What Is The World's Best Hummingbird Feeder? Reviews Of Top Rated, Easy To Clean Options
Is it hummingbird season yet?
To maximize your enjoyment of watching these sweet birdies this spring, you need to find the best hummingbird feeder to attract these colorful creatures to your yard.
Plus, you need to make sure your chosen feeder doesn’t leak nectar and turn into a sticky, sugary mess...
But we’ve got you covered.
We narrowed down the hundreds of options on the market into the cream of the crop.
So whether you are a complete newbie to feeding hummers or already have an idea of what you want, you’ll be able to shop for and buy the top rated option that will look great in your backyard.
- Best Overall: Aspects HummZinger
- Easiest to Clean: Songbird Essential Dr. JB’s Clean Feeder
- Best Budget Buy: First Nature 3051
- Best Window Feeder: Aspects Jewel Box
- Best Glass Feeder: More Birds Hummingbird Feeder
Best Hummingbird Feeders Reviewed
1. Best Overall - Aspects HummZinger High View Hanging Hummingbird Feeder, 12-Ounce
The Aspects HummZinger High View 429 Model is built to please your local hummers. This simple, yet effective durable polycarbonate feeder ticks all the boxes to get the job done.
It is super quick and easy to install and hang from your favorite tree or patio hook - but more importantly it is easy to refill and clean!
I don’t know about you, but if something is hard to clean I just won’t want to do it that often...
...and since hummers need fresh nectar, it is crucial to find a feeder like the HummZinger that you can refill and clean in just a few minutes.
The red accents will attract many hummers to your backyard, and the built-in ant moat will keep unwanted insects away.
And the thin metal hook gives you an unobstructed view of all four feeding ports no matter which angle you are watching from.
Plus, the affordable price means you can hang a few of these around your backyard for 360-degree bird watching fun.
2. Easiest to Clean - Songbird Essentials SE6002 Dr. JB’s Clean Hummingbird Feeder, 16-Ounce
From our Dr. JB’s Clean Hummingbird Feeder review, it makes clean-up a cinch. If you don’t want to have to hand clean your feeder, I have good news for you: this bad boy is dishwasher safe!
Yes, that means you can quickly remove the two-piece base and stick the components in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Here’s the kicker:
While I do like the glass, the container is very wide so you won’t be able to easily watch any hummers feeding on the port opposite you and the tube.
Not a deal breaker but something to keep in mind, which happens with all tube feeders.
A cool feature is you can buy this feeder in a set which includes a sturdy window hanger. This gives you the option of moving the feeder from hanging in a tree to being on your kitchen window as desired.
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3. Best Budget Buy - First Nature 3051 Hummingbird Feeder, 16-Ounce
If you are a bird watcher on a budget, pay close attention.
The First Nature 3051 feeder is similar in design to the Dr. JB feeder above, but at less than half the price.
That means you can stock up on the 2-pack of the First Nature for less than the price of most other notable hummingbird feeders.
It gets better:
The First Nature has 10 ports instead of just 4 like most other feeders.
The compound effect of the low price and numerous feeding ports means you can feed over 4x the hummers per dollar spent.
Now that sounds like my kind of bird watching.
4. Best Window Feeder - Aspects Jewel Box Suction Cup Window Feeder, 8-Ounce
The Jewel Box Window Feeder from Aspects is as cute as it sounds.
While not a large feeder with only 3 feeding ports, it is perfect for attaching to those smaller kitchen or bedroom windows and still allowing a clear view to the rest of your front or back yard.
The half-circle perch gives hummers a solid resting place and the optional ant moat deters those pesky insects.
Here’s the deal:
It contains the bare essentials to keep your hummers nourished and keep the dish clean with minimal effort - the hinged top comes off in a snap.
If you have many hummers, we recommending getting at least 1 hanging feeder and 1 window feeder to keep all your birdies happy.
5. Best Glass Feeder - More Birds Hummingbird Feeder, 10-Ounce
Let’s make it clear: we like almost everything about this glass tube feeder, and your hummingbirds will too.
