If you are looking for a reed diffuser for your home, to flood the air within your four walls with lovely smells, then we can help you choose a scent without smelling it for real – we are your eyes and your nose in this situation. Whether you prefer floral and fruity smells, you often opt for something subtle yet natural, or, maybe you love woody, smoky fragrances? We’re here to find something to suit the style of your home (yes, this is important!) and something that your nose will love. That and we have rounded up the best reed diffusers, for every room – something for your bathroom, hallway, bedroom, living space… you get the idea.
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Why a reed diffuser? These are much safer to use as opposed to candles (though we obviously still love a candle), and they require basically zero effort from you – all you need to do is turn the reeds every now and then. Great for pet owners and parents, reed diffusers needn’t be watched around inquisitive hands (or paws), just place them well out of the way to do their job. Perhaps on a bookshelf, atop a chest of drawers, or on a high console table. The best part? You can control how much scent is released when using a reed diffuser – add more reeds to the mix for a stronger scent, remove to make it subtle. Where to use a reed diffuser? You can pop one of these in your bathroom, to keep it smelling lovely all of the time, in a hallway – to greet your guests on arrival – or in a living area, for a constant breath of (lovely smelling) fresh air. Also, a good quality reed diffuser will last for up to six months of use, depending on how many reeds you are using. Remember: you can get refills for certain reed diffusers, so you can top them up after use, instead of buying the entire thing again.
We’ve rounded up our favourite fragrances of the season below…
What is the best reed diffuser?
We rate The White Company’s Spring reed diffuser as the best you can buy right now. It’s light yet floral and perfect for placing in any room in your home. Inside a decorative vessel that will fit in seamlessly to your decor, too.
10 best reed diffusers for every room in your home
Welcome the scent of spring indoors with this new season scent. This fresh and fragrant scent brings the outside in on a glorious spring day, making it a powerful emotive scent to fill homes – at this time of year especially.
Light and floral scents of honeysuckle, rose, jasmine and lilac combine with the earthy aroma of freshly mown grass to provide the seasonal scent of ’spring’.
This lovely scent diffuser not only smells divine, but it looks highly decorative thanks to a ribbed glass vessel. Complete with two delicate flower topped rattan reeds to add flare. This 100ml fragrance will last approximately two months.
Spring Diffuser, £27, The White Company
Looking for a home fragrance to pop in your hallway? This one from Stoneglow should be at the very top of your list. Not only does it look the part – in an oval glass bottle, with visible dried lily of the valley flowers and pink peppercorns – but it smells lovely, too. And by lovely we mean unique – it'll be sure to catch the attention of your guests as they walk through your front door. Since this home fragrance is a reed diffuser, it requires little to no effort from you – just flip the reeds every now and then to release fragrance.
Made from a blend of lily of the valley (muget), rose and geranium, along with base notes of ginger and elemi – to add a luxury feel – this unique blend is ideal for those who love floral smells.
This reed diffuser is said to last for up to 16 weeks, when using all reeds, and as with all Stoneglow diffusers it's made with essential oils and natural waxes, all of which are sourced from sustainable resources. They are also hand poured in the UK.
Stoneglow, £30, John Lewis & Partners
What’s not to love about a scent that promises to energise both your soul and your surroundings? The ‘Feel Refreshed’ Reed Diffuser is perfect for your bedroom – or your guest room.
Energise your mind and home with NEOM's Feel Refreshed reed diffuser. The scent crafters have expertly blended this scent specifically to boost your energy, by way of 24 zingy essential oils including Sicilian lemon & basil. As with all NEOM products, they are 100 per cent natural, cruelty-free and made from pure essential oils.
Once your diffuser is empty you can purchase refills to top it up. Allow 48 hours for the scent to envelop your bedroom. You should be able to use this reed diffuser for up to 10 weeks before it runs out.
NEOM Organics Feel Refreshed Reed Diffuser, £38, Selfridges
If it's a reed diffuser for your dining room that you are after, perhaps to mask food and drink smells, then we recommend this luxury option from Cocod'or. It looks and plays the part – and it would look lovely in the centre of your dining table. It uses a mix of reeds and dried flowers to do the job of making your home smell nice.
This reed diffuser has base notes of cedarwood, and top notes of green tea and blackcurrant. It's a cosy scent that's not too overpowering.
This reed diffuser should last 60 days, depending on how many reeds and dried flowers you use. We think this reed diffuser makes a lovely gift, too.
Cocod'or Lavender Scented Oil Diffuser, Little Forest, £28.99, Amazon
The White Company's Seychelles Diffuser is our top suggestion for your living room – it's in ours, and we love it. It's subtle yet striking (we guarantee you'll be asked questions about it) and it comes in a lovely and unobtrusive bottle that'll seamlessly blend into your decor. Pop it atop a shelf, on your coffee table, or hide it within a bookcase.
