One of my life goals is to be the person my friends and family associate with a home that smells great. I take pride in filling my space with amazing scents, but I don’t always have time for potpourris on the stove or money to spend on fancy candles.
That’s why I jumped at the chance to try Pura, a $45 smart home diffuser. (opens in a new tab) I first heard it on TikTok. Interested in demoing the Tom’s Guide TikTok account and considering it for our roundup of the best smarter home gifts, I decided to install it in the highest-traffic area of my house: the living room.
The Pura diffuser was surprisingly simple to install. I have set up several smart home devices and this is one of the easiest to connect. Perhaps the only challenge I faced was rotating the plug so the diffuser can sit upright in my horizontal outlet.
The Pura app then walked me through the correct way to place my selected scent “pod” in the device, though the process is virtually identical if you’ve ever used a Febreeze or Glade plug-in oil diffuser. But unlike the diffusers you can buy at the grocery store, Pura works with a set of capsules from luxury fragrance brands.
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Why Pura is worth it
I used to love candles from companies like Nest, Capri Blue, and Homesick, but they’re expensive to replace. For example, a 19-ounce Capri Blue Havana Vanilla candle is $34 on Amazon (opens in a new tab). Since it is my favorite scent from the brand, I can burn the candle down in less than a month. Comparatively, the Pura oil pod with the same scent costs less than $13. Pura estimates that a capsule will last 2 weeks if run 8 hours per day at medium intensity, but you can use moderate settings that make it last twice as long.
And the lower intensities are plentiful: The scents are concentrated in the oil pods, so even running on low for an hour, my living room smelled like a bougie bakery. In three hours, the warmth of vanilla spread to every corner of my home.
The Pura device fits two pods at once. While you can switch between which scent you want to run, I sometimes choose to run both simultaneously, opting for Homesick’s Ski Trip fragrance for my second capsule. I often buy Homesick candles for gifts, but maybe next time give someone a Pura with compatible Homesick oil capsules.
How do I get the most out of the Pura aroma diffuser?
There are a few things I do to get the most out of the Pura diffuser experience. For one, the scheduling tool is helpful, automatically turning the diffusers off at my usual bedtime and turning them back on a few hours later in the morning.
I also make sure to enjoy the built-in night light. Similarly, I can program the night light and choose from a variety of colors and brightness levels.
Finally, I paired my Pura and Alexa accounts to use my voice assistant to control the diffuser, either to turn it on and off, or to change the intensity of the scent. And since Pura appears on my Alexa smart home dashboard among all my other Alexa-enabled devices, I can create Alexa routines, like turning on the nightlight whenever the smart bulbs in my living room go out.
If these kinds of features don’t appeal to you, you may not find all the value in the Pura aroma diffuser system. But if you like gadgets and want your home to always smell great, I don’t think you’ll regret the investment.