Best reed diffusers: 13 buys for a sweet-smelling home

These are the best reed diffusers for every room in the house – there's guaranteed to be a scent for you in our roundup

best reed diffuser: Yankee Candle Fluffy Towels
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The best reed diffuser add that little extra something to your home  – fragrances can completely change the atmosphere of a room, so it's fun to experiment with different diffusers until you find the one best suited to your taste and your home decor.

All the reed diffusers in this guide have been tried and tested by the team at Real Homes – we're quite diverse in our tastes and are confident that you'll find something you like among our top picks.

If you are wondering what marks a good reed diffuser for us, not only do we test the scents themselves, but how well that scent spreads in a room. Oh, and we cover all reed diffuser price points, so that your new diffuser is right on budget.

Need more guidance? You can read more on choosing the right reed diffuser at the bottom of this page. Can't decide whether you want a reed diffuser, candle, or oil diffuser? See all the best home fragrances in our buyer's guide. 

Want to get your top pick at a lower price? See Black Friday reed diffuser deals below. Head to our Black Friday and Cyber Monday home deals page for more offers.

Cyber Monday reed diffuser deals

Hive & Wick Ceramic Reed Diffuser | £28 £21 (save £7) at Anthropologie
Why not buy your friend a reed diffuser this Christmas? Specifically, this one from Anthropologie. It comes in a ceramic pot, while you can choose from three smells. Our favourite is Oakmoss Leaf – notes of herbal tea and crisp eucalyptus with a peppermint base. View Deal

The White Company Sleep Diffuser | £35 £28 (save £7) with code MAGICAL20 at The White Company
YES! The White Company's Black Friday sale gives us 20 per cent off site-wide which means that this sleep diffuser is on sale. Buy one and pop it in your bedroom, or gift it to your sleep-deprived friend. With notes of six essential oils from lavender to chamomile, it's said to help quieten the mind and relieve tension. Try it out for yourself...View Deal

Skandinavisk Skog reed diffuser | £45 £36 (save £9) at John Lewis & Partners
Whether you're buying a Christmas tree this year or not, we think you should definitely have this reed diffuser at home for the festive period. The smell is a phenomenally realistic representation of the smell of a fir tree: resinous, fresh, and a little sweet (the sweetness here comes from lily-of-the-valley). View Deal

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.

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.

Best reed diffuser for stylish bottle: Stoneglow Nature's Gift Red Roses diffuser

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2. Stoneglow Nature's Gift Red Roses 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: Rose
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. And if you're looking for gifts, we have it on good authority from happy reviewers that it makes a great one – great news this close to Valentine's Day. 

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.

What we don't like about it
Nothing!

Best subtle home scent: Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser

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3. Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser

Best reed diffuser for autumn: a light fragrance to encourage a sense of well-being

Specifications
Best for: a subtle room scent
Size: 200ml
Notes: tea, strawberry, rose petals, wild mint
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. 

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 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 buy 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.

best woody reed diffuser: Archipelago Botanicals Black Forest Diffuser

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5. Archipelago Botanicals Black Forest Diffuser

Best woody reed diffuser: the crisp smell of woodlands in your home

Specifications
Best for: Those who like non-sweet fragrances
Size: 227ml
Notes: Pine, patchouli, blackcurrant, mandarin
Reasons to buy
+Calming, woody scent+Nice packaging+Stylish
Reasons to avoid
-Smell is quite subtle

If you want a break from heady florals, or just prefer home fragrances that aren't overly sweet, give the beautiful Black Forest a go.

Scent
There's nothing particularly unusual about a woods and patchouli combination, but it is done very well here, and lifted by the tangy and bright notes of mandarin and blackcurrant. A crisp and fresh fragrance, like a walk in the woods.

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 recyclable, always a plus.

What we like 
The fact that this is a calm enough fragrance to put it in your home office, but interesting enough to be used in the living room as well. 

What we don't like
This won't suit a large room, as the scent is quite subtle. The reeds also aren't the best we've tried, so you might need to get better ones.

Best Yankee Candle reed diffuser: Fluffy Towels

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6. Yankee Candle Reed Diffuser Fluffy Towels

Best Yankee candle reed diffuser: who doesn't love a Yankee?

Specifications
Best for: Yankee Candle fans
Size: 120ml
Notes: Lemon, apple, lavender, lily
Reasons to buy
+Super long lasting+Fresh scent suitable for any room+Versatile packaging 
Reasons to avoid
-Some find the scent too subtle

Have you always dreamed of a Yankee Candle in reed diffuser format? You're in luck: they exist, and they are glorious. There are a few scents to choose from, but 'Fluffy Towels' is our favourite.

Scent
Who doesn't love the smell of fresh laundry? It's difficult recreate without making something that smells like toilet cleaner, but Yankee have nailed it: slightly fruity, slightly floral, the smell of sheets drying in the sun.

Packaging
The design is great: a nice and plump glass container with a wooden top. Looks amazing in bathrooms.

What we like
This home fragrance is proper value for money: it will last up to ten weeks.

What we don't like
Scent it subjective, but this is probably not for those who like strong scents. It's quite subtle, so you may not notice it as much as Yankee's powerhouse candles.

best reed diffuser for autumn: Whisky and Water by Noble Isle

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7. Noble Isle Whisky and Water Diffuser

Best unusual reed diffuser: smells like nothing else out there

Specifications
Best for: Something different
Size: 200ml
Notes: Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Tonka, Amber
Reasons to buy
+ Beautiful design + Unusual scent 
Reasons to avoid
-Strong

If you want something that smells different from any other reed diffuser out there, this one's for you. 

Scent
Forget the notes – this really does have the unmistakeable, 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
Thhat is doesn't smell like anything else: refreshingly different. 

What we don't like
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 reed diffuser for your bedroom: Esteban Neroli Decorative Scent Diffuser 250ml

8. 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 pick 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.

best long-lasting diffuser: Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile reed diffuser

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9. Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile Reed Diffuser

Best long-lasting reed diffuser: for the style conscious

Specifications
Best for: a pleasing scent for any room
Size: 250ml
Notes: Red berries, fruity and woody notes
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.

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 a (crazily 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.

What we don't like
Dr Vranjes products are not cheap, though you may get it cheaper in Europe.

Best sophisticated reed diffuser: Tom Dixon Earth Scented Diffuser

10. 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 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.

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.

Molton Brown Gingerlily reed diffuser

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11. Molton Brown Gingerlily Aroma Reeds

Best exotic reed diffuser: be transported to a tropical summer with this heady room fragrance

Specifications
Best for: Tuberose lovers
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, loves tuberose, or simply wants a classy, floral home fragrance with a twist.

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
The fact 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. 

What we don't like
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 teenagers: Lily-flame Fairy Dust Reed Diffuser

12. 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
Reasons to avoid
-Not a grown-up scent

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 pick 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.

Best reed diffuser for winter: Cassis by The White Company

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13. The White Company Cassis diffuser

Best reed diffuser for berry lovers: the perfect welcome fragrance in a hallway

Specifications
Best for: Cold weather
Size: 150ml
Notes: Blackberry, cassis, cedar
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: there's hardly a room it won't suit, from the bathroom to the hallway.

What we don't like
We're not huge on the reed sticks provided; it might be a good idea to get your own.

What is the best reed diffuser you can buy?

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. We also love the Stoneglow Red Roses Diffuser; it has a beautiful bottle, all ingredients are sourced from sustainable resources and it's lightly floral smelling.

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.

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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