Trying to find the the best essential oil diffuser for your needs is no easy task these days.
You know what makes it even harder?
A lot of them look very alike. With so many options, it’s hard to choose.
We spent the past few weeks doing research and buying some diffusers ourselves to test out.
I’ve put together a comparison table so you could easy compare the 2017 top 10 diffusers.
Below that, I’ve included more detailed reviews as well as some more information on diffusers.
Prices & Details
Young Living Aria Diffuser
Best Overall Diffuser
Quooz Lull 200ml Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser
8 to 10 hours
2nd Best Overall Diffuser
Innogear 100ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
Portable and Affordable
URPOWER 200ml Wood Grain Essential Oil Diffuser
Not too big, not too small
VicTsing 300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser
6 to 8 hours
Humidifier Diffuser Combo
PureSpa 100ml Essential Oil Diffuser
Small but long lasting
doTERRA Petal Diffuser
Great for an Office
Now Foods 500ml Ultrasonic Wood Grain Oil Diffuser
Great for Large Room
GreenAir Spa Vapor+ 150ml Diffuser
Low Cost Multi Purpose Diffuser
Zaq Noor Diffuser
Great for bedroom
200-300 square feet
Runs very quiet
300 square feet
The Lull by Quooz is a gorgeous ultrasonic diffuser built for capacity. It makes use of a cooling mist to diffuse the best essential oils out there throughout your home and your mind. The tank of the Lull is almost double that of most smaller diffusers – 200mL of water can be held within it. With a coverage of up to 300 square feet (enough for a small office space, large bedrooms and more), this personal diffuser/humidifier combo can run on both essential oils and plain water. The diffusion system lasts for up to 10 hours on a single tank refill!
We noticed that the gorgeous LED light system was one of the best features of the Lull diffuser. While it was shaped very aesthetically too, the lights glowed a relaxing rose, gray, green and more, providing visual stimulation as well as aromatic benefits. With a handy dimming function and the option to turn the lights off as well, the Lull is multifunctional beyond belief and can be used in a variety of locations including a nursery, home office, bedroom and more.
Some awesome features of this essential oil diffuser include an automatic turn off feature for when the large water tank runs out. This is paired with a 20-second timer so that the mist can be spread out into your room in bursts, all of which are 100% whisper-level in terms of noise. You won’t even have to worry about the mist condensing on your windows and doors!
With a one year warranty, a detailed user manual and an AC adapter made for 110V power supplies, this is a larger diffuser that will suit you no matter what you want to do with it.
Less than 35 dB
250 square feet
3 - 6 hours depending on mist setting
The InnoGear Portable Cool-Mist Humidifier and Diffuser work exactly as you would expect. It is ultrasonic in nature, built using a BPA-free plastic polypropylene design that is available in a beautiful soft white color. This is very resilient to bumps and scratches and is great for anyone new to the world of diffusers and their functions.
Able to hold a capacity of 100ml in the water tank, this device can run for 3 hours while constantly putting out an ultrafine spray of mist into the air around it. Even better, it can last for six whole hours if you set the mist setting to interval mode instead. The mist that is produced can spread over an area of 250 square feet, which is pretty great for nurseries, bedrooms, and bathrooms.
It also features a set of 7 differently colored LED lights that can glow a range of color combinations to soothe the visual faculties as well as the mental state while diffusing. Each of these lights can be set to a certain brightness level, which can be very useful. You can also change the order of colors, or set a single fixed color to glow instead.
A major safety feature that we noticed was incorporated into the design of this diffuser was the automatic shut-off feature, which turns the device off in the event that the water tanks runs dry. It also manages to be incredibly quiet in its function while getting rid of some of the nastiest, most stubborn odors that can permeate a house and room.
Included in the package is a very handy little measuring cup that allows you to fill the tank up to the maximum possible amount and no more. Preventing spillage is one of the best features of this diffuser. This is the perfect beginner’s diffuser, portable, lightweight, safe and easy to use, clean and maintain.
