As the UK braces for hottest day of the year, shop our favourite cooling purchases

Maisie Bovingdon
·Shopping writer
·6-min read
Stay cool in heatwave as UK braced for hottest day of the year
As the UK is braced for a heatwave we have found the best buys to make sure you stay cool. (Getty Images)

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The Met Office has announced the UK will experience the hottest day of the year so far on Wednesday (20 May).

Some parts of the country, including London and the South-East, can expect unseasonably high temperatures of up to 27C, surpassing the 26C (78.8F) recorded in Treknow, Cornwall, on Good Friday.

Parts of the UK will be warmer than some of Europe’s top holiday destinations, including Marbella and Ibiza.

So, if you’re been debating ordering a fan, a lightweight summer duvet or another cooling device for the summer months, it’s worth getting ahead of the curve and making your purchase now.

From Dyson’s coveted tower fan to a mini fan you can plug into your phone while out on a walk this week, we’ve compiled a list of the top-rated cooling buys.

Shop the top-rated buys to keep you cool

Dyson Cool AM07 Tower Fan | £339 from John Lewis & Partners

Dyson Cool AM07 Tower Fan
Dyson Cool AM07 Tower Fan

The Dyson Cool AM07 Fan is recognised as one of John Lewis & Partners bestsellers, as it is safe, easy to use as well as practical.

This home prop generates a powerful airflow to keep you cool when the heatwave hits thanks to the multiplier technology, which draws in the surrounding air and projects a cooler blast.

Not only is this model quieter noise and a reduced vibration, it is safe as it has no fast spinning blades.

EasyAcc Handheld Electric USB Fans Mini Portable Outdoor Fan | £10.99 from Amazon

EasyAcc Handheld Electric USB Fans Mini Portable Outdoor Fan
EasyAcc Handheld Electric USB Fans Mini Portable Outdoor Fan

For those who are looking for a fan that is more compact, especially when on the go, this handheld prop is for you.

Not only can it be held, but it can also be folded to prop on your desk to keep your temperature down.

It is super easy to use too, all you have to do is connect it to a USB port, or charge the battery for up to 10 hours of use.

BESTZY Mini USB Phone Fan Portable 2 in1 Micro USB Fan for Smartphones | £9.99 from Amazon

BESTZY Mini USB Phone Fan Portable 2 in1 Micro USB Fan for Smartphones
BESTZY Mini USB Phone Fan Portable 2 in1 Micro USB Fan for Smartphones

For those who are looking for a device that is even more compact to take with them on the go to ensure they are kept cool at all times, this set of mini fans for your smartphone are ideal.

The pack of six contains miniature fans in various colours, all of which are quiet yet high speed to provide a strong breeze, as well as lightweight.

Customers can’t get enough of the pocket size gadget, as one review read: “Good product. Have given some to friends. Small and powerful.”

Cool Touch TENCEL™ Blend Duvet Cover And Pillowcase Set | £25 from Next

Cool Touch TENCEL™ Blend Duvet Cover And Pillowcase Set
Cool Touch TENCEL™ Blend Duvet Cover And Pillowcase Set

For those who struggle to regulate their body temperature when going to sleep, this duvet cover and pillow case should help.

The set is made from cool cotton fabric, which has been blended with breathable organic Tencel fibres, which work to keep you cool and dry in the heatwave.

With a 200 thread count they are not only soft to the touch but super comfortable, so it is no wonder it has received glowing reviews from customers.

One wrote: “Lovely feel to this duvet set, definitely excellent value for money.”

Dimplex Ion Fresh Cooling Tower Fan | £79.99 from Argos

Dimplex Ion Fresh Cooling Tower Fan
Dimplex Ion Fresh Cooling Tower Fan

The Dimplex Ion Fresh Cooling Tower Fan is a double threat, as it not only works to help regulate the temperature in a room, but also cleans the air.

The design has 70 oscillation settings, a tilt feature, as well as three different speeds, and a sleep mode, which gradually reduced the speed of the fan to help you doze off without disturbing your slumber.

The ioniser is what works to capture airborne dust particles and remove them from your breathing space.

Plus it comes with a remote control, so it is no wonder it has been recommended by over 90% of buyers.

Meaco MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator | £99.99 from John Lewis & Partners

Meaco MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator
Meaco MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator

The Meaco MeacoFan has been a hugely popular purchase among John Lewis & Partners customers as over 100 devices have been purchased in the last 48 hours.

This device boasts a powerful fan that helps to circulate the air around the room by 60 degrees upwards and 80 degrees sideways, across 12 fan speeds.

The portable prop is compact, which makes it easy to manoeuvre around the home, and also has a light feature, which is ideal for nighttime use.

One customer review read: “I am thrilled with this one.It is light and easy to move from room to room.The range of fan speeds/directions is vast. As it is really quiet it has been much appreciated during the hot nights.Although not a cheap fan I consider it well worth the money.”

Chilly's Bottles | £15 from Amazon

Chilly's Bottles
Chilly's Bottles

There is nothing worse than having a cold drink, only to find minutes later it has become boiling hot when left in the sunshine, especially when you’re gasping for a cool refreshing beverage.

Chilly’s bottles are the perfect solution.

These nifty bottles, which come in various sizes and prints, feature a double wall insulation, which helps to maintain the temperature of the contents inside regardless of the exterior temperature for up to 12 hours.

U-pick Cooling Towel | £12.99 from Amazon

U-pick Cooling Towel
U-pick Cooling Towel

Whether you are sunbathing outside, completing a workout or are susceptible to hot flushes, a cold towel when applied to pulse points help to bring the body’s temperature down.

These microfibre towels are the ideal purchase. Simply soak the towel into cold water, ring out the excess and use when you feel your body heating up.

The design is super absorbent, stays cool for up to three hours, is soft to the touch and compact enough to take with you on your travels.

Amazon customers are going head over heels for the purchase, with one hailing it a “fantastic” buy for people of all ages.

Cooler Than Memory Foam Pillow | £20 from Dunelm

Cooler Than Memory Foam Pillow
Cooler Than Memory Foam Pillow

While you may have cool bedding, sometimes our pillows and duvets can be too heavy and do not help us to cool down.

The Cooler Than pillows have been designed using Airstream technology and breathable fibres to help regulate the air flow in the bed as they do not retain as much heat as a standard memory foam design.

While this prop helps to keep you cool, the soft texture also works to relieve pressure and support the head when you sleep for a more comfortable night’s rest.

Vichy Mineralising Thermal Spa Water | £7 from lookfantastic

Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Spa Water
Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Spa Water

A cooling spray is a great way to stay cool as it gives you a refreshing spritz of hydrating liquid at the touch of button.

Vichy’s Mineralising Thermal Spring Water is filled with over 15 rare minerals, is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologically tested, so it not only soothes, hydrates and protects the skin, but leaves you feeling refreshed and cool.

One happy customer wrote: “Refreshing, makes my skin feel hydrated and soft, lovely to use as a hydrator in my routine and to refresh my face before make up.”