While we’re overjoyed to see summer has finally arrived after weeks of thunderstorms, just like every year, we Brits are poorly equipped to handle hot weather. With no air con in our homes or on public transport and less of us going into cool offices, it makes getting out and about a sticky, sweaty affair. Which is why portable, handheld fans are a must-have.
Most are battery run or rechargeable and fit neatly in your handbag to offer some respite while on a stuffy bus journey. They’ll also keep your makeup intact and stop you from melting while getting from A to B, all the while ensuring you still look presentable when you get to your destination.
Not to mention they’re often pretty affordable, so if you’re dreaming of a Dyson fan but without the hundreds of pounds to spend, you can snap up a portable design in our shopping edit.
With prices starting from just £1.99, we’ve handpicked the best handheld fans to keep you cool on the go, from pastel shades to foldable models.
The best handheld fans:
Anyday is John Lewis’ new interiors range, full of everyday essentials that won’t break the bank. One timely addition to the collection is this clever foldable fan with a handle that bends to allow it to be freestanding on your desk or held upright while on the go. It’s available in four colours, white, steel, olive green and magenta.
One of Amazon’s most popular portable fans is this blue number, which is as fun as it is functional. It’s free-standing and comes with a built-in battery that will fully charge in three hours and run for up to 10 hours when full of juice. There are three speed levels and a wind distance of up to 3m, all while remaining quiet enough to not be distracting.
If you fancy a splurge, this pastel pink fan is perfect for keeping you cool through a heatwave. Small enough to slot into a handbag pocket, but reliable enough to run for up to six hours, it even comes with a lid to keep the fan blades squeaky clean when tucked away.
This battery-operated fan is great if you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful to make train journeys a little more bearable. The bright blue colour will ensure you never lose it or spark a mad panic hunting around the bottom of your bag either.
Lightweight and compact, there’s little not to about this design that’s available in black and great. There are three speed settings and thanks to the slimline design, it’ll fit perfectly in a pocket. When it runs out of power, simply recharge with the USB cable that comes included.
This fan ticks all our boxes, as it doesn’t just keep you cool, it also has a built-in power bank you can use to charge your phone on the go. It boasts a long-lasting battery life of up to 10 hours, three speed settings, and a foldable design to make carrying it a breeze.
Whether you’re sweltering on the tube or dripping with sweat at work, this lime green fan has an ergonomic handle, and while small, packs a punch thanks to a strong, but quiet airflow. You’ll get up to eight hours use of it when fully charged and the blades are enclosed so small children can’t hurt their fingers when fiddling with it.
Ideal for all your outdoor plans, this battery-operated model also comes with a water tank, so it will mist and fan you simultaneously. The battery is rechargeable and will give you up to nine hours of use and you can even change the speed of the water sprayer.
For more summer essentials, Aldi’s new ‘party cooler’ is exactly what your BBQs and garden parties need.
Words by Louise Whitbread.