16 things you need to keep you cool in the hot summer heat
For when it's way too hot outside.
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I love summer for beach trips, lots of sunshine, and an excuse to drink a lot of frozen margaritas. But what I don't love—and actually, what I hate—is those days when the "feels like" temperature is 100+ degrees. Not okay.
If you're tired of sweating and generally just feeling like you're dying (and if you find yourself daydreaming of ice baths), these 16 products will help you beat the heat and survive the hell that is a summer heatwave. Bonus: They're all on Amazon so you can scoop them up with just a few clicks.
1. This blanket that won't make you hot
Reviews: 140 Avg rating: 4.4 stars
The ideal temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees—but cranking your thermostat down that low can be costly. Instead, this cooling weighted blanket—which is one of the top 10 weighted blankets on Amazon—is made from bamboo that naturally regulates your body temperature.
2. This super soothing eye mask
Reviews: 109 Avg rating: 4.3 stars
There's a reason that spas use gel bead face masks—they not only cool you down but they also alleviate any tension and headaches (like those caused by intense summer heat!). Customers say the beads in these reusable masks, which received a 4.6 rating in comfort, will stay cool for longer than 10 minutes at a time.
3. This mini misting fan that you can carry with you
Reviews: 220 Avg rating: 4.1 stars
There are regular fans—and then there are fans like this one that spray you while they cool you. Users are big fans of the rechargeable battery that lasts up to seven hours and the fact that the fan has three different speeds and options for continuous or intermittent misting, depending on your preference.
4. Our experts' top-rated water bottle
Reviews: 3.3k Avg rating: 4.5 stars
When testing different water bottles, the Hydro Flask won in almost all categories: portability, durability, versatility, and design. But what really makes it stand out is how well it keeps beverages cold—our experts found that ice stayed unmelted for longer than 24 hours.
5. This fan that keeps your bed cool
Reviews: 614 Avg rating: 4.4 stars
If you're like me (a.k.a someone who wakes up every night soaked in sweat), you might want to snag the latest BedJet, a Bluetooth-controlled fan that lets you personalize the temperature of your mattress. Reviewers say it has greatly improved the quality of their sleep and those who share the bed with a partner love that you can control each side individually.
6. The popular snow cone maker even Chrissy Teigen uses
Reviews: 523 Avg rating: 4.4 stars
You've likely seen this snow cone maker all over the internet lately. Former supermodel and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen raved about it on Twitter, saying, "SUMMER MUST-HAVE. Works so well, way better than any of the other ones (I’ve tried a bunch) - uses regular cubes instead of special blocks you gotta freeze and wait forever for."
7. This athlete-approved cooling towel
Reviews: 872 Avg rating: 4.5 stars
On super hot days—which has been basically every day this summer—you may want the Chill Pal, which was ranked in the top 10 yoga towels on Amazon. People who have used it (especially athletes and those with active lifestyles) rave that the double-weave mesh is not only breathable but also holds the water better than the average towel so you'll stay cooler for longer.
8. This cooler that stays cold without ice
Reviews: 1.3k Avg rating: 4 stars
Thermoelectric coolers are all the rage now because they don't even need ice to keep your food and drinks refrigerated (they use a convection cooling system instead). This one from Igloo is praised for being durable and quiet and maintaining a cold temperature while on the go.
9. This fan you can plug right into your phone
Reviews: 293 Avg rating: 3.5 stars
My mother is one of those people who is always—and I really do mean always—hot. As a joke, I bought her these phone fans but now she uses them every day, whether she's trying to stop sweating after a walk around the neighborhood or waiting for her car to cool down. She says they're super convenient to carry around and you can pull them out anytime for a quick hit.
10. This seat cover that every hot car needs
Reviews: 535 Avg rating: 3.9 stars
Meet the summer equivalent of heated car seats. These cushion covers received positive reviews for being easy to install (they sit over your seat and plug into the USB port) and for preventing the dreaded sweaty back when you're driving.
11. The portable sun umbrella with a cult following
Reviews: 5.2k Avg rating: 4 stars
Umbrellas aren't just for rainy weather—they can be for hot weather, too. With over 3,000 five-star reviews, the Versa-Brella is popular among its many fans because it's so lightweight (it weighs just 1.8 pounds), easy to use (it clips easily onto chairs, strollers, etc.), and protective (its lining has UPF 50+ to block harmful sun rays).
12. This mug that makes drinks cold instantly
Reviews: 1.1k Avg rating: 4 stars
An ice cold drink in less than 60 seconds sounds too good to be true. But according to happy customers, the Hyper Chiller works exactly as it claims to without changing the flavor of your beverage.
13. This wildly popular ice roller
Reviews: 2.1k Avg rating: 4.7 stars
Sure, the Esarora ice roller might be commonly used to reduce puffiness, but many reviewers say they also use it when it's hot outside as a way to cool off. They gave it high marks for being easy to use, comfortable to grip, and a great value at less than $12. Bonus: It also stays icy cold for a good amount of time.
14. These blackout curtains that will block the sun
Reviews: 2.2k Avg rating: 4.8 stars
Even if you have the best air conditioner, your house can still struggle to stay cool when the blazing hot sun is beating through your windows. These popular blackout curtains—which have almost a near-perfect five-star average—are highly rated for their good quality and for how effectively they keep the sunlight out.
15. This hotel-quality cooling pillow
Reviews: 1.7k Avg rating: 4.3 stars
When the temperature soars outside (and inside if you don't have AC), swap out your regular pillow for this memory foam one, which has over 1,000 five-star reviews and was designed to meet the highest hospitality standards. According to customers, it stays cool all night long and is the perfect balance of firm and soft.
16. Our favorite cold brew coffee maker
Reviews: 3.1k Avg rating: 4.5 stars
The hotter the weather, the colder your coffee should be. After testing some of the most popular cold brew coffee makers on the market, our experts preferred this one from Takeya because of its usability, delicious brew, and affordable price.
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