Fairly quiet according to reviews
236 Square Feet
This URPOWER diffuser is a gorgeous one that works really well and looks even better. Made out of a very durable hard plastic that is completely free of BPA and toxins, this unit has a wood grain finish to look even better than its predecessor. It works well with any style of interior design because wood finishes always look amazing.
The timer available on the diffuser is one of the most customizable for this range of products. You can switch between four different timer options – always on, 1 hour, 3 hours and 6 hours. It shuts itself off when the timer runs down. You can also switch between two different mist concentrations, strong and weak, depending on how relaxed you need to be.
It also features an automatic shutoff feature. If the water in your tank runs out because you left the diffuser on overnight, you will have nothing to worry about – the unit turns off as soon as the tank is dry! Another awesome feature is the light system. Seven different colors can be set, each of which has a brightness setting as well as a fade setting.
This ultrasonic aromatherapy powerhouse can run for hours without failing you. It is easy to operate and easier to clean. Whisper quiet in its function, it can handle just about any scenario. You also get a two-year warranty and a 45-day money back guarantee!
Large Rooms / Multiple Rooms
This ultrasonic diffusion system for your essential oils from VicTsing is the ultimate in elegance and functionality. The wood grain design of the unit means that it looks as natural as can be, which is very in keeping with the natural feel of essential oils. In addition to this, the wood adds to the warmth of the setup, making it the perfect fit for any setting you want it to be in, even if it is in your yoga class! The diffuser is also modular in design, meaning that it is wet-hand friendly. You won’t need to struggle to unscrew the cap to pour in your water and oils.
The capacity of this humidifier and diffuser is one of its best features. The tank can hold up to 300ml of water, which is on the larger end of the spectrum. It has a typical diffusion rate of 30ml per hour on the continuous diffusion setting, which means that you can make this device serve you well for up to 10 hours on a single tank of water. When the water does run out in the end, a sensor feels this and immediately turns the system off, which is a huge safety bonus.
It is also one of the quietest essential oil diffusers we have seen to date. During operation an extremely fine mist is sprayed out, serving to hydrate, moisten and heal your body and soul. Serving a dual function, this device will also impregnate the air in your room with moisture, which in turn can lead to better-looking hair and skin!
Some additional features of this diffuser include seven different colors of LED lights that can either be fixed to one color or set to rotate between colors with varying levels of brightness and intensity. Set a time between continuous misting, 1, 3 and 6 hours and escape the rigors of your daily life with this diffuser!
Very quiet according to reviews
250 square feet
Included in package
Made by Pure Enrichment’s PureSpa line, this is an essential oil diffuser with a unique design. The top of the unit is angled, offering far more control over the rate of flow of the oil mist. This device delivers the oils your body, mind, and soul need, spreading them over an area of up to 250 square feet. With a lasting effect that we measured at 7 hours, this is one of the best out there.
The diffuser’s tank has a capacity of 100mL of water. Nothing special needs to be done – fill it up with tap water all the way up to the line shown on the tank (no more than this!). It includes a measuring cup, so you never run the risk of overfilling the tank.
Ultrasonic in nature, this unit diffuses the oils silently in the form of a gorgeous, calming, cool mist. Built-in LED lights glow a soft purple, blue, green and more for a more stylish, aesthetically stunning look during its function.
The best part about this diffuser is that it serves two functions – it can add moisture to the air like a humidifier, meaning that it can be used without oils in the tank. With the oils included, it is capable of removing the most stubborn of smells while boosting your mood and making you happier and healthier. Use it in your home office, nursery, bedroom or spa to take full advantage of the mood-boosting effect of the ionized mist.
This unit comes with a switch for changing the color of the LED system, along with a two-year warranty and a detailed user manual.
330 square feet
1x Petal Diffuser
1x AC Adaptor
1x User Manual
As one of the highest-rated makers of essential oil diffusers in the business, this company has produced a beautiful, quiet and portable diffusion system that promises to serve you well no matter what. This diffuser is shaped like a petal and has a nebulizing function instead of ultrasonic, which is what the products before this one have used. There are four preset diffusion settings built into the unit, which can double down as a humidifier if you happen to use it without adding any essential oils. Designed with a blended lavender-white color, it fits in perfectly in any setting!
