Top 10 Garden Shed Reviews

If you are considering a garden shed you will have a few very important questions to address first. The most common questions are:

* are steel sheds better than wood
* are plastic sheds any good
* are resin sheds good
* are metal sheds any good

The quick answers are, YES, AND it depends. Based on the online sales of sheds for two of the top on-line vendors, Amazon and eBay, the most popular shed types based on sales are:

(1) Plastic and Resin sheds, followed by (2) wood sheds, and then (3) metal sheds.

Plastic and resin sheds have become so popular because they are easy to construct, very durable, and resistant to nearly all forces of weather. If you have successfully constructed any of those compressed particle board furniture kits, you can assemble a plastic/resin shed easily.

Following are the top 5 Plastic Sheds:

1. 15-by-8 Foot Outdoor Storage Shed with Shutters, Windows, and Skylights
Here is the great, the good and not so good about this shed:

  • Great: Easy to assemble (takes 2 people 4-8 hours)
  • Great: Extremely resistant to mold, mildew, moisture, fading or weather damage
  • Great: Price for the size 15 x 8 ($1500-$1600)
  • Good: Internal lighting with sun lights and windows
  • Good: Instructions and layout for assembly
  • Not so Good: For very hot temperatures…absorbs sun and super heats inside
  • Not so Good: MUST have a strong and level surface: Concrete, or strong planking on top of floor joists

2.Lifetime 6405 8-by-10-Foot Outdoor Storage Shed with Window, Skylights, and Shelving
Here is the great, the good and the not so good about this shed:

  • Great: Very nice appearance, neutral colors
  • Great: Price and durability ($900-$1200)
  • Great: Extremely resistant to mold, mildew, moisture, fading or weather damage
  • Good: Internal lighting with sun lights and windows
  • Good: Instructions and layout for assembly
  • Not so Good: MUST have a strong and level surface: Concrete, or strong planking on top of floor joists
  • Not so Good: Door and lock assembly are difficult to align and install

3. Lifetime 7-Feet x 4.5-Feet Storage Shed
Here is the great, the good and the not so good about this shed:

  • Great: Easy to Assemble
  • Great: Price and durability ($600-$700)
  • Great: Extremely resistant to weather damage mildew, mold, moisture, and fading
  • Good: Instructions and layout for assembly
  • Not so Good: MUST have a strong and level surface: Concrete, or strong planking on top of floor joists

4. Suncast Storage Building
Here is the great, the good and the not so good about this shed:

  • Great: Price ($450)
  • Great: Extremely resistant to mold, mildew, moisture, fading or weather damage
  • Great: Assembly is very fast and one handy person can construct
  • Good: Internal lighting with sun lights and windows
  • Not so Good: MUST have a strong and level surface: Concrete, or strong planking on top of floor joists
  • Not so Good: Material is more flimsy than the Lifetime Sheds.

5. Keter 17181164 6-foot by 3-foot Apex Storage Shed
Here is the great, the good and the not so good about this shed:

  • Great: Very nice appearance, neutral colors
  • Great: Price and durability ($500)
  • Great: Extremely resistant to mold, mildew, moisture, fading or weather damage
  • Good: Internal lighting with sun lights and windows
  • Not so Good: Assembly is more awkward than the prior reviewed sheds

6. Solid Wood Outdoor Tool Storage Sheds
Here is the great, the good and the not so good about this shed:

  • Great: Sturdy construction and beautiful wood appearance
  • Great: Very well priced for solid wood construction ($330)
  • Great: Assembly is very easy–only an electric drill is required (phillips heads)
  • Good: Instructions and layout for assembly
  • Not so Good: Size is smaller than originally perceived by many

7. Cedar Shed 8 x 3 ft. Yardsaver Storage Shed
Here is the great, the good and the not so good about this shed:

  • Great: Sturdy construction and beautiful wood appearance
  • Great: Assembly is very easy–only an electric drill is required (phillips heads)
  • Good: Instructions and layout for assembly
  • Not so Good: Size is smaller than originally perceived by many
  • Not so Good: Price is relatively high at $1100+

8. Suncast Wood/Resin Vertical Shed
Here is the great, the good and the not so good about this shed:

  • Great: Assembly is very easy — 1 person 2 or 3 hours
  • Good: Very nice wood appearance
  • Not so Good: MUST have a strong and level surface: Concrete, or strong planking on top of floor joists
  • Not so Good: Wood is reported to be brittle and requires that you drill guide holes to not split the wood

9. Utility Building 10′ x 17′
Here is the great, the good and the not so good about this shed:

  • Great: Very durable metal construction and HUGE size at 10 x 17 feet
  • Good: Price $1350–good for large size
  • Good: Instructions and layout for assembly
  • Not so Good: Instructions for roof assembly are weak

10. Arrow Shed HM65-A Hamlet 6-Feet by 5-Feet Steel Storage Shed

Here is the great, the good and the not so good about this shed:

  • Great: Very durable, solid metal construction
  • Great: Price and durability ($400)
  • Good: Easy to assemble pre-cut and pre-drilled parts
  • Not so Good: MUST have a strong and level surface: Concrete, or strong planking on top of floor joists

Our recommendation is the 15-by-8 Foot Outdoor Storage Shed with Shutters, Windows, and Skylights. It has the right mix of size, price, appearance and durability.