Updated October 19, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Hydroponic Starter Kits For Beginners

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in September of 2020. Hydroponic starter kits are a simple way to cultivate your own herbs, fruits, or vegetables, and the method of feeding and watering allows you to ignore many of the tasks associated with gardening. Depending on the model, these kits are small enough to fit on your kitchen countertop or self-contained in a cupboard or lightproof tent, and should help ensure your harvest will be bigger and tastier. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. AeroGarden Bounty

2. Aerospring Indoor Tower System

3. Click and Grow Smart Garden 3

Editor's Notes

October 08, 2020:

This list contains a variety of the best hydroponic starter kits for beginners to suit the needs of different gardeners and budding horticulturists. Hydroponics can be a complicated way to grow large crops, but these are all easy to start, the most obvious difference being the size of the units.

We added the TopoLite Complete Growing System because, although it may seem complicated and looks more professional than the rest of the choices on the list, it is a great way for beginners who want to grow leafy greens, fruits, or vegetables in bulk. The Aerospring Indoor Tower System is also able to yield large crops, but its price may put some home growers off, although it is a very high-quality choice and should deliver three servings of your favorite vegetable or salad a day.

This list differs from indoor grow kits in that they are easier to set up and maintain, like the Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 which can be ordered with a variety of 50 extra seeded grow pods to make growing easy for you. In contrast, the SavvyGrow Vertical Herb Garden will not fit on a tabletop but you could easily find space for it in your home, and it comes with its own light source.

Lighting timers are vital if you want to regulate the 16 hours on, eight hours off schedule which is important for the speed of growth as well as size. All the kits that are supplied with lights have timers. The Moistenland Indoor Herb Garden has height adjustable lamps but is not as effective as the AeroGarden Bounty, which makes the list due to its adjustable lighting, combined with a six-inch trellis which helps to guide certain types of herbs and vegetables.

Special Honors

Koolsci Indoor Garden This kit for hydroponic gardening lets you start by purchasing the simple grow pipes, adding additional features and systems such as lamps and extra frames when you need them. More pricey than many other starter options but a good harvest is guaranteed if you buy the complete kit. koolsci.com

4. AeroGarden White Harvest

5. TopoLite Complete Growing System

6. Moistenland Indoor Herb Garden

7. SavvyGrow Vertical Herb Garden

8. Atwater HydroPod

9. DreamJoy Ebb and Flow

10. YaeGarden Self-Watering Grower


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on October 19, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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