The Best Tibetan Singing Bowl Buying Guide For Beginners

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As a meditation teacher a lot of people ask me how to choose singing bowls. So, I thought I would write this article, the best singing bowl buying-guide, for beginners, so you know how to choose. 

  In this Tibetan Singing Bowl buying guide I’m going to share with you everything you need to know about singing bowls, from my ten years of experience using them. 

And to answer a question I often hear: yes, these are definitely one of the best gifts you can give a Buddhist

Take a look at the contents below. This is what we will be looking at in this guide. 


And you might like to read my guide to buying a meditation gong too. 

What is a Tibetan Singing Bowl?

Tibetan Singing Bowls (sometimes called whistling bowls or prayer bowls) are instruments used in meditation. These instruments are powerful. That’s why I have included them in my life of the best meditation tools ever

Singing bowls are actually a type of standing bell in the shape of a bowl. But instead of being inverted they are held in the hand.  They produce sounds you can meditate on to open chakras (using specific chakra bowls) and heal your mind and body.     

There are lots of reasons to buy a singing bowl for use in you meditation practice. Not only do they sound amazing and look beautiful, they actually heal your body, mind and spirit.  

When you meditate on a singing bowl your brain changes structurally and your mind heals emotionally and spiritually. That’s why Buddhists have been meditating on the sound of Tibetan singing bowls for 3000 years.

Today you can even have healing massages done at health spas where they put the bowl on your skin and the vibrations from the bowl heal the body. 

So, which are the best singing bowls to buy? That’s what we will look at next.

The best Tibetan Singing Bowls to buy online 

Let me show you the Tibetan Singing Bowls for sale online that I recommend, chosen from my years of experience using singing bowls as a meditation teacher.

I’ve divided these by price point so you can easily choose the best singing bowl for you. 

Note, however, that you definitely do get what you pay for. A cheaper singing bowl simply cannot heal you as well as a higher quality (and more expensive) one.  

Let’s take a look. 

Best Singing Bowl For Under $50— Ohm Store Tibetan Meditation Yoga Singing Bowl Set  

tibetan singing bowl


For an economical bowl I recommend you choose the Ohm Store Tibetan Meditation Yoga Singing Bowl Set.

The frequency of this singing bowl is 552 HZ, D-flat. And it’s been tested with the water technique and does indeed make water ripple and jump.

Made of brass and without seams, this bell produces a good tonal quality. And at the price range it is highly affordable and makes for a nice gift. Of course, this is just one bell so it does not activate all chakras (for that, I recommend you choose the chakra singing bowl below). 

Click the link above to buy this singing bowl today.

Best Chakra Singing Bowl Set ($$$)

chakra singing bowls


For an economical complete set of Chakra singing bowls, choose TheMelMart’s 7 Piece set.

These chakra singing bowls are 4 inches, 4.5 inches, 5 inches, 5.5 inches, 6 inches, and 7.5 inches. The set comes with a 7-ring cushion and 7-pieces wooden mallet, plus 1 or 2 drumsticks. The set is handmade in Nepal and comes whosale from Singing-Bowl House, an authentic Tibetan singing bowl manufacturer.

Both the look and sound of these bowls is authentic. And they produce a fantastic audio range to open the chakras.

Click the link above to buy this singing bowl set today.


The Best Crystal Chakra Singing Bowl Set To Buy 

crystal singing bowls


If you want the best of the best, choose a full set of chakra crystal singing bowls. 

TopFund’s quartz crystal singing bowls are the best. They look and sound beautiful. And they are the perfect Tibetan singing bowls for opening chakras.

These bowls are made from 99.9% pure quartz and create a deep, resonant sound.

One of the best things about these chakra singing bowls is that you can choose your size. The retailer has options for 8-10 inches up to 8-20 inches. It comes with a rubber base to sit the bowl on, and a rubber mallet.

For me, this is the best singing bowl set for healing and chakra activation.  Click the link above to buy this singing bowl set today.


Why Chakra Singing Bowls Are Best 

Chakra singing bowl sets have existed for thousands of years, ever since around 2500BC. Today they’re everywhere, from your local Buddhist temple to your yoga studio—and maybe even at home if you have bought one using our singing bowl buying guide.

