Best Bamboo Wind Chimes

The gentle melody of bamboo wind chimes, complementing and mimicking the natural sounds around you, can be the perfect addition to your backyard or window; chiming on your porch as an attractive welcome for your guests.

Wind chimes have a long history and interesting symbolism. They date back to ancient Rome, China and Japan, where they were called Furin, literally fu, “wind”, and rin, “bell”. In early (more than 2000 years BC) China, they would apply mathematical formulas to the designs to make them in tune with the universe. If you’re into Feng Shui, go for four, six, or eight tubes for good luck, or five to eliminate negative energy, and bamboo chimes should be placed in the south and southeast of your house or garden. During the 1800s, Eastern art came to the West and chimes have been popular ever since.

Bamboo itself is particularly praised for its eco-friendly credentials. It is a highly renewable material it can grow three feet in a day and can be harvested 3-5 years after planting, where hardwoods need 20-100 years to produce half as much. It grows quickly without fertilizers or pesticides, is non-timber and non-petroleum-based, and produces 35% more oxygen per field. Bamboo is versatile for use in furniture, accessories, flooring and even clothing. So, not just food for pandas!

Fans of bamboo wind chimes are true converts. So, knock on wood and see why. Start your own collection, or someone else’s, with one of our favorites below.

Cohasset
  • Cohasset
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Natural look
  • Close tubes, constant sound
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Woodmusic
  • Woodmusic
  • 4.9 out of 5
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  • Combined bird feeder
  • Well-varnished
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Nalulu
  • Nalulu
  • 4.8 out of 5
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  • Withstands strong winds
  • Well-finished for durability
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10 Best Bamboo Wind Chimes

 

 

Cohasset

Cohasset probably have the widest range of chimes available on the market with over 200 styles. We could have filled our top ten picks with their products, but you’ll see we’ve kept it to a minimum and chosen differing chimes from their collection. However, they’re still worth the representation as a top brand. They’ve been traveling to Bali for 20 years, and their products are only sold from North America or Europe, so beware of this when you purchase.
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Look
As the name suggests, the Simple Antique is a classic chime to start our list with. The rounded coconut top is a popular, beachy look, with the tubes quite thick and rustic, in a mid-range, natural color.

Size
There are the standard six tubes, each about a foot long, clustered fairly close for a complex sound. The large size is 45 inches long, with the medium and small coming in at 38 and 31 inches, respectively.

Where to Hang
Along with its natural look, we recommend a tree or pergola, or island beach hut if you have one!

Wind
Requires a fairly strong wind to hear the sounds due to the size of the striker but the tubes are close together so it shouldn’t have to swing far.

Wear and Care
The chime is handmade in Bali, so will be subject to natural wear, which is part of the charm of using bamboo and traditional manufacture processes. The tubes are varnished and can stand up to three years of outside use before splits showed. The Simple Antique resists tangles well.

Summary
An authentic, classic chime from an ethical company. With minimal decoration and a long, thick tubes, this should provide a consistent, low sound.
Pros

Natural look

Durable

Close tubes for constant sound

Cons

Requires a fairly strong wind

Tubes similar length

Woodmusic

The attraction of the WOODMUSIC is obvious, and we think a birdhouse is a lovely addition to wind chimes. It’s one of the most popular chimes out there, and a consistent top-scorer. WOODMUSIC will also plant a tree in your name, making it even more of a green purchase.
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Look
The reddish tone to the house matches the warm tones of the bamboo well. The tubes hang at a nice distance from the birdhouse to allow it to stand out.

Size
The chime is 37 inches in length, quite small considering it includes the house, with six tubes of varying lengths. They are fairly thick in themselves.

Where to Hang
Anywhere the birds can reach it, so a tree is ideal. It’s worth thinking about where you would normally place a birdhouse ie. not too close to buildings or where people might be so that the birds aren’t scared. It’s definitely worth it as they will cause extra movement and sound. It’s also relatively compact for the design.

