AeroGarden and Click & Grow offer some of the best indoor garden appliances on the market today. Because of their unique features, figuring out which of the two is best for you can be tricky.
To help you decide, we’ve put together this AeroGarden vs Click and Grow comparison review to see what each brand has to offer.
We’ll be using the two most similar products from both brands: the Click & Grow 3 and the AeroGarden Harvest. These 2 models have a similar price point and style, so we thought they would make a good case study for our comparison of the two popular brands.
My AeroGarden vs Click and Grow Comparison
First, we’ll start with a comparison table and look at a few basic facts about each system.
|Click and Grow 3
|12" with Adjustable Arm
|10.2" Modular - 2 Settings
|11 x 8 x 15 in
|11.8 x 4.7 x 18.5 in
|Sage, Black, White
Next, we’ve chosen 13 of the important features of both systems to see how each compares. These features are a little more subjective, so we’ll go into detail for each one.
1. System Cost
At the time of this article, the Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 and the AeroGarden Harvest (in white) are evenly matched when it comes to price. What is interesting is the AeroGarden Harvest has 3 color options – white, sage and black. The sage is about 30% more expensive (probably since it’s new color) and the black AeroGarden is about 10% less.
So for this comparison point, we’re going to call it a draw.
2. Pod Cost
This is another comparison point where the two manufacturers are evenly matched – at least for the smaller seed pod kits. At the time of this article, a set of 3 replacement pods for either system will run you about $10. However, when you step up to the 9 pod replacement kits, Aerogarden comes out ahead pretty significantly.
That means, in the long run, if you buy in bulk AeroGarden is cheaper. With that being said, manufacturers change their prices all the time, running sales or promotions, so it’s always best to check directly on their websites.
3. LED Lighting System
Watts: The Smart Garden uses adjustable 8-watt LED lighting vs the AeroGarden Harvest 20-watt LED grow lights
Height: The Smart Garden’s LED lights have a modular setup which is nice since you can add the second extension when your plants grow a little taller. With the 2 extensions in place, you will get 10.2 inches of plant height.
The Harvest, on the other hand, has an adjustable arm that can be raised to a maximum of 12 inches tall.
Combined with the stronger grow light that makes the Aerogarden Harvest our winner for the best LED Lighting System.
Automation: The lights of both appliances switch on and off automatically.
So for this comparison, the AeroGarden is slightly better with a stronger light source and a variable height to raise to the exact level your plants need.
The Smart Garden 3 can hold three plants at a time. This is fine for adding a few herbs to your meals or to enjoy some microgreens.
The AeroGarden Harvest can hold up to six different plants at once, which is twice the amount.
So at approximately the same price point, you get a bigger yield.
You can grow a larger number of herbs in the Aerogarden harvest.
5. Ease of Use
Both the AeroGarden Harvest and the Click & Grow 3 have an easy-to-use design and interface. The Click & Grow 3 is so simple to use that all you need to do is add the pods, fill the tank, plug in the system, and let the smart garden do the rest.
The AeroGarden Harvest has more customizable controls and while it is also easy to use, more options can make it a little more complicated for the beginner.
So while this point is a little debatable, if I had to pick a winner, I’d say the Click and Grow Smart Garden is simpler overall.
6. Types of Plants Available
Both companies have a wide selection of plants that can be grown in either system. They both carry herbs, vegetables, salad greens, and flowers well suited to growing indoors.
What I like about the Click and Grow plant pods is they had both dwarf basil and dwarf peas available. And there is a wide selection of edibles – 44 in total and a handful of flowers such as coleus, pansies, petunias, marigolds, and moss rose (which I love!)
The AeroGarden Harvest also has a wide variety of seed pods with over 50 types of herbs, vegetables, salad greens, and flowers.
One cool option is their themed herb garden kits. You can choose from a Salsa Mix, Pizza Herbs. Salad Bar and a few others.
For the selection of plants – I’d say it’s a pretty even match.
