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When you’re looking for your first greenhouse, you are probably wondering what kind of budget you need to be able to give it a real go. Look no further, let us walk you through the different price factors and find the perfect greenhouse for your needs, whether you have a big budget or not.

The price of a greenhouse is determined by many different factors, but the most obvious one is the size. Are you a beginner greenhouse enthusiast or an experienced gardener? Do you have a big yard or do you need to fit your greenhouse on a balcony or patio? Find out more about the right greenhouse size for your needs here and take a look at the many options. A good choice for a budget greenhouse is 6’x8′, it will give you enough room to plant several vegetables and/or plants but will still provide good value for money. However, if you’re just looking to grow some herbs and spices, you might only need a mini or portable greenhouse.

A second factor that influences your greenhouse budget is the material it’s made of. The three most common materials are glass, polycarbonate and plastic foil (for tunnel greenhouses). Glass or Victorian greenhouses are the most expensive kind of greenhouses, these beautiful structures are a great addition to your yard, but are not the best choice when you’re looking for a lower budget greenhouse. Tunnel greenhouses are usually very cheap but will not give you the real greenhouse feel and have many limitations. Because of these reasons, the perfect choice for a budget greenhouse is by far the polycarbonate greenhouse. They come in many sizes and forms and are durable, strong and very practical.

If your greenhouse budget is a little higher and you want to invest in a sustainable and beautiful lawn ornament, take a look at the Victorian greenhouses. These traditional, British structures are made out of glass and are very classy.

The last factor that will influence your greenhouse budget, are the accessories. Do you need automatic ventilation and will you be investing in a greenhouse heating system? How will you organise your greenhouse? Will you want to use your greenhouse year round or only during spring and summer? When you’re looking for the best greenhouse experience and fresh veggies all year long, it might be worth your while to take a look at the most useful greenhouse accessories!

We’ll try to give you a good overview of the different price categories and the benefits and downsides of each one.

Best greenhouses under $200

When you are working with budget greenhouses in this price range, you will most likely end up with a mini or portable greenhouse or a tunnel greenhouse. A mini greenhouse is perfect when you have limited space and still want to grow some nice fresh herbs and spices. These greenhouses are suited for beginners that don’t want to invest too much in their first greenhouse. Take into account that when you really get into it, you might soon outgrow these models. Tunnel greenhouses are not always seen as greenhouses, and mostly give you the opportunity to grow plants under a plastic cover. They are not as stable as plastic or glass greenhouses, and will offer your plants less protection.

Ikea Greenhouse, Indoor/outdoor, White
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, and may arrive in a generic box
Best Choice Products 27x19x63in 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse w/Plastic Cover, Roll-Up Zipper Door, Sturdy...
  • 4-SHELF DESIGN: Compact greenhouse with 4 shelves makes it perfect for patios, balconies, small backyards, and more
  • STURDY STEEL SHELVES: Powder-coated steel bars and a polyethylene plastic cover keeps it intact through the seasons
  • ZIPPER DOOR: Enjoy easy access to your small plants, gardening tools, or pots by going through the roll-up zipper door
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE: Plastic connectors take the place of assembly hardware, so this small greenhouse can be up in no time
  • OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 27.25"(L) x 19"(W) x 63"(H)
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Quictent 12' X 7' X 7' Portable Greenhouse Large Walk-in Green Garden Hot House
  • Double Zippered Front & Back Doors + 6 exhaust vents – for cross ventilation and venting on hot days.
  • Heavy-Duty Powder Coated Steel Framework – no need to worry about rust & rot, make the whole product more firmly, especially in bad weather.
  • Transparent Reinforced Polyethylene Cover – imported from Korea,waterproof and 100% UV protection for maximum solar performance.
  • Overlong Cover Design – makes greenhouse more airtight and secure, just bury it in the soil, easy to set up and portable.
  • Worry Free Warranty – Quictent has been doing tents business since the early 21st century. We believe in our product quality, so we back our greenhouse with worry free warranty (as pictured) and timely, friendly after-sales service.

Best greenhouses under $500

When you’re looking for a greenhouse under $500, your options are still a bit limited. Polycarbonate greenhouses will be your best shot, as well as the ‘fancier’ mini greenhouses. Glass greenhouses in this price category will be almost impossible to find (let us know if you do!). In this price category, most greenhouses have plastic covers, which make them less solid against weather conditions and will give you less options to regulate temperature. Still, if you search well, there are some perfect starter greenhouses under $500, mostly 6 ft wide. Here are our absolute favorites.

Flower House FHXUPR Harvest Greenhouse, X-Up Pro
  • Promotes and Maintains High Humidity Levels to Create a Superior Growing Environment
  • Protects Your Plants and Extends Your Growing Season
  • Sets Up on Soil or Hard Surfaces
  • Quick and Easy Set Up and Take-Down
  • "X-Up" Shelves Expand to Lock and Fold to Store
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King Canopy GH1010 10-Feet by 10-Feet Fully Enclosed Greenhouse, Clear
  • 1-3/8-Inch White Powder Coated Steel Frame
  • Fully Enclosed Fitted Clear Cover
  • Rip-Stop Greenhouse Cover
  • UV Inhibitors; Fire Retardant; Water Resistant

Best greenhouses under $1000

In this category there’s quite a broad range of polycarbonate greenhouses, mostly 6 or 8 ft wide. When you choose your needed width, take into account the room you are willing to make in your yard and the amount of time you will be able to spend there.

