The best reed diffusers: 8 gorgeously fragranced options we love

These are the very best reed diffusers as tried, tested and loved by the Real Homes team – inside our homes!

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The best reed diffusers graphic – Rituals, Skandinavisk, Jo Malone and Noble Isle reed diffusers
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On the hunt for one of the best reed diffusers around? It's no secret even the most beautiful homes have to deal with pesky odours, whether from cooking, pets or damp washing. How to solve this? Buy a reed diffuser to guarantee a gorgeous fragrance all day long. They are safe to use with no flame or heat involved, whilst selected reed diffusers come housed inside gorgeous vessels to look the part whilst emanating fragrance.

Can't decide which scent to go for? That's why we're here. We've listed eight amazingly fragrant reed diffusers below. Keep scrolling for our top favourite options, one for each scent. From woody to floral, fresh and even something spicy. For this time of year, we can only suggest opting for a woody or warm fragrance, although a fresh reed diffuser works a treat year-round.

Can't decide whether you want a reed diffuser, candle, or oil diffuser? See all the best home fragrances in our buyer's guide. 


The best reed diffusers – by scent family

The White Company Fireside DiffuserReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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1. The White Company Fireside Diffuser

The best woody reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 150ml
Notes: Smoked woods, birch, amber
Life: 3 months
Reasons to buy
+For use in autumn and winter+Powerful+No need to place in the centre of a room+Looks elegant
Reasons to avoid
-Not for summer or spring use

The White Company's Fireside diffuser is the perfect addition to your home come autumn and wintertime. Just place the reeds in the fragrance as soon as the weather starts getting cold. Then, pop it in a living room, bedroom or hallway and breathe in the powerful yet unique scent that replicates... you guessed it: the smell of a roaring fireplace. It really is extraordinary – and impressively powerful yet never too scented.

With scent notes of smoked woods, birch and amber, this concoction almost screams autumn and winter. It adds a warm and cosy vibe to any room, no matter its size. In fact, we tested this reed diffuser in both a large living room and a medium size bedroom, and both times it scented our space like a treat. You'll need to flip the reeds occasionally, but rest assured once you do this scent will fill the air in your space and have you wrapping yourself up in the closest blanket with a book in hand. You can also place this reed diffuser anywhere inside a room – it doesn't need to be placed in the centre of a space!

Housed inside the classic The White Company glass vessel, this diffuser will look the part on your side whilst scenting your home. It comes with rattan sticks to use accordingly, based on your room size and strength preference. It also comes inside a gorgeous white box, making it ready to gift.

Best warm reed diffuser: Whisky and Water by Noble Isle

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2. Noble Isle Whisky and Water Diffuser

The best warm reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 200ml
Notes: Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Tonka, Amber
Life:
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful and elegant design+Unusual concoction +Cruelty-free and vegan
Reasons to avoid
-Strong scent that might become overpowering in a smaller space

If you want something that smells different from any other reed diffuser out there – and something that's warm – then this diffuser is the one for you. It gives off a warm scent, so it's definitely one for colder evenings. We say to place it in a home office or living room, so long as this space is large as it's nice and powerful.

Forget the notes – this really does have the unmistakable, smokey-ambery scent of expensive whisky, rendered just sweet enough for it to work as a home scent. We love that this reed diffuser doesn't smell like anything else – it's refreshingly different. Whilst we're yet to test this in reed diffuser form, we did manage to get our hands on the candle and WOW. It's very fragrant and it will definitely turn heads and add a welcoming vibe to your home.

Inside a black matte vessel with black reeds, this classy design means it will look the part on display, whether placed atop your coffee table or nestled in the corner on a side table. Just be careful because this stuff is strong – be very cautious when opening this diffuser because if you spill any down you, the scent will linger for a very long time on clothes or upholstery. 

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Best reed diffuser you can buy: Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Diffuser 165ml

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3. Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Diffuser

The best fresh reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 165ml
Notes: Pear, freesia, amber, patchouli
Life: 3-4 months
Reasons to buy
+ Cult favourite perfume in diffuser form + Delightfully fresh and fruity 
Reasons to avoid
- Not for those who want a strong scent- Expensive

Take up Jo Malone’s invitation to 'decorate with scent' with their best-selling English Pear & Freesia, a fruity-floral scent that we just love – it's not too overpowering, nor too subtle but perfect. A great all-rounder, if you're not yet sure of which scents you prefer to have in your home.

The combination of juicy King William pear with the delicate white flower scent of the freesia and a base of earthy, woody patchouli is a real winner.  In short: it's floral but woody – the best of both worlds. It's unusual, but subtle enough that it won’t give you a headache or overpower the room. A real cult favourite, we think this makes a wonderful first foray into the world of home fragrance, which makes it our top fresh-smelling pick.

