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Best reed diffusers: 5 signature scents that smell as good as they look

From seasonal scents to year-round go-to's, these are the best reed diffusers for every single room

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Looking for the best reed diffusers and best home fragrance? They're the safer, more stylish sisters of scented candles – undoubtedly, the fragrance must-haves for the design-conscious. 

Their decadent and delicious scents – from fruity and floral to bold and musky – can transform how your home feels, making it fresher, more inviting, and, of course, sweet-smelling.

Spotted all over Instagram, this trend–favorite can furnish your countertops stylishly. But where to start? Good news: we have curated a sleek selection of the best reed diffusers to a sophisticated – and safe – statement in any home. 

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1. Homesick 'Pumpkin Spice' Reed Diffuser

The best reed diffusers: the best for immersing yourself in the fall season year-round

Specifications
Top Notes: Pumpkin, Nutmeg
Mid Notes: Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove
Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Sugar
Size: 4oz
Duration: 2 to 3 months
Reasons to buy
+Subtle scent to immerse yourself  in fall year-round+Handcrafted with essential oils+Long-lasting
Reasons to avoid
-Season scent

Picture: the perfect fall day where the weather is just right as you sip your favorite pumpkin spice beverage – that is Homesick's Pumpkin Spice Reed Diffuser in a nutshell. 

What is smells like

Layered with pumpkin, and nutmeg this reed diffuser adds nods of gingers, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, tonka bean, and sugar. It's a sweet-smelling concoction that is not too overpowering. 

Why do we love it

Aside from making every day feeling like a cool fall day with hot apple cider and pumpkin spice, this reed diffuser lasts anywhere from two to three months and comes available in a 4oz size. 

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2. Capri Blue 'Volcano' Reed Diffuser

The best reed diffusers: the most iconic long-lasting scent

Specifications
Color: Navy Blue
Size: 8oz
Material: Plastic
Fragrance Family: Fruity
Reasons to buy
+An iconic scent that is long-lasting and subtle +A sleek blue vessel that will look sensational on any mantel or tabletop
Reasons to avoid
-Rarely in stock

The Capri Blue 'Volcano' Reed Diffuser is the hassle-free way to enjoy the already-iconic scent.

What is smells like

With nods of tropical fruits and sugared citrus, it's the paradise-in-a-jar that so many of us are craving for this year. 

Why do we love it

The simple blue bottle adds an air of modern elegance while the long-lasting reed diffuser in itself is just as powerful as the candle, but with the added safety of being flameless. Plus, the 8oz size is reasonable and more than accommodating for those looking for a worthwhile investment. 

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3. Jo Malone London English Pear and Freesia Reed Diffuser

The best reed diffusers: the best fruity and floral find

Specifications
Fragrance Family: Floral
Scent Type: Fruity
Key Notes: King William Pear, Freesia, Patchouli
Size: 5.6 oz/ 165 mL Diffuser
Reasons to buy
+A long-lasting fruity and floral scent+A sleek vessel that will look great on display+Will last up to three to four months at a time
Reasons to avoid
-Scented-Definitive scent

The Jo Malone London English Pear and Freesia Reed Diffuser is so sleek in design. This reed diffuser effortlessly and continuously adds an enveloping scent to any space. 

What is smells like

Fully capturing the essence of autumn, the sensuous freshness of just-ripe pears is wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias and mellowed by amber, patchouli, and woods for a luscious and golden olfactory sensation.

Why do we love it

This reed diffuser lasts from anywhere to three to four months; that this long-lasting vessel will not only look stunning on display, but it will repeatedly add a fresh smelling aroma to any space or living quarter that's impossible to resist. 

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4. Nest New York Grapefruit Reed Diffuser

The best reed diffusers: the best uplifting blend

Specifications
Fragrance Family: Fresh
Scent Type: Fresh Citrus
Key Notes: Grapefruit and blossoms
Size: 5.9 fl oz | 175 mL
Reasons to buy
+A best-selling iconic scent that will uplift senses+Features eight all-natural rattan reed sticks+Long-lasting
Reasons to avoid
-A strong scent that might be too much for some

Allow the Nest New York Grapefruit Reed Diffuser to uplift and exhilarate moods wherever, whenever. 

What is smells like

Belonging to the Fresh/Fresh Citrus family, this reed diffuser features nods of Pink pomelo grapefruit and watery green notes combine with lily of the valley and coriander blossom. 

Why do we love it

Housed in a glass vessel etched with elegant, frosted stripes and utilizing eight all-natural rattan reed sticks. Expertly crafted with the highest quality fragrance oils, this Reed Diffuser releases an exquisite scent slowly and evenly into the air for approximately 90 days, delivering continuous fragrances uninterrupted. 

best reed diffusers: all white pottery-inspired bottle

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5. The White Company Wild Mint Reed Diffuser

The best reed diffusers: the most calming cocktail suitable for anyone, anytime,anywhere

Specifications
Size: 6.8 fl.oz
Fragrance Family: Herbal
Duration: lasts up to three months
Vessel: Glass
Scents: Peppermint and Spearmint
Reasons to buy
+A calming blend to awaken and relax senses+It will last up to three months +A stunning handcrafted vessel
Reasons to avoid
-Not very scented

Lastly, the White Company's 'Wild Mint' Reed Diffuser is a must on our lists. Created to capture the unbeatably cooling aroma of wild mint on a calm day, it's suitable for anyone, anytime and anywhere. 

What is smells like

 A cocktail of just-crushed peppermint and spearmint leaves is muddled with a touch of silky, delicate white tea, creating this decidedly bright and refreshing fragrance that’s perfect for the kitchen and utility room.

Why do we love it

This lovely scent diffuser is a subtle and stylish way to softly fragrance your home all day. It uses natural reeds to draw up the aromatic oil and release its lovely fresh scent, plus it comes presented in a gorgeous glass apothecary vessel. 

What’s more, is the 6.8fl oz vessel will last up to three months, making it a worthwhile investment. 

How to choose the best reed diffusers?

Selecting the best reed diffusers means finding a scent that complements your space and the mood you are trying to create. 

Rich scents like wood and spices usually warm up a room, whereas fresher scents like mint, apple, and citrus will cool a space. 

Additionally, you need to consider the size of the space. Smaller spaces need a sizeable vessel that isn't distracting or too grandiose – compared to those larger sections, which can go small, medium, or large.

How often does a reed diffuser need to be changed? 

On average, a person will need to replace a reed diffuser's sticks every six months. Specific circumstances might call for substituting them sooner, or they might exceed six months. But in most cases, that is the duration you should be thinking and a good rule of thumb to follow. 

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Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano joins Future as their U.S. Shopping E-commerce Editor, residing on the Upper East Side in New York City. Originally hailing from Connecticut and a graduate of New England College, Brittany started her career as a freelance fashion market assistant at Marie Claire. She later joined AMI, where she designed a highly profitable commerce vertical. Noted for her award-winning content, she's covered everything from celebrity beauty hacks to the most lavish home decor; Brittany has maintained her penchant for the finer things in life. 


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