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 is the Best Wind Chime?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Beautifully harmonious, atmospheric and relaxing chimes.
These Nature’s Melody Windchimes will create a beautiful and ambient atmosphere in your garden. Tuned to a pentatonic scale the notes are beautifully harmonious, sounding out in a light breeze. All of the components are made from durable, rust-proof aluminium. The chimes themselves are made from recycled materials making them environmentally friendly too.
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More Detailed Wind Chimes Reviews
Nature’s Melody Windchimes Review
These Nature’s Melody Windchimes are made from recycled aluminium with a durable powder coating, making them suitable for outdoor use and environmentally friendly.
The hanging ring and decorative wind catcher are also aluminium giving these chimes a simple, contemporary style.
The wind 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 start playing even in a moderate breeze.
The chimes come boxed and with an S ring for ease of hanging.
These are the best wind chimes; they’re precision tuned and made from high-quality, durable materials. They look wonderful and produce a gorgeous sound even in a light to moderate breeze.
Woodstock Encore Bronze Chimes of Neptune Review
Woodstock Encore Bronze Chimes of Neptune are some of the most well-known and highest-quality wind chimes available. Woodstock is renowned for creating many of the best wind chimes around.
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.
With this inspiration in mind he designed tubes to the exact frequency of this ancient scale. This particular chime is called Neptune, after the Roman god of the sea. Pretty poetic, no?
The beauty of Woodstock wind chimes is that they harmonize with each other, so you never get a clashing sound, even if you have more than one wind chime in your garden or home. Instead, you’ll just have a harmonious symphony.
This set of wind chimes are visually attractive as well as being great to listen to; made from bronze-coloured aluminium tubes with a wooden hanger of deep reddish wood.
The wind chimes are large, hanging 137 cm 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 the precision tuned wind chimes 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; because they are heavy they need a reasonable breeze to make them chime.
The wind chimes are hard wearing and suitable for outside use; however, I would bring them inside if you expect very stormy or windy weather. They are quite large after all, and they may damage the structure or tree that you hang them from if they blow off.
The wind chimes come nicely packaged and would make a lovely gift.
These are beautiful, high-quality, precision tuned wind 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 will last a long time.
Woodstock Chimes Large Bells of Paradise Review
These are also Woodstock wind chimes but are slightly smaller, at 111 cm 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 Woodstock Chimes Large Bells of Paradise is based on an ancient system known as ‘just intonation’; 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 wind 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 wind 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.
Agirlgle Wind Chime Review
This Agirlgle Wind Chime would be a wonderful gift for the Feng Shui enthusiast or anyone looking for an oriental vibe in their garden.
These wind 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 wind 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 74 cm. 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.
Bits and Pieces Tea Cup Wind Chimes Review
For something completely different you might like this quirky Bits and Pieces Tea Cup Wind Chimes.
This chime features a milk pitcher, coffee pot, 3 mini teapots, a spoon, and a fork hanging from a larger teacup and saucer. Sweet, don’t you think?
The items are made of ceramic and metal and the ceramic parts are a lovely periwinkle blue. Its total length is just under 45 cm.
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.
Things to Know Before Buying Wind Chimes
A wind chime is a beautiful addition to any garden, bringing charm, atmosphere and that wonderfully harmonious musical sound!
In parts of Asia, wind chimes are thought of as good luck and, depending on where they are hung, are believed to open up career opportunities and bring positivity to your home.
They make a beautiful addition to the garden, with their pleasing aesthetic and gentle, relaxing ringing.
Of course, it can be hard to work out which is the best wind chime, especially when you can’t hear them through your computer!
The following tips should help you make an informed decision:
The Sound of Your Wind Chime
A wind chime should make a soothing, melodic sound – and not an irritating jangle!
So, how can you be sure that you’re going to get something you like, when you’re looking at a picture of a wind chime on a website?
Many wind chimes have been specifically tuned so that the notes complement each other. If you’re nervous about your wind chime not sounding good, go for a tuned design and you can’t go wrong.
For example, chimes like the Nature’s Melody Windchimes have been tuned to a very pleasing pentatonic scale. All of the notes sound great with each other (or alone) so there will be absolutely no jarring clashing – it’s not possible!
The Woodstock Chimes Large Bells of Paradise use another technique called “just intonation“. Wind chimes that use this technique have been tuned to whole-number ratios so each of the chimes sounds harmonious when played alone and with other chimes.
