We saw this fan at a friend's house and loved it. The blades retract and are hidden when it's off. Just looks like a light. The blades come out a little on low speed and expand out more each time you turn up the speed. It's a neat concept. We have it in our office for when it get's too warm in the afternoon. Since we knew what we were looking for, we shopped around. This was the best price by fifty dollars and free shipping. It was delivered within a week. So, I don't think you can beat Overstock's prices and service. It keeps us coming back.