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Top 5 Best Indoor Herb Garden Kits Reviews – [2018 / 2019]

An Overview Of The Pros & Cons Of The Top-Rated Herb Growing Kits For Indoors

Let’s be honest: buying herbs at the store just isn’t as satisfying as growing them on your own. While many grow theirs in their own garden, farm, or backyard, not everyone has that option.

Weather may not be ideal where you live to grow the herbs you want, so you may have to opt for an indoor herb garden, which is honestly way more fun!  So what is the best herb garden for growing indoors?

If you’re serious about growing herbs indoors, then you’ll love one of these best indoor herb garden kits, and they’re all covered in detail right here! Also see How To Choose The Best Indoor Herb Garden Kit later in this article.

Quick Answer: The 5 Best Indoor Herb Garden Kits

  1. AeroGarden Ultra (LED) with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
  2. Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 Indoor Home Garden
  3. AquaSprouts Garden
  4. iRSE Indoor Garden Kit
  5. Herb Garden Planter by Planter Pro’s

Best Indoor Herb Garden Kits

 AeroGarden Ultra (LED) with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod KitClick and Grow Smart Garden 9 Indoor Home GardenAquaSprouts Garden
editors choice
Plants Grown3 plants3 plants3 plants
LEDs 4 white, 4 red 4 white, 4 red4 white, 4 red
Included Kit 3 mini tomato, 3 basil, 3 green lettuce 3 mini tomato, 3 basil, 3 green lettuce3 mini tomato, 3 basil, 3 green lettuce
Customer Ratings4.4 / 5.0 Stars4.1 / 5.0 Stars3.8 / 5.0 Stars

Also see: Indoor Herb Garden Kits – Comparison Table


The 5 Best Indoor Herb Garden Kits Reviews

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

herb garden kit editor's choice

The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED at a Glance:

  • Plants Grown: 7 plants
  • LEDs: Full-spectrum 30-watt
  • Included Kit: Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Thyme, Mint, Curly Parsley, Chives, Dill
  • Control Panel: Interactive LCD screen
The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED is kind of like the Rolls Royce of indoor herb garden kits. It makes growing fresh herbs and vegetables almost too easy. If you’re tired of growing herbs in pots, then this is the perfect solution.

This smart countertop indoor garden kit can grow herbs, veggies, salad greens, flowers, and more (up to 7 plants at a time) by using water and patented nutrients to grow the plants. Say “goodbye” to pesticides, and anything potentially-harmful.

As if 30 watts of high-performance LED lighting wasn’t enough, the lights are fine-tuned to the perfect spectrum to let plants maximize photosynthesis.

Daylight white LEDS give rapid, natural growth, blue LEDS provide abundant harvests, and red LEDs are ideal for growing flowers and fruit. The lights are so effective, that they grow an impressive 5 times faster than when grown traditionally, in soil.

To control it all, the user-friendly interactive LCD screen control panel essentially leads you from the initial set-up, to harvest, and even gives useful gardening tips so you have the most bountiful, beautiful harvest possible.

Set it up in just minutes, insert the included Seed Pods, add water, nutrients, and you’re all set! If you don’t mind spending a bit more cash, we highly recommend this one!


#2 Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 Indoor Home Garden

Click and Grow Smart Garden at a Glance:

  • Plants Grown: 3 plants
  • LEDs: 4 white, 4 red
  • Included Kit: 3 mini tomato, 3 basil, 3 green lettuce
  • Control Panel: none
The Click and Grow Smart Garden is one of the most stylish, beautiful indoor herb garden kits we’ve seen. The bright, fresh greenery combined with the sleek Scandinavian design (available in Beige, Gray, or White) will only add to the style of your home, and will add something tasty to the table.

This indoor garden kit only allows for three plants to be grown at the same time, so if you’re just starting out or don’t want to grow a lot at once, this is an excellent option. You can get started as soon as you receive your kit! It comes with 3 mini tomato, 3 basil, and 3 green lettuce pods.

None of them contain GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides, so you can rest assure you and your family will be eating safe and healthy. However, if you would like to purchase other types of plants, they have a huge selection of over 40 plants for you to choose from. You can also use your own seeds, if you’d like!


