The 8 Best Indoor Water Fountains of 2021, According to Feng Shui Experts

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Homedics Silver Springs Relaxation Indoor Fountain at Amazon

"Its river rocks add a touch of nature, and it features a light so you can see the water, even in a dimly lit room."

Best Metal Fountain: Pure Garden Copper Metal Leaf Indoor Waterfall at Amazon

"The submersible pump is whisper quiet, making it an ideal metal fountain for your office or any space that needs some quiet. "

Best Stone Fountain: Kenroy Home Spillway Slate and Copper Indoor Table Fountain at Amazon

"Its stone material is designed to bring grounding into your home, while the fountain adds a relaxing sound of flowing water."

Best Floor Standing: Alpine Corporation Mirror Waterfall Indoor Fountain at Amazon

"Despite its tall size, this water fountain is slim enough to fit against most walls in your home without issue. "

Best Wall Mounted: Kenroy Home Rustic Indoor/Outdoor Wall Fountain at Amazon

"Ideal if you have a permanent spot in mind, this wall-mounted fountain has a humidifying effect when placed indoors."

Best Small Fountain: Pure Garden Black Polystone Waterfall Tabletop Fountain at Wayfair

"Ideal if you don't have a lot of tabletop space to spare, it’s durable, self-contained, and easy to fill and maintain."

Best with Flow Rate Control: Orren Ellis Brown Stonehaven Resin Fountain with LED Light at Wayfair

"Super lightweight and easy to maintain, it features a long-lasting LED light at the bottom that illuminates its shower of water."

Best Ceramic: Sunnydaze Ceramic Tabletop Water Fountain with Orb Design at Amazon

"Made of durable ceramic in the design of an orb, the water flows gently down, creating a soft but relaxing sound."

If you're looking for ways to increase your relaxation at home, consider adding an indoor water fountain to your space. The sound of trickling or falling water is a peaceful, serene sound that can help you relax. If you listen to the sound, especially while meditating, it can also help you release any tension or stress you may hold onto. 

Water fountains have also been traditionally used in Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of arranging living spaces, as a way to change the energy in your home. “Feng Shui loves a water fountain because it is a triple-win remedy,” says Amanda Giddy Peters, Feng Shui expert and founder of Simple Shui. “A fountain adds water (prosperity), movement (energy flow), and sound (a chi, or life force energy, enhancer) to a space.”

There are lots of quality water fountains available on the market to help you create a relaxing room in your home, whether that’s your bedroom, your office, your living room, or even your entryway. “It can change the tone and feeling of a [home] environment,” says Anjie Cho, architect and Feng Shui educator. “It can be relaxing, especially for some people who are really attuned to sound.” 

Here are the best indoor water fountains, according to Feng Shui experts.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Homedics Silver Springs Relaxation Indoor Fountain

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Convenient on/off switch

  • Compact tabletop size

  • Features decorative river rocks

What We Don't Like
  • Light can’t be replace

  • Faint motor sound

This three-tier fountain is well-designed and aesthetically pleasing, adding a touch of serenity to any room you place it in. Its compact, table-top size means it will fit in most locations, including on your desk, coffee table, bookshelf, or bedroom dresser. It comes with river rocks to invoke a touch of nature and features a light so you can see the water, even in a dimly lit room.

The trickling water sounds are soothing and calming. Its submersible motor is relatively quiet, though some users recommend placing it on a pad or mat to help muffle the sound further. It also features a convenient on/off switch if you ever need a break from the trickling of water sound and the fountain is easy to assemble and clean. The biggest drawback is that the light can’t be easily replaced when it dies. 

Dimensions: 8.1 x 7.25 x 8.25 inches | Weight: 16 ounces | Lighted: Yes, incandescent

Best Metal Fountain: Pure Garden Copper Metal Leaf Indoor Waterfall

What We Like
  • Attractive copper flower design

  • Easy to fill

  • Compact tabletop size

What We Don't Like
  • Water trickling sounds very soft

  • No on/off button


In Feng Shui, metal can promote more organization and harmony in your environment, as well as sharp thinking and discernment, which is why you might want a water fountain like this one. It features sturdy copper flowers that allow water to cascade over two metal leaves onto a bed of river rocks. 

The submersible, built-in pump is whisper quiet, making this an ideal fountain for your office, bedroom, or any space that you want to keep quiet. However, the water trickling sounds are also very quiet, making this fountain less ideal if you are looking for a fountain for its calming water sounds. 

It’s also compact in height and size, which means it easily fits on tabletops or windowsills throughout the home. It’s also easy to fill: you just lift the top off the base, fill with distilled water, then reassemble and plug-in to a standard outlet.

