Best Beekeeping Starter Kits For 2022: Honey Made Easy

Bees are incredibly important to mother nature.

Did you know that ¾ of all the flowers and nearly 7 out of every 20 crops are dependent on bees to pollinate them?

At the same time, bees can be very important to you because they produce deliciously tasty honey.

You’d be surprised to learn that you can keep bees pretty much anywhere too, even in the inner cities, you just have to know what to do.

For that, you need our list of the best beekeeping starter kits for 2021 and our quick guide to picking a starter kit for beekeeping.

Beekeeping starter kits are everything you need to get up and running with your own hive and making honey fast.

What Should You Look For In A Starter Kit For Beekeeping?

OK before we dive into our favorite beehive starter kits, let’s take a look at what you need to know about buying your first beehive and equipment.

The Overall Cost

We’re all price sensitive, right?

A beekeeping starter kit often looks to be quite expensive but if you look at what’s inside – they’re usually pretty good value for money (you can compare them by simply costing out the individual items).

You should get some protective equipment, the hive, the tools for getting some honey and even some weatherproofing for when mother nature’s not interested in playing nice.

The cheapest kits tend to be really poorly made while you might save a few bucks now, when your honey bee dies along with it's colony, you probably won’t be so happy about it.

Some Personal Beekeeping Equipment

You’re going to need a bee veil, a jacket, a bee smoker and a hive tool. We recommend an Alexander Bee Veil.

This will keep the bees of your face and upper body. You don't need a full bee suit though some beginner beekeepers may find managing their bee hives easier with a suit at first. But it's not essential beekeeping equipment. Some people like beekeeping gloves too.

You may, if want to, also purchase a hat that keeps the bees out of your hair, in our experience most people want these to begin with.

Beekeeping hat

The bee smoker keeps the bees out of the hive while you do maintenance and keeps the bees that do stick around calm and less likely to sting. You also probably want some gloves to pair with your hive tool to start with but most pros work without them.

If you want to avoid damaging bees when you're working in their hive, a bee brush is good for moving them around with. So, you might add that to your beekeeping kit too.

A Beehive (Or Two)

Without a beehive, it’s not a beekeeping kit. This is where the bees live and make honey. They will come with “frames” for the bees to make babies and honey and a solid bottom board as well as some sort of cover and inner cover.

Extraction Equipment For Honey

You need two pieces of kit for this. A blower to encourage the bees to leave while you get the honey and a honey extractor. You will normally find these in a beehive starter kit but you may want to buy a motor-driven extractor at a later date if you get more bees.

Some Sort Of Warranty

The longer the warranty. The better the product. It’s that simple.

Instructions – The Basics Of Beekeeping

Also, you should expect your beekeeping starter kit to come with a book to teach you not just how to use it but also how to care for your bees. It sounds obvious but it’s not always.

Best Beekeeping Starter Kits

The BuildaBeehive 10 Frame Deluxe Starter Kit

Best Beekeeping Starter Kits

With a money back warranty, you can rest assured that this has everything that you need in the box, from a queen excluder to an entrance reducer, they have it all.

It’s a little bit harder to put together than some of the other kits but it’s worth it because once it's assembled and painted it’s fully expandable and will last you for years to come.

This is our top pick. Highly recommended!

You can find the BuildaBeehive 10 Frame Deluxe Starter Kit online.

The Mann Lake HK110 Basic Beekeeping Starter Kit

Beekeeping Kits

A very traditional bee keeping starter kit and from a very reputable brand. It even comes with a little guide book for beekeeping – Starting Right with Bees.

There are 10 full frames and an inner cover inside which makes it completely ready for honey production. So what are you waiting for? Get started already.

The accessories are top quality and will last a long time. It’s also very easy to assemble and some of the heavy lifting of other hive construction doesn’t need doing as some parts come pre-assembled, including the outer shell and entrance reducer.

You can find the Mann Lake HK110 Basic Beekeeping Starter Kit online.

The Goodland Bee Complete Bee Hive Kit

starter Kits

This is an excellent hive kit, and the hive is particularly well made. On the downside, there is no instruction manual for beginner’s in the box, so you will need to buy that separately.

You also need to buy your protective gear separately.

It’s a very durable item and we think that if you want to buy something that will last – this is a good option for your first beehive.

You can find the Goodland Bee Complete Bee Hive Kit online.

The Honeybee Headquarters Bee Hive Starter Kit

Bee Hive Starter Kit

We can’t work out why there’s no honey extractor in this otherwise supremely complete set. The kit includes basically everthing you're going to need to get started.

Oh, and nails. You need your own nails to put it together, things like the hive body and bottom board are going to have to be manually nailed together.

But everything else is there and we found the manual to be one of the best introductions to beekeeping that we’ve ever read.

The brand is very well reputed in the beekeeping world and we’re positive that you can rely on this kit to get the job done.

You can find the The Honeybee Headquarters Beehive Kit online.

The CoolMax Bee Hive Starter Kit

The CoolMax Bee Hive Starter Kit

You will need to source the bees separately but this is a low cost and very easy way to get started as it comes fully assembled and with everything you need to start. It’s made out of polystyrene though and it means in summer, you must paint it in UV-resistant paint, or the bees may die off.

You need to rub the frame with wax too before you introduce the bees because they may not like the plastic, otherwise.

You can find the CoolMax Starter Bee Hive Kit online.

Last Word on Beekeeping Kits

Everyone should keep bees they’re so much fun and honey is so tasty. It's super easy to do with a beehive start kit too. And once you’ve got bees, why not try keeping more animals?

We can recommend some chickens and we have some great plans in our 12 DIY idea for chicken coops article here.

If you’d like to sell your surplus honey, then we can recommend check out our book review of The Market Gardener which can help point you in the right direction.

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