#3 AquaSprouts Garden

AquaSprouts Garden at a Glance:

  • Plants Grown: 3 plants
  • LEDs: 4 white, 4 red
  • Included Kit: 3 mini tomato, 3 basil, 3 green lettuce
  • Control Panel: none
The AquaSprouts Garden is definitely one of the most unique herb growing kits we’ve seen. The design will turn heads, but the way it’s set up also serves a purpose. The freestanding unit features a gorgeous aquarium (doesn’t come included) on the bottom, and an indoor garden on the top.

This essentially eliminates the need for “normal” fertilizers. Upkeep is extremely simple and is self-sustaining. The fish fertilize the plants, while the plants keep the water clean for the fish. The kit comes with a special clay, which helps support the plants in the grow bed, while also converting fish waste into nutrients, and filtering out uneaten fish food.

The design is perfect for a modern, sleek kitchen, and as it is black matte, it goes with just about anything. Assembly may look complicated, but it’s actually extremely simple. The removable light bar can attach to any standard grow light you’d like. Adjust according to the plants that you have.

The kit also comes with a submersible 9.5 watt/120 V 160 gallons per hour pump. In addition, a 24-hour timer can be placed to go off at every 15 minutes.


#4 iRSE Indoor Garden Kit

iRSE Indoor Garden Kit at a Glance:

  • Plants Grown: 2 plants
  • LEDs: 3 LED modes, white/pink
  • Included Kit: Lettuce Seeds
  • Control Panel: none
The iRSE Indoor Garden is the perfect kitchen herb garden if you want something super low-maintenance, or you’re buying it to teach children about gardening. It also works as a wonderful piece of décor for the office or kitchen.

The kit includes two mode click LED lights: either white for regular “grow” lighting, and pink/red for growing more abundant plants, as it mimics sunlight. The great thing about hydroponics, is that you can grow fresh herbs and other plants (teas, veggies, fruits, etc.) without having to deal with the mess or worrying about not watering it enough.

It also includes two detachable pods and a water reservoir. As you can probably guess from that, that means it only grows two plants at a time. The box comes with lettuce seeds, fertilizers, as well as planting media so you have everything you or your little one needs to get started. Just set it up, and forget it’s even there until they’re ready to be consumed!


#5 Herb Garden Planter by Planter Pro’s

Planter Pro’s Herb Garden Planter at a Glance:

  •  Plants Grown: 3 plants
  • LEDs: n/a
  • Included Kit: Thyme, Oregano, Chives, Parsley, Cilantro, Basil
  • Control Panel: none
Not all kitchen herb garden kits have to be high-tech, or even hydroponic. Sometimes doing things the “traditional way” gives us even more satisfaction. The Planter Pro’s Herb Garden Planter is one of the most beautiful ones out there, coming in either hand-painted Coastal Turquoise, or Wicker Brown. Both are sure to warm your home, and make you happy each time you see them.

The kit comes with three premium red Cedar mini planters, with a blackboard on the front of each, so you can write what’s growing, seeds, a water-resistant Cedar drip tray, a seed storage bag, and compressed nutrient-rich soil. Each planter is naturally rot-and-insect-resistant, and looks great, year after year.

The lightweight Wondersoil is made from premium coco coir with low salts, promoting strong roots, faster germination, and boosted growth. It also comes with 6 different seed herbs: Basil, Thyme, Chives, Oregano, Cilantro, and Parsley – all GMO-free. Despite not being hydroponic, it’s also surprisingly low-maintenance and quite clean.


Indoor Herb Garden Kits – Comparison Table

Best Indoor Herb Garden Kits PricePlants GrownLEDsIncluded KitCustomer Ratings
AeroGarden Ultra (LED) with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit$217.987 plants
Full-spectrum 30-watt Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Thyme, Mint, Curly Parsley, Chives, Dill4.4 / 5.0 Stars
Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 Indoor Home Garden$199.953 plants 4 white, 4 red3 mini tomato, 3 basil, 3 green lettuce4.1 / 5.0 Stars
AquaSprouts Garden$149.953 plants4 white, 4 red3 mini tomato, 3 basil, 3 green lettuce3.8 / 5.0 Stars
iRSE Indoor Garden Kit$59.992 plants 3 LED modes, white/pinkLettuce Seeds3,7 / 5.0 Stars
Herb Garden Planter by Planter Pro’s$54.953 plantsN/A Thyme, Oregano, Chives, Parsley, Cilantro, Basil4.0 / 5.0 Stars

How To Choose the Best Indoor Herb Garden Kit

While there are an abundance of indoor kits out there, not every single one is going to fit your needs, or even your style. Just because one looks good doesn’t mean it’s going to work well with your expectations or lifestyle. To make sure you choose the best one for you, let’s briefly clarify what you should be looking for in each one.

