Below we have listed the best hummingbird feeders for 2018.
Hummingbirds will learn to use most any feeder, so whether or not a feeder will attract hummingbirds is not part of our criteria. We have tips on how to attract hummingbirds to your feeders.
The criteria is based on these features:
We have tried lots of different types of feeders and we have come to the conclusion that the best hummingbird feeder overall is the Aspects HummZinger Feeder.
The Hummzinger is a type of saucer feeder, which is drip-free unlike vacuum bottle style feeders. Read more about choosing a hummingbird feeder and the different styles.
The HummZinger comes in a variety of models: Classic, High View, HummBlossoms, and HummZinger Fancy.
Classic vs High View HummZinger Feeders
The difference between the HummZinger Classic and High View is the perch position. In the High View, the perch is elevated above the feeding ports.
This isn't necessarily a benefit for the hummingbirds, but more so for the birdwatcher as it offers unobstructed views of the entire bird. I've watched hummingbirds using perches on both the Classic and Highview and it doesn't seem to make much difference; some hover and sip, and some perch and sit on both models. So if you prefer a better view of the hummingbirds, get the Highview.
Both the Classic and High View come in three sizes: 8 oz, 12 oz, and 16 oz.
Features and Benefits of the HummZinger Hummingbird Feeder
HummBlossoms and Fancy
The HummBlossoms are small capacity feeders (4 oz) with the idea that you can place more of them all around your yard without hummingbirds becoming so territorial over one particular feeder.
The HummZinger Fancy is a little more decorative, but still as functional as the classic, so that's up to you if you want a little more flare in your feeder design.
The Fancy comes in 8 oz and 12 oz sizes.
The Jewel Box feeder has an 8 oz. feeding capacity with 3 feeding ports. The Gem has a 4 oz capacity.
I like how easy it is to fill. You can slip out the nectar container without having to remove the feeder from the window. And then the top of the container hinges up for easy filling.
We like glass reservoirs over plastic because they don't deteriorate in the sun like plastic, so they're longer lasting. Also, they don't retain and promote mold growth and are easier to get completely clean.
This 32 ounce Best Hummingbird Feeder by Bird Choice (also comes in a 8 oz size) is a great large capacity feeder with a glass bottle reservoir and 8 nectar feeding ports. The base comes apart fro easy cleaning. It's a simple design, but simple is good. Easy to fill. Easy to clean.
We have a page dedicated to glass hummingbird feeders which include hand-blown glass feeders, vintage antique glass hummingbird feeders, as well as other clear glass tube style feeders.
Unless you have a lot of hummingbirds, don't get the biggest capacity unless you can commit to changing out the nectar and cleaning the feeder when it's necessary: at least every 3 days in hot weather and 6-7 days in cool weather.
I know some people will fill up a feeder with 16 ounces and then let it sit in the warm weather for a week or more because they don't want to throw away the nectar or because they're lazy.
If you do want the larger capacity size feeder, and find that the hummingbirds aren't drinking it up as quickly, then you could always fill it up partially if you don't want to waste nectar.
Yes, we are putting out feeders for our own enjoyment, but also to feed hummingbirds. If we put out nectar that is growing mold and fermenting because we're too lazy to change out the nectar and clean the feeder, then we're better off not feeding them at all.
Hummingbird feeder photo (top) courtesy of Larry Lamsa
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