Even if you have plenty of outdoor space for your plant family, there comes a time when you may need to bring them indoors. Indoor planters work to keep your plants happy and healthy while also protecting your floors and other surfaces. They can also be a great way to add extra style to your space. Our top pick, the Fox & Fern Fiberstone Pot, works with a variety of interior decor styles and includes a drainage hole to keep your plants happy and healthy in their new home.
“Typically, planters will have drainage holes at the bottom so that water can flow freely so the plant’s roots are not sitting in excess moisture,” said Alfred Palomares, vice president of merchandising and resident plant dad at 1-800-Flowers. “Plants that live in pots without drainage holes require additional attention to ensure there is no overwatering. An excess of water can lead to root rot and affect growth.”
Here are the best indoor planters.
Fox & Fern Fiberstone Plant Pot
Makes the plant the focus
Comes in white or black
Runs slightly small
For a neutral look that lets your plant shine, you can’t go wrong with this minimalist design from Fox & Fern. While pricey, it’s made of high-quality materials that look at home in your living room or shared office space. The proprietary fiberstone is lightweight enough to move around if needed and UV-resistant. Even if you have a sun-loving plant that needs to be by a window, you can rest assured knowing this pot will maintain its color and finish.
You can choose a finish for your indoor pot—glossy or matte, with a color choice of white or black if you opt for matte. It also comes in four sizes as well as a family grouping. We recommend getting a saucer or opting for the white matte pot, which includes an optional saucer. The pot does include a drainage hole, which is good for plant health, but note that water will drip down on your floors or furniture if it’s not resting in a saucer.
Because this indoor planter features a modern, minimalist design, it doesn’t do much on its own to add style to its surroundings. The pop comes from the plant you put inside. The pot has a wide lip, which makes it look substantial and stylish, but this does reduce the actual available real estate for your plant’s roots. It’s best to get a larger size if you expect your plant to grow much.
Price at time of publish: $55
Size: 8, 10, 12, 15, and 20 inch | Material: Fiberstone ceramic | Weight: 4.84 pounds (family set only) | Weight Capacity: Not listed
Zmtech Self Watering Plastic Planter, Set of 3
Multiple color choices
Made of plastic
Will wear faster
This affordably-priced set of three pots is perfect for small indoor plants—in fact, it likely costs less than the plants themselves! Available in a number of sizes and combinations, you’ll get plenty of value out of this set, especially if you’re planning to bring multiple plants indoors. Each pot features a self-watering saucer, which attaches to the pot but can still drain the water away when tilted. You can also remove it to dry out the bottom of the pot and roots when needed.
These indoor-ready pots come in four colors: blue, gray, white, and green. The sets of three come in varying combinations of these three, as well as all white. The bottom is speckled to replicate a natural pebble finish. Because the pots are made of plastic, note that they will wear faster than more durable materials. But it’s hard to beat the price for the adorable little pots.
Price at time of publish: $19
Size: 4.7, 6, 6.5, 7, 8, 8.5, 10, and 12 inches | Material: Plastic | Weight: Not provided | Weight Capacity: Not listed
West Elm Pure Ceramic Planters
Distinctive modern look
Versatile for various plant types
Large enough for small trees
Available in multiple sizes
The fluid lines of this planter complement the natural look of your plants while the matte white finish doesn’t draw too much attention from the star of the show. There are three sizes to choose from, and the largest size measures 10 inches in diameter; that’s enough space to hold a small tree, such as fiddle leaf figs, or a monstera. West Elm makes a complementary line of home decor in this line, including planters in other sizes as well as tabletop centerpieces and vases. You can create a grouping for a larger impact or let individual planters make a style statement on their own.
The planter is watertight, which is good if your plant can take heavy watering without drainage. If you do need a drainage hold to prevent roots from getting waterlogged, this isn’t the best option. This indoor pot is also quite expensive, and you don’t want to risk cracking it if you try to drill a drainage hole in the bottom.
Price at time of publish: $39 for 3.5"D x 5.5"H
Size: 3.5, 6, and 10.2 inches | Material: Ceramic | Weight: Not listed | Weight Capacity: Not listed
Corrigan Studio Winkler Stoneware Pot Planter
Rustic design details
Lightweight and easy to move
Limited plant space
This adorable little planter has equally adorable feet to elevate it off your table, countertop, or desk and a chevron pattern on a rustic white surface for added detail. It’s ideal for small plants like succulents, bamboo, or aloe vera as it measures just 7 inches across (6" inside the pot). Made of ceramic, the entire indoor pot weighs just 3.8 pounds, making it easy to move around as needed.
This pot is more decorative than well-designed for most plants. If your plant doesn’t need a lot of drainage or space, it’s a great choice with a stylish exterior that’ll work well. However, if you’re trying to pot or propagate a plant that’s very picky about its soil and environment, you’ll likely get frustrated trying to keep track of the moisture level in this compact planter.
