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10 Best Air Fresheners for the Home UK 2023 | Febreze, Yankee Candle and More

Air fresheners are a very simple and practical way to cover and neutralise odours in your bedroom, bathroom, living room and car. Gone are the days of a harsh-smelling aerosol propped atop the toilet – today’s fresheners come in many shapes and sizes and can compliment your room’s decor, automatically release heavenly aromas, and even help relax your mind with essential oils.

But with so many options nowadays, choosing can be as overwhelming as a cheap bowl of potpourri. To help you get started, we’ve come up with a guide to help find your ideal air freshener; whether it’s the odour of dogs, cats, a busy office or a car full of gym kit you want to banish. We’ll also share our top 10 picks to buy this year from Amazon, John Lewis and eBay to keep your spaces smelling sweet.
Last updated 29/01/2023
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How to Choose an Air Freshener for the Home in the UK – Buying Guide

In this part of our guide, we’ll figure out the best freshener for your needs by assessing the merits of the main styles available to you, as well as which to choose based on it’s placement, ability to deodorise, and how long you’d prefer it to last.

① Think About Which Style of Air Freshener Is the Most Practical for Your Lifestyle

To begin, you’ll have to decide on the variety of freshener, be it one you can plug in and forget about, something you only use occasionally, or a design that sits prettily in your living space. Have a read of the options and think about which would be the most useful for you.

Reed Diffusers Complement the Room’s Decor and Have an Understated and Natural Scent

Reed Diffusers Complement the Room’s Decor and Have an Understated and Natural Scent
Reed diffusers consist of several absorbent wooden sticks placed in a container of perfumed oil, that are turned over when the scent starts to fade. They are attractive and simple in their design, and would be a good choice for those wanting an understated fragrance that doesn’t require a plug socket, for example on a mantelpiece or a small toilet cubicle.


Their subtlety may not suit larger rooms and they are the least long lasting of our options, but their main appeal lies in the fact they are usually the most natural. If you’re not keen on synthetic or overpowering perfumes, look for a reed diffuser with essential oils that will scent your space whilst helping you to feel relaxed or rejuvenated depending on the blend used.


There is also the possibility of making your own essential oil blends for your diffuser, if you’re keen on aromatherapy and would like to prolong the life of your reed freshener for a minimal expense.

Plug-In Air Fresheners Offer the Choice of Continuous or Occasional Fragrance When You Need It

Plug-In Air Fresheners Offer the Choice of Continuous or Occasional Fragrance When You Need It
Plug-in fresheners contain a mixture of oils and other chemicals that release their scent when warmed via electricity. They can be discreetly placed, but still produce a strong perfume that can fill a whole room, so are a good choice for large spaces. Most plug-ins don’t need to be replaced very often, so will suit families or busy households.


They can provide a continuous scent when switched on, or you can always just plug them in for an hour when you want to freshen up the room or set the mood for guests coming over. You can also change the scent whenever you like by purchasing a different cartridge to suit your mood or the season.

Automatic Fresheners Release Scent in Timed Bursts for a More Subtle Aroma

Automatic Fresheners Release Scent in Timed Bursts for a More Subtle Aroma
This variety can also operate via a plug socket, but if you don’t have one in the room you want to freshen you can also choose a battery powered design. The fragrance is released on an automatic, timed basis, and they are a great pick for those who like the idea of a discreet freshener but don’t want something too strong.


They’d be ideal for offices, children’s rooms, or smaller spaces, but if you’d like the ability to adjust the intensity based on where you place it, look for those that have various settings for how often they produce scent bursts and to what strength.

Traditional Sprays Are Best for Infrequent Usage, and Some Can Be Used on Fabrics

Traditional Sprays Are Best for Infrequent Usage, and Some Can Be Used on Fabrics
Those who don’t require constant scent or just want a budget option for freshening the bathroom or stowing in the cupboard until needed could opt for a traditional spray. You could go for an aerosol, but there are many options for quieter, non-flammable spritzing sprays if you’d prefer.


Either way, this variety can be used in any space that needs a boost, and can often be used on fabrics with a tendency to absorb odours from pets or suchlike including curtains, car seats and sofas.

② For Strong Odours, Look for Neutralising Fresheners That Deodorise Whilst They Scent

For Strong Odours, Look for Neutralising Fresheners That Deodorise Whilst They Scent
Sometimes bad odours require more than just masking, so if you’re wanting a solution for rooms with tobacco, body odour or pet smells it may be best to choose a freshener that deodorises or neutralises whilst perfuming.


This technology will be included in chemical rather than natural varieties, so check the description on the product you like to see if it can offer this useful extra feature.

③ Match the Scents to the Rooms You Want to Place Them In

Match the Scents to the Rooms You Want to Place Them In
We all have our preferences for perfumes and scents in general, and you should absolutely pick your favourite if you’ve got one. But if the sheer volume of fragrance options is making choosing difficult, you could try to think of what you want the scent to evoke in the room you intend to use it in.


