In this guide we’ll take a look at the best wind chimes for UK gardens.
I’ve compared sound, aesthetics, design and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Are The Best Windchimes?
More Detailed Windchimes Reviews
Woodstock Chimes are some of the most well-known and highest-quality wind chimes available. Each Woodstock chime is designed for its musicality as well as its beauty. They are designed by GRAMMY Award-winning musician and instrument designer Garry Kvistad. Garry was fascinated by the Scale of Olympos, a 7th century pentatonic scale that can’t be played on a modern piano. So, he designed tubes to the exact frequency of this ancient scale. This particular chime is called Neptune after the Roman god of the sea.
The beauty of Woodstock chimes is that they harmonize with each other, so you never get a clashing sound if you have more than one wind chime in your garden or home. You can listen to the different products at the official Woodstock Chimes website.
This windchime is beautiful to look at being made from bronze coloured aluminium tubes and a deep reddish coloured wood. The chimes are large, hanging 54 inches from the top of the string to the bottom of the windcatcher. They are of a classic design and would look good in a contemporary or traditional garden.
The tone of this precision tuned windchime is truly delightful. It is not too loud but has a lovely, melodic sound and a wonderful resonance. Ideally, you would hang these chimes in an exposed area or quite high up as, because they are heavy, they need a reasonable breeze to make them chime.
The chimes are hard wearing and suitable for outside use, however, I would bring them inside if you expect very stormy or windy weather.
The chimes come nicely packaged and would make a lovely gift.
These are beautiful, high-quality, precision tuned chimes that look and sound wonderful. Hearing them chime in the breeze is a delight and very relaxing. They are made from superior materials and with care should last a long time.
These are also Woodstock chimes but are slightly smaller, at 44 inches overall, and with a more contemporary design. The chimes are a lovely shade of forest green and are made from aluminium. The ring and windcatcher are also aluminium.
The tuning of the Bells of Paradise Chimes is based on an ancient system known as intonation whereby the frequencies at which the different tubes vibrate are related to one another by simple whole-number ratios. This produces a beautiful, satisfying melody that is very relaxing to listen to.
The materials used to make these chimes are of extremely good quality and they are suitable for outdoor use. These are really beautiful chimes having a simplicity and elegance to their design. Being slightly lighter and smaller than the previous version, they create a gentle, melodic and resonant sound even in a moderate breeze. You could hang this chime outdoors or inside near an open window to enjoy the relaxing sound.
These precision tuned chimes are excellent quality and produce a beautiful sound. They would be perfect if you are looking for a more contemporary design. They come nicely boxed and would make a lovely gift.
These lovely wind chimes are made from recycled aluminium with a durable powder coating, making them suitable for outdoor use. The ring and wind catcher are also aluminium giving these chimes a simple, contemporary style.
The chimes are precision tuned to a pentatonic scale and have a beautiful tone. They chime in a harmonious melody with a lasting, resonant sound and will be set ringing in a moderate breeze.
The chimes come boxed and with an S ring for ease of hanging.
These are high quality precision tuned chimes made from beautiful and durable materials. They look wonderful and produce a gorgeous sound even in a light to moderate breeze.
These Woodstock wind chimes have a lovely temple bell design that produces a gentle melodic sound. These chimes would be perfect in an outdoor meditation space or anywhere that you just wanted to relax.
These are considerably smaller than the previous products at just 10 inches in length and they have three bells and a windcatcher. They are precision tuned and create a lovely gentle sound that is relaxing to listen to. Having only three bells the sound is softer and simpler than 5 bell chimes.
These small, delicate chimes would be lovely positioned near a seating area or the house. They are light enough that the gentlest breeze makes them tinkle wonderfully, however they are also durable enough to withstand outdoor conditions. While these chimes are fully weatherproof, I would bring them indoors in periods of severe weather.
These small, precision tuned chimes are pretty to look at, of excellent quality and produce a delightful gentle sound.
These wind chimes have a striking harp shaped design. The silver coloured aluminium chimes hang from a graceful ash beam. Musically they are a little different to other versions, too. There are two tubes for each tone and this gives them a lovely tinkling sound. They are ideal if you find the louder chiming of a traditional windchime a bit much.
Both the sound and the design of these chimes are delightful. They are a nice size to hang as a feature near the house or close to a seating area. They are stylish to look at and would suit a traditional or contemporary theme.
These precision-tuned chimes are beautifully designed, of excellent quality and a pleasure to hear.
This oriental style windchime would be a wonderful gift for the Feng Shui enthusiast or anyone looking for an oriental vibe in their garden.
