Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about all sorts of outdoor essentials before — from expert recommended outdoor heaters to popular paddling pools — here we’ve rounded up the very best selection of greenhouses, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated overall greenhouse
With 2,227 reviews — 82 percent of which are four stars or above — this miniature greenhouse from King Fisher has four times the number of reviews of any other on this list. The miniature greenhouse consists of a metal frame, a roll up PVC door with zip fasteners and four shelves that can be customised according to personal need. Some 128 reviewers were pleased with how easy it was to assemble, one reviewer even said her 7-year-old daughter assembled it alone with ease. A further 54 said that the product offered great value for money and was a fairly inexpensive option for tentative gardeners. Whilst some reviewers said that the greenhouse could be a little flimsy when faced with high winds, many others found it simple to keep it stable using rope and bags of compost. The review section is illustrated by a number of wonderfully promising seedling photos; one reviewer was surprised at how much they could pack on to the four shelves, claiming that the slimline appearance of the house was almost deceptive.
Best-rated greenhouse for growing tomatoes
If growing tomato plants is your thing, the GroZone plant shed — with a 4.4 star rating from 107 reviews — is the perfect choice, according to reviewers. 24 reviews extol the shed’s virtues when it comes to growing the plants, with more than one customer saying that their tomatoes are now flourishing like never before. One reviewer was so enthused by their tomato growth that they decided to expand their horizons and venture into growing melon plants. One recurring downside however, concerned the ties for the roll up door not being long enough, which made it fiddly to open and close the door.
[Editor’s note: This item is currently out of stock.]
Best-rated walk-in greenhouse
Rated 4.4 stars by 701 reviewers, this walk-in option measures three times the size of the smallest option and one third of the size of the largest on this list. In other words, it’s a happy medium. Thirty-seven reviewers claimed that the greenhouse was simple to erect — easily a one person job. One customer said that the house had brought an end to their sleepless nights worrying about how their plants would survive the cold, leaving some blooming progress pictures in the review section to support their praise. A few customers had admitted they were worried about the sturdiness of the house after giving it the once over, but almost all of them agreed it was a doddle to fasten few cable ties to the structure and watch her (not) go. [Editor’s note: This product is currently sold out.]
Best-rated pop-up greenhouse
Although the pop-up model’s review sample size is smaller — 120 — the product has managed to gain outspoken fans from a wide range of plant parents, growers of fly plants, herbs, seedlings and even cacti happy with their buy. As you might expect, the pop-up model appears to be — according to reviews — the easiest of houses on this list to assemble; it is also small-but-mighty, keeping frost and winds at bay according to ten reviewers. One customer claimed that the pop-up greenhouse was far better value than one that they had purchased previously for £2,500 that is constantly blowing down, “Get one!” she implores.
Best-rated wide greenhouse
For another miniature greenhouse with a tad more wiggle room, this model — double the width of our best-rated overall option — has averaged a strong 4.3 stars from 641 reviews. Offering 4 broad shelves and protected by a heavy duty cover, one reviewer labelled the arc-shaped house as the perfect choice for a beginner. Another reviewer measured the house’s success by their Venus fly trap’s ability to now finally live up to its name and catch some prey. As with a majority of houses on this list, reviewers agreed that whilst sturdy enough in a summer time breeze, customers may need to equip the house with some weights in order to cope with stronger gusts of wind.
Best-rated tunnel greenhouse
If the level of wind in your area means an upright greenhouse is simply out of the question, this tunnel model could be your best bet. Nineteen of the product’s 209 reviewers recommended the sturdiness of the product’s frame, a further six suggesting no gusts were getting through the strong, heavy-duty cover. With an option of two or four sections, and a height of 50cm, one reviewer was fond of how the product made their plants both look and feel snug. Another reviewer said that it acted as the perfect cold frame for his pea plants who, according to him, had no complaints.
Best-rated large greenhouse
This model from Outsunny has three times the depth of the next largest option that we found (the Display4top walk-in model), making it the biggest greenhouse on this list. The general consensus of reviews is that this product is an absolute multitasker. Whilst many confirmed that the product is fit for purpose as a greenhouse — allowing their lettuces, cucumbers and allotments to flourish — various reviewers have found other equally as successful uses for the product. One reviewer reported that whilst he found absolutely no joy in gardening, he found plenty in his outdoor hot tub, which inside the greenhouse could be used all year round.
[Editor’s note: This item is currently out of stock.]
Best-rated greenhouse for kids
The best-rated miniature greenhouse for your miniature humans comes in the form of this 4.4 star rated model from Mr Fothergills. Suitable for ages 5+, the product comes completely equipped with everything you need to get growing. Whilst 14 reviewers praised how easy it was to assemble and another 14 recommended it as a great birthday gift, almost all the reviews agree that the miniature house was one thing: cute. So cute, in fact, that at least three grown-up reviewers had bought the house for their grown-up window sills. If you are buying for a little one though you’ll be pleased to know that at least four grandparents highly recommend the product, with one saying it’s even helped their 5-year-old granddaughter better understand her science lessons in school.
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