For example, if you want a cosy, welcoming vibe for your living room you could choose warming scents such as cinnamon or vanilla, and if you want a clean, fresh scent for the bathroom you could choose crisp linen or citrus. Bedrooms are associated with relaxation, so you could try lavender scents to help you unwind, or bright florals to boost your mood in the morning.

④ Note How Frequently Refillable Fresheners Need to Be Changed, or If They’re Single Use

Note How Frequently Refillable Fresheners Need to Be Changed, or If They’re Single Use
Aside from sprays, all of our options will include products that can be refilled or replaced when they are no longer omitting a sufficient fragrance. Reed diffusers can be topped up with spare oils, and cartridges can be changed in plug-in or automatic varieties.


Some plug-ins however, mostly the cheaper varieties, will only be single use. Therefore, it’s worth checking if there are refills available, and perhaps spending a little more for those that offer this, unless you’re happy to replace the entire unit every month or so or only require it for an event or similar.


Have a look at how many days the product provides fragrance, and select according to how often you think you’ll use it. Of course, it is probably more desirable for fresheners to last as long as possible, particularly constant-use varieties.

Top 10 Best Air Fresheners for the Home in the UK

Hopefully you’ve narrowed down the types of air freshener you think you’ll need, or you may even go for several to fragrance a few different spaces. Now all that’s left to do is check out our top buys and find your perfect fit for a beautifully scented home.
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Air Wick

1. Air Wick Lavender & Almond Blossom Mist Diffuser & 1 Refill

Air Wick 1. Air Wick Lavender & Almond Blossom Mist Diffuser & 1 Refill 1枚目

The Power of Essential Oils in a Handy Freshener

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Febreze

2. Ambipur Febreze 3volution Cotton Fresh Plug-In Air Freshener & 4 Refills

Febreze  2. Ambipur Febreze 3volution Cotton Fresh Plug-In Air Freshener & 4 Refills 1枚目

Months of Freshness Whilst Neutralising Odours

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Glade

3. Glade Sense & Spray Clean Linen Automatic Air Freshener & Refill

Glade 3. Glade Sense & Spray Clean Linen Automatic Air Freshener & Refill 1枚目

A No-Fuss Automatic Mist with a Clean Scent

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Yankee Candle

4. Yankee Candle Black Cherry Signature Reed Diffuser

Yankee Candle 4. Yankee Candle Black Cherry Signature Reed Diffuser 1枚目

Cosy Up Your Space With Gorgeously-Scented Oils

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Air Wick

5. Air Wick Island Mango Electrical Plug-In & Refill, 4 Pack

Air Wick 5. Air Wick Island Mango Electrical Plug-In & Refill, 4 Pack 1枚目

An Adjustable and Long Lasting Plug-In

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Air Wick

6. Air Wick VIPoo Spray, Lemon Idol

Air Wick 6. Air Wick VIPoo Spray, Lemon Idol 1枚目

Banishes Bathroom Odours With Fresh Lemon

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Puressentiel

7. Neal’s Yard Remedies Balancing Aromatherapy Room Spray

Puressentiel 7. Neal’s Yard Remedies Balancing Aromatherapy Room Spray 1枚目

Grounding and Balancing Oils for a Non-Toxic Alternative

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Febreze

8. Febreze Heavy Duty Air Freshener Spray, 6 Pack

Febreze  8. Febreze Heavy Duty Air Freshener Spray, 6 Pack 1枚目

A Multipack to Obliterate Odours

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Neom Organics

9. Neom Organics Complete Bliss Calm & Relax Reed Diffuser

Neom Organics  9. Neom Organics Complete Bliss Calm & Relax Reed Diffuser 1枚目

A Luxury Buy for Naturally Scented Relaxation

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Rituals

10. Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Mini Fragrance Sticks

Rituals 10. Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Mini Fragrance Sticks 1枚目

Plant Powered Essential Oils for Inner Harmony

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No.1

Air Wick1. Air Wick Lavender & Almond Blossom Mist Diffuser & 1 Refill

£18.68

The Power of Essential Oils in a Handy Freshener

Create a chilled out and soothing atmosphere with this convenient battery powered freshener, that will help you drift off with it’s gentle but stunning lavender scent.

It can fill any sized room (or even the car) in timed intervals and at various intensity settings. An excellent price for a product that harnesses the natural powers of essential oils alongside the efficiency of an automatic diffuser.
No.2

Febreze 2. Ambipur Febreze 3volution Cotton Fresh Plug-In Air Freshener & 4 Refills20ml

£6.00

Months of Freshness Whilst Neutralising Odours

This great starter kit is a must for busy lifestyles, and would suit offices, bathrooms, or any room you like. The simple and summery cotton fragrance can be adjusted in its intensity and is accompanied by powerful deodorising technology.

