The 9 Best Indoor Fountains

Updated October 18, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

9 Best Indoor Fountains
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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Whether you're furnishing a new space or just want to add a touch of elegance and the relaxing sounds of trickling water to your existing living room or office, any one of these indoor fountains will do the trick. Including a variety of designs and both tabletop and wall-mounted options, something from our selection is sure to suit you perfectly. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best indoor fountain on Amazon.

9. John Timberland Water Ripple

At just over 17 inches in height, the John Timberland Water Ripple is large enough to command attention, yet still blends in with a room's decor. It has an elegant textured faux-stone surface, and looks great with river rocks in its base.
  • made of lightweight resin
  • includes a detachable light
  • pump mechanism is unreliable
Brand John Timberland
Model 50002ORB
Weight 28.1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Sunnydaze Cascading Caves

The Sunnydaze Cascading Caves is a tabletop unit with a striking tree-like design that allows for water to flow down its natural-looking textured interior. It can be appreciated from any angle, and incorporates LEDs for subtle illumination.
  • footpads protect underlying surface
  • whisper-quiet pump
  • tends to splash a bit
Brand Sunnydaze Decor
Model 1506-35114
Weight 8 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Alpine WCT202 Tiered Column

The Alpine WCT202 Tiered Column has pillars designed to hold three tea light-style candles, so it combines two elements perfect for relaxation or meditation. It's elegant and compact, with a sturdy cast stone resin construction.
  • makes a great addition to a bathroom
  • includes a set of tea lights
  • flames may scald the columns
Brand Alpine
Model WCT202
Weight 3.4 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Stacked Rocks Tabletop

The Stacked Rocks Tabletop features water cascading down a natural-looking surface while lit by gently glowing LED bulbs. It looks heavy, but it is actually lightweight enough to be moved around with ease at just four pounds.
  • pump is accessible via hidden door
  • looks great among plants
  • pump is a bit loud
Brand Sunnydaze Decor
Model 1506-35127
Weight 5.9 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. SereneLife SLTWF30

The SereneLife SLTWF30 is versatile enough to be placed anywhere, from a kitchen counter to a therapist's desk, and subtle enough not to steal the show. Its quiet trickle will help you relax, but is easy to ignore when you need to focus.
  • durable poly-resin construction
  • great low cost option
  • may need frequent refilling
Brand SereneLife
Model SLTWF30
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Deco 79 87919

Bring a bit of the outdoors inside with you thanks to the Deco 79 87919, which features a floral design with petals that carry its gentle trickle, producing a subtle but soothing sound. It takes up very little space on a desk or table and comes in a lovely brass hue.
  • simple plug-and-play operation
  • requires very little water to run
  • stands an impressive 23 inches tall
Brand Deco 79
Model 87919
Weight 3.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Seven Cascade Cut-Away

The Seven Cascade Cut-Away creates the beautiful sound of gently rippling water that will help you relax and forget the day's stresses. Standing 35 inches tall, its large size makes it a great statement piece for a home entryway or an outdoor patio.
  • illuminated basin
  • complements earthy decor
  • ample 15-foot cord length
Brand John Timberland
Weight 3.1 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Adagio Serene Waters

Perfect for a boardroom or home entryway, the Adagio Serene Waters stands 3 feet high and makes for a stately wall-mounted enhancement. It's available with your choice of four metallic-colored frames and is made in the United States.
  • includes mounting hardware
  • lined with plastic to prevent leaks
  • backed by a 1-year limited warranty
Brand Adagio Water Features
Model SW
Weight 31.6 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. Waterdrop Natural Slate

The Kenroy Home Waterdrop Natural Slate is elegant and understated, adding a touch of class to any room. Its five waterfall tiers give off a pleasant flowing sound and, when filled with distilled water, it requires almost no cleaning or maintenance.
  • feels sturdily built
  • includes river stones for base
  • authentic copper details
Brand Kenroy Home
Model 50307SLCOP
Weight 23.8 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

A Brief History Of Fountains

The history of mankind has been closely tied to our ability to find fresh drinking water, as we quickly learned that it's quite difficult to establish any form of civilization when you're thirsty all the time. Of course, for early man, this meant setting up shop near a river or stream and never straying too far from it. Eventually, however, we figured out a way to bring the water to us by using fountains.

