RTS Rain Barrel Review. Home Accents 50 Gallon

RTS Home Accents 50 Gallon Rain Barrel, Woodgrain

RTS Home Accents 50 Gallon Rain Barrel, Woodgrain

Are you tired of spending hundreds of dollars on water to keep your lawn and garden thriving? Are you constantly repairing and replacing your rain barrel? If so, then you need an authentic and resilient rain barrel like the RTS Home Accents 50 Gallon Rain Barrel! With a phenomenal reputation among consumers, a high quality build, attractive look, and solid design specifics to back up its reputation, the the RTS Home Accents line is one of the best options for rain barrels on the market today. With three color options, and multiple quality levels to choose from, anyone can find the right RTS Rain Barrel for their needs.

Just check out the specifics below!

RTS Rain Barrel Home Accents Collection Review

RTS Rain Barrel (Woodgrain) in Context

RTS Rain Barrel (Woodgrain) in Context

The RTS Home Accents Rain Barrel goes above industry standards and is a fully functional rain storage and dispersal system. This means it is a fully functional rain barrel that is easy to assemble and clean.

The overall style of the RTS barrel is elegant and timeless enough to fit into any decor, from modern to Mediterranean to traditional. It is truly perfect for any aesthetic, embracing the classic oak wine barrel look, with fine finishes and a clever cut off rear design that allows the barrel to be pressed tightly against a building wall.


Basic Features

  • Unique oak-looking poly resin molded construction that ensures rotting, fading, and pest infestations don’t occur.
  • Easy-to-link design with a solid flat back to ensure easy installation anywhere.
  • Utilize rainwater for all your home and garden needs.
  • Small openings secure your rain barrel to ensure nothing gets in or out.
  • Control water flow by utilizing the dual valve.
  • Not appropriate for drinking water.

Dimensions and Specs

  • Dimensions: 24 x 20 x 35 inches
  • Weight: 21.95 pounds
  • Material: Plastic resin
  • Capacity: 50 gallons

The Details

The RTS Home Accents Rain Barrel is one of the best economical ways to store rainwater for your home and garden use. Made of 100% recycled materials, the RTS Home Accents Rain Barrel has an ecologically sound foundation that makes it easy to fill and store water.

Low Profile Design

Don’t worry about fitting a circular barrel against your house, because the Home Accents line has a flat base and back, which allows the barrel to be pressed directly up against a wall. This helps keep the footprint to a minimum. From most angles, the barrel appears to be a standard oak wine barrel shape, but the widest part of the barrel sits directly against the wall.

Spigot and Screen Designs

RTS Rain Barrel Brass Spigot

RTS Rain Barrel Brass Spigot

Most of the RTS Home Accents rain barrels come with a brass spigot and aluminum screen, which are elegant and robust, though the Eco model comes with a plastic spigot and plastic screen.

This spigot has a dual structure, which allows water to flow in different speeds, as well as easily be cut off by the valve. The specialized brass spigot found on the Woodgrain and Brown models is helpful to regulate water supply, while the cheaper and less stylish looking plastic spigot on the Eco model leaves something to be desired, but is functional enough given its price.

RTS Home Accents Black Eco Barrel

RTS Home Accents Black Eco Barrel

Spigots are the area where the rain barrel is most frequently used, and is a significant point of failure. The brass spigot is a significant upgrade to the plastic spigot on the Eco model, but if the higher priced models are out of reach, you could always get the Eco model, and be prepared to replace the spigot when needed. When you need to, you could always upgrade to a brass spigot at that point.

The screen is the other area that users occasionally interact with, as it occasionally clogs. The higher end RTS Home Accents barrels come with a high quality aluminum screen, designed to keep insects and debris out. The Eco model includes a black plastic screen, which functions well enough, though over time it will degrade more quickly than the aluminum models.

Aesthetics

RTS Home Accents Wood Grain Detail

RTS Home Accents Wood Grain Detail

Aside from standard functionality, it’s important for rain barrels to be aesthetically pleasing and durable. It’s often difficult to find a rain barrel that surpasses design and functionality standards required by today’s homeowners. But luckily, the RTS Home Accents Rain Barrel was designed with home style and durability in mind!

