When it comes to starting hydroponic gardening as a hobby, the question I get asked the most is “how much do hydroponic systems cost?”. The best answer is as much as you want to spend. While you could build your own, it’s often times more convenient and sometimes more affordable, to just purchase a hydroponic system instead of tracking down the different parts and supplies.
Budget Hydroponic Systems
You don’t have to go out and buy an expensive hydroponic system to do hydroponics. There are several options when looking for cheap hydroponic systems under $150. Low-cost hydroponic systems are great for those just learning hydroponics or only have a small area for a garden. Though these systems are cheap, it doesn’t mean they won’t work well. Cheap hydroponics systems can be simple to use and produce great results.
Buying a cheap hydroponic system also doesn’t mean that you can only grow a few plants. Some hydroponic systems like the compact NFT system below can grow many plants at a time.
Hydroponic Systems Under $150
DWC Hydroponic Bucket
The DWC hydroponic bucket is a classic single plant hydroponic system. It works great for growing plants that have large root systems and produce a lot of fruit.
The next category of hydroponic systems is the $150-$400 gets you into the next category of hydroponic systems. These are systems are typically for the hobby hydroponic grower that is more serious about their hydroponics. Spending a little more on a hydroponic system can often offer more features, better design or durability, and allow you to grow more.
Hydroponic Systems Under $450
Viagro Ebb & Flow Hydroponic System
Ebb and flow systems are one of my favorite methods of hydroponics especially with a system like this.
The next level is what I like to call the upscale hydroponic systems. These systems are the ones that typically cost more than $400. While not realistic for many hobby gardeners, it never hurts to have goals right?
Hydroponic systems of this category can look amazing, produce a lot or focus heavily on the ease of use. Some are all three.
Hydroponic Systems Over $450
This hydroponics system is the most expensive on the list, but it’s fun to dream right? This system is fully automated and can be controlled by an app. This is the ultimate indoor hydroponics system for those that love the rewards of hydroponics without the work.
This is hydroponic system is a little big for the counter but still small enough to fit in your kitchen. It grows up to 24 plants in groups of twelve, allowing you to grow both leafy greens and fruiting plants in one area.
This hydroponic system comes with pots for 12 large plants but is expandable up to 48 plants. It gives you the room to move around your plants and ability to add and remove plants from the system throughout their growing cycles.
While the upfront cost is typically more with hydroponic gardening compared to soil, over the long-term, hydroponic gardens can be more cost-efficient, produce better results, and there is no weeding! The hydroponic system itself is a one time purchase that if taken care of, will last you many years of growing.