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5.0 out of 5 stars Grows beautifully all year round - Bonus for those that suffer with S.A.D., November 27, 2009
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I am thoroughly impressed with this Aerogarden. It has been a couple of weeks and everything is sprouting up and is growing amazingly fast and GREEN.

Amazon shipping fiasco:
First one Amazon shipped to us it was in a cheap cardboard box, you know the kind it is a flimsy cardboard you can tear through with a finger nail. It was inside a larger Amazon box but it was smashed on one side. Inside of the cheap box was the Aero garden smashed and all of the bulbs were broken. Amazon sent us one the next day along with a UPC for the outside of the box for the RMA. The next one was in a COMPLETELY different box, like from another company all together. I am not sure how we could get 2 different products from one manufacturer in 2 different boxes. The second box was a full color nice cardboard with all of the parts intact.

S.A.D.
If you have Seasonal Affective Disorder your psychiatrist or MD will probably prescribe a full spectrum light for you to have near you for the winter months. This grow kit contains 3 of those lights and if you place this near you say, when you are watching TV you will get many hours of natural light, while watching your plants grow!

Bonus plant growth:
That being said the lights are amazingly bright. They have to mimic the sun for goodness sake. I have this in my kitchen next to other house plants. As an added benefit is if you place the Aerogarden next to your other house plants they will get the benefit of all that extra light. I have succulents and cacti next to it and they are all growing MUCH better. Setting the lights to turn off at night is a breeze. Just hold the light on/off button on until the light button blinks meaning it took the time. It will then turn on 8 hours later.

Pros:
>> Grow anywhere at any time of the year
>> VERY easy setup - took 5 minutes from opening box until all set.
>> Pretty much fool-proof
>> Lots of extra light that will turn off at night automatically.
>> 7 spots vs 6 in a smaller model

Cons:
<< Bulbs will need to be replaced at $20 a pop x 3 is a bit extravagant
<< Chance to get a lemon from Amazon seems random due to the 2 separate ones they sent us. Makes me wonder.
<< Manual said to "Add 2 tablets to the water" on setup yet our kit only had these liquid nutrient things, which made us wonder if we needed to add 2 of those or are they more potent than the old tablets. Seems better to have liquid, just wish the directions were easier.

Overall a really cool way to grow all year and to have fresh herbs and other veggies at arms reach when cooking. Once the herbs are done we will be growing wheatgrass to use with our Omega J8005 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer, Chrome and Black

Thank you for reading my review.
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Initial post: Jan 27, 2010 12:46:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2010 12:47:42 PM PST
Guest says:
How come the flimsy box is Chinese but the second, "nice" box is suddenly not Chinese?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2010 1:09:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2010 7:26:34 PM PST
Geekdomo says:
The majority of the products I have received over the years in the same cardboard were Chinese. The side of the box had Chinese words on it. The box said "Product of China". The paper maker stamp at the bottom of the box was in Chinese. It is safe to say the product was made in China and the box was made in China, the cardboard of the box was made in China. Hence my statement that he cardboard was cheap Chinese cardboard. If it was French cardboard I would have said, cheap French cardboard.

Thank you for your negative vote.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 5:35:41 PM PST
B. Bubnash says:
Thanks for the review. One thing that confused me:
"<< Bulbs will need to be replaced at $20 a pop x 3 is a bit extravagant"
It looks like you can actually get a 3-pack of bulbs for $20, not $60 as the review implies. Here's the link: http://www.aerogarden.com/accessories/grow-bulbs-for-all-3-bulb-aerogarden-models-package-of-3.html

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2011 3:36:14 AM PST
Geekdomo says:
Thank you for the link! At the time they were 20 a piece. I will update my review. Thanks.
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