“It’s a small thing to help one animal, but to that one animal it’s a big thing” – Gene Baur.
Winters are harsh. And while most of us keep ourselves warm and hydrated by sipping a hot cup of tea and drinking warm water, our backyard birds struggle between life and death. With temperatures dropping below freezing points and lakes, ponds, and rivers getting frozen – these tiny feathered creatures find no any source of lukewarm water to keep themselves hydrated and warm in freezing temperatures. And this is where Heated Bird Baths come for great good!
What are Heated Bird Baths? Heated Bird Baths are bird waterers or bird water feeding stations, which ensure warm water supply to birds in below-freezing weather conditions. Injected with an electricity-powered heater, Heated Bird Baths keep the water (inside their feeding bowl) at a comfortable room temperature and prevent it from freezing in cold weather. This way your backyard birds get access to warm water for keeping themselves hydrated in the wintertime.
- Best Heated Bird Baths 2020
- Our Best Pick: Birds Choice Ivy Pedestal Heated Bird Bath
- Best Energy Saving: Farm Innovators HBC-120 Heated Birdbath with Deck Mount
- The Best Universal: GBD-75 Heated Birdbath
- Best Budget Pick: API 600 Heated Bird Bath Bowl
- Best Mountable: Allied Precision 650 Heated Bird Bath
- Every Bird’s Best Choice: Farm Innovators Four Seasons Heated Birdbath
- The Most Advanced: Songbird Essentials Heated Birdbath
Best Heated Bird Baths 2020
At PetsBeast, we have reviewed the Best Heated Bird Baths in 2020. We have hand-picked the best picks of the bunch – featuring in different varieties of birdbaths with various functionalities. Before we dig deep into each product’s reviews and workability analysis, here’s a general view of the best heated bird baths of 2020.
|Best Overall||Birds Choice Ivy Pedestal||98%|
|Best Energy Saving||Farm Innovators HBC-120||90%|
|Best Universal||GBD-75 Heated Birdbath||85%|
|Best Budget Pick||API 600 Heated Bird Bath Bowl||97%|
|Best Mountable||Allied Precision 650||85%|
|Bird’s Best Choice||Farm Innovators Four Seasons||90%|
|Most Advanced||Songbird Essentials Heated Birdbath||98%|
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Our Best Pick: Birds Choice Ivy Pedestal Heated Bird Bath
|Designed to keep water to a comfortable room temperature in below-freezing weather and sturdy enough to resist the heaviest of the storms – the Birds Choice Ivy rightly deserves the position of the No.1 Heated Bird Bath of 2020!|
|Water Holding Capacity:||1 Gallon|
We have listed Birds Choice IVY as the best heated bird bath overall. The product features two components – a heated bird bath and an Ivy pedestal. The water bowl is stone-colored to give a natural touch to the outdoor birds. To be exact, the bath can carry 1 gallon-water which is heated by an electronically-powered mechanism. We found the product working at its best even in the arctic conditions.
Another thing we loved about this product is its Stability. The heating bowl securely fits over the round top of the pedestal stand. The stand and the bowl stay stationary in strong winds and the pillars are firmly balanced to prevent the feeding station from knocking down either by strong winds or birds.
The bath is detachable, which means after the winters are over, you can replace it with the summer bird bath. The pedestal collapses for easy storage during non-winter months. Furthermore, the heated bird bath and the pedestal stand are guaranteed never to fade, crack, or split. And cleaning is a snap, just wipe with a paper towel and you are done!
Customers say that the product does its job of keeping the water ice-free throughout the winter months. Those living in windy areas and on hilltops say that the base of the unit is much sturdier than other heated bird baths which blew over many times. Fortunately, the Birds Choice Heated Bird Bath is one such unit that does not blow away or topple down with wind or birds’ pressure. “In the four months that I have had it, it has not blown over,” says a customer living on a hill-top area.
Best Energy Saving: Farm Innovators HBC-120 Heated Birdbath with Deck Mount
|A thermostatically-controlled heated birdbath that costs only pennies a day to operate! Save energy and go low on electricity bills.|
|Water Holding Capacity:||One Gallon|
|Voltage:||120-Watt with Auto Trip ON/OFF feature|
You are providing water to backyard birds, which is indeed a good deed on your behalf. But having an all-time running heated bird bath can go heavy on your electricity bill.
