Click And Grow Vs. AeroGarden: Which Hydroponic Unit Is Best?

Click and Grow Reviews - Pros

Both the Click and Grow and the AeroGarden are top brands in the indoor gardening space. And while both have impressive functionality and features, it’s important for aspiring growers to know which one is right for them. After all, these hydroponic herb gardens are expensive, so you want to get the best bang for your buck. In this AeroGarden vs. Click and Grow smart garden comparison, we’ll look at the following:

Read the full AeroGarden review here.
Read the full Click and Grow review here.

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Which Is Better: Click And Grow Or AeroGarden?

Let’s start with an introduction of products from each of these two countertop hydroponic systems. The chart below offers insights into the amount of plants and general features of each AeroGarden and Click and Grow model.

Photo Title Price Buy
AeroGarden White Sprout AeroGarden White Sprout $82.00
AeroGarden Black Harvest...image AeroGarden Black Harvest Indoor Hydroponic Garden $109.99
AeroGarden Harvest 360...image AeroGarden Harvest 360 Indoor Hydroponic Garden, Black $83.99
AeroGarden Harvest Elite...image AeroGarden Harvest Elite - Stainless Steel $109.50
AeroGarden Bounty Basic...image AeroGarden Bounty Basic - Indoor Garden with LED Grow Light, Black $195.27
AeroGarden Classic 6...image AeroGarden Classic 6 with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit $200.00
AeroGarden - Farm...image AeroGarden - Farm 12 XL Easy Setup - Healthy Eating Garden kit 12 Salad Bar Pods Included- App Capability - Black $519.99
AeroGarden Farm 24XL,...image AeroGarden Farm 24XL, w/Salad Bar Seed Kit, Black $729.99
AeroGarden 900950-1100 Farm...image AeroGarden 900950-1100 Farm 24Basic (Classic Version), 12" Grow Height, White $850.00
AeroGarden Harvest -...image AeroGarden Harvest - With Heirloom Salad Greens Pod Kit (6-Pod) $142.99
AeroGarden White Harvest AeroGarden White Harvest $149.99
AeroGarden 360-Stainless w/Heirloom...image AeroGarden 360-Stainless w/Heirloom Salad Greens Seed Kit Harvest Elite 360, Stainless Steel $299.98
AeroGarden Harvest Elite...image AeroGarden Harvest Elite 360, Stainless Steel $152.99

Photo Title Price Buy
Click and Grow...image Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Herb Garden (Includes Basil Plant Pods), White $99.95

This comparison chart highlights a few key differences between the brands. First, it shows that AeroGarden has far more models than Click and Grow, but Click and Grow’s biggest model – the Wall Farm – can grow over twice as many plants as the AeroGarden Farm models. 

Features are another point to consider. Many higher-end AeroGarden models have some nice bells and whistles, such as wifi connectivity, vacation mode, and a touchscreen. Only the Smart Garden 9 PRO has wifi connectivity (app-controlled grow light) and something similar to a touchscreen or control panel.

Finally, the lights’ overall wattage tells us a little bit about these systems’ energy output. For the most part, the Click and Grow systems seem to use less electricity a month than their AeroGarden counterparts. 

We’ll explore these features and others throughout this article.

Explore these articles about AeroGarden:

Click And Grow Overview

Founder Mattias Lepp began researching his indoor smart garden after reading a Nasa article. Working with universities worldwide, Lepp developed his different hydroponic systems, launching the prototype in 2013 and releasing the Smart Garden 9 in 2017. Made in Estonia, the Click and Grow products ship to countries across the globe.

Here’s a look at Lepp’s vision for starting the Click & Grow Smart Gardens:

Click and Grow Models

There are five Click and Grow models currently, which grow between three and 51 plants at a time. Except for the Grow Wall, the models’ names tell you how many plants grow in each unit. The Smart Garden 9, for instance, grows up to nine plants, while the Smart garden 3 grows up to three.

The current pricing for these different models, as of 2021, is as follows:
Click and Grow Smart Garden 3

Click and Grow Smart Garden 3: Starting at $99.95 

Click and Grow Smart Garden 9

Click and Grow Smart Garden 9: $199.95

Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 PRO

Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 PRO: $259.95

Click and Grow Smart Garden 27

Click and Grow Smart Garden 27: $599.95

Click and Grow Smart Garden - The Wall Farm

The Wall Farm: $2,499.95

Click and Grow Setup

Here is a quick overview of setting up the Click and Grow. Notice how simple it is to put your system together and start planting.

AeroGarden

AeroGarden is usually considered one of the top indoor garden systems – at least in the United States and Canada (it can only ship to these two countries currently).

AeroGarden’s owned by AeroGrow International, which also has significant investment from the gardening company Miracle-Gro as of 2013. Here’s a quick review of each AeroGarden model with costs.

We should note that AeroGarden regularly has sales and other discounts – often 20-40% off the initial price. Even as of writing this, most of these indoor gardens are discounted below their regular retail price.

AeroGarden Sprout

AeroGarden Seed Pod Kits

From personal experience, I recommend greens and herbs (especially basil plants) with these systems. I am not a fan of mini tomatoes, which rarely do as well as advertised.

Plant pods with Click and Grow are only $3.32 per plant, which is lower than some hydroponic competitors but higher than the average cost of an AeroGarden plant. That said, Click and Grow has a membership, which can cut costs significantly.

Grow Lights

Both brands use LED grow lights to give your plants the right amount of light they need. See the comparison table at the beginning of the article to compare wattage.

Click and Grow

Overall, their lights appear to be more energy-efficient than the AeroGarden lights, in the sense that you don’t spend as much keeping them on. We don’t have enough data on how the lower wattage lights affect the plants.

Click and Grow also claims that their LED lighting system only needs replacing every seven years. 

On most models, the Click and Grow units have lights that turn on with a basic timer that activates when the system is plugged in. The lights are on for 16 hours and off for eight.

AeroGarden

The AeroGarden models require more energy to run than their Click and Grow counterparts. There are quite a few reviews online that say the AeroGarden plants grow larger than the Click and Grow, but that’s anecdotal at best.

On most AeroGarden models, growers can set the time of day they want the lights to be on and off, and there is a vacation mode in which the lights come on less.

Design

Both AeroGarden and Click and Grow are aesthetically pleasing. Each of these brands make excellent accent pieces for any living room or kitchen. 

App

Both brands give growers access to an app. There are several differences between the Click and Grow app and the AeroGarden app.

Click and Grow

The app provides basic information about your plants and what to expect, and it gives you the option to set watering reminders or create a photo album of your plant growth (which is fun!).

Functionally, the app is not connected by wifi to your hydroponic garden in all systems except the Smart Garden 9 Pro. This system connects via Bluetooth and provides simple lighting system control.

Patrick Chism

Patrick likes to pretend that urban gardening is just a hobby, but he’s actually prepping for the apocalypse. He’s a practical grower, specializing in hydroponics systems and grow lights. His dream is to one day feed his family with just the food he grows in his Chicago-based condo.

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