Aerogarden vs Click & Grow: Which is Better?

Aerogarden and Click & Grow both make sleek, all-in-one hydroponic systems for indoor gardening. But which is better? Here’s an in-depth comparison of both companies’ smart garden models, reviewing their design, available plants and cost.

 

Aerogarden vs Click and Grow

Aerogarden is the original indoor garden company.

They make handy all-in-one hydroponic systems that allow you to grow anything from herbs to vegetables… all in the comfort of your home! I’ve had many Aerogardens for many years now and love them. 

But are they the best?

As indoor gardening has gotten more popular, tons of new companies have popped up, all offering smart gardens in various sizes, price points and unique features.

I’ve slowly started branching out to try various Aerogarden competitors, but at the top of my list to check out was Click and Grow.

Why? 

Because they make (in my opinion) the prettiest indoor gardens!

Here’s a deep dive into Aerogarden vs Click and Grow. 

 

 

Aerogarden Overview

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Aerogarden is a Colorado based company that makes indoor hydroponic gardens and accessories.

They were the first to create smart countertop gardens that could be used to grow plants in just water (no soil!).

Their gardens are cute, compact and do all the heavy lifting when it comes to gardening, so they’re perfect for beginners (no green thumb required). 

And best of all, they allow you to grow indoors!

 

 

Aerogardens are especially great for those who live in small apartments and condos with limited outdoor space because they have built in LED lights.

With these, you can grow herbs, salad greens, tomatoes, chili peppers and flowers all year round.

The company was originally called ‘Aerogrow’, and named their products ‘Aerogarden’.

But, they seem to have rebranded and streamlined to simply ‘Aerogarden’ across the board. In 2016, garden giant Scotts-Miracle Grow acquired a controlling stake in Aerogarden.

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Aerogarden-models

Today, Aerogarden offers 4 main types of gardens.

They range in size, from a mini countertop model all the way up to a massive floor garden:

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Click and Grow Overview

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Click and Grow is an Estonian based company, founded in 2009 by Mattias Lepp.

He was inspired to create indoor gardens after hearing about NASA’s successful experiments growing food in space.

Lepp worked with several universities to create the first ‘smart garden’ prototype.

 

 

The company’s aim is to create smart gardens for busy city dwellers, with indoor plant systems that take care of plants automatically.

With Click and Grow’s smart gardens, the watering, lights and nutrients are all taken care of so even the busiest person can experience the magic of gardening.

With these, you can also grow herbs, salad greens, tomatoes, chili peppers and flowers all year round.

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Click-and-grow-models

Today, Click and Grow offers 5 different garden models.

They range in size from countertop friendly to large floor models:

 

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Aerogarden vs Click & Grow

So, which company should you go with?

Honestly – you can’t go wrong with either. I have hydroponic gardens from both companies and really like them both. They each work slightly differently, which I go into in more depth below.

But, if you want the short answer:

 

I think Click and Grow makes the prettiest, sleekest designs.

Their gardens are designed to do 100% of the work for you, so if you have a busy lifestyle and limited time, but still want fresh herbs and a green indoor garden, go with Click & Grow.

Aerogarden makes great gardens as well, but they do require some maintenance and upkeep from week to week. Because of this, they also allow for more flexibility.

If you want to be able to grow larger plants and like to experiment or want to learn more about gardening, go with Aerogarden.

Aerogarden has stronger LED lights, so plants will be able to grow larger and produce more. But, because Click & Grow uses smart soil pods, you can grow all different types of plant species together in one garden. 

Price wise, they're both comparable. And both gardens come with seed pods to get your garden started right away, as well as allow you to use your own seeds.

 

 

And to be honest, hydroponics is addicting!

So most likely you’ll start with one but slowly find yourself buying more over time, ha. At least… that’s been my experience!

But I promised a deep dive, so let’s take a closer look at each company and get into the details… 

 

Aerogarden vs Click and Grow

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my wall of Aerogarden farms growing eggplants, beans and hot peppers indoors 

 

 

While both companies essentially do the same thing (ie, allow you to grow plants indoors, 5x faster than soil, all year round), they approach hydroponics slightly differently. 

