Best essential oil diffusers: 8 perfect picks for aromatherapy at home

All of the very best essential oil diffusers for total relaxation, which can also help you purify your air

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With one of the best essential oil diffusers, you can fill your home with your favorite scents at whichever time of the day you like. These devices are a must-have for adding ambiance, especially if you're renting, with no flames or potential hazards to worry about. We love that you can use diffusers over and over again too; all you need to do is stock up on your favorite essential oil drops.

We've rounded up all of the standout essential oil diffusers for your home, with picks that can double as a bedside light or provide a relaxing sunlight glow to wake you up in the morning. If you're shopping with someone else in mind, these practical yet stylish devices would also make a luxurious gift idea too.

From more expensive picks to affordable diffusers, we've listed every product you need to know about when it comes to getting the relaxed aromatherapy vibes you deserve in your home. Start the new year out fresh with one of these wonderful devices, and find yourself more zen as a result.

For more ways to add a touch of comfort to your space, we've picked out the best home fragrances and popped them into a guide, which includes candles, reed diffusers, and more.


The best essential oil diffusers

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1. NEOM Organics Wellbeing Pod Essential Oil Diffuser

The best essential oil diffuser you can buy

Specifications

Time on: 50 hours
Made from: Plastic

Reasons to buy

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Luxury design
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Natural fragrances
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Holds 50 hours of charge
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No need to plug in to operate

Reasons to avoid

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A little more expensive

We think this NEOM Wellbeing Pod is the best essential oil diffuser out there for a few reasons. First, we love the sleek design and color options, and the fact that it uses cold fusion rather than water to get those essential oils diffusing. This compact diffuser also couldn't be easier to use, with no need to plug this device in or fill it up with water. Instead, you'll only need to charge it up, and once that's done you'll be able to have an incredible 50 hours of use. This Pod is compatible with NEOM's range of different essential oils, and there's a range on offer to suit your every mood. For total relaxation and unbeatable scents, this is the diffuser you should pick up.

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2. InnoGear Diffusers for Essential Oils

The best Amazon essential oil diffuser

Specifications

Time on: Corded
Made from: Plastic

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Quiet operation
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150ml water tank
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Auto shut off

Reasons to avoid

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More compact than some options

This pick from Amazon has plenty of five-star reviews behind it and a price tag that will make you feel relaxed before you've even plugged your diffuser in. Available in two colors, this diffuser has an upward mist flow, designed to more effectively distribute your essential oils and avoid any disasters with white furniture or prized throws. As with lots of bestsellers, this pick also has an auto shut-off mode, to prevent dry burning. Even though it's made of plastic, this plastic is also BPA-free! And how can we forget about its wallet-friendly price tag? It's so affordable you could even buy a few to scatter around your home, if you like.

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3. URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser

The best essential oil diffuser on a budget

Specifications

Time on: 6 hours
Made from: Polypropylene

Reasons to buy

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Compact
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Perfect for small spaces
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A range of colors
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Adjustable mist modes

Reasons to avoid

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Small, so not ideal for larger spaces
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Limited to six hours working time

This compact oil diffuser can add comfortable moisture to smaller spaces in an instant and has seven different colors that it shifts through to set any mood. If you want to eliminate odors or simply feel a little more relaxed without spending a fortune, then this diffuser is a great place to start.

You can program this small but convenient diffuser to match your sleep cycle, and it also features an automatic shut-off when the water runs out. With whisper-quiet running, you'll have the relaxed bedroom of dreams with this inexpensive buy too.

Best essential oil diffuser for versatility: Esteban Timer Edition Ultrasonic Electric Diffuser

4. Esteban Timer Edition Ultrasonic Electric Diffuser

The best essential oil diffuser for your bedside

Specifications

Time on: Corded
Made from: Plastic

Reasons to buy

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Diffuser and alarm in one
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Different colour lights
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5-7 hours diffuse time
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Comes with a mini jug
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Compact

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best looking – plastic construction

Combine your alarm clock and essential oil diffuser with this Esteban electronic aromatherapy pick. For those short on space or those looking for a more relaxing purchase to integrate into your sleep schedule, this diffuser will change the game in your home and help when you're drifting off to sleep. 

This diffuser also has a warm LED glow to it, so you can get that natural sunrise wake-up in the mornings, that is much nicer than a traditional alarm clock. Whilst powered on, you can select this device to diffuse for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 120 minutes, 180 minutes or non-stop – for 5 to 7 hours. When it comes to controls, you can set this essential oil diffuser up and program it with help from the touch-sensitive keys.

Best designed essential oil diffuser: Ellia Blossom Diffuser

5. Ellia Blossom Diffuser

The most stylish essential oil diffuser

Specifications

Time on: 6 hours
Made from: Ceramic

Reasons to buy

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High-end design
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Compact
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Auto shut off
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6 hour run time
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Ceramic and wood construction
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Includes oils

Reasons to avoid

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None!

This Ellia Blossom diffuser has a vase-shaped design that makes it perfect for bedside or hallway tables, and with its simple ceramic pottery and wood look, it's our favorite pick when it comes to design. Easily the most elegant diffuser on our list, this Ellia model is as functional as it is pretty. 

