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balcony and terrace owners know it: the bird problem. While most people find the chirping of birds very pleasant, very few want to have their excrement on the balcony. Not only sound chimes but also special types of kinetic wind chimes provide a remedy. In our product comparison, we present a wide variety of wind chimes. In this way, you will find the right product for you, whether for bird repelling or simply for decoration. We also answer the most important questions about wind chimes. In this way, you will learn everything you need to find the right variant for you.




Summary

  • Wind chimes are hangers that move in the wind. Depending on the type, they produce relaxing sounds, reflect light or glow in the dark.
  • Wind chimes are suitable for indoor use as well as for the garden or terrace. Here it is especially important to pay attention to weather resistance. However, most wind chimes are made for outdoor use.
  • When buying a wind chime for the garden, it is not only important that you like the sound. It should also please your neighbours. Wind chimes that are too loud and can be heard at night are often perceived as a noise nuisance.

The Best Wind Chimes: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for wind chimes

To make it easier for you to buy a wind chime, we have summarised the most important buying criteria. This way you know exactly what to look for when buying and can easily find the ideal wind chime for you. These criteria are as follows:

In the next section, we will go into detail about the individual criteria so that you have all the information you need to make your purchase decision.

Sound

The sound is one of the most important criteria for buying a wind chime. Generally, a distinction is made between wind chimes with sound and the so-called kinetic wind chimes, which do not produce any sound. If your neighbours live very close and you only want to scare off birds, a kinetic wind chime is a good choice. Kinetic wind chimes are available in many different shapes and colours, so that you can also find a beautiful decorative item here. If you decide to buy a wind chime with sound, you should bear in mind that wind chimes produce very different sounds depending on the material and size. Generally, a few not too small tubes made of wood or metal produce pleasant sounds.

Size

Our second criterion is the size of the wind chimes. Here you should consider where you want to hang the wind chime later. Especially when placing it indoors or on a balcony, you should choose a wind chime that is not too big so that the room does not look cluttered. Furthermore, the size of a wind chime also changes its sound. For example, wind chimes that consist of many very narrow tubes are often perceived as noisy. This is because they vibrate against each other even in a very light wind.

Material

Wind chimes are made of different materials. For example, wind chimes are made of wood or metal, but also of glass. The material not only determines the appearance, but also the sound of a wind chime. The material also plays a major role in kinetic wind chimes. While colourful wind chimes made of metal reflect the light, wind chimes made of glass refract the light. Both have different optical effects. With both types of wind chimes, it is a matter of personal taste which material you like best.

Weather resistance

If you want to hang your wind chimes outdoors, this criterion is especially important. In general, however, most wind chimes are suitable for outdoor use. To make sure that your wind chime will serve its purpose for a long time, you can pay attention to a few criteria. For example, you should make sure that wind chimes made of metal are rust-free. Coloured wind chimes remain beautiful for a long time if the colours are UV-resistant and do not fade.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about wind chimes answered in detail

In the following section, we have answered all the important questions about wind chimes for you. So you are optimally informed if you want to buy a wind chime.

What is a wind chime?

Wind chimes are different types of decorative items that move with the wind. They are usually put up in the garden for decoration or to scare off birds. Wind chimes are also used in Feng Shui. There are wind chimes that produce sounds as well as so-called kinetic wind chimes. These reflect light and swing in the wind.

For whom is a wind chime suitable?

A wind chime is suitable for different purposes. On the one hand, a beautiful wind chime can be used for decorative purposes. Thus, they can be put up not only outdoors but also in windless interiors. Wind chimes are often appreciated for their relaxing melodies. Especially they Koshi chimes in yoga are used for this purpose.

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Wind chimes are good for keeping unwelcome birds away from your terrace. (Image source: AlexanderStein/ Pixabay)

Another reason to use wind chimes is their effect on birds. Birds are not only deterred by the melodies of sound chimes, but often also by the light reflections of kinetic wind chimes. Since wind chimes have the same effect on birds as a cat scare on cats, they can be ideally used to keep birds away from the patio.

What types of wind chimes are there?

Essentially, there are two different types of wind chimes. On the one hand, there are wind chimes, which consist of hollow bodies that produce different sounds when they swing against each other. Koshi wind chimes, which represent the 4 elements with tones, also belong to the group of wind chimes. They are mainly used in yoga. On the other hand, there are the so-called kinetic wind chimes. Unlike chimes, they do not produce tones. Instead, they reflect light, which creates optical effects. There are also solar wind chimes that glow in the dark. These can also be used as patio lighting and are an alternative to solar lights.

What does a wind chime cost?

The price of a wind chime is determined by its type, materials and size. In the following table, we have summarised the different price ranges of wind chimes so that you know exactly what you will have to pay.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (5 - 20 €) Classic chimes and kinetic wind chimes
Medium-priced (20 - 40 €) Wind chimes in eye-catching shapes, such as that of a hot air balloon
High-priced (from € 40) Very large wind chimes, special sound chimes such as the Koshi sound chimes for yoga

It turns out that you don't usually have to spend a lot of money for a beautiful wind chime. You can find a very large selection of different wind chimes for as little as 5 - 20 €.

What to do if the wind chime disturbs the neighbour?

Sound chimes in the garden often lead to a neighbour dispute. Especially if the wind chimes are very loud and can even be heard by the neighbours indoors, problems can arise in the long run. In general, wind chimes can also disturb the night's rest and be considered a noise nuisance. Ideally, however, you should not let it get that far. If you plan to hang a wind chime outside, it is best to discuss this with your neighbour. If they feel disturbed, you can alternatively use kinetic wind chimes or hang a sound chime indoors.

Conclusion

A wind chime is a beautiful decorative item, both for the garden and for the interior. In addition, wind chimes are very good for keeping birds away. Which wind chime you choose depends mainly on your personal preference. However, if you choose a wind chime, you should consider discussing your decision with your neighbours. Although the sound of a wind chime can be very relaxing, it can also be disturbing. In this case, kinetic wind chimes are a great option.

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