Wind
The chime is fairly light so doesn’t need much wind, but is also not very loud, which will suit some. Furthermore, you’ll get added sound from the birds.

Wear and Care
The chime is well-varnished all over and so should last longer than most bamboo models.

Summary
A stylish addition, especially to a garden, or even to attract birds to a balcony or terrace. It ups your green credentials and combines feeding the birds with light sounds.
Pros

Combined bird feeder

Well-varnished

Compact

Cons

Quieter sound

Nalulu

A functional look for those who want to add some interest to their outside space without a decorative element.
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Look
The Nalulu features a simple flat top circle in a warm orange, with sandy brown tubes below. Handmade in Bali and finished to a high standard.

Size
The chime comes in two sizes, with the large size being 42 inches long, and the medium 35 inches. The tubes are 16 and 12 inches long, respectively. The six tubes alternate for three each of equal length.

Where to Hang
Can be placed in a variety of locations, we recommend an entranceway, patio or in a tree.

Wind
Stands up to strong winds, and may in fact do better in these conditions. The varying length tubes should create some different sounds whatever the wind strength.

Wear and Care
The chime is sanded, smoothed and well-varnished, with probably the best finish of any we’ve seen. The pieces are thick and well stained, which means that they should last well. The product also comes with a downloadable care guide - useful as opposed to pieces of paper, which are easy to lose.

Summary
Along with a quality product, Nalulu will also follow up with you personally, and we think the additional care guide is a great idea. A good all-rounder for a sturdy choice.
Pros

Well-finished for durability

Extra care information and personal follow-up

Withstands strong winds

Cons

May need stronger winds to chime

Woodstock Asli Arts

Woodstock Asli Arts
The Bass won’t be for everyone but fans will love him. We also like the interesting, horizontal design to complement the shape of the fish.
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Look
Fairly obvious with this chime: the gorgeous wooden bass that sits atop the tubes, in place of the top circle. We think he’s individual yet understated, in natural wood and dark green tones. The design as a whole is a bit different, the less common horizontal arrangement, including three strikers and sails.

Size
Medium length, at 35.5 inches.

Where to Hang
Hand-carved in Bali and Vietnam, as with most bamboo, avoid direct, strong heat and take the chime down during the harsh winter months. True fishing fans might like to hang the Bass on their boat or dock. Would also look great on cabin porch.

Wind
The Bass will chime in mild wind due to its multiple sail and striker design. The five lined-up tubes and strikers will be moved by their neighbours as well as their own for more of a ‘tap’ sound than constant, deep chime.

Wear and Care
Apply a coat of varnish in the spring to extend its lifetime. Woodstock provide excellent further care information on their website.
Pros

Strong yet understated aesthetic

Requires only a mild breeze

Cons

Gentler, lighter sound may not be for everyone

Green Natural

Green Natural
For a classic bamboo and coconut chime look, consider the Green Natural. Another simple, authentic choice. Green Natural are committed to eco-friendly products and customer satisfaction, and you’ll even get a free keychain with purchase! (Subject to availability).
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Look
A very similar, natural look the Cohasset Antique, except the tubes hang much lower from the coconut top ring. Both are a lovely, rich dark brown. The prominent string cords add to the rustic look.

Size
The Green Natural comes in small, medium and large, with the large at just 18 inches long, so this is by far one of our smallest chimes. This means that the tubes will produce a higher sound.

Where to Hang
This chime actually works nicely inside as well as outside.

Wind
The reason for its versatility in terms of placement is because it only needs a light breeze to chime.

Wear and Care
Each chime is hand-carved and unique, so as usual with bamboo, protect it from extreme weather conditions. However, the darker tones mean that the Green Natural should stand up to the elements better than lighter colors.
Pros

Eco-friendly credentials

Durable

Cons

May be too small for those who would like a prominent design

Beachcombers

Beachcombers
A classic bamboo chime look with a twist. Something for those who want a more decorative look whilst maintaining a natural aesthetic.
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Look
A rustic, traditional look with a coconut top ring and pale bamboo. The Flutes and sail are decorated with a distinctive flower pattern made by burning the wood. As this process does not involve paints or dyes, you can achieve a decorative look without unnatural colors.

