Best fan 2024: top air blasters for summertime

The best fans – desktop, tower, evaporative, you name it – from Dyson, Meaco and many more

Best fan 2024: Jump Menu

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00. The top 3 ↴
01. Best overall: Dyson Pure Cool
02. Best runner-up: MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator
03. Best desktop fan: MeacoFan 260c Cordless Air Circulator
04. Best tower fan: Dreo Tower Fan DR-HTF001
05. Best budget friendly fan: Duux Globe Table Fan
06. Best water-based cooling fan: Honeywell Remote Control Evaporative Air Cooler
07. Best premium personal fan: Dyson Pure Cool Me
08. Best cheap fan: Voxon TurboForce Air Circulator
09. Best mid-sized fan: MeacoFan 650 Air Circulator
10. Best compact fan: JML Chillmax Air
11. Best bedside fan: MeacoFan 360 Personal Air Circulator
12. Best cheap tower fan: Bionaire BT19-IUK

Simply put, the best fan keeps you cool, even when the weather is scorching hot outside. When the summer sun is at full bore, the need for a fan is very much a prime consideration. Since you’d rather not be caught out during a heatwave, now’s a good time to buy the best fan at the best price.

There's nothing worse than having to endure hot sticky summer days, and sleepless nights, without a fan to keep you cool. If temperatures are really high, you’re be better off with something from our best portable air conditioner guide. If not, our pick of the best fans come in many shapes and sizes and won't let you down. 

While we’re at it, we might as well tell you a few other ways to combat poor air quality in your home. For example, the best air purifiers to keep the air you breathe nice and clean. Or if it's moisture that's the problem, the best dehumidifiers can help tackle that issue. And if you have the exact opposite problem there’s the best humidifiers to consider. Lots of air treatment gadgets and gizmos, in other words.

Now, without further ado, here are the best fans you can buy today, in our order of preference.

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Bethan Girdler-Maslen

Beth is Home Editor for T3, covering style, living and wellness. Throughout the spring and summertime, you'll find Beth working through a rotation of fans to see which one is the most cooling, stylish and affordable for T3 readers. Need a new fan? Ask Beth!

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The best fan overall

Dyson Pure Cool on yellow backgroundT3 Best Buy Award badge

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The best fan overall, plus an excellent air purifier and smart home gizmo

Specifications

Fan type: Air purifying fan
Format: Tower
Number of speeds: 10
Oscillation: Yes
Timer: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Highly effective
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Purifies the air too
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Attractive design

Reasons to avoid

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Not cheap

This Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Fan is simply one of the best fans you can buy. A typically elegant floor-standing fan from Dyson, it has an additional trick up its sleeve, as it's also an effective air purifier.

You might think this is too attractive to effectively clean your air (most such devices are squat rectangles with buttons on top), but Dyson's designed it to remove 99.95% of ultra-fine particles, including those of 0.1 microns. In fact, we found it a vaguely terrifying device to use at first, as opening the front door or cooking immediately causes its on-body display to warn of pollution in the air, while the very handy iOS and Android app screen turns red and issues dire warnings about VERY POOR air quality. Of course, it then sets about returning your room (up to 27 sq metres) to a non-poisonous state, so that's nice.

It's also a very handy fan, mustering up a decent breeze, but remaining quiet up to about the 60 percent power setting. At higher speeds, there is a bit of a whoosh, as you'd imagine which can interrupt the sound frequencies of a TV so you may need to raise the volume. Turning up the speed also increases air purifying power, but there's also an Auto mode that reacts to potent guffs of micro particles and gases.

As the app and remote also add scheduling, and a quiet and energy-saving night mode, and show you all manner of graphs about the air quality and temperature, we feel that the Pure Cool does justify its price. There's even adjustable oscillation, via the app.

Read more in our Dyson Pure Cool review. If, however, you want something even fancier, why not upgrade to the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool? As the name suggests, this does what the Dyson Pure Cool does but with the added bonus of safe and sanitised humidification. Make sure you check our Dyson discount codes to see if you can lower the cost. 

