The Best Composter for Kitchen Waste

With recycling and having a “greener earth” hitting the news so frequently, one of the hottest things to have in your kitchen right now is a kitchen composter.

For those who don’t know, a kitchen composter is a device that you can put all of your food scraps into (no packaging though) and within a short amount of time it will convert that waste into compost for your garden, and will save flies and vermin being attracted to the waste.

All of the nutrients from your food waste also goes into that fresh soil, which makes the soil even more suitable to grow those home veggies in.

We’ve created a list of the best composters that you can buy on Amazon right now, so that you can join in and not only stop flies and vermin around your bin bags, but create nutritious soil that you can grown your very own veggies in.

Here’s a quick view on what we have lined up for you:

Name Color Capacity Price
Exaco ECO-2000 2.4 Gallon Kitchen Compost Waste Collector Green 2.4 Gallons $
Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin Stainless Steel 1.3 Gallons $
SCD Probiotics K100 All Seasons Indoor Composter Kit Cream with green lid 5 Gallons $$
Full Circle Fresh Air Odor-Free Kitchen Compost Collector Slate gray with green 1.5 Gallons $$
Full Circle Breeze odor free countertop compost collector, Green Slate Slate gray with green 0.85 Gallons $
Exaco CPBG 01 1-Gallon 2-in-1 indoor Compost Bucket, Green Green 1 Gallon $
OXO Good Grips Compost Bin Gray 0.75 Gallons $
CompoKeeper Kitchen Compost Bin Green, but can come in other colours 6 Gallons $$
Envirocycle Composting Tumbler Bin and Compost Tea Maker Black 35 Gallons $$$
Green Cycler Kitchen Compost Starter, Bin & Shredder Silver 1 Gallon $$$

 

1) Exaco ECO-2000 Kitchen Compost Waste Collector

What we like about this product:

First up on the list is this nifty little composter from Exaco Trading Company. This bin is perfect for attaching to the inside of your cupboards, as it comes with handy notches on the back to allow it to be hung on the inside of a cupboard door.

It’s dishwasher safe so that once you have emptied a load of compost, you’re able to wash it thoroughly to prevent any nasty smells from building up. Don’t let that make you think that the bin will stink out your kitchen though, this bin comes with a snap shut lid to stop any odours getting out and it comes with a large carbon filter for easy air exchange and dramatically reduced odour.

One convenient little addition to this bin is that a regular sized grocery bag will fit inside lovely to line the bin with. Perfect for reusing those nasty plastic grocery bags as much as possible! The bin will hold up to a 2.4 gallon capacity, so it’s a perfect size for a couple!

The filters and other parts are also easily replaceable, just go to Exaco Trading Company, find your model and away you go!

It is super cheap, you can’t really go wrong with this!

What we didn’t like about this product:

It seems to be quite a flimsy product, but for the price you definitely get what you pay for. The filter lid pops off easily, which means the smell may escape. However on the majority of reviews this isn’t the case.

Even though the handle seems sturdy, when the bin is full it puts a lot of strain on the bin and overtime this will cause significant damage causing it to break.

It could do with a rubber seal on the lid to keep it shut nicely. Again some customers have been very satisfied with how the product closes, but some say that the lid won’t shut properly and if you do manage to close it that it won’t stay shut which attracts fruit flies.

Read customer reivews of Exaco ECO-2000.

 

2) Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin

What we like about this product:

This composter from Epica is more suited to being on the countertop in your kitchen. It’s stylish with stainless steel body and handle, which also means it’s guaranteed to last you a lifetime unlike any other plastic containers which may lose its durability over time.

It will fit literally anywhere, with a small capacity of 1.3 Gallon, one thing you won’t have to worry about is where you will put it, because the answer is anywhere!

It comes with a replaceable charcoal filter to prevent any nasty odours swarming your kitchen, and with careful use the filters can last up to 6 months at a time! When you need a new one, simply visit Shop Epica and purchase yourself some more!

It’s good looking enough to have next to any other stainless steel kitchen items you may have around.

Perfect for people who have never used a composter before, you just put the scraps in and leave it to do the work, however don’t forget to empty it regularly, the charcoal filters can only do so much! You will notice how much less you will use the trash can!

 

What we didn’t like about this product:

The stainless steel is quite thin, so you will need to be careful with it, so that it doesn’t become warped or develop holes like some customers have experienced.

