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As the name suggests, solar fountains are powered by solar energy. They come in a variety of different designs and types. So there should be a suitable fountain for every taste. Their biggest advantage is their lower power consumption and the environmental friendliness that comes with it.

They can supply a pond with oxygen and their soothing sound is particularly inviting for relaxation.

With our large solar fountain test 2021 we want to help you find the garden fountain that best suits your garden and your needs. We have compared the most diverse solar fountains with each other and compiled the respective advantages and disadvantages for you. This comparison should make your choice as easy as possible.




Summary

  • Solar fountains are fountains powered by solar energy. They are available in all kinds of forms and can transform any garden into a small oasis of well-being.
  • Basically, they can be divided into solar fountains with integrated and external solar panels. Both types are available in many different versions and price ranges.
  • Fountains are particularly suitable for a garden pond. Others, such as a cascade fountain, can be placed almost anywhere in the garden.

The Best Solar Fountain: Our Choices

Solar Fountains: Buying and evaluation criteria

Below we show you which factors can influence your choice of the most suitable solar fountain for you. These include:

We will explain what is important in the individual aspects in the following paragraphs.

Pump and water circuit

When using a pump in a pond, you must make sure that the pump is powerful enough for the respective body of water. Here, information on head and flow rate can help you.

On the one hand, it has to be powerful enough for enough water to flow for a nice fountain effect. On the other hand, and this is probably the more important point, algae can form better if there is not enough water flowing.

Your pump can be damaged if the water runs out.

You should also make sure that you have a closed water circuit. This is important because otherwise you will have to keep adding water. And if you forget to do this, your pump can be damaged if it runs with too little or no water for a long time.

This can be prevented if the pump has a circuit breaker. This can switch off the pump if it gets too hot. Even with a closed circuit, such a circuit breaker is advantageous. Because it can always happen that your fountain leaks at some point.

Volume

The volume also plays an important role. After all, you don't want to be disturbed by annoying engine noises in your personal oasis of relaxation. Rather, you want to hear the water splashing and flowing.

And you don't want to start a neighbourhood fight just because the fountain is "way" too loud. If you live in a densely populated area, you should also make sure that the volume is low.

The volume may also tell you if there is just enough water flowing through the well. Or whether something is possibly damaged on the well.

Equipment

Probably the most sensible equipment you should consider is a built-in rechargeable battery. With just such a battery, you can easily operate your fountain for a longer period of time, even if it is cloudy. You can also run it at night for up to several hours without sunlight.

Your battery needs enough sunlight during the day to be able to operate the pump at night.

However, the prerequisite is of course that you need enough hours of sunlight during the day to charge the battery. Because if the battery is empty, you can only operate the fountain with enough sunlight.

Another piece of equipment you should think about is integrated lighting. Especially if you want to operate your fountain in the evening or at night, fancy lighting can give your fountain a more beautiful overall appearance. However, such a fountain needs a rechargeable battery, as it must be able to operate even when it is dark.

There is no right or wrong with both the battery and the lighting. Of course, these additions also increase the price. Whether you need them or not, and whether you are prepared to accept the higher price, is something you have to weigh up for yourself.

Power

When it comes to power, you have to take into account the wattage of the panel as well as the battery life, if one is included. Here you will often find battery runtimes of up to 8 hours. The more the better, of course, but how much you actually need is up to you.

We consider 3 to 5 hours to be quite sufficient. The power of the panel must be strong enough to operate the pump itself and any other equipment. If you buy the fountain as a complete set, this should also be guaranteed. Since the required power depends, among other things, on the pump, there is no definitive minimum power requirement here.

Material

As with the equipment, there is no definitive answer as to which material is best. Once again, it depends on your personal taste what you choose. You should make sure that the material is weather-resistant if you place the fountain outdoors. And it should be as easy to clean as possible. You should also pay attention to how the colours behave in frequent sunlight.

Smooth material is easier to clean than rough material such as natural stone.

What is also important to note here is that you should not equate weather resistance with winter resistance. If your fountain is not winterproof, you should empty and clean it before winter. Otherwise you may need a new one for the next summer.

Solar fountain: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following we would like to answer the most important questions about solar wells. We have compiled the seven most frequently asked questions for you and answered them briefly. After this guide, you will know everything essential about solar wells.

What is a solar fountain?

A solar fountain, like any other fountain, is a circuit. It pumps water from the bottom to the top, which then flows back down. What makes a solar fountain a solar fountain is the way it is powered. As the name suggests, it is powered by solar energy, which is fed into the device by a solar panel.

