how to choose your diffuser

Diffusers: what you need to know before you buy

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I personally love a good diffuser. We have had a few different kinds. Although they won’t last you forever, most plug in types come with a manufacture’s warranty.

What kinds of diffusers are there?

The main categories of diffusers are:

Ultrasonic or nebulizer type

This article will focus mostly on this type of diffuser. Keep reading!

Reed diffuser

No power required. You just need replacement sticks and a the refill for your container. Please be aware that most of these actually use fragrance oils or synthetically produced oils. If you can locate one that uses pure essential oils, they will necessarily be added into a special base liquid that allows the oils to disperse through the reeds.

Heat plate type


This type of diffuser also plugs into the wall, but instead of adding the essential oils into a water tank, you add them onto a ceramic plate that uses gentle heat to release the aroma into the air. These are nice for small surface areas such as a bathroom. They are simple to operate and easy to clean.

Cold air nebulizer

This type of unit doesn’t use water- but cold air. This is an interesting design and concept, and although I’ve never had one like this, it’s definitely something that I’d entertain for my next purchase.

Car diffuser

This type of unit is very simple and most will use with the lighter feature on your vehicle. Recent design updates allow for use with a USB port, such as the one pictured above. These are generally not super expensive, and can be really useful on a road trip.

Jewelry diffusers

These are definitely a fun way to use essential oils! Necklaces and bracelet types are the most common. Some of them use special rocks or clay to absorb the essential oils.

Okay, now that I’ve distracted you with all kinds of options, let’s get down to business!

Before you purchase your nebulizer diffuser

You are thinking about getting a diffuser for your home or office. But what questions should you be asking? Before you decide what diffuser or nebulizer to purchase, you should consider the following:

  • auto shut off- this is a safety issue and should absolutely have this
  • appropriate room/square foot coverage
  • number of running hours before auto shut off
  • fan settings (allows more control for dispersing oils)
  • intermittent timing feature
  • lighting/color feature
  • quietness of machine
  • ultrasonic nebulizer vs. humidifier
  • manufacturer warranty
  • personal budget


Knowing some features available can help you decide what is important to you, based on how much you want to spend. You can get a fun machine for $40 or you can spend $200+, and many options in between. Be sure to check any reviews for the machines you are considering for purchase.
Whatever type of diffuser you decide to get, be sure to only use pure and natural essential oils- NOT any fragrance or perfume oils. REALLY important! You should have at least 2 or 3 different essential oils to rotate around when using your diffuser.

Nature Notes has a terrific selection of essential oil blends to choose from. They are high quality, pure (not diluted with vegetable oils) and affordable.

Check out pure essential oil blends by Nature Notes

Did you know? Nature Notes has an excellent selection of different types of essential oil blends available (ships within Canada).

Curious about how to blend your own oils? Check out the Learning Hub for courses on how to do this.

What are the benefits of a diffuser?

Good question, I’m glad you asked.
If you are dealing with any of the following, a diffuser can help: (depending on what you put into the machine)

  • cold & flu
  • allergies, airborne germs
  • respiratory issues
  • funny, weird smells in your kitchen or bathroom
  • help create environments to meet a desired goal, for example, sleeping, relaxing, studying, comforting etc.
  • it’s nice to have a pleasant aroma subtly making your life more beautiful

What are the cons of a diffuser?

If you live in a humid area, you may not want to run a water operated diffuser for long periods of time. Keep a lookout for potential mold issues if you decide to use a diffuser in a wet climate. Also, some machines will not last you for years, especially if you run them hard. Check the manufacture’s warranty BEFORE you decide to purchase.

Where can you get a diffuser?

Now you can find various diffusers at home stores, natural health food stores. And, if all else fails, go to amazon.

My picks from amazon

VicTsing 300ML Essential Oil Diffuser, BPA-Free Wood Grain Whisper Quiet Cool Mist Humidifier with 7 Color LED Lights – Black Brown

Opulence – Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser for Aromatherapy with white ceramic base and touch sensor light switch – Premium Home & Professional Use – No Heat, No Water, No Plastic ┬íK

For respiratory concerns, allergies, etc:

Yoofor Portable Steam Compressor Cool Mist Inhaler Kits for Kids & Adults 120 VAC Plug in- 1 Year Warranty
For travel:

Portable Humidifier – Pocket Sized Diffuser, Travel Humidifier | Ultra Quiet for Deep Sleep | Soft Glow Lighting | Lightweight & USB Recharge | Bedroom, Desk, Office, Travel, Nursery Nebulizer Machine
No matter what type of diffuser or nebulizer you decide to get, make sure that you only put quality essential oils into it. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning (which you should regularly do).

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