How to Choose the Right Essential Oil Diffuser

The world of essential oils is not as simple as some might believe. It’s more than just buying a fancy-smelling natural oil and pouring it in a ‘special’ bowl or a diffuser.

In fact, many types of diffusers make for different essential oil experiences. As such, let’s take a look at how to choose the right essential oil diffuser for you!

Types of Diffusers

Overall, there’s no wrong way to use essential oils or diffusers. However, the type of diffuser determines the effect, strength, and even the aroma of the oil you use.

For example, if you use relaxation products, such as a premium grade hemp extract for health benefits, you may want to putchase more or less of a specific essential oil. Here are the main types of oil diffusers:

  • Ultrasonic Mist Diffusers
  • Vaporizers
  • Portable Diffusers
  • Nebulizers

Ultrasonic Mist Diffusers

This type of diffuser is ideal for large spaces as the mist they diffuse can quickly overwhelm small rooms or bathrooms. The best thing about such diffusers is that they can diffuse any type of oil out there without any restrictions.

Moreover, since it turns the oil into a mist, the diffuser requires only a tiny amount of essential oil. Only a couple of drops are enough for quite an extended period. 


Vaporizers, on the other hand, are ideal for small enclosings. This is because they turn essential oils into vapors that may not be potent enough to fill an entire room with aroma.

As such, vaporizers provide a strong aroma to the small room in which they are placed. The good news is that two or three drops are enough to produce this intense aroma. 

Portable Diffusers

Portable diffusers are perfect for those who want to enjoy their favorite essential oil even when on holiday. 

Such diffusers can easily fit in a handbag and are designed for hotel rooms, cars, and even offices. In short, they give you the possibility to create a familiar atmosphere almost anywhere!

Because of their size, portable diffusers usually don’t need more than two drops of essential oil. 


Nebulizers are relatively new in the world of essential oils. Unlike mist diffusers and vaporizers, they don’t heat the essential oils or use any water in the process. Instead, they atomize the oil into fine particles that are then spread throughout the room.

It is believed that nebulizers are best at preserving the oils’ quality. Because of this, they also use more oil than all the other diffusers. 

In terms of space, large rooms and living rooms are ideal when using nebulizers. 

The Bottom Line

These are the most popular types of essential oil diffusers out there. Mist diffusers heat water to create a mist containing the oil, vaporizers heat the oil itself to vaporize it, and nebulizers atomize the oil. On the other hand, portable diffusers are often variations of vaporizers or mist diffusers.

The key is to take into account the size of the room that you want to place the diffuser in and how powerful you want the aroma to be!

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