Choose the Best Compost Bin

If you dig composting but dislike the sight of rotting waste, try hiding those heaps inside commercial composting bins. Before you buy, look over our reader recommendations to find the best compost bin for your situation from among the many stationary bins, compost tumblers and worm composters on the market.

Compost Bin in Raised-Bed Garden
Stationary composting bins typically hold between 10 and 15 cubic feet of material.
Photo by SuperStock/Exactostock
Mantis ComposT-Twin Tumbler
The dual-chamber Mantis ComposT-Twin and other tumblers make it easier to turn uncomposted materials.
Photo by Mantis
Sun-Mar 400 Tumbler
Tumblers, including the Sun-Mar 400, are reader favorites because they are easier to turn than stationary composting bins.
Photo by Sun-Mar Corp.
Earth Machine Compost Bins
Reader Margot McCormack composts kitchen scraps and garden waste in three backyard composting bins made by Earth Machine.
Photo by Margot McCormack
Garden Shed With Compost Bin and Wheelbarrow
The Blackwall brand of composting bin, like many stationary bins, has doors for removing finishing compost.
Photo by Fotolia/Chris Lofty
Worm Factory 360 Composting Bin
The Worm Factory 360 got high marks from readers who use worm composters.
Photo by Nature's Footprint
DIY Composting Bins
Jeff Reiland built these composting bins in his Waukee, Iowa, garden using pallets and other wood scraps.
Photo by Jeff Reiland

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