Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that’s become popular over the last few years. Proponents of aromatherapy swear by its plentiful benefits from easing stress and anxiety to treating pain. 

If you’re curious about this natural treatment, you need to learn about the many essential oil diffuser types first. Keep reading to find the top types of diffusers on the market this year. 

Nebulizing Diffusers

Nebulizing diffusers don’t need heat or water to operate. They work by breaking the essential oil down into tiny particles to pull it out of the tube and into the air. Since you don’t dilute the oil first, many people believe this is the best way of diffusing essential oils.  

One of the great things about nebulizing diffusers is how versatile they can be. Choose a small tabletop variety or one that scents your entire space through your AC system. Either option provides adjustable fragrance intensity to your desired level. 

The downfall of nebulizing diffusers is their price tag. They are more expensive than other types of essential oil diffusers. You’ll also need to buy oils more often since they aren’t diluted at all. 

They can also be noisy when compared to other common essential oil diffusers. 

Ultrasonic Diffusers

Ultrasonic options are the most common diffuser types on the market right now. Unlike nebulizing models, ultrasonic devices use both water and oil to scent your air. The result is the same as nebulizing options – a misting of your oils. 

Since you’re diluting the oil to make the mist, you’ll get a lot more use out of one bottle. Most ultrasonic options will also act as a humidifier, perfect for those who live in drier climates. 

This type is very quiet, almost to the point where you can’t hear it at all. So if you want to diffuse your oils at night to help you sleep, you won’t be kept awake with any loud noises.

The downside of ultrasonic diffusers is that they release a lot of moisture into your air. While this is nice for drier climates, it can dilute the oil to the point where you won’t be receiving its full benefits.

Evaporative Diffusers

Evaporative diffusers spread the scent of your oils throughout your space via airflow. The diffuser uses a fan to blow air through a filter that you’ve dropped essential oils onto. The moving air helps the oil evaporate fast so it can be blown into your space.

This type diffuses the oil in segments. The lighter components of your oil will evaporate first while the heavier components will diffuse last. 

Evaporative diffusers tend to be less effective than other options. This is because the components of your essential oil are not diffused simultaneously. 

Choose the Best Types of Diffusers For Your Space

You don’t need to resign yourself to just one diffuser for your home. If you’re having a hard time choosing the right one, there’s no harm in having several types of diffusers at your disposal. 

Check out our Lifestyle and Health blogs for more tips on living your best life. 



Patricia Ann Cole has been writing stories since she was a child. Most of those stories were of a paranormal nature. In her adult life she earned a BA in mathematics and taught elementary math for many years. She loves to read, particularly romance novels. She can talk for hours about a TV series. She adores her cat, Sonic. She loves spending time with family and friends, especially her nieces and nephew. She is an avid traveler and enjoys the more exotic adventures.