Choosing between diffusers, humidifiers, and air purifiers

It’s in your best interest to buy a diffuser or a humidifier or an air purifier… but what exactly is the difference?


There are a plethora of ways you can make a house a home. When it comes to these things, no detail is too small. Making sure the air quality in a room is in its best condition can actually make a world of difference for your health, your mood, and your well-being. 

It’s in your best interest to buy a diffuser or a humidifier or an air purifier… but what exactly is the difference? To help you create the best environment for your home, we went ahead and did the research for you.


Diffusers are known to freshen up a room’s aroma. The device makes use of essential oils and it emits soft vapors that envelop a room with a light scent. Essential oils are known to offer a variety of benefits depending on the oils you use, this is aromatherapy.

Diffusers offer a plethora of benefits to users. For starters, through the diffuser’s distribution of essential oils, it does a great job in enhancing one’s mood. The fine mist let out by the diffuser can be absorbed by your skin, and it gives a relaxing or stimulating effect. Because of this, diffusers are useful if you have dry skin. The cool mist of diffusers also makes breathing easier, and so it can help reduce snoring.


Humidifiers are used to add moisture into the air and are especially useful in dry climates like the Philippines. Dry air can cause problems such as dry skin, bacterial and viral problems, and even difficulty with sleeping. With a humidifier in hand, you can easily avoid these problems. The mist let out by humidifiers relieve sinus problems, sore throats, dry cough, and dry skin. It’s also really helpful for those who suffer from asthma and allergies. 

However, unlike diffusers, humidifiers are not built for essential oils. In fact, essential oils might damage the humidifier’s internal parts if you’re not careful. This is because most humidifiers use plastic components and this does not mix well with essential oils. Especially citrus oils as it breaks down the plastic.

Air Purifier

Air purifiers, or air cleaners, are used to eliminate pollutants and other microorganisms from the air. Air is cleaner with the help of an air purifier because it removes irritants like dander, allergens, dust, mold, second-hand smoke, and odors. These devices are especially helpful for those who suffer from asthma, allergies, or any other respiratory condition worsened by air particles.

Air purifiers use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. It is a type of filter that purifies the air by trapping particles. The HEPA filter removes about 99.9% of dust particles and impurities from the air.

It can be hard to choose which device works the best for your needs, but hopefully, this quick guide helped in differentiating one from the other.