Product Type: Glade in Homeware
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Glade Electric is the one I trust
Member Name: hayley_dl
Advantages: smells nice, refills fairly cheap compared to some others
Disadvantages: not all refills have a strong scent
I like my home smelling nice and am constantly on the look out for anything that will help with what seems like a constant uphill battle. Plug in diffusers are always high on my list when it comes to this, they work well and the refills (depending on the brand) are generally cheap. This time, Glade was my brand of choice quite simply because I've used several of their products before and found them to work well plus, it was on offer for less then half price so I couldn't resist!
On opening the box you find the plug in diffuser itself and one refill. The scent of the refill depends on the pack you buy but you are informed of this on the front of the box.
To use simply screw off the plastic top that's on top of the refill and insert this into the hole in the diffuser. It will only fit one way so you don't need to worry about getting it backwards. After this you simply need to plug the diffuser in and away you go. There are certain plug sockets it shouldn't be put into but I'll cover this later in the review.
The diffuser itself is small and teardrop shaped so won't take up much room and although clearly recognisable as a diffuser looks quite attractive and not out of place, even when placed somewhere clearly visible.
As previously stated the diffuser itself is fairly small and thin so once plugged in it won't get in the way of any plugs either side of it.
I have two of these, one in my bedroom and one in my living room. There are five grades that you can have this set to, the grades are indicated on a wheel just above the plug in itself. The numbers are easy to see and the wheel easy to turn.
The diffuser in my bedroom is set to number two and despite being a large double room I find this is more then high enough for the scent to be noticeable throughout the whole room. However, the diffuser in my living room is set to the highest setting (number 5) and is barely noticeable. Now I should point out that my living room is open plan and so incorporates not only the living room but also dining room, extension and kitchen so to be fair to Glade I am asking it to fill a large amount of space. I also have the "clean linen" refill in there which isn't the strongest scent in the first place. Even so, it would be nice to get a whiff of scent from it even if only when sat in the chair closest to where it's plugged in.
I've found that the diffuser in my room (set to number 2) lasts between 5 and 6 weeks, the diffuser in the living room (set to number 5) lasts between 3 and 4 weeks. However, I only check the refill when I no longer notice the scent and so it may be that they run out before this I just don't notice.
Energy efficiency wise - I unplugged both diffusers and checked the energy monitor, this showed no change with both diffusers plugged in or when they were taken out. Obviously I know that they do use some electricity but it's not enough to show a change on the monitor and so are very cheap to run.
I buy my refills from ASDA and they cost me £3.67 each. There is also currently an offer on them allowing you to buy two for £6. This offer has been running for quite a while now and so may be a permanent one.
They also now have essential oil refills, I've found that the scent from these tends to be slightly stronger whether this is due to the added essential oil or not I'm not sure but I do tend to favour these when buying them as the stronger scent means you can turn the diffuser down making it last longer.
As with any product of this nature this comes with several warnings. As taken from the side of the box, these are: The refills are harmful to aquatic animals and so should be kept away from them. As with any product of this nature they should also be kept out the reach of children, away from your eyes and not ingested.
These products are obviously highly scented and so those with a sensitivity to perfumes products should be careful when using these.
The diffuser is an electrical item and therefore should not be touched with wet hands or any metal object. The diffuser should not be covered with anything when in use and should only be used in a plug where air can circulate around it, do not plug anything in above it and ensure at least 50cm between the diffuser and anything made of plastic or with a painted or polished surface. This is because the fragrance can damage some surfaces.
The diffuser should also be kept upright at all times to prevent spillages and the refill should only be replaced when the diffuser is unplugged.
The instructions also say that this should not be plugged into extension cables but due to a lack of choice both mine are and this has caused no problems for me - make your own call on that one.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
I bought both my diffusers on offer for £2.50 each which I think is excellent value. They are however widely available for just over £5 at full price and this is for the diffuser and one refill.
Despite the lack of scent produced by the clean linen refill I'm still going to give it 5 out of 5. This is because I have tried many other refills (enchanted night, Brazilian mango flower and relaxing zen) all of which produced a reasonable amount of scent even with the diffuser turned down. The living room is also a very large space so I am asking a lot from just one diffuser. Therefore I am recommending it but with the advisory that the essential oil refills produce a stronger scent then the others in the range.
Summary: a great product I'll keep using but I have my favourite refills
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