The 10 Best Rain Barrels

Updated April 09, 2018 by Misty Alder

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We spent 39 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. Why pay for water when it drops out of the sky for free? Do your part for conservation and add some style to your outdoor space with one of the rain barrels we’ve listed here. Not only are they ideal for collecting and storing our most precious natural resource, but many of them also add an element of charm to your landscaping. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best rain barrel on Amazon.

10. Great American Rain Barrel

Designed for superior capacity, the Great American Rain Barrel stores up to 60 gallons of runoff. Its thick inner walls are designed to keep it rigid and improve its durability, but the container isn't food-grade, so it's not suited for a potable supply.
  • built-in drain plug
  • simple installation process
  • plastic fittings wear out easily
Brand Great American Rain Bar
Model pending
Weight 24 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Enviro World

Thanks to its high quality injection molded design, the Enviro World will look like new for years with only a little bit of maintenance. Choose from one of four colors, all of which have an angled lid to direct the flow toward the powder-coated filter screen in the middle.
  • no base required
  • childproof screws for safety
  • tubing will crack in extreme heat
Brand Enviro World
Model EWC-10
Weight 17.6 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

8. Earth Minded Rain Station

Right-sized for decks and patios, the Earth Minded Rain Station is a great choice for smaller spaces. It comes in several attractive algae- and mosquito-resistant designs with an optional planter top, along with everything you need for installation, including a hole saw.
  • no special tools needed
  • illustrated instructions
  • only 6-month warranty
Brand The Rain Barrel Company
Model PRN1021
Weight 17.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. RTS Home Accents

With a sturdy authentic oak barrel construction, you won’t have to worry about the RTS Home Accents fading or rotting anytime soon. It’s designed with no sharp edges or large openings, making it a safe option if you have children or pets at your house.
  • flat back for placing against a wall
  • front overflow averts flooding
  • stand is rather weak
Brand RTS Companies Inc
Model 55100006005681
Weight 21.9 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Good Ideas Impressions Nantucket

An hourglass-shaped planter with a wicker motif conceals the reservoir inside the Good Ideas Impressions Nantucket. It's got an integrated diversion channel to redirect overflow and keep the base from flooding, as well as dual offset spigots for easy access.
  • elegant landscaping solution
  • fine plastic mesh cover
  • link a pair of units for more volume
Brand Good Ideas
Model IMP-N50-DBR
Weight 20 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Terra Cotta DIY Kit

If your green thumbs are also pretty handy with a wrench, you'll appreciate the elegant simplicity of the Terra Cotta DIY Kit. It comes with a downspout adapter and all the fixtures you'll need to set up your own system for watering thirsty vegetation on dry days.
  • twist-on-and-off lid
  • withstands cold weather
  • upcycled food container
Brand mirainbarrel
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Gardener's Supply Santa Fe

This 47-gallon Gardener's Supply Santa Fe comes complete with a handle hanger for your included 4-foot hose and an easy shutoff valve to ensure not a drop is wasted. With its eye-catching design, this classy model will be the envy of your neighbors.
  • textured matte finish
  • makes for a decorative accent
  • uv stable and scratch-resistant
Brand Gardener's Supply Compa
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

3. Algreen Castilla

The Algreen Castilla is constructed from sturdy plastic with the stylish look of handmade pottery for functionality that's also easy on the eyes. It features dual overflows to enable two or more units to be daisy-chained, and a corrosion-proof screen to keep critters out.
  • won't chip or fade
  • bpa-free material
  • bottom valve for draining fully
Brand Algreen
Model 81213
Weight 16.7 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Good Ideas Wizard

The Good Ideas Wizard is a classic solution for making sure your garden beds are healthy and thriving, while saving you money on those utility bills. Made using rotational molding technology, it's sturdy enough to stand up to the harshest conditions.
  • high quality brass spigot
  • resists mold and rot
  • fda approved food-safe resin
Brand Good Ideas
Model RW40-OAK
Weight 29.8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Rain Harvest Tank

Think of the Rain Harvest Tank as a fortress for your irrigation system. The top of the barrel features a 12-inch stainless steel strainer basket for keeping out large debris, and a screened overflow assembly for storm water management.
  • holds up to 100 gallons
  • food-grade polyethylene construction
  • 8 color options available
Brand Polymart
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Down Came The Rain

I grew up in a time and a place where we considered water a renewable resource–or, at least, we treated it like it was. We'd run the water on full blast while doing dishes, even if the phone or the television distracted us from the task at hand. We'd take long, hot showers, luxuriating in the stream of scalding water well after we'd gotten clean. We'd wash our cars and run our sprinklers day in and day out.

