Best Indoor Water Fountain Reviews for 2017

November 26th, 2016

Welcome to our comprehensive guide to finding the best indoor water fountain reviews for 2017.

We have searched far and wide to put together the list you see below. We have also attempted to answer your questions on how to find a suitable water feature, what the benefits of a great water feature can be as well as how to look after your fountain once it’s up and running.

Our List of the Best Indoor Water Fountains

Alpine WIN316 Rock Waterfall FountainA+$$$
Three Bowl 41 1/2" High Cascading FountainA$$$
Meditating Buddha Antique Bronze LED Lighted FountainA$
Major-Q Decoration Fengshui Rock Like Waterfall FountainB+$$
Dark Sphere Pillar Floor FountainA$$
Tiered Copper Leaves Indoor Outdoor FountainA-$$
Tuscan Faux Stone 31 1/2" High Patio Floor FountainB-$$$
Tree Pot Outdoor-Indoor Fountain with IlluminationA$$

Alpine WIN316 Rock Waterfall Fountain with LED Light

The Alpine Rock Waterfall Fountain was a stand out performer that passed nearly all of our rigorous testing. This 23″L x 18″w x 40″h item is made of fiber glass with everything you need to have it up and running straight out of the box.

On arrival at our doorstep we found it was super light to move. Installation was very easy, basically connect up the hose that is hanging under the top shell and then plug in the power. Once connected and the water basin is full, the first thing you will notice is that ambient sound of the running water. It is peaceful and soothing to the ear.

We loved that there was absolutely no motor sound to be heard, which is quite impressive when compared to it’s rivals on the market.

The lights have been integrated very well into the design as they subtly compliment the fountain, especially at night. They come with a 3 year warranty and are much better than a larger bulky light bulb that would need constant changing. Yet what you will really notice is the attention to detail in the coloring of the rocks. There is a variety of rock colors in the fountain, making it feel very natural in appearance.

The only issue we found was the slight spray of water outside of the catchment area. We would recommend countering this with purchasing a cheap basin from Amazon to catch the excess spray. We have also read reports of some stress fractures appearing where mould may build up. But if you are regularly cleaning your fountain, you can easily avoid this too.

 Very light, easy installation

 No motor sound

 Excellent lighting design

 Slight spray of water on higher pressure

 Reports of stress fractures after time

Three Bowl 41 1/2″ High Cascading Fountain

This lovely three bowl cascading fountain in a stone finish will bring tranquillity to any home it arrives in. In terms of size, it’s 41 1/2″ high, 20″ wide, 18 1/2″ deep and made of a lightweight cast resin. This light material made the delivery process very easy as we could effortlessly place the fountain anywhere around the house.

Set up was fast, but the instructions were not as comprehensive as we would have hoped. For example, the directions missed the step of placing the hose onto the hose splitter that is already inside the bowls.

Once you’re up and running, the fountain looks and sounds simply sublime. Unlike the previous indoor water fountain though, we did hear the motor slightly in the background. It wasn’t overpowering the sound of the water, but you do know it’s there.

We have noticed that the fountain does loose some water over time and have read reports of water lose occurring rapidly too.  However, we turned our pump down to the mid range setting and have had no troubles so far with only the rare top up needed.

This would be the perfect fountain to sit outside or just inside the front door as it gives off a very nice “resort” look and feel. It would be like coming home to a holiday (if only!). Furthermore, the night lights only enhance this mood, but don’t forgot to keep the extra bulbs that come in the box. It’s very easy to over look them when you’re cleaning up the rubbish after unpacking.

 Lightweight material

 Looks very stunning

 Only occasional water top up needed

 Minor motor sounds

 Instructions could be clearer

Meditating Buddha Antique Bronze LED Lighted Fountain

This is the best indoor water fountain to return the Zen to any room. The Meditating Buddha Tabletop Zen fountain is a unique and beautiful item with an antique bronze finish. The fountain outputs a gratifying flowing sound combined with a sublime underwater light.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the light fixture on the Meditating Buddha as we really feel this is the stand out part of the product. Like the religion of Buddhism itself, the light under the water truly enlightens the room. It accomplishes this by projecting the shadows of the water onto the ceiling. Which, if you’re using this fountain to assist with meditation, really does create a sense of floating away into another world.

