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5×3 Lotus Anthracite Grey Cushion Storage Box

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 19 Data Points Updated - 2 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: LOTUS-CB53AG

Size: 5' x 3'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 2

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Amazing! Ranked in the Top 3% of Garden Storage.
Position 26 of 1017 Garden Storage - Up 24 places from previous update.
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Our verdict on the 5×3 Lotus Anthracite Grey Cushion Storage Box

The 5×3 Lotus Anthracite Grey Cushion Storage Box holds a 15 Years guarantee, is fit with lockable lifting lids that use a hasp and staple locking system, and is treated using a galvanised process [1].

Base material: steel [2]

Our experts say this has 2 stand out features. A stand out feature is something found on over 70% of the top 10% of products in a particular category or is an exceptionally good feature as rated by our panel of experts.

1. A 0.3mm thick cladding like the one used on walls of this garden storage is one of the best rated by our experts.

2. A galvanised treatment like the one used on this garden storage is one our experts are happy to say is one of the best around.

Below is a brief overview of how some of the key points of this garden storage fairs across the market.

Treatment/Guarantee

The galvanised treatment process used here is the best type of treatment out of 2 [3] types we’ve identified on same-size garden storage that you’ll see getting used on 14% [4] (137 of 965) of all garden storage analysed, as well as being used on 36% [5] (35 of 96) of the top 10% of garden storage. You’ll also find the galvanised treatment showing up on 23% of 5′ x 3′ garden storage (17 in total [6]), and if we compare this item against those 17 we find it’s Expert Score is 8% higher than the average score for a 5′ x 3′ galvanised garden storage.

On a metal garden storage box, the guarantee that the manufacturer offers is usually a very good indicator of the quality of the building. The longer the guarantee the more the manufacturer believes in the quality of the building they have produced. Typically we see manufacturer guarantees for metal Garden Storage ranging from zero right up to a 25 years guarantee.

This metal garden storage box comes with a 15 years guarantee. Most metal garden storage come with a 15 years guarantee (26.04% of them) [7].

For this particular brand (Lotus by Globel) they offer 11 [8] different types of guarantees on their metal garden storage, with the 15 years guarantee on this being the only they offer. The 15 years guarantee is found on 100.00% of Lotus by Globel metal garden storage [9]. It is great that this garden storage was given one of the highest guarantees offered by the brand, and this shows the manufacturer has a lot of faith in the overall quality of this part of their product range.

When looking at comparable 5′ x 3′ metal garden storage (we found 74 of them) the most popular guarantee length offered by manufacturers was 10 years [10]. 85.14% came with a missing guarantee, 6.76% came with a 10 year guarantee, 6.76% came with a 15 year guarantee and 1.35% came with a 20 year guarantee.

Read full analysis for treatment/guarantee.

Cladding

The steel cladding(walls) used here is an about average form of construction for walls and is the only type [11] we’ve identified on same-size garden storage, that you’ll also see getting used on 26% (253 of 965) of all garden storage analysed [12], as well as being used on 36% (35 of 96) of the top 10% of garden storage [13]. You’ll also find the steel cladding showing up on 28% of 5′ x 3′ garden storage (21 in total) [14], and if we compare this item against those 21 we find it’s Expert Score is 12% higher than the average score for a 5′ x 3′ steel garden storage.

The walls are 0.3mm thick and we rate this one of the best thicknesses and is the only thickness found on same-size garden storage [15]. It is used on 1% of all garden storage [16] and is also used across 4% of the top 10% of garden storage [17] we analysed. While you’ll find that the Expert Score of this garden storage is 1 point lower than the average for 5′ x 3’s that use 0.3mm thick cladding (97 vs the average of 98) [18], you can be sure it’s not due to the cladding thickness as this one of the highest scoring thicknesses available on 5′ x 3′ garden storage. 4% of 5′ x 3′ garden storage (3 in total) use 0.3mm thick walls.

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Height

The height of this garden storage is 735.0mm (2′) which is 72% less than the average 5′ x 3′ garden storage, giving you 530.0mm (2′) less height.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 21 5′ x 3′ garden storage with comparable specifications. The 5×3 Lotus Anthracite Grey Cushion Storage Box has an Expert Score that is 12% higher than average and is £419 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring garden storage out of the 21 with comparable specifications the following might be of interest.

Best value – If you are looking for something comparable that costs less, then you could save £109 with this vidaXL Garden Storage Box Grey 171x99x93 cm Grey. It is priced at £141, this is 77% less than this and has an Expert Score of 90, 7 points less than the 5×3 Lotus Anthracite Grey Cushion Storage Box.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 100 vs 97 for this product, the Lotus 6’ x 3’ Metal Double Bin Store is the best 5′ x 3′ garden storage with comparable specifications, and is priced at £330, that’s £80 more than the 5×3 Lotus Anthracite Grey Cushion Storage Box.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a garden storage with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 1 garden storage that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Shiplap Pent Tall Garden Store Pressure Treated

Coastal Consideration – If you live in a particularly wet or harsher environment such as by the coast then you might want to consider something with a more robust pressure treatment or something made from metal or plastic, both materials that are particularly suited to such harsh environments. We’ve found at least 3 garden storage that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Lotus 6’ x 3’ Metal Double Bin Store
Rowlinson 5 x 3ft Large Timber Double Wheelie Bin Storage with Lifting Lid
5×3 Lotus Heritage Green Cushion Storage Box