Whether you want to use the diffuser in a spa environment, your bathroom, bedroom, nursery or even your office, it is able to hold up to your demands. The different settings can be tweaked to provide you with up to 8 hours of diffusion time on a single tank refill. This tank can hold 100mL of water, which makes it extremely lightweight and portable. Don’t let the numbers fool you, though – it covers up to 330 square feet when in action, whether diffusing constantly or in 15-second bursts of activity.
Since portability is emphasized upon, we noticed a number of peculiar design features of this diffuser, such as the tilt-resistant flat bottom of the unit. Overall, we felt that value for money was a major pro of this device, providing soothing, relaxing fragrances paired with high levels of portability and a high level of safety to boot!
400 square feet
Runs fairly quiet
250 square feet
Included in package
This is one of the few ceramic aromatherapy diffusers we have seen. It is, by nature, more fragile than its plastic counterparts, but is also absolutely gorgeous to look at. The GreenAir diffuser doubles down as a humidifier and a diffusion system, both of which are, along with the rest of the unit, BPA free. It is incredibly good looking and offers style and functionality in a potent combination that will blow your mind.
Made after an ultrasonic form factor, this aromatherapy diffuser is perfect for enclosed spaces because of the lack of concentration of the essential oil mist it diffuses into the air. This makes it the ideal choice for your workplace, home, study, and bedrooms. Made to be easy to care for and wipe down, the Vapor+ has been built to last, not just in your home but your mind as well.
We do recommend that you read the instructions carefully before using this device. While it is easy enough to operate, you want to ensure that you get the most out of the experience that you are engaging in! Whether you want it to get rid of those horrible smells in your home, or just to clear out that nasty blocked nose, it will serve you well for a long time.
The tank of the diffuser is larger than you would think, with a 150ml capacity that allows it to run for longer without needing a change of water. This, combined with a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils, results in the ultimate superfine mist dispersing through your entire home. All of this is done with a set of pulsating, glowing and calming LED lights in 6 different relaxing colors. Fill it up, turn it on and then watch as the magic happens, covering up to 250 square feet of space with healthy, mood-enhancing essential oils for 4 hours or more!
200-300 square feet
We reviewed 5 of the highest rated oil diffusers for big rooms.
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Everything you need to know about essentials oils including the uses, benefits, home remedies, and much more.
There are many kinds of diffusers, each of which has their own pros and cons. They are all pretty great, and include:
These make use of water paired with drops of essential oils. Mist produced is usually cooled down and is diluted. They can typically last longer than the rest of the competition. If oils are not put into the water when the diffusion is started, these units work as humidifiers instead. Common issues that people have with these include a lack of coverage area and capacity, and a lack of support for citrus oils that promote corrosion.
Essential oils, properly diffused through an ultrasonic diffuser, can fill a living room, bedroom, dining room, or office with a pleasantly fragrant scent, one that is all-natural and free of harmful side effects.
A diffuser does this by vibrating rapidly internally around the reservoir wherein the mixture of essential oil and water is contained. The vibration, at a pitch too high for human ears to hear, breaks up the molecules of the solution, dispersing them quietly and smoothly as water vapor – but a vapor that carries the lovely natural fragrance of roses, rosemary, cinnamon, vanilla, or some other favorite fragrance through an area of up to three hundred square feet, leaving it smelling pleasant and fresh, and contributing to a profound sense of relaxation and peace of mind.
There is no heat involved (unlike electric oil diffusers), no unpleasant chemical smell, and no side effect – you’re literally smelling flowers and plant extract, making it safe for use even in such locations as the kitchen or the workplace. A diffuser can last for several hours – in some cases up to eight, leaving it perfectly suitable for a full day’s work at the office.
The effects of essential oil diffusion through ultrasonic technology are thought to involve such benefits as the killing of airborne bacteria and other microorganisms – even viruses, which are difficult to combat through many more traditional western means.
