Best Pots for Aloe Plants 2023 [Guide, Pics & More!]

best pots for aloe plants

Aloes are stunning and useful succulents that are easy to grow both inside and outside the home.

While it may be tempting to keep your aloe in the plastic pot it came in, I don’t advise this. Today I am here to show you why ceramic pots make the best pots for aloe plants and why the pot you choose can make all the difference.

However, if you’re like me, it’s not just about how well the pot suits the plant; how it looks is also significant. Who wants to plant their precious aloes in ugly pots that don’t match your style or decor?

In this guide, we are going to pick out our top three picks that we think are the best for planting aloes, from practicality to aesthetics, as well as give you the details on seven different products so you can pick the ideal pot for your plant.

Grow Your Yard Fact
The gel from a cut aloe leaf can be used as a topical treatment for burns, abrasions, and acne.

Top Three Picks for Aloe Pots

Before we get into the complete buying guide, here is a little TLDR of our top three picks out of all these pots.

SE SUN-E Sun-E Modern Style Marbling Ceramic Flower Pot Succulent/Cactus Planter Pots Container Bonsai Planters with Hole 3.35 Inch Gift Idea(4 in Set) Plants Not Included
Best Pick
Sun-E 3 Inch Ceramic Wooden Pattern Succulent Plant Pot Cactus Plant Pot Flower Pot Container Planter Gift Idea 6 in Set
Brajttt 2.5 Inch Ceramic Succulent Planter Pot with Drainage,Planting Pot Flower Pots,Small Planter Pots for Mini Plant Ceramic Flowing Glaze Base Serial Set with Holes
Sun-E Marbling Ceramic Flower Pots
Sun-E Wood Pattern Cactus Plant Set
Brajttt Flowing Glaze Ceramic Flower Pots
$16.99
$21.99
$13.99
SE SUN-E Sun-E Modern Style Marbling Ceramic Flower Pot Succulent/Cactus Planter Pots Container Bonsai Planters with Hole 3.35 Inch Gift Idea(4 in Set) Plants Not Included
Sun-E Marbling Ceramic Flower Pots
$16.99
Best Pick
Sun-E 3 Inch Ceramic Wooden Pattern Succulent Plant Pot Cactus Plant Pot Flower Pot Container Planter Gift Idea 6 in Set
Sun-E Wood Pattern Cactus Plant Set
$21.99
Brajttt 2.5 Inch Ceramic Succulent Planter Pot with Drainage,Planting Pot Flower Pots,Small Planter Pots for Mini Plant Ceramic Flowing Glaze Base Serial Set with Holes
Brajttt Flowing Glaze Ceramic Flower Pots
$13.99

Best Pick:

Sun-E Wood Pattern Cactus Plant Set

These pots are ceramic that are unglazed inside with a drainage hole. They not only fit all the needs of an aloe, but they also look very attractive and add some color and texture to any home.

Runner Up:

Sun-E Marbling Ceramic Flower Pots

I’m sure you will love these planters if you love a rustic look. They meet all the requirements for a good aloe pot, and they look incredibly beautiful at the same time. They also provide excellent value for money.

Budget-Friendly:

Brajttt Flowing Glaze Ceramic Flower Pots

If you want a lot of bang for your buck, these little pots are for you! They are best suited for smaller aloes, but you get six in a pack for such an affordable price that I find this a difficult deal to pass up.

The Best Aloe Pot Reviews

In these reviews, we will focus on smaller aloes that are likely to be kept inside.

Sun-E Wood Pattern Cactus Plant Set

Do you love the look of wood grain but don’t want to deal with the downside of wooden pots? Then this beautiful little set from Sun-E is for you!

The reason that this little set of 6 ceramic planters stands out to me is that they have been painted with a glazing pattern that creates a slightly stylized wooden grain. They are rendered in warm-toned neutrals, which will add some subtle color to any interior.

