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11 of the best water butts in 2022

Conserve water with one of these water butts.

A water butt is a great way to take advantage of wet weather and be more conscious of the water you’re using in your garden. By collecting rainwater in a water butt, you can conserve water while keeping your garden well-maintained and healthy.

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Water butts come in a range of materials and sizes and are designed to capture and hold rainwater. With capacities up to 350 litres, they can be a great tool for saving water and providing a reliable source in the height of summer.

In this guide, we give advice on how to choose the best water butt, outline the types available and provide suggestions for the best water butts to buy right now.

If you’re interested in more watering accessories, browse our selection of the best watering cans and self-watering planters.

How to choose the best water butt

There should be three main considerations when it comes to choosing the best water butt for your garden. These are: size, material and budget.

The size of your garden will influence the size and water capacity you’ll need. If space is limited, consider a smaller water butt with a capacity of under 200 litres. Those with small gardens may also benefit from having a water butt that mounts on the wall to reduce how much patio space it takes up. For a large garden, a capacity of 200 litres or more is suitable. In most cases, you’ll also need to buy a stand, a hose, and a diverter.

When it comes to materials, water butts are typically made from plastic or steel. Both are extremely durable but plastic water butts are often cheaper and there are recycled plastic water butts for an environmentally-friendly option.

By collecting rainwater in a water butt, you can conserve water while keeping your garden well-maintained and healthy.

Types of water butts

Most water butts are supplied with a stand and can be placed on the ground in the corner of the garden. However,  some water butts can be mounted on an external wall,  a good option for smaller gardens where ground space is precious. You can also run guttering from a shed roof into a water butt as an efficient way to harvest rainwater – if you don’t have one in your garden, you might find our comprehensive guide to the best garden sheds useful.

Mounted Water Butts

Mounted water butts, like the Pure Raindrop Water Butt, are lightweight and designed to sit on external walls in the garden. Because of this, they take up very little room. This style also provides more flexibility on the height of the tap because you have full control over where, and how high, it’s fixed to the wall.

Plastic Water Butts

Plastic is the most common water butt material and a number of recycled plastic options are available. Cheaper than their steel counterparts, plastic water butts come in both the mounted style or the traditional barrel with a stand such as the Cloudburst Water Butt.

Steel Water Butts

Steel water butts are durable and long-lasting. Typically heavier and more expensive than plastic, these water butts are designed to stand on the ground. Traditional barrel water butts also vary a lot more in capacity.

How do I install a water butt? 

  1. Place your water butt next to a downpipe. 
  2. Cut through the downpipe a few centimetres below the top of your water butt. 
  3. Attach a water diverter to the base of the cut in the upper downpipe. 
  4. Attach the lower half of your downpipe to the diverter.
  5. Many water butts already have one, but if not, drill a hole for the connector hose.
  6. Attach the connector hose to the butt and the downpipe. 
  7. Collect rainwater as and when you need it.

Fitting a downpipe to a greenhouse to save water

11 of the best water butts

From galvanised steel to recycled plastic, here is our pick of the best water butts.

1

Harcostar Water Butt 227L

Harcostar Water Butt 227L

For a simple, no-nonsense water butt, try the Harcostar Water Butt. Made in the UK from recycled plastic, it comes in the traditional barrel shape, and can be bought with a diverter, a child-safe lid and a hose connector tap.

Price: £57.59

Buy the Harcostar Water Butt 227L at Water Butts Direct


2

Black Slimline Space Saver Water Butt 100L

Black Slimline Space Saver Water Butt 100L

If you’re pushed for space but still want to reuse rainwater, try this slimline model. Manufactured in the UK from recycled plastic, it has all the features you need, but with a small patio footprint.

Price: £34

Buy the Black Slimline Space Saver Water Butt 100L from Water Butts Direct


3

Pure Raindrop Water Butt 75L

Pure Raindrop Water Butt 75L

This award-winning water butt has a built-in five litre jug that fills automatically, ready for use. Any additional water will then fill the 75 litre teardrop container below it. It’s supplied with a five year guarantee and can be fitted directly onto your drainpipe.

Price: £309.29

Buy Pure Raindrop Water Butt at Crocus


4

Rainwater Terrace Water Butt 134L

Rainwater Terrace Water Butt 134L

This water butt comes supplied with a diverter for the down pipe, a stand and has integrated planters. With a capacity of 134 litres, it’s a good, mid-size option and each water storage box has a transparent drain tube to show the water level.

Price: £148.99

Buy Rainwater Terrace Water Butt 134L at Water Butts Direct


5

Cloudburst Water Butt 200L

Cloudburst Water Butt

Made from recycled plastic, the Cloudburst Water Butt has a child-safe lid, a tap and a diverter kit to attach to a down pipe. It has a capacity of 200 litres and comes with a stand.

Price: £54.99

Buy Cloudburst Water Butt 200L at Amazon


6

Madison Rain Barrel with Fountain 185L

Madison Rain Barrel with Fountain 185L

For a show-stopping water butt, check out this rain barrel. Fitted with a fountain, it collects 185l of rainwater as well as providing a stunning water feature. It comes fitted with a hose too, so you can directly water patio plants.

Price: £232.57

Buy the Madison Rain Barrel with Fountain 185L from Water Butts Direct


7

Noblesse Decorative Water Butt 270L

Noblesse Decorative Water Butt 270L

This understated water butt would suit contemporary gardens. Despite its simple design it holds a generous 270L and also doubles as a planter to soften the look. It’s also child-safe.

Price: £268.99

Buy the Noblesse Decorative Water Butt 270L from Water Butts Direct


8

Green Basics Rain Barrel 200L

Green Basics Rain Barrel

Made from recycled plastic in a wind-powered factory, this water butt is a good option for the eco-conscious gardener. The frost-proof water butt can hold up to 200 litres and has an integrated planter for extra growing space for plants or flowers.

Price: £189.99

Buy Green Basics Rain Barrel 200L at Crocus


9

Garantia Stone 2-in-1 Water Butt 350L

Garantia Stone 2-in-1 Water Butt

This water butt from Garantia doubles up as a planter. With a capacity of 350 litres, it can collect a huge amount of rainwater and has a smooth, natural stone look.

Price: £375

Buy Garantia Stone 2-in-1 Water Butt 350L at Robert Dyas


10

Rain Catcher Wall Mounted Water Butt 160L

Wall Mounted Water Butt

A mounted water butt is a good option for small gardens with limited patio space. This recycled plastic water butt has three outlet connections at the bottom that can be used for the tap supplied or for connecting to another water butt.

Price: £189.98

Buy Rain Catcher Wall Mounted Water Butt 160L at Amazon


11

Primrose Bamboo Water Butt 110L

Primrose Bamboo Water Butt 110L

This water butt has a bamboo-effect finish and holds up to 110 litres of water. Made from UV stabilised materials, it’s supplied with a matching stand, lid, rain diverter and tap.

Price: £149.99

Buy Bamboo Water Butt at Primrose

Need further inspiration? Buy water butts from Water Butts Direct, Drainage Superstore, Crocus, and Primrose.


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This Product Guide was last updated in April 2022 and we apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.