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Article: Nebulizing Diffuser Vs Reed Diffusers

Nebulizing Diffuser Vs Reed Diffusers

Nebulizing Diffuser Vs Reed Diffusers

We've recently added Reed Diffusers into our incredible line up of scenting products and there are a lot of differences between them and our cold-air nebulizing diffusers.

Many people new to the world of essential and aromatic oils are curious about the different methods of diffusing these oils in their home or business. Two popular ways of diffusing essential oils are with a nebulizing diffuser as well as a reed diffuser. Although both types of diffusers get the job done, they also each have their unique positives and negative features, so here is a list of them so you can make a smarter purchasing decision.


Reed diffusers feature a fragrance oil and base solution mixed together inside of a glass bottle with a narrow neck. Rattan reeds or sticks are then inserted to the liquid, and left sticking out from the bottle. These reeds absorb the fragrant liquid from inside the bottle and diffuse it into the air of the room. A reed diffuser continues to release scent throughout the lifespan of the reeds and fragrance oil in the bottle.
The nice thing about reed diffusers is that they are likely the most low-maintenance approach to diffusion out there. This is because they don’t require electricity, heat, fans, machines, etc. All you need is the reeds, their bottle/container, and the fragrance oil.
Another advantage is that reed diffusers provide a constant, hassle-free stream of scent. They don't need to be turned on or off, lit, or blown out. Rather, they simply diffuse the oil that’s in their container until it runs out. Typically, it takes a few months for the fragrance in the bottle to run out completely, meaning they can also be long-lasting.

Are there any downsides to using a reed diffuser?

Because reed diffusers are always diffusing a scent, you can’t control the level of fragrance being scented the way you can with a high end electric diffuser. This means that depending on the size of the room, some reed diffusers can be either overpowering, or go completely unnoticed. Anything over a few hundred square feet is recommended you go with an electric machine.


As the name implies, electric oil diffusers still diffuse essential oils into the air, but don’t feature any reeds, and are instead powered by electricity. Unlike reed diffusers, there are several different types of electric oil diffusers on the market.
Nebulizing diffusers work by using pressurized air to diffuse a constant mist with the scent of your choice, and we offer many. Unlike a reed diffuser, these machines don’t require water or heat, which means they are the most low-maintenance choice. Nebulizing diffusers are plastic-free, and because they don’t require diluting or heating, they ensure the oil is diffused in its purest state when it scent up your spaces.
The bigguest advantage of a high quality nebulizing electric diffuser is that they allow you to control the intensity of the fragrance being released. Our diffusers also have timers, so that you can set the amount of time you need it and when you don't, like when you're sleeping.
A high quality electric diffuser will typically be more expensive than a reed diffuser. Another drawback is that because there are so many different types of electric diffusers on the market, quality varies widely. Cheap heat diffusers and ultrasonic diffusers can dilute and damage the chemical structure of a high quality oil, resulting in a less-than-ideal scenting experience. For this reason, we always recommend nebulizing, cold-air scent diffusers. This diffusion method disperses the oil in its purest state, and so our diffusers exclusively utilize this nebulizing cold-air technology.

which should you buy?

Both reed diffusers and electric diffusers have their place, and their own unique set of benefits. Reed diffusers are unique in that they can diffuse scent constantly, all without requiring heat or electricity to power them.
However, you can’t control the intensity of fragrance as easily as you can with electric diffusers, especially The Magic Scent cold air nebulizing diffusers. For this reason, we favor electric diffusers, as they offer you greater control, and the ability to dial in the level of fragrance to your exact specifications. This way, you can get the perfect scenting experience and scent intensity for your home, business, or other space.

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