by | Apr 12, 2021 | Gardening, Z

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2021 @ 10:59 am.

What's the best bird feeder? To find out, we asked birding enthusiasts among our parent readers for their favorites. We took these suggestions and then did another 7 hours of hands-on research, comparing ease of use and durability. Here are the ones we recommend.

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Best Budget-Friendly

Super easy to fill
Love how easy it is to secure the lid on this feeder, which has a twist-lock feature. Great for small seeds and smaller birds. Lightweight.
$9.99

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Best Budget-Friendly: SAND MINE Panorama Bird Feeder

Yes, bird feeders can get rather pricey. But there is good news: Sand Mine’s Panorama Bird Feeder is a reader favorite AND easy on the wallet. Our readers recommend this feeder for its light weight and ease of filling. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• 360 degree view.

• Holds up to 2.6 lbs. of bird feed.

• Super easy to fill.

• Twist lock keeps cover on.

• Lightweight.

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• May not fit larger seeds (like sunflower seeds).

• Good for small birds; not so great for larger ones, as perch can be awkward.

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Best Decorative Bird Feeder

Best for smaller seeds
Gold roof with molded shingles—this feeder looks much more expensive than it costs! Affordable, sturdy and cute. Small birds love it.

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Best Decorative Bird Feeder: Ordenado Hanging Wild Bird Feeder Gazebo

We love this feeder; it’s both affordable and sharp looking. The gold metallic roof makes it look more expensive than it is. And it’s very easy to fill.

What We Liked

 Sturdy.

• Nice look: molded shingles and gold metallic accents give it a fancy feel.

• Affordable.

• Small birds love it.

• Holds 2.6 lbs. of seed.

• 360° view via clear plastic shell.

What Needs Work

• Not so good for larger birds.

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Best Window Bird Feeder

Watch birds feed from your living room
We liked this easy-to-install feeder that lets you see birds up close and personal! Super easy to fill—including larger seeds.
$27.95

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Best Window Bird Feeder: Window Bird Feeder with Strong Suction Cups

Unlike other bird feeders designed to be hung from a tree or pole, this one suctions onto a window—and will provide hours of endless entertainment for cat owners. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Strong suction cups keep it in place.

• Clear acrylic gives close up view of feeding birds.

• Easy to fill.

• Holds 4 cups of bird seed.

• Padded grip for birds to perch on.

• Cover keeps out rain/snow.

What Needs Work

• Squirrels love it too—and they may eat all the seeds!

Best Tried & True Brand

Easy to fill and clean
Loved this feeder's smart design, with a larger perch rail that accommodates bigger birds. Simple and durable, this feeder is great for beginners. Best for smaller seeds.

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Best Tried & True Brand: Perky-Pet 1 312 Panorama Bird Feeder

Long-term bird enthusiasts among our parent readers recommended this brand to us—Perky Pet’s reputation for durability and ease of use may make it worth the extra few bucks these feeders cost. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Durable construction.

• Simple to use and fill.

• Locking lid keeps squirrels out.

• Holds 2 lbs. of seed.

• Nicely designed perch rail allows for bigger birds.

What Needs Work

• A bit more pricey than other feeders.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability. When we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money. 

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