Beekeeping is an amazing hobby that doesn’t require a ton of your time and returns deliciously sweet results each season. And while maintaining a few hives isn’t that hard, setting them up and getting into this field is a bit more challenging. To make things easier for beginners, companies have come up with a great idea – bundle all the essentials together and sell them as a single package. That includes the beehive itself, all the safety equipment, and tons of other tools a beekeeper will need.

Some of the best beekeeping starter kits on the market do, in fact, contain all that you’ll need to start things up. This is why, in this guide, I will show you some of my favorite models and walk you through all of the important accessories and features you will need to be looking for in a good kit.

Below, we will take a look at some of the top start kits for 2021. We will discuss their most notable features, what’s in them, as well as their ups and downs when compared to one another!

Beekeeping Starter Kits Comparison Chart

ProductWhat's InsideProtective
Gear
Hive BoxComes with
Instructions
Our Rating
Beekeeping Supplies Starters Kit
Smoker
Beehive Grip
Bee brush
J and L Hooks
Uncapping Tools
Queen cage
Queen mark tube
NoNoNo9/10
Little Giant Deluxe Beekeeping Kit
Hive with frames
Screened bottom board
Entrance reducer
Mite grid
Gloves and veil
Smoker with fuel
Bee brush
Hive tool
Beekeeping Book
Gloves
Veil
YesYes8.5/10
Maybee Beehive Starter Kit
Assembled hive
Entrance reducer
Smoker with pellets
Uncapping knife
Cleaning shovel
Bee brush
J and L hooks
Bee feeder
Entrance feeder
Uncapping tools
Queen cages
Marking tube
Gloves
Veil
YesNo8.5/10
REGIVA Beekeeping Starter Kit
Smoker with pellets
Bee brush
Cleaning shovel
Hive frame holder
Hive frame grip
Feeder
J tool
Queen cage
Marker cage
Uncapping tools
Gloves
Veil
Jacket
NoNo8.5/10
POLLIBEE Beekeeping Supplies Kit
Smoker with pellets
Hive tools
Beehive grip
Bee brush
Cleaning shovel
Frame perch
Feeder
Beetle tool
Uncapping tools
Queen cages
GlovesNoNo8.5/10
MayBee Beekeeping Kit
Smoker with pellets
Bee feeder
Entrance feeder
Hive accessories
Gloves and Veil
Frame holder
Cleaning shovel
Bee brush
J and L hooks
Multi-function tool
Uncapping tools
2 Queen cages
Marking tube
Gloves
Veil
NoNo8.5/10

Beekeeping Supplies Beekeeping Kit

Our Rating: 9/10

While this kit doesn’t include absolutely everything you will need as someone starting from the ground up, it comes at a killer price and features well-made tools that will help you manage your hives better. The Beekeeping supplies beekeeping kit is more of supplementary addition to anyone who already has a hive box and/or other larger tools. It is, therefore, much cheaper than almost anything else out there.

This kit includes the following items:

  • A Smoker
  • Beehive Grip
  • Bee brush
  • J and L Hooks
  • Uncapping fork
  • Uncapping Z tool
  • 1 Queen cage
  • 1 Queen mark tube

These are essentially all the tools that you will need to work on a hive and extract honey. However, if you’re really just now starting with beekeeping, I suggest getting something even bigger. These bigger kits might also include smoker pellets, feeders, entrance reducers, a Langstroth hive or a honey supper, brood frames, foundation sheets, and more. All these items will allow you to fully equip a hive and prepare it for its nucleus (that is often sold separately from local distributors).

If you want to spend a little extra, the brand also offers you a PRO version which includes even more tools and some protection gear. There are also beehive frames (black or yellow), smoker fuel, and different beehives to choose from. All these will bulk up the price quite a bit, though, so make sure you stay within budget!

