What Is Essential Oil Diffuser – Which One To Buy?

Posted by: | Posted on: January 24, 2021

What is Essential Oil Diffuser – I wanted to spend some time looking into the many types of Essential Oil Diffusers.

  • An Aroma Diffuser Essential Oil Diffusers uses a mixture of oil and water and can also keep a mist in the room along with the Essential Oil Scent.
  • A Nebulizing Diffuser does not use water – it uses pressurized air and delicately hand blown Pyrex glass and a wooden base.
  • An Ultrasonic Diffuser.  This type uses water to disperse the Essential Oils into the air.
  • Oil Lamp Diffusers that work similar to a kerosene lamp. In my opinion these are quite dangerous.
  • Candle Diffusers that are quite popular – These heat up your Essential Oils also and can change them a bit along the way.

All are effective in getting the scents of the oils in the air – my two favorite types are the Aroma Diffusers and the Nebulizing Diffuser. I will discuss both below.

Aroma Diffusers

Use water to disperse the Essential Oils of your choice into the air.  There are a few models that are very quiet – some models you can hear the water droplets falling as the unit is working. An Aroma Diffuser puts a small amount of oil into the air and the aroma will be subtle – not strong.  Many of these units are a small humidifier and even a night light as most tend to have colored lights as part of the design.  Very pretty.  These units can be very quiet and diffuse approx 400 sq feet.  It takes a while to fill the room with the scents yet it will work nicely given time.  These units are normally quite affordable and a great choice for someone new to Essential Oil Therapy.  Gives someone a chance to try it out on a small more affordable scale before jumping right in.  The aroma diffuser has plastic pieces inside and will need proper cleaning to avoid corrosion and mold from building up.  The cleaning is not complicated – this is just something to be aware of.  Your Aroma Diffuser can handle thick and thin oils yet it does not do well with Citrus Oils. Citrus Oils are more corrosive to the plastic pieces inside the diffuser. It is best to avoid these scents.

Amazon Essential Oil Diffuser

Amazon has many (mostly aroma diffusers) to choose from and in all different price ranges with many bells and whistles. Click on the link above for the Amazon Essential Oil Diffuser page. You can toggle back and forth from that page to this article. I will talk about one of my favorites below.

Anjou Diffuseranjou 300 ml diffuser

Anjou 300ml Ultrasonic Aroma Model Number AJ-ADA019 has a 5 star rating and has close to 5000 reviews! I would say this is a pretty good one. 🙂 It is reasonably priced at 24.99 and at the moment of this article there is a $6.00 coupon. They have a patented oil flow system that continually puts the scents into the air without the need to constantly add more essential oils.

If you like quiet, this is the one for you. With some diffusers you will hear water droplets throughout the cycle. Not the case with this model. It is super quiet so you may relax and rest and enjoy the peacefulness you are searching for. Less noise means fewer interruptions to your “me time”. Undisturbed working, learning, resting, sleeping – whatever it is you are seeking.

Two mist outputs that last up to 8 Hours. No need to worry about forgetting to turn your diffuser off – This diffuser will shut itself off when it detects the water level getting too low for safe operation.

All the Anjou Diffusers have the same basic system and bells and whistles – the difference is in the size and the amount of time they will run before needing more oil or water.

Reviews

Reviews on this model – At the time of writing this article – 89% of close to 5000 people that left a review, gave this diffuser a 5 star rating – stated it was quiet, it worked exactly as expected, was enjoyable. Ran a long time between refills. They were over all very pleased with this model.

There are at least 5 other models from the same company on the Anjou Amazon page and I cannot see how anyone could go wrong choosing any of these products. They all have a 4.5 to a 5 star rating with thousands of reviews. They have to be doing something right for sure.

Are their Other Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffusers?

