Best reed diffusers: 11 top buys for your home – by scent

The Real Homes guide on the best reed diffusers for your home – 11 top buys that have been tried, tested and loved by us

Best reed diffuser: Culti Classic Decor Thé Reed Diffuser
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If you are looking for the best reed diffuser for your home, but you are hesitant to buy without smelling for yourself, then we can help. We have tried (smelt), tested and loved a range of reed diffusers – from luxury options to budget-friendly buys. So, we can recommend something that you will love, an option that's long-lasting and a high-quality buy that you will be happy with. Oh, and of course you want it to look nice in your home – whether it will be living in your hallway, kitchen, home office or bathroom.

We have narrowed this guide down by scent, listing everything from the best floral reed diffuser to the best fruity one, woody options, fresh recommendations, citrus diffusers, spicy smelling ones and so much more. Choose wisely depending on your scent preference.

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

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

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

The best all-round 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.

Scent
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.

Packaging
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!

Results
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 pick.

Good to know
If you're after a strong-smelling diffuser, this isn't the one for you. Also, beware of the high price tag.

Best floral reed diffuser: Stoneglow Nature's Gift Red Roses diffuser

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2. Stoneglow Nature's Gift Red Roses Diffuser

The best floral reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 200ml
Notes: Rose
Life: 12 weeks
Reasons to buy
+ Lovely decorative jar + Light floral scent 
Reasons to avoid
- Not enough 'fresh' notes for some 

If you’ve ever fallen in love with Stoneglow’s botanicals-packed gel candles (we know we have) then this decorative reed diffuser is for you. It looks the part and smells the part – an ideal choice for floral lovers.

Scent
As one of our team put it, 'like fresh roses filling your room'. Need we say more?

Packaging
Arriving in a StoneGlow white box, the scent sits in a beautifully elegant round glass bottle filled with plants and a single red rose. The diffuser comes with five sticks.

What we like about it
Apart from the fact that the Stoneglow Red Roses Diffuser looks great on display, the essential oils and natural waxes which make the product are sourced from sustainable resources. The diffuser also lasts for quite a while, and we think it's affordable for how luxurious it is.

Best sweet reed diffuser: Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser

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3. 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.

Scent
The Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser features notes of tea, strawberry, rose petals and wild mint. An unexpected combo, but one that totally works.

Packaging
You guessed it: simple, unobtrusive and sleek, this diffuser has a versatile style that means it'll look perfectly at home in modern and traditional spaces alike. 

What we like
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.

Best fresh reed diffuser: Neom Organics London Tranquility Perfect Night's Sleep Reed Diffuser

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4. Neom Organics London Tranquility Perfect Night's Sleep Reed Diffuser

The best fresh reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 100ml
Notes: Lavender, Basil & Jasmine
Life: 10 weeks
Reasons to buy
+Organic and 100% natural+Can get a refill once finished+Lasts a long time
Reasons to avoid
-Over powering when too many reeds are used

Part of the Neom Sleep™ range, the Tranquility Perfect Night's Sleep diffuser is our choice of the best buy for those who are after something fresh.

Scent
Made from a blend of 19 different oils which are all 100 per cent natural, organic and cruelty-free, Neom are also vegetarian-conscious and aim to use minimal chemicals. You'll smell everything from lavender to basil and jasmine in this diffuser.

Packaging
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 six diffuser sticks in place.

What we like about it
A lovely smelling, yet strong product, it truly is luxury in a bottle. The scent lasts for around 10 weeks, and you can buy refills, so you can either top up on your favourite or opt for a change. 

Good to know
If you put in all the reeds at once, it's way too overpowering and the product disappears fast.

Best warm reed diffuser: Whisky and Water by Noble Isle

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5. 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 design + Unusual scent +Cruelty-free and vegan
Reasons to avoid
-Strong

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, or for when the fireplace (or lack of) just won't cut it.

Scent
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.   

Packaging
We somewhat preferred the old packaging that showed the amber-coloured juice, but the new opaque bottle is also classy. 

What we like
We love that this reed diffuser doesn't smell like anything else – it's refreshingly different. 

Good to know
This stuff is strong – be very careful when opening this diffuser because if you spill any down you, the scent will linger for a very long time on clothes or upholstery. 

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

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6. 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 
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.

Scent
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.

Packaging
As we've 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.

What we like
Firstly, the design of the bottle and that it comes with so many sticks, and secondly, the smell really does fill the room. We can bet your guests will be asking you what the smell is!

Good to know
We did note, however, that it does evaporate fast, but that's easy to solve – just add fewer diffuser sticks.

Best woody reed diffuser: Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile reed diffuser

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7. Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile Reed Diffuser

The best woody reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 250ml
Notes: Red berries, fruity and woody notes
Life: 2-3 months
Reasons to buy
+Really long-lasting +Elegant bottle+Suitable for any room in the house
Reasons to avoid
-Not cheap

The Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile Diffuser has been in our home fragrance collection for a long time, and it really deserves its place in the hall of fame of reed diffusers. This elegant and easy-going fragrance just lasts, and lasts, and lasts, without ever becoming overpowering. It's our best reed diffuser suggestion for those who are after something luxurious – and woody.

