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    36 Products Reviewers Swear By For Staying Cool In The Heat

    Here for all your sweating, chafing, and overheating needs.

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    1. A cooling towel that gets chilly when you soak it in water and wring it out — a godsend for when you're looking for quick ways to cool down when you get inside.

    A model wringing out the towel

    It also keeps its chill for hours and will immediately get chilly again when you soak it in water and repeat the process.

    Promising review: "These towels are awesome. So far, we have used them for working out in our hot Arizona home, and plan on using them in the car when the heat is unbearable during the summer. It's nice because they don't drop water on you, but keep you nice and cool. For working out, I ended up tying it around my neck like a scarf so it wouldn't fall off as I jumped around. These are great!" —Breanna Garrison

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    2. A time-marked water bottle, because dehydration starts *before* you notice it, y'all. This gives you a mindful way to avoid the problem before it kicks you in the butt.

    This bb also comes with a latch lid that protects the spout so you don't have to touch it, which is especially handy for outdoorsy runners and anyone worried about disinfecting things as lockdown restrictions ease up.

    Promising review: "I have to start by saying that I just don't enjoy drinking water, and for this reason I'm not very good at self-monitoring my water intake. The consequence of being dehydrated is just a terrible feeling, and so I've become really committed to the change of consistent hydration. This water bottle has really helped me. It is easy to fill, easy to drink from, easy to carry (since it fits in any standard cup holder or in my backpack pocket), and the markings on the bottle make it incredibly easy to monitor specifically where I am in my daily water intake. I like the carry strap, and the fact that I can drink with one hand if I'm driving. I would definitely recommend this." —Meow

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two colors).

    3. A breathable cooling pillow with two sides — one that's silky and ultra cooling, and other that's soft, comfy cotton, so you'll be grateful for it not just in the summer, but all year long.

    A model laying on a gray pillow

    Promising review: "I live in the desert and let's be honest — summer is already here!! So I changed my entire bed setup with the goal of getting something much fresher to avoid running my AC all day and night (SINCE THAT'S ALL I COULD DO — STAY HOME). These pillows are just right, exactly what I needed for summer! They are cool to the touch and they do help you stay fresh!! I so appreciate the coldness and I'm glad i purchased them! The timing was right with these!! LOVE!" —Sassy

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in standard and queen sizes).

    4. Plus a set of satin pillowcases that not only have a cooling effect, but are soft on your skin and create less friction for your hair so it won't get as tangled while you sleep.


    Promising review: "Beautiful cases for a super low cost! I was surprised with the quality and how I've snagged them a couple times with a nail, and my son too, and look at the case in panic like on no it's going to be shredded but no! They are super soft on our skin and it's true to what they advertise, they have a cooling effect to sleep on, especially when it's summer and hot. I wake up and my hair is still the same as when I went to sleep and soft as ever. I used to wake up and my hair would be all over the place because I toss and turn a lot, and it would be rough and tangled. I think it's really been helping my skin too. I noticed my eyelashes aren't smashed and turned different ways now and think it's due to this pillow!" —Kaybellabambina

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in seven colors and three sizes).

    5. A stick of Body Glide anti-chafing balm you can apply between your thighs to avoid all that irritation you get from your skin rubbing in the heat.

    A model applying the balm to her inner thigh

    Promising review: Omg this stuff is the best! I recently went to Thailand where it was 90 degrees with a 70% humidity every single day I was there. This stuff got me through! I was able to wear dresses and shorts with no chafing! And I only ever had to apply in the morning and once in the middle of the day! My life is forever changed I’ve already ordered two more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    6. Plus a blister-preventing balm that basically magics an extra layer between your skin and your shoe for those hot days when you can't avoid sweaty friction, whether you're in sneakers or sandals.

