The 20 Best Essential Oil Diffusers To Buy For 2019
We rounded up the best essential oil diffusers on the market to get you started on your aromatherapy journey.
Chances are you’ve heard of or experienced the magic of essential oils at some point in your life, even if you didn’t fully realize it at the time. Imagine, for example, the feelings of total bliss and wellbeing after a luxurious spa experience. The scents of citrus and eucalyptus essential oils intertwine to leave you feeling both relaxed and rejuvenated. Because scent strongly influences the brain, especially when it comes to memory, the next time you take a big whiff of either essential oil, you’ll be reminded of how relaxed and blissed out you felt. So why not try to invoke that sensation for yourself next time you’re feeling stressed out or anxious?
Ever-popular lavender, tea tree oil, geranium, eucalyptus, ylang ylang — you name it, we’ve got it in our aromatherapy arsenal. Whether we’re talking elevating self-care rituals, turning an everyday bath or shower into an at-home spa experience, or simply dabbing a touch behind your ears and on the back of your neck for calming and centering purposes, we are fully on board the bandwagon. And the same goes for essential oil diffusers.
So how does an essential oil diffuser work? Diffusers quite literally disperse and release molecules of natural oils into the air to refresh the space. Not only do they make your home smell amazing, but they have mood-enhancing qualities, too, along with other important psychological benefits — although, they should never be used to replace a medical treatment.
With so many on the market, choosing the right diffuser can feel pretty overwhelming (which may or may not be why I’ve got more than one — whoops). That’s why we rounded up the best picks to start you on your aromatherapy journey. Ahead, the best essential oil diffusers to buy for the new year.
1. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
Why not opt for a handcrafted stone diffuser, like this one, that’ll double up as a stunning piece of decor? Vitruvi’s Stone Diffuser comes in two color options — black and white — with a matte ceramic finish that design aficionados won’t be able to help swooning over. Not only that, but its plastic water reservoir is BPA-free, and it comes with two run-time options; either three hours nonstop, or a whopping seven hours, with 30 second intervals. I’ve got this one myself in white, and let me just say how much I love it!
Plus, after tapping the co-founders of Vitruvi for their insight on essential oils, and how to use scent to live more mindfully every day, I can feel good about my decision to support the brand. (Learn more here.)
2. SpaRoom Troika™ Ultrasonic Diffuser
Don’t be fooled by its size! The Troika™ has a unique three-tank design, so if you’re a fan of blending your essential oils, this is the diffuser for you. You can opt to either blend the oils in the water, like usual, or really use the cool design to your advantage by adding a single drop, or note, of oil into each reservoir, and allowing the fragrances to blend in the air. Talk about an aromatic sensory experience.
According to SpaRoom, you can “choose which tank you want to run — one, two, or all three simultaneously, or rotate automatically between them”. They suggest a blend of orange and peppermint oils for your morning routine; a calming blend of lavender, frankincense, and orange to unwind when you get home from work; and a sleep blend from the brand to fall asleep. Not going to lie, we’re a little envious of this magical routine!
3. GuruNanda Mobile USB Car Diffuser
Aromatherapy on the go? Yes, please! This mobile car diffuser from GuruNanda fits in most cup holders, so that you can just plug it in and go. Long commute? No stress. Stuck in traffic? Take a big whiff. This little ultrasonic baby can also be hooked up to a laptop or computer via USB, so that you can easily and inconspicuously use it while at work, too.
This super-affordable, portable car diffuser also comes with a free essential oil. GuruNanda sources their essential oils from ethical distillers all over the world, with the promise of only pure and natural premium oils. We don’t know about you, but that sounds good to us!
4. Young Living Essential Oils Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser
Okay, let’s talk about Young Living. The company started out as an organic farm and distillery back in 1993. Young Living was then created a year later. Fast forward to today, and the brand is one of the most popular wellness and aromatherapy brands on the market.
5. URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser and Cool Mist Humidifier with LED Lights
According to TODAY, this cute aroma diffuser and humidifier is “perfect for small spaces like a bathroom, cubicle or kitchen.” So for those of us who make things work with small space living, it’s ideal — not to mention affordable! Plus, it’s got an adjustable mist mode, 7 color-changing LED light options, a night light, and automatic shut-off. Anyone else think it’s a little reminiscent of a lava lamp? I mean, I’d personally purchase it on that basis alone.
And, with over 28,000 reviews on Amazon (yes, you read that right — 28K!), it’s clear URPOWER is a popular choice. Reviewer BookBelle shared, “I am delighted with this diffuser. It came quickly, was packed securely and efficiently, with easy to open packaging. The specs say that it runs about 3 hours on the continuous setting (it can also run intermittently), but when filled completely, I've found it lasts through the night. I have it set on my nightstand and it's perfect for unwinding at bedtime (or with some sinus-clearing essential oils on a headache day.)”
