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5 Best Wind Chimes to Bring Beautiful Sound to Your Garden! (2021 Review)

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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 For Your Garden?

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Comparing The Best Wind Chimes

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In-Depth Reviews of Our Recommended Wind Chimes

Nature's Melody WindchimesNature's Melody Windchimes

Best high-end wind chime

Design
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4.6666666666667
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Nature's Melody Windchimes Review

Specifications

  • Material: Aluminium
  • Colour: Black
  • Precision Tuned: Yes
  • Number of Tubes: 6
  • Number of Bells: Not listed

It’s always nice to find a good quality item that’s made using responsibly sourced materials; these Nature’s Melody Windchimes make a very relaxing, melodical sound, and have powder-coated aluminium construction made from recycled metal.

Whereas other wind chimes can create a discordant ‘clashing’ of notes if too many chimes play at the same time, these particular chimes are tuned to the pentatonic scale of C meaning all notes harmonize with each other.

If you’re the sort of person who has been known to wince at the sound of small, tinkling, wind chimes in the past, these larger chimes (which each measure approximately 60 cm) create a fuller, more meditative sound.

The whole unit, including the windcatcher pendant that hangs below the chimes, measures 105 cm in total.

We’re not, therefore, talking about a small and subtle piece, so, if you have got a small garden, it might be worth considering if these relatively large chimes will be too dominating.

They hang with a sturdy ‘S’ hook, which has an opening of around 4.5 cm, and can be placed over tree branches, hooked onto a pagoda, or suspended by a ring. It’s very practical in terms of hanging, but again, worth considering in advance if you have sufficient space for such a large wind chime.

In terms of appearance, they look very contemporary, with a black and silver finish that doesn’t call too much attention in the garden. They are relaxing and aesthetically pleasing without being distracting.

Pros

  • Attractive design that makes a stylish statement in your garden
  • Produces a gentle and melodic sound even in very strong winds
  • Durable and great quality - made entirely of recycled aluminium

Cons

  • At 105 cm in length, this wind chime may be too large for smaller gardens
  • Although easy to hang, the size can make finding a location for this wind chime tricky
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Woodstock Encore Bronze Chimes of NeptuneWoodstock Encore Bronze Chimes of Neptune

Best sounding windchime

Design
Sound
Value for Money
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4.5333333333333
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Woodstock Encore Bronze Chimes of Neptune Review

Specifications

  • Material: Aluminium, Bubinga finish wood
  • Colour: Bronze
  • Precision Tuned: Yes
  • Number of Tubes: 6
  • Number of Bells: Not listed

Whilst you might have to pay more for high-quality wind chimes, it’s generally better to do that than just pick out the cheapest option. In particular, your ears will thank you!

These Woodstock Encore Bronze Chimes of Neptune may seem a little pricey, but a lot of work has gone into making them sound as good as they do. As a company, Woodstock is renowned for creating some of the best wind chimes; this isn’t just some metal knocked together in a factory – there’s a lot of musical theory at work.

Woodstock Chimes is owned by Garry Kvistad – a GRAMMY award winning musician – who created chimes that use a 7th century pentatonic scale. As a result, these chimes not only sound harmonious when playing together, they also create quite a unique melody.

Appearance-wise, this wind chime is strikingly decorative in the garden. The unit is large, measuring 137 cm in total, with chimes of up to 60 cm long, and the bronze colouring is complementary – it looks just as good against greenery as it does brickwork and concrete.

Made with a wooden base, and aluminium tubes, this is a well-structured wind chime – it’s quite heavy, so won’t end up on the floor easily by accident; however, more than just a gentle breeze is needed to start it sounding. Whether this is right for you therefore depends on personal preference; some people prefer a heavier chime that doesn’t make noise all the time.

Whilst these wind chimes are hardwearing and suitable for outside use, they should be brought in during 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.

They come with a small metal hanging hoop, so you’ll need to provide a hook or similar to hang them most places in the garden. If you have visions of hanging them from a tree, you’ll have to buy or make an ‘S’ hook to hook the hoop on to.

Pros

  • The sound is low, mellow and soothing
  • Won’t disturb your neighbours as the sound doesn’t travel too far
  • Has a large and eye-catching design that looks beautiful in most gardens

Cons

  • Very large which can make finding it difficult to find a location to hang it
  • As it is heavy, this wind chime won’t make a sound unless the wind is fairly strong
  • May not make enough noise for some people, especially if you have a sheltered garden
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Woodstock Chimes Large Bells of ParadiseWoodstock Chimes Large Bells of Paradise

Best modern windchime

Design
Sound
Value for Money
Overall
4.5
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Woodstock Chimes Large Bells of Paradise Review

Specifications

  • Material: Aluminium
  • Colour: Rainforest green
  • Precision Tuned: Musically tuned
  • Number of Tubes: 6
  • Number of Bells: Not listed

If you have a more sheltered garden, it might be hard to persuade some bigger chimes to ring out when there’s not enough breeze. If this is the case, these Woodstock Chimes Large Bells of Paradise might be better suited to your space.

