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A Comprehensive Guide to the Different Types of Diffusers

Asad Fazal



Types of Diffusers

There are over ten types of essential oil diffusers! Not to mention all the different brands that make them. That is a lot of diffusers to pick from.

With so many types of diffusers to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?

We will cover five essential oil diffuser options to pick from. This guide will help you determine the right diffuser for you.

Nebulizer Essential Oil Diffuser

A nebulizer is one of the most common and easiest diffusers to use. It is easy because it doesn’t require any water to function.

When using water in diffusers, you always want to make sure it is pure and filtered. This can be costly and time-consuming.

The nebulizer base is glass and has a motor that helps “pump” out the essential oil molecules into the air. Nebulizer motors can be noisy. These diffusers work without the use of heat as well which helps preserve the oil.

Depending on size, a nebulizer can work for spaces small and large. Because there is no water, the essential oils are very concentrated and both their scent and therapeutic benefits are maximized.

Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser

Ultrasonic diffusers use electronic frequencies to vibrate water in the diffuser. this vibration disperses a fine mist of water and essential oil. This mist also doubles as a humidifier.

The vibrations are used in lieu of heat. The mist is then carried through the air and can scent one or more rooms.

Lamp Warmer Diffuser

This kind of diffuser is generally made of glass or ceramic.

A lamp warmer diffuser needs water, essential oil, and electricity to run. A pro of this diffuser is it doubles as a lamp. A con is that the high diffusing temp can lead to a lot of broken glass.

Candle Diffuser

Candle diffusers use the heat of a burning candle to disperse essential oil molecule vapors. Unfortunately, when essential oils are heated they can lose their therapeutic benefits and some can potentially become toxic.

On the flip side, this is a more inexpensive diffusing option. But it is also stripped of the many health benefits of essential oil diffusing. If the scent is your main motive and not therapeutic effects a candle diffuser could work.

Ceramic Diffuser

These are passive diffusers, meaning they don’t require heat or energy to operate. They are similar to the common reed wood diffusers you might know. A drop or two of essential oil is placed on the ceramic and the scent evaporates. The aroma will be very faint, so this is a personal diffuser.


Picking From the Different Types of Diffusers

This guide should have helped you understand the different types of diffusers. Most diffusers are relatively inexpensive and generally don’t need a replacement if taken care of.

To make your decision, determine which room you want to place your diffuser in. Then decide if you want a water-free diffuser or not.

This will help you narrow down and pick the right diffuser for you. Click the health tab on our blog for more wellness tips!

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