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Grow Tent Review


Everyone loves a close competition. Which is why our Grow Tent Review never fails to attract tons of readers to this part of Greners.com. It is a battle between the top grow tent manufacturers as they pit features and design philisopohy against each other. In this comparision we put to the test the grow tent leaders and declare a winner. You will see that they all have their areas of strength and the winner is partly due to our preference - so we have gone into detail on each element in the test so you can declare your own winner if you know what you are looking for.


Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Scoring Criteria
3. Grow Tent Score Results
4. > Secret Jardin Review
5. > GrowLab Review
6. > Homebox Review
7. > Hydrohut Review
8. > Sun Hut Review
9. Conclusions

Introduction & Bias

We choose the mid sized "4x4" grow tents for review, the most versitile and representative of the grow tent family line. This review puts the DR150 vs the GL145 vs the Hydrohut 4x4 vs the Homebox 56 (these links leave this section to purchasing information). That said about being representative, this review is just for the 4x4 version of each grow tent as the other sizes are different tents with different requirements and factors being important. For example for larger tents the strength of the frame is more important because of the greater weight they must support, and for smaller tents nice features on a big tent like rear access are not valued. Also note that while the tents are referred to as 4x4s they are all closer to five feet by five feet.

The grow tent review contains these main potential types of bias flaws. Selection bias: this review is maintained and done by one person (me). I have a lot of time into it, but it is not the result of 100 reviewers. Businesss bias: it is easier for Greners.com to purchase and sell the GrowLabs and Hydrohuts because the suppliers are closer to us and they will drop ship if requested. Of those two I think just the first is an issue. However there is one business aspect that influences the review and that is the desire and requirement to declare a winner. I am definitely swayed by a nice zipper and put a lot of value on that part of the tents. You can read and watch the videos on how I rank those.

On light tightness... We go into detail on how light tight the tents are, but it is only an issue if you have a grow tent in a room with other plants and you want the tent to be on a different light cycle. Otherwise you can skip the light tightness sections as all the grow tents are plenty light tight enough outside of the above situation, except maybe the Sun Hut.

Scoring, Criteria, & Scores

Independent - Scoring is independent between criteria for the same tent. For example in Set Up we are not juding by "oh this is easy to setup that means it won't be light tight so we are giving a low Set Up score" (the correlation between set up and light tighness being fictional). Instead we look at one criteria at a time and grade, for example, set up just by how easy the set up is.

Scaled - Scoring is on a scale were an A is our imagined perfect situation where we see not improvement (A is the highest, there is no A ). This is within reason. For example we can image titanium bars and the newest hightech materials, but nobody wants or needs to pay for titanium. The all steel contruction of the Hydrohut in this case receives an A as we see no improvement on it. An A for being light tight would be a perfectly light tight tent as that seems reasonable. For example - the Secret Jadin is close enough in light tightness that we can see improvements that could complete it, so we reserved handing out an A there for future models.

Scoring Criteria

Access
     • How easily can you get access, how easy/quick is it to open the doors/panels
     • What range of reach do you have to all areas of the tent
Zipper Quality
     • How nice are the zippers
Light Tightness
     • From sealed inside visually test by looking for outline of hands and feet and light entrace points
     • The less body outline seen while inside the higher the score
     • Comments made on source of light points (tiny holes, leakage, etc)
     • Done using eight 4' T12 fluorescents above and to the side of tents
Modded Light Tightness
     • How much does making the tent light tight affect the usability of the tent
     • How easy and cheap it is to improve on light tightness
Features
     • Useful features not standard on the other tents
     • Little things that score points for being nice, like a hook instead of Velcro and being in just the right spot
     • The more features the higher the score
     • Note: not counting access features
Frame
     • Frame weight capacity
Construction
     • Tent material & stitching
     • Velcro quality
Ports & Ventilation
     • Number of force air vent ports
     • Function of force air vent ports
     • Placement
     • Free flow ventilation size, number, and easy of use
Cleaning
     • How easy is the tent to clean
Set Up
     • How easy the tent is to set up
Toxicity
     • Off gassing
     • Note: We don't know how to test non-toxic claims if there is a toxicity that gives off no odor, or if a toxic smelling order is not actually toxic.
     • Note: The air in the Homebox smells and tastes toxic, being inside gives me a headache
Price
     • Scaled based on MSRP with the lowest priced tent getting an A and the highest a C.
     • This is not a value comparision, this is just a price comparision


