Essential Oil Diffusers: How to Choose the Right Type

  • How to use an essential oil diffuser?
  • Where to use an essential oil diffuser?
  • What are the different types of oil diffusers?
  • The common brands of essential oil diffusers?
  • How many drops of oil to use in an oil diffuser?
  • How to clean an essential oil diffuser?
  • The usage cycle of essential oil diffusers?
  • Conclusion

When choosing an essential oil diffuser there are many things to consider. First of all, you need to decide exactly what purpose you want the device to serve. An essential oil diffuser is an incredible tool that can be used to make your home smell amazing when guests are visiting but can also be used improve your health and wellbeing. Aromatherapy is the term given to using essential oils for their therapeutic benefits. The can help you sleep, reduce anxiety and enhance your immune system. Read on to find out more about how you can use an essential oil diffusers to enhance your life.

How to use an Essential Oil Diffuser?

One of the main benefits of using an essential oil diffuser is that they can provide aromatherapy to help you relax and de-stress. Many people find that diffusing certain types of oils, like lavender or chamomile, can help them unwind after a long day. Simply add a few drops of your chosen oil to the diffuser and sit back and let the stress melt away!

essential oil diffusers

If you have trouble sleeping, an essential oil diffuser can also be a great way to help you get a good night’s rest. Again, lavender is a popular choice for its ability to promote rest and relaxation. Alternatively, you could try diffusing oils like eucalyptus or peppermint to help clear your nasal passages and make it easier to breathe.

In addition to these more well-known uses, other oils when added to essential oil diffusers can be used to repel insects, purify the air, and boost your mood.

Where to Use an Essential Oil Diffuser?

Essential oil diffusers can be used in any room of your home, depending on your needs. If you’re looking to relax, then the living room or bedroom would be ideal. However, if you’re trying to repel insects or boost your mood, then the kitchen or bathroom would be better suited.

A lady reading and relaxing in a living room while a nebulizing diffuser is working

Ultimately, it is up to you and your individual preferences when choosing the best place to use an essential oil diffuser.

What are the Different Types of Essential Oil Diffusers?

There are a few different types of essential oil diffusers on the market, and each has its own unique set of benefits. Some of the most common types of diffusers include:

Ultrasonic Diffusers

These diffusers use high-frequency ultrasonic waves to vaporize the essential oil, which then disperses into the air. This type of diffuser is typically very quiet, making it ideal for use in bedrooms or other areas where you want to avoid noise.

Nebulizing Diffusers

These diffusers work by using a small nebulizer to turn the oil into a fine mist. This type of diffuser is often considered the most effective, as it does not add heat or water to the essential oil, which can alter its therapeutic properties. However, it is also more costly and requires more maintenance than other types of diffusers.

Evaporative Diffusers

This type of diffuser uses a fan to gently blow air through a pad that has been soaked with essential oil. These types of diffusers are usually easy to use and relatively affordable, but they may not be as effective at dispersing the oil into the air.

Reed Diffusers

This type of diffuser uses small sticks (or reeds) that have been soaked in essential oil. As the reeds absorb the oil and then release it into the air, they give off a subtle fragrance that can last for several days or weeks. Reed diffusers are easy to use and require little maintenance, but they may not be as effective.

bottles of essential oils

Ultimately, the type of essential oil diffuser that is best for you will depend on your individual preferences and needs. However, no matter which type of diffuser you choose, it can be a great way to make your home smell amazing while at the same time, enhancing your mood and overall health.

How Many Drops of Oil to Use in a Diffuser?

Depending on which kind of diffuser you own, the amount of essential oil drops will be different. For example, ultrasonic diffusers do not require as much oil as a nebulizing diffusers because they are filled with water and only need a 4 to 6 drops of oil to add scent into the air. Since the oil is diluted and weak, these types of diffusers do not work well for aromatherapy. You can always add more oil if you want a stronger scent.

A nebulizing diffuser on the other hand, uses much more oil, and is the reason why it’s the preferred choice by doctors and other professionals. Since the oil is undiluted a nebulizing diffuse is able to deliver a stronger dosage of aromatherapy. The minimum amount of drops for a nebulizing diffuser is about 10 to 12 drops which will last for about one hour.

a raindrop nebulizing diffuser dispersing essential oil microparticles

Many nebulizing diffuser brands suggest 20 to 25 drops to run for at least a couple of hours. If you don’t want to use so many drops you can add less oil and when the diffuser has finished diffusing it will continue to operate and this will not harm the internal components.

How to Clean an Essential Oil Diffuser?

When you’re finished using your essential oil diffuser, it’s important to clean it properly so that the device remains in good condition and continues to function effectively. Here are two methods you can use to clean an essential oil diffuser:

How to Clean an Ultrasonic Diffuser

  • Remove the water and essential oils from the diffuser.
  • Soak all of the diffuser’s removable parts in a bowl of warm water and white vinegar for 10 minutes.
  • Use a soft cloth to wipe down the inside and outside of the diffuser.
  • Rinse all of the diffuser’s parts with clean water.
  • Allow the diffuser to air dry completely before using it again.

