Rated 4 out of 5 by Soldier476 Quality Control
Owning several other pieces of the all-weather outdoor furniture from LL Bean, I ordered the bench to round out our set. The all-weather furniture is as tough and serviceable as advertised. The bench, however, arrived without two bolt receivers installed, making it impossible to assemble. I sent it back for an exchange, always a tedious process, even with Bean's excellent customer service. The replacement bench arrived with 8 of the 9 required seat bolts. While I found a replacement in my old bolt collection, the error suggests a quality control issue with the manufacturer. An earlier order of the chairs in the all-weather line required one to be sent back because of an improperly drilled piece. So--great, durable furniture, but check it carefully on arrival if you order.
April 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CarefulShopperRI Lovely -- and NOT hard to assemble!
I just put my bench together. It's nice looking and very comfortable. Scared by the reviews that said assembly was tough, I let the box sit in my garage for months -- until I had an open-ended time slot. Really regret waiting! I did it myself without difficulty. Not sure how long it took, but it wasn't long enough to bother me! I set up a blanket on the lawn to avoid damage. It took a little bit of thinking to develop a plan for attaching the sides by myself. I recommend placing the seat perpendicular to the ground for side one and then reversing it. Although the box is heavy (and that also frightened me), each piece is not. I am delighted with the assembled bench!
The cushion is another story. My feelings are mixed. It's thick -- perhaps too thick, as others have said. I am concerned about drying time if it gets wet. Also, it is "spot clean". I wonder how long it will look nice. It would be great if someone could develop a cushion with a machine-washable cover. Is there a waterproof fabric available for this purpose? Raincoats have been washable for years, so I am hopeful! LLBean -- can you get your crew to work on this? In the meantime, I am debating whether to keep the current cushion. It's not cheap....
But I highly recommend the bench itself!!
August 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by CB1919 Comfortable, resilient and attractive
We purchased the all-weather bench and garden chair, plus a serving tray table and small round side table, The Sunbrella cushions are also LLBean.
We like the inviting look and their durability. Assembly was easy, only needing one person.
I do wish the garden chair's description stated to purchase cushions designed for a larger chair. I called LLBean last night and a replacement cushion for that chair is on its way. Overall, very happy with the set and I expect to get years out of it.
July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by newmominlaw Love my bench!
I love our garden bench and the beautiful cushion we purchased with it. LL Bean products are such excellent quality and are Made in America! This is an all-weather, "bullet proof" bench that will last a lifetime. We are replacing a wicker one that is falling apart: paint peeling, pieces falling off. This bench is easily assembled, super easy to clean and so durable we expect to have it the rest of our lives and be able to hand it down to our children.
May 30, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by KAMH Very Disappointing
I am a real fan of LL Bean products - clothes, rugs, dog beds - so I was very excited to order this bench. We don't have tons of space in our house so the idea of having a bench that we could leave out over the winter was very attractive.
The bench was a beast to put together. The back and the sides wouldn't line up. I ended up having to router out the notches at the top with my Dremel and my husband had to redrill part of the top drill holes so that we could line everything up and get the bench together. If you don't have the tools, the time or the patience, save yourself the headache and skip this one.
July 27, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by CedarMyGirl Disappointed in current design.
Please read my full review of the porch rocking chair. The distance between the seat and the top of the arm rests is too shallow. Once I put the LL Bean cushions or the less thick cushions from another manufacturer my forearms will not reach the arm rests. I believe that has been a design change and I know that to be a fact on the porch rocking chair. Very disappointed... The quality of the furniture is outstanding.
June 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by elbeans beautiful bench
The bench is sturdy and very attractive. It was difficult to put together at the end. But we made it and we are looking forward to years of good use.
May 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SHOPPER219 SHOPPER219
THIS GOES NICELY WITH MY SAND COLOR ALL WEATHER COFFEE TABLE, MY YOUNGER SISTER HELP ME PUT THIS TOGEHER . I AM VERY PLEASED WITH MY PURCHASE.
April 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by VAKellyClan Withstands Crazy Weather
We bought this bench to replace a cedar bench (that was not purchased from LLBean) that sits outside our front door. The original bench fell apart because every time the wind blew, it fell over and was blown into the yard. However, this all weather bench has stayed upright during the DC Derecho and a few tropical storms. Also, it's green color remains crisp despite hot and humid DC summers and ice and snow storms this winter. I am so impressed that I am replacing our cedar Adirondack chairs with the LLBean all weather version.
March 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by turtlehouse just perfect
We searched a long time before we made our choice for a bench just outside our front entry. Leave it to Bean to make it a no brainer. The size, the heft, the "Bean green" all make this a perfect bench. It is so inviting with the cedar stripe cushion. We assume that it will withstand our Midwest winters as promised (sans cushion, of course). We love the price, substantially lower than others of the same quality and design.
September 5, 2012