The Alpha Essential Oil Diffuser by Pilgrim is a newly released small, compact, and easy diffuser to use. The first thing you’ll notice is that it doesn’t have any light or light switching cycles associated with it – which is actually quite nice if you’re just looking for aromatherapy benefits alone. It makes the design much more simple and elegant with the whole unit being black – and just simply black.
This diffuser is a mere 5″ tall and 5″ wide and basically a nice round shape. I think it’s quite cute looking. Its quality is of a good standard with a soft grip rubber exterior that isn’t flimsy to the thouch. Last I checked, it was selling for $39.99 on Amazon. Yes, you can get a few different models in the $20-$30 range; however, this diffuser here I think is worth the extra couple of $ for its advantages in simplicity and design.
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What’s The Best Thing About This Essential Oil Diffuser?
- Since there are no colour-changing modes or anything, it’s very simple to operate. There is a continuous mist mode (blue light), and an intermittent 30 secs on / 30 sec off mode (red light). You simply switch between the two modes by holding the (one and only) power button for 3 seconds.
- It’s stylish with a sleek black-only exterior and a not overwhelmingly large unit size. Still, it holds up to 160 ml of water, which is actually on the larger side for a reservoir size, making this unit not only nice looking, but also well performing for longer mist times of up to 8 hours.
- The exterior is made of a high-quality soft-touch BPA free rubber, which has a nice quality feel to it and is also simpler to handle without it slipping out of your hands. Did I mention the plastic materials used are BPA free? Very important.
- It operates whisper quietly, and I’m not just saying that. I would comfortably use this in a kids bedroom or nursery for the little bit of white noise it does make is actually quite soothing.
- As all electronic diffusers, it adds moisture to the air, therefore humidifying the air in your room and improving the overall air quality. This is especially nice during winter months where the climate is generally a bit colder and dryer and your airways can use all the help they can get to not catch one of those nasty seasonal flu’s.
- It comes with an extra long 72″ power cord so you can permanently place this unit anywhere in your room and most likely still reach your electrical outlets.
How Long Does A Full Bin Of Water Last?
The Pilgrim Alpha diffuser has a water reservoir size of 160 ml. This is comparably on the larger water tank size as most mid-range price diffusers hold around 100 ml.
The Alpha will run up to 8 hours when you put it on its intermittent mist mode. This mode will have the diffuser run for 30 seconds, and then automatically pause it for the next 30 seconds, and then repeat. The intermittent mode is great if you use essential oil diffusers for your work place – you can fill it once in the morning, and not have to worry about re-filling it again all day. This works great for yoga studios, spas, massage salons, or even home office or other front desk type of set-ups.
If you prefer to have your diffuser on all of the time, the continuous mist mode will last for up to 4 hours.
Recommended Oil Use: Add 5-10 Drops
Because of its slightly larger water container size, the recommended number of drops of oil to use is 5-10 drops. Some other diffusers will say 3-5 drops, but the Alpha has a larger water tank so you will need to use more oil to still get the scent quality and intensity you like and are maybe used to already from other diffusers.
A Quick Overview of the 2 Functions Offered
The Alpha diffuser has two modes of mist – which you can tell apart by whether or not the main power button is backlit with blue (=continuous mode), or red (=intermittent mode). With your first click, the unit will go into continuous steam mode and show a quick blue back-lit power button.
Hold the button for 3 seconds and see it switch to red. This is how you know you’re now on the intermittent mode.
The red and blue colours will disappear again after a few seconds so don’t worry about it shedding excess light or unwanted colors into your surroundings. It won’t interrupt any sleep or if you run the diffuser in a dark room.
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Does It Have An Auto Shut-off Mechanism?
Yes, the Alpha diffuser will turn itself off as a safety precaution automatically when its tank runs out of water. Don’t worry about leaving it on while you fall asleep – it’ll turn off when it’s out of water. It also will NOT beep when it runs out of water – it will just flash the lights at you quickly, and then turn itself off. This is again very handy if you use it while going to sleep. You don’t want to be woken up by a beeping noise 4 hours later.
How Big Of An Area Can It Cover?
The Pilgrim Alpha essential oil diffuser can cover a room size of about 250 sq. ft. – the size of an average bedroom, home office, or luxurious bathroom. I actually like to use my essential oil diffusers in our kitchen/bar area and put a few drops of lemongrass essential oil in it. This helps me extremely nicely get rid of any extra or excess cooking smells. Just a tip on the side.
How Much Noise Does It Make?
The Alpha diffuser is quite impressive in terms of how quiet it is. I’d even go as far as saying that the little bit of white noise it does make, is quite soothing to the surroundings. The clicking sounds of the button aren’t overwhelming – they’re quite standard actually. I have no complaints about the Alpha being too loud while in operation.
How Do I Best Clean And Store It?
