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Candles and Candleholders Buying Guide

Whether you're adding light to a dinner party or a quiet night with a good book, candles and the candleholders you need for them are a lovely part of your decor.

Types of Candles and Candleholders

Types of Candles and Candleholders

What's a no-thought, small-investment way to dress up a mantel? Try a collection of various-diameter pillar candles. What about a tabletop? Sure, flowers are great, but votives inside glass hurricanes add drama and intimate atmosphere. Candles and candleholders are guaranteed to improve your decorating possibilities and reap dramatic rewards in your rooms. The types include pillar candles, taper candles, battery-operated candles, container candles, votive/tealight candles, lantern/hurricane candleholders, open candleholders, and candlestick candleholders.

Pillar Candles

Wide candles, known as pillars, can take a variety of shapes, both round and angular. They may rest on a platform or be freestanding, and they come in a range of heights.

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Clear glass hurricane candle holders with aluminum band. Rope handle adds a nautical touch. For indoor or outdoor use. Hurricanes ...available in 2 sizes. Medium, 9 x 9"H; Large, 10 x 11"H. Pillar candles sold separately. Wipe clean. Imported. Exclusively ours. Topped with sleek aluminum bands and nautical-inspired rope handles, our clear glass hurricane candle holders strike the perfect balance between contemporary design and rustic charm. Group two or three of our bright and beachy hurricanes together on a table or suspend them from a deck to warm things up. For indoor/outdoor use. Imported. read more

A Cheerful Giver
$15.00-$36.00
at Amazon

A Cheerful Giver Woodland Walk 3X4 Round Fuze Pillar Candle. A unique candle that fuzes both color and fragrance to create an exce...ptional look. The design will complement a variety of home décor schemes. Each candle is hand poured using on the finest food grade paraffin wax and the highest quality fragrances available. The led free wicking technology ensures each candle to have an exceptional burn performance. Fragrance consists of the scent of Rustic Woodland Fig. Measures 3 Inch x 4 Inch. Burn time is 50-70 hours. read more

Lenox
$100.00
at Amazon

Add a light decorator touch to a table or mantel with the Illuminate column pillar candleholder. This ivory porcelain candleholder..., designed with a combination of beading and a carved pleated pattern with gold trim, will lend charm to any style décor. read more

Lillian Rose
$49.99
at Amazon

Lillian Rose Cream Lace Pillar and Taper Candle Set. This wedding candle set includes two taper candles (9.25" tall) and one pilla...r candle (9" tall). Both are made of cream-colored wax and decorated with silver wax in the design of a lace pattern. The pillar candle is wrapped in a cream satin sash accented by a rhinestone ornament. read more

Taper Candles

Slender and of varying heights, taper candles—sometimes called dinner candles—are most often held in a single candleholder. These are wonderful tools for adding elegance to a dinner table.

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Northern Lights Candles

Mini Tapers 4 Pack are a new concept for Tapers. Perfectly sized to burn for one evening, Mini Tapers fit all standard taper hold...ers. Smokeless, drip less and fragrance free. Each taper burns about 1 inch per hour. Available in Ivory. read more

Root
$38.99
at Amazon

For centuries, tapered candles have been formed by meticulously hand-dipping rather than being poured into a mold. Root takes this... traditional process to another level by continuously dipping our tapers to create up to 35 individual layers of wax. The result is satin-like finish with solid, consistently colored unscented wax throughout. You can't rush perfection! 7/8" base fits most fine candleholders. Root Candles has been an industry-leading, family-owned company renowned for innovative ideas, aesthetic enhancement and the highest standards of quality. It's been that way for more than 140 years. Now in its fifth generation, the Root family continues to extol the virtues of honesty, integrity, and diligent craftsmanship. Root Candles continues to define the best in candles and inspire those who appreciate candles. read more

Northern Lights Candles
$44.99
at Amazon

These distinctive taper candles are 1-inch wide. The bottom is tapered to fit standard taper holders. The attractive bell top is c...lassic. Made using a traditional drawn method producing excellent burn qualities, rich color and texture. Smokeless, dripless and burn up to 13 hours each. Fragrance Free. read more

Northern Lights Candles
$19.44-$24.42
at Amazon

These distinctive taper candles are 1-inch wide. The bottom is tapered to fit standard taper holders. The attractive bell top is c...lassic. Made using a traditional drawn method producing excellent burn qualities, rich color and texture. Smokeless, dripless and burn up to 13 hours each. Fragrance Free. read more

Battery-Operated Candles

Battery-operated candles add the ambience of candles without the open flame. Some of these even flicker to more closely resemble candles.

