Best Terrariums: Buying Guide and Reviews

A terrarium is an excellent idea that is chic, elegant, and all things classy. We made a comprehensive buying guide of the best terrariums!

If you are the quintessential phytophile, a terrarium is perhaps the next best thing after a garden, especially if you live in a concrete jungle with no gardening space. A terrarium takes up very little space and is low maintenance, making it perfect for apartment blocks.

The term terrarium is from the Latin words ‘Terra’ and ‘Atrium,’ which means land and home, respectively. A terrarium is just a garden in miniature form housed in a glass container. A terrarium is great for aesthetics, and at the same time, saves you money in the form of water bills, and time, as you do not have to keep watering the plants.


Best Terrariums Buying Guide and Reviews
A terrarium is an excellent idea that is chic, elegant, and all things classy. We made a comprehensive buying guide of the best terrariums!

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  • Elegant glass geometric terrarium
  • Fit for succulents, air plants, small plants, fern, cactus, moss, airplants, or other decorative objects.
  • Ideal for use on shelves and windowsills.


Quick Specs
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.8 x 7.7 inches 
  • Weight: 1.08 pounds 
  • Manufacturer: NCYP 

If you are looking for classic elegance, this Black glass geometric terrarium fits the bill perfectly. This small terrarium measures 6.89x 6.89 x5.9 inches and is perfect for growing plants or holding keepsakes. If you so wish, this terrarium, with its geometric shape, is elegant and artistic enough to be a stand-alone centerpiece on your mantelpiece, shelves, windowsills, or patio.

The Black Glass terrarium is a great display box for parties, weddings, and home and office décor. The simplicity and versatility of this attractive pentagon-shaped terrarium are unmatched. It is suitable for small plants, ferns, cactus, air plants, moss, and succulents. The Black Glass Geometric terrarium has an opening that makes it easy to place items inside. It is made of ultra-clear sodium calcium glass and makes an excellent gift for family or friends, and to top it up, it comes with a tiny owl figurine!

What We Liked

  • It is attractive enough to place on shelves or windowsills as a decorative centerpiece.
  • Its opening makes it easy to place items inside

What We Didn't Like

  • Its design is not suitable for hydroponic flowerpots as its sides are not tightly sealed
  • It does not have a warranty
  • It is not ideal for large plants as it is tiny


  • Handmade Glass and Steel Construction
  • Perfect Terrarium For Desert & Forest Succulents
  • Hinged Door For Easy Watering


Quick Specs
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 10 inches 
  • Weight: 3.75 pounds 
  • Manufacturer: PMO 
  • ASIN: B079MWGQ4T

The Urban Born terrarium is a beautiful handmade glass and steel terrarium with dimensions of 9 x9x 11 inches. It is made of glass panels that are set in a metal frame. This terrarium is excellent for your faux or real plants and forest and desert succulents. You might choose to fill the terrarium with a collection of your keepsakes and trinkets, and it would still stand out beautifully.

The Urban Born terrarium is a beautiful handmade glass and steel terrarium with dimensions of 9 x9x 11 inches. It is made of glass panels that are set in a metal frame. This terrarium is excellent for your faux or real plants and forest and desert succulents. You might choose to fill the terrarium with a collection of your keepsakes and trinkets, and it would still stand out beautifully.

The hinge door design on the Urban Born ensures you can water your plants with ease. Wherever you decide to place the Urban Born, it brings the display to life, whether it is your home, office, or garden. It resembles a birdcage by design and would make an excellent display wherever you place it.

What We Liked

  • Very beautiful and the right size for your succulents
  • The door is hinged, making it easy to place items inside or water plants.

What We Didn't Like

  • The terrarium is not designed for water to be poured directly, as they are not waterproofed, and plants that need a lot of water cannot be planted in it.
  • House shape geometric terrarium
  • Ideal for raising moss, fern or reptiles, insects.
  • Great for a Fairy Terrarium
Quick Specs
  • Package Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Weight: 3.25 pounds 
  • Manufacturer: Purzest 

Shaped like a house, the Purzest Glass terrarium, like most terrariums, is designed with aesthetics as a priority. It is simple and versatile enough to be used for different purposes. It measures 9.3 inches in length x 7.5 inches in height x 5.3 inches in width.

