Car air fresheners have been around for ages and almost anyone has one inside their cars these days. Just like any other type of air fresheners, car air fresheners are designed to keep the car smelling nice at all times and to rid the car of any nasty odors that might otherwise make the drive unenjoyable.





With this in mind, we should perhaps try and find out what makes a good car air freshener and what to look for when buying such an item to begin with. After taking the time to see what the market has to offer, we put together a list of the ten best car air fresheners money can buy.





It can often feel like you live in your car which might explain why there is always a combination of odors hanging around. This includes the scent of old fast food, gym clothes, and if you have a furry friend a pet smell too.


Unfortunately, it isn’t all that easy to get rid of those smells regardless of how long you keep the windows rolled down. To remedy this particular situation you need an excellent air freshener which also isn’t all that simple to come by. This is why we decided to compile a list of the best car air freshener on the market, here is what we found.


Features to Consider in Good Car Air Fresheners

To start with, let’s just go through some of the features that we looked at when deciding which air fresheners actually made the cut:


Ease of Use: the first thing that we examined was just how easy it was to use that particular air freshener. After all, if you want to use the freshener on a regular basis, you don’t actually have a lot of time to fiddle around with various controls or processes.

Effectiveness: of course, one of the most important aspects of any car freshener is just how well it works to get rid of the smell. We analyzed the level of efficacy of each product and whether it was able to thoroughly get rid of the odors in the car. To add to this, we also determined how well the freshener worked throughout the car as well.

Placement: there aren’t too many places in your car where you can leave a car air freshener. This is why we also looked at where you could place the product while it was in use.

Lasting Power: last but not least, we timed how long each of these air fresheners could last when used on a regular basis.


PURGGO Car Air Freshener


Method of Odor Elimination

If the idea of chemicals or other artificial forms of odor elimination don’t sit well with you, then you really are going to enjoy what this air freshener has to offer. This is because the pouch is filled with natural bamboo charcoal. The charcoal absorbs any odors in your car, freshening your air.


This is also a suitable option for anyone who has any allergies or sensitivities as there is no fragrance or perfume emitted. Instead, the freshener works to solely get rid of any lingering odors in your car.


Effectiveness and Lasting Power

This is definitely an incredibly effective way of getting rid of unwanted smells in your car. This is because the air freshener doesn’t mask the smells. It actually works to absorb them so that they are completely removed from the air. The only minor inconvenience is that it can take a little while for all of the smells to be gone.


However, when the freshener does start working, you can be quite sure that all of the odors will be removed. This includes the smell of pets and smoke. What’s really great about this freshener, though, is how long it lasts. You can expect to use it for at least a year before you will need to replace it. So, you really will be making a wise investment.

Ease of Use

For the most part, you will find that it is rather simple for you to use this car air freshener. It is just a matter of hanging around your headrest and letting it work. There is only a minor bit of maintenance in the form of letting the freshener ‘re-charge’ every now and then. Simply place the pouch in the sun for a while and it will be good to go.



RoyAroma Car Diffuser Air Freshener

Method of Odor Elimination

This car diffuser air freshener works to neutralize the smells in your car. It does this by permeating a much nicer smell, cloaking the bad odors. This air freshener relies on the evaporation of the essential oils. Once this happens, the smaller particles of oil diffuse through the air, overcoming existing smells. Blasts of air from the air conditioning help the particles to circulate around the car even more.


What’s great about this particular model is that you get to choose the scent that you want. What’s more, you get to use essential oils. So, in addition to being able to get rid of the smells, you also get to enjoy the other positive effects of these oils.


Effectiveness and Lasting Power

The effectiveness of this air freshener largely depends on the type of essential oil that you use. So, if you use a stronger one, you will be able to mask more noticeable odors. However, if you decide to use something milder, this can help to improve the overall scent of the interior of your car without overpowering your senses.


What is a bit unfortunate about this air freshener is that it doesn’t last too long, especially since you can’t fill the diffuser up to the top of the bottle. You can expect the oils to last anywhere from a few hours to a few days, contingent on the essential oils that you place in the diffuser.




