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Top 10 Best Hydroponic and AeroGarden Systems Reviews – [2018 / 2019]

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Growing plants using hydroponics is extremely easy, mess-free and faster than traditional soil growing. A hydroponic or aerogarden system is a great way to grow healthy, organic food in your own home. No messy soil is required, and you can easily grow plants in areas without natural light if you choose a system with LED grow lights.

Hydroponically grown plants will also yield more, so you can grow an abundance of fresh flowers or vegetables. Read on to see our top ten picks for the best hydroponic system. Also see How To Choose A Hydroponic System.  What are the best hydroponic and aerogarden systems?

The 10 Best Hydroponic and AeroGarden Systems

  1. AeroGarden Farm Plus Hydroponic Garden
  2. AeroGarden Ultra (LED) with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
  3. Click & Grow Smart Garden 9 Indoor Gardening Kit
  4. DWC Hydroponic SELF-WATERING Bubbler
  5. AeroGarden Harvest with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
  6. Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponic Bubbler Bucket Kit
  7. Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponic Bucket Kit 5 Gallon
  8. AeroGarden Harvest Elite 360 – Stainless Steel
  9. SavvyGrow DWC Hydroponics Growing System Kit
  10. AIBSI Hydroponics Watering Growing System

Top-Rated Best Hydroponic and AeroGarden Systems

 AeroGarden Farm Plus Hydroponic GardenAeroGarden Ultra (LED) with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod KitClick & Grow Smart Garden 9 Indoor Gardening Kit
editors choice
PlantsUp to 24 plantsUp to 7 plantsUp to 9 plants
LED lighting60W LED lighting30W LED lightingLED lighting system
Special FeaturesOptions for 12, 24, or 36 inch grow heightUp to 24 inch grow heightIncludes 9 plant pods, Includes 3 Mini Tomato, 3 Basil and 3 Green Lettuce Plant pods
Customer Ratings4.4 / 5.0 Stars4.4 / 5.0 Stars4.1 / 5.0 Stars

Also see: Hydroponic Systems Comparison Table


Best Hydroponic and AeroGarden Systems Reviews

#1 AeroGarden Farm Plus Hydroponic Garden

best hydroponic aerogarden systems

At A Glance:

  • Up to 24 plants
  • Options for 12, 24, or 36 inch grow height
  • 60W LED lighting
  • 2 independently adjustable light segments
  • WiFi equipped – control lights from your smartphone
  • Includes salad bar seed pod kit
This AeroGarden has it all. It has two independently adjustable light bars so you can grow plants of different heights at the same time. With the capacity to grow up to 24 plants at once, you can have a huge variety of herbs, vegetables, and more.

This indoor hydroponic garden is also equipped with WiFi, so you can easily control it on your smartphone with the free AeroGarden app. The app provides reminders for watering and feeding, plus you can turn the 60-watt LED lights on and off remotely. You can also easily share photos of your plants to social media with the app. A magnetic trellis is easy to attach and adjust to support your plants as they grow.

The AeroGarden Farm comes in three size options: for 12, 24, and 36 inch maximum grow heights. You can also stack multiple units with a separately sold stacking kit to create a living wall vertical garden. This product also comes with a Salad Bar Seed Pod Kit that includes heirloom greens, herbs, and cherry tomatoes.

The seed pods are guaranteed to grow, and all of the pods are non-GMO, organically sourced, heirloom varieties. Your plants will also be free of herbicide and pesticide, since the included liquid plant food doesn’t contain any of those harmful chemicals.

Your plants are grown with only water, oxygen, liquid plant food, and the LED lights. There is no messy soil, and no guesswork. Hydroponically grown plants can grow up to five times faster than plants in a traditional soil garden. With large dual two-gallon grow bowls, you won’t have to water as frequently and your plants will be hydrated and lush.


#2 AeroGarden Ultra (LED) with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit

At A Glance:

  • Up to 7 plants
  • Up to 24 inch grow height
  • 30W LED lighting
  • Interactive LCD screen with reminders
  • Includes 7 gourmet herb seed pods
  • Includes 3 oz patented nutrients
This AeroGarden is much smaller than the Farm, with room for only seven plants. It features a 30 watt LED light system that is optimized for maximum photosynthesis. The lighting system is tuned to a specific spectrum and uses multiple colors of light to optimize plant growth.

Daylight white LEDs provide fast growth, blue light encourages bigger yields, and red light promotes more flowers and fruit. The lamp arm is adjustable, so it can start low when the plants are first starting to grow, and then be raised all the way up to 24 inches as the plants get bigger.

An interactive LCD screen on the front of the garden provides reminders for when to add water and nutrients, and it also controls the lights, automatically turning them on and off.