The clever scent pods will alternate every 45 minutes to keep things fresh and noticeable. Refills last up to 90 days, and can be switched around between fragrances for even more choice.
No.3

Glade3. Glade Sense & Spray Clean Linen Automatic Air Freshener & Refill

£7.99

A No-Fuss Automatic Mist with a Clean Scent

If you lean towards simple scents and minimal maintenance, this is your pick. It’s pretty discreet with it’s plain white finish, and the fragrance is fresh and clean without being overpowering.

It is battery powered so won’t need to be near a plug, and it will disperse scent using the motion sensor or when you give it a nudge for an extra boost. The refills are cheap and easily sourced, too.
No.4

Yankee Candle4. Yankee Candle Black Cherry Signature Reed Diffuser

£12.68

Cosy Up Your Space With Gorgeously-Scented Oils

This cosy blend of black cherry and cinnamon will warm even the starkest of spaces, and will keep the air gorgeously scented for up to 8 weeks.

It’s smart and subtle enough to be put on display anywhere from offices to elegant hallways, and as you would expect from the brand there are dozens of other fragrance options.
No.5

Air Wick5. Air Wick Island Mango Electrical Plug-In & Refill, 4 Pack4 Pack

£18.99

An Adjustable and Long Lasting Plug-In

Create a summery tropical vibe in any room of the house with this convenient plug-in that you can switch on and forget about for up to 80 days before refilling.

You can easily adjust the intensity to suit the room size, or just switch off when you don’t need it. It’s also efficient at neutralising lingering odours, and you can switch to various other scent refills when the mood takes you.
No.6

Air Wick6. Air Wick VIPoo Spray, Lemon Idol

£5.69

Banishes Bathroom Odours With Fresh Lemon

The marketing may be a little cringeworthy, but this “pre-poo” spray really does work to eliminate smells before they permeate the air. Perfect for discreetly spritzing in small bathrooms, or carrying around for public loo visits.

Enhanced with essential oils, it’s long lasting and has a nice lemon scent. You can also choose from other fragrances such as lavender and fruit.
No.7

Puressentiel7. Neal’s Yard Remedies Balancing Aromatherapy Room Spray200ml

£15.43

Grounding and Balancing Oils for a Non-Toxic Alternative

If you want something natural with a relaxing scent, look no further! This air spray from French brand Puressential is made up of a whopping 41 essential oils and is 100% natural! 


What's more, this formula is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, proven to reduce bacteria on surfaces, so is perfect if you want to destroy the source of the smell or any allergies, too. Use it by spraying it onto the 4 corners of the room and any carpets or sheets of your choice, and relax. 

No.8

Febreze 8. Febreze Heavy Duty Air Freshener Spray, 6 Pack6 Pack

£24.00

A Multipack to Obliterate Odours

Still reigning as deodorising royalty, this heavy Febreze spray is non-aerosol and will banish even the strongest of tobacco, pet or other unwanted pongs. It’ll also leave behind a fresh and light citrus scent, so will suit those not wanting a freshener that’s too overpowering.

The double strength formula can also be used on fabrics in the home. At £5 per bottle they aren’t cheap, but they are very effective.
No.9

Neom Organics 9. Neom Organics Complete Bliss Calm & Relax Reed Diffuser

£38.00

A Luxury Buy for Naturally Scented Relaxation

Fragrance a busy household or stressed out bedroom with this gorgeous mix of 17 completely natural essential oils including rose and lime, expertly blended to calm and relax. For a more subtle scent simply remove a few of the reeds.

There is no mention of how long the fragrance lasts, so just replace the oils with a refill when you feel the need. Although a little pricey, the scent is as stunning as the bottle, and would make a lovely treat or gift option for someone special.
No.10

Rituals10. Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Mini Fragrance Sticks

£13.50

Plant Powered Essential Oils for Inner Harmony

Treat your body, mind, and any compact space you like with this mini diffuser, containing all-natural Ayurvedic Indian rose and almond oils.

It’s specially crafted not to overpower small spaces, and is stylish and discreet enough for any decor. The only drawback is that it doesn’t last too long, although refills can be purchased.

More Ways to Keep the Home Smelling Fresh

More Ways to Keep the Home Smelling Fresh

If you love keeping each room of your home smelling nice and relaxing, look no further. While air fresheners are a great option to banish the home of foul odours, scented candles are perfect for keeping in the room to light up whenever you want to create a lovely scent. 

Summary

Hopefully you feel more confident in picking the variety and scents to suit you whatever your tastes and requirements for an air freshener. With a little help from us, you can now fill your space with aromas that make your home a beautifully fragranced and inviting place to be.


Author: Natasha Dziubajlo 

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