Pros

  • Comes with all the essential tools you need
  • Well-made tools
  • Includes a soft bee brush
  • Excellent for beginners
  • Great price
  • Ideal for people who already bought a hive

Cons

  • Doesn’t include some other accessories (thumb hook, protective gear, etc)
  • Doesn’t include a hive box
  • Costs almost as much as the PRO package

Little Giant 10-Frame Deluxe Beginner Hive Kit

Our Rating: 8.5/10

The Little Giant Deluxe Beginner Hive Kit is one that you should really consider if you’re starting from scratch. Unlike other kits that only contain beekeeping tools, this one comes with a hive with frames inside. The hive is a Langstroth type and has 10 natural wood frames inside. The foundations are wax-coated and made from black plastic. There is also a screened bottom, an entrance reducer, and a mite grid. All that comes pre-assembled from the factory which is a huge advantage and will save you quite a lot of time trying to figure everything out.

A good standout feature here is the mite grid. It will allow you to monitor and control mite populations within the hive without disturbing the bees too much. Studies also suggest that having mite grids in your hive increase brood production and overall hive health. This detailed bottom board also allows you to accurately estimate the mite count in the hive. Another thing that I like about this kit is that it comes with a smoker that has its fuel included. Lastly, apart from everything else, you’re also getting a “Beekeeping for Dummies” book that will guide you well through your first steps in this hobby!

This kit includes the following items:

  • Pre-assembled hive
  • 10 wooden frames with wax-coated foundations
  • Screened bottom board
  • Entrance reducer
  • Mite grid
  • Beekeeping gloves and veil
  • Smoker with smoker fuel
  • A bee brush
  • Hive tool
  • Frame feeders
  • Beekeeping for dummies book

All in all, if you’re now getting into beekeeping and want to get one single kit that includes everything you need, this is it. It isn’t very cheap but it does come with a pre-assembled hive and well-made frames with foundations. All that makes up for the price. If you get this, your next investments will only be a nucleus and a honey extractor, which is needed further down the road.

Pros

  • Comes with a pre-assembled Langstroth hive
  • Well-made 10 wooden frames
  • Has a mite grid
  • Comes with safety gear
  • Includes smoker fuel and feeders
  • Comes with a beekeeping book

Cons

  • Lacks some more detailed tools like beehive grip, J/L hooks, thumb hook, etc
  • Doesn’t have a queen cage or mark tube
  • A bit expensive

MayBee Beehive Starter Kit

Our Rating: 8.5/10

The Maybee Beehive Starter Kit is perhaps, the fullest, most complete set on this list. Apart from its slightly higher price tag, it is essentially everything you will ever need as a beekeeper, barring just a few items that you will need once you start extracting honey. Everything here is made out of top-quality materials and will be durable in the long run. Also, out of all the beekeeping kits we’ve discussed on this list, this one is by far the biggest in terms of the number of items and accessories.

The hive that you get with this set deserves a little bit of extra attention. The Langstroth-style box comes pre-assembled. It also comes with 10 deep brood frames which are made from pine wood. You also get 10 foundation sheets made from food-grade black plastic. The foundations are dipped in beeswax which is a nice touch and is quite bee-friendly. The bottom board is also wax coated. Additionally, you get a telescoping top cover, an inner cover, and an excluder for your queen. The hive comes with an entrance reducer as well.

This kit includes the following items:

  • Assembled hive with 10 frames (with wax coated foundation sheets)
  • Solid bottom board
  • Telescoping top cover and inner cover
  • Entrance reducer
  • A smoker with smoker pellets
  • Beekeeping gloves and veil
  • Uncapping knife
  • Cleaning shovel
  • Bee brush
  • J and L hooks
  • Bee feeder
  • Entrance feeder
  • Uncapping tools
  • Two different queen cages
  • Marking tube
  • Additional tools

In conclusion, this is something you should seriously consider if you want to get a well-built hive with all the accessories needed for beekeeping. One thing that would’ve made this set truly perfect is a beekeeping book for beginners, just like some other sets include. Apart from that, if you’re willing to look past the price tag, this is a no-brainer!

