Best Essential Oil Diffuser for Bedroom

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Using an essential oil diffuser in your bedroom is like bringing a spa into your home. It immediately relaxes you and relieves you of all the stress built up from a long day. The item does sound like a luxury and is often priced like one, but it’s all worth when it comes to having a cozy and comfortable home.

There are a number of essential oil diffusers available in the market currently that you can buy to match your style of home. We reviewed the top essential oil diffusers on the market today and picked out our three favorites based on their reliability, functionality and appearance.

All of the diffusers we review in this article are ultrasonic essential oil diffusers. this means they mix the oils in water before getting them into the air. The water is agitated a silent vibration which turns the water at the surface into a fine mist. This mist is then able to fill your bedroom. Ultrasonic diffusers  do not add any heat to the water or essential oils, protecting them from any degradation that may come from heating them up.

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VicTsing 300 ml Cool Mist Essential Oil Diffuser

With a wood grain exterior, easy use, quiet diffusing, and budget pricing, the VicTsing cool mist essential oil diffuser is a crowd favorite. All you have to do is unscrew its cap, and add water and essential oil. The diffuser can run up to 10 hours and shuts down by itself if it runs out of water. You can also set a timer for it to run every one hour or so.

Apart from that, its ultrasonic technology makes it an extremely quiet diffuser. The only issue the customers have had is that it breaks at times and does not produce as much steam after a while, which is why we give this diffuser 4 stars out of 5.

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URPOWER 1000 ml Essential Oil Diffuser

The URPOWER essential oil diffuser has a simple design and is lies on the lower end of the price spectrum. The large capacity of the diffuser allows it to work for 10-15 hours in the high mist mode and 15-20 hours in the low mist mode. It comes with a wireless remote control which helps you set the misting function and its time interval.

The diffuser shuts down automatically if it runs out of water and has 7 LED options to keep things interesting in your room. The amount of oil required for every 100 ml is merely 3-5 drops. The diffuser also works as a humidifier in the high mist mode.

The only issue the customers have had is that the 1000 ml model is a bit too large for a nightstand. Luckily, URPOWER has an extensive lineup of diffusers in different sizes, all the way down to a 130 ml capacity, which is just under 4.5 fluid ounces.


InnoGear Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser

The essential oil diffuser by Innogear is a budget-friendly and whisper-quiet diffuser with the combined properties of a humidifier. The diffuser is portable and can be carried around the house and outside as well. Apart from providing good fragrance, it also stops the air from becoming too dry with its mist. It has seven mood changing lights which appeal to the kids as well.

The system can shut itself down if it runs out of water and can easily sustain for up to 6 hours. The Innogear fares well in all the aspects and therefore, we give it a 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Best Bathroom Dehumidifier

In this article we go over some of the reasons people use dehumidifiers in their bathrooms. Later on  we review several dehumidifiers and highlight some specific features that make them unique.

Trying to find a dehumidifier for your bathroom is a unique challenge. Space is generally a concern. Because of this you need a small dehumidifier but small dehumidifiers don’t have very large capacities. This means that you will need to empty it often. To solve this problem we searched available dehumidifiers to find the smallest one with an automatic pump to drain its water reservoir. Because of this unique feature it is the first dehumidifier we review in this article.

DeLonghi 45-pint Dehumidifier with Patented Pump

This is the single dehumidifier we review in this article that has a pump to automatically drain the water tank. You can also manually empty the tank if you do not wish to use the hose. As we stated earlier this is the smallest dehumidifier with a pump available today. It measures 15.3 in wide by 12.4 in deep and it is 24.3 in tall. Depending on how your bathroom is set up you may easily be able to fit this next to your toilet and have the hose drain into the shower. this would allow the dehumidifier to run continuously without having to worry about the tank filling up.

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Best Small Bathroom Dehumidifier

Some people may try mounting their dehumidifiers on the wall or off of the ceiling. This can save valuable floor space that may not be available in the first place. While there are no dehumidifiers on the market today that will easily mount on the wall, there are several that we review here that would be suitable for placement on a small shelf on the wall.

PureGuardian Dehumidifier

The PureGuardian Dehumidifier is one of the smallest dehumidifiers on the market today. Its base measures 5.2 in by 8.1 in and it is 13.4 in tall per the manufacturer’s specifications. this means that it can easily fit on the back of a standard toilet tank or right on the sink and not take up very much space. Also because of its small size you might consider placing it on a shelf mounted to the wall. The one downside is that the tank is only 360 ml. This is about one and a half cups.

The PureGuardian Dehumidifier uses a Peltier cooler to remove condensation from the air. This is different from a dehumidifier that uses a compressor. The vast majority of dehumidifiers on the market use compressors to remove unwanted humidity from the air. The advantage to the Peltier cooler  is that it is very small. That is what gives this dehumidifier its small footprint. Peltier coolers are not commonly used however because they are not very efficient when compared to the compressors in regular dehumidifiers.

Other Small Dehumidifiers with Peltier Technology

Here is a short list of several other small dehumidifiers for your bathroom that use the same kind of Peltier cooler the PureGuardian uses.  we will only provide short descriptions here because they are more or less the same. They differ slightly in their dimensions and capacities. At the end of this list we have a convenient search bar to help you research any of these dehumidifiers.

hOme Small Dehumidifier

hOmeLabs makes a small dehumidifier rated for a 150 square foot room. The tank has a capacity of 16 ounces and the dehumidifier can remove up to 9 ouces of water from the air per day. It comes with an automatic shutoff feature and a six foot power cord. The outside dimensions are 6.5 inches by 5.3 inches by 8.5 inches.

Eva-Dry 1100 Petite Dehumidifier

Eva-Dry has several small dehummidifiers in their product lineup. They have some dessicant dehumidifiers that do not need batteries or a power cord. They work by absorbing water into a gell material that is later dried out using heat. If you are looking for a small dehumidifier for your bathroom, check out the 1100 or the Eva-Dry 2200 Electric Dehumidifier. The 1100 has an 8 ounce tank while the 2200 has a 20 ounce capacity. The 2200 is wider and taller so if space is your major concern you will want to consider the 1100 first. Conveniently, the numbers in Eva-Dry dehumidifiers stand for the cubic feet they are capable of treating.

Powilling 1500ML

This Powilling dehumidifier has a very large capacity for a Peltier type dehumidifier of just over 50 ounces. It is capable or removing 14 ounces of water from the air per day. It is definitely one of the more powerful small dehumidifiers you could use in your bathroom. it is bigger, measuring 13.7 inches by 9.4 by 7.4.