Just like the larger AeroGarden Farm, the Ultra grows plants five times faster than soil gardens by using only water, oxygen, patented liquid plant food, and LED lights. As with all AeroGarden products, your plants will be non-GMO and free of herbicides and pesticides.

Testing shows that lettuce grown in an AeroGarden had about 300% more Vitamin C than any lettuce found in stores, so your food will be super fresh and more nutritious too!

AeroGarden sells a wide variety of pre-seeded seed pod kits that are guaranteed to grow, or you can choose to experiment with your own seeds by using the Grow Anything Seed Pods. This model comes with a Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit that includes Genovese basil, Thai basil, thyme, mint, curly parsley, chives, and dill.


#3 Click & Grow Smart Garden 9 Indoor Gardening Kit

At A Glance:

  • Up to 9 plants
  • LED lighting system
  • Includes 9 plant pods
  • No adding of nutrients needed
This indoor garden kit can accommodate up to nine plants at once. This system works slightly differently than the AeroGardens, in that the seed pods contain Click and Grow’s original Smart Soil. The Smart Soil pods contain all the nutrients needed for the grow cycle, and they are gradually released over time.

This works to keep pH levels stable and oxygenate the roots of your plants regularly throughout growth. The watering system for this unit works through capillary action, and since it’s a passive method, there is no pump and therefore no annoying sound. The water tank can hold enough water to last for one month.

The plant pods in this product contain non-GMO seeds, and there no herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides used. Click and Grow claims that herbs grown in their gardens contain up to 600% more vitamins than store bought herbs. Since the Smart Soil is contained in a pod, there won’t be any messy spilled soil to clean up.

This product comes with three mini tomato plants, three basil plants, and three lettuce plant pods. You can purchase a wide variety of pods as well, including herbs like parsley, thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, cilantro, and coriander.

You can also choose to grow strawberries, chilies, peppers, or decorative flowers. Experimental pods are also available so that you can try your own seeds.


#4 DWC Hydroponic SELF-WATERING Bubbler

At A Glance:

  • Up to 6 plants
  • Does not include light
  • Circulates oxygenated, nutrient-rich water
This hydroponic system isn’t as visually appealing as the others on this list and it does not include a grow light, but it otherwise is a complete grow kit. It comes with starter packs of plant nutrients and grow mediums.

The roots of your plants will be suspended below the net pot so that they can be constantly bathed in oxygenated water and nutrients, while the plants grow upwards out of the tub. This growing system needs sunshine, so it will either need to be outside or in a greenhouse.

The water reservoir tub and all the components are made with food-grade polyethylene. There is also a water level indicator so you don’t have to take the whole lid off to check the water level.

The indicator window is blue colored plastic which helps prevent the growth of algae in your water supply, as that can be damaging to your plants and prevent maximum growth.


#5 AeroGarden Harvest with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit

At A Glance:

  • Up to 6 plants
  • 20W LED lighting
  • LCD screen with reminders
  • Includes 6 gourmet herb seed pods
  • Includes 3 oz patented nutrients
This is yet another smaller AeroGarden, with a capacity of six plants. This unit is small enough to fit on a countertop or a large windowsill, and it comes in several attractive color options. The 20-watt LED light arm is adjustable from 4.5 to 12 inches of plant growth height.

As with the Ultra, there is an LCD control panel that provides reminders for when to add water and nutrients, and it automatically controls the light cycle. This unit comes with a selection of gourmet herb seed pods, including Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint.

Any of the AeroGarden seed pods can be used, providing the plants don’t grow taller than 12 inches, unless you have a place to transplant larger seedlings. You can also plant your own seeds in Grow Anything pods.


#6 Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponic Bubbler Bucket Kit

At A Glance:

  • Up to 4 plants
  • 10 inch basket lids
  • Does not include light
  • Needs a large space – includes 4 5-gallon buckets
  • 1 year warranty
Similar to the hydroponic self-watering bubbler, this DWC kit is more appropriate for outdoor or greenhouse growing, because it requires a lot of space and sunlight. The system is made up of four five-gallon buckets and an air pump that runs to each bucket to oxygenate the water.

Ten-inch basket lids sit on top of the buckets so your plants will grow up from there while their roots grow down into the bucket, so that they can be bathed in nutrients and oxygen-rich water. The buckets are FDA-approved and each has a water level indicator and a built-in drain so you can easily change out the water.


#7 Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponic Bucket Kit 5 Gallon

At A Glance:

  • 1 plant only
  • 6 inch basket lid
  • Does not include light
  • 1 year warranty
This kit is the exact same set up as the previous DWC product on this list, but it is a single bucket instead of four, and the basket lid is smaller at only six inches instead of ten.

