Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 345
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 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mitch Not bad for the size and price
Good little composter. Perfect for beginners. Easy set up. Not sure how long it will last, but after a few months, still going strong.
May 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JRD1 Good Choice
I was a bit apprehensive about assembling this after reading some of the reviews on this site, but went ahead and ordered the tumbler. When I unpacked the parts I placed them on the floor and carefully identified each part using the instructions. Fortunately, the parts were labeled clearly, so I was able to see the order in which they should be assembled. I took my time and was finished putting the bin together in something over an hour. I did it by myself, and can see that having a helper, especially in the early stages of the project, would be good, but it is easy enough to complete alone.
The tumbler is just the right size for my garden area. It is early days in terms of the material breaking down, but the tumbler is easy to fill, and I make it a point to turn it at least every other day. I would suggest that when you start off you are careful when dampening the material. It's much easier to add a little bit of water than to try to dry it out. Bear in mind that many kitchen scraps will add moisture, so a light sprinkle with a watering can at first should get you off to a good start.
May 19, 2015
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