The 7 Best Composters of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Yimby Tumbler at Amazon

"A good pick for those with smaller yards or households who prize speed."

Best Countertop Compost Bin: Utopia Stainless Steel at Amazon at Amazon

"1.3-gallon bin that is durable and attractive enough to blend with high-end appliances."

Runner-Up, Best Countertop Compost Bin: OXO Good Grips at Amazon at Amazon

"Plastic, compact bin good for small kitchens."

Runner Up, Best Overall: Redmon Green Culture Compost Bin at Amazon

"A budget-friendly, sizable outdoor compost bin."

Best Backyard Composter: Envirocycle Compost Tumbler at Amazon at Amazon

"Top-notch compost tumbler that can breeze through waste quickly."

Best High-End Composter: Jora 70-Gallon Compost Tumbler at Amazon

"Durable, galvanized-steel construction that can turn out lots of quality compost."

Best Scrap Collector: Full Cycle Scrap Happy Scrap Collector at Amazon at Amazon

"Hangs onto the edge of the counter to easily discard vegetable tops and such."

  • 01 of 07

    Best Overall: Yimby Tumbler

    Yimby Tumbler Composter, Color Black
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    Very Good

    A smaller composter with a 37-gallon capacity, the Yimby Tumbler is a good pick for those with smaller yards, or smaller households that don’t generate as much food and yard waste. This tumbling composter comes with a steel frame, meaning it can sit unobtrusively on a deck or patio. It has two chambers and adjustable vents to keep air moving and waste breaking down, and users say it’s easy to rotate. Tumblers also work more quickly than simple bins like the Redmon, so this could good be a good pick for buyers who prize speed.

    Like the Redmon, the Yimby is made from weather-resistant plastic. Assembly draws mixed reviews: Some say it’s easy as long as you follow the directions closely; others complain the directions were unclear and the process took more than an hour. Some reviewers also warn that the ventilation holes may let in too much moisture, but they say the elevated design does a good job of keeping rodents and other pests out.

  • 02 of 07

    Best Countertop Compost Bin: Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Compost Bin

    Premium Quality Stainless Steel Compost Bin 1.3 Gallon, Includes Charcoal Filter - Utopia Kitchen
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    Excellent

    A countertop compost bin is a great option for anyone who doesn’t want to constantly run outdoors to dump their food waste. Reviewers are big fans of the 1.3-gallon Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Compost Bin, which they say is durable and attractive enough to blend with high-end appliances. It has a built-in handle to make carrying easy.

    One of the biggest concerns with most countertop compost bins is the smell, and reviewers report that the Utopia’s well-fitting lid and replaceable charcoal filter keep odors to a minimum. Fruit flies are another concern. There are some mixed reviews here, but most users say they don’t see many flies, if any, unless they go too long without emptying the bin or forget to secure the lid during humid weather. The Utopia is made from 201-grade stainless steel, but a few users report problems with rust. Some do say the filters are tricky to change, however.

  • 03 of 07

    Runner-Up, Best Countertop Compost Bin: OXO Good Grips Compost Bin

    OXO Good Grips Compost Bin
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    Excellent

    Another countertop composting favorite, the OXO Good Grips Compost Bin is slightly smaller than the Epica with a 0.75-gallon capacity. At just 7 by 7 by 7 inches, it’s also quite compact, making it a good option for small kitchens where counter space is at a premium. Like the Epica, it has a carrying handle; it also features a flip-top lid that can be operated with one hand. It comes in white and gray.

    The OXO is made of plastic, not stainless steel, so it doesn’t look quite as high-end as the Epica. Most reviewers don’t mind this, saying the OXO still has a sleek, clean-lined design and seems stain-resistant. There is no filter, but users say the lid still does a good job of containing smells. As with the Epica, some users complain about fruit flies, and a few others say the bin is just too small.

  • 04 of 07

    Runner Up, Best Overall: Redmon Green Culture Compost Bin

    Redmon Green Culture 65-Gallon Compost Bin
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    Buyers who want a sizable outdoor compost bin who don’t have a sizable budget will want to check out the Redmon Green Culture Compost Bin. Its 65-gallon capacity can handle a lot of food waste and yard scraps. Reviewers say there’s ample ventilation to keep encourage waste to decompose, while a lift-off top lid and four small doors on each side make it easy to load in new scraps and remove fully-composted matter. The bottom is open, allowing worms and other critters to help speed things along too.

    The Redmon Green Culture bin is made from a lightweight, weather-resistant plastic resin. Users say that at 15 pounds, it’s light enough to carry and reposition as needed. The bin is a cinch to assemble, with pieces that snap together quickly. A few complain that the tabs that anchor the bin to the ground are too flimsy to withstand windy conditions or curious wildlife, and it’s best to weigh it down using another method.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best Backyard Composter: Envirocycle Composting Tumbler Bin

    The Most Beautiful Composter in the World, Made in the USA, Food Safe, BPA Free, No Assembly Required, 5 Year Limited Warranty, Envirocycle Composting Tumbler Bin and Compost Tea Maker, 35 US Gallons
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    Families who want a top-notch compost tumbler that can breeze through waste quickly love the 35-gallon Envirocycle Composting Tumbler Bin and Compost Tea Maker. Also available in a “mini” 17-gallon version, the Envirocycle sets itself apart because it comes fully assembled, and it’s small enough for users who may not have huge outdoor spaces to work with.

