There's a reason why real estate agents say to bake cookies right before an open house. Whether consciously or subconsciously, the smell of a space has the ability to alter the feeling someone gets just by inhaling. The internet has tons of air freshener options, but the best reed diffusers can refresh your space immediately with minimal effort on your part.
Unlike candles or electric diffusers, reed diffusers don't require any flames, plugs, or batteries. Instead, they use wooden sticks (or reeds) to pull the fragrance oils from the bottom of the bottle to the top of the reed, where the scent then evaporates into the air. They require pretty much zero maintenance or remembering to do anything, besides maybe refilling the bottle every couple of months. That's why they're one of the
best ways to freshen up your home.
Scientific studies have proven that
fragrances can interact with the brain to impact our moods, stress levels, and even working capacities. That's because they can cross over the blood-brain barrier and interact with receptors in the central nervous system. Whether you have a home office, are looking to make your guests feel welcome, or just want a more uplifting environment for yourself, the best reed diffusers are an effective way to get there. Of course, scent preferences are subjective, so I've included some of the most popular and diverse options the Internet has to offer. 1 The Diffuser That Comes In A Recycled Glass Bottle
The Paddywax Eco Collection is dedicated to using materials and ingredients that are safe for both you and the environment. This
diffuser set features an earth-friendly recycled glass vessel, reusable wood veneer packaging, and all-natural fragrances made from guiltless ingredients. The range includes scents from fresh bamboo and green tea to energizing verbena and lemongrass, all of which fit the above quality standards. According to a reviewer: "I hesitated buying this online because I am sensitive to heavy, perfumy, sweety smells like most diffusers are. This one has a pleasant smell and I love the packaging. I would buy another for a gift." 2 The Gift Set With 3 Classic Fragrances
If you're having trouble choosing just one or are looking for the perfect housewarming present, this
reed diffuser gift set comes with three classic scents: rose, lavender, and vanilla. The sweet, floral fragrances come with a bundle of reed diffusers, which you can add or remove to each bottle to find your desired intensity. According to a reviewer: “I originally ordered this as a gift but ended up opening and keeping. The packaging is very eye catching and is a perfect gift set. They all smell just enough to notice but not overwhelm you. Very light and airy.” 3 A Relaxing Lavender-Scented Diffuser
For loads of people, the smell of lavender invokes feelings of relaxation and peace. That's because it actually interacts with the
nervous system and increases theta and alpha waves in the brain. No wonder the Oojra French Provence Lavender aromatherapy diffuser is so popular. It uses real lavender essential oil along with minty herbal notes and a woody undertone. The large modern decorative glass bottle complements any space, from bathrooms to bedrooms, and some buyers even use it to add an uplifting scent to their offices or studios. It's also available in two other scents: jasmine bamboo and white tea and ginger. According to a reviewer: "This lavender scent is just right - not too powerful or weak and it is so calming. I have tried many lavender scented items, but this is the best I have come across and will be purchasing more. I feel like there is a fresh lavender plant in the bedroom!" 4 The Fresh Cotton Diffuser That Smells Clean & Bright
The best thing about having done laundry is getting to climb into a bed outfitted with clean sheets at the end of the day. You can replicate that delicious feeling with this
fresh cotton diffuser set. The fragrance features a base of clean cotton with notes of earthy sandalwood and energizing lemon, and it comes in a minimalist glass bottle that’ll look great in any room of the house. According to a reviewer: “I LOVE this diffuser. The aroma is fresh and clean and just fragrant enough to fill a room without being too overpowering. The bottle is reminiscent of a perfume bottle and would match any decor with its simplistic design.” 5 A Warm & Spicy Moroccan Amber Diffuser
One of the highest-rated options on Amazon, this
NEST Fragrances diffuser has notes of amber, patchouli, and bergamot accented with eucalyptus. One reviewer describes it as a "warm, spicy scent that reminds [them] of cologne and baking cookies," while another simply says it makes their home "smell like a spa." More impressive than the scent, however, is how effectively it diffuses around your home. The alcohol-free formula releases slowly and evenly through the patent-pending ScentSticks for 90 days straight.
And if amber is not your taste, there are 20 other fragrances to choose from like apricot tea, birchwood pine, and sugar cookie.
