Best reed diffusers: 15 buys to make your home smell sweet

Fruity, fresh, floral or green – whatever floats your home fragrance boat, we’ve found the best reed diffusers to suit your bathroom, kitchen and beyond

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We all want our homes to smell clean and fresh. Whether it's the smell of last night's dinner lingering or an aroma of wet pooch after a long muddy walk, there are always household smells we could live without. The solution? Check out our pick of the best reed diffusers to keep your home smelling fresh as a daisy/lime/whatever as long as it's not dog. 

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What is the best reed diffuser you can buy?

We think the best reed diffuser to spend your hard-earned £££s on 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. For our full review, keep scrolling.

Not got time to read the rest of our guide? We've listed our top three reed diffuser scents below, along with their cheapest prices. 

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.

The best reed diffusers

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

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

Best reed diffuser you can buy: our best-of-the-bunch diffuser is fruity, fresh and floral all at once

Specifications
Best for: A luxurious fresh scent
Size: 165ml
Notes: Pear, freesia, amber, patchouli
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 the perfumiere’s best-selling English Pear & Freesia, a fruity-floral scent that encapsulates early autumn beautifully.

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.  

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!

What we like about it

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 to the world of home fragrance, which makes it our top pick of the best reed diffuser you can buy.

What we don't like about it

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

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Best reed diffuser for stylish bottle: Stoneglow Nature's Gift English Country Garden Diffuser 200ml

2. Stoneglow Nature's Gift English Country Garden Diffuser

Best reed diffuser for stylish bottle: bring the outdoors in with this botanical-packed, floral reed diffuser

Specifications
Best for: Beautiful bottle
Size: 200ml
Notes: Lily, rose, hyacinth, green leaves
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, although if you're looking for gifts, we have it on good authority from happy reviewers that it makes a great one. 

Scent

The delicate blooms adorning the jar and the exquisite scent of lily, rose and hyacinth with a fresh green base give this floral scented diffuser an air of an English country garden – hence the name. A light, airy scent with just a touch of sweetness that will have your guests wondering where to buy it.

Packaging

Arriving in a StoneGlow white box, the scent sits in a beautifully elegant round glass bottle filled with flowers. The diffuser comes with five sticks.

What we like about it

Apart from the fact that the Stoneglow Nature's Gift English Country Garden 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.

What we don't like about it

Nothing!

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Best reed diffuser for spring time: Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley And Star Anise Aroma Reeds

3. Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley And Star Anise Aroma Reeds

Best reed diffuser for spring time: this Molton Brown diffuser marries light florals with a spicy base for scent perfection

Specifications
Best for: Spring
Size: 150ml
Notes: Lily of the valley, magnolia, star anise, peony, white tea, ylang-ylang
Reasons to buy
+ Unusual depth for a floral scent + Makes a great gift + Cruelty free
Reasons to avoid
- Reviewers say the new version doesn’t last long 

Carrying the same distinctive design as the brand’s high-end shower gels and soaps, this Molton Brown reed diffuser is instantly recognisable, so if you’re thinking of buying a diffuser as a gift, this is a great choice for instant wow-factor.

Scent

Effervescent lily of the valley and warming, spicy star anise might seem at odds with each other, but it gives the otherwise light scent some unexpected musky depth. For a delightfully different scent, why not give this a try? 

Packaging

This reed diffuser comes in a light green patterned Molton Brown box. The scent itself sits in a glass bottle which features the Molton Brown logo. It comes with eight sticks and the bottle has a cap to ensure the sticks stay close together, too.

What we like about it

Apart from the fact that Molton Brown hold a Royal Warrant for the supply of toiletries by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen (so technically, the Queen could be using this reed diffuser right now), we love the fact that this scent fills the room without being too over powering. Oh, and it's cruelty free!

What we don't like

The price! We wish we could afford to have one in every room of our house.

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Best natural reed diffuser: Neom Organics London Real Luxury Diffuser

4. Neom Organics London Real Luxury Diffuser

Best natural reed diffuser: capture a sense of luxury whilst de-stressing in your own home

Specifications
Best for: Natural
Size: 100ml
Notes: Lavender, jasmine & Brazilian rosewood
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 Scent To De-Stress™ range, the London Real Luxury diffuser is our choice of the best reed diffuser for those who are after something natural.

Scent

Made from a blend of 24 different oils which are all 100 per cent natural, organic and cruelty-free, Neom are also vegetarian-conscious and aim to use minimal chemicals.

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 which 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. You can add however many of the reeds you prefer; the more you add, the stronger the smell in your home. Turn daily to release the scent. 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. 