I break down the differences by comparing each part of the gardening process:

 

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Design

Hands down, I think Click and Grow wins on the pure aesthetics of their gardens.

I get bombarded with Instagram ads for gardening products all day long, but the only brand that’s stood out to me from the instant I saw them was Click and Grow.

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Their gardens come in 3 neutral colors – white, beige and grey – and all of them are designed with a very sleek, minimalist Scandinavian style that I personally really love.

When I received the garden, I realized Click and Grow carries that design-first approach to every aspect of the product, from the packaging to set up. 

Everything was really easy to put together, and the garden is essentially pre-assembled. It took me less than 5 minutes to get started.

And, I loved how the gardens have a neat slot to tuck in the electric cord so it doesn’t show.

 

Aerogarden gardens, while they don’t look ugly per se, they’re.. utilitarian.

The Harvest and Bounty models require a small bit of assembly and they’re also available in multiple colors (white, black, stainless steel etc).

A couple of years ago, they used to offer a lot more color options, like a pretty copper, pastel pink and sage green. I always get asked where my copper Harvest is from.

Unfortunately Aerogarden seems to have pared back on their color options!

The set up for the Aerogarden Farm models (the larger 12 and 24 pod gardens) is quite frankly – annoying and time consuming. It requires lot of screws and turning the machine upside down and right side up again, so I did find assembly to be a bit of a pain. 

In contrast, the Click and Grow 27 (which has 27 growing spaces) offers a comparable amount of growing slots but is split into 3 gardens of 9, so assembly is a cinch. Putting together the plant stand was very straightforward.

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Aerogarden vs Click & Grow Design

I'd say Click & Grow wins when it comes to packaging, design, set up and aesthetics.

 

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Lights

Aerogarden and Click & Grow both have built-in LED lights, but they differ in a couple ways: 

 

Light Cycle

Both gardens utilize LED lights to enable plants to grow indoors all year round. These lights contain a spectrum of red and white lights and have a built-in timer to operate on a set schedule. 

Click & Grow LEDs run on a 16 hour on, 8 hour off light cycle while Aerogarden LEDs run on a 15 hour on, 9 hour off light cycle.

Note: on the fancier models, both Click and Grow and Aerogarden allow you to customize the light cycle. 

 

 

Light Strength

In terms of the light strength, the Aerogarden models tend to be stronger.

The actual wattage varies with each Aerogarden model, but range from 10W to 60W. Click and Grow’s gardens vary from 8W to 16W. 

 

Light Stand

The light stand is also designed a bit differently on the Aerogarden vs Click and Grow.

With Click and Grow, the company’s aim is to handle practically 100% of the gardening for you.

Their motto is to allow you to grow fresh greens and herbs inside without sacrificing your busy lifestyle. So, the light stand is fixed (although they sell optional attachments to increase the light height) and the LEDs are mostly white and red lights

This results in compact plants that grow and flower on their own. They won’t get too large, due to the fixed height of the light and lower watt strength, but that also means you don’t need to constantly adjust the lights.

 

 

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With Aerogarden, the light height varies on each model, but ranges from 12 to 36 inches. As the plants grow tall, you’ll want to slowly raise the light hood so that the plant leaves don’t burn. 

The huge height capacity on the larger Bounty and Farm models (2 to 3 feet) means you can grow some pretty big plants! I love being able to grow peppers, eggplants and cherry tomatoes in the larger Aerogardens.

The larger models also have stronger LED bulbs with more color ranges, including white, blue, red and far red LEDs. This helps with flowering, fruiting and root growth which all supports larger plants.

 

Aerogarden vs Click & Grow Lights

When it comes to lighting, I'd say Aerogarden wins for providing stronger, deeper LEDs and a larger height capacity that allow you to grow more and grow bigger.

But, if you have a busy lifestyle and don't want to be bothered to constantly monitor and check on your plants, the Click & Grow is a nice ‘set it and forget it' option.

You can always remove the plants from the indoor gardens and transplant them in larger pots outdoors too!

I have a video on how I moved out my shishito peppers from the Aerogarden bounty into kratky mason jars here.

