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Several Different Types Of Diffuser
Jun 07, 2016

Oil diffusers, also known as aromatherapy diffusers, disperse essential oil particles in the air in the form of micro fine mist of oil particles, so that their aroma fills the room or the surroundings with the natural fragrances of the oil without diminishing the healing properties of the aroma oils. They are highly popular these days, not just as a product for air purification, but also as a source of alternative medical treatments.


Advantages of using diffusers

The popularity of diffusers is on the rise. And why not? Amongst its many benefits, it cleanses and purifies the air of viruses, bacteria, and different types of pathogens. It is also known to impact your mood and relieve you of stress. A great smelling home to sleep in and to wake up to, is the cherry on the top! While you might be tempted to buy one now, it is important to know of the different types of diffusers that are out there and how they compare with each other.

The four different types of diffusers

The nebulizer diffuser, the ultrasonic diffuser, the evaporative diffuser, and the heat diffuser, make up the four different types of diffusers. The nebulizer and ultrasonic diffusers are more commonly used, as the heat and evaporative diffusers are considered to be less effective in comparison.

Evaporative Diffusers

The evaporative diffuser uses a fan to blow air through a filter where the oil is placed. The oil gets vaporized and spreads throughout the room. The issue with the evaporative diffuser is that light and less dense oils tend to diffuse faster than the heavier oils. While this works fine in small spaces, in a large room, they lose their therapeutic properties. Evaporative diffusers, along with heat diffusers, are rarely used these days, as people prefer the ultrasonic and the nebulizing diffusers more.

Heat Diffusers

If you want a diffuser to make your room smell lovely, then the heat diffuser will be an excellent choice, as it functions without creating much noise. A mild level of heat activates the desired components of the oils, and the heat helps the aroma spread evenly and effectively. Similar to the evaporative diffusers, the heat diffusers can lose their therapeutic properties too. The drawback of heat diffusers is that too much heat can damage the chemical compositions of the essential oils. Unlike other diffusers, the heat diffusers do not have the option of auto shut off, so they need to be turned off if you intend to leave it unattended for a considerable amount of time.

Nebulizer Diffusers

Nebulizer diffusers take the ancient use of essential oils to a whole new level. Nebulizers are usually made up of two parts. The base has a motor, which sends essential oils into the air while the glass component on the top processes the essential oils.

Nebulizers have an edge over other diffusers since they don’t use water. The essential oils get broken down into minute fine particles and get dispersed into the air while retaining all their therapeutic properties. Another advantage of the nebulizer diffusers is that they come with timers, so you can set them up for as long as you want to use them and can also leave them switched on overnight, as they have the option of auto shut off.

With such benefits being provided, it is not a surprise that the nebulizer diffusers are more expensive than other diffusers. They also use up the oils pretty quickly compared to other diffusers, since the oils are placed in a component that is directly connected to the diffuser and no water is being added to them. But if it’s ease of use and therapeutic value that you are after, then the nebulizer diffuser’s higher price tag justifies itself.

Ultrasonic Diffusers

Similar to the nebulizer diffusers, ultrasonic diffusers break down essential oils that get diffused throughout the room. So, what is the difference between them? The difference is that the ultrasonic diffusers use water. Ultrasonic diffusers, also called humidifying diffusers, use electrical frequencies, water, and a small vibrating disk to change essential oils into micro particles that get diffused. They can also be used as a humidifier, as a mist of water also gets sprayed out, and this will be very beneficial in dry conditions.

Ultrasonic diffusers are less expensive than nebulising diffusers, and while there are many different types from which you can choose, it is recommended not to use citrus essential oils in these type of diffusers, as the parts can get corroded.