The paddle attached to the central string is quite large, and this seems to help these chimes catch the wind better than others of a similar weight.

At 109 cm long in total, the chimes themselves are a little smaller than the other large units here, measuring approximately 50 cm. They’re technically ‘forest green’, although the colour is so dark it could be mistaken for black, and all of the metal components are made from aluminium.

The six tubes create a relaxing, harmonious melody with no jarring note combinations. In fact, the tuning of this particular ‘Bells of Paradise’ chime 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 meaning they always sound good together.

In terms of appearance, the dark chimes and silver components look contemporary yet subtle, they can be a centrepiece in the garden if you wish, but are equally well suited to attractively sitting on the sidelines.

No hanging hook is included, which seems a little poor for the price, but this does mean that you can choose whether you want to use a ‘S’ hook or hanging loop depending on the space available in your garden.

Pros

  • Produces a deep and calming sound
  • Won’t disturb your neighbours as the sound doesn’t travel particularly far
  • Beautiful design with a natural green finish

Cons

  • Setting it up is slightly fiddly
  • There is no S hook or hanging ring included so a separate purchase is needed
  • Takes a strong breeze for this chime to make a sound due to the heavy build
  • Some customers may prefer a wider selection of colours
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Agirlgle Wind ChimeAgirlgle Wind Chime

Best colourful windchime

Design
Sound
Value for Money
Overall
4.3666666666667
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Specifications

  • Material: Pine wood, brass tubes
  • Colour: Rainbow coloured tubes
  • Precision Tuned: No
  • Number of Tubes: 7
  • Number of Bells: 16

Colourful accessories aren’t for everyone, but if you’re someone who likes having pops of colour around the garden, these bright Agirlgle Wind Chimes are a fun way to get a rainbow of colours in.

They’re smaller than the other chimes featured here, at 73 cm long, so make quite a good choice for gardens with a bit less space as well – their overall width is 15 cm meaning you don’t need a lot of room to hang them.

In general, these chimes are a lot lighter than the bigger options on this list, weighing just under 900 g; if there’s some particularly windy weather it might be an idea to take them in from the garden so that they don’t get blown around. But, in general, they’re suitable for outdoor (as well as indoor) use.

They aren’t tuned, unlike the more expensive Woodstock and Nature’s Melody models, and also have a higher pitch due to their smaller size.

Therefore, it depends what you’re looking for from your chimes:

If you’re keen to have some small chimes as an ornament in the garden, which will make a pleasant sound without being jarring, this is a great choice; however, if you’re after more sophisticated tones and a deeper timbre, these may not be the best wind chimes for you.

Pros

  • Unusual design with colourful tubes
  • Can be used both indoors and out
  • Produces a beautiful relaxing chime

Cons

  • The design may not suit some gardens
  • At 73cm, it can be tricky to find a location for this chime
  • Some customers have commented that this is louder than others, and in strong winds may disturb neighbours
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Bits and Pieces Tea Cup Wind ChimesBits and Pieces Tea Cup Wind Chimes

Best unique design

Design
Sound
Value for Money
Overall
4.4666666666667
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Specifications

  • Material: Ceramic
  • Colour: Periwinkle blue
  • Precision Tuned: Not listed
  • Number of Tubes: 0
  • Number of Bells: Not listed

We’re a nation of tea lovers, that’s for sure.

So, in many ways, perhaps there’s no wind chime more appropriate than the Bits and Pieces Tea Cup Wind Chimes… a quirky way to demonstrate our appreciation for a brew, whilst creating a soothing ambience to enjoy a cuppa in.

This chime is an eclectic mix of wind chime and ornament, featuring several different items hanging from a large teacup and saucer. A milk pitcher, coffee pot, spoon, fork, and a collection of mini teapots, all hang suspended from the central point.

It’s certainly very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, and something that will look great in a kitchen as well as outside. The majority of the items are made from blue-painted ceramic, so whilst relatively durable, they probably shouldn’t be left hanging in the garden during any strong winds.

At 45 cm long, it’s big enough to make a statement without commanding too much space – plus it’s the sort of thing that is contemporary enough to look good in a modern interior, but also sufficiently vintage to work in more traditional surroundings.

Whilst some noise is gained from the spoon and fork gently knocking against the ceramic models, this is predominantly more of a visual ornament than a full wind chime. If you’re after soothing meditative sounds, there are better choices on the market, but there’s no denying that this is the best wind chime for tea aficionados.

It’s also the sort of unusual item that would make a great gift; it’s as equally suited to those who love tea as to those who love unique decorations.