If there is a particular pentatonic scale that you like, you can likely find some wind chimes made in that scale. You could even check the scale of the wind chimes you are interested in by searching the scale online and listening to it.
Hopefully you’re now feeling more confident that you’re not just going into this process of buying wind chimes online blindly! You can still have an understanding of how the chimes will sound even if you can’t listen to them.
While high end wind chimes may seem very expensive for what they are, they are precision tuned instruments and well worth the higher price tag thanks to their gorgeous relaxing sound.
Selecting Your Favourite Design
Wind chimes are available in a huge range of designs, from traditional, to contemporary, to some pretty out-there styles!
If you have a certain ‘theme’ in your garden, you’re sure to find a chime which suits the aesthetic you’re going for. If not, you can really let your imagination run wild and choose anything you like.
Remember what was discussed above – you might find a wind chime that you really like the look of, but if it’s not tuned in a way that you like, you might start to hate its discordant sound. So physical appearance combined with sound is important.
Wind chimes also come in a range of sizes, from miniature to giant, so you can choose if you want it to be a statement in your garden, or a subtle, soothing sound creator.
Wind chimes are usually measured from the top of the ring-hook to the bottom of the wind catcher.
Number and Size of Chimes
The number as well as the size of chimes can affect the sound of your wind chime.
Longer wind chimes tend to produce a lower tone, while shorter ones produce high-pitched sounds. Heavier chimes will need more wind to set them ringing, while lightweight chimes make a noise in even the gentlest puff of wind.
You might want to be able to hear the chimes almost all the time, or only occasionally. So choosing a lighter or heavier design respectively will help you achieve this.
Whatever size your opt for, you will want to bring them in during particularly windy or stormy weather. Larger chimes may cause damage to branches in bad weather if hanging from a tree, and all wind chimes could sustain damage if they fall.
If you choose a design with lots of chimes they will produce a wide variety of notes, while a few well-tuned chimes will create a simpler sound. The choice is yours when it comes to wind chimes, meaning you can find exactly what you’re after!
Choosing the Right Material
If you’re planning on hanging wind chimes in your garden, they should be designed to be left outside for a lot of the year. Quality, durable materials are key.
Sealed wood, aluminium and bamboo are all popular options for outdoor wind chimes. The suspension cords also need to be sturdy even in relatively strong winds. Of course, you can always bring the wind chimes in if the weather conditions are getting a little too lively.
Wind chimes made of more delicate materials such as glass or ceramic are best placed in covered areas like porches or covered patios.
The material of the chime itself will also affect the quality and timbre of the sound.
Metal chimes tend to have a very pleasing sound, especially when they have been precision tuned. These wind chimes are often tunes to scales making them extremely melodic, harmonious, and soothing.
If you prefer a more natural, resonant sound, opt for a bamboo wind chime. These wind chimes create quite ‘earthy’ sounds, and are less finely tuned than metal chimes, which can be nice for creating gentle background ambiance.
Chimes made from glass or ceramic are lovely to look at, but don’t produce as melodic a sound as metal or bamboo.
Wind Chime Maintenance
The maintenance of your wind chimes will depend on the material it is made from.
In general, ensure your wind chimes are not exposed to severe weather, such as storms and gales as these may damage it. Also, position your wind chimes where it is not subjected to intense sunlight for long periods. This can cause fading and drying out of components such as wooden rings and windcatchers.
Most wind chimes can be simply cleaned with water and a mild detergent. This will get them looking like new as well as remove any mould or dirt that could 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 wind 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.
How should I hang my wind chime 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 wind chime 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 wind chime in too protected an area it will not receive enough wind to chime. The higher you hang your wind chime, the more breeze is likely to get.
The ideal place to hang your wind chime may vary at different times of the year, so you might want to move the chime seasonally.
Will a wind chime scare birds away?
Whilst a wind chime might initially scare birds away due to it being a ‘new’ sound in the garden, as soon as they get used to the noise they’ll be back. If you’re worried about a wind chime stopping birds from visiting your garden, you should notice that visitor numbers are as normal after a couple of weeks.
What is the purpose of a wind chime?
Traditionally, wind chimes were used to scare away evil spirits and bad luck. Different cultures use wind chimes for different purposes, and in parts of Asia they are thought to bring positivity to the home.
In the western world, wind chimes are primarily used for decoration and relaxation. The gentle tinkling sound can reduce stress and add a personal touch to your garden.