What is the best bird bath for your backyard?

 

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This is a common question asked by many bird feeding enthusiasts. Unfortunately, it’s not one that is easy to answer.

 

The problem is that there are HUNDREDS of options available to purchase.

 

Birdbaths come in MANY different styles, colors, and materials.

 

For example, are you looking for a decorative bath in the middle of your garden? Or do you need a water source that attaches to your deck?

 

In this post, I am sharing 12 different bird baths for you to check out. I tried to include a large variety of different styles and types, with the hope that you can find a product that fits your specific wants and needs.

 

Here is how my list of the 12 BEST bird baths is organized:

 

Before proceeding, you may want to read this post that I wrote:

 

I hope you enjoy and find the perfect birdbath. At the very least, I think you will get pointed in the right direction!

 


Pedestal Birdbaths: (4 options)

 

When someone pictures a birdbath, a pedestal bath is what most people think of first.

 

To me, they have the “classic” or “traditional” birdbath look, which is a round bowl supported by a sturdy pedestal. The average height off the ground is usually around three feet.

 


#1. API Heated Bird Bath with Metal Stand

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This bird bath features a simple design, which includes a basic metal stand that supports the water bowl. This product is perfect if you want a low price and aren’t looking for something fancy to decorate your garden. Can you say, minimalist?

 

One nice feature about this product is that you can heat the water! In the cold winter months, you can plug the bath in to keep the water from freezing. Having an open-source of water in freezing temperatures is an excellent way to attract birds in winter.

 

Here are some other notable features:

 

  • Thermostatically controlled (150 watts of power) that should keep the water between 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. The included cord is relatively short (15 inches), so you will need to purchase an outdoor extension cord too.

 

  • The bowl has a textured surface and rim that is specially designed to help a bird’s talons grasp and land.

 

  • The diameter of the bowl measures 20 inches across and 2 inches deep. The stand measures 30 inches high.

 


#2. Farm Innovators Heated Birdbath

 

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This birdbath is a solid addition to any backyard. It gives the appearance of a large, concrete bath, but it’s actually only ten pounds! The light weight makes it EASY to move and clean.

 

And speaking of easy cleaning, the water basin can be removed, which allows you to take the top to your hose for scrubbing and hosing.

 

Maybe the best part about this birdbath is that it’s heated! A built-in extension cord runs up the middle of the pedestal. The heater (120 watts) is thermostatically controlled. One nice feature is that the power cord can be hidden while the heater is not in use.

  • Farm Innovators includes a 3-year warranty on this heated birdbath! Please click here to read more details.

 


#3. Songbird Essentials Glass Birdbaths

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Hummingbird   |   Songbirds

 

Both of these glass bird baths are the same, except for the fact they feature different designs. I think I’m partial to the one that has pictures of songbirds on it, but I know many people can’t resist something with hummingbirds. 🙂

 

Having either of these baths in your flower garden would make a great decoration, in addition to providing a water source for birds. In fact, this product can also be displayed indoors!

 

The glass bowl has a textured bottom and is 20 inches in diameter. The stand reaches about 24 inches high, which might be a bit lower than you thought after looking at the picture.

 


#4. Vintage Outdoor Resin Pedestal Bird Bath

 

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Copper   |   Green

 

I included this product because, for an affordable price, you get an attractive looking birdbath (that works). I like the antique copper finish, but if you don’t, it also comes in green.

 

The bath is made from resin, which means it’s weather-resistant and will help preserve its vintage look. The construction is also super durable, and it shouldn’t break if it accidentally falls.

 

 

The birdbath stands a little over 28 inches tall, and the water basin is 20 inches across. If you find that the bath is too wobbly, then you can fill the inside of the pedestal with water or sand to help weigh it down.

 


Ground Baths: (3 options)

 

True to their name, ground bird baths are positioned on or very close to the ground.

 

The reason for their proximity to the ground is to appeal to the instincts of many birds. Just think about it, almost all birds in the wild have to come down to the ground to drink!

 

Also, ground baths are used by many unique birds and mammals. Some of the species seen drinking at my ground birdbath include ducks, hawks, skunks, raccoons, and opossums, in addition to many songbirds.

 


#5. Poly Lumber Birdbath

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This ground bath is the one that I have in my backyard!

 

If you want, you can watch my birdbath LIVE and in action below.

I have a webcam that streams the area underneath my bird feeders 24/7. The camera even has incredible night vision to watch the nighttime animals.

 

 

First, I like that this ground bath is made from recycled poly lumber. This material is incredibly durable. I have owned this product for a few years now, and there has been no fading, splitting, or cracking of the material.

