This unique rain barrel combines the contemporary aesthetic elegance of authentic stone with the enduring longevity of plastic. The rain barrel is manufactured by rotational molding plastic process and is able to withstand extreme temperatures.
- Product Dimensions: 23 x 23 x 45.5 inches ; 17.5 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 22 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- Shipping Advisory:: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
- ASIN: B002R0FQGE
- Item model number: RBSS-75
Great size, easy to use
I planned to use the Kyoto as a rain barrel in our garden for food crops, so I was NOT catching water from the roof for this purpose. This barrel has a much better configuration for the purpose for which I intend it. It is also a little cheaper. Cons: the open top does have a “screen” of sorts for bugs, but the holes are too big; I plan to attach actual screen to it, as others have suggested. The screen also attaches to the top with tiny built-in tabs, which don’t really hold it; I plan to attach some sort of screw or nail so that the top doesn’t pop off.
The biggest concern I have–and I’ve edited this review to reflect this–is that the rain barrel comes with a warning not ONLY not to consume the water, but to wash one’s hands after handling the water. I presumed that the water wouldn’t be potable if diverted from a roof, but this warning certainly implies that the water isn’t safe for watering plants, and that this is due to the plastic. I assume, then, that this plastic has BPA and that it isn’t heat-stable. If that’s NOT the case, the warning should be more specific. Whatever the case, I’m quite disappointed.
For my purpose, THIS ROCKS!
Almost every other barrel out there is based on diverted rain/gutter water. This one has no such system. Just a screen to catch leaves, which I’m going to augment w/ a window screen for bugs (or killer goldfish MUUHAHAHA). I don’t have gutters & don’t want to pay or take the time to install them just for a rain barrel. . . I just park this one about where all the water comes off the roof & BAM! it works!
I’d love to have a 300 gal water barrel w/ fancy diverter. But I’m not watering the whole yard. I’m just catching some grey/rainwater that’ll be used for small stuff. It’s also way more attractive than some blue industrial barrel. Just yank it outa the box and you’re ready to go. Oh one bad thing.
I had zero choice on the color. It’s the brownish and I wanted the off white. I can live w/ that.
Simple idea. Looks pretty. Handles small jobs for a smaller price.
jeeez I sound like a friggin car salesman, but I’m that happy with it.
Kyoto Rain Barrels look like expensive pottery.
* Barrel design and finish resemble expensive pottery.
* No special tubes are needed to hook up the barrel, simply re-route your gutter’s downspout.
* Barrel has a metal faucet.
* Barrel has an overflow drain at the top and another drain at the base besides the attractive metal faucet.
* Faucet is just high enough for filling my watering can.
* Amazon delivery was very prompt.
* None at this point.
Excellent quality and drainage options
* It has an overflow.
* It has two bottom drainage openings.
* It has an open top – I do not have a downspout from a gutter system and this was to sit under a converging roof point.
* It doesn’t look like a rain barrel.
* It is weather resistant, so I do not have to move it seasonally.
* Its 75 gallons and one of the larger sizes, but measure it before you buy as it is big. The 55 gallon version is the same width, but about a foot shorter.
The barrel came in a huge cardboard box, so there was no damage. It was wrapped in plastic and arrived on time as well.
The opening at the top is semi-covered as there is a plastic center piece and three ribs that extend from it to the rim. This hold the black ‘screen’ like top in place. That screen works great and lets water in, but the holes in it are round and a little large. I cut out a round window screen and placed it under the black one. Now no little pieces of debris get in. That also ensures no mosquitos either. I also wanted this more for drainage than for water reuse, so I followed what another commenter had written and purchased a Gilmour Full Flow Aluminum Connector AS1FFM. I attached that to the lower drainage opening and used its black cap to screw onto the copper drainage spout. This with a 50 foot Gilmour hose and it is perfect for continuous drainage.
Lastly, I bought 12 pavers from Home Depot for the barrel to sit on which again someone else here already recommended. It sits level and the pavers add a needed finish to the setting.
* Added a flow valve that screws directly into the lower drainage opening.
* Connected a hose to the flow valve.
* Cut a round patio screen to sit under the black top.
* Placed 12 pavers under the barrel to finish and level it.
Excellent rain system. Couldn’t be happier.
Good product once you get one without defects
I’m using these barrels with rain chains rather than downspouts. There is a fair bit of splash off of the top that would be minimized if the lid were recessed an inch or so. It’s not a lot of splash but it’s enough to get the house wet with the barrels sitting a foot away from the wall. Also, the lids aren’t held on with anything and are very light. They would blow off in a strong wind. I’ve wired mine down.
Bottom line – I’d give the product 4 stars and the company that makes them and ships them 1 star for shoddy handling at the factory leading to a lot of damage and the fact that they sold as new a barrel that had obviously been previously opened. I don’t normally down-rate a product due to poor business practices by the manufacturer, but in this case I think it’s warranted.