The answer to this question is a huge YES. You can find Essential Oil Diffusers in a thousand different places. Amazon just happens to have a great place to view a ton of them and what is nice about shopping Amazon is you get reviews right on the pages – and questions that other users have left with answers so you can really read for yourself the struggles others have had and the successes as well. You can tell right away if something is going to suit you or be a big waste of energy, time and Money. No one like wasting time and money. Let us next look at one of my favorite places to purchase

Nebulizing Diffusers

These do not use water – They atomize essential oils into fine droplets which are then sprayed into the air in the room. With these units you will get the maximum effect from the oils. The nebulizing diffuser is a bit noisier – pure essential oils come at this small price.  They have a steady hum which is the air pump doing its job.  This steady hum does not stop me from enjoying my diffuser as you only should be running the diffuser for 15 to 20 minutes at a time as that is all the time you need to get the oil droplets to saturate the room with all of their wonderful qualities.  You do have to be careful of the thickness of the oils that you put in a nebulizing diffuser – You should only run thinner oils through your nebulizer.  Cleaning these units is quite easy – you return any unused oil back into it’s bottle and wipe off the glass of the nebulizer with rubbing alcohol.  Should your diffuser get clogged because you left the oil in for a few days – not to worry.  This can be easily cleaned up by soaking in rubbing alcohol and then wiped clean.  Nebulizing diffusers are very effective and easy to use and clean.  Below I will write about a company that has very cool nebulizing diffusers.  Enjoy.

Organic Aromas – Nebulizing Diffuser -Needs NO WATER

The Organic Aromas link above is another site – non amazon – that has 4.8 to 5 star diffuser ratings. What is really cool about this site is that you can purchase hand carved diffusers and personalized Essential Oil Diffusers. You can have your picture on the diffusor, or your family, your children, grandchildren, pets – whatever picture you want.

These are quite pricey yet the price is worth it. Every day there are people, pets, places and events that warm your heart as will your essential oil scents.  I truly believe these Nebulizing Diffusers to be the best way to disperse your oils into the room. These work without Heat or Moisture. Which means your oils release into the room in the purest form possible. This is a very safe way to disperse also since there is on heat, no added water, no plastic. Professional grade aromatherapy will fill the room.

Organic Aromas company has an A+ BBB rating and a Five Star Customer rating as of the date of this article.

Choosing an Essential Oil Diffuser

Wondering which Diffuser is right for you?  Here are a few things to think about before you decide.

Aroma Diffuser:

  • Oils Mix with Water which can weaken them
  • Aroma is Not as Intense
  • Small humidifier as well as a night light
  • Very quiet
  • Diffuses up to 400 sq. feet
  • Uses small amount of scents but takes time to fill the room
  • Plastic pieces inside need proper cleaning to avoid corrosion and mold
  • Affordable
  • Easy to Use and Clean
  • Can break down any oil no matter the thickness
  • Citrus Scents tend to wear parts down quicker

Nebulizer Diffuser

  • Oils are not diluted – Pure Oils disperse into the air
  • Uses approx 3ml per hour of Essential Oils
  • Oils scents are more intense
  • Just a Diffuser – not a small humidifier and most are not a night light
  • A bit noisier
  • Diffuses 1000 sq. ft.
  • Used more Essential Oil – Scents Happen Quickly
  • Made of Glass, Wood and Ceramic Parts – More Fragile
  • More Expensive
  • May require more frequent cleaning
  • Should not use with thicker oils unless oils unless diluting with a thinner oil first

 

You decide – and the great thing is – you cannot go wrong. If you are just starting out and want to see if essential oils are a good fit for your home and lifestyle then start out with the aroma diffusers that are around $20 to $50. Should you find you truly are enjoying your diffuser and want to try a more expensive and pure way to use your oils – move along to the nebulizing diffuser.

What Conditions Do People Use the Nebulizing Diffuser For?

 
Those people that are using the oils for more acute conditions – such as
  • Asthma
  • Flu
  • Sinusitis
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional Imbalances
  • Colds
tend to gravitate towards the Nebulizing Diffuser. The Pure Undiluted Oils fill the air more quickly. Recommendation is to use your Nebulizing Diffuser for only 15 to 20 minutes at a time and repeat 2 to 3 times a day.