Most antibiotics have an increasingly short period of viability before microorganisms adapt, and viruses in particular have proven to be stubbornly resistant to their effects. It is speculated that the antimicrobial effects of the diffusion of essential oils is related to the antimicrobial substances found naturally within much of the world’s plant life – substances which are concentrated during the process of distilling essential oils; more research on this subject is available online, with a good starting point being the articles located at PubMed.gov under “essential oils.”
Ultrasonic essential oil diffusion is also a great stress reliever, which results in the alleviation of stress-related symptoms. It can help with feelings of depression and anxiety, and has been demonstrated to have a positive effect upon the human immune system – whether through those same substances that lend it its antimicrobial properties, or else through the effect of positive moods and stress relief upon the human body – perhaps both.
There are many different models of ultrasonic essential oil diffuser available on the open market today. Some are available at department stores such as Target and Wal-Mart, and may cost as little as twenty dollars. As with most things, however, you’re getting what you’re paying for: these diffusers are notorious for breaking down after only a few months or even weeks, being comparatively noisy relative to the major brands, and having a questionable lack of such features as an LED light indicating operation or an automatic shutoff function once the reservoir runs dry.Your best bet is to check out the reviews and information on blogs like this one — where you get first-hand reviews and information. Also Amazon’s review section is useful, especially the verified buyers reviews (then you know for a fact that the person has bought the item). We have included all the Amazon reviews here on our website, and we have a system which automatically finds the best price.
These are by far the most potent type of oil diffuser. They need no water to function, nor do they use heat. Atomization is the name given to the process that a nebulizing diffuser uses. If you don’t know what that is, imagine the top of a bottle of perfume. Pushing down on it releases a fine spray. The oils are sprayed out of a nebulizer, in the same way, meaning that there is no additional humidification of the air.
These use heat to evaporate the oil so that it enters and disperses through the air faster and more completely. The more heat that is used, the stronger the concentration of essential oils in the air, and the stronger the fragrance. Delicate smells require low amounts of heat, though. One problem with heat diffusers is that they cause the structure of the molecules in the essential oils to change, leading to the benefits of the oil being compromised. While they are quiet and cheap, they aren’t the best to use in terms of safety and benefits.
Also known as fan diffusers or electric diffusers. This is the most basic type of diffusion system. It makes use of a small fan to suck in and blow air. This is blown through a filter which has been soaked in oils. The oil evaporates and impregnates the air that is blowing through the filter. The problem with this type is that it is rather inefficient, and the oil solution in the air is not concentrated enough to provide lasting benefits to you.
A big benefit of using an electric one is that you do not have to add any water to your machine, so there is no risk of increasing your home’s humidity. If you’re using a ultrasonic device, which does not use heat to evaporate the oil, you’ll have to refill water.
The machine heats only the oils themselves, which means it is never necessary to fill and refill it with water. Now, filling a device with water does not sound like a very arduous task, but constantly replenishing your ultrasonic diffuser’s water supply will get bothersome quite quickly.
Also, consider that you might need to move your aromatherapy device. If it has water in it, you are probably going to spill quite a lot of it, or at least spend a good deal of time slowly siphoning water out of it. An electric one, on the other hand, is much easier to move. Using a diffuser powered by batteries allows you to take your scents with you wherever you go, whether it is down to the basement to do some laundry, or to the restroom with you.
Suppose that you want to bring your aromatherapy device in your car with you. A diffusing device that does not use heat will require top ups with water and will almost certainly spill during your bumpy road trip. An electric diffuser can just be picked up, placed on the seat next to you, and forgotten about completely. All you have to worry about now is driving and smelling those wonderful scents.
Electric diffusers have innumerable benefits over burning candles and other flammable material. Try bringing a candle or an incense stick with you in your car and you will see yourself how much you would prefer a more modern apparatus. Plus, there is a far lower risk of fire when using an electric one – you can leave this running even if you go out, whereas it is always best to err on the side of caution and blow out your aromatherapy candles before going out.