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Best Humidifier and Diffuser Combo

In this article we explore the best humidifier and diffuser combos on the market today. We start by laying out the important qualities to look for when shopping for one of these items. Later on we take these qualities and use them to screen the available combos to provide our recommendation for the top humidifier/diffuser as well as a runner up.

The Screening Process

In this section we talk about the criteria we used to decide which appliances we would review. One of the first things that stands out during research on humidifiers can be found in the user manual. Most humidifier manufacturers indicate their humidifiers are not to be used with essential oils.

However, there are a few newer manufacturers making high capacity humidifiers that are compatible with essential oils. In this article we define high capacity as larger than one gallon. Until recently, people looking for one appliance that would both add humidity to the air and diffuse essential oils. We review two of these humidifiers later on in this article.

Generally, humidifiers can add a lot more moisture to the air than the best essential oil diffuser. The downside to this is that they are bulkier, which limits where they can be set up in a room. This article focuses on humidifier and diffuser combos that are sized to treat one room. The humidifiers in this category are comparable in size to the larger essential oil diffusers we discuss on this page.

There is a special class of essential oil diffusers that add moisture to the air just like a humidifier. They are called a variety of names: cool mist diffuser, ultrasonic diffuser and so on. In this article we will refer to them as ultrasonic diffusers. They get this name because they produce ultrasonic vibrations to agitate the water and cause it to form a mist.


Capacity

After examining this set of appliances we further narrowed our scope by looking for ultrasonic diffusers with larger capacities. Many ultrasonic diffusers have very small capacities, under 500 mL (slightly more than 2 cups). At the same time, we limited the size of the humidifiers we would consider to make sure the overall size of the appliances we reviewed were similar.

The capacity is important because it is directly related to continuous run time. Humidifying the air is a long term process. It also works best if there is a near constant supply of moisture going into the air. The same principle applies to aromatherapy. On to the recommendations!

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1500ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser by Exqline

The first diffuser and humidifier combo we recommend is the 1500ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser by Exqline. It has a high capacity of just over 40 ounces of water, the highest capacity we found in a humidifier and diffuser combo. This gives it a run time of up to 20 hours. Read on to see some of the more unique features that set this ultrasonic humidifier apart from the crowd.

The Exqline Diffuser is one of the few humidifier combos that has a continuously variable output. This means that it isn’t just a high or low setting for how much moisture it puts into the air. You can turn the knob to adjust how much mist your diffuser puts out.

Area of coverage

This ultrasonic diffuser can provide restorative humidity for up to a 325 square foot area. It also provides aromatherapy for up to 450 square feet. Because of the large area it can provide humidity for, we are confident in recommending it as the best humidifier and diffuser combo on the market today.

There is one downside however, it does not come with any pre-set timers. This means that the ultrasonic diffuser will run continuously until you turn it off. It does have a safety feature to turn itself off when it runs out of water. The auto-shutoff feature is commonly found on quality humidifiers.

URPOWER 1000 ml Essential Oil Diffuser

The next product we considered for best humidifier and diffuser combo is the URPOWER 1000ml Essential Oil Diffuser. This diffuser comes from a well-known brand and has a few features that are not available on the Exqline.

These features include an LED that can change between 7 different colors. It also has a remote and preset timers. These give you some convenient options. You can also just let it run and rely on the automatic shut off the same way you can with the Exqline.

The 1000 ml tank allows it to run continuously for up to 20 hours. This essential oil diffuser can provide humidification for up to 269 square feet. The aromatherapy benefits from the essential oil diffuser extend to a full 430 square feet. Both of these areas are slightly smaller than the area treatable by the Exqline.

SimpleTaste 4L (1.06 Gallon) Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser

This is one of the newer humidifiers on the market today that is compatible with essential oils. It operates at an incredible volume of only 35 decibels, about as quiet as a library. The humidifier produces a constant sound similar to white noise that has been shown to muffle noses that would normally disturb sleep.

Like all good humidifiers, the SimpleTaste humidifier has a water filter to remove impurities before turning the water into a mist and diffusing it into the air. This provides benefits to the people breathing the air as well as the appliance itself.

Does filtered water help a humidifier?

Removing the impurities before the water enters the rest of the humidifier keeps the moving parts clean. This is an ultrasonic humidifier that uses vibrations to turn the water into a mist. The filter keeps mineral buildup from accumulating on these moving parts.

The SimpleTaste Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser features a small sponge that holds the essential oils until they are ready to be diffused. You guessed it, filtering the water also keeps minerals out of the sponge and extends its life.

Finally, keeping minerals out of the diffused moisture also keeps them out of the air. Some ultrasonic or cool mist diffusers/humidifiers let the minerals and impurities leave into the air along with the moisture they produce. These impurities can sometimes be seen on nearby surfaces in the form of a white dust. People who suffer from asthma have a hard time breathing these impurities, too.

How long does the filter last?

The filter needs to be replaced every 500 hours that the humidifier/diffuser is used. If you refilled the water reservoir every time before it was empty and never let it stop running, this works out to just over 20 days on the highest mist setting. However, this will most likely not be the typical level of use. 1byone makes the recommended filters for SimpleTaste humidifier products.

Realistically the humidifier diffuser combo will probably need a new filter once a month. We included the replacement filters in the images below so that you can estimate the cost of owning the appliance over a period of time. The essential oils featured below are some of the most popular and have a variety of scents. If you have not used essential oils before or are looking for a new scent, check out this set.

Everlasting Comfort Ultrasonic Humidifier (6L)

Here are the major differences between the Everlasting Comfort Ultrasonic Humidifier and the SimpleTaste humidifier diffuser we just reviewed

  1. Higher capacity, 6 liters vs 4 liters
  2. Does not include a water filter
  3. Uses a tray rather than a sponge to hold essential oils

Capacity

With a larger capacity you will not need to refill as often. The manufacturer advertises that a full tank of water will last this humidifier for up to six days. While that sounds great from a convenience standpoint, it is unlikely that this setting puts out enough humidity to make a noticeable difference in air quality.

Filterless Humidifier Diffuser Combo

Everlasting Comfort does not design this appliance to use a water filter. On the one had, you do not have the expense of a filter that comes with the SimpleTaste version. However, expect the white dust on nearby surfaces that comes from adding unfiltered water to the air.

