Best Garden Fountain Buyer's Guide

Best Garden Fountain Buyer’s Guide

If you’re a home and garden enthusiast who really wants to take your beautiful outdoor space to the next level, then you may be considering investing in a garden fountain. If you are considering making the investment in a garden fountain, you’ll want to become familiar with all of your options when it comes to types of fountains, material choices, and all of the other factors that will make your garden fountain stand out and add to the appeal of your home.

Originally, garden fountains were a functional architectural choice for bringing drinking and bathing water up from an aqueduct. Over time, the use of the garden fountain has evolved to be more decorative than functional, and they often give an upscale effect to an outdoor space and serve as a natural centerpiece or dramatic statement.

This guide will take you through all of the nuances and help answer some of your questions when it comes to choosing the best product for your home.

Different Types of Garden Fountains

  1. Tiered fountains are a classic choice where water cascades down several platforms. They are great in traditional settings where they can blend in with landscaping and other fixtures.

  2. Disappearing fountains feature a hidden water reservoir which makes gives the illusion that the water is appearing and disappearing without a source.

  3. Wall Mounted. Wall mounted fountains are great when space is limited and can be installed to simply hang on a wall or be physically mounted.

  4. Self-Contained. Self-contained fountains are great because they are easy to install and can be placed in a variety of spaces without hassle. Since they do not require additional plumbing or servicing they can be a natural choice for many situations.

  5. Waterfall fountains are meant to blend in with more natural or wilderness-inspired settings. They replicate the look of a natural waterfall and have a very serene atmosphere.

  6. Pedestal. The pedestal fountain is unique as it offers an elevated place for water to collect. If you are interested in birds and other wildlife visiting your garden, then a pedestal is a great choice as animals will often make use of the easily accessible drinking water.

Materials Used to Make Garden Fountains

The material is often dictated by the type of fountain and its prominence as a decorative piece.

  1. Fiberglass is lightweight and durable and can be molded to accommodate many different shapes and styles.

  2. Resin is a budget-friendly option which can mimic the appearance of more expensive materials.

  3. Stone fountains can include materials such as rock or granite, and that means that the options for finishes and colors are endless. Although stone is heavier than other materials, it is more durable and can last for generations.

  4. Copper is a less common choice for fountains as the finish can wear and discolor over time. However, it can look great in certain contexts, especially when paired with other materials.

  5. Ceramic. Ceramic is fairly durable and also can be found in a variety of finishes which make it easy to pair with other design considerations. It also has a unique sound which can be very distinct and soothing when the water contacts it.

  6. Stainless Steel is a more modern material choice that is easy to maintain and clean and tends to last a long time. That being said, it will not match all gardens and outdoor spaces visually.

Garden Fountain Power Source Types

  1. Electric fountains typically plug into any standard outlet and are easy to get running. Usually, after assembly just add the recommended amount of water, then plug it in and enjoy.

  2. Solar fountains typically include a solar panel which needs to be placed in an area that will collect the most sunlight. A great thing about solar fountains is that your electric bill will not increase at all while the fountain is in use.

How to Choose your Garden Fountain

Begin by asking yourself where your fountain will be installed. If you don’t have much room, then a wall-mounted water feature will probably be an easy choice. Floor and freestanding fountain types should be considered if you have more space to work with and can give the fountain some prominence in your garden.

Next, consider what style appeals to you and will match your decor. If your garden has a classic look, then a tiered or pedestal fountain may be the right choice. If you don’t want to deal with the hassles of installation such as plumbing or servicing, then a self-contained fountain would be ideal. A disappearing fountain requires more work up-front to dig a reservoir, but in the long run, they will save space and integrate more seamlessly with your backyard.

Finally, look at your budget and how much you are willing to spend on installation and maintenance. Below you will find some pointers on what kind of fountains you can expect to find at various price points.

Garden Fountain Prices

When it comes to garden fountains, prices can vary based on size, materials, and power sources.

  1. Low Price Range. The lower price range will include smaller waterfall-style fountains which are electricity-powered, such as this product from Sunnydaze, or a variety of Wall Fountains with different design features.
  1. Medium Price Range. At the medium price range, you will find high-quality tiered fountains such as this lion-head piece or a variety of solar-powered garden fountains which come in a number of styles and finishes.

  2. High Price Range. In the highest price range, you will find garden fountains which are much larger and will be much more prominent in your outdoor space, such as this lighted waterfall piece or large, beautifully finished tiered designs such as this product from Sunnydaze.

Garden Fountain Frequently Asked Questions

Is it difficult to install an outdoor fountain?

No - all of our products have simple installation procedures and don’t require concrete work or gluing.

Can I protect my fountain from heavy winds?

Yes, the best step you can take is to install your fountain on a level surface, preferably in an area where it will already have some protection from the wind. If you are still having issues, the base of the fountain can be adhered by using a product such as Silicone II, which will add a high grade of stability to the fountain.

Can my fountain stay out in winter months?

Naturally, this will depend on where you live and how harsh the winter conditions can get. Generally, if your area experiences significant freeze/thaw cycles then it is advisable to not leave your fountain outdoors over winter. It should be drained and carefully packed and stored indoors.


Now that you have more information about which type of fountain is best suited for your needs, your next step is to find the very best deal. We offer a 1-year low price guarantee on all of our products, as well as free shipping on every item! We are also authorized to sell every item we carry, so you know the warranty is valid.

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