At-home composters are an excellent way to give new life to your kitchen scraps and yard waste, while creating nutrient-rich soil amendment and liquid fertilizer for your lawn and garden.

The biggest concern for backyard composters is keeping children and wildlife out of the bin, which can create a big, smelly mess. Most models come with a twist-locking lid or latching system in order to prevent this, but not all do. You’ll also want to look for models that are made of “food-safe” materials if you intend to spread the compost on a food-growing garden area.

There are a few different model styles when it comes to choosing a composter: stationary, tumbling, and those that use worms in order to break down organic matter. Which style you select will depend on your space, needs, and budget.

Stationary models are often the most affordable, but you’ll need to do most of the work yourself turning over the organic matter, and they tend to be stinky. Once they’re set up you won’t be able to easily move it, so think carefully about placement. They can take up to a year before producing usable compost.

Tumbling models will cost a bit more than standard stationary versions, but will allow you to create compost in less time and without the hassle of manually turning over all your organic materials. They’re easy to set up and are often portable, making placement a cinch.

Worm-based composting systems are ideal for use indoors as they don’t produce much if any odor, however, you cannot compost certain materials including meats, dairy, or citrus. You’ll also need to acquire a specific type of worm (red wiggler) as common earthworms are not suitable for this purpose.

With the above information in mind, here are 45 of the composters that we consider to be the best, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

Outdoor

1. Yimby Tumbler Composter

This popular composter boasts a dual chamber design that allows you to easily fill one side with food and yard scraps while the other side is curing, ensuring a steady supply of compost. It boasts built-in hand holds and is supported on a metal stand for convenient mixing of waste.

Key features:

  • 37-gallon capacity
  • Creates compost in as little as 2 weeks
  • Air vents are adjustable

Cost: *Est. $87.79

2. Good Ideas EZCJR-BLK 7-Cubic-Foot Compost Wizard Jr.

This outdoor composter boasts a BPA-free post-industrial polyethylene construction that is 100% recycled material and is designed to stand up to all sorts of weather conditions. It is safe for use in homes with children and pets and is made in the USA with FDA-approved materials.

Key features:

  • 7-cubic foot capacity
  • Integrated wheel base for easy turning
  • Recessed handles for a streamlined look

Cost: *Est. $86.84

3. The Most Beautiful Composter in the World, Envirocycle Composter

Available in a choice of two different sizes to suit any home’s composting and space needs, this outdoor composter boasts a striking design that is BPA-free and safe to use in homes with children. It will provide your garden with rich compost material in just 4-8 weeks.

Key features:

  • 35-gallon capacity
  • Base collects compost tea
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $229.99

4. Geobin Compost Bin

This outdoor compost bin boasts an adjustable diameter size and is 36″ tall to provide a custom — and economical — solution to your family’s composting needs. It features an easy to assemble design that is also easy to relocate if necessary.

Key features:

  • 216-gallon capacity
  • 50% recycled post-consumer plastic
  • Sets up in just minutes

Cost: *Est. $31.99

5. Worm Factory 360 WF360B Worm Composter

Available in a choice of three different colors to suit any outdoor decor, this composter comes complete with four trays (can expand up to eight) for making nutrient-rich compost at home. It uses the power of worms to break down kitchen scraps and is odorless when used correctly.

Key features:

  • Quick tips and instructional DVD included
  • Integrated spigot for collecting compost tea
  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors, year round

Cost: *Est. $91.65

6. Redmon Green Culture 65-Gallon Compost Bin

This compost bin boasts a durable and long lasting resin construction that is suitable for use outdoors and comes complete with integrated ventilation holes to allow for proper composting. It features four doors around the bin for easy access to your finished compost and a lift-off lid for convenient access when adding material to the bin.

Key features:

  • 65-gallon capacity
  • Easy to assemble, guide included
  • Made in New Zealand

Cost: *Est. $57.62

7. Worm Factory DS3GT 3-Tray Worm Composter

Available in a choice of three different colors to suit any outdoor decor, this composter comes complete with three trays (can expand up to seven) for making nutrient-rich compost at home. It uses the power of worms to break down kitchen scraps and is odorless when used correctly.

Key features:

  • Quick tips and instructional DVD included
  • Integrated spigot for collecting compost tea
  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors, year round

Cost: *Est. $89.95

8. VermiHut 5-Tray Worm Compost Bin

This compost bin uses the power of worms to break down kitchen scraps and comes complete with five working trays (expandable up to seven) to keep worms, worm casings, and compost separate.

Key features:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors, year round
  • 3 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $68.95

9. Suncast TCB6800 6.5 Cubic Foot Tumbling Composter

This outdoor composter boasts a barrel-shaped design that comes complete with a galvanized steel stand for convenient loading and spinning. It features a durable and long lasting resin construction that is weather-resistant and dual latching lids for easy access.

