Best-Selling Urns for Ashes for Adults

Today we're going to take a look at our best-selling funeral urns for ashes for adults.

Here at Urns Northwest, where cremation urns are our passion, we've been selling premium urns online for over twenty years. We know a thing or two about what you're looking for!

Most importantly, we're here to help.

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What are adult urns?

Urns for ashes are keepsake memorial urns designed to hold the "ashes" or cremated remains of an adult human.

The standard size urn for an adult urn is 200 cubic inches, which is approximately the space needed for an adult who weighed about 200 lbs. See our urn size calculator for more info.

An urn for ashes for adults can be made from a wide variety of materials, including wood, metal, ceramic, glass, marble, and more. Urns can come in many shapes as well, most often in rectangular box shapes or rounded vase-like shapes.

In addition to these full-size urns, we also offer a variety of sizes including:

  • Keepsake urns. Small urns intended to hold a keepsake portion of the remains.
  • Companion urns. Large urns sized to hold the ashes of two people, often a husband a wife.
  • Small urns. Varieties of small size urns include pet urns, child or infant urns, cremation jewelry, and mini keepsake urns.

Use our Urn Size Calculator to help determine the right size for your family's needs.

A simple rule of thumb is that one pound of body weight will result in one cubic inch of ashes after cremation. In other words, a 175 pound person will require an urn with a capacity of about 175 cubic inches or more.

Where can I buy urns for human ashes?

You can buy urns for cremation ashes online or at the funeral home. Online, the best place to purchase cremation urns is Urns Northwest.

Continue reading to see some of what we have to offer.

Best Cremation Urns for Adults

Here are some of our very best urns for the ashes or cremated remains of an adult.

1. Cherry Wood Urn & Memory Chest Combo with Art Carving

Made in Oregon from solid cherry wood, this one of our most popular wooden urns. It is both a cremation urn (the lower section) and a keepsake box (the upper section, with hinged-opening lid).

This decorative urn is carved to perfection all the way around with an ornate laser-etched design.

Also available as just an urn with no keepsake top section. In any style, it's been one of our most highly-reviewed urns for ashes for adults for nearly twenty years.

2. 3-Dimensional Inlay Art Urn with Deer

Our wooden inlay art urns are made in the USA from solid wood, are available in your choice of walnut, oak, or maple, and feature a wide array of creative, rustic, and meaningful scenes to honor your loved one.

The Deer Wood Cremation Urn features a deer in the forest, and is available in a variety of box shapes. Ideal to honor a nature lover, hiker, hunter, or animal lover.

3. "Gone Fishing" Memorial Plaque Cremation Urn

An Urns Northwest Original, the Gone Fishing design is the most popular theme in our wall-mounted memorial plaque urn series.

This urn looks like a decorative memorial plaque, and includes the name and dates of your loved one, but it's more than that - it's also a cremation urn.

The ashes are stored between the front and back panels of the plaque, which opens from the top. It's a beautiful way to celebrate your loved one's memory without drawing attention to the remains inside.

Check out the complete collection here, which includes a variety of themes and styles.

4. Together Again Companion Urn (for ashes of two adults)

Longtime companions walk down the road, arm in arm, together again at last. The Together Again Urn is our most popular Companion Urn for two people's remains.

When two people are committed to be "together forever," their choice of a final resting place can convey that love when they choose a beautiful urn like this.

5. Dragonfly Raku Ceramic Urn

Individually crafted by hand and fired in the ancient style of Raku, this Dragonfly Ceramic Urn is a beautiful choice for your loved one. The most popular design in our Ceramic Urns collection.

6. Bicycle Inlay Art Urn

This stunning bicycle inlay art urn features a cyclist pedaling down an old country lane, on one final ride. A popular choice for bicycle enthusiasts, this is a truly special urn.

7. Grow a Tree From Ashes Urn (Dogwood)

Our memorial tree urns allow you to grow a live tree using your loved one's ashes. The most popular is the Dogwood, as shown above.

8. Urn for Niche

This simple yet high-class wood urn was designed to hold adult remains in the smallest niches. In fact, it's so well thought-out that you can often fit two urns for adult ashes into a single niche, making it perfect for use as a "companion" urn set. 

Available here individually or as a companion urn, with optional personalization and military service emblems as well. Fits into the niches at Arlington National Cemetery. 

9. Mother of Pearl Brass Urn for Ashes

The Mother of Pearl Brass Urn is our most popular metal memorial. And for good reason! Premium craftsmanship sets this urn apart from many other imported metal urns you'll find at major retailers. Made by LoveUrns.

10. Affordable Walnut Wood Urn

When you're in the market for a high-quality wood memorial that doesn't have a ridiculous price tag, this walnut wood urn for ashes fits the bill perfectly. Made in the USA from solid wood, optional inscription. Also available in other wood types like cherry, oak, and more.

11. Wood Urn with Military Service Emblem

While we have many excellent military urns for ashes, all made in the USA, this one is the most popular due to its simplicity and affordability. Includes your choice of service emblem, and optional engraved personalization is available.

12. Hummingbird Urn

Another of our many beautiful 3-dimensional inlay art urns, all made in the USA from real, solid wood. This one features a hummingbird flitting over laser-carved flowers.

New: Floating Shelf Cremation Urn

Pacific Crest Floating Shelf Cremation Urn

Just launched, another Original from Urns Northwest: The Floating Shelf Urn.

This lovely display is both a floating shelf and a very subtle cremation urn. Inspired by the popularity of our Memorial Plaque Urn Collection, we created this elegant memorial so that you can dedicate a special shelf to your loved one, filling it with photos, awards, mementos, candles, keepsakes, or anything else you like.

No one would ever guess that it's also an urn for ashes, with the remains inside. Available in four wood types and handcrafted exclusively in our Oregon shop, this is a stunning tribute to your beloved.

More Urns for Adults

Hit the menu button then "shop" to browse all our cremation urns for adults. Popular collections include:

... but there's so much more. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us - we're here to help!

What can I do with the urn?

  • Keep it at home
  • Bury it at the cemetery
  • Inter it in a columbarium niche
  • Scatter the ashes and save the urn for keepsakes

There are many possibilities for things to do with the urn (and even more things to do with ashes).

Most commonly, a spouse, parent, child, or sibling will keep the remain at home, or the urn will be buried or interred at the cemetery. Scattering the ashes is becoming more popular; here's what to do with the urn after scattering the ashes.

Do I have to buy the urn from the funeral home?

No. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the funeral home or crematorium is required by law to accept any urn you provide them. Read more here.

This means you can buy an urn from anywhere you like. We recommend starting your search with our 5-Minute Guide to Choosing a Cremation Urn, or simply start browsing our selection of gorgeous memorials here.

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