Where to put all that… stuff? Patio and garden items can be a pain to store inside or in a garage, as they are often far from the patio or garden area. For convenient outdoor storage, we suggest using a deck box. The DBW9200 Deck Box, made by Suncast, is one of the best bench-style deck boxes around, and we picked it as the best budget deck box available. Its attractive resin wicker style finish makes it a great choice for those who will spend a lot of time looking at their deck box, as opposed to those who can squirrel it away in a corner, outside of primary view. The Suncast Deck Box 99 Gallon capacity is not the largest on the market, but it is pretty well sized.
The DBW9200 can function both as a storage container and a handy bench for when you have guests over for an outdoor soiree!
Who Needs a Suncast Deck Box 99 Gallon?
The Suncast DBW9200 is a great deck box and is ideal for those who don’t need to store an enormous amount, and who will have the deck box in view. Given the aesthetics of this unit, the Suncast DBW9200 is an ideal deck box for small patio and garden spaces where the box is in view.
The attractive java coloring and the resin wicker style panels make this deck box blend in nicely with other outdoor furniture pieces. If you aren’t certain the DBW9200 is the right deck box for you, we would suggest taking a look at our Best Deck boxes article for more ideas.
Unlike some deck boxes, this unit does not look like a cheesy cooler or oversized storage bin.
This unit is ideal for storage of:
- Pots, garden soil, and gardening tools
- Outdoor sectional cushions
- Outdoor furniture covers
- Lawn care tools and equipment
- Cups, glasses, bowls, plates, etc.
- Backyard toys
Basic Features and Specs
- Large storage capacity
- Straps to hold the lid from toppling over
- Hasp to install a padlock
- Water-resistant design
- Handles for easy movement of the box
- Maintenance free resin wicker style panels
- 5 Year warranty
- Easy assembly
Dimensions and Capacity
- External Dimensions: 50″ W x 25.5″ D x 25.5″ H
- Internal Dimensions: 47.5″ W x 22.25″ D x 22.5″ H
- Weight: 32.1 lbs
- Shipping Weight 39.5lbs
- Capacity: 99 Gallon
Assembly and Maintenance
Assembly of the Suncast DBW9200 deck box is very simple and can be completed in under 20 minutes. Essentially the panels snap together to form the box, and most of the assembly involves installing the metal rod that provides strength to the lid and installing the hinge mechanisms.
It can often be helpful to take a look at the assembly instructions prior to purchasing a product so that you’ll have some idea what you’re going to be getting into when the box arrives. If you want to review the manual, you can see it here [pdf].
- Safety Glasses
- Rubber Mallet
- Philips Screwdriver
- Flat Head Screwdriver
Suncast guarantees their deck boxes for 5 years against defects from manufacturing and materials, which is a big help. You can be comfortable that your deck box will be around for years to come. If you would like to take a look at the warranty directly, you can see it here.
The DBW9200 has a gently-sloping top, which is good from an attractiveness standpoint, but the curve makes it inappropriate for use as a table for glasses, mugs, etc. It also makes putting a cushion on the bench a little bit awkward.
There may be a structural reason for this curve, but to us having a flat top would make this deck box even more flexible.
That said, the top of the deck box is comfortable enough for people to sit on for a reasonable amount of time. It’s not going to replace the chaise lounge, but for extra seating in a pinch, the Suncast DBW9200 excels.
Materials and Construction
The Suncast Deck Box is constructed of molded plastic in a wicker pattern, in a mocha color scheme. The panels are solid and are not actually woven. However, the finish is quite high quality, and the dark color combined with the woven look makes the DBW9200 look very much like standard woven resin wicker furniture, which is excellent.
The resin panels are UV, mold, mildew, rot, and fade resistant. They do not need to be painted, and can easily be cleaned with a hose-down with water, or perhaps a soft bristle brush and a mild detergent.
The lid of the DBW9200 has a reinforced steel rod in the under-section and is capable of handling over 250 lbs of weight, from people sitting on the box. It is a little bit higher than most chairs, and the curved bottom makes it a bit awkward to sit upon, but for overflow seating, or for occasional seating, this is an excellent choice.
When the lid closes, there is a very slight “catch” but it essentially rests on the walls of the deck box; it does not snap shut with a significant seal.
Still, when the lid is closed and a lock is installed, the deck box is quite tightly secured, and bugs and critters should not be able to get in.
The hinges on this deck box are made of plastic, and they do lock in place and hold the lid upright (with the help of two straps). However, they are not soft close, and when you begin to close the box, the lid will flop right down.
The plastic hinges are not as high quality as metal pistons found in more expensive deck boxes, but for this price range, they are appropriate in our eyes.
Suncast considers this deck box water resistant, and not waterproof. However, for all intents and purposes, the DBW9200 will keep its contents quite dry. There is a chance water could conceivably get into the box, but from what we have seen it is unlikely and is nearly waterproof.
The Suncast deck box has a few small vent holes recessed by the handles, which allow air to flow through the deck box. This helps prevent mold and mildew build up. The vents are set back, and the water should not be able to get in. However, damp air will be able to enter the deck box.
The Bottom Line: Suncast DBW9200
The Suncast 99 Gallon DBW9200 is a very nice deck box that his a good price point, and is attractive enough to be seen along with patio furniture. Yes, we would prefer pistons instead of the plastic hinges, but that would almost certainly increase the price a good deal.
The warranty on this unit is excellent, and you will likely be happy with this bit of outdoor storage for many years to come!
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