The manufacturer is aware of this problem with filterless cool mist humidifiers. They recommend using filtered or distilled water in the humidifier to avoid any issues.

Essential Oil Tray

The last significant difference is how essential oils are added to the appliance. Instead of a sponge, you put the oil into a tray. A small fan circulates air over the tray and carries the oil toward the mist leaving the appliance. Together, the moisture and essential oils diffuse into the room. If you like to switch between different essential oils often, this is the better choice.

It is much easier to clean out the essential oil tray with soap and water. If you want the clean the sponge from the SimpleTaste diffuser it will take some extra work to make sure the sponge is ready for a new essential oil.


Conclusion

Thanks for reading! We hope this was informative and helps you make a decision as you consider a humidifier and diffuser combo.

The Best Cool Mist Humidifier for Your Baby

Keep your little one congestion free this winter. Read on to learn about the best cool mist humidifier for babies and why you need one for the nursery.
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A sick baby is probably one of the worst situations new parents can find themselves in. Not only are you adjusting to your new bundle of joy, you are probably lacking some much-needed sleep.

If your baby starts to get the sniffles, many doctors recommend using a humidifier to help soothe your baby’s discomfort. Babies cannot use decongestants because they are too young.

The moist air from a humidifier can help loosen mucus and make it easier to breathe. Humidifiers can also help sore throats that develop from nasal drip and coughing.

Keep your little one congestion free with the right humidifier. Read on to learn about the best cool mist humidifier for babies and why you need one for the nursery.

What to Look for in a Humidifier?

When a baby is sick, one of the most uncomfortable times is during the night. It can be difficult for them to sleep if they have sinus pressure and congestion. Humidified air can help with both of those things.

Below are some things to keep in mind when you are looking for a humidifier for the nursery:

Noise

Noise is very important when shopping for a humidifier. The last thing you want is a noisy machine in the nursery that will get in the way of your baby getting a good night’s rest.

Noise levels vary across different models and brands. Some humidifiers have low-quality fans that will emit a loud droning noise. Higher quality humidifiers use quieter fans.

Capacity

You will definitely want to keep capacity in mind when looking at different humidifiers. You want one that has a large enough capacity so that you don’t need to be going in and out of your baby’s room to refill the tank.

Your humidifier should have a relatively large reservoir so that it can sustain enough water to last your baby through the night.

Cool Mist Operation

There are two types of humidifiers. There are ones that emit cool mist and ones that emit a warm mist. Both types add moisture to the air, but they do so differently.

Cool mist humidifiers force water into the air without using heat. Warm mist will heat the water and then emit it into the air in the form of steam.

Doctors recommend a cool mist humidifier for babies because it is effective in helping with coughing and congestion, and doesn’t come with any of the risks.

Warm mist humidifiers can be dangerous in a nursery. These humidifiers can accidentally spill hot water, or even burn your baby if they get too close to the steam.

Germs and Bacteria

Adding too much moisture into the air has the potential to promote the growth of dust mites and mold. This is why many parents choose to keep the door open when running a humidifier.

If you are concerned about this happening, then you may want to consider a humidifier with a built-in humidistat. This feature will automatically shut off the machine when the air in the room reaches a certain level of moisture.

Our Top Picks for Cool Mist Humidifier for Babies

There are many different types of models and brands of humidifiers on the market. As a new parent, it might be slightly overwhelming when trying to pick the best fit for your family.

Below are our top three choices for a cool mist humidifier for babies.

TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist humidifier for babies is on the more expensive end, but it’s many features make it worth the cost. This unit has 3 speed settings- low, medium, and high. All 3 settings are quiet, and should not interfere with your baby’s sleep.

This humidifier has a larger tank than many other models, coming in at 4 liters. It can operate for up to 15 hours at the low setting, which means you can go for longer stretches of time without having to worry about refilling.

The various settings allow you to control the level of mist and also set the humidity level to your preference. There is also a reusable micro-porous filter that prevents micro-organisms from forming.

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Crane White Smart Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The Crane White Smart Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is a customer favorite because of its unique design and fun colors. Fashion savvy parents are delighted with the eclectic color choices, and the unit looks great in any room.

The humidifier is easy to set up and it doesn’t require a filter to clean or replace. It comes with a pretty decent capacity and has all of the basics for what you would want in a cool mist humidifier.

This model is also relatively inexpensive, so it may be an option to consider if you want something reliable and practical but won’t break the bank. It includes a built-in humidistat which many parents consider to be an absolute must feature.

Honeywell Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier

The Honeywell Germ-Free Cool Mist humidifier for babies is also a customer favorite because it is super easy to clean and refill. The tank is removable, fits easily into any kitchen sink, and has a wide opening that makes refilling easy.

This humidifier requires a disposable filter, which will need to be replaced every 1 to 3 months. It has a 1-gallon water capacity, which keeps it running on high for about 9 hours or up to about 24 hours on low.

Honeywell markets this unit as “germ-free” because it uses a ultraviolet light to kill bacteria before it is misted into the air. It is an excellent, high capacity and reliable humidifier.

The Best Cool Mist Humidifier for Babies

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Every parent wants to make sure that their baby is comfortable and safe. Getting a reliable and easy-to-use humidifier is a great way to ensure that your baby is sleeping through the night, even if they aren’t feeling their best.

Making sure that a humidifier has all the must-have features before investing is always a great idea.

Best Crawl Space Dehumidifier with Pump

In this article we talk about the unique challenges you face when trying to use a dehumidifier in your crawl space. People generally use dehumidifiers in their crawl space for the same reasons they use them in their basement, removing mold or excess moisture. However, there are additional situations to consider when trying to dehumidify your crawl space.

When you use a dehumidifier in your basement it’s fairly simple. There is at least one drain in every homes basement period this drain can easily take care of the water coming out of the dehumidifier if you decide to use a hose. The other option would be just to walk down to your basement and empty the water collection pan whenever it needs it.

Crawl spaces on the other hand are not so easy to get to. It would be very inconvenient to get into your crawl space everyday or every other day to empty the water collection pan. Also crawl spaces don’t have drain so you cannot use the dehumidifier hose. There is a solution and it is to use a dehumidifier with a built in pump.

Dehumidifiers with built-in pumps

Dehumidifiers with pumps can push the water up word. This means that if you have an opening near the top of your crawl space you can put the hose out the opening and still expect the water to be pumped out. This is a unique feature that you must have in any dehumidifier you plan to use in your crawl space.