Palram HG5508 Hybrid Hobby Greenhouse, 6' x 8' x 7', Silver
  • Virtually unbreakable 4 mm twin-wall polycarbonate roof panels block up to 99.9% of UV rays and diffuse sun light eliminating the risk of plant burn and shade areas
  • Crystal clear polycarbonate side panels provide 90% light transmission
  • Rust resistant aluminum frame with 48 sq. feet of growing space
  • Includes adjustable roof vent, rain gutters, lockable door handle with magnetic door catch and a galvanized steel base for structural support
  • 5 year limited warranty and US based customer support
Outsunny Stable Outdoor Walk-in Garden Greenhouse with Roof Vent and Rain Gutter for Plants, Herbs,...
  • SUPPORTS PLANT GROWTH: The transparent 0.25" PC panels allow maximum light transmission while retaining heat for early seed sprouting or for protecting plants late in the season.
  • ADJUSTABLE ROOF: The adjustable roof positioned to different angles to provide proper ventilation and to make sure your plants get all the fresh air they need.
  • DURABLE DESIGN: The lightweight aluminum frame, tough-as-nails hardware, and reinforced poles help prevent corrosion from prematurely rotting your greenhouse frame.
  • SAVE ON WATER COSTS: The included rain gutters aid in collecting natural rain water. Attach a hose to the house to ensure you're one step closer to full self-sufficiency.
  • LARGE GROWING SPACE: Measuring 6’ L x 6' W x 6.4' H, this greenhouse offers you plenty of space for plant preparation and growth. Keep them safe inside until they’re hardy enough for planting outside.
Palram HG6000 Oasis Greenhouse, 7' x 8' x 9', Gray
  • Twin wall roof panels block up to 99.9% of UV rays and crystal clear virtually unbreakable polycarbonate panels that provide 90% light transmission
  • Heavy Duty, anthracite powder coated, rust resistant aluminum frame
  • Wide double hinged door with lockable door handle - For extra protection and safety (lock not included)
  • Integrated gutter system included for effective water drainage & collection
  • Side Louvre window - Provides air flow and allows regulation of heat and humidity levels

Best greenhouses under $2000

In this category you will find mostly 8 ft wide greenhouses in polycarbonate. So when you’re looking into greenhouses between $1,000 and $2,000, you are mostly in the ‘medium size’ greenhouse category. These greenhouses are big enough to grow a substantial amount of vegetables and are comfortable to move around in. You will also find some special greenhouses (check out the garden igloo below), perfect if you want something different.

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Palram HG5008 Mythos Hobby Greenhouse, 6' x 8' x 7', Silver
  • Virtually unbreakable 4 mm twin-wall polycarbonate panels block up to 99.9% of UV rays and diffuse sun light eliminating the risk of plant burn and shade areas
  • Rust resistant aluminum frame with 48 sq. feet of growing space
  • Includes adjustable roof vent, rain gutters, lockable door handle with magnetic door catch and a galvanized steel base for structural support
  • 5 year limited warranty and US based customer support.
  • Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 97.2" x 72.8" x 81.9"

Best greenhouses over $2000

As you may have noticed, no glass greenhouses have been mentioned in the previous categories so far. As discussed in our greenhousing beginners guide, glass greenhouses are generally more expensive than polycarbonate. That’s why they’re in this pricey category. The larger polycarbonate greenhouses are also available in this category. If you’re ready to invest in your greenhouse and you want to widen your options and possibilities, this is the category for you. Enrich your yard and enjoy the Victorian style glass greenhouses or choose one of the large polycarbonate options!

Palram Four Season Chalet Hobby Greenhouse - 12 x 8 x 9 Charcoal Gray
  • 4mm twin wall roof panels block up to 99.9% Of UV rays and clear virtually unbreakable polycarbonate panels providing over 90% light transmission
  • Reinforced, double wall & rust resistance aluminum frame
  • 95 sq. Feet growing space and of head room
  • Includes anchoring kit, threshold ramp, two roof vents, galvanized steel base and lockable wide double doors
  • 5 year limit warranty
Exaco Junior Victorian J-VIC 24 96 Square Foot Greenhouse
  • Greenhouse includes 3" high foundation frame, two roof windows, one window auto opener and one sliding door.
  • Included safety glass is 4 mm thick
  • To find out if a Greenhouse installer is in your area, please call our office: Exaco: 877-760-8500 ext 701
Exaco Royal Victorian VI 36 Greenhouse
  • Dimension 10 ft. 2 in. W x 19 ft. 11 in. L x 9 ft. H; Color: Dark green (RAL 6009m) with electrostatic application; 2 sliding doors; 4 roof windows with 2 automatic openers and 2 spindles; 1 louver window with automatic opener (solar-powered); 4 mm tempered glass; Decorative roof ridge; Anchor stakes provided; 2 full-length gutters and downspouts (one each side); Panels can withstand 80 mph winds and 30 lbs./sq. ft. of snow; Step-by-step assembly instructions and CD
  • Side walls- 6 ft. 7 in. H; UV and GS tested and approved (similar to a UL listing)
  • 5 in. high foundation frame
  • 200 sq. ft.
  • Aluminum framework