What we don't like

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

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Best eco-friendly reed diffuser: Paddywax Eco Green Cucumber and Basil Fragrance Diffuser

5. Paddywax Eco Green Cucumber and Basil Fragrance Diffuser

Best eco-friendly reed diffuser: want a reed diffuser but conscious of it being eco friendly and natural? Opt for this Paddywax diffuser which is made from recycled wine bottles

Specifications
Best for: Eco lovers
Size: 118ml
Notes: Basil and cucumber
Reasons to buy
+Made from recycled wine bottles+All natural ingredients
Reasons to avoid
-May be too herbaceous for some-Can't buy refills

Eco friendly, natural and fresh smelling – what more could you want from a diffuser? In our opinion, this is the best reed diffuser for those who are eco-conscious. Once you've opened it, pop your natural reeds into the liquid to release the all-natural, gorgeous smell, which will wake up your senses with its underlying herbaceous notes. 

Scent

Lasting for up to four months, this reed diffuser has a subtle smell of basil and cucumber. 

Packaging

Paddywax Eco Green Cucumber and Basil Fragrance Diffuser comes in an earth-friendly recycled glass bottle and is packaged in a wooden veneer tube, making the perfect gift for an eco-conscious friend, too. Four diffuser sticks are included.

What we like about it

It's green – colour and environment-wise. We're big fans of smart packaging and the fact it's all natural, so safe around little ones. The smell is very nice and refreshing, but not overpowering.

What we don't like

You can't buy refills. So if you want to re-purchase, you'll have to buy the entire thing again. Boo.

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 Best reed diffuser for sustainability: Ashley & Co Vine & Paisley Diffuser

6. Ashley & Co Vine & Paisley Diffuser

Best reed diffuser for sustainability: cruelty free, long lasting and completely recyclable and biodegradeable – box and bottle that is

Specifications
Best for: Sustainability
Size: 250ml
Notes: Vanilla
Reasons to buy
+Balanced scent+Cruelty-free and sustainably packaged+Stylish
Reasons to avoid
-Price

New Zealand brand Ashley & Co produce eight different fragrances across a range of 50 products. Founder Jackie Ashley's products are inspired by a childhood spent in Hong Kong and travelling to exotic places. Expect fun names like 'Parakeets & Pearls' and 'Bubbles & Polkadots' and wealth of beautiful spices and botanicals to suit all tastes, including wild jasmine, mandarin peel and mimosa. 

Scent

We tested the Vine & Paisley scent which is made from vanilla and sandalwood – fragrances which on their own have a tendency to be too powerful, but combined create a lovely sweet smell of vanilla that is well grounded by the earthier smells.

Packaging

The minimalist black bottle would fit well into lots of room schemes and even the box it comes in, with its slick typography ,is beautiful in its simplicity – a lovely present for a fragrance-loving friend. The box is also FSC card recyclable and biodegradable.

What we like 

This reed diffuser is strong enough to ward off nasty niffs, without being overpowering. Apart from winning in scent delivery and length of use (up to six months of fragrance), this reed diffuser looks super stylish and is cruelty free which ticks a lot of boxes for us.

What we don't like

You will want to buy the whole set – body lotion, surface spray, hand cream and candles. Yes, your home will be one harmonious zing of scent, but it will be a rather expensive habit. Ashley & Co products are at the higher end of our budget so the price is the only thing putting us off.

Best budget reed diffuser: Argos Home Elderberry & Fig Leaf 150ml Diffuser

7. Argos Home Elderberry & Fig Leaf Diffuser

Best budget reed diffuser: looking for a reed diffuser but don't want to spend an arm and leg?

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Size: 150ml
Notes: Elderberry & fig leaf
Reasons to buy
+Pretty bottle+Affordable+Smells great
Reasons to avoid
-Can't buy refills

Looking for an affordable reed diffuser to fill your home with fragrance? Look no further. Argos Home have a reed diffuser collection for subtle everyday fragrance.

Scent

Our favourite is the fig leaf and elderberry scent, which is combined with top notes of orange, elderberry and raspberry, with floral accords of gardenia and rose.

Packaging

While the box this diffuser comes in isn't the prettiest thing in the world, the bottle the liquid sits in may just be. Different to others as it's not see-through, the bottle is plain white. Although some may think it's bland, it means it can be placed almost anywhere in your home without the risk of it not fitting in looks-wise. And it comes with a very generous 10 diffuser sticks.

What we like

The perfect addition to your hallway so guests are greeted by the scent upon entrance, the Argos Home Elderberry & Fig Leaf Diffuser is so affordable you could get two or three to dot around your home.

