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InstaChill is a lightweight and portable cooler that promises to cool, humidify, and purify your air by using 10 quarts of cool water that you pour in prior to turning the device on. Our analysis will help you decide if it's right for you.

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InstaChill Review: What You Should Know

By Derek Lakin

Published on: Jun 24, 2019

InstaChill is a portable personal air cooler that is designed to make your home, office, or even outdoor areas more comfortable, while also humidifying and purifying your environment.

In this analysis, we’ll help you understand InstaChill’s functionality so you can decide if it is the right option for you.

How Does InstaChill Work?

You’ll start the process by popping off InstaChill’s back panel and adding 10 quarts of cold water—the colder the water, the cooler air generated by the device. Then, turn it on.

The fan draws in warm air from your surrounding room and passes it over washable, reusable, water-infused cooling pads, which is claimed to reduce the temperature of up to 160 square feet of air by about 27 degrees Fahrenheit.

The now-cooler air is sent back into your room, whether in one direction or multiple directions by pressing the oscillation button that allows it to pivot from side-to-side.

InstaChill also features three variable speed settings and an easy-view water level checking system, easily rolls from room to room, and can be used as a fan or a humidifier.

Overall, the manufacturer says this process and feature set can reduce the air temperature in any room between 5 percent and 15 percent, and only uses the same amount of energy as a 100-watt lightbulb.

The manufacturer claims it would only cost $7.90 to operate 24 hours a day for an entire month.

How Effective Is InstaChill’s Evaporative Cooling?

Before becoming vapor, water must first heat up—which means evaporation fundamentally involves transferring heat from a surface into the air. Hence, this process is known as “evaporative cooling,” or more technically, “endothermic reaction,” as stated in the InstaChill commercial.

This is precisely how sweating cools you off on a hot summer day. It’s also how InstaChill works, which forces air over water, cools it down, and then sends the air back into your room to make you more comfortable.

Because adding water vapor to the air increases humidity, though, evaporative cooling works best in arid environments where it can decrease indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.

However, this type of cooler becomes increasingly less effective as the air humidifies, so they're rarely found in regions like the Southeast and Gulf Coast.

So, while the manufacturer repeatedly emphasizes that InstaChill only costs $7.90 per month to operate, compared to more than $200 for a traditional wall-mounted air conditioning unit, it’s essential to keep in mind that these technologies will provide very different levels of cooling depending on where you live.


If purchased from BuyInstaChill.com, each unit is available for a single payment of $219.95, plus $19.99 shipping, or four interest-free monthly payments of $49.99.

During checkout, you can upgrade to the XL model, which is claimed to deliver bigger, more robust operation and to cool rooms up to 270 square feet. This increases your cost to five payments of $59.99 each, or a single payment of $319.94.

We also found a “medium” (no capacity listed) version sold on Amazon for $199.99, plus $19.99 shipping, which advertised all of the same features.

InstaChill comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, less original and return shipping charges. It also features a one-year warranty.

There aren’t any details regarding replacement filters on the InstaChill website.

Alternatives to InstaChill

Model Price Specs Average Amazon Rating Special Features
InstaChill $239.94 Unknown N/A XL version available ($319.94) to cool up to 270 square feet
Honeywell CL201AE $199 32.9” x 18.9” x 14.6”, 23 lbs. 3.3 stars, 413 reviews 5.3-gallon tank, 470 CFM output, 230W power consumption, includes activated carbon filter, low water alarm, timer, adjustable humidification, shut-off timer
Costway Air Cooler $85.99–$109.99 25.5” x 14.5” x 12”, 8 lbs. 3.6 stars, 123 reviews Available in 4 sizes (24”, 24.5”, 28”, 29”), 24” version cools up to 270 sq. ft., features 8-hour timer, 6L water tank

The Bottom Line

From an effectiveness standpoint, the manufacturer’s 20-degree cooling claims for InstaChill seem to be mostly inline with evaporative cooling capabilities.

However, if you don’t live in an arid climate, you can almost certainly expect much less of a temperature drop than this.

If you're in the market for a portable evaporative cooler, InstaChill's combination of high price, lack of details, and limited support options mean that we'd recommend exploring other devices that seem to deliver more value for your money.

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Posted on Mar 3, 2022

As good as a cheap fan

By George T. , Concord, New South Wales, Australia

Very misleading information on TV. Great marketing using actors to make the product sound like it's amazing. Well, it does nothing more than a fan would do. Increasing humidity in the room, which is not good.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

No “pros” were specified in this review

Poor after service

No chance of getting help to return after 30 days trail

Helpful Review? 7 People Have Voted

Posted on Jan 9, 2021

Noisy fan

By Matt D., Victoria, Australia, Verified Reviewer

I brought two and only one would turn on. Took 28 days to get a replacement. Put both in my 4m by 4m bedroom with door and window ajar and didn’t make a difference to the room other than I couldn’t sleep because of all the noise. Would recommend a $15 Kmart Pedestal fan instead.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

No “pros” were specified in this review

It doesn’t cool a room


Helpful Review? 22 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 11, 2020

Doesn't work

By Paul G., New Zealand, Verified Reviewer

Bought from Harvey Norman's New Zealand.

I have temp and humidity meters in every room. Put InstaChill in one room at 26 degrees, 47% humidity. Three hours later I have 26 degrees, 72% humidity.

Feels cool when you stand in front of it but no use for lowering the temperature in the room. Not really sure if this is as good as it gets but this does not work for me.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 24 People Have Voted

Posted on Jan 21, 2020


By Sandy W., Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia, Verified Reviewer

Purchased two InstaChills, still in the free trial promotion and wanting to return this product. As Seen On TV shop does not pick up. Customer not allowed to deliver. And I can’t find a courier to pick up and deliver. Many phone calls I’ve made. Employees saying they can’t help to return. This product is not worth the cost and it’s not effective either. It’s been nothing but a hassle.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 62 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 17, 2019

Same as an ordinary fan

By Linda A., Australia, Verified Reviewer

I purchased Insta Chill. We put the medium size product in an average size bedroom with the door ajar. It did absolutely nothing to cool the room. We had a temperature monitor and it did not shift in degrees. It is the same as any fan but costing $500 plus. It just circulates the heat. So we had it on for 1 night and packed it back up in the morning to send back. So what it came down to it, it cost us $90.00 for postage for nothing as it's YOUR responsibility to return it. A lesson learned. I am a disabled PENSIONER feeling I lost $90.00. Disgraceful!

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 144 People Have Voted
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