Everything you need to know about buying Himalayan salt lamps

Banu Ibrahim and Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored
Thu May 24, 2018

Story highlights

  • Himalayan salt lamps are created out of pink salt crystals that are native to areas close to the Himalayas.
  • Its purported benefits helping your mood and purifying the air in homes.

There are a lot of products out there that claim to make your home a healthier place. Light therapy alarm clocks are thought to improve your overall mood and help you wake up more naturally; weighted blankets are designed to help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. And Himalayan salt lamps are said to improve your home's overall air quality, one reason they've grown in popularity over the past few years.

What exactly is a Himalayan salt lamp?

If you've been scratching your head over what exactly a Himalayan salt lamp is, here's a quick explainer. This wellness product is created out of pink salt crystals that are native to areas close to the Himalayas, like Pakistan. The pink salt is used in everything from cooking slabs for grilling to what's known as "salt therapy" at spas. When it comes to the lamps, the pink salt is thought to release negative ions into your space, which would be able to get rid of dust particles that may affect your health, thus purifying your space and helping the air quality of your home. Because of that, many believe that it can do everything from increasing your energy levels to alleviating symptoms of allergies. Some people say these pink salt lamps can even help boost your overall mood and help you sleep more soundly.

Do Himalayan salt lamps actually work?

It's important to note that no major studies have supported the alleged health benefits of Himalayan salt lamps when it comes to air quality, but one study did suggest that negative ions can help decrease depression. But that being said, we still think this popular decoration can make a great addition to your home. The lamp emits a pinkish hue that makes the ambiance warm and relaxing. Different designs can fit your home's aesthetic, including lamps shaped like cats, or miniature versions, which make ideal night lights. Plus, it doesn't hurt that these lamps are currently trending in the home decor space.

Which lamps should you buy?

Currently there are plenty of options out there with high customer satisfaction ratings, some of them going for under $20, so you've got lots of choices. However, our team scoured the market to find you the best of the best, so you know you're getting a quality product with the items below.

An Amazon best-seller, Levoit's Kana Himalayan Salt Lamp ($21.99; amazon.com) sources its Himalayan salt from Pakistan. It has a dimmer that lets you adjust the light as much as you want, and the steel base also provides a more modern spin on the product. Since it has a two-year warranty, it's the perfect gift for your wellness-obsessed friend, who may just use this item 24/7.

The Himalayan Glow Natural Salt Lamp ($15.99; amazon.com) has a really unusual shape: Instead of a standard hunk of salt, it has several small crystal pieces arranged artistically in a metal vase, which makes it look more like a centerpiece than a simple light fixture. Imagine it out at a dinner party, creating romantic pink light and really setting the mood.

A true technological advancement, the iHome Zenergy IZH478 Himalayan Salt Lamp & Sound Therapy ($87.99; macys.com) uses both light and sound therapy in this fixture designed to help calm the mind. With 10 sound choices to help ease anxiety and a red-toned light to promote sleep, this is the ultimate adult night light you never knew you needed. It also comes with a sleep timer that decreases volume and tone while you prepare for bed, and equally seamlessly wakes you up in the morning — talk about multipurpose.

For a petite take on the trend, try the Small Ionic Natural Salt Crystal Lamp ($14.99; bedbathandbeyond.com). It's only 7.5 inches high, so you can give the trend a whirl before you decide whether you want to invest in a bigger lamp. The coolest thing about this lamp is the fact that the heat dissipates back into the salt, so it's never warm to the touch, even while it's emitting its pinkish hue. All you need to clean it is a damp sponge, so it's a low-maintenance addition to any home.

This Himalayan Salt Lamp ($29, originally $34; urbanoutfitters.com) is really cool because it comes in two different shade variations: orange for a warmer glow, and white light for when you want all the benefits of Himalayan salt therapy, but don't want a pinkish-red color enveloping your space. If you use different colored bulbs with the white option, you'll be able to really play with a rainbow of hues, which will give your home a fun twist.

A really nice lightweight option for a desk or bedside table, the Bungalow Rose Himalayan Salt Lamp ($37.99; wayfair.com) weighs just 5.5 pounds. It has a wooden base for a more neutral look, allowing it to match almost any home decor. The dimmer lets you pick the light intensity, with several reviewers complimenting the warm glow the light gives off. One reviewer wrote, "The calming effect of looks alone makes me a happy buyer." We think that pretty much says it all.

We can't promise that these will keep your home healthy, but they will keep your home stylish. And that's fine by us.

Note: The prices above reflect the retailers' listed prices at the time of publication.