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Composter Reviews: Lars's Quick Picks

Composter Reviews: Lars's Quick Picks
Not everyone wants to spend a lot of time digging through all the information on our site to find the best composter for their yard or garden. When you're looking at 20 different compost bins, it's hard to compare.

If you're in a hurry, or you trust me enough to go with what I think, consider one of these two compost bins.


  • Our best selling composter is the new Spin Bin, introduced in 2010. Compost tumblers are very popular for a good reason. They're easy to use. They keep your compost off the ground, away from rodents. And they work relatively quickly. The only downside is that they cost a little bit more.

  • The 65 Gallon Compost Bin is another top seller. I like the sturdy bolts that hold it together, unlike some models that just snap together and can come apart when you jam them full of stuff.

    At my house I have both a tumbler and a standard compost bin. I use the Garden Gourmet recycled composter, and the Tumbleweed. I've had them for years, and they were best choices at the time I got them. They are still very good choices in terms of quality and value. But if I were going to buy a composter today, I'd choose my two picks above.

    There are several accessories that you should also consider if you are going to buy a composter. Our composting booklet is short, cheap, and very informative. A compost pail lets you conveniently collect kitchen scraps to take outside and compost, rather than throwing them away. A compost thermometer helps you measure your progress and see how you're doing. And compost activator can help get your compost breaking down a little bit quicker.

    Other Compost Bin Quick Picks

    Cheap Composters

  • Compost Sack 100 gallon container $49.99
  • Hoop Compost Bin $49.99
  • Large Recycled Plastic Compost Bin $79.99

    Big Composters

  • Double Cedar Composting Bin Holds up to 51 cubic feet
  • Thermo 240 gal. Composter Holds about 32 cubic feet

    Compost Tumblers

  • Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler
  • Envirocycle Tumbling Composter

    Wire Composters

  • Lifetime Wire Compost Bin
  • Bosmere Wire Compost Bin

    Wooden Compost Bins

  • Spruce Wood Composter

    Compost Pails

  • Stainless Steel Compost Pail
  • Plastic Compost Pail
  • Ceramic Compost Crock

    Composting Extras

  • Compost Thermometer
  • Composting Book
  • BioWish Organic Compost Activator

    Lars's Top Picks