Nebulizing Diffusers Versus Ultrasonic Diffusers: Which is Better?

Nebulizing Diffusers Versus Ultrasonic Diffusers: Which is Better?
Nebulizing Diffusers Versus Ultrasonic Diffusers

If you want to make a serious investment in your health, consider purchasing an essential oil diffuser. It can make a world of difference to how you feel throughout the day, plus it will make your living space smell amazing without the use of harsh chemicals.

When it comes to essential oil diffusers, there is a wide variety to choose from, and I am not exaggerating when I say that. There are nebulizing diffusers and ultrasonic diffusers, and then hundreds of different companies that make each one. How do you know which one to choose and how do you know which one is better?

Nebulizing diffusers versus ultrasonic diffusers

Although the term diffuser generally refers to a device that evaporates essential oils and circulates the aroma throughout the room, it is the writes of diffusion capabilities that a machine is designed with that really separates the two.

nebulizing diffusers

Nebulizing diffusers work through atomizing molecules. A small air pump blows air through a small tube creating a powerful vacuum that draws the essential oil from the bottom of the tube to the top in a fine mist. A nebulizer does not require water to diffuse the essential oil molecules into the air (unlike an ultrasonic diffuser).

Most nebulizing diffusers also come with airflow controls so you can determine how much essential oil you want to release into the air.

Pros and cons of nebulizing diffusers

The main benefit of nebulizing diffusers is that you don’t need to use water to dilute the oils and turn them into a mist. This also means that nebulizing diffusers can be used in a much larger space, as the concentration of oils is denser. These diffusers also disperse essential oils much faster than any other diffuser, so you don’t need to leave them on for long.

Nebulizing diffusers are also much more aesthetically pleasing as they do not require a large tank. They’re tiny, and some are even beautifully crafted with hand-blown glass tubes (like the ones at Organic Aromas).

The only real downside to using a nebulizing diffuser is that they go through the essential oils faster (20 drops compared to a cup of water and a few drops of oil in an ultrasonic diffuser can give you a good point of comparison). They also tend to be a bit noisier and more expensive. But the pros far outweigh the cons, especially when it comes to health.

ultrasonic diffusers

Ultrasonic diffusers work differently than nebulizer diffusers in that they use water as the transfer mechanism. With ultrasonic diffusers, essential oils sit on top of water and ultrasonic vibrations agitate the water to cause the oil molecules to separate (thus releasing the negatively charged particles into the air as a fine mist). The negatively charged particles will join the harmful positively charged particles in the air to help purify your home.

Pros and cons of ultrasonic diffusers

Ultrasonic diffusers are a great way to diffuse essential oils in your home without breaking the bank. Ultrasonic diffusers also work as a humidifier by making the room humid. While adding water is criticized for diluting the potency of the oils, it’s perfect for those who don’t prefer overpowering scents and for making the oils last longer. These diffusers are also easy to clean and require very little energy.

However, ultrasonic diffusers do have the potential for mold growth, which is a downside if you are someone who has a sensitivity to mold. Most ultrasonic diffusers are made of plastic and look cheap, which can also be a drawback for those who care about the aesthetic appearance of their room. The fact that they are made of plastic also means that the plastic will break down over time and emit a very faint odor.

Which is better?

Many people agree that nebulizing diffusers are the best option (out of all diffusers), as they do not alter the chemical composition of the oils used. It breaks down the molecules in the oil without separating the mixture. The result? Particles small enough to be quickly absorbed by the lungs and body.

Nebulizing diffusers do the job and are most effective at filling the air with microscopic aromatherapeutic oils. In my opinion, they are by far the best type of diffuser and offer the most aromatic benefit for the home and body. While they may be more expensive, they work better.

Organic Aromas Nebulizing Diffusers

I recently had the opportunity to test a nebulizing diffuser from Organic aromas. Each of their diffusers is handmade and uses special glass and high-quality wood. The diffuser I received was the Radiance nebulizing diffuser with light wooden base.

nebulizer diffuser

This diffuser comes with a built-in “touch sensor” light that allows you to turn the LED light on or off with a simple brush of your fingertip whenever you like. It also comes with a “volume” switch that allows you to precisely control how much oil you diffuse.

When I first received the diffuser, I was blown away by its beauty and also the simplicity of setting it up. The package also came with one of their unique organic essential oil blends, which I then immediately tried.

nebulizer diffuser

It was pretty simple. After placing the hand-blown glass piece on the wooden base, simply drop 20-25 drops of the essential oil of your choice, then place the glass lid on top. Plug in the machine and change the volume dial” too low or high. The unit has a 2 minute on, 1 minute off duty cycle, and will shut off after 120 minutes. If you want it to run longer than 120 minutes, you can turn the on/off switch off and back on, and the diffuser will begin another 2-hour use cycle.

This diffuser saturated the air quickly. He was so used to using an ultrasonic diffuser and he hoped the smell wouldn’t be as strong, but he was sorely wrong. This diffuser seriously saturates the air, which is extremely beneficial when trying to overcome health conditions, or if you are simply trying to kill harmful airborne bacteria.

nebulizer diffuser

According to the manual, under ideal conditions, the Radiance Nebulizing Diffuser can “service” a room up to 80 square meters (more than 800 square feet). That is really impressive!

Once I was done using the diffuser, I tried cleaning it according to the instructions in the manual and it came out pretty good. It is recommended to clean the glass diffuser reservoir once a week if you use it for two hours or more a day. This will ensure that your diffuser continues to work the way it is supposed to.

All you need to do is remove the glass lid and then use the provided dropper to add pure alcohol to the microtubules inside the blown glass container. Once you’ve done that, run the machine for 5-10 minutes, and then dispense the alcohol into a sink. Let it air dry and voila!

It is also recommended to clean the glass diffuser tank at least once a month with hot water. They provide instructions in the manual, but basically all you have to do is put the glass diffuser tank and glass lid in hot water for an hour. Super direct!

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to invest in a nebulizing diffuser. The company takes great care in crafting their product, and the result is evident in the way the diffuser looks and works.

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Disclaimer: All views and opinions are my own. This particular product review was in no way sponsored or paid for by the manufacturer. However, the manufacturer gave me the product for testing and review purposes.

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