The Diffusers HGTV Editors Use and Love Under $50

If you're on board with the lifestyle trend of ditching candles for essential oil diffusers, sit back, relax and breathe easy with these tried-and-true diffusers.

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May 11, 2020

Whether at home or at the office, HGTV editors consider an essential oil diffuser a must-have. These little devices pack a powerful, therapeutic punch that we can't enough of. Check out our editors' favorites that are all under $50 and available on Amazon.


"This diffuser has an auto-timer so I have the option to leave it on until the water runs out or just turn it on for an hour to refresh a room. It quickly lets off a powerful scent, which I like, and the faux woodgrain makes it feel nicer, too. The lights set a calming mood while I do yoga. Basically, it’s perfect." — Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

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$41 $34

"I love diffusing lavender while I sleep, and this bamboo diffuser fits perfectly on my nightstand, blends in with my bedroom decor and shuts off automatically. It diffuses up to seven hours on continuous or 14 on intermittent. It’s also easy to clean and refill with water by removing the lid." — Laura James, Editor

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$39.99 $30

"I've tried many mini diffusers in the past, and this one is by far my favorite. I add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, and it disperses the scent quite well considering how quiet it is. The subtle humming noise is great for a shared office environment and for overnight use." — Farima Alavi, Editorial Assistant

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$15.99 $15

"I received this diffuser/humidifier as a gift from a colleague. I love it; it's the perfect desk accessory. With the addition of some key essential oils, I can change the mood of my cubicle — a little lavender when I need to relax, citrus when I need an energy boost and peppermint to recharge my brain. The humidifier is a bonus. The air in our office is so dry, especially in the winter, so my plants and I enjoy the extra burst of moisture." — Jackie McGilvray, Editor

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"I bought this a few years ago to see if I would even use a diffuser. (It turns out I use it every day.) There's nothing fancy about this particular model, but it has all the features I want and need for a small nightstand device like auto shut-off, timers and mist control. It's super quiet (perfect for bedtime!) and can run for up to 20 hours. I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth on this baby." — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

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"What I like about the SpaRoom diffuser is that I can use it in multiple spaces and places because it can run off batteries and a USB cord, depending on my needs." — Missy Woodward, Digital Content Development Coordinator

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