Best Compost Bins

A compost bin - whether it’s a compost tumbler, a kitchen compost bin, or a worm composter - will help you improve your home’s soil and divert waste from landfill. Different compost bins have different features and suit different kinds of homes and lifestyles - here’s what you need to know. Continue reading...

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Best Compost Bin

Bokashi Composting Australia Bokashi One Bucket
Capacity20L

Easier to maintain than a worm farm, the Bokashi One Bucket ferments your food waste and produces a nutrient-rich fertiliser that can be used in your garden.

Unobtrusive in home
Produces a lot of fertiliser
Simple to use
  • Ease of Use
    4.9 (8)
  • Build Quality
    4.9 (8)
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (8)
  • TypeBokashi
  • Colour / FinishBlack, White, Tan
  • Construction MaterialPlastic
  • Dimensions 410 x 310 x 300 mm
2nd Best Compost Bin
Maze 245L 2 Compartment Compost Tumbler
Capacity245L

With a large opening and doors that let you easily add food waste and collect your compost and a durable, UV-protected barrel, the Maze 245L 2 Compartment Compost Tumbler can let you easily compost for years to come.

Price (RRP) $269.00

Creates good-quality compost quickly
Straightforward to assemble
Easy to mix compost
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (2)
  • Build Quality
    4.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (2)
  • TypeTumbler
  • Colour / FinishBlack
  • Dimensions 1130 x 1050 x 710 mm
Urban Composter
3.3 from 24 reviews
Capacity15L

The Urban Composter Starter Kit has everything you need to start composting in your home or apartment, including a bucket, compost accelerator, and a composting spray.

Price (RRP) $75.00

No bad odours
Fuss-free to use
Prone to leaking from tap
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (2)
  • Build Quality
    5.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (2)
  • TypeTumbler
  • Colour / FinishBerry, Black, Chilli, Lime, Natural
  • Construction MaterialPlastic
Maze 160L Roto Twin Tumbler
3.7 from 13 reviews
Capacity160L

The Maze 160L Roto Twin Tumbler's dual chamber design lets you cure one batch while adding to the other, helping you more efficiently make compost.

Price (RRP) $179.00

Tumbleweed Worm Cafe
4.0 from 10 reviews
Capacity77L

Recycle organic waste into worm tea ready for the garden with the Tumbleweed Worm Cafe, which can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Price (RRP) $99.95

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Maze Bokashi Indoor Composter

Maze Bokashi Indoor Composter

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2.4 from 85 reviews
Capacity12L, 14L and 18L

Price (RRP) $89.00 to $99.00

Joraform Big Pig 270L Rotational Composter
Capacity270L
Joraform Little Pig 125L Rotational Composter
Capacity125L
Tumbleweed 220L Compost Tumbler
Capacity220L

Price (RRP) $209.00

Subpod In-Garden Compost System
Capacity115L

Price (RRP) $324.00

Maze 180L Geared Twin Tumbler
Capacity180L

Price (RRP) $199.00

Easy Composter Bins
5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: The easy composter was easy to put together and works extremely well. So well in fact it creates compost in as little as 2 weeks. The sealed bin keeps out vermin and pests and makes it easy to move

Price (RRP) $475.00

Chef'n EcoCrock
5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I did a review years ago on this ceramic kitchen scrap bin and was so long ago it has gone off the list! However it is still available. Mine must be into about 6 years now and the ceramic outer

Price (RRP) $49.99

Maze 55L Composting Cart
4.0 from 1 review
Capacity55L

Price (RRP) $129.00

Maze Dual 200lt Compost Tumbler
Capacity200L

Price (RRP) $229.00

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Bokashi One Bench Bin
No reviews yet
Capacity4L

Price (RRP) $24.95

Subpod Mini
No reviews yet

Price (RRP) $214.00

Maze Worm Farm
No reviews yet

Price (RRP) $129.00

Joraform Restauranteur Rotating Composter 400L

Price (RRP) $2,475.00

Maze Compost Caddy

Maze Compost Caddy

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No reviews yet
Capacity7L and 9L

Price (RRP) $29.95 to $35.00

Should I compost?

A person emptying a silver bucket full of food scraps into a black compost bin.

Some of the benefits of home composting include:

  • It provides nutrience to your home’s soil. Adding compost to the plants, gardens, and yards around your home enriches them and enables them to better retain moisture and keep diseases at bay.
  • It can replace chemical fertilisers. Adding your compost to your garden can eliminate the need to use chemical fertiliser - that’s one less thing to keep buying.
  • It’s beneficial to the environment. It cuts down methane emissions, reduces your personal contribution to landfill, and lowers your carbon footprint.
  • It’s versatile. You can get composters to suit all kinds of homes and living situations. Different bins suit different environments, so you can have it outside, in your garage, or even in your kitchen.

Types of composters

Outdoor stationary composters

A stationary composter is what most people are familiar with when they think of compost bins. They’re bins that you add food waste and compostable materials to, and they generally have a lid that prevents pests from getting inside. After a certain amount of time, the waste turns into soil which you can then remove to use as fertiliser.

Pros

Generally have the largest capacity of any type of composter. This also means that it can take your garden waste.
Requires little maintenance.

