7 Portable Fans to Chill You Out When It's Too Hot to Function

July  9, 2018

Several parts of the country are currently in the midst of a heat wave. With temperatures soaring into the 90s―even 100s―and the accompanying humidity, it’s safe to say we’re all a little hot at the moment.

Nevertheless, there are ball games to cheer at, cookouts to attend, fireworks to watch, and worst of all, offices without air conditioning to go to work in. It got us thinking—there have got to be some cute portable fans to help us beat the heat, right?

Here are seven cool (no pun intended), amazingly cute portable fans that are perfect for taking everywhere this summer, from the park or beach to your office or bedroom. They’ll help you keep your chill during even the most sweltering weather, and make you smile all the while.

This Will Definitely Cool You Down

1. An Un-Bear-Ably Cute Fan

How do you make a handheld fan a whole lot cuter? Dress it up as a bear, of course! The bear ears and arms on this beary adorable fan take it to a whole new level of sweet. Plus, it’s compact enough to stash in your purse, comes with two fan speeds, and can be recharged via a USB cord. Win-win-win.

2. The Coolest Handheld Fan in Town

This is the ideal fan to bring to the beach (or pool). Not only is this fan small enough to toss in your beach bag, but it’s perfectly on-theme, thanks to its ice cream cone design. All you need are two AA batteries to get this baby going, and then it’s cool breezes for you as everyone else sweats it out. (We’re sure you’ll share, though.)

3. A Summer-y Flamingo Fan

You might not be basking on the beaches of a tropical destination, but you can pretend like you are with this amazing desk fan.

This flamingo-shaped fan plugs right into your computer when you need to cool down in the office, and it’s quiet enough that it won’t disrupt your neighbors. Do note that this fan is on the larger side, though, standing at more than two feet tall.

4. A Compact Misting Fan

On the hottest days of summer, a breeze might not be enough to keep you from overheating. Luckily, this aqua fan not only blasts you with cool air, but it can be filled with water to provide a refreshing mist, as well. It’s ideal for tuck into your bag on a way to an outdoor concert, backyard BBQ, or even just an afternoon stroll.

5. A Chill Sidekick for Your Office

Beep, boop. Cool-down sequence, initiated! We love this little robot-shaped fan, which provides a gentle breeze without any blades—perfect if you have curious kids around. As an added bonus, the robot’s stomach lights up in a variety of colors for added aesthetic appeal.

6. An Incredibly Handy Flower Fan

Want a steady breeze to cool you down as you sleep? Or a fan to keep your toddler cool in her stroller? This flower-shaped fan perfectly serves both these purposes—and much more—thanks to its handy, clip-on design. The strong clip will keep it firmly in place wherever you mount it, and the flexible neck lets you angle it whichever way you please.

7. A Water-Powered Personal A/C

Most of the fans on this list clock in under $20. However, if you’re really serious about keeping cool this summer and looking to spend a little more on a portable fan, you might to consider this mini cooling device. The Evapolar evaLIGHT packs a 3-in-1 punch, cooling, purifying, and humidifying the air, all while giving off a zen, relaxing blue light. The best part? This personal air conditioner runs on water and requires minimal energy. It’s perfect for cooling down a small area, like your bed, couch, or office desk.

Do you have a favorite portable fan? Tell us which one you love below.


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