Essential features

Additionally, you would also want your dehumidifier to be able to treat a large area. Most crawl spaces go underneath the entire house. Luckily most manufacturers that make dehumidifiers with built-in pumps put them on their higher-capacity dehumidifiers. We directed our research into dehumidifiers using these two features, a built in pump and high capacity, to narrow the field.

Other Considerations

We also considered how well-known the manufacturer’s brand is and their reputation for quality. This let us to pick the Frigidaire 70 pint dehumidifier with pump as the best dehumidifier for your crawl space. In the next part of this article we review the other features that really made the Frigidaire dehumidifier stand out from its competitors.

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Washable Filter

One of the first things that caught our eye was the fact that the air filter is washable. This is not a HEPA filter like you might expect from an air purifier. it’s only function is to keep large particles of dust and debris out of the dehumidifier. Because of this you can easily wash it and use it over. It is possible to damage the filter, so Frigidaire does make replacements. One downside is that you cannot use the filter until it is dry. The manufacturer also advises against using something like an electric hair dryer to speed up this drying process. Because of this some people will order a second filter when they purchase their dehumidifier. This means you can continuously run your dehumidifier without waiting for the filter to dry.

Dehumidifier Pump

The maximum rise and distance that the dehumidifier pump will work is 5 meters according to Frigidaire. This translates to just over 16 feet. if you use a hose longer than this it is possible to damage the pump. One thing to remember is that the water inside the hose has wait. As long as the hose is on an upward angle this water is pushing back against pump. The pump is only so strong and cannot move the water further without risking damage.

The dehumidifier hose should have a diameter of 11/16 of an inch. This is not the same size as a traditional garden hose. Dehumidifier hoses are widely available and do come in lengths of up to 16 feet.

Best Crawl Space Dehumidifier with Pump

Based on our research of the top dehumidifiers on the market we concluded that the Frigidaire 70 pint dehumidifier with built-in pump is the best dehumidifier to use in a crawl space.

Additional Reading

Check out these articles related to mold removal and dehumidifiers.

  1. https://www.unhumid.com/dehumidifier-vs-air-purifier-mold/ – In this article we compare dehumidifiers and air purifiers and their effectiveness for dealing with mold. Both of these air treatment appliances have the capability to help solve a mold problem.
  2. https://www.unhumid.com/best-dehumidifier-basement-mold/ – It can be hard to treat mold in your basement. Since there is less air circulation and generally cooler temperatures, it makes a good opportunity for pockets of moisture to build up. Things like mold and other fungi can take hold in these moist areas. Keeping your basement dry is an important part of removing and keeping mold out of your basement.

Dehumidifier vs Air Purifier for Mold

In this article we compare dehumidifiers and air purifiers and their effectiveness for dealing with mold. Both of these air treatment appliances have the capability to help solve a mold problem.

Mold produces spores that become airborne in order to spread.  These mold spores are everywhere, indoors and Outdoors. Some people have allergies to mold spores and may want to pay close attention to the mold spore count in their area.

In addition to problems with itching allergies and sneezing mold can also damage property. Mold can repair require expensive repair and remediation services. One of the most common places for mold form in home is on the windowsill. This is because excess moisture in the air will condense on cold Windows during winter months. Mold can also develop in the attic or basement where there is generally inadequate ventilation.

Since mold spores are airborne, they can be captured by an air filter.  Usually they remain here until the filter is either cleaned or replaced. However, if there is enough moisture in the air the mold can begin to reproduce on the air filter. In this situation the air purifier or ventilation system is actually spreading mold spores every time it turns on. Air purifiers are a great way to lower the number of mold spores in the air. They do need to be maintained regularly to ensure their effectiveness.

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Humidity and Mold Growth

Mold needs humid air in order to spread and grow. If you can use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels below 50% you will be taking a significant step toward preventing the spread and growth. Since regular things like cooking and using the shower increase the humidity inside a home, we recommend using a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will control the humidity levels and consistently keep them below 50%.

The Centers for Disease Control and prevention recommend this level of 50% relative humidity in order to prevent mold growth. They also indicate that an air conditioner can help control humidity levels the same way a dehumidifier will. While this is true, dehumidifiers tend to be much more energy efficient than air conditioners. You can also use dehumidifiers in the winter when an air conditioner would not be practical.

If you need to clean mold off surfaces, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recommend a cleaning solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach mixed with 1 gallon of water. They have additional tips and warnings here.

Maintenance

Dehumidifiers, like air purifiers, also need regular maintenance. Their water catch bins must be emptied regularly if the dehumidifier is not routed directly to a drain. People often use dehumidifier hoses to accomplish this. The water collection bins must be cleaned to prevent mold growth inside. And dehumidifier hoses must be cleaned regularly to reduce the buildup of mineral deposits.

Both air purifiers and dehumidifiers will help reduce the spread of mold in your home. Both of these appliances require regular maintenance in order to function correctly. They will both help manage allergies to mold as well. We suggest using dehumidifiers and places where moisture is likely to collect. This could be in your basement or bathroom. Additionally you can use an air purifier where you spend the most time. This would most likely be your bedroom since you sleep there at night.

Best Air Purifier for Mold

The Allen BreatheSmart Customizable Air Purifier with HEPA-Pure Filter for Allergies and Dust is one of the most consistently recommended air purifiers for mold. It has a HEPA filter, which is capable of capturing the vast majority of mold spores.

According to the University of Central Florida, mold spores are between 3 and 40 microns in size. Since HEPA filters remove anything bigger than 0.3 microns across, you can expect to see some improvements in your indoor air quality with the Allen BreatheSmart.

However, the BreatheSmart does come with a high price tag compared to other air purifiers. One of the main reasons for this is how large of an area the BreatheSmart can cover. At 1,100 square feet, the BreatheSmart might be the only air purifier you need in your home.

Another great option is the Austin Air Healthmate Air Purifier. It comes with a HEPA filter like the BreatheSmart and covers a larger area of 1,500 square feet. Check the images below to see if it is available for less than the BreatheSmart.

Lastly, we’ll recommend the Levoit LV-H132 for your consideration. We love the LV-H132 for a number of reasons. It does not compare at all in the area it is capable of covering, 86 square feet, compared to the other air purifiers we mention. The significant upside it has is the price. The best application for the LV-H132 would be in a bedroom on a nightstand.

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Dehumidifier vs Air Purifier for Mold

Hopefully we have provided you with enough information to make an informed choice about managing your mold exposure in your home. We have a few final thoughts on managing your mold exposure at home.