Each of these pots has a similar opening size, but the shape of the planters changes from pot to pot. This creates a beautifully coordinated look without looking too matchy-matchy. These pots are very contemporary, but they would fit with a variety of home styles, from the more pared back to more rustic maximalism.

The largest pot has a 7.5cm opening, while the smallest is 6.1cm. Each pot has a drainage hole in the bottom, and the inside is unglazed, allowing for absorption.

Pros
  • Go together without completely matching
  • Good-sized drainage holes
  • Inside of the pot is not glazed
Cons
  • Don’t come with saucers for drainage runoff
  • Feet have no cushioning, which can scratch a surface

Zoutog White Mini Cactus Plant Pots

If your style is a little more minimalistic, these matching white Zoutog planters may be to your taste.

This pack features six matching pots that will help retain a consistent aesthetic throughout the house.

The 3.5-inch planters are round with a glazed white finish and a bamboo saucer beneath. This is to catch any excess water runoff from the drainage hole. I really liked how the glossy white finish worked with the bamboo texture, especially once paired with a vivid green aloe.

The main issue I have with these pots is that they are glazed on the inside. This negates the usefulness of ceramic as it will not allow excess moisture to permeate the pot. This may work for other plants, but it’s not what I look for in a pot for an aloe.

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Zoutog White Mini Cactus Plant Pots
  • Free Bamboo Tray: Simple design with a removable draining tray made of...
  • Design: Round planter design with a drainage hole, create a young and fresh...
  • Modern & Simpler: White ceramic Set of 6 mini succulent / flower planter,...
  • Sleek Table Centerpiece: The clean pattern of your planter looks great in...
  • Planter Size: 3.15 * 3.15 * 2.36 inches (L * W * H); Tray Size: 3.23 * 3.23...
Pros
  • Matching set is easy to style in the home
  • Coloring looks very modern when combined with a plant
Cons
  • Inside is glazed
  • Bamboo base may break after prolonged exposure to water

Le Tauci Cement Succulent Pots

Ceramic and terracotta aren’t the only materials I look for when it comes to aloe pots; concrete is also a material I consider because of its ability to absorb any excess water.

These Le Tauci pots are made from slightly rough concrete in a pale shade. The outside is decorated with engraved and painted details in geometric boho black patterns that I think look beautiful next to the green of your plant.

The pots are not sealed or glazed on the outside or the inside, retaining that classic concrete texture. This is a very hardy finish that also allows for some moisture absorption from the soil.

Apart from these appealing qualities, this pair of pots also comes with a tight-fitting drainage saucer and small rings of mesh to cover the drainage hole to stop it from getting blocked up.

These pots come in 5.5 and 3.5-inch diameters, so you can choose the ideal size for your aloes.

Le Tauci Cement Succulent Pots
  • 【GROW YOUR OWN MINIATURE GARDEN】 The decorative boho pot for plants is...
  • 【POT SCREENS & HOLES & DRIP PANS】 The drainage hole & mesh pads in the...
  • 【STYLE YOUR HOME BOHEMIAN】 The boho planters bring your room to life...
  • 【PREMIUM CONCRETE MATERIAL】 Allow you to enjoy this bonsai pots cement...
  • 【CONCRETE ROUGH FINISH】Each pot was hand-made with bumpy texture and...
Pros
  • Concrete is very durable
  • Fun way to add pattern to your decor
Cons
  • Only two pots in the set
  • The saucer may be too small to catch the run-off from watering

Zoutog White Ceramic Planter

If you liked the previous Zoutog white planter, this one is sure to be up your alley.

The pots we looked at earlier are mini pots for individual aloes, but this one is much larger in diameter so that you can plant multiple aloes in one pot. I really like the look of lots of little cactuses sitting together, and this pot delivers on that look, in my opinion.

This pack is a set of two, so you could place them in different places in the house to inject some green into your space. You could even combine your aloes with a few other cacti and succulents to create a little variety.

