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The bigger the better? This is usually the case for rain barrels. If you have a model with enough capacity, it is quite possible to supply the entire household with the collected water. This not only saves costs, but also protects the environment.

Rain barrels with a capacity of 1000 liters are often rectangular

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  1. product types
  2. Other purchase criteria
  3. Brands/ where to buy
  4. care instructions
  5. equipment
  6. product types

    Have you decided to buy a 1000 l water butt? First of all, you now have the choice between two different forms. Round or square, the water doesn't care. In order to find the right model for your requirements, you should know the advantages and disadvantages of both variants.

    Square rain barrels

    The angular variant is not the classic shape, but it has many advantages. First and foremost is the space saving. Thanks to the straight edges, this model can be placed directly on the house wall. It doesn't matter whether you prefer a flat, rectangular or a tall, square water butt. However, cleaning this shape is a bit more complex, since dirt deposits in the corners are not so easy to reach.

    To the buying guide for "Square rain barrel"


    If you want to build your own water butt, the square version is a good choice. The dimensions and sawing work are much easier to implement with this shape.

    • space saving
    • Numerous designs
    • Easy DIY
    • Difficulty cleaning
    our recommendation
    Plastic tank 1000 liters e.g. rain barrel
    149.90 EUR To the product

    Round rain barrels

    Everyone who thinks of a rain barrel probably has the round cylindrical shape in mind. In direct comparison to the square rain barrel, the advantages and disadvantages are exactly the opposite. Cleaning the interior walls is easier because there are no nooks and crannies. On the other hand, the round water butt does not completely fill the corners of a building and does not fit exactly on a wall. The resulting gaps can in turn lead to more work when cleaning the terrace, as leaves can fall into the gap.

    • Easy cleaning
    • Variable in height
    • Cavities between walls and the bin
    our recommendation
    WERIT rainwater barrel 1,000 liters
    199.95 EUR To the product

    Other purchase criteria

    Once you have decided on a basic model, the final purchase decision is far from settled. You should also consider the following criteria:

    • Optical features
    • Practical features

    Optical features

    The optics are irrelevant for the functionality of the rain barrel. Anyone who tends and cares for their garden with a lot of love naturally pays attention to a harmonious overall picture.


    The standard color of a 1000 l water butt is dark green. Most of these models are made of simple plastic. Although this color seems rather subtle, it sometimes looks a bit artificial. With weatherproof paint, you can give your water butt a new design in no time at all. Whether you decide on an inconspicuous natural tone or make the bin with bright colors the eye-catcher in your garden is entirely up to you.

    To the buying guide for "Gray rain barrel"


    Only paint the bin on the outside so that no paint particles get into the rainwater.

    our recommendation
    Graf Garantia column tank stone gray 1000 l
    404.90 EUR To the product


    The classier (albeit more elaborate) type of makeover is a disguise. If you do it skillfully, you won't even recognize the water butt as this. By surrounding your rain barrel with a stone wall, you can turn the barrel into a fountain. Also popular is the wood paneling, which is suitable for beginners due to the easier procedure.

    To the buying guide for "wooden rain barrel"

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    Practical features

    What good is a large water butt that makes more work to care for and draw the water than it is useful? To save yourself trouble after the purchase, you should consider these criteria.


    1000 l rain barrels (€53.99) are available in stores either made of wood or plastic. The latter variant is of course much cheaper and requires less maintenance. However, you should keep in mind that PVC is harmful to the environment compared to wood. Wood, on the other hand, looks nicer and is also weatherproof if properly impregnated.


    As already mentioned, plastic does not have a commendable ecological balance. If you still use this material, pay particular attention to high quality and good workmanship. The longer your water butt lasts, the less you pollute the environment with disposal waste.


    If you pay attention to quality when buying, you will be able to enjoy the rain barrel for longer

    But what are the characteristics of a durable plastic water butt? Before you buy, check the following properties:

    • UV-resistant
    • well welded seams
    • stable
    • stable ground
    • extra coating on the inner walls
    • resistant to detergents


    On the one hand, you are responsible for the stability of your water butt; on the other hand, the shape determines this criterion. Only place the vessel on level surfaces. It is best to build a foundation before setting it up. The stability of your water butt decreases with increasing height. Especially with large models with a capacity of 1000 l, there is a risk that the empty bin will fall over in strong winds. Wide, flat models are therefore more recommended.

    Brands/ where to buy

    You can get 1000 l water butts in hardware stores. Alternatively, ask a disposal company about empty drums. However, you must clean them thoroughly with water before filling them.

    care instructions

    When the standing rainwater in the barrel freezes in winter, the volume increases. Plastic rain barrels in particular then threaten to burst. For this reason, it is important to empty a 1000 l water butt (independently) of its material to at least a quarter of the water before the first night frosts.


    If you already own a 500 l rain barrel and would like to increase your water consumption from the environmentally friendly collection aid, you do not necessarily have to dispose of your old container. Remember that every unused dustbin means waste for the environment. Simply expand your current collection tank to a 1000 l water butt by connecting two models. Below is a detailed guide.

    Connect rain barrels

    How to connect two 500 l water butts to a 1000 l water butt:

    To the buying guide for "Rain Butt 500l"

    Required material

    our recommendation
    Garantia water butt connection set, 32 mm, (1 1/4"), hose: 25 cm - water butt connection - 330031
    14.89 EUR To the product
    • garden hose
    • Hose scissors (preferably with a triangular blade), alternatively a cutter or large wire pliers
    • fabric tape


    • Test whether the garden hose is tight
    • Cleaning the garden hose
    • Cut the garden hose to the desired length
    • make sure the interface is clean
    • hang one end of the hose in the first bin
    • fix with fabric tape
    • do not squeeze the hose
    • put the other end in your mouth and suck on it until water touches your lips
    • hang the second end in the other water butt and fix it with fabric tape
    • important: the hose must not draw any air

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