The best fan runner-up

MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator on yellow backgroundT3 Approved badge

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The best runner up fan

Specifications

Fan type: Cooling fan
Format: Floor or desk
Number of speeds: 12
Oscillation: Yes
Timer: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Extremely powerful and freakishly quiet
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Near 360º oscillation
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Rivals Dyson's power

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't look as nice as the Dyson

Meaco’s stocky floor and desktop fan, the 1056 Air Circulator is still one of the most powerful and best-value fans you can buy. The 1056 comes with 12 fan speeds, an on/off timer and both vertical and horizontal oscillation. In fact you can select the type of oscillation required, but we found it works best with both systems on, since it effectively bounces the air stream against all the walls, creating a more effective and less in-your-face cooling experience. 

When set to top speed, this baby moves 1,056 cubic metres of air per hour, but all you need to know is that it feels substantially windy from several feet away. It comes with a remote control which is handy if you can’t be bothered to get off the sofa. The remote also lets you adjust the fan’s trajectory so it faces you all the time; simply wait till the air stream moves towards your direction, and switch the oscillation off.

Most fans make quite a din on their highest settings, but this one is as quiet as church mice, even at full tilt, which makes it the perfect bedroom or lounge buddy. Perhaps it’s the DC motor or the structural design (or both), but it produces a much lower frequency when spinning, and that makes a massive difference to a room’s ambience.

The bods at Meaco are clearly on a roll at the moment because this is by no means the only great fan in its armoury – we look at three more of their fans below.

Peruse our Meaco MeacoFan 1056 review (also covers the 1056P) or see how it compares with the Dyson, in Meaco vs Dyson – the clash of the fans. 

The best desktop fan

MeacoFan 260c Cordless Air CirculatorT3 Approved badge

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3. MeacoFan 260c Cordless Air Circulator

The best desktop fan

Specifications

Fan type: Cooling fan
Format: Desk
Number of speeds: 4
Oscillation: No
Timer: No

Reasons to buy

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Eminently portable
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Runs for 14 hours on battery power alone
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Built in night light

Reasons to avoid

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Not exactly chic

This new personal air shifter is a bit of a Holy Grail in the pantheon of cooling tools. At just 26cm tall and 16cm wide, the 260c is a perfect size for close quarters desktop use, but what really makes this little fan stand out from the crowd is the fact that it can be run on battery power alone – and for up to 14 hours at a time. It also features a soft night light for bedside use.

The four-speed 260c runs off any USB outlet. Simply plug it into a computer to run it and charge it. The fact that it’s so portable means you could feasibly take it on holiday with you or use it in the garden. And being of Meaco origin, it’s highest speed generates a really impressive breeze without making a racket in the process. Right now, this writer is using it to keep a Mac desktop computer cool during the current warm spell and it’s doing a grand job of keeping the CPU temperatures down.

If you’re after a smallish portable battery-powered fan that works efficiently and is cheap to buy, then bung this one on the shopping list.

The best tower fan

Dreo Tower Fan

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The best tower fan

Specifications

Fan type: Just a boring old fan
Format: Tower
Number of speeds: 6
Oscillation: Yes
Timer: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Affordable yet powerful
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Handy sleep mode
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Doesn't look bad

Reasons to avoid

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No phone app control – how retro

This affordable 42-inch tower fan is available at Amazon, is good value for money and blows up a storm when required. It's also got a good sleep mode, which gradually reduces the power setting as you recline into slumber. 

While the Dreo is not going to win any design awards, it looks perfectly okay and does what it is designed to do, ie: blow air around without making an absolute racket. The Dreo Tower Fan is a great choice if you're looking for a powerful room fan without breaking the bank. But we would like it even more if there was control via your phone as well as the standard issue small remote. Other than that, there's nothing to complain about here and plenty to like. 

