Nature Mill Composter
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Exclusive | Nature Mill Kitchen Composter Makes Compost in Just 14 Days, All Year-Round

  • Self-contained, energy-efficient electric composter is easy to use
  • Scraps are heated and aerated for fast decomposition
  • Dual chamber design lets you add scraps anytime
  • This top-of-the-line Nature Mill Composter is the largest and quietest model

This electric compost bin quickly transforms kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich compost. Perfect for your mudroom, cellar or deck. Simply put food scraps directly into the top chamber, including fruit, vegetables, eggshells, dairy, meat, coffee grounds, grains and more. (Chop scraps into small pieces for faster decomposition.) The composter automatically heats and aerates to speed up the composting process. In about two weeks you can remove two gallons of compost from the lower chamber. Accepts up to 4 gallons of scraps per week; ideal for a family of 4 to 5 people. Costs about 50 cents per month to operate. For best results, sprinkle food scraps with a handful of carbon-rich material such as coir.

  • Stainless steel, Temperene™
  • 20" L x 12" W x 20" H
  • For indoor/outdoor use
  • Made in USA
  • Gardener's Supply Exclusive

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3.4

(based on 13 reviews)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Fast (3)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Kitchen scraps (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

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5.0

works well on kitchen scraps

By billiams

from Idaho

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        : I've had this product for about 6 months. I have the new model. The old model is not recommended as it had some reliability issues. It is important to get the newer one, and follow the instructions. I have had very good results with it so far. The compost that results from my kitchen scraps is very dark and granular and spongy like compost should be. Most of the compost that you buy in a store comes from sewage treatment plants who have to get rid of their sludge somehow. The call that compost but really it's not, and it has lots of chemicals and toxins in it. If you make your own compost then you have the benefit of knowing what goes into it. If you eat only organic foods, then you have organic compost. Nothing is better!

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        • No
         
        5.0

        very good - if you get the new model

        By Martin G.

        from Santa Barbara, CA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy
        • Fast
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            I have been using this model for about 2 years. It works very well to turn nearly all of our food scraps into delicious black compost. It is easy to use and the instructions are very clear, although it does take some time to get into the habit of composting this way. For example it can take meat and eggs and cheese which is different than any other form of compostin. However, it can not easily handle certain biological items that other composters can, like yard leaves (they are too big and will jam the machine), broccoli (sulfur compounds cause strong odors), or steak bones (cause jams).

            The biggest confusion about this product is which version you have. The older ones were the initial model which did not function very well. Those were clearly the companies first entry into the composting market and just not very good. I got the newer one pictured here and it has the kinks worked out. I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to compost without the work typically involved.

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            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Compost Indoors

            By Ann

            from NY

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Energy efficient
            • Odor free
            • Quiet Except 4 Turning

            Cons

            • Can't Handle Brassicas
            • Some Extra Work Req'd

            Best Uses

              We have now had this (smallest) unit in our kitchen for 1 full year. Initial start-up took some learning & time, but it has worked very well for scraps from a 2-person household (approx 7 cups/week of finely cut scrap is accummulated over the week in a countertop air tight bin and added to the NM all at once). Every weekend a silcone scraper is used to mix up the contents of bottom container and scrape down the sides of the top container before adding the new material along with 1 cup wood pellets (pet store bedding) and NaHCO3 - I rarely need to "dump" from top to bottom as this happens slowly & automatically over the week. When bottom is full (2-3 weeks) I add to my outdoor compost pile, but plan to add directly to may garden this spring.
              Others have mentioned troubles with the flaps - I believe this issue depends on the weight of scrap material added - if you put in small quantities of scrap as generated, the weight of scrap is insuffient to hold the flaps closed during turning, so its best to amass a good quantity and limit the number of times you go into the unit.
              I do wish it could process Citrus and Brassica waste because we eat lots, but most other compost can not handle any dairy, meat or fish! Very happy with this purchase!

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              1.0

              Don't buy it!

              By Parko

              from Eagle, ID

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • None

              Cons

              • It is a piece of junk

              Best Uses

                I reviewed this machine when I had only used it about a month. I rated it high as it worked so well for awhile. But within another month the mixing fins started staying wide open and the contents fell into the transfer bin half composted. I took the contents out and put them back in the top but again the fins stayed open after one cycle and everything fell through.

                Gardeners Supply replaced the unit but the new one started doing the same thing within days. The fins stuck open, the contents fell through and nothing was composted enough to use. We had been extremely careful with this new one, cutting everything up into tiny pieces before putting it in the composter.

                I sent an email to Nature Mill asking for a partial refund as the machine was still way under warranty. They refused because I had purchased it from GS. They only honor the warranty if you buy from them. Their explanation stated others had had that problem but I should just forget about the fins and let everything drop down into the transfer bin to compost. Well, it has been well over a month and all the compost is sitting in the bin covered with mold and still in a semi-solid state and unusable as is. And yes, the fins are still wide open. Hmmm, why are they even there?

                This is a great idea that just has very poor design. Don't waste your money.

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                • No

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Piece of junk

                By unhappy

                from Michigan

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Makes Compost

                Cons

                • Falls apart

                Best Uses

                • Sitting in a landfill

                First one lasted 3 weeks before it cracked right down the middle. Called the company and they wanted me to send it back and wait 4-6 weeks for a replacement. Called Gardner's Supply and they immediately sent me out a brand new unit and didn't want the old one back for sanitary reasons. Unfortunately, this led to the first unit and it's foam construction to be tossed in a landfill. Kind of ruins the whole environmental feel-good part of composting.

