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Doesn't seal, smells bad, and breeds maggots
We tried to reseal the lid several times, but the unit was never airtight, and during the summer months fruit flies managed to get in and breed. In the end, we had to give it up. Now we're using it to store garden fertiliser bags (ie blood and bone) as it's a waste of plastic.
Purchased in June 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $69.00.
Same problem as all the other reviews
The lid doesn't seal properly. Within a couple of weeks, the waste putrifies. Such a waste of money, and unhealthy to have in the house. I will be disposing of this.
Purchased in December 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $40.00.
Doesn’t seal properly - maggots invasion
We bought two of these bins two years ago and are very disappointed. After a few days, there is always a lot of maggots coming out as they don’t seal properly. We got a new seal for both of them 6 months ago but it has not solved the issue.
We will buy another compost bin.
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse.
Good, not great
For almost 2 years, I've been using two of these bins (and the 18L version, which doesn't have a good lid at all). While they aren't perfect, I must say that have not experienced the amount of maggots that some reviewers have (touch wood) and the bin/s have done a fair job so far.
It lives in our kitchen on the floor and away from any sunlight/warmth. But, maybe we fill the bin up quickly enough? The bin does live in our garage once it's full, away from sunlight - so I'm not sure if that is a determining factor.
Purchased in February 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $79.99.
Bokashi bin not air-tight and breeds maggots
I bought two 12l Bokashi bins. They breed maggots each time I tried and the juice stunk so I have stopped using them. The bin is poorly designed as it is not air-tight and cannot be used as a Bokashi bin.
SHOULD always read the reviews.
Purchased in November 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores for $39.95.
Doesn’t work, breeds maggots.
Doesn’t work. The lid doesn’t seal airtight. After a couple of weeks I had maggots breeding in the bin. Was disgusting to keep inside. I emailed Maze about this on 14 December 2020 and asked what I could do about it, however still waiting for a reply on 26 Jan 2021. Very disappointed.
Purchased in November 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores.
Liquid stinks, content putrid and always maggots.
Bought 2 bins from Bunnings thinking i would use them in cycles. Maggots, putrid contents and stinky liquid every time. Its absolutely frightening and disgusting to clean out! We did it twice and thought it would not be realistic to do this on a regular basis. Total wasted of time and money to give this product a go.
Purchased in December 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $84.00.
Does not seal! Not a proper bokashi bin
I wish I read the reviews before buying. The lid cannot produce an airtight seal, so the bokashi bin doesn’t not actually work because it needs to be an anaerobic environment. I’ve tried 3 times now, troubleshooting thinking I’ve done something wrong. However every single time, the bin stinks, and attracts fruit flies which also means maggots. You start to smell the bin even with the lid closed, which means there’s air leakage!! I have even tried put a 15kg dumbbell weight on the lid to try to seal it shut- doesn’t work! Don’t buy it! Waste of money.
Purchased in August 2020 for $69.00.
Not air tight - wish read the reviews
I impulsively purchases the Maze brand without checking the reviews assuming it would be all good. I did wonder about how well the lid would seal when I first unboxed. Turns out not very well.
My first attempt didn’t work out, lots of bugs/maggots and an aweful smell. After checking online to see if I was doing anything wrong. A major requirement is an air tight container and this most certainly is not. Another review states at 5% may be affected by a defect, but I can’t see anyway this design could be air tight at all.
Purchased in December 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse Online Store for $72.00.
Got bokashi and some fruit flys
Bought a bokashi bin from bunnings about a month ago. Been following instructions how to use it but it never mentioned that it can't seal. When I opened it was full of maggots. Shame I like the 18l bin
Purchased in October 2020 for $39.99.
My first attempt at this . The smell is so bad that I can’t go near it. Had to put it outside. Nothing stopped the bad smell
Very disappointing...would not use it again.
Purchased in October 2020.
Perfect For Maggot Breeders
UPDATE 21/11/2020 - so after receiving a reply to my negative review on 12 October and a subsequent response to my earlier emails....nothing has changed. The promised "We have a new unit (slightly larger) which has a new style of silicon gasket which we have designed to be very air tight. If you can wait around a month I am happy to send these out to you as soon as they arrive. Please confirm you delivery address and phone number." One month to the day I emailed to query the progress - that email remains unanswered.
