Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 25
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Stefano good for apartments
I live in a small urban apartment. There is really no other way to compost. Finally! It is great to be able to do this indoors. I've had this for about two and a half years and just love it. When I was growing up we had a big compost bin in the back yard and it just sat there and once a year (in the spring usually) we would harvest it and spread it out on the garden when we did the planting and the ground thawed out.
This type of compost maker is very different because it is hot all year round and you get compost every few weeks. It comes out hot and steamy which we never accomplished when I was growing up. You do have to follow the manual to balance the greens and browns but they give you everything you need and it is very easy once you get into it.
Yes overall I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in composting and lives in an apartment. Even if you have a house with a back yard you could use this because it is easier and all year round.
August 8, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RachelAnne Great Little Composter
Helps me lower my overall trash to maybe a bag a month (plus recycling). Great for my container garden on the porch. Can make more compost than I can use though...its a great little worker. I leave it outside...have had some issues keeping the balance right...so it can smell if you don't get brown and green right.
April 30, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by kitkat9 it is a HOT composter but I would wait for the new version
You will definitely get hot and steam compost out of this thing. No doubt. I've had mine for a few years and it took a little learning at first.
I would like to recommend this product but I have one reservation about that. The company is coming out with a new model called the ULTRA version on their website, and I would recommend waiting for that one. Apparently they improved some of the features that caused mine to break - probably a beefed up motor.
Mine burned out a motor at one point (I run it pretty hard due to shopping frequently at the farmers market) but they replaced it free of charge and they told me it is a new stronger motor that they will use on their new models so it shouldn't ever break again. Great service.
The compost is like hot steam dirt after just a few days and smells great. People disagree but mine smells like mud after it rains in the summer.
Overall this is a great concept and they are obviously a new company trying to do right and upgrade the quality and durability as they go.
November 3, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kali Two Thumbs Up!
I was reluctant to try this product, as I thought composting would be difficult and time consuming. I've had my NatureMill Automatic Composter for a couple of months now and it works like a charm! Composting with this unit is hassle-free and the directions are easy to follow. If you have any problems, contact their Customer Service dept...they are friendly and responsive and even gave me a few tips on how I can use the compost I created! Would definitely recommend this product!
June 29, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Stanley it works well and very solid
The product works well. Make compost, feed your plants, save the environment, all in one fully assembled self contained little black box. It holds up well so far (better than my first marriage anyway). I use it non-stop. The case is like something you would make a bullet proof vest out of. Also very hot inside which is how the compost process happens. Impressive. Only complaint is the price. So hard to justify. I took the plunge and don't regret it, but their prices have come down a bit and I wished I had waited and not be one of those early suckers.
February 10, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Stanley as good as it gets but following instructions is important
This is about the best composter there is. It's totally automatic. It works. You actually get compost, unlike the typical rot piles you get with other compost bins. It really works!
One you put food in there it starts to look like dirt after about 1 or 2 days. It mixes everything up and you can even see a little steam rising off the top. It's pretty amazing and I've had mine a few years but I am still surprised every time I look in there and yesterday's leftovers are todays fertilizer.
One thing you have to be aware of is that some foods are just not meant to be composted. You can get odors if you do all orange rinds (I tried that) and also broccoli reeks (surprise surprise). The instructions are pretty good and it is a learning experience so if you just follow the basic steps it's a piece of cake.
I got the extended warranty on mine and haven't had to use it yet (I'm three years into it now) but I have called them with questions and they were very good to me on the phone. Hurrah!
June 28, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Roy2 very good but capacity limited
Overall this is a good buy. It handles pretty much any amount of kitchen food scraps and turns it all into steamy dark compost within a couple weeks. But the capcity is limited to just food scrapings only. I don't know why it is called a 150 pound composter, because it only weights about 10 pounds and it only takes a few pounds per day it definitely can not handle all the yard leaves and grass clippings because the thing is only the size of a small trash bag. Other than the size I have nothing but good things to say about it. I called customer service twice - once before my purchase and once shortly after - and they were very good both times.
August 15, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lou9 the king of compost bins
I like this product! It is a cut above the worm bins or tumbling types which don't really work. I've had this for a couple years and I think mine is the older model but it keeps chugging along and has not quit on me. It jams once in a while but just because it gets overloaded some. I wish they had a bigger one.
June 29, 2011