The 7 Best Indoor Herb Growing Kits to Buy in 2020
If you dig herbs, here are your best options for growing them inside.
Whether it's fennel seeds in Italian sausage, basil in spring rolls, or a sprig of mint in a cocktail, herbs bring an unrivaled zing to dishes. If you want herbs in your kitchen all the time, as you should, don't just keep them in the fridge. Grow them! It's convenient. You'll also save cash over time. And who can resist the gorgeous pop of green that plants add to a room?
We've based our list of best-rated indoor herb growing kits on thousands of Amazon ratings and reviews. Here, seven top customer picks.
Best Indoor Herb Gardening Kits at a Glance
- Best Overall: Click and Grow Smart Garden 3, $100; Amazon
- Best Value: Planter's Choice 9 Herb Window Garden, $35; Amazon
- Best for Budding Gardeners: Peach Tree Farm Indoor Herb Garden Kit, $27; Amazon
- Best for Seasoned Gardeners: Lettuce Grow 12-Plant Farmstand, $348; Amazon
- Most Convenient: AeroGarden Harvest Elite, $180; Amazon
- Most Sustainable: Spade to Fork Organic Home Garden Seed Kit, $27; Amazon
- Most Fun: Back to the Roots Water Garden, $100; Amazon
Best Overall: Click and Grow Smart Garden 3
Behind its sleek design, the Smart Garden 3 uses a system that "works just like a capsule coffee machine," as Click and Grow puts it. You can grow more than 50 kinds of herbs, veggies, and fruit from biodegradable plant pods, which look a lot like coffee pods. Thanks to its LED light, you don't have to wonder whether your herbs are getting enough sun.
Buy it: Click and Grow Smart Garden 3, $100; Amazon
Best Value: Planter's Choice 9 Herb Window Garden
If you're looking for a good value, reviewers will point you to this nine-herb window garden. It comes with some of the best herbs for cooking and everything you need to nurture them. The pre-fertilized soil disks expand to fit the pots once you water them. Plus, Planter's Choice designed these reusable pots and drip trays so that the plants can get just enough water and light — the trays fit perfectly on windowsills.
Buy it: Planter's Choice 9 Herb Window Garden, $35; Amazon
Best for Budding Gardeners: Peach Tree Farm Indoor Herb Garden Kit
This simple herb kit scores high across the board. It's easy to use, great for beginners, a fair price, and totally giftable. Consider it the perfect kit to introduce kids to gardening. Start by letting them write on the chalkboard labels. And, if that doesn't entice them, watching the soil disks expand with water should. You'll appreciate its hidden drip trays and polished wooden containers.
Peach Tree Farm Indoor Herb Garden Kit, $27; Amazon
Best for Seasoned Gardeners: Lettuce Grow 12-Plant Farmstand
If you've gardened for a while now, growing herbs indoors doesn't sound thrilling. Until you've met the Lettuce Grow 12-Plant Farmstand, that is. This five-star system waters and fertilizes itself. It's hydroponic, meaning it doesn't use soil. Ideal for growing herbs, veggies, and fruit outdoors, it works just as well indoors with an LED grow light. Reviewers write that it's easy to use and maintain.
Buy it: Lettuce Grow 12-Plant Farmstand, $348; Amazon
Most Convenient: AeroGarden Harvest Elite
This top-notch indoor herb garden comes with seed pods for Genovese basil, Thai basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, and mint. And really, deciding whether you want to swap these six herbs for other varieties (or veggies!) might be the only issue you ever face with this system. The control panel notifies you when your plants need more water and plant food, and the built-in LED light mimics sunlight.
Buy it: AeroGarden Harvest Elite, $180; Amazon
Most Sustainable: Spade to Fork Organic Home Garden Seed Kit
From family-owned company Spade to Fork, this five-herb garden kit features USDA-certified organic seeds and soil. Even the pots are made with organic peat moss, which makes them compostable. For the eco-conscious person, no other indoor herb kit compares.
Buy it: Spade to Fork Organic Home Garden Seed Kit, $27; Amazon
Most Fun: Back to the Roots Water Garden
Yes, that's an aquarium. And no, we can't imagine a more fascinating, fuss-free garden. You don't have to clean the tank; the plants take care of that. And the fish waste fertilizes the plants for you. It's sciency, soothing to look at, and a super-convenient source of herbs. The one catch: It actually comes with seeds for microgreens, but reviewers report that it grows herbs, too.
Buy it: Back to the Roots Water Garden, $100; Amazon