This classic piece makes an excellent centerpiece for any home, and it is excellent for planting fern, moss, insects, or you can even keep pet reptiles. You can create a dream world or a fairy story within this terrarium. Wondering what to give a fellow phytophile? Wonder no more. This terrarium is perfect for a friends’ housewarming gift with its classic elegance that adds vitality in the home.

What We Liked

  • Its elegance and its size allow it to be used as a centerpiece.
  • It has enough ventilation for keeping pets such as snakes, spiders or hissing Madagascan cockroaches

What We Didn't Like

  • You may have to seal it yourself with some silicone because it does not come sealed.
  • You cannot plant any plant that needs a lot of water because it will leak.


  • Lovely artistic glass cube
  • Ideal size for fern, moss, succulent, airplants, cacti or other plants
  • Easy maintainence


Quick Specs
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.7 x 10 inches 
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Manufacturer: NCYP 
  • ASIN: B019MJ080G

For an elegant and contemporary look, go for this high-quality irregular glass terrarium. The geometric shaped piece is made of transparent glass and is perfect for tropical plants such as orchids, air plants, mosses, and ferns. Its geometric shape allows it to be placed on any side down, depending on the surface you are placing it on, and the type of plants you intend to grow.

Terrariums are a great way to raise plants in your office or home without too much hassle. A garden needs a lot of time and tending for it to be healthy. Terrariums are easy to take care of as it recycles the moisture, making it ideal for someone who has no time to tend to the plants.

The Indoor Tabletop terrarium works perfectly for showcasing tealight and votive candles and makes a great gift item.

What We Liked

  • Can either be placed horizontally or vertically due to its geometrical shape
  • It is versatile enough to be used for different types of plants
  • You can use it for various purposes other than plants

What We Didn't Like

  • The opening is tiny and makes it hard to do maintenance.
  • It is not leak-proof, and it is better placed for holding decorative items or keepsakes.


  • Handcraftet conservatory style terrarium
  • Unique and sturdy
  • Create your own miniature garden
  • Intrincate detail
  • Minimalist style
  • Perfect for a miniature fairy garden.


Quick Specs
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 19 inches 
  • Weight: 18.85 pounds 
  • Manufacturer: H Potter 
  • ASIN: B07LC17VZG

The H Potter Large Glass terrarium is a beautiful piece of art, and it comes with a resin base, a middle glass section, and a 100% curved glass roof, which is removable, making plant maintenance very hassle-free. The Planter is a timeless classic, with modern lines, yet with a rustic, Victorian feel.

The Wardian Case is about 22 inches high, 17 inches long, and 11.5 inches wide. The resin base tray is 3.25 inches deep, while the terrarium glass is 3mm thick. It makes a stunning centerpiece and a bold statement wherever you place it. With its one of a kind design, this sturdy terrarium makes a beautiful decoration at weddings or parties. You can plant any plants from ivies to orchids, and it will still stand out beautifully.

H Potter has been a terrariums manufacturer and designer for the past two decades. The Wardian Case, as with all the H Potter products, boasts of remarkable craftsmanship and is very durable. This Wardian Case blends well into any décor with its simplicity.

What We Liked

  • The terrarium is sturdy and very durable
  • The cast resin base does not rust, and the bottom is lined with felt
  • You can plant a variety of plants

What We Didn't Like

  • The terrarium does not have any ventilation, and you have to open it every once in a while by removing the top lid
  • You have to be careful about mold growth due to the humidity.


  • Large glass house terrarium
  • Succulent & air plant greenhouse
  • Beautiful rose gold accent and ventilation
  • Great for growing microgreens, succulents, air plants, moss, cacti.


