Oct 06, 2023
NEOM diffuser review: Is it worth it?
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We tested out the NEOM Wellbeing Pod Essential Oil Diffuser to find out if it really is the best electric diffuser on the market.
Electric diffusers are popular right now as luxury, long-lasting alternatives to reed diffusers.
Designed to be used with essential oils, they help create a warm, relaxed environment that's especially welcome during colder months.
And the NEOM Wellbeing Pod is one of the most well-loved — and priciest — electric diffusers on the market.
But is it really all it's cracked up to be?
To save you time (and money), we decided to find out. Read on for our NEOM diffuser review and see how we got on.
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Good choice of settings
Easy to use
Easy to clean
Creates a relaxing environment
Only one light colour option
NEOM essential oil bottles are a bit expensive
The first thing we noticed about the Wellbeing Pod was how stylish it is.
The diamond-patterned ceramic cover fitted in nicely with our home decor, and we think the neutral colours would suit practically any interior style.
The NEOM pod has been upgraded to include a Hevea wooden base that's crafted from upcycled materials with sustainable forest origins, making it a great choice for those that are eco-conscious.
It has a warm light that can be dimmed or brightened (or even turned off if you’d like), which is perfect for creating a calm, inviting atmosphere.
It comes with an instruction manual that includes a very clear guide on how to set up and use the diffuser.
It's super easy to use — simply fill the water tank as instructed, add a few drops of oil, plug it in and you’re good to go. It starts diffusing almost immediately, which is fantastic as it means we found ourselves using it much more often than we would have if it’d had a more lengthy set-up process.
On its base are two touch-sensitive buttons that allow you to adjust the light and mist timer settings quickly and easily with just a simple tap.
We particularly love the ‘breathing mode’ light feature, which guides you through a gentle breathing exercise by brightening for seven seconds and dimming for 11 seconds.
This a really great way to add a moment of calm to your day, especially when combined with the relaxing scent of a diffuser oil. We found it particularly effective in the morning and just before going to bed.
You can choose to have the diffuser mist setting operating continuously, or set a timer for one, two, three or four hours — great if you have a habit of forgetting to turn things off (guilty!)
Unsurprisingly, NEOM recommends you only use its own brand of essential oils, as they have been tested specifically with the Wellbeing Pod. Luckily, they have a ton of gorgeous natural fragrances to choose from.
We’re currently obsessed with the Real Luxury Essential Oil Blend, which features a blend of 24 pure essential oils including lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood. It's a wonderful choice for when you need to de-stress.
A little goes a long way, too, with only five drops needed to scent your space — we even found that we could still smell it upstairs all the way from our living room.
Other amazing NEOM scents include the Feel Good Vibes Essential Oil Blend — ideal for an instant mood boost — and the Perfect Night's Sleep Essential Oil Blend for when you need a little extra help drifting off.
It depends on how many drops you use (NEOM recommend between five and ten), but typically a regular 10ml bottle of NEOM essential oil lasts for up to 30 uses. This is definitely a bonus as at £20 a pop they’re on the pricier side.
NEOM also produce larger, 30ml bottles of their most popular scents, which are worth investing in if you want to use your favourite fragrance for longer.
While high-quality oils and electric room diffusers such as the Wellbeing Pod are considered to be safe for continuous use, the NEOM diffuser's mist timer settings are perfect for helping send you off to sleep with peace of mind.
You can simply set it to mist for one or two hours, and it will turn off once you are asleep.
As you can see from our NEOM diffuser review, we’re big fans of the Wellbeing Pod. At £95, however, it is a fairly pricey product.
If you’d like an electronic diffuser for your home, but can't quite stretch your budget that far, check out these more affordable diffuser options that mean you won't have to miss out.
For NEOM quality at a more affordable price and in a more compact size, the Wellbeing Pod Mini is a brilliant option.
It doesn't use water, instead, it utilises cold fusion technology to produce a micro fine scented vapour from just a few drops of your essential oil blend. This means you can easily switch between your favourite scents, without needing to clean in between changes.
The compact size of the mini pod is ideal for even the smallest spaces. You can even use it in your car for a boost of wellbeing on the go — it fits perfectly in your drink's holder. It's also battery-powered and USB-chargeable, making it completely portable.
Yankee Candle is a powerhouse when it comes to scented candles, and its venture into essential oil diffusers is pretty impressive, too.
This starter kit comes with the Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser, which produces up to eight hours of beautifully scented mist and has 10 colour modes. It also includes a 10ml refill bottle of the brand's popular Black Cherry oil so you can enjoy your diffuser right away.
This pretty diffuser from Oliver Bonas would look stunning in any home. It has a bright, floral ceramic cover, and comes with multiple light and mist timer settings so you can truly customise your experience.
If you’d still prefer an old-school reed diffuser, this one from The White Company is a fan-favourite — and for good reason. The gorgeously aromatic Seychelles scent has notes of bergamot, amber and vanilla and can be made stronger or weaker by the number of diffuser sticks you use.
So, is the NEOM Wellbeing Pod worth the money?
In our opinion — absolutely.
Not only does it look super chic, but it really does a fantastic job of creating a warm, beautifully fragranced room. It's also really helped us feel more relaxed, especially through the use of the breathing mode and calming luxury oil blend.
The compatible essential oils smell amazing and are clearly made from high-quality ingredients that last. We’ve received tons of compliments from guests regarding how good the NEOM oil blends smell — much more than any scented candle we’ve ever used.
We also think the Wellbeing Pods would make perfect gifts for fragrance-obsessed friends, new homeowners, or loved ones that could use a little extra calmness in their life — including you!
So, what are you waiting for?
Prices updated on 04/04/2023. We are not responsible for any changes on the prices mentioned above.
Always up to date with the latest shopping trends, Christina Constantinou is keen to share her love for quality products with Best Buys' readers. She has experience writing for the tech industry and enjoys browsing deals on gadgets and fashion accessories.