Size
37 inches long

Where to Hang
Because of the design features, we’d recommend somewhere they can be seen. A patio is the perfect place to admire them as they catch the wind. As they make a loud sound, somewhere not directly above a seating area might be best, for the viewing as well.

Wind
Despite the weight of the flutes, the smallest breeze picks up the sail and will cause them to chime. As they are fairly heavy, the sound is loud.

Wear and Care
After a couple of years of fairly strong weather the flowers do fade and rub off.

Summary
The Beachcombers Burnt Flower is a very popular design, as it adds something extra to your chimes without being too extreme.
Pros

Natural look with an added aesthetic

Cons

Not handmade local to source

Flower pattern may fade or rub off over time

Cohasset Gifts

Cohasset Gifts
The Blue Butterfly is another from Cohasset, and our most distinctive pick. By now you’ll know that this brand signifies quality, its market presence being testament to that. Consumers love their range and keep coming back, happy to replace or add to their collection.
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Look
A classic six tube, coconut top ring look, but with a beautiful, hand-painted butterfly pattern. We also love that the inside of the tubes have been painted; a simple way to add a big pop of color.

Size
The Blue Butterfly comes in three sizes - small, medium and large, ranging from 30 to 45 inches. This is a great size range, making the chimes versatile in spite of their bold colors and patterns.

Where to Hang
Because it’s so decorative, the Blue Butterfly could be at home in the garden or house, but of course where it can be seen!

Wind
As the tubes are fairly small and narrow, it is a quieter, subtler chime. It won’t be too loud, so no need to worry about your neighbours!

Wear and Care
As with all Cohasset products, the Blue Butterfly is handmade. It comes with a care booklet, and there is some advice to spray or varnish but we found it didn’t need this, even after a few seasons.

Summary
A beautiful, distinctive look and gentle sound, for those looking for a delicate addition to their garden.
Pros

Distinctive design

Good range of sizes available

Cons

May be too quiet and subtle a sound for some

Astarin

Astarin
Astarin have been making their hand-crafted windchimes since 1929, but are still a lesser-known name in this niche business. This one is a few special features which separate it from the rest.
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Look
The Astarin follows the popular trend for a coconut shell top ring, except this time in an off-white tone. In contrast, the tubes are a rich mahogany color and highly polished. The hook is also on a swivel hinge, which means that the chim will turn and swirl as it moves in the wind. The other interesting aspect of this chime is that all the tubes are different lengths.

Size
This chime is 28 inches long.

Where to Hang
The interesting thing about the Astarin is that it has an adjustable striker to modify the tone of the chimes. This is unique among our picks so definitely worth it if you like a variety of sounds.

Wind
The tubes are all different lengths, so each one will make a unique sound when struck. It held up well in high winds, and still made a pleasant sound.

Wear and Care
The Astarin is well-varnished and looks sleek. This means that they will handle life outside well, but equally this means that any wear will show up against the clean look.

Summary
The aesthetic won’t suit everyone, particularly those looking for a traditional wind chime feel, but well-worth considering for its unique features and different look.
Pros

Adjustable striker

Swivel hinge hook

Different length tubes

Cons

Highly polished so any wear will show more

Cohasset Double Antique

Cohasset Double Antique
A really special wind chime for its panpipe-style look. A talking point as well as a melody-maker.
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Look
The only one of our picks to feature the look of the wind chime’s sister instrument, the panpipe. There are three strikers among the twelve, lined up tubes. There is also a decorated and carved model, as well as a ‘welcome’ sign version if you really want to make a statement on your front porch.

Size
The Cohasset is 30 inches long, with the tubes being relatively long at 16 inches.

Where to Hang
It chimed nicely and despite the number of tubes made a gentle sound in a large, enclosed patio. In addition, the flat shape may give you more options for where to hang it if you lack space.