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Amazing Flameless Candle
$21.99-$34.99
at Amazon

Finally. The first to offer realistic candle brightness through the advent of advanced LED technology. With real wax, melted edges... and authentic flickering, no one will know the difference. You'll provide a safer environment for your friends, customers, children and even pets. Ideal for homes, restaurants, hotels, catering, special events, churches, weddings, gifts and more. Every candle includes multiple state-of-the-art features and requires four AA batteries (not included). read more

Amazing Flameless Candle
$21.99-$34.99
at Amazon

Finally. The first to offer realistic candle brightness through the advent of advanced LED technology. With real wax, melted edges... and authentic flickering, no one will know the difference. You'll provide a safer environment for your friends, customers, children and even pets. Ideal for homes, restaurants, hotels, catering, special events, churches, weddings, gifts and more. Every candle includes multiple state-of-the-art features and requires four AA batteries (not included). read more

Amazing Flameless Candle
$21.99-$73.99
at Amazon

Finally. The first to offer realistic candle brightness through the advent of advanced LED technology. With real wax, melted edges... and authentic flickering, no one will know the difference. You'll provide a safer environment for your friends, customers, children and even pets. Ideal for homes, restaurants, hotels, catering, special events, churches, weddings, gifts and more. Every candle includes multiple state-of-the-art features and requires four AA batteries (not included). read more

Boston Warehouse
$35.00-$45.00 $38.95-$45.00
at Overstock.com

This Mystique candle has a lifelike flickering flame for a safe alternative to real candles. This electric candle replicates the r...andom flicker and ambient glow of a traditional burning candle and features a convenient 5-hour timer function. Materials: 100-percent paraffin wax For indoor use only Requires two 2 AA batteries not included Dimensions: 3.25 inches in diameter x 5, 7 or 9 inches high read more

Container Candles

Container candles are made of jars, found in varying sizes, that are filled with a candle. The jars may be glass, ceramic, or another flame-safe material.

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Dazeny
$21.99-$34.99 $27.66-$34.99
at Overstock.com

Perfect for an original, classic chic atmosphere, add this elegant Medicis Style candle jar to your room. The base resembles old s...tone, but is in fact made from cement with a glass shade. Colors/finish: Antique style Materials: Made from cement Quantity: One Small option dimensions: 8 inches diameter x 14 inches wide Large option dimensions: 9.85 inches diameter x 17.3 inches wide read more

A Cheerful Giver
$16.99-$21.99
at Amazon

A Cheerful Giver Cozy Cabin 16 oz. Jar Candle. Each candle has been tested to ensure outstanding fragrance throw, unsurpassed burn... and a fantastic label design. Double wicked jar. Fragrance consists of forest fir, sandalwood and cedar aroma. Holds 16 ounces. Burn time is 80 hours. read more

A Cheerful Giver
$19.99-$22.36
at Amazon

A Cheerful Giver Sand N Surf 16 oz. Jar Candle. Each candle has been tested to ensure outstanding fragrance throw, unsurpassed bur...n and a fantastic label design. Double wicked jar. Fragrance consists of a refreshing fragrance of sea spray, musk and the beach. Holds 16 ounces. Burn time is 80 hours. read more

A Cheerful Giver
$16.99-$19.99
at Amazon

A Cheerful Giver Autumn Orchards 16 oz. Jar Candle. Each candle has been tested to ensure outstanding fragrance throw, unsurpassed... burn and a fantastic label design. Double wicked jar. Fragrance consists of a spicy blend of cinnamon and cloves fragrance mixed with juicy orange, peach, raspberries and strawberries. Holds 16 ounces. Burn time is 80 hours. read more

Votive/Tealight Candles

Small in width and height, votive or tealight candles are cylindrical. These are wonderful to scatter along a dinner table for just the hint of a flame, or to place inside larger containers.

