Rated 4 out of 5 by Jaime Its an air circulator
I bought this air circulator on account of its long design history. It is noisy but I am sold to the design and its power to move air. It claims to circulate air and even out room temp in all spots so I bought it. It is hard to sell it to my family if I asked their opinion about it. It costs 3 to 4 times as much as the rest (14in usual stand fans). But costs half as much as 14in direct drive motor fans with lots of features. But I ended up buying the 533 after buying the big fans and it does stand its ground in unique design and quality (really, I won't be able to buy it if they knew I was going to buy a costly small fan). They use it often, too, because it is very portable and the air movement is strong. We bring it with us on trips. About the circulation, how do I "see" it in actual test as it even out room temp? Your videos are all CGI! Do "obstructions" matter a lot to its effectiveness?
March 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Miles Great small fan
This is about the nicest smallish fan I have been able to find, in terms of build quality and performance. I have 2 of them now. The motor itself looks to be similar to those in less expensive turbo style fans, but that's based on just looking at it. It does feel more substantial and moves more air than any other similar sized fan. I like the nice mechanical switch. Low is whisper quiet. Medium can be a bit loud, while high is turbo-prop loud - but it sure blows a lot of air at the high setting. I wish there was a medium-low option, something that made some noise for sleeping. But I suspect that given the limit of the motor design and 120AC supply voltage, something medium-low would require an electronic speed control adding complexity and reliability concerns. Quite impressed though with the build quality. It's nice to see someone taking pride in making and mfg something in the home products category. I don't need luxury products, just something that works well, and will last.
July 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GSH Construction I love all the vornado fans that I own.
I just love them. they move the air, their quiet and if you don't drop them from high places they will last a long time. I use them mainly for construction. Drying paint, sheet rock mud and the water dripping off my shrit. I bought my first one over 11 years ago when I was remodeling a very hot(July) bathroom. Its been through alot, sheet rock dust, wood sanding, metal grinding, concrete grinding... I did have to screw the cover back on, but it still works like the fisrt day i bought it. Con. Just wish the fans had some place to roll up the cord on.
July 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by The Rolling Batcave Air mover
I bought this fan to use in my small rv that I live in full time. I do a lot of traveling especially in hot climates, FL, MS etc. I use the fan when I don't really need to have the ac on or to supplement the ac by circulating the air in the direction I want. The only complaint I have is the placement of the on off speed control knob. It's placed under the fan head making it difficult to see or reach. It is also all black so that you can't even find the button without feeling around for it. Must be made by a left hander because I'm always tuning the button the wrong way. As others have mentioned, it's difficult to clean the fan blades or to get anywhere inside the case. But it does move some air.
June 19, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by none Tripped GFI breaker - tried 2 fans
Vordado model 533 tripped my GFI breaker. Tried a second model 533 with same results. Have been using the larger Vornado model 120TT for years without any problems with the GFI. Tested the outlet several times with the 2 Vornado models with exactly same reults. Model 533: when changing from low to medium or medium to high the GFI trips (no problem doing this with the larger model 120TT). I replaced the GFI receptical with a non-GFI and the fan works fine, Does not turn off the house breaker. After the added time and expense, I do like the model 533.
June 19, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ssharon You can't clean it.
The fan works, however it's inpossible to clean because the front does not Come off.
June 13, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by 530good533mediocre this product was a great disappointment
I mistakenly bought the 533 instead of the 530. I thought they would be comparable. I love the 530 and recommend it to all of my friends. While costing the same, the 533 has a louder lower noise than the 530, and definitely is weaker than the 530. If the 530 circulates 70 feet, the 533 most certainly does not. Vornados have a much higher price (almost twice as much) as compared to other brand fans, but I was willing to pay such differential since I think the 530 is a superior product. The 533 is not as good as the 530 and does not warrant being sold at the same price as the 530 and the 533 is not worth the price difference with other brands. Fortunately, I bought the 533 while my 530 is still working, and thus could make the comparison. I am seriously thinking about returning the 533 and buying something less expensive or looking for the 530. In summary, the 533 is not worth the price when compared to the 530.
August 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by nuyorker Quality product
I usually run it on the middle speed and it is not very loud with plenty of air circulation. Top speed is a little loud but has a lot of air circulation. Low speed has very little noise and circulation. I like this brand and bought another fan for my daughter.
October 31, 2014