If you are looking to grow indoors, you are no question looking for the best grow tent kits on the market. But, there are so many options out there, and a lot of them are cheap, low-quality tent brands with bottom-tier lights in them.
To help you make the most informed choice, we put together our list of the top grow tent packages currently on the market. We put this list together with every grower in mind, so whether you are looking for the best small grow tent kit or the best LED grow tent kit available, we have a pick for you.
Before we get into our list, though, let’s explain what we considered when selecting the best grow tent kits.
What makes the best grow tent kit?
There are a few things that we thought about when putting together our best grow tent kits list. There are a lot of things that go into your tent, including fans, growing method, accessories, and more, but we are going to focus on things that actually move the needle: Tent brand and grow light.
Grow tent brand
With so many cheap tent brands out there, we wanted to narrow down our selections to only the most reputable brands. No low quality, thin thread count tents deserve a spot on our list, so we stuck to the only two tent brands we trust: Gorilla Grow Tent and Covert.
Gorilla Grow Tent is without a doubt the strongest tent in the industry. They feature a 1680D canvas thread count. They are the tallest tents in the industry, with an optional height extension that can take you up to 8’ 11”!
On top of thick fabric, the steel poles are 19mm thick, and incredibly durable. They are spill-proof, so don't worry about any nutrient mishaps leaking out of the tent onto your carpet!
If you are a serious grower looking for the best of the best, and price is not an issue, Gorilla Grow Tent kits are for you.
The other brand we included in our list is Covert. This brand has all the strength, durability, and reliability of GGT without the heavy price tag! When it comes to grow tents, Covert is all about value. You get so much more tent than you pay for.
These tents feature 95% reflective interior, so you can get the most out of your grow lights. If you want a great grow tent kit without shelling out for the highest tier tent, Covert will easily exceed your expectations.
The most important part of your grow tent kit is the light. Since you’re growing indoors, the light is going to be solely responsible for bringing your plants from seed to harvest.
If you use a low-quality light, you’ll end up with a low-quality harvest. But, quality is not synonymous with power. You can’t just put a cheap 1000 watt grow light in your 3’ x 3’ tent and expect to grow huge, resinous plants. You need to find a light with a balanced spectrum, providing your plants with everything they need from seed, to veg, to flower.
The light also has to be a good fit for your tent. For example, a 1000 watt light in a 3’ x 3’ tent would be too much. With this size light in that size tent, you would more than likely bleach or burn your plants.
On the flip side, a single 100 watt light in a 5’ x 5’ grow tent would not be powerful enough, and your plants wouldn’t reach their potential. So, the best grow tent kits have a light that is not just high quality, but the perfect size.
When it comes to the best grow tent kits, LED technology almost always wins. If you're new to indoor growing, LED grow lights are widely regarded as the best technology for not just hobby growers, but even commercial. The only problem is, they can get pretty expensive.An LED grow tent kit provides your grow with a full spectrum for veg AND flower, with wavelengths of light that other technologies don’t. Plus, they are incredibly energy efficient. You will save a ton of money on electricity using an LED grow light over more powerful HID lights.
Another reason to use an LED grow tent kit is because the light runs very cool. This will help manage temperatures in your tent, keeping your plants happy and saving you even more money on HVAC costs.
Now, here are the best LED grow tent kits you can find at Hydrobuilder.com:
This tent package includes the incredibly powerful KIND K5 XL750 430 Watt LED Grow Light. This light has a footprint of 4' x 4', filling out this GGT tent perfectly. Its full spectrum, and includes light from infrared and ultraviolet spectrums.
It also includes a built-in timer, 8 stage 'Mother Earth' Timing Function, which can slowly wake your plants up and slowly dim as night time approaches. This mimics outdoor growing conditions.
With the Gorilla Grow Tent 4' x 4' KIND LED package, you can grow up to 8 big plants. This tent includes everything else needed to start growing, as do all our kits, including ventilation kit, lighting accessories, grow method and more.
This is definitely one of our most premium tent packages, featuring a premier light in a heavy-duty grow tent. This tent is best for a serious grower.
