Composting Bins on the Market: Tumblers, Worm Bins and More

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Do-it-yourself composting bins work great for many gardeners, but big, open piles aren’t an option for folks who have problems with wild animals, or who want to hide unsightly waste from their neighbors. Gardeners with small yards or deck gardens may be forced to compost indoors but who appreciate a variety of ways to process table scraps and yard waste into rich compost.

We’ve collected a list of commercially available composting bins to help you boost soil fertility by producing your own “garden gold.” The compost bins on this page reflect what’s currently available in the marketplace — from large-capacity outdoor containers to cozy worm farms.

Use these links to navigate to the type of composting bins you’re most interested in learning more about:

Bokashi Compost Bins
Kitchen Compost Bins
Outdoor Stationary Compost Bins
Compost Tumblers
Worm Bins

Bokashi Compost Bins

Bokashi systems can be contained inside fairly small buckets. They break down food scraps through fermentation with the help of a special bran mix.

Bokashi Kitchen Bucket by Uncommon Goods

  • $12 to 48
  • 5-gallon capacity
  • Stores under the kitchen sink
  • Plastic grate allows liquid to drain

From UncommonGoods

Bokashi Kitchen Kit by RTS Home Accents

 

 

  • $46
  • 4.75-gallon capacity
  • Air tight container
  • Stores under the kitchen sink

From Eco Outfitter

Bokashi Compost Kit by Woodland Direct


 

  • $49
  • 5-gallon capacity
  • Stores under the kitchen sink
  • Air tight seal won’t let out odors

From Woodland Direct

Bokashi Bucket by Tera Ganix


 

  • $54.99
  • 2 lb Bokashi soft plastic lid
  • The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit
  • Airtight Bokashi Bin container

From Tera Ganix

Bokashi All Seasons Indoor Composter by Probiotics


 

  • $37
  • 5-gallon capacity
  • All seasons indoor composter
  • Drainage area in bottom of bucket

From Probiotics

Bokashi Kitchen Composter (Basics) by Vermitek

  • $53
  • Basic kit includes Bokashi Composter with 2 pounds Bran, cup and Scraper

From Vermitek

Kitchen Compost Bins

You can keep a kitchen compost bin near your food-preparation area and just chuck in the food waste as you cook dinner. Later, the contents of the small bin can be dumped into a large container. Options also include small, electric composting bins that use heat to break down scraps quickly.

The Kitchen Compost Bin Collector


 

  • $20
  • 2-gallon capacity
  • Dishwasher safe

From RSVP International

Kitchen Compost Crock by NorPro


 

  • $21
  • 1-gallon capacity
  • Includes a charcoal filter

From NorPro

Kitchen Compost Bin by Busch Systems


 

  • $23 – $25
  • 2.5-gallon capacity
  • Dishwasher safe

From Busch Systems

Mr. ECO Kitchen Compost Bin by Mr. ECO


 

  • $35
  • 2.7-gallon capacity
  • Hangs under the sink on the cabinet door

From Mr. ECO

Bamboo Compost Pail by RSVP International


 

  • $40
  • 3.25-quart capacity
  • Includes 2 charcoal filters in the vented lid

From RSVP International

Kitchen Compost Pail by RSVP International


 

  • $39
  • 0.5-gallon capacity
  • 18/8 stainless steel

From RSVP International

METRO by NatureMill

  • $295
  • 3-gallon capacity
  • Fully automatic, two-chamber system

From Nature Mill

Outdoor Stationary Compost Bins

The largest-capacity composting bins typically are stationary. The length of time required to produce compost inside a stationary compost bin varies depending on the climate, season and frequency with which you turn the contents. These bins often are bottomless so that worms and other beneficial bacteria can get inside and speed up the composting process.

Fresh Air Compost Collector by Full Circle Home LLC


 

  • $30
  • “Wind flumes” allow for air ventilation
  • 13-gallon capacity
  • Dishwasher safe

From Full Circle Home

GEOBIN by Presto


 

  • $35
  • Adjustable capacity
  • 3 feet tall by 12 feet long
  • Mesh allows for maximum ventilation

From GEOBIN Presto

Wire Composting Bin by Panacea


 

  • $35
  • 185-gallon capacity
  • Good for those just starting out

From Panacea

FreeGarden EARTH by Enviro World


 

  • $45-100
  • 82-gallon capacity
  • Check with your city waste department about getting them at a reduced cost

From Enviro World

 

Wishing Well

  • $80
  • 135-gallon capacity
  • Ventilation and access gates at the base

From Woodland Direct

 

Garden Gourmet


 

  • $75 – $82
  • 82-gallon capacity
  • Snapping lid and bottom opening

From Garden Gourmet

 

Soil Saver Composting Bin


 

  • $100
  • 86-gallon capacity
  • Design helps to retain heat

From Busch Systems

 

The Earth Machine Composter by Earth Machine


 

  • $109
  • 80-gallon capacity
  • Stationary composter

From Earth Machine

 

Home Composter by EXACO Trading Co.


