The Best Diffusers + Ultrasonic Vaporisers for Essential Oils

Over the past few years I have really broadened my range and use of essential oils and I am absolutely loving them. Not only have I been using the oils for cleaning and cosmetic use, but essential oils also have a variety of therapeutic qualities which I have started to incorporate into my everyday life. I enjoy diffusing them to help boost my mind and spirit. I like having them running for a couple of hours while I work in the office, pottering around the house and while sleeping. When I first started using essential oils, I didn’t completely understand all the therapeutic benefits and to be completely honest I thought it sounded a bit ‘hippyish’.

However, essential oils have made such a positive difference to my days. Recently I started to feel sinus pain and got the sniffles, so I started diffusing some essential oils to help relieve the symptoms and thankfully that was the end of the sniffles!

After some research and experience, I have put together some useful information to help you choose the best diffuser for essential oils. It won’t be long before you start reaping the benefits of diffusers and essential oils too!

Difference between vaporiser and diffuser

Many people do not realise that there is a difference between a vaporiser and a diffuser.

HUMIDIFIER – A device that boils water and releases moisture and steam into the air. Any liquid or oil is turned into a vapour and is released as steam. It is especially used for medicinal inhalation by using inhalation methods. However, my issue with this is that humidifiers produce excess condensation and can potentially cause mould spores to grow in the room which can then be ingested into the lungs. Diffusers are my preference.

DIFFUSER – Specifically made to disperse essential oil molecules into the air. They are designed to distribute a micro-fine vapour into the air which allows it to be suspended in the air for a long time. There are many different varieties of diffusers, including reed, ceramic, amp rings, etc. They are renowned for their aromatherapy uses. Note: Some ultrasonic vaporisers have also been labelled diffusers.

ULTRASONIC VAPORISER – An Ultrasonic Vaporiser is not only an aroma diffuser, but it will instantly purify, cleanse and refresh the atmosphere and create more negative ions to improve general wellbeing. The ‘cool mist’ technology makes it a safe product to use around kids, produces no heat and no condensation and uses minimal water. The essential oils are easily absorbed to assist your wellbeing and the range of ultrasonic vaporisers we sell have a unique 5-in-1 functionality:

  • Ultrasonic Vaporiser/Diffuser:  Keeps essential oils in their 100% purest form and is easily absorbed through the skin and breath, and inhaled into the limbic system.
  • Ioniser:  The water vibrates at 2.4 million Hz/sec creating negative ions, which in easy to understand terms – these disperse into the air and help remove dust, germs and bacteria, which assists breathing, eliminates allergens, dust and bacteria, improves sleeping and enhances general wellbeing.
  • Humidifier:  The ultrasonic waves create air moisture to combat the drying effects of heating and air-conditioning. The moisture releases into the skin without any condensation. Unlike other humidifiers, these ultrasonic vaporisers use small quantities of water and will not create dampness or heat.  Perfect in all climates, even in the tropics!
  • Air Purifier:  The ultrasonic oil diffuser releases negative ions, which produce electrostatic reactions with dust and impurities floating in the air, thereby purifying the air, removing allergens, stale air and odours.
  • Night Lamp:  Most of the ultrasonic vaporiser’s in our range have a white lid plus a warm LED light which changes colour.  They can be paused on your favourite colour or can automatically rotate through a rainbow of beautiful colours or can be completely switched off (unit is plain white when the light is not activated).

Please note, not all ultrasonic vaporisers have these functionalities listed above. 

Where to use diffusers?

This is how I use diffusers in my home:

  • Kids’ Bedrooms – to help them sleep (lavender peace), reduce anxiety (balance) and when unwell (easy air).
  • Office – to help improve my productivity (one of my favourite blends is grapefruit and peppermint)
  • Living Room – this helps make the house smell beautifully clean (lemon, wild orange and grapefruit)
  • In the Car – on the way to school to help wake up the kids (wild orange and peppermint)

Because I truly enjoy essential oils I have introduced a range of pure essential oils into The Organised Housewife shop.

Benefits of using a diffuser

The benefits are limitless for health, happiness and protection.

  • Improves sleep
  • Relaxes the mind and body
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Opens airways
  • Boosts your mood
  • Curbs appetite
  • Repels insects
  • Provides allergy relief
  • Calms emotions
  • Improves mental clarity
  • Rejuvenation
  • Provides pain relief
  • Improves concentration

How many drops to add to diffusers?