Does your basement ever smell musty or earthy? This is very common in the spring or after heavy rainfalls. Do you try to cover up the smell with air fresheners?

Don’t! That smell is a solid indicator of mold growth. If you do not treat mold growth and kill it, the mold will release spores into the air in your home. These spores aggravate allergy symptoms and can lead to health complications over time.

Check out these articles for more information about managing air quality in your basement.

Here is a link to our top pick for the Best Air Purifier for a Musty Basement.

Additionally, we have written about controlling mold growth by using a dehumidifier to reduce moisture levels in your basement. Read this article to learn more – Best Dehumidifier for Basement Mold.

If you have any additional questions or recommendations of your own please feel free to leave a comment in the section below.


Dehumidifier vs Tumble Dryer

In this article we compare a dehumidifier to a tumble dryer. If you are interested in the differences and similarities between these two appliances it is safe to say you want to use them to dry your clothes.

Because of that, the main focus of this article will be the differences in energy consumption. There are other advantages and disadvantages we discuss as well. It will be up to you to decide which is more practical and which is best for your situation.

We are going to do the heavy lifting of figuring out which one is more energy efficient. Later on in the article we will bring up a few practical considerations when it comes to operating each of these appliances.

Dehumidifier Advantages

The biggest advantage a dehumidifier will offer over a tumbler dryer is the ability to dry bulky items like backpacks or sleeping bags. By speeding the drying process in an entire room, dehumidifiers can dry out wet backpacks.

This is important because the zippers and straps on a backpack can damage the inside of a tumbler dryer. Also, it is quite noisy when the metal pieces come into contact with the inside of the dryer.

Sleeping bags also present unique challenges to normally sized tumbler dryers. Most people will need to use the commercial sized dryers available in laundromats to get a sleeping bag dry. Dehumidifiers easy solve this problem. You can hang the sleeping bag on a drying rack and let the dehumidifier do its work without needing to leave the house.

Energy Efficiency

One thing that is always important to look for when purchasing an appliance is ENERGY STAR certification. This is an important thing to look for because of a number of reasons. First it shows that the manufacturer was confident enough in their product that they were willing to let a third party inspect and certified that product. Also since the ENERGY STAR certification relates to how efficient the appliances you can be sure that relative to other products in the same class, this one should save you money on your energy bill.

How much electricity does a tumbler dryer use?

An important thing to note is that this certification is important when comparing products of the same type.  an ENERGY STAR certified dehumidifier is not the same as an ENERGY STAR certified tumble dryer. Tumble dryers use anywhere from 1800 watts to 5000 watts in an hour.  A typical tumble dryer will use about 3000 watts in an hour.

How much electricity does a dehumidifier use?

Dehumidifiers on the other hand generally use less than 300 watts an hour. A tumble dryer using 3000 watts an hour and a dehumidifier using 300 watts an hour can both be ENERGY STAR certified. This certification means that an ENERGY STAR certified dryer has been verified to meet certain efficiency standards.

The links below starts with two tumble dryers that are ENERGY STAR certified. The next two are dehumidifiers with the same certification. These links will take you to the product listing on Amazon.

GE 27 Inch Smart Electric Dryer with 7.4 cubic ft Capacity

Electrolux 27″ Electric Dryer with 8 cubic ft Capacity

Frigidaire 30-Pint Dehumidifier

hOmeLabs 70 Pint Dehumidifier

Costs of Operation

Earlier in this article we said that a typical tumble dryer will use about 3000 watts of electricity in an hour. This is quite a bit of electricity compared to a dehumidifier that only uses about 300 watts in the same time frame.  This isn’t exactly a fair comparison though. A tumble dryer will have your clothes dried  in about an hour.  If you are using a dehumidifier to dry your clothes you can expect it to take more than an hour. So if we do the math here, we see that this dehumidifier could run for 10 hours straight before using the same amount of electricity as the tumble dryer. Take the 3,000 watts used by the dryer divided by the 300 watts the dehumidifier uses.  the result is 10 hours of run time for the dehumidifier compared to 1 hour of run time for the tumble dryer.

It is pretty safe to say that it will take your clothes less than 10 hours to dry even if you hung them on drying racks. The dehumidifier used near drying racks will shorten the time it takes to dry your clothes. Based on the calculations above we can confidently say that a dehumidifier is much more energy efficient when compared to using a tumble dryer for your clothes. Next up we show one of the less obvious ways a tumble dryer can increase your energy bill.

How does a tumble dryer work?

A tumble dryer works by pushing heated air past wet clothes. the heated air carries the moisture away and is vented outside your home. This is a very simple explanation but it will suit our needs for this discussion.

There is an intake port usually located on the back of all tumble dryers. This is where the dryer sucks air from your home into the appliance. Next the air is heated blown past the clothes and vented outside. The dryer is taking air from your home that is already heated or cooled to a comfortable temperature and pushing it outside. as this air leaves you home it is slowly replaced by air leaking in through the seals on your windows and doors. Anytime your tumble dryer is running it is continuously taking comfortable air out of your home and pushing it outside while overtime pulling outside air into your home.

Most tumble dryers require an exhaust vent capable of handling over 200 cubic feet of air per minute.  The manufacturer expects the dryer to pull at least 200 cubic feet of air per minute from your home and put it outside. If you multiply this by 60 minutes, we spoke about an hour of run time earlier, you come up with 18,000 cubic feet of air. This is an incredible amount of energy when compared to a dehumidifier.

Dehumidifiers do not have an external exhaust port that moves air from inside your home to the outdoors.  If you ever open a dryer in the winter time you will notice that it is very cold. Even when the dryer is not operating it is still leaking heat out of your home.

Other operation considerations

Sometimes when your dryer has finished its cycle of operations some of your clothes are still damp. Here you are faced with a choice of either hanging up your clothes on a drying rack or running the dryer again.

Running the dryer for a second cycle uses huge amounts of energy compared to leaving the clothes on a dryer rack.  If you are drying your clothes with drying racks and dehumidifiers, you don’t need to worry about this kind of decision. The dehumidifier will run until the humidity levels in the surrounding air are where you want them.

It is important to either check that water collection bin of your dehumidifier often or to have the dehumidifier pour directly into a drain. If you forget to check the water collection bin the dehumidifier will automatically turn off. This could lengthen the amount of time until your clothes are dry.