 

The water pan is shallow at only 2 inches deep. This depth makes it easy for birds to access the water, but I do have to refill the water quite often since the pan doesn’t hold much volume. I also have a small, slanted rock in the center of the pan to allow birds a place to land and slowly wade into the water.

 

The height of the bath is roughly six inches off the ground, so it’s easily accessible for all animals. Even newborn ducklings have been observed jumping up and going for a swim!

 

I leave this birdbath in my yard all year round. During the winter, I place a deicer into the water to prevent it from freezing. As you can imagine, since the water is only 2 inches deep, it freezes extremely fast.

 

Lastly, I wanted to mention that the plastic pan is not attached to the poly lumber. So this makes cleaning the pan extremely easy! Almost every time that I refill the bath with water, I remove the pan and dump out the debris that the birds managed to spill into the water.

 


#6. Farm Innovators 3 in 1 Heated Birdbath

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What’s nice about this bath is that you can use it just about anywhere!

 

If you want to put it on the ground, then it has legs that can be attached. Also included are mounts that allow you to connect the birdbath to either your deck or a post.

 

As the name suggests, this bird bath has a heater inside for when the weather turns cold, and it has been tested down to -10°F (-23°C). During the warmer months, you can hide the cord underneath out of view. The heater is thermostatically controlled and only operates when needed, which saves on your electric bill.

 

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The plastic water basin removes easily for cleaning and scrubbing. But please note that the water dish is not very large at 14 inches in diameter, and it only holds about one quart of water. You will probably need to refill this birdbath often.

 


#7. Farm Innovators Sand-coated Heated Birdbath

 

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I own this heated, ground birdbath, and I have used it in my backyard for a few years.

 

There are many things that I like about the product. First, I think it looks incredible, and its sand coating gives it a rock-like appearance that blends in well. The sand coating also gives birds a rough surface that they can grab onto with their talons.

 

I have never had a problem with the heating. No matter how cold the weather becomes, there is always open water for the birds to drink. For example, check out this hawk that came down for a drink!

 

I have only one complaint to make.

 

After about a year, the sand coating started to chip off in certain spots. This flaw didn’t affect the performance of the heater or the bath, but it definitely made it less appealing to look at. I have also heard this same complaint from other people.

 


Deck-mounted Birdbaths: (2 options)

 

Can you imagine waking up in the morning, grabbing some coffee, and then watching birds drink and bathe right on your deck?

 

Well, with a deck-mounted birdbath, this scenario is entirely possible.

 

I think having a small bath attached to your deck has many benefits. First, it’s very close to your house, therefore making it easy to observe the birds that use the water source.

 

Second, the bowls on a deck-mounted bath are typically smaller and lighter, which makes them easier to refill and clean!

 


#8. API Deck Mounted Heated Bird Bath

 

 

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Since birdbaths that attach to your deck are typically close to your home, they offer extraordinary views of birds drinking and bathing.

 

This specific HEATED bath provides many benefits (listed below) for a relatively low price!

 

  • Constructed of plastic, so it’s not going to shatter when it freezes or falls.

 

  • Includes a mounting bracket that also features a hinge, which makes the bath easy to tip to the side to empty old water.

 

  • The power cord can be stored underneath the basin and out of sight during warmer months.

 

  • Built-in thermostat.

 

  • The birdbath measures 20 inches across with a 2-inch depth.

 

  • Maintains open water up to -20ºF  (-28ºC) and uses a 150-watt heater.

 


#9. Audubon Deck Mounted Bath

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If you are looking for a functional birdbath that is easy to attach to your deck and doesn’t cost very much, then this option is a good choice.

 

Included is a clamp that is used to secure the bath. And the best part is that no tools are required. After opening the box, you should have this product outside on your deck, attached, and full of water in under five minutes.

 


The bowl is 10 inches across and tapers down, which allows birds a chance to find the depth that works best for them. Even at its maximum, the depth is only approximately 2.5 inches. This means that the water evaporates fairly quickly, so you will need to refill and refresh the water every day or so.

 


Hanging Bird Baths: (3 options)

 

Hanging baths are nice for many reasons.

 

First, they are easy to move around the yard, which allows you to try many locations. I like that you can hang them from your bird feeding pole next to your feeders, allowing your birds to eat and drink in the same place!

 

Second, hanging birdbaths come in a variety of colors and styles. I think they make great decorations in flower gardens, in addition to helping birds.

 

And lastly, because they are smaller, hanging baths are easy to take down to scrub and clean!

 


#10. Hanging Copper Bird Bath

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This hanging birdbath, made from pure copper, is absolutely beautiful. I think it makes a fancy addition to almost any garden. The best part is that it’s also functional, and the bath should attract a wide variety of birds.

 

The bowl is 17 inches across and about 2 inches deep at its maximum.

