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This is my second aromatherapy diffuser. The first one I purchased did not release scent into the air, was difficult to remove lid in order to add oil or water and did not stay on for the 6+hours it claimed. Happy to report I have none of those issues with this diffuser! What I love: -> The unit consistently stays on for 6+ hours -> It releases a good amount of scent into the air and the mist does not affect anything it touches on my desk. -> I can use citrus oils -> Super quiet - I never hear it and its usually 2 feet away from me -> The nightlight can be shut entirely off -> The plug can be unplugged from the base unit so you can transport it from room to room easier or bring the sink for cleaning easier
What I don't love: -> Refilling and cleaning is not simple. You must remove the decorator "woodgrain" flower petal from the top, then bring the plastic container to the sink where you need to unscrew the cap and fill with water and manage to get the oil drops into the hole. Meanwhile, the unit is filled with water and tipped upside down, if you're not careful, the water will just drip out the open end (which is the top where the mist comes out). Assuming you've done all that okay, you bring it back the the base unit and flip the container over the base unit to avoid water spills, which I almost can never manage to do without spilling some water and then position it on the base correctly. --> The unit is so lightweight that if I just want to push the button to start or stop, I will knock the unit over; even with 1/2 amount of water in it. Sometimes this means, getting out of bed to use both hands; one to hold the base while the other to turn on or off --> There is no way to clean inside the water reservoir tank. I have simply been using white vinegar and water to swish around inside, but there is no way that I can tell, to clean it any more effectively. The base of the unit I can clean without a problem and use a small soft brush with white vinegar to remove the oil residue. It builds up quickly since I use the diffuser alot, so I find myself cleaning the unit every other day or 2nd day and all stays well.
Having said that, overall I really like the unit and the quality of mist it outputs into the air and would still buy a second for another room.
This is a nice diffuser with a few issues worth noting. First, the good things: it is a fairly large size compared to other, cheaper ones on the market. I'd say it can hold about 1.5 cups (12 oz) of water, whereas a lot of others are smaller and can barely even hold 1/2 cup (4 oz). This enables it to run for longer, though it will automatically shut off after 8 hours of continuous runtime regardless. Second, it has a pleasing design. Many others are simply white or translucent plastic; this one has a faux wood grain covering, which is also obviously plastic but I think blends in better with my decor. Finally, it seems to work well--aside from a few problems I'll mention, it seems effective at diffusing the oil/scent (and water) into the air, and it runs fairly quietly, though depending on how close you are you may hear a faint hum or trickling sound.
There are a couple bad things. First, while the exterior design of the product is pleasing, its shape makes it somewhat difficult to use when filling. To fill, you remove the faux wood covering from the top, then take off the translucent plastic piece underneath, which consists of an upside-down screw-top water tank--the "bottom" when you're filling it is the top of the product, which as you can see is a very narrow end. There is no way to set it on your counter without having it roll around if you need to use your faucet or open a bottle of oil. While awkward, this can be worked around by planning ahead. Second, while the top/tank portion is labeled with "min" and "max" lines for water level, I've found filling it up all the way to "max" causes problems--when you re-"attach" it to the bottom portion, the small "tank" in the bottom portion where the diffusing actually happens (it presses up on a valve in the lid of the tank to let water in when it's attached) seems to overfill, and then the machine will either not diffuse at all or do so sparingly. It's supposed to put out a steady stream of mist, not a "puff" every few seconds. The solution if this happens to you--as it did to me my first time when I thought this was how the product was supposed to work but was then wondering why it didn't seem to be diffusing the scent--is to make sure the tank isn't overfilled, then make sure the bottom portion of the diffuser is clean and dry, and try again. The problem is that the "max" line itself seems to be too full, and the magical actual maximum fill level is a little below that.
