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Best Garden Shed Reviews UK 2020 – Top 7 Choices Compared

Last Updated On September 25th, 2020

Spending time in your garden is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the British outdoors. Whether you like to grow your own veg, tend to flower beds or simply manicure your lawn; getting the best garden shed in the UK will ensure you have secure storage for your tools and equipment.

But with so many different materials, sizes and styles to choose from, picking the right garden shed for you can be hard work. If you’re confused about which shed you should buy, don’t panic – we’re here to help!

In this article, we will view the top sheds on the market; so you can find the best UK garden shed for your lifestyle!

Our Favourite Garden Sheds Compared

Editor's Choice
Keter Store-It Out Max Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Shed, Beige and Brown, 145.5 x 82 x 125 cm (L x H x W)
Best Quality
Apex Tanalised
Best Value
Adley Double Door Overlap Apex
Best Plastic
Keter Factor Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Shed, Beige, 4 x 6 ft
Keter Store-It Out Max
Apex Tanalised
Adley Double Door Overlap
Keter Factor Outdoor
Size
145.5 cm x 82 cm x 125 cm
9 x 8
6 X 8
4 X 6
Material
Plastic
Tanalised wood
Dip treated wood
Plastic
Durability
No information provided
10-year rot-resistant guarantee
10 year anti-rot guarantee
10-year limited warranty
Editor's Choice
Keter Store-It Out Max Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Shed, Beige and Brown, 145.5 x 82 x 125 cm (L x H x W)
Keter Store-It Out Max
Size
145.5 cm x 82 cm x 125 cm
Material
Plastic
Durability
No information provided
Best Quality
Apex Tanalised
Apex Tanalised
Size
9 x 8
Material
Tanalised wood
Durability
10-year rot-resistant guarantee
Best Value
Adley Double Door Overlap Apex
Adley Double Door Overlap
Size
6 X 8
Material
Dip treated wood
Durability
10 year anti-rot guarantee
Best Plastic
Keter Factor Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Shed, Beige, 4 x 6 ft
Keter Factor Outdoor
Size
4 X 6
Material
Plastic
Durability
10-year limited warranty

Best Garden Shed Reviews – Top 7 Picks

1. Keter Store-It Out Max (Editor’s Choice)

Keter Store-It Out MaxThe highly practical Keter Store-It Out Max is our editor’s choice. If you are looking for a stylish, durable outdoor storage solution, then this is it. Designed to accommodate two wheelie bins, your garden furniture or equipment, this handy shed makes an excellent choice when you have limited space available.

Features

With its 1,200-litre capacity, this outdoor storage box can accommodate plenty of garden essentials. Thanks to its piston-assisted lid, it makes an excellent place to store your unsightly household refuse bins. Simply lift the lid to use your bins without having to remove them. The double doors make accessing your stored items extremely easy. Plus, the sloped front base is an excellent design feature for lawn mowers, bins, or any other wheeled items.

Highly durable and completely weather-resistant, this storage shed will not fade over time. However, it is not 100% waterproof, so bear this in mind if you are looking to store garden seat cushions and the like. Assembly is fairly tricky, so be prepared to set aside several hours. Also, screwing through the plastic can be very tiring, and a power driver is pretty much essential.

With its smart wood-effect panels and ingenious design, the Store-It Out Max is a popular choice. Its double-bolted closure makes it easy to open and close for storage, while the padlock facility gives you the option to secure your possessions.

All in all, for compact garden equipment storage with easy access, this model is an excellent outdoor storage solution and one of the best plastic sheds around.

Pros:
  • Substantial 1,200-litre capacity
  • Piston-assisted lid and wide-opening doors
  • Durable, weather-resistant wood-effect panels
  • Double bolted closure with padlock facility
  • Sloped front base edge for wheelie bins or mowers
Cons:
  • Tough to get screws in without a power driver
  • Not suitable if you need a fully waterproof storage
  • Assembly is fairly tricky

2. Apex Tanalised (Best Quality)

Apex TanalisedIf you’re after one of the best wood sheds on the market today, this 9 x 8 customisable Tanalised shed is a fantastic choice.

