The 10 Best Wax Burners
This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in August of 2019. Wax burners offer a way to spread fragrance throughout your home without resorting to more smoky incense sticks. Many can melt candles and tarts as well as diffuse essential oils, and they come in a range of designs, to suit any tastes. Just remember to always follow operating instructions, and be aware that some waxes release toxic chemicals when melted, so should be used sparingly. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
August 29, 2019:
Before we dive into the motivations behind the choices for this list, we wanted to touch on a few safety aspects regarding wax burners in general. First and foremost, users need to know that these things can get very hot to the touch, and so should be handled with care and kept well out of the reach of children and pets. Many also sport tops that are uncovered, so keep them in a place where they will not be bumped - the last thing you want is scalding hot wax everywhere. When it comes to wall units like the Perennial Essential, do not overload them or use them with outlets that are near the floor. Ideally, they should be plugged into high outlets that rest above countertops. As long as you follow manufacturer instructions, you should be fine.
Many companies tout wax warmers as a safer alternative to candles and incense, which is legitimate for a few reasons. Not only do candles create soot and have exposed flame, but some use paraffin wax, which can release fumes that are harmful if inhaled in large quantities and can cause indoor pollution. They may also have wicks with heavy metals like lead. Incense is usually comprised of all-natural elements, but can still irritate with smoke and bother people with allergies. It has been found that people who breathe burning incense over long periods have an increased risk of developing certain cancers, even if they don't smoke cigarettes. Keep in mind, though, that the research regarding what candles, wax, and incense release into the air is inconclusive as of the writing of this note, so be sure to stay abreast of the latest studies if you're concerned.
A burner can help you sidestep some of the aforementioned issues, but only if you use it with wax melts that use nontoxic ingredients, like soy or beeswax, with no added synthetic fragrances. Many companies have proprietary fragrance blends that are secret and include chemicals, so research your tart of choice thoroughly before purchase.
We prioritized style, function, capacity, thoughtful designs, ease of use, and simple maintenance for this list, as well as money-back guarantees and warranties since quality control can be a problem across the category. Our number one choice ticks all these boxes, with the added benefit that it has a built-in timer, something none of the other products can say. We liked the traditional design of the Ivenf Ceramic Aromatherapy and the fact that it can hold multiple tea candles if you wish to speed up the melting process. The Qusup New 3D and VP Home Polychromatic are perfect for those looking to make a statement, while the subtle Midas 2-in-1 and Coosa Sunflower make tasteful, subtle additions to home decors.