When I was much younger, my mother would always tell me to carry an umbrella with me whenever I left the house. It didn’t matter if it was raining or if it was sunny. When it was the former, I didn’t mind. But I hated having to lug it around with me if it was particularly hot.

Maybe if I had been carrying the Fanbrella then, I wouldn’t have minded so much.

The Fanbrella is what its name suggests it is: it’s an umbrella that’s got retractable fan blades underneath its UV-reflecting canopy. Cool, right? Its shaft and ribs are also made of plastic so they won’t rust like those old umbrellas with the metal interior would.



  • 57.5″ diameter polyester canopy with PVC backing
  • Requires six AA batteries that provide 5 1/2 hours of continuous operation
  • Available in red.
  • Closed: 39 1/2″ L x 2 1/4″ W diameter.
  • Weight: 2 lbs.

You can buy the Fanbrella from Hammacher Schlemmer for $79.95.

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Hazel Chua

About Hazel Chua

Hazel has a degree in Chemical Engineering, but has wanted to be a writer ever since she was a little girl. As luck and a whole lot of work would have it, Hazel got her cake and is eating it too: doing engineering stuff during the day, and blogging for various tech blogs during the night. She also established her own gadgetry blog recently, which you can check out at

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