What we don't like

As much as we love the white bottle, it makes it hard to see when you're running out and need to purchase a new one. We're just thinking ahead... You also can't buy refills.

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Best quirky reed diffuser: Tom Dixon London Scented Diffuser

8. Tom Dixon London Scented Diffuser

Best quirky reed diffuser: it might sound odd, but this scent of London is thoroughly modern and a little pastoral

Specifications
Best for: An unusual fragrance
Size: 200ml
Notes: Crocus, nettle, salt air
Reasons to buy
+ Beautiful design + Unusual scent 
Reasons to avoid
- May be too medicinal for some 

When it comes to Tom Dixon’s decadent home fragrance, we’d all do well to take what we think we know about diffusers and disregard it completely. 

Scent

The scent is as unusual as the packaging, too, claiming notes of 'red brick and London parks with crocuses and nettles, and the salty smell of the Thames at Dagenham'. 

Packaging

Moving away from the beloved but admittedly common glass-jar-plus-reeds model, the mirror-shine copper vessel and deep, dark rattan reeds give this designer diffuser a look that’s more industrial loft than country house spa. It comes in a posh gift box and includes seven diffuser sticks, too.

What we like

Tom Dixon London Scented Diffuser is definitely one to go for if you’re after something that strays from the usual. 

What we don't like

Some people may find it too medicinal...

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Best reed diffuser for your bedroom: Esteban Neroli Decorative Scent Diffuser 250ml

9. Esteban Neroli Decorative Scent Diffuser 250ml

Best reed diffuser for your bedroom: relaxing neroli and sensuous jasmine come together to form a boudoir-ready scent

Specifications
Best for: Bedrooms
Size: 250ml
Notes: Blackcurrant, bergamot, neroli, jasmine, patchouli
Reasons to buy
+ Good-looking bottle + Lovely balanced scent 
Reasons to avoid
- Quite quick to evaporate 

On the hunt for a reed diffuser for your bedroom? With its statement jar and relaxing scent, this decorative Esteban Neroli Decorative Scent Diffuser is the best reed diffuser for the bedroom, or lazy languorous afternoons in the living room.

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!

What we don't like

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

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Best refreshing reed diffuser: True Grace Manor Orangery Diffuser 250ml

10. True Grace Manor Orangery Diffuser

Best refreshing reed diffuser: a layered citrusy scent in stylish smoked glass? Now that’s a diffuser that ticks all the boxes

Specifications
Best for: A refreshing scent
Size: 250ml
Notes: Citrus fruits, geranium, rose, jasmine
Reasons to buy
+ Bright, refreshing citrus scent + Elegant smoked glass jar 
Reasons to avoid
- On the pricier side 

The True Grace Manor Orangery Reed Diffuser is, without a doubt, a luxury diffuser. It's refreshing, bright and it comes in an elegant bottle. We just wish we could afford 10 more.

Scent

A floral-fresh bouquet of citrusy notes, geranium, rose and sensuous jasmine, one reviewer likened it to 'the smell of spring in the Mediterranean', which is definitely something we can get on board with! 

Packaging

With its smoked glass jar and understated but recognisable branding, this True Grace diffuser is already a beauty before you’ve experienced the scent it gives off — but what a scent it is. It comes in a black and orange tube for those who are thinking of purchasing it for a gift, and includes 20 diffusers.

What we like

The oil inside is of high quality and you can tell because it's super long-lasting. It also has a non-chemical fragrance that fills the room. We just love how refreshing the smell is, and the look of the bottle. Overall, an all-round winner.

What we don't like

The True Grace Manor Orangery Reed Diffuser is one of the more expensive options on our list, however it does look to provide excellent value. 

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Best relaxing reed diffuser: Ecoya Lotus Flower Diffuser 200ml

11. Ecoya Lotus Flower Diffuser

Best relaxing reed diffuser: a spa-ready diffuser that’s light and airy with a warm, sweet heart

Specifications
Best for: Sensual and relaxing
Size: 200ml
Notes: Lotus, vanilla, patchouli
Reasons to buy
+Really long-lasting +Elegant silver-accented bottle+Alcohol-free 
Reasons to avoid
-Vanilla can be a bit sickly for some 

Said to last around six months, the Ecoya Lotus Flower Diffuser is among the longest lasting reed diffusers on our list, but even when it’s finished, it’s a pretty decorative feature thanks to its glass bottle. A really lovely all-rounder. 

