It’s no secret…
I adore my essential oil diffuser collection. I might even border on the edge of addiction. Maybe.
There are several different ways to use essential oils, but diffusing remains one of my favorite. I mean, how cool is it that you can clear the air, improve the mood of everyone in the room, and even provide real health benefits, with just a few drops of oil in your diffuser? Yeah, those plug-in things can’t even come close to doing that…
Why Use a Cold-Air Essential Oil Diffuser?
Essential oils function best when they aren’t heated, as high temperatures can ruin some of the beneficial aspects of the essential oil. For this reason, I always use cold-air diffusers to disperse my essential oils into a room, and I avoid using anything that would heat the oil.
I’ve experimented with homemade reed diffusers in the past, but have found they only work effectively in very small spaces. To spread the essential oil goodness in a larger room, you won’t regret investing in a quality cold-air essential oil diffuser.
Essential Oil Diffuser Considerations
There are SO many different styles of diffusers out there, which one you select completely depends on your preferences. Here are a few things to keep in mind while diffuser shopping:
- How long does it run? If you are looking for a essential oils to be dispersed into your room all night, make sure the diffuser you select has the appropriate settings.
- How large is it? I prefer smaller, more compact models to take with me when I’m on the road.
- Does it have a light? This can be a benefit if you have kids who love night-lights, but can be rather annoying if you like to sleep in a dark room. Check to see if the diffuser has an on/off switch for the light.
To be honest? The essential oil diffuser market has changed a LOT (for the better) since I first starting using oils. Not so long ago, there were only about three models to choose from, and they had poor run times and annoying features. Now the landscape is entirely different and you’ll find most of the models available are workhorses with long run times and various settings. So, all that to say, don’t stress too much about your choice. I’m betting you’ll be happy with most any model you choose.
Best Essential Oil Diffuser Reviews
People ask me all the time which is the BEST essential oil diffuser. To which I respond, “Uhhhhhh…” Even though I have several different models, I’m not sure I have a clear favorite yet… I like all of my diffusers for different reasons, so I figured it was time to do a little essential oil diffuser review!
This diffuser review doesn’t cover every single diffuser in existence, but these are some of the most popular models that I, and my essential oil team, use.
The Spa Vapor 2.0
Price: $49.99 (where to buy)
Amount of Oil Used: I fill the reservoir with water, and add 4-6 drops of essential oil.
Run Time: 8 hours, if used on the intermittent setting
Coverage: 250 sq. feet
Output Settings: Has settings for 1, 2, and 3 hours, as well as intermittent
Lights: Has rotating lights that can be turned off/on.
My Favorite Aspects: The SpaVapor is a workhorse. I also love the one-year guarantee that SpaVapor now provides. Some of the older SpaVapor models broke down quickly, but that is not the case anymore. See the update below >>>
UPDATE: I’ve been in contact with SpaVapor and have to say I’m SUPER impressed. Not only has the company been working hard to eliminate the models that ran poorly, but they now offer a one-year guarantee on their diffusers. The SpaVapor line has officially risen to the top of my list for diffuser recommendations, both for functionality and price. If you are looking for an affordable diffuser that runs like a workhorse, this is it!
Amount of Oil Used: I use 4-6 drops, along with enough water to fill the reservoir. Holds 115 mL of water.
Run Time: 3 hours on the continuous settings, 6 hours if intermittent.
Coverage: 150-200 sq. feet
Output Settings: Has a continuous setting, or set it to run in 15 second intervals.
Lights: There are solid lights, rotating lights, or just turn the lights off.
My Thoughts: This is a good, basic diffuser. It also runs for quite a while, which is handy. My one compliant is that I wish there were a way to adjust the mist output, rather than just having it spew out the top.
The ScentPod Diffuser
Price: $10.99 (where to buy)
Amount of Oil Used: I use 3-4 drops. This oil is waterless and you apply the drops directly to a small pad. (Comes with one extra pad)
Run Time: Runs continuously until you shut it off
Coverage: ~100 sq. feet
Output Settings: One simple, continuous output.
Lights: Has a soft white light.
My Thoughts: This little guy is a wonderful portable diffuser. I like to use it in my car, or plug it into the USB port of my diffuser. It is not ideal for diffuser in large rooms, but perfect for tiny spaces, or if you need a “personal” diffuser.
Price: $80 (where to buy)
Amount of Oil Used: I use 4-6 drops, along with enough water to fill the reservoir. Holds 300 mL of water.
Run Time: 8-10 hours if run continuously
Coverage: 300-400 feet
Output Settings: Has settings for 1, 2, and 3 hours, as well as continuous.
Lights: Has rotating colored lights, or just shut the lights off.
Advanced Aromatherapy Diffuser
Price: $129.99 (where to buy)
Amount of Oil Used: This diffuser is a different style than the others. Rather than using oils in water, you attach a bottle of essential oil directly onto the machine. Therefore, you can use as little, or as much oil as you like.
Run Time: Until the bottle is gone. But you can greatly adjust the settings on this machine
Output Settings: Has three setting knobs total: one to adjust the level of output, one to control the length of time the machine runs, and one to adjust the length of time the machine is off.
Lights: No lights.
My Thoughts: This diffuser will literally run until the oil is gone, which has its pros and cons. If you do not adjust the settings correctly, it can use up a bottle quickly. However, if you set it on low, and have extended “off” times, a bottle of oil will last a long time. I love how small and compact it is, which makes it ideal for traveling. Some people complain about the slight “purring” noise it makes, but honestly, that has never bothered me.
The Aroma Mister
Price: $49.99 (where to buy)
Amount of Oil Used: I use 4-6 drops, along with enough water to fill the reservoir.
Run Time: Runs up to 6 hours
Output Settings: One simple continuous-run setting (basically, on or off)
Lights: Has rotating colored lights
My Thoughts: This is a nice basic diffuser model. No fuss, no frills. My son uses it as his bedroom diffuser/night light. Like the Aroma Mist, I wish you could direct the mist a bit more, but that’s not a huge deal.
I don’t own these diffusers (yet!) but there are several people on my team who do and they love them, so I wanted to include them.
Price: $89.99 (where to buy)
Amount of Oil Used: 4-6 drops, depending on the oils
Settings: It can run anywhere from 50 minutes to 9 hours, depending on the settings.
Lights: The Whisper has a white light with an on/off switch
Favorite Aspects: It has many timer settings, and the oil/water mixture is suspended above the oscillating disk, which should help to cut down on the cleaning required.
Least Favorite Aspects: You have to reorder the plastic cups that hold the oil/water mixture. However, the unit comes with 6 cups, and they last quite a while.
Price: $89.99 (where to buy) (regularly $50)
Amount of Oil Used: 3-5 drops of essential oil in a 80 mL of water.
Settings: There are a variety of settings, and it can run for 1, 2, or 3 hours.
Lights: The lights can be turned on/off, and there is a choice of color options.
Favorite Aspects: Very affordable and compact.
Least Favorite Aspects: It appears to be better for smaller spaces, as the output isn’t has hefty as some of the other models.
So I finally have my diffuser… Now what?
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Do you have a favorite diffuser? Tell me why you like it in the comments!
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