Composting helps you in turning organic waste materials into black gold; fertilizer. It is an excellent way to produce cheap manure for your garden and plants, and at the same time, it helps you in saving the environment from the worst impacts of decaying organic waste.
In this review, we are going to review the composting bins for indoor use. We will be covering composting bins in the following categories. There are two types of compost bins: outdoor compost bin and indoor compost bin.
Composting Bins for Kitchen: These composting bins are suitable for collecting organic waste materials in your kitchen. These bins can do composting on their own and can be used as a collection facility for waste material, which can then be thrown in a compost tumbler or a compost bin placed on your lawn. You can also use them with worm bins, which we will discuss later in this review.
Countertop Compost Bins: Countertop bins are similar to compost bins for the kitchen in most ways. The only difference is that they come in smaller sizes and can be placed on countertops for collecting organic water material like food scraps, eggshells, and coffee beds.
Composting Bins for Apartments: They are usually worm bins used for composting. They come in different shapes and sizes. Such bins are perfect for people who live in apartments and do not have big gardens. You can place them at the terrace of your apartment or somewhere else where you can provide them a temperature range of 55-75°F. They come with a worm-tea collector or spigot for hassle-free drainage of liquid compost.
Best Compost Bins for Kitchen
1. EPICA Stainless Steel Compost Bin 1.3 Gallon-Includes Charcoal Filter– Overall Best
The EPICA compost bin for the kitchen comes in 1.3-gallon capacity to provide you ample space for collecting all the organic waste generated in your kitchen for a week. It has an effective odor control mechanism with an airtight lid and an activated carbon filter to control odors. While the lid stops the odors from leaking, the carbon filter actively absorbs all the foul smells generated by decomposing bacteria. You won’t even notice that there is any waste material in your kitchen. The bin has been designed keeping in view the modern kitchen setups. It has been made in one piece, which makes it leak-proof and rustproof. The dimensions are 7.16” in diameter x 11” in length. You can also use it as a countertop bin, but it feels more like a kitchen composting bin. It has been built using stainless steel, which ensures durability and easy cleaning after emptying the content in a compost tumbler, bin or worm bin. You can also replace the carbon filter after six months for better odor control. The carry handle makes it easy to empty it in a larger composting bin.
2. iTouchless Titanium 1.6 Gallon Oval Compost Bin with AbsorbX Odor Filter– Pest Proof System
If you are looking for a titanium compost bin with a larger capacity than 1.3 gallons, this bin is a perfect option for you. Titanium is more durable and lightweight than stainless steel. The exterior is fingerprint-proof, keeping your bin clean all the time. The protective coating makes it easy to clean and rinse the bin. It has AbsorbX technology to control odors and a powerful lid to keep all the pests and insects away. It has a depth, width, and length of 6.6, 10, and 11.25 inches, respectively. The opening width is 8.25 inches. It has been designed ergonomically to increase ease of use. The carry handle comes with a soft rubber grip, which makes it easy to use the bin inside the kitchen and helps in emptying it in your main composting bin or tumbler. It has been made using brushed stainless steel, which gives it a modern and decent look.
3. The Relaxed Gardener Kitchen Compost Bin (0.8 Gallon)– Rust Proof and Leak Proof
If you are looking for a quality composting bin with an inside made from plastic and a small capacity of 0.8 gallons, then it is an excellent option for you. Small capacity bins are perfect for small families or individuals living alone. It comes with an easy to operate design with a one-handed operation. Plastic is better than stainless steel in terms of rust resistance but cannot withstand extreme heat temperatures. Plastic is also prone to damages in case it falls while working. The outside is made from stainless steel, which provides safety to the internal plastic lining. The bin comes with one filter to control the smell generated from decomposing. You get an additional free odor filter. Two filters can last for 1 year. The bin measure 9.5 in length and the diameter is 6 inches. The cream color and simple design complement all the kitchen setups and add aesthetic value to your kitchen. The tightly closing bin ensures that all the pests stay away from the bin.
4. NEW OXO Good Grips Easy-Clean Compost Bin– Durable Soft Lid
It offers an even bigger capacity than the bins mentioned at numbers 1 and 2. With a capacity of 1.75 gallons, it is perfect for a large kitchen with a busy routine. It offers a unique construction design that keeps the bag tucked inside for a neat and clean look. The inside of the bin is made smooth and flawless for easy cleaning and rinsing. It comes with a soft close lid, which allows easy inflow of oxygen and prevents odor from escaping and pests attacking your compost material. You get a removable lid and a carry handle for ease of emptying the bin in the big composting containers such as tumblers and bins. The product dimensions are 7.8 x 7.3 x 7.6 inches. These dimensions make it easy to throw in the waste material.
