New products are the lifeblood of many industries and it’s no different in the gardening sector and most of us above a certain age will know the Rubbermaid brand well, particularly if you have ever been in the cleaning industry.
Sometimes only the best will do. And if you are looking for the best domestic shed on the UK market it will probably be branded with the Biohort name and logo.
It is a brand we have been selling consistently on GardenSite for nearly 20 years. My old friend and renowned expert in this field is Bernard Schreiber and he was insistent ‘there is no better metal shed, Robert’, and he was right.
Back then it was only the Biohort Europa, still the flagship of the range, but times have changed and Biohort have changed too by introducing some new and innovative style metal sheds that continue to keep them ahead of the competition.
We decided to display the Biohort Highline at our centre and picked the ever popular 9ft x 5ft version in silver as our chosen model.
It arrived directly from Austria and comes in several boxes to make carriage somewhat easier. The lengths of the boxes alone mean they are a 2 man carry but none of the boxes are overly heavy when you consider they are full of metal.
The packaging is exemplary starting with the boxes themselves which are heavy duty cardboard so there are no bits of metal sticking out one end. Everything remained confined to the box. Inside the boxes wood, card, foam, and a little polystyrene form the bulk of the internal packaging that is designed to eliminate any damage. Our display model had a couple of minor scuffs but there were only surface marks and I’m sure will polish out. But if not, you do get a tin of touch up paint too.
The instruction manual is pictorial in a step by step fashion with the relevant piece highlighted in yellow so it’s very easy to follow. One point we would emphasise is that a lot of the construction takes place with inside panels of the shed facing you so we would recommend laying the panels on some old carpet or an old blanket to protect the painted outside surfaces.
It might be a Biohort Highline but it’s still a metal shed so there are lots of bits of metal to screw together, as you would imagine. However, most of the frame comes with readily formed lengths of metal so you do not have to screw 10 pieces of metal together to create one useable piece. And the screws and fixings supplied are all good quality too, as you would expect.
It’s a 2 man job, but only because you often need someone to hold part of the shed whilst you screw something to it or together. One able bodied DIY enthusiast would have no problem with a willing helper. Construction of our display model was started towards the end of the day and the walls of the shed were attached to the frame within a couple of hours, or so. I had been off work so Matthew helped Simon to start it off. The roof went on before I got into work the next morning which pleased me but unfortunately the first photo I have shows the shed virtually constructed. I had intended photographing it at earlier stages but was unable to. Matthew finished the job later in the day and then put together the accessories that we had also purchased.
I would say that there are better value for money metal sheds on the market as the Biohort range are more expensive than most. And there are some really good deals on metal sheds if you are working to a budget. Having said that the Highline still represents good value for money as the building is very highly engineered and unlikely to give you any wear and tear issues for very many years. The opening hinged door is a good example when compared to the sliding double doors available on most similar garden sheds.
This shed is very well engineered, aesthetically pleasing on the eye, light and roomy to access and certainly strong enough for the job. The cost of delivery from Austria and the packaging has to be built into the price so you have to pay for this luxury. Would I recommend the Biohort Highline to family, friends and my customers? Yes I would, without hesitation.
The Biohort Highline is available in 5 sizes (H1, H2, H3, H4 and H5) and 3 colours (metallic silver, metallic dark grey and metallic quartz grey).
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