Features

This is a large, attractive dark woodshed which will bring character and functionality to your outdoor space. At 2.7 x 2.4m, this shed is a generous size, so you are sure to be able to store all your items inside without fuss. The tanalised wood construction means it is super-durable and rot-resistant, so it will stand up well to the inclement British weather.

A further positive is that this shed can be easily customised. You can add additional shelves or split it up into two rooms with a partition wall. There are also extra security options in case you are keen to keep out any intruders – but, unfortunately, all of these modifications cost extra.

It is designed to be multi-purpose and can easily be converted into a workshop or office space if required. This makes it a great choice if you enjoy crafts and woodwork or just want a peaceful place to answer some emails! The internal dimensions allow you to store all your garden equipment and tools with plenty of room to spare. However, the door is rather narrow, so you may struggle to get some large items through.

When it comes to assembly, wooden sheds can be complicated to assemble by yourself. Thankfully, in this case, the price comes with an all-inclusive service, so you won’t need to struggle to get your shed built and ready to use.

Pros:
  • One of the top ten sheds in terms of construction quality
  • Tanalised wood is highly durable
  • It can be easily customised to meet your needs
  • Very large size is perfect for big gardens
  • Is assembled on delivery
Cons:
  • Maybe too large for some gardens
  • Security options will cost you extra
  • The door is quite narrow, so you may struggle to move large items in and out

3. Adley Double Door Overlap Apex (Best Value)

Adley Double Door Overlap ApexIf you’re looking for a practical wooden shed on a tight budget, then the Adley double door overlap apex shed is your value option.

Features

At 6’ x 8’, it will fit snugly in your garden corner making your outdoor space more practical, while the double door feature is perfect for moving large items in and out of storage.

Adley proudly calls this shed their “space-saving edition”, which makes it a great choice if you have limited room. If you want to keep some space free for growing vegetables, or a play area for your children, it will certainly help you get the most out of your garden.

Made from 7mm overlap cladding, it is extra strong so it will stand up well to bad weather throughout the seasons. Moreover, the floor is constructed from a 10mm solid sheet board which makes it tough and long-lasting. It’s an attractive shed, too. The 8mm solid sheet board roof is covered by black sand felt giving it a sleek, smart finish. If you require extra features such as shelving or guttering, these can be easily added on during the ordering process.

The company behind this shed has raving 5-star customer feedback, mostly for customer service. This is reassuring since you know that if you encounter any problems, they will hopefully be swiftly dealt with. They also offer an installation service, which is handy if you don’t have the time or patience to install the shed yourself. All in all, we think this is one of the best value sheds currently on the market.

Pros:
  • Excellent customer service from the company
  • Great value for money
  • Snug size will require limited space in your garden
  • Made from overlap cladding giving it extra strength
  • Installation service offered
Cons:
  • It is a light wood structure and may show signs of wear easily
  • May not be big enough for storage of larger items
  • Double doors may be harder to keep secure

4. Keter Factor Outdoor (Best Plastic)

Keter Factor OutdoorIf you’d rather not worry about maintaining a traditional wooden shed, then a plastic one could be the alternative you are looking for. We think this shed from Keter is one of the best plastic sheds in the UK right now.

Features

Not only is this shed highly affordable, but it’s also tough enough to resist wear no matter how bad the weather gets! Constructed from heavy-duty and fade-free materials, it won’t bleach in the sun over time. It also has metal structural support within, which makes it extra sturdy for those windier days. Unlike many other sheds, this model comes complete with a lock bracket installed. Although, you’ll need to buy the padlock separately.

This shed has enough height to accommodate your taller items and allow you to move freely inside without stooping. Ventilation is also built in as standard, which will be appreciated if you’re likely to spend lots of time inside.

