Best Flower Pot of 2021
By a substantial margin, the D'vine Dev Terracotta Planter Pots were the favorite of our testers. These high-quality flower pots are made of molded terracotta with a very smooth finish. The classic burnt orange color is complemented with a modern cylindrical shape that is both sleek and presentable. Although they don't come with some of the accouterments that fancier models do, these D'vine pots live up to their name as a superlative example of craftsmanship, elegance, and value.
Coming in a set of three individual pots, these planters are both versatile and attractive. The various sizes allow the user to mix and match different plants within the same form factor, making for a sightly presentation that also offers good function. Though the saucers are too small to collect runoff from a deep watering, they are well-tailored to the profile of the pots. If your goal is to find a high-quality set of planters that offer good value as well presentation, look no further than the D'vine Dev Terracotta Planter Pots.
The Brajttt 6 Inch Porcelain Pots not only offer an excellent economy but a considerable amount of functionality as well. Being the only porcelain pots in the lineup, it is worth noting that this set rings in at a fair price per pot. Considering that porcelain offers substantial durability, this collection of flower pots is a tremendous value when you consider longevity alone. However, these pots provide a considerable amount of functionality as well.
Sporting unique designs on each pot, this set is an excellent option for someone who is trying to decorate a space with a distinct yet cohesive style. The included saucers will prevent messes, and the glazed porcelain construction will mean that your plants stay well-hydrated between waterings. Though these don't water themselves like some other fancier pots, they offer great utility at a price that's tough to beat. So, if you're in the market for a quality flower pot that won't break the bank, be sure to take a look at the Brajttt 6 Inch Porcelain Pots.
Because of their proclivity to be difficult and needy, not everyone is fond of orchids or bulbed flowers. But with the Mkono Orchid Pots, you can rest easy because your moisture-loving tropicals will be easier to take care of. This set of four-inch internal diameter flower pots comes with a removable basket that separates from the external pot. This unique design not only allows for excellent drainage, but also makes watering much easier.
With included saucers, each pot is really a three-piece setup. And though the saucers won't hold much excess water, the wholly slotted internal basket enables deep drainage while the exterior plastic pot retains relative moisture. The result is a functional design that is well-suited for orchids and other bulbed tropical plants that need consistent moisture without the threat of rot. While the plastic construction is not of the highest caliber, the pots won't be susceptible to cracking and offer a good amount of value for the cost. Orchid lovers take note: the Mkono Orchid Pots may be just what you're looking for.
For putting your large centerpiece plant on display, perhaps the best option is the Rivet Ceramic Planter with Iron Stand. This large, well-built planter pot is branded and exclusively sold on Amazon. As such, our testers were keen to sift through the hype to find a reliable claim on durability and functionality. In the end, we were impressed by this model's overall design and believed that the raving reviews are well-founded.
Weighing 13 pounds before soil and foliage, this is a burly planter that would be difficult to move around frequently. As such, we would have preferred some sort of saucer to collect runoff as it will have to be watered in place. Though, there is enough room beneath the elegant iron tripod that holds the ceramic that you can fit a vessel to catch excess water. With a high-fire glaze and resilient ceramic design, this pot would do well indoors or outdoors. Boasting serious volume and a pronounced style, the Rivet Ceramic Planter with Iron Stand is a great option for your larger plants.
If you're looking to put your seedlings or air plants in a sightly vessel to display with your other potted plants, then you may find a friend in the Brajttt 2.5 Inch Succulent Pots. These small ceramic vessels each have a unique design with a high-fire glaze that not only looks great but will help preserve moisture. And while the drainage holes are tiny compared to other pots, our testers found them fitting for the application of small plants.
These pots will work great for small succulents, slow-growing delicate plants, or air plants, all of which do not require a large root zone to thrive. Outside of this niche, they offer very little utility, which is perhaps their greatest shortcoming. However, for the right purpose, these pots could be the perfect match. If you want to put your tiny specimens on display with the rest of your plant family, then definitely consider an investment in the Brajttt 2.5 Inch Succulent Pots.
There are numerous methods to reduce the hands-on time with watering your plants. Some are gimmicky, and some actually work. Our testers were overall very satisfied with the self-watering reservoir found on the Gardenix Self-Watering Pots. This set of three plastic pots are not only attractive but also very functional. Plus, they come in a variety of colors to suit your taste.
Self-watering pots will take a little bit of time to get used to if you're used to top-watering, though they allow for an even distribution of moisture and can help prevent overwatering. Though, these pots do not have a drainage hole in the outer plastic, so you should be careful not to use these in a place where they may receive additional water that cannot drain. For houseplants that love well-moistened soil, the Gardenix Self-Watering Pots will be very handy indeed.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to water your hanging plants without making a mess. But with the Tabor Tools Self-Watering Hanging Basket, you no longer have to worry about the chore. This two-piece plastic planter with an internal basket gives you the option to add water to a reservoir that then 'bottom waters' the plant within the external pot. While not for everyone, this feature gives you the option of watering your baskets without removing them from where they hang. Even cooler, the reservoir also has drainage holes to punch out if you do not wish to bottom-water. This makes it possible to use this planter both indoors or outdoors, depending on your needs.