Below are a few oils that can be an anti-inflammatory – which could perhaps help with asthma and respiratory conditions

  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Roman Chamomile

Always consult a doctor before starting a treatment of Essential Oils and start with a small amount to make sure the oil is right for you.

Thank You for taking the time to read my article. I appreciate every person that comes here and I also am very happy when I can help someone along their way to using pure essential oils in their life and their home.

Thank You also to anyone that purchases from the links in my articles. The few cents I earn from the links in the articles pay for this site and allow me to continue to write to you. Thank You all and Please Stay Safe and Happy.

Connie





20 Comments to What Is Essential Oil Diffuser – Which One To Buy?

  1. Boi says:

    Good day and many thanx for such an incredible review. I am one of the people who very much like quietness. Diffusers that make sounds do disturb me a lot. That’s why I think your suggestion of the Ultrasonic Aroma is the best for me. About the fact that it shuts itself off if it detects the water levels low, is a plus for me. Now i do not have to worry about forgetting to shut it off.

    Wonderful review indeed 

    Regards

    Boi

    • Connie Varricchio says:

      Hello Boi,  I agree with needing a quiet diffuser.  Who wants to get the diffuser set up, lay back on the couch, tv is off, house is quiet and the only thing you hear is a diffuser running.  Can really ruin the mood and your concentration.  Should you purchase the diffuser I spoke of or any other, please feel free to stop back and tell us about your experience.  Enjoy Each Day – and Your Essential Oils. 

      Connie

  2. Nuttanee says:

    I find myself using a lot of essential just to set the mood for my home office so that I can stay focus with my work from home environment and I also use a lot after I finished cooking. I do not like the regular diffuser that uses water, it is just hard to maintain and it gets moldy. I never tried the Nebulizing Diffuser or the Ultraviolet Diffuser before. I am going to check The Organic Aromas Out, I love the fact that it doesn’t need water, I do not mind the fact that it is a bit pricier. 

    • Connie Varricchio says:

      I enjoy the nebulizing diffuser myself.  I still have the water diffusers in some of the rooms in my home.  I do have to keep them cleaned out so that the mold doesn’t surface.  When I was first starting out I thought they were great.  🙂  I feel the scent is deeper and more enjoyable with the nebulizing diffusers from Organic Aromas.  Like I said though – In some rooms I still have the water units. 

      Thank You for your comments and it sure is nice having you here.  Anyone else care to comment on their favorite diffuser method? 

      Connie

  3. Rebekah Kann says:

    Hey, Connie! I just found your site! and I love using diffusers in any part of my home too! I think my favorite one I use is from Amazon as well, not sure what the brand was but it is great and it’s very small so it fits in my home anywhere! Thanks for writing this review! Have a great day!

    • Connie Varricchio says:

      Thank You Rebekah Kann – Amazon is a pretty great place to buy from for sure.  Aroma Organics is a place you should check out too.  Those diffusers are really cool.  Thank You for stopping by

      Connie

  4. Matiss says:

    Yeah, that Anjou diffuser sounds like a busted deal, even for someone to just try the thing out (plus, I think it makes for a great gift to almost anyone even remotely interested in essential oils). Also, I like the fact that it’s quiet. I have had what I would consider extremely loud diffusers before and it just kind of enervates you over time. I mean, the sound is bearable at first but if you have it going for anywhere over half an hour, it does get unpleasant.

    Also, I love that it goes for a rather long time. To me, it just means that it’s efficient about the whole process which adds to the quality of the thing.

    I appreciate the suggestion. Cheers!!

    • Connie Varricchio says:

      Thank You Matiss for your comment on the Anjou Diffuser.  I agree the Anjou Diffuser is a Great Gift – a wonderful way to get someone interested in Essential Oils and all that they have to offer. If anyone would care to check them out you can find them here – Anjou Diffuser 

      Should anyone else love these chime in – Would love to hear your stories.  

