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When decorating your home there are many factors that you should consider. You must carefully choose the furniture, the color of the walls and the decorative items. As for the decorative items, one of the most important features and one that gives the most "life" to your home is, without a doubt, live houseplants. To make them look their best you can put your plants in decorative planters.

There are many types of planters available, so you can surely find one that fits your tastes, needs and home decor. In addition, planters are manufactured out of all kinds of different materials and come with a wide range of price tags. We have prepared this buying guide so that you can find the best planter for your home. Be sure to take note of the features that are available so you can decide which planters are best for you.

Key Facts

  • Planters are containers inside which one or more plants are placed for display. The number of plants you can put inside a planter depends on the size of the plants and the planter.
  • Planters can be used both outdoors and inside your home. If you plan to set up your planter outside, be sure it is designed for that purpose. For example, it will need to be weather resistant. That is, it should able to to withstand precipitation, heat, the sun's rays and also freezing temperatures.
  • Don't forget when you are shopping for your planter, to make sure that it's the right size and material to use with the plants and any inner plant pots you have in mind. Otherwise you might regret your purchase.

Our Selection: The Best Planters

The best way to understand what to expect when you are shopping for a planter is to review some of its features. One way to be sure you are making a sound purchase is by looking at the  models with the highest ratings from buyers of these products. That is what we will do for you in the following paragraphs. Don't forget to take note of some important features these products have.

Shopping Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Planters

By now you are getting to know what planters are like and the characteristics they must meet for your individual home. But there are still many more factors that you should look at before you buy to assure the best possible purchase. So take note of everything you're about to to see, and you'll be ready to buy your own planters with total confidence.

What exactly is a planter?

A planter is a container, which can be made of various materials, in which potted or un-potted plants are placed. On the market today, you will find many different options with all kinds of features. Naturally, the bigger the planter, the more plants you can place in it--depending on the size of the plants, of course.

Is a planter the same as a plant pot?

You may have noticed that the terms "plant pot" and "planter" are often used as synonyms. But in reality they are not the same thing. A pot is a container in which the soil and the plant are deposited directly. Plants or plant pots are placed inside a planter.

The planter conceals the plant pot, which is usually made of a plain, non-decorative material.

What is a planter with irrigation?

As you have seen when reviewing the best planters, some models incorporate an irrigation system or self-irrigation feature. They have a water reservoir and a function that allows the plants in the planter to water themselves over time. You will not have to remember to water the plants as often and these are also a great help when you go on vacation. In this table we explain how they work in more detail:

Steps What to Do
1 Fill the planter with substrate, leaving room for the root ball. In this case you will not put the plant in a pot.
2 Fill the water tank without reaching the maximum allowed by your planter, so that it does not overflow.
3 Water will travel up the soil level to water the plant automatically. Each plant will absorb only the water it needs.
4 When you notice that the water in the tank is running out, you must refill it. Check its status every time you are gone for a few days.

How should a planter function?

When buying plants for your planter you must consider a number of issues. The first is that the size is appropriate. It is imperative that the planter is not too small, but also that is not too big. In addition, the planter should be the correct weight for the plante material. For example, if it is a glass planter you should not use a clay pot.

What features should a planter have?

Although we are talking about planters, you may also need to buy some plant pots. It is very important that you keep in mind that the size of the planter you need is determined by the plants that you are going to place inside of it. When the plant grows you may need to change the planter. If you want the plant to develop well, the planter should have the correct dimensions.

You must take into account three aspects of the plant that will be going into the planter. The first is its height, the second its business or leafiness and the third is the size of its roots and how fast they grow. You will also need make sure that the planter will support the weight of the plant. In addition to it not being good for development of the plant, if the planter is too large or too small, from an aesthetic point of view, it won't look nice, either.

Modern planters give a sense of style to flowers.
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Should I use hanging planters?

Both inside and outside the home, it is not uncommon to see hanging plants. If you are wondering if pots or planters are used, the answer is both. Although it is more common to use planters. If you choose this option, which looks great outdoors, you should take some precautions.

For example, you should make sure the structure from which you hang the planter can be safely drilled to place the anchors and hold the weight of the planter and plant. It is possible some materials twill be difficult to drill, and you also need to be aware of possible damage to your roof, gutter, porch, etc.

