Years ago, oil diffusers were a simple thing. You placed a tea-light under the oil and relaxed back to enjoy some soothing scents.
Of course, nothing ever stays that simple, as always technology has to stick its neck in and complicate things. So how do these oil diffusers work? Many of them use ultra-sonic waves and cold water to disperse the essential oils, as heating them reduces their potency.
There will always be people that hanker back to the old days of simplicity when all you needed was a tea-light and a few drops of oil. If you prefer high-tech devices that disperse your calming mist throughout the house, these ten best electric oil diffusers might interest you:
What we like about this diffuser is that it looks like an old-fashioned burner but in fact you plug it into the mains. There is a band of LED lights around the middle that changes and you can adjust the settings of how frequently the diffuser mists your space.
This is the only one of our oil diffusers that we think would suit a child’s bedroom, thanks to the bright colours. It changes colour and can be used as a nightlight or you can turn this function off. Super quiet too which is perfect when you want the kids to go to sleep.
Thanks to the larger water tank on this diffuser, you get 10 hours of misting. It also has an automatic shut-off function when the tank gets low. Lovely colour changing lights add a soothing ambience or you can use the diffuser without them.
This is a contemporary looking diffuser that is probably the quietest one we have tested. Unlike other diffusers, you can set this one to stay on one colour, switch through several different ones or have no colour at all. Mains-powered, it also has an automatic shut-off.
- Serene House Galaxy Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser – $53.99
This looks more like the old-style oil diffusers where you placed a candle inside and watched the shadows dancing on the walls. Like those old-fashioned ones, this one also glows from within, as if there is a candle inside, but you get a much steadier stream of misting. Set it to run continuously for up to four hours or intermittently in bursts of one to two-hour intervals.
Sync this diffuser with your smartphone so that while you are being misted with calming scents you can also play soothing music at the same time. Control the colour too to create a spa experience in your own home.
An oil diffuser that comes in several different colours but we like this green one. The bowl-shaped is ideal for dispersing the mist in any sized space and if you prefer modern styled devices, you’ll probably like this one.
This diffuser uses ultrasonic waves to scent your home with bursts of fragrance. There are several time settings, from 30 minutes to 180 and you can adjust the light from within from high to low.
From: muji.usSerene House Vulcan II Scentilizer – $210.99
Created from porcelain and frosted glass, this is more like a sculpture than a diffuser. Providing bursts of cold-water scents, it contains an in-built speaker with pre-programmed musical tracks, or the USB connection allows you to play your own.