AeroGarden Vs Click and Grow: Smart Hydroponic Indoor Gardening Systems

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Are you looking at buying an intelligent hydroponic indoor gardening system? Or are you in a quandary about which gardening system product is best for your needs? AeroGarden vs Click and Grow smart hydroponic indoor gardening system reviews both products that help you make your decision. 

I have been growing plants in my AeroGarden Harvest for a few years, but I often hear that the Click and Grow intelligent gardening system is better. After reading this article, you will be more knowledgeable on which brand is better suited to your needs.

Who is AeroGarden?

AeroGarden is located in Boulder, Colorado, where they manufacture its products and have performed well since its inception in 2006, based on NASA’s hydroponic indoor hydroponic growing system. This product popular is for growing produce or flowers indoors on the kitchen counter or the floor.

Who is Click and Grow?

Click and Grow’s location is in Tartu, Estonia. In addition, they have offices in Tallinn and San Francisco after Mattias Lepp read a report published by NASA on growing plants in space. Inspiration hit—the idea of manufacturing a unit that is used indoors to grow plants. In 2009 the company was founded in Estonia.

Benefits of the AeroGarden

Many people who reside in high-density areas are unable to grow their produce or flowers. Hence the great reason to purchase an AeroGarden to grow their herbs, salad greens, tomatoes or flowers indoors, all year round, globally. When I first started using AeroGarden to grow my first batch of herbs, I took photos nearly every day to show different stages of growth to harvest time. 

Parents can show their children how to grow their salad leaves and use them in their sandwiches. Just imagine their emotions as the seeds begin to sprout! 

  • Easy for the user to set up
  • Allows you to customise the settings for lighting 
  • Everything I needed to get started: instructions, unit, seed pods (herbs), LED light, pump, 
  • I learned about the automatic water, nutrient timer and reminders of when to refill and add more nutrients.
  • LED lights simulate sunlight to help plants grow much quicker. Also, they allowed me to turn off the lights manually or set the timer for the specific number of hours required per day.
  • The LED Arm I could adjust to various heights as the plants grew.
  • My seeds came with a growing and seed germination guarantee, which means any seeds that failed to sprout, I could return and receive a free set of seed pods from AeroGarden
  • Produce healthy produce
  • The best part of AeroGarden is the fantastic range of different size AeroGardens to choose from; the smallest is a three-pod sprout three pods to most extensive farm system which has 24 pods. The one I have at home is a six pod harvest.

Disadvantages of AeroGarden

There are not many disadvantages that I have found personally from using my AeroGarden, but I have listed below some issues I have encountered:

  • Expensive
  • If you reside in another country, it costs more due to exchange rates, so when you see bargains or specials, don’t forget to include the exchange rate and postage
  • One of the seeds did not sprout. I have to admit I could have sent them an email, but I live in a different country. So I didn’t worry about getting a replacement.
  • Mint was a bit fussy and had poor growth
  • The pump can be loud

Benefits of Click and Grow

Click and Grow is very similar to the benefits of growing your produce and flowers. After all, there is so much satisfaction which is of use to anyone. 

  • Pleasing and attractive qualities
  • Easy to use
  • Growing your produce in water and eating your fresh food improves your health because it is high in nutrition
  • Watching your plants grow indoors is a beautiful experience for children and adults alike, and it helps reduce stress by inducing excitement and glee at each stage of a plant’s growth
  • Growing healthy plants indoors helps improve the air we breathe, and as plants grow, herbs can emit a scent such as basil when touched.
  • There is a lot of joy when you harvest the fruits, salad leaves, vegetables and herbs from your homegrown produce.
  • Herbs, salad leaves, and tomatoes can be grown anytime throughout the year indoors
  • The units alert you when water and nutrients are low
  • Three pod units use 8 watts of electricity which is then the AeroGarden Sprout, which operates 10 watts, making Click and Grow energy efficient
  • Reuseable plant cups

Disadvantages of Click and Grow

  • Replacement pods can be expensive
  • Fewer choices in a number of pod machines for growers

How To Use AeroGarden:

AeroGarden is relatively easy to set up and use. The kit comes with directions for you to follow. The length of time it takes to set up your new system is very much dependent on the size of the unit you purchased; your seeds will be based on what comes with your kit. YouTube has plenty of videos that will show you how to use your AeroGarden. You can Type in AeroGarden and the model name such as Harvest Elite. Click on YouTube to watch the video

Plants can be grown all year round using an AeroGarden based on the hydroponic system, whereby the seeds sprout and grow from nutrient water that the roots absorb, dirty free. The plants grow 5x faster in combination with water and grow lights.

