The Truth About AeroGarden Alternatives

plant growing in water

Money can be challenging for many people who would love to find cheaper alternatives to growing produces within the home. I’m an avid lover of AeroGarden, and I have never tried any other options except Mr Fothergill’s system.  So, I decided to research alternatives to AeroGarden products to see if they were better or worth buying. Furthermore, many of these products I’ve never heard of until now. So, let’s look at each one and consider the truth about AeroGarden alternatives, 

To give you an idea of what you need to consider

  • Presentation and it must look nice in the home
  • The system needs to be modern and has sleek lines that blend well with your decor
  • Seeds should germinate and grow
  • Quality
  • LED Lights
  • Pump survival
  • Cheaper models
  • Better power failure and time configuration options
  • Blue Tooth option, embedded processor – ideal option

This article will describe the various alternatives to AeroGarden and the point of view of the people who have used them.

What are the Alternatives to AeroGarden

Gardyn Home Indoor Smart Garden kit 

Lettuce growing in a Garden Home Indoor Smart Garden Kit.

has a 4.5 Star Rating on Trustpilot. It’s a limited edition that allows you to grow 30 free plants. There is also the option to become a member and receive 10 cube plants per month and personal access to Kelby, Gardyn’s assistant. 

What comes in the Kit

  • 30 yCubes with rock wool filling
  • Choice of four pre-pack options: Farm Fresh 365 or Taste of Italy, or Immunity
  • Plant Food
  • Growing accessories

Product Features

  • Fully-automated
  • Vertical growing system
  • Hydroponic technology, high plant density
  • Grow 30 plants in 2 sq ft.
  • Full-spectrum LED lights to accelerate plant growth
  • Multiple sensors for 24/7 plant monitoring and optimisation
  • 5+ Gallon tank for autonomy, no waterline required

You can watch the video on this product here.

In addition, you can join and as a member, you will have more benefits from this product.

Membership benefits to Gardyn.
Membership Benefits

Click and Grow Smart Garden 3, 9 and 27

Click and Grow uses an innovative soil technology for pre-seeded biodegradable pods. You have over 60 varieties of herbs, flowers, leafy greens to choose from.

Smart Soil, inspired by NASA technology, for your plants to grow. Water is evenly spread inside the pod so that your plant roots always have easy access. In addition, it helps to ensure your plants have optimal pH levels, water, oxygen and nutrients.

The medium consists of 

  • natural, renewable materials
  • no pesticides
  • no fungicides
  • no hormones
  • or other harmful substances

Click and Grow is easy to set up:

  • Add the pods
  • Add the water
  • Plug it in
  • And watch your plants grow

You can read more on Click and Grow here


iHarvest system

iHarvest has a beautiful design with clean lines, no soil and easy to maintain the indoor gardening system, which requires a space of 2.5 square feet of floor space. Even the unit is made from BPA-free plastic. It has automated lighting for your plants and includes a guarantee that it is herbicide and pesticide-free and GMO-free. It’s very similar in shape to the Gardyn. iHarvest is currently out of stock until late November but you can view the details here.

iHarvest benefits.

What comes in the Kit

The Kit contains items that you need to get you started so you can grow your healthy food. These 5 Star products include:

  • 2 Lights
  • 2 Light Stands
  • Trellis for your bigger fruit and veggies
  • Pump
  • Timers
  • Digital sensors
  • Starter pack of seeds such as lettuce and seeds
  • Nutrient Tester
  • pH Tester kit
  • Nutrients
  • pH conditioner
  • Rapid Rooter (the USA only)
  • Net cups
  • Clips

Once you have set up your equipment, you will need to add your seeds into the medium. They add the media to your net pot. Add water and nutrients into the receptacle and watch the seeds sprout and start growing. They grow 3x faster than traditional methods.

Herbert Ponix Systems

The Herbert Ponix system is a wonderful vertical unit that is ideal for your wall. Herbert lets you grow your herbs 365 days a year without Soil.

There is another variation of Herbert, and it is called the Beechwood. The plants grow directly in water without Soil. Furthermore, it frees up your kitchen bench space.

Ava Byte: AI Smart, Simple, Sustainable Indoor Garden 

Having AI as your friend to help you take a lot of the stress out of your gardening experience is soil-free and has a 100% germination guarantee. 

What comes in the Kit

  • 5 environmental sensors
  • 1 top-down HD camera
  • Self-circulating water pump
  • LED Lights

You can also keep track of your Ava Byte with Android, iOS, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa

You have a choice of seed pod packs that you can purchase

  • Basil Starter pack
  • Cocktail mix
  • Asian Herbs
  • Gourmet Italian Herbs
  • Mixed Salad Greens
  • Winter Greens
  • Winter Sweets
  • Blossom Bouquet
  • Flower Power Salad
  • Baking with Blossoms
  • Grow your own
  • Mediterranean Herbs

Hydrofarm GCSB Box kit Hydroponic Salad Garden

Hydrofarm is a cheaper alternative that was currently out of stock when I last looked and has an entirely different setup in comparison to other systems such as

  • No pumps
  • No electronic components
  • One reservoir tray
  • Top plate lid,
  • Op-off bottle with cap
  • 8 net cups
  • 8 root wraps,
  • Grow more hydroponic nutrients – 50g
  • 6 drain plugs
  • Easy to start
  • You can use it either indoors or outdoors with light lamps
  • Greens frow 30% faster
  • Easy to understand instructions

The Salad Box is perfect for growing a small garden of greens or other plants indoors or outdoors in a soil-free garden with minimal maintenance. You can use grow lights or natural light outdoors.

