The Zippi fan - cool design innovation
The Vornado company is known for its full line of durable, dependable fans. They feature a variety of attractive designs. When I was looking for a small, portable desk fan, the Zippi really grabbed my attention. The design is innovative with a certain retro feel, particularly the color choices. When I bought mine, besides jet black, they had a choice of the classic '60s colors Avocado, Flame, and brighter than the classic Harvest Gold, a nice bright yellow. I have since seen it in a blue reminiscent of '50s-era car colors. The motor runs almost silently, and it's very safe, with soft cloth blades that won't harm even the tiniest fingers. (It looks so cute and almost toylike, you might have to discourage children from playing with it!) It has two speeds, and without any cage around the blades, there's nothing to obstruct the flow of air. One thing I have noticed is that after a couple of years of use (It's quite long lasting for a portable fan!), the top-heavy motor tends to sink the fan head. But that can be corrected with a little glue (so it won't be adjustable any more), or by jamming something into the part it swivels from. It's reasonably priced, too. All in all, it's a delightful little fan. Air Flow For its size, the air flow is the best because there's no grill getting between you and the air - and nothing to get clogged up with dirt, either! Ease of Use Plug it in, turn it on - what could be easier? Durability Lasts much longer than any other fan I've used. Design I really like how it looks. Only flaw is that the top-heaviness tends to make it drift downward after much use. I try not to adjust my new one very much in hopes it will last longer without doing that.