Best Fog Machines

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 31, 2019
If you're sick and tired of ordinary parties, enhance them with a fog machine. Become utterly absorbed in bewitching low-lying fog that flows around your ankles and imagine yourself levitating above the floor. With a smog machine, you will be able to hold the best parties ever! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
FOG EFFECT
FOG OUTPUT
WARM-UP TIME
POWER
FOG FLUID TANK
OPERATION MODES
EXTRAS
Warranty
 
PROS
This device can be controlled either with a digital or wireless remote. A LED display allows for manual configuration of the settings when necessary.
CONS
The warm-up time is a bit longer in comparison to the other models.
OUR VERDICT
This professional fog machine is the best choice for holding performances and shows. With this device, you'll astonish all your guests with a dozen clouds of fog and produce unbelievable visual effects.
detailed parameters
FOG EFFECT
Dense directed fog
FOG OUTPUT

20000 CFM

WARM-UP TIME
9 minutes
POWER
700 Watts
FOG FLUID TANK

External: 0.8 gal, ~120 minutes of constant output

OPERATION MODES
Manual, DMX control, Remote control (up to 1 feet)
EXTRAS
Fog output, Ready light, Adjustable lights, Adjustable intensity
Warranty

1 year

PROS
The remote control features a timer for the fog output whenever you need. A chiller box filled with ice prevents the low-lying mist from rising.
CONS
Requires ice.
OUR VERDICT
A perfect device for adding bewitching effects during concerts and on a dance floor. It produces the low-lying fog that doesn't rise for a long time so as to extend your parties and make them even more fascinating.
detailed parameters
FOG EFFECT
Heavy low-lying fog
FOG OUTPUT

2500 CFM

WARM-UP TIME
5 minutes
POWER
400 Watts
FOG FLUID TANK

External: 0.13 gal, ~60 minutes of constant output

OPERATION MODES
Remote control (up to 6 feet)
EXTRAS
Fog output, Timer, Ready light, On/off button
Warranty

1 year

PROS

The remote control has a long wire (13 ft), so you can easily control the device, even being quite far away from it.

CONS
The low density of the produced fog is not quite suitable for outdoor use.
OUR VERDICT

Quick and easy to mount, this set can help turn any get-together into a proper breathtaking performance. We'd recommend it to everyone who's seeking a device for home use and/or indoor settings. 

detailed parameters
FOG EFFECT
Dense directed fog
FOG OUTPUT
1500 CFM
WARM-UP TIME
2.5 minutes
POWER
471 Watts
FOG FLUID TANK

Internal: 0.2 gal, ~80 minutes of constant output

OPERATION MODES
Remote control (up to 13 feet)
EXTRAS
Fog output, Ready light
Warranty

1 year

PROS

Due to high-quality aluminium construction, the risk of overheating will be minimal even with prolonged use of the device. And a built-in fuse prevents damage in case of a power surge.

CONS

The runtime could be longer.

OUR VERDICT

The Fansteck fog machine performs flawlessly and costs moderately. It’s a well-balanced model that can create a spooky and mysterious atmosphere wherever you are (suitable for indoor use only).

detailed parameters
FOG EFFECT

Dense directed fog

FOG OUTPUT

2000 CFM

WARM-UP TIME

2 - 3 minutes

POWER

400 Watts

FOG FLUID TANK

Internal: 0.08 gal, ~40 minutes of constant output

OPERATION MODES

Wireless remote control (up to 50 feet)

EXTRAS

Fog output, Ready light

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The lamps can shine 7 different colors, and it is possible to control the light using a handy wireless remote. You can also choose a fast or slow color change.

CONS

The remote has a bit limited operating range.

OUR VERDICT

This fog machine can become indispensable at all your parties. It can not only generate fog but also create stunning light effects. A very fun solution for mini spaces.

