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Ten five-star brands tested – all energy-efficient but air delivery mostly below par

In India, ceiling fans are the largest end-use appliance in the residential sector. For so many of us from before the ‘coolers and air conditioners’ era, the ceiling fan was as ubiquitous as the wall—or the ceiling—in the house. It was a generic product that we did not think twice about. It was just, well, there (unless you were a poet or a writer who could conjure up many alternate visions for the ceiling fan whirring on a drowsy Indian summer afternoon). Who really compared the performances of ceiling fans? Come to think of it, a comparative test on ceiling fans may seem to be a waste of resources and time, since it would have a foregone conclusion. After all, isn’t it a standard product serving a very basic function? Yet, just to give an example, with the millions of ceiling fans sold annually in India, think of the huge amount of electricity being consumed and think of the potential savings in electrical energy that can be realised with energy-efficient motors. The tests conducted by the Consumer Voice team only considered ceiling fans with five stars (energy-efficiency rating assigned by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, BEE, as per which five stars denote highest efficiency and one star the least). Thus, with energy efficiency as the basic starting point, the tests evaluate 10 leading brands of ceiling fans on parameters that decode their goodness in terms of performance, quality and safety.

The test programme was based on IS: 374–1979 – specifications for electric ceiling-type fans and regulators. The standard sizes of ceiling fans covered here are 900 mm, 1,050 mm, 1,200 mm, 1,400 mm and 1,500 mm. The test programme, though, was limited to 1,200 mm fans – the most commonly used fans – with BEE ratings of five stars. These fans are the regular, non-decorative models with three blades. The tests were conducted at an NABL-accredited laboratory. The following report will tell you a thing or two about important criteria like air delivery, service value, power consumption, and electrical and mechanical safety. We also considered parameters like silent operation, net weight, and design.

Top Performer - Lazer

Value for Money - Lazer

Key Findings

  • Based on the overall test findings, lesser known brand Lazer is the top performer and is followed by Usha and Marc.
  • Lazer is also the value-for-money brand.
  • Nine out of 10 brands tested did not meet the requirement of BEE on air delivery – the key performance parameter. Lazer was the exception. However, all brands met the requirement of Indian Standards.
  • Air delivery was found to be less than 210 m3/min except in the case of Lazer. In order to qualify for BEE’s star rating, it is required that air delivery be not less than 210 m3/min. Higher the ‘air delivery’, better the breeze.
  • As per the test results, only Lazer met the requirements of five-star rating in terms of service value (4.46 ), power consumption (48.88 watts) and air delivery ( 218.03 m3/min). It may be noted that higher the ‘service value’, better the energy efficiency and air delivered. Also, lower the ‘power input’, less the electricity bill.
  • All the brands passed in the service value test.
  • All the brands were found to be energy-efficient, consuming between 48.88 watts and 51.25 watts.
  • Only two brands, Lazer and V-Guard, had the ISI mark. However, while both met the requirement of Indian Standards, V-Guard did not meet the requirements of BEE’s five-star rating in terms of air delivery.
  • None of the 10 brands provided a standard speed regulator compatible with the fan, often leading to usage of sub-standard regulators by users and thereby possibly affecting the fan’s performance.
  • Orient was the heaviest at 3.586 kg; V-Guard weighed the least at only 2.936 kg (motor with blades).
  • CV’s Recommendations

  • Indian manufacturers need to put in extra efforts to improve air delivery and service value in order to enable consumers to realise optimal energy savings. Overall, only one brand, Lazer, qualified for BEE’s five-star rating. The remaining nine were found lower on air delivery.
  • There is scope for making ‘super efficient’ fans by bringing down input power by 5 per cent to 10 percent.
  • A regulator should be capable of reducing the speed of fan to at least 50 per cent. However, none of the 10 brands provided a standard speed regulator compatible with the fan, often leading to usage of sub-standard regulators by users and thereby possibly affecting the fan’s performance.

  • You can see list of our CV Comparative Test Ceiling Fans below, perform Side-by-Side comparison. If you need further help, do have a look at Conzumr Guides and Tips. Alternatively you can view all Fan to choose your own favourites.


