Top positive review
Effective, but not without quirks
24 November 2018
With some reservations, I like this easy to set up and use indoor hydroponics 'garden'. I set mine up 71 days ago, I know this because the touchscreen LCD control panel keeps track, and it's doing pretty well. I didn't set mine up with the provided gourmet herbs pack, but with a rapid growing variety of dwarf French beans (aptly named 'Speedy'). Within a couple of days my beans had sprouted, and by 5 weeks of growing, I was able to pick enough beans to accompany dinner for 3. On a couple of occasions when I've needed to unplug the Aerogarden, accidentally unplugged it, or the power went out, the information pertaining to my planting was retained when the garden was restarted, with me only needing to reset the clock.
I have experienced a few problems with this. If the Aerogarden isn't topped up with water more regularly than it thinks it needs to be, it struggles. If this is left until the system's water level monitor acknowledges that it needs water, the leaves on the plants start to singe under the super-bright LED lighting in the canopy and flowers/small beans begin to fail. The light is very, very bright - it definitely needs to go in a room where it won't create annoyance. Indeed, the light is so bright that we noticed other plants in the same room (but on other pieces of furniture) starting to grow towards it, so there was a bit of a positive here as it does seem to boost growth in other plantings. The pump did seem to get stuck on once, but the highly technical solution of turning it off and turning it back on again resolved this issue.
Although I've found this to be a good and effective little system, the price point is really too high for the quantity of plants that can be grown.