detailed parameters
FOG EFFECT

Dense directed fog

FOG OUTPUT

1500 CFM

WARM-UP TIME

3 min

POWER

400 Watts

FOG FLUID TANK

Internal: 0.08 gal, ~50 minutes of constant output

OPERATION MODES

Wireless remote control

EXTRAS

Fog output, Ready light, Adjustable color modes

Warranty

1.5 years

ADJ Products Vertical Fog Machine

Never Too Much Fog

Well, let's see what differs this fog machine from its counterparts. Believe it or not but it is a fog output rate. Just imagine, this smoke machine produces up to 20000 cubic feet of fog per minute! Additionally, it takes only 9 minutes for ADJ Vertical Fog Machine to heat up and generate a new portion of fog. This way you have only short intervals between fog sessions. We should also mention that the device is equipped with a very powerful heating element of 700 Watts and has a well-conceived construction of oil supply that prevents clogging of the unit. The fog direction can be controlled and changed throughout a session since the tank with fluid is adjusted. When done this way, spectacular and outstanding visual effects are guaranteed. You can also fill the whole room with a dense, directed fog jet when a smoke machine is set flat. It goes without saying that this model allows holding any show and creating a remarkable atmosphere in night clubs. Among the options that this fog machine provides, there's a color lighting based on the 12 LED lights for changing fog illumination. That's done for making your parties even more entertaining and visually exciting.

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Super Control Capabilities

Owing to the top-notch functionality of this smog machine, customers can control a fog output in 3 different ways: using a remote control, a DMX controller or a LED panel on the device. As for the remote control, you should connect it to the smog machine and thus, regulate the amount of fog to generate or change illumination colors. An outstanding feature about ADJ Fog Fury Jett fog machine is that it is compatible with a DMX controller that helps change the settings of the fog output, smoke intensity, and LEDs.

ADJ Fog Fury Jett is a smog machine that can turn any party into a fascinating performance. With the help of a DMX controller, you can pair several spec-effect facilities and control them all via a single controller. Just imagine the play of a light and shadow in the enormous clouds of smoke. All in all, ADJ Fog Fury Jett is a must-have device for night club owners and event managers who want to amaze their guests.

ADJ Products Vertical Fog Machine in the use

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ADJ Fog Fury Jett
 

American Dj Mister Kool Graveyard Low Lying Fogger

Tule Fog is the Ultimate Experience

If you want to achieve the effect of heavy low-lying fog, this smoke machine will help you. There is nothing like turbid smoke that flows around your ankles while you are dancing on the floor. Or when a singer is singing and literally levitating on a stage during a performance. Such a fog effect is achieved owing to the regular ice which a chiller box is filled with. Compared to many other devices, this one with a cooling system doesn't let the fog rise. In our opinion, the low-lying mist may turn any concert into a breath-taking performance. But to do, the American Dj Mister Kool ought to be set in an immediate proximity to the stage to cover the most of it. The smoke machine heats up under 5 minutes and generates new portions of fog; that is an average rate for the devices of the kind. Owing to the powerful heating element with an overall power of 400 Watts, an interval between fog sessions is quite short. We'd like to mention a unique design of a drain system which allows for collecting the processed water from melted ice in a special easy-to-clean plastic bag. Your parties will always be funny and absolutely outstanding with this fog machine!

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Remote Control is the Key to Simplicity of Operation

We'd like to draw your attention to the remote control this smoke machine comes with. First of all, we like the fact that the controller is designed with a magnet so that it can be attached on any metallic surface or directly on a housing of the fog machine. The next peculiar thing about this controller is that it's got a number of different controls to customize the fog output. That allows for increasing and decreasing fog density. The remote control can be programmed to run automatically and turn off after the set period of time. The LED 'ON/OFF' button is there to inform customers when a controller has been activated. You can change the mode by pressing different buttons and see which one has been selected from the glowing light indicators. In the manual mode, the fog is produced and emitted as long as a corresponding buttong is being pushed while in the automatic mode, fog generation is going to be ended after a certain length of time, which is also convenient if you don't want to hang around the device all the time during your party. All in all, this fog machine will ideally suit both, regular customers and professional party makers and event directors. 

American Dj Mister Kool Graveyard Low Lying Fogger in the use

Do You Know

The manufacturer of this fog machine has worked out the ADJ Advantage™ Rewards Program that rewards the customers for purchasing ADJ and American Audio brand products. The points are awarded and posted to your ADJ Advantage™ account simply by completing your warranty registration and sending in the actual UPC barcode from the product box or package along with a photocopy of your purchase receipt. This program requires registration for enrollment and administration. And the collected points can be redeemed!

