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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you garden in the summer -- or spend any time outside doing weeding, planting, or pruning -- you know how uncomfortable it can get in the heat. Luckily, there's more you can do than just wear a sun hat and try to keep hydrated: There's wearable fans! A wearable fan is going to be the must-have gardening accessory this summer, and for good reason. Does it look a little odd at first? Definitely. Does that matter when you have a cool breeze going directly on your face in the stifling heat? Not one bit.
You can wear all the breathable clothing you have in your closet and keep a ton of water nearby, but nothing beats having a cool breeze on your face while you're outdoors. Seriously, a wearable fan is a game-changer. Not only are these fans great for gardening, but you'll be able to enjoy them while walking, on trips, while grilling, and any time you are outside for long periods of time. Seriously, these wearable fans will take the edge off and allow you to get all of the gardening done without feeling the heat. Here are our picks below:
1. A Battery-Powered Necklace
O2COOL Personal Fan - Amazon, $10.99
This small, quiet fan comes on a lanyard and is battery-powered -- but it provides a cool breeze that comes in a lightweight, slim package. It's a simple fan with one speed, but it does the job it claims to do. Most reviewers say the one speed provides a strong, consistent breeze that lasts for about 18 hours before the batteries need to be replaced. This no fuss option is one you'll want to take with you everywhere.
2. A Wearable Fan That Turns Handheld
OUTXE Personal Mini Fan - Amazon, $18.99
This miniature fan has a rechargeable battery that runs for around 12 hours before it needs to be plugged into any USB port. There's three speeds and it can be bent at a 90-degree angle -- so use it as a wearable fan pointing upwards with the attached lanyard, or can be used as a handheld option for a cooling burst of wind whenever you need it. It's comfortable to wear, too: it's lighter than your cell phone.
3. A Bladeless Fan Option
Comlife Bladeless Neck Fan - Amazon, $36.99
A bladeless neck fan is a more discreet option if you want to wear this around frequently -- but it's just as powerful as one that has blades. This one features a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 10 hours, and there's four fan speeds you can choose from. It's adjustable so you can find the perfect angle for you, and the silicone on the back makes this a comfortable one to wear. One reviewer writes: "Portable, dependable, effective cooling on-the-go!" It's great for people who have long hair they don't want to pull up into a ponytail.
4. A Dual-Ended Wearable Fan
COMLIFE Portable Neck Fan - Amazon, $21.99
If you're someone who runs really hot, this dual-ended fan is the perfect option for you. It's a seriously powerful wearable fan that has 360-degree adjustable heads, is ultra-quiet, and has six speeds to choose from. If you go on natural wind mode, the rechargeable battery will last up to 16 hours, and the more powerful speeds will last up to nine. It's a quiet fan that you'll want to take with you anywhere it's hot.
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This post was originally published on January 27, 2021 and updated by Alida Nugent.