Revamped feeder improves on the original unique design with its elevated perch for hummingbirds to roost while feeding out of 4 ports. Has a sturdy build that provides a clear view of feeding birds.
Some small insects can find their way into the feeding jar. Smaller hummingbirds may not be able to reach all of the nectar when it begins to get low. Somewhat pricey.
A classic design with all the features you need to attract numerous hummingbirds – spacious 32 oz. capacity, 10 yellow flower feeding ports, and 360 degree perch. Easy to fill and clean.
Care must be taken to attach the lid properly, otherwise leaks may occur or the jar may fall off. Ants can easily get into the feeder.
Compliments any outdoor area with its antique looks, etched glass bottle, and metallic finish base. Wide opening makes it easy to fill and 20 oz. capacity goes a long way.
On the higher end of the price range. Some leaks have been reported, as well as a few faulty jars that broke with regular use.
Has a straightforward design with a sturdy build thanks to the glass jar and stable bottom. 8 ports provides ample room for multiple birds. Easy to take apart, clean, and reassemble.
Fairly small – only holds 8 oz. of nectar. Small jar opening is more difficult to fill than some competitors and may require a funnel to prevent messes.
Stands out for being super easy to fill with its large opening. Has a spacious jar and 10 feeding ports. Sturdy seal helps prevent leaks.
Nectar sometimes fails to flow from the jar into some of the feeding ports. 2-part system is a great concept, but a bit challenging to disassemble for cleaning.
Tiny and much-loved, hummingbirds are a joy to watch. A hummingbird feeder can attract these adorable birds to your garden, so you can watch them from the comfort of your own home.
Deciding you want a hummingbird feeder is the easy part; it's choosing the right one that's a challenge. How do you select the best hummingbird feeder, and how can you tell which features are important, and which are redundant? If you're in need of some guidance, we at BestReviews are here to help.
Our mission is to create thorough guides and reviews that aid consumers in making tough purchasing decisions. To do so, we test products in our labs and out in the field, gather feedback from existing customers, and consult experts.
Read on for our full guide to hummingbird feeders, then, when you're ready to buy, scroll up to the top of the page to see our five favorite models.
Nectar from flowers is one of a hummingbird’s main food sources.
Nectar is essentially a simple sugar syrup, so hummingbird feeders hold sugar water (or "hummingbird nectar") for these birds to drink.
Hummingbirds are reluctant to feed on sugar water unless the experience is similar to feeding from a flower (which is why you can't just put down a bowl of hummingbird nectar), so these feeders are specifically designed to attract hummingbirds and make them feel comfortable feeding from them.
Bottle-style hummingbird feeders have a large bottle containing nectar, which runs into a base. A number of feeding ports surround the base.
Pros: They have a large capacity, so they don't need to be refilled as regularly. Their large size may make them more visible to passing hummingbirds.
Cons: Can be more difficult to clean than basin-style feeders.
Basin-style hummingbird feeders are shaped like a flying saucer. The hummingbird nectar sits in an enclosed basin, with several feeding ports on the top.
Pros: Tend to be easy to clean, and most models have built-in bee guards.
Cons: Need filling more regularly than bottle-style hummingbird feeders.
A hummingbird feeder should be easy for hummingbirds to drink from. If it isn't, they're unlikely to return regularly, as they won't see it as a convenient food source.
It can be hard to tell if a feeder is easy to drink from just by looking at it, so we recommend looking at customer reviews. If customers are satisfied and report that hummingbirds are visiting their feeder regularly, you can assume it's easy enough for them to use.
With most products, color is only an aesthetic consideration, but it does make a difference for hummingbird feeders.
Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, so a red hummingbird feeder encourages these birds to investigate and subsequently feed from it.
Red also doesn't tend to attract insects, so you should find that fewer hang around a red hummingbird feeder than would come to one of a different color. Hummingbirds usually won't drink insect-infected nectar, so this is important.
The style of feeder can be important to both you and your visiting hummingbirds. Since hummingbirds tend to prefer feeders that give them an experience similar to drinking from a real flower, they may be more likely to frequently use feeders with drinking ports that look like flowers.
Apart from that, choose a style that you like the look of. You can find modern-looking hummingbird feeders, vintage style models, and plenty of others.
While it's more important that the hummingbirds like the look of your feeder, you should also select one that appeals to you.
The most common construction materials for hummingbird feeders are glass, plastic, and metal.
The feeder's bottle or basin is usually made from either glass or plastic, and the perches and ports from either plastic or metal.
Glass is often easier to clean and is heat resistant, but it is more fragile if dropped. Plastic is durable, but make sure any plastic parts on your chosen feeder are heat resistant, UV stable, and preferably food-grade. Any metal parts should be properly coated, so they don't rust or get too hot for your feathered friends to perch.
The drinking ports on a hummingbird feeder are where the birds sup their nectar. Most feeders have between four and ten ports, but you may find some exceptions.
Only one hummingbird can feed from each port at a time, so the more you have, the more hummingbirds can eat at your feeder — in theory, at least.
While it may depend on the species, and the temperaments of the individuals that visit your yard, hummingbirds can be aggressively territorial, so you may find that one hummingbird claims your feeder, and will try to chase others off. In this case, we'd recommend placing a few feeders with a smaller number of ports, to encourage more hummingbirds to different feeders.
You can find hummingbird feeders at a range of price points.
Here's what you should expect to get for your money:
Basic hummingbird feeders cost under $10. These tend to be made entirely from plastic, and may not be UV stable.
Mid-range hummingbird feeders cost $10 to $30. You can find more durable, heat stable plastic models in this price range, as well as those with glass bottles.
High-end hummingbird feeders cost $30 to $100 (but most are priced under $50). These include intricate, all-glass models.
Most hummingbird feeders come with a perch, since some birds like to rest on the feeder, even though they often hover while drinking nectar. Some perches are removable, so you can see whether you attract more hummingbirds with or without the perch.
Many insects — including bees and wasps — are attracted to yellow. Avoid hummingbird feeders with yellow parts if you'd like to keep insects at bay.
Look at the capacity of your chosen feeder. If a large number of hummingbirds visit your yard, you'll need a greater capacity than if you just have a handful of regulars to your feeder.
Some species of bats may visit your hummingbird feeder at night. While some people choose to deter them, there's no reason why you shouldn't let them join in the fun. Many bat species are endangered or vulnerable, and they won't prevent hummingbirds from using the feeder since these birds feed during the day, whereas bats feed at night.
Q. How do I make hummingbird nectar?
A. You can make hummingbird nectar by mixing together water and white sugar, at a ratio of four parts water to one part white sugar. Never use honey, food dye, or brown sugar in your hummingbird nectar. Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved in the water.
Q. What will attract more hummingbirds to my garden?
A. Simply placing a hummingbird feeder in your yard may not be enough to attract hummingbirds, especially if you've never noticed them in your garden before. You can, however, take steps to encourage these birds to visit.
Plant hummingbird-friendly flowers, trees, and shrubs in your garden (such as hollyhocks, begonias, and azaleas, to name but a few).
Time your planting so that there's always something in bloom in your yard.
Tie red ribbons in trees or on fences to attract hummingbirds that might be passing by.
Avoid using pesticides in your garden.
Q. Are hummingbird feeders easy to clean?
A. Some hummingbird feeders are easier to clean that others. Basin-style feeders tend to be the easiest to clean, but most bottle style models aren't too much of a challenge to wash, especially if all or part of the feeder is dishwasher-safe. It's best to clean your feeder using hot water only — sugar dissolves in water, so if the feeder's sticky, just leave it to soak.
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