These chimes are suitable for use indoors or outside, however, as they have quite a few delicate pieces I would bring them indoors in the winter months or at least hang them in a more protected area such as a porch.
The chimes have a wooden square at the top and 28 brass tubes. They also have 16 dragon inscribed bells hanging at the end of beaded strings with lucky coin pendants in the middle. The overall length of the chimes is 29- inches. Although they are not precision tuned, they do create a very pleasant sound in a gentle breeze.
These pretty chimes make a lovely feature and produce a pretty, tinkling sound. Although they are suitable for outdoor use, I would bring them inside during the winter months to protects the many intricate pieces.
For something completely different you might like this quirky teatime design windchime.
This chime features a milk pitcher, coffee pot, 3 mini teapots, and a spoon and fork hanging from a larger teacup and saucer. The items are made of ceramic and metal and the ceramic parts are a lovely periwinkle blue. The total length of the piece is just under 18 inches.
This wind chime is suitable for outdoor use, however, although the pieces are quite sturdy, I would hang it in a protected area such as a porch. Alternatively, it could be hung indoors near a window to catch the breeze.
While this is not an acoustically designed windchime it is a fun feature for wherever you enjoy your coffee or tea breaks. It also offers good value for money and would make a delightful gift.
Wind Chime Buying Guide
There are several considerations when buying a windchime.
Most importantly is the sound that your wind chime makes. You want to choose a chime that makes a pleasing, melodic sound rather than an irritating jingle. While some quality wind chimes may seem expensive, they are precision tuned instruments and well worth the price for the pleasing and relaxing sound they produce.
The look of the item is also a consideration. You can find wind chimes in a range of designs from traditional to contemporary to downright quirky. They also come in a wide range of sizes, so check the dimension before you buy. The chimes are usually measured from the top of the ring hook to the bottom of the windcatcher. The length of the actual chimes will also affect the tone of the chime. Longer chimes produce lower tones, while shorter ones produce higher pitched tones.
The number of chimes will also affect the sound, of course. Lots of chimes means the product will produce a variety of notes. However, a few well-tuned chimes will create a more simple, harmonious sound.
The size of your windchime will also affect how much of a breeze is required to produce the sound. Smaller chimes make a noise in the slightest puff of wind. However larger, heavier styles will need a stronger breeze to set them ringing.
The materials your windchime is constructed from will affect their durability. If you plan on hanging your windchime outdoors, check that it is made from durable materials such as sealed wood, aluminium or bamboo. Check also that the suspension cords are strong to reduce the risk of snapping. More delicate material such as glass or ceramics are more suitable for use in protected areas such as porches, covered decks, or indoors.
The material will also affect the sound produced. Only metal wind chimes can be tuned, and so precision tuned metal chimes produce the most melodic, harmonious music. Other materials also have the benefits though, for example, bamboo chimes will produce natural, resonant sounds. Chimes made from glass or ceramic are lovely too look at but will not produce such melodious and resonant notes.
How should I hang my windchime to make the most of its sound?
Most quality wind chimes are designed to begin chiming in wind speed of around 6-10 miles per hour. To help your windchime make the most of the breeze, hang it in a place where the wind can reach it from as many directions as possible. If you hang a high quality, heavy windchime in too protected an area it will not receive enough wind to chime. The higher you hang your windchime, the more breeze is likely to effect it.
The ideal place to hang your windchime may vary at different times of the year, so you might want to move the chime seasonally.
How do I take care of my windchime to help it last a long time?
The maintenance of your windchime will depend on the material it is made from. However, in general, ensure your windchime is not exposed to severe weather, such as storms and gales as these may damage it. Also, position your windchime where it is not subjected to intense sunlight for long periods as this can cause fading and drying out or components such as wooden rings and windcatchers.
Most wind chimes can be simply cleaned with water and a mild detergent. This will bring them up looking like new as well as removing any mould or dirt that can lead to the rotting of wooden parts. A gentle detergent is all that is required to maintain aluminium parts and will also keep glass and ceramics sparkling.
You can protect wooden parts by regularly applying a thin layer of Danish oil or a protective varnish. This will seal the wood against moisture as well as preventing it from drying out in hot, sunny weather.
If you live in a very cold area, then you might want to bring your wind chimes indoors in the winter. Alternatively, move them to a sheltered area such as a porch. You should always bring your chimes indoors in extreme weather such as snowstorms and gales. Store your chimes in a cool place away from heat sources such as radiators and fires.