Guide to Different Types of Oil Diffusers

Guide to Different Types of Oil Diffusers

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”

  • Deborah Beyer
    by Deborah Beyer

    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.

  • Linda Everson
    by Linda Everson

    This is very useful information. Thank you.

    • paul calus
      by paul calus

      i like that

  • Ae Minx
    by Ae Minx

    Very informative article. Didn't realize all the differences



  • Jeanne Coulombe
    by Jeanne Coulombe

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

  • Michelle knight
    by Michelle knight

    I use my essential oils everyday!

  • Dominique Pahud
    by Dominique Pahud

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

  • Christel Elliott
    by Christel Elliott

    I hadn’t heard of a couple of these. Very cool.

  • Julien U.
    by Julien U.

    Very usefull information, especially for a novice like me! thx!

  • Rianna
    by Rianna

    Great information!

  • Melissa Johnson
    by Melissa Johnson

    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.

  • AJ C
    by AJ C

    I'm getting more curious about essential oils

    • Kimberly Nevels
      by Kimberly Nevels

      I am really curious too because I have alot of stress but also COPD

  • Melissa
    by Melissa

    awesome! i want all of them! lol!

  • Michelle L Fuller
    by Michelle L Fuller

    Interesting read on oils.

  • Brian L Gregory
    by Brian L Gregory

    Interesting information

  • Mindy Fletcher
    by Mindy Fletcher

    Very helpful. I am new to EO and learning so much

  • Christine McKnight
    by Christine McKnight

    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.

  • Jennifer Stapp
    by Jennifer Stapp

    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.

  • Lorna Webster
    by Lorna Webster

    Really comprehensive and useful guide, thanks!

  • Sandy Klocinski
    by Sandy Klocinski

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

  • Stephanie R.
    by Stephanie R.

    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! :)

  • Angie S
    by Angie S

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

  • Patricia Hoffmeister
    by Patricia Hoffmeister

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

  • Lynn Tereba
    by Lynn Tereba

    I did not realize all the diffusers out there going to try a nebulizing diffuser.

  • Amy K
    by Amy K

    Wow! What great info, thanks for sharing!

  • Coressa Clark
    by Coressa Clark

    I use the Reed as I have allergies. Love EO'S

  • Cassandra D
    by Cassandra D

    Great article on different types of diffusers.

  • Desiree Jenifer Hernandez
    by Desiree Jenifer Hernandez


  • Myra Ball
    by Myra Ball

    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.

  • Jennifer
    by Jennifer

    Glad I read this! Got a lot of good info from it.

  • Cheryl Sawatzky
    by Cheryl Sawatzky

    good info .. just getting interested in essential oils

  • Sarah L
    by Sarah L

    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.

  • Ace Mo
    by Ace Mo

    really nice infos here!

  • AJ
    by AJ

    I wonder if this is bad for the pets.

  • Yağmur teke
    by Yağmur teke

    This is very helpful.Thank you!

  • Donna Clifford
    by Donna Clifford

    I didn't know there was so many different types of diffusers.

  • Nick Runyon
    by Nick Runyon

    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

  • Brianna Sprague
    by Brianna Sprague

    I had no idea there were different types of diffusers til I read this article!

  • mara
    by mara

    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.

  • Jan R
    by Jan R

    Good read learning more every day

  • amber
    by amber

    I need to get one of these. It can be such a mood changer

  • Laurel Keating
    by Laurel Keating

    i love any of your products, i would lilke to try some new tings

  • Michelle Fiorelli
    by Michelle Fiorelli

    Diffuser helps my migraines. Looking for more info for more health benefits

  • Sarah L
    by Sarah L

    I like my nebulizer diffuser because it also adds moisture to my room.

  • William Beard
    by William Beard


  • Linda Selevan
    by Linda Selevan

    Interesting did not know : )

  • Gerald Roberts
    by Gerald Roberts

    Who couldn't use a good air fragrance diffuser

  • MD Kennedy
    by MD Kennedy

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

  • Desiree Jenifer Hernandez
    by Desiree Jenifer Hernandez

    I'm learning so much!

  • Emily Pierce
    by Emily Pierce

    Very helpful information! I didn't realize there were so many different kinds!

  • sandra
    by sandra

    im a new mommy and my family loves when i use the oils at home

  • Frances Carty
    by Frances Carty

    I think I will try a nebulizing diffuser

  • Sherri Jones
    by Sherri Jones

    Great information.

  • Kathy Lingar
    by Kathy Lingar

    I would love to learn about the diffusers.

  • Melissa Brown
    by Melissa Brown

    Great information! Thank you.

  • Jared Ruman
    by Jared Ruman

    Very nice guide. Essential oils are awesome!

  • McKnight
    by McKnight

    Really super duper small type... I can't read it on my desktop :(

  • Xia Lee
    by Xia Lee


  • Joyce
    by Joyce

    I wasn't aware of the different types of diffusers, thanks.

  • Michelle D
    by Michelle D

    Very interesting about the nebulizers. This was new to me.

  • James Moyers
    by James Moyers

    Very interesting information.

  • James Stringham
    by James Stringham

    Some studies indicate essential oils can kill viruses.

  • Allie
    by Allie

    Peppermint essential oil can be a natural deterrent for mice and insects in the home.

  • Kathy Black
    by Kathy Black

    Very informative!

  • Joyce
    by Joyce

    Great information!

  • Alex Montana
    by Alex Montana

    I am glad you did the article on different types...I am always confused as to which does what

  • Gary
    by Gary

    Could use a relaxing oil

  • Stephen Jones
    by Stephen Jones

    have never tried these before

  • Rija
    by Rija

    I've never tried diffusers ,but thanks for this article, its very interesting and I would like to try it !

  • Sharon Schoepe
    by Sharon Schoepe

    Great info. Thank you for posting it

  • Charlene Carr
    by Charlene Carr

    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.

  • Frankie Pinnix
    by Frankie Pinnix

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

  • Susan Smith
    by Susan Smith

    Very interesting information, thank you

  • ali asgar
    by ali asgar

    nice guide

  • Carol Cole
    by Carol Cole

    No idea there were so many types of diffusers

  • Christine
    by Christine

    This looks like a pretty nice device for keeping mu house smelling nice.

  • Morrow Long
    by Morrow Long

    Good guide!

  • Xia Lee
    by Xia Lee

    Need to try this

  • Jessica
    by Jessica

    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!

  • Kathleen Kelly
    by Kathleen Kelly

    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!

  • Shakeia Rieux
    by Shakeia Rieux

    I didn’t know there were different types of oil diffusers. This post is very informative!

  • Leslie Carcaise
    by Leslie Carcaise

    I have switched from diffusers to nebulizers, healthier and easier to use!

  • Deb E
    by Deb E

    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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