Grow tents are a fantastic solution to make indoor growing easier, cleaner and more stealthy for those who want to grow less than 10 or 15 decent sized plants. If you’re looking to grow any more then it’s probably worth considering building a more custom grow room solution. Grow tents are designed to be used indoors with grow lights which allows you to grow quickly and constantly, regardless of the weather or seasons. We've carefully researched all the grow tents on the market and compiled this review to help you pick the best grow tent for your needs.
To make sure you get the best grow tent for the space you have available, we’ve divided our grow tent reviews into small, medium and large categories. If you’re starting to grow weed indoors from scratch and don’t want the hassle of choosing lots gear we’ve also recommended two grow tent packages (an LED and HID option) that include everything you need to start growing cannabis (except a grow system and seeds).
We picked our overall winners for each category based on a combination of value for money, features and build quality. Grow tents are pretty simple and just need to do a few things really well (sturdy construction, easy assembly, light blocking and convenient venting ports). We feel that there’s mostly no advantage to buying some of the really expensive options.
When choosing the best grow tent, it’s important to think about the height of the tent as well as the length and width. Some types of lights (like LED and HID) can burn your plants if they’re placed too close to the top of the canopy. Also remember that you can pick strains or train your plants to grow shorter and more bushy without sacrificing yield if you have limited space.
Table of contents
- Product comparison tables
- The best grow tent: Small size
- The best grow tent: Medium size
- The best grow tent: Large size
- The best complete grow tent package
- What is a grow tent and how do they work?
- Why use a grow tent?
- What size grow tent do I need?
- Should I get a complete grow tent package or choose my own components?
Product comparison tables
Click the product links below to read our detailed reviews.
|Valuebox Small||2 x 2 x 4 ft||Check price|
|iPower Small||3 x 1.6 x 5 ft||Check price|
|Valuebox Medium||4 x 4 x 6.6 ft||Check price|
|Apollo Horticulture Medium||4 x 4 x 6.6 ft||Check price|
|Apollo Horticulture Medium||4 x 2 x 5 ft||Check price|
|iPower Large||5 x 5 x 6.6 ft||Check price|
|iPower Large||8 x 4 x 6.6 ft||Check price|
Complete grow tent packages
|Gorilla Grow Tent 2 x 4 450W LED Package||4 x 4 ft||Check price|
|4 x 4 Grow Tent 600W HPS Package||2 x 2.5 ft||Check price|
The best grow tent: Small size
Valuebox 2 x 2 x 4 ft
The Valuebox 2 x 4 x 4 ft grow tent is the most affordable tent on our list but it is very small. Just make sure you don’t plan to grow more than a couple of plants plants before you commit because you’ll run out of room fairly quickly. This tent almost didn’t make our list because it’s only 4 ft in height which means you’ll need to grow a short strain or keep your plants well pruned and trained.
The exterior of this tent is made from heavy duty oxford cloth, has a Mylar interior lining and the zippers seem reasonably sturdy. It isn’t going to have quite the build quality of an Apollo Horticulture or iPower tent but will still do the job perfectly.
A nice addition is the Velcro window on the front of the tent so you can check out your plants without having to completely unzip the door.
There are 2 x 6 inch venting ports as well as 2 ports for running cables and power cords through.
iPower 3 x 1.6 x 5 ft
This iPower tent is a slightly uncommon shape but it might be the best grow tent to get if you have a long, narrow space set aside to grow. Because of the long shape, make sure the grow lights you choose will still give good coverage for your plants. A separate light at each end could work well in this configuration.
iPower is a well known and respected brand and although they only offer a 1 year warranty on this tent, there’s honestly very little that can go wrong.
Although you pay a little more for iPower tents you also get high quality zippers and reinforced double stitching to prevent rips and tears. The fact that the zippers are pretty solid means they’re also kind of hard to move until they loosen up a bit. Hopefully this issue goes away with more use.
This tent is only 5 ft high which is not bad, but larger 6 ft high tents are definitely easier to move around it. You get 2 x 6 inch standard venting ports.
The best grow tent: Medium size
We find that 2 x 4 ft and 4 x 4 ft are the best grow tent sizes for most people. They’re small enough so you don’t need a big area and powerful lights yet big enough to grow plenty of weed.
Valuebox 4 x 4 x 6.6 ft
This is an extremely good value tent for your money and the 4 x 4 ft size is ideal. We also like that these larger tents are also taller which makes them much easier to access. As soon as a grow tent is larger than about 4 x 2 ft we find it helps a lot to be able to easily step comfortably into the tent to access your plants. Not to mention the fact that taller tents let you grow taller plants for bigger yields!
As this is a Valuebox tent you get the handy velcro window on the front so you can admire your plants without the hassle of using the zippers.
Like all the models we recommend, this tent has a heavy duty Mylar lining and removable floor tray to make it easier to clean and deal with spills. 2 x 6 inch ports are included and you also get peace of mind with a 1 year warranty.
One issue with this tent is that there were no instructions included in the box. We’ve erected a few grow tents in our time so this wasn’t an issue but first timers might appreciate some help understanding how all the aluminum frame pieces click together correctly.
Apollo Horticulture 4 x 4 x 6.6 ft
We think the Apollo Horticulture tents feel the best put together of all the brands we recommend. They cost a few bucks more but they do a great job of blocking all interior light with almost no leaks (occasionally you might detect a tiny hint of light through the zippers).
As we’ve mentioned, 4 x 4 ft is a great size and this tent also has decent height at 6.6 ft. You also get extra easy access to the interior via multiple zippered doors.