Another excellent LED tent package is the 3' x 3' Gorilla Grow Tent with the California LightWorks LED light. This is another awesome light, at a more budget-friendly price point than the KIND K5.
This 200 watt light uses a new technology known as chip on board (COB). This provides higher intensity and greater uniformity of light, along with better lifetime, stability, and reliability. It is full-spectrum and doesn't require any adjustment through different stages of growth.
Because this light is a bit smaller than the KIND K5, we have put it in a 3' x 3' GGT, which is capable of housing up to 6 plants. If you are looking for a bit smaller top-tier tent package, this is your best option.
This may be the top grow tent package on the market, period. This 5' x 5' GGT package features the highly touted Gavita Pro 1700e Gen 2 LED grow light. This light took the industry by storm with its open bar design, which disperses heat and maintains ideal temperatures for indoor growing.
This Gavita LED is 646 watts, with a crazy high output of 1700 µmol s-1 PAR with an insane efficiency of 2.6 µmol s-1 per watt. Its full-spectrum, and dimmable up to 50% when using the Gavita Master Controller.
Commercial growers love this light, because its FCC compliant, UL1598 and IP66 wet-rated. The features go on and on, but without a doubt, this light makes for an incredible tent package.
This 5' x 5' GGT can grow up to 9 plants. Because this is the best tent brand, along with one of the best commercial lights, this package is pricey. It is not for beginner growers who are just looking for a cheap tent package. However, this really is one of the best overall tent packages. If you want the best of the best, this is it!
Moving into the more budget-friendly LED tent packages, we have the Covert 4' x 4' tent with the all-new 250 Watt Covert LED-X grow light. This tent package is perfect for growers who want a dependable package without spending an arm and a leg.
The Covert LED-X is one of the most value-packed lights you'll ever find on the market. Its full spectrum, with uniformity across the entire footprint. Taking a page out of Gavita's book, the open bar design reduces heat, hotspots, and increases PPFD. Operating at only 250 watts with an output of 525 µmol s-1, this LED achieves an efficiency of 2.1 µmol s-1 per watt.
The Covert 4' x 4' grow tent houses up to 8 plants and is a great package for growers who want to hit the ground running and produce some huge yields. It's not even close to as expensive as the Gorilla Grow Tent packages, because Covert is all about value. If you're a beginner looking for a dependable grow tent package, the Covert 4' x 4' 250 Watt LED-X Grow Tent Kit is for you.
Perhaps the best beginner tent package available is the Covert 3' x 3' 150 Watt UFO LED tent kit.
This smaller Covert tent package can house 4-6 plants, and features our all-new Covert UFO LED grow tent kit.
This unique style of grow light is incredibly efficient, with an estimated electricity cost of $6.48/month!
It features a balanced spectrum with virtually no heat output and can increase yield and flower quality compared to competitors. This light is as plug and play as it gets, making it perfect for beginners.
This Covert 3' x 3' tent package is perfect for keeping mother plants, but can also be used as your main grow space.
At only $479.95, you won't find a better tent package near this price point. This is the perfect first tent package.
CMH grow tent kits are another incredible option for indoor growing. CMH grow lights are not quite as efficient or cool as LED’s, but they make up for it in power. These lights can grow some huge plants, and that’s why many growers love CMH grow tent kits.
From an efficiency standpoint, CMH grow lights can still work up to 30% more efficient than traditional MH/HPS. Plus, they deliver more power than most LED’s, and deliver a full spectrum ideal for all stages of plant growth.
They can be even more expensive than LED grow lights, but when it comes to quality, power, and efficiency, you cannot go wrong with a CMH grow light.
Without a doubt, the Sun System LEC Boss is one of the greatest CMH/LEC grow lights on the market. Coupling it with the GGT 3' x 3' tent makes this package one of the best on the market.
This 315 watt LEC light is all about efficiency, costing less than $15 a month to run. The included lamp is 3,100K which operates at an incredibly 1.95 PPF per second.
This exact lamp is going to help you produce HUGE flowers, as it is biased towards the red light spectrum. It also includes higher amounts than competitors of UV and IR light, making one of the most balanced and full spectrums on the market.