The Alpha diffuser includes a nicely outlined instruction manual, which includes information on how to best clean this exact unit.
Important: Always turn off the device and unplug the electrical power before cleaning the device. Never use a sharp object to clean it. Follow these steps for the best cleaning of your diffuser:
1. Empty the water tank before wiping it out, using a clean and soft damp cloth. You can use a gentle detergent if needed. Always rinse and dry well before using the device again or storing it.
2. To clean the ultrasonic oscillator at the bottom of the water tank when needed, use a cotton bud impregnated with alcohol.
For more essential oil diffuser cleaning tips, please read this blog post here.
You can find a link to download the Alpha diffuser manual directly, in the section titled “Resources” at the bottom of this page.
A few common problems may occur when using the Anton diffuser. Try these tips to help you solve them.
Problem 1: The power-on light does not go on and the aroma diffuser does not work.
Answer: The aroma diffuser may not be properly connected to the power source. Check all plugs, namely the cord connection at the bottom of the diffuser, and put the plug properly in the wall power outlet. Switch on the aroma diffuser.
Problem 2: The power-on light is on, the fan works but no mist comes out of the mist outlet.
Answer: The water tank may be empty or the water level is too low. Fill the water tank with more water.
Problem 3: The aroma diffuser produces an unpleasant smell.
Answer: The water in the water tank may not be clean or has been left in the water tank for too long. Renew the water after thoroughly cleaning the water tank.
Problem 4: The power-on light is on but the aroma diffuser does not work.
Answer: There could be too much water in the water tank. Pour some water out of the water tank to reach the appropriate level at or below the max line. Put back the top cover firmly and retry.
Problem 5: The aroma diffuser does not produce enough mist.
Answer: There could be dirt on the oscillator. The water might also be dirty or left for too long in the tank. Clean out the water tank and oscillator, and then fill it again with fresh water. Re-try.
Problem 6: The aroma diffuser makes a strange noise when it is powered on.
The water level could be too low. Make sure there is enough water in the tank. Also, the diffuser might be standing on an uneven/unstable surface. Place the aroma diffuser on a smooth, flat and stable surface.
Hopefully these tips have proven useful to you! Sometimes, the solution to your diffuer not working properly or as 100% awesome as it did when it was new, is simply a cleaning and maintenance issue. You can find more cleaning instructions and general details here.
What’s The Warranty Or Refund Policy?
Pilgrim Collection offers a full 30-day money back guarantee along with a 1 year warranty for this product.
What’s In The Box?
1 x Alpha aroma diffuser
1 x Power Cord
1 x Instruction Manual
Note: Essential oils are not included in this package
Consumer Reviews of the Anton Diffuser
No lights or sounds, thank goodness! 99% of the diffusers I found had lights, bells or whistles on them, and were visually unattractive. Why? Is it so hard to make a diffuser that just does what it should? This one seemed simple, clean and modern compared to the rest, and was a reasonable price. It has a nice matte rubber finish on the outside. It isn’t a huge tank but it lasts through at least a three hour cycle. The footprint is small, and it’s fairly unobtrusive, so it would be easy to hide behind something on a tabletop, especially a dark colored table or bookshelf. I placed the diffuser in a bedroom and left it on intermittent for about an hour. The scent easily spread into other parts of the home after that short period of time. We have been using it for about a week with great results. I plan on ordering a second one for the living areas of the house because I like this one so much. I did follow the advice of many other reviewers and got high quality essential oils. ~Amazon Customer
92% of all customers who purchased the Pilgrim Collection Alpha Essential Oil Diffuser gave it a 5-star review. They love the product, highlighting how simple it is to operate and how nice it looks. I personally also think that the instruction manual is amazing, with lots of pictures, useful information and well written English. A few customers said that their diffuser shut-off with a bit of water left in it, though I don’t see that as too big of a deal. Exact climates, water quality used and evaporation rates cannot be controlled and I’d rather have the unit shut off a little early than a little too late!
The Alpha essential oil diffuser is a fantastic little diffuser. While it is made of plastic, the plastic is high quality soft rubber plastic, which is actually extremely pleasant to touch. The misting is powerful and quiet, which is always important when trying to fill a room or space with your essential oil aroma of choice. At $39, it is a middle-of-the-range price point, but well worth the extra few $ compared to a $20 product because I don’t foresee this breaking anytime soon or developing issues. When physically touching and handling the product, it really is well-made and has a high quality feel to it. I would definitely recommend this product.
The Alpha does NOT have any lights, which can be a positive for some, and a drawback for others. If you’d like to upgrade to a beautiful diffuser that includes light options, consider Edens Garden’s Ceramic Diffuser. Also a very beautiful unit!
Pilgrim Collection Alpha – Official Website (You can also download the User Manual for Alpha from this page)