6. QUOOZ Lull Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
The uber-cool, almost futuristic design of this ultrasonic essential oil diffuser is a high selling point.So what makes it unique? The light settings can be set to your preferred brightness, or to “breathing mode”, which means it’ll light up gradually and then slowly fade back down. Pairs perfectly with self-care rituals, meditation, and some light at-home yoga — or just a glass of wine after work.
One Amazon reviewer shared, “I spent some time researching aromatherapy diffusers and the different types that were available. It wasn't an easy decision to make as there were many factors to consider...Do I want one that changes colors? Will I have the option of turning the light off when needed? requires a specific type of water? how often does it need to be cleaned? how often does it need to be cleaned?”
They continued: “Initially I was going to go for a less expensive diffuser (cost over looks) but I am glad I didn't as this device is aesthetically pleasing and well worth the extra coins. I read a lot of reviews (for days!) and decided to go with this one… From the moment I plugged in this diffuser I fell in love. I just watched the light cycle for at least an hour before I 'snapped' out of it.”
7. June & May Essential Oil Diffuser
This Moroccan-inspired essential oil diffuser from Anthropologie is well worth the buy — even just for its aesthetically pleasing design, if you ask us! With “whisper-quiet operation” and a magical array of color-changing LED lights, what’s not to love about this cute little diffuser? It’ll fit right into a boho-luxe bedroom or cozy nook, no questions asked.
One reviewer said, “This thing is amazing. So cute and quiet!” We’re inclined to agree — the June & May essential oil diffuser makes for a simple, affordable, and great purchase to up your self-care and wellness game without sacrificing style. Pairs well with pine, sandalwood, vetiver, and other woodsy scents, essential oils and blends.
8. This Works Scent Well Portable Oil Diffuser
Okay, it doesn’t get any cuter than this portable oil diffuser from This Works. Ideal for busy gals who prefer to use their essential oils on an everyday basis, and are looking to de-stress or up their wellness game on the go, the simple device is easily charged by USB. It also makes for a great gift!
According to Anthropologie, the skincare and aromatherapy brand’s founder, Kathy Phillips, sources her botanicals from British farms. Try this sweet essential oil diffuser with oils like lavender, patchouli, and chamomile from the line.
9. Pilgrim Teo Essential Oil Diffuser
Another visually pleasing option from Anthropologie (no surprises there!), this teardrop-shaped essential oil diffuser from Pilgrim Collection is handcrafted from beechwood and ceramic. Its ultrasonic technology ensures premium essential oils stay pure as they’re diffused into the air in your home. It’s safe, BPA-free, and easy to use — and we’ve got no complaints.
With a 3-hour continuous run time, this diffuser operates for slightly less time than some of the other options on this list; making it a good choice for someone looking to purchase their first diffuser, or who already knows they won’t be using it for long periods of time.
10. MOGU Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser Speaker
Now we’re talking! The aromatherapy diffuser and speaker from MOGU will undoubtedly serve to keep things fresh in your home space, both when it comes to scent and music. Ultra-sensory vibes, much? This cute and colorful hybrid device comes with Bluetooth capability, an array of multicolored lights, and an automatic timer with 1, 3, and 5-hour intervals. Not to mention it’s one of the more affordable options on this list!
Try it out with the lavender essential oil it comes with, or a blend of jasmine, vanilla, and ylang-ylang, along with your favorite chill tunes, to usher in a good night’s rest. Alternately, add a couple drops of peppermint or eucalyptus and a pump-up playlist to give yourself a quick boost of energy.
11. SERENE HOUSE Starlight Essential Oil Diffuser
Um, a diffuser that also works as a celestial nightlight? Yes, yes, and yes. The Starlight essential oil diffuser is made with a perforated ceramic cover and 7 shifting LED lights, to throw out what looks like a starry night sky. Intergalactic, much? It also comes with an automatic shut-off option and timer settings.
One reviewer gushed on Amazon, “First of all, this diffuser is ADORABLE and is my new nightlight. This product works well, making my room smell heavenly in minutes. Just be aware that the little blue light near the buttons is a little bright, but that is really not a problem at all, as I just turn the diffuser so that the light is not shining at me. Highly recommend this diffuser.”
You heard ’em!
12. BAMBU Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser
The ultrasonic BAMBU diffuser has a handcrafted, naturally-inspired bamboo design, with a unique interchangeable lid. Swap out the natural bamboo lid for a glass one to really play up the LED lights. Not only is this essential oil diffuser aesthetically on point for those who love a modern rustic touch in their home decor, but it’s ultra-quiet, meaning you can leave it on as you fall asleep. Features include automatic shut-off mode, an optional nightlight effect with one color or multiple for a beautiful rainbow effect, the above-mentioned bonus, interchangeable glass lid, and a continuous run time of up to 8 hours. We love it!
13. Young Living Desert Mist Ultrasonic Diffuser
Another one from Young Living! You could definitely mistake their new Desert Mist diffuser for an ultra-chic and elegant vase, and they know it. The custom-designed, Moroccan-inspired aroma diffuser is also a humidifier and atomizer, with three modes — high, low, and intermittent — that disperse natural scents from your favorite essential oils at different intervals, with an expected run time of up to 10 hours. Plus, it’s got 10 different color-changing LED light options, including one that appears to flicker like candle light, for maximum chill vibes. So cute! You name it, this little baby’s got it.
The Desert Mist diffuser comes with complementary peppermint and sandalwood oils, along with the Joy and Gathering essential oil blends from Young Living.
14. Secret Garden Essential Oil Diffuser and Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Humidifier
This premium, floral-design oil diffuser from Secret Garden is aptly named. It’s got adjustable mist modes and a continuous run time of up to 10 hours. Plus, its multiple light settings provide an entire spectrum of color-changing lights, including white, “candle light”, and the option to turn all lights off.
One Amazon reviewer shared, “I have owned previous diffusers before from different brands but this one so far takes the cake. It has the 1,3,6 hour gauge which is great when you want to diffuse for a certain amount of time. I LOVE the fact you can change the light colors to set up a nice atmosphere as well as how quiet it is! It has a nice intricate design which I have received several compliments on. It is VERY easy to use and requires very minimal maintenance to clean so far... I used 6 drops of an oil blend with 250mL and I feel the potency of the machine is better than some other expensive brands I have used in the past. Excellent Product!”
15. Airomé Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser in Home Sweet Home
This ceramic diffuser comes in a range of options. We’d go for the “Home Sweet Home” just to up the kitschy-cute factor, but there are tons more to choose from: Second and third picks would have to be the Frosted Glass and Galaxy styles. With two mist modes and seven LED light color options, this fun little diffuser would make a perfect gift for your mom, sister, or best friend.
One Amazon reviewer shared, “This little machine is the bomb. QUALITY. Runs 24 hours, indicator lights so it's easy to use and you can see what you're selecting, unlike others that just have buttons that you press once, twice, and then hope for the best. Don't waste your money on cheaper ones, this is worth the price.”
Can’t argue with that.
16. PureSpa Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser, 6.4"
Compact, cute, and BPA-free, the PureSpa aromatherapy oil diffuser is the perfect alternative to the toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances we often unknowingly purchase in candles and other at-home deodorizing sprays. Add a couple drops of lemon, orange, or geranium essential oils to this little machine and you’re good to go! The PureSpa also functions as a humidifier — ideal for dry and cold winter months — and is said to “help relieve stress, reduce headaches, increase concentration, contribute to more restful sleep, ease cold and flu symptoms and alleviate allergies.”
17. Cat Shaped Essential Oil Diffuser
This essential oil diffuser from Urban Outfitters is the literal cat’s meow. The white and whiskered ceramic diffuser is simple and easily used — just plug it in, add a couple drops of your fave essential oils, and bear in mind that this diffuser is much more about its appearance than it is about its function. You don’t quite get color-changing LED lights and adjustable misting options, but you do get kitty ears and a cute little pink button nose. As long as you don’t mind that, you’ll love this as a sweet and kitschy home decor item. Purrfect.
Oh, and may we suggest cedar, juniper, or tangerine essential oils for a refreshing pick-me-up?
18. 3D LED Gala Essential Oil Diffuser
Calling all witches! This holographic crystal ball diffuser and humidifier is definitely on our collective wish list. Featuring ultrasonic technology, timer controls, different diffusion modes, 3D effects, and 14 (!) different color-changing LED light options to set the ultimate ambiance. Is there anything this gorgeous diffuser can’t do?
One reviewer straight-up called it, “Quite Possibly The Best Thing On This Website.”
“This. Is Everything,” they continued. “Nothing more, nothing less.”
Oh, and did we mention that its run time lasts up to a continuous 12 hours without need of a refill? Yeah, you’re going to want to add to cart ASAP. Try this little baby out with jasmine, vanilla, rose, bergamot, and other calming scents.
19. Pottery Barn Fountain Diffuser
This ultra-chic aroma diffuser from Pottery Barn features 7 color-changing LED light options, a continuous run time of 4 hours, or 8 intermittently, and automatic shut-off once the water reservoir is empty. Plus, the imported design has got edgy-cool written all over it.
Add a couple drops of frankincense to break this baby in, and envelop yourself in sensations of calm, relaxation, and overall wellbeing. Who could resist?
20. COOSA Glass Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser and Cool Mist Humidifier
Essential oil diffuser or literal work of art? This gorgeous glass diffuser also functions as a humidifier, with four time controlled settings, along with 16 (!) color-changing LED lights that make it look like an elegant and vibrantly glowing vase. Obsessed yet?
One Amazon reviewer had this to say of the handmade diffuser: “I absolutely love this glass diffuser! It goes perfectly with the decor/colors of my house. It's a perfect size for any spot. The stream is very effective. I currently have it downstairs in my kitchen and I walked out of my master bedroom (upstairs) and could smell it right away. The colors are awesome. My two-year-old already loves it and has fun naming each color as it was on the rotation. When I'm ready for a second one or to give one as a gift, I'll definitely be getting another one of these!”