    In April this year, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a JV of PSUs under the ministry of power, launched a pilot project called National Energy Efficient Fan Programme in Andhra Pradesh. Under this project, two energy-efficient fans are provided to each consumer at Rs 60 a month per fan on EMI basis. The EMI amount will be added to the consumer’s electricity bill for two years. With the usage of these 50 watts, BEE 5-star-rated ceiling fans, it is estimated that a consumer’s electricity bills will reduce by about Rs 700 to Rs 730 per year. Therefore, the cost recovery of purchasing these fans is less than two years. These fans are 30 per cent more energy-efficient as compared to conventional fans, which range from 75 watts to 80 watts.

    Side by Side comparison

    Alt Model #
    ES 48 Deco : 
    Technix Flair 5 star : 
    Airmill Star Plus : 
    Electra 50 : 250524
    Corona VX : 
    Newtec : 
    EE : 
    HS Plus : 
    Smart Saver 50 : 
    ES 50 : 
    ES 48 Deco
    Technix Flair 5 star
    Airmill Star Plus
    Electra 50
    Corona VX
    Smart Saver 50
    Buy Now ES 48 Deco
    Consumer Voice ₹ 1690 37% off
    Lazer ₹ 2695
    SnapDeal ₹ 2495 7% off
    Refreshed 3 months ago
    Buy Now Technix Flair 5 star
    Consumer Voice ₹ 1650 13% off
    Usha ₹ 1900
    FlipKart ₹ 1850 3% off
    Refreshed 1 year ago
    Buy Now Airmill Star Plus
    Consumer Voice ₹ 1250 48% off
    Marc ₹ 2395
    Refreshed 2 years ago
    Buy Now Electra 50
    Consumer Voice ₹ 1550 5% off
    Bajaj ₹ 1633
    FlipKart ₹ 1735
    Refreshed 1 week ago
    Buy Now Corona VX
    Consumer Voice ₹ 1650
    V-Guard ₹ 1650
    Refreshed 2 years ago
    Buy Now Newtec
    Consumer Voice ₹ 1370 1% off
    Khaitan ₹ 1390
    Refreshed 2 years ago
    Buy Now EE
    Consumer Voice ₹ 1390
    Refreshed 2 years ago
    Buy Now HS Plus
    Crompton Greaves ₹ 1899
    Consumer Voice ₹ 1899
    Amazon.in ₹ 1999
    Refreshed 14 hours ago
    Buy Now Smart Saver 50
    Consumer Voice ₹ 1625 4% off
    Orient ₹ 1691
    Refreshed 2 years ago
    Buy Now ES 50
    Consumer Voice ₹ 1800 23% off
    Havells ₹ 2350
    Refreshed 2 years ago
    Highlights
    Consumer Voice Rank
    ES 48 Deco : 1
    Technix Flair 5 star : 2
    Airmill Star Plus : 3
    Electra 50 : 4
    Corona VX : 4
    Newtec : 5
    EE : 5
    HS Plus : 5
    Smart Saver 50 : 5
    ES 50 : 6
    Total Score out of 100
    ES 48 Deco : 95
    Technix Flair 5 star : 87
    Airmill Star Plus : 86
    Electra 50 : 85
    Corona VX : 85
    Newtec : 84
    EE : 84
    HS Plus : 84
    Smart Saver 50 : 84
    ES 50 : 83
    Rated Power Input (Watts)
    ES 48 Deco : 50 W
    Technix Flair 5 star : 50 W
    Airmill Star Plus : 50 W
    Electra 50 : 50 W
    Corona VX : 50 W
    Newtec : 50 W
    EE : 50 W
    HS Plus : 53 W
    Smart Saver 50 : 50 W
    ES 50 : 50 W
    Guarantee/Warrantee (G/W) (Years)
    ES 48 Deco : 2 years
    Technix Flair 5 star : 2 years
    Airmill Star Plus : 2 years
    Electra 50 : 1 years
    Corona VX : 2 years
    Newtec : 2 years
    EE : 2 years
    HS Plus : 2 years
    Smart Saver 50 : 2 years
    ES 50 : 2 years
    Standard Mark
    ES 48 Deco : 5 Star
    Technix Flair 5 star : 5 Star, ISI
    Airmill Star Plus : 5 Star
    Electra 50 : 5 Star
    Corona VX : 5 Star, ISI
    Newtec : 5 Star
    EE : 5 Star
    HS Plus : 5 Star
    Smart Saver 50 : 5 Star
    ES 50 : 5 Star
    Retail Price/MRP (Rs)
    ES 48 Deco : 2350
    Technix Flair 5 star : 1900
    Airmill Star Plus : 1800
    Electra 50 : 1815
    Corona VX : 1990
    Newtec : 1980
    EE : 1560
    HS Plus : 2000
    Smart Saver 50 : 1780
    ES 50 : 2350
    Manufactured/Marketed by
    ES 48 Deco : Quality Home Appliances
    Technix Flair 5 star : Usha Inernational Ltd
    Airmill Star Plus : Marc Enterprises Pvt. Ltd
    Electra 50 : Bajaj Electricals Ltd
    Corona VX : V-Guard Industries Ltd
    Newtec : Khaitan Electricals Ltd
    EE : Berlia Steels (P) Ltd
    HS Plus : Crompton Greaves Ltd
    Smart Saver 50 : Orient Electric
    ES 50 : Havells India Ltd

