- 1. First Nature 3055 32-OZ Hummingbird Feeder (Set 2)
- 2. More Birds 10 OZ Feeder with 5 Stations
- 3. More Birds 76IN OZ Vintage Red Antique Glass Bottle Feeder
- 4. First Nature 3051 16-OZ Feeder (Set 2)
- 5. Perky-Pet 8108-2 Green Antique Bottle 10-Ounce Glass Feeder
- 6. Perky-Pet 8116-2 Red Square Antique Bottle Glass Feeder
- 7. More Birds 14 OZ Copper Feeder
- 8. Grateful Gnome Hand Blown Glass Feeder
- 9. Aspects HummZinger HighView 12 oz Hanging Feeder
- 10. Juegoal 12 oz Hanging Hummingbird Feeder
- Types of Hummingbird Feeders
- Top Hummingbird Feeder Brands
- Questions and Answers
Isn’t it charming to have a drove of little hummingbirds thronging your garden? However, to make that happen, it is important that you choose a good hummingbird feeder. The feeder should be visually attractive to the tiny creatures and be easy to sip from but it is also important that you are able to clean all the feeder parts neatly and thoroughly. Otherwise, dirt and mold buildup inside the feeder may contaminate the nectar and deter the birds from sipping from the feeder. The unclean fluid may also be harmful for the birds’ health.
Thus, you can see that there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a hummingbird feeder for your backyard. To ease that process for you, here’s our carefully researched list of top 10 hummingbird feeders that meet all the above mentioned criteria. All of the products listed also enjoy great popularity on Amazon, as is apparent from the high number of reviews and positive ratings they have been given by the buyers.
Top Hummingbird Feeders
1. First Nature 3055 32-OZ Hummingbird Feeder (Set 2)
If you've a large population of hummingbirds in your neighborhood, you may consider this wide mouth rectangle-shaped large reservoir feeder with 32 oz capacity. Both the reservoir and the base with flower ports are made of durable polymer, so you don't need to worry on the ground that this is a plastic hummingbird feeder. The feeder is sturdy enough and will last. More importantly, however, the base features as many as ten feeding ports (with a comfortable round-perch design) which is what makes it an ideal product for places where there are many hummingbirds around. Of course, you can hang multiple feeders, but that means greater investment but also it looks more attractive when you see a flock of birds dining from a single unit.
The present offer, however, comes in a value pack of 2 feeders. So, if the hummingbird population is really huge, you may use both feeders at once. Otherwise, you can save one feeder for future use. As for cleaning, both the wide mouth of the reservoir and the patented two-part base design of the feeder make cleaning the unit a breeze. You can use homemade nectar for the feeder but may also give the First Nature Nectar Concentrate a try. The latter comes in an original red color and this may make the feeder in whole look more attractive to the birds.
Pros & cons
-10 feeder ports
-Wide-mouth, large 32 oz reservoir
-Easy to clean
-Apart from it being a plastic feeder (Glass feeders are always the best option due to their durability but, more importantly, since the glass helps the nectar remain fresh for a longer period of time. On the other hand, plastic feeders are always a cost-friendly option.), we cannot find any fault with this product.
2. More Birds 10 OZ Feeder with 5 Stations
This newly released More Birds feeder will instantly catch your eye courtesy the brightly translucent ruby red color of the top and the basin of the feeder. This glass feeder holds 10 oz of nectar and comes with useful features such as a built-in ant moat, a decorative hook for hanging, integrated feeding port perches, etc.
Pros & cons
-Extremely good price for a glass feeder
-Overall attractive design
-The five flower ports thoughtfully colored white, since many users complain that bright yellow flower ports tend to attract, besides the birds, many insects as well
-Some users have reported leaking problems with the model
3. More Birds 76IN OZ Vintage Red Antique Glass Bottle Feeder
This feeder coupled with a burnt penny accent base and a beautiful vintage antique-style red glass bottle is worth its money for its decorative aspects alone. It shall in itself add a distinctive touch of elegance to your garden space decoration. And, as it happens, the hummingbirds, they love it, too! The unit features five feeding ports accompanied by a spacious circular perch along the perimeter of the feeder base. Also, the feeder is so deigned that it is able to evenly distribute the nectar in each of its feeding ports. Finally, the wide opening of the 23 oz reservoir accommodates easy filling, refilling and cleaning. The feeder is available in two color options: the red glass bottle and the amethyst glass.
