Reviews and ratings of quality, hand-picked, UK websites
Headers: Furniture, Homewares, Household Appliances, Sound & Vision, Office PC & Phone, Photography, Sports & Leisure, DIY Garden & Pets, Toys & Games, Baby, Personal Care, Jewellery & Watches
The retail giant Argos sells an enormous range of (mostly) household goods and usually at very competitive prices. Also, they very often have sales on, so its always worth while checking out the website if you can't get down to your nearest store - I know we've managed to get some good bargains in the past! The site is fast loading and easy to navigate. Argos was founded in 1973 and now has over 500 stores throughout the UK and Ireland. Argos is headquartered in Stafford.
• Special Features: Free 16 returns days policy for non faulty items. Either return to your nearest store or they will collect free of charge. You can also set up gift lists with Argos for weddings, anniversaries etc.
A wide range of garden decoration and lighting
Headers: Room Solutions, Heating & Cooling, Wall & Floor, Finishing Touches, Appliances, Garden, Tools & Materials
The DIY superstore B&Q is offering over 10,000 products online. They are also offering finance in the form of homeplan loans and the B&Q store card, which can be used in store or online, a free design consultation service, installation service packages, plus "how to" guides and product health and safety information. Excellent, fast loading site. Please note that power tools are not available online.
Installation service. Full details of B&Qs Installation Service Package.
• Free Delivery on orders >£400
Refreshingly simple, stylish and fast site developed from a business based in Lancashire that has been running for more than 30 years. Sell the latest range of Weber 2005 barbeques, grills and accessories.
Headers: Cleaning/Laundry, Kitchen, Home Essentials, Home Storage, Bathroom/Personal Care, Home Office, Gifts, Cards & Wrapping, Garden/Outdoors
Yes this is THE Betterware website. Huge range of home and garden utensils and gadgets, from gift wrap to insect repellent. Buy online or request a catalogue.
• Special Features: 28 day no quibble money back guarantee
• Free Mainland Delivery on orders >£35
Headers: Pond Liners, Pond Pumps, Pond Filters, Pond Maintenance, Pond Water Treatments, Food & Chemicals, Pond Kits & Water Features, Garden Lighting, Pond Accessories, Pond Plants & Planters, Pond Books
Established in 1979, Bradshaws Direct is a leading UK mail order supplier of water gardening products, offering a wide ranges of pond products from all the leading manufacturers. Buy online, order a catalogue or visit their warehouse shop at James Nicolson Link, Clifton Moor, York.
• Special Features: 30 day returns policy.
Headers: Clothing & Footwear, Home & Garden
Leather shoes for men and women at warehouse prices! Plus clothing and accessories. The products are not exactly high fashion, but are chosen for comfort, value and quality. Plus there is the home and garden department which stocks a wide (if not comprehensive) range of miscellaneous items including stuff for the car. The website is a little like one of those postal catalogues that contains an eclectic range of new and unusual products, many of which you have never heard of, such as pet ramps for cars! Definitely a website to browse. Clifford James is based in Skelmersdale, Lancs.
• Delivery not available to the Channel or Scilly Isles
Coopers of Stortford
Headers: Clothing & Accessories, Garden & Outdoors, Household, Personal & Health, Gifts & Leisure, General Utility
Founded in 1994, Coopers is a family run mail order company selling an eclectic mix of small garden and household items - from dog ramps to mini tables, briquette makers to car sunshields. Plus a dose of more conventional items, of course. Buy online or request a catalogue. Coopers is based in Bishop Stortford.
Headers: Plants, Cut Flowers, Barbeques & Patio heaters, Growhouses & Stores, Chemicals & Fertilisers, Clothing, Composts & Stone, Eco friendly, Fireworks, Furniture, Games, Gifts, Irrigation, Lighting, Logs & Coal, Machinery, Pots & containers, Sculptures & Sundials, Sundries, Tools, Water Features, Tickets
Massive gardening web site selling a huge range of plants, garden accessories, garden furniture and equipment. Unfortunately they only deliver to England, Wales and the lowlands of Scotland at the moment.
• Special Features: On the site you will find an "At a glance guide" to the gardening week plus lots of information and advice on plants and equipment and gardening tips by Alan Titchmarsh and Charlie Dimmock. You can also get regular care tip emails from Alan Titchmarsh.
Headers: Living, Dining, Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom, Garden
The Designerbox is a beautifully designed website offering designer homeware. The products are stylish, contemporary and unusual, from brands such as Nigella Lawson, Amoeba and Tommy Larsen. The Designerbox is owned by Prezzybox.com Ltd, well known for its online gadget store and which is based in Austrey, Warwickshire.
• Free Delivery
Headers: DIY Tools, Knobs & Knockers, Garden Shop, Sale Shop, Safety Shop
Diytools.co.uk has a huge stock of items from tools to greenhouses and garden sheds to woodworking machinery. With over 20 departments covering everything for the home, workshop and garden there is a wide choice of products suitable for the DIY enthusiast, homemaker, tradesman, gardener and hobbyist. Many of their products offer significant discounts on top brand DIY products. Shop here and get DIY loyalty points which works out at 3p in the pound. DIY Tools is owned by Taylor Bros (Liverpool) Ltd and is based in Caryl Street, Liverpool.
