Best Garden Compost Bins in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 24, 2020
Garden compost bins let you stuff them with hundreds of litres of waste and turn that waste into useful compost. The best compost bins are able to do so throughout the entire year. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Capacity
Materials
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The top opening is wide enough to accommodate most waste. The exit hatch is easy to access. The unit is easy to assemble. The construction ensures that the smell remains inside without "leaking" out. 

CONS

The lid could close more securely. 

OUR VERDICT

Guaranteed4Less Compost Bin is effective and efficient. The unit has no base, no base, which is great since that allows creepy crawlies to climb up into the bin from the ground to aid the composting process. The instructions are easy to digest and follow. 

detailed parameters
Capacity

300 L 

Materials

Strong rugged all-weather plastic

Extras

Top opening hatch, Front opening door

Dimensions

83 x 61 x 61 cm 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy 

PROS

The push-fit lid incorporates this nice little handle-like notch that lets you comfortably open and close the lid. The lid is windproof and the locks make sure the lid does not come off when that's not necessary. 

CONS

The side doors' locks are tricky. 

OUR VERDICT

Blackwall 220L Composter Converter is available in black too but the green finish is what allows this product to blend into most gardens and even sometimes disappear into its surroundings. The base plate is optionally available too. 

detailed parameters
Capacity

220 L (330 L available too)

Materials

Recycled plastic 

Extras

Removable front hatch, Push-fit windproof lid, Optional base plate available (sold separately)

Dimensions

90 x 74 x 74 cm 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy 

PROS

The easy-click system allows you to quickly and easily assemble the bin without any assistance. The top opening is wide. The hinged lid and the wide opening enable convenient filling from above.

CONS

The front door is relatively flimsy. 

OUR VERDICT

4smile 300L Garden Composter incorporates ventilation openings that aid airflow and different dark finishes that promote heat development to make sure the bin is able to quickly turn waste into compost. The competitive price ups the product's value. 

detailed parameters
Capacity

300 L 

Materials

Plastic 

Extras

Ventilation openings, Top opening hatch, Front opening door, Easy-click system

Dimensions

83 x 61 x 61 cm 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy 

PROS

The black paintwork aids heat development, allowing the unit to streamline bacterial decomposition and produce better hummus. You can choose between various different capacities to accommodate even commercial needs. 

CONS

The instruction manual is underwhelming. 

OUR VERDICT

Deuba Black Garden Composter bears this oddly close resemblance to military equipment cases and that makes sense since the bin's construction is pretty much as durable and tough as those cases'. 

detailed parameters
Capacity

380 L (800 L, 1200 L, 1600 L are available too)

Materials

Weather-resistant plastic 

Extras

Ventilation openings, Top opening hatch, Front opening door

Dimensions

83 x 72 x 72 cm 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy 

PROS

The mixing bars stimulate the waste to accelerate the process. The locking mechanism makes sure the compost heap is able to rotate without falling out. The plastic construction is resistant to sunlight. 

CONS

The bin will usually take you ~30 minutes to assemble. 

OUR VERDICT

Best4garden 70L Self-Tumbling Composter takes 3-4 weeks to turn waste into compost, twice less time than most garden compost bins. The feet elevate the unit to make sure that rodents are unable to get inside the composter. 

detailed parameters
Capacity

70 L 

Materials

Plastic with UV and all-season protection 

Extras

Self-tumbling feature, Aeration system, Slide door with simple locking system

Dimensions

80 x 40 x 60 cm 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy 

Guaranteed4Less 300L

Compact yet Roomy

Guaranteed4Less 300L Compost Bin looks tough and acts tough.

As the name suggests, this massive bin will be able to accommodate ~300 litres, offering ample space to hold all household and garden waste. Size-wise, the bin adds up to 83 x 61 x 61 centimetres, which is compact enough to fit most gardens without sacrificing too much space.

Made from durable weatherproof plastic, the unit enables year-long use, transforming waste into compost without filling the garden with that horrible, decomposing smell that you don't want there. You can place the bin against the wall to increase heat retention.

From the design standpoint, the unit comes equipped with both this hinged lid and front hatch door, letting you easily fill and empty the garden compost bin. The lid does not close particularly securely though, so we would recommend extra protective measures to make sure that pets are unable to open the bin.

On the upside, you won't need any tools to assemble this unit, meaning you'll be able to put the bin to good use right away.

Bottom line, Guaranteed4Less Compost Bin looks neat and, once put together, is sturdy enough to resist the elements. The bin is roomy and easy to access and its rugged aesthetic will blend into most gardens beautifully.

Review of Guaranteed4Less 300L Compost Bin

Additional Info

    Manufacturer


 

Blackwall 220L

Going with the Cone

Blackwall 220L Composter Converter looks pretty unique compared to most compost bins, sporting this cone-shaped profile that's more than different from the compost boxes that we've reviewed here. The profile hasn't been designed for aesthetic purposes alone though.

The push-fit lid that's possible thanks to the bin's cone-like shape is windproof, so you won't have to worry about the lid coming off. In fact, you can twist the lid to lock the top opening, keeping it secure without putting something heavy like rocks to hold the lid down. These locks can be somewhat tricky and might take you some time to get used to but not too tricky to make them inconvenient.

