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Last updated: April 09, 2022
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In looking towards making the most use of organic waste, you may need to get yourself a kitchen compost bin. As such, you will be able to compost organic kitchen waste and end up using it in your garden.
Given the many brands and models of such tools, we must consider many different products in trying to figure out which are the best kitchen compost bins in the market. This is precisely what our team has done, narrowing down our initial list of 30 bins into one of ten devices. The FLYISI Odorless Compost Bucket is our favorite bin, having been selected as the editor’s choice. The device is lightweight, simple in design, and includes dual charcoal filters that help it remain odorless. This is, however, not the only impressive device on the list, and as such, you should pay attention to the other nine as well.
A good source of factual and critical information about these products is the comments section of various vendor sites such as Amazon. This was coupled with data from the manufacturer’s websites. This was no mean feat and required a lot of time to collate. Nevertheless, we were able to compare dimensions, capacity, material make up, and any other features that would make it easier for the devices to carry out their mandate. As such, all the items had to be graded in the table below. Also, below the table, you find reviews of each particular product mentioned as well as a buying guide as the final significant section. Reading through all these sections should put you in a better position to choose the best kitchen compost bin.
Other features: one round and one square filter, convenient carrying handle, easy to clean
The FLYISI Odorless Compost Bucket may not look all that different from any other waste bin in your house. Nevertheless, it has a job to do, and it does it well. The first thing to know when using this device is what to put in it. Among your choices are food scraps, garden leaves, grass, and on occasion, biodegradable paper.
This tool will let you put all of those materials in the bin and has a capacity of 1.3 gallons. You can as well see that it is made of stainless steel; hence, it is one of the more durable options to put in your kitchen. As well, you have to know that compost tends to emit certain bad odors that can make placing compost bins in the kitchen a hassle. The manufacturers of the device have put in a safeguard against this by including both the round and square charcoal filters.
Given the materials you put inside the kitchen compost bin, you will likely need to clean it from time to time. This is made easier by the design and materials used. You will also appreciate the carrying handle since it means you can carry the bin as it is to your garden, empty it, and clean it before replacing it in your kitchen.
What do we love it for?
Easy to clean
Easy to carry
What were we disappointed with?
If you do not make sure to seal the bin properly it will attract ants and pests into your home
Other features: Filter Monitoring System, reduces kitchen waste up to 90% of its original volume, 4-hour cycle, odorless
Our second addition to the list is one that uses electricity to turn your food scraps into nutrient-rich materials for the soil in your garden. Not only that, the device is compact enough to fit even on your kitchen counter. Nevertheless, this tool is a bit heavier than most, but the weightiness is probably due to the inclusion of various electronic components.
The capacity of the electronic bin maxes out at only 2L. As such, you may have to empty it more often than you would with other counterparts. Nevertheless, it uses up very little electricity, and as such, you shouldn’t be worried about your power bill skyrocketing.
As well, this tool carries with it a carbon filter. As mentioned, this may be necessary to keep the smell inside the containment unit and away from your kitchen. As to the effectiveness of the bin, materials usually leave the bin nearly 90% less in volume than they were as they went in. Also, this composting process can be over and done within a matter of three hours.
Also, because it accelerates the whole process of composting to about the fraction of the time associated with natural composters, you can understand the high price tag.
The iTouchless EcoWise Compost Bin is another excellent device you can choose to own and have in your kitchen. You should be aware that the lid is made from stainless steel and is fingerprint-proof. Consequently, the bin will always have a clean and polished look to it despite what is inside. Also, the dimensions of the compost bin allow for it to hold 1.32 gallons of food scraps and whatever other materials you might decide to put in it.
Once in a while, you are going to need to empty the contents of the bin into your garden. Once you do this, you will also need to clean it. For this reason, you can put it in your dishwasher, and it will come out squeaky clean. However, due to the waste that goes into the device, it might be wise to hose it down in your garden to remove solids. After that, you can then put it in the dishwasher.
The tool also comes with an impressive array of six carbon filters that reduce the smells emitted from the bin. Carbon filters also serve to keep insects and pests out of the compost.
Other features: airtight lid, replaceable filter, convenient carrying handle, one-handed lid open
The EPICA Stainless Steel Compost Bin has also been a previous favorite for compost bin owners. The device is tiny enough that you can fit it on your counter or the floor. That choice is, however up to you to make after you have received the tool from amazon.
The stainless steel body is molded from a single sheet of metal, and this makes it easy to clean. The tool will also stay rust-free, and this elongates how long you can use the device. As well, due to this simple design, cleaning the bin has turned out to be as easy as pie.