Key features:

  • 6.5-cubic foot capacity
  • Creates compost in 3-4 weeks
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $85.99

10. The Cutest Composter in the World, Envirocycle Mini Composter

Available in a choice of two different sizes to suit any home’s composting and space needs, this outdoor composter boasts a striking design that is BPA-free and safe to use in homes with children. It will provide your garden with rich compost material in just 4-8 weeks.

Key features:

  • 17-gallon capacity
  • Base collects compost tea
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $169.99

11. Lifetime 60028 65-Gallon Compost Tumbler

This outdoor composter boasts heavy duty black panels and a powder coated steel frame for years of weather-resistant outdoor usage. Thanks to the internal mixing bar, compost is broken down into a fine material for easier spreading in your garden.

Key features:

  • 65-gallon capacity
  • Well-balanced, easy to turn
  • 5 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $108.29

12. Sunwood Life Bokashi Compost Kit

This outdoor composter allows you to quickly and easily turn your kitchen scraps into rich organic fertilizer for your lawn and garden and comes complete with everything you need to get up and running. It even includes a collection pail for use in your kitchen.

Key features:

  • 5-gallon capacity
  • Creates compost in as little as 2 weeks
  • Compost tea collection cup included

Cost: *Est. $63.82

13. Good Ideas CWET-BLK Compost Wizard EnviroTumbler

This outdoor composter boasts BPA-free materials and a durable and environmentally-friendly 100% recycled polyethylene plastic construction. It comes complete with integrated air vents, and a wheeled base for ease of turning and aeration. It comes completely assembled for ease of use.

Key features:

  • 6.5-cubic foot capacity
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $168.99

14. Fiskars 75-Gallon Eco Compost Bin

This outdoor compost bin boasts an economical price point and features a collapsible, spring-loaded design that makes it quick and easy to set up and relocate where desired. The round shape and open-bottom design allows for even heat distribution and access to worms and various microorganisms.

Key features:

  • 75-gallon capacity
  • Collapses for convenient storage
  • Windproof lid and anchoring stakes included

Cost: *Est. $45.82

15. Mantis CT02001 Compact ComposTumbler Compost Bins

This compost bin boasts a fully enclosed drum with integrated air vents and moisture drainage holes that allow you to create nutrient-rich compost in just weeks. It has been designed to keep pets and wildlife out, to help cut down on mess and features a long lasting, rust-resistant galvanized steel construction.

Key features:

  • 88-gallon capacity
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $333.54

16. Worm Factory DS5TT 5-Tray Worm Composter

Available in a choice of three different colors to suit any outdoor decor, this composter comes complete with five trays (can expand up to seven) for making nutrient-rich compost at home. It uses the power of worms to break down kitchen scraps and is odorless when used correctly.

Key features:

  • Quick tips and instructional DVD included
  • Integrated spigot for collecting compost tea
  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors, year round

Cost: *Est. $106.22

17. Worm Factory 360 Composting Bin + Moisture and pH Testing Meter

This composter comes complete with four trays (can expand up to eight) for making nutrient-rich compost at home. It uses the power of worms to break down kitchen scraps and is odorless when used correctly. It comes complete with a moisture and pH testing meter to help you create compost with less effort.

Key features:

  • Quick tips and instructional DVD included
  • Integrated spigot for collecting compost tea
  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors, year round

Cost: *Est. $139.95

18. Good Ideas Soil Machine PRO Bins

This outdoor composter boasts BPA-free materials and a durable and environmentally-friendly 100% recycled polyethylene plastic construction. It comes complete with integrated air vents, and a wheeled base for ease of turning and aeration. The twist-locking lid offers a secure way to keep kids and pets out of the bin.

Key features:

  • 7-cubic foot capacity
  • Comes fully assembled
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $134.03

19. Exaco 628001 Eco-Master Polypropylene Composter

This outdoor composter boasts an eco-friendly 100% recycled uv-resistant polypropylene construction that is durable and weather-resistant. It comes complete with a latching lid that provides protection from pets, children, and the wind.

Key features:

  • 120-gallon capacity
  • Easy to assemble
  • Bottom withdrawal flap

Cost: *Est. $89.99

20. Dual Batch Compost Tumbler 100% Recycled Plastic Outdoor Compost Bin

This composter boasts a dual chamber design that allows you to easily fill one side with food and yard scraps while the other side is curing, ensuring a steady supply of compost. Each bin rotates separately and the unit is supported on a durable steel stand for convenient mixing of waste.

Key features:

  • 44-gallon capacity
  • 100% recycled black polypropylene construction
  • Integrated drainage holes

Cost: *Est. $169

21. YIMBY 6 Cubic Feet Tumbling Composter RM4000

This outdoor composter boasts a durable and UV-resistant recycled plastic construction which absorbs heat to speed up the composting process. It’s mounted to a sturdy galvanized steel frame for ease of turning.