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Northern Lights Candles

All Northern Lights Candles votives MUST be burned in a votive holder, since our wax formulas are designed to liquefy completely t...o maximize fragrance dispersal. A suitable votive holder must be the right size for the votive ? large enough to fit it easily and keep the flame inside the glass; but close enough so the wax pool does not spread out too far and waste unburned wax. All NLC votive holders will fit our votives perfectly?and beautifully, too! Clear Glass Votive Cylinder - Small Votive Vase is a straight sided, clean, simple lines molded in clear glass. read more

Lenox
$50.00
at Amazon

Add a light decorator touch to a table or mantel with the Illuminate trellis votive. Designed with carved ruffles, delicate beadin...g and gold accents, this ivory porcelain votive will lend charm to any style décor. read more

Design Ideas

Design ideas votive lit candles create negative ions in the air; negative ions act as air purifiers by binding to dust, bacteria a...nd particles, making them fall to the floor and out of the air. as generators of negative ions, candles can help you breathe easier, feel more relaxed and less tired, improve your mental focus and cheer depressed feelings. design ideas candles are made from unscented wax, ensuring that you get all of the benefits of negative ions without potential allergic reactions to scent. read more

IMAX
$55.99 $68.99
at Hayneedle

Rustic yet wholly modern - the Cairn Votive Candle Holders with Glass Votive Cup - Set of 3 feature stacks of stones topped with i...ron candle bases and clear glass cups perfectly sized for votive candles (not included). About IMAX What began as a small company importing copper flower containers in 1984 by Al and Faye Bulak has developed into one of the top U.S. import companies serving the At Home market today. IMAX now provides home and garden accessories imported from twelve countries around the world, housed in a 500,000 square foot distribution center. Additional sourcing, product development and showroom facilities in the USA, India and China make IMAX a true global source. They're dedicated to providing products designed to meet your needs. This is achieved through a design and product development team that pushes creativity, taste and fashion trends - layering styles, periods, textures, and regions of the world - to create a visually delightful and meaningful environment. At IMAX, they believe style, integrity, and great design can make living easier. read more

Lantern/Hurricane Candleholders

The distinguishing feature of a lantern candleholder is that it encloses the candle on the sides with an open top. Hurricanes have a swooping profile, narrowing near the top before flaring open again.

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notNeutral
$28.00
at Amazon

Flowers and leaves come together to form our clean, modern organic Season pattern. Our hurricanes are inspired by Moroccan and Mex...ican lanterns that illuminate with candles through tiny pinholes to cast an intimate evening glow. These hurricanes create the perfect accent lighting for cozy evening get-togethers indoors and out. Available in White, they coordinate well with their larger Season Metal Lantern cousins which are available in Black, White and Persimmon Orange. read more

Abigails
$68.20
at Amazon

Abigails Clear Pam Hurricane. Hurricanes allow candle lighting to be placed almost anywhere outside with out being concerned with ...the wind. Indoors or out, day or night, used on a tabletop or placed along a wood walk way, they add a dramatic accent for any setting. Measures 10" high x 9" diameter. read more

Horizon Interseas
$49.99-$65.27
at Overstock.com

These simple yet elegant hurricane lamps have diamond cut glass chimneys with polished aluminium finish on the rims and bases. The...se candle holders are perfect for adding a warm glow to evenings, outdoors or in. Materials: Polished aluminium/glass Large dimensions: 11 inches high x 9 inches in diameter Medium dimensions: 9.5 inch high x 7.8 inches in diameter Setting: Indoor Pattern: Contemporary read more

notNeutral
$28.00
at Amazon

The dramatic Triton image creates the perfect accent lighting for cozy evening get-togethers indoors and out. Available in Light O...zone Blue, they coordinate well with their larger Season Metal Lantern cousins which are available in Black, White, Yellow and Persimmon Orange. read more

Open Candleholders

Open candleholders are platforms on which the candles rest. These are typically slightly wider than the candle in order to catch dripping wax.

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3dRose
$20.10
at Amazon

Kwanzaa Candles Light Switch Cover is made of durable scratch resistant metal that will not fade, chip or peel. Featuring a high g...loss finish, along with matching screws makes this cover the perfect finishing touch. read more

3dRose
$23.52
at Amazon

Kwanzaa Candles Light Switch Cover is made of durable scratch resistant metal that will not fade, chip or peel. Featuring a high g...loss finish, along with matching screws makes this cover the perfect finishing touch. read more

3dRose
$23.52
at Amazon

Christmas Candles Light Switch Cover is made of durable scratch resistant metal that will not fade, chip or peel. Featuring a high... gloss finish, along with matching screws makes this cover the perfect finishing touch. read more

3dRose
$23.52
at Amazon

An eerie crystal ball in a hazy green mist with glowing candles Light Switch Cover is made of durable scratch resistant metal that... will not fade, chip or peel. Featuring a high gloss finish, along with matching screws makes this cover the perfect finishing touch. read more

Candlestick Candleholders

Most often used with taper candles, candlesticks hold the tapers securely and may be of varying heights.

