Keep your cool in a well-ventilated home as the mercury soars – from high-tech sleep systems to soothing beauty buys.

Unlike our Europeans neighbours, us Brits seem perennially ill-prepared – and surprised – when those much wished-for summer days finally hit and the barometer soars. If you are looking for some cooling intervention to help you concentrate at work or sleep more comfortably, we’ve found nine clever products to get you through the heatwave – from high-tech sleep systems to soothing beauty buys.


Whisper Flex Floor Fan, £209

The Whisper Flex floor fan is perfect for bedrooms. With 26 settings and a ‘night mode’ which is little more than a gentle hum, it can be controlled via an app on your phone, so no more jumping in and out of bed to adjust. Buy it here.


Pinguino Portable Air Conditioner, £669

It’s a big investment for a few weeks a year, but this air conditioning unit from Delonghi, sweetly named ‘the penguin’, gets rave reviews for energy efficiency, low noise and its extra dehumidifier function. Less cumbersome and more design-focussed than most, it can cool rooms up to 30sqm with no problem. Buy it here.

All For Paws

Dog Cooling Mat, £60

Protect your four-legged friends in the heat with this clever air-flow mattress – the raised mesh system allows fresh air to circulate, keeping them comfortable and safe. Buy it here.


Ooler Sleep System, £399.50

Do you and your partner differ wildly when it comes to your preferred bedroom temperature at night? The Ooler from Chilisleep is a complete sleep system, including cooling mattress topper - hydro-powered unit and sensor-controlled app to keep you at your ideal temperature all night. Think of it as the opposite to an electric blanket – the water-filled cube unit fits under the bed, runs silently and keeps the cooling pad at the perfect temperature. You can buy singly or as two separate units for one bed for individualised cooling control. Buy it here.


Soothe and Cool Mist, £5

It may seem like a simple solution, but keeping a can of cooling face mist on your desk or by your bed can provide the instant relief you need in the heat. With red algae extract to hydrate and aloe vera to cool and soothe, this budget buy is a great spritz for summer skincare. Buy it here.

Arctic Air Freedom

Wearable Neck Fan, £30

You could be excused for mistaking these for a pair of futuristic headphones. The Arctic Air Freedom is a super nifty, hands-free portable fan – forget the battery-operated, hand-held versions that once wafted warm air your face. This clever design angles concentrated, super cool jet-streams at your face and neck, with an ionic air filter to keep pollen at bay, too. Buy it here.

JML Direct

Cooling Towel, £10

A great, simple solution if you’re travelling, camping, or you don’t want to rely on batteries. Once wetted, this cooling towel will stay cold for up to two hours; perfect for the beach or on-the-go. Buy it here.

Silent Night

Cool Touch Pillow, £30

Part of Silent Night’s Wellbeing range, the Cool Touch Pillow has a pressure activated cooling gel pad to help absorb body heat and minimise sleep disturbances. Great for those who suffer from night sweats or hot flushes. The cooling sensation signals to the brain that it is time to slumber, for a comfortable night’s sleep. Buy it here.


Cooling Eye Mask, £40

If the light mornings are playing havoc with your sleep schedule, this soothing and cooling eye mask from Mantra will not only black-out the sunrise but provide cooling relief to your eyes, making it perfect for hay fever or migraine sufferers. The ceramic bead-filled eye pods can be popped in the freezer than strapped on with the ergonomic mask to provide instant relief. Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
July 2022

Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.