What Is The Best Essential Oil Diffuser? We Review 5 Of The Best

So you’ve read the 10 Reasons Every Home Should Have An Essential Oil Diffuser and you’re ready to make your first purchase, but how do you know which one to buy?

With so many options to choose from, it may be difficult to decide which diffuser is just right for your needs. Here at Natural Living Ideas, we’ve spent the past few weeks testing out and studying some of the most popular diffusers on the internet to uncover the pros and cons of each. The following are our five top picks for 2017 – representing a balanced sampling of diffuser features – as well as an accompanying list of details on each brand to remove some of the guesswork and to help you simplify the purchasing process.

In a hurry? After much research and a review of the pricing and all of the features, our winner is the BellaSentials Woodgrain Cold Mister. With the largest tank, longest running time and whisper quiet operation, it wins our award for “Best Essential Oil Diffuser”. 

Deneve Riverock

The stylish Riverock has been a favorite of ours for quite some time, so it was a natural top pick when we began our search for the best of the best.


Run time: up to 5 hours

Tank size: 70 ml

Coverage: 250 sq ft

Colors: black / white

Auto-shutoff: yes

Citrus oils: safe to use

Price: $39.99 – 89.99

The Pros

There are a lot of things to love about the Riverock. This diffuser is small and unobtrusive compared to the others we reviewed – a mere 6.5” L x 4.5” W X 3” H. Also, the appearance of the Riverock is very sleek and modern, so it’s good for when you want to run a diffuser in a visible location like in a spa or at the office. The Riverock itself is so quiet that the signature gurgling / splashing sounds made by the atomizer actually sound slightly louder than with other diffusers. (If you’ve never seen one before, the atomizer creates a weak water fountain-like effect inside the tank.)

The Riverock’s controls are brilliant and simple: one large button turns the device on, cycles through all three of the light modes, then turns the diffuser back off. The LED light band that encircles the Riverock is pretty without being too bright. (On the black model, the color-changing light band silhouetted by the dark hemispheres of the ‘Rock’ create an effect which has been described as “really cool” on several occasions.) Also, for those who need absolute darkness in order to fall asleep, the Riverock emits absolutely no light when the LED’s are turned off.

As with most diffusers, the Riverock also features an automatic shutoff when the tank is empty, so it is safe to run it while sleeping or when you are otherwise preoccupied.

The Cons

Despite being one of our favorites, the Riverock does have a couple of obvious cons. It isn’t as versatile as other models in that it only has one mist setting. The small tank and short run time aren’t efficient for all-day use. Also, if the Riverock isn’t resting on a hard and flat surface, it can be very difficult to press down on the single large button which takes up almost half of the diffuser’s upper shell. Finally, the tank is a bit shallow and tends to spill a bit if you try to move the diffuser after filling it.

Best Feature

Though it may be considered a con by some, the best part about the Riverock is also the simplicity of its on/off switch. Assuming the device is placed on a desk, tabletop, or other flat surface, the oversized button which operates both the color-changing LEDs and the atomizer is reminiscent of the snooze button on an old alarm clock in that it is easy to find by touch alone. For example, if you keep the Riverock on your bedside table, you don’t have to turn on a lamp or even open your eyes to turn on the diffuser. You simply reach over and mash the back (blunt end) of the device a few times until you get to the setting you want – one push to turn on and cycle lights, another push to pause the light cycling, a third push to run the diffuser in lights-off mode.



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