Key features:

  • 6-cubic foot capacity
  • Rodent-proof design
  • Creates rich compost in just weeks

Cost: *Est. $112.34

22. Worm Factory DS4BT 4-Tray Worm Composter

Available in a choice of three different colors to suit any outdoor decor, this composter comes complete with four trays (can expand up to seven) for making nutrient-rich compost at home. It uses the power of worms to break down kitchen scraps and is odorless when used correctly.

Key features:

  • Quick tips and instructional DVD included
  • Integrated spigot for collecting compost tea
  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors, year round

Cost: *Est. $93.87

23. Exaco Aerobin 400 Insulated Composter and Self Aeration System

This innovative composter is fully insulated for use year round and boasts a patented self-aeration system that requires no turning to create nutrient-rich garden compost. The heavy duty design has been made to withstand use in all sorts of weather conditions and won’t tip over even in strong winds.

Key features:

  • 14-cubic foot capacity
  • Integrated compost tea collection base
  • Removable side access door

Cost: *Est. $296.46

24. VermiHut 5-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter

This compost bin uses the power of worms to break down kitchen scraps and comes complete with five working trays (expandable up to seven) to keep worms, worm casings, and compost separate.

Key features:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors, year round
  • Odorless design

Cost: *Est. $79.99

25. Single Bin Wire Composter

This outdoor composter offers an affordable solution to your family’s composting needs and boasts a durable and long lasting heavy-gauge, powder-coated steel construction. It comes complete with plastic clips to hold the panels together.

Key features:

  • 16-cubic foot capacity
  • Easy to assemble
  • Open-bottom design

Cost: *Est. $39.95

26. VermiHut 3-Tray Worm Compost Bin with Free Claw

This compost bin uses the power of worms to break down kitchen scraps and comes complete with three working trays (expandable up to seven) to keep worms, worm casings, and compost separate.

Key features:

  • Easy to assemble, odorless design
  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors, year round
  • Integrated spigot for collecting compost tea

Cost: *Est. $74.80

27. Leisure Season CB2730 Compost Bin

This outdoor composter boasts a beautiful stained moisture-resistant wood design that won’t visually detract from your outdoor space. The separated slats allow for proper aeration without creating spillage while the flip-up bottom panel allows convenient access to your nutrient-rich compost.

Key features:

  • Open-bottom design
  • Easy to install
  • Cover included

Cost: *Est. $137.62

28. Good Ideas CW-2X12 Senior Wizard Dual Tumbler Compost Bin

This outdoor composter boasts a dual chambered design for maximizing compost production and features a durable and environmentally-friendly 100% recycled polyethylene plastic construction that is BPA-free. The twist-locking lid offers a secure way to keep kids and pets out of the bin.

Key features:

  • 11-cubic foot capacity
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $257.23

29. Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler

This outdoor composter boasts a durable and eco-friendly 100% recycled plastic construction in a dark color to help retain heat for increased compost production. It comes complete with two twist-locking vented lids at either end that are both animal- and child-resistant.

Key features:

  • 50-gallon capacity
  • Easy to assemble
  • Creates compost in less than a month

Cost: *Est. $179.99

30. Bluestone 80-Gallon Master Composter

This outdoor composter boasts a durable and long lasting 100% recycled UV-resistant polypropylene construction that is weather-resistant. It comes complete with secure wind-proof lid latches and an easy-to-access folding bottom compost door.

Key features:

  • 80-gallon capacity
  • Tool-less assembly
  • Made in Germany

Cost: *Est. $59.99

31. Miracle Gro DC270MG Dual Chamber Tumbling Composter

This composter boasts a dual chamber design that allows you to easily fill one side with food and yard scraps while the other side is curing, ensuring a steady supply of compost. Each bin rotates separately and the unit is supported on a durable steel stand for convenient mixing of waste.

Key features:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Internal mixing bar
  • Easy-slide access doors

Cost: *Est. $118.99

32. Good Ideas ECG3-DAR English Composting Garden Bin

Available in a choice of three different colors to suit nearly any backyard decor, this unique unit provides a visually-appealing place to grow plants, while turning your kitchen scraps and yard waste into compost at the same time. The internal composting chamber provides the plants with a steady stream of nutrients.

Key features:

  • Can be stacked or placed side-by-side
  • Integrated drain holes help prevent root rot
  • Durable, weatherproof plastic construction

Cost: *Est. $146.23

33. Nature’s Footprint WF360 Worm Factory 360 Composter 4 Tray

This outdoor composter comes complete with four trays (can expand up to seven) for making nutrient-rich compost at home. It uses the power of worms to break down kitchen scraps and is odorless when used correctly.

