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The Best Terrariums on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve already written about the best indoor house plants you can buy online, along with the best apartment gardening tools, cactus accessories, and pots and planters, here’s we’re zeroing in on the best terrariums, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best glass terrarium


“I absolutely adore this terrarium! I used it for a bunch of small cacti, succulents, and Tillandsia air plants, and it looks like a little fairy garden. This terrarium gets compliments all the time from house guests. The terrarium was also shipped with a free tiny owl, which made my day, as owls are my favorite bird. It promptly became the centerpiece of the terrarium. I have no complaints about this product. The quality is great, and it looks exactly as advertised.”

Best hinged glass terrarium

“I am really happy with mine. I use it as a terrarium for my live orchids and orchid mantis. It is wonderful, and I love how it even has a little prop for the door that opens. For the cost, it is beyond compare, and I highly recommend it to anyone using it for plants. I think you’re pretty silly if you expect this inexpensive thing to have airtight joints and be completely waterproof. You should disregard those kinds of reviews, because those are unrealistic expectations … They are soldered together cheaply and for my purposes, it works great. If you don’t put a ton of water in it or just spray it down with a mister, you won’t have any problems with leaking. It is beautiful, and I get compliments all the time.”

Best glass terrarium with stand

“So far we are very pleased with this set. It seems very well made. The glass is not very thick but substantial enough to be handled by a 6-year-old. The design of the globes is excellent and the openings are large enough for little hands to do everything: pour layers of stones, sand and soil; arrange plants; add decorations. It is also helpful that the openings are high enough that layered material doesn’t easily spill out. The stand is well-balanced, and the two well-filled globes don’t tip over. My only concern is that there are no additional ventilation holes other than the main opening. This is our first terrarium and only time will tell if the air flow is sufficient. We planted two or three small succulents in each globe.”

Best hanging terrariums for air plants


“Love these glass terrariums! They are small, so they make for a cute little display for your air plants. They have flat bottoms, so if you do not want to hang them, you can place them on a table by your window. So far, using filtered water in a fine mist spray bottle has not caused spots on the glass, which I was worried about! And the sand and moss help to retain some moisture for the plants, so they are thriving.”

Best round wall-hanging terrariums

“My house is legit littered with house plants. Think jungle, on steroids. I’ve covered almost every counter and shelf surface with plants. So what was next? That’s right: Walls. These cute little globes were perfect for what I wanted, which is literally a wall of foliage, just to be clear. Advertised at 12 centimeters, it’s exactly that. Think of an extra-large Christmas ornament. Some are only for my water plants, others have soil in them. Either way, they hold up better than grandma’s bra and are delightful to look at.”

Best diamond-shaped wall-hanging terrariums

“You need these. I wanted them for stem cuttings to propagate new plants, so I bought them despite some negative reviews. I’m super happy! These are beautiful, very well made, and will work perfectly for propagating plants — or a few flower cuttings! I was able to add mine in my kitchen window. It did come with these cool hooks that have the nails already installed on them; you just hammer them in. But I already had nails so I just used those. I’m super impressed, they look great and very eye-catching. I actually just bought two more!”

Best terrarium kit with glass bowl

“It is the perfect size and includes everything you need to make the perfect terrarium. I was able to fit three plants (a baby succulent, a cactus, and some other cactus-type thing). It’s a snug fit, but once I put them all in and got them into their sections it was amazing. I love that this comes with moss — what a great burst of green. Would definitely recommend and might even have to buy another.”

Best terrarium kit

H. Potter Terrarium Kit, Small

“Sure, you could probably find these items separately for less, but this was perfect for my needs, especially since I had never built a terrarium before and didn’t plan on building another, so I didn’t want extra supplies that would go unused. This provided the exact amounts of the specific ‘ingredients’ necessary to build my own terrarium, so I didn’t have to hunt them down individually or know what I was looking for. The kit also came with great terrarium instructions. It was very nicely packaged, which is a plus, since I plan on using this again to give a build-your-own terrarium gift to friends with kids. I put Lego people in mine, and it was a huge hit. All together, a great kit, exactly as described, well-packaged, with great instructions and the right components to set up a successful and attractive terrarium.”

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The 8 Best Terrariums, According to Amazon Reviewers