Final thoughts on dehumidifier vs tumble dryer

All this being said a tumble dryer is very convenient it just isn’t efficient. When using the dryer you do not have to worry about hanging all your clothes on dryer racks.

However some clothes are not safe for tumble dryers. They need to be hung up on a drying rack anyway. One option that might make the most sense is to use a dehumidifier with drying racks for smaller loads of laundry.

You could save the tumble dryer for larger loads or those that have towels and other items that are difficult to dry. Hopefully we have presented enough information for your to make an informed choice when comparing a dehumidifier to a tumble dryer.

The links below starts with two tumble dryers that are ENERGY STAR certified. The next two are dehumidifiers with the same certification. These links will take you to the product listing on Amazon.

GE 27 Inch Smart Electric Dryer with 7.4 cubic ft Capacity

Electrolux 27″ Electric Dryer with 8 cubic ft Capacity

Frigidaire 30-Pint Dehumidifier

hOmeLabs 70 Pint Dehumidifier

Best Essential Oil Diffuser for a Large Room

As the benefits of essential oils become more widely known, the essential oil diffuser industry is growing at a rapid pace. It has become a must-have for any home that’s looking to have inside air that can prevent or treat medical problems.

Diffusers of all shapes and sizes have started to pop out with the most of them promising neat features along with its basic function of dispersing the essential oil into the air. Some you can even control with your voice like the SMART Essential Oil Diffuser by POLEND.

What does this mean for you?

This means that there’s certainly a model for your needs, but it can be hard to choose from the wide array of available products today. If you’re looking for oil diffusers for large rooms, read this in-depth guide for choosing and for the best models in the market.

Don’t Look at the Size

If you think about it, getting a large diffuser for a large room makes sense, right? Well, not exactly.

They don’t work like fans. The best fans have bigger, faster blades but diffusers have much more going on underneath the surface.

The diffuser’s size options, like 150 mL or 300 mL, refers more to the hours of runtime rather than the size of the area it can cover. A larger size will run for more hours, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be able to cover your large room.

You’d need to look at the motor to see if the diffuser will be able to disperse the essential oil into a large space. However, it would still be preferable to get a larger capacity tank if you can.

You May Have to Buy Two Diffusers

It doesn’t matter what the manufacturer says, if you have a room that’s too large, you may have to get 2 diffusers. For example, it’s not realistic to expect 1 diffuser to cover a 1,000 sq. ft. room.

If you want to inhale the essential oil as you enter the room and even if you go to the other end, we recommend buying 2 of the same model instead. This ensures that the mist will travel to all corners of your room, and you will be able to enjoy the benefits of diffusing wherever you choose to be in the room.

Oil Quality Matters Too

If you intend to use a diffuser for a large room, make sure you have some quality essential oils as well.

If you have diluted oils, the scent won’t be as strong and you won’t be able to get the benefits of diffusing even if the mist covers the whole area. Avoid those that contain other ingredients and chemicals that don’t have useful reasons to be there.

When putting drops, you also don’t want to put too few in the name of being frugal. Likewise, you won’t achieve the same effects, especially that you’re diffusing in a large room.

What to Look for in a Large Room Essential Oil Diffuser

When choosing the best oil diffuser for large rooms, take a look at its specs and features. Here are a few that you need to look into before you buy it.

Motor

Diffusers with a powerful motor can produce mist for your large room effectively. However, they may not be the silent type.

Thanks to technology, there are now diffusers that run quietly and disperse fragrance efficiently at the same time. Make sure the model you choose has this technology by testing it before buying or by reading up reviews online by those who’ve tried it.

This is especially important when you’re buying more than 1 diffuser for a larger room.

Capacity

As we’ve discussed earlier, the capacity of a diffuser indicates how long it can run before it dries up. A large capacity means it can store a lot of water and oil, hence it will run out less quickly. It also means fewer refills.

You also need a large capacity if you have a diffuser with a powerful motor as it can disperse essential oil more quickly.

Timer Setting

Want to save essential oils? Turn off the diffuser every time you’re not using it. Better yet, buy a diffuser with a timer setting so that it won’t run continuously when you forget to do so.

A diffuser with a timer setting allows you to set the hours you want the diffuser to operate. Note that in order for the diffuser to run for your desired duration, you have to make sure that it has enough water so it doesn’t shut down.

Consider These Things Before Choosing

There are a lot of great diffusers out there, but not every one of them is the best oil diffuser for you. Consider the following before you buy one.

The Duration You’re Aiming For

How long do you want the diffuser to keep running?

Will you be in the room all day, so you’d also want it to diffuse the whole day? Do you want it to run while you’re sleeping? Perhaps, you don’t need one to operate for more than a couple hours at a time?

The capacity you’ll need depends on your answers. If you need one to work long hours, you’ll have to get a large capacity and vice versa.

How Much Space You Have

As we said above, a room too big might require you to get 2 diffusers instead. Measure the room and then decide on the capacity and power of the diffuser you need, as well as the number of units you have to buy.

The Features You Want

If the diffuser has to run for a long time, it must have an automatic power off function, which will turn off the diffuser when the water is low. This ensures that it won’t operate continuously even when the reservoir is empty.

Take into account the design as well. You’d want it to match the room it will stay in.

Your Budget

Your budget is one of the biggest factors as well. If you need 2 diffusers, for example, and you’re on a tight budget, don’t buy the top models with a bunch of features you don’t need. You don’t need that diffuser with colorful LED lights, do you?

Your budget must match your needs, but don’t be afraid to go a little over the budget for a durable model.

Best Oil Diffusers for Large Rooms 2018

Now that we’ve discussed what makes the best oil diffuser for you, let’s look at some of the best-rated ones in the industry. We looked at the price, the capacity, and the reviews to come up with this list.

1. URPOWER 1,000 mL Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

This model comes with a large capacity, a powerful motor, and a lot of features. It has a remote control so you can turn the lights on and off, as well as control its settings.

It has 3 timer settings: 3 hours, 6 hours, and 9 hours. It turns off automatically when it becomes empty. It also has 2 mist controls, low and high.

The low setting allows the diffuser to run up to 23 hours, while the high setting allows it to operate for a maximum of 15 hours. The latter mode is more suitable for larger rooms to ensure that the mist reaches every corner.

One of the best things about the URPOWER diffuser and humidifier is that it’s easy to clean and refill. The interior pops out easily, and there’s a water line so you won’t overfill it with water.

