Hello everyone! 😀
The Storage Box Month seems to going away pretty fast, so I want to take advantage and tell you about my experience with the Suncast Resin Wicker 22 Gallon Storage Seat, an item that many of you may already own.
Now, Suncast is one of the best companies when it comes to storage boxes, and one of my personal favorites too. They usually do a very good job with their products, as their have pretty good quality and even better prices.
This product belongs to the “Resin Wicker” brand, along with many others that I previously reviewed. The difference is obviously the storage capacity and probably the inability to lock it, which is in my opinion the biggest downside of this product.
But before I get into this, let me start by telling you the main things you should know about this storage box.
1. Some General Facts About This Storage Box
Product name : SSW1200 Mocha Resin Wicker 22-Gallon Storage Seat
Producer : Suncast
Item dimensions: 22.5 x 22.5 x 17.5 inches
Price : $39.00 (At the time I’m writing this review)
Cheapest place to buy : AMAZON
My rating : 9.50 /10
Worth buying? : Pretty much yes
2. The DOes and DON’Ts of this item
Just like all the storage boxes I reviewed in the past weeks, the Suncast 22 Gallon Deck Box has different advantages and downsides. Although it’s a product that I personally really like, I admit that there are certain things that could be changed about it.
Anyway, you can’t always have the best in just one product, isn’t it so?
But before I move into a more detailed explanation, let me show you which are the main Pros and Cons that I found about this deck box.
DOes – What I like about this deck box
When it comes to appearance, it’s pretty solid and sturdy storage item. You can sit on it without fearing that it wouldn’t hold you (assuming that you have an average weight 😛 ).
It even looks solid, I mean I never had the feeling that I have a light deck box, made of thin pieces. Although it’s actually made of plastic (yeah, higher quality plastic I guess), I sometimes forgot about this and had the feeling it was made of something sturdier, like wood.
So if I think about it, that’s exactly what I want from a storage box, right? And what you want, and what everyone else probably wants…To make me feel that it’s made of real wood, that it’s sturdy and solid, even though it’s actually plastic and I paid little for it.
I guess you agree, don’t you? 🙂
Easy Cleaning Up
A thing I really loved about this Suncast storage box is that it cleans up easily, without too much effort.
You don’t even need special cleaning products, I used Zonrox bleach every time and it worked out really well. I didn’t even have to rub the plastic too much, after applying the solution I clean it up with very little effort.
That Zonrox bleach that I used is can be found in almost any shop, so I guess any regular cleaning solutions should be good.
I once had a deck box whose fabric was so weird that it would only clean up with special products. In the instructions there was a special part about cleaning up, and there they recommended some certain products.
Obviously, they were much more expensive than regular cleaning products that we normally use…
You can imagine that I tried my usual cleaning solutions first, but they didn’t work out well, so in the end I had to buy those expensive one, that
surprisingly worked. Anyway, I learned my lesson…
So you shouldn’t worry about going through a similar experience with this Suncast Deck Box. Regular products are great, there’s no need for something else when cleaning it up.
No Force Is Needed To Open It
There’s a hinge on the back of this item that makes it open easily, so you don’t have to pull it off or something like that. Even kids can open it, because no force is needed.
That was something I was really worried about, because I’m not exactly “the best” when it comes to force, but luckily for me, this deck box didn’t give me the chance to make a fool of myself. 😛
So in case you’re wondering if this deck box is one those that give you a hard time opening it, no worries!
The mechanism is really simple and easy, even for small children, not to mention adults. 🙂
The Assembly Was So Simple
Although many similar deck boxes have very complicated assembly instructions, this one had a very easy assembly actually.
Straightforward instructions, simple pieces and not too many skills necessary…I remember I didn’t even need tools like screws or any hardware, because the pieces would have very clear instructions and you couldn’t really make any mistake.
From what I remember, there was even a phone number somewhere that would offer help, just in case you couldn’t assemble it right.
So if you’re a bit worried that you’ll have a hard time assembling this piece, forget about it! Everything is so clear and easy that there are very little chances that you do it wrong.
The special resin plastic is water resistant, so weather protection is guaranteed.
Even now, I still keep most of my storage boxes outside, and this Suncast 22 Gallons Deck Box makes no exception.
And I can proudly say that my things are really safe, they remained dry even in the winter (yeah, I still keep my storage boxes in the backyard even when there’s snow outside, because I know anything won’t happen to my stuff).
So if waterproof design is something you’re interested in when looking for a storage box, this piece could stay on your list. The weather conditions won’t bother your thing too much, that’s something I can guarantee! 🙂
Durability is pretty good
For this price, you probably wouldn’t expect to find a piece that would last very much, and here I agree with you because this was my case too.
But just like other products from Suncast, this deck box surprised me (in the good way 😛 ) because it didn’t seem too deteriorated after several months of use. And by “use” I don’t mean just keeping it there without any purpose, but storing several thick cushions inside and sometimes even sitting on it.
So I don’t think it was extremely take care of…
That’s why I’m pretty satisfied with the way it lasted until now; I would have expected a much lower quality at this price, but it seems that this deck box pleasantly surprised me.
International Shipping Is Available
“Woooow!”- This was my reaction when I saw this statement on the official site.
I’ve had a lot of bad experiences with storage boxes when it comes to shipping abroad (and they were really popular products, believe it or no 🙁 ) , so now I really appreciate items that can be shipped outside the US.