    A model rubbing balm on their heel

    Promising review: "For someone who sweats A LOT, I can honestly tell you this product is genius. I always blister no matter what type of shoes I’m wearing in the summer. So far I’ve worn this under flats, sandals, and sneakers without socks! No blisters!!!! I only wish I knew about this product sooner!" —Ozone99

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    7. A HyperChiller to instantly transform any hot or room-temperature beverage into an ice cold one, whether it's fresh coffee or rosé you forgot to put in the fridge (happens to the best of us).


    Promising review: "This is going to be mama's favorite toy this summer. I love iced coffees in the summertime but I’m always too impatient to wait for it to cool off so I end up diluting it with ice. Just tested it out on this beautiful day and it works great! Small enough to easily store in the freezer. Easy to clean and could be used with white wine to chill." —Tessa Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    8. A ridiculously popular set of breathable, cooling bed sheets that have amassed over 10,000 5-star reviews (and come in so many colors you could build a rainbow).

    The bed sheets in white on a full sized bed

    Promising review: "Best sheets ever! Exceptionally soft and cozy. Slept in them during the heat of the summer and they keep you cool. Also slept in them during the cold winter months and you stay very warm with the addition of a comforter. Wash and dry is very quick. They come out of the dryer with no wrinkles!" —Gigi

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in seven sizes and 18 colors).

    9. A sweat-resistant sunscreen that also won't sting your eyes if sweat starts to get in them.

    A reviewer image of the sunscreen bottle

    Promising review: "This is my go-to facial sunscreen for outdoor workouts. It does make me look slightly greasy but it 100% does the job. The product doesn't clog my pores or lead to breakouts. It also doesn't run into my eyes and make them sting when I start to sweat (YAY!!!!) Most importantly, my skin is protected from the sun as long as I reapply as directed." —Laurie Gannon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    10. And a moisturizing, sweat-resistant sunscreen designed not to leave a white cast on darker skin tones.

    A model putting sunscreen on their hand

    Black Girl Sunscreen is a Black woman-owned business with products that are cruelty-free and formulated without parabens or other harmful chemicals (psst — they also have sunscreen for kids on their site!).

    Promising review: "I was so excited to receive my tube of Black Girl Sunscreen and it hasn't disappointed — rubs in completely and leaves no white residue at all! Love the sleek design and packaging. Great value and highly effective — a little bit goes a long way! This is a must have for anyone that likes to have fun in the sun. I also use it as an everyday moisturizer. Thank you Black Girl Sunscreen!" —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $15.99 or from Black Girl Sunscreen for $18.99.

    11. An insulated, self-adhesive weatherproofing strip that easily sticks to the outer rims of your door so you don't have to worry about the expensive AC air escaping out of your door.

    Psst — this insulated strip also is also great for soundproofing your room/apartment!

    Promising review: "Very strong adhesive holds in place. Very good draft/leak stopping. My door faces the breezeway and it tends to seep into the cracks and blows hot or cold air along the floor making it awful in the winter. This stopped that as soon as I put it on." —AYonko

    Get it from Amazon for $8.57 (available in two colors).

    12. A cooling weighted blanket for sweet relief when the heat starts rolling in, with natural glass beads on the inside with weighted pressure that some reviewers say helps with insomnia and anxiety.

    A weighted blanket spread out on a king-sized bed

    Promising review: "Cut about perfectly — it's a little smaller than a standard queen comforter, so you don't have a bunch of weight pulling down on the edges and making getting in/out difficult. It's perfectly quiet, soft, and not hot. LOVE the sleep I get with this!" —Budrick

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in nine varied sizes and weights).

    13. A cold brew coffee maker so gloriously easy to use that all you have to do is stick your favorite ground coffee in the filter, seal the airtight lid on top, and pop it in the fridge overnight. Boom, four cups of cold brew.

