Guide to Different Types of Oil Diffusers

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There are many ways to use essential oils. They can be diluted in a carrier oil and massaged into the skin, they can be added to beauty products for a healthy glow, or you can open the bottle and inhale it as you need it.

But there are plenty of ways to help you diffuse the oils into a room without having to think twice. Oil diffusers can be found just about anywhere, and they all have different ways of expressing the essential oils.

The main types of oil diffusers

There are several types of oil diffusers on the market. Though they all work in different ways, they are all capable of delivering the benefits of fragrance and essential oils to your life.

Reed diffusers

This type of oil diffuser is widely available and popular for those just starting out with essential oils. A reed style oil diffuser uses a bottle or a jar that is partially filled with essential oil and a few long reeds, usually rattan. The reeds soak up the oil and disperse the scent into the air. The scent is very subtle, so it’s good for those who want a mild scent in their home.

Ceramic or stone diffusers

A ceramic oil diffuser provides a continuous flow of essential oils without any fuss. Simply pour the oil inside the container and let it do its work. As the oil diffuses through the vessel, it releases its molecules and fragrance, filling the room with scent. Replace with more oil when needed.

Ultrasonic diffusers

These use water and ultrasonic waves to create a fine mist that diffuses essential oils around a room. The mist can be inhaled safely and effectively. Because the oils are diluted in water, ultrasonic oil diffusers are perfect for adding moisture to the air during dry periods and they work wonders for respiratory health. And since the concentration isn’t as high as it would be with other types of diffusers, the oils are less overpowering.

Nebulizing diffusers

Nebulizers are extremely easy to use. They do not require heat or water and release a steady and consistent stream of small essential oil particles into the air. The Danau Satu nebulizing diffuser is a great choice for adding natural essential oils to your home in a consistent flow of scent to promote healing and wellness.

Whichever type diffuser you choose, you’ll reap the amazing benefits that pure essential oils have to offer.

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85 thoughts on “Guide to Different Types of Oil Diffusers

  1. Deborah Beyer says:

    I have heard so much about essential oils and diffusers, but have never tried them. I would love to. I had no idea of the multitude of different items available. Thanks for the information.

  2. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    Great information on all the types of diffusers. I didn’t know they have a nebulizer type.

  3. Dominique Pahud says:

    I much prefer the more modern diffusers. Used to use ceramic with candle 20 years ago. too hard to clean.

  4. Melissa Johnson says:

    I always thought reed diffusers didn’t work, but I think they would be good for someone with allergies to multiple chemicals like my 5 year old because they are subtle.

  5. Christine McKnight says:

    I’ve always wanted to try diffusers, but was always intimidated by them. After reading this article, I’ll feel much more informed and confident.

  6. Jennifer Stapp says:

    oh thank you for this post! I didn’t realize the nebulizing ones did not use water. That was why I was so hesitant to buy one… I do NOT need more moisture in this house.

  7. Sandy Klocinski says:

    You hear so much about diffusers and essential oils these days. Thank you for sharing! Awesome!

  8. Stephanie R. says:

    So interesting! I had no idea there so many different types of diffusers. I’ve been wanting to try essential oils, so this is super helpful! 🙂

  9. Angie S says:

    I didn’t realize there were so many different types of diffusers! I always just said I wanted a pretty one. lol

  10. Patricia Hoffmeister says:

    I am very interested in Essential oils and diffusers. Right now my budget doesn’t allow me to try any.

  11. Myra Ball says:

    I use reed diffusers all over my home. My youngest daughter can’t handle strong scents. I do have a ceramic diffuser as well because I like the strong scent of essential oils. This site seems to have a nice selection of oils.

  12. Sarah L says:

    I had a bad experience with a reed diffuser several years ago. Now having used essential oils I know that reed diffuser came with fragrance oils, not EOs.

  13. Nick Runyon says:

    I tried one of the Ultra Sonic diffusers the other day. Wow does it freshen up the room. Plus it helps you relax so much

  14. mara says:

    useful info. i have few esential oils, but i dont have diffuser yet. i put oil in handkerchif and smell it like that or mix with carrier oil and put on my temples and behind my neck. i was thinking about its time to buy diffuser but i just didnt find time to explore first which one to buy.

  15. MD Kennedy says:

    I’ve heard of all of these options. However, I love the humidity I can get with my ultrasonic diffusers.

  16. Charlene Carr says:

    I only read a small amount of the book but I can’t wait to read more. It is all so interesting. Thank you for letting us have it for free. Will get back to you when I ‘ve read more.

  17. Frankie Pinnix says:

    Very informative article! I didn’t know there are so many types of diffusers. I enjoyed reading this article!

  18. Jessica says:

    I’ve been wanting to buy a diffuser for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to looking at all the options. I definitely know which one I want to purchase now!

  19. Kathleen Kelly says:

    So much to learn! I would really like to use a nebuluzer diffuser in one room, & an ultrasonic one in another room. I would like a glass or ceramic one, but I’m having a hard time finding ultrasonic ones that don’t use plastic water wells!

  20. Deb E says:

    I like the look of stone or ceramic vessels so I’m leaning toward getting one of those. This is a helpful list.

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