May 26, 2024

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10 Best Indoor Gardening Systems of 2023, According to Experts

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Best Hydroponic

AeroGarden Harvest Slim

Best Hydroponic

AeroGarden Harvest Slim

Credit: AeroGarden
Pros
  • Ideal countertop size
Cons
  • Short grow height

The AeroGarden is beloved for its slim profile and fast grow times—up to five times faster than traditional soil grow times. It has space for plants up to 12 inches tall, so it’s optimal for lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, or other low, bushy produce.

Best for Vegetables

Gardyn Home Kit 2.0

Gardyn Home Kit 2.0

Best for Vegetables

Gardyn Home Kit 2.0

Now 25% Off

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Pros
  • Grows up to 30 plants at once
Cons
  • Expensive

Towering and sleek, the Garden Home Kit 2.0 is perfect for tall stalks and a wide variety of produce. This system offers AI monitoring 24/7 so you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be alerted if any of your plants need assistance.

Best for Beginners

Click and Grow Smart Garden, 3-Pod

Smart Garden, 3-Pod

Best for Beginners

Click and Grow Smart Garden, 3-Pod

Credit: Click and Grow
Pros
  • Only have to water once a month
Cons
  • Only three growing spots

This three-pod indoor gardening system is designed primarily for herbs. The beginner kit comes with three pots of basil. With a 40-ounce water tank, this system self-waters for up to three weeks (depending on other conditions, like the temperature).

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Best for Variety

The Farmstand Nook

The Farmstand Nook

Best for Variety

The Farmstand Nook

Credit: Lettuce Grow
Pros
  • Self-watering and self-fertilizing
Cons
  • Can be complicated to set up

Equipped to water and fertilize up to 20 plants at once, the Farmstead Nook can grow lettuce, herbs, flowers, and more year-round. The compact tower is great for smaller spaces and displays the greenery like art rather than a traditional vegetable patch.

Best for Quick Results

Personal Rise Garden

Personal Rise Garden

Best for Quick Results

Personal Rise Garden

Credit: Rise Gardens
Pros
  • Helpful companion app
Cons
  • Not great for taller produce

With grow times as fast as 30 days from sprout to harvest, the Personal Rise Garden is good for impatient home farmers. Each Rise Gardens comes with an eight-plant starter pack to get you going, but you can fit as many as 12 plants in the bed.

Best for Science Lovers

Tower Garden FLEX

Tower Garden FLEX

Best for Science Lovers

Tower Garden FLEX

Credit: Tower Garden
Pros
  • Payment plan available
Cons
  • Grow lights aren’t included

Each Tower Garden comes with a seed starter kit that includes a germination tray, rockwool cubes (for seed starting), vermiculite growing medium and net pots, and seeds for leafy greens, lettuces, and herbs. This system is self-watering, but you have to set up the drain tube and pump. It may need more maintenance than others on this list, but it’s great for hands-on learners.

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Best on a Budget

CYBSDF Indoor Garden Hydroponics Growing System

Indoor Garden Hydroponics Growing System

Best on a Budget

CYBSDF Indoor Garden Hydroponics Growing System

Now 33% Off

Credit: Amazon
Pros
  • Relatively inexpensive
Cons
  • No companion app

Budget friendly and good for beginners, this indoor growing system has 12 pod slots for plants, an adjustable full-sun grow light, and an easy-to-see water gauge so you always know when it’s time to refill. It also has three different preset modes you can choose depending on what you’re growing to give you the best results every time.

Best for Lighting

Stack-n-Grow Lights – Base Unit

Stack-n-Grow Lights - Base Unit

Best for Lighting

Stack-n-Grow Lights – Base Unit

Credit: Gardeners
Pros
  • Stackable
Cons
  • No self-watering capability

Lightweight and easy to build (no tools needed), this system focuses on the sunlight needs of your plants. It doesn’t include any fancy self-watering or app capabilities, but it’s easy to customize and expand. It comes with two full-spectrum T5 fluorescent bulbs that are spaced for optimum coverage, and the lights are super easy to raise or lower as plants grow. High-tech reflectors direct light down onto them for healthier growth and less glare into your space.

Best for Small Spaces

Modern Sprout Smart Landscape Growframe

Smart Landscape Growframe

Best for Small Spaces

Modern Sprout Smart Landscape Growframe

Credit: Modern Sprout
Pros
  • Wall-mounted design
Cons
  • Not self-watering

Grow succulents, houseplants, produce, herbs, you name it, all while keeping your floors clear. This grow frame, complete with grow lights, mounts to the wall and turns your indoor garden into a work of art. You can adjust the light to suit your plants’ needs—there are full sun and low-light modes.

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Best for Microgreens

ZestiGreens Microgreens Growing Kit

Microgreens Growing Kit

Best for Microgreens

ZestiGreens Microgreens Growing Kit

Credit: Zesti Greens
Pros
  • Self-watering
Cons
  • Only for microgreens

If you’re really into the microgreens health craze and add them to everything you eat, you’ll benefit from growing the miniature superfoods at home. Now it’s easy: This tray, sized perfectly for a deep windowsill or countertop, only needs to be watered once in between planting and harvesting (really).

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Kate McGregor is House Beautiful’s SEO Editor. She has covered everything from curated decor round-ups and shopping guides, to glimpses into the home lives of inspiring creatives, for publications such as ELLE Decor, Domino, and Architectural Digest’s Clever. 

 

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