Ease of Use

As mentioned, there is some upkeep involved with this diffuser. The only real hassle involved is that you have to keep refilling the tiny bottle on a regular basis. So, this does require a bit more maintenance than other forms of air fresheners.



Air Spencer Car Air Freshener

Method of Odor Elimination

This particular air freshener consists of both the main structure as well as refillable cassettes. Now, the cassettes contain a gel-like substance that has a spunky, bubblegum smell. The way this works is that the scented particles from the freshener are released into the air. This allows them to overpower other unpleasant smells in the car, eventually ensuring that the interior smells good.


Effectiveness and Lasting Power

Straight out of the box, the smell of this air freshener can be a tad bit overpowering. However, the good news is that you can actually regulate the scent. This can be done with the help of the controls on the main box. So, depending on whether you want to mask a bad smell or just to freshen the interior of your car up, you can choose the setting accordingly.


Now, for the most part, the level that you keep the air freshener at will determine just how long it will last. So, on a lower setting, you can expect this freshener to last longer. Still, even at full-strength, you can get around two weeks of fragrance out of this product. The only downside is that constantly have to re-stock the cassettes can get a little pricey, especially if you tend to use the air freshener often.


Ease of Use

This is actually a rather simple air freshener to use. For one thing, it is equipped with double-sided tape. So, you get to choose where you want to keep the freshener – in the back or the front of the car. There is also the fact that you don’t actually have to fiddle around with it too much. It is only when the cassette is empty that you have to replace it with a new one.



Anzazo Air Freshener

Method of Odor Elimination

This air freshener relies on essential oils and the pressure of the air conditioning to circulate the fragrance throughout the car. This air freshener clip comes with pads that can be dipped in the essential oil of your choosing and then placed inside the clip. Then, with the help of their air coming through the vents, the essential oils are transformed into air droplets, making it easier for them to move through the car.


Now, there are several advantages to this method. For one thing, it is a natural option so you don’t have to worry about any harsh or synthetic scents in your car. There is also the fact that you get to decide on the scent that you want. So, you can actually switch the fragrances up every so often.


Effectiveness and Lasting Power

This diffuser is actually incredibly effective at transferring the scent through the interior of the car. Being placed on the vents means that the entire car will smell great, not just the front. Due to this, it actually works well to get rid of a variety of different bad odors.


The only issue with this option is that it doesn’t last for too long. Each pad will not last for more than a few days – although they can be reused. So, you will find that you will have to keep topping up the pads every so often.


Ease of Use

It isn’t too difficult to use this air freshener. Once it is clipped onto the vent, it will not budge. The only hassle that you will face is having to keep dipping the pads in the essential oils, whenever they run dry. Apart from this, you can just leave the freshener alone and let it work its magic.





Drive Natural Air Freshener

Method of Odor Elimination

The pouch contains Moso bamboo activated charcoal. This is a substance that is very porous and as such, has a tendency to absorb surrounding smells. So, when you place this pouch in your car, it begins to absorb all of the offending air particles into it which is how it gets rid of any bad smells in your car. This is also is quite great if your car has a moldy smell. The charcoal is able to reduce the moisture level, thus preventing mold and mildew.


One of the main advantages of this air freshener is that it is completely natural so there are no synthetic chemicals or materials involved. Also, since there is no fragrance or scent given out, it is also ideal for anyone who has any perfume allergies.


Effectiveness and Lasting Power

In the beginning, it can be a bit tricky to tell if this air freshener is actually working. This, however, is only because this pouch does take a little while to completely get rid of the smell. However, within a few days, you will notice that all offensive smells will be gone. What is so great about this pouch is that it completely eradicates the bad smells rather than just masking them.


As for lasting power, this air freshener can actually be reused up to two years. This means that you will not have to go out and buy and refills or replacements of any kind.


Ease of Use

A perk with this pouch is that you can place it anywhere that you want. So, if the smell is concentrated in one area, you can keep the pouch there until it is gone. The only thing that you actually have to do is to leave the pouch out in the sun every now and then so it can freshen up for further use.


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