While it does come with carbon filters, these components can be replaced as soon as they are unable to fulfill their role. Nonetheless, if you don’t subject the bin to abuse, the filters can last as long as six months.
Also, the lid is airtight, but you should be able to open it with just one hand when the need arises. Another bonus is in the inclusion of a convenient carrying handle that is most useful when you need to empty the compost that is already inside.
What are its best features?
Easy to clean
Comes with a carrying handle
Replaceable filters that hold odors in
What could be improved?
Some users have mentioned that trying to inspect the filters may result in their damage. As such only remove them separate the parts of the lid that when you are ready to replace the filters
Other features: easy to clean, dual padded filters
This device is composed of both stainless steel and copper components. Also, if you compare the tool to some of the other options above, you may conclude that it is smaller in capacity. However, the difference may be negligible to some.
From the picture above, the bin seems solidly made. Also, given its body shape, it shouldn’t prove too hard to clean. At almost $45, this also appears to be one of the pricier models of its kind. You will also have noted a pattern with the models mentioned above. There is always the inclusion of a carbon filter to keep the odors at bay. The ones that feature on this bin are dual padded charcoal filters. The stainless steel body is then coated with a copper finish.
Why are we impressed?
Easy to carry
Easy to clean
What negatives must you be aware of?
Some users have noted that the copper coating may wear out and can easily get scratched.
Other features: 6 rust-resistant steel stakes, waterproof cover with Velcro closure tab, quick and easy set-up, versatile design
This is one of the more uniquely designed compost bins in the market. It comes flat when shipped, and you can then unfold it into the box shape that is illustrated above. You want to fill the space in between the four corners of the tool with kitchen scraps and then cover it with the waterproof cover. The compost will then be ready in a matter of weeks.
This design has been known to be very versatile and can even be used to stop your pets from wandering off. However, there are also some limitations to the design. Among them, you find that it would be impossible to put the device in the kitchen if you intend to use it for compost. A more appropriate installation would have to be in the garden where liquids can drain off into the soil, and the smell of compost won’t be a bother.
Other features: odor-blocking, fruit fly free, light-lift lid, no assembly required, compatible with standard 6-liter compost bag liners and 4″ diameter charcoal filters, dishwasher-safe
Despite the term oversized in this bin’s name, it can still fit well on top of a kitchen counter. Given that it is capable of blocking foul air from the compost from reaching outside the bin, it is also likely that you will have this in the kitchen. As such, it will be close to you both as you are preparing food and as you are washing dishes and need to get rid of leftovers.
You will notice a distinct lack of fruit flies in and around the bin since the filters incorporated are somewhat effective at what they do. Some of the components are as well dishwasher safe in addition to the fact that it is compatible with 6-liter compost bag liners.
Other features: patented design, opens with a push of a button, easy to clean
One highlight of this device is that it is made from recycled plastic. You are, as a result, already making better use of waste materials just by purchasing this bin. There are also some recycled steel components that makeup part of the device.
Due to the components that make it up, it is no surprise that the bin only weighs about 8 ounces. Charcoal filters are not left out of the design. Also noteworthy is the capacity of the tool that stands a notch above most other devices listed above.
It also works in favor of the device that all you have to do is press a button for the lid to open.
Also, despite the name, this tool takes on a rectangular shape rather than a circular one.
Other features: ventilated design, replaceable odor filter in the lid, easy-access flip-top cover, liner-retaining hole, stainless-steel handle
This device is also made of plastic with a stainless steel handle. It boasts of a ventilated design in the cover, and this will only allow fresh air out as the carbon filter traps the odors. The flip-top lid will also make it easier for the user to open the bin then shut it when done, putting in the scraps.
Due to the design, you are much better off putting this tool on top of your counter. Also, given the strength of the handle, you will easily be able to take the tool to your garden, especially when it is full.
What makes it special?
What cons did we find?
The device has a hard time keeping out fruit flies
Other features: a vented lid, drafted bucket shape, a few seconds clean-up
Ceramics making up the body of the compost bin is not a feature that you can see in any other device on the list. Nevertheless, this may be because ceramics are incredibly fragile and may break at the slightest impact. However, you see a vented lid and filters that will allow breathability, all the while keeping bad odors in. The tool also has a bucket shape, although it doesn’t come with a carry handle. As such, it may be challenging to move when full.
Also, the 0.87-gallon capacity may prove a turn-off for anybody looking to add large deposits of compost to the device.
Why did it make our list?
Filters eliminate odors
What is not ideal about it?
