Are you unfamiliar with diffusers? If yes, you might find it challenging choosing the right diffuser, especially as there are different varieties of diffusers. And the worst that could happen is you'll probably end up with a diffuser you might not utilise.
How do you know the right diffuser for you when there are so many options? Hopefully, this guide will help you make the right choice because there is lots of information on the internet to filter through, and it might be exhausting doing the work yourself.
We'll cover all you need to know about the different types of diffusers and how they work.
Understanding Of Diffusers
It is important to understand how a diffuser works before we go deeper into the different types of diffusers available.
A diffuser spreads essential oils with amazing fragrances throughout the space it is released into – whether in a small room or your entire house.
Diffusers can be used to remove unpleasant odours from the air and create a cosy atmosphere for you to relax and bask in its soothing fragrance. (side tip; always go for essential oils with refreshing scents).
However, all diffusers are known to create a fragrance in the air, but be mindful of the essential oils you use with your diffuser so you don't overwhelm your space.
Types of Diffusers To Choose From
Atomising Diffusers or Nebulisers
If you want something great for your lungs, the nebulisers are perfect. They break essential oils into small molecules and spread them evenly into your space. These small molecules that your lungs absorb create greater healing value than other diffusers.
Nebulisers are among the most common and easiest diffusers. Most people term it "the waterless diffusers” because it doesn’t require water to function.
A nebuliser diffuser has two parts: the plastic part that holds the pump, and the glass part that stores the essential oil. Some atomising diffusers make use of special bottles that look like Boston round bottles.
Cleaning of atomising diffusers can be a bit difficult since it doesn't use water; however, cleaning it after every use makes it easier to maintain.
Also, you should know that atomising diffusers work in both large and small spaces, so the size of your room doesn't entirely matter.
The fan-style diffuser doesn't make use of water as well.
However, regardless of where you put the essential oils, whether in the fan diffuser section, on a sponge pad, or in a dish, the fan will gently disperse the oil into the atmosphere.
The durability of the fragrance is highly dependent on the amount of oil poured and the size of the tray. Putting a small portion of essential oil into the absorbent tray won't last for hours, although you can keep topping it up as soon as the scent starts to dissipate.
When it comes to cleaning, you can wash your reusable pad before reusing it. If your diffuser comes with a dish, you can rinse it using a damp cloth after every use.
Using the heat from a candle-light to disperse essential oil molecules is what the candle diffuser does. They are usually ceramic or metallic, and they do not require electricity or batteries. However, you need to be observant when using candle diffusers, and change the candle once it burns out completely.
Candle diffusers work best with unscented candles, so you don't have conflicting scents. A candle diffuser can't work without candles, and as long as there is a candle burning, it'll keep dissipating its fragrance into the atmosphere.
Candle diffusers are budget-friendly, and if your main purpose of using essential oil is for its therapeutic benefits, then this is your best option. Note that, there’s a difference between scented candles and diffusers.
You have zero need for electricity, water or heat when using reed diffusers. Reed diffusers come with wooden sticks inserted into a bottle filled with essential oil. The oil travels up the stick and expels the scent into the air quickly.
This type of diffuser requires the least kind of maintenance. To ensure it lasts for a long time without its quality depreciating, you'll need to have multiple clean bottles that you can interchange depending on the essential oil you plan to use. It's advisable to use individual bottles for different scents if you aren't knowledgeable about essential oil blends.
You can use the reed diffuser in any room or space, but it works better in small spaces because it doesn't have any medium to spread the essential oil into the air.
Electric Heat Diffusers
Electric heat diffusers have the same look as a teacup saucer. The electric heat diffusers gently heats the oil in the basin and spreads the essential oil fragrance in the environment. Electric diffusers work perfectly well in large spaces, making it perfect for your entire house. These diffusers are also capable of spreading thicker oils such as Sandalwood and Patchouli into the air.
They are easy to use and extremely simple to clean. You can either clean reed diffusers using a damp cloth, warm water or a gentle cleanser.
Choosing The Right Diffuser
Diffusers come in various types, materials, shapes, output levels, and prices. So, it's important to select the one that gets the job done properly and suits your preference. When selecting the best type of diffuser for your space, you should take into consideration these factors:
- Where you plan to use the diffuser
- Whether it’ll be situated in a particular place or be moved around
- Room size
- Ease of cleaning
Are you planning on using a diffuser in your college room? Then you need a small-sized diffuser, but if you want a diffuser that’ll cover your whole house, then a larger diffuser is preferable. The reed diffuser would be your best bet if you need something to cover your office table.
Lastly, the type of diffuser you’ll purchase will depend on the factors we’ve highlighted, so once you figure out your response to them, you’re well on your way to getting the right diffuser for your space.