So you wanna be a beekeeper? You'll need a beehive...!

So, which beehive is best for you?

There is so much to enjoy about beekeeping. But before you obtain your bees, you will make a key decision about the type of beehive that is best suited to your specific needs. Read below for factors you should consider...

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The granddaddy of beehives. Expandable, great honey yields - and awesome!

Warre Hive

More About the Langstroth


Relatively low maintenance, fashioned after nature's design - the people's hive.

Warre Hive

More About the Warre

Top Bar

Simple, accessible, easy-on-the back and tremendous accessibility.

Warre Hive

More About the Top Bar

Factors to consider

High honey yield

All three types of hive can deliver copious amounts of beautiful honey. The Langstroth, though, is the largest and most extensible hive and wins this category

Winner: Langstroth

Minimal physical effort

Honey is awesome - and heavy! The Top Bar features individual frames that are generally 3 - 7lbs, when fully loaded with the good stuff!

Winner: Top Bar

Low maintenance

Though all designs allows streamlined, efficient management of the hive, the Warre is designed for low maintenance 

Winner: Warre

Most natural (it's for the bees!)

Bees don't react well to a hive that doesn't approximate to their natural environment. But the Warre was specifically designed to mirror the tree-trunk location that bees often choose themselves.

Winner: Warre

Lowest cost

The Langstroth is something of a standard for many a beekeeper, which means parts are interchangeable and economy of scale keeps entry prices down.

Winner: Lansgtroth

Tons of fun!

Tough call - beekeeping is fun. Period! Fun is totally subjective but if an observation window adds to the fun then a Top Bar provides that option (and is an available option on the Warre).

Winner: Top Bar