    The Envirocycle is made of weather-resistant plastic that reviewers say stands up to just about anything Mother Nature has to offer. They love that it doesn’t require assembly. The fillable drum comes with a platform with built-in rollers that sits on the ground. There are also removable drain plugs that allow users to let “compost tea” —the liquid waste—to drain into a hole in that base. Most reviewers love the design, though a few say it’s hard to rotate the bin once it gets full; others wish for a dual chamber so they can start a fresh batch of compost while another is still decomposing.

  • 06 of 07

    Best High-End Composter: Jora 70-Gallon Compost Tumbler

    Jora 70 Gallon 270 Compost Tumbler
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     If you’re serious about quickly turning out lots of quality compost, experts and owners say the Jora 70-Gallon Compost Tumbler is worth the investment. Experts with The Sweethome say it can turn out compost in less than six weeks, even during the winter. Reviewers love the durable galvanized-steel construction, which they say resists rusting and also helps keeps pests from making a mess.

    The Jora composter features dual insulated chambers and a sturdy stand that makes the drum easy to rotate. Experts say it’s easy to unload compost, too, with large doors that are a cinch to open. Ventilation holes keep waste decomposing. Assembly might be an issue for the less-than-handy, though; some say instructions are sparse, while The Sweethome’s experts caution that the process may require at least two people and a power drill. The Jora comes with a wall mount and is also available in a smaller 33-gallon version for composters who don’t need the larger capacity. 

  • 07 of 07

    Best Scrap Collector: Full Circle Scrap Happy Food Scrap Collector

    Say you want to compost but aren't ready for the commitment of a countertop or larger collector — then the Full Circle scrap unit might be the best way to dip your toes into composting. This bin can hang onto the edge of your counter while you are cooking so you can easily scrape in discarded vegetable tops and such. When you are done collecting place it into the freezer for when you are ready to compost. When it does come time to compost just hit the button on the bottom and the unit will empty out. Just place in the dishwasher and you are ready with a clean bin. So no mess and no bulk! 

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How We Tested

We bought three top-rated composters that our reviewers tested for weeks on end. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these composters, from their size to their aesthetics. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Composter

Type of container Are you looking to make your own compost from food scraps, or do you need a container to temporarily store food waste? The two products are completely different, so think about your needs.

Size The size of your composter affects the amount of material you can store. If you have a small yard and a mulching lawn mower, you might not need a large composter. Another thing to consider is the size of your yard, since you’ll need dedicated space to keep the composter.

Material Plastic composters are affordable and tend to be weather resistant, but, over time, the material can become brittle from sun damage and could eventually crack. Metal composters are heavier but will last longer. For in-home, short-term storage of compostable materials, it’s more about aesthetics — though be aware that plastics can retain odors.

Test Results: Yimby Tumbler (Best Overall)

Very Good

What We Like

  • Sleek design

  • Easy to use

  • Effective

What We Don't Like

  • Complex assembly process

Yimby Tumbler
Yimby Tumbler instructions
Yimby Tumbler detail
Yimby Tumbler open
Yimby Tumbler side

Setting up this composter was a pretty difficult process for one of our testers: “It took almost two hours and there were extra screws and parts,” she reported. “I was worried I put it together wrong, but I followed the instructions very closely.” However, once setup was completed, she loved using it. “It seemed to break down my food scraps faster than a non-tumbling composter,” she said. “I like how easy it is to spin and how it's on raised legs. It fits perfectly in my backyard and it's not an eyesore.”

Test Results: Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Compost Bin (Best Countertop Compost Bin)

Excellent

What We Like

  • Small footprint

  • Durable stainless steel construction

  • Charcoal filter traps odors

  • Lid comes off with one hand

  • Handle for easy carrying

What We Don't Like

  • Small capacity

Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Compost Bin
The Spruce Eats / Joy Merrifield 
Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Compost Bin
The Spruce Eats / Joy Merrifield
Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Compost Bin
The Spruce Eats / Joy Merrifield
Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Compost Bin
The Spruce Eats / Joy Merrifield

Our tester loved the design of this composter. “The charcoal filter traps bad smells, but the lid still has holes so the compost can get air,” our reviewer said. “It's small enough to sit on a countertop, even in a small kitchen, but still has the capacity to store food scraps for at least a few days.” However, our tester noted it might not be big enough for large families. She added, “Because of the slats in the lid for storing the filter, the lid will be a little hard to clean if you get food in it.”

Test Results: OXO Good Grips Compost Bin (Runner-Up, Best Countertop Compost Bin)

Excellent

What We Like

  • Easy to clean

  • Compact and lightweight

  • One-handed operation

  • Odorless

What We Don't Like

  • Design is a little dated

  • Small capacity

OXO Good Grips Compost Bin
The Spruce Eats / Joy Merrifield
OXO Good Grips Compost Bin
The Spruce Eats / Joy Merrifield
OXO Good Grips Compost Bin
The Spruce Eats / Joy Merrifield

“I wasn't wild about the aesthetics,” our tester said, “but the bin is affordable and easy to use, and that combination of qualities is probably the only way to convince people to compost more.” According to our reviewer, the design is a bit dated but still very functional. “It's very easy to use while cooking—the lid opens with one hand and stays open,” she noted.