There are 4 x 8 inch venting ports and 2 x 3 inch ports for cords etc which is very convenient for arranging all your lights and other equipment. 6 inch ports are actually more common than 8 inch (to match many exhaust ducts and grow light reflectors) but this isn’t an issue at all.
You only get a 3 month warranty with tent but the quality is excellent and we’d be surprised if anyone has serious issues.
Apollo Horticulture 4 x 2 x 5 ft
This Apollo Horticulture tent has the same build quality as the 4 x 4 ft version above but in a more compact 4 x 2 ft footprint that works well in a narrow space, corridor or against a wall. We are a little disappointed that it’s only 5 ft in height considering the more generous length and width.
Because of the smaller size you only get 2 x 6 inch vents and a single 8 inch vent. Access is via a single zippered door.
The best grow tent: Large size
iPower 5 x 5 x 6.6 ft
As we’ve discussed, iPower make quality products and this tent is no exception. This is a very generous sized tent and the 6.6 ft height makes it easy and convenient to move around in.
In addition to the main door that opens fully, there’s also a smaller access door for checking on or watering your plants.
The frame feels extremely sturdy and the bars can hold 110 lb of weight. Because this tent is 5 ft wide, they’ve also included a good amount of cross struts for the ceiling frame so you have plenty of room to hang all the lights you’ll need.
This tent will require over a 1000W of light to grow in so it’s definitely for those looking to get a bit more serious about yield.
iPower 8 x 4 x 6.6
This beast of a tent is identical in features to the iPower tent above except for the massive size and multiple main doors. You could grow some serious weed in this thing!
The best complete grow tent package
Gorilla Grow Tent 2 x 4 450W LED Package
All the key components in this tent are extremely high quality, especially the 450W KIND LED light and the Gorilla grow tent. However, this is not the best grow tent package to buy if you're on a tight budget.
If you have the budget and you want the best of everything then this package will set you up but there are definitely cheaper LED lights and grow tents available that will do an equally good job for much less money.
For the price of this package we would have liked to see a digital timer included and more ducting is always handy.
4 x 4 Grow Tent 600W HPS Package
This is a more reasonably priced package that includes a 600W HPS light with an air cooled reflector instead of the LED light above. However, for some reason they haven’t included an MH bulb which most growers are going to want to enhance growth during the vegetative stage.
This package also includes a nutrient kit which is a nice touch.
What is a grow tent and how do they work?
A grow tent is a rectangular frame that is usually fitted together from pieces. The frame is covered with an insulated and reflective lined cover that creates a portable, totally dark room for your plants. Grow lights are hung from the top of the frame to provide the lighting. The grow tent cover usually includes a number of standard sized duct ports so you can easily add ventilation, heating and cooling. Because grow tents are insulated, you have complete control over the temperature, humidity, and (most importantly) the light your plants receive.
Controlling the lighting in your grow tent setup allows for much faster growing cycles and a never ending harvest. During the vegetative stage, you can light your plants between 18 and 24 hours a day! The flowering stage can be triggered whenever you wish by changing the lighting schedule to 12 hours light and 12 hours darkness.
Read our beginners guide to growing weed indoors to learn more about indoor growing and the growth stages of weed plants.
This video has a nice demonstration of how to set up your new grow tent.
Why use a grow tent?
For those who want to grow less than 10 or 15 plants, grow tents provide a lot of advantages over building a custom grow room.
- They provide total control over the perfect growing environment for your plants, including temperature, humidity and lighting and come with ducting for easily adding fans, air conditioning and humidifiers.
- The best grow tent doesn't have to be expensive and simply needs to be well built, easy to put together and effectively block light and smell.
- They can be set up anywhere there’s power and easily dismantled when required - this also makes them stealthy and easy to hide from prying eyes.
- The best grow tent covers are completely light proof from the outside and the reflective internal lining of the cover evenly spreads the light from your grow lights around the plants.
- The cover contains the smell of your weed. This is especially important during the flowering (budding) stage when your plants can stink and could easily be smelled by neighbors or visitors!
- They are waterproof and easy to clean so mess is kept to a minimum if you’re setting up inside.
- They come in different sizes and heights so you can maximize the number of plants you can grow in the space you have available.
What size grow tent do I need?
The best grow tent setup for you is the biggest one you can afford for your grow space. Even if you think you won't need a bigger size, we recommended upgrading. Once you realize how fun it is to grow your own weed is you’ll want room to expand and grow more plants!
The most common sizes of grow tents are 2’x2’, 2’x4’ and 4’x’4. Different heights are also available. A taller tent will allow you to grow taller plants and install more powerful grow lights - both of which will greatly increase your yield.
How many plants can I fit in my grow tent?
The amount of plants you can fit in a given sized tent depends on the strain of weed you're growing and how long you keep your plants in the vegetative stage.
Roughly speaking, 2 big plants will fit in a 2’x2’ tent and 4 plants will fit in a 4’x4’ tent. Pruning your plants (including the main stem) is also a good option to contain the size without sacrificing yield.
|Grow tent size (ft)||No. of plants||Lighting required|
|2x2x5||2 - 4||250 - 400W|
|2x4x7||2 - 6||400 - 600W|
|4x4x7||2 - 10||600 - 1000W|
This video from GrowAce should give you a good understanding of the relative sizes of the different sized grow tents and how your containers will fit.
Should I get a complete grow tent package or choose my own components?
Complete grow tent packages are great because they include everything you need to get started including grow lights, fans and ventilation. You can also be sure that everything will fit together perfectly. However, all the separate grow tents we recommend have standard sized ducting ports and strong frames that will work with almost any components you choose. The most important thing when buying separate components is to make sure you have powerful enough grow lights for the size of your grow tent.