    A pitcher with a coffee filter and a large handle, full of iced coffee in a fridge

    Promising review: I wish I had found this iced coffee maker years ago. I live in Florida and the summers are extremely hot, so I like to drink iced coffee in the morning during the summer. I grind up coffee beans and fill the infuser with them, then just fill up the pitcher with filtered water and let it infuse over night. When I wake up in the morning I have excellent-tasting iced coffee and it makes my mornings quick, because all I have to do is pour it into a to go cup. I can usually get about five fills out of one pitcher. I absolutely love this device and will always have one now that I have found it. You do not need anything more expensive or complicated than this." —Ashley Bouchard

    Get it from Amazon for $23.58.

    14. A grip-free insulated water bottle to keep you hydrated when you're walking or running in the summer heat, *and* hold your phone in a transparent case you can still access the touchscreen through.


    This one is designed so you never have to grip it — the lightweight strap adjusts to your hand, so it won't fall off while you're walking or running. These are especially handy now that many people don't have public water fountains at their disposal the way they would most summers — even if you're just going on a teensy outing, it never hurts to be prepared!

    Promising review: "Since most women's shorts do not offer pockets to hold anything more than three pebbles, my daughter has been on the hunt for a way to carry her phone. She does not like arm bands and fanny packs aren't her thing. She had been carrying the phone in her hand. This product provided multiple solutions to critical runner problems — hydration and all benefits of having a phone during a run (safety, tracking, music, etc.). Her iPhone 7 was a snug fit, but it did fit — even with a Life Proof case. The size of the water bottle is perfect for providing hydration without feeling like you're holding a gallon jug. She loved this product so much, I'm considering abandoning my arm band for this simpler, multisolution product." —JWeld

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    15. A set of five face masks from Athleta that reviewers are praising for being lightweight and functional, and may be a good solution for people struggling to find masks they can exercise in without overheating.

    A model in athletic gear and a face mask

    Athleta is also donating 100,000 nonmedical masks to a major healthcare organization.

    Promising review: "Really comfortable and I feel I can breathe in these and can use while working out without struggling for air or hyperventilating because the shape and construction keeps the fabric from sucking back to your mouth on inhale. Love the way they enabled adjustable ear straps so it will stay on if running or doing something really active." —BossLadybc

    Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Polyester/spandex with cotton liner

    Shipping Time: Expected to ship July 4

    Get a five-pack from Athleta for $30.

    16. A set of popular wickaway sweatbands to stop the sweat from stinging your eyes (or worse, from leaking sunscreen into your eyes).,

    Promising review: "Amazing quality! These are super soft and keep your head cool when working out! I couldn’t believe how well they work at wicking away moisture and staying cool! They came in a super nice box that will help me to not lose them — like I’m prone to. The colors are cute and the headbands aren’t too tight at all! They have nice stretch to them if you have a larger head. This is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made on Amazon! I’m so glad I bought these!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of ten from Amazon for $18.99.

    17. A chic, statement-making visor to keep your face cool and prevent burns and tan lines (including face-masked shaped ones!).

    A model in a visor that shadows her face from the sun

    Promising review: "I'm not a hat person but shading my face from the sun as I get older has become more important than being fashionable. I was shocked when I put the hat on and LOVED it immediately. I've never loved a hat on me before. I think it not only looks good with my hair up or down but is super comfortable with the adjustable Velcro closure AND shades my whole face including my ears!! I couldn't ask for more. Absolutely would recommend this hat if you are looking for good face protection from the blazing sun." —Kelliar

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).

    18. Or a wide-brimmed UV protective safari hat with mesh vents and a built-in moisture wicking sweatband that will keep your head breezy and your skin safe.

    A model in a khaki hat

    Promising review: "Best field hat ever! Been wearing these hats for years now. I am a desert wildlife biologist and spend my life in the unforgiving, blazing sun. This hat provides the most sun protection of any style. PERIOD. Keeps my shoulders, back of neck and face shaded. Cannot live without this hat. Bought these two to replace my old, worn ones. Will be using on my upcoming African safari." —amy anderson

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98.

