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.
Mini greenhouse kits
|Quictent Portable Mini Greenhouse Large Green Garden Hot House More Size (56" x 29" x 77" with 6 shelves)||Check price|
|Best Choice Products 4 Tier Mini Greenhouse (27" x 18" x 63")||Check price|
|IKEA Greenhouse Indoor/outdoor White (17 ¾" x 13 ¾")||Check price|
Tunnel greenhouse kits
|Best Choice Products SKY1917 Walk-In Tunnel Greenhouse Garden Plant (15' x 7' x 7')||Check price|
|Quictent 2 Doors Reinforced PE Cover 12' x 7' x 7' Portable Greenhouse Large Walk-in Green Garden Hot House||Check price|
|Quictent 2 Doors Portable Greenhouse Large Green Garden Hot House Grow Tent More Size (10' x 9' x 8')||Check price|
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.
Plastic cover greenhouse kits
|Flower House FHXUPR Harvest Greenhouse, X-Up Pro||Check price|
|Abba Patio Large Walk-in Fully Enclosed Lawn and Garden Greenhouse with Windows, White (8' x 10')||Check price|
|King Canopy GH1010 Fully Enclosed Greenhouse, Clear (10' x 10')||Check price|
Best polycarbonate cover greenhouse kits under $500
|Palram Nature Series Hybrid Hobby Greenhouse - 6' x 4' x 7'||Check price|
|Palram Nature Series Harmony Hobby Greenhouse - 6 x 4 x 7 Forest Green||Check price|
|Walk-in Greenhouse Heavy Duty Polycarbonate Aluminum Frame 6.2’L x 8.2’D Aluminum Frame Yard||Check price|
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.
Best greenhouse kits 6 ft
|Palram Snap & Grow 6' Series Hobby Greenhouse - 6' x 8' x 7' Silver||Check price|
|Rion EcoGrow 2 Twin Wall Greenhouse, 6' x 6'||Check price|
Best greenhouse kits 8 ft
|Palram Snap & Grow 8' Series Hobby Greenhouse - 8 x 8 x 9 Silver||Check price|
|Palram HG5812 Nature Series Essence Hobby Greenhouse - 8' x 12' x 8'- Silver||Check price|
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.
|Rion EcoGrow 2 Twin Wall Greenhouse, 6' x 12'||Check price|
|Garden Igloo - Stylish Conservatory, Play Area for Children, Greenhouse or Gazebo.||Check price|
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!
Glass greenhouse kits
|Juliana Veranda Lean-to Greenhouse||Check price|
|Juliana Junior Glass Greenhouse 9' x 12'||Check price|
|Victorian Glass Greenhouse 10'2" x 15'||Check price|
Polycarbonate greenhouse kits
|Palram Glory Hobby Greenhouse, 8' x 12'||Check price|
|Monticello Greenhouse 16FT Black||Check price|
|Exaco RIGA II s 54 Square Foot Greenhouse||Check price|