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Oleg Cassini
$25.00-$35.00
at Amazon

Oleg Cassini is a name which transcends generations. Revered by first ladies and princesses, Oleg Cassini designs denote style and... value. This designer's name remains one of the top volume producers in bridal wear, evening wear and in crystal. Oleg Cassini crystal is "non lead" crystal made from K9 optical crystal. K9 is the highest quality optical crystal available. The product is not blown or pressed but hand sculpted from optical crystal. Each Oleg Cassini crystal piece has a permanent Oleg Cassini signature hallmark. All items are gift window boxed and contain an Oleg Cassini information and care insert. read more

Rosanna
$70.00
at Amazon

You¿ll lose your head over these curvaceous candlesticks inspired by the luxurious living of 18th century France. Polished, yet pl...ayful additions to a well-dressed tabletop, they¿re an attractive accessory for any occasion. Undeniably elegant and frankly feminine, they take on modern appeal in gold electroplate, jet black and luminous white. These gorgeous candlesticks are made of sturdy ceramic and hand washing is recommended. read more

Kosta Boda
$150.00
at Amazon

A masculine presentation of black and white designs conveys in this great new addition by Bertil Vallien. Each piece is handmade a...nd very unique. read more

Lazy Susan
$250.00
at Amazon

Classic style and elegance is the only way to describe our Grace Crystal Small Candlestick, by Gilded Barn. Beautifully hand-cut c...rystal, designed and executed by master craftsmen, will illuminate any discriminating home decor with just a single taper candle. Display singly or in a set on an entry table, console, dining table or bedside stands. Candleholder measures 20"W x 5"D. Care instructions: dust with a clean dry cloth. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some slight variations are to be considered both normal and desirable. Gilded Barn is an innovative home accessories company. With a clean and simple design aesthetic, Gilded Barn focuses on designing an innovative and eclectic collection mixing modern and classic home accessories. Each piece is designed to be unique, yet classic enough to fit into any room. read more

Product Features

Product Features

When it comes to ambience per dollar spent, candles and candleholders are hard to beat. A few dollars can add color and drama, as well as the allure of the flickering light that only a candle can provide. It helps to have a range of candle types available so you can choose the style and setup for different meals and gatherings. But even so, certain common product features can guide you. Those include size, scent, color, and material.

Size

From tiny votives—small enough to fit several in the palm of a hand—to oversize pillars that rival the diameter of a dinner plate, candles vary widely in width and height.

Scent

In addition to a flame, many candles supply a scent. Whether you want scented candles is a matter of personal preference as well as sensitivity to fragrance.

Color

Beyond traditional white, candles and candleholders are available in a range of colors and even patterns. You can find some in specialized hues to accent a pretty holiday table, or more adaptable colors that can be on display from season to season.

Material

While nearly all candles are made of wax, candleholders can be fabricated from metal or any other type of flame-resistant material.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

A few tapers, a few pillars, a collection of votives, a candelabra, and a platform: Build on the basics, and you'll be surprised how many ways on how many days you can use your candles and candleholders. But that's only true if the types and product features also take into account the purchase considerations that are important to any candle and candleholder purchase. Review flexibility, storage, and candle longevity; here's a short guide to help.

Flexibility

If you're interested in using candles and candleholders year-round, then choose those that adapt to a variety of situations—dinnertime to relaxation time—in both size and color.

Storage

If the candles and candleholders you choose are special-occasion items, you will need a spot to store them when not in use. That may be a kitchen pantry or dining room hutch, or another cabinet that can accommodate their size.

Candle Longevity

How long a candle lasts depends in large part on how much you burn it. But you can make a guess: A scattering of votives that decorate a table will need to be replenished much sooner than tall pillars or tapers.

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Light In the Dark
$18.00 $34.85
at Wayfair

Features: Set of 24 tealight candles Fresh Nature scent Burn time: 4-5 Hours

Fresh Nature Scented Tealight Candles (Set of 24)
Food Network
$9.99 $19.99
at Kohl's

Featuring a fizzy scent of juiced pomegranate and grapefruit with raspberries, this Food Network jar candle will invigorate your s...enses. About This Scent: Inspired by recipes developed at Food Network, this highly fragranced candle will infuse your home with the scent of berry pomegranate spritzer. Fizzy blend of juiced pomegranate and grapefruit with fresh raspberries. Product Details: 8 ounces Burns up to 38 hours Soy/paraffin wax Lead-free cotton wick Glass Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. Reuse Me: All jars double as food-safe, reusable containers to be enjoyed over and over again. Once the candle has burned, this jar is the perfect planter for a windowsill herb garden. read more

Food Network? 8-oz. Berry Pomegranate Spritzer Jar Candle
Boscov's
$9.99 $24.99
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Add a warm glow of candle light with this 3 piece resin candle holder set. Dimensions: 11 inches X 8 inches X 9 inches.

