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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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Mayne

Shop for Irrigation Systems and Parts from Hayneedle.com! Additional featuresFluted barrel sides make it more attractiveGenerous p...lanter 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.About MayneSince its conception in 2005, Mayne Mail Posts has grown and expanded its line of distinct outdoor products. Based in London, Ontario, Mayne takes great pride in creating and designing high-quality products for your home, including mail box posts, planters, address signs, and lamp posts. Mayne's dedicated team continues to set high standards in order to provide you with service and quality worthy of remembering. read more

Good Ideas

Most rain barrels on the market don't fully utilize the water they hold because the spigot is located about halfway up the barrel.... This is to allow buckets to be filled, but leaves about a quarter of the water behind. And this remaining water is standing which can be hazardous. Barrels with optimally located spigots don't allow room for buckets and leave only hoses as the draining option. The Rain Wizard 50 Stand solves these issues by lifting and supporting the Rain Wizard 50 rain barrel off the ground. With increased elevation, the barrel can drain at a much faster rate, and any filling device can be easily placed below the spigot without awkward tilting or maneuvering. Available in 5 colors. read more

Good Ideas

Most rain barrels on the market don't fully utilize the water they hold because the spigot is located about halfway up the barrel.... This is to allow buckets to be filled, but leaves about a quarter of the water behind. And this remaining water is standing which can be hazardous. Barrels with optimally located spigots don't allow room for buckets and leave only hoses as the draining option. The Rain Wizard 50 Stand solves these issues by lifting and supporting the Rain Wizard 50 rain barrel off the ground. With increased elevation, the barrel can drain at a much faster rate, and any filling device can be easily placed below the spigot without awkward tilting or maneuvering. Available in 5 colors. read more

Exaco

Shop for Insulators from Hayneedle.com! Just one summer downpour could provide gallons upon gallons of water for you and your hous...ehold s needs: watering the lawn, washing the car, or even washing clothes. You don t need to let such precious resources go to waste. And whether your interest lies in saving money, saving the environment or saving both, the Exaco 73 Gallon Oval Rain Barrel is perfect for harvesting rainwater for future use. Quickly becoming a staple within the modern landscape design industry, rain barrels are the perfect proactive solution to the unpredictable problems of summer, such as water restrictions and decreased availability of quality water. Built from top-quality plastics in Germany, this durable, 79-gallon capacity Exaco model is unlike any other rain barrel with its unique, oval shape and elegant brass tap. Also includes a Universal Rain Barrel Downspout Connection Kit with necessary drill bit and is also usable during winter months.About Exaco Exaco USA Ltd. is a family-owned company located in Austin, Texas. Originally making its mark in the United States with the Exomixer painting blade in the late 1980s, the company has now been a vendor to major home center chains and national distributors for 17 years. While the Exomixer and its accompanying line of power drills remain Exaco s bread and butter, the company also facilitates the custom fabrication of metal products for its customers as well as the production of many fine outdoor and gardening products. Exaco prides itself on working with a sheltered workshop in Austin that provides jobs for persons with mental disabilities. 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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RTS Companies
$113.35 $163.03
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Spigot Type: Brass, Color: Woodgrain RTS Companies Flatback 50 Gallon Rain Barrel Explore all the opportunities that fresh, soft, ...and free rainwater have to offer. The authentic oak barrel texture is molded into each barrel and will not fade, rot or risk insect infestation. Features: -Flat back to sit flush against a wall.-Linkable to other rain barrels for increased capacity.-Screen to keep out debris and insects.-Dual overflow.-UV8 stabilizing package used on all barrels to protect the poly from sunlight and prevent fading.-Children and pet proof, making it safe for home or garden.-Brass shut off valve allows for hose hook-up.-Capacity: 50 USG/189L.-Heavy duty rotational molded construction.-Product Type: Rain Barrel.-Collection: RTS Home Accents.-Color: 1: Brown.-Color: 2: Green.-Distressed: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Gloss Finish: No.-Material: Plastic -Material Details: ..-Non-Toxic: Yes.-Water Resistant: Yes -Water Resistant Details: plastic..-Weather Resistant: Yes -Weather Resistant Detai read more

