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  • Writer's pictureNina Melillo

Outdoor Fountains – A Review of 3 Water Fountains


Multi level outdoor water fountain

Why We Need the Sound of Water


Have you ever wondered why being around a body of water or just listening to the trickling sound of a babbling brook makes you feel calm and relaxed? There is a biological explanation. Water is so calming because it triggers a deep immediate response in our brains. “The mere sight and sound of water can induce a flood of neurochemicals that promote wellness, increase blood flow to the brain and heart, and induce relaxation”. (USA Today)


If you, like me, are not one of the fortunate ones who live next to a glorious lake or magnificent ocean, don’t despair. Adding outdoor fountains to your garden can achieve the same effect as being next to water, especially if you close your eyes and listen to the soothing sound! Add some Zen to your space, lower stress and anxiety levels, and boost your overall feeling of happiness and well-being by adding that perfect outdoor fountain.


Benefits of Water Fountains


Humidity


In addition to relaxation and lowering your blood pressure, the fountain adds much needed humidity to your garden. Most flowers, unless they are succulents, thrive on the right amount of humidity. Many leaves will wilt, curl, and turn brown if there is not enough humidity in the air. Fountains are a perfect solution for adding moisture into the surrounding air.


Ambience


Trickling water adds calming sounds to the garden. It also adds zen to a meditative area. Certain fountains have LED lighting that add a hint of mystique to your outdoor oasis.


Sound Buffer


No one likes to hear roaring traffic or the neighbors’ booming voices. The sound of the fountain will mask or lessen the intensity of this unpleasant clamor, especially if you focus your attention on the tranquil, lulling song of the fountain. Even if you live in a city, you’ll still benefit from the comforting effects of a lovely outdoor fountain.


Aesthetics


Fountains are beautiful. There are so many styles to choose from. It will be easy to select a fountain that suits your fancy, as they come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and materials.


Attracts Wildlife


Watching wildlife in your backyard, even if it is just varieties of birds, brings excitement and entertainment to your outdoor space. You can enjoy watching the birds bathe in or sip water from the fountain while listening to their happy chirps.


Isn’t it time you added this perfect complement to the decor of your garden? Read on to discover some excellent choices that will enhance your garden and help you reach that perfect meditative state of relaxation to the end of a long, hard day.


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A Variety of Outdoor Fountains


Alpine Corporation DIG100XS Water Jar Fountain w/LED Light

Torquoise colored water fountain

Color: Turquoise

Material: Fiberglass/Resin

Brand: Alpine Corporation

Item Dimensions: LxWxH15 x 15 x 32 inches

Item Weight: 28.66 Pounds

Power Source: Corded Electric


This jar-shaped fountain has a contemporary flair along with a vintage look due to it’s cracked jar appearance. It comes in turquoise.


This fountain is powered by a high performance UL listed pump and adaptor inside the urn. The pump is 12V. This jar can be used both inside and out. You need a power source close by or use an outdoor extension cord if needed. The fountain is equipped with a 6.5 foot cord.

Due to its weight, it can withstand heavy outdoor winds.


The fountain has a top spout that when flowing, has a trickling sound like that of a babbling brook.


The fiberglass and concrete construction makes it durable enough for harsh winters. It is weather-proof and rust-resistant.


It comes with a one year warranty from time of purchase.


Some Thoughts About the Fountain


This fountain received a 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon. However, after reading the comments, I feel it is hit or miss with this fountain.


Many people thought it was absolutely gorgeous and had no problem with it. They loved the look of it, the sound of the fountain, and the ease with which to attach the pump and add water.

Some consumers had to return the item due to a crack but received another in a timely fashion.

Then there were others who had received damaged fountains due to poor packaging, fountains whose pump stopped after 3 and a half months, or who complained that the sound of the pump drowned out the trickling sound of the water.


The fountain is warrantied for a year from time of purchase by the manufacturer so if you really love the look, why not give it a try?



