Review of Hydroponic Systems

Have you ever been interested in growing your own food organic food? Does your lack of garden or yard space keep you from growing? If so, you may want to consider starting an indoor, balcony or patio hydroponic garden. There are many companies who have designed great, easy to use products, ranging from inexpensive to quite costly. Depending on what you would like to grow, there’s a system that is right for you. In this article I will give you a review of Hydroponic Systems. I have chosen 4 different hydroponic systems to review.

Emily’s Garden by Hydrofarm 

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This hydroponic system is a compact design and makes a great starter set.  The system is based on subaeration hydroponics with individual planters that you can rotate or add new plants as you please. Each planter is filled with geolite growing medium and rests in a pump-areated nutrient solution. Your plants absorb food and water as they need it. Pour in a little nutrient and water every week, and thats it! The kit also includes a formed cover that allows for six separate planters, a pump/irrigation system, and a dipstick that stays on top of the water level.
What the kit includes:
• Formed Cover
• Six Planters
• Geolite Growing Medium
• Seed Starter Cubes
• Pump
• Hydrofarm All Purpose Nutrient – 16 oz.
• Illustrated Instructions

• It’s compact design allows you to grow just about anywhere: on a bench, a shelf, table or out on the patio
• Everything you need is included
• Fast cultivation.
• Easy for beginners

• The compact design limits the amount of produce and herbs you can grow
• Although it’s small enough to grow indoors, the plants require adequate sunlight to grow so it may be difficult to grow indoors

Pricing: About $95

Deep Water Culture (DWC) Grower’s Choice Kit by Stealth Hydroponics 

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This hydroponic system is similar in design to DIY systems you can make yourself. It’s based in a sturdy storage container with mesh pots and hydroton. It also includes a 6 month supply of nutrients and easy to follow instructions.

• Easy to assemble
• Includes 6 months of nutrients

• Not as attractive as other pre-made systems
• Too large for Indoor use

Pricing: About $65

AeroGarden Classic 7-Pod with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit by AeroGrow 


This is another of my personal favorites. It is a compact hydroponic system that includes grow lights, a starter herb kit and nutrients. You can easily set-up this system in your kitchen or living room as an attractive focal point. The Aerogarden can grow: herbs, lettuce & tomatoes quickly with little effort. The system even reminds you when it’s time to add nutrients!

• Compact design
• Includes grow lights for easy indoor growing
• Attractive design for counter-top display
• Includes an herb kit with nutrients for easy start-up
• Simple operation

• Can be considered expensive for such a compact design
• You have to replace the grow lights every few months for maximum plant growth

Pricing: About $150

Hydrofarm’s GCTB Tomato Barrel with 4-Foot Tower

review of hydroponic systems

Hydrofarm’s GCTB Tomato Barrel is not just for tomatoes. This self-watering tomato planter provides strong support for tomatoes, beans, peas, cucumbers and other climbing plants and flowers. This hydroponic system can actually be used with potting soil or coco coir planting mix. So, if you’re not fully ready to try one of the hydroponic methods, this may be a good option for you. The barrel has an easy-fill reservoir system, which delivers water and nutrients from below. It makes it almost impossible to over or under water your plants. The sturdy frame construction help support the weight of vines as they grow, allowing the plant to devote more energy to developing fruit and preventing the fruit from falling off before it’s ripe.

• Simple Set-Up
• Sturdy construction
• Perfect for plants that grow like a vine (tomatoes, beans, peas & cucumber)
• Inexpensive

• Design is not as attractive as other pre-made systems
• Only available for outdoor or patio growing
• Can only grow one plant at a time
• Does not include growing media

Pricing: About $30

These are just a few examples of pre-made hydroponic systems. Depending on whether you want to grow indoors or outdoors, just grow a few things or a whole garden, there’s a system out there that’s right for you. Hopefully this review of hydroponic systems will help you decide what will work best for your gardening needs.



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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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    • Yes, we actually use an aeroponic system every year. We love it, but it doesn’t tolerate the summer heat here in Florida. We grow best in the Fall and Spring with our Aeroponics system. Do you recommend a certain one?

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      • Hi Nicole,

        The Amazon Aeroponic system is our choice. Fantastic results for here in the UK, but we don’t get your sunshine

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