Pros

  • Biggest beekeeping kit available
  • The price reflects the size of the kit well
  • Comes with a fully-assembled brood box
  • 10 frames with wax-coated foundation sheets
  • Very durable hive coated in beeswax
  • Includes essentially every tool you will need
  • Comes with protective gear

Cons

  • Could be a bit expensive for beginners
  • Lacks a beekeeping instructional book
  • Deliveries are sometimes slow (due to weight limitations)

REGIVA Beekeeping Deluxe Beekeeper Starter Kit

Our Rating: 8.5/10

The Regiva Deluxe Beekeeping Starter Kit is a good alternative for someone who already has a hive box and a nuc and is looking for everything else. The kit packs a serious amount of tools and accessories and provides you with all the essential and non-essential tools for the job. On top of that, it also comes with gloves, a veil, and a jacket, which is something you often have to buy separately. Which it is a bit more expensive than other kits without a hive box, it packs a ton of items and the quality is more than good enough for beginners and intermediate beekeepers.

Another cool detail about this kit is that you can customize the size of your beekeeping jacket. So, apart from being one of the few kits with a jacket in it, it also lets you choose a size from Small all the way up to 3XL. The suit is made out of premium cotton and is breathable and protective at the same time. The veil has durable zippers and a thick mesh that will protect your head while you’re near the hives.

This kit includes the following items:

  • Beekeeping protective gear (veil, jacket, and gloves)
  • Smoker with 54 smoker pellets
  • Bee brush
  • Cleaning shovel
  • Hive frame holder and hive frame grip
  • Feeder
  • J tool
  • Queen cage, marker cage, and a pen
  • Uncapping knife and fork

As a whole, the main advantage of this kit is that it comes with well-made protective clothing. Beginner beekeepers often overlook the need for quality protective gear, which is a quick way to get stung (a lot). Apart from the veil, jacket, and gloves, this kit also offers you all the other essentials you need for beekeeping, assuming you already have a hive and a nucleus.

Pros

  • Excellent for beginners that already have a hive
  • Includes all the essential tools
  • Smoker with 54 smoker pellets
  • Well-made protective bee suit
  • Breathable jacket with multiple size choices
  • The tools’ quality is decent

Cons

  • Expensive for a kit without a hive
  • Doesn’t come with pants
  • Doesn’t come with instructions on how to use the feeder
  • Sizes are smaller, meaning you should order one size up

POLLIBEE Beekeeping Supplies 22 Pcs Beekeeping Tools Kit

Our Rating: 8.5/10

Pollibee is another brand that specializes in beekeeping accessories. Their Beekeeping Tools Kit includes most of what you will need as a beekeeper. The price of the set is really good for what you get but there are a few major things that are missing from the kit. The most important ones out of these are the veil, a beekeeping jacket, and a hive box. However, there are a few additional items here that you might find super useful such as a bee feeder, a beetle tool, queen marking tube, and more.

This beekeeping kit is actually one of the few ones that include a beetle tool. This particular tool is becoming more and more popular these days because it serves a unique purpose. These beetle tools are a form of plastic (or rubber) devices that are put between your frames. Once there, they can trap small hive beetles (SHB) and protect your hive. Despite the lack of a veil or a jacket, the gloves are actually quite well-made. They are made out of goatskin and provide a great amount of protection against stings.

This kit includes the following items:

  • Bee smoker with an extra shield with pellets
  • Goatskin gloves
  • Hive tools (L/J hooks and a thumb hook)
  • Beehive grip
  • Bee brush
  • Cleaning shovel
  • Frame perch
  • Feeder
  • Beetle tool
  • Uncapping tools
  • Uncapping scraper
  • Queen marking tube
  • Queen bee cage

As you can see, this set includes a large range of tools and accessories that will help you take better care of your hive. The price isn’t bad either, especially considering the quality of all the tools. As a downside, I will point out the lack of a veil, jacket, a hive box, and a few other hive-related items (entrance reducers, frames, etc). All in all, you can shortlist this kit if you already have everything else.