The colorful lights feature is a bonus, but you don’t have to turn it on if you want a peaceful night. It’s quiet as well, which is perfect for relaxation nights.

Because of its high capacity, the URPOWER 1000 ml essential oil diffuser earns our top pick for the best diffuser for a large room.

2. VicTsing Aromatherapy Diffuser, Ultrasonic Cool-Mist Humidifier

The first thing you’ll notice when you look at the VicTsing essential oil diffuser is its classy design. It will fit nicely in high-end rooms, especially those with wood features. It has nice features to go along with the classic wood grain finish as well: 4 timer options and 7-color LED lights.

You can choose to have it running for 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, and continuously. Like the model above, it has weak and strong cold mist options.

You can program the LED lights to cycle through all 7 colors or to display only one. Even its brightness is customizable, you can have it dimmed or bright to suit the mood.

It only has a 300 mL-capacity, though. Still, it lasts for 6 to 10 hours, and it shuts down automatically when it runs out. That should be enough for a whole day at work or for a whole night of sleep.

It also doubles as a humidifier, which can treat dry throat and ease flu symptoms. That’s not all, however. We’ve made a list of the other great benefits of humidifiers you should check out too.

3. HouSmile Essential Oil Diffuser

The HouSmile diffuser also sports an interesting design with a lighter wood grain finish. It has non-toxic durable materials that are corrosion-resistant and safe for the environment. It’s pretty quiet, which makes it perfect for the bedroom, but the lights might be too bright for some.

According to HouSmile, this model can cover a 160 sq. ft. room, which means you’ll have to buy 2 if you plan to put it in a bigger room. The good thing about it is that you can control the direction of the mist so that it will go to the middle of the room when you put it in the corner.

This model is more of a basic diffuser; it doesn’t have fancy features like numerous timer options, a remote control, and programmable LED lights. However, it has a rather large capacity of 600 mL, and it also has an auto shut off function for when the reservoir runs dry.

It’s quite easy to refill, but you have to wait a bit for the condensation to drip back down before you open it. Otherwise, it will leave a wet mess. If you know what to expect though, you can refill or clean it immediately after using as long as you don’t let the water flow out of the bowl.

4. Pure Enrichment PureSpa Deluxe Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Oil

If you’re looking for an elegant model that you can display in your modern room, the PureSpa Deluxe is right for you. It has first-grade materials that ensure its durability and its polished looks.

With that said, it’s more expensive than the other options in this list given that it only has a 120 mL tank. Nevertheless, it’s a great option for large rooms as the manufacturer promises that it can cover up to 250 sq. ft.

Despite having a low capacity, it can still run for 8 to 10 hours. However, that also means that the output is minimal. If you’re after a high mist setting, this one doesn’t have it.

The best thing about this model is that it runs very quietly so it doesn’t disturb your sleep. It works fast, too! It only takes about 55 seconds to cover 8 feet of space.

It can also display a light cycle of blue, green, red, yellow, and purple. You get to enjoy the whole rainbow as it doesn’t have an option to stay with 1 color.

5. Hathaspace Marble Essential Oil Aroma Diffuser

When it comes to looks, the simple and minimalist look of Hathaspace Marble Essential Oil Aroma Diffuser works for every room as well. It sports a clean white look that comes with extra settings. It produces a lot of mist, so it’s great for large rooms.

It has 4 timer settings: 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, or continuously. With a 300 mL tank, it’s able to run non-stop for 6 to 8 hours. Don’t worry about water running out, it also shuts down automatically.

It also makes for a great night light with 7 light colors to choose from: white, blue, pink, green, red, yellow, and purple. You can have the diffuser to display one color or to cycle through it. If you don’t want lights, you can simply turn it off.

The simple design doesn’t come with simple instructions, though. You’d have to read carefully to know which button does which function.

 

Choosing Made Easy

Remember, the best oil diffusers for large rooms vary by your needs, so you don’t have to get the same model your neighbor got.

Because of its high capacity, the URPOWER 1000 ml essential oil diffuser earns our top pick for the best diffuser for a large room. It has the largest water reservoir out of all the models we reviewed today.

Feel free to read more reviews and look at the features you need to ensure that you get what you expect to get. We hope this guide helps you choose the right diffuser for your home.

Oil Warmer vs Wax Warmer

essential oils

In this article we compare an oil warmer to a wax warmer. An oil warmer can also be referred to as an oil burner. This is because they consists of a small dish that holds the oil and underneath that the user would place a tea light candle. Wax warmer can refer to and item that warms wax for hair removal.

In this article we are going to discuss scented wax warmers which are designed to diffuse pleasant aromas into the space they are used in.

Since oil warmers use tea light candles they offer distinct advantages and disadvantages when compared to wax warmers. Because they use a candle there is an increased risk for fire especially if you have pets or children in your home. However, since they do not need to be plugged in you, have a wide range of options when placing your oil warmer.

Oil warmers use essential oils to diffuse their scent. You can customize the scent by using different types of essential oils in different amounts. This is not something that you can easily do with scented wax.

How to use an Oil Warmer

When using essential oils in an oil warmer you will need to add some water. You would dilute the essential oils in the same way when using an ultrasonic diffuser. The main difference here is that it doesn’t require as much water as an ultrasonic diffuser would.

An ultrasonic diffuser can act as a humidifier and actually put measurable amounts of moisture into the air. The most important consideration when purchasing an oil warmer is going to be how well it matches the décor of the room. Unlike scented wax warmers, there are not especially well known brands.


Scented Wax Warmers

There are two main types of  scented wax warmers. Scented wax warmers generally consist of a base that melts the wax above it, allowing a pleasant scent to fill the room.

The first type of scented wax warmer is known as a tart warmer. The other is a candle warmer. The section below outlines the differences between them.

Tart vs Candle Warmer Differences

A tart warmer uses a light bulb, candle or alternate heat source to melt wax that comes in small cube shapes known as tarts. Tart warmers that are plugged into the wall and use an electric heat source, be it a light bulb or heating coil, are generally safer than those using candles to melt the wax.

There are also appliances known as candle warmers, which are basically a hot plate specially designed to warm a jar of candle wax. These are a great way to enjoy the scents of a candle you already own without the use of a flame.

Make sure to measure the base of the candle you intend to use with a candle warmer. They are designed with a small plastic lip for safety purposes around the edge of the heating plate. Your candle must be able to fit inside this lip so it can soak up the heat provided by the warmer.

The links below will take you to the product listing on Amazon.