Wind
Because of its longer tubes, the Cohasset Double is a quieter sound. It will chime nicely without much wind due to the number of tubes and strikers, but their arrangement means that it can stand up to heavier weather as well.

Wear and Care
Showed cracks and other wear after a few years exposed to sun, wind and rain. However, this is a fairly good innings for a natural, untreated wind chime.

Summary
A really interesting look and nice nod to the traditional panpipe.
Pros

Durable

Special design

Cons

Quieter than others

DateDirect

DateDirect
A fun and light-colored chime which would go nicely in lighter rooms or gardens.
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Look
The bamboo is a pale yellow color, so we think it look great inside if it can pick up any wind as it will blend in well with most interior design styles.

Size
This wind chime is 32 inches long.

Where to Hang
With its ‘S’ hook and swivel hinge, the DateDirect is easy to hang anywhere, perfect if you do decide to place it inside.

Wind
As a heavy model, the DateDirect needs quite a strong breeze, or more wind than average to make a good amount of sound.

Wear and Care
Be aware of the DateDirect’s already pale color - apart from cracking, direct sunlight will cause it to fade.

Summary
A bright and unique chime that could be just the answer if you like the sound of bamboo and want something more plain for inside the house or a small garden.
Pros

Light, pale look

‘S’ hook and swivel hinge

Cons

Color might fade in direct sunlight

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Benefits and Attractions

The mellow sounds made by bamboo wind chimes are almost undeniably relaxing, especially as compared to those made from other materials. But there are a whole host of reasons why these natural instruments have so many converts.

Firstly, because of the way they look they’re a great way to enhance your outside, or inside, space without too much decoration. For some, this is especially important in a garden setting, to keep an authentic look, without unnatural elements and colors. Bamboo wind chimes are commonly handmade in the countries in which it is grown, like Indonesia and Vietnam. So not only are you getting a look that blends into the environment, you may be helping others too.

Obviously, the Feng Shui and superstitious or mystical aspects aren’t proven but if you like symbolism in your home, wind chimes can be a great way to express this.

How Chimes Work

Essentially, wind chimes are a clever way of turning the breeze into sounds or music. The sound is affected by the thickness and shape of the tubes, but to some extent, they can’t be tuned to make specific sounds. This is the beauty of their sound, it can’t be emulated and changes every time the wind blows. This is why we’ve looked at how the parts are constructed in each of our choices, as they’re all bamboo and so these elements will make a difference as to which one will suit you.

Wind Chimes have eight (this might be on purpose considering their superstitious origins) parts. There is the hook, loop or “O-ring” at the top of the chime. It’s important that you hang it only from here, as otherwise it may not work or will affect the sound. Attached to this is the suspension cord, which carries the chime. The top circle can be small and simple, look like a lid, or be a special design, but its function is to separate the parts so that they can move between each other and make sounds. From here hangs the central cord, holding all the other elements, and then the tubes themselves, the striker or clapper and the sail. The sail hangs somewhat lower than the bottom of the tubes so that it can swing enough when it catches the wind. This will move the striker, which, as you might expect, is the part that hits the tubes. There can be more than one striker and many tubes for a more complex sound.

The hook should be metal or a strong knotted loop so that it is able to hold the weight of the chime when it hangs. They’re not commonly heavy, all our picks weigh one to two pounds, but all of this is dependent on the (usually single) suspension cord and will be subject to more pressure when moving in the wind. The cord itself will normally be a man-made multi-ply to withstand outside elements.

All of these parts positions’ are carefully calculated to produce the best sound, so you should never adjust them unless it is clearly stated that they are adjustable. Any cutting or shortening might stop your chimes from working.

Weathering and Maintenance

The majority of chimes will be placed outside, and so constantly exposed. The advice on maintenance and upkeep differs – some advocate treating or varnishing every few months, whereas others prefer to let nature take its course and like the rustic look. In general, fans of bamboo wind chimes understand that as a natural material they don’t last forever, typically 3-4 years but often longer depending on how durable the design is. Most consumers are happy to replace their favorites or try a new style when their chimes come to the end of their life.