    This includes following Tests: Air Delivery | Service Value | Power Input | Starting and Running | Speed | Power Factor

    ES 48 Deco : 19.21
    Technix Flair 5 star : 12.22
    Airmill Star Plus : 13.85
    Electra 50 : 14.28
    Corona VX : 14
    Newtec : 12.85
    EE : 12.47
    HS Plus : 12.99
    Smart Saver 50 : 12.97
    ES 50 : 13.09
    Air delivery essentially defines the amount of air a fan delivers – a crucial parameter since it translates into how comfortable you feel sitting under a running fan. As per Indian Standards, the air delivery of a 1,200 mm ceiling fan should be a minimum 200 m3/ min; however, for a BEE star-rated fan, air delivery should not be less than 210 m3/min.
    ES 48 Deco : 11.58
    Technix Flair 5 star : 11.09
    Airmill Star Plus : 11.37
    Electra 50 : 9.78
    Corona VX : 9.84
    Newtec : 10.77
    EE : 11.03
    HS Plus : 9.49
    Smart Saver 50 : 10.94
    ES 50 : 9.21
    The power input defines the energy consumption of a fan. Maximum power input for fans of 1,200 mm size shall be 50 watts as per Indian Standards.
    ES 48 Deco : 14.76
    Technix Flair 5 star : 11.08
    Airmill Star Plus : 12.9
    Electra 50 : 12.42
    Corona VX : 12
    Newtec : 12.12
    EE : 12.12
    HS Plus : 12
    Smart Saver 50 : 12
    ES 50 : 12.06
    ‘Service value’ denotes the air delivery in metre cube/min, divided by electrical power input to the fan in watts (W) at test voltage and at full speed. In simpler terms, service value means the amount of air delivered per minute per wattage of electricity. As per Indian Standards, the service value of 1,200 mm fans should be a minimum 4.0 m3/min/W.
    ES 48 Deco : 5
    Technix Flair 5 star : 5
    Airmill Star Plus : 5
    Electra 50 : 5
    Corona VX : 5
    Newtec : 5
    EE : 5
    HS Plus : 5
    Smart Saver 50 : 5
    ES 50 : 5
    The fan shall be capable of starting from rest when 85 per cent of test voltage or lower limit of voltage range is applied with regulator at lowest speed step.
    ES 48 Deco : 4
    Technix Flair 5 star : 3.26
    Airmill Star Plus : 3.24
    Electra 50 : 3.48
    Corona VX : 3.48
    Newtec : 3.48
    EE : 3.02
    HS Plus : 3.24
    Smart Saver 50 : 2.78
    ES 50 : 3.48
    Fan speed shall not exceed +_ 10% of marked value.
    ES 48 Deco : 2.98
    Technix Flair 5 star : 2.58
    Airmill Star Plus : 2.98
    Electra 50 : 2.76
    Corona VX : 2.76
    Newtec : 2.98
    EE : 2.46
    HS Plus : 2.98
    Smart Saver 50 : 2.82
    ES 50 : 2.98
    In AC circuits, the power factor is the ratio of the real power that is used to do work and the apparent power that is supplied to the circuit. The power factor can get values in the range of 0 to 1. It shall not be less than 0.90 for ceiling fans.
    Safety and General Performance
    Score out of 8
    ES 48 Deco : 6.6
    Technix Flair 5 star : 7.3
    Airmill Star Plus : 6.6
    Electra 50 : 6.7
    Corona VX : 7
    Newtec : 7
    EE : 6.8
    HS Plus : 7
    Smart Saver 50 : 7
    ES 50 : 6.2
    Temperature Rise
    ES 48 Deco : 6.53
    Technix Flair 5 star : 7.61
    Airmill Star Plus : 6.43
    Electra 50 : 6.91
    Corona VX : 6.74
    Newtec : 6.2
    EE : 6.87
    HS Plus : 7.24
    Smart Saver 50 : 6.3
    ES 50 : 7.04
    Suspension System
    ES 48 Deco : 5
    Technix Flair 5 star : 5
    Airmill Star Plus : 5
    Electra 50 : 5
    Corona VX : 5
    Newtec : 5
    EE : 5
    HS Plus : 5
    Smart Saver 50 : 5
    ES 50 : 5
    Mass of Fan
    ES 48 Deco : 3.22
    Technix Flair 5 star : 3.78
    Airmill Star Plus : 3.25