You’ve probably listened to a chakra singing bowl during yoga when you meditate in Savasana. Or when you’re doing a group meditation session at your temple or meditation studio. They’re even heard at health spas, hospitals, churches and in therapy sessions.

Did you know that just by meditating on the sound of a chakra singing bowl set you can activate and balance all seven chakras?  

The chakras are wheels through which energy (prana) flows. The word itself literally means “wheel”. It’s a concept that has been around for 2600 years and was first found in the classical spiritual text the Upanishads.  

The chakras exist along the spine from the pelvis up to the crown of the head, and they’re vital to our wellbeing. That’s why so many of THE DAILY MEDITAITON’s readers have been using our Chakra Meditation Tutorial (link is above).  

When one chakra is out of balance it can cause big issues for our physical and mental health. I found this out for myself in 2010, when a problem with my root chakra caused an extreme stress reaction and led me through personal hell (thankfully I was able to recover naturally using spiritual practices, including using chakra singing bowls for healing).

When your chakras are out of balance you’ll experience all manner of problems—the specific problem you encounter will depend on the chakra that is out of balance.

Thankfully, we can use a chakra singing bowl set to open the chakras and balance them.

 Why use a chakra singing bowl set

As you may know, there are seven chakras:

  • Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
  • Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
  • Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
  • Heart Chakra (Anahata)
  • Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
  • Sacral Chakra (Swadhishtana)
  • Root Chakra (Muladhara)

We can balance the seven chakras by meditating. But perhaps a better and more enjoyable way to balance the seven chakras is with a chakra singing bowl set.

Chakra singing bowl sets contain a bowl for each chakra. This is important because each chakra responds to a different frequency of sound. Hence why each bowl in the chakra singing bowl set produces different frequencies.

Root chakra singing bowls:  UT – 396 Hz  

Sacral chakra singing bowls:  RE – 417 Hz  

Solar plexus singing bowls: MI – 528 Hz  

Heart chakra singing bowls: FA – 639 Hz – Connecting/Relationships (the 4th Chakra)

Throat chakra singing bowls: SOL – 741 Hz  

Third eye chakra singing bowls: LA – 852 Hz  

Crown chakra singing bowls: 963 Hz

By producing the specific frequency for each chakra, singing bowl sets balance the seven chakras, healing the mind and body.  

The Best Chakra Singing Bowl Set

Crystal chakra singing bowl sets are usually the best. These differ from traditional Buddhist singing bowls, which tend to be made of metal. The argument is that because the human body is made predominantly of water, it is predisposed to respond to crystal more than metal (the human body has comparatively little metal).

The best crystal singing bowls will be made of 99% pure quartz and are finely tuned to the frequencies of the seven chakras.

One of the best chakra singing bowl set you’ll find is Crystal Energy Bowls’ Chakra Tuned Set Of 7 Frosted Quartz Singing Bowls, pictured below.


 crystal chakra singing bowl set

 Why A Crystal Chakra Singing Bowl?

Today, many people argue that a chakra singing bowl should be made of crystal, and that the traditional metal ones are not as effective.  

So, who wins in a metal singing bowl VS crystal singing bowl contest?

The argument is that the sounds of traditional metal singing bowls do not penetrate the body to the same extent as crystal singing bowls because the human body is made mostly of water, not metal, so we naturally respond to the sound of crystal bowls because our bodies are crystalline.

Quartz is also known to be a highly conductive transmitter. After all, it’s the same stuff that is used in a lot of computers and other tech, specifically because it transmits electricity so well. And of course, electricity is pivotal to the functioning of we human beings. So, it does seem logical that a quartz crystal singing bowl would have more of an effect on a human.  Plus, you can definitely hear the difference between crystal bowls and the sound of Buddhist bowls.

It is curious that for thousands of years Buddhists and yogis have used singing bowls made of metal, not crystal. Then again, even the spiritual field is not immune to evolution. So is this simply the future of singing bowls? That they be made of crystal?

