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10 best handheld fans for 2022

If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat this year, a handheld fan could be the answer.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jul 30, 2021

Woman in public with portable fan

Summer’s here and with it comes the promise of warm and sunny days. Whether you love the sun or prefer a more ‘typically British’ weather situation, we all want to try and keep cool on those super-hot days, which is why it pays to have a handheld fan in your summer arsenal.

Handheld fans have thankfully come a long way since the – quite frankly – lethal plastic blade models of the ‘80s (remember them?). Now you’re spoilt for choice with designs offering a genuine, cooling relief from hot weather, that not only do the job, but look great too.

Whether you’re looking for an everyday handheld fan, something to keep you comfortable on a long journey, a portable unit for when you’re out and about, or a handheld fan to help keep you cool during labour, we’ve rounded up tried-and-tested recommendations from the Mumsnet forums and beyond.

Here are the best handheld fans to buy in 2021.

1. Best overall handheld fan: VersionTECH Handheld Fan

VersionTech handheld fan

Price: £17.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“If you’re having a baby in a heatwave, bring your own fan. It saved me in July!” - guesswhosback

The VersionTECH handheld fan is a great all-rounder. With a choice of three speed levels, this small but mighty six-blade handheld fan can deliver everything from a cooling breeze to a strong wind, up to an impressive three metres in an instant.

It’s rechargeable by USB cable – whether through the mains or your computer – with a battery life of around three hours on the full power setting. 

The fan is a nice travel-friendly size so you can easily pop it in your handbag or changing bag when needed. We love that you can also use this as a desk fan thanks to its simple fold, making this a versatile buy ideal for home, work or if you're on-the-go. With over 5,600 five-star reviews on Amazon, we think this handy fan delivers serious value for money.

Pros

  • Powerful motor
  • Multi-use
  • Lightweight and portable

Cons

  • Not the quietest when on top speed

2. Best budget handheld fan: Halfords’ Simply Motorised Handheld Fan

Halfords mini fan

Price: £2 | Buy now from Halfords

If you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful, you can’t go wrong with this affordable handheld fan from Halfords. Coming in at just £2, this diddy model is an excellent choice to keep in your bag for whenever you might need it.

The foam blades (rather than the traditional plastic) mean the fan is extra safe, posing no danger to your fingers or face if you get a little too close in your quest to cool down. It runs on two AA batteries, which are included but can’t be recharged, so make sure you have plenty of batteries at home to keep this fan going long-term.  

As you’d expect, there are no flashy extras here, but with a powerful 4500rpm motor, delivering a decent airflow, this bargain buy packs an impressive punch for less than the price of an ice cream.

Pros

  • Excellent price
  • Perfect for travelling
  • Safe foam blades

Cons

  • Not rechargeable
  • Noisy
  • Not hugely powerful

3. Best bladeless handheld fan: Fishyu Portable Bladeless Fan

Fishyu fan

Price: £11.18 | Buy now from Amazon

Little ones and whirring fan blades definitely don’t mix, which is why we love this bladeless fan for families. While certainly not the most powerful fan in our round-up, the Fishyu – with three speeds – still delivers a gentle, cooling breeze that's perfectly suited to toddlers and children needing some relief on a hot day.

Chargeable with USB ports, it can also double as a desk fan – just sit it in the circular holder included for a hands-free breeze. With an operating time of eight hours, it should easily last for a day out too.

Looks-wise, we rate the Fishyu’s sleek appearance, and there’s extra points for how quiet this handheld fan is. A great, kid-friendly choice.

Pros

  • Safe for children
  • Stylish design
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Not a very powerful breeze
  • Larger than some of the other models

4. Best misting handheld fan: D-Fantix Portable Water Misting Fan

D Fantix water misting fan

Price: £17.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“The thing I was most grateful for in my hospital bag was my handheld fan with in-built water spritz” - Dinosauraddict

If you’re preparing to pack your hospital bag, this little wonder definitely deserves a spot on your list. Not only does this lightweight fan provide a powerful breeze, it can also be used as a misting fan. Just fill the small tank (35ml) up with water – bottled water is recommended –  then sit back and relax as the fan delivers a fine mist for the ultimate cooling experience. A dream come true in labour!

