13 of the best reed diffusers that are really long-lasting

Fill your home with long-lasting fragrances with one of our favourite reed diffusers.


by Haydn Williams |

There's nothing like walking into a room and being greeted by a lovely fresh aroma. Whether it's a citrusy lemon that'll wake us right up, or a lavender scent with chamomile notes to help us relax, having a scented room is essential.

It’s surprising how creating an ambience in a room via aroma is forgotten about in favour of the other senses, usually visual or aural (with music).

However, a pleasant-smelling room is good for concentration, mood and mental health. It’s one of those things that’s almost imperceptible but makes a real difference to wellbeing.

To help you find the perfect scent for your home, we've created a list of our best reed diffusers available based on their longevity, scent and aesthetic.

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How we chose the best reed diffusers?

We've researched and tested the best new reed diffusers that are perfect for creating a long-lasting, consistent smell. They are safe to leave and forget about (as long as they’re out of reach of children and pets) and should last for around two to three months.

What's not to like?

Best reed diffuser shortlist

Editor's Pick: Yankee Candle Reed Diffuser | Midnight Jasmine

Best subtle aroma: James & Co - No. 1 White Luxury Reed Diffuser

Best scent control: Binca Vidou Reed Diffuser Set

Best for bedroom: Neom Organics London Reed Diffuser

Top tips for looking after your reed diffuser:


To get the most out of your reed diffuser place it in a hallway or a room entrance. The airflow created will help circulate the aroma so the scent will reach you every time you enter and leave the room. Make sure it is out of reach of children and pets and don’t place it near windows or radiators, as the heat will evaporate the fragrance oil.

Getting the most from the fragrance

To get a stronger fragrance you should add all the reeds into the jar and flip them over more frequently. The more reeds you use, the more channels the fragrance can release through. By flipping your reeds every other day or once a week, the oil will lift up again giving you a fresher, fuller fragrance. However, if you prefer a more gentle fragrance you can use fewer reeds.

Oil change

When you need to refill your oil it’s a good idea to completely wash out the jar and dry it before filling it back up again. Also, when you change the oil you should add new reeds if you can – especially if you are changing the fragrance.

Haydn Williams is a self-confessed fragrance addict. He consults for a number of brands, as well as running his own website on the subject. Follow his olfactory adventures on Instagram.

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