Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 27
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jules Works as advertised
We actually ordered this product twice. The first rain barrel we picked up at the store was warped and the lid would just not stay on so we returned it and re-ordered. The second one we ordered worked just as advertised. It took probably 30 minutes to install it. I'd recommend following the Fiskars video for excellent directions on how to install it, and I wouldn't depend on the brochure that comes with the rain barrel for the installation. It's all just pictures. Little to no words. Very odd.
Our rain barrel has been installed for about a week now and has filled to the top already once and water diverted perfectly down the downspout once the barrel filled. I can't say that I noticed any bulging of the barrel when it was full as others have noted. But I do agree that the spigot that comes with the rain barrel is very cheaply made. Ours hasn't broken YET, but we're being very careful with it. I expect we'll be buying a metal one eventually to replace the plastic one it came with. Overall, it's an excellent product..I gave it "good" only because it is quite expensive for basically a large plastic trash can with a diverter and the fact that the spigot is nowhere near the quality you'd expect it to be. Otherwise, it gets a huge thumbs up!!!
May 27, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Vinny Easy to install
We love our barrel. The only advice I can give is to buy a brass spigot before installing. The one that comes with the barrel is really cheap and won't last long. We bought a spigot for under $10.00
May 7, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RJ93102 Great Rain Water Catcher
The barrel is very well made, however, the spigot is plastic and hard to turn on and off. I had this shipped to the store and picked it up. The top was warped and didn't fit on the barrel. A few days in the sun fixed this problem.
September 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DocJ Excellent Rain Barrel when upgraded
This is an attractive and very easy to install rain barrel. I would rate the quality as only good as spigot supplied is indeed flimsy. Based on other reviews I upgraded to brass spigot from the get go and makes this rain barrel excellent in quality. The top fits snugly so there is no way that mosquitoes or flies can breed.
I also upgraded the diverter system but hard yet to know whether the clean out feature will be useful or not. I would recommend that the manufacturer eliminate the plastic spigot and diverter, drop the price a bit and allow the consumer to make the choice on these.
August 18, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JACKRJC Excellent Closed Rain Barrel
Works as advertised and expected. I like the flat back and the fact this is a closed system. No critters and excess water goes back down the gutter. This is my second barrel of this type. The first one has worked great for a year. I use their new diverter, not the diverter this barrel came with. I gave this barrel four stars because the pre-drilled spigot opening is a little high. To get the water out of the bottom you have to tip the barrel forward. However, there is a flat surface near the bottom that could be used for a second spigot.
August 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by puzzlelady Great if you have a well!
Not having rain for a while concerned me...but now I have no worries. This rain barrel is really great. It has been completely full once since I got it. It does bulge a little just like the paperwork states. The only problem I had with installation was that I had to cut out more of the downspout than what the directions said. Other than that it was pretty simple if you're mechanically capable. I did a lot of research and this is the best for the money that I found. I trust the Fiskars brand too. I would like to get another as soon as my budget allows since I put in a large flower bed this year. If you want to keep some things that wind up in your gutter/downspout from getting into the barrel, I suggest that you put pantyhose over the tube where the water goes into the barrel.
July 27, 2009
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by TimothyC Fiskars 58 Gal Rain Barrel
Barrel works great except in one respect...the spigot.
The barrel was easy to install, and including the downspout diverter only took me about 1/2 hour. The spigot was depressingly cheap. It broke the first time I attempted to use it, when I put only a small amount of pressure on it. Overall average rating. Get a metal spigot I guess.
July 24, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BlueGrassHome Good Product, but...
This is a good product. However, it is true about the spout, before you leave the store, buy a 3/4" steel downspout and some white plumbing tape to wrap around the screw joint, because the plastic spout one provided in the package will break. This product is easy to install, did it myself, took me all of 25 minutes, and that was due to the sawing. We had a good rain, it filled the barrel, but when we went to turn the handle to fill our flower jug, it broke right off. Used some pliers to unscrew it out, went up to HD, in the plumbing section, and got a steel 3/4" downspout with knob, it works perfectly now, but unfortunately we lost all the water except what was below the spout hole. The product works great now. We are going to install another rain barrel on the other side of the garage, to avoid backyard flooding, but this time we will make it ourselves, instructions are online.
June 7, 2011