FCMP Outdoor RC4000-BRN Plastic Outdoor Rain Barrel, 50-Gallon

Last updated: June 5, 2023

This rain barrel is easy to set up underneath of your downspout, as it has a flat back and a wide opening. The unit is designed to resemble a traditional wooden barrel, although it is made out of a high-quality plastic. With this barrel, you'll get a garden hose, hanging hose clip and an overflow hose.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: Use this rain barrel if you have children or pets at home, as the spoke and wheel pattern on the top of the barrel provides an added layer of safety.

In our analysis of 41 expert reviews, the FCMP Outdoor Plastic Outdoor Rain Barrel, 50-Gallon placed 12th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

RC4000 Rain Catcher Rain Barrel by FCMP Outdoor. In production for over 25 years, Rain Catcher rain barrels are the gold standard for rain water collection with over 375,000 barrels sold across North America. Designed to mimic a traditional wooden barrel the Rain Catcher line of rain barrels have many modern features not found in a basic barrel. Included accessories: debris screen, 40 ” garden hose, shut-off thumb valve, hanging hose clip, overflow hose, and linking kit.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Unlike a lot of water storage solutions, this model comes with a 40-inch hose as standard, so you won’t need to struggle with connecting one up to a spigot. If the barrel starts to overflow, it’ll simply fall back down behind the storage area and flow out from the bottom in a controlled, direct path.
As our best overall pick, it offers a fantastic blend of functionality, style, and affordability. While it’s not the cheapest rain barrel on our list, we feel it’s worth the money over the long term. The large opening and flat back design make it ideal for placement against a wall, and the bowed out design keeps it inaccessible to pets, children, and pests. If you want to quickly fill up a good watering can for use in the garden, the included hose makes it an easy task.
Features include an aluminum mesh to prevent mosquitos and debris from getting into the water, and a spoke pattern at the top of the barrel to make it child and pet safe. The barrel comes with accessories, including a 40-inch garden hose, a shut-off thumb valve, an overflow hose, and a connector kit for adding other rain barrels to increase capacity. Users of this rain barrel love how sturdy it is, and comment that it has lasted very well even when left outside during winter in below-freezing temperatures.
Has a large opening that collects water quickly. Unlike rain barrels with small collection ports, this brown barrel can hold 50 gallons of water. It’s an expandable water barrel with side-mounted spigots that allows you to link many barrels through an in-series connection. The mesh screen is made from high-quality aluminum material.
The overflow connection at the back of the barrel drains the water away from the home foundation. It's a complete expandable water storage solution. The spigots on the side of the barrel and the linking kit allow you to connect many rain barrels in series. This increases water harvesting capacity.

What reviewers didn't like

The overflow tube isn’t as helpful as it could be. Protective filter screen sits in a recessed cavity so can blow away, not secured with a fastener.
The main complaint amongst users about this rain barrel is that the overflow hose is poorly designed and doesn’t work well or doesn’t work at all. Mosquito mesh does not filter out mosquitos.
The overflow hose is poorly-designed because it doesn’t expand to allow water flow through it very well.
No base stand included. Small overflow outlet.
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