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UK spring heatwave: best products to beat the heat

Our expert tests uncover the top-rated sun creams to keep you protected

Soaring April temperatures of 27°C are forecast this week, so make sure you’re prepared with our reviews of Best Buy barbecues, ice cream makers and sun cream.

Below, we’ve rounded up some tested products that will help you make the most of the sun and stay safe in the heat. We reveal some of the key features to look for when buying a new barbecue, along with some top tips on making ice cream at home.

Keep scrolling to see which popular products for summer should be on your shopping list.

Best Buy barbecues – cook your favourite food evenly and quickly

Fire up a Best Buy barbecue

If you haven’t yet invested in a barbecue yet, this early start to the summer is the perfect excuse. There’s a huge variety to choose from, whether you’re popping on a few frozen burgers or cooking larger portions of food.

You’ll need to decide whether you want to cook on gas or on charcoal. Each has its own pros and cons – gas comes up to temperature quicker, while charcoal offers a distinct taste that’s hard to create any other way. Our advice guide on gas vs charcoal BBQs will help you make a decision.

Consider which barbecue features are important to you. If you’re after a barbecue that can stand outside in all weathers, a porcelain-enamelled grill is better than a cheaper metal model. Pick a gas barbecue with a lava rock or a vaporiser bar so that dripping fat will evaporate back into your food, giving it extra flavour.

When it comes to testing barbecues, we enlist the help of a professional cook, paying close attention to cooking time, cleaning and ease of use. See how big-name brands including Landmann, Outback and Weber perform by visiting our barbecue reviews page.

Stay safe with Which?-recommended sun cream

Don’t let sunburn spoil your day. If you’re spending time outside, you’ll want to know that your skin is safe from harmful UV rays. Our sun cream tests reveal which brands match their claimed sun protection factor (SPF). Top-rated sun creams will also protect you from the sun without leaving your skin feeling greasy or sticky.

See our range of Best Buy sun creams for more.

Enjoy your music with a Bluetooth speaker

A portable Bluetooth speaker can act as your personal DJ while you kick back and relax in the garden. We put the latest portable speakers to the test by measuring performance across a range of music genres, all judged by a panel of audio professionals. Each product is rated for battery life to save you the trouble of regularly hunting for the nearest power socket and recharging.

To see which models aced our tests, head over to our top-rated portable speaker reviews.

Grab a fan to stay cool

Fans will be flying off the shelves as temperatures rise, but make sure you check in with our reviews before parting with your money. Our fan heater reviews cover several models that have a cold air setting, which will help you cool down with a light breeze of air. Get a good deal on one of our top-rated models.

Whip up some ice cream

Playing host at a garden party? Impress your guests with some delicious ice cream made in one of our expert-tested ice cream makers. Best Buy ice cream makers start from as little as  £30, so you don’t need to spend a lot to give it a try.

Check our ice cream maker reviews to pick the perfect model for you. Once you’ve decided, our expert guide on how to use your ice cream maker offers top tips on making the perfect batch.

Try a silk duvet

If you’ve been thinking about swapping your duvet for your spring/summer cover, consider whether it’s time to replace your bedding altogether. Natural fillings, such as feather and down, can be great for regulating temperature, and choosing a silk duvet adds a touch of class on those warm nights. Our advice on duvets gives you the pros and cons on duvet fillings, including those that keep you comfy but also don’t overheat.

A new mattress could also be in order. The materials used to make a mattress will have an effect on your temperature when you lie on it. By heading over to our mattress reviews you can see which options our experts have classed as ‘cool’.

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