RTS Companies Flatback 50 Gallon Rain Barrel 5510-00 Spigot Type: Brass, Color: Woodgrain
Suncast
$87.40 $140.79
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Suncast 50 Gallon Rain Barrel Features: -For holding and catching 100% pure rain water.-Shut off valve for hose hook-up.-Overflow ...hose doubles as connector hose.-Debris filter keeps leaves and yard waste out of water.-Linkable to one additional barrel for increased capacity.-Latched lid is child and pet proof.-Capacity: 50 Gallon.-Includes drain hose for water usage and shut off valve for hose hook-up.-Color: Light Taupe with Mocha accents.-Product Type: Rain Barrel.-Collection: .-Color: Light taupe with mocha lid.-Hardware Finish: .-Distressed: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Gloss Finish: No.-Material: Plastic -Material Details: ..-Number of Items Included: 3.-Non-Toxic: Yes.-Odor Resistant: No.-Stain Resistant: Yes.-Rust and Corrosion Resistant: .-Warp Resistant: Yes.-Mildew Resistant: Yes.-Algae Resistant: No.-Insect Resistant: No.-Rodent-Proof: Yes.-UV Resistant: Yes.-Fade Resistant: Yes.-Crack Resistant: .-Child Safe: Yes.-Pet Safe: Yes.-Dishwasher Safe: No.-Rain Barrel Capacity: 50.-Linkable: Y read more

Suncast 50 Gallon Rain Barrel RB50D
RTS Companies
$96.31 $145.99
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Spigot Type: Brass, Color: Green RTS Companies Flatback 50 Gallon Rain Barrel Explore all the opportunities that fresh, soft, and ...free rainwater have to offer. The authentic oak barrel texture is molded into each barrel and will not fade, rot or risk insect infestation. Features: -Flat back to sit flush against a wall.-Linkable to other rain barrels for increased capacity.-Screen to keep out debris and insects.-Dual overflow.-UV8 stabilizing package used on all barrels to protect the poly from sunlight and prevent fading.-Children and pet proof, making it safe for home or garden.-Brass shut off valve allows for hose hook-up.-Capacity: 50 USG/189L.-Heavy duty rotational molded construction.-Product Type: Rain Barrel.-Collection: RTS Home Accents.-Color: 1: Brown.-Color: 2: Green.-Distressed: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Gloss Finish: No.-Material: Plastic -Material Details: ..-Non-Toxic: Yes.-Water Resistant: Yes -Water Resistant Details: plastic..-Weather Resistant: Yes -Weather Resistant Details: read more

RTS Companies Flatback 50 Gallon Rain Barrel 5510-00 Spigot Type: Brass, Color: Green
RTS Companies
$96.31 $145.99
at Wayfair

RTS Companies Flatback 50 Gallon Rain Barrel Explore all the opportunities that fresh, soft, and free rainwater have to offer. The... authentic oak barrel texture is molded into each barrel and will not fade, rot or risk insect infestation. Features: -Flat back to sit flush against a wall.-Linkable to other rain barrels for increased capacity.-Screen to keep out debris and insects.-Dual overflow.-UV8 stabilizing package used on all barrels to protect the poly from sunlight and prevent fading.-Children and pet proof, making it safe for home or garden.-Brass shut off valve allows for hose hook-up.-Capacity: 50 USG/189L.-Heavy duty rotational molded construction.-Product Type: Rain Barrel.-Collection: RTS Home Accents.-Color: 1: Brown.-Color: 2: Green.-Distressed: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Gloss Finish: No.-Material: Plastic -Material Details: ..-Non-Toxic: Yes.-Water Resistant: Yes -Water Resistant Details: plastic..-Weather Resistant: Yes -Weather Resistant Details: Plastic..-Odor Resistant: No.-Sta read more

RTS Companies Flatback 50 Gallon Rain Barrel 5510-00
RTS Companies
$96.31 $145.99
at Wayfair

Spigot Type: Brass, Color: Brown RTS Companies Flatback 50 Gallon Rain Barrel Explore all the opportunities that fresh, soft, and ...free rainwater have to offer. The authentic oak barrel texture is molded into each barrel and will not fade, rot or risk insect infestation. Features: -Flat back to sit flush against a wall.-Linkable to other rain barrels for increased capacity.-Screen to keep out debris and insects.-Dual overflow.-UV8 stabilizing package used on all barrels to protect the poly from sunlight and prevent fading.-Children and pet proof, making it safe for home or garden.-Brass shut off valve allows for hose hook-up.-Capacity: 50 USG/189L.-Heavy duty rotational molded construction.-Product Type: Rain Barrel.-Collection: RTS Home Accents.-Color: 1: Brown.-Color: 2: Green.-Distressed: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Gloss Finish: No.-Material: Plastic -Material Details: ..-Non-Toxic: Yes.-Water Resistant: Yes -Water Resistant Details: plastic..-Weather Resistant: Yes -Weather Resistant Details: read more

