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Best Hummingbird Feeder Reviews: Complete Buyer’s Guide

Are you looking for the best Hummingbird feeder for your yard? Then read on where we review the top options with Pros & Cons.
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With spring in the air and summer on its way, your garden is starting to come to life. Pollinators start buzzing around flowerheads, and hummingbirds begin to investigate the blooms for sap. Hummingbirds are the joy of any garden lover. This tiny bird flaps its wings at a high pace, producing the unique humming sound related to their presence around your plants.

Hummingbirds feature brilliant colored feathers, and they move quickly between your plants. These birds are essential pollinators in your garden, serving the same role as bees. With more hummingbirds and bees in your garden, you’re sure to have beautiful flowers and a productive vegetable patch.

So, how do you attract more of these little wonders into your garden? With a hummingbird feeder, of course! A feeder attracts more of the birds to your garden, and they’ll bring friends. Here are our top choices for the best hummingbird feeders to add to your garden.

Our Top Picks

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In case you’re busy in the garden this afternoon and don’t have the time to go through all the feeders in this review, here are our top choices. We have a model to suit your garden and your aesthetic needs.

Best Glass Humming Bird Feeder – Perky-Pet 203CPBR Hummingbird Pinchwaist Feeder

Perky-Pet 203CPBR Pinchwaist Hummingbird Feeder, Red Glass
  • Easy-to-fill and clean wide-mouth opening
  • Translucent Red glass bottle attracts hummingbirds
  • Four flower-shaped feeding ports with removable perches
  • Protect nectar with built-in ant moat and bee guards
  • Feeder base comes apart for easy cleaning

This attractive red-glass hummingbird feeder is an excellent choice for small and big yards. Featuring an easy-to-fill wide-mouth, built-in bee guards and an ant moat, this feeder is pest-proof. You get four flower-shaped feeding ports, and the red colored glass attracts the birds from across the yard.

Best Plastic Humming Bird Feeder – First Nature 3091 16-Ounce Hummingbird Flower Feeder

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First Nature 993091-546 16 oz. Hummingbird Flower Feeder
  • The bright red color attracts the most inquisitive hummingbirds
  • With easy-to-fill wide-mouth jar Reservoirs and two-parts bases, First Nature hummingbird feeders are the easiest feeder on the market to clean
  • The feeding ports will accommodate several hummer's at a time
  • With First Nature hummingbird nectar concentrate, you can mix the correct proportions right in the feeder jar

This hanging feeder features a design with durable plastic, meaning that it won’t smash to pieces if it falls on the floor. It features ten feeding ports, and an attractive red color to catch the attention of the birds. The wide-mouth is easy to fill, and the unit comes with nectar included for mixing.

Best Window Humming Bird Feeder – Jewel Box Suction Cup Window Hummingbird Feeder

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Hummingbird Window View Feeder Jewel Box Suction Cups Bird
  • Suction cups adhere to a window or you can mount it on a deck railing. The hinged lid opens for easy cleaning and filling and latches securely closed.
  • The bright red design attracts the birds. 8 oz. capacity
  • 3 Feeding stations, Plastic. Hardware not included.
  • Designed with a perch so birds can stay longer
  • Easy to refill , Measures 8.66" x 6.5" x 1.77"

Try using this window-feeder if you have a windowsill garden and want to bring more birds to your viewing area. It attaches to your window with suction cups, and the attractive red cover calls the birds in for breakfast. The unit comes with a built-in ant moat to keep those pesky insects away from the feeder.

Humming Bird Feeders Reviews

Perky-Pet 203CPBR Hummingbird Pinchwaist Feeder – The Best Glass Humming Bird Feeder

This model wins our award for the best glass hummingbird feeder. This model features design and construction with attractive red glass. The top of the model features the hanging hook, and it sports the ant moat to prevent ants from walking down to take a snack from the feeder.

