There are different diffusers and all work in basically the same way but which is the best? The best diffuser depends on your needs and which you like better. I have come up with some pros and cons of each to help you get a feel of what is more suitable to your needs. I don’t have any experience with other oil diffusers, like the ones on AromaTools.com but I have used the Lotus Diffuser as well as the Aroma Ace and Aroma Lite diffusers. Here are the pros and cons as I see them:
The Lotus diffuser has an appeasing look with a soft light that works well as a nightlight for children. It also works as a little humidifier that diffuses a mixture of water and oils into the air. Though it is very quiet when running and the light is considered soothing for aromatherapy, when I tried to run it in my room at night, the light made it difficult to sleep. The Lotus Diffuser won’t stay on longer than an hour, which is nice for people that forget to turn off their appliances, but it will only last up to three hours, of use, without having to be refilled. You also have to clean it a lot or it gets water deposits. I had mine on my kitchen counter for a long time and it was easily knocked over so many times, I was just cleaning up messes and wasting oils. I had to keep the Lotus Diffuser clean or it wouldn’t work. Plus, having to constantly turn it back on and refill it drove me crazy. In addition if you decide to change oils there is no quick change, oils may be wasted and it is a hassle to change things out.
To me, it is worth the little bit of extra money for the Aroma Ace Diffuser. The main drawback is that it’s pretty noisy, which can work as a soothing white noise. If it’s running in my kitchen in the day, I don’t even hear it but in my bedroom at night, it drives my husband crazy. I run one in my bedroom every night with Vetiver in it. It’s been in there for two months and it’s not even halfway gone. I run it on high the whole night. Vetiver is a really thick oil though, so that’s not normal. If you ran a regular oil on high all night, it would last about a week. So that’s expensive in my book.
The Aroma Ace Diffuser does allow control over the amount of oil diffused into the air as well as how long it is on and off throughout the day. It is best at diffusing oils and covers larger areas than the Aroma Lite. Oils can also be quickly changed, you will have less spills and don’t have to worry about mixing oils.
So this is what I do… My son wakes up if he doesn’t have Serenity on his neck and he is hooked on the white noise of the diffuser, plus it is a good backup to the Serenity on his neck. I combine nearly empty Serenity bottles and screw them on once a week. It’s just enough to do something and it helps me use up the last of my oils. I do the same thing in the kitchen with my used oils so we just have constant random smells in our house but it’s all good. I run it in my kitchen day and night and only have to worry about it every 4-5 days so I love it. I have three of them in my house and I’m thinking of getting another one for my daughter’s room. The Aroma Ace Diffuser is durable and small enough to fit in little places. It does need to be placed where it cannot get knocked over or the oil will get into the working places and break it. There is only one little tiny light on it so you know it’s on – so that’s another thing I like about them.
I love the Aroma Lite; it’s my favorite doTERRA diffuser. I still use the Aroma Ace in my kitchen all day cause it runs all day and is less work than the Aroma Lite since you don’t have to put water in it. I love the Aroma Lite for my bedroom though, it is really quiet and there is an option to turn the light off. It runs for four or eight hours and has different settings for diffusing oil blends, and single oils. It is economical because the oils are mixed with water which unfortunately also means less oil is dispersed into the room. I love how the Aroma Lite is like a mini humidifier because the humid air helps with your immune system – but it’s not enough to cause problems with white dust and all. It can quickly fill a room at maximum output and is small for compact places. I don’t know how to describe it but I think the Aroma Lite just helps better if we get a little stuffy we just diffuse Breathe and the we’re not stuffy the next morning. We’ve had it a few months and haven’t had a chance to try it on a real cold (which is super, duper awesome, BTW). You do have to fill it up every night but it’s not that big of a deal.
doTerra Petal Diffuser
The doTerra Petal Diffuser has a soft light and soothing mist that is good for diffusing oils at night. It has three settings that are timed for one, two or four hours. Compact for small spaces in homes or offices. The doTerra Petal Diffuser is made for a novice or experienced essential oil user and can cover a 330 square foot room. It is also a stepping stone diffuser for those who can’t afford an Ace or Lite.
The Whisper has an LED light that can be turned off and is quiet, making it good for diffusing oils at night. It works as a humidifier by diffusing a mixture of oils and water into the air. It conserves oil and automatically shuts off when the water gets below the minimum level. The Whisper Diffuser has six different settings and works up to nine hours. It covers 1,000 square feet and is compact to keep from taking up space on counter tops.
I use Aroma Lite and Aroma Ace for different things. We now have an Aroma Lite in every bedroom except my oldest daughter because she likes the white noise of the Aroma Ace. I personally feel like the atomizing in the Aroma Lite is superior. I think it’s the most effective, it’s easiest to clean and doesn’t use very many oils. I’ve had one of them for a year and it’s still working fine. Once or twice we thought it died but it worked fine the next day. Both times my son had filled it up and probably got a little water on the motor but it dries out fine. I don’t know what I would do without the Aroma Lite in my son’s room because it’s amazing how much better he sleeps with it. I don’t recommend the Lotus anymore because the other two can do so much more. I haven’t tried the new Petal but I believe it is a useful diffuser, for those who can’t afford an Ace or Lite. doTERRA sells four different diffusers, which they don’t make themselves. The doTERRA blog has a comparison of the Lotus and Aroma Ace diffusers that explains their differences well. The doTERRA Consultant Tools page also offers information about each diffuser they sell.
Have you tried these diffusers or any others? What is your favorite doTERRA oil diffuser? Did I miss some pros and cons?
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