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The Best Zen Gardens of 2022

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Mevellya Zen Garden

Relax in your own creativity by raking the white sand into a nice pattern and arranging the two included trees, stones, and reflection bridge. Read More

Pros

  • Lots of elements included
  • High-quality materials

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Island Falls Home Zen Garden Kit

Six different rakes make it easy to create a variety of textures in your zen garden. Add moss balls, cherry blossom trees, stones, or a lotus flower. Read More

Pros

  • Included booklet to explain pieces
  • Large

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Enso Circular Zen Garden

This zen garden has a 12.2-inch sensory tray to hold sand as you use the rake or one of four zen spheres to slowly roll out shapes and pattern. Read More

Pros

  • Perfect for minimalists
  • Variety of patterns

Cons

  • Some report damage spheres upon arrival
  • Fewer accessories than others
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BandBangDa Zen Garden

This zen garden kit includes a towering pine tree complete with nesting cranes, a large meditating Buddha, a stone pagoda, and black river stones. Read More

Pros

  • Fairly large
  • Well made

Cons

  • Some reports of shipping damage
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Enso Rectangular Zen Garden

Perfect for a small space on your desk or in your home, this zen garden measures 11 by 7.5 inches and is the perfect companion on stressful workdays. Read More

Pros

  • Comes as pictured
  • Fun to play with

Cons

  • Could use more sand

There are a lot of different stressors in our daily life, from work to relationships to world events, and sometimes it can be hard to turn off our brains and give our minds a break. Kids and adults alike have found solace in things like fidgets and slime, but you can’t really beat a classic zen garden—the perfect addition to your desk or zen den at home.

Traditionally used in mediation, zen gardens are available in tabletop versions, so you can take a break from workday stress and create your own peace by raking the sand and arranging tiny rocks and trees in a miniature garden of your own. We found five of the best zen gardens available online; maybe you can create your own oasis of calm.

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Mevellya Zen Garden

This zen garden from Mevellya has plenty of additions to make your garden your perfect paradise. Relax in your own creativity by raking the white sand into a nice pattern and arranging the two included trees, stones, and reflection bridge. People who have purchased this zen garden love that it gives them something to do with their hands while on calls but doesn’t completely take away their focus on their work. The multiple elements included makes it easy to create a scene that’s as minimal as you want by simply not using everything included—or you can use everything and create different areas in your zen garden. No matter your design preference, you’ll surely enjoy this desktop piece.

Pros

  • Lots of elements included

  • High-quality materials

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Island Falls Home Zen Garden Kit

Measuring a little bigger than an iPad, the Island Falls home zen garden kit is full of fun. Six different rakes make it easy to create a variety of textures in your zen garden, and the option to add moss balls, cherry blossom trees, stones, and a lotus flower is only the beginning. Along with these natural elements, there’s also a pagoda, a bridge, and a Shinto gate. Enclosed with this zen garden set you’ll also find an informational booklet that goes over the meanings of each one of the included miniatures and how you can use them in your zen garden.

Pros

  • Included booklet to explain pieces

  • Large

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Enso Circular Zen Garden

Looking for a minimalist zen garden to promote focus and calm? Look no further than the Enso zen garden. This zen garden has a 12.2-inch sensory tray to hold sand as you use the rake or one of four zen spheres to slowly roll out shapes and patterns with your hands. When you’re finished use the included brush to lightly clean off the spheres and set them in the bamboo sphere holder or use them as decoration throughout your zen garden, the choice is yours.

Pros

  • Perfect for minimalists

  • Variety of patterns

Cons

  • Some report damage spheres upon arrival

  • Fewer accessories than others

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BandBangDa Zen Garden

Imagine this: two coy float slowly down a serene stream as you watch from a wooden bridge above. Sound calming? Well, sure, and with the BandBangDa zen garden you can put yourself in this scene or one of your own creation. This zen garden kit includes a towering pine tree complete with nesting cranes, a large meditating Buddha, a stone pagoda, and black river stones along with a rake and the aforementioned bridge and coy fish.

People who love this zen garden are impressed with the quality of the pieces and mention that they look better than other, lower quality items often associated with zen gardens. It’s important to note that this is a larger zen garden than some others out there; it measures 14 by 5.7 by 2.4 inches.

Pros

  • Fairly large

  • Well made

Cons

  • Some reports of shipping damage

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Enso Rectangular Zen Garden

This compact and portable zen garden from Enso comes with high marks and rave reviews. Perfect for a small space on your desk or in your home, this zen garden measures 11 by 7.5 inches and is the perfect companion on stressful workdays. Just pour the bottled sand into the wooden tray provided and get to work placing your stones, pagoda, and small bridge along with the provided bamboo fold-flat fence to create your ultimate serene space. Two sand tools make for large or small raking areas to swirl sand around your scene or create mounds and divots with ease.

Pros

  • Comes as pictured

  • Fun to play with

Cons

  • Could use more sand

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