Heck yeah are rain barrels a great way to save on your water bill and rescue your thirty plants during droughts when you can only water on certain days! Water from the barrel is also great for washing cars and dogs. The trouble is, rain barrels have traditionally looked like, well, barrels. Big ugly plastic barrels. Not something you want in your beautifully landscaped yard or gorgeous flower garden, right? Luckily, designers and garden shops have started creating rain barrels that defy the stereotypes. In a variety of colors and styles, all with easy to access spigots, here are our five favorite rain barrels.
From HERO 365 designers Jenny Lemieux and Leo Corrales comes the Hero 365 RC-1 Rain Collector, a 45-gallon rain barrel available at Bobby Berk Home for $550.
A built in planter lid helps disguise this Chateau Rain Barrel in your yard. Available from Composters for $308.58, the 75-gallon barrel is made from super-durable polyethylene, but has a ceramic look from afar.
The 70-gallon Quad Rain Barrel, available on Composters for $399.60, is made from FSC certified Canadian spruce that has been treated without chemicals to withstand biological degradation.
With a look that’s more wine barrel than rain barrel, this Woodgrain Rain Barrel, available on Clean Air Gardening for $169.99, looks like an oak cask. In reality, it’s made out of heavy duty plastic, which gives it long-lasting durability.
Even though this barrel looks like a ceramic planter, it’s made from molded plastic that promises to withstand extreme temperatures. The 50-gallon Algreen Aqua Rain Barrel also comes with a garden hose for easy watering. The budget-friendly option is available at Sears for $139.99.