Viva Naturals Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser 300ml Ash Zen Model
Colour options allow for use in different decors
Between the different sizes of diffuser Viva naturals offers I like this particular version. Even though it’s capacity is 25% smaller than the larger simulated wood grain version it pushes the mist higher in the air which then allows the scent to spread throughout the room faster than the other version can do. It seems as if mist is pushed up higher because of the smaller hole used in the tower section. The fan located in the base seems to be the same size in both models.
These are simple machines that sit there, operate very quietly and seldom need attention beyond adding more water and oils. The health benefits between these devices and the typical store odourisers like Glade Plugins and similar products is huge. When using essential oils, you avoid all the toxic chemicals and irritants the plug in and other chemical versions are loaded with.
It takes very little to get these diffusers working. Set up is completely non-technical, plug the included AC adapter into a wall socket and bottom of base, add water, a few drops of oil, place tower cover back on base, depress button, sit back. There are options you can play with, the amount of time it will run and how the band running around the base lights up. Everything is down through two simple to use front facing buttons. The lighting is very subtle and not very bright, It makes for a nice accent. I can see where it could be used as a sort of night light, giving bearings in the dark. Lighting can be on even if the diffuser isn’t misting.
► The smaller form factor of this model makes it less of an eye catcher but it’s still a good looking accessory.
► These diffusers are great, simple, elegant, and require very little maintenance.
► One important item is that there’s an auto shut off if it runs dry even if the timer setting hasn’t run out yet.
User operation has been made simple. Depress the power button (right side) and it powers up the diffuser. Each time you depress, it toggles through the timer options. Push and hold for a couple of seconds, until the LED flashes, and then let go, the mister is now running at its second speed putting out quite a bit more mist but this also causes the diffuser to run out of water and oil faster. The difference between high and low speed is very noticeable, see video. The left button is used to select a colour (or set to automatically rotate through the colour options) and two brightness levels.
After a week or so the oils tend to gather in small spots that should be cleaned out occasionally. I use a paper towel and just wipe them away. More importantly, I also found that after running for some time the ultrasonic mister needs to be rinsed out with hot water to flush any oils that have accumulated within the smaller hole where you can see the disk which creates the mist. If you experience a lack of mist try this flushing, works for me every time. Just make sure not to get water into the bottom side of the base at any time (as directed in the manual) and wipe any excess water off all surfaces other than the portion where you add water and oil.
The included manual is well laid out and provides all the information needed to set up and maintain the diffuser.