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10 Best Raised Garden Beds UK 2022 | VegTrug, Vegepod and More

Raised garden beds are on an upwards trend in the UK, with more and more people keen to give home growing a try. By raising your bed above ground level, you're suddenly not limited by the less-than-desirable soil in your garden – or its lack of it. You can even grow your own fruit, veg and flowers on a patio or balcony depending on the size of the planter. A planter offers your plants a huge range of benefits, ensuring a better chance at survival.


We have narrowed down the massive range of planters on offer, and there is sure to be one to suit every budget, garden and style. From raised garden beds on legs, that are ideal for those with bad backs, to large low-level raised beds perfect for growing delicious root vegetables we have the best of the bunch from VegTrug, Vegepod and more. 

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  • Last updated: 26-08-2022
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How to Choose a Raised Garden Bed in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Wood, Plastic and Metal Beds Make For the Best Durability
  2. Consider Soil Type as to Which Planter Suits Your Garden Best
  3. Choose a Plater With a Depth of 60cm or More for Deep Rooted Plants
  4. A Planter With Wheels Is Best for Those Looking for and Easy Gardening Experience 

1. Pick a Garden Bed Made From Durable Materials Such as Wood, Plastic or Metal

1. Pick a Garden Bed Made From Durable Materials Such as Wood, Plastic or Metal

One of the most influential aspects when it comes to a raised bed is the material that it's constructed from. Wood is widely considered the best material for beds as it's incredibly durable, looks great and suits the natural vibe of a garden perfectly. Look for sustainable timber that has been treated and is thick enough (at least 3 cm thick) to withstand the pressure that your plants and soil will put on it. 


Plastic beds are very versatile pieces of kit; self-watering planters, beds with legs and just about every other variation has been created in plastic. Metal beds are the least popular of the three materials for their unnatural look and lack of flair in design. Although with zero chance of rotting or breaking, there's no denying metal takes the cake on longevity. 

2. Choose Between a Bed With Legs or One That’s Flush to the Floor Depending How Suitable Your Garden Soil Is

Choosing how high you want your bed to be is an important decision to make. Higher beds give people who struggle to work at floor level the chance to garden without fear of putting their back out. Having your plants on legs also helps to minimise the chance of any pesky slugs. Their downside is they're often smaller when compared to the sizes that ground-level raised beds can be produced at. 


Ground-level raised beds give maximum growing potential. Due to their often basic designs, you'll often be able to choose from a wide range of sizes, but more on that soon. If your garden's soil is already workable, then a ground-level bed could be a good idea as your deeply-rooted winter veg will benefit from it, lining your ground-level bed is a good idea to prevent unwanted weeds.

3. Make Sure Your Bed’s Height Is at Least 15 cm for Short Root Plants or up to 60 cm for Longer Root Plants

3. Make Sure Your Bed’s Height Is at Least 15 cm for Short Root Plants or up to 60 cm for Longer Root Plants

Without an adequate height, your veg will struggle to receive the full benefits such as promoting warmer soil in spring, which in turn, encourages your plants to grow. The expert-recommended height for raised beds grown on soil is at least 15 cm but preferably around 20-30 cm. If you're looking to place a ground-level bed over a hard surface, you'll need 45 cm to ensure your plants' roots have enough room to grow. 


For beds with legs, a height of 15 cm is essential for short-root plants like strawberries, while other plants like asparagus, beans and parsnips will require a height of 60 cm. So, be sure to factor in where your bed will go and the plants you intend to grow in it and then shop the height accordingly. 

4. Select a Raised Garden Bed That Features a Shelf or Wheels to Make Your Growing Experience Easier

Pertaining toward raised beds with legs specifically, a dedicated storage shelf and/or wheels are two features that make your growing experience easier. Often included along the entire width of the bed and sitting just below it, shelves can provide easy access to gardening essentials like spades, forks, gloves and watering cans.


Wheels, meanwhile, allow people with awkward sunlight times to swiftly wheel their planter around to the other side of the patio for an afternoon of sun-basking. Wheels are always featured in a pair on one side, so you should check for a sturdy handle on the opposite side to make it easy to lift and wheel along. 

Compare the Best Raised Garden Beds

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Ruddings Wood - Heavy-Duty Wooden Planter for £59.99
  2. VegTrug - Grey Raised Bed for £180.00
  3. Vegepod - Self-Watering Planter for £324.00
  4. Garden Store Direct - Mobile Raised Bed for £54.95
  5. VidaXL - Galvanised Steel Garden Planter for £89.00

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of raised garden beds available and understand how our ranking was determined.

