This is my second of these benches. The first one was exactly the same. It lasted for about 8 years and was in an accident. (don't ask). I was determined to find the same one. The first one was a store model, so it was assembled. My husband was busy so I decided to assemble this one myself. It was easy. One Phillips head screwdriver was all the tools needed. The screws and such were separated into little Ziploc bags already, and labeled well. Assembly took about 30 minutes; I have little strength in one hand so the bottom feet (invisible) were a bit tricky. There are 3 long metal bars for key locations that provide the strength. The bars are painted but also completely invisible after assembled. All the instructions and parts were well marked.
Why did I want one exactly the same? It is wonderfully stable. It does not seem to absorb the heat of hot Central Florida, so it was always cool to the touch. I loved it's length in that I could sit sideways and prop my legs up or lay sideways and, with a slight tuck of the knees, be comfortable. The storage area is quite nice. It seems pretty waterproof. We stored tools in it and hose (dog eats hoses). The lock device (you supply your lock) sometimes appears to be standing out in pictures, but does not hit the back of your legs. Being a big girl, I appreciated that it would hold me and another person. It has never leaned to any side. It is stable enough to use when standing and leaning on the arm or back. The light weight makes it easy to move for sweeping the patio. The little curve on the back top and the look of the vertical markings on the bottom are pleasant. I may buy another just to have a pair. Yeah, it's plastic, but it doesn't age, and is easy management. Great bench! I hope they keep making them forever.