• Free Delivery on orders >£50
Very large range of garden accessories, equipment and buildings.
Headers: Computing & Electronics, Home & Garden, Kitchen & Cooking, Health & Beauty, Gifts & Travel
Electricshopping offers a wide range of home electrical equipment with a really good selection of small kitchen appliances. The range includes fitness equipment, personal care products, computer systems, hardware and peripherals plus an excellent range of home security equipment. You can even buy garden tools, patio heaters and outdoor lights. Excellent range. Founded in 1997, Electricshopping is owned by The Tomorrow Group and is based in London and is an authorised reseller and service agent to all the brands on its site.
• Special Features: 14 day returns policy
• Free UK Delivery - Free except for NI, Highlands and Islands
European Delivery Available
Good range of outdoor heating and lighting
Headers: Bins & Bags, Composting, Composting Accessories, Garden Furniture & Lighting, Garden Gadgets, Garden Tools & Accessories, Garden Wildlife, Planters & Containers, Weed & Feed, Wormeries, Home Helpers, Home Recycling, Energy Saving Lightbulbs, Kitchen Waste Composter, Water Butts, Watering Accessories, Watering Systems
The UK's leading manufacturer of water butts and home compost bins, but selling a wide variety of garden products from furniture to hedge shears, with over 200 products for sale on the website. Evergreener is owned by Blackwell which in turn is part of Straight plc, Europes leading supplier of recycling containers. Blackwell is based in Leeds.
Headers: Bathroom Cladding, Cantilever Carports, Door Canopies, Fascias & Soffits, Conservatories, Carports & Garden Canopies, Guttering, Eaves Protection, Drainage, Greenhouses, Garden Fencing & Decking, Water Features & Patios, Caravan Decking & Fencing, Roofs & Roof Shields, Roof Lights, Window Accessories & Canopies, Door Panels, DIY accessories, Pet Doors
www.fascias.com is an online building plastics shop. They have an amazing range consisting of thousands of items and supply both trade and DIY. The materials they use are polycarbonates but if you are unsure, it is possible to obtain a sample by emailing them. Installation guides are available online for their products. Businesses can apply for a credit account online. To find full details of Terms & Conditions, click on "Ordering Information" towards the bottom of the left hand menu.
Fascias.com is operated by Master Plastics SW Ltd and is based in St. Phillips, Bristol.
Wide range of greenhouses, sheds, fencing and water features.
Headers: Vegetable Garden, The Potting Shed, Greenhouses & Equipment, Propagate & Protect, Feed & Pest Control, Storage & Furniture Covers, Cultivators & Weeders, Cutting & Long Reach Tools, Lawn Care, Watering Equipment, Training & ClimbingTub, Planters & Baskets, Garden Features & Outdoor Leisure, Light and Water Features & ornaments, Wild Bird Care, Garden in Comfort, Fetching & Carrying, Clearing & Composting
For the serious gardener. Large range of over 500 garden accessories and equipment plus greenhouses and a small range of garden furniture. Buy online or order a catalogue. Fast, easy to navigate website. Ferndale Lodge is operated by Suttons Seeds and is based in Paignton, Devon.
Headers: Heating, Lighting, Games, Barbecues, Picnics, Green Fingers, Garden Extras
Nice selection of garden accessories from Garden Bliss, from firepits to giant snakes and ladders. Lighting includes stylish gas lights and torches as well as more conventional lights. There is a large selection of picnic hampers, baskets and backpacks. Gift vouchers are available. Garden Bliss is part of Prezzybox and is based in Austrey, Warwickshire.
• Free Delivery
Headers: Barbeques, Garden Decorative, Garden Furniture, Garden Structures, Gates & Railings, House & Home, Marquees, Outdoor Fun & Games, Patio Awnings, Patio Heaters, Plants & Bulbs, Pets, Ponds & Water Features, Sheds, Summerhouses, Tools & Equipment, Wildlife, Gift Vouchers
Wide range of stylish garden products from summerhouses to mole chasers! Well laid out and easy to navigate website. Garden Oasis is based in Tamworth, Staffs.
• Special Features: 14 day no-quibble guarantee and a 12 month warranty.
• Free UK Delivery
• International Delivery Available: Europe and the Republic of Ireland.
Headers: Plants, Garden Tools, Garden Ornaments, Outdoor Games
Although offering a few garden accessories, Garden Express is primarily focussed on garden plants, shrubs and trees plus mushrooms and Italian vegetable plants. Competitive prices and free cultural advice with every order. Plus you can buy outdoor pool and billiards tables and trampolines. Gardening Express is based in Writtle, Essex.
