Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about lots of trash cans for the kitchen and talked with environmental experts about compost bins, we’ve gone deep here on the best compost tumblers for your patio or garden that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best-rated compost tumbler
“The Yimby Tumbler Composter is fairly easy to put together (once I figured out that I had the legs put together the wrong way) and easy to load. The compost is breaking down nicely. I fill the ‘Add’ side and expected to start adding to the other side, but by the time the next load is ready to go in, the added items are breaking down, and I still have room left. I have been adding since August but still have not completely filled the first side. By the time spring arrives, I will have good compost ready for my plants. I would recommend the Yimby for anyone, but especially if you do not have the strength to manually turn the compost. The Yimby can be rotated easily, even by this older woman. Three complete turns mix the new greens or browns with the compost already breaking down.”
Best compost tumbler with two chambers
“I loved that there was absolutely no assembly needed on this — just drag the box to the garden, pull out the composter, and set it down on the ground. The biggest job was deciding where we wanted to put it! Love the dual chambers and how easy it is to spin; my 9-year-old daughter LOVES to turn it and can easily manage that job. Only problem is how fast we seem to be filling it up. We might need another one to start filling up before we get compost from this. (We cleaned out our garden, so we had a lot of organic material to work with.)”
Best mini–compost tumbler
“First of all, it is adorable! Composters are usually so ugly, and when you have a small garden like I do, it can ruin the overall appearance. It really is easy to use, and easy to roll off the track to wherever you need it to go. I appreciate the fact that every time you give it a spin, it stops with the cover facing up, for ease of use. I highly recommend this product.”
Best large compost tumbler
“Of all the compost tumblers that I’ve looked at in person, and in comparison to one I got a long time ago, this thing is really sturdy. The base is one of the better designs (in my opinion), and the tumbler itself is of strong quality. In combination with the price, I say this is a good compost bin, especially if you’re just starting out. My spouse put it together by himself, so I didn’t have that struggle, but he also didn’t seem to struggle either. He had it together in just a couple of hours, so I can’t really comment on assembly. My favorite about this bin is that the rod inside has rods that stick out that help break apart the compost as you’re tumbling it. Most designs just have a rod going through the center, a little more thought and ingenuity was put into this one. It is very easy to turn, easy to open, and easy to use overall.”
Best stainless-steel compost tumbler with insulation
“I’ve lived with this for a few months now, and I am beyond impressed! This thing magically turns three to five gallons of kitchen scraps a day — yes, you are reading that correctly, a day — into the most beautiful compost you can imagine. I’m a chef, so I bring home a five-gallon bucket of scrap every day from work, plus what we generate at home. Once one chamber is mostly full, it breaks down enough overnight to add another bucket the next day. It takes about 1.5 months to fill one side to capacity before you move over to the next chamber. By the time that chamber fills, the first chamber is totally broken down into jet-black compost. I still am in awe of how fast and complete this works. You see the steam rolling out the vents every day, even during the winter months. The materials are very high quality, and they fit together perfectly. I’m not sure why people have a hard time with the assembly, it is very straightforward and simple. It took me just about an hour. I was a little leery about the cost, but now I think it’s worth every penny.”
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