The Best Aromatherapy Diffusers for a More Fragrant and Healthier Home
The uninformed would have you believe that an aromatherapy diffuser is just another luxury item people buy to make their house smell pretty. While that is one of its many pros, it’s also missing the point to having one. The diffuser itself is a means to an end, and while you technically could use it to pamper your family with an interesting sweet scent that doesn’t accomplish much more than masking the odor coming from your shoe closet, that would be a colossal waste of its potential.
The driving force behind a diffuser’s usefulness and versatility is all-natural essential oils. These pungent extracts of various plants are used for anything from relieving pains in your body through helping with long-term cognitive ability, to keeping the home free from unwanted visitors both of the microbial and insect variety.
You’d have to be a regular at the spa or fiddle around with messy and unsafe aromatherapy oil dispersion methods to take advantage of this—until proper modern diffusers came along. Now harnessing essential oils’ effects is a matter of adding a few drops of it into a small gadget, plugging it in and letting yourself be swept away by the scent.
As with any item that explodes in popularity, the market became flooded with aromatherapy diffusers of all kinds that also have drastic differences in quality and the efficiency with which they diffuse the oil. You wouldn’t want to spend money on one only to find out that in spite of adding more drops of oil than the recommended dose you can’t smell anything whatsoever after only half an hour.
That’s precisely why guides like this one are needed, to separate subpar models you’d only get frustrated with from the real gems you can take a closer look at by reading the aromatherapy diffuser reviews which follow.
Aromatherapy diffuser features
Before jumping into the nitty gritty of each of the five carefully selected diffusers, it is worth noting that they share a number of traits which it wouldn’t make much sense to reiterate when talking about each. While individual reviews will focus on the differences between them, here are the pros all of them share.
Design inspired by natural shapes and textures
In order to harmoniously fit into its surroundings every diffuser has an elegant, curved shape that reminds one of bulbs, raindrops or decorative vases. They’re also clad in other layers of plastic resembling the rich and universally appealing texture of wood, some with more shades to pick from.
Many of today’s diffusers take advantage of inexpensive LED lights to seem more attractive, but with essential oil diffusers this can add to the therapeutic effect by helping to create the right kind of mood with a good combination of oil fragrance and light color. All come with a light- emitting source capable of producing one of seven colors either individually or in succession.
Handling an aromatherapy diffuser is as straightforward as it gets, and the same simple philosophy is employed for each showcased model. Two buttons, the LIGHT and the MIST button are used for everything from adjusting the mist output to selecting the current light color.
Efficient and safe to use
Whether or not they’re using heat or ultrasonic waves to help with essential oil diffusion, all the models on this list have an automated shut off function that starts up when the water inside is depleted/reaches a certain threshold. This sets the fans or heating elements off, preventing unnecessary power usage or fire hazards.
URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser
Urpower’s small aromatherapy diffuser is first on the list, and can become your perfect companion for aromatherapy on the go. It has the smallest water capacity, but makes up for this by fitting into the palm of your hand, being very light and requiring minimal setup time.
The diffuser’s base contains a small heating element which warms up the water inside, speeding up the diffusion process and decreasing the time it takes for the mist to take effect. Given its size, you shouldn’t expect it to liven up an entire house with the invigorating smell of citrus or thyme, but put it on a nightstand next to your bed or even in your car if you’ve got the proper adapter to create a microclimate you can enjoy some well-deserved me time in.
As it is also the most inexpensive item on the list, getting a couple for different rooms is a great idea too. That way each family member can use theirs with a different fragrance, and since it can double as a nightlight in your child’s room, you’d actually be saving money. Just make sure to put something under it to catch the water droplets which can sometimes spill over.
If you’re looking to spend a modest amount of money but still get the complete aromatherapy experience albeit in a smaller space, Urpower’s aromatherapy diffuser delivers.
- Water capacity of 130ml
- 90-day warranty
- Seven different light colors to choose from
- Two operation modes
ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil and Diffuser Set
Next is not just a diffuser, but a bona fide aromatherapy starter kit consisting of ArtNaturals’ practical little diffuser and a diverse array of essential oils that have all your bases covered; there’s lavender for getting a good night’s sleep and repelling pesky moths, lemongrass to lower the number of bacteria in the room’s air, eucalyptus for immediate help with a stuffy nose as well as five more oils.
The diffuser itself is a little bit bigger than Urpower’s with a 150ml water capacity, and can also be transported without much fuss. Apart from having an intermittent and continuous mist releasing mode, this diffuser also has a timer function. The water inside is usually enough for about 4 hours of continuous mist, but timer settings of 1 and 3 hours let you decide on when it is to work more directly.