Enjoy the light, pleasant fragrance this diffuser gives off with its fine mist, which can help with alleviating irritating dry eyes or tickly coughs. It's easy to clean thanks to its exterior, and won't' give you any grief when it comes to refilling your water and oil. The color-changing light is a lovely touch too and brings the spa feeling into your home.

Asakuki 5 In 1 Ultrasonic Diffuser

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6. Asakuki 5 In 1 Ultrasonic Diffuser

The best essential oil diffuser for purifying

Specifications

Time on: 16 hours
Made from: Plastic

Reasons to buy

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Very easy to operate
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Air purifying mode
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BPA free

Don't get on with essential oils? The Asakuki diffuser is for you: use it without any oils for a relaxing air purifying experience. If you suffer from dry skin or allergies, this is a great product. Its fine mist will noticeably purify the air and get rid of unpleasant odors at home. Plus, aesthetically the whole device glows in a choice of five pretty colors. It also makes hardly any noise whilst both purifying and supplying light, with users comparing what noise it does produce to the gentle trickling of a water feature. This makes it suitable for nighttime use. It's also a lovely and simple Scandi-style design so as to blend in with your home decor.

Searching for an air purifier for your home? Read our best air purifiers guide for our top picks.

Muji Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

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7. Muji Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

The best USB essential oil diffuser

Specifications

Time on: 3 hours
Made from: Plastic

Reasons to buy

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Clean, minimalist design
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Super-fine oil dispersal
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Can be used just as a lamp
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USB charger
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30 - 189 minutes

Reasons to avoid

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Only one setting

For an essential oil diffuser that's a little more subtle and won't change the vibe of a whole room, this Muji choice is ideal. Its minimalist Japanese design is sure to suit smaller homes or those for an unobtrusive addition to a home office or bedroom. We love the pretty glow this diffuser creates, meaning you could even double up and use it as a reading light. While lots of essential oil diffusers double up as humidifiers, the Muji produces more of a cool, dry mist, which is great if you don't want to add too much extra humidity to your room. Whilst it's not the quietest model on our list, the sound it does make is rather pleasant – like a very small water feature. 

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8. Stadler Form Jasmine Aroma Diffuser

The best essential oil diffuser for fragrance lovers

Specifications

Time on: Up to 24 hours
Made from: Plastic

Reasons to buy

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Soft touch surface design 
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Understated design
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20 minute interval setting
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Powerful

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks a warm glowy light

If you're ready to spend a little more, then this Stadler Form Jasmine Aroma diffuser is a powerful tool for freshening up your space with fragrance and humidity, for a perfectly relaxed ambiance. We love the 20-minute intervals with this diffuser, which can operate for up to 21 hours straight, in order to set up your home with the ideal humidity levels. Available in a range of colors, including a more bold shade and monochromatic options, this diffuser is a high-quality option that's bound to become your favorite purchase for when you want to wind down. 


Where to buy an essential oil difffuser?

Still searching for the perfect essential oil diffuser to flood your home with scent—and style? Here's where to shop for more essential oil diffusers for your home.

Where to buy essential oils?

You can either buy essential oils along with your essential oil diffuser or separately. Some devices are only recommended for use with the brand's fragrances, for example, this applies to Neom reed diffusers. Otherwise, you can buy essential oils anywhere from Amazon to your local supermarket. If you're a first-timer, then we suggest buying an entire set so that you have a few scents to switch between as the seasons change.

What to consider when buying the best essential oil diffuser?

Design
A far cry from plug-in air fresheners which can be bulky, plasticky and unsightly, these standalone diffusers are all designed with aesthetics as well as functionality in mind. Curvy shapes and premium materials are the order of the day, no matter where you’re planning on putting your diffuser.

Size
This will all depend on where your new essential oil diffuser will live, but be sure to measure the one you're eyeing up to ensure it's the right size for you. There are compact options for bedside tables and smaller rooms such as hallways, or larger essential oil diffusers for bigger spaces. Usually, the larger the device, the bigger the water tank – and the longer it can continuously or intermittently fragrance your home. If you're looking for something to hide away behind a book, choose a compact option – there are lots out there.

Time on
Consider the number of hours the machine will work for before turning off, whether continuously or intermittently switched on. This is important as if this number is low, you'll need to keep refilling the water tank which can be annoying.

Construction
Last but not least, we've you might want to bear in mind the material of the reed diffuser you want to buy, for aesthetic reasons. Whether it's plastic, wood or ceramic is down to you. Several of our plastic options are BPA free too.

Molly Cleary
Molly Cleary

Molly is the Ecommerce Writer for RealHomes and spends her time searching the internet for the next best thing for your home. With previous experience within the Home section of TopTenReviews, another Future site, writing about everything from ride-on lawnmowers to robot hoovers, she has knowledge of all of those niche areas of your home and garden that you might need a new purchase for. Shopping and buying content are now her biggest area of focus, with an emphasis on cleaning products and home gym equipment. 



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