Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 439
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MRN82225 Seems Fine
Good design. The flat back made it easy to fit in. Seems to have strong enough walls. The quality of the product was average. The two halves did not fit well on one of the three barrels I bought. Means that it is harder to fit the (optional) connecting pipe across barrels. It is not easy to get the brass spigot threaded straight, even when following the recommendation of placing the barrel flat on the ground. I had to use a 3/4" tap to improve the cut of the threads.
I am happy with the final installation. Looks good.
April 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Baylor80 Excellent product!
Very rugged and works well. Designed for roofs with gutters, which our house does not have. However, I purchased the plastic gutter material from Home Depot and installed them with all the fittings from Home Depot.
April 30, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JACKIE BAD RAIN BARREL
THIS BARREL WAS POORLY DESIGNED. THE MOUTH FOR COLLECTING THE RAIN WATER IS FLAT AND NARROW. THIS CREATE SLOW AND MINIMUM WATER COLLECTION. ALSO THE SPOUT IS LOCATED IN A BAD SPOT. ITS TO LOW TO THE GROUND AND IT MAKES IT HARD TO EXTRACT THE WATER. THE CITY OF CHICAGO WILL PROVIDE FREE OF CHARGE UP TO 4-50 GALLON BARRELS TO RESIDENTS. THE BARRELS ARE WELL DESIGNED FOR WATER COLLECTION. THE MOUTH IS SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN THE SURFACE OF THE TOP ALLOWING RAPID WATER COLLECTION & THE MOUTH IS WIDE ALLOWING GOOD COLLECTION OF RAIN WATER. I HAVE HAD THIS PRODUCT FOR 2 YEARS AND I HAVE COLLECTED LESS THAN 2 GALLONS OF WATER. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE 4 FROM THE CITY RECEIVED IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR I COLLECTED ALMOST A HALF OF A BARREL OF RAIN WATER IN EACH.
July 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Alfred Best ourchase ever
Because the rain barrels have the sides shaped to fit the sides the house wall, they are less intrusive
With my (4) 55 gallon rain barrels, which I connected in sequence I am now able to capture 220 gallons of water at a time. I also elevated them 3 cinder blocks high so that I am also able to direct the water into the pool by leaving a garden hose connected to the 4th barrel so as not to lose any water once the 4 barrels are filled to capacity.
March 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rocknfish Happy with saving SoCal rainwater
Rebate was incentive. Overflow went into a hose to street drain. The barrel water goes into my drip irrigation system for garden.
March 8, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Lars water reserve barrels
The brass spigots did not mesh well with then plastic barrels, had to put waterproof putty between the contact points.One of the four barrels developed a leak at the side when I tested them for water holding reliability.
July 19, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by LenR Good but...
These units are made in two parts that are melded together. On one of the three units I bought was misaligned but it didn't cause any problems. Some plastic was thin in spots and needed to be filled to stop micro leaks.
When deciding where to locate the barrels you need to keep in mind the back of the barrel will bow out at least two inches when full.
The threaded holes for the spigot has been mentioned as a problem. It is difficult to get the spigot to thread/cut into them properly without being badly cocked but I did manage to get the threads on the spigot to re-cut them properly. I have had no leaking issues at the spigot.
One point: I dislike the spigot. By the time the water flows out of the spigot the internal diameter is down to 1/4 inch and flow is maybe a tad over a gallon a minute. Forget using this with a hose (mine are mounted 2 feet off the ground for gravity feed). I fill buckets and throw them them around to water my lawn). For what these things cost, I would like to see a spigot with a quarter-turn knob that is no less than 1/2 iinch internal diameter, if not more. I have purchased a rather expensive all-brass replacement valve that had excellent reviews but it leaks from the ball and can't be used.
I had the units delivered to the local Home Depot so I could inspect/accept/reject there so returns would be their problem.
July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jenna Great purchase! Great price!
I have a covered porch that was causing my backyard to flood. I wanted to put gutters up but there was no where for the gutters to attach to the house or anywhere to drain except my yard. I was googling and came across a rain barrel and knew that it would be perfect. I could use the water for my plants or I could run a hose out to my drive way to drain it if there was too much rain. Not only has this fixed my flooded back yard but it's awesome decor on my patio.
After reading reviews I decided to elevate it on three layers of cinder block so there was more water pressure. I also went and bought plumbers tape for the threading of the spigot and did not have a problem screwing it in. I was prepared for that to be a problem and I could see how it could be if not warned. Then I hooked my gutter system to drain right into the rain barrel! I will be buying one more for the far back of my house.
Definitely recommend this product!
It also shipped very fast and no damage!
February 15, 2016