Dimensions: 10 x 7.55 x 10.5 inches | Weight: 2.5 pounds | Lighted: No

Feng Shui Elements: Metal

“Metal water fountains can promote more organization because metal is about being organized, about completing things and having more precision. Metal can be invited into your home for that precision, more efficiency, and more organization to help you complete things.” — Anjie Cho, architect and Feng Shui expert

Best Stone Fountain: Kenroy Home Spillway Slate and Copper Indoor Table Fountain

What We Like
  • Made with natural slate and real copper

  • Convenient on/off switch

  • Easy access to pump for maintenance

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

  • Expensive

Natural stone is one of the best ways to bring the Feng Shui element of Earth for nurturing and grounding into your home, which is why a stone fountain like this one is a popular choice. This fountain is made of natural slate and features polished river stones at the base. For a touch of shine (and metal element to promote harmony), it also features five copper tiers that allow the water to flow in a zig-zag pattern.

The fountain has a tall, sturdy rectangular design (squares and rectangles are also associated with the earth element), but is still compact enough to be placed on a tabletop. It’s also very easy to maintain since the pump is easy to access for maintenance. Best of all, this fountain brings an audible and relaxing sound of flowing water into your home.

Dimensions: 10 x 6 x 19 inches | Weight: 21.5 Pounds | Lighted: No

Feng Shui Elements: Earth

“Fountains with native stone or brown color are connected and grounded to the earth element. Earth can be more grounding, supportive and nurturing, allowing for self-care.” — Anjie Cho, Architect and Feng Shui expert

Best Floor Standing: Alpine Corporation Mirror Waterfall Indoor Fountain

What We Like
  • Audible, relaxing sound of cascading water

  • Modern, sleek look

  • Large standing size to transform room

  • Soft, replaceable halogen light

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Large size may not work in all homes

  • Pump sound becomes noisy when water level gets low

Instantly transform any room in your home into a relaxing space with this tall, stainless steel standing fountain. The water trickles from the top of this mirror wall down 72 inches into a bed of river rocks. The sound of the cascading water is a nice, soothing volume and the motor is relatively quiet, as long as the water level isn’t low. 

It also features a soft, halogen light at the base of the mirror to add to the ambiance and the light can be replaced easily when it goes out. Despite its tall size, the fountain is slim in width to help it fit against most walls in your home without issue. It is also well designed to prevent water from splattering outside the base.

Dimensions: 24 x 10 x 72 inches | Weight: 46.2 pounds | Lighted: Yes, halogen

Best Wall Mounted: Kenroy Home Rustic Indoor/Outdoor Wall Fountain

What We Like
  • Natural green slate

  • Scratch resistant frame

  • Pump is easy to access and shuts off automatically when water level low

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Requires installation

  • Can splash outside basin

You can bring a rustic, contemporary and relaxing feel to your home when you install this fountain. While the installation is easy, make sure to mount and anchor it correctly as this fountain is heavy.

It is made of natural green slate stone and features a classic bed of polished river rocks to create the ultimate natural look. It also brings a nice, audible sound of water falling down the stone and has a humidifying effect when placed indoors because of its size.

Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 37 inches | Weight: 35.4 pounds | Lighted: Yes, LED

Best Small Fountain: Pure Garden Black Polystone Waterfall Tabletop Fountain

Black Polystone Waterfall Tabletop Fountain

Courtesy of Wayfair

What We Like
  • Compact size

  • Low maintenance

  • Quiet motor

What We Don't Like
  • Tea light candles sold separately

This water fountain is small and compact, standing only 7 inches tall, which makes it ideal for anyone that doesn’t have a lot of tabletop space for a larger fountain. It’s durable, self-contained, and easy to fill and maintain.

Its motor is super quiet, allowing you to easily hear the sound of the trickling water. While it doesn’t have a built-in light, it can hold tea lights, helping create that relaxing vibe.

Dimensions: 7 x 6.25 x 5.25 inches | Weight: 1.94 pounds | Lighted: Yes, tea light candle

Best with Flow Rate Control: Orren Ellis Brown Stonehaven Resin Fountain with LED Light

Orren Ellis Brown Stonehaven Resin Fountain with LED Light

Courtesy of Wayfair

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Waterfall sounds easy to hear

  • Soft LED light allows it to be a nightlight too

  • No splashback

What We Don't Like
  • Small for the price

  • Only one level, which creates a different sound than tiered-water fountains

With a beautiful spiral, modern shape, this tabletop fountain is super lightweight and easy to maintain. It features a mesh filter to catch any dust and debris and prevents the water flow from getting clogged. 

The fountain is made of durable polyresin, features a long-lasting LED light at the bottom that illuminates the shower of water. The sound of the water is easy to hear above the motor, but it’s worth noting that because the waterfall is not tiered, it creates a different kind of sound of water, which may not be ideal for all users. 