You should generally add 5-10 drops of essential oil to a diffuser. However, some oils are stronger than others and it really comes down to personal preference. Experiment with the amount of oil you use and find what works best for you.  I usually like 6-8 drops in mine and do 5 drops for the kids.

How to Clean Diffusers

It is important that you clean your diffuser regularly. If you do not maintain the cleanliness of your diffuser, oil can build up in the device and it can prevent it from diffusing your oil effectively.

QUICK CLEAN – This should be done after every use. 

  1. Empty any excess oil and water left in the diffuser – After unplugging the device from the power supply, empty any essential oil left in the device. Make sure you pour away from any operating buttons found on the diffuser.
  2. Wipe the inside of diffuser – Using a tiny amount of detergent, wipe the inside with a small cloth or sponge. Remove any build-up in a gentle manner.
  3. Wipe the outside of the diffuser – Complete step 2 on the outside of the diffuser.
  4. Rinse and dry – Give the diffuser and water tank a rinse and leave to dry.

DEEP CLEAN – This should be done once every 1-2 months. 

  1. Empty any excess oil and water left in the diffuser – After unplugging the device from the power supply, empty any essential oil left in the device.Make sure you pour away from any operating buttons found on the diffuser.
  2. Fill the diffuser with water  – Fill the water tank with water halfway.
  3. Add 8-10 drop of vinegar – Add pure white vinegar to the tank.
  4. Run the diffuser – Turn the diffuser on and run for 5 minutes to allow the vinegar mixture to run through the device. This will help remove any oil build up.
  5. Empty the diffuser – Removing the water and vinegar.
  6. Clean tight spots – Dab a cotton tip in white vinegar and clean the tight spots and nooks of the diffuser.
  7. Rinse the diffuser – Use clean water to rinse the diffuser.
  8. Use a dry cloth to thoroughly wipe the diffuser.

Diffusers I recommend

I actually have quite a few diffusers, all as good as each other.  My favourite is the Lively Living Aroma-Dream Diffuser, only because I think it looks really stylish in the lounge room and trendy enough for a teenage boy’s bedroom.

Lively Living produce Australia’s most versatile range of premium ultrasonic vaporisers and aroma diffusers for effective cold diffusing of your essential oils. The diffusers are stylishly designed so you can leave them out on display. They also have a great range of Australian pure + certified organic essential oils which are all now available in our shop.

Ultrasonic Vaporisers – Aroma-Dream Diffuser – transform any room or work area into a space that oozes serenity, positivity, creativity or whichever mood you need to allow you to thrive that day! This essential oil diffuser is a trendy, nature-inspired, easily portable, ionising ultrasonic diffuser that will truly turn any room into a serene or uplifting environment when diffusing essential oils with it.

  • 5 in 1 multifunction
  • Operates up to 8hrs continuous/18 hrs intermittent
  • 200ml Water Capacity
  • Uses Ultrasonic Cool Mist technology
  • No heat source used
  • Auto switch off on the low water level
  • Mist and lamp controlled independently
  • Colour Changing LED light
  • Can operate with no light, ideal for sleeping
  • Mist dispersion covers 25-30 sq/m


Ultrasonic Vaporisers – Aroma O’mm – Bamboo – This is an absolutely stylish and gorgeously eco-friendly line of Ultrasonic Essential Oil Aromatherapy Vaporisers and Diffusers which offer a unique 5-in-1 functionality that of the diffuser, ioniser, humidifier, air purifier and night lamp. I use the Aroma Bamboo in my son’s bedroom and lounge room.

  • Size – 9cm wide x 15cm high
  • Water Capacity – 100ml
  • Operates up to 6hrs continuous
  • Operates up to 10hrs intermittent
  • Mist dispersion covers 15-20 sq/m

I have recently started broadening my range and use of essential oils and I am absolutely loving them. After some research and experience, I have put together some useful information to help you choose the best diffuser for essential oils. It won't be long before you start reaping the benefits of diffusers and essential oils too!


Ultrasonic Vaporisers – Aroma Bloom – The Aroma-Bloom will instantly purify, cleanse and refresh the atmosphere and create more negative ions to improve general wellbeing. The essential oils are easily absorbed to assist your wellbeing. These also have a 5-in-1 functionality like that of the Bamboo. I use the Aroma Bloom in my girls’ bedrooms.