Fortunately, Farm Innovators HBC-120 is one such winter birdbath with energy-saving features. The feeding station is thermostatically-controlled, so the heater only turns ON when the water is near freezing. This will save you so much on your electricity bills.
The waterer features a compression-molded scalloped design that not only ensures durability but also mimics an elegant concrete birdbath in appearance. The top heating bowl is firmly attached to the deck mount and can be detached by twisting. The thumbscrews on the mount keep the whole feeding station tightly gripped on the railings and the super-easy twist-off dish is a breeze to “dump, clean and refill”.
The dish is shallow enough to allow even the smallest birds to splash about along with the larger Robbins and Doves. Furthermore, there’s a dedicated opening just at the bottom of the base of the dish that allows for an electrical cord to be plugged in underneath. This keeps the cord securely hidden and prevents it from bending.
Customers say that the HBC-120 winter bird bath has been working great for them. Many state that it has saved them so much on their electricity bills and remains firmly gripped on their balcony railings. Many also like the product for being easily cleanable. “With a simple counterclockwise rotation of about half a turn, I just lift the birdbath, rinse it out a little with my hands, and refill it,” says a customer.
The Best Universal: GBD-75 Heated Birdbath
|A universal heated birdbath that can be mounted and placed anywhere.|
|Water Holding Capacity:||1/2 Gallon|
The GBD-75 is an all-purpose bed waterer that features hardware for three different mounting options — deck/post mount for wall, legs for ground placement, and clamp mounts for railings. The feeder has a powder-coated finish for ever-lasting rust resistance.
Another great characteristic of this product is the inclusion of thermostatically-controlled technology with auto ON/OFF feature. This will save you a lot on your electricity bill, as the heater will remain turned off as long as the water does not reach close to the freezing point. The water-holding plastic basin firmly sits on the base and lifts for quick cleaning.
Many customers are of the view that the product works pretty fine, but it does have a couple of minor quibbles.
Best Budget Pick: API 600 Heated Bird Bath Bowl
|A winter birdbath supreme in features and premium in quality, yet very low priced.|
|Water Holding Capacity:||1.5 Gallon|
The API 600 is among the world’s best and most selling heated birdbaths. The package includes a shallow bowl with a power cable and may look simple at first sight. But in terms of workability and durability, this product beats many of those expensive waterers in the market.
The huge basin of the API 600 is made out of a fiberglass/resin material. The material is so durable that it can go along even with your future generations. It is not ceramic or other type of breakable material and stays like New with no degradation for years.
The heating mechanism of the API 600 is thermostatically-controlled with auto turn on/off feature. It is an awesome birdbath that does not freeze up at -25 °F and does not use enough electricity to be an issue. This means the heater works in intervals, so as to prevent the water from reaching the freezing point.
When the water is near to freeze, the heater automatically turns ON to adjust the water’s temperature to a comfortable level. Once the target is achieved, the heating mechanism automatically turns off. It will automatically turn ON again when needed.
What makes this product every feathered creature’s favorite, is the sleekly-designed smooth bowl rim. The rim is designed to be easily grasped by a bird’s talons, making it a natural perch and, as a result, encourages landings. Furthermore, the product also features an adapter clamp for mounting to a variety of surfaces and stands.
Customers say that the API 600 has proved itself as the best bang of their buck. Hundreds of customers can’t stop praising this winter birdbath, claiming it the best waterer for their feathered friends in the colder half of the year.
Best Mountable: Allied Precision 650 Heated Bird Bath
|A perfect-working bird winter bath that securely mounts to window or balcony railings.|
|Water Holding Capacity:||1.5 Gallon|
Not everyone has access to a roof or terrace to place a bird waterer. Especially the ones living in small flats and apartments don’t have access to a wide-open space to provide nourishment to outdoor birds. The Allied Precision 650 is extremely helpful in such cases, as it mounts to balcony railings or window grab bars of your home.