    Electra 50 : 3.61
    Corona VX : 3.01
    Newtec : 3.22
    EE : 3.18
    HS Plus : 3.77
    Smart Saver 50 : 3.69
    ES 50 : 3.74
    Workmanship and Finish
    ES 48 Deco : 3
    Technix Flair 5 star : 3
    Airmill Star Plus : 3
    Electra 50 : 3
    Corona VX : 3
    Newtec : 3
    EE : 3
    HS Plus : 3
    Smart Saver 50 : 3
    ES 50 : 3
    Design and Construction
    ES 48 Deco : 3
    Technix Flair 5 star : 3
    Airmill Star Plus : 3
    Electra 50 : 3
    Corona VX : 3
    Newtec : 3
    EE : 3
    HS Plus : 3
    Smart Saver 50 : 3
    ES 50 : 3
    Earthing Connections
    ES 48 Deco : 2
    Technix Flair 5 star : 1.55
    Airmill Star Plus : 1.82
    Electra 50 : 1.76
    Corona VX : 2
    Newtec : 1.68
    EE : 1.94
    HS Plus : 1.29
    Smart Saver 50 : 1.43
    ES 50 : 1.39
    Creepage Distance and Clearance
    ES 48 Deco : 2
    Technix Flair 5 star : 2
    Airmill Star Plus : 2
    Electra 50 : 2
    Corona VX : 2
    Newtec : 2
    EE : 2
    HS Plus : 2
    Smart Saver 50 : 2
    ES 50 : 2
    High Voltage
    ES 48 Deco : 2
    Technix Flair 5 star : 2
    Airmill Star Plus : 2
    Electra 50 : 2
    Corona VX : 2
    Newtec : 2
    EE : 2
    HS Plus : 2
    Smart Saver 50 : 2
    ES 50 : 2
    Insulation Resistance
    ES 48 Deco : 2
    Technix Flair 5 star : 2
    Airmill Star Plus : 2
    Electra 50 : 2
    Corona VX : 2
    Newtec : 2
    EE : 2
    HS Plus : 2
    Smart Saver 50 : 2
    ES 50 : 2
    Leakage Current
    ES 48 Deco : 1.94
    Technix Flair 5 star : 1.62
    Airmill Star Plus : 2
    Electra 50 : 1.74
    Corona VX : 1.88
    Newtec : 1.96
    EE : 1.88
    HS Plus : 1.66
    Smart Saver 50 : 1.62
    ES 50 : 1.74
    Manufacturers’ Comments
    Manufacturer’s Comment
    ES 48 Deco : -
    Technix Flair 5 star : -
    Airmill Star Plus : Air delivery observed in the Consumer Voice test is 204.52 m3/min. As per our records, the airdelivery observation is in the range of 211–216 m3/min.
    Electra 50 : -
    Corona VX : Air delivery (m3/min) is mentioned as 205. However, air delivery of 215 m3/min, with an accuracy of +/- 2%, has been observed in the Corona VX model under standard test conditions.
    Newtec : The air delivery as per Consumer Voice is 202.13 m3/min as against the 215 to 220 m3/min measured by us in our test lab. This may have happened due to ‘deformation’ of blade profile/ angles during handling/transit of fan. To rectify this defect in blade, we request you to allow us to reset the blades at your premises, after which you may carry out rechecking of air delivery.
    EE : -
    HS Plus : -
    Smart Saver 50 : -
    ES 50 : Air delivery of Havells ES 50 fan is 211 m3/min, whereas it is 202 m3/min in the Consumer Voice report.
    VOICE Society’s Reply
    ES 48 Deco : -
    Technix Flair 5 star : -
    Airmill Star Plus : The test results were sent on 25 April by email as well as speed post, requesting your comments within the specified time (10 days). However, we received your comments on 13 May.
    Electra 50 : -
    Corona VX : Response same as above for Khaitan
    Newtec : The test results were sent on 25 April by email as well as speed post, requesting your comments within the specified time (10 days). However, we received your comments on 18 May. It was verified that there was no deformation of blade profile/ angle/sweep (running).
    EE : -
    HS Plus : -
    Smart Saver 50 : -
    ES 50 : Air delivery of Havells ES 50 fan is 211 m3/min, whereas it is 202 m3/min in the Consumer Voice report.

