Smartmi Standing Fan 3 Review, Specs & Price: We would have loved to have shown you all the Xiaomi/Smartmi fans at a great price a few weeks ago, but that’s almost not possible this year. There are hardly any offers and the range has been thinned out a bit. In my opinion, the best standing fan is the Smartmi Standing Fan 3, which you can currently get at Computeruniverse for €145.99. It’s far from the best price, but it’s definitely worth it considering the weather.
Alternatively, you can pick it up cheaper at Cyberport for €109 in the store if you live in one of the cities. It is also available at Proshop, but has a long delivery time.
The manufacturer Smartmi has also made the smart fans from the Xiaomi ecosystem (Mi Home app) popular in this country. Xiaomi now has three fans around the world. But none of them is the counterpart to the Smartmi Standing Fan 3, which not only has a battery, but also an ionizer.
Smartmi Standing Fan 3 Review, Specs & Price
- Xiaomi Smartmi Standing Fan 3
- Smartmi vs Xiaomi: are the fans identical?
Smartmi is theoretically its own manufacturer, so the Smartmi fans are not a Xiaomi product. In Germany there is now the Xiaomi Mi Fan 2 Lite (formerly 1C), Mi Fan 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Fan Pro. The fans can be distinguished, for example, by the fan rod, which is silver on the Smartmi fans and white on the Xiaomi. In addition, of course, you will find the Smartmi logo in the center instead of the Mijia logo. And you can also tell them apart when it comes to operation, the Smartmi devices only have two buttons. We also explain the other differences in the Xiaomi fan overview.
Scope of delivery & construction
The Smartmi Standing Fan 3 arrived within a few days after ordering from Geekmaxi. Everything is securely packed as usual, the box is the same size as the Smartmi Standing Fan 2 and noticeably larger than the Mi Smart Standing Fan 2. In this case, this is due to the fan rod, which consists of two parts on Xiaomi.
The scope of delivery includes the fan motor including a fixed rod, the base, the protective cage, the rotor blade, the base, an EU power cable and a screw including an Allen key. By the way, the power cable is equipped with a Xiaomi logo, so much for “they don’t belong together”.
The assembly is quick and easy and can be completed in a few minutes. First attach the fan rod to the base and then insert and tighten the screw from below. This gives the Fan 3 a noticeably more stable stand than the Xiaomi Mi Fan 2. Then you have to attach the back of the protective basket, fasten it with the white plastic “nut”, attach the rotor blade and then close it with the gray button. Finally, just screw in the front of the protective cage. You can also find the unboxing on our Instagram channel.
Old design refreshed
In the third generation, the manufacturer Smartmi relies on a very similar design to the Xiaomi Smartmi Standing Fan 2 and 2S. The Smartmi Standing Fan 3 is also 96 cm high, but unlike the Xiaomi Mi Fan 2, it cannot be adjusted in height. The combination of the silver fan pole and the white protective basket looks chic and timeless and should easily integrate into most interior styles.
Unlike the Xiaomi fan, the rod is not only silver instead of white, in contrast to the predecessor, the status LEDs are also located there. They are usually located at the top of the control buttons, now you get a small display. This provides information about the speed levels, of which there are four here. Up to 100 levels are possible via the app. In addition, there is an active WiFi connection and information as to whether the ionizer and nature mode are activated.
You stay with the seven rotor blades, which turn their rounds in the protective cage. Newer models from Xiaomi such as the Mi Fan Pro rely on a 5+7 rotor blade. The processing of the Smartmi Standing Fan 3 is good as usual, the plastic is high-quality, the fan rod is stable and the fan has a good stand. Despite the higher price, the processing is no better than the cheaper Smartmi Standing Fan 2.
Performance & Loudness
With the rotor blades and the 25W motor, the Smartmi Standing Fan 3 provides a cool breeze. Apparently, the same DC motor is used here as well, which also provides the drive in the other two Smartmi models and the more expensive Xiaomi fans. Since it is a DC motor, the consumption is a little lower and the fan can work as quiet as a whisper. Only Xiaomi’s Mi Fan 2 Lite works with an AC motor, which makes it not quite as energy efficient and a bit louder.
At 25W, the consumption is higher than that of the Mi Smart Standing Fan 2 from Xiaomi, which is probably due to the battery, which the Fan 3 also has to charge.
I ran the Smartmi Standing Fan 3 and Standing Fan 2 simultaneously side by side during the test period and I can’t see any difference in performance. Up to level 2, the fan is really whisper-quiet, so you can use it even if you’re a light sleeper. The noise level is the same as that of the Xiaomi device. Everything above the setting 50 is noticeably louder, you can hear it. From level 4 it is loud, but the wind power is felt to be very high, so that the airflow reaches you even ten meters away.
Especially in summer I don’t want to do without the fan anymore, because it manages to cool smaller rooms well. Especially when sleeping, the breeze is already very pleasant at half the maximum setting.