Scent
Although it's described by the brand as a recreation of the smell of red wine, it's basically a very, very sophisticated take on a red fruit scent. Perfectly suited to someone who's been after a realistic, grown-up fruity fragrance without the bubblegum effect you get with some of them. 

Packaging
As elegant as the scent, the facetted glass bottle, the deep red juice inside, and the black reeds are just so perfectly poised. There's also an admittedly expensive deluxe version in a glass decanter, which you can only get in the UK, from retailers such as Fortnum and Mason.

What we like
We say it's pretty much impossible to dislike this lovely, wholesome fragrance; it will never give you a headache.

Best green reed diffuser: Tom Dixon Earth Scented Diffuser

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8. Tom Dixon Earth Scented Diffuser

The best green reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 200ml
Notes: Mint, cedar, guaiac wood
Life: 12 weeks
Reasons to buy
+ Amazing unique design + Unusual green scent 
Reasons to avoid
-Very pricey-You can't control how much fragrance is being emited

When is a reed diffuser not a reed diffuser? When it’s Tom Dixon’s unique charcoal Earth Scented Diffuser stick version, of course. If you want to fragrance your home but are reluctant about diffusers, this luxury buy may well change your mind. It's also our top recommendation if you are after a green-smelling reed diffuser.

Scent
The scent, as well as the design, is created in a way that’s beautifully masculine, with mint and cedar mingling to create a fresh, green scent. It will leave your home smelling naturally fragranced.

Packaging
Part of a series on the four elements, this Earth diffuser is our favourite, with its opaque black jar and matching charcoal reed, making it the best choice for people who don’t ordinarily like the look of traditional ones. It also comes with one big British-sourced charcoal diffuser stick.

What we like
The bottle is definitely a huge selling point here for us. It's a big statement and even when empty, you could keep it for decorative purposes if you don't fancy refilling. Also, on that subject, refills are available so you don't have to purchase the entire thing again.

Good to know
Other reed diffusers come with several sticks so that you can control how much fragrance it emits. This one, however, only has one huge stick, so you can't control how strong it is. It's also expensive.

The best spicy reed diffuser: Molton Brown Gingerlily Aroma Reeds

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9. 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.

Scent
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. 

Packaging
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 we like
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. 

Good to know
The bottle isn't the prettiest on our list. Also, because it's clear, you'll need to keep this diffuser out of direct sunlight, or the juice could spoil. 

Best reed diffuser for autumn: Cassis by The White Company

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10. The White Company Cassis diffuser

The best reed diffuser for autumn

Specifications
Size: 150ml
Notes: Blackberry, cassis, cedar
Life: 3 months
Reasons to buy
+Juicy, deep scent+Good quality packaging
Reasons to avoid
-Reed sticks aren't great

A gorgeous room fragrance with tart berry and smoky cedar notes, the White Company's Cassis diffuser has nailed the scent of blackberries in a way that makes it very suitable for your hallway, living room and other busy spaces.

Scent
Blackberries put us in mind of late summer, and this fragrance has a real depth to it, thanks to the terrific cedar note. Think a balmy evening spent indoors, with a Kir Royal or even your favourite herbal tea.

Packaging
As with their other offerings, The White Company are keeping it simple here; we like the silver ring and elegant lettering – it's elegant but unobtrusive.

What we like
This reed diffuser is very versatile and there's hardly a room it won't suit, from the bathroom to the hallway.

Good to know
We're not huge on the reed sticks provided, so it might be a good idea to get your own.

Best luxury reed diffuser: Culti Decor Thé scent reed diffuser

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11. Culti Decor Thé scent reed diffuser

The best luxury reed diffuser

Specifications
Size: 250ml / 500ml
Notes: Bergamot, Sencha Tea, Guaiac Wood
Life: 3 months
Reasons to buy
+Realistic green tea fragrance
Reasons to avoid
-Very strong

Fill your home with the fragrance of a tea ceremony – this diffuser really does smell like tea! A lovely luxurious option that comes in two sizes – and it's super long-lasting with long reeds and a mocha varnished glass vessel.

Scent
Several 'tea' fragrances actually smell of anything but tea, but this is one of the pleasing exceptions. It's more of a green tea than a black tea fragrance, so think floral and clean rather than smoky and earthy. The bergamot adds a lovely hint of a citrusy Earl Grey. 

Packaging
Contemporary and classy – the amber bottle will go with any decor.

What we like
This is quality stuff throughout and lasts a good few months without the fragrance losing its power. Also very gift-worthy if you know they like tea scents.

Good to know
This home fragrance is very powerful – so much so that some people actively dislike this diffuser. Only buy if you know that tea is your thing because you will smell it throughout your house.

What is the best reed diffuser?

Our top pick is the Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia. It's luxurious, fresh, comes in an elegant-looking bottle and it has notes of pear, freesia, amber and patchouli. It's a perfect all-round option since it's floral and woody. It's a Jo Malone best-seller for good reason.

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. 

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