The 10 Best Hummingbird Feeders

Updated January 24, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

10 Best Hummingbird Feeders
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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. North American hummingbirds' wings average around an astonishing 53 beats per second in normal flight, which is why they are so fascinating to watch. Get up close and personal with them in your garden by attracting them with nectar in one of these feeders, which can provide hours of mutually-beneficial entertainment. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best hummingbird feeder on Amazon.

10. Perky-Pet 8108-2

Add a touch of elegance and style to your yard with the Perky-Pet 8108-2. It sports a green antique glass bottle that holds up to 10 ounces of nectar and a base with a brushed nickel finish that can comfortably accommodate up to four birds at one time.
  • bottle unscrews easily from the base
  • components are a bit fragile
  • not well protected against ants
Brand Perky-Pet 8108-2
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

9. Droll Yankees WH-3

When space is limited or you don't have a yard, turn to the Droll Yankees WH-3. Its window mount and compact design gives it the cool appearance of floating, and its two feeding ports are perfect for hosting multiple visitors at a time.
  • nectar recipe engraved on cap
  • includes brush for cleaning ports
  • a bit flimsy and prone to leaking
Brand Droll Yankees
Model WH3
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Birdscapes 8111-2

The Birdscapes 8111-2 makes both a lovely decoration and a functional tool in effectively attracting small flocks to your property. It features a hand-painted glass nectar container adorned with violet blooms that looks beautiful from any angle.
  • cover design deters thirsty bees
  • base has a weather-resistant coating
  • some units screw together poorly
Brand Birdscapes 8111-2
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Perky-Pet 8133-2

The eye-catching Perky-Pet 8133-2 combines sleek, modern elegance with a vibrant ruby-red finish that your winged friends will love. Plus, they can easily access its nectar thanks to the four flower-shaped feeding ports designed to deter pests.
  • snap-apart design is easy to refill
  • attractive vaselike silhouette
  • bottle is hard to clean thoroughly
Brand Perky-Pet
Model 8133-2
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

6. Garden Collection 1511

Double your chances of a visit from fluttering friends with the Garden Collection 1511, a set of two plastic hangers that won't break the bank. Their cheap price does not mean they're ineffective, however, as most customers report no problems attracting birds with these.
  • small holes make nectar last longer
  • lightweight and easy to hang
  • plastic is a bit delicate
Brand Garden Collection
Model 1511
Weight 0.3 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Aroma Trees 2

The Aroma Trees 2 includes two mini handheld nectar containers with feeding ports built into their caps, so, if you're lucky, your flying friends will come directly to you. A convenient instruction card guides you through the process for the best possible results.
  • comes with a mini cleaning brush
  • caps protect your hands from spills
  • packaging is of poor quality
Brand Aroma Trees
Model pending
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Couronne Company M045-301

The versatile Couronne Company M045-301 can be used on its own or linked together with additional units to feed a larger crowd. In the wintertime it can be used without a lid as a mealworm or suet pellet container for other birds.
  • made of recycled glass and metal
  • comes in a beautiful gift box
  • lacks a perch for birds to rest on
Brand Couronne Company
Model M045-301
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Audubon NAH1

The Audubon NAH1 has a simple yet classic style that bird lovers can appreciate. Its brightly colored red lid attracts hummingbirds of all breeds & will quickly become a regular feeding stop for their enjoyment thanks to perches they can stand on while getting their fill.
  • six feeding stations
  • lightweight and easy to store
  • large hook hangs well from branches
Brand Audubon Park
Model NAH1NAH1
Weight 10.4 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Aspects 407 Jewel Box

The Aspects 407 Jewel Box brings beautiful specimens right to your window for close-up viewing. It is easy to move around, plus it can be used with or without its ant moat that blocks crawling insects from invading for a taste of the sweet stuff.
  • compact and straightforward design
  • strong suction cups stay secure
  • has a perch for birds to rest on
Brand Aspects
Model 407
Weight 8.8 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. First Nature 3055

The First Nature 3055 has an impressive 32-ounce nectar capacity and a round perch design, plus 10 feeding ports to accommodate even large swarms. Its innovative sealing ring also provides leak prevention for longevity, so you can enjoy it for years.
  • durable polymer material
  • easy to clean patented two-part base
  • made in the united states
Brand First Nature
Model 993055-546
Weight 7.2 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Picking The Right Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbirds are a delight to watch, and they can bring charm to any yard. A great hummingbird feeder looks lovely on its own, and is at its best when surrounded with these unique creatures. But before you buy a hummingbird feeder, make sure you have considered two things: they require regular cleaning to prevent the buildup of bacteria or an infestation of ants or other insects, and once hummingbirds become dependent on your feeder, it will be your responsibility to consistently provide them with nectar.

