I prefer the reeds to the ceramic topper. You can also cut these down to size if need be. I do miss having the option of the shorter ones with the decorative ball/rose. Also these are thinner than the last batch of reeds. They were too thick and could only fit a couple in the older style bottles. I change my reeds every 12 months. I kept one set for too long and I found that it made the oil smell stale.