The Click and Grow smart garden wins the noise comparison. It is mostly silent, which means you don’t have to worry about any distracting noises.
The AeroGarden Harvest’s hydroponic system can be a little louder due to the motor of the water pump.
8. Light Output
The lights on both systems are quite bright, which is good for the plants, but may not be so great for you at night. You can resolve this issue by keeping the garden in a room that’s out of view from where you sleep or relax in the evening.
But when it comes to power & wattage, AeroGarden has a stronger LED grow lights at 20 watts compared to the Click and Grow’s 8 watts. Even the smallest of the AeroGarden models, the sprout has 10 watts.
9. Watering System
The AeroGarden’s watering system includes a reservoir and water pump to circulate the water in the base of the unit and feed the plant by the roots. The pump runs automatically for 5 minutes every 25 minutes to oxygenate the water and ensure it never becomes stagnant. The pump can also be manually initiated. The water indicator will turn red when it’s time to refill.
The Click & Grow also has a large water tank that it uses to automatically water your plants. The seed pods have a wicking system at the bottom to draw water up to your plants. The water is controlled with a floating indicator that rises and falls with the level of the water. There is no pump inside the base, which is why it’s quieter than the AeroGarden model. The floating water indicator lets you know when it’s time to refill the base.
The water pump in the Aerogarden is more advanced and does a better job of circulating water in the tank and keeping it fresh.
The AeroGarden’s hydroponic system uses sponges that are filled with Sphagnum Peat Moss, while the Click & Grow uses a special soil called Smart Soil. Both mediums are designed to provide the right amount of oxygen, nutrients, and water that the plant needs to grow. So this one is a tie.
11. Control Panel
The Click and Grow control panel is more simplistic with just a red light indicator when you need to add water or refill the nutrients. The AeroGarden has a touchscreen panel with illuminated buttons to adjust the light, or let you know when it’s time for a refill or water or nutrients
And while the Harvest is one of the simpler models, AeroGarden’s larger models have even more levels of customization available.
This point comes down to personal preference if you like it super simple or a few additional options.
Both gardens have a sturdy plastic body, are aesthetically pleasing, and will fit easily on your kitchen counter or a tabletop. But the Click and Grow has a more streamlined appearance that many find more attractive.
When it comes to design options, the AeroGarden is available in a much wider variety of shapes and sizes. You can choose from white, black, sage green, red and stainless steel combinations. Click and Grow smart gardens keep it simple and are available in white.
So again this comes down to your personal preference.
13. Overall User Impressions/Comments
Customers are generally pleased with both the AeroGarden and Click & Grow, but the AeroGarden Harvest overall has a higher percentage of positive reviews than its competitor.
Who Wins the Click and Grow vs AeroGarden Comparison?
Let’s summarize with the pros and cons of each, then we’ll get to my recommendations.
Click & Grow Smart Garden
- Attractive and portable design
- Very user-friendly and requires minimal work
- Delivers healthy plants
- Refill pods can be more expensive
- Fewer overall options for the experienced grower
- Very easy to use
- Customizable settings
- Delivers healthy plants
- Stronger grow lights
- Variable Height Adjustments
- Accommodates taller plants
- Louder water pump
Based on our above Aerogarden vs Smart Garden comparison, both products are great. Each will do the job and help you grow a kitchen garden year-round.
However, in my opinion, the Click and Grow Indoor Smart Garden is a better choice for beginners. Its a super simple way to get started growing plants indoors and a fun way to share the concepts of farm to table living with the family. Read our detailed review of the Click and Grow 3.
The AeroGarden is better for experienced growers or anyone that enjoys having a wider range of options to choose from. It can produce a larger harvest and for the US market, we seem to always like things bigger and better with a ton of different choices. See our AeroGarden reviews to compare the different models and see which suits your growing needs best.
Either way, you really can’t go wrong with your choice. If you are undecided, take a look at our comparison table above one more time to explore how the features stack up.