There’s nothing quite like the sight of lush greenery and the fragrance of fresh herbs to give any room in your home a real sense of homeliness. Some research even goes as far as to suggest that growing fresh herbs in the home can reduce your stress levels, brighten your mood, and help to purify the air. You might well be thinking – that sounds great – but isn’t it difficult to grow herbs indoors? Well, not so – as with the help of some of the latest and best indoor herb garden kits, you will be surprised at just how easy it is.
So, if you are one of those people that enjoy using fresh herbs in your cooking, and at the same time would like to brighten up your home, why not think about starting your own indoor herb-growing project. It really is a lot easier than you think – and with our starter guide to the 6 best indoor herb garden kits, you can be sure to get a growing kit that will guarantee you a perfect, year-after-year herb harvest.
The Best Indoor Herb Garden Kit
The AeroGarden Harvest Elite with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit is one of the most advanced indoor herb growing kits currently on the market. It boasts a full spectrum 20-watt LED lighting system, an easy-to-use refillable water tray, and a reliable control panel that alerts you when you need to add water and nutrients. The control panel also turns on and off the lighting system automatically to ensure that your plants get the correct amount of light for optimal photosynthesis.
And what is a really great thing about the AeroGarden Harvest Elite’s hydroponic system is it allows you to grow a whole range of indoor herbs without any natural light source at all. This means you can successfully grow your herbs all year-round – and any available space in your home can be used as your horticultural area. Now, what’s not to like about that!
Full spectrum 20-watt led lighting system
Easy-to-use control panel
Includes seed kit
Simple hydroponic system (plants grown in water not soil)
Brushed stainless steel shell
- Weight7 pounds
Comes ready with seeds and containers
Really easy to set up
Uses low amounts of water
Automatic water and nutrient alert
The 12-inch stand only allows for shorter plants of 12 inches or smaller
Situated securely in the mid-price range, the AeroGarden Classic 6 with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit is the budget version of the AeroGarden Harvest Elite. But don’t be fooled by the budget label though, as it still packs the same features as its big brother, the Harvest Elite. It comes with the same type of 20-watt LED lighting system, easy-to-use, centrally mounted control panel and a convenient refillable water tray section. The only thing that really separates it from the Harvest Elite is the resin material used in the outer shell and control panel, rather than the slightly more expensive stainless steel.
As with the Harvest Elite, the hydroponic system cuts out the need for natural light, meaning that any space in your home can be utilized to accommodate your indoor herb growing project. So if you have a small amount of living space, or live in a home with a limited amount of natural sunlight, the hydroponic system would be well worth the investment.
20-watt led lighting system
6 plant pod capacity
Durable black resin shell
Easy-to-use front mounted control panel
Includes seed starter kit
- Weight6.75 pounds
Very easy to set up
Easy to understand instructions
Automatic water and nutrient alert
Uses low amounts of water
Limited height of light means only 12 inch plants and under will fit into the grower
Slightly noisier than the Elite Model
The Planters’ Choice Organic Herb Growing Kit is the first non-LED and non-hydroponic indoor herb kit on our list of best indoor growing systems. And though it doesn’t boast the high-tech features of many of the other growing systems on the market, it’s certainly is one of the most cost-effective ones. The Planters’ Choice Organic Herb Growing Kit uses a simple soil disc system, which allows you to grow a host of herbs organically without the aid of electric lighting. All you need to do is simply place the seeds in the disc and water – the peat will then expand up to seven times its original size, making for a perfect organic growing environment.
Once planted, the growing seeds just need regular water and plenty of natural light – nature will then quickly take over and produce some beautiful, not to mention delicious fresh garden herbs. Using the Planters’ Choice system, most herbs will be ready to harvest within 60-70 days from planting – now that’s well worth the wait!
Comes with a selection seed packets
Soil peat discs included
Bamboo plant markers included
Free herb grinder
Easy set up
- BrandPlanters’ Choice
- ModelGarden Gifts
- Weight10.4 ounces
No indoor herb growing experience needed
No mains electricity required
Useful growing guide booklet included
Needs plenty of natural light
Discs need to be replaced
The Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 may sit firmly in the mid-price range on our list, but it certainly doesn’t skimp on tech and features. The thing that really makes the Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 stand out from other growing systems in the mid-price range is the fact that it utilizes smart soil technologies – first developed by NASA – in conjunction with standard hydroponic style LED lighting. The makers claim this new system is the most efficient form of indoor growing set-ups available on the market today.
And as well, as having a self-watering system, water reservoir gauge and an adjustable lighting stand, the makers of the Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 have spent countless hours designing a product that is truly pleasing to the eye. This emphasis on ascetics could be the final touch for many people, as not only will it produce fantastic herbs, but it will also look stylish on any surface in your home.
