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I have 5 different diffusers. All ranging in price and material. I had high hopes for this one, but I'm totally bummed! It is beautiful...that is why I bought it. It's is plastic that looks like wood...another positive since I have small kids. I LOVE every single NOW product I've ever bought....until now. This diffuser is not user friendly. You have to remove decorative top and then remove this reservoir. Then you have to un-screw this cap and u fill this thing with water. Be sure you remember to take top off of your essential oil bottle first or you are balancing this awkward thing and trying to do that at same time. Next, you are trying to "shake" your essential oil from bottle and get into this small hole in reservoir. By this point....I'm totally irritated, but still have positive outlook. So I get the contraption back on, decorative top in place, and start diffusing. I smell my essential oils for about 10 minutes and then...no smell!!! Just water vapor. I thought, well maybe I didn't put enough oil in it. So the next day...repeat process. Same thing. I've had this diffuser for about 2 weeks now and I have noticed the oil is COATED in reservoir. Whhhaaatttt??? While I'm no expert, I really believe that since you put the water in this weird, closed reservoir instead of an "open" one that has the little metal disc that makes the water "jump", it keeps the oils from being "stirred". All 4 of my other diffusers are made by different companies. Some expensive and made of different materials, however they have one thing in common....the metal disc in an "open" reservoir that keeps oils "stirred". So there ya go! Beautiful diffuser. Not user friendly! Hope this helps and I hope you understood my rambling ;)
I'm wondering if all these "stopped working" complaints are due to an apparent design flaw. The Max fill line causes you to overfill, and when you put the water tank back onto the unit's base, there's an "Overfill Safety" there that shuts the unit off when there's too much water. I've discovered that sloshing the unit too much while walking it back from the kitchen sink to it's preferred location in the living room will also trigger the Overfill Safety shut-off. If it shuts off within minutes of turning it on, this probably happened to you as well. The solution another reviewer offered was to (1) go back to the sink and remove the water tank; then (2) empty the unit's base and dry it out with paper towel or towel; and finally (3) put the water tank back onto the unit then walk it CAREFULLY to it's plug-in location. The amount of water you had to dump out of the base to dry it out will have reduced the overall amount of water in the unit, so I haven't found it necessary to pour out any water/oil mixture I've already put into the water tank portion. When I plug it back in after taking these steps, a steady thin stream of diffused water comes out of the top and the unit runs for about 6 hours.
Once I get more experienced at filling and running the unit (at it's slightly-less-than-max-fill-level), I suspect the frustrating shut-offs will stop happening to me. But the very fact of this design flaw would prevent me from giving it more stars even if I became better at working around the problem.
2 YEAR UPDATE: I had originally given the diffuser 3 stars for the problems mentioned above and in other reviews. But nearly 2 years to the day after receiving this diffuser, the plastic cap with green gasket that screws onto the bottom of the water tank stopped screwing on so I've reduced the rating to 2 stars. I've cleaned it carefully and frequently as recommended with alcohol whenever I was using it. I only use it when my Sheltie is having health issues that essential oils can remedy (like the cough he recently developed), so it wasn't even 2 years of daily or even weekly use. But daily use for a 3-6 week period of health care, then cleaned and stored until needed again. I'll look for a diffuser that uses better materials this time. Plastic just can't hold up under daily use of some of the stronger blends of essential oils, and the plastic screw-cap was never intended to last long.
Pro: Looks nice and, to be fair, it worked well enough when I still tolerated using it.
Cons: 1. Inconvenience. You have to take the water container TO the sink to fill, then balance it while adding oils. Then, you have to turn it upside down, line it up just right, and drop it into the base. No matter how careful I am, I still get water all over. 2. It's impossible to clean. I've tried using vinegar, hot water, letting it soak, put it in the dish washer, AND washing machine. There's no getting the buildup out of the crevices on the inside. 3. This runs continuously. There's no intermittent setting, which is important (feel free to Google why this matters). 4. There's only one button, and it controls everything - power, mist, and light.
