There’s something about the sound of flowing waters that soothes the body, mind and soul.
The background noise of water flowing can help with your meditation practice or simply create an atmosphere where relaxation is just easier for you and your family.
Unfortunately since most of us “modern people” don’t live near streams or rivers nowadays (if you do, count yourself lucky), we have to make due with what we have and tabletop water fountains could be a great substitute!
The trick however is to find a tabletop fountain that is:
- High-quality, i.e. made from good material, optimally natural or eco-friendly material
- Aesthetically and acoustically pleasing
- Suitable for indoor use
- Robust, i.e. doesn’t break easily
- Isn’t a hazard to your home, which means properly designed and engineered wirings, pumps, structure etc.
With that in mind let’s have a look at some the best tabletop water fountains you could buy online:
Quick buyers guide
In case you can’t afford the time to look through the detailed reviews below, here is a quick buyers guide for you!
- Best overall pick: Pyramid Feng Shui Ball Lighted 10″ High Table Fountain by Lamps Plus
- Best meditative design: Sitting Buddha 10″ High LED Tabletop Zen Fountain by John Timberland
- Coolest design: Modern Silhouette 10″ High LED Tabletop Fountain by Lamps Plus
- Best natural/organic design: Tall Indoor/Outdoor Tiered Log Tabletop Fountain with LED Lights by Alpine Corporation
Pyramid Feng Shui Ball Lighted 10″ High Table Fountain
This pyramid water fountain is great for you who want to introduce some of the elements of feng shui, that is to say energy and balance, into your home.
Overall the design is elegant and relaxing with five different levels or plates each with well-placed built-in lights.
- Nice design with a feng shui ball on top
- Built-in lights
- Cool lights features
- Easy to set-up
- The pump is relatively silent
- Unimpressive water sound (sounds more like trickling water)
- No on/off cord switch (have to unplug to turn it off)
- A bit on the pricey side
- Water splashing can occur
Sitting Buddha 10″ High LED Tabletop Zen Fountain
This one is a thing of elegant beauty, especially the water flowing from the blooming flower on the lap of the Buddha statue.
Moreover this one is definitely one of the better ones on this list when it comes to functionality and serenity-inducing qualities.
Though the water sound isn’t that impressive (like most others mentioned in this list), the cheap price, the serene design and the overall build quality definitely gets a thumbs up from us at TR.
- Serene buddha design
- Built-in LED lights
- Usable both indoors and outdoors
- Easy-to-use regulator for the pump
- Quite inexpensive
- Silent water flow sound
- Doesn’t have an on/off switch.
Tall Indoor/Outdoor Tiered Log Tabletop Fountain with LED Lights by Alpine Corporation
I don’t know about you guys but I get a subtle ancient feeling from simply looking at it. It kinda looks like a limb or body part from those magnificent creatures called Ents from the Lord of the Rings. This tiered log tabletop fountain is a great piece for both indoors and outdoor use.
This can be worth the purchase just for the design or decor piece alone.
- Organic and natural design
- The water sound is impressive
- Built-in LED white light
- Can be used both outdoors and indoors
- Slightly loud motor
Alpine Tiered Column Tabletop Fountain with 3-Candles
This one certainly looks the part but does it deliver?
There are some aspects of this fountain which are applaudable like for example the beautiful design, the silent pump and its durability. With that being said, there have been instances where the usage of candles have proven to be flat out hazardous.
If you were to purchase this tabletop fountain you could solve this by using battery operated tealight candles.
- Unique design
- Quiet pump
- Easy to use
- Candles can be hazardous
- The sound of water flow isn’t that impressive
- It’s a bit too small
Stacked Rocks Tabletop Water Fountain with LED Lights
Yet another creative design for a tabletop fountain. These solid stacked rocks are quite the meditative sight. Just as water flowing has a certain peaceful quality to it, so does, in some strange way, rocks stacked on each other.
One simply gets the calm, cool and collected “meditative feels” when in the vicinity of such structures.
This one gets the job done with its authentic and natural look.
