Design and Appearance
All AeroGarden models follow a standard design pattern. The Bounty is no exception. You’ll find growth pods within a container and an adjustable LED lamp attached to the whole package. The container itself has a distinct shape quite similar to an inverted trapezium. It’swider at the top and smaller at the base. Affixed to the center of the box is an LED lamp, ensuring the rays of light reach every part of the garden.
The Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 adopts this design style albeit with a few tweaks of its own. The container is a rectangular box with rounded edges at its base. Rather than a centered LED lamp, the Click and Grow garden opts for one placed at the far right of the container. The adjustable lamp is however designed in such a way that the growth pod at the opposite end of the garden still receives enough light for maximum yield.
When you place both gardens side by side, you immediately notice a disparity in their appearance. The AeroGarden Bounty is bulky and yet looks very efficient. On the other hand, the Click and Grow is sleek and compact with a greater sense of style. Regardless of these differences, both models will definitely enhance the visual appeal of your kitchen. Simply put, they look good.
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Both gardens are wholly constructed from plastic. However, if we’re going to be very specific, the Click and Grow garden is made of a much lighter plastic than the AeroGarden model. But don’t let this scare you; both gardens are extremely durable. If you handle them with care, they would last for a very long time.
The Bounty comes in a matte black finish, giving it a somewhat duller sheen than the glossy finish of the Smart Garden 3. Personally, I prefer the toned down look of matte in general. I know, your taste may differ. If you do decide on the latter, you get the chance to choose between three different colors: white, gray, and beige.
Size and Weight
The AeroGarden Bounty is bigger, wider, taller, and way heavier than the Click and Grow Smart Garden 3. Technically speaking, the weight of the Bounty is four times that of the Smart Garden 3. So, if you want something lightweight and easy to lug around, the Click and Grow is definitely the best option of the two. In practice, you won’t be moving either unit around enough for the difference in weight to become an issue. You will most likely find a location and there your garden will remain.
Hydroponics and Smart Soil Technology
What makes these countertop gardens a viable and preferable alternative to outdoor gardens? Well, you already know that these units can grow herbs and other produce regardless of the season. But did you know that these electronic gardening systems make use of time-tested technology to grow your foods within a short period of time.
We live in a time that fancies automation and these units are both very hands off.
The Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 uses its NASA-based Smart Soil technology to achieve this goal. The smart soil provides oxygen and nutrients to the plants. And the technology ensures the soil pH remains balanced for effective growth and maximum yield. Your job is to simply ensure the water reservoir supplying water to the soil is always full.
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The AeroGarden Bounty does not use this Smart Soil technology. In fact, this gardening system doesn’t use or need soil. Rather, it makes use of the latest developments in hydroponics to grow tasty and succulent plants. Suspended in water and air, you’ll find the the roots of the plants enriched with the required nutrients and minerals for the highest possible yield.
The AeroGarden Bounty is fitted with 9 growth pods. A recurring theme in the user reviews is the cramped nature of the garden; AeroGarden puts too many pods in too little space. If you eventually end up purchasing this model, keep in mind that only 7 of these pods can be effectively used. Yeah, I know, this is less than the advertised 9. Even still, if you go with the this Aergarden model you’ll want to limit the pods to 7. This is to ensure your plants get enough breathing room and space to grow.
Click and Grow doesn’t suffer from this design flaw. The Smart Garden 3 has just 3 pods that are adequately and evenly spaced. However, compared to the 7-pod capability of the Bounty, the Smart Garden 3 offers lesser yield.
Note: The Click and Grow system does come in a 9 pod option as well. Click here to see it.
LED Lighting System and Yield Volume
The LED lamps of both gardens are fitted with energy-efficient LED’s. These LED’s provide the required spectrum of light needed for plant photosynthesis. The Bounty’s lamp features a combination of red and blue LEDs specifically designed for maximum yield.
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Both lamps can be adjusted to accommodate the increasing heights of growing plants. However, the maximum height of the Click and Grow’s lamp is much lower than that of the AeroGarden Bounty.
The Click and Grow garden consumes less power with its 6-watt LED lamp compared to the 45-watt rating of the AeroGarden Bounty. The lamps have an in-built timer that automatically switches the lights on/off.
LCD Touchscreen Feature
The AeroGarden Bounty comes with an LCD touchscreen control panel that helps you watch plant growth and development. It reminds you when it’s time to replenish the nutrients and water level, and provides you with useful gardening tips.
The Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 has no control panel, only a bright light that starts blinking when the water level in the reservoir is running low and needs to be refilled.
Both gardens are covered by a full 1-year warranty.
Pros and Cons of AeroGarden
- Higher yield
- Interactive and helpful LCD touchscreen
- More growth pods
- Increased height-adjustment range
- Available in just one color
- Consumes more power
Pros and Cons of Click and Grow
- Sleek and compact
- Consumes little power
- Several color options
- Smaller number of growth pods (larger capacity is available)
- Lower yield
- Absence of a control panel
- Limited height adjustment