13 Genius Things to Help You Stay Cool in the Heat This Summer
Beat the heat both indoors and outdoors this season with these finds.
When summer brings hot temperatures and muggy humidity, sometimes even the best air conditioning systems aren’t enough to cool you off. If you’re a warm-blooded individual—or anyone living in the current heat wave in the United States—you might be looking for more ways to stay cool in the sweltering weather.
To help you sweat less, here are 13 game-changing products that’ll help keep you cool during the dog days of summer. Some of our favorites include the Cuisinart ice cream maker for whipping up a frozen treat and the wildly popular sun shade sail to provide some much-needed shade from those intense rays.
1. Intex Frame Pool with Filter Pump
Before you start digging a ginormous hole in your backyard, checkout this affordable above-ground Intex pool. The aquatic gem takes just minutes to set up and is straightforward to operate and maintain all season long. It can fit up to four adults and holds more than 1,700 gallons of water. It also comes equipped with a filtration system and a pump for easy cleaning.
2. Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
The Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker has been described by Amazon reviewers as “loud but incredible”. It features a versatile confectionary catalog ranging from ice cream to frozen yogurt, to frozen drinks. If you have 25 minutes to spare and room for two quarts of ice cream in your freezer, this easy-to-clean and durable ice cream maker is for you.
3. Air King Whole House Window Fan
If you don’t have air conditioning—or if yours is currently on the fritz—a whole house window fan is an energy-efficient way to keep your entire home cool without burning a hole in your wallet. For those unfamiliar with whole house fans, these classic cooling units pull in the fresh air from the outdoors and push out the warm air through the exhaust vents. Note: Whole house fans require some installation, so be prepared for a little work (or hire a pro to help out).
4. AsterOutdoor Sun Shade Sail
Staying shady never looked so snazzy. With the AsterOutdoor Sun Shade Sail, you can turn your plain old backyard into a Pinterest-worthy oasis. With more than 15,000 glowing reviews on Amazon, this sun shade sail comes in six vibrant colors and provides 95% UV-blocking protection. The only thing getting through this sail is the cool breeze, and some sweet summer tunes.
5. Geek Aire Rechargeable Battery-Operated Outdoor Fan
The Geek Aire battery-operated fan was dubbed the best outdoor misting fan of 2022 by our experts at Bob Vila. Weighing just 7 pounds and 2 ounces, it’is ideal for small outdoor spaces and can even be taken on the go. It will keep on cooling and misting at full steam for three hours, but can operate for up to ten hours on lower settings. The Geek Aire comes with a rechargeable battery pack that also doubles as a portable smartphone and tablet charging station.
6. Yeti Hopper Portable Soft Cooler
Nothing cools you off faster than an ice cold beverage on a hot day—and nothing keeps your drinks frostier for longer than a Yeti cooler. The Yeti Hopper soft cooler is lightweight and easy to tote around (no lugging a heavy cooler here). It’s also very durable and will keep ice frozen for longer than 24 hours no matter the temperature, according to nearly 2,000 reviewers.
7. The Green Pet Shop Dog Cooling Mat
This summer, don’t forget your furry four-legged friends. With more than 3,000 rave reviews, this dog cooling mat is something both cats and pups can finally agree upon. It doesn’t require water, refrigeration, or electricity—the chill is activated by the pressure of your pet lying down. It works in just 15 to 20 minutes and will keep Fido (or Fluffy) comfortable for hours.
8. Treva 10-Inch Portable Fan
Another award winner, this Treva fan was our experts’ favorite portable fan for cool air on the go. It may be small but it’s mighty, making it the perfect fan to have by your side while you are sitting on the porch or having a picnic in the park. It weighs just 2 pounds and comes with an oh-so-convenient built-in handle.
9. Fishers Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
Being warm in the daytime is one thing—being overcooked at bedtime is a line that just shouldn’t be crossed. More than 2,400 Amazon shoppers recommend this mulberry silk pillowcase for cooler sleeping. Not only does it help regulate your sleep temperature on humid summer nights, but silk pillowcases have also been said to prevent wrinkles and fight off overnight hair damage.
10. Veer Basecamp
Tried and true and worth the spend, the Veer Basecamp is a must-have piece of summer equipment for families. It’s easy to put up and easy to take down and provides excellent sun shelter, as well as a cozy family hub. It comes with a UPF 50 sun/rain cover, six ground stakes, four sandbags, and a durable carry case. It’s great for a quick trip to the beach, a playdate at the park, or a picnic in the backyard.
11. Frost Buddy Universal Insulated Can Cooler
Yes, a universal can cooler exists and yes, according to TK, it’s as good as it sounds. The Frost Buddy can cooler claims to keep your drink of choice cold for 24 hours thanks to its stainless steel shell and it features both a sweat-proof exterior and a non-slip bottom. Available in 28 bright colors and prints, it can fit five different sizes of cans and bottles. Cheers to that!
12. Havit Laptop Cooling Pad
In the new “work from anywhere” world we live in, the flexibility to grab your laptop and work outside on warm sunny days is awesome. What is not awesome is the error message of death whenever your laptop overheats. Enter this laptop cooling pad, which has more than 34,000 positive reviews and can fit laptops from 15.6 to 17 inches. Sleek, lightweight, and quiet, it will keep your laptop cool so you can comfortably take your next Zoom meeting poolside.
13. PoolCandy Inflatable T-Rex Dinosaur Pool Float
In honor of pool and cool season—as well as the release of Jurassic World Dominion—behold the PoolCandy oversized dinosaur pool float. This beast is 10 feet long, can safely hold 500lbs, and is printed with an incredibly realistic T-Rex pattern. It’s fearsome, it’s fun, and it’s big enough for three adults.