The weight of the plant must be appropriate for the planter. Of course, you will have to hang the planters while taking all precautions to avoid accidents later.

What are the various materials that planters are made of?

When you start shopping for your planter, you will notice that there are many different materials available. When choosing, you should take into account a number of issues. The price, its durability, and whether you can use the planter outdoors will depend on the material, among other factors. In addition, the material of the planter you need will also depend on the weight of the plant. These are the most common materials:

  • Wood. The main advantage of this material is undoubtedly its aesthetics. The planter can be left in the original color of the chosen wood or it can be stained or painted. If you are going to use it outside your home you should have it treated against insects and fungi.
  • Clay. This is a very typical material when making pots and is also great for planters. It is very suitable for areas where it is hot. It needs more watering than other types of materials, since it is quite porous. They are also quite heavy and breakable. If they fall or are hit hard with anything, they will break.
  • Plastic. These are very light and you will find them in endless different colors and shapes. In some cases they manage to perfectly mimic other materials such as clay or wood. They usually have been given a treatment to protect the planters from the sun's rays.
  • Metal. This is a very original material with an attractive aesthetic, but it is more delicate than others since it can rust.
  • Fiberglass. These are light and can last a very long time. In addition, they are very resistant to extreme weather conditions, such as cold or heat. They also withstand the sun's rays quite well.
  • Glass. These are less popular, but you can find some beautiful glass planters. They are very decorative, but also very delicate.

What kinds of planters can be used outdoors and indoors?

Now you know about the different materials with which planters can be manufactured. It is true that some are more popular than others, but you are probably interested in understanding  what use you can give each of them. Therefore, in this section we will focus on the materials that can be used outdoors and indoors. We have prepared this table for clarification:

Planter material Exterior Interior
Wood Yes Yes
Clay Yes Yes
Plastic Yes Yes
Metal No Yes
Fiberglass Yes Yes
Glass No Yes

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using planters?

At this point in the guide we have already discussed the different features that you should consider when making your purchase of a planter. You know how they work, how they differ from a plain old pot, and the different materials from which they can be manufactured. But there are still some other aspects that you should not overlook. Next we will show you the advantages and disadvantages of the various planters.

  • Very attractive
  • If they have irrigation they are very convenient
  • You an put several different plants together
  • There are planters that are a bit heavy
  • Some are not suitable for outside use

Buyer's Guide

As we said in the previous section, there are still a number of factors that you should assess. It is important that you do so if you want to be sure to make the best possible purchase. Also, do not forget that some planters have a somewhat high price, so it is a good idea to be sure that you are not investing in the wrong type of planter.


It is important that when you buy your planter you know that it is a practical product, as well as beautiful.  You should be sure that it does not have a complicated assembly and that its maintenance will not be too burdensome. It is a decorative object, so the planter should not be a burden to own.

Planters can give an aspect of freshness to your home.
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A planter is basically a decorative object. It is true that it fulfills a function--to cover less aesthetic pots, but it is not a essential household item. Therefore, when buying a planter, look for it to have an attractive aesthetic. If it is for inside the house, it should match or complement the rest of your decor. The same applies if you are going to place it outside your home.


As you have seen, some planters can be priced quite high. You should make sure that you only pay more if it is a quality product. Of course, the better the materials are, and the more intricate the design is, the more it will cost. It is a good idea to confirm the quality of the model you have chosen to make sure you do not spend more money than you should. Yo can do this by looking at the reviews of other buyers.

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The material with which your planter is made will determine the uses you can make of it. If it is strong and durable you can put heavier plants in it. If it is lighter and more fragile you will need to use it only with a low-weight plant. In addition, if there are children in the house, to avoid accidents, be sure that the materials are not fragile or that the planter is properly anchored and situated.


The dimensions of the planter are a key aspect to think about when making your final purchase decision. You should keep in mind that the planter needs to be big enough for the plants that you plan to place inside of it. But don't forget that it should also be appropriate for the space where it will be placed. If it is too large it may not fit, but if it is too small it may look awkward.


A planter is an essential piece of decor if you have the space for them, and you like to have flowers or plants around you. Planters can be located both inside and outside your home, provided the material is appropriate. You will find many different designs on the market today. Always try to find a high quality product, the investment will pay off in the long run by providing years of enjoyment.

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