Pros

  • Good overall quality of the tools
  • Includes plenty of tools and accessories for a beginner
  • Comes with a smoker with pellet packs
  • Well-made beekeeping gloves
  • Ideal for beginners who already have a brood box
  • Includes a beetle tool

Cons

  • Doesn’t include a veil or a jacket
  • Doesn’t come with a brood box
  • No instructions manual
  • A bit more expensive than other similar kits

MayBee Beekeeping Starting Kit

Our Rating: 8.5/10

Last but definitely not least is another beekeeping starting kit from MayBee. Just like their other set, this one includes plenty of tools and accessories that you will need as a beginner beekeeper. However, unlike the other starting kit, this one comes without a hive box, frames, and all the other accessories surrounding a hive box. This brings the price down by quite a bit but also makes this particular kit much more suitable for people that already have a hive of their own.

There really isn’t a lot to point out here that won’t be present in any other toolset, apart from the spur wire wheel embedder, and entrance feeder which are both slightly unusual for starter kits. The gloves are also longer which offers better protection for your hands, especially if you don’t have a beekeeping jacket. The veil has a 360-degree surround-view which is quite nice to have for claustrophobic people or people that prioritize ventilation.

This kit includes the following items:

  • A smoker with pellet packs
  • Bee feeder
  • Entrance feeder
  • Hive accessories
  • Long-sleeve beekeeping gloves and Veil
  • Frame holder
  • Cleaning shovel
  • Bee brush
  • J and L hooks
  • Multi-function tool
  • Uncapping knife, tool, and fork
  • 2 Queen cages
  • Marking tube

If you want to buy a separate hive, the brand offers plenty of options ranging from top bar hives to Langstroth ones. There are also different sizes and all of the hives are made out of quality wood which is wax-coated on the outside for better protection against the elements. As a whole, this set is more expensive than other similar ones but also brings a slightly better overall quality to the table. If money isn’t an issue, this should be on your shortlist.

Pros

  • Includes a lot of accessories
  • Comes with a veil and gloves
  • Smoker with smoker pellet packs
  • Plenty of general and specific tools inside
  • Everything is well-made
  • Ideal for beginners who have a hive

Cons

  • More expensive than other similar kits without a hive box
  • No brood box inside the kit
  • No jacket
  • No beetle tool

Beekeeping Starter Kits Buyer’s Guide

Beekeeping is a hobby that involves a little bit of your time and there is plenty of things to learn and new skills to acquire. To do your job properly, you will need the right tools for that job. You will also need protective gear and a few extra accessories. You can get all these things separately from a beekeeping store or you can just get a starter kit. The upsides of these are that they are cheaper, make it easier for beginners, and have all that you’ll need inside. Some kits even come with full-sized hive boxes that will further help your initial setup.

Before we dive into the individual features and characteristics of each kit out there, let’s first answer the most important question here…

What Should A Beekeeping Starter Kit Include?

While the number of items and accessories you get in each kit will vary, these are the essentials that each beginner’s kit must have:

  • A hive tool
  • Veil, jacket, and gloves
  • A Smoker
  • Frame holder
  • Uncapping tools
  • Frames (if it comes with a hive box)
  • Bee Brush
  • Queen cages

Any kit that has all of these is already good enough for most beginners. Additionally, some sets will also include things like entrance reducers, super boxes (or honey supers), feeders, smoker pellets, cleaning shovels, mite grids, beetle tool, and creaming machines. If you don’t want to look for a hive separately, look for starter kits that come with an assembled hive box in them.

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty and go through everything you need to look for in a good starter kit!

Things to Look For

Beekeeper working tools

When shopping for a beginner’s kit, you will notice plenty of similarities between most options out there. To be able to properly compare all of your options, however, you will need to know what to look for. That is why we will now discuss the details surrounding all the aspects of a good starters kit below. In each kit you think about buying, you need to look for:

  • Included tools & accessories
  • Type of beehive
  • Overall quality
  • Frames
  • Smokers
  • Safety Equipment
  • Assembly process
  • Honey extractors
  • Additional Accessories
  • Price & Warranty

Included tools & accessories

With beekeeping kits, oftentimes the more tools you get, the better. There are some essential tools and some not-so-essential ones. The typical accessories you will get in almost all beginner’s kits are – an uncapping knife, a bee brush, a queen excluder, a smoker, a hive tool, safety equipment, and more items depending on the size of the kit.

