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Best Water Butts and Accessories

In these days of climate change, everyone is trying their best to be as environmentally friendly as possible. 
Installing a water butt or two in garden is a great way to help the planet. They collect and store rainwater so that you can use it to water your garden when the weather gets better.
Budget water butts start out as low as 20 pounds these days, so there’s real excuse not to do your bit. In addition, they will actually save you money in the long run as you won’t have to rely on your mains supply.

Comparison table: Best water butts & accessories (November 2020 Updated Review)

ProductWhat We ThinkPrice

BeGreen 100L Capacity Mini Rainsaver Water Butt Kit includes Butt/ Stand/ Diverter

BeGreen 100L Capacity Mini Rainsaver Water Butt Kit includes Butt/ Stand/ Diverter

  • Water butt kit including stand and diverter
  • 100ltr capacity
  • Produced from recycled plastic
  • British made
  • Hose fit tap included

Straight Plc Andersons Garden Lake Water Butt Kit including Stand and Diverter, Multi-Colour, 200 Litre

Straight Plc Andersons Garden Lake Water Butt Kit including Stand and Diverter, Multi-Colour, 200 Litre

  • Fits all standard fittings
  • Made from recycled plastic
  • Child safe lid included

Water Butt Connector Pipe Link Kit

Water Butt Connector Pipe Link Kit

  • Ward Water Butt Connector

Hozelock 7612 0000 Waterbutt Pump

Hozelock 7612 0000 Waterbutt Pump

  • Compact, ready to use water butt pump
  • Ready to use with the output Connector included
  • Compact to ease installation into rain water butt
  • Performances adapted to the needs: 2200 L/hr
  • 2 year guarantee

Ward Enterprises GN816 Strata Ward Water Butt Filler Kit For Downpipes

Ward Enterprises GN816 Strata Ward Water Butt Filler Kit For Downpipes

  • Connects downpipe to water butt
  • Suitable for both round and square downpipes
  • Full fitting instructions included
  • Made in UK

Sankey 1229 150L Beehive Water Butt

  • 150-litre capacity
  • Complete with lid and twist-flow tab
  • Lightweight, weather-resistant and shatterproof
  • Use with premier water butt stand

Here are reviews for the best water butts available in the UK. We have provided links for you should you wish to know more about the products we’ve reviewed. Let’s begin…

Our first water butt review is made in Britain from recycled plastic is on sale for under 30 pounds at the moment.
This kit includes a 100 litre water butt, a rain diverter that fits 68mm round and 65mm square downpipes, a stand, and a hose fit tap. Basically everything you need.
Its sleek design means finding a space for it in the garden isn’t too much of a hassle and it remains stable on its 3 part stand. The stand itself holds the weight of the butt well, even when it is filled to capacity.
It has been made to a high standard and there are no signs of any leaks. It is also surprisingly easy to set up thanks to ports for the filler tube already being cut in the sides. The product measures 38 x 38 x 124 cm.

  • Low cost 100 litre water butt
  • British made to a high standard
  • Doesn’t take up too much space
  • Easy to set up
  • Comes with everything you need to set up

2. Harcostar 227 litre Water Butt & Raintrap Diverter + Stand

This very popular kit from Harcostar contains a water butt that can hold 227 litres, a raintrap diverter and stand.
The components are all well made from strong materials so you don’t have to worry about the working life of this product.
Like our previous review, ports have been pre-cut on each side to make set up easier, but this model also has removable plugs in the ports, and handily, threaded tap holes have been pre-set up in two different places so you can choose which side to install the tap.
Another great feature is the lockable lid which has a spring loaded fastening clip. 
The rain diverter will for any downpipe, round or square with a little bit f adjusting and does what it is intended to do better than most.

  • 227 litre capacity
  • High quality materials used in the butt’s construction
  • Precut and plugged ports on both sides of the butt
  • Two threaded tap holes have already been set up for you
  • Lockable lid

3. Sankey 1229 150L Beehive Water Butt

Some people are put off by the look of the standard water butt and, let’s be honest, they’re not he most eye catching things in the world are they?
Well, Sankey have thought about this problem and have come up with a solution- the Beehive water butt.
As the name implies, this model is shaped like a beehive and looks so much more natural and pleasing to the eye than what is usually on offer.
Made from 100 percent recycled materials but styled to look like a ceramic construction, this water butt will look great in any garden. It is also shatter proof and resistant to UV damage.
It stands 77 x 60 x 60 cm and weighs 4 Kg when empty and will hold 150 litres of rainwater.
This model isn’t a kit and the stand and diverter have to be purchased separately.

