Have you ever wondered what tone or frequency a singing bowl emits when played? In this post, we explain everything you need to know about singing bowl tones, notes, frequencies. Let's get started! Introduction Tibetan singing bowls are unique for several reasons but one...
We think you would agree with us when we say that there are a lot of different singing bowls available for sale online and in stores. But which are the best singing bowls? In this post, we outline the best 6 singing bowls for sale along with their pros and cons. Let's get right into it!
When shopping for your first or even fifth singing bowl, there are lots of options. While it might seem rather difficult to choose a singing bowl online rather than in person, there are many respectable businesses that sell their high quality Tibetan bowls online. In case you are still overwhelmed by the amount of choices you have when buying a singing bowl, we have created this guide to the six best singing bowls for sale on the internet today. These singing bowls vary in price, size, type and style so there is something for everyone! Whether you are buying a singing bowl to practice meditation or yoga, improve your overall well-being or partake in holistic healing, any of the singing bowls on this list will serve you well.
The Six Best Singing Bowls for Sale Online
1. Shanti Bowl Tibetan Singing Bowl
The first and best singing bowl on our list is this gorgeous handcrafted metal alloy bowl by Shanti Bowl. Made using traditional techniques by skilled Tibetan artisans and consisting of a five-metal alloy of copper, zinc, iron and traces of gold and silver, these singing bowls are special for several reasons.
First, bowls made out of many metals such as this one tend to have a more complex soundscape. The high quality of this bowl also makes it very easy to play for both beginners and seasoned singing bowl practitioners. When played, the sound is rich, warm and smooth. The tone carries beautifully and has a long-lasting resonance. Each singing bowl is tested to ensure they meet the highest quality control standards so you can rest assured you will be receiving a high quality singing bowl.
Not only does it sing beautifully, it looks amazing and will look gorgeous displayed when not in use. Given its aesthetic and high quality, it is surprising that this singing bowl is priced so affordably. Considering it’s quality, this is one of the most affordably priced singing bowls on the internet. Shanti Bowl keeps the price of their singing bowls affordable simply because they want to make high quality singing bowls and their benefits accessible to everyone.
The Shanti Bowl Tibetan Singing Bowl is available in two sizes - 5.5 inches and 8 inches. The smaller bowl has a diameter of 5.5 inches with a height of 4 inches and weighs approximately 1.25 pounds. When reviewing this singing bowl, satisfied customers have said:
2. Authentic Antique Tibetan Singing Bowls
While there are numerous great options for high quality singing bowls that are either machine made or recently handcrafted, you may still be drawn to purchasing an antique singing bowl like this 19th century Thadobati bowl. Thadobati bowls are characterized by high walls, straight sides, flat bottoms, with plain, undecorated lips. Thadobati bowls are some of the most commonly found antique bowls.
Antique singing bowls range in age but most are at least one hundred years old. There are both advantages and disadvantages for buying both older and newer bowls. One of the biggest obstacles you will face when buying an antique singing bowl will be ensuring its authenticity, age and quality. Often times, bowls will be made to look old with convincing patinas so it is very important that you buy your singing bowl from a trusted source that sells Master-quality® singing bowls.
Master-quality® singing bowls are those that have passed rigorous tests for authentic antiquity, harmonic balance of sound, volume and ease of playing. As long as you do your research and are prepared to pay a higher price (for example, the bowl above retails for $800 USD), you will not be disappointed by your antique Tibetan singing bowl.
Singing bowls such as the authentic antique singing bowl above tend to have richer, warmer tones than newer bowls. Some practitioners also say that older bowls tend to have a specific energy about them that differs from newer bowls or that they have “gained character.” Antique singing bowls may not be the best beginner bowl but they are certainly an impressive and meaningful instrument to add to your collection or meditation routine. Satisfied customers who have purchased authentic antique singing bowls have said:
3. Shanti Bowl White Quartz Crystal Singing Bowl
Crystal singing bowls are relatively new types of singing bowls which emerged in the late 20th century to accompany sound healing treatments. Sound therapists and yogis tend to prefer crystal singing bowls because they produce a higher pitch, which causes the vibrations to travel even deeper into the body, leading to more intense healing.
Crystal singing bowls like this eight inch heart chakra bowl above produce pure, sharp and clear sounds. The sound may even come off as “airy”, making crystal singing bowls great for clearing the mind or chakra opening and cleansing. In fact, many crystal singing bowls, this one included, are often tuned to specific notes that correlate with each of the seven primary chakras.
In addition to being able to choose a crystal bowl based on its note, crystal bowls are often available in a range of beautiful pastel colors or are infused with healing gemstones. The colorful aesthetic that crystal singing bowls offer can brighten any room. Similar to metal bowls, larger crystal bowls produce lower notes and smaller bowls produce higher notes.
