Rain Barrels Buying Guide

Skip the water restrictions in your neighborhood with access to your own source of captured rainwater: a rain barrel. Here's how to decide which container is perfect for your landscape.

Types of Rain Barrels

Types of Rain Barrels

Perhaps you're looking for ways to trim your summertime water bill. Or maybe you're frustrated by runoff from rains. Or perhaps you want convenient access to garden-ready water. Whatever the case, a rain barrel may be the answer. It's a cost-effective way to trap all that water that would otherwise be lost to hard surfaces or saturated ground. It's also a great solution to providing close-by sources of water for items that require frequent hydration -- a collection of container plantings, for example. But before you start shopping for the perfect rain barrel, take a closer look at the types: plastic, clay/stone, wood, and metal.

Plastic

Plastic rain barrels can be molded into different shapes, styles, and colors to mimic the appearance of other, more expensive materials. However, plastic rain barrels may fade and not stand up as well to the elements.

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Good Ideas
$139.99 $75.99

Durable resin construction in a variety of colorsDimensions: 21.5L x 22W x 28.25H inchesResistant to rust, mold, mildew, and rotti...ngCan be linked to other barrels for increased capacityFlat back design for placement up against the houseHigh-quality brass spigot. The Good Ideas Rain Wizard Resin 40 Gallon Flat Back Rain Barrel is a stylish and easy way to catch and store rainwater that would normally just drain onto the ground and be lost. All you have to do is position this molded plastic barrel under your down spout, and water will pass through the screen and into the barrel for use later. The use of the screen means water gets in, but debris and insects don't.Thanks to the flat back design of the barrel, it will sit right against the house and take up less space on your walkway or patio. Child and pet proof, this rain barrel will hold up to 40 gallons of pure rainwater, which can be used to water gardens and potted plants. It can also be linked to other Rain Wizards by using a link kit (sold separately) to increase water capacity. This barrel features a shut-off valve for hose hook-up or dual overflow.Made of weather-resistant resin (the black option is recycled plastic), this rain barrel is resistant to rust, mold, mildew, rotting, UV rays, fading, and deterioration. The spigot is made of high-quality brass, which lasts longer and is more reliable than plastic spigots found on other models. Especially useful during dry seasons, the Rain Wizard is a smart and inexpensive investment that will pay for itself several times over in water bill savings. Please note - the brass spigot is included with your rain barrel. It is shipped inside the barrel - remove before use.An Eco-friendly Practice: Using a rain barrel is one way you can become more environmentally conscious. Saving rain water reduces the amount of usable water you need, which decreases demand for treated water and saves you money. Because the rain barrel catches water that would normally flow to the ground, it also helps the environment by reducing runoff waste water. Storing rain water can also supply you with an alternative water source during dry weather spells. And to top it all off, rain water is healthier for plants than tap water. What are you waiting for? Order a rain barrel today, and go green. Color: Oak/Terra Cotta/Black/Green/Khaki. read more

Good Ideas
$164.99 $91.99

Dimensions: 22L x 22W x 30H inches. Made of plastic resin . Choose from a variety of colors. Resistant to rust, mold, mildew, and ...rotting. UV-resistance prevents fading and deterioration. High-quality brass spigot. Shut-off valve for hose hook-up or dual overflow. Screen keeps water free of debris and insects. The Good Ideas 50 Gallon Rain Wizard Flat Back Rain Barrel is a stylish and easy way to catch and store rainwater that would normally just drain onto the ground and be lost. All you have to do is position this molded plastic barrel under your down spout, and water will pass through the screen and into the barrel for use later. Child and pet proof, this rain barrel will hold up to 50 gallons of pure rainwater, which can be used to water gardens and potted plants. Made of plastic resin, this rain barrel is resistant to rust, mold, mildew, rotting, UV rays, fading, and deterioration. The spigot is made of high-quality brass, which lasts longer and is more reliable than plastic spigots found on other models. Especially useful during dry seasons, the Rain Wizard is a smart and inexpensive investment that will pay for itself several times over in water bill savings. Please note - the brass spigot is included with your rain barrel. It is shipped inside the barrel - remove before use. An Eco-friendly Practice: Using a rain barrel is one way you can become more environmentally conscious. Saving rain water reduces the amount of usable water you need, which decreases demand for treated water and saves you money. Because the rain barrel catches water that would normally flow to the ground, it also helps the environment by reducing runoff waste water. Storing rain water can also supply you with an alternative water source during dry weather spells. And to top it all off, rain water is healthier for plants than tap water. What are you waiting for? Order a rain barrel today, and go green. Color: Oak/Green/Black/Khaki/Terra Cotta. read more

