Diffusers vs. Humidifiers: Which One's Right For You?

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How can you enjoy Winter and alleviate some of the not-so-wonderful things that come along with it? The answer is simpler than you might think: diffusers and humidifiers.

There are so many things to love about cold, wintry days: curling up with a good book, sipping on hot chocolate, watching Netflix in cozy sweaters, and snuggling in warm blankets. What we may not love are some of the other things associated with this weather, i.e., catching a cold or the flu, dry Winter air, allergies, and dryness in our homes from turning up the heat. Experiencing dryness indoors and outdoors may also be causing the dry skin we've been trying to moisturize the heck out of all Winter. That's when humidifiers and diffusers come in — but what's the difference between the two, and which is best for you?

What Is a Diffuser?

Diffusers are a great way to get your home smelling absolutely lovely, with the added benefit of promoting quality air to help you breathe easy on those dry days.

That's because diffusers release beneficial essential oils into the air. Essential oils are believed to have antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. They are released into the air through a diffuser as aromatherapy and can help people relax and feel less stressed or anxious, and may aid in strengthening the immune system. By distributing these essential oils into the air, diffusers can even help alleviate sinus and allergy symptoms.

This XCXP Essential Oil Diffuser Aromatherapy Humidifier ($24) is made of bamboo, can run for several hours, and has seven changing LED lights.

What Is a Humidifier?

Humidifiers are used to increase moisture in the air. They're useful for helping you breathe better, relieving dry skin, and ameliorating cold symptoms by reducing dryness and irritation of the nose and throat.

Humidifiers release humid air into your home, which may also help kill the flu virus. As an added benefit, humidifiers can even help lessen snoring because the moisture they provide keeps the throat from drying out.

This Vicks Filter-Free Ultrasonic Humidifier($40) has a one-gallon water tank, variable mist control, and automatic shut-off.

Are There Humidifiers That Are Also Diffusers?

Yes, there are lots of gadgets that are both in one. We like this LEVOIT Humidifier and Diffuser ($70) with Wifi capabilities, night-light options, and perfect for larger spaces.

Whether you're trying to de-stress, aid your immune system, or reduce dryness, diffusers and humidifiers provide various benefits to alleviate those Winter woes in different ways.

Just remember: it's very important to read the safety instructions that come with the device, especially when it comes to cleaning your humidifier or diffuser you use (because I mean, who needs mold?) to ensure that you are reaping all of the benefits it has to offer.