This product seems to attract fruit flies within the holes in the lid, they lay eggs in the filter. However, if you empty regularly and give it a clean then this shouldn’t be a problem.

Unlike the last bin where the lid wouldn’t stay shut, the lid on this one seems a little too tight for some of the customers. Of course this isn’t to say that this will be the case for everyone.

The filter isn’t the easiest to change, it has been recommended to soak it in water before removing it to replace it.

Read customer reivews of Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin.

 

3) SCD Probiotics K100 All Seasons Indoor Composter Kit

What we like about this product

SCD Probiotics have created this monster indoor waste composter. We love the fact that it just looks like a bin, so it could be placed next to your regular bin, and it wouldn’t look out of place. The only difference would be the colour, which helps you not get the two mixed up!

This composter is a bokashi bin, which means it starts the fermentation process for you before you add it to your soil outside. It’s an oxygenless process, so you can’t add worms to help this along, else the worms will suffocate.

It pickles the waste, which is incredible for bones, scraps and leftovers that aren’t mouldy. It has a strainer for easy pouring of the mixture that it creates.

The mixture can not only be used for your soil, it can be used in the house too! It can be used as a fertilizer for your household plants (dilution 1:100) or even to clean your kitchen and bathroom drains (undiluted). The lid is totally airtight to ensure anaerobic fermentation, which also means no horrible smell. Thanks to the airtight lid and also the bran that you add to it, you’re more likely to get a sweet vinegary smell over a foul smell. If you do get a foul smell then it’s no good, it’s best to ditch and start again.

The bin comes with a bag of all seasons bokashi bran which helps with fermenting

It’s totally effortless, you pop in all of your waste and add the bran and sit back and let the bin do the work! The solution drains out of the bottom and it’s ready to use there and then!

It holds a massive 5 gallons and comes in at a very reasonable price . A bit more expensive than the others we’ve talked about but totally worth it for what it does.

What we didn’t like about this product

You have to already have/purchase soil to reap the benefits of this product within the garden or home, but then again if you’re thinking about buying this, you’re more than likely to already have all of this anyway.

It doesn’t come with very much of the bran, so you will need to continue buying this. You will also need to use a lot of the bran, the more the better.

You may need to buy 2 of these bins because whilst one load of scraps and waste is fermenting, you will need somewhere to put your other scraps for those few days, because the whole process is oxygenless, opening it would make it redundant.

Read customer reivews of SCD Probiotics K100.

 

4) Full Circle Fresh Air odor-free kitchen compost collector

What we like about this product

Full Circle have created this slick looking kitchen composter. It has a patented design for better airflow and significantly reduced odour.

It has a push button lid so that you don’t have to remove any lids and put them on the kitchen counter in hope that nothing disgusting will spill all over the counter. Also, this bin doesn’t require any filters, which saves effort and time for you.

It’s the perfect size for under the kitchen sink coming in at 1.5 gallons, and stylish enough to even have it on the kitchen side if you have the space.

We also love the fact that is is made of of recycled materials, the plastic has been completely recycled and the steel has been partially recycled. Even more environmentally friendly!

This bin can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher, so even though you won’t really get any smell from this nifty little composter, you can refresh it every now and then by giving it a thorough clean in the dishwasher.

It comes with 5 decomposing bags to line the bin with, which also makes it really easy to just tie up when it’s full and use in the garden.

What we didn’t like about this product

You have to use and buy replacement bags for this item. We can all agree that when you’re trying to be more environmentally friendly that the last thing you want to be buying is bags. Also, the rim that holds the bags into place is very flimsy and seem to break easily.

Flies seem to be easily attracted to this bin, even though the odour is well controlled, the “airflow” feature seems to be the problem here.

Read customer reivews of Full Circle kitchen compost collector.

 

5) Exaco CPBG 01 1-Gallon 2-in-1 indoor Compost Bucket

 

What we like about this product

This country-bumpkin looking bucket from Exaco Trading Company is one of our favourites looks wise because it just slots right into the kitchen, looking like a bread bin or a biscuit tin.

This kitchen composter will sit nicely on your kitchen counter for those everyday uses, and once it is full you can simply empty it into a compost heap. It’s also very easy to clean, as this bin in dishwasher friendly so once you have emptied it, you can clean it right away ready for your next use.

It has a removeable plastic bucket inside that will prevent rusting on the inside of the bucket and slides out easily for convenient emptying.