How To Use Click and Grow:

Click and  Grow is significantly easier to assemble and use when compared to AeroGarden. You add your seed pods, fill the tank with water, plug your unit into the wall and leave the rest to your intelligent system. Overall, Click and Grow is much easier to use than AeroGarden.

AeroGarden Description and Feature

The AeroGarden’s visible shape, colour, size and texture has a space-age look that is appealing, modern and looks lovely in the kitchen on the benchtop. AeroGarden products are made from high-quality plastic that is light in weight and easy to clean and set up.

The Features and Functionalities of AeroGarden vary from model to model.

  • The style of AeroGarden is pleasing to the eye, and it is ideal for the kitchen countertop or on the floor.
  • Plant Pods can range from 3 pod models to 24 pod farm models
  • Control Panel AeroGarden Technology uses a control panel that automatically turns lights on and off once set up in your timer. It will also notify you when water is low and needs topping up and when to add the nutrients.
  • The grow lights are LED with the colours white, red and blue to simulate sunlight. The lamp is best placed over the seeds at a low point, and as they grow, you can raise the height of the hood. It’s that easy.
  • WiFi comes with the AeroGarden Bounty and the AeroGarden Harvest WiFi 6 pods Gourmet herb seeds.  You will connect your unity to your network. AeroGarden also has an App that is Free to download from the App Store. Rating and Reviews for the App are 4.6 out of 5.
  • Warranty

Click and Grow Description and Feature

Features and Functionalities of Click and grow

The Click and Grow visible shape, size, colour and texture is straightforward and practical, which helps to increase the units energy efficiency.

  • Plant Pods
  • Control Panel in Click and Grow is straightforward to use and understand. For example, it has a red light indicator, notifying you when you need to add water or nutrients.

Performance of AeroGarden

AeroGarden is a fantastic product; however, it can be disappointing for the seeds inability to sprout.

In my project online, I planted Gourmet Herbs in my AeroGarden Harvest Elite. The gourmet herbs seed pods that performed well included:

  • Genovese Basil
  • Thai Basil
  • Curly Leaf Parsley and 
  • Dill

What did not perform well was Thyme and Mint.

The sprouting of the seeds was challenging to see, but by day four, the Genovese Basil was the first noticeable herb. By day five, I could see some activity in the Thai Basil. Everything was moving along quite well except for the Thyme. The Mint did sprout very slowly by day 14 but looked thin and weak.

Is AeroGarden differential to Click and Grow

AeroGarden has a much more comprehensive range to choose from, whereas the Click and Grow range is much smaller.

AeroGardenClick and Grow
Pods3 to 24 pods3, 9 27 pods and the wall farm
Lightingrange of grow bulbs and LED with built-in timers some are white LED are /red, white and blue. LED long lastingLED lights, last 7 years white and red for the 9 pod, long lasting
Adjustable Arms12″ or higher10.2 inch modular 2 settings
SizesVaries for each unitVaries for each system
Weightis dependant on the gardenis dependant on the garden
Colour RangeWhite, black and SageWhite
Growing MediumSphagnum Peat MossSmart Soil

Maintaining your AeroGarden for optimum growth

LED lights only need replacing every three to four years; however, Grow Lights must be changed every six months. Some last longer. Each AeroGarden unit is different and uses different types of bulbs or LED lights. Click and Grow lights last for several year.

Cleaning your unit will be found in your instructions. I use a little vinegar in soapy water, and I rinse thoroughly. I also run vinegar and water through the units linings and rinse a couple of times to remove traces of soap and vinegar.Maintaining Click and Grow

Before you insert new pods into your unit, you need to change the water and clean it with a bit of detergent and warm water. Then, rinse and dry with paper towelling.

If you use the dishwasher, don’t have a temperature higher than 140 degrees Fahrenheit and remove the lights before putting the parts in the dishwasher.

AeroGarden’s Conformance Vs Click and Grow

Both AeroGarden and Click and Grow indoor conformance meet the expectations as set out in their guidelines. It’s not complicated in understanding how it works, and with the LED Lights, both are very energy efficient.  

Both AeroGarden and Click and Grow continue to improve on their designs and technology.

AeroGarden’s vs Click and Grow Reliability

AeroGarden and Click and Grow are trustworthy products that perform pretty well. But it would be best if you were not reliant on growing everything you need unless you have multiple countertop systems, farming systems or wall farms that will help to spend less time going to the supermarket for your produce.

AeroGarden’s Reputation VS Click and Grow’s Reputation

When it comes to the money-back guarantee, both companies have an excellent reputation.