The water was utterly inexpensive, safe to drink, safe to cook with, and safe for bathing. There was nothing at all to worry about.

Now, of course, the facts have opened my eyes, and the eyes of most of my family, and we implement as many water conservation efforts around the house as we can. This includes a conservative flow of water for dishes, a conscientious shower length (admittedly, none of us do the navy shower), and two of the rain barrels you'll find on this list.

We actually came upon the rain barrel issue not from a water conservation angle, but from a property management angle. The runoff from one of our drain spouts was cutting a grotesque trench into and across the front lawn, which is on a slight incline. Our neighbor suggested we get a rain barrel to catch the runoff.

At first, the idea of using one eyesore to treat the cause of another didn't thrill us, but then we got a look at a few of the more camouflaged barrels on the market, we heard a little bit about what we could do with the water, and we were sold.

A rain barrel collects runoff from your roof, down your drainage spout, and into the barrel itself, and you can use that water for gardening, washing your car, or filling a cycling fountain.

For gardening, in particular, the rain water is free of all the calcium, fluoride, and other chemicals used to treat our tap water that only hurt the greenness of your lawn and the brightness of your flowers. Each barrel also has guards against mosquitoes and other insects, so they won't be able to lay any eggs in the water.

Just be sure you don't use the water for drinking, cooking, or bathing.

A Barrel Of Laughs

The thing that won us over in the story above is that there are rain barrels available that don't look like the wooden beer kegs in which daring people went over Niagara Falls, although those would probably look a little better than the horrible industrial drums I imagined when I first pictured a rain barrel on my lawn.

Realistically, it's just as important for you to evaluate the rain barrels on our list based on their appearance as it is for you to scrutinize their individual features. If the barrel you select clashes too hard with your house's exterior, you might find yourself shunning or under-using the barrel, which is, frankly, a waste of water.

It would also be a waste if you got the wrong size barrel, the capacity of which doesn't match your level of activity and enthusiasm around the yard. If your barrel is too big, you might get into the habit of overlooking it and using your municipality's water supply on your lawn instead. If it's too small, and it fills up too quickly, you'll find yourself frustrated with the whole experience.

The final variable, of course, is price, and the fancier-looking rain barrels with extra features like simpler, more durable drainage adapters and food-grade polyethylene construction, are going to be more expensive. Find the perfect balance between the features you want, the look you desire, and the amount you're willing to spend, and a big neon arrow will point straight at your perfect choice.

Conservation Through History

It's more than likely that individuals and families in ancient times had methods for the collection of rainwater. The issue back then, of course, would have been sanitation, as mosquito larvae and bacteria of all kinds would make their way into a stagnant water supply rather quickly.

The capitol city of the Roman Empire, Constantinople, had a massive structure devoted to rainwater collection around 350 BCE, and archeologists have found evidence of a sophisticated rainwater collection and storage system on the island of Crete that dates back to around 1700 BCE.

As water conservation efforts picked up steam through the 60s, 70s, and 80s, some forward-thinking architects began integrating rainwater collection into the design of sustainable homes.

In the last three decades, sustainability has gone from an idea circulating the fringes of our society to a buzz-word and an effective marketing technique for any company concerned with its public image. While the cynics among us point to this shift in public consciousness as a sign that sustainability will eventually become as meaningful as brushing your teeth twice a day–a thing that most people believe they do responsibly, even if they don't–,those of us that are willing to squash our cynicism will find that steps like these put us in line with a long history of conservation efforts that have always been a part of the solution.

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Last updated on April 09, 2018 by Misty Alder

Born and raised in the American Deep South, Misty's career in elder care took a sharp left turn when she was swept away to the land of Robinhood by her very own Merry Man. She's a coffee-swilling master of stitch-witchery with a magical touch in the kitchen and a never-ending stream of Disney gag reels playing in her head.

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