Mayne
$230.99 $181.38

Functional rain barrel disguised as a planter. Polyethylene for extreme weather-resistance. Durable rotomolding technology. Availa...ble in a choice of colors. Barrel holds up to 40 gallons of water. Measures 22L x 19W x 35H inches. Additional featuresFluted barrel sides make it more attractiveGenerous planter top for your favorite flowersIncludes a 3-foot overflow hose4-foot garden hose has a shut-off valve15-year limited warranty for peace of mindClean with a mild detergent and water solutionDo Mother Earth and your deck a favor with the Mayne Madison Rain Barrel . Attach this rain barrel to your down spout to collect up to 40 gallons of rain water that you can later use to water your flowers. You can start with the blooms in the built-in planter right on the rain barrel. A 3-foot overflow hose on the back gives you a little extra security, and there's an attached 4-foot garden hose with a shut-off valve. A fluted front gives this rain barrel a decorative look. It's constructed of polyethylene, a durable, weather-resistant material. This rain barrel is good for the environment, good for your wallet, and good for beautifying your patio. It's available in a choice of colors to best complement your home's exterior.Care instructions: Due to the porous nature of rotomolding technology some products, white in particular, may need power washing and possibly light scrubbing with a mild detergent to maintain a bright, clean finish. Color: White/Black. read more

Good Ideas
$69.99 $49.74

For use with Good Ideas 50 or 40 Gallon Rain BarrelsFeatures durable plastic resin constructionResistant to rust, mold, mildew, an...d rottingUV-resistance prevents fading and deteriorationPuts barrel at a good height for use with watering cansAllows gravity to increase water flowReduces pressure points on the barrel's base . The Rain Wizard Plastic Rain Barrel Stand is designed for use with its matching 50 or 40 Gallon Rain Barrel from Good Ideas. Constructed of the same durable resin as the barrel (the black option is recycled plastic), this stand lifts the barrel up to just the right height for slipping a watering can in under the spigot, and it allows gravity to increase water flow. Most importantly, the stand will reduce any pressure stress points on the rain barrel's base. The concave shape of the front of the stand is also designed to make using the rain barrel easier. This stand is a handsome way to prop up your rain barrel and keep it sturdy. It's designed to use in conjunction with the Good Ideas 50 or 40 Gallon Rain Barrels and comes in a variety of color options to match. It's made of durable plastic and resin and won't rust, mold, rot, or fade. This stand puts your rain barrel at the perfect height for watering cans, allows gravity to increase water flow, and even reduces pressure points on the barrel's base. Handy! Color: Oak. read more

Clay/Stone

Clay or stone rain barrels are very heavy, which means that once in place, they probably will stay in place. They can be simple in design or embellished with more decorative features. They tend to be much smaller than other types.

Wood

Wood rain barrels are also available; most have a fairly simple construction and a longer life than plastic versions. They are made from a variety of wood types and in a range of sizes and styles.

Metal

Typically used to catch very large quantities of rain, metal rain barrels have an interior liner that traps water. As with clay/stone or wood rain barrels, metal barrels are often heavy and unwieldy, making them more permanent fixtures once established.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

All rain barrels are designed to do the same thing: capture runoff water for reuse. But even so, some provide more bells and whistles to get the job done. For example, size of rain barrels varies; if you have large water needs, a bigger rain barrel may be a good fit. Even small decisions such as storage, cover/screening, base, spigot, and location can have a big effect on how convenient it is to use your rain barrel and how much you can rely on it for your water needs. Here's a short guide to those purchase considerations.

Cover/Screening

All rain barrels should have a cover of some sort to prevent debris from contaminating the water. The cover may be integrated with a screen that helps to catch more runoff and prevent rocks and other items from entering the rain barrel.

Size

The size of the rain barrel determines how much water it can store. Rain barrels are available in sizes to accommodate a very small quantity -- perfect for watering a small bed or collection of containers -- or much larger storage system.

Storage

The construction of some rain barrels may require storage over cold winter months to prevent decay of the material. If so, make sure you can move the rain barrel and have the proper place to keep it.

Base

Your rain barrel should be level on the ground, which may require a base of some sort -- pavers, a concrete pad, or wood.

Spigot

All rain barrels should have a spigot located a convenient distance from the base that can be used to attach a hose.

Location

Before you begin shopping, make sure you establish the dimensions and placement of your rain barrel, such as adjacent to a gutter spout. Use that information as a guideline for selecting the appropriate rain barrel.

