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Beat the Heat

Our favorite products that will keep you cool all summer long.

By Carly Scholl

It only takes a couple sweltering summers in the Valley before Phoenicians figure out the best ways to outsmart those infamous dog days. From shade solutions for your home to the coolest poolside accoutrements to wearable sun protection, we’ve rounded up our favorite products that will keep you covered all season long.

Luxe Outdoor Living

Constructed of lightweight aluminum and available in two seating configurations, the Lounge Pavilion by Kettal is a sleek, contemporary shade structure designed to fit seamlessly into your landscape. Choose from 30 color options, 34 durable textiles and four curtain fabrics to customize your ideal escape. Price upon request. (

Keep Cool and Carry On

Wherever you’re headed, the Eola Bucket Bag ensures your favorite refreshers stay ice-cold on the go. The chic backpack ($130) is fully insulated, available in four colors and can hold up to 12 cans or your favorite triple-insulated canteen (left). $33-$50 (

Hot Wheels

Make a splash with the Retro Palm Convertible pool float, an Instagram-worthy accessory for all your summer fun. The two-person raft features dual cupholders and a cooler up front to keep your drinks cold while you soak up the sun. 105″L by 59″W by 13″H. $119 (

Chic Shadows

For a decorative take on patio coverage, try Bello Architectural Panes, which are designed and laser-cut right here in Phoenix. Constructed of recycled aluminum and powder coated for maximum durability, these custom installations offer shade, privacy, light diffusion and a focal point for your favorite outdoor lounging spot. Prices vary. (

Posh Protection

While sunscreen is a must in the desert, UV protective clothing goes the extra mile to help shield you from harmful rays. The vacation-ready Oceanside Tunic Dress is as stylish as it is sun-resistant, boasting an ultraviolet protection factor of 50+. $98 (

Water Wise

With the Tanning Ledge Pool Ice Bin Side Table, you can top off your drink without having to towel off. Designed to sit on a pool step or baja shelf, this clever table-cooler hybrid offers a beverage ledge, an interior ice bin that can hold up to 12 drinks and the option to add an umbrella sleeve and a lid for next-level lounging. The table measures 20″H by 22″ in diameter and comes in 11 hues. $299-$449 (

Smart Solutions

The must-have gadget for the summer? This ultra-high-tech outdoor umbrella. Blossom is a solar-powered, voice-activated parasol outfitted with a wireless hub through which you can enjoy music from high-quality speakers, control built-in lighting and charge your electronic devices. Additionally, various sensors can detect wind or surrounding obstructions and can adapt accordingly to prevent damage. The 111″H by 100″W structure can be operated through Amazon Alexa or the SmartShade app downloaded on a mobile device. $7,500 (

Goodbye, Dry Heat

Misting systems are ubiquitous throughout the Valley and for good reason: A high-pressure system can reduce the temperature up to 30 degrees inside a curtain of mist. Additionally, increased humidity in the air can benefit not only homeowners but also their pets, lowering the risk of heat stroke on those sweltering summer days. (

Away from the Elements

Create an outdoor oasis on your back patio with a Struxure shade system. The lightweight, noncorrosive aluminum pergola is outfitted with motorized louvers that pivot 170 degrees to allow for complete control of sunlight, wind and rain. This sleek and smart shade option can be finished in various colors; customized with heaters, lights, fans and misters; and can even be equipped with a sensor that automatically closes the louvers when rain is detected. Prices vary. (


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