Either way, a crystal chakra singing bowl makes for a beautiful and powerful addition to your spiritual healing tool-kit. And they are one of the best ways to balance the seven chakras.

gallery of sound healing instruments


Tibetan Singing Bowl Buying Guide—Tips for choosing singing bowls 

Above we looked at the best Tibetan singing bowls to buy online.  

Now let’s look at how you can tell the the best singing bowls from the worst.

Obviously you will want to check that your singing bowl set produces the right bowl sounds for healing. 

But there’s more to it than that. When it comes to choosing singing bowls, follow the tips below.


1. About Buying Antique Singing Bowls

Be aware that there are a lot of Tibetan Singing Bowls that look old but are actually new. They’re fake-antiques. Worse, they do not have the right musical tones, history or energy for a singing bowl.

If you want to know how to buy singing bowls in the antique range, I highly recommend researching how to tell antiques from fakes. Otherwise you will end up wasting your hard earned money. 

 YoWangDu has written an excellent guide that explain important facts about how singing bowls are made. Read the article here. It answers a lot of questions.

While there are lots of authentic Tibetan singing bowls for sale, there are lots of fake antiques too.

2. How To Buy Genuine Antique Singing Bowls  

If a Tibetan singing bowl is being marketed as antique it should be at least a hundred years old.

Some vintage singing bowls in private collections are thousands of years old. 

You can tell if it’s a genuine antique singing bowl by looking for specific markers:

  • Genuine antique singing bowls will have markings inside and out.
  • Genuine antique singing bowls will be thinner on the bottom, may have a certificate saying it has been certified as genuine, and will cost from $100 (for a very small bowl) to many thousands of dollars for a large one.
  • Old bowls are made of different materials, too. The new ones are typically made of a type of bronze called “bell metal”, which is made of copper and tin. Antique singing bowls are made of high-quality bronze and various other metals, such as gold, silver, meteoric iron (sky-metal) and thogcha.

3. What are you going to use your new singing bowl for?

When it comes to choosing singing bowls that actually help you, you need to know what youre buying it for. 

What’s the purpose of your new singing bowl:  

  • Healing?
  • Grounding?
  • Chakra meditation?
  • In yoga classes?
  • For decoration?
  • What type of meditation will you be doing? Zen? Mindfulness?

These are important considerations to make before choosing a singing bowl.

For instance, for chakra healing you will need a specific chakra singing bowl set, or the correct singing bowl for the chakra you are healing because different chakras require different frequencies.

4. To get the best singing bowl, you need the best singing bowl mallet

Singing bowl mallets come in different sizes and weights. Some are suede. Some wood. Some felt-covered. 

Mallets vary greatly. 

The weight, size and material of the mallet will affect the sound the bowl makes. That’s one reason why you should always try and play the piece before you choose a singing bowl.  


5. Testing your singing bowl’s sound quality

Don’t choose singing bowls based on image alone. Make sure you have a good idea what it will sound like, ideally by playing it. 

A good singing bowl will make a rich, resonant sound that lasts for a long time when it is struck. You should be able to hear the overtones it’s producing. If the bowl doesn’t hold its sound it is a badly made bowl. Even economical bowls should hold their sound.

Does the bowl sound tinny? That’s another sign of a bad bowl. Don’t buy it.

6. Best places to buy Tibetan Singing Bowls

To find an authentic antique Tibetan singing bowl, I recommend visiting  a specialist antique store specialising in world culture or spiritual items. For all other times, it’s easier (and reliable) to use an online store.

Tibetan Singing Bowls And The Chakras

Singing bowls activate chakras. They are tuned to very specific frequencies that will activate the different chakras.  This is one thing that makes them different to crystal bowls and tuning forks.


Some singing bowls are better at activating certain chakras than others.

For instance, to activate your root chakra, singing bowls need low tones. To active the heart chakra, singing bowls should be in the mid-tones. And to active the third eye chakra, singing bowls should be high-tone.

That’s one reason why some people like to buy singing bowls sets that have one bowl for each chakra. Because to activate all chakras, singing bowls need to be able to produce a wide range of frequencies.  

When it comes to choosing chakra singing bowls, buy either a set of bowls or one very high quality bowl that produces all the required frequencies.  