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A fountain can provide your pond with oxygen. It can also mitigate the formation of algae. (Image source: pixabay / Mabel Amber)

It does not need an external power source. This also means that no cables need to be laid. Therefore, however, unless it has a rechargeable battery, it can only be operated during sunlight hours.

Depending on the type, its position can be chosen more or less freely. The only thing to bear in mind is that the panel needs several hours of sunlight a day.

What types of solar fountains are there?

If you want to buy a solar fountain, there are basically two types to choose from: those with an integrated solar panel and those with an external solar panel. We have summarised the advantages and disadvantages of both alternatives here:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
with integrated solar panel Panel is "hidden", no cable Limited positioning, Limited orientation
with external solar panel Free positioning, Free orientation Required space for cable and panel

With solar fountains that have an integrated panel, you don't have to look for an extra place for the panel. In addition, it does not stand out so much in the garden if the panel is integrated.

On the other hand, you are more limited in positioning. The fountain must be positioned and aligned so that the panel gets enough sunlight during the day.

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With a cascade fountain, the water flows from one level down to the next. From the very bottom, it is then pumped back up to the highest level. (Image source: pixabay / Alexas_Fotos)

Solar fountains with external panels can be positioned and aligned more freely. You can also place them in places where there is little or no sunlight. As long as the cable to the panel is long enough to position it in a sunny place.

You then only have to think about how you can integrate the panel and cable in your garden so that they cause as little disturbance as possible. Solar fountains come in many forms. They come as simple fountains, but also as more extensive ones such as:

  • as a waterfall
  • various statues
  • Spherical fountains
  • Cascades
  • and as wall fountains.

Here, one shape is not better than the other. Above all, you have to decide for yourself what fits best in your garden and which one you like best.

What does a solar fountain cost?

There is a wide price range between the different solar fountains. The price varies depending on the material and quality. The range can go from about 10 to 600 euros. Assuming that you can have a fountain of higher quality in operation for a long time, such a range seems quite reasonable to us.

Simple fountains, as already mentioned, start at about 10 euros. More extensive fountains, on the other hand, which come in various shapes, start at about 55 euros.

Type price range
Simple fountains approx. 10 to 60 euros
More extensive solar fountains approx. 55 to 600 euros

The price range for fountains goes up to about 60 euros. The more extensive ones, on the other hand, range up to 600 euros. In the high-price segment, these are also made of higher-quality materials such as copper and wood.

What alternatives are there to a solar fountain?

There are many different garden fountains. However, with all of them the pump has to be operated somehow. So if you are looking for alternatives to solar fountains, you are more likely to look for a different power source. In the following section, we will give you a brief overview of the alternatives to solar fountains.

Type Description
Garden fountains with mains cable They do not draw their power from a solar panel, but from a mains cable. This may limit your choice of location somewhat. On the other hand, you are completely independent of sunlight when positioning the fountain.
Self-built garden fountain If you build your own fountain, you are independent in every respect. You can decide on the material, power source, space, equipment and everything else that concerns your fountain.

It should be mentioned, however, that a self-built well is more of an alternative to buying a solar well than a solar well itself. Because here, too, you need a power source, either via a solar panel or a mains cable.

Even if garden fountains with a mains cable also have their advantages, we would still advise you to buy a solar fountain. Its environmental friendliness alone, due to lower power consumption, makes it the better choice for us. And it is not without reason that solar fountains are becoming more and more popular.

How do I clean a solar fountain?

Basically, you should clean or replace your fountain and the water regularly. One or two cleanings per year should be sufficient. If the fountain is very dirty, you may need to clean it more often.

In the following, we briefly explain how to clean your fountain. First, you can remove the pump. You should then rinse it with clear water and scrub it a little if necessary. You should also remove and clean all loose decorative parts.

You can then clean the fountain itself with a special cleaner, depending on the material and the degree of soiling. You should make sure that the cleaner is suitable for use on your material. After all, cleaning the fountain should make it beautiful again and not damage it.

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Remember that pets are not the only ones who want to drink from your fountain. Therefore, you should pay attention to what you let flow through your fountain. (Image source: unsplash / Mark Timberlake)

After you've rinsed everything clean again, you can reassemble the fountain and fill it with fresh water. You could also use distilled water, chlorine or similar. This would prevent contamination to a large extent. We would strongly advise against this, however, as you could poison animals that drink from your fountain.

Conclusion

A solar fountain can help you keep your pond clean of algae. It can help you relax with the sound of running water. Or it can simply beautify your garden. With countless different designs, there's sure to be something for everyone.

Whether you get a floating fountain for your pond, or a cascade fountain with an external solar panel for your garden. There should be a suitable solar fountain for every application. Most are also easy to install. But don't forget to clean your fountain regularly.

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