Best Countertop Composting Bins
5. Chef’n 401-420-120 EcoCrock Counter Compost Bin– Durable Soft Lid
It is built using ceramic materials, and offers a capacity of 0.75 gallons; this capacity is perfect for countertop and collecting food scraps and other organic waste materials. It comes with a vented lid and an odor-control charcoal filter. The vented design allows for air exchange, which keeps the compost materials aerated. The bucket shape design helps take out the ready compost or throw the collected waste in the compost bin or tumbler. You can also keep a plastic bag inside for easy collection and mess-free taking out of the compost material. You get a couple of charcoal filters with this bin, which lasts for a year easily. The oval opening makes it easy to throw in the waste materials. The modern design makes it a great addition to your kitchen countertop.
6. NEW OXO Good Grips Easy-Clean Compost Bin, Charcoal– Countertop bin
It offers a convenient lidded design for easy use as a countertop compost bin. You can pull up the lid for throwing in the food scraps and then close it back to prevent odors from escaping the bin. The interior walls are made smooth to avoid a buildup of liquid on walls. The 0.75-gallon capacity is enough for countertop use along with a compost tumbler, large outdoor compost bin, or worm bin. The bottom has been given a contoured design, and the lid is removable for easy emptying. It comes with a carry handle for ease of use.
7. Brabantia Sort & Go Waste Bin– Large Unit
If you are looking for a versatile composting bin that you can use as a countertop bin or mounted bin, then it is a perfect option for you. The 1.6-gallon capacity is large enough for collecting organic waste for a large family for a couple of weeks. If you are planning to use it in a wall-mounted position, then it is better you use plastic bags with it for easy collection and handling of waste materials. It is made of plastic, so make sure you mount it away from direct sunlight. The design is compact and sleek; you can even place it inside a large kitchen cupboard. The lid ensures that the decomposing smell stays inside the bin. The product dimension is 7.9 x 9.8 x 7.1 inches.
Composting Bins for Apartments
8. Worm Factory 360 WF360B Worm Composter– Space Saving
If you are looking for a versatile worm composter to be used inside your homes or apartments, then it is a perfect option for you. It comes with a standard 4 tray design, which can be expanded to 8 trays to give it more volume and space for composting. You can add more trays by just lifting the lid and placing the trays and then keeping the lid back to serve as a protective closure to keep the pests away and the odors inside. It comes with a built-in spigot for collecting liquid compost and drainage. The composting process is speeded up with a thermo-siphon air inflow design. It provides the right amount of oxygen for bacteria to work on the waste material and provide you with speedy compost. It is an easy to setup model and all the instructions needed to set it up come along in a manual and a DVD for video instructions. You just need to add 1 pound of worms in the tray, feed them, provide the optimum temperature and start composting by adding organic waste in the other trays. The worms will move upwards and aid in the composting process. The trays and the lid have been made in such a way to give it an odorless design. You get a substantial 10-year warranty with this worm composter.
9. Worm Factory DS3TT 3-Tray Worm Composter– Compact Design
If you are looking for a quality worm bin for apartment use with a small capacity, then it is an excellent option for you. It is great for continuous composting and can be expanded to 7 trays. You just need to add worms in the bottom tray and then keep on adding the waste materials in the upper trays. The worms will start their work as soon as you add organic waste materials to the trays. The spigot makes the collection of waste liquid or worm-tea easy and hassle-free. It comes in Terra Cota color to give a pleasant look to the area where you have placed it. You get a close-fitting lid to keep the pests away and odors inside the bin.
10. 4-Tray Worm Factory Farm Compost Small Compact Bin Set– Durable Design
It is a stylish, sleek, and yet durable worm composter for a small to medium family. It comes with an innovative air ventilation design that increases airflow, which helps in speedy composting. Just add the worms at the bottom tray and waste materials on the upper trays. Once you have added the waste materials, the worms will start to move upwards and produce fertilizer for you. It comes with 4 pieces of trays, a lid, and a spigot for collecting the worm-tea at the bottom. The product dimensions are 9 x 12 x 8.5 inches. The lid closes down nicely and ensures that no odor leaves your apartments.