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Kratky Method Review: Best Kratky Method Systems

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This is our review of 7 of the best Kratky Method Hydroponic Systems available

Ok. So we know that you can just toss a plant clipping into a jar filled with tap water and that’s it…walla! Kratky Hydroponics. But if you’re looking for automation, or that perfect container to plant your herbs and spices to proudly display on your kitchen window sill,  read on.

 

We tested 7 products and found AeroGarden Harvest Elite to be the best complete, automated Kratky Method system for the money.

We tested every Kratky Method system worth buying. From a simple Mason jar system to a completely automated plant growing system complete with integrated LED lights.

 

The Kratky method system is one of the very first hydroponic systems ever developed. It is easy to set up and requires very little skill and experience to use.

 

After careful consideration, hands-on testing, and some user feedback we have selected the AeroGarden Harvest Elite as the most robust complete Kratky Hydroponic System for your money.

 

Read on for our full review of how The Garden Harvest Elite edges out its sister product and the rest of the competition for the best Kratky Method system.

 

 

 

7 Best Kratky Method Hydroponics Systems Reviewed

  1. AeroGarden Harvest Elite – Best Overall
  2. AeroGarden Bounty Indoor Hydroponic Herb Garden – Most complete countertop system
  3. Environet Hydroponic Herb Growing Kit Set – Best price
  4. Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit – Best sustainability score
  5. HAMAMA Home Microgreens Growing Kit – Best for Microgreens
  6. Feitore Desktop Plant Terrariums Glass Planter – Best for propagation
  7. Glass Large Hanging Planters Water Air Plant Succulent Containers Terrarium Kits – Best looking system

 

 

 

1. AeroGarden Harvest Elite – Best overall

 

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  • Cost: $$$
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Key feature: Best bargain-priced complete automated system
  • Includes: 1 Grow system container with lights, 6 Pre seeded Grow Plugs
  • Assembly required: very little, very low difficulty, programming the timers can be challenging for some
  • Container Material: Plastic
  • Comes with Lights: yes
  • Reusable: yes
  • Best for: Herbs and spices
  • Cool factor: Easy clean Stainless to match your kitchen appliances
  • Meh: Takes up a lot of space, Cleaning

 

 

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2. AeroGarden Bounty Indoor Hydroponic Herb Garden – Most complete countertop system

 

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  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Key feature: Most Complete automated system
  • Includes: 1 Grow system container with lights, 9 Pre seeded Grow Plugs
  • Assembly required: very little, very low difficulty, programming the timers can be challenging for some
  • Container Material: Plastic
  • Comes with Lights: yes
  • Reusable: yes
  • Best for: Larger pants like Lettuce, Tomatoes, Peppers
  • Cool factor: The “Mac Daddy” of mini countertop hydroponic systems! Includes everything you need to get started.
  • Meh: Takes up a lot of space, Cleaning

 

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3. Environet Hydroponic Herb Growing Kit Set – Best price

 

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  • Cost: $$
  • Maintenance: low
  • Key feature: Best price
  • Includes: 3 Net Pots, 3 Pre seeded Grow Plugs, 3 Mason jars
  • Assembly required: yes, low difficulty
  • Container Material: Glass
  • Comes with Lights: no
  • Reusable: yes
  • Best for: Herbs and spices
  • Cool factor: Beautifully printed labels
  • Meh: Clear jar tend to allow light in and algae to grow inside the jars

 

 

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4.  Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit – Best sustainability score

 

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  • Cost: $$
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Key feature: Most sustainable
  • Includes: 4 Pots, 4 Peat pellets, 4 Pots, 4 bamboo drip trays
  • Assembly required: yes, low difficulty
  • Container Material: Ceramic
  • Comes with Lights: no
  • Reusable: yes
  • Best for: Herbs and spices
  • Cool factor: Nifty little wooden markers with labels
  • Meh: Pot design may not be for everyone, but can easily be painted to match your décor.

