Essential Oil Diffusers Explained: Reviews of the Best Essential Oil Diffusers on Amazon

Updated on August 1, 2018
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I have been using essential oils and aromatherapy to improve my health, immunity, and emotional well-being for years.

Exploring the Different Types of Diffusers

Not all diffusers are created equal! There are different types of diffusers that give specific benefits, are better for illness, etc. The most common type of diffuser is called a cool mist ultrasonic diffuser. This diffuser uses water to disperse the essential oils into the air using a fine mist. It is perfect for dry winter months as it also provides much-needed moisture into the air along with the benefits that essential oils bring. Ultrasonic diffusers are also a good choice because they do not heat the water to make the mist. Diffusers that heat the water destroy many of the important components that essential oils can bring. A cool mist, however, keeps the essential oils intact with no threat of destroying their benefits.

Another type of diffuser is called a nebulizing diffuser. This type of diffuser does not use water. Instead, the diffuser disperses the essential oils by blowing a fine mist of air. This means that it does not disperse water vapor with the oils. Some people prefer this type of diffuser as they know they will be breathing in pure essential oils without the added water. Others prefer to use this type in times of illness since they know they will be getting the maximum therapeutic benefits from the pure oils. I personally prefer cool mist ultrasonic diffusers as they are more affordable and help ease my sinus discomfort during dry winter months.

Another type of diffuser that has become more popular in recent years is a portable diffuser. These types of diffusers are easy to take on the go and are perfect for use in your car or while traveling. Some even plug into your computer like a USB drive!

Best-Sellers for Cool Mist Ultrasonic Diffusers

InnoGear Diffusers for Essential Oils, Wood Grain Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonice Aromatherapy Diffusers Aroma Cool Mist Humidifier with Timer Waterless Auto Off, 200ml, Dark
InnoGear Diffusers for Essential Oils, Wood Grain Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonice Aromatherapy Diffusers Aroma Cool Mist Humidifier with Timer Waterless Auto Off, 200ml, Dark
This is my favorite diffuser and I often recommend it for both its affordability and high quality. When cleaned and cared for properly based on the manufacturer's suggestions, this diffuser will last well over a year. Even when it is used multiple times everyday. This diffuser also looks very nice for the price paid, making it a stylish addition to a living room or bedroom. The affordability and high quality make this diffuser continuously one of the top-selling cool mist diffusers on Amazon.
URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-Off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home (White)
URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-Off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home (White)
I have also used this diffuser in the past and have been pleased with the results. It is a little smaller, so it would be more suitable for a smaller office or bedroom. One of the best features of this diffuser is the LED changing lights. Some people who practice aromatherapy enjoy the different light features that some diffusers bring as it enhances their mood. While I personally do not use the light features on my essential oil diffuser, this diffuser will be perfect for that feature as the whole diffuser is lit by the light versus only a small part of it. This is also a diffuser that is high-quality and will last even when used multiple times a day.

How To Care For Your Diffuser

To get the best experience from any diffuser, it is important to properly clean and care for it. Many people who are new to aromatherapy do not take the time to read the manufacturer's instructions or bother to clean their diffuser. This is a very big mistake as cool mist diffusers can possibly grow mold if they are not cleaned and cared for. Here are a few tips:

  1. Clean your diffuser every time you change oils. This will help keep the mist smelling fresh and will not cause your new oil blend to have old oils lingering in its scent.
  2. Even if you do not change the oils you use in your diffuser, it should still be cleaned after every 3–5 uses. Often, people make the mistake of assuming if they continuously use the same oil in the same diffuser, then they do not need to clean it. This is not the case. In order the keep the aroma of the oils and the diffuser itself working its best, the diffuser needs to be frequently cleaned no matter how often the oils in it are changed.
  3. Before cleaning, always read the manufacturer's suggestions. I cannot stress this enough, as all diffusers are not created equal. Some may suggest cleaning your diffuser using a mild soap, others may suggest alcohol, etc. Always clean based on what is suggested and do not stray away from the suggestions if you want to get a good, long life out of your diffuser.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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