The calming benefits of incense has been used for centuries in different cultures. In fact, a group of scientists and researchers believe burning frankincense can help feelings of anxiety and depression. Incense comes in different scents or aromas, each designed to create unique moods. Level up the incense experience by checking out some of these highly ornamental and functional incense burners.
- What are the different kinds of incense burners?
Answer: Incense burners come in lots of styles. You have the boat burner and ash catcher types, the bowl-shaped burners and the brass screen burner. There are backflow burners used for either stick or cone incense. There are also incense burners made to work with powdered and ground incense; they are bowl-shaped and made from stone, ceramic or brass. There are also coil burners, cone incense burners, combination burners and hanging spiral burners. There are burners made from stone and clay while some are made from alabaster. There are also smudge pot types used for loose herbs and resins.
- How do backflow incense burners work?
Answer: Backflow burners are designed to accommodate incense cones. These burners include a small drilled hole into it which lets smoke circulate throughout the burner in order to produce a visually satisfying effect. There are different kinds of incense cones which are great to use on this burner and they pose an impact on the smoke effect.
- How do you clean stained backflow incense burners?
Answer: First, you need to get a bowl that is big and deep enough to immerse the whole burner. Fill the bowl with hot or warm water. Pour a good amount of liquid dishwashing cleaner in the bowl. Allow the cleaner to disperse. Soak the burner in the bowl for half an hour or up to a full hour. Check for ashes leaking out of the burner. Take the burner out of the bowl and allow it to air-dry. If the burner has remaining residue, get a cotton swab and moisten it with isopropyl alcohol. Remove all residue using the cotton swab.
Our Top Picks
L!GHTUP Dragon Backflow Incense Burner
- Tabletop incense burner
- Elegant dragon design
- Excellent ornamental accent
- Includes 20 free cones
You do not really need to rack your head why this burner got the top spot. For one, this is a burner fashioned into a dragon—the smoke comes out of the dragon himself and it makes for one visually satisfying experience. Other than being a functional incense burner, it also helps accentuate your living space. It brings a nice Zen feel to any area. It’s made from high-quality ceramic and also includes 20 free incense cones plus a gift box.
UOON Ceramic Stick Incense Burner/Cone Incense Holder
- Handmade ceramic censer
- Burns stick/cone incense
- Includes alloy cover
- Brass incense holder
The UOON Ceramic Stick Incense Burner/Cone Incense Holder is certainly one of the best-looking backflow incense burners sold in the market today. The muted purple and blue marbling of the patterns on this bowl are so nice to look at, complemented by a high-gloss finish. This is an expertly-crafted handmade product that is also great to give away as gifts to incense-using friends and family. The bowl includes a beautiful ornate lid plus it has its own brass incense holder too which you can use to stash your incense cones or sticks.
MEDOOSKY Lotus Incense Holder Burner
- 4-inch diameter
- Solid copper alloy
- Includes gourd incense holder
- Easy to clean
The MEDOOSKY Lotus Incense Holder Burner is another eye-catching piece that will not only serve its purpose, but also help enhance room ambiance due to its exquisite design. The burner comes with a pattern inspired by Tibetan Buddhism which translates to good luck. It’s a nice incense burner to have for your own enjoyment but it also makes a great gift for friends and family who love collecting aesthetic pieces. The burner already comes with a gourd incense holder and it’s a snap to clean as well.
OTOFY Handmade Ceramic Backflow Incense Burner
- Made with ceramic
- Handmade backflow burner
- Includes incense holder
- Comes with 10 incense cones
The OTOFY Handmade Ceramic Backflow Incense Burner is made from quality ceramic with a matte finish, another handsome smoking dragon fashioned out of the material. For a stunning effect, this burner is actually designed to allow the incense smoke to drop downwards, as if the smoke was coming out of the dragon. The beautiful workmanship of this piece is one of its highlights thus this one makes for an excellent addition to your home décor. Place it in the living room and it will turn into an instant conversation starter.
OCIOLI Ceramic Backflow Incense Burner
- Handmade burner
- Quality ceramic material
- Lotus pond design
- Includes 5 incense cones
The OCIOLI Ceramic Backflow Incense Burner is another striking option and this time, it has a design that is reminiscent of lotus ponds. As soon as you ignite a well-positioned incense cone on this burner, the smoke will trail downwards like a waterfall would. The effect is beautiful and will really heighten your incense burning experience. Use your favorite cones on this one and the soothing smell of those incense cones will linger for days. Looking for a unique gift to encourage a friend to take up incense-burning? A backflow incense burner like this one is a great item to give away.
NewEGG Two Fishes Backflow Incense Burner
- Ceramic censer
- Delightful fish design
- For cones, sticks and coil incense
- Includes 10 incense
There are so many lovely incense burners available but we can only admit 6. Rounding out this list is the NewEGG Two Fishes Backflow Incense Burner. This one features fishes swimming in a pond—once incense is ignited, the smoke gracefully circulates downwards and turns into a rather bewitching, smoky, hazy pond. Again, this is another sight to see. The package includes an incense holder plus a gift box too, in case you want to give this one away. But of course, you will surely want to keep this one by yourself so why not buy two?
Incense has been used in meditation and for relieving stress. Heighten that experience by choosing visually-attractive incense burners. These burners will not only blaze those cones and sticks, it will also help in amplifying your living space’s aesthetics.