 

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Watering

A big difference between the two systems is how they water plants.

Hydroponics is the art of gardening in water instead of soil, but within the category of hydroponics there are many sub categories, like:

  • wicking
  • deep water culture
  • nutrient film technique
  • ebb and flow
  • aeroponics
  • drip

I go a bit more in depth about them in my Hydroponics 101 post, but to keep things simple for today’s post, Aerogarden and Click & Grow utilize different hydroponic methods.

 

 

Click & Grow Hydroponic Method

Click and Grow uses the wick method, a passive form of hydroponics that’s easy to maintain.

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With a wick system, water is transported up from the basin to the plants’ roots using a wick. It’s a great system because it’s easy to maintain – the growing medium and nutrients are contained in the plastic pod cups.

So, the water basin purely contains water and stays much cleaner. 

The roots of each plant grow within the pod cups and won’t tangle or touch each other.

The Click & Grow gardens do not have a water pump inside the bowl, so there’s less parts to clean.

The lack of water pumps also means there’s no operating noise, so these are blissfully silent gardens.

 

 

Aerogarden Hydroponic Method

Aerogarden uses an aeroponic setup, with a small oxygenating pump inside the basin that circulates the water.

Their gardens run on a timed watering schedule, where the pump will run for about ~5 minutes every hour to cycle the water and mist it over the plants’ roots.

The water pump allows the roots to continuously have nutrients without being oversaturated and also provides greater oxygen exposure.

This is a more advanced set up and occasionally you’ll hear the water trickling. It sounds a bit like a water fountain to me (so I find it soothing) but some people find it distracting, especially if they work from home or are sensitive to noise.

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With Aerogardens, you’ll want to be a bit more diligent with cleaning and check every so often to ensure the plant roots aren’t growing into the pump (which can cause the garden system to stop working) or growing into each other.

 

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Fertilizer

Each company approaches feeding your plants a bit differently.

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With Aerogarden, you’ll need to add fertilizer every 2 weeks.

They include a bottle of liquid plant food with each smart garden and the small bottle should last at least 6 months if you’re growing herbs in the Harvest.

Larger fruiting plants will require more nutrition so eventually you’ll buy more plant food as you continue to garden.

You can keep some plants in the Aerogarden nearly indefinitely, as long as you keep adding nutrition and water. The plants will get bigger and bigger, and produce more fruits (until they grow past the height of the garden).

 

 

With Click & Grow, the fertilizer has already been pre-added to each pod’s ‘smart soil’.

They look like little red and yellow beads within the sponge and are designed to slow release plant food over time. When the plants have used up all the nutrients in the smart soil, they’ve reached their max size and height capacity. 

At that point, you should remove  the plants from the system. You can continue to grow them outdoors in soil and buy new Click & Grow smart soil pods to start a new indoor garden.

So in general, a plant grown in the Click & Grow will be a bit smaller compared to the same plant grown in the Aerogarden.

 

Aerogarden vs Click & Grow: Maintenance

If you want a fuss-free gardening experience, go with Click & Grow as there's much less maintenance to do on a week to week basis.

But if you want more flexibility and control over your plants and what you grow, Aerogarden may be better longer term.

If you plan to grow larger plants (cherry tomatoes, peppers, etc) you'll have the ability to do this by adding more nutrients.

 

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Transplanting

These indoor gardens allow you to grow entirely indoors, from start to finish.

But, some people like to use the gardens to start plants and then move them outside. This way they can kick start their summer gardens, grow more and free up space inside.

Also some plants are just too big for an indoor garden and other plants just do better outdoors in sunshine and soil.

So, transplanting plant pods is something to look at when considering Aerogarden vs Click and Grow!

With Aerogarden, the roots can often grow into huge massive clusters. Because their gardens allow you to grow larger plants, it can sometimes be difficult to extract mid-size or large plants from the Aerogarden. 

With Click & Grow, their pods are enclosed, so the roots can’t really grow outside the container. It makes removing the plants really easy. 

 

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Available Plants

Both Aerogarden and Click and Grow gardens come with pre-seeded pods, and you can also buy more plant pods.

