An At-Home Composter Makes Recycling Scraps a Cinch—We Found 6 Bins Worthy of Your Kitchen
Composting can feel tricky to get the hang of when you’re just getting started, but we promise it’s a rewarding step—both for yourself and the planet—toward cutting down on the waste we all inevitably produce as humans. Ultimately, successful composting comes down to a bit of goodwill, know-how, and finding an easy composter that’ll essentially do the job for you.
A few valuable features to look for in a good indoor composter? One of the most important is a system with a proper seal to ensure it stays odorless (no one wants a stinky house). Since you need to turn compost regularly for it to work and stay odor-free, “look for compost systems that are easy to access so you can flip or turn it,” recommends Leslie Bish, gardener and herbalist at Glen Falls House in Round Top, N.Y. Choose a composter that either does the whole turning process automatically or that can easily be turned manually without your having to dig into it yourself.
While there are plenty of compost systems out there, and practical factors like budget, space, and your composting comfort level will help steer you toward the right one for your household. Here, we’ve handpicked six at-home composting options of varying sizes, prices, and features, all available online. Happy composting!
1 EPICA Stainless Steel Compost Bin
This stainless steel bin is the millennial version of composting: cost-effective, minimalist, and chic. The airtight lid and replaceable activated-charcoal filter work together to trap and control odors naturally. The benefits of the metal container also ensure that it will be long lasting, less wasteful, and won’t leach toxic chemicals into the compost.
2 Bamboozle Composter
The name may remind you of the game Joey was supposed to host on the Friends—but this composter is made from biodegradable bamboo fiber (hence, the name), making it one of the most planet-friendly. You will have to participate in mixing the compost yourself, but it's a great way to learn how the process works right on your countertop. The brand also features an easy guide to composting with this bin, which is always helpful.
3 Envirocycle Mini Composter Compost Tea Maker
Some call it the “cutest composter” in the world—probably because it comes in hot pink. This outdoor system is a great addition to your garden and is easy to use. All you need to do to mix it is roll it like a barrel on its stand. It only requires 25 percent dry ingredients, which is much less than a natural composter, meaning you can compost more green waste.
4 Living Composter
Can you believe this architectural sculpture is actually a worm composter? Worms are supposed to come and help break down compost naturally, but this obviously poses some problems if it's indoors. This odorless compost container can process over two pounds of food a week making it enough to keep up with a two-to-three-person family’s food waste. And it’s also quite a gem to admire (even while one of nature's oddest-looking processes is happening inside!).?
5 Vitamix FoodCycler FC-30
One of the best products in the industry is this (almost) effort-free recycler from Vitamix that transforms food scraps into fertilizer. It really doesn’t get much easier than tossing in your fruit and veggie remains and pressing a button. The entire system is also odorless and features a dishwasher-friendly bucket for when the composting is complete. (Yes, you need to clean your composter, so being dishwasher friendly is a huge plus.) The sleek, contemporary design also makes it look like any other cool kitchen appliance. In fact, the product is so popular that it's periodically out of stock.
6 ZERA Food Recycler
Turn food scraps into fertilizer within 24-hours with this smart automated compost system. ZERA is like the luxury hotel of composts. This chic composter even comes with an app to control it, meaning that you never even have to touch the compost. Additionally, the bin looks just like another kitchen appliance. Its larger size ensures it can turn at least 95 percent of your family’s waste into fertilizer.