doTERRA only sells two kinds of diffusers and they don’t make them themselves. They are just a reseller of them. The doTERRA blog has a comparison of the two that is quite good. I don’t have any experience with other oil diffusers, like the ones on AromaTools.com but I have used both the Lotus Diffuser and the Aroma Ace diffuser a lot. The reason there are two different diffusers is because they are quite different and what you’re looking for, will depend on what you need and which one you like better. Here are the pros and cons as I see them:
It looks nice and has a light. You put a little water in it mixed with oils and it’s like a little humidifier. The Lotus diffuser won’t stay on for more than an hour and will only run up to three hours without having to refill. 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 got knocked over so many times and then I was just cleaning up messes and wasting oils. I had to keep it clean or it wouldn’t work. Plus, having to constantly turn it back on and refill it drove me crazy. It is very quiet to run though but when I tried to run it in my room at night, the light drove me crazy.
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. 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 find it to be a soothing white noise though. 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.
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 fill up empty Serenity bottles and screw them on once a week. It’s enough to do something but then it just 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. They are durable and I haven’t had a problem with any of them. 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 bedroom though cause it is really quiet and you can turn the light off. The Aroma Ace is noisy. I love how the Aroma Lite is kind of like a mini humidifier too cause the humid air helps with your immune system – but it’s not enough to cause problems with white dust and all. 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.
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.
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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