Pros

  • Customers love the quirky teacup design
  • Looks beautiful both outside and hanging in the kitchen near a window
  • At 43cm, this wind chime is smaller than others on the market, which gives you more flexibility when it comes to the location

Cons

  • Some users find it’s best for indoor use as it’s a little flimsy in strong winds
  • Only available in blue, some customers may prefer a different colour
  • The sound isn’t quite as soothing or relaxing as others on the market
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Things to Know Before Buying Wind Chimes

A wind chime is a beautiful addition to any garden, creating a soothing and sometimes even meditative atmosphere.

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 add to the ambience of outdoor spaces, with their pleasing aesthetic and gentle, relaxing tones.

Finding a windchime that you like can be tricky, especially if you can’t hear them before you buy. But there are some things that it’s worth knowing, that can help you find the best windchime for you:

The Sound of Your Wind Chime

One of the most difficult things about buying a windchime is not being able to hear what sound it makes before you purchase it – particularly when shopping online.

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?

Firstly, the size of the windchime will offer some clues on the depth of sound that it will have. Longer, thicker pipes create lower notes, whilst smaller ones will ‘jangle’ more like a bell.

If the chimes are made from wood, the noise will be more subtle and muted, whereas metal chimes will make more of a definitive sound.

Specifically Tuned Windchimes

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. This way you’ll know for sure that all the notes will sound harmonious with each other.

For example, chimes like the Nature’s Melody Windchimes have been tuned to a pleasing pentatonic scale.

When chimes are tuned to a pentatonic scale, all of the notes sound great together no matter how many are ringing at the same time. There will be no jarring clashing because it’s not possible for them to produce a discordant combination of notes.

Another technique, used to design the Woodstock Chimes Large Bells of Paradise, is called “just intonation“.

Wind chimes that use “just intonation” have been tuned to whole-number ratios. Basically, again, this means each of the chimes sounds harmonious when played alone or with other chimes and each note compliments the rest.

If there is a particular pentatonic scale that you like, you can likely find some wind chimes made in that scale. Equally, if you find a wind chime online and notice that it is tuned to a specific pentatonic scale (for example, the pentatonic scale of ‘C’), you can even search the scale online to have a listen and see if you like it.

Hopefully the above information has given you more confidence in the process of buying wind chimes online. The overall take away is that you can still have some understanding of how the chimes will sound even if you can’t listen to them.

Choosing a Good Design

Wind chimes are available in a huge variety of designs, ranging 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.

Of course, you still need to consider the sound – you might find a wind chime that looks good aesthetically, but if it’s not tuned in a way that you like, you could start to hate its discordant melody.

Wind chimes come in a range of sizes, from miniature to giant, so you can choose if you want to make a statement in your garden, or have something more subtle on the side lines.

Depending on the style of your garden, you might decide that a wooden or metal wind chime looks better. There are really no rules, it just depends on the aesthetic you’re going for.

Some wind chimes look very contemporary, so if you’re worried about ending up with something too ‘kitsch’, there are a lot of modern options to choose from.

Equally, you can go for something more quirky and ornamental, like the Bits and Pieces Tea Cup Wind Chimes – these wind chimes are slightly more focused on bringing a certain aesthetic to the space rather than a specific sound.

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, whilst shorter ones produce high-pitched sounds. Bigger chimes are generally heavier and will need more wind to set them ringing, whilst 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.

When it comes to the number of chimes, most wind chimes have either 6, 7, 8, or 9. More chimes will naturally give more note variety, but can sound a little more hectic. A few well-tuned chimes will create a simpler sound. If you want to try to achieve more time between lots of notes sounding, less chimes may help achieve this.

Whatever size wind chime you go for, it’s recommended to bring it in during particularly windy or stormy weather. Larger chimes may cause damage to branches in bad weather, and all wind chimes could get tangled and damages if they fall.

Choosing the Right Material

If you’re planning on hanging wind chimes in your garden, they should be designed to be left outside. Therefore, quality, durable materials are key.

Sealed wood, aluminium and bamboo are all popular options for outdoor wind chimes. They last well and don’t get damaged easily. 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. These chimes tend to be quite ornamental and may break if they are knocked around too much.

When it comes to the quality and timbre of the sound, the wind chime’s construction material will also affect this.

Metal chimes can be precision tuned, which is less common with wooden chimes. As mentioned above, chimes tuned to a specific scale are extremely melodic and harmonious.

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 ones, 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 cause damage.

Also, position your wind chime where it is not subjected to intense sunlight for long periods. Sunlight 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. 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.

It’s also recommended to bring your wind chimes indoors during winter. Or at least move them to a very sheltered area such as a porch. If bad weather causes the chime to move about too much, a lot of strain will be put on the cords and make them susceptible to breakage.

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Wind Chime FAQs

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.

There are many different reasons to have a wind chime in the home, and they are great when used for decoration and relaxation. The gentle sound can reduce stress and add a personal touch to your garden.

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