Haiku: Most Efficient Ceiling Fan in World

Just as Nest changed the thermostat game, perhaps Haiku will change the residential ceiling fan game.  This is the “world’s most efficient ceiling fan,” the “quietest fan in the world,” and the “most sustainable” fan, according to Big Ass Fan, the company behind the new product.

Haiku is available in a few finishes, including caramel bamboo (above), cocoa bamboo, white matrix composite, and black matrix composite.  The bamboo “airfoils” — not your regular fan blades — are made with moso bamboo, which grows rapidly, and covered in a solvent-free finish.

The fan is powered by a cool-running inverter that delivers an 80% improvement in energy efficiency when compared to conventional ceiling fans.  Haiku is an Energy Star product, according to Big Ass Fan, and the patent-pending blades have been engineered and balanced to deliver smooth airflow without rattling or wobbling.

Haiku has several variable speed settings and adjustments for sleep, timing, reverse, etc.  The fan is available for pre-order — the composite ones at about $825 and the bamboo ones at about $1,045 — and Big Ass Fan will be launching a new website for Haiku this week.  Keep your eyes open for that.

[+] More about Haiku ceiling fan by Big Ass Fans.

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  • Info

    Wow, Big Ass Price Tag!

  • Doug

    Thats gonna be a looooonnnnnggggg payback compared to a regular E* fan

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

       To be fair, what’s the payback on quiet or comfort? 

      • Kilr013

        Are you for real? What’s the price for quite and comfort is your answer? I actually considered buying one till I saw your lame response, then realized how rediculous it was to pay that much for a fan. There many top of the line fans that are both energy saver and just as quite.

      • Kilr013

        Are you for real? What’s the price for quite and comfort is your answer? I actually considered buying one till I saw your lame response, then realized how rediculous it was to pay that much for a fan. There many top of the line fans that are both energy saver and just as quite.

      • Kilr013

        Are you for real? What’s the price for quite and comfort is your answer? I actually considered buying one till I saw your lame response, then realized how rediculous it was to pay that much for a fan. There many top of the line fans that are both energy saver and just as quite.

        • Kilr013

          And yes auto correct sucks on the iPhone. It’s “quiet” not quite, don’t want to lose my credibility:)

        • GilHi

           Please name some.

        • GilHi

           Please name some.

  • Shititshot

    I was game for purchasing one or two, but at that price tag, no thanks.

  • Overpriced

    Who cares about a ceiling fan? Really? The company must be run by idiots to ask this price!

  • http://www.facebook.com/derzeitgeist Der Zeitgeist Geistreich

    I care about ceiling fans, frankly. Yes, the price tag is very steep, but you pay for innovation and BAF has made leaps and bounds in details that previously no one has paid attention to. It’s not about huge gains, it’s about tailoring your environment to eek out every last energy efficiency that you can manage. As demand increases, prices will go down. You pay to be the first to have technology. One may recall the Dyson blade-less fan (or “Air Multiplier” as they call it), hugely popular, but it just doesn’t work, and remains tremendously overpriced almost three years later. I bought one ($300) and WANTED to like it so bad but just couldn’t justify it. It was cheap, flimsy, fragile, noisy and almost entirely ineffectual. You will not find items like this from BAF, as they have been historically a company that produced primarily commercial (see DURABLE) goods. I am personally really excited about this and will be keeping an eye on the price. 

  • Masonspears

    After getting a quote they charge shipping and tax. I learned They also charge 25 percent restocking fee if box is open and 50 percent restocking fee if fan is taken out of box and installed. All this for a fan that will cost you a little shy of one thousand dollars. No exaggeration. The price is way too much. They were offering the fan for 200 discount but only for a presale that no one knew about. For the price of the fan they should ship for free. I don’t like this company and I will let everyone I know and come across to stay away. Hopefully another company will make a similar fan and sell it for more of a reasonable price.

  • Dave

    I just filled out their “application form” for information on buying one of these fans. I their “comments” field I said it looked very good if it wasn’t too expensive. I guess I don’t have to wait for their response now to know that it is FAR too expensive. A $500 price tag would have been quite expensive, but around $1,000!!!! That’s really over the top. They must have a very comfortable profit margin. Whatever. Its not going to work for me. Too bad. I really like what I see and read about it.

