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Best Indoor Hydroponic Systems

Best Indoor Hydroponics Systems

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Today I will be reviewing several types of indoor hydroponics systems so that you can determine the best indoor hydroponic system for you! If you aren’t familiar with the term ebb and flow, please find my explanation of this concept in my blog on ebb and flow hydroponics here. You will also notice another type of hydroponics which is Deep Water Culture (DWC).  Put simply, in a DWC system, a plant’s roots are suspended in a well-oxygenated solution composed of water and nutrients.

The Best Indoor Hydroponic Systems

Several different styles of indoor hydroponic systems are available and each has its pros and cons. I will be going over each so that you can make a well-informed decision. Some take up little space and some considerably more. It all depends on how much space you have and what your plant growth objectives are.  My first two favourites have been covered in two of my earlier posts.  One being the Arerogarden and the other being the Foody Vertical Garden.

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DWC Hydroponics Growing Kit

Deep Water Culture Hydroponic Growing Kit

This comes with a large air stone to keep the roots well-aerated, rock wool and six sites. They have another model with 11 sites. This would be a good countertop unit for growing herbs. It comes with everything you need to grow your own organic food & herbs, includes air stone, rock wool, powerful air pump & medium-sized DWC bucket, water indicator, assembly instructions, tube & clay pebble. This kit creates big plants, fast; their roots get full nourishment without searching in the soil for it which makes it the perfect indoor herb garden kit.

PROS:

Satisfies Your Plant’s Hunger

  • Medium-sized DWC Bucket
  • Grows Plants with Ease
  • Great System That Sufficiently Feeds Your Plants Roots
  • Perfect For Beginners And Schools
  • Reliable Airstone That Fully Oxygenates the Water

3-5 Times Faster Than Soil

  • No Soil-Based Pests
  • Creates HEALTHY Plants FAST
  • Don’t Need to Worry Over Soil Conditions
  • Great to Transfer Seedlings to the Greenhouse
  • Roots Fully Nourished Without Needing to Search for Food

CONS:

This does not come with a light or with nutrients so these would have to be purchased separately so it isn’t really a “complete kit” as advertised. Although most customers seemed quite happy with this unit, some did not receive instructions and so had difficulty with the set up. Also, some got these with broken pieces and commented that, although customer service told them that they would send the replacement part, they did not.

Darlene’s Opinion:

For the cost, this seems like a pretty solid little unit. The DWC feature makes it good for beginners as it keeps watering to a minimum and looks easy to assemble – assuming you get the instructions!

Click HERE to view in Amazon.

Indoor Smart Herb Garden Hydroponics Growing System

Indoor Smart Herb Garden Hydroponics Growing System

This is an indoor garden with 3 lightness levels & full-spectrum lighting system,8 White Lights, 8 Red Lights, and 2 Blue Lights, 360° rotation of the light covers a larger area and allows plants to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth and abundant harvests. The smart herb garden has an upgraded hydroponic technique and is soilless. The use of space meteorite media to increase the germination rate of plants is more suitable for plant growth. Plant Growth Lighting creates a good indoor environment for your beloved plants. Reading Lamp natural light protects your eyes. Enjoy reading and growing with your plants. Built-in water level sensor. When the water in the LED garden planting sink is less than 10%, the water level warning light starts to flash. Most all the reviews on Amazon were very positive.

PROS:

  • Compact
  • Decent sized reservoir with alarm
  • Few moving parts so less chance of damage or incorrect assembly

CONS:

  • Although the arm is rotatable, it will not adjust up or down and I am afraid that this will make small seedling stretch for light
  • Ultra-compact so don’t expect to grow a lot of food

Darlene’s Opinion:

This would make a great addition to your desk, especially with the adjustable lighting to make it for reading or for growing.

Click HERE to view in Amazon.

Go Grow Hydroponic Gardening Planter

Go Grow Hydroponic Gardening Planter

This is an indoor/outdoor gardening planter for herbs, flowers, and leafy greens. This hydroponic system is 5.5 gallons but also comes in a 3.5-gallon size. Hydroponic growing is simple with this 36″ Go Grow Hex hydroponic planter which uses off-the-grid, non-circulating technology. It has space to grow 5 herbs, flowers or leafy veggies at a time on your patio, deck, balcony or railing and is semi-sealed to reduce the impact of rain and evaporation.

It is made of powder-coated aluminum for durability and offered in a White as well as French Gray color to add a decorative accent to any living space. The Go Grow Planters’ non-circulating growing technology allows plants to grow in a nutrient solution with no soil, no pumps, no filters, no electricity, no weeding, no watering, no pesticides, no herbicides, no GMOs. The provided pre-measured Grow Mix means no measuring or testing, just open, pour and mix for healthy, hassle-free gardening at your fingertips.