This is a good option if you are just starting out with hydroponic gardening, as it has a low price point and won’t take up as much space as soon other units.


#8 AeroGarden Harvest Elite 360 – Stainless Steel

At A Glance:

  • Up to 6 plants
  • Up to 12 inch grow height
  • 20W LED lighting
  • Includes 6 gourmet herb seed pods
  • Includes one season worth of Miracle-Gro plant food
This unit is essentially an upgraded version of number five on our list, the AeroGarden Harvest. The Elite version features a stainless steel finish and an ultra-thin grow light hood. It is also a round base design as opposed to the rectangular Harvest. It would fit into any gourmet kitchen flawlessly.

Otherwise, it is very similar to the standard Harvest: it has a 20-watt LED light system, a 12-inch maximum grow height, and a six-plant capacity. It comes with the same six gourmet herbs: Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint.

This unit has a vacation mode, which will limit light hours to slow the growth of plants. This will use less water and the plants won’t need pruning while you are away. You also have the option to customize the light settings for everyday use.


#9 SavvyGrow DWC Hydroponics Growing System Kit

At A Glance:

  • Up to 28 plants
  • 3 tubs with different sized plant holes
  • Does not include light
  • Does not include nutrients
This product comes with three large buckets, and each lid has different number and size of holes. One lid has six large holes, one has eight medium holes, and the last one has fourteen small holes. This way you can grow a variety of different types and sizes of plants.

It comes with a pump that moves 15 liters of air per minute, plus six airstones so two can be placed in each bucket. Each bucket also has a water level indicator so you can easily see when you need to refill.

The SavvyGrow does not include seeds, nutrients, or lights, but those can be purchased separately as necessary. By growing your vegetables in the SavvyGrow system, you will have super fresh, organic, chemical-free plants. Since there is no soil involved, there is no risk for soil-based pests, and therefore no need for pesticides.


#10 AIBSI Hydroponics Watering Growing System

At A Glance:

  • 2 modes of 8W LED lighting
  • Includes planting pots
  • Can automatically irrigate for up to 3 weeks
  • Uses vermiculite medium
This small hydroponic indoor garden is perfect for a countertop herb or flower garden. It has a growing area of up to 12 inches in height. The 8-watt LED light has a white light setting, pink light setting to promote growth, and an automatic lighting mode to provide up to 16 hours of light each day.

This unit is super easy to use. You simply fill the water box with water and fertilizer, put seeds into each slot of the vermiculite medium, turn on the power supply, and adjust the height of the LED lights. It can automatically irrigate for up to three weeks, and will provide a water shortage reminder.

The kit comes with some seeds, but any seeds can be used as long as the plants won’t exceed the 12-inch grow height, or you can transplant larger plants to an outdoor garden when they get too tall. As with all other hydroponic systems, your plants will be organic and pesticide free.

This unit differs slightly from the others on this list because it uses a vermiculite medium to suspend the seeds and plants above the water, as opposed to a seed pod system.


Hydroponic Systems Comparison Table

  PricePlants CapacityLED LightingSpecial FeaturesCustomer Ratings
AeroGarden Farm Plus Hydroponic Garden$683.13Up to 24 plants60W LED lightingOptions for 12, 24, or 36 inch grow height 4.4 / 5.0 Stars
AeroGarden Ultra (LED) with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit$234.99Up to 7 plants30W LED lightingUp to 24 inch grow height4.4 / 5.0 Stars
Click & Grow Smart Garden 9 Indoor Gardening Kit$199.95Up to 9 plants
LED lighting system
Includes 9 plant pods, Includes 3 Mini Tomato, 3 Basil and 3 Green Lettuce Plant pods
4.1 / 5.0 Stars
DWC Hydroponic SELF-WATERING Bubbler$139.00Up to 6 plants
Does not include light
Circulates oxygenated, nutrient-rich water
4.1 / 5.0 Stars
AeroGarden Harvest with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit$145.34Up to 6 plants
20W LED lighting
Includes 6 gourmet herb seed pods
3.8 / 5.0 Stars
Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponic Bubbler Bucket Kit$99.99Up to 4 plants
Does not include light
10 inch basket lids, includes 4 5-gallon buckets
4.1 / 5.0 Stars
Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponic Bucket Kit 5 Gallon$39.991 plant only
Does not include light
Includes 5 Gallon FDA Approved Bucket + 6 inch Basket Lid4.1 / 5.0 Stars
AeroGarden Harvest Elite 360 – Stainless Steel$159.99Up to 6 plants
20W LED lighting
Up to 12 inch grow height, Includes 6 gourmet herb seed pods

N/A
SavvyGrow DWC Hydroponics Growing System Kit$169.99Up to 28 plants
Does not include light
3 tubs with different sized plant holes, Does not include nutrients

4.1 / 5.0 Stars
AIBSI Hydroponics Watering Growing System$49.99-2 modes of 8W LED lightingIncludes planting pots, Uses vermiculite medium

N/A

How To Choose A Hydroponic System

First, consider how many plants you want to grow at once. The systems in this list have capacities between 1 and 28 plants, so choose one based on how many varieties and quantities of plants that you desire. If you are just getting started, a smaller option is a good way to experiment.