                Second unit has lasted 6 months and makes compost. However, whenever I push the transfer button, nothing transfers. I need to reach my hand in the unit and pop the trapdoors open with a screwdriver then manually push the compost towards the trap doors while the mixing bar rotates. I end up with very dirty hands.

                The new unit now makes loud clicking noises when it mixes and I'm watching the seams bend and stress again. Looks like this one will crack in half any day now.

                Gardner's Supply is a great company. For the sake of their own reputation, they should stop carrying this defective product.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Bummer!

                By Wish I could grow more at this elevation

                from Leadville, Colorado

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Really works

                Cons

                • cheap material
                • Composter Breaks
                • Not that easy to use
                • stinky

                Best Uses

                • Kitchen scraps

                I gave this composter a good review when I first purchased it but I must change that now. The composter really does work but only for a few months before it starts to fall apart. I took great care of the composter, kept it in my kitchen and followed directions scrupulously. The design is great; the materials the unit is made out of are not. Nature Mill uses what looks like compressed styrofoam and it simply is not strong enough to hold the electric motor and air pump in place. The electric motor that turns the mixing arm starts to twist in it's slot which then puts pressure on the air pump causing it to get louder and louder. Meanwhile the pressure from the twisting arm also starts the process of splitting the entire unit in half.

                Gardeners was fantastic for replacing the first composter. I have absolutely babied the replacement yet it is still doing the same darn thing. You can't keep the motor from twisting in it's place. I have tried replacing the worthless little metal strips that are supposed to hold it in place to no avail. I even tried using metal C-clamps to hold the composter together.

                Bottom line - composter works but until Nature Mill reinforces the back of the machine where the motor and pump are, don't waste your money. The unit will break on you no matter what you do.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A WINNER

                By Parko

                from Eagle, ID

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to use
                • Turns Garbage To Compost
                • Works very efficiently

                Cons

                • Expensive
                • Takes some practice

                Best Uses

                  I was in the market for a compost bin and saw this in the catalog. Wow, really expensive. But with delayed interest free payments I could swing it. Am I ever glad I made that decision. All the kitchen garbage including left over meat get put in the kitchen compost jar. When it is full all goes out to the composter we keep on a small table in the garage. This small but mighty unit heats and churns up the garbage and turns it into compost that goes out to the garden. All in a weeks time. I'm in love.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very, Very Pleased

                  By Earth Mother

                  from Hershey, PA

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compost In Two Weeks
                  • Easy to use
                  • Efficient
                  • Quick

                  Cons

                  • Costly

                  Best Uses

                  • Kitchen scraps

                  I originally ordered an outdoor compost tumbler which was discontinued. Norman from Gardener's Supply called to update me on the status of my order and mentioned the electric composter which he had tested for three months. Initially,I was hesitant because of the price but since I had a gift certificate, the price was reduced enough for me give it a try. I am so pleased that I did because this composter really does what it is supposed to do and produces excellent compost within two weeks.

                  Some suggestions to consider if you plan to go with this composter.
                  1. There is a learning process so follow the written directions scrupulously. Especially add the wooden pellets and baking soda (included with the order) to each large deposit. The pellets make a big difference to insure the compost stays dry and you avoid compost "tea."
                  2. Put a large pan under the composter. I use an old cafeteria tray but a cookie sheet will do. I have a tendency to spill scraps when dumping into the composter or pulling out the lower chamber where the compost cooks.
                  3. I placed the composter in the garage which is convenient to both the kitchen and outside. It does not take up much space and is relatively quiet.
                  4. Within one day, fresh scraps are broken down and the compost is starting to steam. Within a week, I make a transfer and by the second week, I have lovely compost to place in the garden.

                  The process is efficient and so much easier than using my outdoor compost bins......which I have been doing for 25 years. Despite the cost, I would highly recommend this product. It works and the compost is perfect.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Issues with Nature Mill

                  By Howard Mayne

                  from Lee, NH

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        My family has purchased perhaps six or seven Nature Mill composters. At first, they work superbly, and the rich, black compost is a delight to behold.

                        However, after 3-4 months of use, the composter will inevitably break down. The doors will jam, or the stirrer bar will break down, or the frame will split. Rather than acknowledge their poor engineering, and ship you a new unit, Nature Mill will have you mail the broken unit back to them (at your own expense), and (a mere 6-8 weeks later) will send you a jerry-rigged "repaired" unit back.This will have all sorts of issues. You will then engage with their support staff, who will treat you with condescension, and suggest that you are an incompetent composter, rather than admit their product's mechanical flaws.

                        Reluctantly (since I am an avid composter) I must caution against dealing with Nature Mill.

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                        • No

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Have been impressed

                        By Farmer Bill

                        from Westford, MA

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Had been researching composters for quite a while. With an expansion of our graden this year decided to take the plunge. Living in NE was drawn to this product due to the remarkably quick production of compost. Have placed the unit in my cellar by request of my wife, but have been surprised at how quite it is unless it's running the mixing arm or dropping the compost into the bin below. It seems to be dumping without me initiating the process, but so far have only had to take a small amount of uncomposted material and place it back up into the main chamber. So far have been very happy with the purchase.

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