Algreen Products Cascata Rain Barrel Review

Algreen Products’ Cascata rain barrel is a very attractive product that places an emphasis on style and appearance. It’s available in several different colors including a neutral terra cotta color. We like this barrel, but there are a few things you should know about, so keep reading.

Algreen Products Cascata Rain Barrel Review

The Algreen Products Cascata rain barrel is one of the most attractive 65-gallon rain barrels you’ll find. If you’re shopping for an attractive barrel to use in a prominent spot in your landscape – this product is a good choice. The barrel comes with a 1-year warranty, and with proper maintenance, it will last for several years in most climates.

The biggest upside of this rain barrel is its pleasing design. The Algreen Products Cascata rain barrel is at home on any well-decorated deck, patio, or sitting area. The rain barrel is contoured with subtle curves which flange outward at the top – with a small planting area in the top of the barrel. It has all of the functionality of your standard industrial rain barrel, with a couple of bells and whistles that may or may not be useful for you.

The barrel is made of roto-molded low-density polyethylene (LDPE) which is BPA-free. Some people have reported that they received a plastic spigot instead of the advertised brass spigot. We contacted Algreen Products and they assured us that all of their rain barrels currently ship with brass spigots. If you get a plastic spigot by accident, just let them know and they’ll send you a brass spigot immediately at no extra cost. You might want to upgrade the hose that comes with the Cascata barrel.

Pro Tip – Hoses

For the typical setup, two hoses are necessary to get this rain barrel up and running. The first hose is connected to the bottom of the barrel and allows you to use the water in the bottom of the barrel. That hose is included. Many people have chose to upgrade this short hose with a higher-quality hose from their local hardware store. It’s a nice upgrade for a few dollars.

The second hose is the hose you can attach to the top of the barrel to control rain water overflow out of the barrel. No hose is included for overflow control. If you want to direct the overflow from the barrel away from your foundation or back into a downspout or drain – you’ll need to purchase your own hose and clamp. This should be an easy project for anyone with beginner-level DIY skills.
The Algreen Products Cascata Rain Barrel can be daisy-chained inline with other barrels to increase capacity. The back of the barrel has a hose nozzle which is sealed when the barrel ships but can easily be opened to attach a hose for overflow or linking. Algreen Products offers a separate linking kit, or you can easily set up your own DIY solution.

The overflow mechanism has been frustrating for some people. If you don’t install an overflow hose, the barrel will overflow from the top of the barrel. You should install an overflow hose. If you’re capable of installing a simple hose, you shouldn’t have any problem. You will have to provide your own hose and clamp.

Algreen does provide a 1-year warranty on the Algreen Products Cascata Rain Barrel. The warranty covers the barrel itself – not parts and accessories. You must drain the barrel before freezing weather. If you neglect to drain the barrel and it is cracked by freezing water, you’ll void your warranty. If you live in a very cold climate, you should consider moving the empty barrel inside for winter storage.

Special Features

• Attractive design provides a nice design accent, making this rain barrel right at home in prominent places like decks, patios, and seating areas
• Bottom-mounted drainage hose allows you to use every last inch of rainwater in the barrel
• Compatible with the Algreen 500 GPH rain barrel pump kit – for fast, pressurized water flow
Items Included in Package
• Algreen Products Cascata Rain Barrel
• Brass spigot
• Corrosion-Proof Debris Screen
• Bottom-Fitting Hose Attachment and Hose

Pro Tip – Planter Drainage

The top piece of this rain barrel includes a small space that can be used as a planter. If you’ve ever kept a planter, you’re probably familiar with the requirement for drainage holes. This is the reason flower pots have a hole in the bottom – it allows excess water to drain from the bottom of the pot. The planter in the top of this rain barrel does not have any drainage holes.

Here are a few options you can think about to address this issue:

1. Don’t plant any plants in the top of this rain barrel.
2. Drill drainage holes in the bottom of the top piece. (If you choose to do this, over time you will no doubt build up sludge in the bottom of the rain barrel as tiny soil particles move from the planter down into the barrel as water drains.)
3. Recommended – Plant your plants in a low profile pot that does include drainage holes, and simply place that pot inside the top piece of the rain barrel.

Available Accessories

Algreen offers a simple diverter kit that has a lower profile than most of the rain barrel diverters on the market. There are several options for configuring the installation of your Algreen Products Cascata rain barrel – you can go from the diverter to the inlet in the barrel top; from the diverter to an overflow nozzle; or straight from the downspout to the inlet in the barrel top.
Linking multiple barrels together is easy with Algreen’s linking kit. Alternatively, you can do this with standard hose or tubing from your local hardware store (don’t forget to pick up some simple hose clamps too).
One unique accessory that’s available is Algreen’s rain barrel pump kit, which allows you to pressurize the water from your rain barrel. With this pump, you can distribute the water in your barrel more quickly than you could if you were only using only gravity.

Recommended Setup

The most common setup for the Algreen Products Cascata rain barrel is as a stand-alone rainwater collection barrel situated directly underneath a downspout. This barrel can easily be daisy-chained to another barrel to increase capacity. If you want an attractive barrel for a simple harvesting/storage application – this product is great. But, if you’re looking for a tightly-sealed barrel for a special application, this one probably isn’t for you.
Some people have reported that when the barrel is full, the bottom of the barrel can flex downward, effectively closing off the bottom-mounted drainage hose. It’s easy to fix this problem with a couple of wood shims. Be careful not to do anything that would void your warranty.

Pros & Cons

Pros

• Sleek, attractive design fits in nicely on patios, decks, and sitting areas
• The bottom-mounted hose allows you to use every inch of water in the barrel
• Compatible with Algreen’s rain barrel pump and low-profile downspout diverter kit
Cons
• The weight of full barrel can compress the bottom-mounted hose
• No overflow hose included

Our Rating

The Algreen Products Cascata Rain Barrel is one of the most attractive designs you’ll find for a 65-gallon rain barrel. It’s an excellent choice for anyone who’s looking for a nice-looking barrel to collect rain directly from a downspout in a prominent spot within their landscape.

There are a few “gotchas” when it comes to the initial setup and installation of the Algreen Products Cascata rain barrel, but if you’ve read through this review, you already know what they are. You’ll just need to make one quick trip to the hardware store for shims, an overflow hose, and a hose clamp. No big deal.

We think this rain barrel is a great choice for any homeowner who wants an attractive solution to harvest and store rainwater directly from a downspout. Where some rain barrels can be an eyesore, this one blends in and can actually be used as a nice design element. Add a nice cascading plant to the top of the barrel and you’ll hear nothing but compliments about your new rain barrel.