The best handheld fans for keeping you cool on the go

While we’re overjoyed to see summer has finally arrived after weeks of average weather, just like every year, we Brits are quite poorly equipped to handle hot weather. With no air con in our homes (now that more of us are working from home, too) or on public transport, 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 train 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:

The Tech Bar iFan6 mini portable fan, £29.95, Selfridges

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.

Asos fan

Revolution Hand Held Electric Fan, £12, ASOS

John Lewis fan

Handheld and Foldable Desk Fan, 4 inch, White, John Lewis

QVC fan

Fan U Portable & Rechargeable Fan, £7 (was £9), QVC

Solait Mini Fan, £1.99, Superdrug

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.

STATUS AirBlast MIXCRHHFANS Rechargeable Handheld Fan, £6.99, Currys

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.

Portable fan

HandFan Handheld Water Fan, £20.99, Amazon

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.

Words by Louise Whitbread