PROS:

  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to use
  • Beautiful and versatile

CONS:

  • May need extra lighting in the winter

Darlene’s Opinion: For a beautiful centerpiece you just can’t go wrong. This unit combines excellent growing technique as well as beauty!

Click HERE to see on Amazon.

WePlant Hydroponic Growing Systems

WePlant Hydroponic Growing Systems

This comes with a water pump, PVC vertical hydroponic pipe, timer, nest baskets and sponges for the plants to grow in. The circulation system is on a timer. The default setting of the timer allows the pump to work for 5 minutes every 30 minutes to achieve ebb and flow. This not only makes the pump more durable and saves on the nutrient solution, but also make the vegetables grow better. It is available in several different conformations, depending on your space and how much you would like to grow.

WePlant Hydroponic Growing Systems

PROS:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Works well
  • Good for the DIY enthusiast

CONS:

  • It does NOT come with the reservoir as shown in the pictures but this can easily be remedied by going down to your local hardware store and buying a cheap Rubbermaid or another opaque plastic container with a lid. You would need to drill a hole in the lid for the pipe to fit into as you do not want light shining on your nutrient solution as this will cause algae to grow.
  • Depending on the conformation, you would want to add lights. My recommendation would be to choose a suitable sized LED light. The first one pictured could be put in front of a large south-facing window but I fear that it would still need additional light in the winter.
  • Nutrient solution not included.
  • Pipes are non-standard US so if you need to replace you will be unable to do so at a hardware store

Darlene’s Opinion: This system is not complete but a very good start on a sizable ebb and flow hydroponic system. If you are at least conversant with how to work a drill, this system would be fine but is certainly not the complete unit that it claims to be.

Click HERE to view on Amazon.

DreamJoy 4 Layers 72 Plant Sites Hydroponic Site Grow Kit

DreamJoy 4 Layers 72 Plant Sites Hydroponic Site Grow Kit

This unit comes in various conformations and will allow for 36, 54, 72, 90 or 108 plant sites. Specs: 8 Pipes;4 Layers;72 Plant sites; Material: PVC-U. Pipe diameter: 6.3 cm (2.5 inch). Hole quantity: 54. Hole diameter: 3.2 cm (1.26 inch). Spacing between the holes: 8 cm (3 inch). It is especially suitable for leafy vegetables in the home, garden, and office, such as lettuce, herb, celery, cabbage, etc.

This hydroponic 72 site grow kit produces high-quality leafy vegetables that are more nutritious and better-tasting because oxygenated water and nutrients are delivered directly to the roots. It is very simple to assemble and use, perfect for beginners. This hydroponic station growth kit features a drain rod design that allows the user to switch between Ebb and Flow or circulating deep water culture units by simply turning the drainpipe up or down in each growth chamber. The hydroponic site grow kit package includes the following things: 1 x Holder and Main Pipe. 72 x Planting Sites. 1 x Water Pump.72x Planting Sponge. 1 x Hose.

PROS:

  • Very easy to assemble (even an elderly lady on comments said she found it simple!)
  • Great for home or for growing for a market garden

CONS:

  • Pipes are non-standard US so if you need to replace you will be unable to do so at a hardware store
  • It does NOT come with the reservoir as shown in the pictures but this can easily be remedied by going down to your local hardware store and buying a cheap Rubbermaid or another opaque plastic container with a lid. You would need to drill a hole in the lid for the pipe to fit into as you do not want light shining on your nutrient solution as this will cause algae to grow.
  • Depending on the conformation, you would want to add lights. My recommendation would be to choose a suitable sized LED light. The first one pictured could be put in front of a large south-facing window but I fear that it would still need additional light in the winter.
  • Nutrient solution not included.

Darlene’s Opinion: This looks like the best large system by far. If you are growing for a large family or wish to grow to sell to a market garden, I think this is your best bet!

To view on Amazon, click HERE.

Big Smart Indoor Hydroponic Planter

Big Smart Indoor Hydroponic Planter

This unit is for your tall, climbing vegetables, unlike any of the others on this page. You just add trellis units as you need to for a total height of 150cm. It comes with a smart reminder as to when the reservoir needs to be topped up and is a complete unit. Just add the water and fertilizer when it reminds you, no need to take much care, anyone can be a good gardener, It could be connected together by a cable to share an adapter if you buy two sets of it. It comes with big size pots and basin so can grow bigger plants as well besides herbs, like tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, eggplants. Planting foam is provided for you to plant your own seeds into. There were only a couple of negative reviews on Amazon. Most customers had nothing but glowing comments!