Ravenna Italian Fountain


Traditional round 3 tiered fountain

Item Weight: 43 pounds

Made From: lightweight resin

Manufacturer: Universal Lighting and Decor

Dimensions: 43″ high x 25″ wide

Base: 11 3/4″ wide


A classic Italian style fountain with a rust finish.


The fountain has three tiers of cascading water with spouted edges. Each basin has a geometric pattern.


It comes complete with a pump and a 9 foot cord that connects to any standard plug. The fountain holds 5 gallons of water.


This fountain can be used both indoors and outdoors.


It is constructed of a lightweight resin. When fully filled with water it is heavy enough to prevent it from being knocked or blown over.


Some Thoughts About the Fountain


This fountain received a 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon reviews. Some of the complaints, though, seem to have been made from consumer error. Below are some paraphrased Amazon reviews.


Cons:


Some complained the pump did not attach well and that the fountain itself took too long to assemble.


Others stated it was made of cheap plastic and that it came cracked. Also, the finish chipped off after a couple of weeks.


The water splashed onto the surrounding area.


Water has to be replenished frequently.


Pros:


It looks beautiful and is easy to assemble. It took people about a half hour to fully assemble the fountain.


The sound is very soothing and can be heard a distance away. Birds love the bath and running water it provides as do squirrels and deer in the evening.


You can adjust the pump so it does not splash out of the basin.


It is recommended to spray it with a clear sealer such as Krylon Clear Glass sealer to protect it from the environment. Also, some consumers placed it on a 16″ x 16″ paver to level it.


The fountain is easy to disassemble and reassemble for the winter and spring. It takes about 15 minutes.


The hatch where the pump is located is easy to access making it simple to detach and clean.


The fountain is a beautiful addition to a garden. Especially if you are looking for a classic style.



D&F Gardenfans Water Fountain Outdoor Indoor Polyresin Decor


Multi leveled fountain with 4 bowls and lighting

Dimensions: 12.99″ L x 13.78″ W x 39.76″H

Weight: 24.2 pounds

Material: Polyresin

Water Pump Line: 1.83m

Connection Length: 2m

Lamp Line:1*1m,3*0.6m; UL listed

Required Tubing Diameter: 0.59″

Lamp: 4 LED Lights(4*1LED)

Pump:Maximum Flow: 120V/0.195A /60HZ/158.5 gph; pump included; adjustable valve


This contemporary fountain brings zen to your garden. The sound of the trickling water is very calming.


The fountain appears to be solid stone, but is made from resin.


It is very easy to set up with no assembly required. The water does not spray or splash from the fountain.


To install, feed the clear tubing from the top (under the large bowl) down to the bottom. Add the water, and set the pump into the bottom, pull the lighting electrical cords out of the way. Then slide the cover onto the back.


The fountain, when filled with water, is heavy enough to resist tipping from the wind.


It is recommended to spray with a sealer before exposing it to the outside elements.


Some Thoughts About The Fountain


After reading many reviews and researching the brand, I found this fountain to be well made, reliable and easy to install. Many people had glorious reviews, saying they loved the look and sound of the waterflow. They also enjoyed the ambience created by the soft LED lights.


The brand, D&F Gardenfans, has been found to be one of the best manufacturers of garden fountains. In fact, this particular fountain was ranked #1 for outdoor freestanding fountains from “Findthebest”.


It also received a 9.4 score from “ProductUpdates.org” which uses Artificial Intelligence as well as Big Data from famous review newspapers.


Given the high ranking of this product, I feel the D&F Gardenfans Water Fountain is a good choice.



I hope you enjoyed this review. If you’d like some ideas on how to decorate your garden, refer to my blog “Unique Garden Ideas”.


Please leave a comment below and let me know how you made out if you purchased one of the fountains listed in this post. I’d love to hear from you.


Happy Gardening,


Nina


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