Which Diffuser is Right for You? {Part Three}

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Did you catch the other posts in this series?  I recommend reading the first two before reading today’s post.

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Now that you have an idea of features to consider when shopping for an essential oil diffuser {Part One}, and you know all about the two diffusers I’ve used here at the Yankee Homestead {Part Two}, it’s time to tell you about doTERRA’s popular diffusers, plus one low-cost model I almost tried…

Popular doTERRA Diffusers 

UPDATE: doTERRA now offers two newer diffusers, the Petal and the AromaLite.  I love these diffusers and use both in my home!

doTERRA’s official diffusers–the AromaAce and the Lotus–are expensive (about $100 or more), but I’ve heard rave reviews.

I haven’t tried either of them, due to the price and to a few concerns.  Without having tried them myself, here are some pros and cons according to what I’ve heard and seen.

aroma ace diffuser
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1.  Aroma Ace 


  • I like the practical, inconspicuous appearance.
  • No parts to clean–the oil bottle attaches directly to the diffuser.  (It comes with an empty bottle for creating your own mixes to diffuse.)
  • Multiple timer settings.


  • Difficult to regulate oil output–Since the oil bottles attach directly to the diffuser, I’d be afraid of burning through too much oil.
  • It’s pricey.  ($130 is the wholesale price.)

2.  Lotus 


  • Unique, spa-like shape and appearance.  Some folks really like its teardrop shape.
  • Pleasant “diffusing” sound.


  • Runs for only one hour–not a good choice for overnight diffusing.
  • Its blue light stays on–there’s no option to turn it off.  Again, not great for dark bedrooms.
  • Personally, I don’t like the shape/appearance–it seems cheesy to me.  Update: I like the new version (pictured above) much better.
  • Pricey.  ($90 wholesale)

Since I haven’t personally used these official doTERRA diffusers, I’ll let you read more about them here and here.

The Inexpensive Diffuser I Almost Tried

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Be sure to read my update below…

Pearlessence Spa Mist

Pearlessence Spa Mist
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It’s a long story as to why I never tried this diffuser…

The nutshell version is that I placed a huge group order for this diffuser and it turned out to be out of stock, but the company never notified me.  There were other complications as well, but in the end, they agreed to provide Ultrasonic Classic diffusers to replace each Pearlessence Spa Mist

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 that had been ordered.

What a deal!  We each received a $60 diffuser instead of the $26 model we’d ordered.  (I had ordered three diffusers and was absolutely thrilled to receive all three Ultrasonic Classics for the price of one.)

Originally, I ordered the Pearlessence Spa Mist in order to place one diffuser in each of our bedrooms upstairs.  Because I needed three at one time, I was looking for a cost-effective model.  I’d heard reasonably good reviews from several “oily acquaintances” and had decided to give it a shot.  (On Amazon, this diffuser currently has a 3.5 star rating, from more than 200 reviews.  Not fabulous, but not bad either.)

After investing in a Whisper–which I loved–only to have it crash to the floor in a sick child’s room, never to return to working order, I was looking for a more affordable and child-friendly option.

Update: We did end up purchasing a Spa Mist for Mr. Native Texan’s office.  So I still have no real personal experience with it, but he was satisfied with its performance in an office setting.

Update #2: I’ve heard great things about the newest version of the Spa Mist, the SpaVapor 2.0.  

I hope this helps in your quest to select the diffuser that will best meet your needs!
Do you have additional info or reviews to add to my list?  Please share them in the comments below.

Stay tuned for  Here’s the next post: Which Diffuser is Right for You? {Part Four}, in which I share more about how we use our diffusers here at the Yankee Homestead.  I’ll show pictures of how I hide them inside furniture, share ideas for what and when to diffuse, and more…

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  1. DeeDee Readinger on 05/10/2014 at 11:36 am

    I actually have the lotus diffuser and in the back the blue light CAN be switched off. Maybe it’s a newer design than the one you were referring to.

    • Kathleen on 05/10/2014 at 12:24 pm

      DeeDee–That’s great to know! Thanks!

  2. Jennifer on 03/19/2015 at 1:59 am

    The Ace comes with a bottle of OnGuard so that brings the actual diffuser price down. If you put it output down low it uses very little oil. I would say no more than my Aromalight does in the 8 hour setting. Just my 2 cents.

    • Kathleen on 03/19/2015 at 3:20 pm

      Good to know, Jennifer. Thanks! 🙂 I have to say I’m loving the AromaLite!

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