Compared to other flower pots, this model required a good deal of setup and assembly. But once you're dialed-in, this pot offers a tremendous amount of utility. For an easy-to-use hanging basket, take a look at the Tabor Tools Self-Watering Hanging Basket.
Coming in a pair instead of a single unit, the Foraineam Self-Watering Hanging Baskets provide a good bargain to those looking to hang more than just one plant. The pair also offers two different sizes in case you have different plants with different space needs. However, we somehow would have preferred if they were both the same size, but maybe you don't have the same exacting needs for balance that we do.
Similar to other models, this pot can self-water via a reservoir mechanism and separate fill port. However, we weren't as fond of this system when compared to the other self-watering pots. They tended to give inaccurate readings and would sometimes hang crooked upon filling. However, the option is helpful, and their presentation is good enough that you can't tell they are a 'bargain brand'. If you want to save a few bucks when hanging plants, consider the Foraineam Self-Watering Hanging Baskets.
At first glance, the Novelty Store Full Depth Cylinder Pot may not seem very exciting, but it proved to be a reliable performer if not a little overpriced. The tapered walls and flexible plastic make repotting or transplanting a breeze, and the overall volume of this pot was much greater than other models. However, the lack of quality components was perhaps the most pronounced drawback of this model.
Despite having an included saucer, we found it to be only slightly useful; it isn't quite large enough to hold runoff from a full watering, and it is also challenging to remove from the pot as it snaps into place. Because it can be purchased in either white or black with five different sizes ranging from 6 inches to 14 inches, this could be a good option for someone looking to get all their plants into matching containers. Otherwise, there isn't much that could be regarded as exceptional in the Novelty Store Full Depth Cylinder Pot.
While we can see the Zoutog 6 inch Succulent Pots useful in certain scenarios, it is ultimately more limited than it is able. Because of its very shallow construction, the variety of plants that you can use in this pot is extremely narrow; essentially, succulents are your best bet for this container. However, we will attest that when carefully planted and properly cared for, this pot will look good on a desk or bookshelf.
It appears that form was a greater consideration than function with this design. The bamboo saucer and modern porcelain design have a sharp presentation, though the performance of this model isn't up to par with the other pots in this review. At only 1.5 inches deep, this container will dry out very quickly and will only accommodate very, very small plants. User be warned: the Zoutog 6 inch Succulent Pots aren't intended for much more than display.
Why you Should Trust Us
With a professional background steeped in horticulture and sustainable landscape design, our lead tester, Rob Woodworth, is a longstanding houseplant nut. His experience as a specimen collector has given him deep insights and strong opinions about how a plant container or flower pot should work. And while his home is already filled to the brim with plants of varying ilks, he had no problem making room for more in the spirit of research. Living in an arid climate, Rob has a regional preference for succulents and drought-resistant plants, but he also appreciates the specified care routines required for more needy tropicals and the like.
Following a deep dive into market research on more than 50 different brands, models, and varieties of planter pots, we purchased the ten best and most highly-rated for this comprehensive review. While there are many types and sizes of plant containers, we chose to specifically examine varieties that are predominantly geared for indoor use of small to medium-sized plants. While some of our selections can also work outside, all of them are explicitly marketed as indoor planters. For this review, Rob tested each pot in accordance with how his expectations in relation to their particular function designated by the manufacturer.
Analysis and Test Results
Each and every pot in this review — even when they came in multiples — was subject to the same exacting tests and rigorous analysis. And although plant containers spend most of their time on shelves, we took consideration of how each model would stand up to wear-and-tear as well as environmental elements. All of the contenders were rated on form, drainage, durability, and ergonomics in order to comparatively score the overall user-friendliness. Our testers agreed that these are the primary considerations while reviewing a flower pot or plant container.
To our testers, form denotes the overall shape, size, and style of each pot that was reviewed. Because form factor is a very primary characteristic of a vessel of any kind, this metric was weighted the most heavily in our examination. We preferred pots that were easy to plant and transplant while still striking a balance of functional design and durability. While considering your best option, remember that shape, depth, and materials used for construction may have an impact on the happiness of your plants.
The most highly-rated pot on form factor was the D'vine Dev Terracotta Planter Pots; our testers were very keen on the triadic assortment of sizes, which presents well with a variety of plant types. The walls are built of smooth, high-quality terracotta and come with matching saucers. Also high on the form factor due to their high-quality ceramics were the Brajttt 6 Inch Porcelain Pots which had glossy, tapered walls that make transplanting easier. Either of these options would work well for a wide variety of plants.
Self-watering pots and hanging baskets don't usually come with drip trays or saucers, but we liked the features of some more than others. The Gardenix Pots were the preferred self-watering system, because the reservoir is easy to fill and the gauge seems reliable. Both hanging baskets in this review are also capable of self-watering, though the Tabor Tools model was easier to assemble and use. Rob was also fond of how it had a removable plug that could allow the reservoir to drain fully if you prefer to top water.
