Electric and Tealight candle wax melter comparison

Electric or Tealight wax melter – which to choose?

Electric Wax Melters

These are often the most popular wax melters as they are easy to use, don't need a naked flame, and come in many different sizes, colours, patterns, etc. Electric wax melters use a light bulb or a heating element to melt the wax.

The main benefit of electric wax melters is that they are safe to use, and there is no naked flame, so you don't have to worry about fires. Electric wax melters are easy to clean, and many come with removable wax dishes that can be washed in the dishwasher. The best reason to buy one is that they are sootless and you never need another tealight.

Wax melters can have their drawbacks. They can be expensive to purchase and can consume much electricity. They require access to an electrical outlet, so they are not portable. There is also something romantic and' homely' about a natural tealight candle when the darker nights close in.

Tea Light Wax Melters

Tea light wax melters are the other primary type of wax melter. Using a tealight candle to melt the wax, the melted wax is released in the same way as an electric melter. Tea light wax melters are typically less expensive than electric wax melters and come in many different patterns, shapes and colours.

Tealight wax melters are portable, which means they can be used in areas without electricity. They are less expensive than electric wax melters, but you must continually buy tealights.

As with electric melters, tealight wax melters have their drawbacks. The biggest is that they can be dangerous if not used properly. The open flame from the tea light candle can pose a fire hazard and be knocked over easily, which can cause the wax to spill and create a mess. Additionally, they require regular cleaning, which can be time-consuming. These are not toys and should never be left unattended or where children and pets can knock them.

Ceramic Wax Melters

Ceramic wax melters come as Tealight and electric and are more decorative for the discerning homeowner.


Whichever type of wax melter you choose, it is essential to follow the instructions. Always put the wax melter on a flat and stable surface and keep it out of reach of children and pets. Never leave a wax melter unattended whilst in use, and always extinguish the candles before leaving the room for more than a few minutes.