As a rule, protect your wind chimes from extreme weather by tying them or taking them down in strong storms or snow, and placing them out of strong direct sunlight. Wash them with a damp cloth, as they will pick up debris during their time outside. Avoid using any soaps or detergents without checking for your model as they may damage any paint or treatments.

Either way, you’ll be glad to hear that this weathering has a minimal effect on sound, so whether you like the rough look or not, you can still enjoy your chimes.

Positioning

As a decorative object to enjoy, where you place the chimes is up to you, as long as you can enjoy them! There are a few pieces of general advice, and these guidelines can depend on design elements.

Obviously, you’ll want to be able to see and hear the chimes, and these requirements often serve the chimes’ effectiveness as well. The most common locations are balconies, patios, porches, and courtyards, but trees are popular as well. It’s good for them to be near structures and other objects, so that the path of the wind varies, making a more interesting sound. However, they shouldn’t be completed blocked or hidden by anything large within about two feet if possible. An area that’s more open than it is enclosed is good for picking up wind from multiple directions.

Wind chimes also work indoors as long as they can get some breeze through a window. Many people place them near fans or air conditioning units so they know when they’re running. Other less conventional uses include as cat toys, cognitive listening aids for toddlers, or even light percussion instruments.

Hang your chimes high enough so that you don’t walk into them, especially if the tubes are longer than average as well. Experiment with placement and heights, there’s nothing to say that chimes have to stay put, and it’s a different sound every time!

Numbers and Sizes

Lots of tubes will create more of a melody, whereas fewer will make a gentle tapping or knocking sound.

Longer tubes produce lower, deeper notes, and shorter ones higher. The thickness can also affect the tone, but it’s mainly the length, as well as the size and shape of the opening, that will make the difference. Anything less than two feet from hook to sail will create a tinkling rather than a knocking sound; between two and three feet is average and will often have more tubes and so a variety of tones; four feet or more will produce deep, long-lasting baritone and bass notes.

A large sail will need more wind to move it, and so will create less noise. A small sail will move easily, but being light, the striker will need to be as well so that the sail can move it, and so these chimes will also be quieter. We found a variety of volumes among our picks. The standard wind speed for the sail and tubes to catch and make a sound is 6-10 mph.

 

FAQs

Q:   Do wind chimes have to be placed outside?

Not necessarily! We know that not everyone has outside space and it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy windchimes. Placing them near an air conditioning unit is a popular choice as you’ll know when it’s on and can also enjoy the sound. Otherwise, next to a window, either inside or outside, will also pick up a breeze. If you’re placing chimes inside, or any area with less wind, go for lighter models so that they’ll make a sound with minimal movement.

Q:   Do I need to treat my wind chimes?

It’s up to you. As a naturally durable and sustainable material, bamboo ages well but is also replaceable without as much impact on the environment. Obviously, you don’t want to keep buying new sets of chimes, but there will always be some wear with bamboo. If you don’t like that look, or don’t want to keep replacing them, you can apply a wood oil or varnish once a year. For general maintenance, wipe the tubes down with a wet cloth every few months; any object that is hanging and outside will pick up stains and debris.

Q:   Does the number of tubes make a difference?

Yes, more tubes means a more complex sound and range of tones, as each tube will be carved and so tuned slightly differently.

 

Final Thoughts

Bamboo wind chimes are a popular choice, and people love their mellow, natural sound. They’ve also got great eco-credentials as bamboo is such a sustainable wood. Whether you believe the symbolism, are into Feng Shui, or just like the beachy feel, there really are no rules about which wind chime you should go for. It’s really down to personal preference rather than any technical considerations. We’d recommend going for something hand-crafted and Fairtrade, and thinking about how much breeze it will pick up. Make sure you take note of any maintenance instructions and take care of your chimes in harsh weather. Beyond that, go for what you like the look and sound of, it really is up to you. Maybe you won’t even stop at one; why not create a create a serene symphony in nature.

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