The package includes two components – a water basin (i.e the heating bath) and a mounting bracket. With the help of clumps, the mount can be gripped on your balcony railings or grab bars. And the water basin screws tightly on the mounting bracket with half-rotation. For cleaning purposes, you can rotate the rotary basin in the backward motion and detach it.
The product features a built-in thermostat that keeps the 150-watt heating mechanism alert to prevent water from freezing or turning too much chilled. The build quality of AP 650 looks promising, and the power cord stores underneath the basin when not needed in non-winter months.
Customers say that with this winter bird bath they are best assured that their backyard birds are provided with a lukewarm supply of water throughout the winter solstice. Plus, many users have shown appreciation for this product’s ability to be easily mountable on small window openings or balconies.
Every Bird’s Best Choice: Farm Innovators Four Seasons Heated Birdbath
|This ground bird bath is every winged creature’s favorite spot to hydrate its body with temperature-balanced water and have some top-quality splash fun in winter!|
|Water Holding Capacity:||One Gallon|
|Voltage:||70-Watt (Energy-Saving Technology)|
The Farm Innovators Four Seasons Heated Birdbath is a worldwide birds’ favorite feeding station to drink water. This is because the product features a sand-coated, stone-like texture that appeals to birds of all breeds and provides them with a natural water-drinking environment.
Unlike others, this bird water station features a concealed integrated heating element, with thermostatically-controlled technology to make the heater work only when necessary.
Customers have termed this product as every bird’s best choice. It’s not us, nor any agency that declares it. These are the birds who have chosen this product as their ultimate favorite. Majority of the users state that this heated birdbath has encouraged a maximum number of bird landings in their place, and the birds who come once, keep on coming every day. The only downside is that the sand-coated birdbath does not last long.
The Most Advanced: Songbird Essentials Heated Birdbath
|A technologically-advanced product with workability second to none, excellency parallel to none, and elegance matchable to none!|
|Water Holding Capacity:||0.25 Gallon (1-litre)|
The Songbird Essentials is the most advanced heated birdbath of 2020. The heated-water basin is elevated into the air on a 3-ft strong wooden base made of unfinished cedarwood. The water heating unit is 60 Watt thermostatically-controlled and insulated with a foil heating element that is safely enclosed and sealed inside the unit.
There is no heating machinery or cord visibly hanging out of the basin. Everything is sealed inside the unit, with just a power cable popped out from the foot of the wooden base. The water basin is 1-3/8 deep and 14-1/4 in diameter, and it is firmly secured on the wooden stand. This winter bird water feeder is strong enough to resist storms and withstand the pressure of not just birds, but can also hold cats and squirrels on the feeding base.
There’s no compromise made on the product’s build quality. Even the smallest details of the unit are perfectly furnished with top-quality material. And since the wiring and machinery are safely sealed inside the unit, there are little to no risks of electric shocks. The product makes for an ideal gift item as well.
All the customers seemed to be very pleased with this product. Most of the customers say that after spending money on dozens of heated birdbaths, they have found Songbird Essentials Birdbath exactly the perfect product they always wanted since Day 1!
Important Features To Consider When Buying A New Heated BirdBath
Bath Type: There are 3 different types of heated bird baths – mountable, ground, and standing. Before making a purchase, it’s important that you first consider which type will suit you the best.
- If you have a small space or want birds to land in your balcony railing then a mountable heated birdbath is the perfect option to consider.
- If you also want other animals like squirrels, deers, and cats to have access to warm drinking water in winter, then go with grounded birdbaths.
- If you have a lawn in your home, then go with standing ones, as they add elegance to your home’s lawn.
Thermostat Functionality: Many heated bird baths are thermostatically-controlled, which means they automatically turn on when the outdoor temperature drops below freezing. Once the water is heated to a balanced temperature, the heating mechanism automatically turns off. It may turn ON again if needed. This cuts down electricity costs.
Water Holding Capacity: It is important to know how much gallons of water each heated bird bath can store. If you live in an area where there’s presence of so many small and large birds, then a One or 1.5-gallon birdbath will be ideal.
Easy to Clean: There are definite chances of birds making the water dirty. Therefore make sure whichever product you are buying, features a quick detachable water basin for easy cleaning. For example, a heated birdbath with twist on or clamp on water basin.