To get your plants started, all you need to do is mix the nutrient powder with water and pour it into your Reservoir. Also, you need to wrap each root ball with the root wraps and place each seedling into your net pots. 

Self-Cleaning Fish Tank Water Garden

Self-Cleaning and Water Garden on top.
Self-Cleaning Fish Tank and Water Garden on top

The self-cleaning fish tank water garden is a brilliant gift for anyone who loves fish and would like to try growing a garden. Ideal plants include:

  • Bamboo
  • Succulents
  • Houseplants

Add a fish to fertilise your plants on top, and the benefits are healthy plants that clean the water. You can read more about this wonderful idea right here.

iDoo Hydroponics Growing System

The design of the IDoo indoor Garden is similar to AeroGarden’s Harvest and has a star rating of 4.7.

iDoo Hydroponics
iDoo Hydroponics

What do you get in the Kit

  • 1 x iDoo Hydroponics Growing System
  • 7 x Pods
  • 10 x Sponges
  • 1 x A+B Solid Nutrients

Key Features of IDoo

  • no soil
  • no pests
  • no mess
  • LED lights
  • Grow all year round your favourite fruit, flowers, herbs and vegetables
  • LED Grow lights with three settings: normal, enjoy, grow
  • 2 water pump circulation modes
  • Height Adjustable arm

Ezorkas Hydroponics System

Ezorkas LED is a 12-pod hydroponic system. The system is equipped with 80 LED to grow lights and 12 pods.

Plants will grow to 21 inches in height. Ezorkas has an adjustable arm that you can move during growing stages. The control panel lets you know when to add plant food. According to the manufacturer, it is a quiet system and has a water circulation unit to help increase oxygen levels in the water. Once you press the pump, it will cycle for 30 minutes on or 30 minutes off. Grow produce or flowers all year round. The lights provide a full spectrum 36 watts LED high-efficiency growing system.

Ezorkas also have the Vegebox Large Indoor Hydroponic Growing System in black.

Mindful Design Hydroponic Indoor Herb Garden Kit 

The Mindful Design looks similar to Mr Fothergill’s unit, which is a passive system. The unit has no pumps. You fill the container with water, but you must watch the level as your plants begin to grow.

Mindful’s unit has a built-in reminder to let you know when the water is too low. The system has a multi-spectrum LED grow light so that you can vary the light intensity.

The unit uses vermiculite, which is supplied in both containers. You can grow herbs, flowers or veggies on your countertop.

What will you get in the Kit?

  • Adjustable light arm measuring 17″
  • Planter container measuring 10″ L X 4.25″ W x 3.5 H
  • Planter pods measuring 3.5″ x3.5″
  • Seeds and plants not included
  • Watt is equivalent to 7.5W

Aunifun Hydroponics Grower Kit

Aunifun is a DIY self-watering indoor hydroponics system planter that includes an aquarium air pump, a buoy and a planting box. It has a stylish appearance, and the roots of the plants suspend in the Reservoir beneath the net pots. Added to the water is the nutrient-rich solution, which helps your plants get plenty of nutrition. 

Colour: Gray and Material is plastic. Size is 28x19x13.5cm

What you will get in the Kit:

  • 1 x box
  • 1 x buoy
  • 6 x planting baskets
  • 6 x planting sponges
  • 1 x tweezers

Freehawk Hydroponic growing kit

Freehawk is made from plastic that is of high quality, solid, and durable. It does not use Soil, and it is simple to use and environmentally friendly and safe. The roots receive oxygenated water, which helps to speed up the plants’ growth.

The cover on top of the basin is made from Polypropylene (PP) which helps prevent light from entering the basin and forming green algae in the solution.

Freehawk contains

  • Air pump
  • 6 pods
  • 6 net cups
  • Tweezers
  • Plug

Peoples Point of view on AeroGarden Alternatives

  • Cheap designs that are not Aerogarden brands lacks functionality
  • Happy with their AeroGarden experience, so the alternatives have a lot to work against
  • Some people don’t like rock wool or vermiculite
  • Height limitations in some brands
  • Floor space issues or counter space issues
  • The wall mount can look pretty with cascading petunias or some other tumbling flowers
  • What would be nice is a unit that will grow mushrooms
  • Mushroom pods are unavailable
  • Attracts mosquitos
  • Disadvantages of iDoo: pump does not pump water; it just moves it around; Reservoir is too shallow and small to accommodate 9 or so grow holes.

The truth about AeroGarden alternatives is that there are cheaper alternatives available, but of course, you will think about what you have regarding space and how you want your system to look in your kitchen.

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5 thoughts on “The Truth About AeroGarden Alternatives

  1. Norman Richards says:

    It is so good to know that technology is making it easier to garden especially for those who may be living in an apartment or an area that has no gardening space but yet want to grow their own food crops.
    These devices are so amazing and a great help to so many persons. Thanks for sharing.

    • Yvonne says:

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave your comment. These alternatives to AeroGarden are ideal for anyone wanting to grow plants within the home. I actually like the fish tank and garden.

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Joseph, thank you for dropping in with your comment. There are many more alternatives out there on the internet, some maybe okay and others not so good.

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