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"Hey everyone, Nate with Growers House here, and today we're doing a review and comparison of two really popular indoor grow tents in the hydroponic industry. First being the Hydrohut, this model being their [HydroHut's] 3' x 3', which is actually 40" x 40." The second tent being the new Gorilla Grow Tent, which we actually have a 5' x 5' model here.
In our retail store, we've had the HydroHut Tent hanging up for quite a while, and we're pretty happy with it, and it's known as one of the most rugged grow tents in the hydroponics industry before Gorilla Grow Tent came out. We though, why not run a comparison on the two so we can see the differences and highlight them, and really see what features Gorilla Grow Tents are bringing to the market that haven't already been here, and how unique their tent really is. Let's start off going over some of those features now.
First off, Gorilla Grow Tent says their tent can hold up to 300 lbs from the ceiling. Most grow tents say they can hold between 60-165 lbs. The HydroHut for example says they can hold 120 lbs from the ceiling. We actually tested this out--I myself am about 145-150 lbs and if I hang from the ceiling, the tent seems to hold up pretty well. Now let's try this in the Gorilla Grow Tent.
So both tents seem to hold me pretty well, and I think they'll be able to hold any normal grow gear including reflectors, carbon filters, etc... that you can put in them, although I think when pushed to the limit the Gorilla Grow Tent is actually going to be able to hold more weight because I noticed that it felt a little bit sturdier and their steel poles are thicker.
One of the most prominent and noticeable features of the Gorilla Grow Tent is that you can actually increase the height of it. It comes standard at 7', and we sell it with a free height extension, which we have added here to make this tent about 8' tall. Now you can add one or even two more extensions on top of this to make your Gorilla Grow Tent 9' or even 10' tall. So this tent can be at any height in 1' increments between 7' and 10'.
Whereas most other grow tents are between 6' and 7', such as the HydroHut here. What does that extra height add? It's great for letting the heat rise. If you can let the heat rise that your light fixture is causing, then it can be really great for the health of your plants because lets face it, we're always battling heat inside grow rooms, especially within closed ones such as tents.
The Gorilla Grow Tent also has another feature that is unique, which is the IR Blocker that's built into the roof. The IR Blocker is the Infra-Red blocker, that's what the IR stands for, and that actually dissipates any heat signatures that would be seen viewing the tent from the sky level.
Let's go over some of the smaller features in detail and bring the camera over here. Looking at the HydroHut lining, you can actually see there is a double lining. That means there is one lining that can be inside the tent and another lining that can be outside the tent. as well. These ports can cinch down from 8" to nothing--you can close them completely. And if we're talking about ports, the HydroHut comes with 7 ports. Even though we're looking at the 3' x 3', the 5' x 5' HydroHut in comparison to the Gorilla Grow Tent has the exact same amount of ports. And then there are 4 ports for cords.
Alternatively with the Gorilla Grow Tent there's actually fewer ports--there're 6, but their port holes are actually 10" and can cinch down to 0", so it's a little bit better having access to larger ports although there are fewer of them. We will note that there are two port holes for cord sets.
Looking in the bottom of the Gorilla Grow Tent there are three small mesh windows, which can help prevent bugs and other unexpected pests into your garden including actually mold. The HydroHut seems like its mesh is not as fine as the Gorilla Grow Tent ones. So we think the ports are larger in the Gorilla Grow Tent, which is nice, but there are actually more of them in the HydroHut. As for the mesh windows screens, I think they're nicer in the Gorilla Grow Tent. Let's move onto the next features.
Touching on the actual fabric these tents are made of. The HydroHut is a 600D, which refers to the thickness of the canvas--and it does feel pretty thick--and the reflective material does feel pretty good--it's actually a diffuse reflective material. And the one over here in the Gorilla Grow Tent is 1600D being almost three times as thick, and you can actually feel it with your hands. The reflective material they call the diamond reflective material, is as well a diffuser. It's really tough to say which one has a better reflective material without actually putting some light against it and measuring it with a light meter.
Now lets touch on accessibility. You can actually use Gorilla Grow Tents windows, which are pretty handy to see your plants without opening your tent. The front doors open as well as being able to have the walls unzipped, so you can actually access your tent from 360 degrees. And there's a window in the back that's pretty large so you can access the back without unzipping the entire lining of the tent.
Now here for the HydroHut there is a door in the front without a window. And then there are two small windows on the side you can open up. Now these windows are definitely handy, but they are pretty small--it is pretty tough to tend to your plants having windows that small.
Now let's touch on light proofness. One thing we'll note about the HydroHut is that you can see there's a flap inside here that blocks the light from coming through the zipper, which is nice, but I will say that sometimes this flap gets pushed back a little bit and you can see a little bit of light creeping through the zipper. We don't like that too much, but it doesn't happen all the time. And this velcro is here to prevent that, but it doesn't always work 100%.
Now moving over to the Gorilla Grow Tent, they've actually solved this in a pretty smart way--they have a flap on the inside as well as one on the outside that velcro's down, and we've noticed when turning light on inside here, no light escapes. So I would say the Gorilla Grow Tent is a little more light proof than most of the other grow tents out there unless they have a double flap, then they'd be equal.
Okay, so let's talk about zippers. The zipper on the HydroHut does work pretty well, which we can show you here. It's a plastic zipper, it's not metal. Going around corners sometimes you get a little caught, but it does work pretty well. We haven't had any breaks on these HydroHut zippers.
So here's the Gorilla Grow Tent zipper. This is plastic as well, but it does feel a little bit sturdier. Going around corners, we noticed, it glides a little bit easier. As far as the zippers go, although they're similar, we're going to give the smoothness to the Gorilla Grow Tent.
Next we wanted to test how water proof the floor liners are, so we poured some water inside of them--here's the HydroHut. We noticed that the HydroHut was completely waterproof. The way they put their seam in makes it so that the water would have to go over about the 4" that the liner stands tall to actually have it spill onto the floor of your tent. We were pretty happy with the HydroHut. Moving onto the Gorilla Grow Tent liner, it is made the exact same way. And it was completely waterproof as well. For both of these floor liners, if you have a problem with your system going wrong, then you can expect to have quite a bit of water in your liner without it spilling out onto the floor of your tent, and to the area your tent is actually sitting in.
Now you've seen our review and all the features between the HydroHut and the Gorilla Grow Tent, and you can see what traditional grow tents in the market, and you can see what traditional tents in the market are like in comparison to these new lines of Gorilla Grow Tents.
Us at GrowersHouse.com, we've played around, reviewed, compared, and actually sell at least five different companies of grow tents, and we all unanimously here think that Gorilla Grow Tent has probably the best quality and the most features out of any other Grow Tent on the market. So if we were going to consider this review a comparison, Growers House has decided to give this one to the Gorilla Grow Tent being the best grow tent in the market.
If you have any questions, put them in the comments below, this is Nate from Growers House--have a good one.
The Gorilla Grow Tent Review and Comparison blog was written by Nate Lipton.
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