Quick Specs
  • Package Dimensions: 12.2 x 10.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Weight: 4.25 pounds 
  • Manufacturer: Deco 

If you are looking for large terrariums that will stand out in their simplicity and elegance, look no further than the Deco Glass terrarium. It is a relatively large terrarium, measuring 9.8 x6 x 8 inches. It comes in a stunning rose gold accent that stands out anywhere.

For your plants to be healthy, they must get enough light and ventilation. The Deco Glass has a hinged door that props open to ensure your plants get the needed air and sunlight. This terrarium is well suited for growing succulents, moss, air plants cacti, microgreens, and more.

If you are looking for a housewarming, wedding, or birthday gift, this terrarium is perfect for small spaces. It looks great without making the place look overcrowded. You can use it for other purposes as well, such as keeping trinkets and keepsakes, or you can use it as an envelope collector at weddings.

What We Liked

  • It has an exquisite look and makes any space stand out
  • Ideal for most types of plants
  • It makes a suitable gift for any occasion

What We Didn't Like

  • It is not waterproof, and water will leak if you water the plants
  • The glass is delicate, and you have to handle with care


  • Handcrafted curved glass terrarium
  • Unique and sturdy
  • Intrincate detail
  • Minimalist style


Quick Specs
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 15 inches 
  • Weight: 7 pounds 
  • Manufacturer: H Potter 
  • ASIN: B004PIRS3K

The H Potter Glass terrarium WAR42 is another classic from H Potter, a family-owned business that has been manufacturing garden accessories for the last 20 years. This particular terrarium is exquisitely handcrafted, with real curved glass and a metal base resting on ball feet and brushed with a powder coat finish for added durability.

The Wardian Case WAR142 comes complete with a customized and functional plastic liner and a planting brochure to guide you on what and how to plant. This contemporary art piece adds some spunk into your living room, bedroom, or patio.

The Wardian Case approximately measures a height of 15inches x 10 length x 9 inches width. The metal planting tray measures 2 inches deep. If you want an eye-catching centerpiece that will boldly stand out, this Wardian Case will do a great job. Although it is sold as a single unit, if displayed in multiples, the outcome is a stunning display on your either mantelpiece, windowsill, or dining table. If you need wedding decoration ideas, consider these pieces of art for a bold, yet elegant look.

The Wardian Case is built to last, with 3mm thick glass and lead-free solder that is safe for humans and the environment as well. When filled with plants such as ivies or miniature orchids, the Wardian Case terrarium looks vibrantly stunning. Your décor, whether modern or traditional, will look good with a touch of greenery, and the added tranquility it brings. To connect with nature, set up this terrarium either indoors or outdoors.

What We Liked

  • The Wardian Case adds a touch of class and elegance to your space, whether indoors or outdoors
  • The terrarium is fitted with a plastic lining to prevent leaks
  • It is sturdy and durable, with 3mm thick glass and brushed with a powder coat finish.

What We Didn't Like

  • It has no vent and is always fogged up
  • Once you remove the top to get air in, it is hard to put it back on
  • It is difficult to remove the glass without causing damage to the plants.
  • Glass terrarium for reptiles or amphibians
  • Escape-proof dual doors lock to prevent escape
  • Closable inlets for wires and/or tubing management
Quick Specs
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 18 inches 
  • Weight: 37 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Exo Terra
  • ASIN: B000OQYGQ4

Amphibians and reptiles come in different sizes and have different requirements. The need for an environment an amphibian or reptile can quickly adapt to is critical. The Exo Terra All Glass terrarium is an ideal environment for reptiles or amphibians, with its design originating from top herpetologists in Europe.

The Exo Terra has two front opening doors that allow easy access for purposes of maintenance, feeding, and misting. However, during maintenance of the terrariums, one door must be kept shut to reduce any escape chances by a feeder insect or reptile, and to reduce the loss of humidity and heat. Debris such as sand can easily jam a sliding door, so pivoting doors are preferable to sliding doors.