The feeder comes with an 8-oz reservoir in the body that gravity feeds the nectar down towards the four feeding stations. The wide mouth of the feeder allows for easy filling and cleaning. The attractive faux-flower-shaped feeding tubes have mesh on the front to prevent bees from entering to drink the sap.

You have the choice of a model with a red or clear reservoir, but we recommend the red version to attract your hummingbirds. However, the clear option makes it easy to check in on your nectar level.

The classic design of this feeder makes it easy to take apart, and clean, and the flower feeding stations feature perches that let your birds rest between feeds.

This model is an excellent choice for larger gardens, and the 8-oz reservoir means you’ll only have to change the nectar every three to four days.

Pros:
  • Easy to fill and clean
  • Translucent glass design
  • Four flower-shaped feeding ports
  • Ant moat included in the design
  • Stops bees from entering the feeder
Cons:
  • Glass breaks if you accidentally drop it or bump the feeder off its perch

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First Nature 3091 16-Ounce Hummingbird Flower Feeder – The Best Plastic Humming Bird Feeder

This feeder is compact and fits in the palm of your hand. The First nature has an over-sized reservoir, holding up to 16-oz of nectar for your hummingbirds. Unlike the previous feeder in this review, the body of this model is short and stocky, allowing for easy disassembly and cleaning.

This model is an excellent choice if you have plenty of hummingbirds flying around your garden looking for food. The First Nature comes with ten feeding stations for hummingbirds, allowing them to congregate around the feeder with the 360-degree perch.

The top part of the feeder features the anchor S-hook, and there’s an ant moat to prevent them from walking down to the feeding area. If you don’t want to hang this model, you can place it on a table and let the hummingbirds feed on a flat surface with a saucer-style setup.

The plastic body of this model is durable, and it won’t crack if you accidentally drop it or the cat pushes it off the table.

Pros:
  • Small and compact design
  • Ten feeder ports
  • Easy to fill, wide-mouth jar
  • Red color attracts hummingbirds
Cons:
  • Requires regular filling

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Jewel Box Suction Cup Window Hummingbird Feeder – The Best Window Humming Bird Feeder

If you live in an apartment and have a balcony garden, this feeder is your best option. It’s an excellent choice for compact living and features everything your hummingbirds need to get a snack. The unit attaches to your window using two sturdy sucker cups. The suckers can stand the weight of three or four hummingbirds lighting on the rim-perch.

With three feeding stations, you have hummingbirds congregating around the feeder right outside your window. This model also features an ant moat, preventing the pests from reaching the feeding tray. The translucent 8-oz reservoir doesn’t hold much nectar, but it’s easy to see when your reservoir is starting to run low.

This model is easy to install, remove, and clean, and available at an affordable price.

Pros:
  • Suitable for apartments and balcony gardens
  • Attract hummingbirds right to your window
  • Use it with or without an ant moat
  • Affordable
Cons:
  • Limited feeding stations

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Grateful Gnome Hummingbird Feeder

The Grateful Gnome is another top glass model in this review. The design of the blown-glass reservoir features attractive yellow and red coloring to draw in the hummingbirds. With a 20-oz tank, you have enough nectar to feed a small army of hummingbirds, and you get red nectar included with your purchase.

The wide fill-mouth makes it easy to clean, and the five feeding stations feature small red flower designs to attract the hummingbirds. The wide mouth seals onto the frame, with a leakproof rubber O-ring, and a wire perch surrounding the feeding station.

Pros:
  • Pretty design
  • Colorful red and yellow glass attracts hummingbirds
  • Leakproof design
  • Easy to fill and clean
Cons:
  • Glass breaks if you drop it on the floor or knock it off its perch
  • No bee guards or ant moat

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Best Home Products Hummingbird Feeder with Perch

This model features a blown-glass reservoir, with attractive blue and black glass. We love the different color aesthetic of this model, and the hummingbirds seem to like it as well.

This model holes up to 4.5-cups of sugar water, with an attractive steel base and perch. The red-colored flowerheads invite the hummingbirds to take a drink, and this model’s overall design looks more like a garden lamp than a hummingbird feeder.