- Calming aesthetic design
- Good water flow sound
- Cheap price
- Built-in LED light
- The pump is too loud
- The material used isn’t eco-friendly
Zen Rocks Copper Tabletop Fountain
This elegant water fountain is from the great ecommerce site BuddhaGroove. The theme of the fountain is set to depict the mindful aspect of cairn stones to create that “Zen atmosphere”.
This tabletop fountain is handcrafted from slate rock and American-made copper. It was manufactured in America, measuring 10 x 10 x 6 inches.
- Unique and elegant design
- Handmade out of all-natural material
- Rocks and peebles are included
- Suitable both for indoors and outdoors
- Coated with sealant to prevent rust
- A bit pricey
Cascading Rock Pump Waterfall
Here’s another natural beauty as it manages to combine meditativeness with a more nature inspired theme. Leaves that carry water to different leaves, ultimately down to a small cozy pond.
- Easy to setup
- Quiet pump
- Quality material
- Affordable price
- Lightweight (2.3 pounds)
- Water splashes a bit
- Sound of water flowing is too low
Kenroy Home Mantra Indoor Table Fountain
Yet another awesome minimalistic meditative design. Although it is made out of durable resin, the paint overlay isn’t waterproof so you can expect the color gradually diminishing over time.
With the tree meditative stones hanging on top of the bigger rock beneath, It’s definitely pretty and calming to look at.
- Minimalistic and meditative design
- Suitable both indoors and outdoors
- Quiet pump
- The paint isn’t waterproof
- Unimpressive water sound
Modern Silhouette 10″ High LED Tabletop Fountain
I know that we’ve kinda labeled every single tabletop mentioned here as a good/unique/creative design, but this one is truly that times 10.
I mean look at this human silhouette, it’s quite the mesmerizing sight.
That being said, when it comes to functionality there are definitely better fountains out there.
- Lovely form and design
- Beautiful blue light
- Cheap price
- Has no on/off switch (like all the other John Timberland designs)
- Water splashes sometimes
- Pump is too loud and water sound is to low
Namaste Buddha High Indoor Table Fountain
If you’re buying a tabletop fountain aimed at enhancing your meditation, this one is definitely a great choice. The Buddha was a luminous sage that shared timeless wisdom with the world and having a statue of him is a beautiful way of honouring his legacy.
This fountain is of high quality and a good price, I mean what more could you ask for? (… an on/off switch button maybe?)
But really other than that it’s a great product.
- Easy and fast setup
- Cool buddhist design
- Has a nice lamp above the buddha statue
- Affordable price
- Quiet water sound
- Has no on/off switch
- Some buyers report a short life-span of the pump
The Benefits of Having a Water Fountain
As was alluded in the introduction, there are many potential benefits of getting a water fountain, with the therapeutic sound of flowing water definitely playing the biggest role.
- Stress relief and overall relaxation: For 99% of human beings the sound of water is therapeutic, calming and soothing us in an intuitive and passive level. Most of us don’t know why, it’s just is what it is.
- Nice touch of décor: A water fountain, or in this case a tabletop water fountain can really spice up your garden or home décor efforts. ASs you might be aware of the details make up the whole and these babies are great for that extra touch of décor.
- Humidifies the home: Water evaporates, and having a fresh stream of water running creates a more humid atmosphere.
- Purifies the air: Through the magical effects of negative ions, indoor water fountains can potentially help cleanse the air you and your family are breathing in.
- Cancels out noise: Depending on what noises surround you and the home, the sound of a water fountain can help cancel out some of the noises that you don’t like.
Tabletop fountains can be a great addition for a serene home and also for incorporating the sounds of nature into your own home, even if most of the acoustics from these tabletop water fountains aren’t that impressive. The good thing is that you can have them at your desk or simply in a nice little corner in your home or garden. Because of their relatively small sizes they fit nicely in almost everywhere.
Hopefully through this list you’ll have found at least one tabletop fountain that felt just right. If not feel free to a look at wall fountains we reviewed recently!