The first known fountain was discovered in Iraq, in the form of interconnected stone basins that the ancient Assyrians used to divert water from the Comel River. While their contemporaries in Egypt were able to utilize the Nile for drinking and irrigation, the Assyrians had the benefit of a water source on higher ground, allowing them to use gravity to fill their fountains.

In the 6th century B.C.E., the Greeks created a vast system of aqueducts that transported water to their cities via bronze pipes from rural springs and rivers. The Romans, on the other hand, used lead pipes to siphon water from mountain springs. Rome was filled with fountains, with over 600 available to the general public and even more reserved for the wealthy and powerful.

By the Medieval period, fountains became primarily artistic installations. Many monasteries commissioned fountains in areas designed for reflection and rumination, as the sound of the running water was considered soothing.

During the Renaissance, the customs of antiquity became highly valued, and, as such, a focus was placed on recreating fountains in public spaces. These installations were commissioned by various popes and were intended to show off the opulence of the cities in which they were placed, ideally to demonstrate the wealth that accompanied being a faithful follower of Christ, because Jesus was all about chasing that paper.

In the 19th century, many cities in Europe and America experienced population booms, and supplying enough water to their citizens increasingly became a concern. This led to a rise in the construction of aqueducts bringing water from the country to fountains in the city, and the invention of the steam pump enabled citizens to put fountains inside their homes for the first time. This meant that, by century's end, public fountains were used almost exclusively for decoration.

Since then, fountain construction has slowed considerably, and any new creations are purely for decoration. We no longer get our drinking water from fountains, but they have become increasingly popular in homes and offices as a means to establish a classy and soothing atmosphere.

Why You Need An Indoor Fountain

It's difficult to overstate just how relaxing it can be to have a fountain gently babbling in the background as you go about your day. At a time when stress-related illnesses are on the rise, finding a way to lower your blood pressure is absolutely essential.

If you meditate — and you should — having a fountain nearby can help you focus your attention and redirect your thoughts. The calm, steady sound of the running water can act as white noise, gently drowning out any other sounds that could distract you or interfere with your practice.

Having a fountain isn't just about your health, however — they're also visually appealing. The dynamic nature of the fountain instantly makes it a focal point of any room in which it's placed, giving you an automatic conversation starter.

Many people also consider installing a fountain to be good Feng Shui, as the energy of the water is believed to bring wealth and prosperity. Of course, there aren't any reputable studies to back this up, but if the fountain lowers your stress levels, at the very least it will save you some money on doctor bills.

Finally, the water can help keep your home or office at a comfortable temperature, lowering your utility costs. In addition to cooling the room, they'll also help to humidify it, which is excellent for anyone who is prone to respiratory problems.

How To Choose The Right Indoor Fountain

Now that I've sold you on the value of adding a fountain to your home or office, it's time to decide which model is best for you.

The first thing you need to consider is whether you want a free-standing or wall-mounted option. Free-standing models are usually less expensive and can be moved from room to room, while wall-mounted fountains are often more durable and can bolster the re-sale value of the home. There's no wrong answer here — and no rule that says you can't get both.

Also, keep in mind that if you get a wall-mounted version, you'll need to mount it. If you don't have the tools or desire to do any light remodeling work, you're probably better off getting a free-standing option.

The size of the fountain is another important consideration. Some of these things are truly massive, which makes a powerful statement to your guests — but also takes up a lot of space. How much of your personal bubble are you willing to share with a fountain?

If possible, you should listen to it before you buy it. Is it too loud for you to concentrate, or too soft for you to hear? There's no point in getting a fountain for its soothing sounds if those noises give you a headache or require you sit right next to it.

Beyond that, it's all about style. Find one that you'll enjoy looking at, day in and day out, and make sure it meshes with your existing decor (you want it to stand out, but not for the wrong reasons).

Ultimately, though, the most important factor is that it fills your guests with shame over how much classier you are compared to them.

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Last updated on October 18, 2017 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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