Sprouting Solutions: Pros & Cons of 6 Popular Kits

Explore 6 home sprouting solutions, from glass sprouting jars to automatic sprouters. Dive into pros and cons, and discover the right sprouting kit for you.

Before the inception of our cutting-edge AutoSprout, we took a deep dive into the world of sprouting. Believe us, we’ve tried nearly every method out there!

While our venture resulted in the AutoSprout, we genuinely appreciate the journey that brought us here. Many of these methods are wonderful starting points, budget-friendly, and deliver decent results for sprouting enthusiasts. However, we also stumbled upon options that we would be hesitant to recommend, especially those that claim automation.

Let’s embark on this informational journey together.

1. Sprouting Mason Jars with Blackout and Stainless Lid


  • Budget-friendly
  • Simple to use and understand for beginners
  • The blackout design aids in the germination process


  • Requires regular rinsing two times per day, which can be cumbersome for some as it requires you to be home morning and evening to grow a batch successfully.
  • Potential for mold if not properly maintained

2. Stackable Stainless Sprouting Trays


  • Durable stainless steel construction
  • Adequate airflow promotes healthier sprouts
  • Stackable design offers scalability


  • Some may find the trays a bit tricky to clean, however our experience is that this is worth it as the sprout quality is much better (longer, fresher sprouts), compared to plastic trays and jars.
  • Requires regular rinsing two times per day, which can be cumbersome for some as it requires you to be home morning and evening to grow a batch successfully.

3. Stackable Plastic Sprouting Trays


  • Lightweight and easy to move around
  • Affordable for most home sprouting beginners
  • Stackability maximizes space


  • Plastic may become brittle over time
  • Concerns about plastic leaching, especially in sun-exposed areas
  • Root penetration of the trays is not grea, and also the drainage of the trays is poor compared to the stainless trays above. This can lead to moldy sprouts if you don’t assure that the sprouts are not lying in water/ drain the water properly after rinsing.
  • Requires regular rinsing two times per day, which can be cumbersome for some as it requires you to be home morning and evening to grow a batch successfully.

4. Unbranded Automatic Sprouter


  • Less manual intervention compared to traditional methods


  • Brand anonymity can raise concerns about product reliability and support
  • Long-term durability remains a question
  • Many users have reported inconsistent sprouting results
  • Overwatering concerns that lead to moldy sprouts
  • Requires water change at leas 1x per 24 hours

5. Tribest Fresh Life Sprouter FL-3000 Automatic Seed Sprouter for Sprouting Seeds, Green

What Tribest Claims:

The Freshlife Automatic Sprouter, as described on its Amazon page, is designed to make home sprouting a breeze. Here’s a brief overview:

  • Automatic Sprouter: This system promises fresh, organically grown sprouts in just 5-8 days. The idea is to set it, forget it, and return to a batch of healthy sprouts.
  • Automatic Watering System: Freshlife’s design takes away the guesswork. It waters sprouts for 5 minutes, rests for 25 minutes, and then repeats the process.
  • Fast and Efficient Sprouting: Thanks to its new adjustable water pressure system and powerful motor, users can sprout up to three barrels simultaneously, ensuring a faster harvest.
  • Easy Cleaning: It promises hassle-free cleaning, given that there’s no soil involved in the sprouting process.

The brand, Tribrest, upholds the motto, “Making healthy living easy.” They aim to provide high-quality wellness products, and the Freshlife sprouter is one of their offerings in the home sprouting niche.

Our Experience:

While the Freshlife Automatic Sprouter presents itself as an ideal solution for homesprouting, our experience highlighted some issues prospective buyers should consider:

  • Water Circulation Concerns: One significant drawback is the water circulation within the pump. For optimal sprout quality, you’ll find yourself needing to change the water every 24 hours. This somewhat counters the ‘set it and forget it’ proposition.
  • Overwatering Issues: Despite the automatic watering system being a key feature, it can lead to overwatering of the sprouts. Overwatering can hinder sprout growth and even lead to mold formation, affecting the sprouts’ quality and taste.
  • Cleaning Challenges: While the sprouter container might be easy to clean, the pump presents a challenge. Over time, it can get clogged, demanding regular and meticulous maintenance to ensure it functions correctly.

In Conclusion:

The Freshlife Automatic Sprouter certainly brings innovation to the table, especially with its automatic watering system. However, as with many products, what sounds great in theory might have some practical challenges. If you’re considering this product, weigh the convenience of its automatic features against the potential maintenance issues, potential of overwatering and daily water-changing routines.


  • Recognized brand in the sprouting community
  • Claims to be automatic, offering convenience


  • Pricier compared to manual sprouting trays
  • Some users found the system not as “automatic” as claimed, as you need to switch water every 24 hours to prevent mold. This due to the water cirulating.

6. The AutoSprout

Our very own AutoSprout was born from understanding the drawbacks in existing sprouters. This is not just another sprouting machine; it’s a commitment to hassle-free, daily fresh sprouts.

This is what we have worked hard to include:

  • Optimized Mist Irrigation: Designed with a mist irrigation system that perfectly rinses and hydrates seeds, ensuring optimal growth.
  • Dual Water Tank System: Features distinct waste water and fresh water tanks, guaranteeing that sprouts are exposed only to fresh water, preventing mold and bacteria build-up.
  • Comprehensive Guides: Comes with a detailed user manual and the “Power of Sprouts” book and our free community with a AutoSprouting 101 course.
  • Intelligent Lighting: Integrated with optimized lighting that activates when your sprouts need it, ensuring greening and taste.
  • Effortless Cleaning: All surfaces have been designed for ease of cleaning, ensuring hygiene and longevity of the product.
  • 2 Sprouting Tray Hole Sizes: 2mm holes for larger for seeds like radish and lentils, and smaller 1.2mm holes for seeds like broccoli and alfalfa.
  • Simple Drainage System: With its built-in drainage pipe and valve, place the AutoSprout anywhere in your home without worries of mess or overflow.
  • Premium Build Quality: Crafted using food safe materials like stainless steel and tempered glass, the AutoSprout is not only durable but is also designed for easy self-servicing in case of part replacements.
  • Robust Warranty: A solid 3-year warranty ensures that parts can be effortlessly replaced.
  • Eco-Conscious Design: Operates at a low 12V, making the machine incredibly energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

In Summary:


  • Truly automated for the avid sprout lover
  • Addresses common complaints from other methods, offering a holistic solution
  • Designed for those valuing both convenience and consistent quality


  • An investment, not a budget option
  • Designed primarily for those who understand the health benefits of sprout and are ready to invest in their health on a consistent basis (we urge you to start with a cheap tray option firstly and as you see the benefits of sprouts, we welcome you to invest in our product).

Here is a breakdown explained by the founders, Anniken and Eirik:

In conclusion, the world of homesprouting offers a plethora of options, from manual sprouting jars to semi-automatic systems. Each has its own merits and drawbacks. We invite you to embark on your sprouting journey, explore these methods, and discover what best suits your lifestyle. And for those who seek daily sprouts without the daily grind, the AutoSprout awaits.

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for this informative overview! I have been looking for a comparison like this, so this was a very welcome read 🙂

    I recently purchased a stackable stainless sprouting tray, and felt that the sprouts became less green than in a sprouting jar. I assume that is due to less sunlight getting in. I guess taking the lid off after a while is the way to go, but that only helps with the top container when stacking. I guess that may be a drawback to this design?

    Keep up the great work!

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