Flat-Back Rain Barrel, Oak
Flat-Back Rain Barrel Flat-Back Rain Barrel

Flat-Back Rain Barrel

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Space-Saving Barrel Combines Good Looks with Large Capacity

  • An attractive way to collect free rainwater for watering
  • Includes handy brass spigot for filling watering cans
  • Flat-back design with 50-gallon capacity
  • How much rainfall can you collect from your roof? Use the Rainfall Harvest Calculator

This handsome rain barrel is made of rugged polyethylene, colored and textured for a natural-wood look. It holds 50 gallons, yet snugs right up to a house or garage, thanks to its clever, flat-back design. Improved solid brass spigot is now offset from hose attachment, allowing you to fill any size watering can without awkward maneuvering.

  • Durable polyethylene with a solid brass spigot
  • 25" W x 36" H x 19" D
  • Holds 50 gallons
  • Not for drinking water use

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4.1

(based on 75 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Conserves water (61)
  • Weather proof (40)
  • Easy to use (36)
  • Precise spout (24)
  • Flat back (4)

Cons

  • Leaks (12)
  • Poor quality (4)
  • Water goes everywhere (3)

Best Uses

  • Outdoor garden (62)
  • Household plants (15)
  • Watering the lawn (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (54), Getting started (11), Master gardener (6)

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4.0

Does a good job.

By Gabbie

from Pittsburgh Pa.

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Conserves Water
  • Easy To Use
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

  • Bottom Spigot Leaks
  • Cheaply Made Spigot

Best Uses

  • Outdoor Garden

Comments about Flat-Back Rain Barrels:

The thing that is not so great is the bottom spigot with the hose connection, it has leaked from day one, the small turn off & on valve is hard to turn, so I really don't use it. going to the hardware store and see if I can find something better.

 
4.0

I would buy this product again.

By Gabbie

from Pittsburgh Pa.

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Conserves Water
  • Easy To Use
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

  • Cheap Plastic Fitting
  • Leaks

Best Uses

  • Outdoor Garden

Comments about Flat-Back Rain Barrels:

I have had this rain barrel for at least 5 years, fits nicely against the house. However the bottom spigot leaks, can't seem to be able to fix it. I have tried the Teflon tape, a new washer all to no avail, can't turn it on or off, seems to be a very cheap fitting. otherwise it looks good.

 
4.0

We Bought This Item Again -- Now Have 5!

By Love to use water wisely!

from Texas

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Conserves Water
  • Easy To Use
  • Space-saving design
  • Spacing-saving Design
  • Spigot
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Flat-Back Rain Barrels:

      We now have 5 of these rain barrels, acquired over several years. They wear well in our climate, freezing and snow to 99+ degrees. And we enjoy the space-saving design and the spigot -- use it for drawing off water for container plants. The only disadvantage is the ease of cleaning. There is no top that comes off, and the screen opening is very narrow. But the barrel does slide out from underneath the gutter downspout, and can then be rinsed out with a garden hose.

       
      4.0

      Flat Back Rain Barrels

      By chazbike

      from Northeast, Ohio

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Flat-Back Rain Barrels:

            I bought it rather than dig up the collapsed storm drain - a situation I found out about after we bought our house. This has worked well to slowly drain away rainwater without impacting our lawn and our neighbor's yard. I'll be using it this summer to water our small vegetable garden and rosebushes.

             
            2.0

            Fits in small space, but problems

            By Cascadian

            from Ashland, OR

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Conserves Water
            • Fits in small space

            Cons

            • Lacks Overflow Diverter
            • Leaks
            • Needs Winter Protection

            Best Uses

            • Outdoor Garden

            Comments about Flat-Back Rain Barrels:

            This looks nice and works in the space I had for it--a small decked area, against a dark fence, to catch rain from porch--but there are some serious design flaws affecting performance

            The instructions say to remove it and store it under shelter in the winter, which is a nuisance. (And this was made in Canada?) My other barrel systems are built to stay in place.

            But the worst problem I have with it is that the only means it has of diverting water once the barrel is full is to let it dribble down the front of the barrel from a hole near the top. That's just sloppy. The hole is not fitted for a hose, even. That's a big problem for me since I have it on a deck. My other barrels in other locations are fitted with diverters that run the water into the garden spot of my choice and I assumed this one would work that way too.

            Also, there are two knobby things on the sides that are there to connect barrels. One leaked right away. Customer service advised me to covert one of the knobby things by drilling it and installing a hose fitting, and then attaching a hose to run out to where extra water wouldn't be a problem. That's beyond my level of expertise so for now, all I can do is try to empty some water out and carry it when it rains; otherwise, the runoff goes under the decking and I don't have enough mosquito rings for that.

            However, it does look better and fits better in a limited space against a dark fence than other barrels on the market. So once the overflow problem is solved, I suppose I'll be happy enough with it eventually.

             
            5.0

            This rain barrel is great!

            By Farmer John

            from Melbourne, FL

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Conserves Water
            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Perfectly With Flat
            • I Like Having Two Water S
            • Weather Resistant

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Outdoor Garden

              Comments about Flat-Back Rain Barrels:

              I really like this rain barrel - the best out of the three rain barrels that I have. I fits nice and snug against the building and looks great. The two water spouts are very easy to use.

              I use this rain barrel regularly to water my outdoor garden.

               
              4.0

              tan flat back rain barrel

              By cpns72

              from smyrna, ga

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Grip
              • Conserves Water
              • Easy To Use
              • Flat back
              • Nice color
              • Precise Spout
              • Save Rain Water
              • SCREEN TOP

              Cons

              • Can't Use Hose To Water

              Best Uses

              • Containers
              • Outdoor Garden

              Comments about Flat-Back Rain Barrels:

              I love my tan flat barrel to stay close to my house. Tan color looks good for my house color. So far no problem with it for 2 months.

               
              4.0

              Happy

              By Denise

              from Minnesota

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Precise Spout
              • Weather Resistant

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Outdoor Garden

                Comments about Flat-Back Rain Barrels:

                Nice to have a source to get water for outdoor plants without having to drag the hose out.

                 
                4.0

                GOOD PRODUCT

                By jmatts

                from belgrade mt

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Conserves Water
                • Weather Resistant

                Cons

                • Geting The Spigots On

                Best Uses

                • Outdoor Garden

                Comments about Flat-Back Rain Barrels:

                I loved the idea of this flat back and saving water. It's light and easy to maneuver. It's a nice neutral color that blends in.
                The trick was getting the diverter I wanted to hook up to the downspout. None of our local building supplies had it so I'm waiting for that to arrive.
                Can't wait to get it hooked up and in use!

                 
                2.0

                Not happy with the contents of package

                By Coastside Granny

                from Half Moon Bay, Ca

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Conserves Water
                • Weather Resistant

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Hardware Missing

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Flat-Back Rain Barrels:

                  I have purchased this rain barrel before and had no problem. However this time, the bottom spout was missing and I had to make a trip to my local hardware store for additional parts. Not fun and much more work than I expected. I won't be ordering this item again.

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