The 10 Best Hummingbird Feeders to Attract Feathered Friends to Your Yard
When purchasing a hummingbird feeder, you're committing to keeping it clean for the health of your local hummer population. "Before shopping for a hummingbird feeder, make sure you are prepared for the necessary upkeep," warns Sarah Barnard, avid birder and WELL and LEED accredited designer. "Feeders should be cleaned once to several times per week to keep feeders safe for birds, depending on season and climate."
Not all hummingbird feeders are created equal. We sifted through sizes, materials, styles, and other attributes to find the best hummingbird feeders.
Our top pick is Perky-Pet's pinchwaist feeder because of its overall functionality and affordability. Plus, it's easy to refill, with a broad opening and unscrewable base.
Here are the best hummingbird feeders available online.
- Best Overall: Perky-Pet Favored Pinch-Waist Glass Hummingbird Feeder
- Best Budget: First Nature Hummingbird Feeder
- Best Glass: Perky-Pet Our Best Red Base Glass Hummingbird Feeder
- Best Saucer: Juegoal 12 oz Hanging Hummingbird Feeder
- Best for Windows: Sweet Feeders Geometric Window Hummingbird Feeder
- Best Large: More Birds Big Gulp Hummingbird Feeder
- Best Small: Aspects 430 Hummzinger Highview Mini Hummingbird Feeder
- Best Blown Glass: Nature's Way Hand Blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder
- Best Metal: Perky-Pet Elegant Copper Glass Hummingbird Feeder
- Best Decorative: Muse Garden Hand Blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder
Many states have reported an increasing number of avian flu cases. Before setting out bird feeders, birdbaths, or birdhouses, please check with your state's department of natural resources.
What We Recommend
Best Overall: Perky-Pet Favored Pinch-Waist Glass Hummingbird Feeder
Best Budget: First Nature Hummingbird Feeder
Best Glass: Perky-Pet Our Best Red Base Glass Hummingbird Feeder
Best Saucer: Juegoal 12 oz Hanging Hummingbird Feeder
Best for Windows: Sweet Feeders Geometric Window Hummingbird Feeder
Best Large: More Birds Big Gulp Hummingbird Feeder
Best Small: Aspects 430 Hummzinger Highview Mini Hummingbird Feeder
Best Blown Glass: Nature's Way Hand Blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder
Best Metal: Perky-Pet Elegant Copper Glass Hummingbird Feeder
Best Decorative: Muse Garden Hand Blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder
The Bottom Line
All things considered, Perky-Pet Favored Pinch-Waist Glass Hummingbird Feeder earned the top spot on our best hummingbird feeders list because it's easy to use and clean with a wide opening and unscrewable base.
What to Know About Hummingbird Feeders Before Shopping
Reservoir capacity impacts how many birds can feed at a time, and how often you need to refill your feeder. Nectar should be switched out every three to four days at most, and cleaned between refills. The more hummingbird feeders placed throughout your yard, the more hummingbirds you'll see. Note that hummingbirds get competitive and are protective of their feeders.
16- to 32-ounce feeders are the most popular. This size prevents waste and provides enough nectar for a few days. It's often better to get a few smaller hummingbird feeders spaced out across your yard rather than one large feeder since nectar spoils after five days. The hotter it is outside, the quicker nectar spoils.
Plastic and glass don't rust over time, so they're ideal for hummingbird feeders. Both materials are affordable, sturdy, and clean effortlessly. When feeders hit the ground (and they will), you want something durable that won't break.
Plastic feeders are cheap, lightweight, and crack-resistant, but may warp, fade, or crack over time in the sun. Some plastic feeders are dishwasher safe. Glass feeders are sturdier and last longer than plastic feeders. Plus, they're easier to clean. Simply soak glass feeder components in warm water. One drawback with glass feeders is that they're more susceptible to breaking if they fall.
Naturally, hummingbirds are attracted to bright colors, especially red. While it's important to have a bright hummingbird feeder, color isn't everything.
Plastic and glass hummingbird feeders come in two main styles, inverted (tube) and saucer (dish). Tube feeders hang upside down, holding nectar at an ideal pressure. Saucer feeders are shallow dishes either uncovered or stocked with ports, allowing a hummingbird to completely immerse its beak in nectar.
Depending the model, inverted or saucer feeders may have a single feeding port or multiple. Unlike other avian species, hummingbirds aren't social and prefer to feed alone without competition. They're territorial creatures, so the more ports the better.
Hummingbird feeders need to be placed strategically in a sheltered location, like in a tree where hummingbirds can forage for food. It's key to place a feeder close to other spots where birds can perch, possibly next to other bright flowers. When placed in the shade, nectar is less likely to spoil.
Place your hummingbird feeder in a location where it can be easily enjoyed from a window in your home. You'll need easy access to clean and refill your feeder regularly.
"An excellent way to encourage hummingbirds to visit your garden is to pair feeders with native plants known to attract hummingbirds," noted Sarah Barnard, avid birder and WELL and LEED accredited designer. "Offering a diversity of feeding options will appeal to a broader range of hummingbirds, keeping them nourished and happy while enhancing the visual enjoyment of the outdoors."
Hummingbird feeders can hang, sit on the tabletop, or be attached to a window. Hanging feeders should be elevated five feet off the ground and can be easily installed with a j-hook on a sturdy tree branch. If your dwelling has large windows, opt for a suction-cup feeder.
Questions for Your Questions, Answered
What should you feed hummingbirds?
Heat four parts water until boiling, then stir in one part sugar for the ideal hummingbird nectar concoction. Take off heat and stir the water until all of the sugar melts. Once the nectar cools, it can be added to the feeder. Excess nectar can live in the fridge for a week before spoiling. Hummingbirds are attracted to bright colors, but we don't recommend adding food dye to your nectar. Food dye can harm hummingbirds, so let the feeder serve as the brightness that draws the .
How do you clean a hummingbird feeder?
Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned once or twice a week with hot, sudsy water and liquid dish detergent. Rinse the feeder with cold water and let air dry before replenishing with nectar.
When should you put out a hummingbird feeder?
Hummingbirds start feeding from early March to early May. We recommend putting feeders out sooner rather than later, as male hummingbirds return earlier from migration than females. You'll see higher volumes of hummingbirds once mid-summer arrives.
There's no harm in leaving feeders up into late fall in northern locations. Hummingbirds won't delay their migration due to the presence of feeders. Some hummingbirds even dwell where it's colder throughout the winter.
Who We Are
This article was written by Daria Smith, a Charleston-based freelance writer and editor who covers commerce for an array of Dotdash Meredith brands including Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, and Southern Living. To come up with this list, she thoroughly researched hummingbird feeders and considered factors like size, material, capacity, and extra features and spoke to Sarah Barnard, avid birder and WELL and LEED accredited designer for additional information on hummingbird feeders.