Key Scores

Grow Tent
Light Tightness*
Access**
Frame
Zipper Quality**
Ports & Ventilation
Price
Overall
Secret Jardin
A-
A-
B
B
B
B
3.28
Growlab
C
B
B
A
B
B-
3.05
Homebox
C
C
B
A
D
C
2.43
Hydrohut
C
C
A
D
A
B-
2.72
Sun Hut
D
B
A-
C
B
A
2.83

*Factors modded and non-modded scenarios.
**Combination of completeness and convenience. Separated scores in All Scores below.
***Ignoring light tightness as per independent scoring. All scores exclude other scores.
See Score explansions below.


All Scores & Features

 
Secret Jardin
Growlab
Homebox
Hydrohut
Sun Hut
Number of vent/ducting ports† 5 5 2 7 6
Number of cord ports 2 2 1 4 2
Double flap vents Yes No No Yes Yes
Vent/ducting port diameter 6" 8" 8" & 6" 8.5" -
Free flow ventilation ports† 3 3 2 3 3
Free flow stays open Yes No No Yes No
Free flow vent size - - - - -
Free flow vents open from Outside Inside Inside Outside Inside
Number of hangers included 3 4 0 4 4
Hanger quality B A n/a C A
Zipper strength B A A C- C
Zipper ease§ B A A D B
Water catch Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Water catch score - - - - D
Toxicity* n/a n/a* D* n/a n/a
Cleaning - - - - -
Access completeness B- A- A C B
Access quickness/convenience A- C C B A-
Light tight modding ease - - - - -
Light tight modding cost - - - - -
Outside Dimensions WxLxH - - - - -
Inside material Silver Silver White Silver Silver
Clear viewing windows No Yes No No No
Frame corners Plastic Plastic Plastic Steel Steel
Weight capacity - - - - -
Back side doors or access Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Rear door No No Yes No Yes
Viewable windows No Yes No No No
Sale price $274.95 $285.95 $349.95 $296.95 $214.95

†Pictures on this page to right.
§Ease measures the ease of a full arms zipper pull. It does not factor access ease measured seperately.
*We can't test toxicity levels. The Homebox is the only tent that smells toxic and it smells pretty strongly. The manufacturer of the Homebox and Growlab says says they are both tested non-toxic.


Score Explanations

Light Tightness Secret Jardin
A-
The DR is the most light tight tent, and we can image it being slightly more light tight as it is not 100% so it received an A-. The A part does represent that we think it does a good job keeping the light in/out
  GrowLab
C
The C s given for the Growlab, Hydrohut and Homebox are all for the same reason. The flaps that lay over the zippers to keep the light in/out don't sit flush and light can penetrate. It is possible to get them flush but not in the areas where you have to use the zippers. They are still pretty good at keeping it dark inside but only on the C level. We can see easy improvements by putting the flaps on the outside where you could pat them down after zipping up the tent instead of on the inside where you have no access to them once zipped up.
  Hydrohut
C
See GrowLab explanation.
  Sun Hut
D
This is the least light tight grow tent. The D was given because it is worse than acceptable and there is no good reason why it should be so light penetrable except for not much time going in to the design in this area. If light tightness is a concern to you this tent would be eliminated from your options.
  Homebox
C
See GrowLab explanation.
Access**
(see reference above)
Secret Jardin
A-
Our ideal situation for access would be a combination of the Growlab zippers with the Sun Hut door style. However the back door is questionable position because tents are often put against a wall. So that means we score equal the position of side access doors. And that is what the Secret Jardin almost has, great zippers and large side access doors. But the zippers on the Secret Jardin in terms of access are not as nice as the GrowLab's so it got hit with the A- for final score.
  GrowLab
B
The GrowLab is the best for completeness of access because you can completely open up the tent all the way around to the back on each side, so for completeness it scores an A. However doing that takes time, too much time in our opinion and so for the ease factor of access it is only average. Final score, B. The zippers are super smooth, the access is complete, but the access time needs improvement.
  Hydrohut
C
The side doors are too small and the zippers are not smooth.
  Sun Hut
B
The rear door is awesome if you don't have to put your tent against a wall, or if you can just turn it and put it in sideways. Having two full doors on each side that quickly open up like they do on the Sun Hut gives great access... it is quick and full. The tent does not score an A in this area because the zippers are not smooth. They work if you pay attention to them as you slide, but you have to pay attention to them to pull at the correct angle.
  Homebox
C
The inside flaps have to be tucked back under the top steal frames when you close up if you open the tent around the side. You will not want to open the tent all the way around the side much. The access is not unacceptable to warrant a D but compared to the other tents and what is possible the C communicates that it comes in last for access.
Frame Secret Jardin
B
The grow tent review is a constant work. This is a new section that is not finished being written. For more details read the complete reviews per grow tent.
  GrowLab
B
 
