Budget Essential Oil Diffusers – humidifiers, misters and diffusers every home can now afford

Where aromatic candles and oil burners used to be the mainstay of diffusing scents throughout the home, the modern version of this, the essential oil diffuser is proving to be a popular alternative. The essential oil diffuser is based on ultrasonic vibrations of water and the added essential oil droplets. This very high frequency vibrations cause water to boil without heat, thus creating a diffuse steam that permeates throughout the environment.

Apart from diffusing a room with a beautiful aromatic scent, these diffusers also act as humidifiers with a soothing coloured light glow. Many have up to seven color options, so if you’re looking for a multi-function night-light, this is something to consider. Some have the option of just leaving the light on, while others require the diffuser to be turned on with the light.

In creating a calmer more humid environment, the diffuser also helps sooth ailments such as dry cough, sinus, skin irritations and asthma. While not an air purifier as such, the diffuser does somewhat ‘cleanse’ the air with the fine water droplets it emits and numerous people attest to the benefits of essential oils.

If you’re thinking of getting an essential oil diffuser, these are some of the points to consider

a) Volume: The larger the volume of the diffuser, typically the longer it can run for. All of them have a safety cut off, in which they turn off once the water runs low and depending on how long you would like the diffuser to run in your home and whether continuous or intermittent.

b) Run Time: Directly related to the volume of the diffuser, the run time is generally dictated by how much water capacity the diffuser is able to hold.

c) Light Colour-Changing and On/Off Options: The majority of these diffusers will come with colour changing lights linked to their on-off state. One or two however, have the light functions separate which means they are dual function and can be used solely as a night-light without the diffuser being turned on.

d) Ease of Cleaning: The ease of cleaning of the oil diffuser is an overlooked but important aspect. Given that it’s task is to clean and purify the air, it is important that it is rinsed and washed out at least once a week to ensure that the water within the unit is fresh.

e) Waterless Auto Shut-Off: The waterless auto shut-off is almost a standard feature in nearly all essential oil diffusers. This feature ensures that the unit will turn off automatically once the water has ‘boiled’ off. This ensures that the unit will not run dry.

1. URPOWER 500ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifier

with 4 Timer Settings, 7 LED Color Changing Lamps and Waterless Auto Shut-off

The Urpower diffuser is a cool medicinal tablet-style design which would look perfect in a modern home. It has the largest volume of all the diffusers on this list, a huge 500ml. This enables the diffuser to run continuously for up to 10 hours. There is also a mist function in which the timer can be set for one, two or three hours.

Given it’s size and volume, the Urpower would be an excellent choice for a larger room or a more open space.

  • Volume: 500 ml [largest volume]
  • Run time: up to 10 hours [longest run time]
  • Timer options
  • Light colour options: 7 mood lights
  • Automatic cut-off when dry

2. InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Portable Ultrasonic Diffusers

Color LED Lights Changing and Waterless Auto Shut-off Function for Home…

The Innogear diffuser is shaped like a vase with a solid white base and it’s subtle light colour changes. It is relatively small in size and with it’s volume of 100ml it is able to run for up to 3 hours continuously or 6 hours intermittently. As the light can be turned on independently of it’s diffusing function, it is also able to function solely as a nightly.

It also features a whisper-quiet operation which is an very useful feature for use in calm peaceful spaces such as bedrooms.

  • Three Working Modes: Intermittent Mist(30 seconds on/30 seconds off), Continuous Mist, Lights only. Content: 100 ml, Extra Long Power Cord: 6 feet, Item Size: 3.9 * 5.7in Weight: 11oz. Material: PP Hard Plastic, Working Time: 3 hours in continuous mode, 6 hours in intermittent mode.
  • Light colour options: 7 mood lights: Green, Dark blue, Red, Yellow, Pink, Light blue, White; Bright and Dim
  • Automatic cut-off when dry
  • Whisper quiet operation


3. Viva Naturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

Vibrant Changeable LED Lights, Soothing Mist & Oxygen, Automatic Shut Off

The Viva Naturals Aromatherapy essential oil diffuser is an inverted conical-shaped device that contains 100ml and is able to run for up to 8 hours intermittently. The lights only feature ensures that the lights can be controlled separate to the diffuser for it’s 7 mood light colours. There is an automatic cut-off when the diffuser runs dry.

  • Volume: 100 ml
  • Run time: up to 8 hours intermittent
  • Three Working Modes – Choose from continuous mist, intermittent mist or our lights-only feature. Safe for overnight use or while you’re on-the-go, our automatic shut-off prevents the diffuser from burning out.
  • Timer options
  • Light colour options: 7 mood Lights – Our diffuser offers a color for every mood. Moonlight white, firefly green, aquamarine teal, galaxy purple, sunset red, mellow yellow and mystic blue.
  • Automatic cut-off when dry


4. Syntus 150ml Essential Oil Diffuser Portable Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffusers

7 Changeable Colored LED Lights, Adjustable Mist Mode and Waterless Auto Shut-off

The Syntus essential oil diffuser holds up to 150ml ensuring up to 4 or 5 hours of continuous operation. It is also has an intermittent mist mode which will ensure longer operation. It’s LED light colour changes can be set to a cycle mode in which it can change colours automatically. The light is can also be turned on or off separate to the diffusers function.

  • Volume: 150 ml
  • Run time: up to 5 hours continuous
  • Light colour options: 7 mood lights
  • Optional Working Modes – Intermittent/continuous mist mode; Certain/cycled colored light mode.
  • Automatic cut-off when dry
  • Soundless operation


5. Aptoyu Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser 120 ml

The Aoptoyu Essential oil diffuser is bee-hive shaped with seven colour changing options. It is able to hold a volume of 120 ml. Similar to most diffusers currently on the market, it also has 7 mood lights and has an automatic cut-off when dry function.

  • Volume: 120 ml
  • Light colour options: 7 mood lights
  • Automatic cut-off when dry
  • Whisper quiet ultrasonic operation


6. Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

100ml Cool Mist Humidifier with 7 Color LED Mood Lights for Office and Bedroom

The Baxia cool mist humidifier and diffuser, is a able to hold a volume of 100ml with 7 mood light colour changing options. It is a modern inverted vase type design, with an undulating surface to add texture to the look. Functioning both as a diffuser and a mister this humidifier is silent and efficient and offers a great way to ensure that the environment is misted with the aromatic essence of your favourite essential oil.

  • Volume: 100 ml
  • Light colour options: 7 mood lights
  • Automatic cut-off when dry