Thick, durable mat stays flat and is available in multiple sizes. Germinates seeds in roughly half of the normal time. Heat is evenly distributed throughout mat and stays at a consistent temperature. Power cord is 6' long.
Mat sits at a slightly higher price point.
Clear instructions make set up quick and simple. Included thermostat allows you to set and regulate the temperature. Thermostat shows temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Plants typically sprout in about a week. Mat effectively keeps soil at a consistent temperature.
LED lights in thermostat don't last very long, but thermostat is still readable without lights.
Mat comes in reusable storage bag. Germinates most seeds in less than a week. Mat is water and weather resistant. Heat is evenly distributed. Mat is constructed of 5 layers for added safety. Edges smooth and stay flat. Comes in at a low price point.
Edges of mat tend to curl up when nothing is placed on top.
Power cord is well hidden and doesn't obstruct use of the mat. Multi-layered mat is waterproof and easy to wipe clean. Seeds sprout 2-5 days earlier than usual with this mat. Large 48" x 20" mat doesn't use too much energy.
Power cord is on the shorter side.
Mat heats up quickly and evenly. Most seeds sprout within 3-7 days. The subtle heat helps move along the growth process without drying out your soil. Power connection is securely covered to protect from potential water spills.
Mat arrives rolled up and takes quite some time to flatten out.
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Plant heating mats are essential for anyone looking to get into gardening. Heating mats will significantly jump-start the seedling germination process. You’ll see an increased number of successful seeds as well as faster grow times. Most mats are designed to heat roughly 10-20 degrees above the current room temperature. However, you can also find plant heating mats with their own thermostat. In that case, you can set and regulate the temperature yourself. Look for a mat with a waterproof outer layer in case of any spills. Alternatively, these mats are commonly used for heating reptile tanks or for home brewing wine, beer, and kombucha.
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