The 6 Best Wax Melt Warmers That'll Make You Ditch Candles Altogether

Hometalk Product Reviews
by Hometalk Product Reviews

By Corrie Pelc

Scented candles and air freshener sprays are a great way to add scent to the air of whatever room you’re in. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful floral, calming ocean, or fun cookie scent, adding a smell to your home can invoke lots of different emotions and memories, and completely change the vibe of a room.

The problem with scented candles is that in order for them to provide scent they have to be lit — this means you have to keep an open flame in your home, which may not be safe around children or pets. And with air freshener sprays, the scent you spray does not linger for very long, requiring you to keep spraying it again and again.

Enter the scent problem solver — wax melts. Wax melts are basically small pieces of scented wax, like what you would find in a scented candle. However, there is no wick to burn. Instead, wax melts are placed in a warmer that uses heat to gently warm the wax melt. As the wax melts, it releases its scent. And when you no longer want the scent it's giving off, you turn off the wax melt warmer, allow the wax melt to harden back up, and then you can warm it up again another time.

Wax melts are available in practically every scent, color, and shape you can dream up. And the same can be said about wax melt warmers, which means you’re bound to find the perfect one for your home or office. Our guide will tell you the best wax melt warmers that are on the market right now.

red wax melting in white ceramic warmer / Photo via Shutterstock
red wax melting in white ceramic warmer / Photo via Shutterstock

Top Picks

Test Factors We Considered When Picking the Best Wax Melt Warmer

There are several test factors we used when compiling our list of the best wax melt warmers:

  • Price: Wax melt warmers come at every price point, so how much it costs should be a determining factor.
  • Size: Wax melt warmers come in all sizes — knowing the size of the warmer will let the user know if they have room for it or not on a table or plugged into a wall.
  • Shape: Wax melt warmers come in different shapes, from round bowls to tall cylinders.
  • Color: What color(s) is this wax melt warmer available in? This is key for determining what types of decor it best suits.
  • Material: Because wax melt warmers are heated, they are commonly made from ceramic, glass, or metal.
  • Power Source: The heat from wax melt warmers generally comes from either electricity — where it has to be plugged in to work — or a tealight candle that the user lights and places inside the warmer. With electric warmers, a light bulb inside the warmer generates the heat to gently melt the wax.

Here’s a look at our list of the best wax melt warmers to buy right now.

Best Overall Wax Melt Warmer: kobodon Ceramic Electric Wax Warmer

Size: 4.33 x 4.33 x 3.55 inches Shape: Round Color: 6 color options, including light brown, blue-gray, and light green Material: Ceramic Power Source: Electric

With almost 4,300 ratings and 4.6 out of 5 stars, the kobodon Ceramic Electric Wax Warmer is a top pick amongst Amazon wax melt warmer shoppers. This round bowl-shaped wax melt warmer uses electricity to gently warm scented wax melts placed on its three-inch diameter warming plate. The warmer is available in six colors in shades of light brown, blue-gray, and light green — all muted, traditional colors, making this a great warmer to fit in with most decor. The kobodon Ceramic Electric comes with a 39-inch electric cord and is backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee.


  • Traditional round ceramic tabletop electric wax warmer for under $25
  • Available in six colors
  • 30-day money-back guarantee


  • Users may want more exciting color options

Best Wall Plug-In Wax Melt Warmer: CANDLE WARMERS ETC Pluggable Fragrance Warmer

Size: Varies Shape: Cylindrical Color: Varies Material: Varies Power Source: Electric

With 30 different designs to choose from — and quite a few costing only $10 — the CANDLE WARMERS ETC Pluggable Fragrance Warmer is our pick for the best wall plug-in wax melt warmer you can find today. And we're not alone in that, as this product has over 17,500 ratings and 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. All of these plug-in warmers feature a cylindrical-type shape, some rounded and some more rectangular. Choose from metallic and ceramic styles available in fun designs, such as a festive holiday snowman and a tropical pineapple. All of the CANDLE WARMERS ETC Pluggable Fragrance Warmers can be plugged into both vertical or horizontal outlets thanks to their twisting plug base. They are also backed by a one-year warranty from the manufacturer.


