6 Best Compost Tumblers Reviews 2018 | Buying Guide for a Garden Tumbling Composter

A compost tumbler resembles a bingo barrel. It is filled with a proper mix of brown and green components and regularly turned once or more times a week which results in a perfect compost mix. (Brown material is classed as dried leaves, wood chips from your chipper shredder, pellets, or cardboard while green material is vegetable peelings and grass clippings)

Great quality compost will bring many benefits to your garden. To make composting easier and more efficient you should consider getting the best compost tumbler on the market.

Top 3 Compost Tumblers 

4.6/5

  • Combines a compost tumbler drum with a compost tea maker base
  • BPA and rust-free materials used
  • Food-safe and easy to use

4.3/5

  • Dual-chamber design for continuous composting
  • BPA free UV inhibited recycled polyethylene
  • Ergonomic handholds for turning

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3. Yimby Tumbler Composter

4.2/5

  • The steel base keeps the tumbler stable and secure
  • HDPE panels absorb and retain heat well
  • Well-designed dual-chamber composter

Composting is green and environmentally friendly recycling process which brings the much needed additional nutrients to your fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

Apart from lawn clippings, leaves, branches and twigs, think about all the food leftovers in the home. Apple, orange, pear or banana peels, green pepper and tomato tops, potato skins, leftover salads in your fridge, scraps and old meals – these can turn into a nutritive compost for your garden.

Why do you need a compost tumbler​​​​?

The reason many gardeners users a compost tumbler is to ensure that different compost materials are mixed without needing to use a shovel.

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A compost tumbler works by mixing the compost bin thoroughly and with minimal effort on your part. The end result is a well-mixed, and well rotted, final compost.

When the compost is ready, it’s a good idea to leave some inside the tumbler, which will help to keep a level of bacteria in there acting as a starter for the next batch.

The compost tumbler will also look much better in your garden then a heap of compost, that’s for sure.

Another thing: it takes around three months to get properly rotted compost in a compost heap while the frequency that you turn over your compost tumbler and mix it together can speed up this process so that you can get your compost quicker.

How does compost benefit garden soil?

  1. Compost is a soil conditioner – compost helps you create rich humus for your garden or lawn. Apart from adding nutrients to your plants, compost helps retaining moisture in the soil.
  2. It introduces beneficial organisms to your garden soil – the microscopic organisms in compost help your garden soil aerate, break down organic materials the plants need and prevent plant diseases.
  3. By making compost you will recycle kitchen and garden waste - composting can save about 30% of household waste and put it to good use. Sadly, one-third of landfill waste in North America is made up of compostable materials. Such a waste…
  4. Compost is good for the environment - composting offers a natural and safer alternative to chemical fertilizers. 

How to choose the best compost tumbler for your garden?

The size and ease of use

Before we move on to other tumblers’ features, designs, and benefits, it’s worth noting that the most important thing by far as regards their functionality is that a compost tumbler needs to be easy to turn.

A tumbler with a handle or another design option for convenient turning will go easy on your back, arms and knees.

Although you may be tight for space in your garden, the bigger size the tumbler the more efficient it will be. The reason for this is that there is more space for the compost components to mix in together.

The advantages of a compost tumbler

The first advantage is that the compost inside the tumbler is protected from vermin and pests. A lot of compost tumblers now rest on a frame suspended above the ground which gives much more protected than a traditional heap.

In addition, as a tumbling composter adds in the air and keeps the compost ventilated, you will see compost break down much faster and without unpleasant smells or slimy residue. Tumblers usually have holes so any liquid drains out without build up inside.

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Compost tumblers designs

Some tumblers are designed like a barrel that you roll on the ground mixing the compost inside the sealed unit while rolling.

Other tumblers are designed like a barrel with a central axis which spins around. They can be rolled around by hand.

The third kind is operated using a handle which spins the tumbler along the central axis.

As for the shape, there are round tumblers and there are hexagonal or octagonal. Some have molded handholds to use for turning the compost and some have special handles.

There are tumblers which rest on a specially-designed base, while others are mounted on a center post which runs from the ends straight through the entire length of the tumbler. All tumblers have an access hatch on one or more sides.

Let’s check out the most popular compost tumblers!

The Best Compost Tumblers – Our Reviews And Recommendations

4.6/5

The Cutest Composting Tumbler in the World by Envirocycle comes in two sizes, and can produce both liquid and solid compost. It comes fully assembled, and it’s made from BPA free materials which are both UV and antioxidant protected.

It sure is a unique tumbler as well as very. Measuring 19 x 18.8 x 21.5 inches, it fits well in any environment: your garden, yard and even your balcony or shed rooftop.

