Best Automatic Air Fresheners for Your Home
Everybody loves a home that is fragrant and refreshing. Just as your indoor space looks clean, you want it to smell fresh and aromatic. That’s why an automatic air freshener is a must-have for every home. These air fresheners automatically spray the fragrance at designated time intervals.
Glade is a household name when it comes to air fresheners. This standard automatic freshener kit comes with a holder and two cans of 6.2 oz (175g) fresh linen fragrance, also infused with essential oils and the scent of lily of the valley. It has three different time settings, which spray the fragrance at 9, 18, or 36 minutes per your preference. At the lowest setting of 36 minutes, one spray can last up to 60 days.
Glade Automatic Spray Refill and Holder KitAir Freshener for Home and Bathroom
Another “boost” button is provided for a manual burst of fragrance whenever you press it. The holder has a simple ‘squeeze and pulls’ mechanism for opening and refilling the spray can. Overall, this kit has an extremely pleasant and crisp scent of fresh laundry that permeates quickly through the room. If you’re using it in a large and spacious room, the smell will dissipate faster, so you’d want to set it to the 9- or 18-minute setting. The 36-minute setting is fine for smaller rooms.
The device runs on two AA batteries, with the first pair of batteries included in the set. Apart from functionality, the sleek design of the holder is also a plus point, as it looks good when placed openly on a shelf or tabletop.
- Perfect for both big and small rooms
- Boost button for manual spray
- Long-lasting and lingering scent
- Sleek design that blends easily with the room’s aesthetics
- Spray can irritate pets
- The squeeze and pull mechanism for changing refills can get clunky and damage the holder casing if excess force is used.
Glade Automatic Spray Hawaiian BreezeAutomatic Spray Unit
Another one from Glade, our second pick, is the Hawaiian Breeze set, which comes with a holder and three spray cans. The holder is the same as in the previous set, so it has the same auto-spray settings in 9-, 18-, and 36-minute intervals and the boost button to manually release an extra burst whenever you want.
The difference here is in the fragrance, which contains a magnificent fusion of wonderful aromas. This Hawaiian Breeze edition includes the scents of peach, tropical pineapple, and melons, with slight hints of mango, red berry, and warm Beachwood. Despite the mixture of various scents, it’s not overwhelming but instead leaves a pleasant waft of fragrance that brings the Hawaii beach atmosphere to your home, true to its name.
Because of its unique scent, it is also perfect for removing bathroom odor. Again, similar to the previous model, each can of this fragrance weighs 6.2 oz (175g) and lasts for 60 days when kept at a 36-minute spray setting. But this one contains three refills, so you’ll be all set for half the year! It also runs on two AA batteries, and one pair is included in the set.
- Unique and pleasant fragrance that combines many scents
- Good for getting rid of bathroom odor
- On low settings, a pack of 3 lasts as long as 180 days
- Works best in small rooms, where the scent is more distinct
- Same as earlier, the holder’s opening mechanism can be an issue if more pressure is applied when pressing.
Air Wick Automatic Air Freshener Spray Starter KitUse In Any Room: Living Room, Bathroom, Hallways, Kitchens, Den, And Office
Much like Glade, Air Wick is also a globally recognized and reputed manufacturer of air fresheners. Their starter kit includes a holder with the same classic fresh linen fragrance. There are size options, so you can choose if you want a pack of one or two refills. Infused with natural essential oils, the scent is calm and soothing, as with most fresh linen fragrances. It’s not a sharp aroma that you’d instantly notice, but more of a light scent in the background that lingers in your subconscious, keeping the room fresh 24/7.
Air Wick automatic freshener kits also have a timer setting of 9-, 18- and 40-minute intervals. When kept at the lowest setting of 40 minutes, one refill will last for 70 days. The holder has a compact design, and to change the refill, you need to twist and turn the bottom lid which then comes out, allowing you to fit the refill inside the top holder until it clicks into place.
This kit requires only a single AA battery, including one with the pack. It also has a light indicator that flashes red when the refill needs to be replaced.
- Refill runs longer than other products
- Requires only one battery
- Good low budget option
- Light indicator when refill needs replacing
- The spray can irritate some pets
Air Wick Essential Mist Starter KitLavender and Almond Blossom,
Unlike the other kits we’ve reviewed so far, our final pick, also by Air Wick, is slightly different. This one’s a mist diffuser kit, which, as the name suggests, diffuses the scent in a mist form instead of spraying it. As such, it also has a different timer setting. There are three modes:
- Low: releases mist for 4 seconds, repeated every 17 minutes.
- Medium: releases mist for 5 seconds, repeated every 12 minutes.
- High: releases mist for 6 seconds, repeated every 10 minutes
The device also has an on-off cycle where it stays active for 8 hours and then turns off for 16 hours. It’s small and portable, so it can be easily placed anywhere. Each refill lasts for 45 days when used at the lowest setting. Gently diffusing a light mist of fragrance keeps your room fresh and aromatic for longer. That is why it’s also the best choice for removing bathroom odor.
It is a bit power intensive, requiring 3 AA batteries to operate, and as usual, the pack does come with your first three batteries included. For the refill, you have two fragrances to choose from – Lavender & Almond Blossom and Mandarin & Sweet Tangerine.
- Very long-lasting scent
- Since it diffuses the mist, it’s pet friendly
- Perfect choice for a bathroom freshener
- Great value for money
- Need 3 AA batteries
- Refill runs out faster
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to plug in automatic air fresheners to a power source?
A: No, automatic air fresheners are powered by batteries, so they are completely cordless and don’t need to be plugged in.
Q: Do air freshener kits contain refills and batteries?
A: Yes, most air freshener kits generally come with at least one refill and a set of batteries, so you can set them up and start using them right off the pack.
Q: What settings are best for my room?
A: Generally, low settings are good for smaller and compact rooms, as the scent is retained longer. In larger rooms, the fragrance dissipates more easily, so a higher setting is suitable.
Q: Which air freshener is best for removing bathroom odor?
A: To remove bathroom odor, it’s best to use an air freshener that releases the scent more frequently, like the Air Wick Essential Mist Diffuser. But you should also consider the fragrance since distinct scents work better against bathroom odor than the usual fresh linen fragrance.
Q: Are air fresheners bad for pets?
A: The spray released by air fresheners can cause irritation not only to pets but also to human eyes and can also harm small children. You should keep them in higher places and in areas where there is less human activity and movement.
So Which Air Freshener Is The Best Choice For Your Home And Bathroom?
At the end of the day, there isn’t just one air freshener that can be considered the best. Both the Glade and Air Wick kits have their pros and cons, so it depends on your preference. If you’re specifically looking for a bathroom freshener, we recommend Air Wick Essential Mist Diffuser as the best choice.
For other rooms and indoor spaces, the Air Wick starter and Glade kit are great in their own regards and similarly priced too. The Air Wick refills last longer, while the Glade kit has that extra “boost” feature and a unique Hawaiian Beach fragrance, so it’s just a matter of which of these things is important for you. Overall, all four automatic air fresheners reviewed above are the best in the market.