    19. A lightweight heating and cooling gel eye mask wrapped in silk to help cool you down at night *and* help get you relief from itchy summer allergies.


    To cool the mask, you can leave it in the freezer; to warm it up you can leave it in warm water for a few minutes. You can even take the fabric off the gel mask to use it separately.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect mask for anyone who has problems with stress, headaches, or allergies (like me!). I have not yet tried heating the gel mask (being I am in South Carolina... LOL!), but I think I am addicted to the cool therapy mask and the night mask. My preference? I use them separately. I use the cool mask in the morning when I get up, and before I go to sleep. If my eyes give me extra trouble due to allergies or any other issues, I may add an extra time in the midday." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four colors).

    20. An ultra-cooling bamboo fabric sleep set for anyone who is sick of waking up in the middle of the night feeling like a human furnace.

    A model in a maroon pajama set with shorts and a v-neck tee

    Promising review: "I will never buy another pair of warm weather PJs again other than these. I am a thirty something post-baby lady, and with my hormones paired with living in Arizona, I needed PJs that were cool and comfortable. But I often found that the fabric of other PJs would rapidly get worn, pilled, and rough. These silky soft PJs have been going strong for months now through countless hot flashes and heat waves when it would get into the '80s in our bedroom. If you are a hot-blooded person and need to cool down, I can't recommend these PJs enough. I literally never leave reviews but felt compelled to preach to others the good word of Latuza's PJs." —Margery

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in women's sizes S-4X and 10 colors).

    21. A pair of lacy thigh bands that'll stay in place all through the warm weather months, so you don't have to worry about thigh chafing whenever want to flounce around in dresses., Amazon

    I own a pair of these, and unlike me showing off in aforementioned dresses, these STAY PUT. There are little grippers on them that lock them in place, but are gentle enough that you don't even notice 'em.

    Promising review: "These are a lifesaver. I chafe really badly in the summer/when I sweat and these are cute and 100% prevent chafing. I have gotten compliments on them and people have asked me where I got them. they stay in place even when you're sweating. I would walk around Europe all day in the summer with these on and had no problem." —Nobscot

    Get a pair from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in six sizes and 17 styles).

    Check out BuzzFeed's video review of of these thigh bands + other things to fight thigh chafing for more deets!

    22. A UPF 50+ protective running hat for shielding your face from sunburns and keeping the sweat out of your unsuspecting eyeballs.,

    Promising review: "I went on a run with this hat, and I was pleasantly surprised. It is very lightweight. The hat completely covers my head from the front and reaches around a low pony tail, which is why I love it. It is reflective too. The really cool part is how it folds. There are two creases on the bill, so it can completely fold up. And when you’re wearing the hat, the bill stays firm and in place. I was just trying to get a good price on a running hat, but I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality and features. I would recommend this hat. I’ll be getting another one for my friend." —Calista Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven colors).

    23. A teensy electric ice cream maker to give you all the joy of home! made! ice cream!! without the veritable nightmare of trying to figure out how to shove a hulking container in your freezer.


    Promising review: "This is a high quality product, affordable, fast, very easy to use — just one to three steps to make a great ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt with a simple recipe book. If I who do not like and can't follow instructions can use it, anybody can, no assembly required. And since you could control your own ingredients, you could make it healthy (or not) and it's delicious and fresh. I am an ice cream lover and was looking to buy an ice cream maker so I can make it at anytime at home. You can make a smaller portion just for yourself or more servings to share with others. Very enjoyable product, I would highly recommend it." —Kulanan M.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    24. A set of lightweight workout tanks with deep arm holes for extra breathability to make make exercising on especially hot days feel breezy as heck.,

    Psst to runners who are breastfeeding — lots of reviewers mentioned that the deep sleeves in this made it easier to breastfeed at home!

    Promising review: "Wore one of the three shirts today for two workout videos. It is very light and airy, great for summer or indoor workouts. It feels very soft and love the big side cut outs. The colors are great, just like the pictures. Overall, I am very happy with this order and will most likely order the other colors." —R. Scott

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in 10 color combos and women's sizes XS-XL).