      Connie 

  5. Maria Theresa Gonzales says:

    Hi! Connie,

    Amazing!  I love the Anjou Diffuser because of the safety precaution functionality, that it will automatically shut off when it runs out of water.  I am also quite interested with the nebulizing diffuser because there’s is no need to add an water.  What catch me on the second one is the name itself nebulizing, what comes to this? is there a health benefit for people with asthma? or respiratory illnesses? I would love to hear from you before I will decide.  Thank you.

    • Connie Varricchio says:

      Great Questions Maria, 

      To answer your questions both The Anjou Diffuser and the Nebulizing Diffuser have their Pros and Cons.  Most people that are trying to combat a certain condition find the Nebulizing Diffuser a better option as the Essential Oils are dispersed into the air still in their pure form, not diluted with water.  After reading your question I am going to add another section to the article above showing the pros and cons of each.  Also, with some suggestions of Essential Oils that may be a good fit for someone with asthma or respiratory illnesses.  Thank You for your interest and for your contribution to the website.  Enjoy Your Day. 

      Connie

  6. Paul says:

    Well organized and very informative post, Connie.

    You were answering my questions as I read your post. The cleaning and maintenance are described very clearly, and an important source of concern.

    I like the “oil only” method but I was unable to tell how expensive they are to fill on a weekly or monthly basis.

    Thanks for this complete review of these popular products.

    Paul

    • Connie Varricchio says:

      Hi Paul,  The Nebulizing Diffuser – the Oil Only Diffuser will use approx 3ml of Essential Oil per hour – It is recommended that you only use your nebulizer for about 15 to 20 minutes – 3ml per hour is more than the other types of diffusers yet this is the most effective for delivering to the user the full effect of the Essential Oil.  I am going to add more to my post above to address your question.  Thank You for taking the time to comment.  

      I encourage everyone that reads my posts to leave comments, ask questions – this is how this website grows and stays interesting.  Thank You

      Connie

  7. Jean says:

    Hi, awesome review. I have always enjoyed the silence and spending time on my own. I work from home and struggle to work well when it’s noisy, I have stopped using my old diffuser as it was quite a noisy diffuser. I am considering the Anjou diffuser as a replacement. I like the fact that it shuts itself off when water levels are low, very clever! Keep up the good work.

    • Connie Varricchio says:

      Thank You – After you use your Anjou diffuser stop back and let us know what you think. 

      Has anyone tried it yet?  Stop by and let us know what you like about it

      Connie

  8. Zayom says:

    To put it simply, an oil diffuser is a device that breaks essential oils down into smaller molecules, dispersing them into the air for a pleasant or calming effect depending on the oil that’s been put into the diffuser. Different essential oils have different claims for example, lavender is meant to support sleep.1 The diffuser’s job is to evenly disperse the particles at a comfortable concentration that’s easy to breathe and doesn’t overbear the room. Plain and simple, a diffuser is used to fill the air in a room with tiny, breathable particles of beneficial essential oils giving the room a calmer, more pleasant-smelling ambience.

  9. Cogito says:

    Hi Connie. Very interesting article. Im big fan of aroma therapies, and always looking forward to learn something new in this topic. I was already testing few oil diffusers, but to be fair I wasn’t fully happy with results. And with so many options on market its not easy to pick good one. But looking on your review Nebulizing Diffuser seems as a great choice (even if not cheapest). Thank you for great post!

    • Connie Varricchio says:

      You are welcome.  I am so glad you were able to find some help from my site.  After you buy your nebulizing diffuser, please stop back around and tell us how you liked it.  

      Connie

  10. Misael H says:

    I appreciate the thoroughness and conciseness of this article in terms of actually telling us how to choose The right diffuser. I was not aware that there were actual guidelines that we should follow to have a better experience with one. I definitely will be looking into this diffuser specifically because I know what to look for in one thanks to your article . Thank you for this informative article

    • Connie Varricchio says:

      You are very welcome.  Please stop by and let us know which diffuser you chose and how it is working out for you.  Should you or anyone reading this have any questions – Please email me or leave them here in the comment section.  Enjoy Your Day.

      Connie

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