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Amy Browne & Emily Sleight & Phoebe Barton

We tried reed diffusers from Jo Malone, Aldi and Amazon and one 'smelt like a spa'

There's nothing better than coming home to a lovely smelling house, and diffusers make that happen almost instantly.

Plenty of different brands have diffusers on offer, and some are a lot pricier than others. It begs the question, are the expensive ones worth the price, or are cheaper alternatives the way forward?

Whether you're looking for a different alternative to making your house smell nice, or you're just after a new diffuser, we've rounded up three different ones from three very different brands. From pricier places like Jo Malone, to Aldi offering affordable dupes, we've done some research on the best diffusers out there to help your house smell fresh in no time.

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We compared three different diffusers from Jo Malone, Aldi and Amazon, all in three different scents, to find out which one is worth your money. Here's our verdict.

Neom Feel Refreshed Reed Diffuser

I've used Neom products before - I particularly love the Happiness three wick candle - but it's not a brand that comes particularly cheap. However, in the past I've found you get what you pay for as the products tend to be full of heady aromas that really last and make you feel special.

I hadn't tried a Neom Reed Diffuser before, so was keen to see if it lived up to other products in the collection. I chose its Sicilian Lemon & Fresh Basil scent, which is currently £30 on Amazon. Neom says it is a 'scent to boost your energy'. I like a fresh, zingy scent, so this sounded right up my street and having tried the brand before I felt confident purchasing it online without smelling it first.

What I like about Neom's fragrances is they're 100% natural, with no harsh chemicals or artificial colours. The reed diffuser comes in a glass jar with a stylish silver top and black reeds that distribute the scent. You then can buy a refill for £20 and top up the jar. According to the packaging, the diffuser is supposed to 'fill the room with scent' after 48 hours so I was pleasantly surprised when I could smell it within 10 minutes.

Neom Feel Refreshed Reed Diffuser (Liverpool Echo)

It gave off a really delicious fresh, citrusy scent and it just kept developing as time went on, though not in an overpowering way. If I entered the room, or walked around it, I'd get a stronger smell of the fragrance but it was also subtly noticeable just when sitting in the room. I'd describe the fragrance as very 'spa like' - it reminded me of a really lovely facial oil - and it didn't smell synthetic in any way.

Neom is certainly not the cheapest on the market, but if you want something that really fills your home with a gorgeous fragrance and isn't full of chemicals, I'd really recommend this diffuser.

Rating: 5/5

Price: £30-£40 depending on where you buy it

Where to buy: Neom online, Amazon and M&S.

Hotel Collection No.3 Pomegranate Reed Diffuser

Aldi has a selection of reed diffusers from Hotel Collection which are Jo Malone dupes. I have tried other scents before, but this is the first time I've tried the No.3 Pomegranate Reed Diffuser.

I love the simplistic style of the box and the diffuser itself which is a small glass bottle containing 50ml of liquid with a silver lid. It has a fresh, contemporary feel which has clearly been modelled on Jo Malone's products. The diffuser comes with six black sticks and says it lasts for up to four weeks. It's also available in a 100ml bottle which lasts eight weeks.

Aldi Hotel Collection No.3 Pomegranate Reed Diffuser. (Liverpool Echo/Phoebe Barton)

On the Aldi website, the Hotel Collection No.3 diffuser is said to "add a touch of elegance to your home". It claims the scent will offer "the best welcome to your home when you have guests visiting". When I first opened the diffuser, I didn't get much of a smell, but I held judgement and did what the instructions told me to - leave the sticks in the liquid for up to six hours and then turn them round.

As it was night time, I ended up leaving the sticks in the liquid over night in my lounge and then flipped them round when I got up the next day. Within 15 minutes the room started to fill with a fruity, fresh scent. So far so good! However, after an hour or so, the smell became quite powerful and started to remind me of nail varnish remover.

Thankfully, this settled down as the day went on. I'd say the pomegranate scent isn't my favourite of the Hotel Collection diffusers, but I'm still impressed with the power of it considering it's so cheap. The scents of other Hotel Collection diffusers I've bought in the past have lasted longer than the estimated time, too!

Rating: 4/5

Price: £3.49 for 100ml

Where to buy: Aldi stores and online here.

Jo Malone Red Roses 'Scent Surround' Diffuser

I absolutely love Jo Malone products, but lets be honest, they can be so expensive. I've had this particular diffuser for about six months now, and it's only just starting to run out - which is pretty impressive to say the least.

The 'Jo Malone Red Roses' diffuser comes in a 165ml bottle and costs around £65 to purchase. My eyes definitely watered at the price, but I will say that I was really impressed with the product overall.

The diffuser looked so elegant (Emily Sleight/ Liverpool ECHO)

When I first opened the diffuser the red roses scent was unleashed straight away, it wasn't too strong and had an amazing fresh smell to it. You often come across scents that claim to smell a certain way and don't at all, but this diffuser smelt just like fresh flowers, a smell I definitely want in my home.

In terms of the packaging, the Jo Malone diffuser looked so luxurious, it sat perfectly on my coffee table and the reeds of the diffuser were strong and sturdy. At first, I didn't think the diffuser would last me that long, but I've had it for a good while now and the scent has stayed just as powerful.

I absolutely love the way the diffuser looks, and the fact it lasted so long makes it pretty good value for money. Don't get me wrong, I won't make a habit of purchasing £65 diffusers when Aldi do some amazing dupes, but as a treat I'd highly recommend this product because it smelt absolutely heavenly.

Rating: 5/5

Price: £65

Where to buy: From LOOKFANTASTIC here

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