These tealight reviews are for general guidance. Individual tealights (even from the same batch) can vary in performance.
Remember to always straighten the tealight wick before lighting to achieve the best performance.
We are continually testing new tealights as we come across them. If you have a favourite that is not on this list please let us know!
SAINSBURY’S ‘HOME’ WHITE UNSCENTED
Rapid warm-up time. Well centred wick. Can occasionally produce a flame that is too hot.
PRICES 4hr WHITE UNSCENTED TEALIGHTS
Slow start-up time. Well centred wick. Flame gradually builds strength during operation.
YANKEE CANDLE UNSCENTED TEALIGHTS
Excellent flame but the off-centred wick means the basket may need rotating to position the flame correctly
JELLY BELLY BLUEBERRY SCENTED
The best of the scented varieties. Well centred wick and powerful aroma but the flame can be too small sometimes.
PRICES 5hr WHITE UNSCENTED TEALIGHTS
Very long warm-up time and small flame. Off-centred wick requires rotating the basket to position the flame correctly
BOLSIUS 4 HOUR TEALIGHTS
Strong flame but very off-centred wick.
PRICES LAVENDER SCENTED TEALIGHTS
Reasonably well-centred wick but will a small flame and almost undetectable scent.
IKEA GLIMMA TEALIGHTS
Small flame and very off-centred wick results in sluggish rotation.
NOTE: Waitrose, Tesco and Asda own-brand tealights are a non standard size (38mm diameter) and will not fit into our mesh basket.
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