The myth: the ionization function
In the run-up there were some rumors about the so-called ionization function. This was promised in the China shops, but others reported that this function does not exist. Unfortunately, both are somehow true. In theory, such an ionizer should generate charged ions that attach to dust particles, creating larger clusters that can then be better filtered by an air cleaner. This function can be activated and deactivated via app, Smartmi works with the company anion for this, as can be seen from the logo.
In theory, you can only achieve a real effect if you use a Xiaomi Air Purifier Pro or a similar model at the same time. So we can’t really rate the function in the test, I wouldn’t buy the Fan 3 because of that.
Operating the Smartmi Standing Fan 3
With the Smartmi Standing Fan 3, you even have three options to operate it: directly on the fan, via the app or with the supplied Bluetooth remote control.
Operate Smartmi Standing Fan 3 directly
There are two function keys on the fan itself. The button for changing the level is on top of the motor, and a long press also turns the fan on and off. On the other hand, on the back of the motor is the swivel button, which makes the fan oscillate. In my opinion, however, the oscillation can be adjusted better via the app. As mentioned, the status LEDs are in the fan rod this time and no longer on the motor. This is rather disadvantageous for direct operation, but the status LEDs are also easier to read from a distance due to the contrast.
Control Smartmi Standing Fan 3 via app
As with the other models, the app integration is also possible via the Mi Home app, which is available for Android and iOS. This is probably where the confusion between Smartmi and Xiaomi fans originated. If you don’t have a Mi account yet, you can set one up using your Google account or your email address. Then simply click on the plus in the top right and either scan for the device or select the fan via the categories. Then only the resetting of the fan and the WLAN password are missing. We use the Mi Home app via the German server, here it works without any problems.
One of 100 different speed settings for the smart home gadget can be set via the app. If you make fine adjustments here using the slider, the fan switches between levels 1 to four. Here, too, you have the option of switching to nature mode, which, when switched on, is also symbolized on the display. In this case, the fan imitates natural wind and changes the intensity of the wind irregularly – highly recommended!
The oscillation can also be set here, which is between 0° and 120°. You can also move the alignment to the left or right in individual steps. Thanks to the app, a (sleep) timer can be set, parental controls can be set up, but also a language assistant such as Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa can be coupled. It is also important that you can deactivate the volume, i.e. the beep, and also adjust the display brightness of the status LEDs. This can also be done with a slider, so you can dim it or switch it off completely. This is especially useful at night.
For Smart Home connoisseurs, this is all known. Only the apparently integrated sensor for temperature and humidity is new. This is now displayed in the app. In addition, you save yourself the Xiaomi temperature & humidity sensor, since the integrated sensor can also be used for automation in the Mi Home app. A nice extra, but nothing more.
Control Smartmi Standing Fan 3 by remote control
In contrast to the Smartmi Standing Fan 2S, the scope of delivery even includes a Bluetooth remote control. Smartmi even thinks of a AAA battery. The remote control is just about 11 cm long, white and relatively thin. To pair the remote control, you have to press and hold the two buttons on the remote control for five seconds, then the status LEDs on the control panel and on the fan will flash. Within 30 seconds you have to press one of the two buttons on the fan, and the remote control connects via Bluetooth.
The remote only offers two buttons, one for speed level and one for oscillation & nature mode. It is easy to use and having this option is practical if you always have it by your bed, for example. Still, it seems to me like dual use of speed and nature mode would make more sense. I would also have liked a timer function on it, since this is not possible on the fan itself. So you have to go to the app every time – too bad!
With integrated battery
As with the Xiaomi Smartmi pedestal fan 2S, a 2,800 mAh battery is integrated, so that the fan can be used for up to 20 hours without a power cable. Of course, 20 hours is the maximum and only applies if you use the fan constantly on the first level. If you use a higher level, the runtime is noticeably reduced. It’s still almost three hours at the highest level, but up to ten hours are possible with medium settings. Charging the battery takes about four hours.
In contrast to the 2S, the status display, which provides information about the battery status, is actually an advantage here. However, this is only a small LED in the base, which lights up green, yellow or red when the fan is switched on. So you only get vague information and no precise information. Unfortunately, there is no precise information in the app either, which I find to be an absolute omission. Finding at least a percentage would really be an advantage.
The Xiaomi Smartmi Standing Fan 3 is largely based on the already very popular Smartmi Standing Fan 2S. The status display, the temperature and humidity sensor, the ionizer and the Bluetooth remote control are new. That can definitely justify the price difference and those who are already building their small Mi Smart Home will be happy about the integrated sensor. The remote control is also quite practical, so that you don’t always have to take out your cell phone. The Fan 3 is my favorite among the Xiaomi fans!
But if the main thing is simply the battery, you can get away with it cheaper with the Smartmi Standing Fan 2S or the Mi Fan Pro, depending on the offer. The differences are minimal overall, the actual “performance” of the devices is basically identical. Personally, I don’t want to be without my Smartmi Standing Fan 2 anymore and I don’t necessarily need the battery either. But I can see that it simply makes everyday handling even more convenient. But I would like to have a better battery status display, both on the fan and in the app.
Do you already have a Xiaomi fan? If yes, which one? Smartmi Standing Fan 3 video: