Different Types of Essential Oil Diffusers


If you use essential oil (in some areas, people call it aromatherapy) quite often, then you know that choosing the right diffusers is important. The essential oil diffusers come in several types. Some of them are quite costly (and somewhat more effective) while some are quite inexpensive and yet not so good. The best essential oil diffuser isn’t always about the most expensive ones, but the ones that can deliver greater results for you.

The Basic Facts

Basically, there are 4 different types of essential oil diffusers:

Nebulizer
Ultrasonic diffuser
Heat diffuser
Evaporative diffuser

In a general sense, the nebulizer and the ultrasonic are much better than the evaporative and heat ones – despite the facts that some of them come from low-grade manufacturing. But still, the nebulizer and the ultrasonic deliver more satisfying result that the heat and evaporative types. it is true that the ultrasonic and the nebulizer are more expensive, but if you want a result, they are the ones to turn to.

The Nebulizer

It is basically the most powerful diffusers with the solid operation and easy implementation. You don’t need heat or water. Simply attach the essential oil bottle on the device and you are good to go. Since the essential oil directly attached to the device, the content and intensity of the spray are quite thick and solid. The device will make sure that the oil gets into the air, utilizing a special atomizer to create airborne and fine particles of the oil. In case you have health conditions, this type of diffuser is the best because it will make sure that you get continuous and constant essential oil.

The good thing about this device is that it is attached directly to the bottle, so there is no fuss. And since it doesn’t’t use heat or water, you don’t have to prepare anything. Turning the device on and off is also easy. If you want a strong concentration of the oil, this is the perfect device to choose. Moreover, such device doesn’t come with lights so you can use it at night. It also comes with timers, allowing you to set up and adjust the operational time. However, such device is quite noisy – noisier than the ultrasonic device.  And since the concentration of the oil is quite strong and potent, you will immediately run out of essential oil. Not to mention that the device alone is costlier than the ultrasonic one.

The Ultrasonic Diffuser

Basically, the ultrasonic device is almost the same as the nebulizer. The result is a fine mist that can be inhaled very safely and effectively. However, this device uses water, so the concentration of the oil itself is not too strong or potent. But the good thing about this device is that it can also be used as a humidifier too, so they are pretty useful in winters. Keep in mind that citrus oil in’t recommended for this device because the oil can create erosion on the ultrasonic parts.

The good thing about this device is that it has the multifunction ability as a humidifier too, allowing yourself to get the double benefits. It is also not as expensive as the nebulizer. However, you can’t use citrus oil for the device. The device also needs regular cleaning and maintenance. Since it uses water, you need to make initial preparation first, which can be a hassle. Most devices have lights and they can’t be turned off – which can be irritating when used at night. And because the device uses water for the solution, the concentration may not be too potent or strong.

Evaporative Diffusers

The device generally involves a filter or pad and a fan. The essential oil is dropped on the pad or filter, and then the fan will blow the pad, causing the oil to evaporate (generally quicker than normal) and then the scent and the oil will be circulated around the room. However, one major drawback of this mechanism is that the lighter components of the oil will be higher at the beginning while the heavier components will be delivered later on – so the benefits can only be provided at the end of the process.

Heat Diffusers

It is almost the same as the evaporative device, but using heat instead. The main drawback is that the chemical compound tends to change when it gets in contact with heat, which means that you may not get all the benefits. Yes, the device is quiet and cheap, but do you really want a device that does not work well?

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