Best Fog Machines

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 4, 2017
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 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
FOG EFFECT
FOG OUTPUT
WARM-UP TIME
POWER
FOG FLUID TANK
OPERATION MODES
EXTRAS
 
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: 3 liters, ~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
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: 0.5 liters, ~60 minutes of constant output
OPERATION MODES
Remote control (up to 6 feet)
EXTRAS
Fog output, Timer, Ready light, On/off button
PROS
The smoke machine comes fitted with a strobe light and a special fluid for fog generation.
CONS
The low density of the produced fog is not quite suitable for outdoor use.
OUR VERDICT
This easy-to-use fog machine can be mounted in minutes without efforts. This set will turn your ordinary home-party into a breathtaking performance.
detailed parameters
FOG EFFECT
Dense directed fog
FOG OUTPUT
1500 CFM
WARM-UP TIME
2.5 minutes
POWER
471 Watts
FOG FLUID TANK
Internal: 0.6 liters, ~80 minutes of constant output
OPERATION MODES
Remote control (up to 13 feet)
EXTRAS
Fog output, Ready light
PROS
With the fog fluid tank indicator, you will always know the exact volume of "fuel" and will be ready to fill it up in time.
CONS
The device is not water-resistant, don't forget to cover it when used outdoors.
OUR VERDICT
The incredibly powerful smoke machine would come in handy if you need to hold an open-air party. It creates a quite thick fog that will turn any meadow or lawn into a fantasy world.
detailed parameters
FOG EFFECT
Dense directed fog
FOG OUTPUT
4000 CFM
WARM-UP TIME
3.5 minutes
POWER
1500 Watts
FOG FLUID TANK
Internal: 2 liters, ~105 minutes of constant output
OPERATION MODES
Remote control (up to 6.5 feet)
EXTRAS
Fog output, Ready light
PROS
The built-in LED highlights the output fog and thus the "pyro" effect is achieved.
CONS
Neither remote control no power cable can be disconnected.
OUR VERDICT
MARQ portable and compact fog machine will enhance any party or show with different effects. Choose your favorite LED color and try it!
detailed parameters
FOG EFFECT
Dense directed fog
FOG OUTPUT
1500 CFM
WARM-UP TIME
3 minutes
POWER
400 Watts
FOG FLUID TANK
Internal: 0.5 liters, ~60 minutes of constant output
OPERATION MODES
Remote control (up to 3.28 feet)
EXTRAS
Fog output

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.

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What Features to Compare

Effects

The 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. As all these factors determine the fog effect you will ultimately 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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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. 

Review of ADJ Products Vertical Fog Machine

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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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!

Review of American Dj Mister Kool Graveyard Low Lying Fogger

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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1byone Fog Machine Wired Remote Control

How About an Open-Air Party

Most of us have ever held a party and so, know firsthand how much fuss it takes to organize a good event. Apart from menu and place, there is also music and visual effects that we'd like to have to strike and astonish our guests with a worthy show. For this purpose, we advise using 1byone fog machine. It is equipped with a quite powerful heating element (1500 Watts). And it is the highest power rate on our shortlist! Every new portion of fog is generated under 3 minutes and is directed in the air to add more and more smoke. The device has a quite capacious tank that holds up to 2 liters of fluid and thus offers 105 minutes of continuous fog output. Therefore, you can be sure that you won't run out of fog when you least expect it. All in all, this smoke machine creates the fog thick enough to fill a room about 108 sq.ft. and provide 4000 cubic feet of smoke in a minute. We can say with assurance that this very model is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.

Review of 1byone Fog Machine Wired Remote Control

All You Need

To operate the fog machine, use a wired remote control. It features a LED indicator that glows when the smoke machine is ready to dispense a portion of dense fog. In addition, the remote features a toggle switch that keeps a position it's been set on. For contrast, other devices require that users constantly hold a toggle button to keep on loosing continuous smoke. We should also mention that the smoke machine features a metal housing that ensures a long lifespan and high functional quality of the device. In our opinion, a built-in fog fluid tank is not quite convenient for use since it's not possible to see how much fluid has been left over. Yet, you can eye on a rear panel to track the fluid level and be able to fill the tank on time. 1byone smoke machine will help you to hold the showiest parties!

1byone Fog Machine Wired Remote Control in the use

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MARQ Special Effects Fog Machine

Choose Your Favorite Color

So, what's so special about this fog machine? Well, there are many things but the first that immediately catches attention is its design with the 3 LED lights arranged under the nozzle from where the fog is dispersed into the air. These LEDs enhance the visual look of the fog, coloring it and adding to spectacular illumination. MARQ fog machine will definitely brighten up all your parties with an outstanding and colorful fog effect. Be sure that you and your guests will be astonished at how this device turns any ordinary party into a breeze taking performance. The smoke machine produces up to 1500 cubic feet of fog per minute and offers 4 different colors to highlight it. Thus, you can choose a device with red LEDs if you want to redden the clouds of fog and impress people with the "licking out flames". Or opt for one with the blue LEDs to produce an impression of coolness. Black and white colors ideally go with other lighting devices. The choice is vast, you only need to choose one for your needs. 

Review of MARQ Special Effects Fog Machine

Effective Operation

The fog machine works with all types of water-based fog fluids. Thus, you can buy the fluid in any local party supplies at a reasonable price. This small fog machine is designed with a built-in 0.5-liter fog fluid tank and guarantees up to 1 hour of constant fog output. What's good about this device - it consumes only 4 ml of fluid per minute. Owing to the heating element with the overall power of 400 Watts, this portable fog machine heats up in only 3 minutes. Therefore, when you turn the device on it will be ready to generate fog in minutes. It's recommended to be sensible of the fact that MARQ smoke machine requires a connection to a power outlet and works with a wired remote that cannot be disconnected during the operation. The remote has a rather short 3-feet cable, thus the smoke machine should be placed in the direct proximity to other device's central control board. MARQ smoke machine is an affordable equipment that offers manual operation only. Whenever you'd like to fill a room with a smoke, press and hold the relevant button, and after the environment has been saturated with fog, release it to see the real show right at your place.  

MARQ Special Effects Fog Machine in the use

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