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Chauvet Fog Machine Strobe Light Bundle

Bang for Your Buck

There is nothing like purchasing a high-quality fog machine for parties. But wait, there is. Chauvet smoke machine comes fitted with a strobe light! Be sure that this set would become an irreplaceable part of any party, show, and presentation as the strobe highlights thick bursts of fog and gets under your guest's skin. It doesn't take much time for the device to start the operation. The smoke machine heats up in 2.5 minutes and it is ready to produce a burst of fog. Of course, you should first of all fill the tank with a special water-based fluid that comes in the shipping package. We also recommend you to opt for an additional bottle of fluid that is great for lighting effects and creates a high density, medium hang time fog. Thus, the device will be fully stocked to accomplish your performance. It's been noticed that when the tank with the capacity of 0.6 Qt is filled up, the fog machine is capable of producing smoke for up to 1 hour. As regards the strobe light, you will be surprised that it comes with a compact and multifunctional remote. It offers you an ability to tune the strobe and even choose the sound-active mode that makes the strobe flash in time with the music. Moreover, you can increase/decrease a strobe speed with "+"/"-" buttons to achieve a deeply impressive effect. And let's not forget that the produced fog would enhance the visual effect by times as the smoke machine produces up to 1500 cubic feet of fog per minute. But you should know that this machine is better suited for use in closed spaces. If you're a fan of outdoor parties, you may want to consider buying something different.

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Easy as Never Before

The best thing about this fog machine is that it can be set ready in minutes. If you need to rig Chauvet smoke machine onto a truss, use a mounting clamp of the appropriate weight capacity to fix a mounting bracket. It turns out that you can easily adjust a tilt angle of the bracket with the bracket adjustment knobs. But do it carefully, since while using the tools it's quite easy to damage the knobs. The machine is based on for rubber feet for its comfortable installation on the floor. For your maximum convenience, there is a fog fluid level indicator on the rear panel of the smoke machine. You don't need to open and close the tank now and then to keep the party going. Just keep an eye on this indicator and add fuel on time.

Chauvet Fog Machine Strobe Light Bundle in the use

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Review Chauvet Hurricane 1301 Fog Machine - Heavy duty and strong fogger smoke
 

Fansteck Portable

Portable and Mighty

The Fansteck fog machine is another decent machine that meets all safety standards and is produced from high-quality materials to provide you with long years of fun. To specify, it’s FCC, CE and RoHS certified for safe non-toxic fog production and is fully suitable for indoor use. The only precaution is to keep it far from fireplaces and other heat resources, as well as avoid spraying fog to people directly.

The manufacturer hasn’t cut corners and made it from durable aluminum. Hence, the machine boasts great heat dissipation and ensures a long lifespan. With that, the machine isn’t heavy and portable enough to be carried by teenagers or adults from one place to another.

Due to high-quality aluminium construction, the risk of overheating will be minimal even with prolonged use of the device. And a built-in fuse prevents damage in case of a power surge.

For the greater convenience of use, the machine is delivered with both a wired console and a wireless remote handle for distant use. The remote allows you to control it within a 50-foot range, which is more than enough for most indoor environments.

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How to Use

This wireless machine is designed with a 300-ml tank for producing long-lasting fog. However, take note that the package doesn’t include a juice for it, so you’ll need to purchase it additionally. Normally, there are two types of fog juice - the one that produces "haze" with a soft, light effect and actually thick "fog" which is very dense, well-visible and long-lasting. The Fansteck machine copes successfully with both of them. So, it’s totally up to you.

You’ll need to pour the preferred fog solution into the tank. Importantly, don’t fill it completely - 50%-80% of the tank will be ok. Once you pour the liquid inside, turn on the fog machine and wait for 3-5 minutes until it preheats (cold environments can take up to 20 minutes to preheat). When the light on the console turns red, you can press the red button on the console or wireless remote to emit fog.

With the 2000 CFM output, this little unit puts out a ton of thick fog at 7-10 feet volume distance provided that it’s used with a high-quality fog juice. It emits fog for about 20 seconds once heated up, and then it will take it about 10-15 seconds to release more.

Overall, the Fansteck fog machine performs flawlessly and costs moderately. It’s a well-balanced model that can create a spooky and mysterious atmosphere wherever you are.

Fansteck Portable Professional Smoke Machine in the use

 

Theefun 400W Wireless Remote Control Portable

Make Your Parties Brighter

The Theefun company offers you one-of-a-kind fog machine that can make your celebrations much more fun. What's so special about it? Well, quite a lot, to be fair. But the main thing that immediately attracts attention to this machine is its sleek design with 3 LED lights positioned on the front panel, right under the nozzle, from where the thick fog is dispersed into the air. These stunning LED lights can flash red, green, and blue to add brightness to the fog. You can combine the lights as you wish to create the rainbow of colors for your celebrations.