  • Size – 15cm wide x 24cm high
  • Water Capacity – 200ml
  • Operates up to 7-10 hours continuous mist mode.
  • Operates up to 18 hours intermittent mist mode.
  • Cover approximately 25-30sq meter

I have recently started broadening my range and use of essential oils and I am absolutely loving them. After some research and experience, I have put together some useful information to help you choose the best diffuser for essential oils. It won't be long before you start reaping the benefits of diffusers and essential oils too!


Ultrasonic Vaporisers – Move Diffuser – We spend an increasing amount of time in our cars, so why not ‘move’ with your diffuser! This clever diffuser is perfect for use in your car, home, office or even when away on holidays. The Aroma-Move is cleverly designed to travel safely in most cup holders, and features and easy to use ‘twist-lock’ lid. Included in the box, is a 12v car power cord and an additional power cord for your home, making this one of the most versatile diffusers available. I use the move diffuser in my car, fits perfectly in the cup holder.

  • Size – 6.75cm x 15.15cm
  • Water Capacity – 60ml
  • Operates up to 3+ hours on high/continuous
  • Operates up to 12 hrs on low mist/intermittent

I have recently started broadening my range and use of essential oils and I am absolutely loving them. After some research and experience, I have put together some useful information to help you choose the best diffuser for essential oils. It won't be long before you start reaping the benefits of diffusers and essential oils too!


Ultrasonic Vaporisers – Aroma Breeze – The Aroma Breeze is a healthy and natural approach to healthcare, which may relieve cold, flu, congestion, asthma, respiratory and allergy symptoms or just for around the home. Kids love this diffuser as the light changes colour. A unique 5-in-1 functionality – that of diffuser, ioniser, humidifier, air purifier and night lamp!

  • Size – 15.2cm x 17.2cm
  • Water Capacity – 200ml
  • Operates up to 8 hours continuous mist mode
  • Operates up to 18 hours intermittent mist mode
  • Cover approximately 25-30 sq/m

I have recently started broadening my range and use of essential oils and I am absolutely loving them. After some research and experience, I have put together some useful information to help you choose the best diffuser for essential oils. It won't be long before you start reaping the benefits of diffusers and essential oils too!

What is your favourite oil to use in a diffuser?

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28 comments

Pip May 31, 2017 - 1:45 PM

This has come at the perfect time!! I’ve been shopping for a diffuser for a while and have had my eye on the Aroma bloom (and the Aroma bamboo is gorgeous!)

Thanks for this article- I’ll definitely be using your cleaning tips when I finally buy one!

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Nicole June 3, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Hi Pip, I saw your comment and wanted to say that’s it’s probably best to follow the cleaning instructions from the manufacturer. FOr example, the general instructions here say to use detergent, however detergent is NOT to be used in the two I own I would hate that possibly incorrect cleaning methods could damage your new unit, so please clean according to the instructions you get with your purchase.

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Nicole December 9, 2017 - 8:06 AM

Hi Katrina – I have been doing some research on a diffuser to buy for my mum for Christmas. She’s just about to start chemotheraphy for a second time and I thought essential oils may be about to help with the side effects.

I was interested in which you would recommend – the DoTerra Petal or the Aroma Bloom? I’m having trouble deciding which might be better to purchase…

Thanks
Nicole

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hi Nicole, I have both in my home. The doTERRA Petal will diffuse for 4 hours at a time, where as the Aroma Bloom will diffuse for 7-10 hours. All details above in the post. So it will depend on whether your mum would like it on over night or throughout the day. There are also many different designs too. It’s sort of an individual choice really. But I am sure your mum will love anything you choose for her. I hope your mum loves the oils and they help her throughout her treatment to feel some comfort xx

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Leanne Croft December 19, 2017 - 8:48 PM

Hi Kat, Have you ever used essential oils to deter mosquitoes? My toddlers are getting bitten by mosquitoes while sleeping and I want to try a suitable oil blend in my Aroma Bloom. Any advice? Thanks, Leanne

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 20, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Hi Leanne,
Yes there is a few different blends, although I like this one: Combine equal parts clove, lemon and orange and apply 2 -3 drops on skin

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Jo December 29, 2017 - 7:31 AM

Hi Katrina
I just purchased a couple of Aroma Blooms, including one to use in my 6 month old’s room. I’m new to the essential oil thing but was wondering if you were aware of any issues with running them all night in kids rooms with a few drops of oil like Easy Air or should they only be used for a few hours at a time (or just with water for extended lengths of time)?
Thanks!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 8, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Hi Jo, they are fine to use through the evening and most turn off on their own once the timer has completed that you have set up. Some go for 4 hours, others can go up to 10hours.