Overall, it was an easy fountain to clean. This is good because you will need to be clean it at least once per week. Keep in mind that if you miss this cycle you increase your chances of a slight layer of Algae building up and possibly blocking the piping. Just make sure that you clean the tubes out too. If you want to be super careful, you can skip using the stones that were included in the package. Although, they do look very nice when placed into the water.

Small note also, the power cord on this item was very handy; it was long and the power switch was in a good position. This meant placement and maintenance was very simple. To find your enlightened state, we would highly recommend taking the first step and picking up a Meditating Buddha today.

 Excellent lighting design

 Long power cord for placement options

 Power switch is handy

 Regular cleaning required

 Sound of water not very loud

Major-Q Decoration Fengshui Rock Like Waterfall Fountain

The Major-Q Decoration Fountain is a true case of art imitating life. You could stare at (and listen to) it for hours and just be lost in thought. It has four pools where the water runs into from each of the above tiers. At night this item especially shows off it’s glory with radiant lights shining out of the three bottom pools.

Set up was easy and the box was surprising light on arrival, allowing us to effortlessly position it into place. You will find a storage space at the rear of the rocks that is opened and closed by a secret sliding door. This area is especially handy for when you have excess cord left over. There is also a gap in the door so you can have all the excess cord remain inside the compartment, smart thinking by the engineers!

In terms of motor noise, we would rate it at a “moderate” level. It does not go unnoticed, but isn’t as overpowering as other models we have tested. You may notice that the sound increases when there is a shortage of water. So be sure to maintain adequate water levels.

The lights used on this fountain are a little different to other products on the market. They are definitely brighter and more “LED” in appearance. It’s a shame that the designers did not include the ability to turn the lights on and off separate to the functioning of the running water.

This is a great pick up for it’s price (in the medium range pricing bracket) and we have not seen any problems with it after 7 months of continuous usage.

 Realistic rock coloring

 Great cord shortage design

 Bargain price for quality item

 Lights a little “LED” like in appearance

 Moderate motor noise

Dark Sphere Pillar Floor Fountain

We decided to add the Dark Sphere Pillar Floor Fountain to our list of contenders for the best indoor water fountain as it simply oozes elegance. We could imagine 4 of these all lined up in a french courtyard in a picturesque background as guests would sip their tea.

The other reason we liked this item was the sound that it made. It was like no other we have heard before, mesmerising and relaxing at the same time. The main reason for this was there is no motor sound to be heard, it was very quiet.

Keep in mind however, this is a lower cost item, so don’t expect it to be a lifetime purchase. We have seen reports of the paint wearing off after time as well as some splashing outside the catchment basin.

We recommend this little beauty for anyone looking for a quick and well priced item to spruce up the front porch or living room space without breaking the bank.

 Low cost bang for buck

 Memorising water sounds

 Elegant is appearance

 Low cost materials open to degradation over time

 Slight splashing outside basin

Tiered Copper Leaves Indoor Outdoor Fountain

Looking for something a little more fragile and tender to complete your indoor fengshui? Well the Tiered Copper Leaves Fountain will do just the trick. A quick note here though, we use the word “copper” loosely as the leaves are not real copper, more just a coating of copper looking paint. The actual material feels more like a welded metal that has been copper colored.

Finding a spot for this item will not be difficult as the base is differently much smaller than what we are used to in this category. Keep in mind though that this is a delicate product and be sure to keep it out of reach of unsuspecting children or pets.

One noticeable feature (or lack there of) was how quite the water is when it trickles down the leaves. This surprised us when we first turned it on as we thought we may have not set it up correctly. But after reading similar reports from other consumers, this is definitely the case.

