Rated 4 out of 5 by PamV I love this fountain.
I love this fountain. It is beautiful. I did not like the noise the water made as it hit the screening over the pump, but we stacked some rocks on it and it is much better.
August 15, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by fl0rida Nice fountain, harsh water sound
The tile work on the fountain is very pretty. It assembles easily. The sound of the falling water is rather harsh. It is not a soft soothing sound, but rather a louder splashing sound. Water tends to splash outside the fountain because it falls so far from the fish to the bowl. The junction between the bowl (base) and the vertical wall piece has a little play and so the wall piece leans forward a little if not otherwise secured.
August 11, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5
by Undecided Very pretty, needs a few tweaks
The fountain is very pretty. The tile looks even better in person - it is very shiny and practically glows. The surrounding area is a little redder than the picture, more of a sandstone color, and is a bit fake looking to me, but not bad. It is smaller in person than the dimensions had me expecting - the basin flares out at the top, so the dimensions are based on the widest part of that flare.
I bought some clear glass vase filler stones to put on top of the screen to make more of a water/splashing sound, but that does make some water splash out. I also ordered a pedestal from the zhkis web site. (Ballard doesn't carry any. It took a lot of searching to find one, so I thought I should share where I found it.) I'm hoping that these two tweaks will make it five stars.
Overall - a very pretty fountain, with a few things that need tweaking.
August 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by gardengirl12 Great fountain
Fountain is so beautiful. Very easy to set up. I love it. Have had many complements and several "where did you get this?" A+ . Thanks Ballard. Quick shipping too!!!
August 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by darlingarl A Touch of Florence
The fountain was a gift to my son and daughter in law. We had just come back from Florence, Italy and the fountain reminded me of the wonderful time we had. My children thought so too. It is in their home, in a lovely setting on their patio and it looks beautiful.
The only problem was with UPS who delivered it to me, in front of my front door so that I could barely open it, rather than them and I had to wait almost a full week for them to pick it up.
otherwise, I will definitely order from you again. The prodouct was "as advertised".
August 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by chasingfoxes Love This Whimsical Fountain
Highly recommend. Solid, well-constructed. Colorful, Mediterranean style tiles. I've not seen anything like this. Pump is sturdy and shuts off if you run the fountain dry. Was well packed and easy to assemble. Great value.
August 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by josieb Too nice for back deck
Originally I purchased this fountain for my back deck but when it arrived, the quality and scale made me reconsider and place it on our front porch where it looks very nice. It arrived in good condition and was easy to assemble. As other buyers have noted, the water comes out in a steady stream so adding rocks will give it more of splashing sound. The rocks need to be pretty small or it splashes too much. Overall I am satisfied with the quality and the price of this fountain.
July 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Beautiful fountain
This is everything I hoped it would be. It set up easily and I am very happy with the sounds of the waterfall. It does stream more than trickle but that's what I wanted so I'm happy.
The little basin was damaged when I got it and the nice people in customer service sent me a new one incredibly fast.
It adds ambience to our patio both visually and aurally .
July 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tashi1 I have a little bit of Tuscany on my patio!
First I was amazed how well the fountain was packaged. The shipping box was damaged in a couple of places but the fountain was not. It was very easy to assemble and as a woman, I was proud that I accomplished this on my own. The colors "pop" and it looks very European. I'm happy!!
July 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by microexcel This product has great features.
The Chianna Fountain is perfect. It is exactly what I was looking for. It's beautiful, a great size, and capable of adjusting the water flow to suit how you prefer it. I couldn't be happier with it! And it was delivered earlier than anticipated.
July 28, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by KayJay Beautiful colors on the fountain
I really like the Chianna fountain. It is on the smaller side but I built it up in a raised flower bed and it looks great. The only negative I have is the flow of water will not adjust. We did try and tie off the tube the water flows through to slow it down, as the "adjustment valve" on the pump did not make any difference. Overall I like the fountain and would recommend it.
July 28, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by TallWater Love it!
Ordered this fountain for my patio and love it. The water fall is stronger than I would have liked. It's a stream of water, not a little gurgling trickle. All in all, it's a great water feature.