Meanwhile, the front hatch is removable, enabling you to quickly empty the bin and to make sure the compost remains inside when that's necessary.

Construction-wise, the bin has been (pun not intended) made from recycled plastic, meaning that the product's eco-friendliness is off the charts.

Finally, despite the name, the same bin is available with 330 litres capacity.

In short, Blackwall 220L Composter Converter will be able to benefit most gardens, despite its relatively bulky size. Plus, you can purchase a base plate separately to secure the bottom from crawlies.

Review of Blackwall 220L Composter Converter

 

4smile 300l

Not that Basic

4smile 300L Garden Composter appears relatively unassuming and even somewhat basic yet the bin's construction is anything but.

Before anything else, the unit comes equipped with ventilation openings, letting the compost breathe enough to prevent the smell inside from becoming unbearable yet making sure that the smell dissipates without contaminating the area. You can choose between navy blue and black colours, but we would recommend going with the latter since darker colours promote heat development, which speeds up the composting progress.

The lid that covers the bin is hinged and stable, providing you not only quick and comfortable access to the wide 61 x 61-centimetre opening and enabling easy filling from above but also making sure that you can close the bin without worrying about the wind. At the same time, the exit hatch lets you pull out the compost without going through the top.

The downside is that this hatch is pretty flimsy, which is unfortunate since the entire construction besides this hatch is made from sturdy and durable plastic that's hard to bend and that does not start chipping off with time.

Aside from the flimsy hatch, this relatively small bin offers excellent value and, for the most part, is good enough to compete with the most expensive bins on the market today.

Review of 4smile 300l Garden Composter

 

Deuba 380L

Imposing Looks with Nurnuting Disposition

Deuba Black Garden Composter looks mean, bearing a close resemblance to army equipment, even though the unit is all about pacifism and nurture.

Despite its nurturing disposition though, the plastic construction is weather-resistant enough to protect the waste and make sure the bin is able to withstand sunlight, wind, moisture, and all the elements.

Setting the durable construction aside, the "black" in the name there refers not only to the bin's appearance but also its effectiveness. As dark colours are better at heat development, the unit promotes quick bacterial decomposition and better hummus, taking less time to turn waste into compost than bins with light paintwork.

What's also attractive about this product is its size-to-capacity ratio. Though the unit measures 83 x 72 x 72 centimetres, pretty standard compared to most garden compost bins, its capacity reaches 380 litres, more than you'd expect from this size. Plus, 800-litre, 1200-litre, and 1600-litre bins are optionally available too, though these are designed for catering more commercial gardens.

To sum this up, except for the underwhelming and not especially informative instruction manual, this product is a brilliant compost bin that's able to produce excellent results.

Review of Deuba 380L Black Garden Composter

 

Best4garden 70L Easy Assemble

Time is the most Precious Resource

Best4garden 70L Self-Tumbling Composter is there to accommodate small gardens.

As you can probably infer from the "70L" there, the bin's capacity will prove insufficient to aid even most medium-sized gardens. Having said that, the product has its advantages too.

The unimpressive capacity makes sense considering the self-tumbling mechanism that recycles the rubbish. There are these mixing bars inside the chamber that does solid job stimulating and speeding along the composting process with minimal effort. After that, the locking mechanism facilitates the compost heap turning, so all you have to do is load the bin and tumble the heap.

This aeration system accelerates the progress so much that you'll be turning waste into compost within 3-4 weeks, considerably less time than the 8-9 weeks that standard compost bins usually take. Sure, the unit takes ~30 minutes to assemble but that's understandable considering all these mechanisms inside the bin.

Before concluding this thing, the unit's plastic construction is resistant to UV rays and boasts all-season protection, so you can use this composter whenever necessary.

In closing, Best4garden 70L Self-Tumbling Composter accepts less waste but also takes less time to turn that waste into compost, so this is an easy choice to make.

Review of Best4garden 70L Easy Assemble Self-Tumbling Composter

 

What Is a Garden Compost Bin?

Compost can be used to return different valuable nutrients to the soil, maintaining its quality and fertility. Generally speaking, compost is this mild slow-release fertilizer that's natural, meaning that you do not have to worry about burning plants like you have to with chemical fertilizers. Compost is able to provide the organic matter and nutrients that always improve plant growth and ensure better yields.

Purchasing compost separately can be inconvenient though and even somewhat counterintuitive since you can turn most waste into compost (not to mention all the environmental benefits to composting), all you need is garden compost bins. These bins accommodate waste and slowly but surely turn that waste into compost.

More often than not, compost bins come equipped with top openings that let you fill them with waste from above without bending and front opening hatch doors that you can use to pull out the waste that's turned into compost.

Make sure that the doors come equipped with reliable locks, doors, and lids and that the construction will be able to resist the elements and you'll have no issues selecting the right bin.

These composting tumblers are unable to accommodate as much waste but they take less time to produce compost, while these fertilizer spreaders will let you quickly spread the produced compost.

Other reviews
Comments
0 Comments

Your comment was successfully sent

Error! Please try again later

Publish Date: 2020-02-24 14:49:37