.” In other words, it has a pedestal base that has wheels on the bottom, and handles on the fan stand. So while it’s more unwieldy in terms of overall size, it’s still easy to move around between work locations. This outdoor mist fan is made out of heavy-gauge, anti-corrosive stainless steel, and is weather-resistant.

Price

The Luma Comfort MF26B Outdoor Misting Fan costs approximately $750. While this is substantially more than the Lasko 7050, it does provide over 30x as much cooling coverage area. This product would be a better investment than the previous fan we looked at if you’re looking to cool workers in big commercial spaces.

NewAir AF-520B 18-Inch Ultra Quiet Outdoor Misting Fan

NewAir AF-520B Outdoor Misting Fan for Work

NewAir AF-520B Outdoor Misting Fan

Cooling Coverage Area

One of the most popular misting fans available, NewAir’s AF-520B rides the middle ground between the previous two products we looked at. It can provide cool mist in spaces up to 500 square feet. This makes it still suitable for larger work space applications and also appropriate for home DIY project use.

Temperature Drop and Water Connection

Customers have found that NewAir’s misting fan is effective at dropping temperatures by about 30°F. Like the Lasko 7050, this outdoor misting fan does not have a water tanks and instead works via a connection to a standard 0.75″ garden hose. As long as you have a supply of running water coming through the hose and the fan’s misting hose valve turned on, this unit will continue to provide cool air.

OSCILLATION, SPRAY, AND FAN SPEEDS

The NewAir AF-520B has an 18″ wide fan head that oscillates. Unique from the other two models, it also is a fully adjustable head, meaning that it can be tilted in different directions for concentrated cooling. Furthermore, the height of the actual fan stand can be changed with an adjustment knob, for low-reaching, high-reaching applications, and anything in between. Just like the other two outdoor misting fans, this one has 3 fan speeds to choose from: High (50W), Medium (45W), and Low (40W). This product has 3 misting nozzles and the fan can be used without the misters turned on.

NewAir AF-520B Outdoor Work Misting Fan At Work

The NewAir AF-520B misting fan nozzles at work.

BASE, DIMENSIONS, AND CONSTRUCTION

As an outdoor misting fan, the NewAir AF-520B is supposed to used outdoors. That means it can be left outside in the elements and it will still start-up without a problem. This product is constructed from weatherproof plastic and metal. At its tallest, it measures 19.38″L x 19.38″W x 55.00″H. This outdoor misting fan is lightweight at just 16 pounds, which is less than the more compact Lasko 7050. However, the AF-520B mister does not have wheels on its pedestal base or a carrying handle, so is more inconvenient to transport.

PRICE

The NewAir AF-520B costs approximately $130, making it a nice mid-range outdoor misting fan. It can effectively cool several workers at once, though is probably most-effective for backyard work projects or smaller landscaping applications.

LASKO 7050

LUMA COMFORT MF26B

NEWAIR AF-520B

MAX RUN-TIME (HOURS)

Unlimited (Hose connection)

5

Unlimited (Hose connection)

MAX COVERAGE AREA (SQ.FT)

~30

1000

500

TEMPERATURE DROP (°F)

25

30-45

~30

OSCILLATES

Louvers Only

Yes

Yes

WATER TANK SIZE (GALLONS)

Connects to Hose

5

Connects to Hose

BASE

Non-wheeled

Wheeled

Non-Wheeled

CONSTRUCTION

Plastic

Stainless Steel

Plastic/Metal

FAN SPEEDS

3

3

3

PRICE

$115

$730

$130

All of these misting fans would be helpful in cooling off outdoor work zones. If space is an issue and you’re seeking more compact, immediate cooling, the Lasko 7050 Misto is a good choice. However, the NewAir AF-520B mister provides a nice balance between more commercial-grade cooling power and cost-effectiveness, and would be a good investment in casual work scenarios — though it might not be as effective in heat extremes as the Luma Comfort MF26B Outdoor Misting Fan. The MF26B is by far the most powerful and effective option for commercial work spaces, so if you or your workers are repeatedly exposed to higher temperatures, this is the best misting fan option.

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