Are you looking to impress your guests with the wonderful scent of vanilla as they enter your living room? Or do you prefer peppermint for a Christmas-themed scent? What about classic lavender? All of these scents and more are available when you get an affordable, easy to use air freshener scent diffuser to decorate your home.
An air freshener diffuser can work in several different ways. However, they all have the same basic function: you put scented oils into them, sometimes along with some water, and then they use their magic contraptions to emit those oils into the room as scented air or mist.
When looking around at diffuser options, you may run into two different types of very popular diffusers: electric diffusers, and non-electric reed diffusers. I personally prefer electric diffusers for all uses except one, which I’ll tell you about below.
Why Electric Diffusers Are Better than Reed Diffusers
A reed diffuser is an all natural air freshener. Basically, it works like this: You put some bamboo reeds into a vase. You pour scented oil into the vase. The scented oil gets absorbed by the reeds and slowly soaks its way up the reeds. As it reaches the top of the reed, it will naturally evaporate into the air and give off the pleasant aroma from the scented oil.
Here’s the deal: If you are looking for a decoration for your dining room table that looks beautiful and gives off a small scent that dinner guests can smell, then a reed diffuser is a great option. If you are not specifically looking to decorate your dinner table, then I recommend an electric diffuser for all other purposes.
This is because reed diffusers are much less capable of spreading their scent as electric diffusers. Reed diffusers only use slow, natural evaporation to spread scents. This gives off a much less powerful scent than an electric diffuser, which can use different methods of diffusing their scent (which I’ll explain below).
The reeds in a reed diffuser also need to be replaced every few months because they can become too saturated with the essential oils and basically stop working. Some reed diffuser manufacturers also tell you never to use a reed for one scent and then switch it to another, because the scents will combine inside the reed and can produce a mixture that smells bad. To switch a scent in a reed diffuser, it is recommended to buy and replace the reeds every time you want to change the scent.
In contrast, you can switch the scent in an electric diffuser any time you want simply by cleaning out the previous oil mixture first. This gives you tons of options for scents. You can have one scent when grandma is visiting on Friday, then switch to another scent for the guests who come to lunch at your place after church on Sunday.
If you do want a nice smelling table decoration, and you are okay just using one scent for awhile, then a reed diffuser is still a great option. You can see my recommendation here:
- Reed diffuser set – Available in several different decorative options that come with reeds, flowers, and various scents – Click here to view.
- Replacement reeds – Use these when changing the scent on your reed diffuser – do not use multiple scents with the same reeds – Click here to view.
- Essential oil 6-scent starter set – The reed diffuser listed above comes with one essential oil scent by itself, but you can buy separate sets such as this if you want to choose different scent options – Click here to view.
My Favorite Electric Air Freshener Diffusers
I already told you that electric scent diffusers really shock my world. But which one should you get for your home?
The good news is that there are many electric diffusers to choose from, and they are all pretty good. They also look great and often come with light-up LED’s that you can control with buttons on the diffuser.
Another reason why I love electric diffusers is that electric diffusers make a great gift. You can find an electric diffuser and a starter set of essential oils for under $50. Although scent diffusers are becoming more popular nowadays, they are still rare enough that your gift will be unique and surprising to its recipient.
Let’s take a look at some great electric air freshener diffusers below:
- Super modern, vase-shaped electric diffuser – Wooden-styled vase shape with small LED lights – Click here to view.
- Brightly lit electric diffuser – Comes with several lighting options – Click here to view.
- Essential oil 6-scent starter set – Comes with a small variety of scents – Click here to view.
- Essential oil 18-scent mega set – Comes with every scent you could possibly want – Click here to view.
Heavy Duty Electric Scent Diffusers (For Really Large Rooms)
The diffusers above use what’s called heat and ultrasonic scent diffusion to spread their scents. However, if you are interested in getting a super powerful scent diffuser that can really fill your whole house, or a very large room, with a strong scent, then you need what’s called a nebulizing diffuser.
A nebulizing diffuser breaks the essential oil into a fine mist and spews it out all over the room, much more powerfully than other types of diffusers. That’s why it’s considered the strongest, most reliable scent diffuser that will really put whatever scent you want into whatever place you want. However, it also costs more than the diffusers listed above, and it uses up essential oil faster as well.
If you want a super powerful scent diffuser to cover a large room, then consider getting our recommended option here: