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How to choose the best essential oil diffuser in NZ 2024

Are you looking for the perfect diffuser to create an aromatherapy haven in your home this 2024? Essential oil diffusers are a quick and easy way to fill any room or space with soothing and uplifting scents, whether it be your lounge, bedroom, bathroom, office or even car!

There's lots of options available to Kiwi shoppers, but how do you pick the best one from all of those on offer in New Zealand in 2024? From their size and shape to the purpose you wish to use them for, there are a variety of different essential oil diffusers out there to choose from. In this blog, we’ll talk about the different kinds of essential oil diffusers on the market right now and how you can narrow down your options to find the most suitable one for you – so let's dive right in! 

Introducing the different types of essential oil diffusers

Currently in NZ the two most popular diffusers for aromatherapy are ultrasonic diffusers and nebulizing diffusers. The other main categories of diffusers that you will find are heat and evaporative diffusers.
Diffusers come equipped with different types of misting technology. We’ll guide you on how to choose an appropriate type of diffuser. 

Here we introduce the main types of aromatherapy diffusers: 

Ultrasonic Diffusers

Ultrasonic diffusers are the most popular diffusers today because of how easy they are to use (you really don’t have to be an expert to use one!).

Ultrasonic diffusers use high-frequency sound waves to break down essential oils into tiny particles, allowing them to disperse throughout your space in a subtle mist. They also typically come with built-in lights and timers, making them perfect for creating an inviting atmosphere in larger spaces such as lounges and allowing you to simply press a button and off they go. 

Whether you live in dry or humid conditions, this multi-functional device doubles as a cool mist humidifier while making virtually no noise at all - perfect for those peaceful nights spent relaxing and breathing easy. This type of diffuser is ideal if you want to enjoy more subtle aromas and/or blending oils. 

Nebulizing Diffusers

A nebulizing diffuser offers more control than the other oil diffusers by releasing the entire essential oil at once, untouched and undiluted. With a high velocity air stream breaking down the oils into tiny particles, it creates an ultrafine mist that's small enough to be easily inhaled for aromatic therapy. It also allows you to enjoy your favourite scents without sacrificing their purest form – as if they were freshly extracted!

If you're considering using a nebulizing diffuser at night, it's essential to note that it can be a bit louder than an ultrasonic one. While the gentle hum might not bother you during the day, it could potentially disrupt your peaceful sleep at night. Additionally, because nebulizing diffusers operate intermittently, with frequent starts and stops, they might not be the ideal choice when you're winding down for a restful night.

Heat-based and Evaporative Diffusers

Finally, there are other types of diffusers such as evaporative and heat-based models that work differently but still provide effective aromatherapy benefits. Evaporative models release the fragrance of essential oils into the air using a fan, creating a gentle and natural scent to fill your home. Heat based diffuser models use low wattage electricity or a candle to gently heat up essential oils and diffuse them throughout your living space. 

How do you choose the best essential oil diffuser for your needs?

When buying an essential oil diffuser, there are several factors that you can consider: 

Consider the Purpose of Using Diffuser

Choosing the best essential oil diffuser for your needs should start with understanding the purpose of its use. Are you looking to be able to add a cosy or refreshing scent to your bedroom during different seasons? Or are you wanting to create a more inviting atmosphere when family and friends come over? Or perhaps, do you need something more discreet to freshen up small spaces like an office cubicle or the bathroom?

Whatever it may be, think about what purpose would best serve your lifestyle. With that purpose in mind, you'll be able to find a great essential oil diffuser fit!

Choosing the right diffuser according to the size of the space

When choosing a diffuser, keep in mind the size of the area you want to diffuse in and what happens in that room. Do you want something that can be enjoyed with friends and family in a lounge setting? Or are you looking for something to refresh smaller spaces like the bathroom or bedroom?

If you want an aromatherapy experience in a small space such as a bedroom or bathroom, look for something compact, quiet and energy efficient. Ultrasonic diffusers with smaller water tank capacities are a great choice.

On the other hand, for larger areas such as living rooms or offices, you can use ultrasonic diffusers with larger water tanks or even a portable nebulizer diffuser like our Nebulizing Diffuser NZ - Bamboo or Cove

These portable diffusers are also perfect for the bathroom or car where power isn’t easily accessible. Just adjust the spray mode depending on the size of the space.

Choose Based on Ease of Use

The ideal essential oil diffuser for most buyers should work with a simple plug-in and basic controls that anyone can understand. Don't forget safety and convenience too, particularly if you have a family: look for diffusers that are child-safe and BPA-free which can give you a peace of mind or that don’t need any heat or fire.

Be sure to also take note of any additional features offered by different models that may make your life easier when using your new diffuser! Most models should include a timer-function and an auto shut-off function when water becomes empty (if it is an ultrasonic diffuser). This gives you a peace of mind knowing the device won’t keep running beyond its capacity which can chew up its lifespan (and your power bill!). Many people also appreciate diffusers that are quiet with a streamlined design. 

Consider the Diffuser Design      

And last but not least - aesthetics! It’s handy to think about design considerations when shopping for an essential oil diffuser. Some models come in neutral colours that blend in seamlessly with any environment, while others come in bright shades that stand out dramatically against their surroundings. And some come in sleek shapes designed specifically for certain types of spaces - like corner pieces or wall-mounted ones - while others look great no matter where they’re placed within a room. Take all these factors into account before making your purchase.

Our top choices for the best diffusers in NZ 2024

Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser NZ - Serenity

If you’re looking to upgrade your living space and experience true relaxation and comfort our premium Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser NZ - Serenity is our top choice for the best diffuser in NZ 2023. Designed using eco-friendly and child-safe materials, its advanced atomization technology produces better diffusion effects; not only will this device protect you from allergens but also improve air quality in your home when used with essential oils. The Serenity model also features a quick-dry fabric design and a warm LED light to help set the ambience - the perfect diffuser model when you want some aromatherapy!

Nebulizing Diffuser NZ - Bamboo

Our next pick is the Nebulizing Diffuser NZ - Bamboo. This elegant piece of art combines natural bamboo wood with advanced technology to produce a mist that quickly fills up an entire room with your favourite aroma. The timer allows you to control how long it runs, up to three hours at a time. And because this diffuser doesn’t use heat or water, all the essential oils are preserved in their purest form — allowing you to extract the most of their aromas and therapeutic benefits! 

Choosing the right essential oil diffuser doesn’t have to be complicated! By considering how you want to enjoy aromatherapy, what purpose it serves, and the size of the space you need it to cover, you can easily find the perfect model for your needs. Take some time to consider what type of aromatherapy experience you’re looking for before making your purchase; but most of all have fun exploring all of your options now that you know what to look for!  Happy shopping! 


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