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The Best Candles on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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While we’ve written before about all sorts of candles — including status candles, sculptural candles, and famous people’s favorite candles — here, we’ve rounded up the best candles as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. We’re starting with scented candles and working our way through pillars and tea lights.

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Best-rated candle

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle Balsam & Cedar
$17
$17

Though this wintery Balsam and Cedar scent is particularly beloved by reviewers, this Yankee Candle comes in lots of different festive scents, including Christmas Cookie, Mistletoe, North Pole, and White Fir. And though the names are a little on-the-nose, apparently, they do smell like they claim. “My poor husband thought I was baking cookies,” says one reviewer of the Christmas cookie-scented candle. She originally “didn’t have high hopes for the scent to last or really permeate a large living room” but she admits she was completely “wrong,” adding, “I lit it in our basement den which is large and open to several other rooms. Within 30 minutes all of the rooms downstairs smelled great and it was beginning to drift upstairs.” But over 1,000 reviewers say the balsam and cedar scent is the way to go. “The scent was so perfect for the holiday season and now after — they last and last and last. I chose not to do a tree and the scent of this candle allowed me to have the fresh scent of a Christmas Tree without the work and clean up,” says one customer. And nearly 300 other five-star reviewers say the scents last a long time and really fill the whole house. As one customer puts it, “This candle has a strong smell, but it’s not overpowering. I burned this for a few hours most days of the week during the holidays, and it’s barely half used. It’s also such a clean scent that you could easily use this outside of the holiday season.”

Best-rated (less expensive) candle

Glade 2in1 Jar Candle Air Freshener, 2 Candles
$5

Reviewers say this two-pack of Glade scented candles is a great value. “I prefer Glade candles over all others,” writes one purchaser. “It’s a nice clean burn and the scent lingers for hours.” Many speak to the lasting power of the fragrance, with the majority of reviewers noting from experience that each candle lasts about 12 hours, despite the small size. “It burns slow and really fills the room with the smell,” says one, adding that it’s a “great product for the price.” Another purchaser notes that while these “are not large candles” the scent is “strong and definitely lasts.”

Best scented jar candle

$27

Close to 100 purchasers speak to the longevity of these scented candles from Yankee Candle, which the company estimates to last between 65 and 75 hours. This medium-sized jar candle is available in a wide range of fragrance options, but the “Honey Clementine” scent in particular has a lot of fans. One purchaser who reports being sensitive to fragrances says, “Scents usually trigger a migraine for me. This scent is just beautiful though!” Another writes, “This scent is so refreshing. I took a chance ordering it without smelling it and I really like it. You only have to burn it for about an hour to make your house smell great.” And it doesn’t just “smell wonderful when burning,” as one reviewer notes. “The smell lingers after it’s out.”

Best scented votive candle

Carole Radziwill, author and former Real Housewives of New York City cast member, told us that she loves Nest’s scented candle in Sicilian Tangerine: “You wake up and smell it, and think, It’s going to be a good day. I like the way they burn, too. Some candles are $40, and you burn them for two days and they’re done. These burn long and evenly.” And Nest’s scented candles are very popular with reviewers on Amazon: Close to 1,300 verified purchasers gave this one five stars. One customer writes, “Within a minute of lighting it, the scent fills the room. It doesn’t need to be lit as long as lower-quality candles, and you can smell it even when it’s not lit.” This votive candle is available in a wide range of scents, each with its own loyal fans. In describing the scent of Moroccan Amber, one purchaser says, “This candle smells like Jesus’s cologne.” Many admit that these candles are relatively pricey, but as one writes, “Other candles go to sleep at night dreaming of becoming a Nest candle someday. They are expensive, but worth their weight in gold.”

Best scented two-wick candle

Yankee Candle Large 2-Wick Tumbler Candle, Beach Walk
$17

With over 1,700 five-star reviews, this candle gets a lot of love for being long-lasting. “When given the option, if you can afford it, always go for the large jars,” advises one purchaser of this Yankee Candle, explaining, “By comparison, it is the best value, giving a couple hundred plus hours of burn time.” Another satisfied customer writes, “I love Yankee Candle large jars because they last so long and there is no danger of fire. They make the whole house smell so wonderful. Buy any one of their scents. You won’t regret it.” Yankee Candle of course has many different fragrance options, but one reviewer loves this Beach Walk scent for the memories it conjures up: “Heartwarming memories of Hampton Beach and the ever fresh scent of sunshine, beach towels and salty air from the Atlantic. This candle is truly wonderful. It has its own unique scent, very comforting and light.” And less romantic but nonetheless practical, these also make great “bathroom candles,” according to multiple reviewers. The scent is so potent, it even masks the “strong chemical smells” of a nail salon, according to one reviewer, who adds, “With this a lot of my customers are always complimenting the smell and some even took a picture so they can buy it later.”

Best scented three-wick candle

Many purchasers prefer this rectangular Yankee Candle to the more traditional round jars; one reviewer describes it as “more elegant” than the prior version. They explain, “I always liked the candles themselves, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the round base with the fitting lid.” In this case, the lid is made to fit beneath the glass container as a coaster of sorts, protecting whatever surface is supporting the candle. Another purchaser is happy to not have to “worry about where to put the lid.” As for the “Citrus Grove” candle itself, one purchaser writes: “Clean burning, great smelling, well priced, long lasting candle. Would buy again in a heartbeat.”

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