Outdoor Fountains – A Review of 4 Water Fountains

Why We Need the Sound of Water

Have you ever wondered why being around a body of water or just listening to the trickling sound of aD&F Gardenfans Fountain babbling brook makes you feel calm and relaxed? There is a biological explanation. Water is so calming because it triggers a deep immediate response in our brains. “The mere sight and sound of water can induce a flood of neurochemicals that promote wellness, increase blood flow to the brain and heart, and induce relaxation”. (USA Today)

If you, like me, are not one of the fortunate ones who live next to a glorious lake or magnificent ocean, don’t despair. Adding outdoor foutains to your garden can achieve the same effect as being next to water, especially if you close your eyes and listen to the soothing sound!  Add some zen to your space, lower stress and anxiety levels, and boost your overall feeling of happiness and well-being by adding that perfect outdoor fountain.

Benefits of Water Fountains

Humidity

In addition to relaxation and lowering your blood pressure, the fountain adds much needed humidity to your garden. Most flowers, unless they are succulents, thrive on the right amount of humidity. Many leaves will wilt, curl, and turn brown if there is not enough humidity in the air. Fountains are a perfect solution for adding moisture into the surrounding air.

Ambience

Trickling water adds calming sounds to the garden. It also adds zen to a meditative area. Certain fountains have LED lighting that add a hint of mystique to your outdoor oasis.

Sound Buffer

No one likes to hear roaring traffic or the neightbors’ booming voices. The sound of the fountain will mask or lessen the intensity of this unpleasant clamor, especially if you focus your attention on the tranquil, lulling song of the fountain. Even if you live in a city, you’ll still benefit from the comforting effects of a lovely outdoor fountain.

Aesthetics

Fountains are beautiful. There are so many styles to choose from. It will be easy to select a fountain that suits your fancy, as they come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and materials.

Attracts Wildlife

Watching wildlife in your backyard, even if it is just varieties of birds, brings excitement and entertainment to your outdoor space. You can enjoy watching the birds bathe in or sip water from the fountain while listening to their happy chirps.

Isn’t it time you added this perfect complement to the decor of your garden? Read on to discover some excellent choices that will enhance your garden and help you reach that perfect meditative state of relaxation to the end of a long, hard day.

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A Variety of Outdoor Fountains

Alpine Corporation DIG100XS Water Jar Fountain w/LED LightTorquoise Fountain

 

Color: Turquoise

Material: Fiberglass/Resin

Brand: Alpine Corporation

Item Dimensions:  LxWxH15 x 15 x 32 inches

Item Weight: 28.66 Pounds

Power Source: Corded Electric

This jar-shaped fountain has a contemporary flair along with a vintage look due to it’s cracked jar appearance. It comes in torquoise.

This fountain is powered by a high performance UL listed pump and adaptor inside the urn. The pump is 12V. This jar can be used both inside and out. You need a power source close by or use an outdoor extension cord if needed. The fountain is equipped with a 6.5 foot cord.

Due to its weight, it can withstand heavy outdoor winds.

The fountain has a top spout that when flowing, has a trickling sound like that of a babbling brook.

The fiberglass and concrete construction makes it durable enough for harsh winters. It is weather-proof and rust-resistant.

It comes with a one year warranty from time of purchase.

Some Thoughts About the Fountain

This fountain received a 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon. However, after reading the comments, I feel it is hit or miss with this fountain.

Many people thought it was absolutely gorgeous and had no problem with it. They loved the look of it, the sound of the fountain, and  the ease with which to attach the pump and add water.

Some consumers had to return the item due to a crack but received another in a timely fashion.

Then there were others who had received damaged fountains due to poor packaging, fountains whose pump stopped after 3 and a half months, or who complained that the sound of the pump drowned out the trickling sound of the water.

The fountain is warrantied for a year from time of purchase by the manufacturer so if you really love the look, why not give it a try?

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Ravenna Italian Fountain

Ravenna Italian Fountain

Item Weight: 43 pounds

Made From:  lightweight resin

Manufacturer: Universal Lighting and Decor

Dimensions:  43″ high x 25″ wide

Base:  11 3/4″ wide

A classic Italian style fountain with a rust finish.

The fountain has three tiers of cascading water with spouted edges. Each basin has a geometric pattern.

