Best Hummingbird Feeders Rated and Reviewed for Quality
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The materials used for this type of product are important because it will be out in the elements all the time. The feeder needs to be able to withstand rain, heat, wind and even snow so the materials used need to be strong and durable. This will be more than likely batted around by animals as well so it needs to be able to take that too. The majority of these products are made of either plastic or glass, and the hanging mechanism is usually made of metal. The plastic should be thicker and preferably colored rather than with a film over top. The glass should also be thicker but keep in mind the thicker the glass the heavier the product and therefore the glass variation may not be best for hanging in trees. The metal should be coated to avoid rust damage over time.
These products can’t just be refilled and left alone, they do require washing. The liquid inside is essentially liquid sugar and will get gunky or may even encourage some mold within the container so the product should be taken down from time to time to be cleaned (this is described in more detail below in the frequently asked questions section). The materials need to be durable but the product also will require maintenance in order to add longevity to the product.
The area that the feeder is going to be left may dictate the type needed. Because these are meant to be left outside all the time the condition of the environment it is left out in is important. The hummingbird does migrate so the feeder does not need to be left outdoors in winter conditions. They will return in the spring when things warm up a little which is easier on the product as well. The product should not be left out in the winter due to the liquid in the product freezing. Sugar water will freeze and expand and therefore possibly wreck your feeder. It may also affect the function of the feeding ports if the frozen liquid is left within the small spaces. Regardless of leaving it outside in the winter or not, there are other environmental factors that may affect it even in the summer.
High humidity, rainstorms, as well as wind and dust storms can affect your product. It is important that if the area you are in is really hot, that it is left in the shade and perhaps a glass version is purchased with fewer metal elements. If you live in an area with more wind and dust you may want to consider a plastic version as this type of material, if banging against a wall or dropped from a high area, will be more resilient than glass would be. Additionally, the moats will require less wind due to them being open. An internal moat may be required in areas of high winds to keep the addition functioning correctly. High wind and high humidity may also affect any plastic coating on the product that is used for color. This is more common on the glass versions than the plastic though.
This product is quite inexpensive in price, most of the options on the market don’t go over $50.00. It will ultimately dictate the quality of the product you are purchasing due to the low margin. Because they really are quite inexpensive consider buying something on the higher end of the price range. The benefit of buying a better quality item is more than just the longevity of the product. It will also determine the overall frustration with it. Because the primary purpose of these items is to hold a liquid that the birds can drink, the liquid just needs to sit until needed.
However, if you are purchasing something cheap you will see far more leaking and drips than you would on something made with better materials and better seals. There are many complaints that the product purchased initially did not leak but did so over time or connecting the container with the base became harder over time and therefore started leaking later on. Having a leak will lead to bigger problems like ants. Because you don’t often see this type of product with technology added onto it, it’s important you are buying something that is good quality, will not break down over time and is easy to clean. This is dictated in the price for this type of product.
These products come in different sizes and can hold different amounts of liquids. The amount of liquid needed should be taken into consideration when purchasing. If you are in more of a wooded area and there are more birds around consider something larger. This way you will maximize the number of birds coming to your window. If you are living in a more urban environment get something smaller. The reason you don’t want to just opt for something bigger regardless of your environment is that the liquid can’t stay in the canister long before it needs to be replaced. The sugars will change the texture and granulate over time. This will cause the birds to have issues getting the liquid out of it. It will also gunk up your feeder and potentially wreck it.
Additionally, not replacing and cleaning the unit will cause some mold to form inside of the canister which is both hard on the product as well as dangerous for the birds. For this reason, you want to make sure that the product you are using is ideal for the environment. As soon as the product is out of liquid it should be cleaned with soap and water to ensure that it is running optimally. Without doing this there can be hard side effects and ultimately diminish the purpose of the purchase.
Some people may not consider this a major factor since the preferred style depends on an individuals taste. However, the style of the feeder will not only impact the area you place it in, but it can also be the deciding factor on whether hummingbirds are attracted to it or not. Although it is difficult to assume what a bird is attracted to, you can read reviews and find out what other customer said about the product. Did it attract birds or not? The style of the product will not only determine how attracted the birds are to it, but it can do wonders for your yard or porch as well. It is a great decorative piece that shows off your own personal style while blending in with nature's beauty!
10 Best Hummingbird Feeders
1. First Nature 3055
This option is our Editors Choice product. It is highly rated and reviewed online. It comes in either a 1-pack or 2-pack, is red in color and can hold up to 32-ounces of nectar. Its red base in attractive to hummingbirds and it has numerous feeding ports.
This product has 10 feeding ports to maximize the number of birds feeding at one time.
Sealing Rings to Avoid Leaks
The rings of this product have an innovative sealing ring to help it from leaking and thus causing an ant problem.
Cost and Value
This product is inexpensive in price. It sits about mid-range. It has a wider-opening reservoir and easy to clean two-part base. Because of these features, this product is worth the cost.
2. Perky-Pet 8116-2
This option is our top 3 product. It is quite attractive in design, made of a beautiful red glass which is complemented by a brushed copper base. It can hold up to 24 ounces of nectar and has 4 pretty feeding ports. It detaches from its base and is super easy to clean. It comes in three different colors (blue, clear and red).
This product is unique in that its container is square and more decorative. The glass has a nice etched design and the base of the product has a brushed copper exterior.
Decorative Drinking Ports
The drinking ports are decorative flowers for both appearance as well as to attract more birds.
Cost and Value
This product is fairly inexpensive in price. It is beautiful in design and comes apart for easy cleaning. For those reasons, the price is justified.
