Updated: November 2017

Deck Box Reviews:

There's never enough storage for the things you've accumulated inside your house; forget about the outside. Often, we have to bring outdoor or yard equipment inside to keep it safe and away from the elements. Not only does this take up yet more of your precious space, it gives your home a nice rustic feel as you step over gardening tools or a very sporty feel as you trip on badminton rackets and horse shoes. You may not have room for a storage shed, but if you have a deck or porch, you do have room for an effective outdoor storage solution: deck boxes. These rugged boxes are incredibly useful: the tough, weatherproof construction keeps your equipment safe from rain, snow, and easy opportunity thieves. Another benefit: they can double as benches so you can sit down and enjoy your newly organized deck. Here are a few things to know before you purchase your deck storage box.
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Deck Boxes Are Not Just for Decks - True, they are called deck boxes, but you will find them to be tremendously useful virtually anywhere:

*Near the garden for trowels, gloves, potting soil, pots, and more.
*For seasonal lawn equipment, shovels, and sporting equipment.
*For firewood
*By the grill for barbeque equipment (lockable ones are great if you're going to store sharp tools and have children)
*By the pool for your chemicals (again, lockable ones are great) and pool toys
*For children's outdoor toys

*Material. Wood is beautiful and will no doubt complement your deck, but it's not the best material for deck boxes because it is vulnerable to the elements and if not treated properly, it can leak. Instead, look for doubled-walled polyethylene plastic, which is waterproof and impervious to rain or snow. This is extremely tough - it's the same stuff that they make children's toys with. If a small child can't break it, it is virtually indestructible.

*Size. Do you want to store shovels or small tools? You can find longer boxes that will work for long-handled garden and lawn tools, and shorter, deeper boxes for potting soil, planting pots, and other smaller objects. Also consider the size of your deck or yard. You can even find smaller balcony boxes if you don't have either one of those.

*Bench option. Why not make a convenient item even more useful?

*Other features. Do you want a lock? If you're storing expensive tools, it will give you piece of mind to have a durable lock on your deck storage box. Wheels may be another important feature so you can easily move your box without having to unload it.

*Cost. You can find deck boxes starting around $30 and extending to $250 or more. The cost depends on the quality of the materials, the size, and the extra features you choose.

You can browse the best selling deck boxes here.

Best Outdoor Storage Boxes:

When choosing your deck box or deck storage bench, look for top brands. You can find less expensive options, but the quality tends to be lacking. If you can, spend the money now so you don't have to replace the box (and maybe some of your equipment) later. Rubbermaid, Suncast, and Lifetime are widely recognized as the best. Let's see what they can offer you.

Suncast DB5000 Storage Box - When you look through customer reviews from Walmart, Sears, Amazon, Buzzillions, Home Depot, and other sites, you will notice that people love their Suncast deck boxes. This brand receives overwhelmingly positive reviews, and because there is an extensive selection of sizes and features, you can find the right box for your home. The original Suncast Deck Box is a good example of the quality you can expect: this 41 x 21 x 22 inch deck box features a safe, durable poly-resin construction and a 50-gallon capacity, or 6.8 cubic feet of space for your garden tools, pool supplies, outdoor toys, and more. The thoughtfully designed lip keeps rainwater from entering the box, and the rust-proof hinge keeps it securely closed. Reviewers love that the Deck Box helps them clear up their decks or patios. At $60, it is a great deal. You can find other great Suncast storage boxes here.

Rubbermaid 5E39 Extra Large Deck Box with seat - There is something about an outdoor storage box that rouse people's passion: these are among some of the most reviewed products you'll find on sites like Amazon. Rubbermaid, too, is a very popular brand, and their 5E30 Extra Large Deck Box with Seat garners great ratings from a variety of sites, including ViewPoints, Walmart, and MySears. This 56-1/2 x 21 x 22-1/2 inches deck storage box has 16.2 cubic feet of storage space - more than twice that offered by the Suncast to give you an idea of size. It features a polyethylene construction, interlocking resin panels, hinged lid, lockable doors, and a grid floor to keep long-handled tools in place. It has olive steel-colored panels, and the seat/lid is sandstone-colored - nice neutral tones for your backyard. This outdoor storage bench is $150. Check out the selection of Rubbermaid deck boxes on Amazon to get the size and style you need.

Lifetime 60012 Deck Box - Will this deck box last you a lifetime? The 10-year limited factor warranty says the Lifetime 60012 will do a good job of it; no other company offers such a great warranty. This is partly why this outdoor storage box was named a Consumer Digest Best Buy in 2009. That and the incredible amount of storage. It just slightly beats out the Rubbermaid with 16.4 cubic feet, 130 gallons, of space. Other features include high density polyethylene construction with powder-coated steel hinges, lockable lid, gas-assist piston to prevent lid from slamming shut, water resistant seal around lid, and a neutral two-tone brown and tan top with black bottom. The 60 x 24 x 26.5 inch box (outside measurement) is also UV protected to keep your items and itself from fading. Consumers note that it is perfect for people with children because of the non-slamming lid, and one reviewer uses it on his dock for boating equipment because of the great size and construction. The Lifetime is $200. If you had the extra $50 to spend, the Lifetime is an upgrade from the previous Rubbermaid model discussed. There is a good reason why deck boxes are sometimes called "horizontal storage sheds." They provide a great opportunity to organize and clean up your deck, porch, balcony, or yard. Easy to assemble, easy to care for, and easy to use, this is the solution to your outdoor storage problems.

Deck Box With Wheels:

Once all the gear is in the box, what if you have to move it. I've had to take our outside storage bin and put it into our garage several times. Having a deck box with wheels is a huge bonus if you plan on moving it anywhere. I can simple pull up on the handle on the opposite side of the wheels (almost like an ice cooler) and wheel it around the deck, patio, into the house, wherever. Now the wheels are the best, but they are better than nothing. Without them I couldn't budge the darn box and it would require 2 people to move it anywhere. The Suncast DB8000B Deck Box with Wheels is a good option and it's under $100. With a 73 gallon capacity and tool free assembly, the box is easy to make and holds plenty. We keep kids toys, sporting equipment, and small chairs in ours.