The job of the uncapping knife is to remove the top layer of the frame where the wax is. This wax is directly above the cells that it is sealing, so you are essentially opening the honey cells by using the uncapping knife (or fork). These tools come in a variety of shapes and sizes but they mostly do the same type of job. If your priority is to produce honey, you can’t go without this tool.

Bee brushes aren’t as mandatory as uncapping knives but they are a must-have if you want to be fully equipped. Their sole purpose is to gently remove the bees that have landed on your suit. They often have wooden handles and gentle hairs that won’t injure the bees.

Queen excluders are often excluded (no pun intended) from starter kits for some reason. They are a crucial item that you will need if you want to extract honey from your hives. In short, what a queen excluder does is that it prevents your queen bee from laying eggs into the honey frames.

Hive tools are your swiss knife. They are the tool you can’t go without and most likely the tool you will love the most. That being said, having a well-made, solid hive tool is going to make your life easier and will also protect your hive boxes from unnecessary damage. Hive tools are used to perform your weekly/monthly check-ups on the hives and see what their status is.

Type of beehive

If you get a starter kit with a beehive in it, you should take a look at the hive, or more specifically – its type. The most common hive included in most starter kits is the Langstroth hive. These also come with Langstroth supers or can serve as individual supers for larger hives. On average, Langstroth hives can fit 8 or 10 frames (two standards). Look whether you get the frames and the foundation when you’ve decided on getting a hive in your kit.

If you want to learn more about the various types of beehives out there, check out my detailed article on the topic!

Overall quality

The overall quality of any part of your starter kit will greatly depend on the type of materials used in it. Most tools are made out of stainless steel with wooden handles. These tend to last quite a long time and won’t rust away or break. Plastic tools or tools made out of weaker metals are prone to rust and can bend or break. Some newer hive models are also made out of plastic. And while plastic has its own sets of pros (doesn’t rot, requires less maintenance, won’t sweat or splinter or develop mildew) it still doesn’t have the aesthetic advantage some hobby beekeepers are after.

One of the biggest flaws of plastic tools and hives is that the heat can warp and destroy them over time. They are nowhere near as long-lasting as wooden tools and hives and will have to be replaced sooner rather than later. Some bees also reject plastic hives due to bad scents or other reasons that aren’t yet fully understood.

If you’re really after a quality kit of tools, make sure you get one that comes with a solid warranty. These will cost more but are usually far more durable than kits that have no coverage or protection whatsoever.

Frames

The frame is the part that hangs inside the hive. Most hives can fit multiple frames, most commonly 8 or 10. In these frames, the bees will build the comb, the queen will lay brood, the worker bees will produce honey, and all the colonies will prepare for the winter around them.

Almost all kits that don’t come with a hive in them won’t include frames either. Some starter kits will have extra frames you can use as backups or for your already existing hives. That being said, the number of frames you get in the kit is important as they will allow for a bigger nuc. Solid wooden frames cost more than regular weaker ones since they are much more durable in the long run and are easier to work without having to be super careful around them (cheap and fragile wooden frames can break easily).

Now, let’s talk about one of the most common beekeeping items…

Smokers

This is perhaps the most essential tool of any beekeeper, although there are people that work on their bees without the need of a smoker. These bees, however, are very docile and used to the presence of their caretaker. Smokers work by disrupting the bees’ pheromones and disrupting their communication abilities and their reactiveness towards their environment. In short, smokers confuse the bees to a point where they are no longer a threat to the beekeeper. There are tons of smokers out there, all claiming they use some revolutionary method. The reality is, that almost all smokers use the same principle and do the same type of job. As long as it is made out of good materials, you should be good to go with any smoker.