Type

As you can see above, there are various different types. The two main kinds we have featured above, are hydroponic, along with one a couple that are non-hydroponic, or “traditional”. Hydroponic herb garden planters work with LED lights to grow your plants.

That’s right – no water or messy soil needed at all to grow luscious, beautiful plants! There is one item on our list which works in conjunction with an aquarium, which is a bit different than all other types. This one operates by having the fish fertilize the plants, while the plants work to clean the water.

The last type is the traditional type, where you’ll use soil and water. If you’re going this route, realize it will take more upkeep and time than the others. However, they are gorgeous, and can be fun to look after. The choice is yours.

If you have an extremely busy lifestyle and don’t want to have to worry about watering the plants, hydroponic is an excellent choice.

LED Wattage

Let’s say you decide you’d like to go with a hydroponic indoor garden kit. Great! They’re easy to use, and great if you would like a low-maintenance way to grow herbs and other plants. However, not every one is the same.

As you can see, based on the products above, they vary greatly with their LEDs. With that, you’ll get a variation in the wattage. Many consumers, when purchasing their first hydroponic kit, don’t pay attention or think to look into how much electricity their new unit is going to use.

Powerful players, like the AeroGarden Bounty, uses up to a whopping 45 watts (which honestly isn’t bad for such a large system), while smaller units tend to use around a low 5 watts, due to onboard LED lighting systems.

Number of Yields

How many plants would you ideally like to grow at the same time? Are you just starting out or are purchasing one for a child? If so, then 2 or 3 is ideal. They’re small, portable, and very low-maintenance.

However, if you’re experienced, or want to fill your table with fresh herbs, then you could easily pick a system that allows more – once again, like the AeroGarden, which offers up to 7 at a time.

Technology

Are you on the hunt for a more basic, traditional herb growing kit? In that case, maybe you’d like the Planter Pro’s Herb Garden Grower, which provides 3 red Cedar units to grow plants the “traditional” way. If you want to go hydroponic, they all kind of vary in terms of technology.

The more elite kits are going to come with touch-screen control panels that guides you through every step of the process. It will alert you when you need to water or add nutrients, and even activate onboard LED lighting for you.

All you have to do is select the herb in questions, and it will lead you through set-up, all the way to the dinner table.

Price

As with most things in life, we tend to base things off of price. Of course, price doesn’t always equal quality, but your budget is important. Try to settle on a budget before yourself and don’t go over that, before you even start looking. Typically, price is going to increase with the level of technology, or perhaps even style.

If you want a high-tech system that’s going to essentially do everything for you, be prepared to pay more than you would for one that requires soil, sun, and water.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Should I choose a complete kit or just purchase the system?

Answer: Unless you want to be running back and forth from your home to your local garden supply store, we highly recommend purchasing a complete kit. If you’re like us, you’re going to want to start growing as soon as your kit lands on your doorstep.

No one wants to have to go searching around for all of the parts that are missing. A full kit is going to provide you everything you need, including the seeds, soil, lights, and whatever else to grow right away.

 

Question: How easy will it be to set up?

Answer: This will of course depend on the kit that you buy, but even with the most high-tech, best indoor garden kits, they’re relatively simple. Any of the ones that you select from our guide is going to come with instructions. Various models will come with all kinds of features, but don’t worry about them being complicated.

 

Question: How well do the kits even work?

Answer: While every garden herb kit out there is going to say it’s the best, we’ve done weeks of research and actually found the best. You can rest assured that with any one of these, you’re going to see abundant yields.

After all, what’s the point of having an indoor herb kit if it doesn’t work as well as traditional gardening? You’ll find you yield a steady, bountiful yield once you set up your kit.

Conclusion

Thanks for trusting us with finding the best indoor herb garden for you. We hope that this article has helped you select one that will fit perfectly in your home, and with your lifestyle, and we’ll see you soon!


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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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