That said, you can clean most feeders quickly with warm water, occasionally a bit of soap, and a few swipes with a brush. And if you select a feeder with a reservoir size suitable for the volume of birds in your area, refilling the feeder with nectar will likely only be necessary every few days. The refilling process also requires only a minute of your time.

Hummingbirds are most attracted to the color red, thus reason so many feeders feature the color so prominently (and the reason most store bought hummingbird nectars are colored red too). Choosing a red feeder -- or one with plenty of red on it -- will help you attract more birds, but it's not an imperative: the animals will smell and find the nectar within any feeder eventually, so choose a feeder that looks great in your eyes.

If you already know you have a lot of hummingbirds in the area, then consider a feeder with plenty of liquid capacity and multiple access points. Some feeders have only single feeding ports that can lead birds to compete with one another, while others have as many as ten points of access and allow more animals to dine at once.

Finally, think about how and where you will mount or hang your hummingbird feeder. If possible, don't put hanging feeders in areas prone to heavy gusts of wind. Suspending a feeder from under a deck or gazebo, or in the branches of a lush tree are all fine ideas. Some feeders can also rest on flat surfaces, such as a table or wall, though these will be more likely to attract insects or rodents.

A few hummingbird feeders can be attached to a window using suction cups, and these provide a unique opportunity to view a hummingbird up close, something people of all ages will be thrilled to do. If you take the time to install a piece of one-way reflective window film on the other side of the pane, you can observe these amazing animals up close for hours on end without disturbing them.

Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

You can buy hummingbird nectar at a local store or order it online, but it is fabulously easy and inexpensive to make the nectar yourself, and doing so will not require much more time then ordering it anyway.

As flower nectar is largely made from sucrose, aka sugar, the primary ingredient in homemade hummingbird nectar is simply sugar. Use the same basic, refined white sugar you put in your coffee or cake recipe. The other ingredient in hummingbird nectar is also easy enough to come by: it is nothing more than water.

Mix one part sugar with four parts boiling water (or a quarter cup of sugar and a cup of water, in other words) and stir until the sugar is entirely dissolved. Then just let the mixture cool down to room temperature.

Make sure to store the hummingbird nectar in a clean, sealed container. You want to avoid using any vessel that has traces of other foods in it, and keep the nectar sealed from open air; sugar water can be easily fermented by exposure to yeast, and the result (alcohol and other compounds) can be harmful to a hummingbird's delicate constitution.

Creating An Ideal Space For Hummingbirds

You can create a yard that hummingbirds will love with a few easy steps. The first step to creating a hummingbird-friendly yard is to know which types of hummingbirds live in your area. Some online research or consulting books, especially those put out by the Audubon Society, can help you learn about your local bird populations.

Almost all varieties of hummingbirds will eat from a feeder filled with nectar, so choosing and using a hummingbird feeder is a great first step to cultivating the property. These feeders are especially important during the periods when flowers are not in bloom and/or are not producing sufficient nectar. If you put more than one feeder in your yard, try to hang them out of view of one another so no single bird will try to establish dominance over both units.

Depending on the time of year and your location, a few flowering plants that hummingbirds love include the beebalm, some varieties of which are known as bergamot. Sage bushes can attract hummingbirds with their scent and their colorful flowers, and this hearty plant does well in many environments. Citrus trees not only produce fragrant flowers hummingbirds love, but can also yield tasty fruits for humans, too.

Make sure to provide plentiful water for your hummingbirds. Not only do birds need to consume water for survival, but hummingbirds also like to bathe frequently. They can do this in a traditional bird bath, but also tend to love moving water, so putting out a fountain with a content trickle or even installing misting systems are both great ideas to attract hummingbirds and keep them happy once they find your home.

Finally, make your yard hospitable to insects, too, as these make up a surprisingly large part of a hummingbird's diet. Stop the use of pesticides, as these can kill a bird's food source and harm birds directly.

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Last updated on January 24, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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