Composting is a great way to save money AND help the environment – but which composter is the best deal? A common myth about composting is that it is expensive. No wonder, with the more expensive composters costing $400 or more. But you can also make your own composter for as little as $3! Get started with our quick list of what to put in your composter,
Our price comparison of composters covers a variety of styles and prices and we compared prices at different online stores and found you the best prices.
We compared the best price on composters
Free Garden Earth Enviro World Compost Bin (82 gal.)
- Home Depot – $69.99 —Best Price!
- Amazon – $74.99
- Sears – $89
The Free Garden Earth Compost Bin is a stationary bin which makes it a cheaper option. It also has a door at the bottom of the bin, so you have the option of removing a small amount of finished product. Since the bin is lightweight you can also lift the bin off the finished contents to spread in a garden. The door is a feature that reviewers really love. Since it is a standing bin it can take longer to produce compost, on average about 4 months.
Yimby Tumbler Composter (37 gal.)
- Wayfair.com & Amazon– $85.53
- Kitchen by Kara – $64.33 Best Price!
- Sears – $139.71
The Yimby Tumbler Composter makes compost in as little as two weeks. It is much smaller than the Free Garden standing bin, but the tumbling action creates compost much quicker.
Vermi Hut 3- Tray Worm Composter (15 gal.)
- Walmart – $65.38
- Sears – $105.80
- VermiFactory.com – $55 Best Price!
The Vermi Hut 3 tray worm composter creates compost using, well, worms! They recommend starting with 1,000 worms. It works like this. Fill each tray with scraps: vegetables, fruits, egg shells, coffee grounds, and even paper (yep, junk mail is worm candy). Your worms will dig in, silently and odorlessly, leaving behind the very best compost available. They will produce about 5 lbs. of compost per week! That’s fast! If worms or bugs scare you, then this may not be the composter for you.
The Geobin Composting System (216 gal.)
- Geobin123.com – $31.99
- Amazon – $29.99 -Best Price!
- Sears – $37.93
This is the least expensive option and they are a great size for the price! Reviewers on Amazon claim that this product holds up well and is easy to use. Even better, the Geobin website offers discounts when buying in bulk: 2 for $24.99 or 10 for $22 each. If you had family members or neighbors interested in composting you could score a great deal!
Soil Saver Classic Compost Bin (86 gal.)
- Sears- $137.
- Big City Supply – $84.68
- Amazon – $83.99 – Best Price!
The soil saver classic compost bin produces compost in about 6-8 weeks. It has a locking self-watering lid to keep animals out, while openings allow air to reach the compost and speed up the composting process. There is also a large opening with two sliding doors that makes it easy to remove the compost.
Good Ideas Compost Wizard Dueling Tumbler (50 gal.)
- Amazon – $178.89
- GlobalIndustrial.com – $133.95 – Best Price!
- Walmart – $170.49
What’s great about the compost tumblers, is that you can have two compact batches running simultaneously. It’s a little pricier,but it’s like getting two composters in one!
Making this list showed me that doing your research can result in big savings! Some of the cheapest prices were on sites I’d never heard of. I have a garden and while I’ve never composted before I think I’ll be starting this year. How about you? If you’re thinking about buying or beginning a compost pile be sure to check out our list of thing you didn’t know about composting to help you get started.