This bin has no carbon filters to worry about or replace, and the bin even keeps the odours in nicely! One less thing to worry about!

It comes in at a tiny 1.5lbs in weight (when empty of course) and also holds up to one gallon of scraps so this one definitely won’t break the back, even when full!

The price is low with this bucket too so you your bank will be thankful too! 

What we didn’t like about this product

It is a bit too small, without the inner plastic bucket it’s a decent size but with it in, it is a lot smaller than it looks on the inside.

The outer metal is rather flimsy, it could easily be bent with human hands so if the item is accidentally dropped it will warp or even carrying it a little too tightly will cause the bucket to become misshaped.

The bucket can only hold up to a gallon in weight and the handles are prone to breaking (both inner and outer handles) so it will need emptying even before it is full.

Read customer reivews of Exaco CPBG 01 Compost Bucket.

 

6) OXO Good Grips Compost Bin

What we liked about this product

OXO’s compost bin makes the tedious task of food scrap collection stylish and convenient. The bin will blend in with almost any style of kitchen, and can fit easily on the countertops if you have space to keep it out permanently. If not it will comfortably fit into most cupboards for a more discreet kitchen composter.

You can use this composter with one hand which makes clearing up your scraps even easier. The hinged lid flips up easily and stays open by itself whilst you empty your waste inside. Another brilliant design with the lid is that it clips off completely so that when you empty the composter, none of the waste will get onto the lid, reducing chances of any nasty odour. This bin also comes filter free so you don’t have to worry about the cost of replacing the filters.

One of our favourite features of this product is that the inner of the bucket is completely smooth so that little to no waste get’s caught up on the inside, making for easier cleaning and less odour. The bucket is also extremely lightweight making the load that you put into it that little bit easier to carry outside.

It holds a generous 3-4 gallons and it’s very cheap – so you’re winning both ways there, a decent sized bucket for a decent sized price!

What we didn’t like about this product

This bucket unfortunately isn’t dishwasher safe, so cleaning it thoroughly can be a bit of a pain. Also, even though the lid is hinged is doesn’t seem to seal very well putting you at risk of attracting fruit flies and all sorts of other nasties.

Read customer reivews of OXO Good Grips Compost Bin.

 

7) CompoKeeper Kitchen Compost Bin

What we liked about this product

CompoKeeper have created this exciting composter for all of your composting needs. The bin comes with 12 compostable bags and 2 charcoal filters which means when you receive it you can use it straight away. The filter system is also odour reducing, so any odour from the bin will be significantly reduced.

It has a very generous 6 gallon capacity so for those of you with large families, or just tend to make a lot of compostable waste, this is the perfect bin for you. It is also hands free with foot pedals for easy, convenient and more hygienic filling.

Another thing we love is the bright colours that it comes in, we know that when you’re looking to buy a composter you want it mostly for its purpose, but if the bin works well and looks good, then we’re all at a win!

To buy this product right now you’d be paying a bit more than the ones we mentioned earler, which is rather expensive, but we think it’s worth it for the size of the bin alone.

What we didn’t like about this product

The compostable bin bags do tend to give way easily when emptying to take out to the garden but did hold well whilst in the actual bin itself. Maybe we shouldn’t be overfilling it.

To replace these compostable bags it’s going to cost you around $1 each, we’d recommend buying slightly bigger composting bags in bulk for much cheaper.

Read customer reivews of CompoKeeper Kitchen Compost Bin.

 

8) Envirocycle Composting Tumbler Bin and Compost Tea Maker

What we liked about this product

Envirocycle have made an absolute beast of a composter here. Holding a whopping 35 gallons, this one will be just the thing for you if you have a very large kitchen and a very large family/you produce enough waste to fill this.

This composter is possibly the most hardwearing composter on the market. It can even be used outdoors if that is what you would prefer to do! The product has been known to be used regularly for 10 years and still running strong.

The drum of the composter rotates, allowing you to make solid compost, and if you want to collect the liquid that comes out of the waste, there is a convenient way of doing this too to use as fertilizer for your other plants!

We think this composter is also a bit of a looker, yes it’s massive but it’s certainly not an ugly composter in the slightest. It comes in slick black and it is also made of food safe, BPA and rust free, UV and antioxidant protected materials.

To create the perfect compost all you need to do is pop your waste into the composter and give it a few turns every now and then along with some added composting bran. This will literally turn your waste into black gold!