Better Homes and Gardens - 3 Piece Candle Holders
Food Network
$9.99 $19.99
at Kohl's

Entice your senses with the savory smell of orange citrus in this Food Network creamy orange smoothie jar candle. Product Feature...s: Fruity aroma creates a soothing atmosphere. Product Details: 7 ounces (29.6 mililiters) Burns up to 35 hours Paraffin/soy wax Jar: ceramic Lead-free cotton wick read more

Food Network? 7 oz. Creamy Orange Smoothie Jar Candle
WBM
$5.99 $12.99
at Casa

WBM Hand Carved Ball Shape Himalayan Crystal Salt 1 Tealight Candle Holder Drop a tea light candle in this himalayan natural salt ...crystal holder and enjoy its incandescent flicker. Gently breathe and absorb the unique beauty and natural properties of this age old salt crystal. Works as an air purifier by emitting negative ions into the air and light therapy to reduce stress and increase energy Each candleholder is individually handcrafted Tealight candle is not included read more

WBM Hand Carved Ball Shape Himalayan Crystal Salt 1 Tealight Candle Holder
WBM
Food Network
$9.99 $19.99
at Kohl's

The wild blueberry muffin scent of this Food Network jar candle will make your home smell delicious. About This Scent: Inspired ...by recipes developed at Food Network, this highly fragranced candle will infuse your home with the scent of wild blueberry muffins. Fresh blueberries in a buttery muffin with a hint of caramel and cinnamon. Product Details: 7 ounces Burns up to 35 hours Soy/paraffin wax Lead-free cotton wick Ceramic Reuse Me: All jars double as food-safe, reusable containers to be enjoyed over and over again. Once the candle has burned, this is the ideal dish for baking and serving individual desserts or side dishes (without the lid and labels, it's oven safe up to 375°F), or use it as a salt cellar to maket it easy to grab a pinch. read more

Food Network? 7-oz. Wild Blueberry Muffin Jar Candle
Zest Avenue
$102.99-$129.99 $135.13
at Overstock.com

These unscented tapers are made in a wide variety of vivid colors, sure to coordinate with your dining room, living room, or kitch...en. Due to the nature of the dipping process involved in making taper candles, base size may vary. Prices are per bulk case of 144 candles Burn Time: 6 hours 100-percent hand poured Color options: Ivory, white, orange, yellow, lavender, purple, red, hot pink, light rose, sage green, hunter green, brown, black Materials: Paraffin wax, cotton wicks Quantity: 144 pieces/case Dimensions: 7/8 inches in diameter x 10 inches high read more

10-inch Straight Taper Candles (144pcs/Case) Bulk
Neiman Marcus
$56.00 $70.00
at Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Scented Candle Exclusively ours. Tap into the power of fragrance to create a welcoming and comfortable ambiance in y...our home with these intoxicating scented candles.Made of soy-blend wax with fragrance oils.Available in Peach (shown in front) or Pamplemousse and Bois (shown in back); select fragrance when ordering.Sold individually; each approximately 3.625"Dia. x 3.375"T.Made in the USA. read more

Neiman Marcus Scented Candle
Amazing Flameless Candle
$9.99 $19.99
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Turn any space into a sweet retreat with this fragrant Amazing Flameless Candle vanilla pillar candle.     Product Features: T...imer turns off after four, six or eight hours. Flameless design offers the ambiance of a real candle. Product Details: Requires four ''AA'' batteries (not included) Paraffin wax/plastic read more

Amazing Flameless Candle 3'' x 4'' Vanilla Flameless LED Pillar Candle
Food Network
$9.99 $19.99
at Kohl's

Featuring a sweet, wild blueberry muffin scent, this Food Network jar candle fills any room with a rich, soothing aroma. About Th...is Scent: Inspired by recipes developed at Food Network, this highly fragranced candle will infuse your home with the scent of wild blueberry muffins. Fresh blueberries in a buttery muffin with a hint of caramel and cinnamon. Product Details: 8 ounces Burns up to 38 hours Soy/paraffin wax Lead-free cotton wick Glass Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. Reuse Me: All jars double as food-safe, reusable containers to be enjoyed over and over again. Once the candle has burned, this jar is the perfect planter for a windowsill herb garden. read more

Food Network? 8-oz. Wild Blueberry Muffin Jar Candle
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