July 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by AFlaGirl It's like I'm back in Tuscany...
If you've never been to Italy and seen all the beautiful fountains that are everywhere you would have some idea if you had this fountain. It has a wonderful sound and best of all it has all the colors of my Tuscan decor.Having this fountain on my lanai is like re-visiting parts of Italy everyday.
Besides having this beautiful addition to my home I have enjoyed Ballard Designs' wonderful customer service because the first one was damaged in shipping and they replaced it, picked up the damaged one, at no charge. I recommend Ballard Designs for great quality merchandise and their first-class customer service.
July 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sungypsy The Perfect Fountain
I fell in love with this enchanting Chianna fountain when I first saw it in the catalog - and I was even more delighted when it arrived, as it is truly gorgeous. The perfect, accent for any garden or patio. I love it, love it, love it!
I was initially concerned that the workmanship and quality might not be exactly what I had expected, since the price was so reasonable, but these fears were quickly extinguished.
The fountain arrived in record time, and was very, very well packed. Set up was a snap. However, we did purchase some rustic pavers to create a base so that we could elevate the fountain itself, as it does tend to sit low to the ground..
The flow of water is constant, does not excessively splash, and makes a soft, soothing, melodious sound. It does not "tinkle".
I find the overall design to be 5 star rating - especially with the splash guard basin. This feature makes it easy to keep debris away from the pump housing itself.
The only issue we found to be a problem, and a very minor one, all considered, was that the splash basin had a tendency to "creep" and not remain snugged into the allotted space where it is supposed to go. This was simply alleviated by inserting a narrow, substantial strip/bar of clear plastic between the splash basin itself and the inside edge of the fountain basin..
Overall, I am totally delighted with my purchase, and I couldn't have selected anything better.
July 18, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by mtex Pieces did not fit together. The pump was so large that it protruded from the cove, and the cover with screen would not sit flush.
Pieces did not fit together. The pump was so large that it protruded from the cove, and the cover with screen would not sit flush with base.
July 15, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by menlvwater spout with water coming out of fish mouth was good.
On the small side so we have enlarged it with tiles surrounding it and that works great.
July 9, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Ellie62 Good looking--but water flow not adjustable
It's a lovely fountain--it looks exactly as pictured. No problems with delivery. The only drawback is that the water flow control doesn't work well--the water comes out at a full flow instead of a trickle despite adjustment to the pump. Will need to head to the hardware store to find a fix to this problem. Because of this, I could only give it 3 stars.
July 9, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by DisappointedPurchaser The pipe is misaligned
I loved the look of the fountain but when we went to assemble it, the pipe on the back is about 1/4 inch off the opening on the bowl. Because these are all rigid materials, there's no way to force the two pieces so it's un-assemblable:(
July 8, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by bibs Sound is annoying
I guess I'm spoiled because I have a waterfall in my backyard but I don't like the sound of this fountain. It competes with the waterfall when I sit by it because it sounds like water flowing in a tunnel.
My kids think it is ugly, I think because of the fish where the water comes out.
July 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by rainforest excellent
I am very pleased with the Chianna Fountain. It is beautiful and adds a great pop of color and interest to my garden.
July 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by leelore I've been looking for a fountain like this for a long time.
This was perfect for me, if you love the picture you will like this fountain. It was packed well and pretty easy for me to put together myself with just a tiny bit of help. That was yesterday, I wanted a base to raise it up and put that together with concrete blocks and some nice "stack rock" for the front of the base. The volume of is fine for me added some rocks for more sound with the screen in but I may take the screen out someday.
July 6, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by jannygirl Very pleasing product that needs slight design modification that can be made by purchaser
We do love our Chianna Fountain after we made two minor modifications on our own. The factory installed screen upon which the water falls causes much splatter and a unpleasant splashing sound.
I removed the screen, which solved the splatter and sound problems, but resulted in an unsightly view of the unfinished interior beneath the screen.
That problem was solved by utilizing a waterproof epoxy to glue small smooth river rocks over the rough interior. Now the fountain is beautiful in both sound and appearance.
