A solar water feature is a wonderful addition to the garden, bringing the relaxing sound of a babbling brook into a residential space. Solar water features also have the added benefit of being much better for the environment than their mains-powered counterparts, using clean energy that won't cost - or harm - the earth.
Solar power is one of the greenest sources of energy available, transforming light from the sun into electricity, plus it’s much cheaper than other powered water features - not only are solar powered water features free-standing and don’t have to be installed, but solar power is free. A solar water feature won’t add to your electricity bills; simply put it in a sunny part of the garden and enjoy it for years, without additional cost.
Moving water features are helpful for you and your neighbours, too. As well as their relaxing sound, the constant water movement means mosquitoes won't breed in it, reducing the chance of you getting bitten on warm summer nights.
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Smart Solar Feathered Friends Water Feature
This solar water feature doubles up as a bird bath, providing a source of flowing water for birds to preen themselves. Made of treated polyresin, this water feature is tough, but lighter than stone models, which is helpful for setting it up in your garden, and its aged stone finish and twin bird statues make it an ornamental feature.
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Buy the Smart Solar Feathered Friends Water Feature from Robert Dyas
Stainless steel sphere water feature
With a bright metallic body, this stainless steel water feature would suit gardens looking to emphasise a modern aesthetic. Measuring 75cm wide and 50cm tall, the sphere is large enough to be the centrepiece of the garden. This solar water feature is also very easy to install, and just needs filling with water and the panel placing in direct sunlight.
Buy the Stainless steel sphere water feature from Crocus
Chatsworth Water Feature
For stately gardens, try this elegant water feature. Water trickles from the upper spout into a wide basin that will makes an excellent bird bath as well as a serene water feature.
Buy the Chatsworth Water Feature from Crocus
Smart Solar Pagoda Garden Fountain
A pagoda-inspired feature, this polyresin garden fountain is great for Japanese or East Asian style spaces. It has a calming bubble and its wide basin allows birds to also use it as a bath.
Buy the Smart Solar Pagoda Garden Fountain from B&Q
Budding Dahlia Solar Bird Bath
Give birds a place to drink and wash with this bird bath solar water feature. Not only can you enjoy the gentle trickle and soft lighting of this water feature, but birds can too. What’s more, the constant motion of the water means it doesn’t need replacing, keeping birds clean and hygienic.
Buy Budding Dahlia Solar Bird Bath at Amazon
Garden Mile Ceramic Royal Blue Solar Powered Garden Water Feature
This ceramic water feature with its cascading fountain is an Amazon bestseller. Bringing both colour and soothing sound, we think it’s best suited to smaller gardens or balconies.
Buy the 4 Tier Blue Solar Powered Garden Water Feature from Amazon
OKMEE GD087B Solar Water Fountain 4-in-1 Nozzle
This clever floating solar pump can turn any pool of standing water into a fountain. Simply place it in sunlit water and it will spray a gentle jet upwards. It has four different modes, so you can choose the display. A quick, easy solar powered water feature for those on a budget.
Buy OKMEE GD087B Solar Water Fountain 4-in-1 Nozzle on Amazon
Smart Solar Wychwood Falls Garden Fountain
This fountain has a subtle, rustic effect, cascading gently without an obvious three-tiered flow of water. This would work well nestled within a rock garden or woodland borders.
Buy the Smart Solar Wynchwood Falls Garden fountain from Amazon
Solar Ceramic Terracotta Water Fountain Feature
This striking feature offers a bold splash of colour but still evokes tranquillity with its gentle bubble and flow of water. A simple way of introducing colour to paved or decked social areas.
Buy the Solar Ceramic Terracotta Water Fountain Feature from Amazon
Blumfeldt Ocean Planet Solar Fountain
This understated water feature is perfect for small gardens and patios and would look great combined with a container display or in a herb garden. What’s more, this feature has four LEDs and can operate for up to 8 hours at night, for gentle evening lighting.
Buy Blumfeldt Ocean Planet Solar Fountain at B&Q
Tipping Pail Water Feature
More traditional gardeners may appreciate this decorative water feature. It's more ornamental than many of the features on our list, with statues of two children collecting water from a pump.
Buy the Tipping Pail Water Feature from Crocus
Fairy Clam Shell Solar Water Feature
For woodland or fantasy gardens, try this fairy feature. Great for quiet corners, or adding a touch of magic to the bottom of the garden.
Buy the Fairy Clam Shell Solar Water Feature from Amazon
This Product Guide was last updated in June 2023. We apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.