Last Updated: Dec 22, 2021 @ 6:51 pm.

What are the best indoor waterfall fountains? To find out, we asked our parent reader for their favorites. Then we took these suggestions and did five hour more research, comparing quality and features. What's the best bet for a tabletop? Wall? Here are the ones we think are tops.

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Best Tabletop Fountain

Easy to assemble
Loved the bang for the buck with this nice, lighted fountain. Looks sharp with included rocks. Caveat: lights are not replaceable.
$19.49

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Best Tabletop Fountain: HoMedics Indoor 3-Tier Relaxation Tabletop Fountain

Let’s talk indoor water fountains!

These fountains have gained popularity in recent years, thanks to their soothing sound and utility (yes, some folks like to use them as birdbaths for parakeets).

After spending several hour researching the best bets, we came across some general tips that can make the difference between a happy and a not-so-happy fountain experience:

• Use distilled water. Regular tap water has impurities, which can cause your fountain to require more cleaning.

• Be sure to fill the fountain up to the top. Remember the pump must be under water to work correctly. If you don’t add enough water, the pump can be very noisy (a common complaint among some users).

• Clean the fountain every week or two. 

When recommending tabletop fountains, we like HoMedic’s 3-Tier fountain—it’s a best bet for most folks. Set-up is easy and we liked the bang for the buck here.

What We Liked

• Easy to assemble.

• Affordable.

• Includes lights and rocks.

• Add more rocks or plants to taste. Here is what one user did to enhance this fountain:

HoMedics Indoor 3-Tier Relaxation Tabletop Fountain enhanced

What Needs Work

• Lights are not replaceable. And can burn out too quickly.

• More rocks, please.

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Best With Candles

Nice little fountain
We liked how the light from the candles dances and reflect off the cascading water in this fountain. Budget-friendly and easy to assemble.
$41.99

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Best With Candles: Alpine Corporation WCT202 Tiered Column Tabletop Fountain w/ 3 Candles

Yes, this fountain comes with actual tea-light candles. You can replace them, if you wish, of course. We liked the overall look and function of this fountain.

What We Liked

 Easy to assemble.

• Affordable.

• Quiet.

• Includes candles.

What Needs Work

• No on/off switch.

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Best Wall Fountain

Conversation piece
Perfect for a modern living room or kitchen, we liked this fountain's mesmerizing bubbles and bright LED colors. Caveat: large external pump hard to hide.
$299.99

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Best Wall Fountain: Wall Mount Hanging Bubble Wall Aquarium 30” LED Lighting Indoor Panel 300WM Water Fall Fountain

Wow! This fountain is mesmerizing! We liked the changing color LED lights, which reflect off the bubbles in this fountain.

What We Liked

• Looks amazing.

• Bright colors.

• Nice accent for modern kitchen.

• Includes a filter.

What Needs Work

• Must be cleaned regularly or algae can grow. Hint: use an anti-algae tank cleaner to help.

• Large external pump is hard to hide.

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Best Tall Fountain

Easy to put together
We liked the relaxing sounds and beautiful look of the water in this fountain as it drops down over the mirror. Also nice: included light to project into waterfall.
$345.98

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Best Tall Fountain: Alpine Corporation MLT102 Waterfall Fountain with Stones and Light

For the best large indoor fountain that is a statement piece, we suggest the Alpine MLT102. Water trickles down a mirror in the back of this fountain and lands in a box with river rocks. Very impressive.

What We Liked

• Easy to put together.

• Soothing sounds.

• Looks gorgeous.

• Relaxing.

• Easy to keep clean.

What Needs Work

• Pricey.

• Pump can be noisy.

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