Find out more in our Dreo Tower 42-inch Fan review

The best budget friendly fan

Duux Globe fan on white background

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The best affordable fan

Specifications

Fan type: Air multiplier fan
Format: Desktop
Number of speeds: 3
Oscillation: Yes
Timer: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Vertical and horizontal oscillation
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Decent power output
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Appealing design 

Reasons to avoid

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No phone app, despite the sci-fi looks
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Quite big

This one looks quite a lot like a Meaco fan, and has similar vertical and horizontal oscillation, but it is a bit more affordable, not that Meaco's fans are at all overpriced. The three available speeds range from a gentle vesper to a decent blast that you can feel from 'up to seven metres away'. Like Meaco's air multiplier fans, power consumption is unusually low and noise levels are not bad at all, especially on the two lower settings.

Long story short: it's a slightly more affordable Meaco fan. We'd rather have a Meaco, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with this cut-price rival. 

Find out all about it in our Duux Globe Table Fan review

The best fan with water-based cooling

Honeywell Portable Air Cooler on white backgroundT3 Approved badge

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6. Honeywell Portable Air Cooler

The best fan with a water-based cooling system

Specifications

Fan type: Evaporative cooler
Format: Desk
Number of speeds: Variable
Oscillation: No
Timer: No

Reasons to buy

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Uses water to create a cooling effect
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Very effective
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Cheaper than air-con

Reasons to avoid

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Less effective than air-con

A standard fan is only good at circulating warm air around it. To really cool down, you’ll need either a portable air conditioner with a large hot air exhaust pipe leading out of a window, a bucket of ice – or an air cooler like this very efficient model from the house of Honeywell.

This machine is capable of reducing interior ambient temperatures by as much as 8˚C. That might not sound like much, but even a two or three degree reduction can make a big difference. So how does it work? Warm air is drawn into the unit and passed over a wet honeycomb, causing the water to evaporate and lose heat. This cooled, moisturised air is then blown out into the room and into your face. Simple innit?

The system works best in dryer environments, but given its efficient cooling effect, we would be happy using one even if living in the Amazon basin – which is what the UK sometimes felt like two summers ago. 

The Honeywell stands at 80cm and weighs 8.4kg, so it’s not an appliance that blends in with the furnishings. That said, it's one of the better looking air coolers on the market and it’s certainly less conspicuous than an ugly portable air conditioner. 

The Honeywell is capable of cooling an area up to 16m2 and comes with a remote control, an oscillating function, a dust filter and a 10-litre water tank with a low-water alarm. It also works as an ordinary fan. 

If you have the funds and don’t fancy cluttering up the place with a large portable air-con, then this mighty air cooler might just be what the doctor ordered.

The best premium personal fan

Dyson Pure Cool Me on white backgroundT3 Approved badge

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7. Dyson Pure Cool Me

The best high-end personal fan with built-in air purifier

Specifications

Fan type: Air purifying fan
Format: Desk
Number of speeds: 10
Oscillation: Yes
Timer: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Stylish design
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Effective cooling
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Also purifies air

Reasons to avoid

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Noisy on highest settings
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Only for your personal cooling

"Inspired by the aerodynamic properties in the Harrier Jump Jet", this futuristic personal desktop fan from the House of Dyson is ostensibly designed for cooling the face and torso from just a few feet away. The Pure Cool Me’s footprint is much larger than the titchy Meaco 260c above (25cm vs 14cm) and it’s almost ten times the price. However, this cylindrical aluminium-clad fan doesn’t just blow air in your face, it purifies it first, sucking in dust, mites, pollen and small battle squadrons of bacteria from every direction and ramming 99.95% of the little rascals into an unforgiving HEPA filter before expelling a cool draft of cleansed oxygen, nitrogen and other useful gasses right up your proboscis.