Cons

Require manual aeration, and so can be difficult to turn compost.
Often takes longer than other methods to “cook” compost. The process takes months.
Can only be placed outdoors.
Cannot compost meat or dairy.

Compost tumblers · See All

A tumbler compost bin is a rotating compost bin that you spin by cranking a lever. These composters have one or more chambers that you fill and then close off until the batch has matured. You can then use this “cooked” compost in your garden.

Pros

Simple to turn compost.
They have large capacities, and so can also take your yard trimmings.
Matures compost fairly quickly, as when you turn the lever you’re aerating the batch and speeding up the composting process.

Cons

Cannot compost meat and dairy.
More difficult to compost during colder months.

Worm composters · See All

A worm composting bin, or vermicomposter, has several layers, and worms inside the composter eat their way up the food scraps. This means that your compost, ready for use, ends up in the bottom layer.

Pros

Easy to remove compost, as it ends up in the bottom layer.
Low maintenance.
Creates worm tea as well as worm castings, which are both effective fertilisers.
Suitable for small spaces (even indoors).
Can compost in winter easily.

Cons

Can attract pests, such as fruit flies.
It can be easy to poison worms or harm the ecosystem - for example, even a small amount of citrus can make the soil too acidic.

Bokashi · See All

Developed in Japan, the bokashi system involves anaerobically fermenting food waste. While it isn’t technically composting, it still produces a nutrient-rich fertiliser that can be used in your garden. A Bokashi bucket can be placed under your sink or on a benchtop.

Pros

Don’t need to mix compost.
Suitable for small spaces.
Can take most kitchen food waste, including meats and cheese.
Produces a concentrated organic fertiliser.

Cons

You’ll need to bury the pickled food waste and dig it back up once it has cured.
Bins have a small capacity.

Benchtop compost bins · See All

A benchtop compost bin is a stationary composter that can be placed on your kitchen counter or a similar surface.

Pros

They’re indoor compost bins, and so are compact and suitable for composting in an apartment.

Cons

These have a small capacity, and so can only take smaller amounts of food waste and produce small amounts of fertiliser.

What to consider when choosing a composter

Size and capacity

You should already have a spot for your composter in mind before you buy to ensure that it’ll properly fit, whether you plan on having it in your yard, balcony, or indoors.

The larger the composter, the more expensive it will be and the harder it will be to move. However, you’ll have a higher capacity that allows you to make compost, so if you generally have plenty of food scraps and a large garden, then you may want to opt for a bigger size.

For a tumbling composter, somewhere between a 150 to 300L capacity is a good starting point, but you might want to size up (or buy multiple composters) if you have a larger garden. Those with a smaller garden may find that a worm farm (which typically has a 70 to 100L capacity) will suffice. Bokashi bins often have a capacity of between 12 and 20L.

Ease of use

There are a number of factors that will affect how easy a compost bin is to use. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How often do I have to mix the compost, if I have to mix it? And how difficult is this to do? Tumblers typically have a lever that’s used to mix compost, while stationary compost bins are often more difficult to stir. You don’t need to mix compost in a worm farm or Bokashi bin.
  • How easy is it to empty? Compost tumblers often let you rotate the opening to face the ground, so you can dump compost straight into a separate bucket, ready for use.
  • How much will it weigh when it’s filled?

Consider how easy it is to assemble too

Assembling a composter is a once-off issue, but should still be considered. Benchtop and stationary bins rarely need much assembly, but tumbling composters may be a bit more fiddly. Reading reviews on a composter can help you determine whether or not you’ll be able to put it together quickly and start composting right away.

Materials

The material of your compost bin should be lightweight, durable, simple to clean, and shouldn’t retain the funky odours of your compost.

Most composters are made of plastic which is effective at absorbing heat (particularly if it’s a darker colour) which quickens the composting process. Many are also made from recycled materials which makes them even more eco-friendly.

You can also find wooden compost bins, which usually look nicer in a yard. However, while they look great, you’ll have to think about rot - plus, they won’t heat up as quickly. Some brands also sell silicone composters; while silicone is easy to clean, odours tend to linger on it.

Number of compartments

Some composters, particularly tumbling ones, also have multiple chambers so that you can add to one while the other full compartment can cook. This means that you won’t slow the composting process down by continuously adding new waste.

If you’ve got your eyes on a composter with a single chamber, then you can always get two composters to have a quick turnover of fertiliser.

Odour control

Let’s face it, composting can smell funky. There’s not much smell with worm farm composters, as the worms eat most of the food scraps before they start rotting. For most other composters, however, rotting - and odour - is part of the process.

A decent composter will be able to control as much smell as possible. A composter made of a thick material should help ensure there’s minimal or no smell when your bin is closed. Of course, you’ll still notice the smell when you open the composter to add waste.

Is a compost bin worth it?

How much you fork out for a composter will largely depend on the type of composting system you want. Indoor stationary composters (including benchtop ones) typically go from anywhere from $10 to $100, while stationary outdoor compost bins usually set you back between $50 and 350.

Those looking for a worm farm can expect to pay between $110 and $430, while a compost tumbler generally costs somewhere between $170 and $400, with some models going for upwards of $1000.

If you’re looking to reduce the waste you send to landfill and you have a garden that will benefit from fertiliser, then a compost bin may be well worth the time, money, and effort you put towards it.