There are a few drawbacks to using an electric diffuser. The most inconvenient downside that they have is that their warming plates can take some time to heat up, usually around five but up to fifteen minutes with some models.
Though, it can be quite pleasurable to turn on your diffuser, leave the room, and upon your return be greeted with a pleasing scent.
There is not yet a clear consensus on whether or not heating the oils increases or decreases their potency. Heat can cause alterations in the shape and structure of some organic materials and molecules.
However, the scent will not be much altered, and the same calming and relaxing effect is sure to be delivered. Some argue that the health effects of aromatherapy is minimized when the liquids are heated, but others claim that the health benefits are retained, or even that the benefits are increased.
Some diffusers of this type may not be easy to refill. Some may require special products that must be bought from specific stores. This limits your freedom of choice with regards to the scents you can choose, but can simplify the refilling process.
There are also some devices which allow you to simply apply the oil to the heating plate directly, which allows for much more flexibility. Not to mention, when applying the oil manually you can control the strength of the scent by adding more or less oil. You can even create and use blends that may be unavailable in shops. Although heating the therapeutic liquids slowly is much safer than using an open flame, as with a candle, there is always the risk of accidents, including fires and burns if you are not too careful. Always be wary of letting people who are not familiar with diffusers refill the machine.
Overall, electric diffusers are very easy to use and should not take longer than a few minutes to set up. They are an excellent alternative to candles and other methods of essential oil dissipation. When shopping for the machine that is right for you, it is best to consider all of your needs and all of your options.
My first diffuser was an electric one (which I still have), but I have since bought some ultrasonic (and other devices). I like to use the ultra sonic ones when I’m relaxing, i.e. in the bath, and electric ones for “running in the background” in my living room. If I should chose either electric or ultrasonic, I’d pick ultrasonic.
Other than electric, there are also models that nebulize the oil, as well as ultrasonic diffusers, though both other types can be more expensive than some might like.
Electric diffusers are an excellent entry level device for the person who is just beginning to try aromatherapy. There is less of a monetary investment, and installation is a breeze. If you are unsure about what kind of diffuser to buy, reviews and blogs are your most useful resources.
Chances are, you will be happy with whatever product you choose to buy, but you may not be reaping the full benefits of the oils. It is never a good idea to skimp when it comes to one’s physical or emotional well-being, and with an electric diffuser it is difficult to go wrong.
Ultrasonic diffusers are by far the most common type in the market right now because of their balance between function, price, and size.
You don't have to limit aromatherapy to just your home, you can have it in your vehicle too!
Our buyers guide reviews 5 top rated auto diffusers. It gives you the pros, cons, and different features available.
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The main difference between most designs is the material of which the diffuser is made. Some are metallic, while others are made of wood and glass. Ceramic and plastic designs have also been seen on the market. They all look great in their own way and are suited to different styles of homes with differing themes as well.
All diffusers are made to be cleaned very easily and aren’t too complex in their operation. The more technically advanced diffusers for essential oils have notification lights, automated shutoff valves, detectors for empty tanks and containers and more. On a broader scale, there are certain types of diffusers, such as ultrasonic, heat and nebulizing, to name a few.
What with the many different features available on diffusers in the current market, narrowing your search can be pretty tough. Aesthetics aside, you have to take a look at some major features. These could make or break your decision to go with a particular style or brand of the diffuser. Pay heed to the more critical functional features listed here and go with your preferences in mind as well! Here are some of the core features to look for:
Many diffusers now come with a timer built into them. This allows you to set a time during which the essential oils will be dispersed into the air in your home. When the timer counts down to zero, diffusion will cease. While some models have a fixed time, others allow times to be set.
Some advanced models allow you to change the concentration of oils that are diffused into the air over a period of time, allowing you to switch between lighter and more intense diffusion based on your needs.
When your tank of water and oil is empty, you must turn the machine off to prevent it overheating and burning up. Many new models have automatic shutoff control systems built-in so that they turn off on their own when the tanks are empty.
Different models are suited to cover different areas. For example, you might want to spread the oils across your bedroom or home office. Others may require their whole home to have the oils diffused through it. Check out the coverage of the unit before you buy it!