I bought a cheaper one for my young daughters' room and realized it was SO much better!! I ending up buying one for my mom, and then another one for my room. URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser 120ml Aromatherapy Diffuser Portable Ultrasonic Aroma Humidifier with 7 Color Changing LED Lamps, Mist Mode Adjustment and Waterless Auto Shut-off Function
DEFECTIVE! USED ONE TIME and the unit stopped producing mist!! The motor still is running and the light is on, but no vapor action :( I followed the directions given. I'm using tap water. Dissappointed in the quality and mechanical durability of this unit. The product feels cheap.. Never really PUMPED out the vapor as it should of. More like a limp wimpy stream that blew to the side. Pretty sure I recieved a defective product. I'll be sending the item back since I just got it YESTERDAY, but honestly I but wish they would just send me a new one. I was SSOOO EXCITED for this thing. I was STOKED for the 5 hours it worked. SUPER BUMMED I want to love this smoking acorn!
UPDATE: Interesting. Still a wimpy vapor however, it has started working after cleaning the unit again and rinsing.. I will be trying SPRING water next (since even mixing distilled with tap seems undisirable to keep the machine working properly) since there is all kinds of yucky chemicals in the tap water in my county (that I'd rather not have diffused with my oils into the air of my home!) Well, it's working for now, let's hope it stays that way!
I really wanted to love this diffuser. I was first disappointed by the color when it arrived, it's much lighter in person compared to the photo. The color isn't a big deal, but this is the most difficult diffuser I've ever used. You have to remove the outer cover, the remove the tank, invert the tank then unscrew the opening to fill. There are lots of lovely places for water to sit on the bottom of the tank as you are trying to fill it so after you've put the cap back on when you turn it upright you make a mess. I've found that after adding my oils I have to shake the tank other wise I can't smell them. After you've managed to put the tank back on the base, if you haven't manage to accidentally trip the pressure release and spill again, you have to put the cover back on and then aim th diffuser. It doesn't diffuse up like most diffusers, it will only diffuse in one direction. Additionally this diffuser is so unstable, I keep almost knocking it over with just a light touch.
I love the design of this diffuser. However, it is very awkward to handle. You have to turn the water filler upside down to fill. it is almost impossible to clean the inside of it. It seems to me no matter how much oil you put in there I cant ever smell the diffuser and often the oil remains in the bottom of the machine when the machine is done diffusing. the entire machine itself is difficult to clean. I have spilled water several times whilst trying to put oil in the water container, whilst trying to hold it upside down to put water and Oil in it, you then screw on the cap and fit it into the slot and the water comes down into the machine. It is good in theory but of the 5 diffusers I have had, this is by far my least favorite to clean, for amount of smell and wastage of oil and ease of use. The look itself is lovely but that is all for me
I have bought around 10 of these in the last 5 years, but sadly I have found that every now and then I get a dud and the spring breaks in the cap and the little green pad gets soggy and begins to come off on your fingers and deteriorate. I've had it happen to 3 out of the 10. The last one I returned for this reason and replaced it. It's only been 6 months and it's happening to that replacement as well, but it's too late to return it. :(
I have only had one other diffuser (a bamboo NOW) one. I was hoping that this one would diffuse more mist and be as easy, but its quite tempermental. You have to turn the water reservoir upside down, pour water into a small hole, add the oil all while holding it upright. The flower bud (uneven) design does not allow for easy refill. Also, if you lift the reservoir off and extra water drains in (happens about 50% of the time that the base fills up) you have to dump OUT the remaining water and pour it back into the hole so that you can start over.
Its NOT convenient at all. I am looking for another design now. Also, It only runs for about 7 hours constant...no intermittent setting. I really love the other one I have, but the amount of mist diffused isnt as heavy,.
I have three of the small ones that look like a little flying saucer that work great. I though for a 10x12 room this would be as good but boy I was wrong. First off, on the rare occasion it was on you could barely smell anything with 15 drops of therapeutic essential oils not the nasty fake stuff. Secondly, this thing would not stay on. It kept turning itself off so I did what the directions said, emptied the thing and it would go back on wasting very expensive essential oils. Not less than three minutes later it would shut off again and I would have to repeat the process all over again. I do not have time to sit and babysit some flipping diffuser that is wasting pricey oils.
Really pretty but doesn't do a great job of spreading the scent. This diffuser does a great job spreading steam but the oils seem to be released right at the beginning of use and at the end when the diffuser is almost out of water. During the middle I am not sure what happens but it is just water vapor that comes out. I have had the diffuser for six plus months now and there are no mechanical issues\, it is working the same as when purchased. I do agree with the other reviews that it is awkward to refill. There is also a large amount of oil residue left in the bottom of the diffuser when you empty it so don't touch your eyes (I learned that lesson the hard way).