Safety Equipment

Beekeeper in full safety gear

The safety equipment most beginner beekeepers need consists of the following:

  • A Jacket
  • Veil
  • Gloves
  • Shoes

You can use a jacket, gloves, or shoes that aren’t meant for beekeeping but that won’t necessarily protect you as much as specialized protective gear. Bee suits are also an option and they consist of a full-body suit that is thick enough to protect from stings. They also have attachments or zippers for veils, boots, and gloves. Some bee suits even come with all the needed clothes and accessories included in them but they are slightly more expensive. If you have your eyes set on specific gloves or veils that you really want, I suggest building your own suit by getting all the parts individually.

One part of the suit you really shouldn’t cheap out on is the gloves. They need to fit two criteria – be hard to penetrate by a sting and remain agile. When your hands are in the hive, you need your fingers to have all their dexterity with little sacrifice in terms of feel. Additionally, you can get gloves that reach your elbows, as these will overlap with the jacket or bee suit and make your hands even better protected.

Rubber safety boots work great for beekeeping and you can get them from practically anywhere. They are comfortable enough and are good at covering a large portion of your feet. As for the veil, you need to consider the screen size (effectively your field of view), the level of protection, ventilation, and durability.

Assembly process

When choosing a starter kit, you can also consider whether it will come assembled or not. This is an important factor as it might take you a while to piece everything together once it arrives. Some more expensive kits will arrive pre-assembled. Moreover, they will also be painted. When you’re dealing with a painted beehive, check if the paint passes all the requirements for bee-friendly compounds. Some kits will also come with honey supers that will also need assembling. Most beehives can be assembled within an hour or two.

Honey extractors

While honey extractors are a must-have, they are rarely included in beginner packs or starter kits. After all, extracting honey isn’t something most beginners get to do, at least not until the end of their first beekeeping season. Still, having one around is going to help out a lot, especially when you learn how to use it. Most honey extractors are mechanical or manually operated, although there are some electric ones. Of course, being electric is going to bump up the price significantly but by being able to fit up to 8 frames in them, they do an incredibly good job at saving you time and effort.

Honey can also be extracted manually without the help of an extractor but that process takes a while to master. Still, you should go down that road if you’re all about organic beekeeping and you have a little more time to spare.

The bottom line with honey extractors is that they are one of the biggest costs when getting started with beekeeping, along with the actual hive and the nuc. If you want to distribute your spendings across time a bit, postpone the extractor, or learn how to manually extract honey without one.

Additional Accessories

Apart from all the essentials, you might also like having additional accessories such as:

  • Creaming machines
  • Honey supers
  • Feeders
  • Entrance reducers

Creaming machines are definitely something you can do without at first. However, they are worth mentioning here since they might come in handy if you’re harvesting a lot of honey. In essence, creaming machines are used to crystalize your honey and make it shelf-stable for quite a lot of time. However, as I said earlier, you won’t need it if you’re dealing with only a small amount of honey per season. These machines really do have their benefits only once you’ve scaled your business up by quite a lot.

Honey supers (or super boxes) serve as an extra place for your bees to produce honey at. These smaller hives or boxes are often placed on top of your already existing (bigger) hive. They allow bees to produce more honey which is also much more accessible for you without having to open the real hive. The great thing about these is that they are often included in most beginner’s sets.

Feeders are optional and using them solely depends on the climate you live in. Warmer states won’t require you to get a separate feeder for your hives. However, if you live in a colder state, you might want to consider getting a starter kit with one. Feeders are essentially classified as external and internal ones. Internal ones take the place of one of your frames, while external ones serve as an outside accessory for your hive.

Last but not least, entrance reducers are a very useful accessory that isn’t always included in kits. However, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get further down the road either. As their name implies, they are used to reduce the size of your hive entrances. Logically, this is done to restrict entrance to the hive for invaders like wasps and yellow jackets. They also serve another purpose which is to reduce the effects of the weather on the inside of the hive.

Price & Warranty

Most beekeeping starter kits will set you back around 100-150 dollars. These are often smaller in size and don’t include a ton of additional accessories. Moreover, their quality isn’t great either. Still, they will be more than good enough for anyone looking to get all the essentials needed and is on a tight budget. Once the price starts going into the 200-300$ range, you will get much better kits with far more accessories.