It is very similar to the JB (and more affordable), but the main drawback is that the flower feeding ports can easily fall out.
While not a huge issue it is something to be aware of, and to always be on the lookout for so you can clean and reinstall the flowers after they fall out.
Buying Guide: How To Choose The Best Hummingbird Feeder & Top Considerations
Now that you’ve had a chance to take in the top options available, let’s dive into how these devices work and what separates the good products from the great - because they’re not all created equal.
As you’ll soon find out...
This way, you can make an educated decision on which feeder is best for YOUR backyard and will be able to understand the various terms, features, and other jargon used to describe these products.
Plus, you want to get the full benefits of attracting the most hummingbirds to your backyard for fun bird watching. Also, more hummingbirds equals less insects so it’s a win-win for everyone!
What Is A Hummingbird Feeder And How Does It Work?
Hummingbird feeders differ from standard bird feeders in both their form and function.
While most bird feeders work for most of your local avian population, hummingbird feeders are specifically designed to cater to small, colorful hummers.
Standard bird feeders are built to store and provide wild bird seed, but hummers require a special kind of liquid fuel to power their rapid wing flapping.
The sweet liquid nectar dictates a different design and vacuumed, airtight storage container to hold this tasty drink. The nectar can’t be directly exposed to outside elements such as water, air, or sunlight – otherwise it will spoil.
Most feeders for hummers consist of two main components - the reservoir and the base.
The reservoir is the dish, vacuumed tube, container, or bottle where the sweet nectar is stored, and the base contains feeding ports where the hummingbirds can sit and perch or hover above while drinking.
Reservoirs come in either strong plastic or sealed glass containers to protect the nectar fluid and keep it flowing properly while the birds are drinking. High-quality containers will contain little to no gas bubbles and will stop flowing when feeding is finished to avoid leakage.
Common Types of Feeders
Dish vs Bottle
The two basic types of feeders can be categorized as dish or bottle setups.
Dish (aka saucer) feeders simply hold the nectar below the feeding ports. To fill them up, just pour the nectar into the dish and put the top back on for the hummers to resume drinking.
They are typically easy to clean and not as prone to leaks.
Bottle (aka tube or vacuum) feeders are bottle-shaped and hold the nectar above the feeding ports in an inverted, tightly sealed container. As the birds drink up, the liquid level gets lower and lower.
While more of a “classic” look, these feeders have a high tendency to leak and are harder to clean since you need brushes to reach deep inside them.
My favorite are the dish/saucer feeders since they are simple and super easy to clean, which makes me more likely to keep my hummers well-fed and taken care of!
Which should you pick?
Honestly, since most options on the market are not that expensive, I recommend buying one of each to see which type both you and your local hummers prefer.
Hanging vs Window
Another key consideration is where the feeder will be placed - are you going to hang it in a tree, from the roof of your patio or deck, or stick it on your kitchen window?
The names of each type pretty much say it all, but it is worth pointing out that you do have multiple options available.
While hanging feeders are the most common, window feeders are especially handy if you don’t have any trees or sturdy, secure places to hang a feeder from. For example if you live in an apartment or garden home where outdoor space is limited, you can still join in on the hummer enjoyment by sticking a feeder to a window!
There are two main safety concerns to be aware of with window feeders:
- They are prone to not sticking properly and falling off the window, so be sure to buy from a trusted brand.
- Hummers might start accidentally running into the window! To avoid injury, you can try out putting specially-made decals on your window which help prevent birds smashing into the window.
Deep Diving Into The Components: Things To Look For
Material: Glass vs Plastic vs Metal
Ideally a feeder will be made of glass (or at least the nectar storage tube) due to its purity and long lifetime.
However, glass feeders are heavier and can break if they get knocked down so we recommend you go with a high-quality plastic material instead. Plus, they will get hot in the summer.
Modern day UV-stabilized polycarbonate plastic used in bird feeders is high-quality, lightweight, and durable. Not to mention sturdy and shatter resistant! Polycarbonate, unlike cheap alternative plastics, won’t leach harmful compounds into the nectar either.