So far, I haven’t had any issues with my AeroGarden Harvest, and I’m pleased with the herbs I grow.

The only issue I’ve had was with two of the seed pods not performing as expected. The Mint did grow but not as well as I thought it would, considering it likes lots of moisture to grow, and the Thyme did not sprout at all. 

I suppose I could have called AeroGarden overseas and asked for a replacement, but I didn’t bother because I live in another country. 

AeroGarden Community Group VS Click and Grow Community Group

AeroGarden has a Chat section, and you can also follow them on FaceBook. In their Resources area, you will find links to FAQs and their Blog. In addition, they have lots of tips and recipes on using your homegrown produce.

Click and Grow Community Group

Click and Grow Community Group is where you can join and have discussions with others globally; as with most groups, there are rules of the group, and all your posts must be related to the growth of your plants or gardening. What you are not allowed to do is promote other products. All discussions must be polite and friendly. Spamming, phishing is not permitted. Any photos you upload means you give consent for Click and Grow to use them in their online communications, including social media.

AeroGarden Prices Vs Click and Grow Prices

Prices can vary and greatly depends on whether you have a code voucher. There is not a great deal of difference between AeroGarden and click and Grow regarding pricing, but it depends on which system you are considering and which company.

AeroGarden has a section on their website called “Today’s Deals” here, you will find daily specials on the systems; when I last looked, you could get 40% off some of their products.

Replacement Pods for AeroGarden and Click and Grow

When purchasing replacement pods, it’s always best to do your research and find the best price for your system. The more you buy in bulk, the less it will cost you in the long run. Also, remember the exchange rate can vary prices, so it’s best to buy in bulk.

AeroGarden and Click and Grow sell replacement pods in various products, from herbs, salad greens, flowers, and tomatoes. There are also culinary herbs such as Asian cuisine, herb mixes, Italian, and so much more.

Who are these Products For?

Anyone who loves to grow their produce or flowers indoors, such as school projects, seniors, families and singles. Age range age: 4 and above. 

What I Like About the Product AeroGarden and Click and Grow 

I like the idea of having the ability to grow a range of edible plants and flowers. I love to experiment and have my seeds. Both companies offer a great range of produce and flowers to grow. 

Another feature that I like is the watering system for the plants. AeroGarden uses the pump to circulate the water to oxygenate every 25 minutes for 5 minutes which helps prevent the water from becoming smelly. However, with Click and Grow, they don’t seem to have this added feature. Instead, it uses a float that indicates when the unit needs more water. 

Both AeroGarden and Click and Grow systems have indicators that tell you when to add water and nutrients, which is a fantastic feature for a busy person who does not have time to check the levels every day constantly.

What I Don’t Like is the Noise that comes from the pump

When the water gets low in my AeroGarden, I can hear the water trickling through the pump becomes much louder.  I have solved this issue by adding more water. Click and Grow is much more silent. 

My Personal Opinion

There is not much difference between AeroGarden and Click and Grow. However, I believe AeroGarden is much more advanced in technology than Click and Grow. But if you have children that you want to teach how to grow their own produce, I would go for Click and Grow Indoor Smart Garden because It’s easy for them to use and understand. Whereas AeroGarden is more advanced and is ideal for the more experienced gardener, especially the farming systems.

Whichever one you choose, you will enjoy the benefits of growing your produce or flowers indoors on the kitchen bench or a table.  

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14 thoughts on “AeroGarden Vs Click and Grow: Smart Hydroponic Indoor Gardening Systems

  1. Aparna says:

    Hi Yvonne, 

    I missed your articles for a few days as we had taken a short vacay to Mauritius. Thankfully when I got back, all my indoor plants were doing great. Thanks for all the great advice you gave me before I took off. They seem better than when I was fussing over them every single day. 

    I too have heard of Click & Grow, and was in fact thinking of asking you about it. Well, this article explains everything so well. 

    Thank u. Regards, and hope all is well with u. 

    Aps

    • admin says:

      Hello Aps great to see you are back in action and checking on you indoor plants. Click a and Grow has a lovely designed system, but sadly only in one colour, white. It’s an ideal unit for beginners and children. All the best and thanks for keeping in touch.

  2. Aly says:

    Thank you for the helpful comparisons of Click and Grow and AeroGarden. I think it’s great that there are options to choose from! But also, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with so many options while trying to figure out what indoor gardening system would work best for me. They both sound like they would get the job done, so I may end up choosing the one based on cost-effectiveness over time. Thanks for the great tips on how to get things when they are on sale!