We also did notice some slight splashing between leaves. But if you turn down the pressure level, it should eliminate the issue.

This fountain would suit an apartment or smaller living space as it’s not over powering in size or sound, but offers some peaceful background tones without stealing precise floor space.

 Doesn’t overpower a room

 Subtle and delicate water sound

Prone to easy breakage

Splashing a possibility on higher pressure

Tuscan Faux Stone 31 1/2″ High Patio Floor Fountain

Imagine yourself sitting under the Tuscan sun, the trickle of the nearby creek filling the air with sounds of relaxation.. **RECORD SCRATCH**. Well, not quite, but the Tuscan Faux Stone fountain comes very close to achieving that feeling. For those of us who appreciate the thinking and design that goes into the sounds of the water in a quality fountain, this item is for you. The classy way in which the sealed lights glow under the two vases is only magnified at dusk and night when it creates a translucent evening glow.

We did not encounter any spillage or splashing with the Tuscan Faux Stone. Mainly due to the fact we made sure that the fountain stood exactly level on the ground. It’s also best to keep it out of windy conditions as well as ensure that the water pressure is not set too high.

The instructions were not as helpful as we would have liked. Just remember that you need to feed the power leads from the lighting features through the vases and into the shoot in the main tube. Also make sure that they are not left in the main tube by placing all the excess cords in the ground level storage area.

Beauty however does come a a cost. This item is a little more expensive than the others reviewed here. And further to that, you will spend some time refilling the water on a regular basis. We have seen reports of lighting issues and difficulties replacing them after time. This hasn’t been encountered with our fountain yet, although we have only had it now for 9 months and the lights are still functioning very well.

We would highly recommend this item and it definitely goes into the running for the best indoor water fountain.

 Stunning water flowing sounds

 No splashing or spillage

 Looks more expensive than costs

 Instructions a little difficult

 Not on the cheaper side

Tree Pot Outdoor-Indoor Fountain with Illumination

Last but certainly not least is a popular item on the market, it’s the Tree Pot Outdoor-Indoor Fountain. As the name suggests this fountain is very adaptable as to where it can be placed. The surface area is surprisingly smaller than we imagined from seeing it online. It is also quite lightweight, meaning you can re-position it until it’s just right.

It’s made from a durable polyresin and fiberglass material, weighs around 22 pounds and comes with pump and power packs.

The lighting and optical effect of the pots is very pretty. Combined with the sound of the water running between pots, you definitely have yourself a catalyst for a relaxing afternoon’s nap on the couch nearby your new fountain.

Some funny quirks we found however were with the lighting and instructions. Firstly, it was a strange decision not to have an additional light in the top pots. Secondly, the instructions can be a little contradictory. In one spot they talk about filling the pots with tap water and in another spot in the instructions, they recommend distilled water, so which one is it?

Also, keep in mind that there is no separation between the motor and the lights, so you have to have them both on during the day too. The occasional splash is present on this item, but with the motor pressure on a lower setting, you shouldn’t have any indoor troubles with water splashes missing the catchment area.

 Easy to place with smaller base

 Lighting effects are very attractive

No splash on moderate motor pressure

 Quirks in instructions

 No separation of lights and motor

How to Choose the Best Indoor Water Fountain


Before jumping online and clicking “buy” it’s very important to know your spacing requirements. For example which room you will be placing the fountain and is it an area where you spend most of your day. You may also find that while some have smaller bases surface areas, they may take up more room higher up on the design.

Splash Factor

water-floor-damageThe amount of splash that misses the basin and hits your indoor floors can be a decisive factor between and “yay” or “nay” for any indoor water feature. Even the smallest amount of splash can add up over time to cause immense amounts of damage. Check for the ability to adjust the pump’s motor as this may enable to to throttle the splashing with a lower level of water being pumped through the motor.