Public-Facing – Extra security measures might be more of a concern if you’re placing your building in an area that is more public-facing than a garden. Features such as security windows or even having no windows at all, and the ability to lock all opening doors are usually much more important when you have something that is more public-facing. We found at least 3 garden storage that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
5′ x 2’7 Absco Easy Store 1PE Green Metal Garden Shed
5′ x 3′ Asgard Securestore Metal Shed
5×3 Lotus Anthracite Grey Cushion Storage Box

Product Details

Building Type
Garden Cushion Storage, Garden Storage, Garden Storage Boxes, Grey Garden Storage Box, Heavy-duty Garden Storage Boxes, Large Garden Storage Boxes, Lockable Garden Storage Boxes, Metal Garden Storage
Metric Size (Meters)
5' x 3'
Material
Metal
Door Type
Lifting Lid
Cladding Type
steel
Cladding Thickness
0.3mm
Treatment Type
Galvanised
Guarantee
15 Years
Locking System
Hasp and Staple
Construction Type
Hot Dipped Galvanised Steel
Depth Including Overhang (Imperial)
3'
Depth Including Overhang (Metric)
850.0mm
Width Including Overhang (Imperial)
5'
Width Including Overhang (Metric)
1430.0mm
Depth At Base (Imperial)
3'
Depth At Base (Metric)
800.0mm
Width At Base (Imperial)
4'
Width At Base (Metric)
1380.0mm
Packaged Weight
33kgs
Overall Depth (Imperial)
3'
Overall Depth (Metric)
850.0mm
Overall Width (Imperial)
5'
Overall Width (Metric)
1430.0mm
Height (Imperial)
735.0mm
Height (Metric)
735.0mm
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Finish
Anthracite Grey
Thickness (Imperial)
0.0'
Thickness (Metric)
0.3mm

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Expert Score 98939895100
Price £359.99£219.99£644.99£839.99£329.99
Size 7' x 3'6' x 2'6' x 6'6' x 2'5' x 3'
Brand Lotus by GlobelSapphireLotus by GlobelTrimetalsLotus by Globel
Material MetalMetalMetalMetalMetal
Cladding Thickness 0.3mm0.3mm
Guarantee 15 Years8 Years15 Years25 Years15 Years
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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

Profile

Our resident shed building expert Joel was the 2014 winner of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year having beat over 10,000 applicants to win. He returned to the show the following year as a judge. He is also the author of The Book of Shed and has designed & built over 50 small bespoke garden builds. Joel has appeared on various TV or Radio shows include George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, Alan Titchmarsh Love your Garden, Chris Evans Breakfast Show and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

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Sources

Merchants Checked

12 different sources were used to research information on this product, and 2 contained information that we were able to use to compile the data used on this page.

The following merchants were checked on the 06 August, 2022 to see if they stocked this product.

Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 products checked, found 1 match.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found 1 match.
Waltons – 231 products checked, found no matches.
Wickes – 19576 products checked, found no matches.
B&Q – 78905 products checked, found no matches.
ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found no matches.
Wilko.com – 21232 products checked, found no matches.
Homebase – 35509 products checked, found no matches.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 products checked, found no matches.
BillyOh – 1244 products checked, found no matches.
Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 products checked, found no matches.
Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found no matches.


1. Galvanised: Galvanising steel or Zinc Galvanised steel as it is sometimes called refers to the process where steel is immersed into molten zinc. This is where a series of zinc-iron alloy forms a series layers via a metallurgical reaction between the iron and zinc, providing a robust coating which is an integral part of the steel.

Galvanised steel is among the most corrosion resistant due to its sacrificial protection and self-repairing properties. According to the Galvanizers Association they say “Hot dip galvanising offers coverage both externally and internally within hollow sections, it self-repairs when damaged, sacrifices itself to protect the base metal, is environmentally sustainable, has good impact and abrasion-resistance and a maintenance-free life of 50 years or more. Galvanised steel is widely used in applications where corrosion protection is needed and can be identified by the crystallised pattern on the surface (often called a ‘spangle’).” 

2. Steel: Is the “world’s most important engineering and construction material” according to the World Steel Accosiation. When it comes to garden structure steel is often a very strong and durable metal, although if it is untreated then it is prone to rust and corrosion. Steel is an alloy of iron mixed with less than 2% carbon and 1% manganese and small amounts of silicon, phosphorus, sulphur and oxygen. When steel comes into contact with water and oxygen there is a chemical reaction and the steel begins to revert to its original form – iron oxide (that’s Rust to the layperson). Steel must be coated in a protective layer to stop this reaction, for most garden applications this consists of powder coating or the more stable and long lasting use of galvanising the steel first. 

3. Treatment types identified: galvanised, untreated 

4. Global treatment data sourced from: All galvanised garden storage 

5. Top treatment data sourced from: Top 96 galvanised garden storage 

6. 5′ x 3′ treatment data sourced from: 74 5′ x 3′ galvanised garden storage 

7. Global guarantee data sourced from: All 15 years garden storage 

8. Guarantee types identified: 10 years, 15 years, 20 years 

9. Guarantee data sourced from: Lotus by globel 15 years garden storage 

10. 5′ x 3′ guarantee data sourced from: 74 5′ x 3′ 15 years guaranteed garden storage 

11. Cladding types identified: steel 

12. Global cladding data sourced from: All steel garden storage 

13. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 96 steel garden storage 

14. 5′ x 3′ cladding data sourced from: 74 5′ x 3′ steel garden storage 

15. Cladding thickness types identified: 0.3mm 

16. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 0.3mm garden storage 

17. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 96 0.3mm garden storage 

18. 5′ x 3′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 3 5′ x 3′ 0.3mm garden storage 

Product ID: SKU: LOTUS-CB53AG

Size: 5' x 3'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 2

ShedStore
£249.99
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BuyShedsDirect
£249.99
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