Last updated: December 11, 2021
Being a grower can be an expensive hobby. With accessibility of cannabis on the rise, however, the accessibility of products to help you grow has risen as well.
If the price of production was holding you back from growing or if you are looking to scale back your operation, in these reviews, we’ll go over our favorite grow tents that won’t break the bank. Whether you are new to growing or a seasoned vet, we’ve found something for everyone.
So, let’s get to our reviews on the best cheap grow tents of the year!
|Best Overall||Power Hydroponic Water-Resistant Grow Tent||
|VIVOSUN Mylar Hydroponic Grow Tent||
|Hydroplanet Canvas Grow Tent||
|CoolGrows Indoor Mylar Hydroponics Grow Tent||
|OPULENT SYSTEMS Water-Resister Grow Tent||
iPower has made a name for itself offering high-quality grow equipment at reasonable prices, and this tent is no different. This tent offers everything you would get out of a more expensive tent, and the performance is of a high quality as well. What makes it such a good tent? Let’s take a look.
This tent is made with a durable canvas that you’ll feel comfortable having around for quite a while. Both the outside and the inside are tear resistant. The inside is made with a highly reflective Mylar that reflects light at a high level and aids in temperature control. The temperature control element is especially important if you have decided to grow hydroponically. The thick canvas and highly reflective Mylar help keep light and heat in, and they also help with odor control.
As for functionality, there is an observation window so you can make sure your lovely plants are right on schedule without worrying about releasing any of the heat from the tent. There’s also a little bag to put your tools in, so everything you need is right in reach. There are three ventilation ports and five duct ports, where you have the option of 4-, 6-, or 8-inch ports.
Assembly for this product requires no tools, but it doesn’t mean that this tent is flimsy. This frame can hold a grow light of up to 110 pounds. As for actually assembling the tent, all the poles are metal and simply snap into place. The tray holding your plants removes easily, making cleaning a breeze.
The iPower tent offers the same ability as some of the more expensive tents on the market, which is why it is our top pick. When assembling the tent, however, you might find that the canvas is incredibly tight.
VIVOSUN is another company that has made quite a name for itself in the growers market for being accessible to new growers or growers on a budget. This tent offers most of what the iPower tent offers, just not quite as much.
This tent is made out of 600D canvas, which is a popular material in the industry and quite tough. This canvas is tear resistant and great for heat and light retention. On the other side of the canvas is a highly reflective Mylar that boasts a 98% light retention. This is also a water-resistant material.
There are two adjustable duct ports at the top of the tent and two ventilation openings in the bottom of the tent. In the middle of the front, there is an observation window so you can keep track of the progress you are making. The zippers are heavy duty and should last quite a while. This tent comes with a tool bag to hang in or on your tent, so you have easy access to any and everything you might need. The floor tray comes out easily for cleaning.
Assembly is simple enough, as this product requires zero tools. The hanging bar is strong enough to support a light of up to 110 pounds.
The reason that we have this lower on our list than the iPower tent is because it just doesn’t have as much functionality. Where the iPower tent has five duct portals, this only has two. We don’t think that this tent will amaze an experienced grower, but it is perfect for beginners. What makes it even better for newbies is VIVOSUN’s notoriously awesome customer service team. They are responsive and attentive and want to make sure that you have the best experience with their product.
Hydroplanet encourages you to “grow like a monster” with this product. It was designed for maximum heat and light retention and for the most part, holds up pretty well.
This is different from our first two tents , as it opens right down the middle, with two flaps that unzip outward. The inside is completely lined with Mylar.
As for functionality, this tent has four duct portals, all in the top of the tent, that allow you to use a wide range of sized ducts. There are three ventilation windows in the bottom of the tent. Unlike our first two tents, this product does not have an observation window. Some growers will find that to be a disservice, while others may not see the point in having one anyways.
Assembly can be a bit confusing, and the metal poles can be a bit shoddy. There are some growers who think that this is an awesome tent, great for using LEDs, and it comes in a size that is uncommon for tents. Those who don’t like it think that the material feels cheap and that assembly is too difficult.
This is the smallest tent on our list so far. This is a perfect tent for beginners, those with a small setup, or those who need to conserve space. While it is smaller in size, it still offers much of the same functionality of the other tents on this list. Let’s take a look.
This tent is similar to the models from iPower and VIVOSUN. It is made with a 600D canvas, which is known for being durable and not letting light out. The inside is lined with highly reflective Mylar that CoolGrows claims is 99% reflective. There are six duct portals, each coupled at different sizes. They will fit ducts of 3, 7, and 9 inches. There are three ventilation portals on the bottom of this cheap grow tent. The frame is sturdy and will be able to support a light source that has a decent weight to it.