These have the same glazed white finish and bamboo tray that we looked at earlier, so, unfortunately, this pot has the same issue as before. Since the inside is glazed, the excess water will not permeate the surface, which is not ideal for aloes.

The other issue I have is that there is only one small drainage hole for a large base, which makes me worry that this won’t be sufficient drainage for the aloe.

Zoutog White Ceramic Planter
  • Free Bamboo Tray: Simple design with a removable draining tray made of...
  • Drainage Hole Design: Shallow round planter with a drainage hole, create a...
  • Modern & Simpler: White ceramic Set of 2 succulent / flower planter, add a...
  • Sleek Table Centerpiece: The clean pattern of your planter looks great in...
  • Planter Size: 6.14 * 6.14 * 1.57 inches (L * W * H); Tray Size: 6.22 * 6.22...
Pros
  • Good for planting multiple smaller aloes in one pot
  • Modern style
Cons
  • Drainage hole too small for the size of the planter
  • Glazed inside prevents water absorption

Sun-E Marbling Ceramic Flower Pots

I love adding color and texture to my space using my house plants, and these planters are perfect for that!

These planters combine three-dimensional surface texture with a patterned surface to create a piece that looks almost like it could have been carved from marble. In fact, they are just ceramic with marbled glazing and a pattern of raised diamonds across the surface.

I love the ways these look clustered together, but I also like using them to bring some natural color and texture into a boring spot around the house.

You can buy these as a set of four, where every pot will be a slightly different colorway. They are 3.1 inches in diameter, so they are ideal for smaller aloes.

Of course, the first thing I looked for with these pots was that they had a drainage hole and weren’t glazed inside, and these delivered on both those counts.

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Sun-E Marbling Ceramic Flower Pots
  • SUN-E New collections!Ideal for adding a dash of refreshingly modern design...
  • Material:Ceramic(Made of top-quality clay and baked in high...
  • Approximate Size: 3.35 x 3.35 x 2.56 inch (L x W x H).Planting caliber:2.5...
  • A simple and sleek contemporary petite Beautifully with elegant, attractive...
  • Decorations and plants are not included. Color may vary.Order it...
Pros
  • Beautiful texture and color
  • Each one is unique but still coordinates well
Cons
  • Won’t fit with as many interior styles

D’vine Dev Terracotta Succulent Pot

I’ve shown you a lot of options for ceramic pots, but what about terracotta? Terracotta is an ideal material for aloes, and these pots deliver that and then some!

This set of three has three different diameters: 4.2, 5.3, and 6.5 inches, which is perfect if you have aloes that vary in size. They also come with a small drainage tray to catch any runoff from the well-sized drainage hole.

While these materials are perfect, I don’t feel like they deliver as well when it comes to looks. If you buy these, I would split them up around the house rather than putting them all in one area. The color works really well with the green of your aloes, but when clustered together, it feels like too much of one color.

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D'vine Dev Terracotta Succulent Pot
  • Classic Terracotta Pots – naturally smooth matte finishing.
  • Round Cylinder Design – porous terracotta clay material for succulent...
  • Dimensions – 4.2 inch, 5.3 inch, 6.5 inch, perfect size for small cacti,...
  • Planter pots with drainage holes and detachable/perfectly fitting...
  • Hassle-Free Replacement, If there is any damages, simply contact us,...
Pros
  • Will fit in with a variety of home aesthetics
  • Terracotta ideal for aloes
  • Variety of sizes
Cons
  • Very simple appearance
  • Don’t look as nice when displayed together

Brajttt Flowing Glaze Ceramic Flower Pots

While the previous pots didn’t quite meet my attractiveness requirements, these little pots are a totally different story!

These ceramic Brajttt pots come in a set of six that coordinate but do not match. While the diameter size generally stays the same, each little pot has a slightly different shape and lip design. This makes them perfect for displaying together or using around the house to add a pop of color. The dripping glaze texture is for sure a selling point of these little pots.