The Exo Terra has locks specially designed to keep pets or children from opening the terrarium. A full-screen top allows infrared and UVB to penetrate the terrarium. The screen is removable, allowing for easier access while cleaning. The screen top is secured at the sides to the frame of the terrarium. There are in-built closeable inlets on each side of the top that allow wires and tubing to be securely run inside the terrarium. This tubing keeps feeder insects and tiny reptiles inside the terrarium.

The front lower panel is extra high, has space for deep substrate layers, and creates space for décor that can be mounted on the terrarium glass. It can also be used for a water feature that can reach the height of the ventilation strip. All terrariums must be tested for any leaks.

The terrarium’s bottom glass panel is slightly raised to allow a heat cable or substrate heater to be mounted. This ensures the bottom panel stays well ventilated and ensures the terrarium has ideal cold and hot spots for your pets. Since the Exo Terra terrarium is deep, it has a more significant ground area, which means there is enough space for reptiles, which are ground and desert dwellers, to flourish.

The rock background in the Exo Terra looks very natural, and it provides excellent camouflage for the reptiles and amphibians. The background has channels where cords and tubing can be covertly run through from top to bottom.

What We Liked

  • It provides an excellent home for reptiles and amphibians complete with heating.
  • Has all the safety measures needed to prevent pets from escaping or children from accidentally opening
  • Is waterproofed to ensure it does not leak
  • It has enough space for reptiles that dwell on the ground or the desert to move around

What We Didn't Like

  • The gaps between outside edges of the doors and the doors are too big, so you cannot feed the reptiles or amphibians small insects, as they will escape.
  • The screen lid locks break easily


  • Modern style and classic elegance
  • Wonderful as a housewarming or gift
  • Open from the top that allows you to easily place your plant


Quick Specs
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.9 x 4.7 inches 
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds 
  • Manufacturer: NCYP 

The NCYP Rectangle Cuboid Desk Clear Glass Geometric terrarium is constructed from ultra-clear sodium calcium glass in a durable copper frame. It measures 4 x 4.87 x 6.75 and opens from the top to let you place your plant.

This terrarium embraces both timeless elegance and a modern style. This terrarium adds a touch of style and makes your potted plants stand out. You can use terrariums for showcasing a precious keepsake or tealights and votive candles in a unique style.

This contemporary terrarium is the perfect size for moss, ferns, succulents, cacti, and other low maintenance plants. Searching for a housewarming gift is usually a head-scratching affair. With this stunning terrarium, you can never go wrong. It is ideal for adding visual interest and excellent as a housewarming gift.

What We Liked

  • It is a simple, yet elegant and functional design
  • It is versatile and can be used for several purposes
  • The hinged lid top makes it easy to clean or place things inside

What We Didn't Like

  • It is not waterproof, and you can’t grow plants that need a lot of water
  • It is pretty small and can’t accommodate fast-growing plants


  • Vintage design
  • From miniature orchids to ivies, to displaying succulent terrarium on a shelf, countertop, tabletop or desk, this planter blends well with any indoor environment.
  • Intrincate detail
  • Minimalist style
  • To water or prune, use hinged roof panel and prop open with prop rod. 


Quick Specs
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Weight: 8.16 pounds 
  • Manufacturer: H Potter 
  • ASIN: B00443LPOO

The H Potter Glass Terrarium Case Planter is ensconced on top of a powder-coated metal tray that rests on elaborate ball feet. The green-stained accent glass gives the terrarium some spunk, while the majestic brass finials add elegance to your home.

The planter box is medium-sized and approximately measures a length of 10.5, a width of 7.5, and a height of 16 inches, and the tray is around 3 inches deep. This planter box is perfect for different foliage display and is fitted with a functional liner that prevents leakages. To prune or clean, the door stays open by propping it with the prop rod.

You have the luxury of changing your plants as you please, depending on the season. You can change from ivies to miniature orchids, and you can display the Planter box on various areas of your home, from countertops, shelves, desks, etc. It makes an excellent gift for most occasions, including Valentine and Mother’s Day. It also makes a stunning centerpiece during weddings or parties.