Price at time of publish: $33
Size: 7 inches (6 inches inside) | Material: Ceramic | Weight: 3.8 pounds | Weight Capacity: 6 ounces
Kante Round Concrete Planter
Multiple color options
Large enough for trees
Natural variations in concrete
Heavy to move
The industrial chic look of the Kante concrete planter definitely makes a statement, thanks to both its large size and distinctive rustic styling. The shape is tapered just slightly to help the planter stay stable and bring the eye up to the plant inside it. You can choose from seven different color variations, all of which stay in a neutral palette. The 11.6-inch diameter pot is large enough for small-to-mid-sized trees, and if you need to go bigger, there’s also a 15.3-inch diameter version that’s great for outdoor use.
Because this indoor planter is made of concrete, it’s quite heavy. It does, however, have a drainage hole and is UV-resistant so you don’t need to worry about moving it outdoors in the milder seasons or putting it close to a window. There are visible pores in the concrete, which adds to the overall style.
Price at time of publish: $39
Size: 11.6 inches | Material: Concrete | Weight: 9.7 pounds | Weight Capacity: Not listed
Best for Herbs
Cole & Mason Indoor Self-Watering Herb Garden Planter
Metal prevents water evaporation
Fits on kitchen windowsill
Make it easy to grow herbs indoors inside a sleek planter with this smart self-watering pick. Constructed out of carbon steel, this Cole & Mason herb planter is extra durable and makes a perfect pairing with any modern farmhouse kitchen. That steel also keeps water in the self-watering reservoir so it doesn’t evaporate quickly. This planter is specifically designed for herbs, and it’s small enough to sit on most kitchen windowsills.
At the base of this indoor-ready planter are four felt pads that go under your plant. This lets the herbs “drink” water from the felt as needed, reducing the frequency with which you actually have to refill and water. Because herbs grow quickly if not used often, your plants may outgrow this small planter within just a couple of weeks if you’re not active in the kitchen.
Price at time of publish: $40
Size: 4.92 inches | Material: Carbon steel | Weight: 0.54 pounds | Weight Capacity: 10 ounces
Lechuza Classico Self-Watering Indoor Planter
Includes self-watering setup pieces
Indoor or outdoor use
Convenient water level indicator
Few color options
Made of plastic
The Lechuza Classico planter is made for indoor/outdoor use, which makes it great for any weather—including UV rays that may come through your windows. During the warmer months, your plant can live outdoors in its large planter. Constructed out of lightweight but durable plastic, it’s easy enough to bring this planter indoors when temperatures drop.
The self-watering design lets your plant’s roots absorb water as needed without getting too much or too little at once. It also cuts down on your need to constantly water a picky plant. The planter comes with an interior tray that lifts the plant and its roots out of the water reservoir, as well as inorganic granules to further regulate the path of water to get up to the plant. The water level indicator lets you know when it is time to refill.
There are a few color options to choose from, including white, nutmeg, slate, and purple garnet. As long as these complement your decor and your plant’s foliage, you’ll be happy with the variety. White is always a popular neutral choice that works with any style.
Price at time of publish: $55
Size: 8 inches | Material: Plastic | Weight: 2.2 pounds | Weight Capacity: Not listed
Mercury Row Delorme 2-Piece Ceramic Pot Planter
Elevated plant stand
Modern mix of ceramic and wood
Multiple colors and finishes
Saucer is an eyesore
Limited room for roots
Give your indoor plants a lift with this ceramic Mercury Row pot paired with an elevated base. Part of this planter’s height comes from the included wooden stand, which adds style and makes it easier to keep track of your plant’s needs; it even limits the need for excess garden soil. Just make sure your plant won’t miss the extra space for root growth. The planter comes in white and black, with multiple finishes available for the modern base.
At the base of this indoor pot, you’ll find built-in drainage holes and a clear plastic saucer. While the saucer also fits in the stand, it does detract from the streamlined look a little bit. We still think it’s worth using for your plant’s health—not to mention protecting your floor underneath from water spills.
Price at time of publish: $150
Size: 13 inches | Material: Ceramic and wood | Weight: 16.5 pounds | Weight Capacity: 60 pounds
Mkono Ceramic Hanging Planter, Set of 2
Set of two
Modern look and shape
Drainage holes with stopper
Hanging materials included
Some assembly required
This set of two hanging pots works well whether you place them individually or together as a group. They’re made of white porcelain, in geometrical modern shapes, and come with holes already drilled for the included polyester rope as well as drainage holes on the bottom. These indoor pots also include plugs for the drainage holes so you can prevent leaks and drips when you aren’t monitoring them. Just remember to let the plants inside drain periodically to keep root rot away.
You will need to assemble the rope somewhat to get it at just the right height and spot you want for your space. Tying instructions are included; you’ll want to follow them closely to prevent your pots from falling down, spilling both dirt and plant.
