Rated 2.3 out of 5 by 4
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MountainBob Buyer Beware
Arrived as a bunch of boards and some metal rings with a busted top. Was expecting a quality rain barrel for this price, not a cheap garbage can appearance & plastic bag (cheap bladder) without a bottom. The specifications could have at least let the customer know that it is unassembled. Sending it back and requesting a full refund. Took forever to receive and what a disappointment when it finally did arrive. We would not recommend this "rain barrel" to anyone.
June 20, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by AJWE NOT THIS RAIN BARREL
Although aesthetically pleasing this rain barrel lost favor with me during the assembly process. The downspout that came with the barrel was round so I had to call Exaco and get a rectangular one. Whoever designed the liner did not allow enough distance between the faucet hole and fact that it must be folded over the top and banded in order for it to stay in place (which is not shown in the picture). It is necessary for the liner to sit in the sun to become pliable enough to stretch and pull it over the top for banding after connecting the faucet. After following the instructions for assembly of the faucet (x 2) I had to apply sealant, around the liner edges, to it stop it from leaking.
Normally I don't write bad reviews on products unless absolutely necessary. I was compelled to write this one to warn perspective buyers of what they are getting themselves into by purchasing this-Stick with a solid plastic rain barrel, you'll be a lot happier and happy gardening!
December 27, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Kenn Very nice looking product
Fits are cedar house theme very well. Only issue is that is seems to be leaking a little in the liner.
July 6, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by raindancer nice shell and a plastic liner
This is a handsome wooden shell which you assemble yourself from a bunch of barrel staves, then clinch together with metal bands. Easier done with two people, but I did manage it myself because they include a thick hunk of cardboard with a deep groove as template. Once that's done, you insert the brown, plastic (vinyl?), bag-shaped liner, and screw on the fittings. The barrel top sits loosely on top, and tubing draws water from a nearby downspout. There is NO bottom to this barrel, so the naked liner must sit on a flat, stable base (I used a big concrete paver).
Nicer looking than any other rain barrel I found, but I had a few issues. First, the plastic diverter that inserts into the downspout was round, so couldn't fit flush against my house. I called for a replacement and got Exaco's pictured rectangular version, which has a handy bypass valve for winter. Second, I'm not sure how long the liner will last, I would have preferred something more apparently durable. Third, I needed longer tubing to connect to my downspout, but had lots of trouble finding the correct diameter, and ended up improvising. I'm not unhappy with this barrel--but I sure do think it should have been more accurately described on this site so folks know what to expect.
July 22, 2010