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Stonegate
$49.99 $32.00

The Stonegate Designs Wagon Wheel Rain Barrel Fountain allows you to enjoy the soothing sight and sound of flowing water daily. Th...is eye-catching wagon wheel design is teamed with an authentic plastic-lined wooden rain barrel and built-in 120V electric... read more

RTS Home Accents
$110.00 $75.99

Barrel made of 100% recycled plastic stands in your yard and collects fresh rainwater you can use to water your lawn during draugh...ts Size: Large. Color: Green. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

RTS Home Accents
$139.99 $109.99

Barrel made of 100% recycled plastic stands in your yard and collects fresh rainwater you can use to water your lawn during draugh...ts Size: Large. Color: Brown. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Improvements
$139.99 $99.95

The Rain Wizard Rain Barrel makes good use of your rain water.Reduce your average water usage by up to 40% with the Rain Wizard 50.... Capable of providing up to 50 gallons of pure, unchlorinated water, this rain barrel has an attractive faux oak barrel design that helps it naturally blend into the landscape. Rain Barrel Stand. Sold separately. Its rugged design stands up under weight and weather and adds curb appeal to exposed rain barrels. It increases water pressure and flow and allows room for buckets and pails. 12-1/2"H. Connector Kit. Sold separately. 32" industrial-strength connector tube and 2 stainless steel clamps let you connect one barrel to another (requires a drill and screwdriver) to prevent overflowing. Sets up in about 5 minutes and won't rust or corrode. A high-quality brass spigot attaches to your hose and flow spout An enclosed screen prevents accidents and keeps out debris, insects, and animals Its unique design also keeps water away from your home's foundation The rain barrel is resistant to rust, mold, mildew, and rotting Made of BPA-free, UV-resistant polyethylene resin Barrel is oak-colored with an authentic-looking distressed finish Made in the USA read more

Good Ideas
$261.44 $114.14

The Rain Wizard Urn is a thing of beauty and clever design. Constructed with thick and durable polyethylene resin which holds up t...o the harshest elements, the exterior has the appearance of a terra cotta urn. The graceful lines, curves, and garnishes on the exterior make it an accent piece on your homes exterior and not something that just sticks to your house. The flat back design optimizes space used and allows you to position the barrel close to walls or flat areas. The top is the only of its kind that acts as a planter space and also self-drains when excess water is present. There is also a channel built into the rim which diverts overflowing water to the front and away from the barrel and home foundation.You can have peace of mind that you're helping the environment by conserving water and giving your garden the best water it can get, devoid of harsh chemicals and rich in nutrients. And you can perform that conservation without sacrificing your home's outer appearance with the very stylish and functional Rain Wizard Urn. read more

Algreen
$44.14 $35.98

Algreen's heavy duty non kink tubing is ideal for use with rain barrel overflows/ rain barrel connecting/ rain barrel diverting/ p...ond or water garden systems as well as residencial construction applications. read more

Algreen
$251.88 $195.79

Algreen combines the timeless esthetics of pottery with the enduring longevity of modern plastics. The Cascata complements any out...door space with its elegant and functional design along with integrated planter. All Algreen rain barrels are equipped with two overflows to allow for linking multiple barrels or installing the rain barrel with an Algreen Deluxe Diverter Kit. Collect water for your grass and flower gardens as well as water for washing your car. This rain barrel is compatible with the Algreen Rain Barrel pump kit for pressurized watering to your garden. Made in Canada. read more

Achla
$222.99 $183.27

Helps homeowners converve water and reduce water bills. holds up to 75 gallons of water. measures 28" dia x 36" h. features safety... grid and removable debris screen. built-in 4 foot hose with thumb valve stores neatly in slot at top of the barrel. link two or more together in seconds. a foolproof linking kit is included with every barrel, so you can add capacity as your garden expands. read more

Algreen
$162.09 $156.28

The Algreen Agua Rain Barrel combines the timeless aesthetic elegance of ceramics with the enduring durability of modern plastics.... The Agua is constructed from tough, roto-molded plastic able to withstand extreme temperatures and will not chip, fade, or crack over time. Differentiate your garden décor with new upscale granite and stone finishes. Made in Canada. read more

Algreen
$124.00 $123.97

The Algreen Agua Rain Barrel combines the timeless aesthetic elegance of ceramics with the enduring durability of modern plastics.... The Agua is constructed from tough, roto-molded plastic able to withstand extreme temperatures and will not chip, fade, or crack over time. Differentiate your garden décor with new upscale granite and stone finishes. Made in Canada. read more

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