There’s nothing worse than a candle that’s started tunneling. Sometimes you just don’t have the time to burn them all the way out to the rim. Plus, candles can be hazardous—the beloved staples cause approximately 8,200 house fires per year. Skip the flames and invest in an electric candle warmer that will slowly (and safely) heat your favorite wax melts. Here’s how to pick the best one for you.

  • What to burn: There are usually two ways to use a candle warmer: place a full candle on top of the plate, or place melts (cubes of wax) in a little bowl on top of the warmer. If you have a favorite candle that you restock every month, get a candle warmer that essentially functions as a hot plate. But if you don’t mind switching to melts, you can get a warmer that looks a little cuter and only requires a few cubes. And if you’re indecisive, you can find one that can handle both.
  • Size: Do you like to pick the largest candle in the store, or do you prefer getting several small ones to try out new scents? Your favorite candle sizes can determine what candle warmer you should get (a small warmer likely won’t hold a 16-ounce candle). When in doubt, go bigger.
  • Cord vs. plug-In: Do you love putting fragrance wallflowers in your room? Then plug-in candle warmers will be a quick transition—instead of using wallflower refills, you can use wax melts. But, many candle warmers that can be used with full candles need to be plugged in with a cord, so consider which you’d prefer to use before choosing a corded or plug-in warmer.

Our Picks for the Best Candle Warmers on Amazon

Top pick overall: Darice Large Jar Warmer

Felt-Covered Feet

This has a 4.25-inch diameter—great for bigger candles—and it can do double duty to heat up a mug.

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Runner up: BESTINNKITS Candle Wax Cup Warmer Heating Plate

Waterproof Design

This compact item has an automatic switch and works best with products that have flat bottoms.

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Budget pick: CANDLE WARMERS ETC Pluggable Fragrance Warmer

Stylish and Clean

This comes in more than 30 designs, so you don’t need to worry about it not matching the rest of your home décor.

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Also consider: kobodon Ceramic Candle Wax Warmer


This can be used with both full jars or melts and comes in six different designs.

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