 

Aerogarden Seed Kits

Each model of Aerogarden comes with slightly different seed kits.

If you buy from Amazon, it’s usually already been pre-packaged, but if you buy directly from Aerogarden, you can choose which seed pod kit you want when you buy the garden.

In general, the plants are pre-selected to optimize for each garden’s size.

 

 

So for a 6-pod model like the Harvest, you can choose from things like

 

while for a 24-pod model like the Farm, you can choose from all the previous options but also larger options like:

 

 

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Aerogarden also sells over 30+ individual plants, like

 

And they sell fun variety packs, like

 

You can browse Aerogarden’s full plant selection here.

 

 

Click & Grow Plant Pods

Click and Grow’s smart gardens also come with plant pods so you can get started growing right away.

Each seed is already pre-planted in ‘smart soil’, a natural growing medium made from biodegradable materials that already has nutrients included.

And, all the plants chosen are designed to fit the compact size of the garden.

With Click & Grow you don’t have the option to choose plants. But to give you an idea here are the plants that come with each Click & Grow model:

 

 

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Click and Grow also sells over 75+ herb, veggie and flower plant pods. They’re sold in packs of 3 and the company is always offering new varieties.

Some plant options include:

 

 

Click and Grow also sells mixed packs, typically in bundles of 9, with fun options like:

 

Browse all of Click and Grow’s plant options here.

 

And finally, Click and Grow offers plant subscriptions where you can sign up for ongoing deliveries of new plants. You save a little bit on the membership model vs buying individual plants.

 

 

Both companies offer a germination guarantee.

If any of their pre-seeded plants don’t sprout, you can contact customer service and they’ll send you a replacement.

 

Aerogarden vs Click & Grow: Plants

So who wins when it comes to available plants?

I call it a draw.

I like the pre-selected plants that come with the Aerogarden gardens when you first purchase the garden, because each garden comes with unique plants. For the 3-pod Sprout model you'll get 3 different types of herbs. Whereas with Click and Grow, their Smart Garden 3 comes with 3 pods of basil so you only get to grow one type of herb.

But, when it comes to buying additional plants, I think Click & Grow offers much more options (75+ plants to pick from) and much more unique varieties (wasabi mustard, purple pak choy). In particular, I like all their fruiting plant options (wild strawberries, snap peas, bell peppers, hot peppers, etc!)

I noticed Click & Grow also offers more flower varieties while Aerogarden seems to mainly offer petunias.

But, I prefer the design of the Aerogarden pods, which allow the roots to grow larger and directly into the grow basin. The closed system of the Click and Grow pods keeps the plants small when they could continue to grow larger.

I also think the Click & Grow pods are on the expensive side, roughly $3-4 per pod.

 

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Growing Different Plants

One of the things I didn’t know before I started gardening indoors was that every type of plant is different.

Some, like salad greens and lettuce, grow very quickly but have a short lifespan. Others, like hot peppers, can take months to grow and require a lot of patience (and hand pollinating) but can stay alive for years!

Every plant also has different nutrient requirements.

When gardening outdoors, you would add different amendments to the soil to give each type of plant what it needs. With hydroponics, there’s no soil so you add liquid nutrients directly to the indoor garden.

The nutrients change the pH of the water and each type of plant thrives at a slightly different pH. 

 

 

So when using an open system like the Aerogarden, where all the plants drink from the same water-nutrient mix and can touch each other, you want to maintain an optimal pH environment for all the plants.

Essentially, you need to grow similar plants together in an Aerogarden (6 different types of lettuce, or 6 herbs together in the Harvest).

Growing plants with different nutrient requirements is a bit of a disaster, because one variety will thrive at the expense of the other (so don’t plant tomatoes with lettuces, for example).

But since the Click & Grow uses a closed pod system, where each plant gets its nutrients from the ‘smart soil‘ and not from the shared water bowl, you can grow completely different types of plants all together in the same smart garden.

So you could plant basil, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, hot peppers and wild strawberries all together!

If you’re hoping to grow anything and everything all at the same time, go with Click & Grow.

 

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Grow Anything

When you first start out, it’s nice to be able to use the plant pods that come with each garden so you can get growing right away.

