As far as British Summer goes, so far we have been pretty lucky. Last month saw the hottest July day since records began and we enjoyed a lot of nice days, the end of the month wasn’t as great but the good news is that it’s supposed to pick up again.
I’m more excited this year about the nice weather as it means I can get into the garden and enjoy my new garden furniture and BBQ. A few years back my dad gave me his old garden furniture set which was great as I love relaxing in the garden, sadly it didn’t last long as it was already a good few years old. I was a bit upset when it broke as garden furniture can be expensive and I wasn’t sure when I would be able to replace it. Not long after it had broken I received an e-mail from ASDA asking if I would like to take part in their #AsdaOutdoors campaign to create an outdoor space to enjoy, it was perfect timing and I couldn’t wait to start enjoying the garden again.
I was able to choose two items from the George Home Outdoor Range. The first item that came to mind was a garden furniture set to replace the old one. I browsed the outdoor furniture section and was surprised that there was such a great range of products, not only are there a lot of items to choose from there are so many different designs and colours, the prices weren’t out of this world either. After browsing the website for a while I came across the George Home Borneo Cube 5 Piece Bistro Set which looked really stylish and practical. It also boasts a clever modular design which lets you store the chairs under the table, this is ideal for me as the garden is quite small and space is limited.
There’s nothing nicer than relaxing in the garden with a drink in hand and a good book or enjoying a BBQ with family & friends, since the set arrived I have been doing just that and making the most of the sunshine. I have enjoyed having my breakfast outdoors, relaxing in the sun with a book and I have also had a few BBQ’s.
Can be used as a two or four seater set
Clever modular design makes storage easy
Rust proof aluminium frame for durability
Removable and washable cushion covers
5mm toughened safety glass table
Weather resistant cushions
Stylish rattan design
I expected the Borneo set to arrive flat packed and was prepared to build it when it arrived but I was very pleasantly surprised that it was preassembled and I simply had to find an area of the garden to use it. It arrived in one large box and although it was heavy I managed to move it with some help and it was able to fit through the door which made getting it to the garden hassle free. The set arrived in pristine condition and was packaged well.
I have to be honest and say that my one worry was that the seats might be uncomfortable as the cushions didn’t look very thick but the set is really comfortable and enjoyable to use. Each chair comes with 3 cushions, one for the seat, one for the backrest and one for the ottoman, all of the cushion covers can be removed so they can be cleaned if needed.
I will be able to review this again in a year or two but at the moment I am really impressed with the quality. The set has been moved around a few times to different areas of the garden and so far it has withstood being banged against the wall and having my young nephew accidentally banging a cup on the glass, luckily the glass is made from 5mm of toughened safety glass and it was undamaged. It is also a really sturdy set which has been in the garden braving the good old British summer time which includes sun, wind & rain and it looks as good today as the day it arrived.
At the time of browsing the ASDA website the Borneo set was available in three different colours, I thought it was great that it was available in a range of colours so there’s a choice. After spending hours deciding on the colour I finally settled on the dark brown and linen colour which looks really stylish. The rattan effect is bang on trend at the moment and it looks fantastic in the garden, especially when the sun is shining.
VALUE FOR MONEY
The 5 piece Borneo set is priced at £249. Taking into consideration the cost of similar sets, the quality & on trend design I think it is well worth the price tag. It’s a set that I know will last years and see me through a lot of nice summer days. Next time I’m after home and garden items I will be looking at ASDA as one of my first ports of call, in fact since having my eyes opened to just how good the items are I have purchased several home accessories items from ASDA.
UNIFLAME 4 BURNER & SIDE GAS GRILL
The second item I chose from the ASDA outdoor range was the finishing touch to the garden, the Uniflame 4 Burner & Side Gas Grill. I decided to choose a BBQ as I knew it would be something that would be used often and that could be enjoyed when family and friends are visiting. There is a great range available from ASDA, there are BBQ’s to suit different needs whether it be for a family of four or for a group of 14 people, there’s also the choice of coal or gas.
The grill arrived in one large box, everything arrived in good condition and was well packaged. Unlike the patio set, the Gas Grill had to be built when it arrived. I was a little worried about this as I expected it to be a hard job and to take hours to put it all together, thankfully it wasn’t as bad as I expected. In total it took me around 40-50 minutes to built it on my own. The hardest part was lifting the grill on to the frame after I had built it as it’s heavy and I could probably have done with a little help at this point. The instructions were easy to follow, include detailed diagrams and the tools needed to build the grill are all included in the box and are more than adequate to put it together.
What can I say – it looks amazing! I chose the silver/grey colour but it is also available in blue which looks great too. It features a grey lid with a silver handle, a black frame with grey front panel and a few silver detailing here and there, such as the bottle opener and temperature gauge – it really does look fantastic and it looks like it cost a lot more than it did. It definitely gets 10 out of 10 for style.
Removable heavy duty cooking grills for easy cleaning
Large side shelf for food preparation
Suitable for up to 14 people
4 independently controlled gas burners
Built-in bottle opener
Independently controlled side burner
Double lined lid for cooler touch
The BBQ is perfect for up to 14 people and is capable of cooking 28 burgers at a time, this is perfect for when family come to visit as there are a lot of us when we get together so being able to cook a lot of food in one go is great. The independently controlled grills make cooking different items a doddle and you can cook a range of food in one go. I love the fact there is an extra grill on the side which means cooking other items separately is easy. Although it is a large BBQ thanks to the wheels it is easy to move around when needed. I wasn’t looking forward to cleaning the BBQ after it had been used and thought it would be a really tough job, but actually it isn’t that bad. The grill and plates can be removed and brought inside to soak for cleaning and there is a tray underneath the BBQ which catches all of the fat and grease so cleaning is as hassle free as it can be.
VALUE FOR MONEY
Having never owned a gas BBQ or one as big as this I have been really impressed by how good it is. The BBQ is priced at £129 and definitely gives value for money, especially if you host a lot of BBQ’s throughout the Summer. Once built it is sturdy, the quality is excellent and it is capable of cooking a lot of different food at once. If you enjoy having BBQ’s I would highly recommend giving this fantastic grill a look, you won’t be disappointed! I have been storing the BBQ in the garage when not in use and am confident it will last for many years to come.
Overall I am highly impressed with the garden set and the BBQ. Both have been used on numerous occasions and are proving to be a fantastic addition to the garden which I’m sure I will continue to enjoy for many years to come. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the furniture or the BBQ as I haven’t purchased large items from ASDA before but they have far exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be recommending the items to family and friends.