Best candle warmers — 9 highly-rated buys for a safe and even burn

These best candle warmers will have you throwing out all your matchbooks

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Investing in one of the best candle warmers is a great idea if you're a little worried about burning candles with a flame. You want the ambiance, the fragrance, and the aesthetic of the candle, but without the worry of whether it’s going to start a small unattended fire.

This is why we love candle warmers. These clever little devices use a warming bulb to melt the wax, which then emits the smell of the candle throughout your space without a flame or any smoke or soot. You still get the glow of the bulb but you also get a timer so there’s never the concern about whether or not your candle is burning indefinitely. 

We rounded up nine of the best candle warmers including stylish and unique options. See what to look for when shopping for this home fragrance option.

9 of the best candle warmers we're loving

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Wondering how to use one of the best candles in a safer way? A candle warmer may be the perfect solution. Using a warming lamp instead of an open flame is a great way to care for candles and may even make them last longer.

Here's exactly how it works, according to candle expert Tay Baker, Owner of Claranda Tay Candles Co. "Candle warmers work by gently heating the wax from below, melting it to release the fragrance without the need for an open flame. This method allows the scent to disperse evenly and continuously," explains Baker.

See our pick of the top options, highly rated by customers. 

Prices were correct at the time of publishing.

What to look for in a candle warmer

Like the diffuser vs candle debate, there are tons of candle warmers on the market these days, so there are a few things to consider. First, price. There are some incredibly sleek candle warmers on the market in the $100-$200 range, but there are also countless candle warmers in the $25-$50 range. You can splurge, you can save, it’s up to you.

Typically, you’ll want to look for a candle warmer that uses between 15 and 25 watts. This keeps it super efficient. If you look for a warm white bulb, that’ll mimic the glow of a candle.  “My personal favorites are the ceramic and glass models that complement any decor while doubling as night lights,” says Melanie Summers, Professional Organizer and Owner, I Speak Organized. “You can find aesthetically pleasing options that are both functional and stylish.”

Lastly, look for a candle warmer with a timer to totally alleviate the stress over it running too long. After all, if you've invested in a gorgeous fragrance, like one of these celeb-approved candles, you'll want to make the most of it.

Where to buy candle warmers

Beyond these nine candle warmers, which are all favorites of ours, you can find dozens of candle warmers to choose from at these major retailers.


Do candle warmers evaporate wax?

Candle warmers do not evaporate the wax like a traditional lighting-the-wick method. When you burn the wick, the candle uses the wax as fuel. But, when you use a candle warmer, the wax melts, and the scent will gradually dissipate into the air.

Can you put a candle on a wax warmer?

In theory, you could use chunks of a candle on a wax warmer, which is a device that melts wax and then emits a fragrance into the air. That’s not ideal, however, even if it could work. Instead, use a candle warmer, which is designed to actually accommodate the jar of a candle.

Candle warmers can be the perfect solution if you find burning candles with a flame a bit stressful. But that's not to say they're totally mess-free. If you find you have spilled a melting candle, don't panic. There are plenty of ways to remove candle wax from clothes for an easy clean-up.

Heather Bien
Freelance writer

Heather is a lifestyle content creator and writer who grew up in Richmond, VA, and went on to the University of Virginia, where she studied Art History and Architectural History. She and her husband, Adam, split their time between their condo in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, DC, and their cottage on the Rappahannock River near Urbanna, VA. She loves good food, frequent travel, and a homemade latte.