Who really wants a cheapo white oscillating floor fan if you can help it? Yet, that has really been the only affordable relief from summer heat for years. Lately, however, vintage fans are becoming trendy… Maybe started by Restoration Hardware who has brought the vintage/retro/industrial look into play. Copied many times over by others.
I just want to be clear from the beginning of this post: I LOVE Restoration Hardware. You have heard me sing praises to them before. But I just want to say sometimes, is it worth it to spend the extra money for the RH version when you can get a similar style and equal functionality?
So the original Restoration Hardware version starts at $200 for the smaller version… probably most similar to the scale and size of mine.
And then shopping at Walmart the other day I came across this beautiful knockoff version. It is pretty basic and actually looks much better in person than the picture portrays. It was $45, which was more than $30 white version next to it, but I was willing to pay $15 more for all that style, but would I spend $170 more to have the Restoration Hardware version? Probably not.
Both have the industrial retro feel, both fan and circulate the air. Yes, I had to assemble the one from Walmart. It took about 20 minutes. But the bronze finish on mine appeals to me a little more and feels a little more retro than the stainless steel version.
But there’s still the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” We’ll see how true that is by the end of the summer. I figure if it survives the hot Arizona summer, it will be a success. So only time will tell.
Which would you buy… do you agree with the “you get what you pay for” philosophy? Did I make a mistake?