The 4 Best Composters of 2020

A composter is a good thing to have in any yard or garden. A composter is a vessel, usually made of plastic, metal or wood. If you have any household garbage that is biodegradable, like food or paper, you can throw it in the composter. There it will decay, and bacteria and worms will turn it into humus – very fertile soil. The humus can later be distributed in a garden plot or orchard. This will make the soil much more fertile, and plants on it will thrive. This will improve your harvest and make all the plants in your garden healthier.

A composter must be thick, in order to keep its contents warm. And many also have additional features, such as a drum for mixing the contents or a meter for gauging the pH. However there are also cheap models, which have one or more critical defects. It may be hard to sift through all the models to pick the best one, but we did that work for you. We have compiled a list of 5 best composters on the market.

Place#
Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
Plastic
#1
Worm Factory 360
9.6
/
10
Editor’s Pick
#2
FCMP
9.3
/
10
Best Overall
#3
Composter Bin by D.F. Omer
9.1
/
10
Large Study Tumbler Model
#4
SQUEEZE master
9.1
/
10
Best Budget
Worm Factory 360
#1
Editor’s Pick
Editor’s Rating:
9.6
/
10

This model holds 4 trays, but it can be expanded to 8 trays, so it will have a bigger volume than any other home composter. The lid can easily be turned over and then acts as a tray holder. This allows you to put trays on top of the lid when harvesting compost. There is a special small tray at the bottom for collecting worm tea – the nutritious liquid that is generated in compost. There is an accessory kit shipped with the composter, and also an instruction on how to make it more efficient.

The model comes in terracotta coloring, but is also available in green and black. The interior is constructed as a worm-ladder – it allows the worms to access all the levels of the composter. The model stands 18 inches tall, with a width of 14 inches and a length of 18. It is not going to make any odors, and the worms usually find and eat the food in under 24 hours.

Pros:

  • Has a very convenient spigot for worm juice
  • Is a great place for worms to be – has a ladder and is made of a safe material
  • Will never freeze

Cons:

  • Pretty hard to regulate the moisture

FCMP
#2
Best Overall
Editor’s Rating:
9.3
/
10

This tumbler will hold up to 80 gallons of compost, and it is built very sturdily. The quality of material fully excuses its high price, and it is built of heavy HDPE plastic, which is unharmed by UV and is not bad for the worms. Even though it is heavy plastic, the overall construction turns out to be light. The bottom is made of galvanized steel bar, and is both sturdy and lightweight. The model arrives with an instructive DVD and manual.

The frame is coated with a layer of black paint, powder based. It arrives disassembled, but is amazingly easy to put together.

Pros:

  • Absolutely free of both BPA and PVC elements, so it will not be a health hazard
  • Very large volume of tumbler
  • Very light when empty, and as such is easy to transport

Cons:

  • When it is full, it becomes extremely heavy, and the tumbler gets hard to turn

Composter Bin by D.F. Omer
#3
Large Study Tumbler Model
Editor’s Rating:
9.1
/
10

This model has a self-watering top, which also serves to keep out animals. The compost is removed via a large two-sided door. The plastic used is absolutely free of BPA. Reviews  show that it usually takes 6 to 8 weeks to convert all the matter inside the composter to humus.

The thickness and solid construction of the entire device make it very solid. Also the thickness allows the composter to keep heat inside, which prevents freezing on cold days and allows the microbes to work much faster.

The volume of the box is 12 cubic feet, so it is going to hold much more than most other models. The metal parts are made of 0.2 inch thick metal, which makes it by far the strongest model on the market. Also it is made from quality metal.

The model comes with a complete instruction on assembly and usage.

Pros:

  • Very strong materials – this one will serve you a lifetime
  • Completely secure from all animals, including rats and raccoons
  • The huge 90 gallon volume will allow this model to service a large garden

Cons:

  • The plastic bolts that come with this model, are pretty weak, and it is advised to immediately replace them with metal analogues

SQUEEZE master
#4
Best Budget
Editor’s Rating:
9.1
/
10

This is a small and efficient model, holding around 43 gallons of compost. The entire model is notable for being made of very strong and quality materials. The sliding door on the drum opens to admits scraps or garbage. The tubler needs to be rotated 6-7 times two times every week, and that keeps the compost properly mixed.

The sturdy steel frame is light and is able to hold a weight of over 300 pounds. There are two compartments inside the drum, so you can experiment with different components. The compartments are equal in volume.

The composter is shipped with a one-year warranty.

Pros:

  • The dual compartment drum is an excellent idea – you get to choose components and compare the types of compost
  • Very easy to put together and get it working
  • Tumbling the drum is very easy, both because of its volume and because of the quality bearings

Cons:

  • The machine is very easy to turn over, because its top is much heavier than the bottom

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