  Hydrohut
A
 
  Sun Hut
A-
 
  Homebox
B
 
Zipper Quality Secret Jardin
B
 
  GrowLab
A
 
  Hydrohut
D
 
  Sun Hut
C
 
  Homebox
A
 
Ports & Ventilation Secret Jardin
B
 
  GrowLab
B
 
  Hydrohut
A
 
  Sun Hut
B
 
  Homebox
D
 
Price Secret Jardin
B
 
  GrowLab
B-
 
  Hydrohut
B-
 
  Sun Hut
A
 
  Homebox
C
 

 

  Growlab zipper
The Growlab has the smoothest zipper.

Secret Jardin: Read Review

Growlab: Read Review

Homebox: Read Review

Hydrohut: Read Review

Sun Hut: Read Review

Conclusions

Based on our review and impression of the four tents the Secret Jardin DR150 scores the strongest in the Greners.com Grow Tent Review.

 

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Grow Tents Reviewed:

 

1. Secret Jardin DR150
:
Quick access through side doors or large single front zipper. Double draw string vents. Great zipper action. Attractive looking. Most light tight grow tent reviewed. View pictures, purchase. Read the Secret Jardin Grow Tent Review.

Secret Jardin DR150

 

2. Growlab GL145
:
Long lasting super-smooth zippers. Complete floor to ceiling wrap around access to each side. Large easy set up single-cinch eight inch air vents. Only tent with viewing windows. Attractive looking. Light leakage from under zipper flaps. View pictures, purchase. Read the Growlab Grow Tent Review.

Growlab GL145

 

3. Homebox 56
:
Unique white interior surface, easy to clean surface. Good potential for light tightness with modding. Toxic smelling. Minimal venting ports (can be a pro or con). Same great zipper as Growlab. View pictures, purchase. Read the Homebox Grow Tent Review.

Homebox 56


 

4. Hydrohut 4x4
:
Super strong steel frame construction.. it is very nice. A good bit taller than the other tents (nice if you have the room). Tons of large venting ports (seven) and power cord ports (four). Disappointing zipper. View pictures, purchase. Read the Hydrohut Grow Tent Review.

Hydrohut 4x4


 


5. Sun Hut
:
Great price. Heavy duty steel frame construction. Cool and useful back access door. Unique ducting covers. Fan mounting bracket. Does not look as nice as the Secret Jardin and Growlab. The least light tight tent. Zippers could/should be nicer. Purchase. Sun Hut Review.

Sun Hut

 

 

 


Free Flow Air Vents

Secret Jardin Free Flow Air Vents
Secret Jardin
Growlab Free Flow Air Vent
Growlab
   
Homebox Free Flow Air Vent
Homebox
Hydrohut Free Flow Air Vent: Winner
Hydrohut: Winner

 

 


Ducting Ports


Secret Jardin

Growlab
   

Homebox

Hydrohut