• Special Features: 14 day returns policy
• Free Delivery on orders >£50
Headers: Log Cabins, Lifetime Sheds, Sheds, Workshops & Garages, Tree Seats, Garden Benches, Mail Boxes, Childrens
Summerhouses, Pets, Easy Base, Wood Treatment, Garden Bridges, Garden Structures, Picnic Hampers, Garden Games, Croquet Sets, Garden Accessories
High quality garden buildings and furniture including log cabins, sheds, wooden garages and more. Monthly special offers. Gardening Thoughts is based in Yaxham, Norfolk.
• International Delivery Available
Gardens and Homes Direct
Headers: Garden Furniture, Garden Accessories, Garden Tools, Barbecues, Garden Structures, Garden Sheds, Children's Gardening, Garden Games, Children's Playhouses, Trampolines, Paddling Pools, Pets, Wildlife Care, Dog Food, Home Furniture, Home Furnishings, Home Entertainment, Televisions, Gifts
Large range of practically everything to do with the garden except plants and power tools - from hammocks to fountains, from sheds to garden clocks. Plus a small range of home furniture and furnishings. Gardens and Homes Direct is based in Glasgow.
• Free UK Delivery on orders >£50
Headers: Machinery, Outdoor Leisure, Plants, The Garden
Comprehensive range of gardening products including garden buildings, garden ornaments, garden accessories, garden tools, garden machinery, furniture, heating, lighting, cooking and, of course, plants. There is also a very good range of toboggans and trampolines. Gone Gardening is operated by Crocus.co.uk.
Special Features: 30 day returns policy.
DeliveryL Gone Gardening do not deliver to the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, the Scottish Isles, parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Isles.
Headers: Womens, Mens, Kids, Interiors, Electrical, DIY & Outdoor, Extras
Clothes for all the family plus home accessories and furniture, audio visual and computer equipment, garden and outdoor equipment - in short all the things you would expect to see in the Grattan catalogue! Buy online or request a catalogue. Grattan belongs to the same group of companies as Freemans and Kaleidoscope.
• Special Features: Interest free credit terms available plus there is a free 14 day returns policy on unwanted items.
• Free Delivery
• Special Offers: - 20% off first order (excluding electrical and sale items)
Headers: Womens, Mens, Babies & Kids, Electrical, Home & Garden, Leisure
The website is operated by the catalogue people, Great Universal. This means that you can either pay immediately by credit or debit card, or you can open an account with them. Account holders get 20 weeks interest free credit and 40 weeks for some items such as computers and mobile phones. There is a large choice of clothing, electrical and home and garden goods - just what you would expect from a catalogue.
• Special Features: Free 14 day returns policy
• Free Delivery
• Special Offers: 10% discount is available for first timevisitors and up to 20% off Great Universal catalogue prices when you buy online.
Garden: plants, garden furniture, mowers, hedgetrimmers, other garden power tools, other garden tools, greenhouses & sheds, chainsaws, accessories, barbecues
Greenfingers Trading Ltd
Headers: Garden Furniture, Garden Sheds, Buildings & Storage, Patio Heaters & Fire Baskets, Garden Games & Fun, Greenhouses & Winter Protection, Garden Lighting, Garden Water Features, Garden Ornaments, Garden Gates, Gazebos, Arches, etc., Fencing, Edging & Decking, Indoor Furniture, Indoor Style, Outdoor Style: Themes, Garden Tools & Equipment, Aches & Pains, Gardenwear, Wild Birds, Pest Control, Pots & Planters, Plantcare & Lawncare, Alfresco Dining
They seem to have thought of everything at Greenfingers.com, and with a good selection in each category too. In addition there is a host of useful gardening workshops, not to mention competitive prices. However, note that their product selection is more on garden accessories and buildings with no plant section.
• Special Features: Plant Finder and gardening information
Very wide range of furniture, accessories, machinery & equipment and garden structures.
Headers: Aquashoes, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Croquet, Fitness, Football, Footwear, Garden Games, Golf Gifts, Handball, Hockey, Indoor Games, Medical Items, Netball, Replica Kits, Rugby, Running, Skates & Boards, Snooker/Pool, Socks, Squash, Sunglasses, Table Tennis, Tennis, Toboggans, TP Outdoor Activities, Trampolines, Volleyball, Watches
Holdall sells a large and diverse range of sports equipment, including clothing, footwear, sunglasses and accessories, for most sports. In addition, they also sell a nice range of indoor games including all the usuals like chess sets, roulette, etc. and also some more unusual ones such as carpets bowls and step quoits plus they have a great selection of garden games and outdoor accessories such as swings, sand pits and trampolines. Holdall is based in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire.
• Free Delivery on orders >£120
The Jardin Collection
Headers: Hanging Basket Stands, Plant Stands, Garden Arch, Solar Lights, Hanging Baskets, Hanging Basket Brackets
Only a small number of products online at the moment, but all beautifully formed! Jardinstore is based in the small South Gloucestershire town of Nailsworth and is owned by QS Enamellers and Polishers LTD.
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