Where to buy Rain Barrels

Rain barrels for home use So you want to buy a rain barrel and start collecting rainwater for your yard or garden? Below is a collection of several different models. If you click on the photos, you can get full descriptions and purchase information for each model.

This rain barrel is made of recycled plastic, looks like a whiskey barrel and holds up to 50 gallons of rainwater. That’s up to 20 gallons more than the standard rain barrel size.

This faux whiskey rain barrel has a clever design. It can hold up to 50 gallons of rainwater, and since it has a flat back, it can easily be placed up against any home or building.

This octagon shaped rain barrel holds 54 gallons of rainwater, and features a unique design. It is stackable, features a mosquito screen, and a spigot for easy disposal and use of rainwater.

This particular rain barrel also features a flat back to be easily propped up against a wall. It bears the look of an old oak barrel and can help aid you in rainwater collection.

This rain barrel can hold up to 60 gallons of rainwater and is recycled from old food grade barrels. In other words, it used to once hold olives or pickles or something of the sort. Then once it is cleaned out, it is made into a rain barrel – thus the true definition of recycling is reached. It becomes a rain barrel without any additional breaking down or melting of the plastic!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

garden goddess March 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Of course, cheapest is to obtain the parts and build your own…! 🙂


lars March 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

@garden goddess

Absolutely true, but not everyone is handy!


Margaret Clancy June 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I like the look of the Mayne 40 Gallon Plastic Madison Rain Barrel (http://www.rainbarrelsource.com/rain-barrels/rain-barrels/madison40gallonwhiterainbarrel1.cfm) but the reviews are not great, esp. concerning the metal connector to the 2 hoses. What’s your opinion of this rain barrel?



steve July 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

@Margaret Clancy, The barrel is fine if you like that look, and those small accessory parts are cheap to replace so if you like the look, buy it.


Joe Petrowski September 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm

two possible problems/questions

– I watched the installation of the diverter and it looks pretty simple but I am concerned that that in thunderstorms, etc when there is heavy rain the diverter will not work properly and it will back up
and up. Is this a common occurance?
– the second concern is the spigot being connected to something…a
hose I assume with a control at the end. What I want to use the water for is an area two levels down and probably 100 ft away from the barrels. Seems like a major problem.



steve September 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

@Joe Pertowski, Yes, during a heavy rain you will likely have a problem with it backing up since the hose is so small. Not a lot you can do if you want to use this device. Maybe hook up two of them to the downspout.


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