It costs half as much as the first diffuser on the list without really being larger, but keep in mind that having the guesswork taken out of your first steps into aromatherapy by giving you eight choice oils to begin with is a great value in and of itself, made even better by the considerate inclusion of an interesting recipe book which outlines each oil’s best uses and offers suggestions for combining them to achieve more beneficial results. Some of the oils may not be suitable for use in an infant’s room, so check each label before considering which oil to use in that case.
- Water capacity of 150ml
- Comes with 8 different essential oils
- Glows in one of seven colors, all of them, or none at all
- Generates no heat while running
TaoTronics 300ml Aromatherapy Diffuser
So far only smaller diffusers with enough water in them for only a few hours have been discussed. The first of the regular-sized entries is TaoTronics’ stylish diffuser whose 300ml water capacity is considerably larger. Where with smaller models you could get a maximum of 6-7 hours uptime on intermittent mist mode, this model is capable of matching that at full blast, or running for as long as 10 hours if you switch it down to light mist mode.
Out of all the reviewed diffusers, this one takes its secondary function of providing ambient light most seriously. It has the same 7 colors as the rest, but each can take on a brighter or dimmer tone, better matching your current mood or that you wish to create. Others generally settle for a strip and a small lit portion around the opening. This diffuser’s top part is one big plastic LEED-lit area, giving off much more light, which still manages not to look glaring or be disruptive to a cozy atmosphere.
Ultrasonic technology is used in thoroughly diffusing any oil you put into the water, and the fan which propels the mixture outwards is silent and very efficient, so much so that you’ll find yourself refilling the water reserve quite often. This would be a straightforward process if the diffuser’s two halves fit more snugly together. This small annoyance aside, TaoTronics diffuser is a definite step up from the smaller models, and its competitive price may also help sway you in its favor.
- Water capacity of 300 ml
- Seven dimmable light colors
- A timer as well as two mist strength settings
- Acts as a nightlight and humidifier
VicTsing 400ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
The second to last diffuser is also the most expensive one, but as far as functionality and aesthetics go, it is also among the most appealing. Boasting a bigger water bowl than even the previous diffuser and a graceful form well adapted to both the traditional and modern home, it’s not much of a stretch to call VicTsing’s essential oil diffuser a functional piece of art.
One would think that 400ml would mean that it could function longer than TaoTronics’ model without needing a refill, but a powerful, noiseless fan propels as much as 60ml of mist per hour into the air, saturating it with a pleasant, healing scent; it can easily envelop a 250sq.ft. room this way. With so much capacity, proper hydration becomes possible too—leaving oil out turns the diffuser into a small air humidifier which may not be as effective as a specialized model, but can heighten a room’s humidity enough to make waking up with a dry and hoarse throat a thing of the past.
Cool, fragrant mist, and lots of it—that’s how one could best sum up VicTsing’s aromatherapy diffuser’s capabilities. You’ll want to pay attention when refilling it as the top part is delicate and separation of its inner from the outer “wooden” part can happen as a result of rough handling. If treated with care and maintained regularly though, this diffuser can prove to be a real asset in the battle against sickness, bugs and bad moods.
- Water capacity of 400ml
- Seven LED lit colors you can dim, cycle through or shut off
- Aromatherapy diffuser, humidifier and nightlight, all in one
- One-year warranty
AROVA Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
Arova’s essential oil diffuser is the last one we’ll be taking a look at. In many ways, it is similar to VicTsing’s model—the water capacity is the same, they can both operate for up to 6 hours if their built-in timers are set, and they’ll both do a fine job of keeping your precious wooden furniture or leather upholstery from developing cracks. What makes this particular diffuser different though?
For starters, the price. Given their similar performance, Arova’s diffuser is much more accessible provided you can’t find VicTsing’s on sale. It has a squat, drop-like shape which sets it apart as well, and its output tops off at 50sq. ft. per hour. Lower that to around 30 through the easy to use MIST button and you can expect the stream to last for about ten hours. Both diffusers’ fans are as silent as they come, but Arova’s has a better track record and isn’t prone to sudden stopping which then requires you to manually restart it.
There are a few minor downsides to the price difference though. As with TaoTronics’ model, there’s an issue with joining its two parts, except this time they fit a little too well, so you’ll need to apply some elbow grease to twist them off, especially if you haven’t been maintaining the diffuser frequently enough. Regardless, Arova’s essential oil diffuser more than makes up for this flaw by working well and bringing aromatherapy into your life in a big way.
- Water capacity of 400ml
- Adjustable light, mist intensity and timer settings
- Comes with setup guide, adapter and measuring cup
- Available in two wood colors
We hope you’ve managed to find a winner among our top aromatherapy diffuser picks. All went through rigorous testing, clearing up a nose or two and making a few homes much more pleasant to live in along the way. It’s time that yours was transformed in the same way, and an aromatherapy diffuser is what will make it happen.