This Tabletop Hydroponic Garden is Totally Worth the Price

We tested this indoor herb garden at the office and now it’s our favorite coworker.

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January 22, 2019

Recently, I’ve been testing some hydroponic garden kits in my office here at HGTV, and while they all work and have definite benefits, this is a fan favorite for many reasons. At $150 (when it's not on sale like it is today on Amazon for just $99!), it's a bit pricey, but I think it's worth it. Here's why.

This high-tech, small-space hydroponic system features an LED lighting system that fosters photosynthesis and plant growth even in dark rooms and winter.

It’s easy to use. The lights that remind you to feed and water are especially helpful – note that some models have this, some don’t. Mine does, and I love it.

It really produces. This is mine right now, about six weeks after planting, and I’ve harvested everything a few times already (except the thyme, which never sprouted).

It looks good. It’s sleek and integrates well into any décor, including corporate-office-chic.

It appeals to the younger generations. It’s ideal for those who are more comfortable around tech than nature but still want to learn about nature.

It takes care of itself. You will need to add fertilizer and water over time, but the systems alert you to when, and you can leave on vacation and not have to worry about it.

It could save you money. If you regularly buy herbs at the grocery, you know how expensive they are and how quickly they go bad. So, grow your own instead!

It’s compact. And it’s ideal if you want to try gardening but don’t have space. This really is the core purpose of this product — gardening in an uber-small space or a home without any exterior space.

It extends the season. If you garden during the summer but want to continue harvesting fresh herbs through the winter, this is how.

It makes a great gift. Whether it’s for yourself, your college kids, or your best friend, for all the reasons above, this is an ideal gift that literally keeps on giving.

This test hasn’t just been me solo. A few of my colleagues have gotten in on the action and have their own thoughts to share:

"My AeroGarden check-in has become a cheerful part of my morning routine. Gardening generally requires so much patience, so it’s gratifying to come in every day and see (and sniff) the new growth." – Jillian, Senior Vice President

"I loved walking by your office and seeing the progress. The idea of having fresh herbs all winter that we grew as opposed to buying them at the store was enough to get me to buy one for my wife." – Billy, Senior User Experience Designer

"Having an AeroGarden in the office was like getting a new coworker—a very quiet, steadily evolving, ever cheerful, and clearly communicative coworker. No tuna fish in the microwave, loudly snapping bubblegum, or passive aggressive emails from the AeroGarden: just synthetic sunshine and edible rewards!" – Laura, Social Media Editor

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