The build quality will also improve and you will also get a hive box with the kit. Some companies out there even offer starter kits with queens or whole nucs for a slightly higher price. These are worth considering if you want to literally get everything from one place.

Warranty-wise, most sets aren’t really covered by anything more than buyback guarantees or 30-day return policies. Some kits will have hive boxes that are covered by limited warranties against manufacturer issues.

The Bees

Now that you’ve got everything, getting your bees is the last and most essential part of the process. One of the best ways to get your hive up and running is by getting a nuc (or nuclei). These nucs are basically a whole bee colony that comes in a box ready to re-settle into your own beehive once you put it on top or near the hive. It will take a few days (up to two weeks) for the bees to resettle but once they are in, you don’t have to do anything else in terms of getting more bees or a separate queen. The nuc is by far the best and easiest way to get a new hive starter but a good one often costs as much as a good starter kit so make sure you set aside enough money for both of these.

Pros (And Some Cons) of Getting a Beekeeping Starter Kit

One of the most common issues beginner beekeepers have is that it is hard to gather all the supplies needed to maintain a healthy colony. And while there are places where you can get everything from, the advantages of getting a ready-to-use kit are often neglected. Here are some of them summarized:

  • You get to start working on your beehive straight away
  • Most kits will give you everything you need (apart from the actual bees) to get started
  • The starter kit will greatly reduce the overall costs of your beekeeping hobby
  • Oftentimes, these sets come with beekeeping books and guides in them which would’ve otherwise costed more to get separately
  • Some beginner sets come with assembled hive boxes which saves you time
  • These starter kits make scaling your beekeeping hobby much easier
  • Most of the accessories in the kit can be upgraded with better ones as time goes on

On the flip side, there are a few downsides to such starter kits. One of the most common concerns of beekeepers is that accessories inside the cheaper starter kits just aren’t good enough in terms of their quality. Hive boxes also aren’t built well unless you spend a little extra on the kit. If you aren’t going after the best possible quality, though, these sets are more than good enough for your needs as a beginner.

If you want to learn the ropes and figure out everything you need to do before you get started with beekeeping, I suggest you check out my Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get the bees from for my new hive?

As a general rule of thumb, I always suggest beginners try to avoid the internet. Yes, there are some great offers that are easy to order online but you will get the best advice (and often the best queens) from your local beekeeping association. This is why it is important to join a local club and benefit from all the experience over there.

What is the easiest beehive to start with?

There are three commonly used hives out there – Langstroth, Top Bar, and Warre hives. While all these come with their own sets of pros and cons, the Langstroth is slightly better for beginners due to fact that it can be upscaled as you move forward. It is also typically cheaper and much more available on the market. The parts for it also fit universal criteria and can be used across multiple hives or even exchanged between members of the same beekeeping club.

How much do queen bees typically cost?

The typical cost for a good queen bee is around 60-120 dollars, depending on the exact type. Some nucs (nuclei) come with queen bees in them, along with a fully prepped bee population that can sustain itself. These cost a bit more, typically in the range of 150-300 dollars.

How big of a land do you need to keep bees?

This varies a lot depending on the size of the beehives, the type of land, and other factors. However, a rule of thumb is that one acre is plenty good for a single hive. You can put more hives into the same territory, though, just make sure that your neighbors are okay with it.

Is it okay to take care of just one hive?

While most beginners will start off with just one hive, this is generally not recommended. The reason for that is because bee colonies can sometimes die even if you do everything right. If that happens and you only have one hive available, you will lose all of your bees. To prevent that, most people keep around 3-10 hives on average.

Final Words

Picking one of the best beekeeping starter kits for your money is the most valuable investment you can do as a beginner beekeeper. These sets often include all the essential tools you need to start things off. In addition to all that, some options will also include detailed beginner’s guides, additional accessories, full-sized hive boxes, and even nucs, depending on where you get them from. All in all, look for a set that has all the hive tools, smokers, protective gear, a good amount of frames, bottom boards, and perhaps other items like brood boxes and entrance reducers.