After using $10 K Mart comp...ost bins for several years I upgraded to a pair of these in May 2020. They were purchased as the website stated fly free and I had been getting maggots in the K Mart bin. Unfortunately it was a complete waste of $89 as the fly breeding program became exponential compared to my previous bin. I should have read reviews prior to purchase not after, to find out there had been a fault with the lids. I did contact one of the persons I found who replied to a review but after a lengthy period received no response. I eventually contacted place of purchase to advise my experience and the issue with lids I had uncovered on here. They contacted Maze on my behalf and I received an email saying I was possibly using the bins incorrectly, however, this was not the case. Instructions had been followed precisely and Maze did send two new lids as I had initially requested. The new lids arrived and the maggot problem continues, together with the added benefit of liquid running down the back of the bin. The "fly free" tag has also been removed from any descriptions for this product on-line. I am now researching bokashi bins so I can throw my $89 purchase in the bin and secure an indoor bench composting system that doesn't entail maggots crawling across the kitchen bench.
Purchased in May 2020 at Eco R Us for $89.00.
Appears to be a known defect with lid seal
Bought one of these Maze 12L Bokashi Indoor Composter despite all the negative reviews. The defective lid is evidence at first glance. To be sure, I tested it out with water as per the included instructions before use (highly recommended based on all the negative reviews and if you want to prevent maggots).
The front of the bucket where the lid clips down is fine and doesn't leak at all. However, turn the product to the other side and it leaks water out near the hinge like no tomorrow. As the seal is not air tight this is where flies could get...in and essentially how maggots would come about as previous reviewers have noted. This product comes sealed inside a cardboard box so you can't actually check the item in store to see if it's faulty or not before buying it. Seems like an ongoing and long known issue (reviews from 2 years ago note the same thing).
Purchased in October 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $42.00.
Followed directions and instructions appropriately but still ended up with maggots, fruit flies and constant smell. Definitely not airtight. Am yet to finish my first 2 months but not sure if I will, as I can’t stand the flies, smell and the maggots.
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse.
#Editing my post, I received a very prompt response from the Maze representative, I am looking forward to his assistance for a solution to the defective bokashi bins #
I have a larger maze bin, decised to get smaller bins, twin pack 12litres, new design but the lid is defective not air tight so have flies and maggots and smells bad, the older version with lid that comes off works but not the new flip close lids. waste of money, you won't bokashi, you get rotten maggots ridden waste.
Purchased in August 2020 for $70.00.
Questions & Answers
I bought two maze 12L Bokashi Indoor Composters from Bunnings in July 2020 and had problem with the seal not being air tight and flies managed to get in and breed. As a result, I couldn't do any compost since then.
Provided it is a fundamental product quality issue, can I get a refund for the products or you can offer any alternate solutions?
Hi Winnie, sorry to hear about this. You can certainly get a refund for it or you can try our new 14L version or the 18L. I will send you an email as well to confirm.
Hi i have an 18 litre bokashi system. The lid seals great. But even though there is plenty of liquid nothing drains out the tap. This liquid then causes a really bad smell. Not sure if something is somehow blocking tap but has happened in the first and second bucket
Hi, can i ask how you know that there is a lot of liquid? I assume the strainer is still at the bottom of the bucket? Please feel free to email at email@example.com. Ronen
Yes the strainer is at the bottom. I know there is a lot of liquid because when I emptied it into my tumbling composter I had to manually drain the liquid first (holding the compost in and tipping the bucket upside down.) When I emptied the compost and inspected the tap and it did not appear blocked??
did you try and test the tap with water to see if it works? It sounds very usual. Happy to send you a new tap if you think it will help.
Hi, I recently returned my dual Bokashi bins to Bunnings as the lids were not sealing. After reading the reviews it sounds like there is a gasket in the lid to ensure an airtight seal?
Could you please confirm this as I am keen to compost as much waste as possible and these systems seem ideal.
Hi Kathy, yes there is a rubber gasket in the lid that should make it air tight. In the last production the gasket was a bit different so this caused some issues with some bins not being airtight. Our 18L Indoor Composter has a different sealing lid and we have not had any issues with that version.
Thanks for your response. I will see if they are available online again to repurchase the two bin pack.
If it doesnt come with a seal will you be able to assist?
Hi Kathy, i suggest waiting a couple of weeks as then we will have a new seal which should be more reliable. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org in a couple of weeks and i will confirm if we have it.
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