11 Hot Weather Home Accessories to Help You Stay Cool All Summer Long

brookstone bed fan
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Controversial opinion: Air conditioning is overrated. Okay, sure, on an oppressively hot August afternoon, who wouldn't want to pace the aisles of the nearest frigid Sephora for 45 minutes, testing all the glitter eyeshadows? But home is another story — being shut inside an igloo full of expensive, frosty, stale air and a loud white noise hum is not exactly "embracing" the season. So, instead of relying on AC to cool things down, beat the heat and enjoy all of summer's sensory pleasures with these hot weather home and outdoor accessories.

Brooklinen Linen Hardcore Sheet Bundle
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When people talk about fabrics being "breathable," it's that breezier, lighter feeling that comes with a material like linen.

Corksicle Air Wine Chiller
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Need a cold glass of wine STAT? (Who doesn't?) Enter the Corksickle, an icy spear which slides into a wine bottle, and chills that feel-good-juice quickly.

KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker
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Fits in the fridge and also has a handle, so you can carry around your cold brew in your hot apartment as you move from the hot kitchen to the hot dining room to the hot living room.

Pottery Barn Sunbrella Quilted Hammock
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Give into the heat and take a sweaty nap with this hammock that can be used in any backyard. (Maybe try to find a shady place to put it, though.)

Brookstone Bed Fan
credit: Brookstone

We've tried to do a makeshift version of this and it never works. So we'd willingly put down for a fan that shoots cool air between the sheets — well done, Brookstone.

ChiliPad Dual Zone Cooling/Heating Mattress Pad
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A cooling mattress pad is a must.

Shower beer: Great any time of year, but truly best in the summer.

Deco Breeze Retro Swivel Fan
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Finally — a fan that isn't butt ugly.

Up until now, only the truly privileged had the covetable outdoor shower. Turns out, all you need is a garden hose, and this contraption.

Sorora Patio Umbrella
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Keeps you cool during the day, and then illuminates your summertime dinner parties with solar lights.

Don't forget about your furry friends! This cooling mat will be their new favorite chillaxing zone.


Amelia McDonell-Parry

Amelia McDonell-Parry

I'm a freelance writer and reporter for outlets like Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, BUST, Nylon, Woolly, and the Appeal, a podcast host for Undisclosed, and once upon a time, I was the founding editor of The Frisky.