  • Colmosk

    Great looking fan with lots of features, would love to own one..
    Would I buy the fan?, NO CHANCE, WAAAAY over the top expensive.
    I have 6 fans in my home, all quiet, great air movement and all under $300.
    I’ll stick with Hunter, Casablanca or Minka.

  • Colmosk

    Great looking fan with lots of features, would love to own one..
    Would I buy the fan?, NO CHANCE, WAAAAY over the top expensive.
    I have 6 fans in my home, all quiet, great air movement and all under $300.
    I’ll stick with Hunter, Casablanca or Minka.

  • Disappointed

    Just gorgeous.  I will wait a year for the knockoffs to be made.  I don’t mind paying more for new technology plus extra for styling but unless this is rediculously hard to make then the price is a non-starter for me.  I say we all write to hunter or other companies and tell them to move to this styling.  Then the price will start dropping.  We need to implement style and efficency.  You can only implement if you can justify the cost.  If this is the iPad of fans it should cost as much as an iPad, not 3 times as much.  I am so dissapointed I was ready to purchase 3.  I will check back in a year or two to see if it is doable.

  • Victoryheart

    Holy crap batman…well I guess its a great deal if you have millions of dollars to throw into your ceiling. Unfortunately I’m just a supervisor at a nursing home and even though I would Love to put this in my home I think that $1000.00 price tag is just some big honcho sitting on his bum making sure that the littleman knows their little thanks. Ill stick with my bamboo slightly wobbly and barley noisy fan I already have

  • Lendillon

    Why all the fuss?  Either you like it or you don’t.  No reason to bash BAF.  Last time I checked it was not my capital at risk developing this line of fans.  What a wonderful innovation and example fo thinking outside the box.  Bet in five years this is the norm of residential ceiling fans.

  • Dan Combs

    I installed one of,these fans today for a customer. It is quiet and beautiful, but. When I saw the price I was shocked. I have never seen a fan for more than $300.00 in a 30 year career as an electrician in Palm Springs, Ca. While there are some, customers that will pay that, I wish it was around $500.00. I could sell that all day.
    The thing that will sell this fan is it’s beauty.
    The other thing that I think is odd, is the blue light. A lot of my customers don’t want any light in their bedrooms at night. A red light might not be as cool, but red does not travel as far and will not light up a dark room at night.
    I love this fan though and would buy them for all my rooms if the cost was less.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kim.northrop1 Kim Northrop

      I live in Florida and we’re pretty interested in chilling :) So how well did it work in your opinion? I get that it’s quiet and pretty, did it really move the air around?

  • Jabalong

    What is the blue light for? Does it turn on and off?

  • Nucleardynamic

    I just bought (6) of them.  Very nice and beautiful.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/hodad66 John Lasseter

    I was very interested in this beautiful fan but at 1K it is just too expensive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hodad66 John Lasseter

    I was very interested in this beautiful fan but at 1K it is just too expensive.

  • Nunyr

    This fan is designed for those who can afford it. If you cannot afford it, you can buy a justasniceafan at a fraction of that price tag.

  • MacLeod

    The fan design is attractive but the price is cost prohibitive. The price point is too high. If it were less expensive the company would see more volume. Like many others I will wait for the price to come down before purchasing.

  • fanman

    This fan looks beautiful but is by way NOT the most efficient fan – not even near other fans! Have a look at the Australian designed Aeratron fans – they are beautiful, indeed the most efficient fans, high quality and affordable!

    • HIPAASchool.com

      Wow, the Aeratron website is GOD AWFUL! Does anyone know where to find actual specs on their fans?

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.m.munoz.37 Alex MW Munoz

    You’d have to be running a fan an awful lot of hours year round to justify the price tag…even then not sure about the payback versus emerson’s fans etc. You’re obviously paying a bit for the artistic side of the design

  • brent

    I have two of them. These fans are amazingly quiet and efficient and expensive as hell. I haven’t found any other fan that has such gorgeous simple lines for even half the price. If you’re into the details and want one of the best designed and yet functional pieces of art for your ceiling, this is for you. If not, why badmouth the company for making a luxury product and selling it at a luxury price?

  • Joey

    We got Hunter Pacific Sycamore fans at $349 – gorgeous, quiet, EFFICIENT!
    Design to die for.