The first link is a candle warmer with a 4.25 inch base. This product requires a candle already in a glass jar to diffuse scents.

The middle link is a Scentsy warmer which uses a light bulb to warm the wax.

The last one is a tea light oil burner which uses a tea light candle to heat the essential oils held in the dish above.

Darice Large Candle Warmer

Scentsy Deluxe Warmer

Ivenf Ceramic Tea Light Essential Oil Burner

Wax Warmers vs Oil Diffusers

Wax warmers have a very distinct advantage over oil warmers. Once you turn off the wax warmer, the wax will harden and become solid again. There’s really nothing to clean up or worry about if you want to move the wax warmer to put it away.

Oil warmers use essential oils diluted in either a carrier oil or water. Water and carrier oils remain liquid at room temperature. This makes relocating an oil warmer a little more difficult. You would definitely need to clean the dish before putting it away. There is a workaround to this that we will go into more detail in the ‘Oil Warmers’ section of this article.

The Best Wax Warmer Brands

Scentsy is one of the most well known producers of wax warmers. They also have one of the strongest lineups of scented wax on the market today. If you decide to purchase a wax warmer, we recommend looking at Scentsy for generally appealing designs.

The links below are all Scentsy products selected for a variety of styles. They all have the same functionality but some will match the décor of your room better than others.

Scentsy Deluxe Warmer, Classic Black Satin

Scentsy Warmer with Edison Bulb

Scentsy Stargaze Warmer

Another brand of wax warmers, Scentsationals, has some interesting takes on what a wax warmer should look like. Unlike Scentsy, their lineup of wax warmers is continuously changing.

This can make it tough to rely on getting one of their wax warmers as a gift. Here is a clickable link that will take you to their general product lineup, not a specific product – Scentsationals Scented Wax Warmers.

Oil Warmers

Since oil warmers and wax warmers operate in very similar manners you may be tempted to use one in the other. It is important to thoroughly read the manufacturer’s literature because that warmer may not be designed for other uses. Oil warmers generally have a much smaller reservoir. A wax cube may initially fit in the reservoir but soon overflow as it melts into a liquid.

Most oil warmers use tea light candles as their heat source. Since you do not need to plug it in, you have a few more options for where you can place the oil warmer. However, the open flame does pose a small risk especially if you have pets or children in your home.

Another significant difference between wax warmers and oil warmers is their price. Oil warmers are almost universally less expensive than wax warmers.

The links below will take you to their respective product listings on Amazon. All the featured oil warmers use tealights as their heat source.

Hanging Tear Drop Oil Warmer

Owl Shaped Oil Warmer, made of soapstone

Fragrance Foundry Oil Warmer, three elephant design

Coconut Oil as a Carrier Oil

As promised in the ‘Wax Warmers’ section of the article, here is the workaround to having to clean your oil warmer every single time you want to put it away.

If you use coconut oil as your carrier oil it will harden again at room temperature. However, coconut oil melts at about 78 degrees Fahrenheit. It is possible that a summer day could keep your carrier oil from hardening again.

If you only use a few drops of essential and carrier oil at a time, you might be able to avoid losing a lot of oil whenever you do need to clean up. This is also a minor point to consider when making your choice between an oil or wax warmer. The main advantage oil warmers have is the ability to fully customize the scent they diffuse into the room.

Durability

Pay close attention to the material your oil or wax warmer is made out of.  If you are looking for something that is durable and will last a long time we recommend ceramic or glass for the dish.  If the dish is made of glass, the base will generally be made of metal. This is a great match.

Ceramic dishes are almost universally paired with ceramic vases. Ceramic is a very durable and strong material.  The only thing to note here is that both glass and ceramic are very breakable if they are dropped.

Oil Warmer vs Wax Warmer

In this article we compared wax warmers and oil warmers. If you are looking for the ability to customize the scent we recommend oil warmers because you can mix the essential oils yourself. If you are looking for a familiar scent that you are accustomed to, you may be just fine with a wax warmer. Both are great products that will fill your space with pleasant aromas.


Essential Oil Diffuser vs Candle

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Today we are going to talk about some of the differences and similarities between essential oil diffusers and candles. Right off the bat we will need to briefly talk about some of the different kinds of essential oil diffusers. If you want a more in-depth explanation check out this link here. There are four general types of essential oil diffusers: nebulizers, ultrasonic diffusers, Reed diffusers and essential oil burners. These all have different advantages, disadvantages and features. The thing that they all have in common with candles though is that they can add pleasant aromas to the space you are using them in. Later on in this article we go into advantages each of these can offer.

Customize Your Scent

The single biggest advantage that any kind of essential oil diffuser has over a candle is the ability to customize the scent. Essential oils can be combined in whatever ratio you would like. This leads to an incredible number of possibilities. Scented candles on the other hand come as they are from the manufacturer. Technically it’s possible to make your own scented candles but it can be a long process. Mixing different essential oils is simple. They come in small containers and can be measured in quantities as small as a single drop.

Most people looking to gain therapeutic benefits from essential oils rely on reed diffusers, nebulizers or ultrasonic diffusers. These types of diffusers allow the oils to be diffused without compromising their properties. Essential oil burners and candles on the other hand rely on heat to diffuse their aromas. Adding heat increases the chances of destroying essential oils or other therapeutic compounds. If you are using a scented candle this probably isn’t a major concern in the first place. Essential oil burners however, do present a problem if you are looking for therapeutic benefits from your essential oils.

 

Portable Diffusers and Candles

Essential oil burners, candles and reed diffusers all operate without needing to be plugged in. If the placement of your diffuser or candle is an issue, these might be your best solution. Reed diffusers are perhaps the best solution since they can be placed without worrying about an open flame or access to a wall outlet. They do require the use of a carrier oil though. Carrier oils, like jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil, are readily available and come with detailed mixing instructions. Some carrier oils have their own therapeutic properties and scents as well, adding yet another set of possibilities when crafting a unique scent for your space.

Types of Essential Oil Diffusers

As we mentioned earlier, reed diffusers, nebulizers and ultrasonic diffusers allow essential oils to be diffused without compromising their properties. Reed diffusers do require mixing the essential oil with a carrier oil. Ultrasonic diffusers mix the essential oils with atomized water. Nebulizers only use compressed air to diffuse essential oils.

Hopefully we have provided you with enough information to make an informed choice when deciding between and essential oil diffuser and a candle. If you have any additional questions or perhaps your own recommendations, please leave a comment in the space below.