The Pure Cool Me also features 70º oscillation, a very cool roller-action dome for controlling the angle of vertical flow and ten fan speeds, from an almost imperceptible flutter (perfect for bedside use) to a full-blown micro gale. Since the air flow here is more directional than others, fan noise could be an issue for some users. It’s fine up to speed five but once you ramp it up to between eight and ten, the noise of the turbine creates a high-pitched whine that is quite irritating when just a few feet away.

Aside from an on/off button at the back, this fan is operated entirely using a small remote control that attaches magnetically to the main aluminium housing. Unfortunately, the magnet isn’t very strong so make sure you don’t lose it or you won’t be able to access any of the controls. 

Given that this fan is of the ‘personal’ variety, don’t bank on it cooling a whole room – even a small one – and certainly don’t bank on it purifying anything other than the air immediately around you. But if you’re after a personal high-end fan-cum-purifier that performs well and looks the part, then this one is a worthy, albeit pricy, contender.

Read more about it in Dyson Pure Cool vs Dyson Pure Cool Me.

The best cheap fan

Honeywell TurboForce Power Fan on white backgroundT3 Approved badge

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8. Honeywell TurboForce Power Fan

The best cheap fan

Specifications

Fan type: Cooling fan
Format: Desk or wall mounted
Number of speeds: 3
Oscillation: No
Timer: No

Reasons to buy

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Cheap but well built
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Adjustable fan head
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Surprisingly powerful

Reasons to avoid

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No bells and whistles

The Honeywell TurboForce is one of the best fans you can buy within this budget price point. It’s well-built, relatively quiet, with three speeds and excellent performance, delivering a powerful airflow. The adjustable fan head can also tilt, pivot and reach a 90 degree angle. 

We like that it’s super portable, and works perfectly well on your desk or the floor – or mounted to the wall. You don’t get a remote or any of the extra features from the best fans elsewhere in this list – but if you’re looking for a decent cooling fan below £30, the Honeywell TurboForce is well worth a look.

The best mid-sized fan

MeacoFan 650 Air Circulator on white backgroundT3 Approved badge

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9. MeacoFan 650 Air Circulator

The best mid-sized fan

Specifications

Fan type: Cooling fan
Format: Desk
Number of speeds: 12
Oscillation: Yes
Timer: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Lots of power
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Sideways oscillation
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Remote control

Reasons to avoid

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Wish it had full 360˚ oscillation

If you feel that the big 1056 model reviewed above is too large for your room and the 360 (also reviewed above) is too small, why not meet half way and consider plonking this excellent midsize model on your desktop or floor.

The 650 is essentially a petite version of the 1056 and it shares many of that model’s features, including 12 fan speeds, DC technology for low noise levels (from 20dB) and inexpensive running costs. We would have loved to have seen full vertical oscillation as featured on the 1056, but beggars can’t be choosers and, besides, the horizontal oscillation it provides is perfectly adequate for a fan of this size.

And speaking of size, the 650 is only 34cm tall and 26cm wide, so it’s perfect for desktop and kitchen worktop use, while the included remote control also makes it a practical fan for bedrooms. If you’re after a fan that kicks out larger volumes of air than the norm and doesn’t cost a packet, then this one’s worth a whirl.

The best compact fan

JML Chillmax Air on white backgroundT3 Approved badge

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10. JML Chillmax Air

The best compact fan

Specifications

Fan type: Evaporative cooler
Format: Desk
Number of speeds: 3
Oscillation: No
Timer: No

Reasons to buy

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Effective at close range
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Good for desktops
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Compact size

Reasons to avoid

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Creates only a light chilled breeze

This personal evaporative air cooler is just 16.5cm square and perfect for sitting on a computer desktop or table where the user is more likely to feel the benefits of its air-cooling technology. It’s also a great option for bedtime since it’s really quiet and comes with a built-in night light. 

Unlike most of the models on this page that simply re-circulate the air in a room, this one is equipped with a water-absorbing filter and evaporator that uses water from a small 600ml reservoir to create a gentle close quarters breeze, with the emphasis on gentle.