We feel that the look of the Woodgrain model is the most compelling, as it looks very much like a traditional oak wine barrel. After the Woodgrain, we would rank the Brown, then the Eco black being the least attractive. That said, all are reasonably elegant, and will only add to your outdoor decor.

Overall, the RTS Home Accents Rain Barrel has been proven to hold up to fifty gallons for an extensive amount of time in an economically and ecologically sound way. Some have found issues with the back of the barrel bowing a bit when filled completely with water, though if you leave a few inches of space between the wall and the barrel, you won’t notice any bowing or flexing of the barrel even when full.

Attachments

RTS Brown Rain Barrel

RTS Brown Rain Barrel

Adding a hose to a rain barrel makes it quite useful for watering the garden, and chaining multiple barrels together can increase the utility of a rain barrel system. With the ability to attach a hose, or even another barrel, to your RTS Rain Barrel, you are not only purchasing an aesthetically pleasing rain barrel that is also authentic and sturdy, but you are also purchasing a rain barrel that is completely versatile. So, stop purchasing cheap rain barrels that don’t match your design aesthetic or functional standards. Instead, invest in this rain barrel to save time, money, and ecological resources!

Assembly

Assembling the RTS Home Accents Rain Barrel is relatively easy. When you receive your rain barrel, simply place it in the general area where you want to store it. Then, take out barrel bows, so you can install your barrel against a wall or other surface. Before officially installing your barrel, ensure the spigot is straight and securely placed. Once you have checked that the spigot and other parts of the barrel are adequately placed, use a wrench to tighten everything and fully install your barrel to its surface.

After installing your rain barrel in its designated place, you have the option to install a hose on the front, connected to the spigot. It’s important to note that buyers have mentioned that a water heater pan is a better option than a front hose.

You can see a quick demonstration of the assembly process here:

Cleaning and Maintenance

Although the RTS Home Accents Rain Barrel is extremely durable and resilient, it’s important to regularly clean and maintain it. The RTS Home Accents Rain Barrel requires the same standard cleaning practices that other rain barrels require. If you’re unfamiliar with the process of cleaning a rain barrel, it’s simple. All you have to do is create a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, or light bleach and water. Once you have your solution, simply use a sponge and the solution to clean the inside and outside of your rain barrel. After scrubbing your rain barrel, make sure you adequately rinse it out. It’s important that no solution is left inside your rain barrel. Then, allow your rain barrel to dry.

Accessories

Since the RTS Home Accents Rain Barrel is so versatile and aesthetically pleasing, it’s easy to find accessories for it. One of the best accessories you could purchase for this rain barrel is an additional rain barrel! If you have several downspouts, and a large garden, combining multiple RTS Rain Barrels may make a great deal of sense for you. Simply link the barrels together with the linking kit, and you’ll be on your way.

You may want to pick up the Rain Barrel stand to make using the barrel a little easier. It raises the barrel up off of the ground a bit, giving it a bit more height and room to maneuver underneath the spigot. It’s very helpful if you want to fill up pails of water, or otherwise use the spigot without a hose.

Another great accessory option a Rain Barrel diverter kit, such as the EMSCO rain barrel diverter. This accessory is attached to your rain barrel and downspout. Instead of placing your rain barrel directly below your downspout, you can use this downspout diverter to connect your downspout to your rain barrel. The diverter’s technology regulates water into the rain barrel, and knows when the barrel is full. Thus, you won’t have to worry about your rain barrel overflowing.

Mosquito Protection

The RTS Rain Barrel system is inherently mosquito-resistant, but adding additional mosquito protection is wise, and good for the environment (and everyone around!). We strongly encourage users to pick up a pack of Mosquito Dunk to ensure those little @#$^%! don’t breed in your rain barrel.


The Bottom Line

While there are many different rain barrels on the market, the RTS Home Accents line of Rain Barrels sits near the top of our list, slightly above the Algreen Castilla Rain Barrel, with solid functionality, resilience, versatility, and pleasing aesthetics. With the RTS Home Accents Rain Barrel, you won’t have to worry about repairing or replacing your rain barrel for many years to come. So, stop wasting money and drinkable water on your lawn and garden, and opt for the RTS Home Accents Rain Barrel to store water for all your home and garden needs!


 

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