Best Dowsing Rods


Written by Nigel Percy


Which Are The Best Dowsing Rods?

The best dowsing rods, or dowsing L-rods as they are often called, are not necessarily going to be the same ones for different people.

To answer this question, you need to be clear in your mind what it is you mean by ‘best'. It could be that ‘best' means ‘feels the nicest'. Or it could be that it means, ‘just the right weight'. Or it could be the length, or what the rod is made of, or how easily it moves for you.

As you can see, that might mean that what is ‘best' for you might be something which another person wouldn't spend any time, or money, on.

And that's another aspect to think about. Some dowsing rods are very cheap – as in free – because you make them yourself. Others are incredibly expensive. I think the most expensive ones I've seen are somewhere around $2000.

Which is fine if you're making them and you can persuade someone to part with that amount of money. But, really, all rods, the expensive ones and the free ones, all do the same thing in the same way. That is, they respond to tiny movements in the muscles of your hand and arm, making them move in one way or another.

You can see that the answer to the question, ‘What are the best dowsing rods' really depends on your own preference as well as your budget.

The best dowsing rods? You decide!

So, in order to help answer it for you, here are the following things you should take into account when you are thinking about buying any L-rods.

First, do they actually feel comfortable in your hands when you hold them? If they don't, then you are never going to feel comfortable using them and you shouldn't get them.

Secondly, how do they look? Do you like the materials they are made of? Do they feel too heavy or too light?

Third. What about how easily they move? Do they seem to whizz around like helicopter blades or are they very sluggish? Some dowsing rods are made with handles that allow the rod to swing more easily. Others, like mine, are just one piece of metal, no handles at all. Maggie's rods have handles and, to me, they are just way too sensitive, moving all the time. On the other hand, she doesn't like mine because they are not as sensitive and don't move as easily. She calls hers ‘girly rods', because they are so sensitive. It's purely a matter of personal preference.

Fourth. What about the size of the rods? Some people like dowsing rods which are long. Others prefer shorter ones. Some rods you can actually alter the pivot point and change how the rod reacts.

A lot of times, rods are used on the move, outside, so you should take that into consideration as well. Walk around with them, when you try them out, before settling on them. They need to feel good on the move as well as when standing still.

Above all, bear this in mind. You can dowse with a bent coat hanger or hand-crafted copper and titanium, but the movement, the actual dowsing, comes down to you. Just make sure you're happy with the rods you use, and then always remember, it's you doing the dowsing, and not the rods. They are just there to show you the reaction. Nothing else!

Finally, dowsing rods are always sold in pairs. I've never known why that is. But you don't generally need two to dowse with. One works just fine. So, you can make just one on its own, and I promise you, you can dowse with that and have a free hand to hold markers or sandwiches, a notebook or anything else. Try it and see!

Happy dowsing!

What type of rods do you favor? Do you have a particular pair (or just one!) which is perfect for you? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  1. Richard B Wachter

    I became somewhat interested in the art of dousing or divining and decided to give it a try. I made the rods out of 1/8″ copper 12″ long with 6″ long handles. I cut two 5″ long pieces of 1/4″ copper water line to go over the handles so the rods would move freely without any subconscious or seriomotor intervention on my part. Tried them out in my yard to find my sewer and drain lines. I know where they are. However, the rods crossed when I was over them every time. My wife didn’t believe me. She said that I was moving them myself. You can’t because the rods move freely in the handle tubes. I let her try – they worked. I’m a mechanical engineer with 40+ years of experience and probably on of the most sceptical people you will encounter. I’m pretty amazed and plan on testing them some more. Try it yourself. Thanks

    • Nigel Percy

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. As you have found out, the best dowsing rods are the ones which work best for you!

    • Kenneth Emmer

      Mr. Wachter, please send me a photo of what you are describing. I’d like to make a pair like that.
      Thank you

  2. Ty H Freeze

    Just a note and my opinion to the author about why dowsing rods are sold in pairs. The only thing I have used them for is finding field tiles, water pipes, conduits etc.. Using two as opposed to one helps in determining the angle of the pipe in the ground relative to the direction you are walking, as one will start the swing before the other. Just my thoughts.

    • Nigel Percy

      Thanks. Always good to hear how others use them.

  3. Ty H Freeze

    I didn’t believe it either the first time I saw someone do it. That person made a believer out of me quick! I have used them many times in the nearly forty years since.

    • Nigel Percy

      Yep, dowsing is one of those activities where you have to do it yourself before you can really believe it.

  4. puru

    Thank you for best suport

  5. Nigel Percy

    Happy to help :-)


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