  • Available in 30 styles, with quite a few costing only $10
  • Over 17,500 ratings on Amazon
  • Can be plugged in both vertical or horizontal outlets thanks to a twisting plug base


  • Plugging into a low wall outlet may make warmer accessible to kids and pets

Best Tealight Wax Melt Warmer: SXCHEN Delicate Romantic Ceramic Tealight Candle Holder Oil Burner

Size: 7.6 x 5.4 x 3.4 inches Shape: Round Color: Black and white Material: Iron and ceramic Power Source: Tealight candle

If you prefer the ambiance that only candlelight can provide, then you'll want to check out the SXCHEN Delicate Romantic Ceramic Tealight Candle Holder Oil Burner. This round tabletop wax melt warmer features a black wrought iron base and a white ceramic melting dish. Simply place your wax melts on the dish, light a tealight underneath, and heat from the flame will gently soften the melt, allowing the wax to release its scent. The dish is completely removable, making clean-up a snap. And the SXCHEN Delicate Romantic Ceramic Tealight Candle Holder Oil Burner offers a clean, modern style that fits well in almost every room.


  • Tealight provides candlelight ambiance
  • Removable melting dish is easy to clean
  • Clean, modern style works for every room


  • Requires an open flame to work

Best Night Light Wax Melt Warmer: Bobolyn Ceramic Electric Wax Melt Warmer

Size: 5.91 x 5.91 x 9.06 inches Shape: Cylindrical Color: 4 color options and patterns Material: Ceramic Power Source: Electric

Because electric wax melt warmers use a lightbulb to warm and soften the wax melt, many times they also create some ambient light. Depending on the design of the warmer, this means it can possibly double as a light source. The Bobolyn Ceramic Electric Wax Melt Warmer is one such product that features carvings in its ceramic base that create beautiful light patterns in the dark. For instance, the Halo House warmer creates a "starry sky" illusion, while the Butterfly and Flower warmers create beautiful dancing light patterns on walls. The Bobolyn Ceramic Electric Wax Melt Warmer's ceramic material is sand-blasted to make its surface more durable, and it is backed with a 45-day money-back guarantee.


  • Warmer designs allow it to double as a night light
  • Ceramic surface is sand-blasted to make it more durable
  • Backed by a 45-day money-back guarantee


  • May create too much light for some users

Best Electric Wax Melt Warmer with USB Charging: Hituiter Wax Melt Warmer

Size: 4.33 x 4.33 x 6.3 inches Shape: Cylindrical Color: Black or white Material: Metal and ceramic Power Source: Electric

If you want to enjoy your wax melt warmer while also playing a game on your phone or reading on your tablet, then the Hituiter Wax Melt Warmer is for you. This warmer provides a USB port for charging devices while you're relaxing. Featuring a metal forest design, this warmer's interior LED lights not only warm wax melts but can be set to seven different colors with rotation options. And if you prefer to use it without a colored light during the day, you can do that as well. The Hituiter Wax Melt Warmer uses a special ceramic electric heating insert that helps the warming temperature stay stable, and the metal warming tray is removable for easy cleaning.


  • Provides USB charging for phones and tablets
  • Interior LED lights offer seven different color options
  • Special ceramic electric heating insert helps warming temperature stay stable


  • Colored lights may be too busy for some users

Best Wax Melt Warmer for the Holidays: Bobolyn Iron Electric Oil Burner Wax Melt Burner

Size: 7.56 x 6.02 x 5.98 inches Shape: Rectangle Color: Gray "stone" and black interior Material: Polypropylene, glass, and metal Power Source: Electric

If you like the idea of an electric fireplace you can literally put on a table or desk to enjoy, then you'll love the Bobolyn Iron Electric Oil Burner Wax Melt Burner. This adorable wax melt warmer looks just like a little stone fireplace — when the electric fireplace is "lit," it warms the wax melts placed in the dish at the top, releasing whatever scent you desire. And because the warmer provides a good amount of light, it can also double as a festive night light. The Bobolyn Iron Electric Oil Burner Wax Melt Burner comes with a three-foot electrical cord with a roller switch and would make a very unique holiday gift.


  • Design mimics a tiny stone fireplace
  • Comes with a three-foot electrical cord
  • Would make a very unique gift


  • May not fit with spring and summer decor

How to Clean Out a Wax Melt Warmer

Now that you’ve found the best wax melt warmer for you, you’ll need to know how to properly clean it after use to keep it in great shape. Here are some tips:

  • Soak Up Liquid Wax — Most wax melts last about a week before the scent starts to fade and you need to swap it out for a fresh melt. The easiest way to remove the wax from the warmer is to turn on the warmer, let the wax liquefy, and then turn it back off for a few minutes to let it cool a bit. Then, while the wax is still liquid, carefully soak it up with cotton balls or paper towels. Once all the liquid wax has been soaked up, wipe down the dish until it is completely clean.
  • Use Liners or Poppers — If you want to help ensure you have little to no clean-up after using your wax melt warmer, consider using a disposable wax warmer liner or a reusable silicone wax popper to line the dish of your warmer.

Do you have a wax melt warmer that you love to use? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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