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It’s hot out there. The best way to spend it is either in your pool, of as close to an air conditioner as possible.
If your AC unit is relegated to one room in the house—or perhaps it doesn’t reach all the way to your preferred perch—a portable unit is a great way to ensure you’re staying comfortably cool no matter how high the temps get. Thankfully, Amazon has a ton of them on sale—many are under $50—and they’re great for keeping on your desk, next to your bed, or even by your couch. You can tote them from room to room, and even outside.
Check out some of our picks below:
Similar blade-less fans can cost hundreds—but this affordable one has it all. The lack of blades makes it safer for kids and pets, and the virtually silent design is awesome if you keep it on at night or at your desk while you work. Plus, two power-saving speeds ensure you get the appropriate amount of cooling air every time you turn it on.
“I love my little fan,” a shopper wrote. “First of all it is small and doesn’t take too much room on my night table. Then it blows enough air for me. It doesn’t blow my hair away. It’s just a soft but strong air. It is great and doesn’t make any noise because it’s blade-less.”
Don’t like the hum of the AC in your bedroom? This energy-saving portable air conditioner pulls warm air through an evaporative water filter, which then releases humidified cool air through the room. It performs best within a six-foot distance, so it’s great for small spaces, like kitchens or bedrooms. Some even bring it along for picnics.
“My house has no AC. Sometimes the room is so hot that I need to go outside to cool myself down,” one shopper revealed. “This air cooler is great because I can have it facing me on my desk. When the weather is not very hot, I turn it on to get a gentle breeze. When it is really hot, I add about 20 pieces of ice to get much cooler airflow. This won’t cool down the whole room but it will cool you down wherever you are sitting, which is the most important.”
This versatile fan has three different operating modes. If you choose to run it with water, it acts as a humidifier. Add some ice, and it becomes a mini AC, and without ice or water, it’ll just act as a fan. The handle makes it easy to tote wherever you go, though the large built-in reservoir can handle up to 400 mL of water. Bonus: It changes colors at night, so it can do double duty as a nightlight.
“This little thing’s exactly what I was looking for,” a shopper raved. “I live in the South and it get hot here quickly, but my coworkers are always cold so this was the perfect solution for my office. It cools down nicely and I don’t have to mess with the thermostat anymore”
This small-but-mighty fan has three quiet speeds and two timers — one for two hours, and one for four — so it can keep you cool without you having to worry about turning it off. The fan transforms to seven different colors, making it a great choice for kids’ rooms.
“This portable air conditioner is perfect!” one shopper shared. “The size is so good so I can put it on my table when I work from home. You just simply pour ice water in it and it works nicely! And the light is also so cute. Love this product!”
This neck fan redefines portable. This model hangs around your neck, so it cools you off as you jog, walk the dog, or just lounge by the pool. Designed to look like a headphone set, the fan has aromatherapy boxes which you can fill with essential oil or even mosquito repellant. The rechargeable style also fans in three adjustable speeds.
”This fan is my favorite companion these days, one shopper shared. The 3-speed is an added bonus. The first speed provides adequate relief...so imagine the 3rd speed=heavenly vavavoom 😁 I have had year-round hot flashes for over ten years...UGH and had been carrying washcloths in my purse. Curious eyes positively comment on the device and are amused by the bright colors.
This adorable fan cools in under 30 seconds, and you can even drop essential oils or your favorite fragrance in the 200 mL reservoir for a spa-like experience. It humidifies the air with an ultra-fine mist, plus the compact design is great for throwing in your bag for beach days (or keeping by your bedside table at night).
“I bought this little air-con and can't be happy enough!” a reviewer noted. “Perfect thing for my room, gives me enough cool air and doesn't take lots of space.”
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