This tent package is all about dependability, as the lamp has a 20,000-hour life expectancy. It continues to operate at peak performance due to the high-performing Sun System ballast. It features an internal circuit breaker and is dimmable up to 50% to maximize efficiency and lifespan.
You can grow 6 plants with this premium LEC tent package. If you want to give CMH technology a try, you cannot go wrong with it. If you want the same tent package with a bit more power and growing space, we also carry a Gorilla Grow Tent 4' x 4' with the 630 Sun System LEC light.
In this version of the GGT Sun System LEC tent package, you fit a few extra plants and grow them with a more powerful BOSS grow light. Regardless of which you choose, you'll get an incredible tent with a very powerful, reliable light.
If you want a more budget-friendly CMH tent package, but don't want to sacrifice on quality, the Covert 3' x 3' 315w CMH grow tent kit is for you.
This package features our 3' x 3' Covert tent, the highest value tent you'll ever find. We outfitted this tent with one of the most popular CMH lights on the market, the Grower's Choice 315 Watt CMH light.
This light contains a 3,100K bulb, just like the GGT package above. It utilizes an advanced low-frequency, square wave technology. This technology allows Growers Choice to boast this light as the most efficient CMH, with a spectrum that matches actual sunlight better than any other.
This light has a crazy list of features, including:
- Dimmable Option
- Smart Step Technology
- Super Lumen
- Smart Start™ Ignition Control
- Soft Start Technology
- Re-Strike of Hot Lamp after Mains Failure
- Automatic Frequency Adjustment
- Full Circuit Protection
- RF Shielding
- And much, much more!
This tent package is a great beginner option. But, it can be used by growers of all experience levels to deliver exceptional results. As with all Covert tent packages, you get a lot more than you pay for!
While HPS grow lights are less popular because of newer technology like CMH and LED, they will always have their place in indoor growing. They are awesome for beginners because they are budget-friendly while still providing a very powerful light.
You can grow huge plants in an HPS grow tent kit, but they do have their drawbacks. HPS grow tent kits are not the most efficient, especially compared to LEDs.
They also run pretty hot, so you’ll need to make sure your ventilation system is dialed in. Even still, you may struggle to keep temperatures down. But, if you are looking for the best beginner grow tent kit, you cannot go wrong with an HPS tent package.
Our Gorilla Grow Tent 5' x 5' HPS/MH grow tent kit is a great tent for those who want to stick to a tried and true technology. This tent kit utilizes the always reliable Solis-Tek SolisMax56 SE 6" Air-Cooled Reflector in conjunction with the Master Green 1000 Watt Electronic Ballast.
Along with these two components, you'll get two lamps - one for veg and one for flower:
- Delux Premium HPS Grow Bulb (2,100 K)
- Delux Premium MH Super Veg Bulb (5,200 K)
With these powerful HID lamps in your 5' x 5' GGT tent, you can grow up to 9 massive plants. This same configuration is available in a smaller size, with a 4' x 4' GGT package with 600 Watt bulbs. If this 5' x 5' 1000 watt option sounds like a bit much, maybe this 4' x 4' version is more up your alley. This is the best HPS/MH grow tent kit you'll find, and the price tag reflects that.
Another great option is the Covert 5' x 5' 1000 Watt HPS/MH tent package. This tent package is identical to the GGT 5' x 5' HPS/MH grow tent kit, with the only difference being the more budget-friendly Covert tent.
This particular kit uses the 1000 Watt Delux bulbs (HPS and MH) along with the Solis Tek reflector and the Master Green ballast.
Just like the GGT package, you can also grab a 4' x 4' option if you want something a little more beginner-friendly, with lower maintenance.
Both of these Covert tents can easily be considered the best beginner grow tent kits, and will get you huge yields at a low cost.
T5 grow tent kits are an awesome option for growers who don’t want to grow huge plants or are simply trying to grow some leafy greens indoors.
These T5 grow lights aren’t ideal for taking a plant through flower, and will likely not yield much. But, if you want a separate tent for propagation or veg, you cannot go wrong with a fluorescent grow tent package. From an efficiency standpoint, you cannot beat T5 - not even LED.