This compost tumbler is essential for any eco-friendly home and it often becomes a centerpiece in any suburban garden, deck, and patio. You can also see this cute little guy on city apartment or condo balconies, conveniently placed near the door for easy access from the kitchen and composting its contents in direct sunlight.

This composter from Envirocycle is solid like a tank. The drum and the door of the barrel and compost tea collecting base are made in the USA of high quality food safe, BPA free, UV and antioxidant protected materials. You’ll instantly recognize the superior craftsmanship and quality, all backed by a 5 Year Limited Warranty, and great customer service.

You can customize your composting practice with 8 innovative easy-to-use drain plugs to collect powerful liquid fertilizer compost tea in the base, drain compost tea into the soil or boost the humidity in your compost pile. This feature has been invented by Envirocycle.

It’s easy to open the snap latch and door with one hand to dump in various compostable materials. You can use worms to speed up the composting process and generate rich vermicompost castings.

The built-in vents increase airflow into the drum to aerate, oxygenate and create optimal aerobic composting conditions. Grab onto the drum’s deep, elegant grooves and turn the composter 3 full turns, every 3 days and once the composter is full, after a quick 4 to 8 weeks you will have fresh, mature and earthy smelling compost.

You can use your Envirocycle compost tumbler all year long, and during freezing winters, you can continue to add to the drum without turning it. It’s super easy to roll the drum off the base to wherever you choose.

Just remove the door and dump and mix your mature compost into soil or apply as top dressing, without the need to reach into the drum using your hands or any other tools. The results are strong plants and healthy fruits and vegetables.

Things We Liked

Combines a compost tumbler drum with a compost tea maker base

BPA and rust-free materials used

Food-safe and easy to use

No assembly required – you can use it right out of the box

Proudly made in the USA

Fits a variety of around the home and garden areas

Things We Didn't Like

Capacity limits use to smaller gardens

4.3/5

Dual Body Tumbling Composter by HOTFROG is designed to speed up the composting process with its dual-chamber design, so you'll have no trouble turning your kitchen and yard waste into nutrient for your plants.

What makes this compost tumbler special is the dual composting chambers design. The two separate chambers allow the first one to finish composting while leaving the second chamber available for you to add fresh materials for the next batch.

The continuous swapping sides will create an uninterrupted flow of rich, healthy compost for your plants. All you need to do is fill up the composter, turn it every other day using the built-in hand holds, and watch it turn into nourishing compost.

This compost tumbler has a steel frame and is constructed from UV-resistant and heat-absorbing recycled black plastic. The painted galvanized steel frame is corrosion resistant and will look great for years.

The wheel kit makes it easy for you to move the tumbler around the garden for easy and convenient access at all times. The large openings and two removable doors make it easy to add scraps and clippings. It’s also easy to remove finished compost while the deep fins on the body provide ergonomic handholds for turning meanwhile.

In hot sunny weather and with a proper balance of ingredients your compost will be ready in about two 2 weeks.

To sum up, you can easily make your own nutrient-rich compost with the Hot Frog Mobile Dual-Chamber Compost Tumbler which can hold up to 37 gallons. This composter is rodent-proof, strong and durable.

Things We Liked

Dual-chamber design for continuous composting

BPA free UV inhibited recycled polyethylene

 Ergonomic handholds for turning 

The large openings make it easy to fill/empty the tumbler

The painted galvanized steel frame is corrosion resistant

Things We Didn't Like

The instructions reported missing in some cases


4.2/5

Yimby Tumbler Composter comes with a divider in the middle so you can use it as a dual chamber composter. If you don’t mount the divider while assembling Yimby tumbler, you will have one larger composter.

One of the best selling tumblers, Yimby Composter is not difficult to assemble but you will have to attach all sides and the frame. It should take about 30 minutes. When fully assembled, Yimby composter is 36” tall, 25” wide and about 22” deep. Each chamber is about 12” wide inside, or you can have one 24” chamber.

The HDPE panels absorb and retain heat so the composting speeds up a little. The bins are light-weight and easy to turn. Most of the weight comes from the steel base which prevents the tumbler from tipping over. This compost will remain stable and secure on the frame even when it’s empty and waiting for the next batch.

The best way to get the most out of your Yimby compost tumbler is to add dry materials to wet stuff to avoid getting a soggy, anaerobic mess. You can keep a sealed garbage can full of last fall's dry leaves at hand as well as a bin containing dry grass clippings: then you can conveniently add dry materials to the tumbler whenever you throw in wet kitchen peelings.