No carry handle
Things to Consider
Ideally, your first kitchen compost bin purchase should be your last. However, this is only possible where you have all the information necessary to make the right purchase beforehand. As such, the buying guide below is meant to get you to that point.
Why buy a kitchen compost bin?
A kitchen compost bin will help you make better use of some of the waste that you would normally dispose of. You cook and eat food, and what is left over goes back to your garden to help other foodstuffs grow. It is a cycle that makes sure there is as little wastage of resources and nutrients as possible.
Features to consider when choosing a kitchen compost bin
There are as well some features that will make it possible to select from the compost bins on offer. Seemingly the only primary requirement is that the tool can help foodstuffs and other material compost quickly. You will as well find some other beneficial characteristics in most models. Most of these are listed below; hence, you should familiarize yourself with them.
At the very least, you want something that will last a while. Some are made of steel like the iTouchless EcoWise Compost Bin. Others are mainly made from plastic with examples such as the Joseph Joseph 30016 Compost Bin. The Chef’n 401-420-120 Compost Bin is the only one with a ceramic body on this list. While this makes it fragile, some people are confident in their ability to keep the tool-free from impact; hence, it will end up lasting just as long as other counterparts. The primary consideration is that you, as the buyer, are comfortable with the material you select.
Capacity has not been known to vary too much from compost bin to compost bin. Most devices are separated in this regard by a negligible difference. However, there are exceptions, as well. The Full Circle Kitchen Compost Bin sets itself apart with its ability to store up to 1.5 gallons while, in contrast, its ceramic counterpart can only handle 0.87 gallons. It, therefore, depends on user needs; hence, the former is more suited to a large group of people.
If you need a large capacity for a big garden, you may consider compost tumblers.
Dimensions as well will affect capacity as well as where you can position the bin. Less significant models can even be placed on countertops. The Joseph Joseph 30016 Compost Bin is one such model. Others may require positioning on the floor due to their sheer size.
Charcoal/carbon filters are the most common. As well, most of them are replaceable, and they need to be so since they lose their effectiveness over time.
Their primary function includes keeping odors from exiting the bin and filling up the kitchen.
They also double up to prevent flies and other pests from getting into the compost containment. The iTouchless EcoWise Compost Bin is particularly impressive in this regard since it comes with six carbon filters. Different options may come with one or two filters.
An airtight lid helps a lot in keeping the air in your kitchen free when you are using a compost bin for the kitchen. You thus have to ensure that no spaces are left that may lead to your kitchen becoming uninhabitable.
How easy it is to clean it
Those with steel bodies are the easiest to clean since you can get away with hosing them down before adding soap to the mix. By then, most of the dirt will already have been removed from the bin.
The Food Cycler Platinum Indoor Food Recycler undoubtedly has the best extra feature on our list. It is electric, and this can shorten the period required for composting from weeks to several hours. There are as well others that have push buttons for opening. If you find a device with a unique feature that you like, there is no reason not to buy it.
The standard time it takes for food scraps to decompose into compost can range anywhere from 6 months to a year. If you feel like this is such a long time to wait, you can pick the Food Cycler Platinum Indoor Food Recycler so that you can shorten the period from months to less than a day.
Not everything can be put in a compost bin. It is reserved for bio-degradable materials and foods. Specifically, you can put in grass, newspapers, printer papers, yard waste, animal manure, and tree leaves as well. Also, these components should be free of chemicals.
Covering is essential for the composting process. As such, you should always make sure that the bin is covered. As such, you will find all the products mentioned above come with their lids. These allow the compost to retain heat and the moisture that is already in the bin. In contrast, water and a lot of humidity should be kept out. This is also because getting soaked may prove detrimental to the compost. Nevertheless, if you already own one that doesn’t have a lid, you can get by with wood and plastic sheeting.
As it stands, the FLYISI Odorless Compost Bucket is the top stainless steel bucket on the list. The body is robust and durable. In addition to that, the handle is high quality and will support carrying the device even when full. Also. Despite being very expensive in comparison to all the other products, the Vitamix FoodCycler will find many buyers. People do not want to wait six months to get their compost, and the recycler will be able to cut down that period significantly. As such, you will find people paying for this sort of value. Another thing that makes this a compelling buy is that despite being electric, it doesn’t use much power.
The iTouchless EcoWise Compost Bin is giving the editor’s choice a run for its money and it’s no surprise that some buyers will pick this model over the FLYISI. It is easy to open, has a full-service warranty, easy to clean, and even has six carbon filters. Most people will be delighted with the design, and this may also lead to choosing this tool over the editor’s choice. As it stands deciding which compost bin to pick should be a walk in the park. Make sure to make the right decision for your home.