But as you get more comfortable with gardening indoors, you naturally start to want to grow more things. The nice feature of these smart gardens is you can use your own seeds! 

Both Aerogarden and Click and Grow allow you to grow *anything* in their systems.

 

 

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I’ve bought seeds from garden companies, my local plant nursery and on clearance at hardware stores. You can basically start almost any plant in these hydroponic systems with the addition of some accessories.

Note: Not all plants are small and compact enough to fully grow, from start to finish, inside these gardens. So in those instances, you’ll eventually want to transplant the plants to larger pots, garden containers and outdoors.

I have a more in-depth post on where I buy heirloom seeds here.

 

 

Aerogarden Grow Anything Kit

Aerogarden sells a ‘Grow Anything’ kit that’s essentially empty pods and sponges. Each kit comes with plastic pods, dome caps, sticker labels, grow sponges and plant food so all you do is add your own seeds!

They cost ~$0.70 when you buy in bulk.

I have a step-by-step guide on how to use Aerogarden’s Grow Anything Kit, or you can watch my video tutorial here

How to Grow ANYTHING with Aerogarden (use your own seeds)

 

There are also third party companies that make off-label versions of each so it can be even cheaper to grow your own seeds in the Aerogarden.

I have a separate guide to making your own Aerogarden replacement pods here.

 

 

Click & Grow 

Click and Grow sells ‘Grow Anything’ plant pods that contain an advanced version of their Smart Soil. These contain added nutrients to boost sprouting and growth and will work for pretty much any type of greens, herbs or flowers. 

These are just the sponges though – the plastic pods and caps that come with each Smart Garden are re-usable, so the Grow Anything kit from Click & Grow is basically just the smart soil and nutrition.

So far, it doesn’t seem like many third party companies make off label versions so you have to get them direct from the company. 

They cost ~$3 per pod which personally I find a bit expensive, since their plant pods cost about the same but come with the seeds.

The Grow Anything soil pods are available in two types:

 

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Price Comparison

Of course, it always comes down to price. 

If one garden is significantly more expensive, it makes the decision of whether to buy a Click & Grow or an Aerogarden much easier.

Unfortunately (or fortunately!) both companies price their gardens at roughly the same cost. 

It’s hard to make a direct comparison, because each brand’s gardens are slightly different sizes with slightly different features, but I’ve tried my best to run the numbers by looking at the costs in several ways:

 

 

Aerogarden vs Click & Grow Cost Comparison

 

by Unit

 

3-pod models

Both Aerogarden and Click and Grow offer a compact 3 plant model, called the Sprout and Smart Garden 3, respectively. Both retail for $99.95 so price is negligible!

One difference though, is in the plant selection.

Aerogarden offers a Gourmet Herb pod with their Sprout models, where you get 3 different types of herbs (Genovese Basil, Curly Parsley and Dill). With Click & Grow, you get 3 pods of basil.

If you asked me, I would prefer to grow as many different plants as possible.

But, in terms of what I’d actually use and cook with, I often use huge amounts of basil to batch make pesto, and I don’t really know what to do with dill, so growing multiples of one plant might actually be more functional.

 

 

24 / 25 / 27 pod models

When you get to the larger units, both Aerogarden and Click and Grow offer large gardens so you can grow tons of plants. These are designed to either sit on the floor or on a large piece of furniture.

You have the

There are lots of different variations of the Farm, with slightly different bells and whistles, but on average the Farm 24 Plus retails for $929.95 (it often goes on sale – I have seen them for around $300-500).

The Click & Grow 25 retails for $729.95 while the Smart Garden 27 retails for $989.80 (but both also go on sale frequently).

 

 

With the larger models, I think it depends what you want to use them for.

 

The Farm is designed for fruiting plants that can grow 2 to 3 feet in height.

It has strong 60W full spectrum LED lights meant to optimize for leaf, root and fruit production.

The unit is split into 2 equal grow bowls, so you have separate water tanks and can control the light and nutrition schedule for two groups of 12 plants simultaneously.

Get the Farm if you want to grow bigger plants like cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, eggplants, etc.