 

 

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5. HAMAMA Home Microgreens Growing Kit – Best for Microgreens

 

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  • Cost: $$
  • Maintenance: Very Low
  • Key feature: Just add water!
  • Includes: 1 tray, 2 Seeded quilts
  • Assembly required: no
  • Container Material: Plastic
  • Comes with Lights: no
  • Reusable: yes
  • Best for: Microgreens
  • Cool factor: Lay the seeded quilt in the tray and add water. Super simple setup!
  • Meh: It’s only good for microgreens and as a seed starter tray.

 

 

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6. Feitore Desktop Plant Terrariums Glass Planter – Best for propagation

 

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  • Cost: $
  • Maintenance:Very Low
  • Key feature: Best for propagation
  • Includes: 1 stand, 3 glass vases
  • Assembly required: yes, medium difficulty
  • Container Material:Glass and wood
  • Comes with Lights: no
  • Reusable: yes
  • Best for: Best for propagation
  • Cool factor: Looks really cool in almost any location.
  • Meh: The Clear vases allow light in and algae to grow inside. Cleaning can be difficult after assembly because all the vases are attached together with the stand.

 

 

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7. Glass Large Hanging Planters Water Air Plant Succulent Containers Terrarium Kits – Best looking system

 

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  • Cost: $
  • Maintenance: medium
  • Key feature: Best looking system
  • Includes: 6 glass vases of different shapes and twine rope for hanging
  • Assembly required: yes, medium difficulty
  • Container Material: Glass and twine rope
  • Comes with Lights: no
  • Reusable: yes
  • Best for: Best for propagation or herbs and spices seedlings
  • Cool factor: Looks awesome hanging in any window or outside on the porch
  • Meh: The Clear vases allow light in and algae to grow inside. Cleaning can be very difficult through the little plant stem access holes. But, did we mention it looks really cool hanging in the window!

 

 

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Kratky Method Hydroponics System Buying Guide

When selecting a Kratky Method Hydroponics System you’ll need to pay attention to several factors.

 

Cost

Is cost a factor? Fully packed and featured systems are not always the best system.

 

Maintenance

How much attention will you need to give your system? Will it need weekly or daily water changes? How difficult is it to clean?

 

Key features

  • 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

 

Includes

Do you need a complete system or can you figure out how to add the missing pieces?\

 

Assembly required

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.

Container Material

If you have kids or pets you understand that this is a big consideration, dependent on the location of your set up.

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 Kratky System will you be able to set up a plant light in that location?

Reusable

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?

 

Best for

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.

Cool factor

Is the system going to be highly visible to house guests? Do you want to be able to brag about your cool new Kratky Hydroponic System when they come over or hide it in the pantry until they leave!?

Meh

All systems have cons. Keep a watchful eye on this category as it can easily be a purchase killer!

 

 

 

 

Our Verdict

We stand by our decision for our number 1 Kratky Hydroponic System pick, the AeroGarden Harvest Elite

 

Why, you ask, did we select the smaller Aero Garden 6 plant system over the 9 plant system that is capable of growing larger plants? A few reasons.

 

The AeroGarden Harvest Elite is the most complete, automated, system for the overall cost. We felt the added cost of the larger sister Aero garden system was substantial for 3 more plants (6 in the smaller system vs. 9 in the larger one).

 

We know from experience that growing 9 larger plants will be very crowded for even this very capable larger Aero garden system so you are most likely to stick with smaller herbs and spices for your plant growing anyway.

 

We know the manufacture shows tomatoes growing in the larger system, but unless you have impeccable Bonsai tree pruning experience and some GMO seeds it’s really out of the question. There are much better systems and locations in your home for that.

 

Our staff repeatedly chose The AeroGarden Harvest Elite as the best, automated, most complete, countertop Kratky method Hydroponic System you can buy on the market today.

 

 

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HI! I'm Bobby, an entrepreneur, inventor, green builder and urban farmer. I've been a custom home builder since a kid and an avid gardener. The critters, bugs and climate outside our new home forced me to check out some new ideas in gardening. I found out about Hydroponics and have spent years learning the best techniques to build the best, most efficient, home hydroponics systems. I built one of the first ever, small scale, mobile hydroponic systems. Would you like to know how I did it?