Click and Grow Review: Our Thoughts on the Smart Indoor Gardening Kit

Indoor gardens are a thing of the future. With green thumbs like us continuously finding ourselves in urban spaces, we're simply not left with enough space or land to set up a garden.

Sound familiar?

That's where Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 comes in. What is it? Why do people love it so much? Out of the many smart indoors grow products out in the market, why this one?

Let's find out via this Click and Grow review.

Click and Grow Smart Garden 9: An Overview

The Click And Grow Smart Garden 9 is a growing system that allows you to grow 9 plants at a time. After all, store-bought herbs and vegetables are not as fresh as growing them yourself.

But that's only scratching the surface, folks!

With its many features that we will review later, it TRANSFORMS plant care to a whole new automation level than your back-straining manual labor with minimal effort and less cost.

In case you haven't heard of Smart Garden 3...

The Smart Garden 9  is a larger and more advanced version of the Smart Garden 3, which only grows 3 plants at a time.

Product Specification:

  • Plant Pod Capacity: 9
  • Width: 604 mm
  • Height: 396 mm
  • Depth: 184 mm
  • Power Consumption: 13 W
  • Power Consumption Per Month: 6.2 kWh
  • Water Capacity: 4 L
  • Color Options: White, grey, or beige
  • Cost: $280

hat's also interesting is the NASA-inspired concept and idea behind Click and Grow!

Founder and CEO of the company, Matthias Lepp, looked up to how astronauts could grow plants in space on demand. Such technology gave way to the conception of the Click and Grow company.

As a result, it will be hard not to notice the futuristic aesthetic this product showcases.

And now here's where we tell you what we think of its features.

SPOILER ALERT! It's going to be full of praises.

Reviewing Its Features

Growing our herbs and salad greens like mustard greens, basil, and even tomato plants indoors can only do so much.

Sure, we love the joy and fulfillment a long gardening session brings. But sometimes, a little convenience goes a long way.

And Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 provides everything you need right at your fingertips!

We mean that literally!

Since everything is grown and provided for within our home.

We’ll discuss the gaps that each of its options can address for this Click and Grow review. Likewise, we'll also try to guide you through the different improvements the product can make, if there are any.

Let's begin.

Build and Design

The Smart Garden 9 has 3 options of colors: white, beige, and gray.

Click and Grow boasts a great design and admirable build quality.

How so?

The build is made of durable plastic, and its assembly is straightforward, so rest assured, Click and Grow will take care of your plants, and assembling them won't be a hassle.

Moreover, the sleek design makes it fit on any tabletop around your kitchen, workplace, or home and makes it more vibrant.

Everything about it is purposeful: its plant pods hold the plants in place and provides sufficient lighting fixtures.

Basically, it's really just nothing out of the ordinary. It's simple enough to leave an impact!

The one issue is it might be a little too bulky for a simple hobbyist. For such purposes, try to consider getting the Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 series instead.

Light Source

click and grow lights

We're separating the lighting system section from the build because there's quite a lot to say about it.

As Click and Grow delves into automation, it considers grow light an essential aspect of the plant growth process.

The click and grow garden use an LED light system integrated into its adjustable arms. However, the grow light isn't as intense as other systems with LED lights.

This is because it balances its output with power use.

But don't let this discourage you! Without proper power management, the impact on your electricity bill may just surprise you by the end of the month!

Luckily, the Click and Grow light source considers all of this WITHOUT sacrificing your money's worth.

Some plants like vegetables, salad greens, and flowering plants also have higher light requirements than your typical herbs.

The LED lighting from Click and Grow's grow light effectively addresses this, so you can still feel like you aren't losing any beautiful herbs, flowers, or plants at home.

Water Reservoir

This device’s water tank can hold water 4liters of water that will last at least 3 weeks for most plants.

If you're worried about how much water you should use, DON'T BE.

The smart garden’s tank has a built-in water level indicator that shows the amount of water the device is holding.

Through, it would be great to have the water refill indication more visible. If you're a forgetful person, this may be a potential drawback.

Plants

If you're new to indoor plants, you're in luck.

In comparison to the Click and Grow 3 and other models, this offers a more manageable amount of plant pods. 

Click and Grow 3, lets you grow 3 pods, and version 9 can produce a larger harvest as it comes with 9 and a complimentary pod kit including seed pods for 3 mini tomato, 3 basil plant pods, and 3 salad capsules. You can purchase additional ones from their site.

And boy, do we love our tomatoes!

You may also shop for adding seeds to grow. These seeds can range from around 50 different flowers, herbs, and plant capsules.

While some people opt to reorder basil plants for their herbs, others prefer to try other food plant capsules such as:

  • Chili peppers (my next purchase soon!)
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Lettuce

Aside from seeds, the kit also comes with smart soil.

Now, this is the deal-breaker.

This is a NASA-technology-inspired type of smart soil that provides the perfect environment and nutrients for your plants THRIVE in proper conditions. This way, nutrients are still able to seep in through your food and herbs.

To maximize plant growth, you may place your smart garden device where there is considerable air circulation.

