It’s time to review the Better Homes and Gardens Clayton Court 5-Piece Patio Dining Set, as it’s one of the most popular choices when it comes to garden furniture.
It may not have the design of expensive garden sets, but BHG’s product wins it all when it comes to durability and sturdiness. Besides, its look is far from being unattractive.
Therefore, its basic features and the affordable price make it a real contender for the best garden set you can get. But are these things enough to make it a great investment?
So Let’s Get To The Review
Producer: Better Homes And Gardens
Price: $339.30 (At the time I published this article)
Cheapest place to buy: Amazon
My rating: 9. 50 /10
Worth buying?: Definitely
What I Liked About It
- The sturdy metal fabric is pretty hard to damage
- The set’s design is pretty simple and lightweight
- It should last in great shape for at least 3-4 years
- Although the set is really solid itself, the chairs are by no means uncomfortable
- It doesn’t stain or get wet, thanks to the metal fabric
- The assembly is quite easy, the instructions are quite straightforward and easy to follow. Normally, you shouldn’t need more than an hour if you do it alone
- Free shipping
- The price is pretty low for 5 pieces
What I Didn’t Like About It
- Each piece is really packaged, so it takes a while to open everyhing up
- The cushions’ fabric isn’t UV resistant, so they can fade if you keep them continously in the sun
- The umbrella from the pictures isn’t included, so keep this in mind if you plan to use it with an umbrella
That Iron Fabric Is Really Cool
Generally, when I come across an object made of iron or any other metal fabric…I don’t tend to like it too much.
You may agree with me here, these kind of materials aren’t the best choice for furniture, or at least that’s how they seem. Iron has a reputation of a cheap material, so the furniture pieces that contain mostly iron aren’t so well regarded generally.
However, I must confess that the iron used for this Better Homes dining set doesn’t really follow this rule.
It doesn’t fade because of the sun rays, it doesn’t get stained if you spill something on it and it cleans really easily, with any cleaning product for metal furniture. So I don’t think there’s something else I could desire when it comes to the fabric.
Plus that it’s not light at all, on the contrary, it’s much sturdier than you would say at first sight. I believe the iron is a pretty thick and superior one, otherwise I don’t think it would be possible not to wobble and to feel so solid.
But that’s their affair, I’m only glad to find such a nicely and quality fabric in this dining set.
I Prefer The Red Cushions Than The Green Ones
I’m not sure if I told you, but there are 2 options when it comes to color, red and green.
When I bought this set, I chose the green cushions because I needed a brighter color for my patio decor, which was pretty light and dull.
The only thing I don’t like about them is that they faded pretty badly after several months.
It was also my fault, I admit it, because I bought this set in late spring and I let it in the sun all summer, without ever bringing the cushions inside, except the times when it was raining and I didn’t forget about them.
Anyway, I don’t think the situation would have been different with the red cushions. As they had the same fabric, I’m sure those ones would have faded too.
But it wasn’t not so bad, as I got other cushions from one of my local shops. And even if they weren’t exactly the same, they looked great there. So everything was good in the end. 🙂
Maybe A Few Extra Inches Would Be A Good Idea
No matter how much I liked this furniture set, I have to admit that there are some things I would change about it if I could. And the most important is probably its structure and dimensions.
I told you right at the beginning that judging after the dimensions it has, it looks rather a bistro set to me. Yes, you can tell me that bistro sets usually have only 3 pieces, but this doesn’t make any difference. Better Home’s set is a bit too small to be considered a regular dining set, in my opinion.
Now, I don’t have anything against bistro sets because I actually love them. And I also like how this Better Homes set looks, it’s so small and nice. But if they call it a dining set, I do believe it should be a bit larger
Why Do I Consider The Price Low? It’s $300 After All…
I don’t know if you guys have recently taken a look at the average prices for outdoor furniture sets. If you haven’t, I’ll tell you something about them.
They’re pretty high! Actually, higher than you would normally expect, considering that outdoor decorations and items aren’t very expensive usually.
However, if you want to buy a bistro set, you can’t really find a good one under $250, that if you want one with 3 pieces. In case you want a larger one, with 5 pieces like this one I reviewed today, you’ll probably have to pay somewhere around $450-$500. And it’s not likely to find a cheaper one, unless you get a lower quality set. So it’s pretty complicated…
That’s one of the reasons why this Better Homes furniture set remains one of my favorite choice for outdoors. Besides its really good quality and simple look, it also has a really affordable price. I mean, you can’t really find one cheaper, not even similar from what I saw.
And if you get a set of lower quality…yes, you’ll manage to save some money initially, but next year you’ll have to buy another one because I can guarantee it won’t last more than a year. So the money you saved at first will turn into more money spent.
My Final Verdict – Is It A Good Investment?
To be honest, I couldn’t say anything else than yes, it’s a very good investment. And not only this, it’s actually a very safe investment, which means that you won’t be spending your money in vain.
I recommended this furniture set to some of my friends and acquaintances, and none of them ever complained to me about it. On the contrary, they all said it was a nice and beautiful set, even though not all of them liked it as much as I did.
When it comes to quality, there’s nothing I could criticize about it. The fabric is sturdy and comfortable, it doesn’t get dirty or scratched and it lasts in great conditions a pretty longer period of time, much more than I would have thought at first.
So I’m definitely not sorry for buying it, on the contrary. That’s why I dare to recommend it to you, because if I had the chance and if I needed a patio set of that type, I would definitely buy it again.
I can only recommend you the sets I would buy again, and as this is one of them, I really suggest you to get it if you need a patio set.
There are very few chances that you find one better than this.