The Gorilla Grow Tent 4' x 4' T5 Grow Tent Kit is the best T5 grow tent kit, and a propagator's dream come true. We already mentioned that these tent packages aren't ideal for taking you from seed to harvest, but there is no better way to house mother plants and start seedlings and clones.
This tent grows your plants with a Sun Blaze 4', 8-bulb T5 light. This light will get your baby plants started on the right foot, and if you wanted to grab a few flower-friendly bulbs, you could exchange them out and actually use this package for full-cycle growth.
Otherwise, you can use this as a propagation/veg tent, and easily fit up to 12 small plants. Then, you can move them into the flower chamber to finish them off with a more powerful light.
This is a pretty large tent just for clones or even veg, though, and it may be too much for most growers. So, we also carry a smaller 2' x 4' GGT Fluorescent T5 grow tent kit. This tent can house around 6 small to medium sized plants and may be a better option if you just want to use this tent for veg/propagation.
Since these tent packages are likely only being used for propagation or veg, many home growers are hesitant to shell out for a top tier tent, like GGT. With that in mind, we decided to create the Covert 4' x 4' T5 grow tent kit.
This is the best budget-friendly T5 grow tent kit you'll find, as with all Covert tent kits. It uses the exact same Sun Blaze T5 fixture, and this size house the same 12 small plants if you use it for seedlings or clones.
If you are using this tent for veg, you can grow your plants a bit bigger and fit around 6 medium-sized plants.
Just like the GGT, we also have a Covert 2' x 4' T5 tent package. This option might make more sense if you just want a small propagation/veg chamber, and are planning of doing a perpetual grow.
However, if that is something you're interested in, our perpetual harvest grow tent kits might be the best option.
When you grow indoors, you can grow year-round. This is one of the reasons so many people invest in a quality indoor grow, on top of many others. To take things a step further, you can use a multi-chamber tent to squeeze out even more harvests per year.
This style of tent has separate chambers for seeds, veg, and flower. So while you're plants are flowering, you have plants in veg ready to move into the flower. Then, you have seedlings or clones ready to move into the veg chamber! You can learn more about perpetual harvests in this article.
Our High Rise 3' x 4' Multi-Chamber LED Tent package is the best option for perpetual harvesters. You get to choose your grow light:
- Covert C300W
- Kind K3 XL450
- California Lightworks SolarXtreme
This package is perfect for 4-6 plants in the flower chamber, with two SunBlaster T5s for your veg and propagation chambers. There is so much value packed in this tent, you cannot go wrong!
The Best Hydroponic Grow Tent Kit
If you pick a tent package that includes pots and traditional soil, this section won’t apply to you. However, if you are looking for the best hydroponic tent package, a huge factor will be the system in it.
We highly recommend only using the best hydro systems on the market. There are quite a few moving pieces in these. If you skimp on a cheap hydro system, you’ll end up with a lower quality yield, or worse, a broken system altogether.
Why grow hydroponically in a tent?
A hydroponic grow tent is a great way for serious growers to take on a new challenge. We usually don't recommend new growers start with hydro, because there is a steeper learning curve.
But, if you have a couple grows under your belt, and have the time to devote to learning a new skill, a hydroponic grow tent can be tons of fun and get you huge yields, fast. You can learn a bit more about hydroponics here.
One thing to keep in mind is you will grow fewer plants in a hydroponic grow tent package than in a traditional soil package. But, what you lack in quantity, you more than makeup for in quality and time-to-harvest!
You can use our grow tent builder to select the best hydroponic grow tent kit. We have only included the best systems on the market, so you know you're getting quality.
Want to build your own grow tent kit?
These are just our recommendations, and maybe none of these tent packages are quite right for you. That is exactly why we created our grow tent creator. With this awesome tool, you can design your grow tent exactly how you want it - customizing things such as:
- Growing method
- Ventilation system
Want help building out your grow tent, or looking for some recommendations? Reach out to our experts at 888-815-9763 and we can help you get started today!
Once you get your tent ordered, check out our grow tent setup guide. This way, when it arrives you are ahead of the curve and can get started growing ASAP!