Pros & cons
-Excellent overall design with beautiful accents
-Detachable flat base and wide opening facilitate easy cleaning
-Flower ports are arranged on a sturdy metal basin cap
-Certain users have experienced that the color of the glass starts to fade under intense heat, so it's advisable that you hang the feeder in a somewhat shaded area.
4. First Nature 3051 16-OZ Feeder (Set 2)
This product comes with many of the same features and benefits (10 flower feeding ports, round perch design, S-hook, patented two-part base, durable polymer build) that you get from the First Nature hummingbird feeder product listed above. However, this feeder has a cylindrical-shaped reservoir and the capacity is 16 oz. This unit also features a built-in moat. Apart from that, as in the earlier model, the unit uses an innovative sealing ring that prevents leaks and the wide mouth of the bottle and the two part base accommodate easy and hassle-free cleaning. This product, again, is available in a 2 set value pack.
Pros & cons
-Large, easy-to-clean reservoir
-Built-in moat to keep ants and other crawling insects away
-Durable for a plastic feeder
-Easy to hang with the S-hook attached
-The polymer reservoir is somewhat thin and may lose shape during intense summer heat
5. Perky-Pet 8108-2 Green Antique Bottle 10-Ounce Glass Feeder
If you'd love to add a retro touch to your backyard or garden, consider this beautifully designed Perky Pet antique bottle feeder. This opus antique bottle in polyform shape has beautiful design patterns on the glass itself that is tinted an almost white and transparent green. Add to it the silver brushed accents on its sturdy metal base and you already have a little vintage piece on your hand. The feeder holds 10 oz of nectar and there are four feeding ports on the base. The model also comes in clear glass, red as well as in a cobalt blue option.
Pros & cons
-Beautiful vintage piece at a highly affordable price
-Attached metal hanger for easy hanging
-The too muted colors of the model may sometime fail to attract the birds.
6. Perky-Pet 8116-2 Red Square Antique Bottle Glass Feeder
This beautiful red antique glass bottle with a rustic, shabby-chic finish will grip your attention by its looks alone. With this feeder, one thing you'll readily appreciate is the manufacturer's minute attention to details. Apart from the attractive shape and design of the large 24 oz capacity bottle, there are subtle metallic design accents all around such as in the copper brushed base, the metal hanger, etc. The feeder on its own will stand out as an elegant accent piece in your garden space.
And apparently, the hummingbirds love it too, as we can gauge from the reviews of a good number of satisfied buyers. The feeder base with four red flower ports serves as a spacious and comfortable perch for the birds. The unit is also easy to clean with options to unscrew both the bottle as well as the base. Overall, a highly recommended product as a feeder that is stylish, functional and not too expensive either.
Pros & cons
-Attractive design accents
-Metal hanger for easy hanging
-Colored glass bottle helps attract hummingbirds more easily
-Some users report leaking issues with its plastic base or bottom
7. More Birds 14 OZ Copper Feeder
Another elegantly designed glass bottle feeder from More Birds. The metal top and base feature decorative brushed copper finish and in the middle, there is the bottle made of thick glass in a fluted design. The bottle holds 14 oz of nectar and there are five red feeding stations with integrated perches.
Pros & cons
-Easy cleaning and filling with detachable base and wide opening
-Elegant design and excellent functionality for a reasonable price
-The brushed copper may wear off under intense heat
8. Grateful Gnome Hand Blown Glass Feeder
Grateful Gnome hummingbird feeder line has made a name for itself for its innovative and extremely colorful bottle designs and the present Fiery Bell Tower product is another proud addition to this line. The feeder bottle, made of hand blown glass with threaded fiery yellow and red design, is an instant eyecatcher and will easily attract the birds. And despite the bright design, the glass has enough transparency to it so you'll never have any difficulty knowing how much nectar is there in the bottle. The round base is also large enough and includes a comfortable perch ring along the perimeter of the base. Earlier, the same product used to come with three feeding ports, but the present design includes an extra port---so, four flower feeding ports in total. The feeder is easy to assemble/disassemble and clean and with the help of the S-hook included in the package, you can safely hang it from a plant or a wire hanger. The feeder bottle contains 20 oz of nectar.