But if you are experienced or want to feed a family with hydroponically grown vegetables, a larger option would be more fitting, and would pay itself off with continued use since you will greatly reduce your grocery bill for vegetables and herbs.

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Second, decide where you want to grow your plants. If you plan to have the unit inside your home, you will need to choose an option with an LED light included, buy a grow light separately, or place the unit in a very sunny window.

Some units are not weatherproof and are specifically designed to be used indoors, while others are large, somewhat ungainly contraptions that would be best suited to a sunny outdoor space or greenhouse. There are options in this list that can work for anyone, whether you live in a microstudio or on a sprawling farm.

Finally, think about the type of plants you plan to grow. Some units are appropriate for small herb plants, while others have a higher grow height capacity and are better suited to tomato plants and other larger vegetables.

If you are only using the hydroponic garden to raise seedlings and then plan to transplant them to an outdoor garden, grow height won’t be an issue, but if you plan to raise the plants to maturity in the hydroponic garden, you’ll need to account for the mature plant height.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions About Hydroponic Systems

Question: What is hydroponic gardening?

Answer: Hydroponic gardening is a method of hydroculture in which plants are grown without soil. The roots of the plants are submerged in water that is oxygenated, and bathed in a plant food mixture that contains essential minerals.

LED grow lights are frequently used with hydroponic systems to allow for indoor growing and provide optimal light supply for maximum plant growing and production.

 

Question: What are the benefits of hydroponic farming?

Answer: There are several benefits of growing plants hydroponically. One is that hydroponically grown plants grow faster and yield more as compared to traditional soil grown plants.

AeroGarden claims that plants grown in their products grow up to five times faster than traditional soil plants. Another benefit is that vegetables and herbs are more dense in nutrients as compared to store-bought products.

Since there is no soil involved, hydroponic plants aren’t as susceptible to bug infestations, funguses, and diseases. Since the plants don’t have to expend as much energy searching for water and nutrients, they have more energy to devote to growing and producing a large yield.

Finally, hydroponic gardening benefits the environment too — it uses much less water than soil gardening since water is recirculated and artificially oxygenated, topsoil erosion is a non-issue with hydroponic farming, and pesticides generally aren’t needed at all on hydroponic plants.

 

Question: What can I grow in a hydroponic garden?

Answer: Depending on the exact set up of your hydroponic garden, you can grow a wide variety of food and flower plants.

Strawberries, peppers, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, green beans, and herbs are popular and easy options, while some root vegetables such as potatoes can also be grown hydroponically, although it will require sufficient room in the root area medium.

Plants that take up lots of space are not usually appropriate for hydroponic gardening, including pumpkins, corn, melons, large flowers, etc. Plants that need to be pollinated can be grown hydroponically, but it will require extra work on your end to artificially pollinate flowers with a brush.

Buyer’s Tips

Shop around until you find exactly what you need. There are so many options for hydroponic and aerogarden systems available that you will definitely be able to find the perfect one for your situation. The ten we’ve listed above cover a wide range of options, but we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s out there.

Compare prices. While Amazon usually has the best deals and free shipping on many items, there are other shopping channels out there that might have a better deal or a sale. Keep in mind that for some of the kits, you will need to purchase additional items such as seeds, LED grow lights, fertilizer, etc.

This can make a big difference in your budget, so buying a kit that includes everything can make more sense even though the unit price is more. It also takes the guesswork out of finding exactly what you need to make your plants grow.

Check warranties and read reviews to get an idea of a company’s customer service. While ideally your hydroponic gardening kit would show up in perfect condition and everything would work as promised, that’s not always the case.

It’s a good idea to read about warranties and quality of customer service just in case, so you can avoid a potential headache if you do encounter a problem.


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R. L. Moore "El Tigre"

Richard M. aka El Tigre is an avid adventure traveler with extensive trekking experience throughout Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. In 1998 he weathered category 5 Hurricane Mitch on the northern coast of Honduras. He has mountain-biked, hiked and 4x4 toured extensively in Central America, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico. In the summer of 2004 he lived among the Kuna Indians of the San Blas islands in Panama. Today, he manages a real estate investments company based in San Jose, Costa Rica and organizes adventure travel excursions to Costa Rica. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys sport touring and dual-sport riding. Richard lives in Arizona.

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