3. Droll Yankees Ant Moat
This product is made of UV stabilized polycarbonate material. It is an interesting and unique design, looking similar to a tulip. It comes in two colors (red and clear) and is quite inexpensive in price.
This product has a unique design, looking similar to a tulip. it is considered a "moat design."
This product has a hook at its base so that one may add more feeders to it. This can be done with the addition of the same product or another option for even further customization.
Cost and Value
This is our best value product because it is very inexpensive in price. It is very highly rated and low in cost, there's no reason to not buy this option.
4. REZIPO Hummingbird Feeder
We really like this feeder because it looks nearly as good as the birds that are going to make it their favorite dinner spot. The blown glass look not only looks good but the feeder itself is easy to clean easy to fill and fights leaks. It also comes with a bunch of nice accessories to keep it clean and working. So, if you’re looking for something special in your yard this is the feeder for you.
Not only does this look like handblown glass it is handblown glass. But that doesn’t mean it’s flimsy or easily breakable. It’s not! This is tough glass and it’s well put together so it will stand up to almost anything wind and weather can throw its way despite looking like a work of art.
Lots of Accessories
Everything you need to hang, clean, and take care of your feeder is included in this kit, from an ant moat to a metal hook and lanyard for easy hanging and a brush to keep your feeder clean. This is the whole package here.
Cost and Value
Surprisingly affordable for what you’re getting. If you want your feeder to look as good as the birds it’s feeding then this is the feeder for you.
5. More Birds Hummingbird Feeder
This very cool design mason jar feeder not only can add a very nice touch to your yard but don’t worry that the glass design is going to break on you, it’s tough and easy to use and will make sure that there are little flyers fluttering around its base all day long.
Unlike some of the other feeders on our list, you can do a bit of a set it and forget it kind of deal with this feeder. It holds a lot of the liquids that hummingbirds love so you can fill it and then just sit back and watch the hummingbirds flock to your yard.
Easy to Clean
Just like a mason jar this feeder has a wide mouth, it comes apart easily and is easy to clean and care for. It’s easy to fill for that matter. This feeder is just simply an easy product to get comfortable with.
Cost and Value
We like the price of this feeder, it’s right in the middle when it comes to value and considering how interesting it looks and how much hummingbird nectar it holds we think this is a great value for the money.
6. Perky-Pet Ruby Starburst
This is a product from the popular brand Perky-Pet. It is very attractive looking and has a starburst design with a pretty brushed nickel base. It has four feeding ports and has the appearance of a vintage bottle.
This product has an attractive design. It is red and hexagon-shaped with a pretty brushed nickel base. It has also four red flowers covering the feeding ports to help attract more birds.
This product has a wider mouth for easy filling and less clean up which will be attractive to some buyers.
Cost and Value
This product is mid-range in price but still fairly inexpensive. With its attractive design and its ability to also attract more birds, this product is worth the cost.
7. Pet Zone Lighthouse
This product is quite cute in design, resembling a lighthouse. It can hold up to 16 ounces of nectar and has three feeding ports. It has a leak-proof base and its entire bottom is surrounded by a perching bar.
This product has a unique design. It looks just like a lighthouse. This makes it a fantastic option for gifting.
Can Hold 16 Ounces
This option is a little larger in size, allowing up to 16 ounces of nectar to be held at a time.
Cost and Value
This product is mid-range in price. It holds quite a bit of liquid and comes in a unique design, for these reasons this product is worth the price.
8. Juegoal Humming Bird Feeder
This Juegoal feeder doesn’t have a great capacity to hold nectar so you’ll need to refill it more often than we’d like but its classic design ensures that you’ll get plenty of birds coming to this feeder. It’s also easy to set up and easy to care for so despite its small capacity we’re big fans of this classic feeder.
8 Feeding ports
We like the fact that there are plenty of places for birds to go to get their food in this 8 port feeder. We also like that the bright colors are going to draw the birds like flies (to use a really bad analogy) but if you want to make sure that the birds have plenty of options the Juegoal is the feeder for you.
Ant and Insect Moat
No one likes it when ants break up the picnic, and the same goes for hummingbirds. That’s why we tend to lean towards feeders that have insect moats because we want to make sure we’re saving the food for the birds and not for every ant within a half-mile.
Cost and Value
This one comes at a great price. Sure it’s plastic and sure it doesn’t hold a lot of sugary water but it works, and if there are hummingbirds around your home then they are going to come to this feeder.
This product is also quite minimal in design, resembling a more traditional product. It has five feeding ports and can hold 12 ounces of liquid. It has a brass hanging rod and includes a cleaning brush to help keep the product in better shape. It also has an ant moat.
Easy to Assemble and Dissemble
This product is easy to put together and also take apart for easy cleaning.
Flat Design Allows for Better View
Because this product has a flat top and a container below the ports, it is easy to see all the birds coming to drink. Also because the base is clear, that helps with the view as well.
Cost and Value
This product is on the expensive side. The product has a clear view of the birds, is leak-proof and comes with cleaning accessories, for these reasons the product is worth the cost. The manufacturer is also known to have high-quality customer service which should add a piece of mind when purchasing.
10. Nature's Way GHF5
This product is a little unconventional looking, with a pretty hand-blown glass container. It comes in two different colors (red and yellow, and green and yellow). It is attractive in appearance and is made of thick glass. It also comes with a ring that surrounds it for easy perching.
This product comes with a lifetime warranty for easy of mind when purchasing.
Easy to Clean
This option is an absolute breeze to clean and is even dishwasher safe for easier cleaning.
Cost and Value
This product is on the expensive side however it is beautiful in design, the glass is thick, vibrant and hand-blown. It also has a large opening for easy filling. For these reasons, this product is worth the cost.