The best bedside fan

MeacoFan 360 Personal Air Circulator on white backgroundT3 Approved badge

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11. MeacoFan 360 Personal Air Circulator

The best bedside fan that's quiet as a church mouse

Specifications

Fan type: Cooling fan
Format: Desk
Number of speeds: 12
Oscillation: Yes
Timer: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Impressive breeze generator
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Twelve speeds
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Horizontal oscillation

Reasons to avoid

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Not the prettiest of fans

At just 30cm tall and 20cm wide, this DC fan produces a much larger volume of breeze than its diminutive size would suggest, and with very little electricity consumption in the process (from just 2.5 watts). Like its bigger brethren above, it has 12 fan speeds and is really, really quiet; in fact, at its lowest setting its noise level is just 15dB. It also features sideways oscillation and a 12-step timer that runs to a maximum of six hours. The head of the fan can also be manually tilted up and down in four substantial steps.

This fan is neither as powerful nor as well specced as the 1056 models but it’s an excellent choice for smaller rooms and personal desktop use.

In our opinion, Meaco’s current range of fans are more efficient than any others on the market, the Dysons perhaps notwithstanding. They’re incredibly quiet, keenly priced, exceedingly competent and very energy efficient.

The best cheap tower fan

Bionaire Tower Fan with Remote Control BT19 on white backgroundT3 Approved badge

12. Bionaire BT19-IUK

The best cheap tower fan

Specifications

Fan type: Cooling fan
Format: Tower
Number of speeds: 3
Oscillation: Yes
Timer: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Remote controllable
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It oscillates
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Cheap

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best looker
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Quite tall

If the Dyson is a financial step too far and the last thing you want is a big ugly pedestal fan, then how about this Dubai skyscraper-style tower option? The Bionaire is 71cm tall and 22cm wide, so chances are you’ll easily find a range of suitable places to site it.

Decked out in a black and charcoal colour scheme, the BT19 has three speed settings, an oscillating function, a Breeze mode for silent nights, an eight-hour timer and a remote control for added convenience.

How to buy the best fan

To choose the right fan, first consider the size of the area you want to cool. A desktop fan may be fine for smaller rooms, whereas a standing or floor fan will be more effective for larger spaces. Tower fans (vertical and rectangular) are more compact, discreet and stylish than pedestal fans (stands with big blades at the top), but the latter is usually a lot more powerful.  

Also consider settings – higher speed settings can create a cooler temperature – and features. Do you want an oscillating head and tilt action for more flexibility? Do you need a timer? Or remote control? Or even wi-fi? Finally, bladeless fans are a good call if you’ve got kids and can be easier to clean.

For our money, though, nothing cools the body quite like a water-based air cooler. These appliances are cheaper than portable air-con systems and are a lot more energy efficient. 

That said, you can easily replicate the effect of an air-cooler or even a portable air conditioner by dousing yourself in water and sitting in front of any bog-standard fan. This method is so efficient that, after just five minutes, you'll be rushing back out into the sun to warm up again.

Bethan Girdler-Maslen
Home Editor

Beth is Home Editor for T3, looking after style, living and wellness. From the comfiest mattresses to what strange things you can cook in an air fryer, Beth covers sleep, yoga, smart home, coffee machines, grooming tools, fragrances, gardening and much more. If it's something that goes in your house, chances are Beth knows about it and has the latest reviews and recommendations! She's also in the know about the latest deals and discount codes from top brands and retailers.


Having always been passionate about writing, she’s written for websites, newspapers and magazines on a variety of topics, from jewellery and culture, to food and telecoms. You can find her work across numerous sites, including Wedding Ideas Magazine, Health & Wellbeing, The Bristol Post, Fashion & Style Directory, TechRadar, CreativeBloq and more. In her spare time, Beth enjoys running, reading, baking and attempting craft projects that will probably end in disaster!

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