    25. A popular tabletop fan with a low hum to let a ~cool breeze~ into your space, especially if you want something that won't distract you while you're working from home.

    A white circular personal fan on a counter

    I got this model a few years back because my AC is terrible — the air flow is great, and the hum is very consistent and soothing. The three speeds are nice, too — the air flow is very soft on the lower settings, and not too harsh on the highest one.

    Promising review: "This little guy is a portable AC unit, I swear. Me and my husband have been trying to save on our AC usage since the bills were skyrocketing. I got this little fan thinking it would help me through long hours in front of my laptop, where normally it's really hot from the sun hitting the nearby window. Even on the lowest setting, this fan gave me GOOSEBUMPS! I take this thing with me everywhere; to my home gym, to the kitchen while I wash dishes, to the bedroom for nap times, and in front of TV when we watch movies during hot summer days. I can't part with it! It's been around five days since I've used the AC at our house. Great purchase for an amazing price. Great job, Honeywell!" —Aleksandra

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    26. Or a hands-free portable neck fan you can charge with a USB, because you know what?? Staying cool is the new fashion and fans are the hottest accessory.

    Models using the fan propped up on a desk, around their neck on a hike, and around their neck on a walk

    It has three speeds to choose from and also lights up, making you more visible at night. Reviewers note that you should definitely put your hair in a ponytail (but that it's easy to unsnag if it gets caught).

    Promising review: "This neck fan is really lightweight and fashionable design. And I'm happy with the powerful airflow, good solution to keeping cool. The mini neck fan can be adjusted between three speed modes: low, medium and high, depending on your needs. Easy to fit in any backpack, also it can be placed on the table as a desk fan. A very nice product." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two colors).

    27. A sweat-ready crop top with a compressive stretch perfect for keeping you cool during all your summer workouts, indoor or out.

    A model in a black crop top with white floral patterns
    Rochelle Porter Design/Etsy

    Rochelle Porter Design is a Black-owned Etsy shop that specializes in bold printed athletic wear for the gym and beyond, and includes sports bras, tops, bike shorts, backpacks, and leggings with plus-size options.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this top. The fabric is amazing. It feels good on my skin and definitely doesn’t leave me sweaty even after an intense workout." —Brooke Horton

    Get it from Rochelle Porter Design on Etsy for $32 (available in women's sizes S-XL).

    28. An ice pop mold complete with a funnel, 50 sticks, and 50 bags so you can make your own personalized ice pops and take them with you on the go for all your summer picnics.


    Promising review: "Love love love these popsicle molds! I make my boys watermelon ice pops every summer for them and our neighborhood kiddos. I decided this summer to try a different mold and settled on this one. Great quality and made extremely well! I’m ordering a second mold!" —Christi

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    29. A freezable wineglass to keep your rosé as chill as all your long night summer chats with the window open and an evening breeze flowing through.

    Rosé in a chilled wineglass lined with frozen water

    Promising review: "My new favorite wineglass! I was given a set of the grey wine freeze cups as a gift and I love them so I saw they had other colors and bought this one. My biggest pet peeve with regular wineglasses is that the wine goes back to room temperature too quickly. These cups keep frozen for hours so you can have multiple glasses of wine and keep the bottle out instead of in the refrigerator. I love the color on this one too!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 16 colors).

    30. A pair of high-waist biker shorts that are not only breathable and great for avoiding that dreaded summer-chafing, but have POCKETS.

    I bought these for running last month and WHOOPS, I wear them all the time. Very comfortable, just the right amount of compression, and they wash up really nicely.

    Promising review: "Gone are the days of slathering Vaseline on my thighs before my long runs! These shorts don't slip down, they don't ride up, and they have pockets that actually fit my entire hand. I'm training for a summer race and these shorts seriously saved my life. Best running shorts I've tried by far." —J. Madrian

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 15 styles and women's sizes XS-3XL).