It comes complete with a pump and a 9 foot cord that connects to any standard plug. The fountain holds 5 gallons of water.

This fountain can be used both indoors and outdoors.

It is constructed of a lightweight resin. When fully filled with water it is heavy enough to prevent it from being knocked or blown over.

Some Thoughts About the Fountain

This fountain received a 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon reviews. Some of the complaints, though, seem to have been made from consumer error. Below are some paraphrased Amazon reviews.

Cons:

Some complained the pump did not attach well and that the fountain itself took too long to assemble.

Others stated it was made of cheap plastic and that it came cracked. Also, the finish chipped off after a couple of weeks.

The water splashed onto the surrounding area.

Water has to be replenished frequently.

Pros:

It looks beautiful and is easy to assemble. It took people about a half hour to fully assemble the fountain.

The sound is very soothing and can be heard a distance away. Birds love the bath and running water it provides as do squirrels and deer in the evening.

You can adjust the pump so it does not splash out of the basin.

It is recommended to spray it with a clear sealer such as Krylon Clear Glass sealer to protect it from the environment. Also, some consumers placed it on a 16″ x 16″ paver to level it.

The fountain is easy to disassemble and reassemble for the winter and spring. It takes about 15 minutes.

The hatch where the pump is located is easy to access making it simple to detach and clean.

The fountain is a beautiful addition to a garden. Especially if you are looking for a classic style.

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Indoor/Outdoor Lighted Gray Wicker Basket Water Fountain

Plow and Hearth




The wicker-look fountain adds the sight and sound of water anywhere. It has a bubbling sound.

It is cast in weather-resistant poly-resin for indoor/outdoor use.

The artistic design resembles a gray wicker basket with rich texture and color.

This fountain comes with a warm-white LED light that creates a warm ambience.

An electric recirculating pump is provided with the fountain and is self-enclosed and easy to use.

A safe 9′ UL-rated electrical cord and transformer is connected to the fountain.

For longest life, drain completely and bring indoors during extreme winter weather.

                                                      Some Thoughts About The Fountain

There were no reviews on this product, so I researched the companies reputation. The company has a full satisfaction guarantee.

I found mixed reviews on Plow and Hearth. Some say they love it, some were dissatisfied.

March 31, 2021 Trustpilot (Positive)
“This company has a totally disorganized, confused internal system, from the order process, to the end ship, which has been time-consuming, frustrating and actually silly, at times.
BUT….when all is said and done, the customer service people have all been extremely nice, helpful and eager to make things right. They’ve gone overboard to correct the hiccups and for that, I’m giving them four stars. In the end, what matters to me is honesty and integrity.”

June 23, 2021 Trustpilot (Negative)
“I ordered star pato light fixtures and part of the order came with 3 plastic stars missing. When I called they told me I have to contact the claims dept. which does not have a phone number but just an email. If I want to return I have to pay for the shipping cost. I will never buy anything from this overpriced with terrible customer service company.”

July 28, 2021 Bizrate Surveys (Positive)
“I often purchase from Plow and Hearth. They offer a nice selection of quality items and many are quite unique. We have been pleased with the quality and ease of shopping. We often refer friends and family to the site.”

August 11, 2021 Bizrate Surveys (Negative)
“I bought an indoor weeping lighted cherry tree. It quit working for no reason. I tried to put in a claim but I wasn’t able to. So I decided to buy another one. I hope this one lasts.”

I guess you have to take your chances if you’d like to purchase this fountain. Hopefully all will turn out fine for you. Click below for more  information.

Plow & Hearth

D&F Gardenfans Water Fountain Outdoor Indoor Polyresin Decor

D&F Gardenfans FountainD&F Gardenfans Water Fountain

Dimensions: 12.99″ L x 13.78″ W x 39.76″H

Weight: 24.2 pounds

Material: Polyresin

Water Pump Line: 1.83m

Connection Length: 2m

Lamp Line:1*1m,3*0.6m; UL listed

Required Tubing Diameter: 0.59″

Lamp:  4 LED Lights(4*1LED)

Pump:Maximum Flow: 120V/0.195A /60HZ/158.5 gph; pump included; adjustable valve

This contemporary fountain brings zen to your garden. The sound of the trickling water is very calming.

The fountain appears to be solid stone, but is made from resin.