RTS Companies Flatback 50 Gallon Rain Barrel 5510-00 Spigot Type: Brass, Color: Brown
RTS Companies
$96.31 $145.99
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Spigot Type: Brass, Color: Tan RTS Companies Flatback 50 Gallon Rain Barrel Explore all the opportunities that fresh, soft, and fr...ee rainwater have to offer. The authentic oak barrel texture is molded into each barrel and will not fade, rot or risk insect infestation. Features: -Flat back to sit flush against a wall.-Linkable to other rain barrels for increased capacity.-Screen to keep out debris and insects.-Dual overflow.-UV8 stabilizing package used on all barrels to protect the poly from sunlight and prevent fading.-Children and pet proof, making it safe for home or garden.-Brass shut off valve allows for hose hook-up.-Capacity: 50 USG/189L.-Heavy duty rotational molded construction.-Product Type: Rain Barrel.-Collection: RTS Home Accents.-Color: 1: Brown.-Color: 2: Green.-Distressed: No.-Powder Coated Finish: No.-Gloss Finish: No.-Material: Plastic -Material Details: ..-Non-Toxic: Yes.-Water Resistant: Yes -Water Resistant Details: plastic..-Weather Resistant: Yes -Weather Resistant Details: Pl read more

RTS Companies Flatback 50 Gallon Rain Barrel 5510-00 Spigot Type: Brass, Color: Tan
Good Ideas
$95.69 $124.46
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Good Ideas Rain Wizard 50 Gallon Rain Barrel When drought sets in and rain is short, rain barrels can provide that precious water ...you need for your lawn and garden. The Rain Wizard can provide up to 50 gallons of pure, unchlorinated water when municipalities declare periods of low water usage. During heavy rain falls, a typical roof can produce hundreds of gallons of water. By saving that water, you can reduce your average water usage by up to 40%. With those kinds of savings, the Rain Wizard can pay for itself in just a few seasons. The Rain Wizard features an attractive faux design so it naturally fits in with your landscape. Its plastic screen mesh is newly designed to keep out bugs, animals, and debris while still being easy to remove for cleaning and maintenance and is gentle on skin. A front side overflow keeps water from flooding against your outside wall. The flat-back design is one of the most convenient features as it allows your barrel to sit right up against your home so you don't have t read more

Good Ideas Rain Wizard 50 Gallon Rain Barrel RW50-OAK
Good Ideas
$95.69 $124.46
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Color: Terra Cotta Good Ideas Rain Wizard 50 Gallon Rain Barrel When drought sets in and rain is short, rain barrels can provide t...hat precious water you need for your lawn and garden. The Rain Wizard can provide up to 50 gallons of pure, unchlorinated water when municipalities declare periods of low water usage. During heavy rain falls, a typical roof can produce hundreds of gallons of water. By saving that water, you can reduce your average water usage by up to 40%. With those kinds of savings, the Rain Wizard can pay for itself in just a few seasons. The Rain Wizard features an attractive faux design so it naturally fits in with your landscape. Its plastic screen mesh is newly designed to keep out bugs, animals, and debris while still being easy to remove for cleaning and maintenance and is gentle on skin. A front side overflow keeps water from flooding against your outside wall. The flat-back design is one of the most convenient features as it allows your barrel to sit right up against your home read more

Good Ideas Rain Wizard 50 Gallon Rain Barrel RW50-OAK Color: Terra Cotta
Good Ideas
$95.69 $124.46
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Color: Green Good Ideas Rain Wizard 50 Gallon Rain Barrel When drought sets in and rain is short, rain barrels can provide that pr...ecious water you need for your lawn and garden. The Rain Wizard can provide up to 50 gallons of pure, unchlorinated water when municipalities declare periods of low water usage. During heavy rain falls, a typical roof can produce hundreds of gallons of water. By saving that water, you can reduce your average water usage by up to 40%. With those kinds of savings, the Rain Wizard can pay for itself in just a few seasons. The Rain Wizard features an attractive faux design so it naturally fits in with your landscape. Its plastic screen mesh is newly designed to keep out bugs, animals, and debris while still being easy to remove for cleaning and maintenance and is gentle on skin. A front side overflow keeps water from flooding against your outside wall. The flat-back design is one of the most convenient features as it allows your barrel to sit right up against your home so read more

Good Ideas Rain Wizard 50 Gallon Rain Barrel RW50-OAK Color: Green
Good Ideas
$97.55 $126.32
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Color: Black Good Ideas Rain Wizard 50 Gallon Rain Barrel When drought sets in and rain is short, rain barrels can provide that pr...ecious water you need for your lawn and garden. The Rain Wizard can provide up to 50 gallons of pure, unchlorinated water when municipalities declare periods of low water usage. During heavy rain falls, a typical roof can produce hundreds of gallons of water. By saving that water, you can reduce your average water usage by up to 40%. With those kinds of savings, the Rain Wizard can pay for itself in just a few seasons. The Rain Wizard features an attractive faux design so it naturally fits in with your landscape. Its plastic screen mesh is newly designed to keep out bugs, animals, and debris while still being easy to remove for cleaning and maintenance and is gentle on skin. A front side overflow keeps water from flooding against your outside wall. The flat-back design is one of the most convenient features as it allows your barrel to sit right up against your home so read more

Good Ideas Rain Wizard 50 Gallon Rain Barrel RW50-OAK Color: Black
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