Unfortunately, there are no ant-moat or bee guards on this feeder, but the feeding holes are small enough to prevent bees from crawling into the tubes. The steel cage design of the frame around the feeder is a nice touch. However, we don’t think that’s going to provide much support if the feeder falls.

The most frustrating part of this feeder is the bottleneck in the reservoir. You’ll need a bottlebrush to reach inside and clean away the sticky nectar residue.

Pros:
  • Attractive design
  • Four feeding stations with independent perches
  • Colorful and attractive to hummingbirds
  • Easy to fill the wide-mouth bottle
  • Holds up to 4-cups of nectar
Cons:
  • Glass design breaks if it falls

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Wild Wings WWGHF1 Top Fill Hummingbird Feeder

This Wild Wings model has a unique design. With a short, stocky reservoir made from blown glass, The Wild Wings features an attractive color scheme, blending shades of blue, green, red, and yellow.

This saucer-style feeder features three attractive red flowerhead feeders, and you can remove them for easy cleaning. The leakproof design is excellent, but there is no bee protector or ant-moat included in this model.

You get a rustic-looking hanger for this model, and you can place it on a table for a saucer-style setup. Wireframe perching surrounds the feeder, and all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Pros:
  • Beautiful hanging design with a rustic look
  • Blown-glass is bright and colorful to attract hummingbirds
  • Elegant wireframe and perches
  • Silicone lid seal to prevent pests entering the bowl
Cons:
  • Glass is fragile and breaks if dropped

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Perky-Pet 215P Planter Box

Try this Perky-Pet model if you want a hummingbird feeder that you don’t have to hang from a tree.

This feeder features two units for the price of one, and they come with stakes to help you stake them into flowerpots. They’re a good choice for balcony gardens where you’re growing flowers in pots.

The top of the reservoir features a hook for the stake, but you can use it to hang it from a tree. These feeders aren’t attractive, but the hummingbirds don’t seem to mind.

The front of the feeder features a bee guard to keep the insects at bay, and the reservoir holds up to 3-oz of nectar.

Pros:
  • Comes in a two-pack
  • 3-oz capacity
  • Stake it into flowerpots
  • Clear plastic design for easy fill reference
Cons:
  • Not as attractive as other models in this review

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First Nature 3055 32-ounce Hummingbird Feeder

If you live on a large property and have plenty of hummingbirds visiting your flowers, this feeder is an excellent choice.

With ten feeding stations and a large clear reservoir, you’ll have plenty of birds congregating around this model. Unfortunately, there are no bee guards or ant-moat included in this model.

Pros:
  • Red color attracts hummingbirds
  • Multiple feeding stations
  • Easy to fill and clean
  • Durable plastic design
Cons:
  • Not as attractive as a glass-blown model