It is very easy to set up with no assembly required. The water does not spray or splash from the fountain.

To install, feed the clear tubing from the top (under the large bowl) down to the bottom. Add the water, and set the pump into the bottom, pull the lighting electrical cords out of the way. Then slide the cover onto the back.

The fountain, when filled with water, is heavy enough to resist tipping from the wind.

It is recommended to spray with a sealer before exposing it to the outside elements.

 Some Thoughts About The Fountain

After reading many reviews and researching the brand, I found this fountain to be well made, reliable and easy to install. Many people had glorious reviews, saying they loved the look and sound of the waterflow. They also enjoyed the ambience created by the soft LED lights.

The brand, D&F Gardenfans, has been found to be one of the best manufacturers of garden fountains. In fact, this particular fountain was ranked #1 for outdoor freestanding fountains from “Findthebest”.

It also received a 9.4 score from “ProductUpdates.org” which uses Artificial Intelligence as well as Big Data from famous review newspapers.

Given the high ranking of this product, I feel the D&F Gardenfans Water Fountain is a good choice.

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I hope you enjoyed this review. If you’d like some ideas on how to decorate your garden, refer to my blog “Unique Garden Ideas”.

Please leave a comment below and let me know how you made out if you purchased one of the fountains listed in this post. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Gardening,

Nina

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14 thoughts on “Outdoor Fountains – A Review of 4 Water Fountains”

  1. Hi Nina,

    As I was reading this post I’m listening to the sound of my cats water fountain and you’re right, it is very relaxing! I particularly love the indoor fountains. I live in the south so humidity is not an issue and I think it’d be really nice to have one in my living room. The wicker looking one sticks out to me most since it’s more discrete. I wouldn’t want my cats getting confused haha!

    I do think a nice bowl shaped fountain could be good for my back patio though. Do you have any recommendations?

    1. I love listening to my garden fountain also. Here are a few suggestions that are rated well from Amazon.

      1. This fountain contains a small bowl that you may like, Bamboo Accents Low-Profile Deck Water Fountain;

      2. Universal Lighting and Decor Mason Outdoor Floor Water Fountain Three Bowl Floor Cascade 35″ for Yard Garden Lawn – John Timberland(This one is larger);

      3. Peaktop Floor Glazed Pot Water Fountain with Built-In LED Light and Pump for Outdoor Indoor Patio Garden Backyard Decking Home Décor, 17 inch Height, Royal Blue, 17″.

      I’m sorry I couldn’t successfully attach the link but if you copy the title into the Amazon link found in my review, it will show up.

      Sorry for the inconvenience. I’ll have to rectify the glitch.
      Nina
      Thanks so much for the comment.

  2. Hey Nina,
    Thanks for your review of some wonderful water fountains. Yes I agree, I have always loved the sound of water. Something so special, soothing and a real sense of nature – even if it’s created.
    You make some great points about the sound buffer if you are anywhere near traffic noise, ambience and even attracting wildlife.

    I really like the Ravenna fountain one. And I also like the D&F Gardenfans Water Fountain.

    But can I ask, from the selection you have showcased, which one if any would also attract birds? I have been considering a bird bath but you have planted the seed for an idea – to get a water fountain that also attracts birds and offers a bird bath. Now that would be wonderful. I’ll wait for your recommendations.
    Thanks in advance, John

    1. Out of the four I recommended, I would go with the Ravenna. The dishes are large enough to attract birds. The D&F garden also has bowls but I feel they would be too small. When I see birds at a fountain I usually do not see many there at the same time, especially songbirds. So the larger the better, in my opinion.

      While researching these fountains, I did read that the sound of the trickling water may frighten off some birds. However, I feel they will get used to it after awhile, especially if they want a bath!

      Just FYI, there is an unknown virus going around that’s harming a lot of songbirds. Experts are suggesting that you clean your birdbaths and change the water frequently. They suggest you disinfect the bath with 10% bleach to 90% water.

      I’m not sure how prevalent the virus is, especially in your area. But as of August, 2021, this virus has been spotted so far in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio and Indiana. I just read a recent article where it also spread to North Carolina. They speculate that the birds are spreading it from one to another when they are in close proximity to each other.

