The Best Hydroponic Systems: Reviews, Comparisons and Practical Advice

Hello! My name’s Shaun and I’m passionate about my garden. I enjoy nothing more than basking outdoors in the beautiful, green haven that I’ve created for myself and for my family. The relaxation, the fresh air, the peace and quiet – for me, it’s bliss


This is why I take my gardening techniques so seriously: I care about results. I want my plants to grow in the quickest, healthiest way possible so that they can be enjoyed. If you love spending time in your garden as much as me, you’re probably just the same!

That’s why I invested in my first hydroponics system. These fantastic kits are capable of creating the absolute optimal growing conditions for your plants. If you care about your garden, you need one! In the same way that you wouldn’t start running to lose weight whilst you continue to scoff cakes, why would you invest your time and money into creating a beautiful garden if you aren’t giving your plants the best conditions in which to grow?

Hydroponic systems produce growth rates ten times faster than standard planting and watering.

This means you can have beautiful, blooming flowers in your garden, or even tasty, organic vegetables on your plate, much more quickly.

Best Hydroponic System Reviews


Miracle-Gro Aerogarden ULTRA

Miracle-Gro Aerogarden ULTRA

In my opinion, the Miracle-Gro Aerogarden ULTRA is the best hydroponic system on the market. When it arrives, the first thing you’ll notice is that it looks fantastic! Of course, results are what we’re interested in, but it will immediately reassure you that you’ve bought a great piece of kit.

Miracle-Gro have designed this system to be easy to set up for users of all levels, and they’ve done a wonderful job. Once the system is up and running, the control panel will guide you through every step of the operation, right through to the harvest. It comes with several processes already programmed, designed for different types of plants – plus if you’re feeling adventurous you can customize your own schedule! They claim the system will produce growth rates 10 times quicker than soil and you really do notice this.

The customer service was fantastic too; they were very helpful with their growing advice and they promise to send replacement components should anything go wrong.

This is an easy to use system that would suit a beginner, but it is also holds enough plants that it would work fantastically well as an intermediate system.


Hydrofarm Megagarden System

Hydrofarm Megagarden

The Hydrofarm is a great example of a fully functioning ebb and flow system. You get everything you need included in the box, including some growing media, which is a nice touch in my opinion. I think this product offers the best value of all the hydroponic systems on our list: the components are quality, everything works well and the size is also impressive (approximately 4 foot by 4 foot. It’s a nice, quiet system, so anyone wanting to keep this indoors won’t be disturbed.

A fantastic introduction to the world of hydroponics, and a real bargain!


Aeroflo 30

Aerofarm 30

The Aeroflo products come in a variety of sizes, allowing you to pick an appropriate system for the number of plants you are looking to grow. The first thing you’ll notice about this product is that it is a more serious-looking system than the others and comes in at a slightly higher price-point. This is because it’s a higher-performance system and will suit the more serious gardener, as well as plugging the gap between a home system and a commercial system quite nicely.

Don’t let the Aeroflo’s appearance put you off though; it is deceptively easy to assemble. I personally own this system and it is one that many people graduate to after their first system. It is a much more high-tech system, which is reflected in the price, but it is definitely worth the extra investment for the outstanding results it achieves.


Mr. Stacky Hydroponics Tower

Mr. Stacky Hydroponics Tower

This little system is fantastic and a real attention grabber! The fact that the plants pots assemble vertically is a real selling point and a conversation starter too. If a lack of space is putting you off a hydroponics system, Mr. Stacky is the product for you! You can still grow a large number of plants in the system, but it takes up considerably less space.

Don’t think that the Hydroponics Tower is a novelty, or gimmick product though: It is actually a great system and a bargain at the price. If you are looking for something even more unique, you can add some fish to the water in the base of the system and you have your very own Aquaponics system!


Miracle-Gro Aerogarden

Miracle-Gro Aerogarden

This is the little brother of our number one product, but don’t let that fool you! It comes with the same features, it just holds less plants than the ULTRA model. This is reflected in the price as you can pick one up a little cheaper, meaning this product will appeal to those of you on a budget. If you liked the features of the ULTRA model but wanted something a little less expensive, this is the product for you and represents fantastic value.

Miracle-Gro have done a fantastic job with all their Aerogarden products and this range is one of the first with true mass market appeal. They have created some great products – nice looking and simple to setup – that would really suit those of you looking for a first system. However, their strength is that the systems are fully customizable, so as you learn you can take things to a more advanced level.

This is the best selling hydroponic system on the market today for a reason.

Top 5 Hydroponic Systems for 2014

ImageProductRating (/10)Value (/10)Price
1Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA 9.59.3$230 (8% off!)
2Hydrofarm Megagarden System 8.69.8$144 (24% off!)
3AeroFlo 30 9.88.5$470 (16% off!)
4Mr. Stacky Hydroponic Tower 9.27.9$300 (8% off!)
5Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 8.89.4$138 (8% off!)

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