The Best Essential Oil Diffusers Because We All Deserve Some Stress Relief


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Essential oil diffusers have come a long way from those old school, classic reed diffusers. Now, there are hybrid diffusers and humidifiers, some that have lights (and change colors), and others that even sync up to your smartphone. Sometimes, technology is a beautiful thing.

A diffuser can come in handy if you're trying to maximize the benefits of aromatherapy. Some essential oils can help you sleep, like lavender or ylang-ylang. Some can help calm you, like frankincense or chamomile. And others can you give a boost of energy, like lemon or peppermint. Whichever one you need at the moment, you can use a diffuser to fill your home with the scents and let your olfactory system do its thing.


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When it comes to choosing a diffuser, there are a lot of things to consider, like the size of your space, how far you want it to reach, how loud the device is, if you want it to have extra bells and whistles like a light or phone connectivity, how strong you want the fragrance to be, how easy it is to clean, and how its design will fit into your home.

To help you get started, we've rounded up a list of our favorite highly rated diffusers below.


This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019. In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot). She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.