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(Pocket-lint) - The PlayStation 4 is a superb console and, over the course of its lifespan, it's played host to some of the finest games ever released, so whether you've had a PS4 for ages or you're picking up a new one you've got a lot to look forward to.

However, one problem the console can have is overheating - especially with games released in the last couple of years, it can really struggle and whirr its fans super loudly to keep up. That can be distracting, so getting hold of a cooling system can be a really good idea to keep the noise down.

Figuring out which cooling stands are best involves testing their cooling capabilities, and how well they actually help your PS4 stay ventilated, as well as how loud they are while in operation. Value is important, but other bonuses like storage and design are considered too. With that in mind, here are some of the very best options. 


Our top pick is the OIVO PS4 Stand. Other great options include the Beboncool PS4 Stand Cooling Fan, Kootek Vertical Stand, PECHAM Vertical Stand, and ElecGear External USB Cooler.


Our Top Pick

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OIVO PS4 Stand

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For

  • Controller charging
  • Good cooling
  • Game storage

Against

  • Pretty bulky

If you're going to get a cooling stand for your PS4, you might as well go the whole way and get a stand that does more than one thing.

This great unit from OIVO has fans to keep air flowing through your PS4 at all times, but also a pair of really handy docks to charge your controllers while you're not using them. Plus, at the back of the stand there are handy slots for game storage, making it a real power station.

Other great PS4 cooling stands

Here are four other impressive cooling stands to consider:

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Beboncool PS4 Stand Cooling Fan

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For

  • Controller charging
  • Sturdy

Against

  • Also sizeable

If you want a stand that offers the same rough capabilities as the one above, but with a slightly bigger and sturdier foortprint, this could be a great choice.

Beboncool's stand has cooling as well, alongside the game storage, so they're pretty neck-and-neck in terms of what they offer - it might just come down to your taste in how they look!

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Kootek Vertical Stand

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For

  • Nice smaller stand
  • Controller charging
  • Good fans

Against

  • More expensive

For those looking for a slightly smaller stand, and who don't really mind about game storage, this option from Kootek is a great choice.

It's got fans to keep your PS4 cool as you game, plus two controller storage slots, and those will also charge your gamepads. However, it's much smaller than those above so is perfect if you're shorter on space. 

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PECHAM Vertical Stand for PS4

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For

  • Controller charging
  • Decent, quiet cooling

Against

  • Not the nicest to look at

Another smaller stand is offered up by Pecham, which has also managed to fit in both controller charging and PS4 cooling.

You'll get quiet but noticeable cooling for the PS4 itself, and room to store and charge two controllers as well, on a stand that's a little bigger than the one from Kootek above. 

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ElecGear External USB Cooler

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For

  • Super minimalist
  • Very effective cooling

Against

  • Not actually a stand

This great little device from ElecGear is a useful option for anyone who doesn't want a stand - it's simple extra fans and clips onto the side of your console. 

That makes it perfect if your TV and console setup is already finely tuned, and it hardly adds any bulk to the PS4 at all. Just be sure to pick up the right version according to what console you own!

Other products we considered

The Pocket-lint editorial team spends hours testing and researching hundreds of products before recommending our best picks for you. We consider a range of factors when it comes to putting together our best guides including physically testing the products ourselves, consumer reviews, brand quality, and value. Many of the devices we consider don’t make our final best guides.

These are the products we considered that ultimately didn't make our top 5:

How to choose a cooling stand for your PS4

There are plenty of things you should be considering when it comes to picking out a PS4 cooling stand. Here are some of the most important:

How much cooling do you need?

If your PS4 is relatively new, you might feel that it only needs a little helping hand on the cooling front. If, however, you're still enduring with a PS4 from launch, you might be wondering how many hours it's got left. Either way, how much assistance these stands offer varies, so be sure to check how many fans they offer and how big they are - that'll mostly determine how much cooling they bring.

Do you want controller charging?

Some of the stands we've selected include stations where you can charge your controllers while you're not using them - this can be really handy. However, you might already have a controller dock, or just don't want the extra space taken up, so make sure you know what you're getting on this front before you buy anything.

Do you need game storage?

Another feature that some stands offer but others skip is space to store some of your games - many have slots that you can stack your boxes in for easy access. Again, you might find this overkill, and it tends to make the stands a lot chunkier, so skip it if you don't have the need for it.

More about this story

Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.

Where cooling stands are concerned, our judgements focus on a few areas. The most important of these is the cooling power they can bring to the table, although that also goes hand-in-hand with what amount of noise they generate while they do so.

Pricing is key, to ensure that you're getting a fair deal, and we're also invested in whether the stands look okay - you don't want an ugly addition to your TV cabinet, in an ideal world.

We aren’t interested in pointless number crunching or extraneous details - we just want to provide an easy to understand review that gives you an idea of what it's going to be like to use. And don’t for a second think that the products aren't tested fully because the reviews are concise.

We’ve been covering tech since 2003, and, in many cases, have not only reviewed the product in question, but the previous generations, too - right back to the first model on the market. There is also plenty of models we've considered that didn't make the cut in each of our buyer's guides.

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills. Editing by Conor Allison. Originally published on 24 March 2021.