Another useful part of this bin is that it comes ready assembled so you can begin using it right away and it also comes with a massive 5 year money back guarantee on it too!

What we didn’t like about the product

The price. For this kind of quality bin though, you have to expect a large bill, but we do actually think it’s totally worth it. 

Read customer reivews of this composter.

 

9) Green Cycler Garden Green V300 Kitchen Compost Starter, Bin & Shredder

Editor’s favourite!

What we like about this product

Shop Ecotonix have invented this smart little device for your kitchen that comes with something rather spectacular. It comes with a stainless steel shredder that pre-cuts your waste for even faster composting! Powered by a strong crank arm you will get dual-direction grinding that is going to make the already easy job of composting, even easier!

Another thing that we love about this machine is that it comes with a fully removable lid, which also has a clear window allowing you to see what’s going on inside without any of the nasty odours! Not that you will have an odour problem with this composter as it holds in odours brilliantly with a charcoal filter. The handy drawer just pulls out allowing for easy dumping of the waste outside or easy to fill your compostable bag. We think it’s great that you’re not forced into the added expense of composting bags unless you choose to.

Cleaning this device is a piece of cake too, as the whole thing is dishwasher friendly and parts can be removed and cleaned by hand if you don’t have a dishwasher. It also has suction feet so that there is no risk of the device slipping off of the counter top whilst you are grinding up your waste which we think is a lovely touch to an already brilliant machine. 

This composter is also very stylish too, it comes in stainless steel so will match many kitchen appliances and it prices up at what we think is a very reasonable price of $184.99.

What we didn’t like about this product

Unfortunately it only holds up to a gallon of waste!

The parts can be difficult to remove for cleaning, but that may just depend on strength of user etc.

Read customer reivews of Garden Green V300 composter.

 

Kitchen Composter Buyers’ Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of composter is best to buy to avoid fruit flies as much as possible?

We’d recommend the composters that have any sort of filter or snap shut lid because this will prevent the flies from getting in there in the first place, and also preventing any smells getting out to attract them. Ultimately though, any composter should be cleaned thoroughly to prevent any nasties getting into the bucket.

Do I need to add composting bran to my waste?

Long answer made short, no. Bran is to encourage the waste to break down quicker, if you’re happy to wait, then you can just let the waste do it’s thing. If you want the compost quickly, then we’d definitely recommend using bran.

What can I do with the juice that’s made from “pickling”?

It’s well known as “Bokashi Tea” because it’s made using the bokashi method and can be used for many different things. You can add it to your garden to help your plants grow, you can also use it undiluted to clean your kitchen and bathroom drains. It also serves well diluted as a fertilizer for your indoor plants. It’s worth saving this magical juice!

Once the waste is in the composter, do I have to do anything?

If you want to turn the waste over then you can, regularly letting the air get to it will help, as this will speed up the composting process, but if you’re happy to just leave it to do it’s thing then that’s fine too as eventually all food waste will decompose.

How do I prevent rats when I eventually have to move the waste to the garden?

We recommend lining a pit with mesh, or digging far enough down to put a bin into the ground to store your compost/mulch. This should stop the rats digging and getting to the food at the bottom of the heap. Also, if you avoid composting cooked food, dairy, meat or bread then you shouldn’t have any problems with rats. They are repulsed by rotting food just like we are.

Is there anything to avoid buying if I really can’t stand the idea of a bad smell?

Believe it or not the air-tight lidded bins are more likely to create a stink. Choose a bin that has good airflow, or a bin that you are likely to empty frequently so that the waste doesn’t have time to make a bad smell. Good compost shouldn’t really smell too bad anyway, if it does, then it’s no good and you should start again. One thing that you could buy is compostable bags, they can help reduce smells.

 

Conclusion

We love the idea of composting, but honestly, if you really can’t stand bad smells or creepy crawlies then composting probably isn’t for you. No matter how hard you try or how clean you keep your composter, a fly or a bad smell is bound to happen at some point.

If you’re as dead set as we are about helping out our green earth then we definitely think that any one of these composters will do the job brilliantly! Just pick from the list which best suits your needs and go with it.

We hope that the job of choosing the right composter has been made easier by our list. Happy composting!

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Author: Kirsty Jennings

Kirsty Jennings (AKA Miss Pork Pie) is a freelance writer, blogger, and mum of Dinky.

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