As for its main job, you’ll get a thick cloud of mist in mere minutes. The machine uses a relatively small water tank, so it heats up fairly quickly. After filling the tank, you’ll get about one hour and 45 minutes of fog if used heavily.

Review of Theefun 400W Wireless Remote Control Portable Fog Machine with Built-in Multi-Color LED Lights

Wireless Operation

Another highlight of this model is that it’s supplied with a tiny wireless remote which fits comfortably into the palm of your hand. So, after you fill the machine with fog fluid (not included) and plug it in, you’ll be able to control the unit remotely. The wireless controller can work 23ft away from the machine, which is a quite large operating range. The remote has only 4 buttons allowing you to set fog only or colorful fog (7 colors in total to choose from). By pressing “R”, “G”, and “B” button only, you’ll get Red, Green, or Blue light respectively. But if you press a combo of:

“R” and “G” - you’ll get yellow mist,

“R” and “B” - purple,

“G” and “B” - cyan, “R”,

“G” and “B” - white.

For alternating all the rainbow colors, you can press “R” or “G” for 3 seconds. Though controlling the unit might seem quite tricky at first, we are sure that you’ll quickly get the hang of using the device, even if you’ve never used fog machines before.

So, if you want to add a pop of vibrant color to the fog and take your celebrations to the next level, the Theefun portable fog machine is a solid fit. This versatile machine can add a bright decorative touch for any weddings, concerts, and other indoor parties.

Theefun 400W Wireless Remote Control Portable Fog Machine with Built-in Multi-Color LED Lights in the use

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What Is a Stage Fog Machine?

A fog machine is an irreplaceable device for providing a spectacular accompaniment to any theatrical performance, show, concert, and even a backyard party. It is widely used in nightclubs where the combination of a fog machine and other lightning wheels create an impressive play of light and shadows. Moreover, fog machines are capable of not only generating the fog but also dissipating it in any direction you want. Thus, light beams passing through the fog turn into a volumetric lighting and become visible even in a day-time.

If you prefer spending time with your friends and family and want to obtain something to entertain them all, we recommend you to look through our karaoke systems reviews.

What Features to Compare

Effects

Smoke machines are divided into 3 types and each type produces different fog effects. Additionally, it is important to determine what you are going to use it for and pay attention to the volume of fog a device is able to produce over a particular period of time since all of these factors determine what kind of fog effect you're more likely to get.

  • Fogger (heated)- the most widespread type of fog machines. It produces dense directed fog by heating a fog fuel and vaporizing it under high pressure. This type uses either an inert gas or an electric pump to propel mineral oil, glycol, or glycerin and water mixture.
  • Fogger (chilled) - creates thick clouds of fog that lie close to the ground. The fog is created using either dry ice, liquid nitrogen, or liquid air. Such devices require a fog cooler to keep the fog lying low.
  • Hazer - produces a thin mist that allows you to clearly see the lights produced by different light wheels. Here, the effect of transparent haze is achieved by means of a special liquid diffused under a high pressure. The fluid used in haze machines to generate the effects are either oil or water-based.

Performance

The performance depends on efficiency and service conditions of a fog machine. Thus, pay attention to the power of a heater element and the warm time of a device. The average power of a smoke machine ranges between 400 to 1000 Watts. And it is obvious that the higher the power is, the faster a device can heat up the fluid to generate fog. It is also preferable to opt for a fog machine with a capacious fog fluid tank, as this feature determines exactly how long a device can work before it requires refilling. For example, a fog machine with a 3-liter tank can produce the fog for about 120 minutes, which is enough for holding a concert or show.

Controls

Most smoke machines come with a cabled, manually operated remote control. This type allows users to stream fog by pushing a button, though it's not a one-off action and has to be done every time you need to generate fog. One of the most useful and important features a remote control should have is a ready light indicator. It will alert you when a fog machine is ready to produce fog and you will press the start button on time. There is also a Remote Timer Controller that may be included in the box. Such fog machines have both a timer and a volume control, allowing for setting the periodicity of fog streaming and the volume that you want your device to produce. Concerning professional smoke machines, they are designed with special ports that may be used to connect DMX controllers. The DMX controllers are designed for linking and operating several types of special-effects equipment simultaneously. Thus, a DMX acts as a main control element for the whole performance. This operation mode is quite convenient but you should still pay attention to a DMX controller's cable length. This feature determines the mode and a place where your device can be used.

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