[Edit] I’ve had my 4 rain barrels for about 6 months now. I get a lot of comments about how good they look. One of them apparently had an imperceptible scratch on it when I bought it. There’s a thin coating on the outside of the barrel and that’s flaking off where it’s scratched. I’m not happy about that. Otherwise, they’re doing their job well. I used 1″ vinyl tubing for the overflow port in back. I softened the tubing in hot water and it slipped on easily.
Bottom line – It looks good, it works well, and it’s ready to go right out of the box. Just be sure to inspect it thoroughly.
Looks Good and makes you feel good (for the environment) but has some issues (and my payback period was 101 years)
My requirements for a rain barrel were as follows:
- Functional: device must collect rain water from roof and store it for later use. Again, this water will only be used for flowers and I do not plan on drinking or bathing with the water collected in this barrel.
- Quality: You should expect some quality if you are paying over $100 for a large plastic water container
- Aesthetic: Must look good and it must blend in with the house
- Capacity: Must hold enough water to last between rainfalls
- Easy to set up: It’s a rain barrel not Ikea furniture!
- Economical: Should help save on water bills or make you think you are saving water
Results: Using these requirements, here is how the rain barrel scored (i was surprised by the economics):
- Functional: Below Average. Not sure if it is my rain barrel, but the flow from the spigot is slow (not as bad as a 70 yr old man with an enlarged prostate trying to pee but still pretty slow) so it takes some time to fill up a 2 gallon watering can (sorry, i don’t have exact metrics- but in the time it takes to fill the can, i can water 8 pots of flowers). The spigot rests high, but that leaves a foot of space underneath of water that you will not be able to use (unless you tip the barrel). Finally, the hole for the overflow is several inches from the top of the lip- resulting in more capacity that you cannot use. I’m sure someone with a lot of time on their hands could calculate the actual available volume- but that person won’t be me. I’ve also had no issues with the bug screen- it seems to work fine.
- Quality: Below Average. My barrel had a slight leak around the faucet as evidenced by the blocks underneath always being wet, and bees knowing where to go to get a drink. The leak was minimal and not a big deal. It’s still TBD how this thing will stand up through a midwestern winter.
- Aesthetic: Excellent. Our neighbor complimented us on our rain barrel and people that come over want to get one after seeing ours.
- Capacity: Excellent. It fills up during a good thunderstorm (results will vary based on the the sq footage of your roof feeding a particular downspout) and the water lasts until the next rain (and it’s barely rained this summer).
- Easy to Set up: Excellent. Came ready to use out of the box (a giant box at that). I just had to get a ~$3 downspout fitting from the hardware store, some cement blocks to put the rainbarrel on, and a pipe (used a flexible sump pump pipe) for the overflow.
- Economics: Extremely Poor. Here’s the math: Illinois water is about $3.23 per 1000 gallons (Per Prairie Research Institute) or $0.003/gallon The current price of the barrel is $128 which is equivalent to purchasing 39,628.5 gallons of water. Therefore you would have to fill up and use my barrel ~528 times in order to break even. In my case: assume that I use 4 gallons a day (two watering cans) for 5 months a year (May to Sept = 123 days) and that i water 80% of the days =98 days(factor in rain days + laziness. Using these assumptions, i would consume 392 gallons a year (or $1.27 worth of water) thereby resulting in a payback period of 101 years on just the price of the rain barrel itself(assuming everything remains constant e.g. price of water). Obviously your results will vary but you get the idea.
Bottom Line: I’d still purchase this again. Looks great, easy to set up, does its job (albeit like a teenager being paid minimum wage), and has some quality issues (which I can live with). Get this for its looks and to make you feel “green” because the economics don’t make a lot of sense (at least for me).
Pros: Looks good, good capacity, makes you feel like you are doing something for the environment.
Cons: Quality issues (minor leak around the faucet); mediocre performance (slow outflow from spigot); wasted capacity (bottom of the barrel and from the overflow valve to the top); You really aren’t saving that much on your water bill (see Economics).
Attractive rain barrel
Good Prduct but lacks quality control
Quality control is lacking.
I prepared my site by leveling the ground and laying brick pavers in a 2′x2′ square. After placing the barrel on the blocks, I cut the downspout approximately 1 foot above the barrel top, and attached an adjustable downspout extender. I cut a rectangular opening in the barrel cover, and slid the extender into the opening, fastening them together. In addition I placed a screen under the barrel cover to catch bugs and debris.
There is an overflow tube that comes out of the top rear of the barrel. I wish it was on the side so it wouldn’t be next to the house. To rectify this issue, I added a 5 foot plastic tube to channel any overflow water to the yard and away from the house.
It works great, looks great, and was easy to install! I would definitely suggest this rain barrel to all who are considering buying one.
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