Benefits Of Meditating With Singing Bowls  

 I’m constantly stunned by how much I get out of meditating on a singing bowl. Whether it’s a pure gold chakra singing bowl set that activates your chakras, or a simpler bowl used for relaxation, you will get get so much out of them.

There are so many healing properties of singing bells. Just by meditating on these for twenty minutes a day you’ll get oh so much out of it.

The benefits of singing bowl meditation include:

  • Balances the seven chakras 
  • Relaxes the mind
  • Some research shows it can cure illness
  • Some research shows it can even cure cancer
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Balance blood pressure
  • Reduces anger
  • Improves blood flow
  • Good for pain relief
  • Balances emotions
  • Promotes inner peace and stillness
  •  Boosts the immune system 

How To Use A Tibetan Singing Bowl for Meditation 

 There are lots of different ways that you can play a Tibetan Singing Bowl.

If you are just learning how to use singing bowls, try these techniques.

“Around Rim” singing bowl Technique

  1. Hold the bowl in your left hand.
  2. Hold the mallet in your right hand at around mid-length.  Your fingertips should point down and should be touching the wood.
  3. Tap the mallet on the bowl’s side to warm the bell.
  4. Using an even pressure, move the mallet clockwise around the outside edge of the bowl. Use a full arm movement and keep stirring the bell almost like soup.
  5. Applying pressure, continue to rub the mallet around the outside edge of the singing bowl.
  6. Try not to go too fast but rather allow the volume to build gradually.
  7. Meditate on the sound for twenty minutes.

 Advanced Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation Technique: “Wah Wah” : 

Another great way to use a singing bowl is with the Wah Wah technique.

Try this:

  1. Hold the bowl in your left hand.
  2. Hold the mallet in your right hand at around mid-length.  Your fingertips should point down and should be touching the wood.
  3. Tap the mallet on the bowl’s side to warm the bell.
  4. Using an even pressure, move the mallet clockwise around the outside edge of the bowl. Use a full arm movement and keep stirring the bell almost like soup.
  5. Applying pressure, continue to rub the mallet around the outside edge of the singing bowl.
  6. Try not to go too fast but rather allow the volume to build gradually.
  7. Pull the mallet away from the bowl while it is still singing.
  8. Hold the bowl up to your top lip one inch away from your mouth.
  9. Now imagine that you’re saying “Wah. Wah. Wah.” Make the mouth shape of this sound while your mouth is an inch from the bowl.  This will change the sound of the bowl.

Water Bowl

You can produce a special effect by putting a little water on the bottom of the bowl. This makes the bowl sound like dolphins.

Here’s how:

  1. Put three quarters of an inch of water into the bowl but do not get the rim wet.
  2. Hold the bowl in  your left hand.
  3. Hold the mallet in your right hand at around mid-length. Your fingertips should point down and should be touching the wood.
  4. Tap the mallet on the bowl’s side to warm the bell
  5. Using an even pressure, move the mallet clockwise around the outside edge of the bowl. Use a full arm movement and keep stirring the bell almost like soup.
  6. Applying pressure, continue to rub the mallet around the outside edge of the singing bowl.
  7. Pull the mallet away
  8. Now tilt the bowl, causing the water inside to lap towards the rim.
  9. Now swirl the bowl. This will create  the sound of dolphins.

Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation Technique

To use the bells properly you need to know how to meditate on a singing bowl.

There are different ways to meditate on the sound the bells produce.

This is my favorite technique.

  1. Start by using the Around The Rim technique I explained above
  2. Continue to move the mallet around the rim
  3. Be mindful of the action of moving your wrist and hand to turn the mallet
  4. Take 27 breaths while meditating on the movement
  5. Continuing the mindful movement, start to focus on the sound
  6. Take 27 breaths while meditating on the sound
  7. You should now be meditating on your movement and on the sound
  8. Observe the connection between the movement and the sound. Feel that oneness between movement and sound
  9. Focus on the oneness of sound and movement for 108 breaths

This is my favorite way to meditate on a singing bowl.

