Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders

8 minutes to read | Updated for 2018

Almost anyone with bird feeders knows the struggle of keeping squirrels from hoarding all of the (sometimes expensive) birdseed.

While squirrels getting a bit of the nourishment may not bother you to an extent, it becomes a problem when these scavengers consume almost all of the birdseed, leaving nothing for the birds to eat.

This can become an expensive issue. If you go through several bags of seed and see the squirrels getting fatter yet the birds are being frightened off by these rodents, it’s time to intervene. This is why we’ve rounded up our favorite squirrel-proof bird feeders on the market right now. Whether you need large capacity, you use suet cakes, or you just want a standard feeder to work well to keep the squirrels off, we have you covered.

Squirrel Buster Standard 5"x5"x21.5" (w/hanger) Wild Bird Feeder with 4 Metal Perches, 1.3lb Seed...
Perky-Pet 102 Squirrel Resistant  Easy Feeder
Perky-Pet 339 Squirrel Be Gone II Feeder Home with Chimney
Stokes Select Squirrel-X Squirrel Proof Suet Bird Feeder, 2 Suet Cake Capacity, Black/Brown
Squirrel Buster Standard 5"x5"x21.5" (w/hanger) Wild Bird Feeder with 4 Metal Perches, 1.3lb Seed...
Perky-Pet 102 Squirrel Resistant Easy Feeder
Perky-Pet 339 Squirrel Be Gone II Feeder Home with Chimney
Stokes Select Squirrel-X Squirrel Proof Suet Bird Feeder, 2 Suet Cake Capacity, Black/Brown
Best For
Best Overall
Runner-Up
Best Large Volume
Best Suet Feeder
Price
$33.99
$24.25
$27.85
$23.19
Our Verdict
This is our favorite for the drop-down cover that activates to protects seeds with a squirrel’s weight, and open-air ventilation for seed.
The classic design, general safety for birds, low price, and easy of cartridge removal make this our runner-up.
The classic design, general safety for birds, low price, and easy of cartridge removal make this our runner-up.
The open-air ventilation for suet cakes, lower price, and classic design make this great as a suet feeder.
Squirrel Buster Standard 5"x5"x21.5" (w/hanger) Wild Bird Feeder with 4 Metal Perches, 1.3lb Seed...
Squirrel Buster Standard 5"x5"x21.5" (w/hanger) Wild Bird Feeder with 4 Metal Perches, 1.3lb Seed...
Best For
Best Overall
Price
$33.99
Our Verdict
This is our favorite for the drop-down cover that activates to protects seeds with a squirrel’s weight, and open-air ventilation for seed.
Perky-Pet 102 Squirrel Resistant  Easy Feeder
Perky-Pet 102 Squirrel Resistant Easy Feeder
Best For
Runner-Up
Price
$24.25
Our Verdict
The classic design, general safety for birds, low price, and easy of cartridge removal make this our runner-up.
Perky-Pet 339 Squirrel Be Gone II Feeder Home with Chimney
Perky-Pet 339 Squirrel Be Gone II Feeder Home with Chimney
Best For
Best Large Volume
Price
$27.85
Our Verdict
The classic design, general safety for birds, low price, and easy of cartridge removal make this our runner-up.
Stokes Select Squirrel-X Squirrel Proof Suet Bird Feeder, 2 Suet Cake Capacity, Black/Brown
Stokes Select Squirrel-X Squirrel Proof Suet Bird Feeder, 2 Suet Cake Capacity, Black/Brown
Best For
Best Suet Feeder
Price
$23.19
Our Verdict
The open-air ventilation for suet cakes, lower price, and classic design make this great as a suet feeder.

Last update on 2018-09-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Product Features

  • Holds roughly 1.3 pounds of seed
  • Around $35 for one 11.5” tall feeder
  • Seed saver design prevents
  • Detachable component system
  • Must hang with at least 18” clearance from both branch and truck or hook

PRO

  • Holds roughly 1.3 pounds of seed
  • Around $35 for one 11.5” tall feeder
  • Seed saver design prevents
  • Detachable component system
  • Must hang with at least 18” clearance from both branch and truck or hook

CON

  • Some complaints about design for small birds, or seeds falling through

Product Features

  • Perky-Pet product number 102
  • Measures 11.8 x 11.7 x 19.8 inches
  • Four-pound seed capacity
  • Around $25 for one feeder

PRO

  • Removable cartridge for easy cleaning
  • Wire cage guard to protect against squirrel damage
  • Features 12 seed ports birds can feed on through cage
  • Stainless steel loop hanger
  • Decent price
  • Easy to see birdseed levels even from afar
  • Hold up to four pounds of seed

CON

  • Some customers claimed it didn’t work for them
  • Fills seed from the bottom, so must be cautious not to spill

Product Features

  • Eight-pound seed capacity
  • Perky-Pet model number 339
  • Ranges $26 to $34 (depending on color)
  • Available in two-pack

PRO

  • Automatically covers seeds with the weight of a squirrel
  • Comes in attractive green or red colors
  • Appealing home design—not standard, overdone cylinder shape
  • Easy to see seed levels through windows
  • Can be either hung or mounted
  • Holds up to eight pounds of birdseed
  • Wide perch for birds
  • No assembly required

CON

  • Squirrels may figure out how to open it

Product Features

  • Two suet cake capacity
  • Feeder weighs two pounds
  • Under $25 for one feeder
  • Measures 10 x 10 x 9.4 inches
  • Best to hang with 18” clearance from branches or trunks to keep squirrels off
  • Can be cleaned easily with 50/50 solution of water and vinegar

PRO

  • Highly-rated with hundreds of reviews
  • Open-air design prevents mold growth
  • Ports allow birds to feed, yet too small for squirrels
  • Decent price
  • A portion of proceeds goes to bird conservation fund
  • Weather-proof design

CON

  • Some consumers had a few birds get stuck in the feeder
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