 

Did you know that copper is a natural inhibitor for bacteria and algae?

 

While you will still need to clean the bath often, this fact means you may be able to go a bit longer between cleanings!

 


#11. Hanging Glass Birdbath

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This bright and colorful glass hanging bath looks fantastic. I love the colors and design. As far as looks are concerned, I think that colorful glass is my favorite option for birdbaths!

 

This bath measures 11.25 inches across and is approximately 3 inches deep in the center.

 

It’s incredibly easy to clean too since it’s made from glass. Dirt and debris should wash right off without sacrificing any of the beautiful colors.

 

Overall, a great combination of functionality, design, and price!

 


#12. Hanging Cedar Bird Bath with Removable Pan

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Many hanging bird baths try to strike a balance between looking great as a decoration and attracting birds.

 

If you are more interested in a functional hanging bird bath and don’t care as much about what it looks like, then this product is probably what you need.

 

As you can see, there are no fancy colors or vintage designs. It’s simply cedar wood that is made to hold a plastic pan.

 

The plastic pan is easily removed, which makes cleaning this bath incredibly simple and easy. Just pop out quickly and blast with your hose. You can leave the metal chains and cedar hanging in the tree the whole time.

 

The pan is 17 inches wide, which provides a large area for birds to bathe and drink. Since the bowl is not tapered, I would recommend putting in a small rock that allows birds to wade in to find the depth they prefer.

 


Final Thoughts – Best Bird Baths

 

Putting up a birdbath in your backyard is a fantastic decision. Not only does a bath look nice, but the creatures it attracts are incredibly entertaining to watch.

 

I did my best to compile a list of some of the best bird baths available to purchase today. I know there are many more out there that will do just fine in your yard.

 

To be honest, I’d love to hear about what you are currently using? It would also be beneficial to anyone else who reads through this article.

 

What birdbath are you currently using?

 

Please share the style, make, and model if possible!

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Scott

4 responses to “12 BEST Bird Baths To Consider In 2020! (I own #5)”

  1. Sue says:

    It’s neat to hear about other’s birdbath hacks. The boot tray one is unique, Ange–I can see how it would work well!

    Ultimately, the best bird bath is the one that’s kept FULL and CLEAN.

    We have a drought this summer in the Northeast, and I am filling my 2 baths 2x/day! Those baths get a ton of traffic, and the enthusiastic bathers splash out quite a bit of water (I’m looking at you, you silly, lovely bluejays!). It’s a labor of love to help them stay hydrated and clean. <3

  2. Ange says:

    I’m using a $6 boot tray lol. It’s wide and shallow. I’ve had families bathing at the same time. Squirrels, chipmunks and bees use it too. Maybe night time guests but don’t have a camera. 😊

  3. Tracey E says:

    I have 3 bird baths. An old fashioned concrete one on a pedestal. The birds love it. It’s wide and fairly shallow with sloping sides, so many birds can bathe. I also have a homemade one. It’s just a Round black pan, that goes under a planter. I have some flat rocks and a round rock, and I keep that near the feeders on the ground. About 2 inches deep. I also put a little solar powered bubbler fountain in it.
    The most popular birdbath though, is another one I sort of concocted. Birds literally line up to take a bath in this one. I had an old concrete birdbath, and the base of it broke. I decided to place the bath on the ground, right by where the water from our sump pumps drains in my front garden. The pipe and the bath are at the edge of my garden, and they sit about 6-8 inches above the ground The bath is getting fresh water in it, whenever the dump pump discharges the ground water. In spring, wHen there is a LOT of water, it overflows the bath and makes a puddle in the ground that sits for a bit ( we have clay soil there). And that, is the birds absolute favourite!!! I put some driftwood pieces, and a garden bench there. It’s below a big weeping spruce , it’s lower beaches removed about 8 feet. So lots of places for birds to dry off, or sit waiting their turn. I love your love Cam’s, and this article was so helpful. A heated bath is next due to our frigid Ontario winters!

  4. Sue says:

    I have an old-fashioned 2- piece concrete birdbath; 24″ high, 20″ dia, with a 1-inch flat rim, sloping sides, & a depth of 2 inches. The birds really love it! It’s near an outdoor faucet so I use a hose to clean/refill 1 or 2x daily during the summer. In winter I put a de-icer in it; footprints in the snow tell me lots of critters are drinking from it in the cold months! Due to your article, I may set a basin on the ground so that more creatures can enjoy a drink.

    I scrub it once a week with a dedicated brush to remove any algae/stains. Will sometimes use baking soda or vinegar (with a good, long rinse afterwards), but never any bleach or strong chemicals! They don’t need it sterile, just clean.

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