Pros & cons
-Beautiful bottle made of thick, hand-blown glass
-20 oz capacity
-Metal hanger for easy hanging
-Easy to clean
-The plastic base with the flower ports does not gel too well with the high-end design and build of the bottle
9. Aspects HummZinger HighView 12 oz Hanging Feeder
The hanging hummingbird feeder is another type of feeder distinct from the bottle-and-base type we were discussing up till now. A hanging or dish feeder features a nectar bowl topped with a cover or lid where the feeding ports and the perch ring (optional) are set. Many hummingbird lovers prefer this kind of model for the reason that they offer a clearer and less obstructed view of the birds themselves. The present HummZinger HighView product features a high and comfortable perch ring for the birds. The long metal hook gives you the option to either hang the feeder or post mount it.
The hanging feeders, by their nature, are easier to clean and the same is true for this unit as well. However, we especially recommend this hanging feeder for its excellent build quality. The bowl and the cover are constructed of UV stabilized durable polycarbonate and are able to withstand extreme heat as well as rough weather conditions. The gold-coated metal hook is of a sturdy quality, too. In addition, you'll also appreciate the fact that the feeder comes with a built-in ant moat.
Pros & cons
- UV stabilized polycarbonate material able to withstand extreme weather conditions
-Built-in ant moat
-Easy hanging or post mount option
-Leak or drip proof
- Due to its design, you'll need to fill the nectar bowl almost full (so that the level of nectar is at a point where birds can access the liquid). This means: one, frequent refill and two, frequent waste of leftover nectar from the bottom half of the bowl.
10. Juegoal 12 oz Hanging Hummingbird Feeder
Another hanging bird feeder that features an almost similar design to the one just described. It has a long brass rod opening just like in the Aspects product. However, the basin lid here contains five flower ports and the lid has a concave rather than a convex design, as in the Aspects feeder. Also, the flower ports are not as large or raised as in the earlier product. These small design points as well as the fact that the Aspects hanging feeder is made of a more durable polycarbonate material explain the difference in price between the two products. All the same, this 12 oz capacity Juegoal product is a decent enough hanging hummingbird feeder with a simple and practical design that also comes with easy cleaning and maintenance facilities.
Pros & cons
-Built-in ant moat
-Twelve tips that can be inserted on the inside of the lid to prevent insects into the feeder
-Cleaning brush included in the package
-Somewhat pricey for a plastic feeder
-Some users complain that the ant moat/guard is not too effective
Types of Hummingbird Feeders
Feeders, broadly speaking, fall into two distinct categories: inverted and saucer. They both do a good job, but one can usually be the better choice over the other in certain situations.
Inverted feeders is going to have one reservoir in the middle that is suspended over all the ports that the nectar comes out of. As long as there is nectar in the reservoir, the levels will never be off in any way.
With a saucer feeder, it is simply egg dish filled with nectar with the ports above the reservoir. Birds can get their bills directly into the nectar supply with this type of setup.
The drawback to inverted feeders is that they are somewhat difficult to clean, and they seem to have more issues with leaking. They do typically have more capacity for nectar, so those who do not want to spend a lot of time or energy changing it will like that.
Saucers have the ability to be put in certain situations that are easier for viewing. Being able to mount to a stair railing or even to a pole can be convenient. Birds seem to see inverted feeders slightly better, but eventually, both types will be found pretty easily.
Top Hummingbird Feeder Brands
More Birds, BOLITE and Perky-Pet are just a few of the more popular companies when it comes to hummingbird feeders. All three make a number of options for people to consider for just the right look and usefulness in their own yard.
Thanks to it being relatively inexpensive to manufacture, a number of independent companies as well make hummingbird feeders for people to checkout. It is encouraged to shop around and find just the right look. Many of these smaller companies do a very good job of delivering a valuable product. They just do not have the marketing that some of the other major companies do.
Reading online reviews are probably the best way to really get a feel for each feeder. Sometimes it is difficult to sift through some feeders that might have fake reviews, but for the most part it is relatively easy to gather some good information out there. Many people who end up writing reviews are actually very much into hummingbird feeding, and birds in general. Since it is a smaller niche group, they can provide some excellent tips and tricks to pick up on as well.
