This 55-gallon Japanese-style rain barrel is simple while still looking stylish. I like home decor like this because it actually makes it look more expensive and visually enhances the value of a home.
It’s clean-looking sandstone finish works well with virtually any home exterior, even if you aren’t going for the Asian look. Homeowners trying to achieve a minimalist feel will also like this product.
But don’t be deceived by the looks of the Kyoto.
It’s tough and long-lasting, even if you live in an area where you experience extreme temperatures. Don’t worry about chipping or cracking. This is a very low maintenance product. Also, the included spigot is brass, not cheap plastic. If you have kids, you’ll be happy to know that it comes with a safety grid.
The stylish base actually adds more stability to this rain collector, which is also important, especially if you have young kids running around. The additional elevation also makes it easier to fill up watering cans or other containers.
By the way – it looks heavy, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not – one person can easily move it.
What if you need to clean the barrel?
The screen guard on top keeps out debris that may flow down the downspout (you can remove the top by the way). However, in the rare case that you need to clean out your barrel, simply open the drain plug at the bottom of the tank.
Many other types of barrels do not come with a drain plug. Therefore, if you want one make sure you check for it.
What are the drawbacks of the Kyoto Rain Barrel?
The Kyoto is a medium-sized tank at 55 gallons, so if you get a large amount of runoff, you will probably want a larger 80-100 gallon tank. It is also completely round, so if you need a barrel with a flat back to fit snugly against a wall, this is not the model for you.