Essential Oil’s 101: Choosing the Best Diffuser


diffuserYou have done your research.  Narrowed down the exact oil you’d like to begin your collection with, but how do you choose the best diffuser?

If you are like the vast majority of oil beginners, you take one look at the many different diffuser options available and break out in a cold sweat.  There are so many different choices: atomizing, ultrasonic, even diffusers that plug into your laptop’s USB port.

Where to begin?  Well have no fear!  By the end of this post, you will have a general idea of what each of the diffuser options can provide and be able to narrow it down to the one that will work the best for your needs.

The Basics

First and foremost, not all diffusers are created equal.  As with most things in life, research and knowing the right questions to ask, will help you make the best purchase for you and your family.

There are four main types of diffusers out on the market.

  • Heat Diffuser

I strongly recommend against heat diffusers!  High temperatures break down the strength and properties of your essential oils.  Because there are so many better options for your oils to work for you, my recommendation is to use those before purchasing a heat diffuser.

  • Nebulizing/Atomizing Diffuserdiffuser 1

Nebulizing or Atomizing diffusers are considered the most powerful type of diffuser available.  They work by transforming the oil into millions of particles that release into the air.  Atomizing diffusers provide the greatest benefit from therapeutic grade essential oils.  The downside of these diffusers is that they run louder than other machines, are slightly more expensive than ultrasonic, and your oil supply will go more quickly as it is not being diluted.


  • Ultrasonic Diffuser/Humidifyingdiffuser2

There is a ultrasonic room diffuser in every bedroom and common living space in our home.  This is hands down my favorite diffuser and most recommended.  The ultrasonic diffuser works in a similar way as the Nebulizing diffuser.  It releases a fine mist into the air.  The difference is that is ultrasonic releases a mix of water vapors and oils into the air.  Providing humidifying properties as well as the benefits from your oils.  These types of diffusers require water to operate and will require periodic cleaning.  The upside is that since you are diluting your oils a little goes a long way.


  • Evaporative Diffuserdiffuser3

This type of diffuser is perhaps the most basic of all of its counterparts.  This diffuser operates by a fan blowing air through a pad or filter that has been treated with oils.  There is also evaporative jewelry, bracelets and necklaces, that release the oils as your wear them. These types of diffusers are very good for small enclosed spaces like a car or a cubicle, but I would not recommend them for room coverage in your home as they do not have enough horsepower.

These next two charts will break down each of the specific diffusers that Young Living has to offer, including the size room that they can best service.

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Hopefully we have answered your diffuser questions.  Still have a question about choosing the best diffuser, please leave us a note below and we will get your answer.  If you are currently using one of these diffusers, let us know which one and the features that you love about your diffuser.

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