If you are worried about your plant height, suppose your plants are growing taller and touching your smart garden’s LED lights, You can use extension arms to ensure all your plants can grow in height and get the light they deserve!

You should know that the plants’ average life cycle in the garden is 2-3 months.

Lights, water, and soil are all already taken care of, but this may be a possible drawback for some people.

Considering all these, it's evident that Click and Grow offers a great market to start growing your food right on top of your kitchen counter.

Benefits of the Click and Grow Smart Garden 9

The Click and Grow 9 offers features that contribute to the many benefits of owning one. Summarizing these benefits, we can say that the smart garden is a lot of things.

Simple to Set Up

By ensuring its simple assemblage, the product is intuitive for beginners and hobbyists alike.

Its automation is paired with an easy assembly that can make you forget about your food’s responsibility! This further leads to the next point.

click and grow process

Low Maintenance

With its automatic watering system, you only need to water your plants every few weeks or so. And even then, all that you would be doing is refilling the water tank!

That's hardly any WORK, right?!

Sunlight isn't much of an issue because of the smart garden's built-in grow lights. This is especially perfect for a dimly lit home or when you're off for vacation.

You only have to raise the fixture every few weeks when the plants grow too high. Other than this, you're good to go.

A simple assembly also just calls for easy cleaning. Really, what's not to love??

Power Efficient

The system is designed to be effective and powerful while consuming the least amount of energy.

Saving money is less of a problem since its average consumption per month is 6.2 kWh.

Now its efficiency goes much more beyond. Water usage is optimized per pod, so your plants are well-cared for without wasting any water throughout.

Safe and Organic Plant Growing

click and grow 9 pods

Arguably one of the product's main selling points, Click and Grow stays true to this commitment: You get to grow your plants and food yourselves.

Free of preservatives and harmful chemicals, you are in control of what you raise.

In short, you dictate your organic plant growing.

Who Should Buy This?

Are you an individual up for some activity but don't have access to a backyard? 

Have you wanted to start your own organic indoor garden?

Or maybe you just want to spice your living room up with that new hobby aesthetic?

Well, just make sure you have space at a nice kitchen tabletop or other areas within your home, and you're good to go! 

The Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 is for everyone up for some WORRY-FREE indoor gardening. Even your kid can do it!

Why Should You Buy It?

To give you a better idea, allow us to summarize the pros and cons.

We'll provide you with a short context for the cons to deliberately explain this Click and Grow 9 review.

Pros

  • It serves its purpose of growing plants
  • It is aesthetically pleasing for the garden and kitchen
  • It takes up less space than a normal garden
  • It grows more plants with the same effort
  • It boasts low energy consumption

Cons

  • Plants’ growth is limited - The pods may tend to be overcrowded, urging the plants to compete for the same amount of light.
  • It may be too expensive for some - Overall, the smart garden costs just right for an indoor garden. What may be pricey, however, are the refill seed pods ($9.95/pod).

Remember that the Click and Grow is not an indoor farm.

An Indoor garden only produces low-yield plants like basil that get you by every so often. It's not meant to feed a whole family for their daily sustenance.

Yes, it does provide a tremendous organic diet supply for individuals living in urban spaces. But if you're looking for more yield, maybe consider getting different models or multiple gardens.

The Click and Grow 9 may provide better growth opportunities than the Click and Grow 3, but it is just that. It's an indoor garden that can save you occasional trips to the grocery store.

Are There Any Alternatives to the Smart Garden 9?

Other than the other variations of Click and Grow (Smart Click & Grow 3 and 27 models), we have two more recommendations for alternative products to satisfy your needs:

AeroGarden Bounty Elite

This AeroGarden product is Click and Grow Garden 9's main competitor.

AeroGarden has the Same features and a Similar power range.

EXCEPT!

They look conventionally different from each other.

Perhaps the most significant trade-off is the number of additional accessories you can get for your AeroGarden:

  • Supplemental water tanks
  • Replacement LED grow lights
  • Propagator kits

Consider this if you're looking for a choice to customize your garden.

Klarstein GrowIt Flex

With similar features, the GrowIt Flex looks a lot like the Garden 9.

In comparison to click grow 9, the one difference is they don't make use of plant pods! If you're looking for a garden with more flexibility to produce various plants, you may want to consider this instead.

Both of these competitors are pretty good comparison products to Click and Grow. You just have to be clear with your priorities as a gardener.

Final Thoughts & Verdict

The Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 is arguably a system that’s worth your money. It is a true winner in comparison to other products on the market.

Providing you an intuitive, power-efficient, and low-maintenance avenue for your safe and organic plant growing, click & grow is one of the best out there.

And our simple word of advice?

Keep your expectations at bay. Because again, this is not an indoor farm for your kitchen or living room.

Nonetheless, we think that this smart garden is great. There may be a couple of drawbacks, but we can look past these considering what we're getting.

About the author 

Daniel Buckner

Passionate about urban gardening, indoor growing solutions, and sustainability. Believes in growing our own food and eat fresh and better food by getting back to basics, growing a fruit and vegetable garden, and cooking from scratch.

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