How to Clean a Nebulizing Diffuser

  • Remove any excess essential oil from the glass reservoir
  • Add 5mls of high percentage isopropyl alcohol and swish it around and dispose of safely
  • Add another 5mls of isopropyl alcohol and use the plastic cleaning pipette to flush the micro-tubes about 4 or 5 times to make sure they are clear of any oil residue
  • Allow the glass to dry completely before you use it again.
  • Here is a great video on how to clean a nebulizing diffuser.

The Common Brands of Essential Oil Diffusers

There are a number of different brands of essential oil diffusers on the market, and it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Here are a few of the most popular brands of essential oil diffusers:

Organic Aromas

organic aromas nebulizing diffuser

Is the original manufacturer of the nebulizing diffuser and are made from real plantation hardwood and hand-blown glass and come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Organic Aromas holds the trademark for the term “Nebulizing Diffuser“. These diffusers are made in Taiwan.

Innogear

innogear plastic water diffuser

Is a well known brand that focuses on manufacturing cheap plastic water diffusers or ultrasonic diffusers. The majority of these diffusers are made in China.

 

Urpower

urpower water diffuser

This brand also offers low cost ultrasonic diffusers in different sizes and colors. These diffusers use water to dilute the essential oils and usually have rainbow lighting. 

 

Aromis

aromis diffuser

This brand also offers essential oil diffusers made from wood and glass and they come in several different styles and colors. 

 

The Usage Cycle Essential Oil Diffusers

When choosing which essential oil diffuser is right for you the usage cycle is something you certainly want to consider. Some diffuser have settings where they will run for 10 minutes and turn off for 10 minutes or on for 5 minutes and off for 5 minutes or different variations.

There are a couple of reasons why usage cycle is important and one of the main reasons it helps to control the level of scent that is in the air. Another reason is it helps control the amount of essential oil that is used. Most diffusers will have an automatic shut-off after a certain number of hours just in case you forget you have left it on in the other room.

Elegance Nebulizing Diffuser in Red

Conclusion

Essential oil diffusers can be used in a number of ways to improve your health and wellbeing. There are different types of essential oil diffusers, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. The most important thing to remember once you have chosen your diffuser is to clean your essential oil diffuser regularly to ensure that it remains in good condition and continues to function effectively for years to come.

 

153 thoughts on “Essential Oil Diffusers: How to Choose the Right Type

  1. Diane Eral says:

    I never realized there were differences in the types of oil diffusers you can get – thanks for the great info!

  2. xjanelx78 says:

    I never realized there were differences in the type of oil diffuser you can get – thanks for the great info!

  3. Ronnie says:

    Great information for understanding the various types of diffusers. Additionally, the information on the use of and how to clean the various types of diffusers was exceptionally helpful!

  4. Rosey says:

    I am not sure why, but I’ve never thought to clean my diffuser. Now I know how, and that I should, and I will be doing it from here on in.

  5. Joseph Metzler says:

    I purchased some essential oils previously but never purchased a diffuser. I think I need to take that step.

  6. Meg says:

    I’ve also read somewhere that exposing essential oils to water can change their effectiveness, which is another reason why nebulizing diffusers can be more effective and have the intended effects.

  7. Gary Keaney says:

    My wife has been considering moving on from reed diffusers for a while now. I will direct her over to here.

  8. Laura C says:

    I like my ultrasonic diffuser – it is quiet and puts a little humidity in the room in addition to whatever essential oil I need at the time.

  9. Sue E says:

    I received a diffuser as a gift this Christmas. It was a wooden one that came with an assortment of oils. It runs by a USB port. It has a lavender and lemon oil. Both of those oils are cheery and calming. They usually put me in a good mood. I want to get some of the eucalyptus oils

  10. Susan Smith says:

    Thanks for the information. I didn’t know there are so many styles and types of Essential Oil Diffusers.

  11. Nicole Bowers says:

    I think I like the Evaporative Diffusers best because they use a fan to gently blow air through a pad that has been soaked with essential oil.

  12. COLLEEN Schilinski says:

    Never knew there were so many considerations for purchasing a new Diffuser – I have my own favorites myself !!

  13. Kristen H. says:

    Thanks for writing this extremely informative blog post about essential oil diffusers and what type might be the right one for someone who is considering getting an essential oil diffuser. I really enjoyed reading this blog post and if I ever am in the market for an essential oil diffuser, I will definitely use it as a guide post to help me with my purchasing decision .

  14. Jen Reed says:

    These are beautiful and I love the the oil diffusers can be a tool used to make your home smell amazing when guests are visiting but can also be used improve your health and wellbeing.

  15. natosha says:

    I love the information, and mostly these all are so much better than a watered-down product. The strong scent will rise and fill the room quickly. Just love that♥. I even adore the unique shapes and would honestly if had to choose prefer the red iron man Mobile-Mini 2.0 Nebulizing Diffuser, it’s portable and simply less likely to break if it gets knocked into.

  16. Rob Hestar says:

    great article. I’ve been curious myself about defusers and essential oils I never knew there was so many choices.

  17. Veronica Garrett says:

    This post was very informative. I have been curious about diffusers and essential oils but I knew very little about them.

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