 

  • $120
  • 110-gallon capacity
  • Door on every side

From EXACO

Wood Composting Bin by Earth Engine


 

  • $183-284
  • Single has 200-gallon capacity; double has 400-gallon capacity
  • Weather resistant cedar frame

From Earth Engine

Green Cone Digester by Solarcone


 

  • $200
  • 58-gallon capacity
  • Nutrient-rich water drains through the base and into the soil

From Solarcone

The EarthMaker by EXACO Trading Co.


 

  • $241
  • 123-gallon capacity
  • Heat generated draws air up keeping odor down

From EXACO

Compospin

  • $250
  • 50-gallon capacity
  • Made from recycled products

From Planet Natural

Urban Composter


 

  • $250
  • 71-gallon capacity
  • Low maintenance

From Urban Composter USA

 

Green Johanna by Solarcone


 

  • $285
  • 87-gallon capacity
  • Base plates let worms in but not rodents
  • Lid can adjust airflow and temperature

From Solarcone

 

Backyard Composting Bin by Dura-Trel Inc.


 

  • $307
  • 200-gallon capacity
  • 20 year warranty

From Dura-Trel

 

Aerobin 400 Insulated Composter

  • $460.00
  • 113-gallon capacity (also available in 160-gallon capacity)
  • Insulated to keep outside year round

From Aerobin

EcoBin by Fiskars

  • $39.99
  • 75-gallon capacity
  • Mesh walls, wind proof lid, collapsible

From Fiskars

Green Culture Compost Bin by Redmon


 

  • $69.99
  • 65-gallon capacity
  • Convenient lift-off lid, vent holes, 4-door access

From Redmon

Compost Tumblers

Tumblers are designed to make it easier for gardeners to turn uncomposted material. Some compost tumblers have fins that manufacturers claim will help with turning the contents.

 

Compost Tumbler by Lifetime


 

  • $129
  • 65-gallon
  • Spring-loaded pin locks it in place when loading

From Lifetime

 

Bio-Orb Rolling Composter by Shape Products


 

  • $175
  • 100-gallon capacity
  • Rolls around the yard for easy cleanup

From Shape Products

 

EnviroCycle Composter by EnviroCycle Systems


 

  • $180
  • 52-gallon capacity
  • Rolls on its base

From Shape Products

 

Compost Tumbler by Suncast

  • $98
  • 48-gallon capacity
  • Two lids for easy filling and emptying
From Suncast
 

Wizard Compost Tumbler by Good Ideas, Inc.


 

  • $180 – $200
  • 55-gallon capacity
  • Made from recycled food-grade plastic resin

From Good Ideas Inc.

 

Back Porch Compost Tumbler by Mantis


 

  • $232
  • 32-gallon capacity
  • Four mixing fins inside

From Mantis

 

Urban Compost Tumbler


 

  • $290
  • 71-gallon capacity
  • Fully enclosed with core aeration system

From Planet Natural

 

ComposT-Twin by Mantis

  • $339
  • 88-gallon capacity
  • Mixing fins inside
  • Steel frame

From Mantis

 

Sun-Mar 200 by Sun-Mar


 

  • $350 – $379
  • 50-gallon capacity
  • Snaps into cradle for tumbling

From Sun-Mar

 

Original ComposTumbler by Mantis


 

  • $417
  • 164-gallon capacity
  • Mixing fins inside

From Mantis

Compact ComposTumbler by Mantis

  • $485
  • 83-gallon capacity
  • Two chambers and mixing fins inside

From Mantis

Suncast Tumbling Composter by Suncast


 

  • $499
  • 60-gallon capacity (split between two chambers)
  • Interior fins mix the compost

From Suncast

Compost Wizard from Good Ideas Inc.

  • $299.99
  • Holds 12 Cubic Feet of compost
  • End air vents
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty

From Good Ideas Inc.

Worm Bins

Worm bins take up only a small space but still churn out high-quality compost, and in a short amount of time, with the help of some little wrigglers.

Worm Friendly Habitat


 

  • $50
  • 14-gallon capacity
  • 3 vents for good ventilation

From Earthworm Works

Worm Farm Kit by Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm


 

  • $90
  • 9-gallon capacity
  • Includes 1,000 red wigglers

From Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm

Worm Ranch Kit


 

  • $110
  • 16-gallon capacity
  • Includes 2,000 worms

From Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm

4-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter by VermiHut


 

  • $100
  • 18-gallon capacity
  • Made of high-density polyethylene

From VermiTek

Worm Farm by Sunleaves


 

  • $104
  • 26-gallon capacity
  • Maximum ventilation for quick composting

From Planet Natural

Worm Factory 360 by Nature’s Footprint


 

  • $120
  • 25-gallon capacity
  • 4 to 8 trays
  • Built in worm tea collecting tray

From Nature’s Footprint

 Can-O-Worms by Triformis


 

  • $140
  • 50-gallon capacity
  • Patented, award winning multi-level design

From Triformis

 

Worm Compost Bin by Vermitek

  • $65 – $75
  • 5-Tray worm bin
  • Odorless, great air circulation, moisture control

From Vermitek

  • 113-gallon capacity (also available in 160-gallon capacity)
  • 113-gallon capacity (also available in 160-gallon capacity)
  • 113-gallon capacity (also available in 160-gallon capacity)