The shed comes in small pieces and is therefore much easier to assemble yourself. This is a big plus if you’re not particularly handy with DIY or don’t want to fork out extra cash in installation fees.

It is important to note that this shed must be constructed on level ground otherwise the pieces may not align well and lead to structural issues. That said, there may be extra costs involved to level the ground if you live in a hilly area.

In terms of appearance, the plastic outer material features a pleasant ‘wood-effect’, but some people find that this isn’t as attractive as traditional wooden sheds so this may be worth considering if you are interested in the aesthetics of your garden.

Pros:
  • Easily assembly which is handy for DIY beginners
  • Plastic is durable for all weather
  • Lock bracket included
  • Cheaper than many of timber and metal options
  • Tall height handy for storing larger items
Cons:
  • May not be as attractive to look at as traditional sheds
  • Door is quite narrow, so may not be suitable for storing wide items
  • Must be installed on level ground

5. YardMaster Tall Apex Metal (Best Metal)

YardMaster Tall Apex MetalIf you’re looking for steel alternatives to a traditional shed, this YardMaster metal shed is our top choice.

Features

Measuring at 6’ 5” x 6’ 7”, this shed is very tall, making it perfect for storing larger items. It’s also tremendously strong and durable thanks to its hot-dipped galvanised steel construction.

If you need a tough shed but have limited funds to spend on your garden, then this model is one of the best metal sheds you can buy. It’s easy to assemble and features sliding doors and high eaves, making it easily accessible for large equipment. It is also practical if you have a smaller garden and wish to conserve space.

The UK can often go through multiple seasons in a day, but this metal structure will withstand the elements, resist rust and won’t require regular maintenance. If safety is a concern, this shed comes with a free anchor kit so that you can securely anchor it to the ground for peace of mind in windy conditions. Moreover, every edge on this shed is hemmed for a smooth and safe surface so you won’t need to worry about any sharp corners.

On the downside, some shed reviews mentioned that like most metal options, this one does not include a floor – so you should expect to pay more if you require one. All-in-all, this model is an affordable and resilient alternative to traditional timber sheds that is sure to stand the test of time.

Pros:
  • Excellent customer service from the company
  • Made from sturdy metal
  • Excellent value for money
  • Sliding doors making it easy to fit into snug spaces
  • Comes with a 12-year anti-rust guarantee
Cons:
  • Does not come with flooring
  • Some people find it less attractive than options made from other materials
  • Not well insulated in winter

6. Keter Manor Pent Outdoor Storage

Keter Manor Pent Outdoor StorageStore away your bikes, BBQ, or garden equipment with the Keter Manor Pent Outdoor Storage Shed, you’ll have a generous 3,200-litre shed capacity. Measuring around six by four feet, this model makes a great choice for larger gardens or homes with limited internal storage options.

Features

Thanks to its window, you won’t struggle to see while inside, which makes storing objects or taking them out much easier. The built-in ventilation and included floor panel will keep your items protected from humidity, while the door includes a padlock hasp for improved security. The whole structure is made from maintenance-free, weather-resistant plastic for a durable finish.

On the downside, the floor panel is a little flimsy, so you may want to add a plyboard base for extra reinforcement. Also, unless you purchase security screws, a padlock will be little more than a visual deterrent as the screws are fitted from the outside. Lastly, while this shed is fairly easy to build, the assembly instructions could be much clearer, which can add to your assembly time.

Large enough to house various bulky garden items, this deluxe garden shed complete with a window makes a good value for money option. Roomy, well ventilated and maintenance-free, if you are short on storage space, the Manor Pent by Keter is a smart buy.

