Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 9
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nick Largest tumbler compost bin.
Great design, simple and low to ground. However, the wheels in the base are not large enough so that the barrel scrapes on the base even when empty. It is very hard to rotate when 2/3 full. I have not been able to find slightly larger wheels anywhere.
February 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Don Totally satisfied
I bought the Good Ideas 12 cu.ft. composting drum to replace a large standing composter my wife had been using that had eventually given up the ghost. First, you can't beat the ease of assembly - just take the platform out of the box and set it on a level area, and then take the drum out and place it on the base - done! The drum and base are both made of heavy gauge plastic, and well made. The opening is larger than needs to be be to allow a standard spade filled with material to be removed easily, and the lid/cover closes securely and easily if you exercise reasonable care in starting the threading to screw it into the opening. The opening is heavily reinforced, and I don't foresee any difficulty with it standing up to heavy use. I saw some concerns about the plastic casters used in the base in other reviews, but the ones securely mounted in the base I received seemed to be good quality and substantial enough to stand up to heavy use for a long time. I had also seen some complaints in reviews about the drum being too difficult to turn. I filled mine half full with heavy compost material and it turned pretty easily (I am an average sized man in ok shape), then I put the rest of the material I had in, filling the drum to about 2/3 full. With this much weight in it, it is challenging for me to turn, and my wife cannot turn it. Bear in mind this difficulty is due to the weight in the drum, not from any inherent difficulty resulting from the design. The drum does have good "grab" surfaces molded into it that facilitate rotating it. What I put in was 2/3 full very well composted material, so it is pretty dense. I would never want more of this type material in it since it would not mix well while turning. If the drum were filled completely with new material instead of well composted, I believe it would be light enough to turn easily. I have no difficulty recommending it, especially at the low price I got buying it from Home Depot online.
January 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by optotronic Good enough, good value
This is the second composter of this model that I own. I bought the first one about 8 years ago and it's still in use. The older one does not include wheels in the base, so the older one is harder to turn. I don't know whether the wheels will last as long.
This is the second new composter of this model that I tried to purchase. The base of the first one was broken on two corners. I didn't discover this until I took it home, so I had to drive back to the store to return it. Home Depot handled the return politely. When the replacement arrived, I checked it before loading it into my car.
It's obvious from the returned composter and the one I'm now using that quality isn't highly valued by the manufacturer. The composter is made in molded pieces that are apparently later glued or attached together, and the seams are uneven. When I turn the composter on its base, it rubs in parts, even when empty. Nonetheless, it's still easier to turn than my 8 year old model.
I paid less than half the current price for the 8 year old composter. Even so, the composter is very competitively priced with current options (or it was when I purchased it in June 2015). Large composters are surprisingly expensive.
As some others have said, the lid is hard to close. I usually set it in the hole and turn it counter-clockwise until the threads settle into place, and then turn it clockwise to tighten. It usually takes me two or three tries to get it closed, which probably takes about 5-10 seconds.
In spite of the shortcomings, I chose the same model when I purchased a second one. It's functional, has a large capacity, and is reasonably sturdy if you get one that isn't defective. It has fewer parts than some alternatives, which means fewer points of failure. Virtually no assembly is required. It doesn't seem to make compost much faster than my compost piles, but it's more convenient, and neater.
I haven't had problems with the rivets that someone else mentioned.
January 8, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Waterman11 The smaller sizes turn easier
I have at 6.5 cubic food Wizard also. I find the smaller wizard turns much easier, since it turns easier, I give the smaller Wizard more rotations than the larger, thus the smaller wizard will mix better and compost better. If I had it to do all over again, I would have bought 2 9-cubic foot Wizards. Though I will likely get another 6.5 and go with the 3, since I compost quite a bit and will use the compost for growing lettuce and other greens, as well as garlic.
As note on all composters: None will produce compost in 4 weeks. That claim by makers of composters is only backed up by shredding all material to dust size, mixing to exact formulas of materials, using a moisture meter, and turning 5 times a day.
November 13, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Tyler Poorly designed, Riveted top pulled through plastic bin.
The lid is placed on top and riveted down. When you roll the product, the compost pushes against the riveted top. My rivets pulled through the plastic making it now impossible to roll the bin. They should have placed the top under the plastic rim instead of over. This would have made it much more sturdy. However, it no longer works, and lasted about 6 months. Wouldn't recommend. JB weld won't fix it either, I tried.
February 1, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jane Great features
The molded grips in the barrel make it easy to turn, even when full.
May 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by retired This composter serves the perfect need for our family. It is light weight, very durable and should last for many years.
I would recommend this for anyone that is serious about composting. It is weather resistant and a perfect fit for our needs.
April 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by KarolinaKen A Very Good Composter
I have had the Compost Wizard for a couple of years now. Never tried to compost before, but now I use it almost every day. The size is perfect for us as I add to the contents almost every day. Over this time I learned a lot as no one ever explained everything about composting to me. Do not locate the Compost Wizard on a patio or driveway. After finding out the hard way, I found some space in a planter area in the side yard. That way any liquid coming out of the holes on the ends go into the dirt and will not stain anything. I kept bags of leaves from the Fall (instead of throwing them out) and add them to the composter when it begins to look like it is getting too wet, but not to the point that the additional leaves dries out the contents. I have added worms to the composter to keep the process working. I also try to turn the composter about 5 turns once a day. Once it gets a little over half full I stop adding anything for a week. Then I empty the contents into some very large nursery plant containers to be used later. There the contents will dry out and complete the composting process. Filling up the composter makes it very difficult to turn as it becomes very heavy. While the Compost Wizard is not perfect, it is the best composter I have seen and I would recommend it to anyone who wants or needs a large capacity composter.
February 5, 2014