Best Small Hydroponic Kit Systems 2018

Hydroponic growing is a soilless method of gardening that can be done inside or outside; you can grow anything from herbs to fruits and flowers. There are six main ways of setting up a hydroponic system, and those I have included are the most basic. Hydroponic kits are aimed at amateurs, and don’t want to run around to different shops purchasing air pumps from one place, fertilizer from the other. Below I have rated my top 5 small hydroponic starter kits, perfect for those with limited garden space and want a simplistic or entry-level introduction to hydroponic growing.

Best Small Hydroponic Kit Systems 2018

1. Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED Indoor Garden By AeroGrow - Best Small Hydroponic System 2018

This would have to be the most simplistic, low-maintenance hydroponic kit on the market, period. It does not come cheap, but its high-tech features do not fail to impress. This kit is the most popular out of indoor grow kits of any size, and for good reasons;, this hydroponic kit is small enough to fit in any garden space and includes absolutely everything you will need and a few extras.

There are a range of Miracle-Gro AeroGarden models, differing in size and price. This product, though not the cheapest of the range, is easily the most popular. This kit pretty much does everything for you; it has an automated timer, which allows it to adjust light for the particular growth stage. It also has an alarm to remind you when it’s time to feed your plant. This product is modern, with LCD controls and needs practically no construction. This product comes with a highly efficient and, may I say, high intensity LED grow light that can be adjusted in height as your plant grows. This product is popular for growing herbs or vegetables and comes with the option of 7 different herb seeds and 7 kinds of vegetable seeds.

This kit includes:

  • Highly efficient high intensity LED grow light with an automated timer
  • LCD screen for controls with alarm for feeding
  • Liquid fertilizer
  • 7 Seed pots
  • A range of 7 herb seeds and 7 vegetable seeds

You could call this product the little sister of the AeroGarden Ultra LED; this product is not only cheaper but perhaps less flashy and more practical than it’s older sibling. This AeroGarden model is a little smaller in height and width and instead of a high definition LCD touchscreen it has a practical button control panel. This product is aimed at the entry-level hydroponic grower who wants to start off small with an herb garden. It is a relatively smaller hydroponic system than my number one but it still has the ability to grow small vegetables. This small hydroponic setup is perfect for a small garden and comes with the standard features available in the hydroponic range such as automated light timer,and alarm for feeding reminders. This product, like any in the AeroGarden range, requires little maintenance and thanks towith its automated system, it is easy to use.

This kit includes:

  • Highly efficient LED grow light with an automated timer​
  • Button control panel with alarm for feeding
  • Liquid Fertilizer
  • 6 Seed pots
  • Complimentary range of 7 herb seeds

This product tops the category of mini hydroponic systems, easily fitting in any kitchen, perfect for the windowsill, and the kit requires zero effort. This product will not only speed up your harvest time but will suit the décor of any house with its timeless look. This kit is perfect for the non-gardener who doesn’t want to get their hands dirty or doesn’t have much gardening experience. This kit is also perfect for the kids with visible sprouts within 1-2 weeks and full size plants within 1-2 months. There is little to no construction required, you fill up the grow tank, pop the seeds in and turn on the LED light. This product is not only long lasting, with a 12 months warranty but practical, as many cook daily with herbs. I recommend this kit for those wanting a low maintenance indoor garden.

This kit includes:

  • LED grow light
  • Stylish white grow tray
  • Nutrient solution
  • 3 seed pots

This kit is not just for the kids, although it is mainly geared to attract them, creating a fun little garden above å fish tank. It is not only inexpensive, but it can be educational as a self-sufficient ecosystem where the fish feed the plants and the plants provide clean water for the fish. This kit not only provides the most ecologically friendly experience in hydroponic growing but also will ensure that your fish thrive in healthy clean water without the hassle of ongoing cleaning of the fish tank.

This kit includes:

  • Grow tray placed above a 3-gallon fish tank​
  • Submersible pump
  • Fish tank gravel
  • Organic grow satones
  • Organic seeds

This product is neat and small, perfect for growing leafy greens or flowers for those who have limited garden space. It’s inexpensive, perfect for a beginner who wants to start small and is possibly building their very first hydroponic garden. Everything fits into a 5 Gallon bucket, which requires little maintenance and ensures your garden space (however small) remains tidy. This kit does have a downside, for those whose garden space does not have access to natural light; this kit does not include a grow light. Don’t let that discourage you, as hydroponic grow lights are relatively cheap, especially for the size required for this small-scale hydroponic setup.

PowerGrow has dominated the hydroponic kit market; as you can see, they have two products within my top 3. They do offer products beyond the DWC method but are more renown for this hydroponic system, receiving rave reviews and many happy customers.

In short this kit includes a 5-gallon bucket, an air pump and hose, growth medium (Rockwool) and nutrient solution to keep your plants happy and healthy. This system is best for growing lettuce and annual vegetables.

Small Hydroponic System Buying Guide

What Do You Want To Grow?

There is a limit to what you can grow out of a small hydroponic setup; many of my rated kits are perfect for beginners or kids wanting to start basic with herbs or lettuce. I have included some options for those who would like to move on from herbs to vegetables and larger plants.

What Space Is Available For Your Hydroponic Garden?

This will be a major factor for some; most of the kits below have built-in grow lights, but for the DWC bucket kit, unless you have access to sunlight, you will need to purchase a grow light. Keep in mind that for this product you will need some floor space for the bucket itself and for whichever grow light you will choose. A cheap and easy option is an LED bulb, which you can get for around $10, which can produce plenty of the light required by this small hydroponic system.

What Is Your Budget?

This, of course, is quite important; all of the below kits are a similarly good quality despite the range in price. You pay more for the technology that is included.

Last Words Of Advice

Make sure you have considered the options below before picking which kit you think is best for you. I have included products from a range of sizes, prices and growth potential (herbs or vegetables).

Don’t forget to base your choice on:

  • What you want to grow​
  • Your available garden space
  • Your budget

Any of my rated small hydroponic systems are perfect for inside your house, no matter how small your garden space. You will get the satisfaction of watching your plants grow and enjoying the harvest with your family, friends or kids.

Happy Growing.​

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