Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 328
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cooper1 Very Pleased
The tumbling action is very smooth, even when heavy on one side. I like the two divided sides - it allows you to fill one, and then switch to the other. It really is easier if you have two people to do the assembly - be prepared for a lot of nuts and bolts. The product is definitely living up to its claims - would purchase it again in a heart beat
June 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NordicNewfie Great Little Unit
I bought this for my apartment garden, limited space but wanted to do something with kitchen scraps other than toss in landfill.
I had read reviews about it being difficult to assemble, but this is not an issue for me. It took about 30 minutes and the instructions were really simple to follow if you read them.
Currently have the first compartment being filled, will see how good the process works once I start the second side.
November 27, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Kerrynf Does not compost easily as led to believe.
I have been composting for a few years now and have always wondered if a tumbler would be better for composting...boy was I wrong!
Previously I had a traditional compost unit sitting on the ground near my shed and it continuously put out good compost and was almost always "hot" and cooking. The problem was, despite my efforts to only put in veggie material, coffee grounds, shredded paper, etc pests were still attracted to the bin. This Spring I decided to get rid of this bin and buy the tumbler above.
Assembly and setup was easy and I would give it 5 stars on that front.
I added my first batch of material in early April...by mid to late April the first compartment was full and I began adding materials to the second compartment. Around early May I noticed the "curing" side was becoming a "slimy sludge" that smelled really bad. I couldn't understand it...this was the same material that when added to my ground bin heated up and broke down in a matter of weeks (remember I have been doing this for quite some time and know very well about ratios, etc).
I did some reading and found information indicating that composting in a tumbler is quite different than ground composting because it is in fact the bacteria from the ground the powers the process of composting. So I decided to add some dirt directly from the ground, a batch of compost accelerator from WalMart along with a good load of sawdust to try and dry it out a bit. This did not work either and the batch remained just a big wet ball of sludge.
Thinking that maybe it was the excess rain we were having in the Spring that might have caused this (maybe the ventilation holes allowed too much rain in?) I decided to wrap the bin in a tarp so that I could control the moisture in the tumbler. I emptied out the current contents and started over...same result...a putrid mess of slime and sludge.
I decided to try an experiment to rule out that it could be the materials I was adding. I mulched some leaves along with bark, sawdust, coffee grounds, egg cartons until I had it just the perfect ratios. I put one batch in the tumbler and one batch in a trash container with the bottom cut out. The batch in the trash can composted after a very short time...the batch in the tumbler, once again, was a gross mess of slime and wet "goop".
After more reading I found that you need to be something akin to a scientist to get everything just right to compost in a tumbler.
Needless to say, it was a big disappointment. I returned to my bin on the ground but this time I buried the bin about 3.5 feet down to eliminate the problems with rodents and pests getting in there...and after only a short period of time I have a good batch "cooking" again using the same materials I added to the tumbler...I'll probably just use the tumbler to store a cured batch in.
July 10, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Sandi Leaks but nice size
Took a while to put together because there are a lot of nuts and bolts that are hard to reach at the same time unless you have long arms. It leaks smelly liquid from the seams and when you turn it the smelly liquid leaks all over. I wanted a composter that I could have on my deck and I love the size but the leaking will end up making me move it to the garden. I have another composter that is not suitable for the deck that does not leak like this.
July 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LeeM Works, cheap, good product
It's not big, but it's big enough to put all your table scraps and maybe two bags of lawn clippings (one on each side). Give it a couple of days and you'll be able to fit more.
It's easy to put together. It may seem that the axle it spins on is too short, but once completely together, it's fine.
The doors are a little small, so you'll end up spilling grass clippings everywhere, but you shouldn't expect it to be clean due to drippings.
Otherwise, good product.
July 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by kathleen I love my new composter with 2 chambers!
Although it felt like an IQ test for assembly, once I got the concept it was easy! I keep a little composter container on my kitchen counter, I use a bio bag and then place it every 2 days in my composter. Turning it is really easy and there is no odor at all!
April 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RPal Easy to assemble and use and very efficient.
This composter fulfilled all of our needs. Its easy to assemble and use and extremely efficient at composting our kitchen and lawn waste. The tumbling feature solves what would otherwise be a somewhat unpleasant chore. Having two compartments is a great feature and obviates the need for a second composter. I placed it near my little greenhouse so I will be able to feed my new plants with ease.
April 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kathy Looks and works great!
This was a little hard to assemble. My son helped me and we used the online video which helped a lot. Leave the top screws loose on the first piece as the last piece will go underneath that first piece. It gets heavy as you fill it up so put it where you want it to start with. When you stop turning the drum, keep hands pulled back as it can reverse spin a little because of the weight and it can hurt. I am 73, have a bad back, so it's a great asset to me that I don't have to manually turn the compost. It blends in nicely with the landscape and I especially like having it close so I can add to it whenever I want. However, the opening is a little small so I have to keep my scraps in a small container so they can be emptied into it without spilling them all over the place. I haven't had it long and got a late start so I don't have a finished product yet, plus it turned cold too quick, but it's almost ready. Just wondering how to empty it. I guess I'll put a small piece of tarp down or a bucket underneath it, slide the lid open, turn the drum and let it fall out. So far, I am very happy with this composter and would recommend it.
October 17, 2012