NOTE: I purchased this product myself, and am sharing my own views about it. I have not been compensated in any way for this review.
I can hear you thinking, “Really? A product review about a fan? Have you just run out of things to blog about?”
Secondly, I’m blogging about a fan because YOU NEED THIS FAN IN YOUR LIFE!
Well, maybe you don’t. But anyone who is chronically ill and has associated temperature regulation issues, definitely needs something like this fan in their life.
Say hello to the Fenici (FRD40ACG)
It looks just like a regular pedestal fan.
Adjustable height/head tilt
3 speeds: low/med/high
So what’s all the fuss about?
It has a remote control!
Maybe I’ve just been living under a rock, but I’ve never owned a fan with a remote control before. Every time I wanted to change the settings, I had to drag myself upright/out of bed to push the button on the fan, and then crawl back into bed. Not a big deal if you just want to put the fan on before you go to bed at night, and then turn it off in the morning.
ii) Your temperature changes from ‘sahara desert hot’ to ‘antarctic cold’ within the space of a minute, and then back again a few minutes later, and then keeps flickering between the two
iii) You suffer from sensory overload and sometimes need to quickly cut out as much stimuli as you can (like a fan blowing on you), because your brain has started interpreting it as painful or overwhelming
…you either do a lot of climbing in and out of bed (wasting precious spoons you don’t have), or you just lie there sweating/freezing/hurting because you’re not well enough to get up to change the setting for the fiftieth time.
The remote control is tiny, and I keep it in my bed, next to my pillow. The buttons on it poke out a bit, so I can go by feel to turn the fan on/off/adjust the speed. That means I can be lying down with my eyes closed, point my
magic wand remote control at the fan, and ta-da: setting changed! It’s so helpful!
The other thing I love about this fan is that it’s so quiet. No annoying clicks, rattles or thumps, even when the head is oscillating back and forth. Worse than a tap dripping three rooms away, is a fan rattling a few metres from your bed!
It has a timer setting with fifteen combinations; starting at 30mins and going all the way up to 7.5hrs (in 30min increments). I haven’t really used the timer setting, because my temperature fluctuates so much (who knows if I’m still going to need the fan on in 7.5hrs time?). But I can see how it would be useful for people who like to have the fan on to go to sleep, but don’t necessarily need it running all night.
Ready for the best part?
The whole thing (fan+remote) only cost $24.00!
($24 AUD = $17 USD)
Yay for helpful products that don’t cost an arm and a leg to purchase!
(I’m looking at you, compression stockings!)
Yay for better temperature management!
Yay for saving spoons for more exciting things!
NB: I bought this fan about six months ago, from Big W. Since then, I’ve seen many others with remote controls for sale. So don’t feel like you have to purchase this particular brand/model, just to get the convenience of the remote. Shop around!
Products that help with chronic illness aren’t always traditional medical aids, like wheelchairs or compression stockings. What’s something you’ve found helpful?