Key features:

  • Durable, post-consumer recycled plastic construction
  • Integrated spigot for collecting compost tea
  • 5 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $91.65

34. Vermikashi Bokashi Compost Kit – Base Model

This basic composter kit comes complete with everything you need to get making your own nutrient-rich compost for your lawn and garden. It includes a bin, compactor, strainer, spigot, collection cup, and locally-made Bokashi bran.

Key features:

  • 5-gallon capacity
  • Odorless design
  • Compost tea collection cup included

Cost: *Est. $40.91

35. Spin Bin Composter 60-Gallon Compost Tumbler

This outdoor composter boasts a durable and long lasting recycled plastic construction and is housed on a sturdy steel base for ease of mixing. Twist-locking lids on either end easily secure to keep children and animals out. It allows you to easily make your own compost in about half the time of some models.

Key features:

  • 60-gallon capacity
  • Instructions included
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $159.99

36. Good Ideas CW-ECOS Compost Wizard Eco Square Composter

This outdoor composter boasts a square design that is gravity-fed and is designed to stand up to all sorts of weather conditions. It is safe for use in homes with children and pets thanks to the latching lid and is made in the USA with FDA-approved materials.

Key features:

  • 100-gallon capacity
  • Creates rich compost in as little as a month
  • Tool-less assembly

Cost: *Est. $49.33

37. Hungry Bin Flow-Through Worm Farm

This composter boasts an odorless operation and comes complete with an integrated wheel base for ease of portability. The secure latch deters animals and children from getting in while preventing the lid from catching in the wind.

Key features:

  • Vermin-proof design
  • Easy-pour drip tray collects compost tea
  • Made in New Zealand

Cost: *Est. $289

38. Bosmere K767 11 Cubic Foot Compost Bin

This outdoor composter boasts a durable and eco-friendly 100% recycled plastic construction in a dark color to help retain heat for increased compost production. It features integrated adjustable air vents, and an easy-to-use top lid for added convenience.

Key features:

  • 11-cubic foot capacity
  • Easy to assemble
  • Sliding bottom door for collecting compost

Cost: *Est. 101.37

39. Can O Worms Composter With 1000 Red Worms

This composter unit boasts a durable and eco-friendly 100% recycled plastic construction and comes complete with 1000 red wiggler worms to get you started making nutrient-rich compost right out of the box.

Key features:

  • Integrated spigot for collecting compost tea
  • Odorless design
  • 5 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $129

40. Miracle Gro Single Chamber Tumbling Composter

This outdoor composter is available in a choice of two sizes for your family’s composting needs and boasts a heavy duty construction that is suitable for use year round. Thanks to the internal mixing bar, compost is broken down into a fine material for easier spreading in your garden.

Key features:

  • 18.5-gallon capacity
  • Easy to assemble
  • Integrated side locking mechanism

Cost: *Est. $57.94

41. Exaco Thermo King 240-Gallon Compost Bin

This outdoor compost bin boasts a massive size that is ideal for even large families and features Thermolen plastics blended with recycled plastics for increased stability and durability. It boasts a tool-less assembly that makes setup a breeze.

Key features:

  • 240-gallon capacity
  • Integrated locks keep kids and wildlife out
  • Made in Germany

Cost: *Est. $209.99

Indoor

42. SCD Probiotics K100 All Seasons Indoor Composter Kit

This composting kit allows you to quickly and easily turn your food scraps into nutrient-rich compost indoors year round. It comes complete with an air-tight lid, instructions for use, and a bag of All Seasons Bokashi.

Key features:

  • 5-gallon capacity
  • Carrying handle for ease of portability
  • Integrated spigot for collecting compost tea

Cost: *Est. $58.73

43. Flo n Gro Brew Compost Tea Brewing System

Create your own nutrient-rich compost tea with this at-home brewing system. Compost tea is a liquid fertilizer that can be spread on your lawn and garden, and also be used to clear household drains. It comes complete with everything you need to get started, including two brewing kits.

Key features:

  • 3-gallon capacity
  • Drip-free tap
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $69.95

44. Bokashi Compost Kit – Twin Buckets Model

This basic composter kit comes complete with everything you need to get making your own nutrient-rich compost for your lawn and garden. It includes two bins with integrated spigots, a compactor, and locally-made Bokashi bran.

Key features:

  • 5-gallon capacity
  • Odorless design
  • Compost tea collection cup included

Cost: *Est. $77

45. Food Cycler Indoor Kitchen Composter

This innovative indoor composter uses a three-step process to break down your kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich compost for your lawn and garden. It can create compost in as little as three hours with no special draining, venting, or additives.

Key features:

  • Odorless design
  • Dishwasher-safe removable basket
  • Twist-locking lid

Cost: *Est. $339

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