Encased in a glass bottle, the reed diffuser comes with 10 reed sticks. The bottle and sticks will come wrapped in an iconic Jo Malone box tied with a grosgrain ribbon, making it a perfect gift! If you're after a strong-smelling diffuser, this isn't the one for you. It does come witha a hefty high price tag, but if you're on the fence, check out our Jo Malone discount code page for amazing offers.

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Fragrance SticksReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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4. Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Fragrance Sticks

The best oriental reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 250ml
Scent: Rice milk and cherry blossom
Life: 3-4 months
Reasons to buy
+Powerful+Elegant ribbed vessel+Refills available
Reasons to avoid
-Easy to knock over due to its shape-Possibly too strong for some

The powerful oriental scent of Rituals' The Ritual of Sakura fragrance is one to turn heads – and surprise noses. If you are searching for a strong reed diffuser, perhaps for a bathroom for disguising odours, or for a hallway for flooding fragrance into several rooms, then this is it. It's small in size yet mighty powerful.

With nods to the oriental fragrance family thanks to notes of rice milk, cherry blossom, it's a mix of creamy and sweet. When testing this reed diffuser, we moved it around our home from the hallway to the bathroom, living room and even inside a spare bedroom. Each and every time it managed to flood its scent from corner to corner of a space. You won't really need to flip the reeds with this diffuser, but you can do it when you want a boost or feel like you can no longer smell it (this should take a while!).

One thing will we complain about is the packaging. Although it's lovely and boasts a white ribbed design with black reeds, it is very easy to knock over. This is due to its tall shape, so we would suggest placing it way out of the way of arms, tails and more. A benefit, though, is that you can buy refill bottles for this diffuser so that you can use the same vessel over and over again.

NEOM Real Luxury Reed DiffuserReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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5. NEOM Real Luxury Reed Diffuser

The best floral reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 100ml
Scent: Lavender, rosewood and jasmine
Life: 12 weeks
Reasons to buy
+Elegant bottle+Classy fragrance+Great for pretty much any room+Can be used year-round+100% natural
Reasons to avoid
-Subtle in large spaces-Requires regular reed flipping

We're not mega fans of floral reed diffusers, but this one from NEOM is something out of the ordinary. It's nice and subtle so as not to overpower a room, whilst it can be placed essentially anywhere, from a living room to a bedroom, a bathroom or even a kitchen. This is thanks to its lavender notes – and because it's 100% natural. You can also use it to scent your home year-round, from January to December and in between. 

Part of the Scent to De-Stress range, this reed diffuser has notes of lavender mixed with jasmine and balanced with rosewood. It's scented using essential oils to evoke a calm vibe wherever you place it. It's also nice and subtle so it won't take over a smaller room, although guests will definitely notice its scent as it truly is luxury in a bottle. Place it in a larger room for a really subtle scent, and flip the reeds frequently for a boost. The scent lasts for around 12 weeks, and you can buy refills, so you can either top up on your favourite or opt for a change. 

This reed diffuser comes in a rather pretty Neom Organics box. The scent sits in a glass bottle which features a white Neom label. The top of the bottle has a mirrored cap that opens at the top to hold the black diffuser sticks in place.

Best sweet reed diffuser: Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser

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6. Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser

The best sweet reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 200ml
Notes: tea, strawberry, rose petals, wild mint
Life: 12 weeks
Reasons to buy
+A light, unobtrusive scent+Will last at least three months
Reasons to avoid
-A little pricey -Will be a bit too subtle for some

Like all things we love about Scandi style, this scent is light, airy, and not too loud. It's our best reed diffuser if you are looking for something that's sweet-smelling.

The Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser features notes of tea, strawberry, rose petals and wild mint. An unexpected combo, but one that totally works. The Hygge diffuser has a well-balanced composition that is both sweet (from the tea and strawberry notes) and fresh, thanks to the mint. Never oppressive, this fragrance is the perfect choice for anyone who likes a home scent that is subtly present in the background, rather than obvious.

The packaging for this Skandinavisk reed diffuser is, you guessed it: simple, unobtrusive and sleek. It has a versatile style that means it'll look perfectly at home in modern and traditional spaces alike. 

Best citrus reed diffuser: Esteban Neroli Decorative Scent Diffuser 250ml

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7. Esteban Neroli Decorative Scent Diffuser

The best citrus reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 250ml
Notes: Blackcurrant, bergamot, neroli, jasmine, patchouli
Life: 3 months
Reasons to buy
+Good-looking bottle +Lovely balanced scent +Comes with 20 diffuser sticks
Reasons to avoid
- Quite quick to evaporate 

If you are on the hunt for a reed diffuser for your bedroom and are especially keen on citrus notes, then this neroli diffuser is the one for you. With its statement jar and relaxing scent, it's perfect for placing almost anywhere in your home.