    • admin says:

      Hello Aly, thank you for your comment. Me I look at functionality, the the price. My main reason for liking AeroGardens is because the pump oxygenates the water. Whereas I question Click and Grow because the roots need all the elements to gro perfectly. I totally agree price for many people is usually the decider. Thank you again.

  3. John says:

    Hydroponic Indoor gardening is a fantastic way to experience multiple advantages for our own gains, both mentally and in time. I value your website to benefit viewers about gardening. It will increase production value and is a major asset. The advantages of presenting natural edible resources locally with great aesthetic scenery will influence anyone to visit your website. The ability to show examples of an image can say so much, equaling a thousand words.In my experience, I share your experience in how hydroponics can provide multiple benefits and how your example benefits everyone around the world who values your vision. I support your content to maintain sustainable long-term benefits. Join my Social Media Page on Facebook @ Cortenbach John

    • admin says:

      Hello John. Thank you for your comment. It’s great to read you like hydroponic indoor gardening, and I totally agree there are plenty of benefits to a healthier lifestyle, not just nutritional but personal benefit. I see a long term future for AeroGardens and Click and Grow hydroponic gardens for growing fresh nutritional food. I also believe images are the way to go, and as yet, I do need to take more images to show off my produce—all the best, John.

  4. Nabeel Razzaq says:

    These brands are truly saving the world by providing people to grow and enhance the ecosystem for the better. No matter the brand, we all are responsible for building a better environment by planting and producing goods.

    Your review and comparison in so insightful that it might have inspired many individuals to at least start planting. This comparison article gives creative ideas on how you can grow plants indoors. 

    Truly remarkable review. Thanks for sharing! 

    • admin says:

      Hello Nabeel. Thank you for your lovely comment. I agree with you that these indoor gardening systems are truly the best when it comes to ecosystems. I am so happy you liked my comparison between AeroGarden and Click and Grow indoor garden systems. All the best, Nabeel. 

  5. Katrina Curry says:

    I love my Aero Garden, but I also have to admit, I’ve had plenty of pods where the seeds didn’t sprout. I went online to order some more off of Amazon, and the pods that came in the Italian garden set were pretty disappointing. I ended up with two types of basil, mint, dill, parsley, and that’s it. I didn’t get thyme or sage.

    As far as these new ones, they sprouted just fine, but I find that the basil and the dill grew so fast that they covered the mint and parsley. Also, I didn’t need the amount of basil that they sent me, so I took two of the pods seeds that didn’t sprout, trashed them and tried to plant my own seeds of green onions. They’re doing very poorly.

    If I just wanted to plant basil, then I’m in business. But I do find that it’s easier for me to just plant in dirt. I have a pretty large garden outside, and thought, hey, I have 3 Aero’s, why not utilize them as well.

    Question though – how do the tomatoes and cilantro do in the salsa kits? I’m tempted to try that next and hope it does better than my other herbs. Except basil – I have a ton of that.

    Thanks!

    Katrina

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Katrina,
      Thank you for your comment. I agree with you some of the seeds not sprouting is very disappointing indeed. I’m happy to see you got some new ones even though they were not up to scratch. But did you know that the herbs can also be transferred to a pot of soil and gradually hardened off for the garden. I did that not long ago with my parsley. It looks amazing.

      When it comes to your tomatoes and cilantro, I find the best thing is to give it a go. The tomatoes that I grow in the garden outside have not been successful. I did okay with tomatoes, and they are very tiny. It does not hurt to try them out yourself. You will need to have a trellis. Here is a link to my review on tomatoes. https://myaerogardening.com/aerogardening-tomatoes/

  6. Matt Lin says:

    Hi Yvonne,

    Thanks for comparing two brands of indoor gardening systems here in your article. I am sure that people can make a better decision after reading it. I might pick one of Click and Grow Indoor Smart Garden for my niece, who recently has a passion for growing plants. I believe it’s the best bday gift this year. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Matt

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Matt. Thank you for your comment. The click and Grow is a lovely looking piece that will look lovely as a gift for your niece. She will love the idea of growing her own produce indoors.

  7. Andrew says:

    Great comparison. Thanks for doing all of the research for me.
    Since I live in a country outside of the US I guess the product I choose will be the one that I can buy and get serviced locally. It just makes sense to do that.
    I will look around for these brands locally as they both sound great. If NASA uses the technology, they are sure to be good!

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi, Andrew; thank you for your response. I live outside of the US, too and understand what you mean. NASA experiments with many technologies that will be ideal for the moon or any other planet in space. The concept is ideal, and Click and Grow and AeroGarden took on their concept and adapted it for the home. All the best.

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