Pros:
  • 6 x 4 feet – 3,200 litre capacity
  • Floor panel included
  • Built-in ventilation and window
  • Door with padlock hasp
  • Suitable for bikes, BBQ, garden equipment and more
Cons:
  • Floor could be more robust
  • Not very secure
  • Assembly instructions could be improved

7. Habau 3103

Habau 3103If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on outdoor storage, then this wooden garden cupboard by Habau is a great low-cost option. Its compact and durable design makes it a perfect choice for small outdoor spaces, such as yards, balconies and patios.

Features

It has a stable, all-wooden construction that can be painted, varnished, or left looking natural depending on your preferences. Unlike many other home garden storage facilities, this model is easy to assemble and should take no more than half an hour with a power driver. However, you should note that the included latch does not take a padlock and that the hardware could be of better quality. Hence, you may want to change the included nails and fastener.

Thanks to its felted, slightly sloping roof that overhangs on all sides, your stored items will be well protected from the elements. Inside, a central bar keeps your cabinet sturdy and supported. To the left, the three shelves are a great place to store short items, while longer pieces of equipment can be accommodated to the right.

Bear in mind that this is a small outdoor storage cupboard, so don’t expect it to be able to house a mower or a one-piece BBQ, for example. However, if you have a tiny outdoor space, or just need some additional outdoor storage, then this model is a good choice that is also easy to assemble, with a small footprint and a durable structure.

Pros:
  • Stable natural wooden construction
  • Easy assembly
  • Three shelves plus a full-height section
  • Felted, slightly sloping roof
  • Compact and durable
Cons:
  • Included latch does not fit a padlock
  • Hardware could be better quality
  • Too small for a mower or one-piece BBQ

Which Garden Shed Material is Right For You?

When choosing for the best sheds in the UK, the first thing you’ll need to decide is which material to go for. Whether you pick a metal, plastic or wooden shed, each has pros and cons which you should be aware of beforehand.

In this section of our shed buying guide, we will view the important differences between each of these materials.

1. Wooden Sheds

building a wooden shedWooden sheds are by far the most traditional and popular type of shed. They are often highly-customisable, with options for extra interior shelving, windows, log stores and different types of cladding.

A timber design is attractive and blends well with garden surroundings. Should you wish to give your shed a personal touch, the colour can be easily changed with paint or stain. Although, they can be quite difficult to assemble by yourself if you’re not experienced.

These sheds aren’t flimsy, but the weather will inevitably cause wear and tear over time. Therefore, you should ensure the log used in your shed has been treated with a preservative before buying. There are two kinds of log treatment that are usually done.

a. Dip-Treated Wood

Dip-treated timber is one method. As the name suggests, this treatment involves dipping the timber into a treatment bath filled with a preservative solution. This is a quick method of protecting wood, but the preservative only sits on the surface – it doesn’t penetrate any deeper into the fibres.

Dip-treated wood is a cheaper option but it wears off over time and requires regular maintenance to stay protected. This type of wooden shed cannot rest directly onto the ground as it isn’t adequately protected against the accumulation of moisture that occurs in this area. It should be installed onto a separate base which is usually (but not always) included as standard.

b. Pressure Treated Wood

Pressure-treated (tanalised) log has undergone a process which uses pressure to force preservative treatment deep into the fibres of the wood. It is then left to dry out before being used in construction. This process is much more effective than dip treatments and is seen in the best quality garden sheds.

Tanalised wood is durable and highly resistant to rot and decay. If your shed is going to be in an exposed location, you should choose this to ensure it is protected from the elements.

2. Plastic Sheds

Plastic sheds are a great choice if you’re looking for something which is lightweight and easy to set up. They can be moved around your garden as required, and are simple to disassemble and bring with you if you move home.

Most plastic sheds will come with a floor too, so you won’t need to buy anything else to get going. They are very low-maintenance and naturally resistant to rot and discolouration. However, unlike wooden sheds, they are hard to customise. This means you’ll be more limited in your choice of styles.

3. Metal Sheds

If you want a highly-durable shed which will last you many years, a metal shed could be the perfect choice for you. Metal sheds are usually constructed from super-tough, galvanised steel – so they will stand up to bad weather and intense use.

