Scented candles are great – but if you’re really serious about filling your home with fragrance, you’ll want to venture into the world of diffusers. These clever gadgets use ultrasonic waves and water to disperse essential oils into the air, and not only do they make the area smell incredible, they can also help to set a scene and positively impact your mood.
Whether you’re hoping to boost your sleep quality, improve your focus or simply wow your guests with amazing aromas as soon as you open the front door, there are dozens of diffusers out there to choose from, to the point where it can feel rather overwhelming. So we’ve done the hard work for you and whittled down eight of the best diffusers on the shelves right now, with something for every aesthetic and price point.
Which essential oils should I use in my diffuser?
Most brands will offer their own range of oils, but you don’t always have to use their in-house ranges – you can even create your own custom blend, if you wish. You should, however, always make sure the oil you do select is safe to use indoors and of the highest possible quality – always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and only use the number of drops of oil recommended in their guide.
Whether you’re shopping ready-made ranges or mixing your own, here are some of our favourite notes to look out for:
- Ylang Ylang
FOR STRESS RELIEF
- Holy basil
The best essential oil diffusers to shop now
If you’ve ever entered a Muji store in person, you probably already know how great its diffusers are – they’re often strategically placed by the doorway to fill the space with their extensive essential oil range. It’s minimalist enough to blend seamlessly into any decor, and also houses a lamp that will give your room a delicate glow.
The White Company
The White Company’s diffuser is a bestseller, and for good reason – not only is its ceramic appearance super sleek, its performance stands up too. It offers four settings so you can choose how long scent is diffused for and works beautifully with its signature fragrances. You don’t just have to take our word for it – basically every review of this product on TWC’s website is five stars.
Neom’s small yet mighty Wellbeing Pod diffuser is equipped with a timer, low energy LED lights and a night light so you can use it round the clock. When partnered with its line of 100 per cent natural essential oil blends, Neom promises that it can help you to ‘achieve better sleep, less stress, a mood lift or more energy’.
This cute little onion-shaped diffuser has two major things going for it: one, it’s incredibly well priced, and two, users say it’s ultra quiet, which is ideal if you’ve tried other models and found the subtle ‘water noise’ a little too distracting. It has such a loyal fanbase that it has more than 13,000 reviews on Amazon, 79 per cent of which give it full marks.
John Lewis & Partners
You can always rely on John Lewis to bring you great quality at a reasonable price. This £50 mains-powered diffuser has a timer function and auto shut-off, so there’s no worry about whether or not you’ve pressed the button before you leave the house. It also boasts seven colour settings which you can customise to suit your mood.
Stoneglow’s name pops up time and time again in search results for the best diffusers. It definitely has the most impressive colour selection we’ve come across, with a choice of this fun baby pink, grey, black or white, and it’s another option with low energy LED lights so that you can personalise your ambience even further.
Want to take your diffuser with you on the go? This Works has got you covered with its clever mini diffuser, which is perfect for popping on your suitcase for holidays or weekends away. It’s powered via USB charger, so you should be able to boot it up wherever you are.
If you’re in the market for a true luxury diffuser that will impress anyone who enters your home, this high-end Diptyque offering could be The One. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly had Diptyque hourglass diffusers in the scent Baies at their royal wedding in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, and if that’s not a royal seal of approval, we don’t know what is.