Similar to many other models, this handheld fan is powered by USB and can be recharged to offer seven hours of life in fan mode, five hours in misting mode, and three hours in the fan and misting mode. 

The flat bottom of the fan means it can easily be placed on a table if you want your hands free. It’s also really quiet, so if you do take it with you to the hospital, you won’t be disturbing your neighbour.

Pros

  • Choice of fan, misting or both 
  • Quiet
  • Doubles as a desk fan

Cons

  • More expensive than other fans
  • More awkward to grip than other models

5. Best folding handheld fan: Jhua Handheld Mini Fan

Jhua handheld fan

Price: £12.99 | Buy now from Amazon

This green and white handheld fan can be folded in half, lengthways, to a teeny 9cm, making it a brilliant option for on the go – it’s so compact it can even fit in your pocket. 

The Jhua Handheld Fan has a choice of two speeds, which deliver an impressive breeze, despite its size. The soft blades won’t hurt your hands, but as they’re not surrounded by a protective case – as some of our other choices are – make sure you keep hair well out of the way.

As well as being completely foldable, this fan can also be used as a desk fan by half folding the handle to a sitting position – although we think it performs much better as a handheld design. 

You can recharge the fan using the USB cable, and there’s even a handy red light on the side of the fan which goes off when it’s fully charged.

Pros

  • Folds down completely
  • Very compact
  • Soft blades

Cons

  • Not suitable for children
  • Not great as a desk fan

6. Best rechargeable handheld fan: EasyAcc Handheld Portable Fan

EasyACC USB fan

Price: £18.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“Definitely take a fan and possibly one for your partner if they plan to be there for a long time. My DH was nicking my fan when he got the chance!” - feltpens

Racking up plenty of five-star reviews on Amazon, this handheld fan is a best-seller for good reason. With similar dimensions to our best buy, the VersionTECH, the EasyAcc Handheld USB Fan is compact, lightweight and can fold into a desk fan in a flash.

There’s a choice of four speeds, with even the slowest setting providing a fantastic cooling breeze, and it’s easily recharged with the USB cable. With a battery life of three to 17 hours, depending on what setting you’re using it on, and a useful light display to let you know how much power is left, it’s a great fan to have at home or on-the-go. Available in two different colourways – black and white – it’s a great buy for just under £20.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Multi-use
  • Powerful fan

Cons

  • Battery life not that long on highest setting

7. Best travel handheld fan: SPOLEY Crystal Mini Handheld Fan

SPOLEY Crystal fan

Price: £13.79 | Buy now from Amazon

If you're looking for a small fan for travelling that's as stylish as it is practical, this sleek model from SPOLEY certainly looks the business – but you’ll be pleased to know that this handheld fan delivers on substance too.

Available in a choice of black, green and pink, the standout feature of this fan is its convenient pull-out design, with some reviewers commenting that when the blades are folded down it looks more like a bottle of perfume, making this a compact choice that you can pop in your handbag or suitcase easily – a holiday essential.

With a choice of three speed settings, this small fan's flat base means it can be used as a handheld fan or as a desk fan – although it doesn't fold into a desk fan in the way that some other products do on this page. Despite its size, the fan is surprisingly powerful and fairly quiet.

Rechargeable with any USB port, it’s a brilliant option for keeping cool when you’re out or at home, but bear in mind that with the higher settings the battery won't last as long. 

Pros

  • Looks great
  • Works as a handheld fan and desk fan
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Battery life not as long as other models

8. Best mini handheld fan: EasyAcc Portable Personal Pocket Fan

EasyAcc mini fan

Price: £13.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Although all of the handheld fans in our round-up are a decent, portable size, this dinky offering from EasyAcc beats them all.

Coming in at around the size of the palm of a hand, this handheld fan will take up less room in your bag than your mobile phone. It comes with a detachable base, so the fan can go from standing on your desk to being the ideal accessory for keeping cool when you're out and about, just with a quick removal of the base. 

Chargeable by USB, this quiet, handheld fan can last up to 17 hours in the low-speed mode and five and a half hours in high-speed mode – and there's even a wrist strap included for even easier portability. If you're in the market for a compact yet powerful fan for under £15, you can't go wrong with this highly-rated option.

Pros

  • Super-compact
  • Great battery life
  • Very quiet
  • Detachable base

Cons

  • Bigger models may be more powerful

9. Best silent handheld fan: ibohr Mini Fan

ibohr mini fan

Price: £15.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Sometimes, silence is golden – and this is especially true when it comes to handheld fans. If you’re looking for a fan to use at work, in hospital, or perhaps at an outdoor event, the ibohr is an excellent choice.

The brushless motor and seven-blade design means this three-speed model provides great air movement and a cooling wind, but without the noise. Although we wouldn’t call this 100% silent, it’s incredibly quiet and unobtrusive. USB-chargeable and with a battery life of up to seven hours (speed-setting dependent), it has rave reviews on Amazon and it’s not hard to see why.

We also love the swivel head, which you can angle to get the ideal position for use as a handheld fan, or as a desk fan with the removable stand – included in the price.  

Pros

  • Exceptionally quiet
  • Powerful breeze
  • Swivel head
  • Can be used as a desk fan

Cons

  • Not very compact
  • Not great for travelling 

10. Best cute handheld fan: DMH Mini Handheld Fan

DMH mini fan

Price: £12.99 | Buy now from Amazon

You want practical, but you also want something that looks fun, right? This super-cute offering from DMH ticks all boxes on our hunt for a handheld fan with a bit of personality.

Baby pink and with a cat face motif on the cover, this compact fan will bring a smile to your face whenever you use it. But, as well as looking cute, it boasts plenty of great features you’d expect from a decent handheld fan. Easy to use, just pick from two speed settings with the push of a button – with the highest setting delivering plenty of power to keep you cool. You can tilt the fan to get the angle you prefer, and the ultra-soft blades automatically stop if you touch them, so it’s a nice, safe option for children. We love how the fan blades fold down when you put the lid on, making this model a great choice for throwing in your bag during the summer months.

Pros

  • USB rechargeable
  • Good battery life
  • Compact 

Cons

  • Design might not be for everyone
  • Not sturdy as a desk fan

How do I choose a handheld fan? 

  • Battery life: Some models can last for 24 hours, while others may run out of steam after three. Always check the battery life, so you don’t get caught out.
  • Is it rechargeable?: The majority of handheld fans now feature rechargeable batteries that can be charged up from your electricity mains or laptop using a USB cable. Rechargeable models are a great money-saving option, and you won’t have to worry about having spare batteries around the house.
  • Power: A decent handheld fan should have a good amount of power behind it to provide you with enough of a breeze to keep you cool. Most models have different power settings – usually two or three – covering everything from a light breeze to a strong wind. It all comes down to personal preference, as well as what you’ll be using the fan for, so be sure to check before you buy. 
  • Portability: If you want to take a handheld fan on holiday or simply out and about with you during a heatwave, it needs to be lightweight and small enough to pop in your bag. 
  • Noise levels: Some handheld fans are noisier than others, so if this is an issue make sure you look for ‘silent’ models, which, although not always 100% silent, are much quieter than traditional handheld fans.
  • How safe is it for children?: If you plan on letting your child use a handheld fan, it’s important to consider the safety elements of each design. Bladeless models are a good choice for children, as there’s nothing for them to hurt themselves on. But, of course, it goes without saying you should never let a young child use a handheld fan unsupervised.
  • Additional features: Some handheld fans are straight-forward in design, while others include all sorts of bells and whistles – we’re talking everything from water misting to light-up models.

What is the best handheld fan?

We think the VersionTECH Handheld Fan offers a lot for the price. Powerful and with great battery life, this fan can be used as a desk fan as well as a handheld. Portable and lightweight, it really does tick all boxes.

How we chose our recommendations

We scoured the web searching for consumer reviews and independent review sites and their opinions about different models of handheld fans.

No stone was left unturned, so we could bring you an honest and up-to-date summary of the best handheld fans in 2021.

Why you should trust us

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We work hard to provide honest and independent advice you can trust and we spend hours scouring the Mumsnet forums and online bestseller lists to find products that real parents rate.

Transparency is really important to us and that's why we're always upfront about where we find our recommendations. We write about products that we feel offer the best value to most parents – the ones that our users would recommend to their own friends and family.

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