On the lookout for the best reed diffuser? Whether you tend to lean towards floral scents, you’re a lover of fresh fragrances or perhaps spicy, woody smells are your first pick, our comprehensive list ought to help you on this quest.
We’ve found a reed diffuser for each and every room of your home including your bathroom. You could buy an all-rounder and place it in your hallway to work some magic and scent every room at a time.
A reed diffuser is an easy way to ensure your home smells fragrant year-round, whether you’ve guests coming over or not. They can also help disguise everyday odours from cooking, pets and more.
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It’d be a smart idea to consider where your new reed diffuser will be living before you buy one. This is because some scents are best for certain areas of the home, while others are super strong. Selected reed diffusers are nice and subtle so best suited for smaller rooms.
A good quality reed diffuser will last for up to six months of use, depending on how many reeds you are using. Though you might have to replace your reeds before this, as these sometimes get clogged with dust. If you are finding that your reed diffuser isn’t working as well as it has in the past, and you can barely smell anything from the reeds, it’s a sign to replace.
In the case of some reed diffusers, you can buy refills. This means you can top them up after use, instead of buying the entire thing again. Clever!
We’ve rounded up our favourite fragrances of the season below…
What is the best reed diffuser to buy?
We rate The White Company’s Spring Diffuser as the best you can buy right now. It’s light yet floral and perfect for placing in any room in your home. This reed diffuser is housed inside a decorative vessel that will fit in seamlessly with your decor, too. We’ve also tried, tested and loved both Jo Malone’s Silk Blossom Reed Diffuser and Floral Street’s Lady Emma, and we think both of these are more than worthy of a mention as they’re especially great for scenting your home at this time of year.
Why buy a reed diffuser?
Reed diffusers are much safer to use as opposed to candles, though we obviously still love striking a match to our fave candle. They also require basically zero effort from you – all you need to do is flip the reeds every now and then. They are great for pet owners and parents, while they 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 could pop a reed diffuser in your bathroom, to keep it smelling lovely all of the time and to banish odours. Alternatively, they work well in hallways – to greet your guests on arrival and to flood all of your other rooms with a subtle scent. Use a reed diffuser in a living area as this busy space is in need of a fragrance. This way, you’ll benefit from a constant breath of (lovely smelling) fresh air. Just be careful when placing reed diffusers in rooms where children often spend time, just in case they become too overpowering. We would suggest using a reed diffuser in a well-ventilated room. You can adjust the intensity of yours by removing reeds or adding them.
14 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
The Silk Blossom Reed Diffuser isn't a popular fragrance from Jo Malone, which is another reason why we love it – not one of your guests would be able to guess the scent. The first reason? It smells unique, and it's nice and subtle. This diffuser is definitely the best buy if you want something super luxurious, and we suggest popping it right in the middle of (or as close to the middle of) your hallway. Why? Its scent should then flood each and every room in your home, and we know from experience that it is best suited to smaller spaces.
Jo Malone's Silk Blossom is a unique blend of silk tree blossom, white pepper, bergamot, apricot, jasmine and rose petals. As far as base notes go, there's some oakmoss and heliotrope in there. Overall, it's a balance of sweet and floral.
Housed in the classic Jo Malone glass vessel but with the addition of a pink plastic holder to group your reeds closer together once they are dipped into your fragrance, this elegant design will be sure to catch some eyes. The reed diffuser will arrive gift wrapped, too, and 10 reeds come included. They say it will last for 3-4 months in your home, though ours has lasted longer but it is admittedly subtle.
Jo Malone Silk Blossom Reed Diffuser, £67, Feel Unique
This lovely Floral Street reed diffuser is a fab buy for a toilet or bathroom – or if you love a fresh scent. It would equally make a lovely addition to a orangery or conservatory, as its fresh leafy fragrance will help bring the outside in.
Lady Emma smells of a mix of fresh leaves, green apple and Bulgarian rose oil, so it's safe to say it's one for spring and summer months.
This reed diffuser is completely vegan and also cruelty-free, while it arrives in gorgeous recyclable packaging that ought to wow you (and your giftee). It's housed in a pink glossy glass vessel, to add a pop of colour somewhere that needs it.
Floral Street Lady Emma Reed Diffuser, £34, Selfridges
This is one of our most favourite candles, and our top-rated Skandinavisk candle, so why wouldn't we want to buy it in reed diffuser form? It's pretty in looks and in scent, with a decorative white glass casing, plus, refills are available to buy, too. We say pop it right in the middle of your living room – pride of place!
Boasting aromas of peonies and roses, strawberries and mosses, this sweet smelling floral candle is definitely one for spring and summer.
Housed in white glass that's made of 30% recyclable materials, this eco-friendly fragrance comes with 8 sticks included, while you can top up your existing vessell with fragrance as they sell refills. They say 200ml should last you more than three months.
Skandinavisk Lempi Reed Diffuser, £29.25, Feel Unique
Looking for a home fragrance to pop in your living room? 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 banish smells and wow your guests. 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 the 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 sustainably sourced. They are also hand-poured right here in the UK.
Stoneglow Natures Gift Pink Pepper Flowers Reed Diffuser, £30, John Lewis & Partners
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
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
We've heard only good things about Aldi reed diffusers, and one that always comes up is their Lime, Basil & Mandarin scent. A dupe of Jo Malone's one, but at very small fraction of the price, it's a great buy if you are on a budget – or if you're buying a reed diffuser to live in a room you don't often chill inside – such as a spare bedroom or extra bathroom.
This Aldi reed diffuser smells of lime, basil and mandarin, while it comes housed in a glass vessel with a silver lid, to look the part in your home, too. They say it should scent your home for up to 8 weeks, which, considering the price is fab.
It even comes with 8 rattan sticks included, and it comes in a fancy box to make it feel and look a lot more high quality than its price tag portrays. There's a reason Aldi shoppers go mad for this diffuser.
Aldi Lime, Basil & Mandarin Reed Diffuser, £3.49, Aldi
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
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 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
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
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