This type of shed requires little maintenance, but they are heavier than wooden and plastic options. Therefore, they can be awkward to assemble, but won’t budge once they’re installed.

Some people don’t like the industrial appearance of metal sheds. If you’re one of them, this can be mitigated by choosing a wood-effect cladding design. Moreover, these sheds are usually supplied without floors; so you’ll have further expenses to consider if this is important to you.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Garden Shed

Once you have decided on the right material, here are some other important features to look for when choosing the best garden shed in the UK.

1. Roof

man reading the paper in his garden shedThe kind of garden shed roof you choose will depend on its purpose. Will you be using it for storage of gardening equipment like lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, lawn scarifiers and cordless strimmers? Will you be using it as an office or workshop? Let’s find out which will suit your needs.

a. Apex roofs

These are triangular in shape. They reach a point in the centre which is much higher than the edges on each side, making them a perfect choice if you’re storing tall items. This style of roof enables rainwater to run off both sides and has the greatest amount of headroom in the middle.

If you’ll only be using your shed for storage, headroom is unlikely to be an issue. But if you’re planning to spend some time inside, you may find yourself constantly bending to reach things, which can get uncomfortable.

Due to height, this style of roof is difficult to assemble. If you’re doing it yourself, you’ll probably need someone else to help you.

b. Pent roofs

These are flat with one side lower than the other. This design means rainwater drains only in one direction, so it can be useful if you like to collect rainwater to use in your garden.

Because the roof has a sloped shape, you’ll have more height on one side of the shed than the other. You may also be able to choose which side of the shed the door is fitted, so you can take advantage of the height at the front or back.

Pent roof sheds aren’t as tall as apex style sheds. Therefore, they are considered a better choice if you need to restrict the height to match your surroundings or avoid upsetting the neighbours.

2. Windows

Whether or not you need windows depends on what you’ll be using your shed for. If you’ll be using it for storage, it’s better not to have windows to improve security as thieves won’t be able to view inside.

On the other hand, if you’re going to be working or relaxing in your shed, windows will offer a better view and warm source of natural light than simply leaving the door open.

3. Base/Flooring

No matter which kind of shed you choose, it will need a solid base before it can be assembled. Most sheds will include a base in the price, but you should double check anyway before ordering!

All sheds will require a level surface underneath them before installation. Therefore, if you have an uneven garden, you may have to pay extra to get the ground levelled first, or have a customised base created for you.

4. Security

In the year 2015/2016, there were as many as 730,000 reported thefts from gardens and outhouses in the UK. Therefore, if you’re planning to use it as storage for expensive tools, sports equipment and garden equipment, you must consider how secure your belongings will be.

Most of the best shed brands in the UK come with lock brackets for padlocks, but these aren’t infallible against determined thieves. If you’ll be storing valuable items inside, you should look at additional security packages offered by the seller. These include a reinforced framework on doors and windows, as well as extra strong locks and hinges to keep your belongings safe.

Conclusion

All the garden shed reviews we have today would make great options, but our top choice for the best sheds in the UK has to be the Keter Store-It Out Max.

With a 1,200-litre capacity, this shed can store anything you need from wheelie bins to garden furniture and will keep them safe and secure when doing so. With a double-bolted closure and the option to secure a padlock, your items will be safe in this highly durable storage. We love that this weather and fade-resistant garden shed will look good wherever you place it. Featuring not only double doors but also a piston-assisted lid, you will have easy access to whatever you may choose to store.

Of course, it is important to consider different options when you are making such an important purchase, but if you are looking for an attractive, durable and great value shed then we highly recommend you consider the Keter Storie-It Out Max.

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  1. Very useful and informative, but I do have one criticism. It would be very helpful if the type of wood used for the wooden sheds were included in the description and materials section and not just “pressure treated timber” or similar

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