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Anna Anderson February 21, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Hello Katrina,
I’m trying to navigate the confusing mine-field of purchasing a diffuser. Thanks for your article, it has been the most helpful yet.
Our living space is open-plan and approximately 120-130sqm, in a U shape space. Which diffuser would you recommend for such a space please?
Thanks in advance,
Anna

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 22, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Hi Anna, It might be hard to find a diffuser for such a large space, however the petal diffuser would be ideal for a central point in your room. I use this in our open plan, which is lounge room and kitchen

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Anna Anderson February 22, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Thank you Katrina, much appreciated.

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Melinda April 8, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Hi. What diffuser would you recommend to use in bedrooms and clothes cupboards to help clean air of musty and mold smells? And what oils would you recommend?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 9, 2018 - 11:03 AM

Melinda, as per the Modern Essentials app the best blends to diffuse for Mold/Fungus would be the Protective or Cleansing Blend.

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Lila April 26, 2018 - 10:49 PM

You do know that a pure essential oil will not leave any stains in a diffuser? If it is leaving residue, it’s not pure.

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Lila April 26, 2018 - 10:50 PM

You do know that a pure essential oil will not leave any residue in the diffuser? If it is leaving any it’s not pure.

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Helen May 14, 2018 - 3:53 AM

What oils would be good for Parkinsons Disease?

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julie coutts July 3, 2018 - 4:24 PM

I have a query – Petal Diffuser has three timed settings—1, 2, and 4 hours.yet further down you mention
Operates up to 7-10 hours continuous mist mode.
Operates up to 18 hours intermittent mist mode.

Can you explain how.

Also does having a longer run time use up all the oils in say the first hour and then the next 6 hours are only water?

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julie coutts July 3, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Helen – My FIL is using Copaiba to stop the shakes his meds aren’t touching.

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G Rodríguez July 16, 2018 - 10:21 PM

Hi, I love the petal diffuser but have bumped it a few times and the water has spilled out onto the carpet. Should the lid lock or just sit on top?
Thanks

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 17, 2018 - 9:02 AM

It just sits on top, I don’t know many diffusers where the lid does lock on, i think its easier to clean them and change the oils when the lid comes off so easy 🙂

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Terri July 17, 2018 - 3:23 PM

I have insomnia and would like to try scented ‘sticks’. Please excuse my ignorance, but rather than a plug in diffuser do you think the ‘sticks’ are worth trying ? Also, is it possible to find the ‘sticks’ scented with Lavender ?

I also live on the Gold Coast, unsure where to start looking.

Thank you
Terri

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 18, 2018 - 10:25 AM

i dont think theres much difference between the quality of the reed diffusers and the electric diffusers, i’ve only ever used reed diffusers for a nice smell though whereas I love the electric diffusers for being able to mix a variety of oils to promote different aspects of wellbeing… i think the electric diffusers are probably better in terms of longevity and versatility but if you find a good quality lavender reed diffuser it might work. You could try dusk 🙂

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Prerna Jain August 14, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Thanks for your previous post on Essential Oils. I have purchased various different Essential oils now.
Do you have any experience or suggestion about difussers available over ebay?
Thanks again.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 15, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Hi Prerna, these could probably all be found on eBay 🙂

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Haylee Walters May 28, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Hi, I just noticed the info on the doterra above reads 7-10hrs continuous or 18hrs intermittent, but it only goes for 1,2,4 continuous from my understanding? Is mine faulty or was this an error?
Thanks so much for all the diffuser advise, I have 3 already if the above styles:))

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 29, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Hi Haylee, no your diffuser is not faulty, that was my mistake I’m sorry. The Aroma Bloom diffuser can operate 7-10 hours continuous or 18hrs intermittent, not the Petal Diffuser. Thanks! Kat x

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Patrice September 17, 2019 - 7:43 AM

Hi, just wondering how quiet the Aroma bloom or Petal diffusers are. I bought another brand and it made a dripping sound which was very disturbing as it was to be used in the bedroom. Also is the Aroma Bloom really made out of bamboo or is it plastic that looks like bamboo? Thanks

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 17, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Hi Patrice, the bamboo one you’re referring to is the Aroma O’mm (not the Aroma bloom), and yes this is made of bamboo. I find both the Petal and the Aroma O’mm to be quiet. They make a slight noise, but not a dripping sound that should disturb sleep. Hope this helps! Kat x

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