Beginning with zesty top notes of cassis and bergamot orange before relaxing into a neroli and jasmine heart, and finally, to a woody patchouli base, it’s a beautifully balanced scent that’s sure to delight no matter your mood. The smell really does fill the room! We can bet your guests will be asking you what the smell is as soon as they step foot inside your home. Whilst testing it, we did note that it does evaporate fast, but that's easy to solve – just add fewer diffuser sticks.

As we've already mentioned above, the stunning bottle the scent comes in really does make a statement, and its triple reed design and elegant glass pearl details look fabulous. The diffuser itself comes in a fancy gift box ideal for a present, and it comes with 20 diffuser sticks included.

The best spicy reed diffuser: Molton Brown Gingerlily Aroma Reeds

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8. Molton Brown Gingerlily Aroma Reeds

The best spicy reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 150ml
Notes: Tuberose, ginger, cedar
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful looking bottle+Scent fills whole room+Ideal as gift
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best pick for those who want something subtle-Expensive

A treat for anyone who is pining for summer, who loves tuberose, or simply wants a classy, floral home fragrance with a twist. This spicy reed diffuser is unique and we love it.

Those who are familiar with the heady, creamy scent of tuberose will be delighted by this scent that has a unique twist to it thanks to the addition of ginger. Fresh, spicy, and tropical at once, and it works. We love that this doesn't smell like another generic 'white flowers' scent: the tuberose note is good quality, and the ginger just makes things a little more interesting. 

Minimalist and understated, the Molton Brown packaging hasn't changed for years; it's all about the beautiful, yellow-green juice in the bottle.


What is the best reed diffuser?

Our top pick for this time of the year is The White Company's Fireside Diffuser. It's impressively powerful yet never over the top, and perfect for scenting living rooms or bedrooms. It mimics the smell of a roaring fireplace, minus the effort required from you.


How to buy the best reed diffuser

Refillable
With candles, once they’re gone, they’re gone. Not so with reed diffusers, which can be topped up with new fragrance oil when it's run out. Just make sure that when you buy a diffuser refill you discard your old reeds, as they’ll be saturated with all the scent they’ve soaked up from the first round of oil and won’t soak up any more. 

Safety
Reed diffusers are also a better bet if you have safety concerns – candles mustn’t be left burning unattended, or around children or pets. Fragrance diffusers are safer, but be careful choosing the fragrance, as some oils may be toxic. Also, they don’t ‘tunnel’, which is the frustrating phenomenon where candles burn in a hole down the centre, leaving loads of unused wax along the sides.

Scent
So now you know why to buy a diffuser, which one should you buy? If you don’t know what you like, choosing a fragrance can be the hardest part of shopping for a scent diffuser, but looking for individual scent families is a good place to start. Florals are fairly self-explanatory, and while some of them might get a bad rap for being overdone or cloying, our floral picks are all combined with fruity and fresh notes to keep things modern. For a more unexpected home fragrance, consider something from the woody or spicy families, or on the other end of the spectrum, a fresher, 'greener' scent.

Life
We've listed the lifespan of each best reed diffuser above. This will obviously depend on how much liquid comes in the diffuser, as well as how many reeds you use with it. It's worth bearing this in mind when looking at the price of a reed diffuser – when will you next need to pay to refill or replace?


Are reed diffusers safe for pets?

Love a reed diffuser, but heard about the potentially toxic effects on your pet? It's not just scaremongering: dogs and cats have a much stronger sense of smell than us and can be overwhelmed by strong scents. Moreover, if they are exposed to strong perfume over long periods of time, it can make them ill by damaging their livers. Here are some solutions:

1. Limit the use of your reed diffuser to parts of the house your pet doesn't spend much time in, for example your home office or bathroom. 

2. If you do want to keep using a reed diffuser in the main room, keep the space well ventilated and allow your pet access to the outdoors. Consider putting the diffuser away for the night. 

3. Some natural fragrances are safe for pets, notably the oils of rose, jasmine, and lavender (we mean only to inhale, of course, never to ingest). Look out for natural and organic reed diffusers that use these calm florals, and avoid anything citrus or pine fragranced. 

Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie joined the Real Homes team in 2018 as our Deals Editor. Now, as our Deputy Ecommerce Editor, she spends her time writing about everything that you need to add to your shopping cart. Whether that be a stylish and functional kitchen bin, luxury towels to give your bathroom a new lease of life or a brilliant mop for keeping your floors sparkling clean. Otherwise, you can find her constantly rearranging the furniture in her space-savvy London flat, searching for sustainable buys, or going on walks with her pug. Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...

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