I recommend the manufacturer address the problems outlined above. With small modifications by the factory, the fountain will prove much more marketable and, I believe, exceedingly popular.
June 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by BEEMERMAN I feel like I just landed in Tuscany...:)
This fountain is even more gorgeous in person! I have not been able to set it up completely yet because I am having some construction done on my porch- so right now I have it sitting in my formal dining room. It'S STUNNING!!! THE DETAIL IS AMAZING! THE FISH IS HAND PAINTED IN GORGEOUS COLORS WITH ATTENTION TO DETAIL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO IT'S EYES. MATCHES MY TUSCAN MEDITTERRANEAN HOME PERFECTLY. :) WHEN I GET IT SET UP COMPLETELY AND RUNNING, I WILL WRITE ANOTHER REVIEW WITH A PICTURE- I CAN'T WAIT! I THINK I AM GOING TO DO AS THE OTHERS HAVE DONE AND RAISE IT UP A BIT AND ALSO ADD A LIGHT. :) OVERALL THRILLED WITH THIS PURCHASE. AMAZING QUALITY, NOT LIKE THE FOUNTAINS YOU SEE AT HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES. THIS ONE IS HEAVY AND REAL. I HAVE ALREADY HAD COMPANY OVER ONCE AND EVERYONE THOUGHT I HAD SPENT A FORTUNE ON IT...LITTLE DO THEY KNOW LOL... :)
June 20, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by houboi Great Fountain
Fountain looks just like the picture and I think it not only looks great on my front porch but is a great value as well.
June 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by wpsw Charming "antique style" fountain
This really looks like something you would find at an antique or reclaimed materials store. The mosaic work and cement finish add to the old fashioned charm. It sits rather low so we put ours on a weathered cement garden pedestal and it was then the perfect height. The water doesn't splash out of the fountain at all and I think this one would even work indoors if you prefer. If you like that "old world" feel and don't want to break the bank to get it, this fountain may be perfect for you.
June 18, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5
by canyongirl nice fountain
This fountain is really pretty and easy to assemble. I agree with several others though who have mentioned the sound of the fountain. The screen used to protect the filter is very cheap and dense so the water bounces off of it and makes the sound of water hitting plastic. I just cut a hole into the screen where the water lands and put pebbles around the hole to hide the screen, and it seems to fix the sound. Otherwise this fountain is well worth the money and has gotten me lots of compliments. The birds like it too!
June 14, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Macy Beautiful -- but flawed.
I love the way this fountain looks. The problem is the screen upon which the water falls. This is not a pleasant sound - more like an irritating drumming. So, I gerry-rigged it which took a lot of time and trying different ideas to get the water to splash and make a fountain sound. I have to adjust it everyday. When combined with a pump that makes a lot of machine-like noise, I was tempted to send it back. But it's quite charming so I'm putting up with the issues. The manufacturer could fix these problems and then it would be a real winner.
June 13, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by lvthebumblebee2 Cute ... but the pump makes me nervous
The design is lovely, a bit smaller than I hoped for though.
The pump, however, is a loud and overactive not calming tempo.
I will have to replace the pump with a much less vigorous one.
June 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by SusieMama Everyone wants to know where I got it!
Very easy to set up, good directions. I have received lots of compliments and people that visit want one too. Dog uses it to drink out of, since it is low to the ground.
However, this fountain has no hooks or indents on the back so that it can hang on a wall--you would have to put it on a shelf or on pavers to have it sit higher off of the ground.
NOT for year-round use.
June 8, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kayaker Beautiful!
Weighed a ton!
Packed with great care, and all fears of loose/missing/dislodged tiles were totally dispelled by the manufacturer in their packaging.
Easy to assemble.
The only complaint I have, is that the fountian sounds like water falling on wet cardboard. Most distressing.
I really think that stones on the installed screen might cause the screen to collapse, so I'll try a small bit of hardware cloth over it, and then add some Petoskey stones for a regional flavor.
Mine will sit outside for summer, and come into the heated area of the house for storage in the winter, precluding any problems.
I just wish it was taller!
June 8, 2012