 

 

The Click & Grow 25 is designed for succession planting leafy greens.

I find myself growing lettuces and Asian greens the most, because they’re easy to grow, quick to harvest and healthy to eat – so I plant lots of them!

Greens are short lived plants, so you’ll want to succession plant them, meaning continually plant more so that you have a steady ongoing supply. The Click & Grow 25 is optimized in vertical slots, so you can neatly grow 5 greens at a time for 5 weeks. 

It’s a really clean, organized and efficient smart garden if you’re focused on growing healthy lettuces.

 

 

The Click & Grow 27 is a nice in between option.

It allows you to grow up to 27 plants, split among 3 gardens and includes a nice plant stand!

While it would be difficult to grow any large fruiting plant in this tower, it is a really functional way to grow many plants at once. So you could do one garden of herbs, one garden of cherry tomatoes and one garden of greens!

I often find my knees creaking when I sit down to check on the Farm and the huge floor models are much more inconvenient to clean, so the Click & Grow 27 is a great low maintenance option.

I just got the Click & Grow 27 and love it so far!

 

 

by Plant Pods

All of these gardens are very sustainable ways to grow indoors, because you can re-use them over and over again.

All you need to do is either buy your own seeds + the empty ‘Grow Anything’ pods, or buy new plants direct from the companies.

 

Aerogarden seed pods range in price depending on the plant, but cost ~$14-16 for a pack of 12, or approximately $1.17 – $1.33 per plant. They also regularly host sales so you can get them even more inexpensively.

 

Click and Grow seed pods range in price depending on the plant, but cost ~$9.95 for a pack of 3, or approximately $3.31 per plant. These come with the nutrition in their smart soil, so I’d also consider them relatively cheap!

 

When it comes to plant selection, I think Click and Grow offers a lot more unique varieties. But, their plant pods are closed systems and designed to not let the roots grow outside the plastic capsules. So, they have a shorter life span. 

Aerogarden has a more limited (but still great selection) and their pods are more of an open cage design so the plants can grow quite massive! You will want to stay on top of maintenance by topping up nutrition and potentially trimming roots.

 

 

by Electricity

In general, growing indoors using LED lights is very cost effective. LED lights have great output while consuming relatively low amounts of energy so they’re very efficient sources of light.

 

Aerogarden vs Click & Grow: Electric Costs

Model Plant Capacity Avg Watts Used Monthly Cost Annual Cost
Aerogarden Sprout 3 13 W $0.82 $9.95
Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 3 8 W $0.50 $6.12
Aerogarden Harvest 6 23 W $1.45 $17.60
Aerogarden Bounty 9 48 W $3.02 $36.72
Click & Grow Smart Garden 9 9 13 W $0.82 $9.95
Aerogarden Farm 24 126 W $7.92 $96.40
Click & Grow 25 25 32 W $2.01 $24.48
Click & Grow Wall Farm 51 110 W $6.92 $84.15

*assuming a 16 hour per day light cycle and electricity supply costs of 13.1 cents per kWh

 

 

Aerogarden Sprout vs Click and Grow Smart Garden 3

Let’s compare the Aerogarden Sprout and the Click & Grow Smart Garden 3, since both are 3 pod gardens.

For me, the Sprout will cost ~$9.95 a year to run, while the Smart Garden 3 will cost ~$6.12, so you can say the Aerogarden is about 50% more expensive to run for the smallest model.

But in terms of actual cash, it’s just a couple dollars more per year.

 

 

Aerogarden Farm vs Click and Grow 25

The Aerogarden Farm is a 24 pod garden while the Click and Grow 25 is a 25 pod garden. They’re similar in plant capacity, but differ in their intended uses.

The Farm is designed for large fruiting plants while the Click and Grow 25 is designed for leafy greens, and their energy consumption is pretty different. 

The Farm uses about 126 watts and will cost you about $96.40 a year to run, while the Click & Grow 25 uses a quarter of the energy (~32 watts) and will cost a more economical $24.48 a year to run.

That’s nearly a 400% cost difference!

 

 

So, I guess it depends what you want to grow

In the small models, the price difference is a couple dollars over the course of the year and pretty negligible.