Motor Noise

Every customer who buys a indoor water feature wants to hear the lovely and relaxing sound of the water circulating through the system. Therefore, you definitely want to ensure the motor sounds to not in any way impede on the volume of the water running. Read the reviews carefully to see what other customers have said about the noise level of the motor as it’s either something very apparent or (on the better models) nothing to be heard of.

Ease of Maintenance

fountain-maintenanceTo keep the best indoor water fountain, it will mean some necessary and ongoing steps to maintain a smooth flow of water. We will cover these steps in more detail below. However, when looking at purchasing your water feature, make sure that it outlines exactly what is needed for maintenance. This may include, how often the water needs to be refilled, cleaning of the motor, and changing of the light bulbs just to name a few.

What are the Health Benefits of an Indoor Water Fountain?

Air Purification

In today’s polluted world you can find some many different pollutants in the home that it’s almost scary. From dust, and bacteria to the positive ions released from your appliances like your TV and fridge. What research has discovered is that by release negative ions into that polluted environment, it clears the air of anything nasty. In effect, this is what many air purifiers on the market aim to accomplish. However, with your indoor water feature, you have all the benefits of zapping the nasties out of the air, which listening to the smoothing sounds of running water.

Stress Relief

b801118a7a6e987cb79831171c3f58f9It’s all about feels! Well actually, scientifically, it is actually about how the sound of running water makes you feel. Research has shown that your levels of serotonin rise when you are close to the sound of running water. In effect, this is called your “feel good” hormone.

White Noise

Many of us live in busy and bustling cities where it’s almost unavoidable to have some form of background noise in our lives. Whether it be the noise from outside (cars, people) or inside (appliances rattling and humming) there is always something there whether you want it or not.  In many cases, the best way to counter this is to replace the noise with some better “white noise“. And what better noise to choose than one by mother nature herself, the sound of water running.

Moisture Restoration

dry-airFor those of use in the cooler areas, especially during the long winters, who love to turn on the thermostat, there’s a problem that we may not be aware is happening. Because although you might be keeping warm, you may also find that the air is very dry. This lack of hydrated air causes discomfort in your nose and throat as well as possible headaches and dry skin. The good news is that studies show that an indoor water fountain has the ability to return the moisture in the air. This can be credited to the circulation of the water in the fountain causing it to evaporate faster.

How to Maintain Indoor Fountains

Submersion of Water Pump

The pump is designed to be constantly submerged underwater. Therefore, this is not the case, it can become dry and burnt out very quickly as it will over work to compensate for the lack of water. Therefore, you will need to monitor your water levels to create a habit of refilling the water display when necessary. Normally in the first period of own the water feature you will quickly learn a sense of how often refills are needed. The regularity of refills really depends on many factors that are local to your conditions, e.g. climate, atmosphere, pump pressure, etc. A quick tip, if you start seeing bubbles emerge on the surface of the water that are not normally there when the basin is full, then that’s the first obvious sign a refill is needed soon.

Cleaning Off Dirt & Debris


It’s best to create a schedule for cleaning the pump. Everything will flow through this pump and this makes it the first stop for your cleaning process. Make sure you turn off the fountain and remove the pump to clean it. Use a small sponge or tooth brush to clean the inside and outside of the pump.

Keep Your Fountain Running

Sounds strange at first, but if you keep the water feature running, it will ensure that the water does not stagnant. You do not want stagnant water as this leads to all kinds of water born aerial bacteria and water based nasties (such as Algae) in the basin.

Use Distilled Water (or White Vinegar)

2litresDistilled water means that all the bad stuff has been removed from the water. This means that no debris or unwanted bacteria has a chance of forming in the water feature. If you don’t have access to distilled water, than the occasional application of some white vinegar into the water can also help keep the water free of Algae and other debris. It’s also worth jumping online and searching for water care products as there are many cheap alternatives to keeping your water fresh and clean.

That’s all from us today. I hope we have answered your questions and helped you come one step closer to finding the best indoor water fountain. Take your time and read the reviews carefully and we are sure you will find a winner. Be sure to let us know your questions and feedback in the comments below and thanks for dropping by.