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Other Best Selling Options

Bestseller No. 1
First Nature 3055 32-ounce Hummingbird Feeder
  • The bright red color attracts the most inquisitive hummingbirds
  • With easy-to-fill wide-mouth jar Reservoirs and two-parts bases, First Nature hummingbird feeders are the easiest feeder on the market to clean
  • The feeding ports will accommodate several hummer's at a time
  • With First Nature hummingbird nectar concentrate, you can mix the correct proportions right in the feeder jar
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BOLITE 18001 Hummingbird Feeder Glass Wild Bird Feeders, Retro Edison Bulb Bottle, 25 Ounces
  • VINTAGE DESIGN - Retro Edison bulb glass bottle and bronze metal lid with flower feeding ports bring more natural beauty to your outdoor space
  • LARGE CAPACITY - Hold up to 25 ounces of nectar
  • ATTRACTIVE FEEDER - Hummingbird feeder features 5 red flower feeding ports and wide perches, attracting hummingbirds to feed and rest
  • EASY TO USE - Easy to fill, clean and distribute
  • PROFESSIONAL SERVICE - Feel free to contact us with 24-hour support for free replacement or full refund in case any product problem or not satisfied upon receiving
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N/A. Premium Hummingbird Feeder for Outdoors,Glass Brand Humming Bird Feeders, Best Color with Hand Blown Glass Bird Feeder, Leakproof 30 Ounces,Easy to Clean & Filling,Give Hook&Ant Moat.
  • ✔VIBRANT COLORS ★ We turn our passion for hummingbirds into inspirational artistic design inspirations, creating the most unique and shiny colors loved by hummingbirds, making hummingbirds more fascinating and happy, and making your yard more full of love and vitality.
  • ✔ASSURED QUALITY★ Food grade silicone seals (non-plastic) for hummingbird feeders are more conducive to preventing leakage and contamination. All the materials of the base are sturdy and environmentally friendly, no cracking, no rusting, no fading, and no harmful substances such as lead and mercury. Our hummingbird feeders ensure the safety of nectar.
  • ✔INGENIOUS CRAFTSMANSHIP★ Each hummingbird feeder is blown by hand by an ingenious craftsman. The air bubbles on the glass surface are sufficient to prove that the unique colors are carefully researched and drawn by the ingredients expert. The colors are inlaid in the glass The seams do not fade, our more professional hummingbird feeders are not easy to fade and damage.
  • ✔EASY TO FILL AND CLEAN★ The transparent glass and wide mouth of the hummingbird feeder make it easy to see the volume and fill the nectar in a timely and convenient way. Hummingbird feeders are easy to disassemble and clean, using a brush to clean the bottle and base separately.
  • ✔SATISFACTION GUARANTEE★ 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Our products have been thoroughly researched by experts to eliminate all risks. You deserve the best. If you don't like the hummingbird feeder for any reason, we will ensure that you get a full refund at any time.

Humming Bird Feeder Buyer’s Guide

So, which hummingbird feeder is the right model for your yard? With so much choice available, which one is the best option? In this buyer’s guide, we’ll give you everything you need to know about selecting the best hummingbird feeder.

What are the Features of a Good Hummingbird Feeder?

All hummingbird feeders come with a reservoir to hold nectar, and a feeding tube allowing birds to draw the nectar from the reservoir using their long, curved beaks. Most feeders come with more than one feeding station, allowing more birds to congregate around the feeder.

When hummingbirds realize they can get a free meal without doing any hard work, they’ll return to the feeder each day. Therefore, if you have plenty of birds in your area, opt for a larger model with a bigger reservoir, so you don’t have to refill every day.

A wide-mouthed reservoir makes for easy filling and cleaning, reducing maintenance on the feeder. Most models have perches, but hummingbirds prefer to fly when feeding. The perches should provide enough space for the birds to stop them from landing on the top of the reservoir.

Plastic or Glass Design?

You have the option of buying your feeder in a plastic or glass design. Both feeders have advantages and drawbacks.

Glass feeders look more attractive than plastic models. However, the glass will break if the birds or animals like cats accidentally knock it off its perch. If you break the glass, you’ll have to buy a new feeder.

Plastic feeders are more durable than glass options, but they don’t have the same aesthetic look as blown glass models.

Is the Color of the Feeder Important?

Hummingbirds fly around plants all day – the bright colors of the flowers draw the birds in for a snack. Therefore, it makes sense to choose a feeder with plenty of colors. Red and yellow are the two most common colors for attracting hummingbirds.

Most feeders will feature a combination of these colors to attract the birds. However, red, and yellow might be the best color options, but any bright color, like pink, light blues, greens, and oranges, will work.

Is the Shape of the Feeder Important?

Yes, the shape of your feeders makes a significant difference in attracting hummingbirds to your garden. The most common design for feeders is the top-reservoir model. This feeder houses a large container for nectar, which gravity-feeds the ports on the bottom of the model.

With these feeders, it’s easy to see how much liquid you have in the reservoir, and they are also easy to clean. However, the top reservoir design also leaks frequently. If your tank has a complicated design, it might also affect the cleaning of the feeder.