But if you wanted a large garden and intended to grow lots of leafy greens, you’re better off getting the Click & Grow 25. It will allow you to grow a lot at an optimal energy consumption rate and be much more cost effective!

 

Something else to consider is yield.

The cost difference really comes about because the LEDs on the Aerogardens are stronger and therefore use more power.

So it also makes me wonder, am I getting larger plants and therefore more production with the Aerogardens over the Click & Grow gardens?

I would assume yes, so if we account for yield, the cost per grow is pretty much the same. Just be smart about what you’re growing in which garden!

Overall both companies make smart gardens that use very low amounts of energy!

 

 

BTW – if you’re curious about the math, keep reading!

Here’s how to calculate how much adding a smart garden would cost to your electric bill.

 

Number of Hours a Day the Garden is On

The Click & Grow gardens run on a pre-set light schedule of 16 hours on, 8 hours off.

On the other hand, the Aerogarden gardens have 3 pre-set light schedules, depending on the type of garden you’re growing.

  • Herb garden: 17 hours on
  • Salad garden: 16.5 hours on
  • Tomatoes and pepper garden: 16 hours on
  • Flower garden: 15.5 hours on

For the purposes of comparing both companies fairly, let’s assume both gardens run for 16 hours a day.

 

 

Electric Supply Costs

I took a look at my most recent electricity bill. In February 2023, my local utility ConEd billed me 13.1 cents per kWh for supplying me with power.

Electricity rates vary by location and time of year, so you should look at your own utility bills to see how much your actual electric supply costs. Or, you can look at this chart released by the US Energy Information Association, which publishes data on average electricity costs by state.

The average national cost was 15.47 cents per kilowatt hour in January 2023.

So whoo – looks like I pay under the national average in NYC (shocking)

I find looking at this stuff kind of fascinating.

It looks like people in New England (specifically Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire) pay some of the highest electricity prices in the country, around ~30 cents per kilowatt hour!

And eek Hawaii residents have the honor of paying the most – a whopping 45 cents per kwh.

 

 

How to Calculate Smart Garden Costs

Anyway, back to comparing electric costs by brand. To calculate the monthly cost of a garden, multiply:

(kilowatts used) x (cost per kilowatt hour) * (hours a day the garden is on) x (# of days)

Note: utility companies charge in kilowatts so you’ll need to make sure to divide the wattage for small appliances like this by 1000, to convert to kilowatts

 

 

How Much Energy the Aerogarden Uses

For the Aerogarden Sprout:

.013 kilowatts used x .131 cents per kWh x 16 hours a day x 30 days = $0.817 cents per month

.013 kilowatts used x .131 cents per kWh x 16 hours a day x 365 days = $9.94 dollars per year

 

How Much Energy the Click & Grow Uses

For the Click & Grow Smart Garden 3:

.08 kilowatts used x .131 cents per kWh x 16 hours a day x 30 days = $0.503 cents per month

.08 kilowatts used x .131 cents per kWh x 16 hours a day x 365 days = $6.12 dollars per year

 

 

And you can run the same calculation for each Aerogarden and Click and Grow model. Or, just look at the chart above where I already ran the math!

I guess if you’re looking at a strict dollar and cents basis, the Click & Grows are cheaper (because their LEDs are less strong and use less power). But really, both companies’ smart gardens use very little energy and are cost effective to run!

Even if you live in Connecticut or Hawaii :)

 

 

So, Click & Grow or Aerogarden?

And there you have it! My deep dive into the Aerogarden and Click & Grow systems

I think they both have their pros and cons and I’m glad I have gardens from each brand. Some periods I find myself liking the Aerogardens more, some periods I use the Click & Grow gardens more.. 

It really depends on how much time I have and what I’m in the mood to grow. 

So hopefully this comparison was helpful – let me know which company’s gardens you have + prefer in the comments! Or if there are other brands you recommend, I’m always open to suggestions.

Overall, I’m glad there are so many options out on the market. It’s nice to see more innovation in the indoor gardening space and I’m always impressed by how brands come up with different designs and solutions.

 

 

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