Want To Hear What A Singing Bowl Sounds Like? Checkout My Picks Of The Best Free Meditation Music 

Benefits of Buddhist Singing Bowl Meditations

Buddhist singing bowl meditations are deep, relaxing, and therapeutic. You can heal your entire being by meditating on the sound of Buddhist bowls

As you will know if you’ve used a singing bowl before, the rim of the bowl vibrates to produce a whistling sound.

That sound is made up of two frequencies: a first harmonic and overtones.

The frequencies of Tibetan Singing Bowls are at ranges that are very beneficial to the brain. There are also undertones that the bowls makes. Together, these sounds produce a chord that is a “flattened fifth”.

Naga Shakthi says, “Singing bowls produce layers of rich additional overtones, which, when heard binaurally, create beat frequency which alters our brain waves from a Beta brainwave state to an Alpha state”.

When you meditate on the sound of a singing bowl you switch your brain to alpha frequency. And alpha frequency is very beneficial.

Scientific research shows that the flattened-fifth chord the bowl makes is very good for meditation.

The flattened fifth chord that the bowls produce is perfect for spiritual healing and for when you need to  balance your chakras.

As you listen to the frequency of the bowls your brain waves actually synchronise with the sound of the bowl, and at the same time the unique tones produce a deep meditative state. Not only this, but the sonic waves of the singing bowls open your mind, which can lead to spiritual awakening.

I looked for scientific research to prove that Tibetan Singing Bowls have an effect on the brain, but sadly I came up short. It appears there is very little scientific research about singing bowls. The best I could find was a fascinating article by Quartz, which looks at at the physics and experience of Tibetan Singing Bowls and whether they actually work (4).

Clearly, there are lots of reasons to listen to Tibetan Singing Bowl music while meditating.

History Of Tibetan Singing Bowls

When you buy a singing bowl, you’re buying a piece of spiritual history. 

If you ever visit a Buddhist temple you will likely see some antique singing bowls among the relics. I recently visited our local Buddhist temple and was delighted to see on a shelf the most beautiful Tibetan singing bowls set (along with wooden fish, Buddhist cymbals, bells and Dorje). Attached to the cabinet was a little leaflet introducing singing bowls and explaining what they are and how they are used.  Traditionally, Buddhist Tibetan Singing Bowls were used in Asia by monks. The monks would use Buddhist singing bowls as an auditory marker to start and stop a period of meditation. Monks would combine Tibetan Singing Bowls with a percussion instrument called the “wooden fish,” which is struck when a specific phrase is chanted. And this would be done as part of a ritual before and after meditating.

In Japanese and Vietnamese tradition singing bowls are used a little differently. There, they are used to mark the beginning and ending of periods of walking meditation and seated meditation.   

It took thousands of years, but Tibetan Singing Bowls gradually became popular in the West, and today they are used in health spas and yoga studios as a way to relax the mind. 

Facts About Tibetan Singing Bowls

Here are some interesting facts about the history of Tibetan singing bowls:

  1. Some antique singing bowls are up to 5000 years old, meaning they predate almost all other tools used in meditation.
  2. Bronze bells, similar to Singing Bowls, have been used since the 10th Century BC. Tibetan Singing Bowls have existed since around 5000 years ago. (1)
  3. Many people believe that Tibetan Singing Bowls are Buddhist in origin, but they actually predate Buddhism. It wasn’t until about 2500 years ago that Buddhists began to play Tibetan Singing Bowls. The monks found the sound the bowls made to be very relaxing. It is a healing sound. And that is why Buddhist monks have meditated on the sounds ever since.   (2).   

Interesting fact:

Many people believe that Tibetan Singing Bowls are made of seven metals that are astrologically related to stars and planets: Gold (sun) Silver (Moon), Copper (Venus), Iron (Mars), Tin (Jupiter), Mercury/Quicksilver (Mercury) and Lead (Saturn) (1). But actually, Tibetan Singing Bowls are usually made from a bronze alloy of copper and tin. There are also expensive crystal singing bowls made of quarts, and even pure gold singing bells.  

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Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book: Your Best Meditation


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LM · January 14, 2018 at 9:05 pm

uhm. Buddhism hasn’t been around 3000 years. Maybe Taoism?

    Paul Martin Harrison · January 15, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for your comment. Buddhism is 2500-3000 years old with no known exact date of inception.

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