This is labeled as a "...Wood Grain Oil Diffuser..." and so, I expected at least the outside of it to be wood. No such luck. It's pure plastic throughout. To me, it's a strange idea to be using something such as a DIffuser, which is for people who are so additive and synthetic conscious, as part of a natural aromatherapy when it's made of a very unnatural product! The only reason that I wouldn't return it is that it's COLD diffusion and the plastic doesn't get heated up in order to diffuse the oils into the air. Unheated plastic will not give off molecules of itself to that which it is diffusing, while heated plastic, such as was found in the initial plastic vaporizers, DO give off their plastic molecules. This is the reason that all vaporizers were mandated, by law, to be "cold water vaporizers" (which technically is NOT vaporizing the water) by law. They should have stuck with the glass vaporizers that are much better for children, the environment, and our health, but Big Brother was worried about us dropping the glass vaporizers, so they mandated the plastic ones. My son was just born (45 years ago) when that happened. I contacted the leading manufacturer of vaporizers and purchased 4 of their finest contraband glass vaporizers, and they lasted (not one of them was dropped as Big Brother was so afraid of) for the next 25 years. THe only thing that wore out was the electrode inside the working part of the vaporizer, which could be taken apart, cleaned, and made to last longer, which I did. This diffuser, could easily have been made of glass with a real wood exterior so that it would not be so "new age" synthetic along with the "new age" health concepts. It does look like real wood, though, and is a lovely piece that works well. I just didn't think it through and realize I'd have to be cleaning it's interior all the time, a definite negative for me, but that will be true of EVERY diffuser. Just be aware of that upkeep when you purchase any diffuser. This would make a nice gift if you don't mind it being plastic, not wood.
I have 3 different diffusers that I use throughout my home.I bought this one because I loved how it looked. It is has a unique look that appears like wood, however, it is plastic, which I am fine with. I feel that this diffuser can be displayed in my living room and not look out of place. I also like that it is a Now product.
I like that this diffuser runs for long periods of time without having to refill, and shuts off automatically. Another review indicated that there weren't markings for how much water to put in. This one has a min. & max. fill line clearly marked. This diffuser a strong water vapor that is distributed throughout a larger area than my other diffusers.
While this diffuser has many positives, my one complaint is the actual prep time that it takes to use it. The water reservoir is located under the decorative cover. Once removed, you must tip it upside down to unscrew a cap (which is about the same size as a water bottle). When filling with water, using a measuring cup with a spout is the easiest. It is tricky pouring the water into the small opening with cup or faucet, as water gets all over the unit. Since the hole is not that large, it is also difficult to put oils into the reservoir. The reservoir is also an awkward shape so it does not set on a counter, you must hold it in one hand while filling with water and putting oil in. While this seems minor, it can be tricky. I have also had problems with water leaking from under the cap when I tip it back over. So it is important to first make sure the cap is securely screwed on.
Once the unit is put back together though, it runs very nicely and for long periods of time. So for operational functions, I would still highly recommend this unit just 1 star shy of being a perfect diffuser.
WOW! I'm really impressed. This is my second diffuser, and completely blows the other one I bought right out of the water.
Another reviewer mentioned how non-user-friendly this is, and I have no idea what she's talking about. I think it's really intuitive and easy. She also mentioned trying to shake oil into a tiny hole? The hole is about the size of a quarter. Super easy. I'm honestly baffled about that review.
It runs for hours at full "steam." I use more oil than recommended. It said to use 5 drops, and I like to use about twice that much. It never stops smelling like the oils.
It is unique, which is one of my favorite things about it. I find most oil diffusers to be ugly... like really ugly and mostly cheap and space-agey looking. I LOVE that this one has personality.
Honestly, my only complaints are these: I really wish the "wood" were wood, not plastic. My color isn't as dark or red as the photo (though it still leans red, and is about a medium shade wood), which cheapens the look somewhat IMO. I would have MUCH PREFERRED the color that it looks on the box and in the Amazon picture. Frankly, NOW should be ashamed of the picture on the box, since the color is so vastly different from the reality (pic uploaded, and at least on my end, all items are true to color). Lastly, the ugly NOW logo on it. For the price, I don't feel like I should have to have their advertisement stamped on my product. These are the only reasons I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5.
GREAT diffuser. I will update right away if something goes wrong. If this review is up as-is, I still love it! ----- Update: If you are having trouble getting enough vapor to come out, check your water level. The second time I used it, I was discouraged to see the output had significantly reduced. Then I read a review mentioning that exceeding the unmarked fill line would cause this. I dumped out some of the water, plugged it back in, turned it back on, and voila! Vapor!