What Exactly Are Double Headed Ceiling Fans?


Two Motors, One Fan

When ceiling fans made their big comeback during the late 1970’s, regardless of the fan or name brand model, they were all pretty much based upon the same concept. This concept consisted of a single motor hanging from overhead, with blades attached that spun parallel to the floor and to the ceiling (providing the ceiling was flat, and not angled). These fans did the job, but often times were an eye sore to look upon.

Since that time ceiling fans have come a long way. With new innovative materials available, fan manufacturers are able to make different blade shapes, when compared to the flat wooden blades of traditional models, which have allowed for many refinements in styling. Now days, you can find so many modern and unique ceiling fan styles that are far from being considered an eye sore.

Probably none being more unique than the emergence of the double ceiling fan. These fans use dual motors, mounted by a horizontal bar that connects the two together. Each fan motor has its own set of blades. These blades usually spin in a vertical pattern parallel to the walls, versus to the floor at single motor traditional ceiling fans.

Large Sized Dual Models

The first double fan ceiling fan that came into existence, and really the one that started the idea of all of the different dual head models you’ll see on the market today, was the Fanimation Palisade.

The Palisade is still manufactured today, but with quite a few different blade options from what the original offered. The Palisade ceiling fan is now offered with palm leaf blades on each end (the original idea) but also can be purchased with wooden blades, and bamboo blades. Whichever blade selection the fan is displayed with will create an unique look that is perfect for people who have large rooms with high ceilings, and that want their ceiling fan to create a lazy and relaxing atmosphere. There is even a monkey accessory that can be mounted to the downrod extension, for those who want to create the ultimate tropical paradise.

Since the Palisades, Gulf-Coast fan company came out with their own version of a large dual ceiling fan, called the Twin Star. The fan is now in its third generation and is called the Twin Star III.

This fan took Fanimation’s idea a step further by designing their double headed ceiling fan motors to tilt to different angles, thus somewhat changing the look, as well as changing the pattern of airflow into the room. With the larger blades, the angles of the motors can be adjusted from the standard zero degree, to a 45º angle. And with the use of the smaller blades available there is also a 90º motor tilt option. This allows the fan to be used on much lower ceilings from what is needed with the larger blades, especially when used on the zero degree motor tilt.

Gyro and Oscillating Overhead Fans

Becoming extremely popular in today’s market are dual motor ceiling fans that gyro around the center point of the fan, as well as some that oscillate in a back and forth motion.


The ever popular brand name Minka Aire has a complete line of Gyro series ceiling fans. Six different models to be exact. The Victorian inspired Traditional Gyro is very popular for those trying to replicate an antique décor theme, whereas the Cage Free and Elemental Gyro series work best for those with contemporary interiors. They even have a Gyro dual outdoor ceiling fan!


These fans get their name by the way they operate. Each fan has two horizontal bars on each
 side of a well balanced center hub. The center hub has sealed ball bearings, and once the blades begin to move air from each of the two sides, it causes a gyro affect, which causes the two motors to begin to spin round and round the center hub. The higher the speed, the faster this rotation becomes. This is really great for spreading airflow into every corner of the room.


A dual oscillating ceiling fan does not spin round and around a center hub like a gyro fan does. Instead, it truly oscillates from side to side, sort of like the way a floor or desk fan works. The difference is the motors stay in the same set position, and the oscillating motion comes from the center of the fan.

TroposAir Fan Company was the first to come out with a dual oscillating ceiling fan. It is called the Mustang II, and the design is inspired by the Twin Mustang P82 airplane, used in WWII.

With this double oscillating ceiling fan, the motors can be adjusted at any set position, from 0 – 90 degree angles, so that airflow is spread across the room in the desired pattern. The oscillating feature can be turned on or off at the press of a button on the included handheld remote control. Most use the Mustang II inside, but it is also an outdoor rated ceiling fan, and can be used on the patio to make the summer days more bearable.

In Conclusion

If you didn’t already know what folks where referring to if you ever heard the term “double ceiling fan” mentioned, I hope reading this has shed some light on the product for you.

If you are interested in viewing the models mentioned in this article, you can see them all at http://www.palmfanstore.com.


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