Average Hummingbird Feeder Pricing
Like anything, a person can spend a lot of money on a hummingbird feeder if they look long enough. With that being said, it is one of the easiest and most affordable hobbies to pick up. It is much more inexpensive to take care of and feed hummingbirds then something like having a cat or dog in the house. It also takes a lot less effort, because ultimately you’re not providing shelter for them all the time.
Online retailers tend to have a slightly more affordable prices for feeders. They also have a better selection overall, which is a positive thing to see. Nectar is usually purchased in stores, although that too can be purchased online. There are even recipes people can follow that allow them to make their own nectar at home if they wish.
Anything over $30 for a feeder is generally going to be a little bit expensive. Since they are so inexpensive, there are people who invest in multiple feeders and put them around their home.
Questions and Answers
We tend to get a number of questions from readers about hummingbirds in general. Here is a closer look at the common questions, with the answers provided as well.
Do Hummingbirds prefer red feeders?
Yes, they are. It really comes down to them seeing vibrant colors very clearly, especially in nature. It is hard to not see something that is red, especially in a sea of mostly green and brown in nature.
Other bright colors are often used with feeders as well. Red is also used because it is not known to attract other animals or insects. For example, yellow is a color that tends to be a little bit more attractive to bees and wasps. To avoid having them nearby, red is the better color.
Instead of only using red, there are plenty of ways to decorate a feeder as well. Tinted glass, fake flowers, designs and more can just make everything really come together in a yard.
Is it okay to feed hummingbirds sugar water?
Sugar water is fine for hummingbirds, as long as it is the right type of sugar. It is recommended to use cane or beet sugar for hummingbirds, as this is the easiest for their body.
Other types of sugars should be avoided at all costs. Brown, raw or organic sugar is going to be harmful for hummingbirds, and they are not even going to be accepting of it in the first place.
Honey, artificial sweeteners and other products should be avoided as well. It is a pretty simple process to make the nectar, so don’t try to be overly creative.
When mixing the sugar with water, many will recommend using spring water. However, tap water is perfectly acceptable as well, so do not feel like it is necessary to spend extra money on the best filtered water.
Other tips for sugar water include mixing it thoroughly, boiling the water to slow down mold growth and refrigerating any extra nectar. It’s not necessary to boil the water and refrigerate it, but it helps with the overall longevity of the nectar, saving a person a little bit of money along the way.
Is glass or plastic better for hummingbird feeders?
Both glass and plastic have positives and negatives when it comes to hummingbird feeders. There really isn’t a definitive option for people to choose when it comes to construction material.
Plastic feeders are going to be more inexpensive, and they are lighter as well. The downfall to them is that they are much more prone to leaking and being damaged by weather outside. Not only that, but they discolor and not look that great after a short amount time.
Glass is something that is going to run a little bit more expensive, and although it is somewhat durable, just one bad fall can shatter the theater. Glass is also a little bit weird when it comes to keeping the nectar from fermenting. It requires a little bit more upkeep for the most part.
What time of year do you put out hummingbird feeders?
The perfect time of the year for a hummingbird is dependent on where a person lives. By March, a person should be considering the feeders to be up and ready to go. Early March is for the warmer climates, such as along the Gulf Coast in the United States. People in the north, or Canada, can wait until the end of March.
In the beginning, do not worry about having too much nectar out. They will slowly start to show up. Feeders will be at their peak in popularity by the summer. That is when a person will be burning through the most amount of nectar.
The end of the hummingbird season will begin around October. Start to taper down the amount of nectar used, or even the amount of feeders used in the yard. By around the end of November, action will be pretty dead.
Remember that location matters a lot. These are just general rules. A person living in Florida will not follow the same schedule as someone living in Minnesota.
What is the best bee proof hummingbird feeder?
A bee proof feeder should not have yellow on it, for starters. They are attracted to this color, and it really does not do much for a hummingbird. Since some feeders do understand this problem, they even provide insect guards to prevent bees from trying.
It also helps quite a bit to move around the feeder if bees are particularly prone to hanging around. Investing in a guard will help, but bees might still try to do what they can to get to the nectar.
There are a number of bee proof, and insect proof feeders online. The Cuboid 2-in-1 hummingbird feeder by Sherwoodbase is a very affordable option that is a perfect starting option for people to consider.