Vitavia Orion Greenhouse Review
First Published: 25th March 2020
Last Updated: 2nd July 2023
Vitavia Orion greenhouses look spectacularly traditional with their curved roof design and elegant appearance. But the curves aren't there just for looks as it adds valuable internal height, ideal if you're fond of growing tall growing plants and vines such as tomatoes and runner beans. Available in three sizes of 6ft widths, they're great to fit into a compact space in the garden and are crafted to last for many, many years of gardening and growing your own!
If this sounds like something you're keen on, then you should definitely keep on reading to check out our full Vitavia Orion greenhouse review.
Features of the Vitavia Orion Range
- Frame: Anodised Aluminium with Optional Powder Coating
- Glazing: Horticultural or Toughened Glass
- with Polycarbonate Curved Sections
- Includes: One Roof Vent
- Feature: Integral Gutters on the Curved Roof Line
- Feature: Easy Slide Single Door
- Feature: Roof Bracing Supports
- Feature: Long-Established Manufacturer
- Feature: 10-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Just as you'll find with the majority of metal greenhouses on the market, all Vitavia Orion models make use of anodised aluminium for the frame. This provides a strong, durable metal that’s great for long-term use outdoors due to its anti-rust properties thanks to the anodising process, yet lightweight enough to make installation at home available for everybody.
Similar to other brands, each of the two size options can be purchased in one of two frame colour options; standard silver aluminium or powder-coated green. The first option is, of course, the standard finish and so would be the cheapest to buy. However, the powder-coated green option is definitely a little easier on the eyes and blends much more easily into the background, especially amongst the lawn, plants or bushes.
The powder coating process not only makes the greenhouse look more natural in appearance but also offers an additional layer of weather protection. Although, if you weren't bothered about the colour we wouldn’t suggest going for the green just for the sake of having it powder coated, as the standard aluminium frame will still offer a practical structure that’s made to last without weathering, needing barely any maintenance and is still covered by the manufacturer's 10-year warranty against rust and corrosion.
Each Vitavia Orion greenhouse can be supplied in one of two glazing options, either horticultural or toughened, both of which are real glass glazing.
Horticultural is the standard choice and is the most common, traditional glazing type. They're real glass panes and are provided in a 3mm thickness, in 2 ft by 2 ft panes. Each pane gets clipped onto the greenhouse’ frame providing a warmer environment within.
Toughened glass, is as the name suggests, glass which has been tempered in such a way that makes it a lot stronger than the horticultural alternative, but of course, comes at a higher cost. There are two other advantages of toughened glazing; firstly, in the event of a pane breaking, the glass shatters into tiny pieces rather than dangerous shards - ideal if children and pets are around. Secondly, the panes are provided as ‘long pane’, which are longer panes that fit the whole side of the greenhouse, rather than clipping multiple smaller panes together, as such with the horticultural option.
In conclusion to our Vitavia Orion greenhouse review, if you're looking for a traditional, elegant looking greenhouse that's not going to take up too much room in the garden but still offers plenty of space inside for an array of grow your own produce, then one of these Orion models could most definitely fit the bill! The anodised aluminium frame is a bonus, on top of the standard included features. With the long-standing reputation which Vitavia holds, it would be an easy purchase to make knowing that your new greenhouse is backed up by a brand that knows its greenhouses, and a 10-year warranty.
Assembly - Installation of Vitavia Orion greenhouses are pretty standard, although Vitavia offers valuable instructional videos on their YouTube account which shows how to install the various sections, along with handy tips.
Quality - Great quality, especially with the anodised frame and bracing supports, not found on similarly priced brands.
Range - There are only two colour options and two size options for this range, so it is quite limited.
Value - Quality vs price is very good value with this range.
Warranty - The 10-year warranty isn't as high as other manufacturer's, but we would still think that these greenhouses are able to last a good few decades of growing.