Crystal singing bowls are played with a rubber mallet or wand and should be placed on a rubber o-ring. Crystal singing bowls tend to weigh the same amount as metal bowls or even less. This eight inch bowl, for example, weighs almost four pounds. High quality singing bowls do tend to be a bit more expensive than newly made metal bowls, though. For example, crystal singing bowls typically cost a few hundred dollars. However, Shanti Bowl has released an affordable crystal singing bowl for under $150. When reviewing crystal singing bowls like the one above, satisfied customers have said:
4. 3” Brass Tibetan Singing Bowl
If you are at a point in your life where you cannot afford a high quality, newly made singing bowl or an antique singing bowl, there are many cheaper options on the internet. Of course, as with anything, what you save on the price correlates with what you lose in quality. However, if you are still interested in trying out a singing bowl before committing to a better quality bowl, this Tibetan singing bowl set is an option. The set comes with a 3.2 inch Tibetan singing bowl, a silk cushion and a wood striker.
Notable features of the bowl include its ease of playing and its convenient and portable size. This singing bowl weighs only 9 ounces and can sit in the palm of your hand. According to the manufacturer, this is a brass singing bowl composed of an alloy of several metals. Cheaper singing bowls are often made with brass as it is easily mass-produced. Brass bowls tend to ring higher though the notes may not hold for as long. The sound is duller and quieter compared to the other singing bowls on this list and the vibrations emitted when playing this bowl are considerably less.
If you are looking for a super inexpensive introduction to singing bowls, this may serve your purposes. Beyond that, consider adding another $15 - $20 dollars and investing in a higher quality bowl like the Shanti Bowl singing bowl. Satisfied customers who have purchased this bowl have said the following:
5. Engraved Om Symbol Tibetan Singing Bowl
If you are looking for a singing bowl with more of a distinctive appearance, perhaps you would like this engraved Tibetan singing bowl. Engraved bowls come in a variety of designs, most of which feature important Hindu or Buddhist symbols. Engraved bowls, depending on how they were made or the detail involved, can vary dramatically in price. This bowl in particular features deep engraving of the Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra on its outside and along its interior. The Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra is a Sanskrit mantra related to the bodhisattva of compassion. The inside of the bowl is the Tibetan Om symbol, a Sanskrit mantra and the sound of the universe.
This bowl plays easily and emits long-lasting, rich tones. The set includes the 6 inch singing bowl, a wooden striker and a silk cushion. The bowl is made of a mixture of metals including copper, lead, tin and iron. It weighs about two pounds and costs almost $100. Customers who buy engraved singing bowls are often drawn to the significance of the engravings or the overall aesthetic of the bowl. These bowls look incredible on display or when in not in use in a yoga classroom or healing space. Customers who have purchased this engraved singing bowl have said:
6. Handcrafted 4.5” Tibetan Singing Bowl Set
This highly rated Tibetan singing bowl is made from an alloy of seven different metals including copper, iron, tin, lead, zinc, silver and gold. The bowl, which is handcrafted in Nepal, also features an engraved design. The bowl, like the one listed above, is inscribed with the Tibetan Om Mani Padme Hung mantra. It is also features an engraving of the Eyes of Boudhanath Stupa, which represents wisdom, on the inside.
The bowl produces harmonic, long-lasting sounds and is great for meditation, yoga or chakra cleansing of the highest primary chakra, the Crown chakra. The set includes the 4.5 inch Tibetan singing bowl, a silk cushion, a suede covered mallet and a protective bag. The bowl is relatively small and lightweight at 1.51 pounds. Some customers have complained of a mildew smell upon receiving this Tibetan singing bowl set, which you might want to keep in mind. Additional complaints have focused on the bowl’s ability to sing. The bowl can be tricky to get to sing at first, however, it will produce a lovely resonance with practice and patience. It is suggested to rim the bowl with a mallet very slowly to get the bowl to sing. Happy customers who have purchased this singing bowl have shared the following:
What to Keep in Mind
We hope that you will use this top list as a guide to help you choose your next Tibetan singing bowl. Though we consider this list to have something for everyone’s tastes, if you are still searching for the right singing bowl for you, here are a few things to keep in mind while research and shopping:
- Try to find websites that provide a video recording of their singing bowl, like Shanti Bowl. This way you can experience the harmonic tones of the bowl and get an idea of what it will be like to connect and heal with the bowl.
- Decide how you plan to use your Tibetan singing bowl. If there is a particular purpose you have in mind for your singing bowl, then perhaps there is a specific kind of singing bowl you should purchase. If you would like further guidance on this matter, please refer to our How to Choose a Singing Bowl post.
- Make a list of what you want in a singing bowl. Characteristics to keep in mind might include size, pitch, composition of the bowl, bowl type and price. Prioritize what is most important to you, which may help in narrowing down your choices.
- Read the reviews! Reviews are a great way to learn about the singing bowls you are interested in. Perhaps the reviews will offer greater insight to the bowl, give tips on how to make it sing or even warn you of any problems, defects or false advertisements.
- Lastly, breathe. Choosing the right singing bowl should never be a stressful process. Trust your instincts and take your time—you will find the perfect Tibetan singing bowl for you.
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