Reasonably priced, Yimby Compost tumbler and is a well-designed dual-chamber composter. The sliding panel for accessing both chambers can be flipped around to indicate which chamber is cooking compost and which side is available to add new materials for composting.

Things We Liked

The steel base keeps the tumbler stable and secure

HDPE panels absorb and retain heat well

Well-designed dual-chamber composter

If you leave out the divider you can use Yimby as single-chamber composter

Things We Didn't Like

Each section has to be manually screwed in


4.3/5

Jora Composter Tumbler JK270 might as well be the easiest to use compost tumbler and one of the most efficient waste composters ever made. It dates all the way back to 1989 when a Swedish engineer Johannes Ravio (Jora) designed this tumbler to fill a need for a composter that could work all year around. 

Almost thirty years later, the Jora Compost Tumbler is still hard to beat in terms of speed and efficiency. The company takes pride in offering you the easiest, fastest, most efficient and most convenient means of composting your kitchen scraps and garden waste.

The Jora Compost Tumbler has two separate chambers, which allows you to keep filling one chamber while the compost in the other chamber matures. Once the chamber being filled has no more space left, you can empty the mature compost in the other chamber and start another composting cycle.

The center axel allows the Jora Composter to easily turn the tumbler by using the gravity or weight of the compost in the tumbler as you turn it turns.

The Jora Compost Tumbler was designed with a tall stand. This feature allows you to fill the tumbler easily without bending down. The tumbler is just as easy to empty: all you need to do is place a wheelbarrow or a garden cart beneath it. 

The composting process generates heat from the microorganisms interacting to break down the waste material inside your compost tumbler. The ability to maintain heat means allowing microorganisms to interact and produce even more heat, which results in faster, more efficient composting.

The heavy-duty insulation inside the Jora compost tumbler allows for a high internal temperature. This facilitates the interaction of more microorganisms, bringing the temperature above 160 degrees Fahrenheit. As the end result, you get the quickest and most efficient composting experience possible. 

Things We Liked

Designed with a tall stand

Fully insulated composter with dual compartments

Composts kitchen and garden waste conveniently and quickly

Galvanized sheet metal tumbler construction

Things We Didn't Like

It may rust after a few years of use


4.2/5

Lifetime 60058 Compost Tumbler is made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and powder coated steel to ensure it is durable and strong. The 80-gallon capacity means you will get compost quicker and more efficiently.

This tumbler from Lifetime has double walled panels which absorb and retain heat. This makes your compostables break down a lot quicker. It has an internal bar which helps to break up the materials as the composter turns around.

There is also an extra large lid which makes adding and removing your compost much more convenient. The spring-loaded pin prevents the tumbler from rotating while you add compost materials.

This tumbler is a single-chamber composter unit with a huge door panel. This is the best model as regards the convenience of adding materials to the composter and removing finished compost. You just need to put a garden cart or wheelbarrow beside your composter and dump the compost directly into it.

Lifetime 60058 Compost Tumbler is not the model for you if you’re looking for a dual-chamber model. In addition, there is no compost tea collector, both of which would be great features to be added in the future.

It requires assembly, which may take some time to be done properly. Overall, it’s solid build compost tumbler with a huge capacity of 80 gallons and will work really well in almost every household.

Things We Liked

Huge capacity of 80 gallons

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and powder-coated steel

Double walls absorb and retain the heat

Internal bar mixes the compost to allow aeration

Things We Didn't Like

No compost tea collector


4.3/5

Good Ideas CW-2X Compost Wizard Dueling Tumbler features dual chambers, allowing you to continuously compost. You can use the built-in handles to turn it easily while the tumbler rests on a compost tea-collecting base which can hold up to five gallons. The base has built-in rollers to make turning the compost easier.

This seven cubic foot capacity tumbler is divided into two sections of 3.5 cubic feet per chamber. It comes fully assembled, which is ideal for gardeners who want to get it out of the box and start composting. It has twist on lids which secures the compost and seals the composting bin.

The barrel is made from 100% recycled material which is BPA free. One advantage of this compost tumbler is that it has a base to collect up to five gallons of compost tea. Having a compost tea collector means that you’ll be able to water down the compost tea and use it as a liquid fertilizer.

On the downside, the two hatches are quite small at only 7” wide. This means that you can’t fit a regular shovel inside for quick removal of compost. I’d prefer to see larger openings on this model as it’s quite a big tumbler.

Things We Liked

Generous 7 cubic foot total capacity

Comes fully assembled and requires little maintenance

It has a compost tea collecting base with wheels (holds up to 5 gallons)

8 inch twist lids to secure the chambers

Things We Didn't Like

The base may slide around when you try to turn the compost