The TaoTronics TT-AD001 Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser and Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier with Color Changing LED Lights is a multifunction device that seems to perform all of the functions well. Having read about the advantages of aromatherapy and essential oils, I
The TaoTronics TT-AD001 Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser and Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier with Color Changing LED Lights is a multifunction device that seems to perform all of the functions well. Having read about the advantages of aromatherapy and essential oils, I was curious to try the experience. Being an engineer, I was somewhat skeptical of the scientific basis for aromatherapy, although I have friends that swear by its multiple benefits. So does it work? After some research, and using several different essential oils myself (peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemongrass, and sweet orange), I now believe that the benefits are real, both psychologically and therapeutically. I think that an increased sense of physical and emotional well-being does occur. I was particularly interested in the stress relief and the calming effect that users report. This aroma diffuser uses an ultrasonic transducer, which has several benefits over the aroma lamps, which heat the oils. This diffuser creates a cold water vapor that instantly starts when the unit is turned on. This type of aroma diffuser (as opposed to aroma lamps that heat the oils) has an ionizing effect on the air in a room (negative ions are produced). These negative ions attach themselves to positive ion dust particles, and cause the dust particles to fall to the floor, which results in cleaner air. In addition, this ultrasonic oil diffuser spreads more of the oil molecules into the air for a fuller fragrance than lamp diffusers create. With lamp diffusers, the less volatile molecules of the oil stay in the aroma dish, and only the most volatile molecules are put into the air. With this TaoTronics diffuser, the water and oil molecules are broken into millions of micro particles, creating a fine water and oil vapor that spreads quickly throughout the room, spreading the entire fragrance, rather than only the most volatile particles of the aroma. The appearance of the unit is aesthetically pleasing. It reminds me of a large candle, which tapers slightly upward, near the top. Operation is simple. A small 24 volt DC power supply has a cord which plugs into the bottom of the diffuser. Then, the outer shell of the unit is pulled straight up to reveal the water tank. The water tank lid is then easily lifted to expose the water tank. Up to 100 ml of water and 2 or 3 drops of essence oil (optional) is then poured into the tank. The unit comes with a measuring cup with a mark for 100 ml (as well as marks for other amounts). The only controls on the diffuser are two push buttons on the side, near the bottom of the unit, a LIGHT button (on the left), and a MIST button (on the right). A single push of the LIGHT button (button lights) causes the entire outside shell of the diffuser to begins to cycle through a continuously changing color and brightness sequence, as it cycles through the entire spectrum of colors and intensities. The entire sequence takes about 70 seconds before it starts over again (continuously). Another push of the LIGHT button will stop the color changing, and lock the color of the light that was being displayed when the LIGHT button was pushed. Each additional push of the light button will cycle through 14 different colors (a bright and a dim version of each the 7 spectrum colors). Any of these colors can be chosen, and stay on that color continuously when the LIGHT button is released. A longer push of the LIGHT button (several seconds) turns all lighting off (LIGHT button also goes off.). Lighting is produced by three groups of varying color LEDs under the base of the water tank. The button on the right is the MIST button. When this button is pushed (button lights), a cool water vapor mist instantly begins from a hole in the top of the diffuser. A second push of this button (button begins to slowly cycle its brightness between dim and bright) causes the mist to change to a pattern of 30 seconds of mist, followed by 30 seconds of no mist (as opposed to the mist being on all the time as in the first mode). The water lasts for about 4 hours when the mist is continuous (the diffuser will automatically shut off if the water runs out). Although I did not test the 30 seonds on and 30 seconds off mode, the water should last about 8 hours in this mode. Although not designed as a humidifier, this unit will humidify the air in a small room somewhat. So, did I like the diffuser? Yes, I did. In fact, very much. The effect of the different essence oils is a very subjective experience, and probably varies greatly from person to person. I did enjoy the aroma of the different essence oils, which was a very pleasant experience, and did produce a calming effect for me. I am anxious to experiment with more of the different essence oils, as each oil is supposed to have a different effect. Perhaps, as much as the aromatherapy, I found that the different light colors of the diffuser also produced a very pleasant experience. I particularly enjoyed the 70 second cycle of changing colors of the spectrum, and found it to be quite calming, especially when in a dark or partially darkened room. An awesome atmosphere is created! This, combined with the aromatherapy was a very welcome experience. The TaoTronics aroma diffuser seems to be well constructed, and quality materials seem to be used throughout. The outer shell was somewhat hard to pull of at first (it pushes over a rubber grip), but after several removals it was easy to pull the shell off and put it back on. Since LEDs are used for the light source, the unit should last for many years of service. The diffuser uses only about 10 watts (maximum) of power (much less than a lamp diffuser), so operation for 8 hours will only cost about a penny's worth of electricity. Although I received this TaoTronics aroma diffuser in exchange for a fair and honest evaluation, I feel that I have done an honest evaluation of the product. I did not receive any money or anything else for this evaluation.