You might come across some suet feeders with metal components. While not a terrible idea, be aware that just like glass, the metal can become very hot in the summer months which will heat up the nectar and possible deter hummers.
Plus, metal is prone to rust.
Red is the gold standard color of hummingbird feeders since hummers are attracted to red and other bright colors, which makes sense because most flowers are brightly colored!
So you want to make sure the feeder predominantly features red accents in order to attract the maximum number of birds. It might even blend in if you have a lot of Cardinals feeding around.
However, please avoid dying nectar with red food coloring - the artificial red dye is damaging to hummer health and is clear in the first place, so there is no need to dye it.
Look for feeders that have a clear nectar container so you can easily monitor the level to know when it is time to clean and refill.
Feeder Size / Bird Capacity
Feeder size is measured in two capacities: how much nectar it holds and how many birds can feed at the same time.
What’s The Perfect Bottle Size?
Regarding container size, bigger is not necessarily better! While nobody wants to have to refill the feeder every single day, you don’t want a gallon-sized tube either.
Keep in mind that nectar can spoil quickly (and the feeder will be prone to mold if there are any leaks), so look for feeders that will empty and be refilled 1-2 times per week - at least twice a week in hot weather and once per week in cooler weather.
Also, avoid feeders that still contain some leftover nectar when they look empty to avoid mold.
8 to 16 oz nectar capacity is plenty, and you can go up to 20 oz if you have a lot of birds and are dedicated to regularly emptying, cleaning, and refilling the tank.
Speaking of a lot of birds, did you know that a group of hummingbirds is called a “charm”? How charming ;)
How Many Hummers Can It Feed?
Regarding bird capacity, look for feeders with at least 4 feeding ports in order to provide a buffet for a herd of hummers.
If you do have a lot of hummers around, we recommend instead of having one large feeder that you get multiple smaller feeders to provide several feeding locations.
The main reason for this is male hummingbirds are notoriously territorial and can block other hummers from “their” feeder.
So, to keep all your hummers well-fed in the presence of a backyard bully the best idea is to give them multiple options to drink from.
Does the feeder have a built-in perch?
While not completely necessary, providing a solid perching area gives the hummers a temporary break from the perpetual flapping of their wings.
Those birdies that prefer to hover still can but we recommend feeders with perches to give a break to those that want one, especially other larger nectar-loving birds like Orioles that are hungry.
Also, perches allow the hummers to feed for longer periods of time and really fill up on that sweet, sweet nectar.
Easiness To Install & Clean
Most modern hummingbird feeders are easy to install via a hook or suction cups to stick them to the window.
However, not all feeders are easy to take apart and clean!
Be aware that the most unique and stylish feeders look pretty but are just not that functional in practice.
Decorative glass flower feeders should be avoided since each of the flowers and other small parts make it hard to clean completely.
The best feeders we’ve reviewed will easily break down into just a few larger components for easy filling and cleaning. Bonus points if you find one that is dishwasher safe!
To keep the nectar from spoiling, especially in hot weather, avoid placing the feeder in direct sunlight - ideally under a tree branch or patio.
- Feeder shape - is the shape conducive to providing an unobstructed view of feeding birds, or is it big and bulky and block your view?
- Ant moat - is there a built-in fillable moat to block ants and other crawling insects from getting to and contaminating the nectar?
- Bee guards - are the feeding areas protected and have small openings that only a hummingbird’s beak can access? Large openings will attract bees to the readily available nectar. Flower feeding ports typically have a mesh-like cover with a pattern that allows hummingbirds to drink but keeps bees & wasps out.
- Port type - in addition to blocking bees, flower ports are raised up and have the added benefit of diverting rainfall.
So there you have it, all the info you need to review to keep your backyard hummers buzzing with joy.
And just to remind you, the best all-around hummingbird feeder we recommend is the Aspects HummZinger dish feeder.
It is easy to clean and gives you an unobstructed view from all your local hummers while they are perched and feasting.