Best small fans to beat the heat

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When it comes to the rainy season, us Brits are fully prepared with all the kit under the sun to stay dry and warm. But, as soon as the heatwave hits, we go into a state of panic, unequipped to deal with the hot summer rays.

A small portable fan you can slip in your bag for immediate cooling is the ultimate warm weather hack. These overlooked devices may not be anything new, but they are true game changers.

Whether you are braving the commute to work, soaking up the sun on a staycation or hanging at the pub with friends, beat the heat with these handheld fans that offer a quick, breezy fix to regulate your temperature. Let overheating be a thing of the past as you get your vitamin D fix with these small but mighty fans that offer real bang for your buck.

Handheld Fan Portable Mini Electric Fan

Best for: power and practical features

Hold it, fold it or hang it — this is the best all-rounder we have found for 2022. Powered by rechargeable batteries that have up to 17 hours of usage time per charge, the power and practicality of this fan cannot be understated.

Giving you an instant breeze with four different speed strengths using a durable brushless motor, you can also hang this fan inside of a tent or rotate clockwise and use it as a desk fan. Its small size (4 inches wide and 8 inches long) allows it to be used on the go and can easily fit into a back pocket or a small bag meaning no more sweating on our commute into work! It only comes in two colours, but we doubt you will complain when you feel the instant relief from this mighty little machine.

Buy now £15.29, Amazon

John Lewis & Partners Handheld and Foldable Desk Fan, 4 inch

Best for: improved airflow for working or relaxing

Small but sturdy, this fan is designed to keep you cool without an irritating noise. It has three different speeds and a fold-out design so you can transform it from a handheld to a desk fan. The rechargeable device plugs into any standard USB to power it up. It is also available in a range of colours including white, olive and a pretty magenta hue.

Buy now £12.00, John Lewis

Bear fan with rechargeable battery

Best for: adorable summer gift (to yourself)

A lovely and well-appreciated summer gift for teddy fans and those that just cannot bear the heat (too tempting). This adorable portable fan comes with a rechargeable battery and includes a safety screen.

Frankly, we just can’t get over those cute little bear ears - can you?

Buy now £9.99, Amazon

HandFan Handheld Fan Misting

Best for: misting and cooling

Converting water into mist for an immediately cooling effect, this fan makes an ideal sidekick for scorching summer days. Three settings include fan only, mist only or a combination of both.

The large hole also makes this fan very easy to hang. Available in three colours.

Buy now, Amazon

Sunnylife Pineapple Beach Fan

BesBest for: Summer vibes

Putting the fun into functionality, this fan is bound to put a smile on your face every time you use it. Bringing tropical and summery vibes to any situation, this battery powered fan will provide a cool breeze at a moment’s notice.

Buy now £3.99, Liv and Primrose

EasyAcc Handheld Electric USB Fan

Best for: Hot flushes

There’s a reason why this fan is a best-selling model on Amazon. The powerful device is compact, lightweight and gives an impressive cooling effect. There are three settings, USB charging, and a three to 10 hour battery life. It is also available in a range of colours.

Buy now £16.99, Amazon

Mini Handheld Fan with Clip

Best for: Portable charger and desktop fanning

Fix this fan into the accompanying clip to create a deskside fan or attach onto the side of your little one’s pram for when it gets really humid. It would also work well as a sun lounger accessory. There are three adjustable speeds and the addition of a USB output so the fan doubles up as a portable charger that you plug your devices into.

Buy now £22.99, Amazon

QINUKER Mini Handheld Portable Fan​

Best for: a stylish solution to staying cool

At only 165g this is one of the lightest portable fans that offers a USB rechargeable battery. The battery will last anywhere from three to thirteen hours depending on the setting. The removable base is a handy feature that allows the fan to stand in a fixed position. Available in four colour combinations including mint green, baby pink, white with yellow blades and black with brick red.

Buy now, Amazon

Bladeless Fan Handheld Fan

Best for: Technological features

Admittedly not the strongest breeze, but if you’re concerned about little one’s fingers this is a safe design. Offering three speeds, this fan is charged through a USB port and can be fitted into a circular base to create a desk fan. Available in three colour combos.

Buy now £10.48, Amazon


If you need instant and reliable relief from the sweltering sun Funme portable fan is an excellent buy — well made, versatile and powerful. The best misting option goes to the HandFan misting fan — the feeling of cool water on hot skin really is satisfying.

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