Dimensions: 13.75 x 7.75 x 7.75 inches | Weight: 6 pounds | Lighted: Yes, LED

Best Ceramic: Sunnydaze Ceramic Tabletop Water Fountain with Orb Design

What We Like
  • Easy to set up

  • Beautiful blue-green ceramic color

  • Compact size

  • Made of a durable material

What We Don't Like
  • Motor not the quietest

  • Will need to refill water every 1-2 days

This water fountain is very decorative. It is made of durable ceramic with a blue-green smooth glaze, and features an orb shape. The water flows gently down from the top of the orb into the basin below, creating a soft, but relaxing, sound.

It is small and compact, making it easy to fit in your home, and it’s very easy to set up. Since the water capacity is on the smaller side, though, you might need to refill the water every day or two, especially if you live in a warmer climate. 

Dimensions: 7.25 x 9.5 x 5.5 inches | Weight: 5 pounds | Lighted: No

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a tabletop water fountain that both looks good and brings the relaxing sound of trickling water into your home, the Homedics Relaxation Indoor Tabletop Fountain is a great option. It’s relatively easy to maintain, it’s reasonably priced, and it doesn’t take up too much space while still being a key decor piece.

However, if you’re looking for something bigger to transform a room into a soothing space for meditation or relaxation, Alpine Corporation Mirror Waterfall Fountain is a high quality option that will fit in most spaces, thanks to its narrow width. 

What to Look for in an Indoor Water Fountain 

Water fountains come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. They also come with a variety of different equipment to function, so it’s important that you pick one that fits your lifestyle and space.

Size:

Space isn’t a luxury every home has and if you pick a fountain that takes up a lot of room, it can actually become a stressor, rather than a source of relaxation. 

“Feng Shui is a mindfulness of spaces. It’s about paying attention to the details in your environment and how those details affect us,” says Cho. “So you need to pay attention to what will fit in the space properly. If you’re putting a symbolic object in your home and not paying attention to if it will fit into the space, this will reflect upon the energy that you’re going to invite into your home and life.” 

Quality:

While not everyone’s budget is the same, Cho recommends making sure that you buy a fountain of quality if you decide to get one so that it is durable and lasts a long time without breaking or getting clogged. 

“You want to make sure the water fountain is of high quality, the highest quality you can afford,” she says, “because if you’re thinking about it, if you’re using it for Feng Shui purposes, the quality reflects the kind of energy you’re inviting in.” 

How Easy It Is to Maintain:

Because water fountains involve water, it is possible for the water to get contaminated, stagnant or bacteria-filled if you do not regularly clean and maintain your fountain. 

“Water fountains require regular maintenance, so be mindful of that necessity before bringing one home,” says Peters. “Otherwise it will have an adverse effect on your life.”

Cho agrees. “The water can evaporate, it can get moldy or stagnant, especially if the tubes get clogged with debris. You need to pay attention to it, just like you pay attention to how money and wealth and opportunity is coming into your life,” she says. 

Be sure to check the instructions included with your fountain for proper cleaning, but most can be easily maintained by using distilled water and regularly cleaning it with a little bleach from time to time. But it’s definitely worth considering fountains that come apart easily so you can clean each component.

FAQs

Where should water fountains be kept in the home? 

If you’re looking to place your fountain in your home according to the principles of Feng Shui, it’s a good idea to place it near the entrance of your home, with the water flow pointing into your home. 

“The entry of your home is where energy flows in and opportunities flow in,” says Cho.“If you intentionally place a water fountain near the front door, with the flow of the water pointing into the home, you’re placing it with the intention of inviting in ‘chi’ (the lifeforce energy), or positive energy and positive abundance.” 

Another good place is near where you work, like your office. This is because “a fountain represents the steady flow of money and prosperity in your life,” says Peters. “Moving water entices career possibilities, like finding a job, changing careers, or being seen by your superiors,” she continues, “and any time you feel stuck, a fountain—especially one you’ve infused with intention—motivates you to get started again instead of living in a rut.”

Do indoor water fountains add humidity?

Yes, an indoor water fountain can add humidity in a room but how much humidity it adds depends on how big it is. Most small fountains won’t add that much humidity—and certainly not as much as an actual humidifier, so don’t use an indoor fountain as a humidifier replacement. 

Still, keep an eye out for signs of too much moisture in any room you keep a water fountain, including damp spots on the walls or ceilings, mold growth, condensation on the windows, and peeling paint. You’ll also want to make sure your fountain isn’t too big for your room, especially if you live in a humid climate. 

Keeping plants near your fountain can help mitigate the increase in humidity. “I would encourage plants, like orchids, or flowers as they appreciate fountain ‘weather,’” says Peters.

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