Here we’ve put together a list of our favourite indoor hydroponic garden kits for this year. Hydroponics is becoming increasingly popular – especially amongst those who love the environment! – but it’s also a revolutionary way to grow food indoors.
So, why are hydroponic kits so revolutionary? Indoor hydroponic gardens allow you to grow terrestrial plants indoors mess free, stress free and pesticide free. There’s no relying on the weather with these kits, you can grow your plants all year round. Plus, to put the icing on the cake, they grow up to 30% faster than they would in regular potted soil.
What are you waiting for? Let’s get your hobby started right! We’ve put together all the information you need to make an informed decision on which kit is best for your home. Check out the best complete start kits below.
AeroGarden Farm XL – Ideal For Families
- Suitable for Families
- All-in-one Solution
- Clunky App
This XL farm by AeroGarden sits in the number one spot by a good stretch.
It’s the complete setup and is large enough to grow vegetables for the whole family.
Watering is automated so you only have to top it up when it’s low, which it will even send you an alert for.
The lights can be lowered/raised by the touch of a button.
Another bonus, you can even control it through your smartphone via their official app as the farm is compatible with wi-fi.It fit’s well in any kitchen and comes in a few different colours to match your decor.
AeroGarden Elite – Best For Beginners
- Simple to Use
- Automatic Watering
- Circadian Cycle Light
- All-in-one Solution
- Very Bright
- Clunky App
If you’re new to hydroponic farming then this is the perfect choice for you.
It’s an all in one smart garden that takes away the stress of gardening, via it’s automatic watering system.
It makes it incredibly hard for you to kill your plants.
The lights operate on a natural sunrise/sunset dimming cycle to simulate the natural circadian cycle. Your herbs will thrive with this indoor kit.
One thing you might notice though is that the LED lights are surprisingly bright, so it’s best to place it somewhere where this will not be a problem for you.
- 10 Sensors
- Huge 3L tank
- 16 Plant Holes
- 60W LED Lights
- Nothing as of yet
10 sensors are placed around this kit to ensure that your plants have the ideal conditions 24/7.
Should any of the sensors detect an abnormality, you’ll get a notification instantly through their sleek app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone.
The app itself allows you to choose different pre-set LED settings that are plant-specific.
You can also control the LED lights yourself to give your plants the appropriate conditions for each stage of its life.
It’s also got a 3l water tank so you can leave this to take care of everything for quite some time.
AeroGarden Sprout – Suitable for Herbs
- Water Window
- Perfect for Herbs
- Simple Controls
- Ultra Thin Grow Light
- 10W LEDs
- Automatic Reminders
- Slightly Noisy
Aerogarden are the market leaders for home hydroponic kits at the moment.
It’s easy to see why all their products are fantastic and simple to use.
This one is available in 3 different colours but the red option is a little ugly in my opinion.
With this model, you can grow 3 different plants at the same time. Due to the limited space, it makes it ideal for growing herbs in your kitchen.
At the front you’ll find a view window so you can see when the water needs topping up, along with fill lines. It also adds a nice feature to your kit as it looks quite elegant.
Moistenland Hydroponic Kit – 12 Grow Pots
- Dual Growth Settings
- Natural Air Circulation
- Simple Control Panel
- 22W Efficient LED Lights
- Water Pump
- No Custom Light Settings
If 12 grow pots isn’t enough to get you started then I don’t know what is!
With this kit there’s also a built-in air-circulation system. This mimics the natural breeze that plants would usually get when they’re grown outdoors. It also assists with the speed of growth.
The model itself is a good size. You can fit this in your kitchen window sill.
Two options for growing are available on this so you can grow fruits or vegetables with ease.
An appropriate blend of light is emitted to simulate the optimal natural conditions for the plants when these settings are selected.
Vivosun – Eco-Friendly Bamboo Frame
- Bamboo Frame
- Environmentally Friendly
- Perfect for Kitchens
- 24 Hour Cycle
- 24W LED Lights
- Can be messy to fill
If you’re looking for something with a more natural look to match your decor then this is ideal.
