Best Water Butt Review

Best Water Butt Review

We take a look at our top 3 water butts to suit any budget.

Almost all serious gardeners realise the need to get a water butt at some point. Such a tank enables you to harvest rainwater that you can then use to water your plants. Not only is using rainwater to water your plants healthy for them, but it also saves you money if you are on a water meter and is better for the environment.

Another advantage of using a water butt for your garden water supply is that your plants don’t suffer in the event that your home tap water supply is interrupted. Or if there is a hosepipe ban. When searching for a suitable water butt, the most important factors you’ll have to consider are its size and what it is made of.

While water butts can be made from a variety of materials, most of them are made of plastic. This can be attributed to the fact that plastic is strong, light and cheap. However, it isn’t as decorative as some of the other more expensive materials.

When using a water butt, you should take note that leaving it out in the open to gather pouring rain won’t get you much water. Instead, it is better to connect your water butt to a downpipe. This is why many of these tanks come with downpipe filler kits. These kits can also be bought separately.

Benefits of a water butt

  1. Saves money
  2. Better for environment
  3. Not affected by a hosepipe ban
  4. Allows you to provide your plants with rainwater that is healthier for them than tap water

Disadvantages of a water butt

  1. Can occupy a lot of space

In this review, you will find plastic water butts that are durable and highly effective. Moreover, we made sure to feature a good water butt for each price range. As such, this review contains a cheap water butt, a moderately priced one and a high-end one.

Best Budget Water Butt

The Strata Ward GN339 Slimline Water Butt

The rounded green design of this water butt not only looks really good but also enables it to blend perfectly into any garden. Moreover, the Strata Ward GN339 comes with a convenient tap and a lockable lid.

We also love that this water butt ships with everything you need to set it up; a stable 4-part stand and a downpipe filler kit. As long as your building has a guttering, you can use this kit to divert water from it to your water butt.

Strata Ward GN339 100L Slimline Water Butt

Benefits of the Strata Ward 100L Water Butt

  1. Easy to set up
  2. Adequate size for a small garden
  3. Attractive and solid design
  4. Slim and occupies very little space
  5. Stops collecting rainwater once it is full
  6. Cheap

Disadvantages of the Strata Ward 100L Water Butt

  • Its stand is a bit flimsy
  • Its base can only work when it’s placed on a flat surface

Manufacturers Specs

  • Weight: 2.74 kilograms
  • Dimensions: 36 × 32 × 96 cm
  • Capacity: 100 litres
  • Material: Plastic
  • Colour: Green
  • Type of stand: 4-part


Ultimately, the Strata Ward GN339 100L Slimline Water Butt does all that it promises to do and with little expense to your wallet. At such a low price tag, you won’t find a better water butt.


Best Value Water Butt

The Strata Pro Ward 250L Slimline Water Butt

If you are looking for something with an extra-large capacity, the Strata Pro Ward 250L Slimline Water Butt is just what you need. It is manufactured right here in the UK from recycled materials. Made from weather-resistant plastic, this water butt is extremely durable. It also helps that it comes with a convenient tap and a lockable lid.

Although this water butt fits on standard stands, it doesn’t come with one of its own. Another accessory you can buy separately is a downpipe filler kit to help you capture the maximum amount of rainwater.

 Strata pro Ward 250L Slimline Water Butt

Benefits of the Strata Pro Ward Water Butt

  1. Durable and hard wearing
  2. Made from recycled materials
  3. Extra-large capacity
  4. Easy to install

Disadvantages of the Strata Pro Ward Water Butt

  1. Doesn’t come with a stand and downpipe filler kit

Manufacturers Specs

  • Weight: 3 kilograms
  • Dimensions: 54 × 54 × 121 cm
  • Capacity: 250 litres
  • Material: Plastic
  • Colour: Black


Although the Strata Pro Ward 250L Slimline Water Butt doesn’t come with any accessories, its extra-large capacity and great durability more than make up for this. It is definitely great value for money.


Best Performing Water Butt

The Strata 210L Water Butt

We can’t talk about good water butts without mentioning this 210-litre one from Strata. This water butt comes with a variety of features and accessories that make using it a breeze. These include:

  • An adequate 210-litre capacity that is enough for both small and large gardens
  • A black rounded design that is aesthetically pleasing and blends into any garden
  • A tap for easy for easy filling of watering cans
  • A lockable lid that protects the water from dirt and bugs
  • A 3-part stand to hold your water butt in place
  • A downpipe filler kit for easy capture of water from your building guttering

Benefits of the Strata 210L Water Butt

  • Easy to set up
  • Large capacity
  • Attractive colour and design

Disadvantages of the Strata 210L Water Butt

  • There have been several complaints about the tap leaking
  • The lid is difficult to open and close
  • Expensive

Manufacturers Specs

  • Weight: 4.73 kilograms
  • Dimensions: 57 × 57 × 97 cm
  • Capacity: 210 litres
  • Material: Plastic
  • Colour: Green
  • Type of stand: 3-part


Overall Rating

Although it is much more expensive than your ordinary water butt, the Strata 210L Water Butt is definitely worth it. It is extremely high-quality and comes with all the accessories you need.


Best Water Butt (Overall Winner)

The Strata 210L Water Butt

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While the base of the Strata Ward GN339 is flimsy, the Strata pro-Ward 250L Slimline Water Butt doesn’t come with any stand at all. On the other hand, the Strata 210L water butt comes with a strong stand and a reliable downpipe filler kit.

Ultimately, it is the only one of our top picks that provides you with a good combination of durability, large water capacity, and reliable accessories. Although this water butt does face challenges such as a leaking tap and a difficult-to-operate lid, they can easily be handled.

At the end of the day, this water butt’s pros greatly outweigh its cons.

The Strata 210L Water Butt


The Bottom Line

Honestly, choosing a water butt isn’t what most of us would call a fun activity. It’s just something that needs to be done. Since we know how tedious this process can be, we decided to come up with this review that we believe will greatly simplify your life.

We made sure to feature water butts of different sizes and price ranges in order to give you a variety to choose from. No matter which one of our top picks you go with, you won’t regret.

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