I'm looking for an indoor hydroponic system and I've found the AeroGarden family which looks great but I'd like to check the alternatives. Are there systems similar to this? Important features for me:

  • Relatively compact size
  • Adjustable lamp height
  • Adjustable light cycle
  • Automatic pump cycle
  • Silent pump
  • I'd also be curious to know - I have a friend with the AeroGarden, and she loves it, but it is quite pricey...
    – michelle
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 13:05

2 Answers 2


I've built my own aero tank from an Ikea storage box and a 24V pond fogger. I started with these instructions and made a few tweaks and refinements over time, and the thing works quite well. Since there is no pump, and the fogger is perfectly quiet, all you can hear is a soft tinkling of water drops (the fogger knocks up a spray as well as fog). Add a grow lamp of your choosing (or sunlight), and done.

Selfmade aeroponics

One thing I added was a styrofoam float to keep the fogger at ideal depth no matter the water level (which you can either make yourself or find on eBay).

Fogger float

The whole setup costs around £30 to build and has worked very well. The fogger lasts for about 6-9 months before it needs replacing (at about £12).


Well with a little research you could relatively easily build/customize your own. There are plans online for things like that. Are you planning on growing the typical aerogarden plants? I'd check the hydroponic websites and if there's a store in your area go talk to the owner. They usually carry catalogues for all the things they don't carry.

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