PROS:Big Smart Indoor Hydroponic Planter

  • Easy to assemble
  • Good customer support
  • One of the few hydroponic units with a trellis to grow tall or climbing vegetables
  • Cost-effective

CONS:

  • Nutrient solution not included
  • Lights not included so best for south-facing window

Darlene’s Opinion: I WANT ONE!!! This is the first unit I’ve seen made specifically for climbing plants and at this price point, it really can’t be beaten.

Click HERE to view on Amazon.

Conclusion

I hope that I have given you a lot to think about! Hydroponic units come in all shapes and sizes and it just depends on what you want them for. There are units for beauty or for high production and everything in between. I have tried to select the best indoor hydroponic systems out there but really had to limit the selection as there were just so many to choose from.

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Darlene Thompson

After having lived in Canada's most northerly territory of Nunavut where outdoor gardening is nigh impossible, I started down my adventure of indoor gardening. I hope you find the various methods as exciting as I do!

50 Comments

  1. Hello Darlene,

         Thank you for this post!  I’ve been wanting to give hydroponics a try but I have very limited space.  I’m really liking the Go Grow Hydroponic Gardening Planter for multiple reasons:

    It can go on my balcony half-wall, doesn’t require a pump and is pretty-much self-contained.

    You’ve gotten my excitement level back up again.

    Thank you so much,

    Scott

    • Thank you so much Scott!  I got pretty excited looking those up!  LOL

  2. Hi Darlene! I have read a few post on the indoor hydroponic systems subject and I have found that the best option for us is the DreamJoy 4 Layers 72 Plant Sites Hydroponic Site Grow Kit. I appreciate you have given a lot of details in what you consider the cons. I feel most of them are easy to solve, such as buying a cheap Rubbermaid container with a lid or having additional lights in the winter. But it’s nice to know these things from the very beginning because it enables us to do a well informed purchase. Thank you very much!

    • Thank you, Henry!  I know the disappointment of buying a “kit” and then finding out I still need stuff so I made sure to include everything that you even MIGHT need!  Thank you for your comments!

  3. Setting up indoor gardening is not an easy task but with consistency and patient you can make things work out especially for beginners to get minimum level of watering. The above listed methods is great for beginners that are aspiring to start their own gardening. Thanks for the methods. Also I think the pros and cons is listed for beginners to take note in order to succeed. Kudos to you guys

    • Thank you so much crownwole – I sure hope this helps you out!

  4. Is this can be useful in a cold place like here in Alaska? If that works here it is good for us to grow our own vegetable. Because it is to expensive and sometimes it is hard to eat fresh food. Frozen veggies are more cheaper and easy to cook but not good for you. This Indoor Grow System is what am looking for so long, hopefully most of them have lights because on winter time we dont have lights, or sunlight. I like all the info I read here and its helpful. Thank you

    • Hi Matthessa!  I used to live in Nunavut, far enough north that we got absolutely no sunlight in the winter.  This is what turned me to hydroponics for veggies.  I went through the exact same thing with the scarcity or extremely high price of fresh veggies.  I would definitely go with one of these systems.  Just note where I say they need extra lighting, in your case it will be ESSENTIAL.  Amazon has plenty of good LED lights that will draw little electricity and give your veggies the full spectrum light that they will need during the dark months.

  5. Excellent selection of indoor hydroponic systems!  I have to confess… I have a black thumb.  I’m not just kind of bad.  I’m REALLY bad about gardening.  Would any of these be kind of foolproof so you can’t screw it up by giving too much water or not enough water? Or nutrients, fertilizer, etc?  I really liked the climbing plant one, but I’m kind of scared to invest in any of these if I’m just going to kill them like I did every other plant.  I am actually wanting to grow catnip or cat grass, so I probably need the smaller centerpiece one.  What do you think?

    • Hiya Selenity!  I have plenty of soil plants that I’ve killed myself.  The only real success I’ve had is with hydroponics.  If you follow the directions on nutrient feeding, its impossible to over water them.  Its just then a matter of ensuring that the reservoir is kept topped up and off you go!  I find hydroponics much easier than soil.

  6. WOW!!! awesome article, I really enjoyed the write up,This is an indoor garden with 3 lightness levels & full spectrum lighting system,8 White Lights, 8 Red Lights and 2 Blue Lights, 360° rotation of the light covers a larger area and allows plants to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth and abundant harvests.great article thank you,rock higher in online business.