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12/19/2011 02:59 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Buying Guide: How To Shop For Good Candleholders (PHOTOS)

Knowing what to look for when shopping for candles is important--but it's equally just as important to know about the vessel that's used to hold it. Yes, the candleholder, which comes in a wide range of shapes, styles, materials, and height is an accessory that can be a tricky home accessory to shop for if you're not careful. Why? Because many on the market aren't sized right for conventional candles (leading to tapers tipping over, for example), are too tall for a table, etc. Who knew, right?

For many people, it's the shape and style of the candleholder that immediately captures their attention, but the truth is that materials and height play an even bigger part. Not so sure what to look for in a candleholder? Don't fret, we've found the essentials that you should keep in mind.

Think candles. When you're shopping for a candleholder, it's important to consider the type of candle you'll be using with the vessel. For example, bulky candles that burn fast and has a tendency to drip work well in a large glass hurricane as it contains the candle and drip-free beeswax tapers work well with spindly candleholders.

Consider fit. You'd be surprised at how some tea lights can look way too small and out of place inside a randomly hand-picked votive. It's important to see if candles fit into the candleholder of your choice -- taper candles should not be wobbly inside a candlestick. If you're buying candles at a shop, it's best look for candleholders at the same place, because they will very likely be made specifically for those pillars, tapers or votives.

Height versus candle. Candleholder height should be proportionate with candle height. This means that spindly candlesticks should never be taller in height than their taper candles, a short candleholder (not a votive) can better accommodate a larger candle, a slender candle stand is best topped with a stumpier-type candle. Another note: while candle stands have an elegant look they can be a liability if you don't pick the right candles -- we generally stick to beeswax so there's no dripping was.

Watch where candle burns. Keep in mind to watch how the candle burns in a candleholder. Snugly fitted candles that are flush with the rim/edges of a metal or glass holder will burn faster. Always opt for a holder where the candle burns slightly below the edges of the opening.

Looking for some candleholders? Check out these stylish options:

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