Two things to think about here. First, you must be able to change out the oils in the unit with ease, so you won’t have to turn the device off, unplug it, remove parts of it, install the oil pack and restart it. Busier people need more modular solutions. Second, cleaning needs to be easy. Considering the buildup of oils happens frequently, you must be able to clean the diffuser in a few minutes!
Different models are suited to cover different areas. For example, you might want to spread the oils across your bedroom or home office. Others may require their whole home to have the oils diffused through it. Check out the coverage of the unit before you buy it! If you need to cover a larger area, check out our buying guide and comparison table for large capacity essential oil diffusers.
There is nothing like the gorgeous smell that greets your senses on baking day. The smell of fresh, home cooked and healthy food is one of the best in the world. However, those days are long gone for many of us. We are all just too busy to enjoy simple things like this, meaning that we are far unhealthier now than we ever have been. There is no law that says you can’t still enjoy the beauty of a lovely smelling home and a healthy lifestyle, though. This is what essential oils, diffused into the air, are used for.
Ever wondered what the cure for depression is? Well, there are many ways to treat conditions of the mind like anxiety, funks and more. Essential oils are one of these treatment options. Diffusing them through the air in your home elevates your mood, makes you feel happier, more confident and healthier and eliminates sinus problems. Humidifying the air around you improves your skin and your physical health as well. All of this is done in conjunction with the elimination of the bad odors in your home!
Essential oils are among the rarest substances in the world. It can take many thousands of plants to make a single gram of one oil type. They aren’t extracted in the form of actual oil, but as microdroplets in the plant matter. This is why the power of these oils should not be underestimated – they can turn you from a wreck into a brand new person.
Drops of essential oils can also be added to a bowl of steaming water, covered by a moist towel, and inhaled. Lastly, the oils may be added to an appropriate amount of water in a spray and then used in to create a scent or mood for a room. The benefits are immense. Certain essential oils, when used aromatically can be used as a stimulant while others may used to relax and soothe you. They may also be to purify the air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. A great oil for aromatherapy is pine oil. With a refreshing and invigorating scent, pine oil creates and inviting and crisp sense to any room.
With all of these benefits and varied means of use, you are sure to want to learn more and get involved with a natural way to pursue healthy living. And why wouldn’t you! There are so many combinations of oils to be made and ways that they may be used that it is well worth your time. You can use essential oils on their own or pair them with your favorite products to make something specialized to your needs and goals. Why buy a chemical laden house cleaning agent when with the right mixture of essential oils, you can create a mixture which acts as an effective antibacterial and naturally scents your surroundings. What could better than slipping into a bathtub full of lavender at the end of the week to welcome rest? You can even craft with essential oils, creating gifts for friends and loved ones based on their needs. Continue learning about all the great ways essential oils may benefit you and figure out which method receiving them works best for you!
I know a lot of people like to use scented candles in their homes — maybe you do to?
But did you know that these are actually toxic? These seemingly innocent, nice smelling, colorful and decorative candles are actually a major source of indoor pollution.
I won’t get too deep into the specifics here, but basically these candles are made out of paraffin wax (a petroleum product, like kerosene and gasoline). When you burn petroleum, you get carcinogens such as benzene as toluene, and such candles also have traces of heavy metals like lead. All of these are highly toxic, and certainly not something you’d want to have in your home around your kids and your family!
A much better alternative to scented candles, is to use diffusers for essential oils instead! These are non-toxic and have a lot of benefits — including stress and asthma relief, curing skin issues, better blood circulation and repelling insects — just to name a few. There are essential oils for all kinds of uses — and with a oil diffuser you can easily pick and chose the oil that’s right for you.
We hope that the list we have presented here gave you the data you needed to make a wise decision as to the diffuser you want to buy. Always ask an expert or read the reviews of previous buyers before you buy one yourself. Take your time and decide on one that will fit in well both aesthetically and financially with your home and your life. Get started on the path to a healthier physical and mental state today.