Scent

Described as 'divine' by homeowners who’ve already found their signature scent in Ecoya’s Lotus Flower diffuser, this light floral scent, with warming, relaxing base notes of vanilla and patchouli ticks all the boxes for small to medium rooms.

Packaging

This diffuser comes packaged in a blue box, and the product itself sits in a subtly branded squat glass bottle with an engraved silver lid. It comes with seven diffuser sticks.

What we like

It's great for small rooms, lasts for ages and it features a simple design. The diffuser lets off just the right amount of scent; not too much but definitely enough.

What we don't like

It's quite hard to buy online.

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Best sophisticated reed diffuser: Tom Dixon Earth Scented Diffuser

12. Tom Dixon Earth Scented Diffuser

Best sophisticated reed diffuser: treat yourself to this opulent and unusual diffuser, and watch guests try and figure out what it is!

Specifications
Best for: A sophisticated look
Size: 200ml
Notes: Mint, cedar, guaiac wood
Reasons to buy
+ Amazing unique design + Unusual green scent 
Reasons to avoid
-Very pricey-Only one reed 

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. 

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. 

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 reed diffuser 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.

What we don't like

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

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Best spa-like diffuser: The White Company Spa Restore Diffuser

13. The White Company Spa Restore Diffuser

Best spa-like diffuser: set off your next at-home pamper day with this heavenly scented diffuser

Specifications
Best for: Spa days
Size: 200ml
Notes: Neroli, geranium, eucalyptus
Reasons to buy
+ Relaxing and refreshing + Naturally derived ingredients 
Reasons to avoid
- Some commented it was too subtle 

Made with a pure natural base and naturally derived essential oils, The White Company Spa Restore Diffuser is a great pick if you have children or pets running around and you’re worried about chemicals in fragrance, especially in open containers.

Scent

With notes of neroli, geranium and eucalyptus, the White Company’s Spa fragrance is at once relaxing and rejuvenating – well, just like a spa! 

Packaging

Housed in a stunning white glass vessel, this diffuser comes with five rattan reed sticks included and it's packaged in an elegant white box, perfect for gift giving.

What we like

Everything about this diffuser is thoroughly grown-up, from the elegant, borderline medicinal notes to the white glass bottle. It's subtle, which we love, and smells incredible.

What we don't like

This diffuser isn't the one for you if you're after something strong as it's quite subtle. 

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Best reed diffuser for prosecco lovers: Heyland & Whittle Clementine & Prosecco reed diffuser

14. Heyland & Whittle Clementine & Prosecco reed diffuser

Best reed diffuser for prosecco lovers: love a bit of the bubbles? this one's for you

Specifications
Best for: Prosecco fans
Size: 200ml
Notes: Fruity
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

For all of the Prosecco lovers out there, this is the product you need, or should definitely want to receive as a gift very soon.

Scent

The Heyland & Whittle Clementine & Prosecco reed diffuser is tantalising and zesty but also light, sweet and delicate. Not only does the sweet and fruity scent fill the whole room, but it actually stays around for a while, too.

Packaging

The bottle design, although slightly old fashioned looking, offers a stylish way to scent your home depending on the vibe in your house. We still suggest using just a few reeds at first (it comes with eight), just to test the waters as you can always add more in if you feel the scent isn't strong enough. 

What we like

Made from a brand you can trust, we think this diffuser makes a pretty great gift. It also lasts for quite a while before needing to be refilled. The best part? You can be surrounded by Prosecco all day, every day and you'll (hopefully) be hangover-free. Win win!

What we don't like

The bottle isn't the prettiest on our list.

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Best reed diffuser for teenagers: Lily-flame Fairy Dust Reed Diffuser

15. Lily-flame Fairy Dust Reed Diffuser

Best reed diffuser for teenagers: an ideal gift for a teenager

Specifications
Best for: Teenagers
Size: 100ml
Notes: Sweet
Reasons to buy
+Lasts for 12 weeks+Packaged nicely+Refills available+Affordable

Not only is this diffuser packaged in a pretty pink tin, but it smells similar to Lush's Snow Fairy bubble bath (a fave). The Lily-flame Fairy Dust Reed Diffuser is our pick of the best reed diffuser for teenagers.

Scent

Powdery, warm, sparkly and magical all in one. Its base notes are vanilla, musk, amber and patchouli.

Packaging

This diffuser arrives in a pink tube and the liquid sits in a rather plain glass bottle. It comes with sticks included.

What we like

It's affordable, it lasts for approximately 12 weeks and they also sell matching candles, room sprays and wax melts. 

What we don't like

Only really for youngsters.

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