    31. A set of insulated blackout curtains to protect your space against summer heat beating in through the window (and help block noise!).

    A set of teal blackout curtains hung up on a window

    Plus, these come in so many colors that you don't have to sacrifice your ~aesthetic~ for function!

    Promising review: "The material is soft, not the hard cardboard feeling. We bought the smoke grey and boy, looks elegant when hung up. I couldn't believe the difference it made, it blocked out the sunlight! Yes it made the room dark but look at what I'm buying. That room would get so hot, you could feel the heat from the sun the glass sliding door and through the curtains. Game-changer with these new curtains. Just one day after after installing them, I walked in and I couldn't believe how cool the room was. Totally recommend this product." —Mo Mo

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95+ (available in six sizes and 20 colors).

    32. A can of insulating paint additive you can mix into regular paint not just to help reduce heating and cooling loss — a major money saver for rooms that get a lot of sun and need the AC blasting.

    A reviewer's fireplace painted white with the additive

    Plus, the additive doesn't change the color of your paint at all, so it's basically just like giving your paint invisible super powers.

    Promising review: "Our home has a hot wall on the west side; there's no shade and the afternoon sun just bakes the wall. Inside the home, this same wall puts out heat till after midnight, especially when the temperature is above 90 degrees F. I mixed the 2-gallon ThermaCels additive pack into 2 gallons of paint. I added a quart of water and then rolled the paint on. There is no difference in color and the paint was nice to work with. There is a noticeable reduction in surface temperature, perhaps 50 percent less heat in the late afternoon, compared to an untreated area on the same side of the house. Radiating warmth on the inside at night is even less, about 75 percent less. I recommend using this product on any exterior surface where sun exposure and heat gain is a concern." —SeeB

    Get it from Amazon for $13.25.

    33. A silicone ice mold that pops out ice cubes quietly and efficiently, and is suuuuper easy to store in the freezer (it comes with its own lid, so you don't have to lay it flat!).

    The ice mold, which makes hexagonal shaped ice

    Promising review: "Seriously. Life-changing. I never knew ice could be massed produced in such a way. And then, to place it in my snow cone machine to make the best summer treats? Thank you, Ice Tray, for giving me back my sanity that the lack of school has taken away. You have made my days brighter and full of hope. I can never thank you enough for the way you make my sweet tea oh so cold after you’ve chilled out in the freezer for a little. You’re the real MVP." —Amberly

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    34. A makeup setting spray with a matte finish to lock your look in place, even on days when the sun is trying to melt you like a Popsicle.

    A model spraying the setting spray on their face, which has colorful eye makeup

    Promising review: "Love this spray. Like that it's small and portable. It does set your makeup matte, which I love. Keeps my makeup in place all day. I use it pretty much daily when it's summer. It is great for when you travel to anywhere hot and humid and don't want your makeup to slide off." —Tina J.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    35. A pet cooling mat for cats and doggos that stays between 5 and 10 degrees cooler than the room, without ever needing to be refrigerated.

    Promising review: "My cats and I love it! I was able to leave home knowing they have a cooling area they can use. With no AC in my house, the heat this summer was unbearable. I like that it cools to the touch and no freezing is necessary. So far no rips on it and haven't seen any other damage from the cats. At first my cats were apprehensive but quickly learned how 'cool' this is...hehe." —onesiecat

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (available in four colors).

    36. A family-friendly backyard sprinkler for some socially distanced pool shenanigans in the comfort of your own home.

    A circular waterproof pad with holes all around it for water to spout out of once someone installs a hose into it

    Promising review: "Just what my grandkids needed on a hot May Day. Perfect for little ones to splash around in and use up some pent-up energy! The perfect addition to our new 'stay at home' backyard oasis!" —A Mitchell

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    All of us staying cool as cucumbers this summer:


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