Smart soil technologies
Great selection of pre-seeded plants
Extendable led grow lamp
Self-watering tank with level indicator
Simple built-in timer system
30 day money back guarantee
- BrandClick and Grow
- Weight3.44 pounds
Easy to use and set up
Lamp extension will adjust to the height of your plants
Faster plant growth due to smart soil technologies
Lightweight and fully portable
Wide selection of seeds included
Only takes three pods
The Torchstar Plant Grow Herb Garden takes the top value place on our list of best indoor herb garden kits. Although it’s most definitely a budget option, the Torchstar Plant Grow Herb Garden does come with an impressive list of features and gets consistently good reviews from indoor growers across the country. So, what’s so special about the Torchstar Plant Grow Herb Garden? Well, essentially it’s a very elegantly designed, highly effective lamp growing system with a basic 16 hours on and 8 hours off timer. It doesn’t come with pots, pods or seeds, but manages to keep its price down by just offering good old-fashioned functionality.
The great thing about this streamlined indoor grow system is you can use pots from your local garden center, allowing for any number of mix and match combinations. The unit’s high-quality plastic shell is durable and highly portable thanks to its simple timer mechanism.
Sleek plastic design
850 lumens led light
Automatic light timer
Safe ul listed power adapter
Low energy light
- Weight2.78 pounds
Great value for money
Simple to use
Easy to set up
Compact and portable
Durable plastic casing
Doesn’t come with pots and seeds
The Herb Garden Planter by Planter Pro’s is the most traditional indoor gardening package on our list of best indoor growing kits. Planter Pro’s use of American red cedar to craft the beautiful grow boxes to show that the company is focusing more on the traditional herb grower, rather than the all-year-round hydroponic horticulturists.
Nothing fancy, just good quality wooden trays, boxes and lightweight soil, Planter Pro’s Herb Garden Planter can be used as either an indoor or outdoor growing kit. And its rugged water and insect repellent build means that it cannot only withstand water and insect attacks, but it will serve you well for many years to come. As well as its incredible build quality, the growing kit comes with high-quality nutrient-rich growing soil that will almost certainly guarantee you a bumper herb harvest, crop after crop.
Handmade red cedar growing boxes
A wide selection of herb seeds included
Comes with nutrient-rich growing soil
Water and insect resistant
A high-quality rustic finish
Made in the usa
Suitable for indoor and outdoor growing
- Weight5.5 pounds
Constructed from good quality materials
Naturally insect and water repellent
Fantastic traditional looks
Can be used indoors or outdoors
Comes with nutrient rich soil
Good selection of quality seeds included in the package
Needs natural sunlight
Indoor Herb Garden Kit Buying Guide
Things To Consider When Buying An Indoor Herb Garden Kit
If you still find yourself firmly in the undecided camp when it comes to choosing an herb garden kit, we have some key FAQs, which will help to make your indoor gardening decision a little easier:
Choosing your herbs will help - It can help with your purchasing decision if you already have a clear idea of what herbs you would like grow. As you may have seen in our list, kits come in various sizes; so, if you only want to grow some basil and say coriander, you will only need a 2 pod system rather than a 6 pod one. Getting the right size indoor gardening kit for your growing needs is one of the first thing you should consider.
Are you heavy on your herbs? - If you’re the kind of person who enjoys cooking with fresh herbs all year-round, a hydroponic or standard LED lighted system would probably suit your needs best. As mentioned in our list, this is because you can grow all year-round with LEDs regardless of the amount of natural sunlight or temperature. These systems will literally allow you to grow your crop under the stairs, and they will still produce a healthy crop for 12 months of the year.
Is time an important factor? - If you love your fresh herbs but don’t have a huge amount of spare time to tend them, an indoor herb kit with an automated control system could well be the way forward for you. These types of systems are definitely in the upper price-range, but they require very little of your time and are pretty much hassle-free. All you need to do is remember to keep the water reservoir topped up, make sure it’s plugged into the wall socket, and you are ready to go. Many models even have automated alerts, informing you when you need to add water and nutrients – really easy!
If you like to experiment - If you already have some experience growing herbs, a kit with a wide selection of seeds could be something to look out for. As you will have seen in our list, some kits come with much wider ranges of seeds than others. Having a good selection of seeds to start-off with will give you the opportunity to grow something new right off the bat– rather than having to spend time and money on a trip to your local garden center.
Are you an organic gardener at heart? - For many people,100% organically grown vegetables, fruit and herbs are a must. So, if organically grown foodstuffs are a high priority on your nutritional list, you should invest in a simple natural sunlight system. The good news is these types of garden kits are definitely on the lower-end of the price scale. The only difficulty with these types of growing kits is you do require slightly greener fingers, and you will need a good position in your home where there is plenty of natural sunlight to place your pots.