It means that I can recommend a certain deck box to people living in Canada, Australia or even Europe without getting frustrated that they can’t buy it because of the unavailable shipping.
It’s true that it’s not 100% available in any country, but the important thing is that it can be shipped in many places without having to pay too much.
So if you love outside the US, don’t worry! There are high chances that you can find this storage box available for shipping in your country, for a very decent price.
Very Good Price In My Opinion
Comparing this deck box’s price with other items, I would say it’s more than affordable.
To be honest, I would sometimes easily spend $39 on ONE cosmetic product, on a book or even worse, on food. And I’m pretty sure you’re doing this too, at least from time to time. That’s why this item seems a huge bargain to me.
If you think about it, you don’t have almost anything to lose. You would anyway spend those $39 on a night out, so getting this deck box instead wouldn’t make you notice any difference in your budget, would it? That’s how I see things…
The only non-advantage (because I can’t call it a downside) I can see about the price of this Suncast storage box is that there isn’t any sale or discount.
It’s true that there might not be any RIGHT NOW, when I’m writing this article, but I remember buying it at the same price, although I haven’t checked it out ever since… But even so, I assume there hasn’t been any change of price, therefore no sale or discount.
Yeah, I know it sounds really weird looking for a sale when the price is extremely low, but I’m just trying to find the best offer. 😀 And it seems the best offer is this one, but the great part is that it doesn’t change!
So if you don’t want to get this product now, you can wait until the next week, because the price will remain as low as it’s now! You can take advantage of this great offer whenever you want, without fearing that you will miss a sale.
That’s great news, isn’t it? 😉
DON’Ts – What I don’t like about this deck box
Just One Color Available
Despite the great features this deck box has, it’s far from perfect. And the first “defect” that comes into my mind is the narrow range of colors available.
In fact, I shouldn’t even say “narrow” range, because you actually have just one choice. 🙁
The Chocolate shade is the only one available on Amazon (and on most sites too, from what I’ve seen), and at first sight, this doesn’t seem that bad, as it’s a color that can easily blend with regular, usual furniture.
However, in case you want to keep it outside, like I do, maybe a darker shade would be more useful. That’s not always the case, but there is this possibility…
There is a white shade available on Wayfair, but the price is also a bit higher compared to the one from Amazon.
That’s I do believe that Amazon should offer at least 2 color options. At least in this way, you would know that you chose the color that suits your decor better. But with just one color available, that’s pretty hard…
No Lockable Lids
Another really big downside of this deck box is that it doesn’t offer the possibility to keep important stuff inside, that you can lock whenever you want.
To be honest, as it’s just 22 gallons, I didn’t really have any “important” thing to store inside…At this capacity you could store some important paperwork in the best case. But that’s not the point.
Generally, the lockable lids also protect your things in bad weather, like heavy wind or a strong storm. So it’s much better to keep the deck box locked in such conditions. But what can you do if there isn’t any lockable lid?
Probably the best solution would be to add one yourself, either a diy or a ready-made one. I haven’t tried to do this on my own deck box, but in theory I think it would be possible.
In order to open this storage box, you have to push the handle from inside, which makes me think that an eventual lid wouldn’t be a problem. However, I can’t say for certain as I haven’t tried doing it myself.
It’s Not Completely Sealed, So Rarely Insects Could Come In
That’s some of my usual worries when it comes to deck boxes, and it seems that in this case I have a good reason to fear.
There are a few small parts in this Suncast Deck Box that aren’t completely isolated. The so-called “holes” aren’t very large, actually they’re almost invisible if you don’t pay attention. But they are so just for the human eye, as flies and spiders could notice it.
But there’s no point making a drama out of this.
I cannot lie by saying that this is a huge problem, as most of the times I didn’t even have any issue with insects entering my deck box. However, I once found some spider web inside, and my only explanation is that the spider entered through that unsealed part.
Anyway, as I said before, there’s no point exaggerating, as this will most likely not happen to you. If it does, there are anti-insect sprays and products that will definitely protect your things inside.
No Free Shipping
Just like I expected, free shipping isn’t available for this product on Amazon. The reason for this?
Its small price. 🙁
Generally speaking, the minimum total cost on Amazon should be $49 in order to get free shipping. Anything that is under this amount of money, will only be shipped by paid shipping.
There’s not much you ca do in this case, except buying something else that would make your total order over $49. In this way you will get free shipping in any part of the US.
3. My Verdict – To Buy Or To Skip?
Now after I showed you the most important Pros and Cons of the Suncast Resin Wicker 22 Gallon Storage Seat, it’s time to answer the most important question: “Is this deck box something you should consider buying or not?”.
Well, if you want my honest opinion, the waterproof design, the solid build and the great price make it a “must see” piece.
It’s true that the lack of a lockable lid is a pretty serious downside, but it can be easily solved with a bit of patience and work.
If I had to weigh up and pros and cons, I would say this storage box is something you should buy.
Except the lack of a lid, the other downsides aren’t that serious: just think about it, the color isn’t such a big problem, the improper sealing only exists in a few places and the free shipping can be solved.
So I do believe the advantages this Suncast Resin Wicker 22 Gallon Storage Seat offers are much better then the disadvantages. If you decide to buy it or not, it’s up to you. 🙂
What do you think about this deck box, would you buy it or not? If the answer is no, what would you choose instead?