    Marking/Labelling

    The container of ceiling fan shall be marked with the following particulars: a) Manufacturer’s name, trade name (if any) and number b) Rated voltage(s)/voltage range c) Type of fan, AC or DC d) Frequency/frequency range of power supply e) Air delivery f) Size of fan g) Country of manufacture

    Other important information to be provided by the Manufacturer covers MRP (in Rs), manufacturing/packing date, standard mark (if any), and warrantee/guarantee. The package shall also include an instruction manual and a warrantee/guarantee card.

    All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual. Packaging

    As per Indian Standards, ceiling fans should be packed in strong cardboard box to avoid damage during transportation.

    All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.

    ES 48 Deco : All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual.
    Technix Flair 5 star : All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual.
    Airmill Star Plus : All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual.
    Electra 50 : All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual.
    Corona VX : All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual.
    Newtec : All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual.
    EE : All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual.
    HS Plus : All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual.
    Smart Saver 50 : All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual.
    ES 50 : All ceiling-fan brands provided complete marking information. Havells, Khaitan, Marc, Crompton Greaves and Orient did not have instruction manual.
    The container of ceiling fan shall be marked with the following particulars:
    • Manufacturer’s name, trade name (if any) and number
    • Rated voltage(s)/voltage range
    • Type of fan, AC or DC
    • Frequency/frequency range of power supply
    • Air delivery
    • Size of fan
    • Country of manufacture

    Other important information to be provided by the Manufacturer covers MRP (in Rs), manufacturing/ packing date, standard mark (if any), and warrantee/guarantee. The package shall also include an instruction manual and a warrantee/guarantee card.

    ES 48 Deco : All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.
    Technix Flair 5 star : All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.
    Airmill Star Plus : All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.
    Electra 50 : All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.
    Corona VX : All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.
    Newtec : All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.
    EE : All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.
    HS Plus : All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.
    Smart Saver 50 : All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.
    ES 50 : All ceiling fans were packed in hard carton boxes with thermocol/cardboard supports.
    As per Indian Standards, ceiling fans should be packed in strong cardboard box to avoid damage during transportation.