  • 150 litre capacity
  • Unique beehive design looks better than the standard models
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Strong and durable
  • Shatter and UV proof

We continue our best water butt reviews with this kit that includes all the things you need such as the butt with lid, rain diverter, stand, and tap. It is available for 41.84 on Amazon with free delivery in the UK.
Like all our other reviews it is made from robust, recycled plastic and comes with pre-cut holes to make the set up process as simple as possible. The rain diverter is about 2 feet long and will fit any 68mm round downpipe or a 65mm square one.
The stand that comes with this water butt does a good job of keeping it stable and the lid fastens down tight so if you have kids you can rest assured they can’t get it open.

  • Made from good quality recycled plastic
  • Full kit includes everything you need
  • 2ft long water diverter will fit round or square downpipes
  • Sits stable on its stand
  • Childproof lid fastens down tight

Hozelock 7612 0000 Waterbutt Pump

Hozelock are best known for creating gardening products that are practical, simple to operate and can be used with the minimal of fuss, and this pump is no different.
Installing the pump into your water butt has been made easier by Hozelock who have given this model a compact design. One installed it can produce 1.1 bar of water pressure, so you just connect a 15mm or 19mm hose connector to the output and let the water flow. No more carrying the water around in buckets or watering cans.
The pump can be left inside the water butt during the warmer months but I would recommend bringing it in to store for the winter just in case.
This product comes with a 2 year guarantee.

  • Simple and easy to use design
  • Compact so it’s easy to install
  • Can produce 1.1 bar of pressure
  • Can be left inside the water butt
  • Can connect direct to hose
After using a water butt for a while and seeing the benefits, many people buy and install a second or even third device. 
Connecting two water butts to increase your water storage is a much better idea than having two separate units because you can use only one rain diverter, which is probably the most labor intensive and fiddly bit to set up.
This kit comprises of a 50cm connector pipe and also the fittings and detailed instructions. It is low cost, and at the time of writing this can be purchased on Amazon for just over 5 pounds.
The pipe is made from black recycled plastic and manufactured in the UK to the highest standard. To sum up, it is a very good value connector kit that can save you money on buying a more expensive rain converter.
50cm connector, fittings and instructions included in the kit

  • Made from recycled plastic
  • Manufactured in the UK
  • Low cost and very good value for money
  • Popular product with many happy customers

7. Ward Enterprises GN816 Strata Ward Water Butt Filler Kit For Downpipes

Not all water butts come with the full kit needed to make them work such as a stand, and most importantly a rain diverter/filler (the beehive kit we reviewed for instance). Not to worry though as there are plenty of spate diverters available to buy that will fit most water butts.
Our pick for the best of them is this model from ward enterprises.
This filler kit includes the parts and fittings needed such as pipe and O-rings and is easy to fit to 65mm round downpipes and square pipes. There are also clear instructions included for you to follow.
The pipe acts as both a filler and an overflow system and excess water will flow back into it when the butt is full. Just make sure that you have set up the system properly according to the instructions (the diverter should connect to the downpipe at roughly the same level (not too low or high) or this feature won’t work
It is made in the UK from recycled plastic and everything feels like it will have a long working life.

  • Made in UK
  • Made from recycled plastic
  • Filler and overflow function in one system
  • Will fit most 65mm round and square downpipes
  • Comes with all fittings necessary for set up

Water butts are excellent water saving devices if set up properly and we hope that you now feel better informed about the best deals available to you in the UK at the moment.
Please feel free to explore this site and you will see that we have numerous other pages dedicated to a wide range of gardening products complete with their own product reviews.
We will update this, and all our other review pages as new products and models come onto the market to keep our information the most up to date possible, so please stop by again from time to time. We hope you enjoyed this article.

About Terry Smith

I’m Terry Smith from, a professional landscape designer, hobbyist gardener, and barbecue fanatic with 20 years experience building and restoring. So as you go through my site you'll watch me document some of the professional garden installs I make as well as the major projects I take on at home. While sharing those experiences and guiding you, I'll be recommending some great tools I use to enable this along the way so you can really buy in confidence.

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