H Potter has been manufacturing garden accessories for over 20 years, and this planter box has been crafted with attention to small details, giving you a top-quality terrarium that will last for a long time.

What We Liked

  • A beautiful piece that adds color and elegance to your preferred space
  • It has a 3mm thick glass which makes it durable
  • Constructed with lead-free solder, safe for you and the environment
  • The roof is hinged, making it easier to open for cleaning and plant placing.

What We Didn't Like

  • It is fragile and has to be handled with care, especially when moving it from place to place.
  • It has no vent and constantly fogs up
  • You have to remove the top to get some air in, and it is difficult to put it back


  • Terrarium table
  • 8 holes offer fresh air for plants and succulents
  • Coffee table
  • Easy to clean


Quick Specs
  • Package Dimensions: 21 x 20 x 7 inches
  • Weight: 33.3 pounds
  • Manufacturer: D’Eco 
  • ASIN: B076T3CXCL

If you are looking for a cool way to keep your cat out of your plants, the Display End Table is just the right way. It is 27 inches high, 18 inches long and 18 inches wide and comes in an elegant gold frame with glass panels. This stunning terrarium is ideal for your indoor garden and perfect for displaying your unique keepsakes and provides storage for any room in your home.

For ventilation, eight holes provide fresh air for your plants. It is very sturdy, with reinforced glass for extra durability and strength. The terrarium is super easy to assemble, with no tools needed. All you need to do for maintenance is to wipe it down with a soft cloth.

What We Liked

  • Makes a stunning centerpiece and solves storage solutions in any room
  • Cleaning it takes little effort
  • Has enough ventilation

What We Didn't Like

  • It is not waterproof. You can’t plant any plants that require a lot of water
  • You cannot keep pets like frogs as the ventilations are too big, and they will escape.


  • Globe shape terrarium planter
  • Fit for succulents, air plants, small plants, fern,cactus, artificial moss, airplants, or other decorative objects. 
  • Made of ultra clear sodium calcium glass


Quick Specs
  • Package Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Weight: 1.65 pounds 
  • Manufacturer: Kimdio 

With so many options or holding mementos or plants, the Kimdio Geometric terrarium offers an elegant and modern solution. This terrarium is perfect for DIY lovers, providing an ideal display for home décor, bars, offices, and weddings. It makes an ideal gift for anyone on any occasion, including Valentine’s or Mother’s Day.

The terrarium comes in a classy globe shape, and it is very simple and versatile, ideal for tiny plants, succulents, air plants cacti, ferns, artificial moss, preserved flowers, etc. You can use it anywhere, from windowsills, shelves, and mantelpieces.

The Kimdio Geometric is made from ultra-clear sodium calcium glass and a gold frame. It cannot hold water, and if you have plants in it, consider misting them, or putting a water-absorbent layer at the bottom to catch any leaks. It measures 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 x 4 ¼ inches and can fit in most spaces.

What We Liked

  • The Kimdio Geometric is built in a beautiful geometrical globe shape that fits almost any space.
  • It is an excellent gift for anyone, considering they can use it for displaying mementos if they are not keen on plants
  • The opening makes it easy to place items or tend to plants

What We Didn't Like

  • · It is not leak-proof. If you need to keep plants that need watering, you have to incur an extra expense and buy a waterproof lining.
  • Glass terrarium for reptiles or amphibians
  • Escape proof dual doors lock to prevent escape
  • Closable inlets for wires and/or tubing management
Quick Specs
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 12 inches
  • Weight: 13
  • Manufacturer: Hagen
  • ASIN: B000OAVN0W

With more than 6,000 reptile species and over 4,000 amphibian species of various sizes, a terrarium is a critical aspect of reptile and amphibian keeping. The Exo Terra Reptile terrarium has double doors that open to the front for easier maintenance and feeding access. During feeding or maintenance, one entry should be closed all the time, which minimizes pet escape, and reduces heat and humidity loss. Its doors are pivotal, rather than sliding, to prevent jamming from debris.