While the outside is richly glazed, the inside is unglazed, which is exactly what we’re looking for. They also have drainage holes and small, elegant wooden saucers to catch any excess water.

The only downside to these lovely pots is the size. Aloes need a certain amount of space to grow, and the 2.46-inch diameter of these pots doesn’t leave much room for that. I would use these for very young aloes and repot them once they get too big.

I suggest using these to propagate and plant the pups from your larger aloes.

Brajttt Flowing Glaze Ceramic Flower Pots
  • Mini Set:Those pots are in 6 mini design,size are little difference but all...
  • Material:Ceramic(made of top-quality clay and baked in high...
  • WithDrainage Hole:allows water to flow through the soil to keep your plants...
  • Cute Looking:Mini design in 6 different looking and shape,perfect to...
  • Small Plant Pots only,plants are not included.And Our pattern is made of...
Pros
  • Come with a mat to stop pot scratching surfaces
  • Very varied and beautiful finish
Cons
  • Only suitable for very small aloes
Grow Your Yard Fact
Have you ever wondered how long it takes to grow an aloe from scratch? Find out here.

Buyer’s Guide

So now that we’ve had a thorough look at some of the products on the market, let’s look at what an aloe needs and how the pot you choose can help it to thrive.

The number one factor to keep in mind is that aloes hate to be waterlogged, so the container they are in should be suitable to combat this issue.

Ceramic vs. Plastic

When you buy a new plant, it usually comes in a lightweight plastic pot, but this is only meant for temporary storage. Your plant should be repotted when you get home into a container that is more hardy and suitable for the specific plant.

For aloes, the suitable pot would be made from ceramic, concrete, or terracotta.

These earthenware materials are very hardwearing but that’s not the main reason that they work so well as pots. The main reason we recommend using these materials is because they are slightly porous and breathable. This means that some of the excess moisture from the soil will be absorbed into the pot, which will prevent it from being overwatered.

Drainage

Once you have the right pot material, you need to get drainage right. As we have said, aloes hate sitting in moist soil for prolonged periods of time so a drainage hole is essential.

The hole should be big enough to accommodate for the size of the pot but many holes may be needed for large based pots.

We suggest placing a small piece of mesh or a few pebbles on the bottom of the pot to prevent the drainage hole from getting blocked and leaking soil.

Pot Size

The last factor to consider is pot size, which is more important than you may expect.

The larger the pot you use, the more soil there is to hang onto excess moisture. That means that an aloe in a pot that is too large is at risk of becoming overwatered even if you are strict with your watering.

We suggest choosing a pot that leaves maximum 2 inches of space around the plant.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the best soil for aloes indoors?

The ideal soil for aloes is a well-draining potting mix.

You can use a specific cactus and succulent mix or a nutrient-rich potting mix that is well aerated with perlite.

Are self-watering pots good for aloes?

We do not recommend a self-watering pot for aloes!

Not only are these pots usually plastic, which is not ideal for aloes, but they also keep the soil far too moist. This can lead to overwatering, which can attract pests, cause diseases, and eventually kill your plant.

Aloes prefer infrequent waterings that allow the soil to dry out before watering again.

Can an aloe get root bound?

Yes, aloes can get root bound, but that is not always a bad thing.

Aloes enjoy being a little root bound in a well-sized pot but only to a certain extent. Once the roots start to grow out of the bottom of the drainage hole, then it is time to repot in a slightly larger pot. Make sure that you don’t size up the pot too much.

Final Verdict

At the end of the day, the best pot for your aloe is a ceramic pot that is unglazed in the middle with a drainage hole. The key is to choose a pot that prevents the aloe from sitting in wet soil for prolonged periods of time.

Our number one pick for the best aloe pot is the Sun-E Marbling Ceramic Flower Pots. They are a great value for money while providing a variety of shapes and sizes that show your aloes in their best light.

We hope this has given you all the information you need to pick the ideal pot for your aloe that will keep it growing, happy, and strong.

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