Recently in the market for a new aroma diffuser for our living room, I did what everybody else does: I jumped online in search for a damn good bargain!
I love using essential oils around the home for just about everything: cleaning, wellbeing, for helping with aches and pains and of course, to make the home smell incredible!
In my online hunt for a decent diffuser, of course I was immediately bombarded with all the lovely online “discount” stores that spam the living hell out of your email inbox. The diffusers available on said sites looked… okay…. But were actually available slightly cheaper on Ebay, soooo…..
Moving my search to Ebay, there were SO. MANY. OPTIONS. Super fancy looking diffusers, diffusers for use in the car (I think I would just get a little too relaxed with a diffuser going off in my car!), fancy-pants timber and glass models – so many to choose from.
After spending an embarrassing amount of time sifting through about 100 different options, I finally saw the light and decided to just checkout Kmart – As always, Kmart delivered. A lovely little aroma diffuser was available for just $20.00! Now THAT’S a bloody bargain!
Excited to have found yet another “reasonable” excuse to visit Kmart, I rushed to the store, grabbed my new diffuser (and some candles, a new bedspread and book because why the hell not – When in Kmart and all…) and went home to get my aromatherapies ON.
Now that the history of my Kmart purchase has been covered, it’s time for the actual review part of this post!
I would rate Kmart’s Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser a solid 4 out 5 and here’s why:
It is a delightful little round shape; simple, white and aesthetically not displeasing. Nothing overly fancy but not offensive to look at either. It looks like your run of the mill aroma diffuser, made of the same sort of smooth white plastic.
It does feature a single white light, with two different strengths so that’s handy to set the mood. I imagine it would also make for an excellent night light for the bedroom!
Controls are very simple, with the usual light and mist buttons available. It does turn off on its own once the water has been used up so that’s a definite plus….
And it works pretty well!
Now for the down side: Although I have no SERIOUS complaints about it, there are a couple of things that I just find a little bit irritating. I guess I can’t complain considering Kmart’s diffuser is probably the cheapest one you will find anywhere but still…
I found that the screw top lid is actually a little awkward to take on and off – I literally have to pick up the whole diffuser, jam a fingernail between the two sections and pull upwards – Something you very obviously wouldn’t want to do if there is water still in there, so that’s a bit of a nuisance.
Secondly, the maximum water fill line is strangely low. Of course, I’m assuming this is due to the diffuser’s shape however, it means that it doesn’t stay on as long as my other diffusers (yes, plural – My goal is to have one in every room of the house eventually!). That being said, it does stay on for at least 2-3 hours so I am pretty pleased either way. Just a minor inconvenience is all!
All in all, if you are looking for a budget friendly aromatherapy diffuser, you will find exactly what you’re after in Kmart’s Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser. It’s a wonderful option in a pinch, especially as a starter diffuser.
As always, another awesome Kmart win! Click here to checkout this super economical diffuser on Kmart’s online store.
We’ve had a few questions sent in about our review of Kmart’s awesome aroma diffuser so we thought we’d update this post with some answers!
How much water does the Kmart Diffuser hold?
Kmart’s aroma diffuser holds about 1.5cm of water. There is a sticker on the inside of the dome to mark the maximum water line however, with use this sticker did fall off of my diffuser!
What do I do if my Kmart Diffuser isn’t releasing steam?
The most common reason for your Kmart Diffuser not releasing steam is that there may be too much water in it. Safely remove some of the water in your diffuser to bring it down to about 1-1.5cm (or down to the maximum water line if yours hasn’t peeled off yet!) and try again. If it’s still not releasing steam, the product may be faulty so we do recommend returning it to your nearest store.
Can I use Kmart’s Essential Oils?
As you can see, we are VERY fond of Kmart’s Aroma Diffuser however, I am very picky with my essential oils! I have tried several different brands, including Kmart’s essential oils and although the AROMA is there, the therapeutic benefits are not and I’m all about only recommending products that A) I use myself and B) Am extremely happy with! For this reason, I would only recommend using Certified Organic Oils: This accreditation ensures that all the ingredients are produced using only organic, top quality plants, ensuring the best quality essential oil.
23/9/18 EDIT: After several months of daily use, my Kmart diffuser is still going strong! It is one of 4 diffusers I actually use around the home. I have however, seen some negative feedback on the units – Especially within Kmart related Facebook Groups. It seems some buyers aren’t as impressed with the budget friendly diffuser as I was, with a few people reporting theirs didn’t work as well as they had hoped or stopped working altogether after a short time. This is usually is caused by over filling the diffuser (excess steam circulates within the unit and can lead to it short circuiting – This has happened to me before with a super fancy $80 diffuser I had once bought!) Although I am very pleased with my diffuser, as are the friends and family I’ve recommended them to, I’d like to point out that this unit is, at the end of the day, a budget friendly option. In my opinion, it is a great product for anyone after a starter diffuser and is serving its purpose in my home.