The Exo Terra has a lock that is designed specially to keep children and other pets out. A full-screen top ensures the terrarium gets enough light and is removable for easy access while cleaning or adding accessories. This top also has closeable inlets built into it on either side for running tubing and wires inside the terrarium. These tubings keep feeder insects and tiny reptiles securely in the terrarium.

The front lower panel is extra high, allowing for extra layers of substrate and provides pace for additional accessories such as water features. 

Every terrarium has to be tested for leaks. The bottom glass panel of the Exo Terra rises slightly to allow for a heat cable or heater, keeping the bottom panel ventilated and ensuring optimal hot and cold areas for the pets. 

The Exo Terra is deep, allowing for a more significant ground surface area, space that is crucial for ground and desert reptiles to grow. The background of the Exo Terra provides adequate camouflage and new climbing areas. The background also has space for running tubing and cords from top to bottom.

What We Liked

  • Dual doors and specially made locks mitigate reptile and amphibian escape and keep heat and humidity inside the terrarium.
  • A removable top makes maintenance easier
  • Sturdy and durable
  • It is waterproof

What We Didn't Like

  • The gaps between outside edges of the doors and the doors are large enough to let small insects for feeding the reptiles or amphibians escape
  • The screen lid locks are delicate and break easily


Terrariums come in many different shapes and sizes, but in two types, either open or closed. The kind you go for depends on your preference, but mostly because of the sort of plants you grow. A closed terrarium has a lid that encloses the plants within the container. The water inside a terrarium is always being recycled from liquid to gas and back to liquid again.

The moisture in the terrarium condenses on the walls, returning to the soil and reabsorbed by the roots. This cycle ensures the plants are watered continuously, and they do not dry up. The plants get enough light through the glass, but should not be placed in direct sunlight, which will heat the glass and cook the plants.

In this article, we look at the various types of terrariums in the market and what should guide you before you buy one. Get a feel of what is available and the price range of each. We have made a comprehensive buying guide of 15 of the best terrariums for sale.


Frequently asked questions about terrariums

Types of terrariums

  • Sealed terrariums
  • Open terrariums

Sealed terrariums have a lid, you can open the lid to put your plants and succulents in. Once a week you should let fresh air enter your terrariums.

What are terrariums?

Tiny enclosed containers for your succulents and plants to live. Terrariums can be considered a really small greenhouse. Terrariums are transparent, they are made with glass or plastic.

How do terrariums work?

Terrariums are really tiny gardens inside a container that is sealed. The succulents, plants and the soil inside terrariums recycle their own water. During the evaporation, part, the vapor is trapped into the walls then it trickles down to the ground inside the container. Terrariums are can take care of themselves alone, if you get one sealed terrarium they are practically maintenance-free!

What plants work best in terrariums?

Succulents, green plants with ornament-like leaves and slowly-growing plants work best.

What are the benefits of terrariums?

  • They are great for someone starting to learn about gardening
  • Terrariums provide a sealed environment that make easy to grow plants.
  • You can use LEDs very efficiently.
  • You do not need to water terrariums often.

Do terrariums need to be sealed?

Sealed terrariums are okay, lifting the lid once a week allows fresh air into your tiny-garden.

How long do terrariums last?

Well-maintained terrariums can last several years.

What are hanging terrariums?

They are terrariums that hang from someplace. They are great for offices!

What ground should you use on terrariums?

Houseplant soil works with most plants.

Can you gift terrariums?

Yes! Lots of people love to get terrariums as they are low maintenance, help the environment, and look really cute!

How do terrariums smell?

They have an earth-like smell. But you must get really close to the terrariums to be able to smell it.

Best Terrariums

Terrariums are an excellent idea that is chic, elegant, and all things classy. Do not jump on the bandwagon blindly to fit in with the Joneses. Do your due diligence and shop around for the best quality according to what you need. You cannot exhaust all the options in the market, so go, research, ask questions, look at the physical aspects of the terrarium, then buy!

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