This reed diffuser certainly makes a statement when it comes to scent – even if your living room is large, it will still do its magic. Seychelles is the perfect blend of bergamot, orange and coconut, with a hint of green jasmine, warming amber and buttery vanilla. It will almost transport you to the beach, sand in hair and feet touching the waves. We said almost!
You can also buy a matching candle, room spray, hand wash, shower gel and much more. Remember: you can refill The White Company diffusers, and 150ml should last for approximately three months of constant use.
Seychelles Diffuser, £27, The White Company
The Body Shop's basil & thyme reed diffuser is just what you need in your kitchen – whether you are growing fresh herbs on your windowsill, or not. It can rid your space of cooking smells, while purifying the air. Just pop it up high and away from food – perhaps on top of one of your kitchen cabinets? – and enjoy the long-lasting cruelty-free scent.
Yes, you guessed it: this reed diffuser smells of basil and thyme – what else would you want to smell constantly in your kitchen? It also has subtle notes of rosemary – and it smells fresh, so as not to clog up the air. It's also worth us noting that this diffuser, unlike lots of others, smells savoury – it's different but we reckon you will love it in the kitchen. We admit that the bottle isn't the fanciest, but you'll want to keep it out of the way of cooking anyway, incase of spillages, so this isn't a huge issue.
As with all of The Body Shop products, this reed diffuser is cruelty-free. This means that the product, along with individual ingredients, has not been tested on animals. Unfortunately, there are no refills available (yet), however it is sold in a fragrance oil – for an essential oil diffuser, too.
Basil & Thyme Reed Diffuser, £25, The Body Shop
If it's a reed diffuser for your bathroom that you are after, then you'll want one that looks nice and smells nice, especially if it's going in a guest bathroom. Enter: Croft Collection's mint and white tea reed diffuser – a subtle scent in a not-so-subtle bottle.
This fresh, crisp scent will liven up your bathroom – and mask any bad smells. It's fragranced with a blend of mint and white tea, making it perfect for year-round use.
The idea with Croft Collection reed diffusers is to reuse the lovely ceramic pot – whether for refilling, or for use as a vase, storage pot (for pencils, toothbrushes, makeup brushes and more). This reed diffuser should last for up to 11 weeks in your bathroom. Use fewer reeds if your bathroom is small, and if there's no window inside for ventilation.
Croft Collection Mint and White Tea Reed Diffuser, £35, John Lewis & Partners
Perfect for a utility room, the Yankee Candle Fluffy Towel scent is perfectly subtle. As the name suggests, it emulates the sweet scent of freshly washed towels. Place it near your washing machine or tumble dryer for a double whammy.
The aroma of clean, warm towels straight from the dryer is combined with notes of lemon, apple, lavender and lily. Deliciously invigorating for any room in the house – not just your utility room.
Pop the Scandi-looking bottle on a shelf to fill the room with long-lasting fragrance – even if you've not done a towels wash in a few days. Yankee Candle reed diffusers offer the same long-lasting, true-to-life fragrance their candles do.
Yankee Candle Fluffy Towels Reed Diffuser, £14.99, Candles Direct
This Ashley & Co reed diffuser is a lovely choice for a home office – its luxury casing makes it perfect for your home office, workspace, or for popping atop your desk.
This diffuser offers a statement scent of heady and instantly recognisable scent of Jasmine, fused with Ylang Ylang and Plump Tuberose. All complemented by Lime and Bergamot top notes to help create a warm and enthusiastic floral fragrance.
The Ashley & Co diffuser is a modern option – with chic black reeds helps to add effortless decoration to modern decor. Since it's large at 250ml, this diffuser should last for around four to six months in your home.
Ashley & Co Blossom & Gilt Reed Diffuser, £50, John Lewis & Partners
If you are looking for something fresh to make a conservatory nice, then we can recommend this Air Wick reed diffuser – it smells lovely, it's eco-friendly, and it's very affordable. Perfect for getting rid of damp smells, and making a not-so lived in room smell lovely. Especially great for use in conservatories during colder months.
Smelling of juicy pineapple and herby rosemary, this unique blend is nice and powerful. It's infused with natural essential oils, and it's free from phthalates and dyes.
This reed diffuser uses naturally derived rattan stems to make it environmentally friendly. The fragrance should last for around 45 days in your home. You can purchase refills so you needn't repurchase the glass vessel, and these refills come in lots of scents so you can switch things up if need be.
Botanica by Air Wick Freshener Diffuser, £5, Amazon