Price at time of publish: $38
Size: 8 inches (shallow), 6 inches (deep) | Material: Porcelain | Weight: 5.39 pounds | Weight Capacity: Not listed
Best With Plant
Pottery Barn Live Neon Pothos in Planter
Includes a plant
Multiple pot color choices
Comes with drainage hole and saucer
Growing and care instructions included
Plant can get damaged in transit
More expensive than buying plant and pot separately
If you’re a new plant parent, consider the live Neon Pothos plant that comes in its own indoor-ready planter from Pottery Barn. The pot is available in three neutral color choices (white, black, and terra cotta), while the pothos itself is neon green, providing just the right amount of natural color pop to any space. Inside the pot is a built-in drainage hole, and it’s paired with a matching saucer to keep leaks contained and roots perfectly hydrated. While it is cheaper to purchase a plain pot and plant at your local nursery, this is a great way to get started with an all-in-one solution.
You will need to care for this plant once it comes to your home. Depending on how far it traveled, you may want to repot it with fresh soil or prune any leaves that didn’t survive the trip. Each plant will be unique and give you a great chance to start a plant collection in your home. Don’t worry—the pothos is easy to care for, doesn’t need much water or sunlight, and comes with instructions.
Price at time of publish: $69 for 4"
Size: 4 and 6 inches | Material: Ceramic | Weight: 3 (4") and 5 (6") pounds | Weight Capacity: 5 (4") and 7 (6") pounds
Our top pick is the Fox & Fern Fiberstone Pot, an indoor planter with modern style that comes in either black or white and five different size options. Your plants will be happy that every pot includes an offset drainage hole to prevent waterlogged roots. If you want something more affordable in a set of three, consider the Zmtech Plant Pots, Set of 3. This budget-friendly pick is perfect for those just beginning an indoor plant collection who want to try a few different varieties without breaking their budget.
What to Look For in an Indoor Planter
Planters are often made of ceramic, terracotta, wood, stone, fiberglass, plastic, and more. The material you choose will impact the planter’s weight, along with its porosity and aesthetics.
Terracotta and wood planters offer high levels of porosity, allowing soil to dry more quickly. This can reduce the chance of root rot. Fiberglass planters weigh less, making them a good choice for potting a very large plant. Other materials, including ceramic and stone, are chosen for their visual appeal.
Alfred Palomares, vice president of merchandising and resident plant dad at 1-800-Flowers, recommends thinking about the watering requirements of your plants when choosing a planter: “Planters such as terracotta are porous and allow air to circulate in the soil and draw away excess moisture.”
Indoor planters usually have a drainage hole, though some planters have more than one and others have none. Ideally, you should look for a planter with at least one drainage hole. Some include a plug that you can either leave in place or remove, depending on your watering routine. Since poor drainage is a common reason houseplants die, this is not a feature to be overlooked.
The diameter of an indoor planter should match the size requirements of your plant. A planter that is too small can stifle the growth of your plant, while one that is too large may look out of proportion.
If you're repotting a plant, check the size of your current pot and plant, and move up only one pot size. A dramatic change in pot size may lead to soil that doesn't dry out quickly enough, causing root rot for your plant.
How do you drain indoor planters?
If the planter has a drain hole, it will allow excess water to escape after watering. Be sure to place the planter on a saucer to catch draining water if you’re hoping to prevent a mess. You can also place the planter in a sink, tub, or outside to drain. For an indoor planter without a plug, known as a cachepot, you'll need to turn the planter over to empty any standing water that remains after watering.
What type of planters should you use for an indoor garden?
Since well-draining soil is essential for the health of most plants grown indoors, choose a planter with at least one drainage hole. In addition, an unglazed clay pot or wood planter will allow for the soil to thoroughly dry between waterings.
“Ultimately, planters should provide the drainage and air flow needed to keep greenery healthy,” said Palomares. “Ceramic and clay pots that have a natural finish work best as they are porous and will help absorb excess water.”
How do you prevent indoor hanging planters from draining onto the floor?
There are several ways to avoid a puddle of water forming underneath your hanging planter. The first is to remove your hanging planter and water it in a sink or bathtub. After allowing plenty of time for it to drain, re-hang. Another option is to choose a hanging planter with an attached saucer, which will catch any dripping water. The third option is to water your plant in small amounts more frequently, with the goal of giving just enough water to moisten your plant without saturating the soil to the point that it drips. This can be hard to do, so most people use one of the first two methods to prevent planters from draining onto the floor.
Why Trust the Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Katie Melynn, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. She has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. When moving from a home with an outdoor garden to an apartment, she brought many of her plants indoors, using them to add style and function to her space. To compile this list, Melynn looked for planters that would ensure plants stayed healthy while also being easy to maintain. She also talked to Alfred Palomares, vice president of merchandising and resident plant dad at 1-800-Flowers, about the best materials, design, and plant care tips for indoor plants.