The 8 Best Water Fountains to Buy in 2018

Add a cool and calm vibe to your space with these decorative water fountains

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While the sound of crashing waves or running water is surely soothing, a trip to the beach or the closest natural waterfall isn't accessible for all. Enter decorative water fountains: these pieces of home decor offer the same zen sound waves you get out in nature and bring them into your space. Whether you place a fountain in your backyard or mount one to a wall indoors, the flow and hum of the water makes a soft background noise. Plus, these fountains are mesmerizing and calming just to...MORE look at. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and in a variety of different styles and price ranges. Whether for your office, garden or in your home, there are water fountains to fit your space.

Here are our favorite water fountains for adding a slice of serenity to your home or other personal space.

  • Jeco Buddha Water Fountain with LED Light

    Best Overall: Jeco Buddha Water Fountain with LED Light

    It doesn’t get much more zen than this Buddha water fountain. The fountain is an artistically crafted statue of the spiritual guru who has inspired so many around the world throughout the years. In the middle of his arms sits a lotus flower from which water flows. The blossom is also equipped with LED lights that emit a peaceful glow.

    This fountain measures 17.72" L x 16.73" W x 26.7" H and weighs 11 pounds. It can be used indoors or out and requires electric power. It’s made of...MORE polyresin and fiberglass, and the pump and light are included. It’s a great way to bring peace and harmony to any space.

  • Serene Waters Natural Stone/Metal Wall Fountain

    Best Mounted: Serene Waters Natural Stone and Metal Wall Fountain

    This wall-mounted water fountain is a great alternative to traditional artwork when you want to add some personality to a space. With lights to add a soft glow, water flows down the fountain into a stone-filled basin below. The water recirculates for a steady, soothing rhythm. 

    Made of natural stone and metal, it’s neutral and elegant enough to blend in with almost any decor. This one is for indoor use only, however. It measures 36" x 21" x 6" and requires an electrical outlet and a...MORE 50-watt light bulb. An on/off switch is located on the top.

  • Best Tabletop: SereneLife Desktop Waterfall Fountain

    When you want to add a little touch of serenity without taking up too much space, a tabletop water fountain is a great option. This three-tier fountain can be used indoors or out and has a built-in pump to keep the water flowing. It’s also equipped with three spaces in which you can burn scented tea candles, so you can soothe all your senses at once.

    Place it on your desk, on the kitchen table or on a coffee table. It serves not only as a gorgeous accent piece, but also provides soothing...MORE background noise for a calm, cool vibe. All you need is an electrical outlet, then just plug it and let it flow.

  • Best Natural Look: Alpine WIN316 Rock Waterfall Fountain with LED Light

    For a natural look that will make you feel like you’re in the great outdoors, this lighted rock water fountain mimics the sound and flow of a real waterfall. Made of strong, durable fiberglass, it has the look of natural stone too. This fountain can be placed indoors or out and makes a great addition to a garden or an indoor space that could use some peaceful ambiance.

    The fountain measures 23" x 18" x 40" and it’s lit by LED lights, which are included. It weighs 47.7 pounds, so it’s...MORE a nice, solid piece. Customers love it and say installing it is easy and the sounds are incredibly realistic.

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  • Hex Outdoor Tiered Solar Fountain

    Best Solar-Powered: Hex Outdoor Tiered Solar Fountain

    For a fountain that’s as soothing as it is environmentally friendly, there’s this two-tiered solar fountain. It comes with a separate solar panel that has a rechargeable lithium battery to keep the water flowing. Solar-powered LED lights give the fountain a soft, warm glow for gorgeous evening ambiance.

    This fountain measures 20.4" x 20.4" x 29.6" and is designed for outdoor use. It’s made of fiberglass and resin, and weighing just 18.7 pounds, it’s light enough to move around when...MORE you want to set a calm mood somewhere else.

  • Best Rustic: Rustic Three-Tier Apple Barrel Outdoor Water Fountain

    If you want more of a quaint, rustic look, this apple barrel water fountain offers an old-fashioned feel. Three bushel baskets made of fir wood are stacked, and water flows down from one to the next before recirculating, making a rhythmic, soothing sound as it goes.

    It weighs 29.9 pounds and requires an electrical outlet to run. Made for outdoor use, it’s a great addition to a garden or patio.

  • Best Modern: Modern Curved Columns 31" High Fountain

    If your style is more modern, this curved columns fountain can add just the right touch to your space. With simple clean lines and curves, it circulates water between three levels that are topped by a sphere shape. Lights set a soft, warm backdrop for the comforting sounds.

    Made of resin with a faux sandstone finish, it measures 31" x 14" x 11" and weighs 23 pounds. It can be used indoors or out and comes with five halogen bulbs as well as an 8-foot cord that plugs into any standard...MORE electrical outlet.

  • Best Office: SereneLife Desktop Waterfall Fountain with LED Lights

    This desktop waterfall fountain adds some serenity to the daily hustle and bustle of a work day. It’s sleek, stylish and perfect for placing on a desk or shelf. Water flows from the the top, creating a soothing, peaceful rhythm. Built-in LED lights add a warm glow.

    This fountain is easy to assemble, lightweight and compact (it measures approximately 5" x 5" and is 10 inches in height). While it’s perfect for an office, it can be used outdoors as well, or anywhere you want to see a...MORE peaceful mood. It also makes a great gift for someone who could use a little more relaxation in their life.

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