This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Ruddings Wood Heavy-Duty Wooden Planter 1

Ruddings Wood

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VegTrug Grey Raised Bed 1

VegTrug

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Vegepod Self-Watering Planter 1

Vegepod

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Garden Store Direct Mobile Raised Bed 1

Garden Store Direct

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VidaXL Galvanised Steel Garden Planter 1

VidaXL

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TecTake Stackable Wooden Beds 1

TecTake

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Outsunny 6-Piece Raised Garden Bed 1

Outsunny

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Yaheetech 3-Tier Raised Garden Bed 1

Yaheetech

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GardenSkill Plastic Raised Bed 1

GardenSkill

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Selections Metal Raised Bed 1

Selections

Name

Heavy-Duty Wooden Planter

Grey Raised Bed

Self-Watering Planter

Mobile Raised Bed

Galvanised Steel Garden Planter

Stackable Wooden Beds

6-Piece Raised Garden Bed

3-Tier Raised Garden Bed

Plastic Raised Bed

Metal Raised Bed

Features

Heavy-Duty and Hand-Made Sustainably-Sourced Wooden Raised Bed

A Raised Bed With Legs and Ample Height, Saving You From Back Problems

Clever Self-Watering System to Promote Rapid Growth With Plenty of Useful Features

A Charming Mobile Planter Featuring Wheels and Drainage Holes for On-The-Go Growing

Sturdy and Durable Galvanised Steel Planter in Silver or Grey, Available in 10 Sizes

Stackable Beds With a Foolproof Assembly System and a Choice of 1, 2 or 3 Tiers

A Modern Option of Six Individual Planters With Legs, Providing a Versatile Grow

A Versatile Trio of Wooden Tiered Beds With the Option to Stack or Place Ground Level

Easy-To-Assemble Plastic Ground-Level Beds in 14 Different Sizes

An Inconspicuous Buy in Green Powder-Coated Steel That Sits at 30 cm Tall

Price£59.99£180.99£324.00£54.95£89.00£96.99£79.99£74.99£45.99£39.99
MaterialWood - treated, sustainably sourcedWood - treated, sustainably sourcedPlastic, iron MetalGalvanised steelPine - untreatedPlasticWood - untreatedPlasticMetal
TypeRaised with mini legsRaised with legsGround level/base with legs sold separatelyRaised with legsGround levelGround levelRaised with legsGround levelGround levelGround level
Sizes102 x 39 x 35 cm only180 x 76 x 80 cm only100 x 200 x 33 cm only95 x 80 x 40 cm only10 to choose from3 stackable tiers40 x 44 x 40 cm total size120 x 120 x 56 cm total size14 to choose from89 x 32 x 6 cm only
Bed Height30 cmNot stated33 cm17.8 cm44, 81 cm20, 40, 60 cm18 cm20.5, 38, 53.5 cm15 cm30 cm
AssemblyFully assembledFlat-pack20 minute assemblyFlat-packFlat-packEasy to assembleFlat-packFlat-packEasy to assembleFlat-pack
Shelf/WheelsNoNoNoBothNoNoNo--No
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10 Best Raised Garden Beds in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

Ruddings WoodHeavy-Duty Wooden Planter

£59.99

MaterialWood - treated, sustainably sourced
TypeRaised with mini legs
Sizes102 x 39 x 35 cm only
Bed Height30 cm
AssemblyFully assembled
Shelf/WheelsNo
2

VegTrugGrey Raised Bed

£180.99

MaterialWood - treated, sustainably sourced
TypeRaised with legs
Sizes180 x 76 x 80 cm only
Bed HeightNot stated
AssemblyFlat-pack
Shelf/WheelsNo
3

VegepodSelf-Watering Planter

£324.00

MaterialPlastic, iron
TypeGround level/base with legs sold separately
Sizes100 x 200 x 33 cm only
Bed Height33 cm
Assembly20 minute assembly
Shelf/WheelsNo
4

Garden Store DirectMobile Raised Bed

£54.95

MaterialMetal
TypeRaised with legs
Sizes95 x 80 x 40 cm only
Bed Height17.8 cm
AssemblyFlat-pack
Shelf/WheelsBoth
5

VidaXLGalvanised Steel Garden Planter

£89.00

MaterialGalvanised steel
TypeGround level
Sizes10 to choose from
Bed Height44, 81 cm
AssemblyFlat-pack
Shelf/WheelsNo
6

TecTakeStackable Wooden Beds

£96.99

MaterialPine - untreated
TypeGround level
Sizes3 stackable tiers
Bed Height20, 40, 60 cm
AssemblyEasy to assemble
Shelf/WheelsNo
7

Outsunny6-Piece Raised Garden Bed

£79.99

MaterialPlastic
TypeRaised with legs
Sizes40 x 44 x 40 cm total size
Bed Height18 cm
AssemblyFlat-pack
Shelf/WheelsNo
8

Yaheetech3-Tier Raised Garden Bed

£74.99

MaterialWood - untreated
TypeGround level
Sizes120 x 120 x 56 cm total size
Bed Height20.5, 38, 53.5 cm
AssemblyFlat-pack
Shelf/Wheels-
9

GardenSkillPlastic Raised Bed

£45.99

MaterialPlastic
TypeGround level
Sizes14 to choose from
Bed Height15 cm
AssemblyEasy to assemble
Shelf/Wheels-
10

SelectionsMetal Raised Bed

£39.99

MaterialMetal
TypeGround level
Sizes89 x 32 x 6 cm only
Bed Height30 cm
AssemblyFlat-pack
Shelf/WheelsNo

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