Top reservoir tanks are also visible to other birds that might investigate the feeder for a free meal. Another popular design for your feeder is the “saucer-style.” With this model, you get a reservoir in the base, with the feeding tray on top of the reservoir. However, these models are not suitable for hanging, and they are better for attaching to walls or windowsills.

The saucer base is usually transparent, allowing you to check on the nectar level without removing the reservoir. These models typically have smaller reservoirs and require frequent topping-up if you have plenty of hummingbirds in your garden or around your area.

What Can I Do to Keep Bees and Ants Away from the Feeder?

One of the drawbacks of using hummingbird feeders is that it attracts pests. Ants and bees will try to get as much of the sugar water or nectar as they can. Look for a feeder that features an ant-moat to keep these pesky critters away.

Bees and wasps seem to have an attraction to yellow, so limit its use on your new feeder. Some feeders come with screens to prevent bees from crawling inside the feeder. If you have plenty of bees in your garden, consider opting for a model that doesn’t have much yellow on the feeder.

If you still encounter problems with bees, plant more flowers in your garden to distract the insects from your hummingbird feeder.

Bees prefer feeding on plants rather than feasting on sugar water from hummingbird feeders. If you’re using a hanging feeder with no ant-moat, we recommend wrapping sticky tape around the hanger. This strategy helps to prevent ants from reaching the reservoir.

If you’re using a pole-mounted feeder, use arborist paint for the post, and it’ll prevent the ants from climbing up to the nectar reservoir.

Where Should I Place My Hummingbird Feeder?

Where you position, the feeder is essential. Make sure that you install the unit in the shade, and it should be within 10-feet of a flowerbed or tree.

Birds fear predators, and they will flee from the feeder for cover if they see a predator – like your cat, creeping upon them. If the feeder is too far from cover, the birds won’t risk visiting it for a meal.

We recommend that you install the feeder out of reach of other animals, such as your cat. A hanging feeder gives you the best options for positioning it away from people and pets.

When positioning your feeder, make sure it’s visible to the birds. If they can’t see the feeder, then they might not ever find it. You’ll need to ensure that there is plenty of room around the feeder for the birds to fly while they have a meal.

If you do end up placing the feeder near a window, make sure that you put a decal on the windowpane to help the hummingbirds identify the glass before an accident happens.

It’s also important to note that hummingbirds are a territorial species. You might attract new hummingbirds from other areas to your yard if you have a large feeder and a small space. The birds will argue over the feeding rights, and start fighting with each other.

If you notice overcrowding at the feeding station, buy a second feeder and hang it in the opposite area of your yard.

Tips for Cleaning Your Hummingbird Feeder

Now and again, you’ll have to do some basic maintenance on your feeder. We recommend that you clean the feeder each time you need to refill it. Cleaning the feeder makes it less attractive to pests like ants that love to feed on the nectar.

When cleaning your feeder, make sure you wash it properly with soapy water and rinse clean with fresh water to remove any soap residue. Leaving soap residue in the feeder might end up affecting the birds. Make sure you use a soft-bristled brush to rub away all sugar or nectar deposits when cleaning.

Leave the feeder to dry, and then fill it with fresh nectar before hanging it outside. The number of birds visiting your feeder determines how often you’ll have to fill the feeder during the week. In most cases, you’ll have to refill every three or four days, depending on the crowds your feeder draws.

When reassembling your feeder, make sure that you have all the correct o-rings and seals. Look for any damage to these components and replace them if necessary. If you can’t find a replacement seal online, you might have to buy another feeder.

Consider replacement components like seals, when buying your feeder, make sure the spares are readily available.

What Is the Best Food for Hummingbirds?

Hummingbirds are hungry feeders. These birds beat their wings thousands of times every minute, and they need a steady supply of energy to live. As a result, the hummingbird spends most of its day feeding. In nature, the hummingbird relies on nectar from flowers to fuel its energy needs.

Most feeders will come with a hummingbird nectar mix. You add water to this powder, and it turns into red-colored nectar for the birds. However, the red dye in the nectar isn’t healthy for the birds.