According to a reviewer: "Within days of placing these diffusers my entire family loved them so much that they were telling me to never remove these Nest diffusers from our bathrooms. We even had our guests making comments about what’s that great scent in your bathroom? I love these diffusers as they are elegant looking, and they are so easy to set up." 6 The Spiced Pumpkin Diffuser That Smells Like Fall
I'm obsessed with fall and of the belief that it's never too early to prepare for the best season ever. This
Yankee Candle reed diffuser smells of pumpkin and simmering spices like clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It's also got a sweet hint of brown sugar that warms your home when the cold evenings start to roll in. The set comes with a reusable thick-cut glass bottle and natural rattan reeds. If you'd prefer a less autumnal scent, there are other options that'll transport you to a tropical beach, a lilac garden, and more. According to a reviewer: "The smell lasts for a long time in the room it’s placed in. I do turn the reeds throughout the life of the oil to get maximum smell and the reeds hold smell for quite sometime after oil is gone." 7 This Festive Frasier Fir Diffuser
If winter is more your season, this
Frasier fir reed diffuser might be just what you're looking for. Fir is combined with cedarwood and sandalwood for a sophisticated option. Plus, the green bottle makes it a great gift or decorative option and perfectly complements your festive holiday decor. According to a reviewer: "This is the closest thing to remind me of Christmas that I have ever smelled and I have tried many. Just remember once a week to turn the reeds upside down to keep the smell strong. I have it in both my bathrooms and a Christmas time I buy several more as I have an artificial Christmas tree. Because the smell is so beautiful everyone thinks the Christmas trees are real. Worth every scent! (Pun intended!)” 8 A Tropical Coconut & Vanilla Diffuser
Create tropical vibes with this
coconut and vanilla bean reed diffuser. It’s a long-lasting option that offers around four months of fragrance, and it comes with eight wavy reed sticks that add a touch of decorative flair. And if you don’t love coconut and vanilla, there are eight other fragrances to choose from, including sandalwood and eucalyptus, frosted mint, and honeysuckle. According to a reviewer: “Amazing! Highly recommend and i bought it 2 months ago and it’s not even half way done! Smells great!” 9 This Lemon & Mint Diffuser That Smells Like The Amalfi Coast
Whisk yourself away to the Italian coast with this
Amalfi lemon reed diffuser. The fragrance features a blend of lemon, orange bergamot, and mint, along with a hint of beachy driftwood that makes you feel like you’re by the Mediterranean. Plus, the striped glass bottle adds a touch of elegance to your decor. According to a reviewer: “I put it in our newly remodeled master bath and it feels like I am at a luxury spa when I go into the bedroom/bath area. The scent is very pleasant, uplifting in a soothing way.” 10 This Best-Selling Diffuser That Comes With Preserved Flowers
Not only is this
mini reed diffuser scented like a floral bouquet, but it also comes with preserved flowers that create a pop of color. The elegant glass bottle is small enough to display anywhere in the house, and there are larger sizes and nine other scents to choose from, including black cherry and April fresh. According to a reviewer: “It’s a cute addition to my bathroom and I’ll definitely be buying another once the smell gets weaker — but it’s been about a month and it’s still going strong!” 11 An Earthy Diffuser With Hints Of Amber & Citrus
weekend-inspired reed diffuser features a complex blend of grapefruit, orange, oakmoss, sage, lavender, and amber that reviewers describe as “mellow” and “earthy.” The fragrance oil comes in a minimalist, handmade bottle, and there are 10 additional scents to choose from, including fresh coffee, lavender and sage, and a stress relief blend. According to a reviewer: “It smells so amazing. The bottle is super cute and minimalist and is just the style I am going for. Tempted to buy the candle with the same scent now too!” 12 This Diffuser That Smells Like A Warm & Cozy Fireplace
Inspired by the scent of a cozy fireplace, this
festive reed diffuser set is infused with pine, sandalwood, and vanilla. The sleek diffuser arrives beautifully packaged, making it a great option for gift-giving, with white reeds that complete the minimalist look. This brand also offers other holiday-themed scents, including ones inspired by Christmas trees and winter mornings. According to a reviewer: “Pleasant scent filled up the whole room less than 15 minutes after I set up the diffuser. It's more on the woody side with sugar and spice notes. Definitely recommend!” 13 This Pretty Gradient Diffuser With A Refreshing Floral Scent
The gradient design of this
blue and white reed diffuser adds a subtle touch of color to your decor while filling the room with the scent of lily of the valley, dewdrop, jasmine, and musk. The scent is formulated to mimic the smell of fresh air after rainfall, creating a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere. You can also opt for a white gradient bottle with an earthy fragrance. According to a reviewer: “This diffuser set smells wonderfully. I have it out in the entry way area where we have a split staircase which opens into our living room both downstairs and upstairs along with being connected to our front door and garage door. It is the perfect spot because I can smell it every time I enter the house through either door even though the diffuser is sitting at the top of the stairs! This is at least a 10 foot stretch and Im only using a little more [than] half of the sticks that were included with the diffuser! What a bargain!” 14 A Pink Diffuser That Smells Like Rose Water
This soft pastel
pink reed diffuser is scented with a floral bouquet of rose, peony, and jasmine that’s blended with cedar leaf, orange, and mandarin. Reviewers love the delicate scent, and the minimalist bottle is sure to bring chic style and relaxing vibes to any room. According to a reviewer: “Love this scent! So clean and the scent relaxes you because it is so calming. I placed it in our large living room and the whole room smelled with this amazing scent. Great quality.” 15 This Sleek White Oval Diffuser Scented With Jasmine
If you’re looking for a sleek look, this
all-white reed diffuser is perfect. The textured ceramic diffuser is richly scented with jasmine essential oil and comes with decorative dried flowers. Reviewers describe this compact diffuser as “cute” and “elegant,” making it a great addition to your living space. According to a reviewer: “The vase is good quality and looks nice. The floral scent is not overpowering - - just get an occasional whiff.” Studies referenced: Sowndhararajan, K., & Kim, S. (2016). Influence of Fragrances on Human Psychophysiological Activity: With Special Reference to Human Electroencephalographic Response. Scientia pharmaceutica, 84(4), 724–751. https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm84040724 Sayorwan, W., Siripornpanich, V., Piriyapunyaporn, T., Hongratanaworakit, T., Kotchabhakdi, N., & Ruangrungsi, N. (2012). The effects of lavender oil inhalation on emotional states, autonomic nervous system, and brain electrical activity. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet, 95(4), 598–606.