Assembly is simple with this tent, as you’ll be clicking the metal rods into place, and it also comes with a removable waterproof tray that pulls out easily and only requires a simple spray down for cleaning.
This is a nice tent for the price, though the zippers are a little bit flimsy and it might be missing an item or two. The good news is that CoolGrows has a great customer service team that is prompt and attentive.
This tent from Opulent Systems is the same size as our previous entry and is a good deal, but it just doesn’t do quite as much as the tent from CoolGrows.
This tent has functionality, but there are only three duct portals that are all the same size. There is only one ventilation portal, and it is bigger than most, which might not be a good thing. There is an extra-large viewing window and a removable floor tray for easy cleaning.
Like many other tents, this is made with 600D canvas. The inside is lined with a highly reflective Mylar. The zippers, however, are a sore spot for this tent.
The assembly for this tent is quite simple! The metal frame is sturdy and allows you to hang heavy grow lights with confidence.
This tent is great for those who need to save space or those who are just starting out with growing. It is exceptionally easy to put together. The zippers get stuck quite frequently, though, and the canvas doesn’t totally trap light in, but this tent will help you learn how to properly grow, at a price that will leave you satisfied.
There’s much to like about the TopoLite grow tent, as it has many of the features as the previous tents listed here. There is a specific reason that this tent has fallen to number six on our list. Let’s talk about the good stuff first.
This tent is made with the industry-standard 600D canvas, which is durable and when made correctly, keeps in light and temperature. The inside is lined with what is called “diamond” Mylar, which boasts a reflectivity of 96%. There are four different portals for ducts, giving you a good range of options. One of the portals goes through the top, while the others are on the sides. This has a ventilation portal on the side that is arguably too big.
Cleaning this product is easy, as the removable tray just needs a quick spray and you are good to go. Assembly is also easy because you simply attach each plastic pole to each other. While plastic is pretty durable, you won’t be able to use a heavy grow light.
The canvas holds up well, and for the price, this tent outperforms what you pay for. But because of the plastic poles, this product isn’t as durable as the others.
This is one of the bigger tents on our list, but you could still find a way to fit it into your apartment if need be. However, Apollo is clear that they don’t recommend this for amateur grow operations, though in our view, there is nothing that makes this tent stand out in a professional way.
There are plenty of portals for ducts — four, to be exact. There are three ventilation portals as well. There is no observation window, which isn’t a big deal to many folks. The inside is completely lined with Mylar. Apollo boasts energy efficiency and this is how it achieves it.
Made with a metal frame, this is another easy-to-assemble item. Everything should just click into place. A pamphlet is included to help guide you through this process.
If you are into modifying things, this might be the perfect tent for you. You’ll have to cut off a bit of the poles, as the frame of this tent does not fit the canvas. The zippers are also hit or miss with this item.
There is a 90-day warranty on this product, though we imagine that cutting up the product voids that.
MAXSISUN is both really cool and of a high quality. What makes this tent stand out from the rest? It is a two-in-one tent, so you have two different rooms for growing, all in one small space! You will still have the accommodating features that you need for each room.
The canvas is 600D. The inside is completely lined with Mylar. There are duct portals in both rooms, one of which is a wide open space, while the other has two shelves. MAXSISUN has made this tent specifically with the idea that you can go from seed to harvest all within this one tent.
There are three observation windows: one for the main compartment and two for the smaller compartment with shelves. The metal construction isn’t the easiest to put together, though it’s worth it in the end, as you can hang really heavy grow lights in this tent.
So, why is this tent so low on our list? Specifically because of the price. This is a list of cheap grow tents, and this is the most expensive offering. But if you have the extra cash, we highly recommend this tent from MAXSISUN.
The GreenHouser grow tent is similar to the TopoLite tent in that it has a plastic frame.
While plastic might be able to hold up to constant heat and humidity, it just doesn’t inspire confidence. Other than that, this is a fine tent. You have everything you need here for a decent growing operation.
This is the same tent as the Topolite but for slightly more money.
Those looking for a truly simple design should consider the LAGarden tent. This tent, while not bad, is certainly a step back. If anything, this is a tent with fewer functional options and is a bit harder to set up. You won’t hate this tent, but we feel comfortable putting it at number 10 on the list.
Now that growing is accessible to more people of different economic resources, there are more affordable options coming out on the market. We understand that it can be overwhelming when first shopping, and that is why we are happy to provide you with these reviews. So, what did you fall in love with? Will you be starting your grow operation with our top pick from iPower? Or will you go with their fierce competitor in VIVOSUN? Whichever way you choose, we hope that you find these reviews helpful. Happy growing!
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