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15 Summertime Essentials That Are Great if You Work From Home

Lauren Dana
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Working from home certainly has its perks, but with warmer weather right around the corner, sitting at your desk indoors for eight hours a day, five days per week, can seem daunting (not to mention potentially sweaty).

To help keep you cool throughout the summer months, we’ve rounded up 15 summertime essentials from Amazon. From small-but-mighty desk fans to your very own personal ice cream maker that will make all of your virtual coworkers jealous, these items are sure to elevate your WFH experience.

1. Honeywell Quiet Set Personal Table Fan; $30

Honeywell Quiet Set Personal Table Fan on a white background
Honeywell Quiet Set Personal Table Fan / Kaz Inc./Amazon

Stay cool as you work with this Honeywell table fan. At just 13 inches tall, it’s the perfect size for almost any desk and comes with four power settings to choose from. It also features an automatic shut-off timer.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker; From $25

Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker and a cup of cold brew sit on a kitchen counter
Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker / Takeya/Amazon

Skip the trip to Starbucks and enjoy a fresh batch of cold brew from the comfort of home. This pitcher comes with a built-in, fine mesh filter and produces four servings of chilled coffee at a time. All you need to do is tinker with your preferred cold brew recipe before throwing it in the fridge overnight. Other highlights include an airtight lid and a non-slip silicone handle.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Cuisinart 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker; $95

Cuisinart 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker on a white background next to ice cream sandwiches
Cuisinart 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker / Cuisinart/Amazon

One of the best parts of being an adult? Eating ice cream anytime you want—even in the middle of the workday. Fortunately, this gadget from Cuisinart lets you make your own anytime you feel a craving coming on. The whole process takes less than 30 minutes, and you can even use the machine to make fresh sorbet or frozen yogurt.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Sukeen Cooling Towel, Pack of 4; $18

Sukeen Cooling Towels
Sukeen Cooling Towels / Kuen/Amazon

These reusable towels, which are made with a breathable microfiber material, can keep you cool for up to three hours at a time. To activate, simply soak a towel, wring it out, and snap it. It even comes with a waterproof plastic clip-on pouch so you can wet it before any strenuous activity. While you can use it after going to the gym or on a hike, no one will judge you if you wrap one around your neck at the end of a marathon of Zoom meetings.

Buy it: Amazon

5. UrChoice Nano Facial Mister; $6

UrChoice Nano Facial Mister on a white background
UrChoice Nano Facial Mister / UrChoice/Amazon

If you ever feel sweaty at your desk, spritz some cool water on your face with this rechargeable mini facial mister. It’s even equipped with a built-in mirror, a 30-milliliter water tank, timer, and automatic shut-off function. A USB charging cord is also included (it takes about one hour to charge, according to the manufacturer).

Buy it: Amazon

6. Lebice Popsicle Molds, Set of 6; $17

Lebice Popsicle Molds Set on a white background
Lebice Popsicle Molds Set / Gady/Amazon

Easily make your own ice pops in whatever flavors you choose using this six-piece set. The BPA-free plastic molds are even dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. (Read: No need to spend your whole lunch break wiping everything down by hand.)

Buy it: Amazon

7. Simple Modern Classic Insulated Tumbler; $26

Simple Modern Classic Insulated Tumblers on a white background
Simple Modern Classic Insulated Tumbler / Simple Modern/Amazon

This 28-ounce insulated tumbler from Simple Modern—complete with a matching straw and lid—has garnered over 54,000 Amazon reviews with a 4.8-star average rating. Its powerful vacuum insulation and durable stainless-steel construction are designed to keep drinks cold (or hot) for hours on end. Choose from over 40 colors and patterns.

Buy it: Amazon

8. NatraCure Cold Therapy Socks; $25

NatraCure Cold Therapy Socks on a white background
NatraCure Cold Therapy Socks / NatraCure/Amazon

According to the manufacturer, these reusable cold therapy socks are engineered to relieve foot pain and inflammation, but they can also be a cool treat at the end of a long, hot day. The soft and stretchy nylon material offers added comfort, while the chilled gel packs provide a unique cooling sensation. They're currently sitting at a 4.4-star rating on Amazon after more than 7800 reviews.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Cool Time Wearable Cooling Neck Wraps; $18

Cool Time Wearable Cooling Neck Wraps on a white background with water splashing
Cool Time Wearable Cooling Neck Wraps / Cool Time/Amazon

These cooling neck wraps can be worn for up to two hours after just 20 minutes in the freezer. That's long enough to power you through your mid-morning or late-afternoon slump.

Buy it: Amazon

10. ESARORA Ice Roller; $19

ESARORA Ice Roller on a white background
ESARORA Ice Roller / Esarora/Amazon

This ice roller can help to calm, soothe, and relieve dry skin, puffiness, redness, and headaches. And if you're sweltering in your tiny home office, just roll it on your neck, arms, and face for an instant cool-down.

Buy it: Amazon

11. Dyson Air Multiplier Table Fan; $298

Dyson Air Multiplier Table Fan on a white background
Dyson Air Multiplier Table Fan / Dyson/Amazon

Despite its high price tag and small size (it’s just 10 inches tall!), this innovative, remote-operated Dyson table fan utilizes unique technology to create a powerful stream of cool air without sharp blades and loud noises. It also has a built-in sleep timer with pre-set intervals ranging from 15 minutes to nine hours. Choose from 10 airflow settings.

Buy it: Amazon

12. HyperChiller; $24

HyperChiller with a glass of cold brew on a white background
HyperChiller / HyperChiller/Amazon

Whether you hate hot drinks or wish your cold brew never became tepid, the HyperChiller can be a great investment. You can use this device with any drink that’s not at a nice, icy temperature (like coffee, wine, or tea): Simply pour the liquid into the chamber, swirl it for a minute, and then pour it into a glass. This product works by using two chambers of cold water to bring the drink’s temperature down to an ideal point.

Buy it: Amazon

13. GULAKI Hands-Free Portable Neck Fan; $15

Hands-Free Portable Neck Fan on a white background
Hands-Free Portable Neck Fan / Gulaki/Amazon

If you can’t sit still, bring the wind with you by wearing this hands-free neck fan. This portable version sits comfortably on your shoulders, offering a 360-degree breeze with three speeds for up to six hours. The fan even has seven lights that you can customize, just make sure to charge it up using the included USB cable.

Buy it: Amazon

14. Cryo-Max Cold Pack; $15

Cryo-Max Cold Pack on a white background
Cryo-Max Cold Pack / Cryo-Max/Amazon

If a fan, cool towel, and popsicle aren’t cutting it and you’re still sweating while you work, try sticking an ice pack on your body. This reusable one from Cryo-Max can give you up to eight hours of relief. It's available in small, medium, and large sizes.

Buy it: Amazon

15. BLACK+DECKER Portable Air Conditioner; $370

BLACK+DECKER Portable Air Conditioner on a white background
BLACK+DECKER Portable Air Conditioner / BLACK+DECKER/Amazon

Sometimes nothing can deal with the heat quite like an air conditioner. This portable one from BLACK+DECKER is the No.1 bestselling option on Amazon and has over 33,000 reviews as well as a 4.4-star rating. You can get this device with cooling capacities ranging from 10,000 British thermal units (BTUs) up to 14,000, which could be great depending on the space you’re trying to chill.

Buy it: Amazon

A version of this article originally ran in 2021 and has been updated to reflect current pricing.

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