This is our all encompassing review of the best Aeroponics Systems available
If there’s any news you should get about upcoming growth in the hydroponics sector, it is that aeroponics is going to be big! A report by EIN predicts that, in the vertical farming market, aeroponics is predicted to have a 24% compound annual growth rate over the next decade. The systems are in your local high schools, teaching children about biology and feeding them some of the most nutritious foods available to them.
The time to get excited about the power of aeroponics is now, but it isn’t exactly easy to find something pre-built on the market to buy today. As a result, our aeroponics system reviews are going to be a bit all over the place, but we’re sure you will be able to find something that you’ll like. If not, you’ll always be able to build your own system.
With that out of the way, let’s get these aeroponics system reviews started!
We tested 3 products and found ZMXT 80 Pots Hydroponics Tower to be the best, most complete, Aeroponics system overall.
This is a newer system so there aren’t many other reviews. The ZMXT 80 Pots Hydroponics Tower offers 80 plants or “pot” locations; more than enough spaces to feed a family of four all the lettuce and greens you’ll need -ongoing.
3 Best Aeroponics Systems Reviewed
- ZMXT 80 Pots Hydroponics Tower set Hydroponic Growing System Hydroponic Growing kit – Best overall
- Cloning Machine, Aeroponic Cloner System 70 Site for Plant Cuttings Using 1.625 inch Neoprene Clone Inserts (1-5/8 inch) – Best Cloner
- MIXC 1/4-inch Mist Irrigation Kits Accessories Plant Watering System with 50ft 1/4” Blank Distribution Tubing Hose, 20pcs Misters, 39pcs Barbed Fittings, Support Stakes, Quick Adapter, Model: GG0B– Best Aeroponics kit
- Cost: $
- Maintenance: Minimal
- Key feature: Best overall.
- Includes: Base, stackable tower, hydrating pump, 80X net pots, timer.
- Assembly required: Afternoon project.
- Material: Plastic
- Height: 67”
- Base area: 25” X 25”
- Best for: Lettuce, Greens, and Herbs
- Cool factor: Short base leaves plenty of room to grow a ton of plants.
- Meh (Cons): A lot of parts can lead to difficult setup-and leaks!
You might recognize the image in this one, and that’s because we’ve already looked at this in our vertical hydroponics review. Why is the vertical hydroponics review bleeding over into the aeroponics system reviews? They are actually the same. Hmm-um… what? A vertical system simply stacks the rows of plants vertically. The nutrient water can be delivered to the roots in many ways in a vertical system.
Typically it is pumped from a reservoir in the bottom up to the top and allowed to “drip” down the inside edges washing the roots with nutrient water on the way down back to the reservoir. “Aeroponics” also pumps the nutrient water from a reservoir from the bottom up to the top, but on the way up it is forced out through a series of strategically places spray emitters aimed directly at the plant roots. Some hydroponic growers feel this finer mist of water leads to better nutrient uptake by the plants.
Other factors that keep this system efficient are the included timer and relatively short base compared to other systems – meaning, you get to use more space for plants than you do for other systems.
We’re recommending the 80 pot version for the aeroponics system reviews because of just how much pure aeroponics space you’re given with this system. The outer part of this modular system has holes where you will put in supplied net pots and fill each one with your plants. The inside has undulating mounds of plastic that keep anyone plant from being totally drenched by falling water, too – in this way the system is purely aeroponics and not some incidental drip system (which a lot of vertical systems claiming to be aeroponics actually are).
The only downside? Ironically, all of those wonderful parts make this system so great! A lot of hydroponics beginners might find that getting everything set up to be a bit time-consuming, so be prepared and treat this purchase like a weekend project for maximum satisfaction.
- Cost: $
- Maintenance: Moderate
- Key feature: Best cloner.
- Includes: Base, 70 plant site holders, propagation dome
- Assembly required: Minimal
- Material: Plastic
- Height: 75”
- Base area: 5” X 17.5”
- Best for: Small plants, cuttings
- Cool factor: Great for aeroponics and cloning cuttings.
- Meh (Cons): Cramped sites force you to use smaller/fewer plants.
This system is actually a cloner. Cloners work by taking a ton of clippings and introducing them to nutrient and hormone sprays to induce new root growth. To explain it simply, this machine is the complicated version of taking a tree cutting and putting it in aspirin water until a root forms.
So, what is a cloner doing in an aeroponics system reviews list? Well, it just so happens that this system also works for aeroponics because it delivers those nutrients and hormones through fine spray nozzles! The bottom chamber, where your roots sit, will fill with your nutrient-rich waters, delivering everything directly to the roots. You’ll notice that there will be ample room for great root growth in this chamber, especially for the smaller plants you’ll be using in this system.
This system is ideal for those that want to work with aeroponics and get a bonus chance to clone their season’s best!
- Cost: $
- Maintenance: Minimal
- Key feature: Best mister kit.
- Includes: 50’ ¼” tubing, universal faucet connector, ½”&¾” faucet connector, quick connector, Teflon tape, mist nozzleX20, ¼” single barbX20, ¼” barbed teeX20, support stakeX20
- Assembly required: Yes
- Material: Plastic and Teflon
- Best for: Any aeroponics build.
- Cool factor: This is the one you get to build yourself!
- Meh (Cons): This is the one you have to build yourself!
Lastly, in our aeroponics system reviews, we want to show you a great nozzle kit with everything you need to start misting your plants’ roots effectively. You’ll have everything you need to provide mist through 20 separate nozzles and cover an area of about 20-25 square meters!
The upside and downside of this system? You get to build it yourself!
If you’re the tinkerer or planner type, this kit has all of the parts you need to start working on your dream build. The multiple provided connectors ensure you’ll have a solid foundation for your line and the support stakes will make sure everything stays in place. Get to it!
If you aren’t the planner type, please take a look at our aeroponics build section guide. There, you’ll find a guide that is suitable for people of all skill levels to help you make your aeroponics system!
Aeroponics System Buying Guide
When selecting an Aeroponics System you’ll need to pay attention to several factors.
Is cost a factor? Fully packed and featured systems are not always the best system.
Automation- Are you always working and never home? Is automation important for you to have in your system?
Looks, labels, Markers
System Size for your location
Do you need a complete system or can you figure out how to add the missing pieces?
This is a big consideration for some and it may be why you are here trying to buy a system instead of making one for yourself.
If you have kids or pets you understand that this is a big consideration, dependent on the location of your setup.
Comes with Lights
If your system does not come with any plant lights and you don’t have good sun exposure through your window where you are looking to set up your System will you be able to set up a plant light in that location?
How important is the sustainability of your system? Would you like to be able to reuse all the components each time you grow another round of plants? Is it important that the components are free of chemicals or pathogens? Is the manufacturing process of your new system eco-friendly?
Do you already know what you want to grow in your system? This is very important to keep in mind when selecting your new system as it will not be possible to grow some vining plants in any of these systems mentioned above.
Is the system going to be highly visible to house guests? Do you want to be able to brag about your cool new Ebb and Flow System when they come over or hide it in the pantry until they leave!?
All systems have cons. Keep a watchful eye on this category as it can easily be a purchase killer!
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