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Looking for an easy way to help your home feel a little more, well, homey? With an oil diffuser, you can introduce some aromatherapy into your life, a well-known health and wellness booster that can help you relax your body and mind, and even help you sleep better at night. Enticing scents can help refresh your home, making you. This is especially important because some of us still are and we spend a lot of time at home.
While there are many ways to infuse your home with a great scent, our favorite method is essential oil diffusers. They are safer than scented candles (no fire hazard), but just be sure to do your researchand make sure no one in your home is allergic. With essential oil diffusion, you’re not stuck with just one scent – you can mix and match to create a blend that works for you and your home.
These picks for the best essential oil diffuser include nebulizer and ultrasonic models — you’ll find one that’s portable, another that can stay on for more than two days, and another that’s voice-activated. We will guide you as to which type will suit you best.
For a reasonable price, this ultrasonic diffuser from health brand Now offers a peaceful way to diffuse your favorite essential oil throughout your bedroom, home office or bathroom. Now it’s best known for its health and sports supplements, but the brand has done a good job with its diffuser line, which includes this natural bamboo model with ultrasonic technology, as well as a ceramic diffuser model.
The Now bamboo essential oil diffuser works up to 14 hours intermittently or up to seven hours continuously. You can choose between blue, red and green LED lights, and this ultrasonic essential oil diffuser covers up to 400 square meters of space.
If you want the aromatherapy benefits of an essential oil diffuser, but don’t care for all the bells and whistles, the PureMist Diffuser from SpaRoom is the aroma diffuser for you. SpaRoom has made a name for itself in the aromatherapy arena and you can find SpaRoom products at most major retailers (such as Target and Walmart).
This aroma diffuser in particular offers a great mist of diffused essential oil at a low price – cheaper diffusers often emit a weaker mist. The PureMist diffuser has a color-changing LED light, a water capacity of 100 milliliters and a maximum run time of three hours.
Can’t live without an essential oil diffuser? Take this SpaRoom oil diffuser with you wherever you go for a pleasant scent, air freshener and aromatherapy mist on demand. One of the advantages of the SpaRoom Aromafier is that it can be powered via USB, but you can also run it on two AA batteries, so you can travel with this portable diffuser even if you don’t have access to a USB port. This aroma diffuser can be used with your choice of pure essential oils such as peppermint, tea tree or lavender, comes in a variety of colors and emits a soft blue LED light.
This ultrasonic oil diffuser from Stadler Form can run for up to an incredible 53 hours. It will emit fragrance into the air for up to 18 hours of continuous misting or 53 hours in interval mode, where it operates on a 10 minute and 20 minute misting cycle. It also offers oscillation, and customers love its quietness and sleek design.
The Julia diffuser has an automatic shut-off that triggers an empty tank, so you can be sure your diffuser won’t overheat if you forget to turn it off. It has an LED light with four color options and a dimming function, but you can also turn the light off completely.
Calling all smart home fanatics: you can turn on this aesthetically pleasing essential oil diffuser via your Amazon Echo or Google Home. You can also control the settings on this aromatherapy essential oil diffuser, including light color and intensity, countdown timers, mist intensity and diffuser layout, with the TuyaSmart app.
In terms of actual specs, this Asakuki diffuser has an impressive 700 milliliter water tank and a run time of up to 15 hours on a low mist setting.
If you want to fill a large space in your home with aromatherapy, smaller diffusers may not do the trick. For open floor plans and large rooms, the larger tank ensures that you can enjoy the fragrance of essential oils from every angle.
While the AromaTech AroMini described below (as the best luxury diffuser) boasts the best square footage I’ve seen in my research, it’s very expensive and not everyone needs all of its fancy features. The Exqline Ultrasonic Diffuser, however, has an impressively large 1500 ml (50 ounce) water tank, along with a 450 square foot outlet.
These features combine to make it great for larger spaces and more affordable. The 22-hour operating time doesn’t hurt either.
This essential oil diffuser from AromaTech is not cheap by any means. In fact, it probably costs a lot more than most people are willing to spend on this type of device. However, if you can afford it and it seems worth it, the AroMini Bluetooth Fragrance Device is a next-level diffuser.
The AroMini covers up to 1,000 square feet and since it is a spray diffuser, one 4 ounce (120 ml) bottle of essential oil or essential oil blend can last up to three months in this diffuser. No more refilling your water every morning!
You can set intervals with the built-in 24-hour timer and enjoy remote connectivity via Bluetooth. You can even digitally adjust the scent intensity to create the perfect aromatherapy environment for you. In addition, the AroMini is elegant and would look beautiful in any home.
Eco produces eco-friendly essential oils including lavender oil, citrus oil and diffuser blend options through ethical manufacturing practices and careful monitoring of their supply chain to minimize resource wastage. This high-quality essential oil maker also has an atomizing essential oil diffuser, which could be considered more environmentally friendly than an ultrasonic diffuser, since you don’t need water to operate the nebulizer. Atomizing diffusers also tend to save more oil for diffusion than ultrasonic models, so you’ll end up using less oil, less packing, and so on.
Even if the actual nebulizer diffuser doesn’t make much of a difference in the overall scheme of things, using Eco essential oils with your Eco diffuser would: According to Eco’s website, the entire essential oil line is vegan and cruelty-free, and all ingredients are sourced from plants grow. Eco’s facilities are also Australian certified organic.
How to choose an essential oil diffuser
You could choose from literally hundreds of types of aromatherapy diffusers ranging in price from $10 to over $100. Before you buy, consider these factors when choosing the best essential oil diffuser.
Tank capacity: Water diffuser capacities can range from 100 milliliters (3.4 fluid ounces) to more than 1 liter (33.8 ounces) of water, but the average water tank holds about 300 ml. You may want a larger water tank capacity if you don’t want to bother with refilling water very often or if you need your diffuser to run for long periods of time in a large area.
Run time and timers: Would you like to be able to set an aromatherapy oil diffuser for one, three or five hours? Would you like a continuous operation option for aroma and scented mist? How long do you need it to work? These are all important questions to consider when purchasing a diffuser.
Automatic shutdown: Even if you’re not usually a forgetful person, choosing a diffuser with an automatic shut-off is a smart move. If you forget to turn off the diffuser when there is little water left, it can overheat and break down.
Area coverage: For small rooms, such as a bedroom, bathroom, children’s bedroom or small yoga studio, you don’t have to worry too much about the square footage covered by your diffuser. However, if you want to use it in an open space or a large room, look for diffusers with a large square footage.
lighting: Many diffusers offer ambient LED lights or double as night lights. This is a very personal preference, so if you definitely don’t want a light, make sure the aromatherapy diffuser you’re looking to buy doesn’t have one, or that you can easily turn it off.
Fog settings: Do you want a continuous cool mist that lasts for hours to diffuse drops of essential oil or an intermittent mist?
Intensity: For a stronger scent, look for spray diffusers. A nebulizing diffuser is a device that evaporates oil droplets without the use of heat, before pumping the fragrance into the air in a fine mist. They are often more expensive than standard diffusers, but they can be worth it if you feel that standard models are not efficient enough.
Humidity: Many essential oil diffusers double as cool mist humidifiers. This can be a great two-in-one option if you live in a dry climate.
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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care professional with any questions you may have about your health condition or health goals.