      Symptoms include swollen and/or crusty discharge around the eyes and instablity. This imbalance may indicate a neurological condition. Also, juvenile birds seem more susceptible to this disease.

      I think if you’re diligent about cleaning the bath, it shouldn’t be a problem for the birds. However, if this deters you from the Ravenna, I would definitely get the D&H Gardenfans Water Fountain. It has much smaller bowls and will probably not attract birds.

      I still have a fountain, though. I love the sound of the water. You must decide what’s right for you regarding the virus. Let me know how you make out. Also, please send some pictures if you do purchase one.

      Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.
      Nina

      1. Thanks so much Nina,
        That is really helpful. I didn’t know about that virus and will research if it is in my part of Australia too. Either way, will need to keep the fountain/bird bath clean as you suggest. Thanks again, John

  3. Hi Nina! This is exactly what I am looking for because I am in the phase of arranging my yard and I would like a fountain that will be removed from the ambience. I wish I could send a picture or describe the yard so I’m wondering which type of fountain offered do you recommend? Namely, the yard is small, some 20 square meters and there are a lot of flowers of various colors. The house is small and ground floor, completely simple, apricot color. Thank you in advance.
    Otherwise, a wonderful site! Danijela

    1. I’m glad you like my site! I think any of the fountains would look nice for a small yard except for the Ravenna fountain. It is too wide and large. If you want to stay neutral, do not choose the Alpine Water Jar Fountain. The aqua-blue may clash with all your multi-colored flowers. Although, the aqua-blue will go wonderfully with your apricot house! Perhaps you could place it by complementary colored flowers like apricots, yellow or reds or with neutrals like white. I also think the D&F Gardenfans fountain would look good in a small garden. It is tall and cylindrical and has the ambience lighting. When you choose one, please send me a photo of it in your garden. I’d love to see it!

      Thanks for the comment!
      Nina

  4. Hey Nina,
    I usually listen to rainfall to calm myself down or while I meditate. It is so peaceful and instantly relaxes me. But I usually do so using youtube or a meditation podcast… so the sounds are quite artificial. I am quite interested in getting a water fountain and really like the list you have curated. My personal fave is the D&F Gardensfans Fountain (the last entry). I love that it looks great to the eye and has the LED lights that must look great at night time. Do you think cleanup for this will be easy? I am sure after a period of time has passed, there will be mineral deposits from the water on the fountain. How would you suggest to clean that up?

    1. Fountains now-a-days are generally made from resin which is a chemically organic compound made of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur. It is very strong and flexible and can be easily molded. The fountain you are considering buying is made of polyresin which is extra durable and almost unbreakable. Because it is not a stone or concrete, mineral deposits will not attach to it. You just need an all purpose outdoor cleaner mixed with water and rub it with a soft brush. You can also spray it with a UV protectant spray.

      The one thing that may accumulate some mineral deposits, though, is the pump. Remove the pump from the fountain and soak it in a bucket full of 1/2 distilled white vinegar and 1/2 fresh water. The mineral deposits will eventually dislodge and you just need to wipe it off with a soft cloth.

      I hope that answered your question. If you decide to buy the fountain, please send me a picture. I’d love to see it in your garden.

      Thanks for the comment!
      Nina

  5. Hi Nina,

    I know people can get more creative ideas when they hear the water sounds, but I didn’t know it also brings many benefits to human health. Imagine yourself meditate with the water sounds from those fountains in your garden, how wonderful that is!

    From four of your recommendations, I love the last-D&F Gardenfans. It’s not the cheapest, but it’s definitely the most photogenic piece in your garden. Not to mention it comes with four LED lights that add a softer ambiance. I am wondering do the LED lights change colors? If yes, it will be more fun to watch it. 🙂

    Matt

    1. Hi Matt. I’m glad you liked the post. The lights do not change color however, from what I researched, the LED lights cast a warm glow in the evening. It’s probably more relaxing than a color change. But that’s just my opinion. Thanks for commenting. If you decide to purchase it, let me know how you make out.
      Thanks,
      Nina

  6. Hi nina,
    I read your article. It contains many things that are important to the environment and our lives. Reading this article clearly shows the relationship between the environment and man. The products you offer are so high quality that nature makes it easy for us to access them. So all the four products you have offered are very impressive and we can get more value for it than the price.
    good luck…!

    Saminda

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