We recommend you make a batch of nectar from scratch yourself. Add one part of granulated white sugar to four parts of warm water. Wait for the sugar to dissolve, and then store it in the fridge. The nectar will last for a few weeks but throw it out if it starts looking cloudy.

Change the nectar in the feeder twice a week or every four days max. In warm weather, the sugar breaks down fast, separating from the water. If the nectar starts to ferment in the heat, it can make your hummingbirds sick.

If the nectar is bad, or they detect scents of soap. The hummingbirds won’t come back.

Best Selling Humming Bird Food

Bestseller No. 1
Kaytee 100506148 Ready to Use Hummingbird ElectroNectar, 64 Ounces, Clear
  • Hummingbirds are attracted to the color of your feeder, not the color of the food
  • Naturally clear hummingbird nectar formula not only attract hummingbirds, but also nourish & hydrate
  • Ready to use. Do not add sugar or water
  • Shake well before use and refrigerate after opening
  • Clean your hummingbird feeder prior to filling for best results
Bestseller No. 2
Perky-Pet 238 Hummingbird Nectar, 32-Ounce Concentrate
  • Designed to attract hummingbirds to your feeder
  • 100-Percent high energy Sucrose
  • Makes up to 1.25 gallons of nectar
  • Easy to use- just add water
  • Remember to clean your feeder twice a week, more often in very warm climates or seasons
Bestseller No. 3
Pennington ElectroNectar Ready to Use Hummingbird Nectar, 64 oz, Clear
  • Designed to attract hummingbirds to your feeder
  • Naturally clear hummingbird food, just like flower nectar
  • Contains no red dye or other artificial colors
  • Product is ready to use – no mixing required
  • Added electrolytes keep hummingbirds healthy and hydrated

Humming Bird Feeder FAQs

What size hummingbird feeder do I need for my yard?

Any of the models in this review will make a good choice for your garden. Hummingbird feeders aren’t big, because the birds are small. Look for a model with a large feeder tank for more time between refills.

How long does it take for hummingbirds to show up in my yard?

If you already see the occasional hummingbird dancing around your flowers, the feeder will bring more in a matter of days. The birds live in communities, and if they discover a plentiful food source, they bring friends to the party.

What do I use in the feeder?

Hummingbirds feed on the sap from plants. They will gleefully sip on sugar water, but that’s probably not the best choice for their health. Look online for specialized hummingbird formulations for your feeder.

Do I go with a glass or plastic feeder

It’s a personal preference. Plastic doesn’t have the same visual appeal as a blown glass model. However, plastic is affordable, and if the hummingbirds or the cat knocks it over, it won’t smash on the floor.

Conclusion

If you’re having trouble selecting the best humming bird feeder for your yard, why not rely on our top choices to make your decision?

The Perky-Pet 203CPBR is our top choice for the best glass feeder, and it’s largemouth and storage tank is easy to clean. The ant moat and anti-bee entrance ensure that only your hummingbirds have access to the nectar.

The First Nature 3091 is an excellent choice for a plastic feeder, and it has the same bright colors as other feeders to attract hummingbirds from across the garden. This feeder’s compact and sturdy nature makes it the ideal choice for smaller gardens, and there are plenty of ports for the birds.

If you stay in an apartment and want to bring more hummingbirds to your windowsill, install the Aspects Jewel Box. This feeder attaches to your window with suction clips, and the refillable ant moat brings the birds to your window while keeping ants away from the feeder.

Choose the feeder that meets your garden needs, and watch the hummingbirds line up for a turn!

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Hollie Carter

Hollie is a life-long gardener, having started helping her Dad work on their yard when she was just 5. Since then she has gone on to develop a passion for growing vegetables & fruit in her garden. She has an affinity with nature and loves to share her knowledge gained over a lifetime with readers online. Hollie has written for a number of publications and is now the resident garden blogger here at GardenBeast. Contact her at hollie@gardenbeast.com or follow on twitter https://twitter.com/greenholliec

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