If you're on the hunt for a large pot that could hold your Meyer Lemon or Norfolk Pine, then we would recommend the Rivet Ceramic Planter which was designed to hold large perennials including small trees. Though it's heavy once filled, the deep root profile means you won't have to repot for a long time. Tipping the other end of the scales, we gave objectively lower scores to form ratings to small containers like the Brajttt and Zoutog succulent pots. While they may work for shallow-rooted plants like stonecrops or air plants, that is really all they can offer.
No matter what type of plants you wish to contain, drainage and permeability should be carefully considered. Plastic sidewalls, steep contours, and/or ninety-degree angles can all affect how a pot effectively drains. There should always be at least one drainage hole for a sizable planter pot, and in the cases of orchid pots or self-watering pots, there are oftentimes strainer type baskets that sit within another outer shell. Both have their strengths, but you should first know what you're looking for.
Without a doubt, the Mkono Orchid Pots were the best-draining containers that we tested. This pair has a very permeable construction that allows for ample evaporation between orchids' frequent watering. The D'vine terracotta trio also had a high drainage score, namely due to the fact that terracotta is permeable to the air and will release moisture more quickly than plastic or glazed pots. This can also mean that less puddling will occur during waterings.
The self-watering baskets and pots aren't inherently designed to 'drain', though the internal containers usually allow for a thorough drain should you remove them for a top watering. Of these models, we were most fond of the Tabor basket because of the removable plug feature, which could effectively turn the whole setup into a regularly draining pot. The Brajtt Porcelain Pots also received a decent drainage score, as did the Rivet Ceramic Planter.
The overall lowest score and poorest performance when it came to drainage was the Novelty Full Depth Pot. And while this doesn't mean that it couldn't adequately drain, we found that this pot lost its moisture the slowest out of all the models in this review. Depending on your needs, this could be what you're looking for. But as an additional grip, we found it cumbersome to remove the snap-on saucer for each watering cycle.
Horticultural implements should not only be pleasant to look at but should also stand up to a fair amount of abuse. Whether or not you plan to use your pot inside or out, choosing a quality construction is always a good investment. Plastic is obviously less prone to breakage when compared with ceramics, but plastic can also warp, fade and crack over time with improper care. Whereas ceramics are more capable of withstanding environmental abuse provided they do not tip or fall.
The most bomb-proof planter pot in this lineup was certainly the Rivet container which had walls nearly an inch thick and an included steel stand. While it could break if you're not careful, the stoneware ceramics with thick glaze is very strong and should last a long time. Also resilient was the Novelty Cylinder Pot which was made of a lightweight yet high-density polyethylene. An added bonus of this pot is that you can 'flex' or roll it in order to uproot a plant for transplanting.
We also gave decent scores in durability to both of the Brajttt pots because they are both constructed of porcelain which is regarded as stronger than terracotta like the D'vine cylindrical pots. Other plastic pots ranged in quality but would still offer more shatter-proofing than a ceramic vessel. Outside of the Novelty brand, we were also fond of the Tabor and Gardenix plastic pots.
We weren't so pumped on the plastic found in the Mkono orchid pots however. Using a lower-quality, (read: lower density) polyethylene, these pots and baskets were more prone to crack and breakage when compared to the other plastic pots. Out of the box we noticed some gouged plastic and after moderate use the tabs that secure the basket had cracked.
When testing for ergonomics, we wanted to consider how manageable and efficient each planter was while in use. Indoor flower pots should be able to move easily in case you should need to water them in a sink or bathtub. But they should also allow for convenient maintenance and easy watering so perhaps you don't have to take over your bathroom with houseplants on water day.
The most versatile and efficient design was no doubt the Gardenix self watering pot, which in addition to having a moisture/water depth gauge, can also be used as a regular top-water planter pot that is completely self-contained. While the self-watering method can take some getting used to, this is a very effective method of managing water schedules. For this reason, the Tabor and Forainem self-watering baskets also got good marks for ergonomics.
Of the five ceramic pots, we preferred the ergonomics of the Brajttt six inch porcelain and D'vine terracotta cylinders for easy use and efficient design. Comparatively, the Zoutog succulent pots were a bit too small to be considered versatile and the Rivet plant stand was sometimes a burden to carry or move. And the while Brajttt succulent pots were easy to plant and had a functional design, they too are limited in the types of plant they can accommodate.
Whether you're a seasoned green-thumb or an amateur plant parent, we've got the best recommendations on flower pots available in 2021. It's our hope that this detailed and multi-faceted review can provide some insight that will prove valuable when purchasing your next plant container. There are tons of options out there, and making an informed decision is important not only for your satisfaction, but also for the health and happiness of your beloved greenery. But the choice doesn't have to be stressful! Now that you've read our in-depth impressions on these various flower pots, we hope that you can pick out the perfect pot for your picky plants!
— Rob Woodworth