  • http://profiles.google.com/spikescm Spike S

    Dear BAF,

    Please stop trying to create a niche market product that myself and the other 85% of the people posting here can’t understand. We are getting overly exhausted criticizing others for spending their discretionary dollars on a product that we couldn’t ever afford. Now if you will excuse me I need to head back to the big box store, and buy some things that will fall apart after 3 months.
    Thank You,
    Spike

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.daves.5 Mark Daves

    $800 for a ceiling fan that saves me $10 a year… well, I am in!!! It will only take me 80 years to break even… This is why America can not compete with the rest of the world… greed!!!!

    • mckillio

      No, it’s because we are short sighted and only look at the direct cost of things.

    • mckillio

      No, it’s because we are short sighted and only look at the direct cost of things.

    • mckillio

      No, it’s because we are short sighted and only look at the direct cost of things.

    • mckillio

      No, it’s because we are short sighted and only look at the direct cost of things.

    • mckillio

      No, it’s because we are short sighted and only look at the direct cost of things.

    • mckillio

      No, it’s because we are short sighted and only look at the direct cost of things.

  • ladi

    So by this price tag you are prepaying power for next 150 years. If you buy standard fan you pay what you use now. as they are cheap. It is the same with solar systems return of your investment in 13-15 years life cycle max 15 years. where is the point use solar if mains cable if in house?

  • ladi

    So by this price tag you are prepaying power for next 150 years. If you buy standard fan you pay what you use now. as they are cheap. It is the same with solar systems return of your investment in 13-15 years life cycle max 15 years. where is the point use solar if mains cable if in house?

  • ladi

    So by this price tag you are prepaying power for next 150 years. If you buy standard fan you pay what you use now. as they are cheap. It is the same with solar systems return of your investment in 13-15 years life cycle max 15 years. where is the point use solar if mains cable if in house?

  • http://twitter.com/carlptweet carlp

    If you use it a lot, it may pay for the difference in price pretty quickly. Induction motors in fans have a terrible power-factor so they cost the power plant operators a lot more fuel than the watts would indicate. (Look at the VA rating rather than the watts rating.) IF you have a commercial power bill or a smart meter, you may be getting billed for the terrible power factor. (Which is fair because Apparent power represents fuel burned at the generator better than watts.)
    So a 200 W motor on 25% of the time may use $50 / year electricicity. But on a commercial power bill, if the power factor is low like 30%, it could be more like $150.

    They are really nice fans with nice remote controls and “whoosh mode”. Hate the blue light, but that is fixed with a tiny piece of red electrical tape.

  • Jon Gillis

    I personally could never afford one of these fans but as an electrician in Carrboro, NC I do install them quite regularly and i must say, if i had my choice it would be mine. they are superior in build quality, function, and look better than anything on the market. I play in multi-million dollar homes daily and nothing i have seen compares to a haiku fan, they are simply beautiful in every way. Dont get mad at the price, its worth it. Gotta pay to play.

    Also, to attain certain LEED ratings these are necessities as they draw less power and give more air flow through better design as well as using a DC motor.

  • Jon Gillis

    I personally could never afford one of these fans but as an electrician in Carrboro, NC I do install them quite regularly and i must say, if i had my choice it would be mine. they are superior in build quality, function, and look better than anything on the market. I play in multi-million dollar homes daily and nothing i have seen compares to a haiku fan, they are simply beautiful in every way. Dont get mad at the price, its worth it. Gotta pay to play.

    Also, to attain certain LEED ratings these are necessities as they draw less power and give more air flow through better design as well as using a DC motor.

  • Jon Gillis

    I personally could never afford one of these fans but as an electrician in Carrboro, NC I do install them quite regularly and i must say, if i had my choice it would be mine. they are superior in build quality, function, and look better than anything on the market. I play in multi-million dollar homes daily and nothing i have seen compares to a haiku fan, they are simply beautiful in every way. Dont get mad at the price, its worth it. Gotta pay to play.

    Also, to attain certain LEED ratings these are necessities as they draw less power and give more air flow through better design as well as using a DC motor.

  • cliff

    Guys I have a house full of them. They run 24/7 and work as well as they look. There are 16 speeds and I can program them to automatically do what I want them to do. The LED lights are wonderful and can be turned down to a night light setting. Yes they are expensive, but so are many of the finer things in life.

  • Geoff Partain

    Sure this fan has a premium price tag. But there is a market for such technologicly advanced and stylish fans. The technology will eventually trickle down to more modestly priced fans. It’s like cars, one can buy a Mercedes S-class or a Kia. One’s more stylish and advanced with a premium price to match, and one’s basic transportation with dated technology.

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