Choosing a Modern Diffuser for Home Use

Choosing a Modern Diffuser for Home Use

Although a lot of people like to use scented candles they are not best way spread fragrances for many reasons. Aside from the issues with smoke and the burning of oil, there are also better alternatives now available, such as fan diffusers which break down essential oils and circulate their vapors into the into the air without heat.

It’s helpful to read reviews of what’s out there before deciding as to which type of diffuser to buy, or which aromatic oils work best with it.

Now some types of diffusers are more efficient and reliable, and every brand and model offers different qualities which are only obvious from experience.

There are four general types of essential oil diffusers in the market. It’s a good idea to review the plusses and minuses of each type, as well as tips on how to use these and with which essential oil.

Basic diffuser types

  • Ultrasonic
  • Nebulizing
  • Evaporative
  • Heating

Of the four, ultrasonic and evaporative models tend to have a humidifying effect in rooms. Few if any of the smaller diffusers which heat or evaporate oils work as well as the average ultrasonic or nebulizing type.

So these are generally not recommended except for use on the go or perhaps in the car. The smaller portable heat diffusers are more practical in such situations and are a better choice than the regular fresheners sold in auto accessory stores.

Choosing a Modern Diffuser for Home Use
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Nebulizing Diffusers

The most effective type of essential oil diffusers are the nebulizing type due to their efficient and powerful operation. Water or heat are not required by these to process aromatic oils for distribution in room air. Nebulizers have atomizing mechanisms to vaporize oils into ultrafine particles, and fans to circulate the aerosols into room air.

These are quite popular, and many owners station them around their homes wherever they need a continuous fragrance.


  • Nebulizers conveniently connect to bottles of essential oil.
  • They are easy to set up and operate.
  • Most don’t require oils to be diluted with water or set-up required.
  • They out higher concentrations of fragrant aerosols in shorter time.
  • Some have a run and a pause timer which allows overnight operation.
  • Many models have no bothersome LED lights for use at night.
  • Juts 20 or 30 minutes of use will often leave fragrances in the room which last for several hours.


  • Most models operate more noisily than ultrasonic types.
  • Nebulizers tend to use up bottles of essential oils more rapidly than other types.
  • They are normally pricier than ultrasonic models.

Ultrasonic Diffusers

Like Nebulizers, Ultrasonic types also produce vapors of ultrafine particles. Unlike nebulizers, they use water mixed with essential oils to diffuse mists into room air. Since they evaporate water, they can also act as room humidifiers during winter and warm and dry months.

However, these are generally are not as efficient as regular indoor humidifiers, and nor do these types diffuse essential oils in concentrations as high as that normally exuded by nebulizers. Citrus oils are also not recommended for use with ultrasonic diffusers as their corrosive nature can cause erosion in interior parts.


  • Lower prices than most nebulizers.
  • Also works to humidify rooms, particular during cold season.
  • A large variety of styles and features are widely available.


  • Not recommended for use with corrosive citrus oils.
  • Oils need to be diluted with clean water.
  • Needs regular washing and rinsing.
  • Many models have power on LED which light up too brightly at night.
  • Efficiency at spreading scents is usually less than that of nebulizers.

As always some brands and models are easier to set up and maintain or are more reliable than others.

Most models come in simple shapes like cones or cubes. Many can operate for hours at a time, and the better models have an option to shut off or dim their power lights for use late at night.

  • Some ultrasonic diffusers can serve large areas of from several hundred to a thousand square feet.
  • Higher-end models tend to feature quieter, smoother operation.
  • With some it is more difficult to open the chamber or to pour in water as well as oil.

Blending essential oils for mixed fragrances

Certain categories work well together, and the following lists are a good guide as to which combinations work best. It’s usually best to blend oils of the same category, as it usually results in a mix of fragrances which more likely to please.


  1. Spicy - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg
  2. Citrus - orange, grapefruit, lemons
  3. Oriental - patchouli, ginger
  4. Medicinal - tea-tree, eucalyptus, cajuput
  5. Earthy - vetiver, oak moss
  6. Floral - jasmine, lavenders
  7. Minty - peppermints, spearmints
  8. Woodsy - pine, cedars
  9. Herbaceous - basil, rosemary, marjoram

Good Blends

  1. Earthy and mint, wood flavors
  2. Citrus and spicy, wood, floral, oriental, mint
  3. Spicy and wood, oriental, citrus, floral
  4. Oriental and wood, spicy, floral
  5. Medicinal and wood
  6. Floral and citrus, wood, spicy
  7. Wood and medicinal, citrus, mint, earthy, medicinal, spicy, oriental, floral
  8. Minty and citrus, wood, herbaceous, earthy
  9. Herbaceous and wood, mint

Refreshing alternatives for enhancing room air

Diffusers are good for enhancing room air quality with nice scents, but there other classic methods which can also work well. Many people place a variety of indoor plants inside their homes to trap smells and filter polluting vapors in indoor air.

Other use traditional candles of beeswax or salt lamps, as well as simple pouches or tins of charcoal to filter air around the house.

These methods may take longer to clean or freshen room air, but these also do not require a fancy diffuser or supplies of essential oils. These may not normally bring about a refreshingly natural fragrance like that found in essential oils, but these methods can still be effective over time at removing undesirable particles or smelly compounds from indoor air.

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Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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