The natural bamboo frame is made from high-quality, non-toxic bamboo. The entire structure is environmentally friendly.
Lighting cycles operate on a 14-10 rotation, which is a 24-hour cycle. So it will automatically turn off after it has been on for 14 hours. Then it will wait a further 10 hours until it turns itself back on.
The only downside with this one is that the hole to pour water in is quite small. You can quite easily spill water everywhere when filling it up, but it’s not too bad if you take a bit of care whilst doing it.
Mindful Design – Perfect for Desks
- Sleek Design
- Low Water Alerts
- Easy To Clean
- 14W LED Lights
- Poor Instructions
If you’re looking for one to possibly take into your office for some quick herbs at work then this is probably the best one.
It’s a compact, sleek, design that fits perfectly onto most desks. It will blend well with any home decor.
The LEDs are multi-spectrum to simulate natural light. They can also be moved closer to the plant so you can give it more or less light depending on the growth stage. By moving it closer it also gives the plant a bit of extra warmth, replicating natural conditions.
There’s also a built in alert that notifies you when the water levels drop low.
Big Smart Kit – Ideal for Climbing Plants
- Perfect for Climbers
- Smart Control
- 150cm Frame
- Tall (Pro & Con)
- No Lighting
Climbing plants are often forgotten about with home hydroponic kits. This one however, is made with them in mind. With this you’ll find a support frame that attaches to the edges of the kit. You can use this to grow your climbing plants, it works perfectly with tomatoes.
However, it’s one of the larger options in terms of height. So you will need a fair bit of space to cater for it.
It takes care of most things for you but this kit doesn’t have LED’s so you will need a natural light source. Placing it next to a window will suffice usually.
The only thing you have to do is fill it with water and fertilizer when it reminds you.
VegeBox Hydroponic Kit – 2L Water Tank
- 135 Degree Light Rotation
- 2L Water Tank
- UV Light Removed
- 22W LED Lights
- 12 Plant Holes
- Use Own Seeds
- Algae Growth
This kit has had the UV lighting removed to protect your skin. It makes it a good choice if you have young children around as they tend to have more sensitive skin.
12 plant pots mean there’s plenty of space to grow all of your favourite crops. Plus, you don’t have to worry about watering them as there’s a 2L tank that will keep them hydrated for quite some time. You’ll probably find that you only need to add water once every 2 weeks or so.
The lights are on a 135 degree rotating axis so you can angle them any way you want. This makes it ideal if your plants grow larger than you expected, as the light head will fold vertically upright.
BloomGrow Grow Tent
- Complete Kit
- 24 Hour Timer
- Air Filter
- 300W LED Lights
- 600D Mylar Tent
- Large Setup
- Poor Instructions
This is one of the larger indoor hydroponic kits.
It’s ideal if you’ve got a fair amount of space in your home.
Included is everything you need to get going, including a timer for the lighting and digital hygrometer. Essentially, a hygrometer shows you everything you the essentials so successful plant growth: temperature, humidity and the time.
As this is a tent design, it gives you full control of the humidity and temperature, allowing you to grow more exotic plants.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve found that there’s quite a few questions people tend to ask around home hydroponic kits. Check if we’ve answered yours below, if not, let us know in the comments and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Are Indoor Hydroponic Kits Expensive To Run?
To be frank, it depends on the size of kit you’re going for. But most home kits use a small amount of light, especially those that fit inside your kitchen. However, if you’re going for the larger setups then you can expect the costs to rise. Overall though, it works out much better value than buying organic produce from your local store.
Are Hydroponic Plants Organic?
Yes, they can be. It depends on what types of fertilizer you intend on using, if any at all. There’s plenty of organic fertilizers available online, they are usually pretty cheap too.
Do Hydroponics Use Soil?
No, hydroponics do not use soil. By definition hydroponics means plants that are grown suspended in a nutrient rich water based solution.