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Self-Aerating Composter — No Turning Required!

  • Convenient bin transforms kitchen scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost
  • Built-in ventilation means no turning
  • Two doors for easy access to finished compost

This weather-tight, insulated composter keeps your kitchen scraps and garden waste completely contained and out of sight while it converts them into nutrient-rich compost for your garden. The Aerobin® has flow-through ventilation and a self-draining floor to ensure an optimum balance of air, moisture, and temperature for efficient decomposition. Sturdy, double-wall polypropylene enclosure has removable doors on both front and back for easy access. Base section captures "compost tea" liquid fertilizer for indoor or outdoor plants.

  • Double-walled polypropylene
  • 29" square x 47" H
  • Capacity is 14 cubic feet

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Aerobin® Composter
 
3.9

(based on 25 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Capacity (21)
  • Attractive (18)
  • Easy assembly (18)
  • Odor free (14)
  • Composts quickly (7)

Cons

  • Difficult to aerate (4)
  • Mulch not fine enough (3)
  • Needs solution added (3)

Best Uses

  • Kitchen scraps (18)
  • Leaves & brush (16)
  • Fruit rinds (15)
  • Coffee grounds (13)
  • Ecological waste disposal (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (16), Getting started (5), Master gardener (4)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Still waiting for compost

By KT

from Boston, MA

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Capacity

Cons

  • Composts Very Slowly
  • Difficult to Aerate
  • Mulch Not Fine Enough
  • Needs Solution Added

Best Uses

    Comments about Aerobin® Composter:

    I have had several composters and although the Aerobin may be the best looking, it was a failure for making compost. I have gotten 3 batches of compost from my other bin and have yet to get one batch after almost 2 years from the Aerobin. The central core makes it hard to turn the compost and the moisture content is very uneven.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'm loving It

    By bird

    from lakeland,florida

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Its Plenty Of Room

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Coffee Grounds
      • Ecological Waste Disposal
      • Fertilizer Production
      • Fruit Rinds
      • Kitchen Scraps
      • Leaves & Brush

      Comments about Aerobin® Composter:

      it was worth saving up for ,it help me creat soil to better strengthen my lawn with good soil . having something saves your back to airate its a plus plan to save up for another next year alot more conveniet than a tumbler for me less mess . the compost tea is a plus for off season indoor plants well i hope you enjoy it as much as me and family did.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Doors come off!

      By Lainey

      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Master Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Capacity

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Aerobin® Composter:

          As the materials break down it creates pressure against the doors and they come popping off and you can't put them back on without emptying the composter. So, we emptied the composter, used a cord and tied the doors on and refilled it. 3 days later one door has pulled away and, if it wasn't tied on, would already be completely off. I'm convinced the only reason the other door is still on is because it's up against a wall. I do like that the composter is insulated, but that's all it has going for it.

          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Do not waste you money

          By Daisy girl

          from Southeastern Pennsylvania

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

          • Odor Free

          Cons

          • Difficult to Aerate
          • Mulch Not Fine Enough

          Best Uses

            Comments about Aerobin® Composter:

            I filled mine up and left it alone for 1 year and I got only a few gallons of compost which I would rate a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. I have had it 2 years and if I could return it I would. The doors will not stay in place.I have composted for 15 years and this item is a complete waste of money.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Composter ever

            By Limey

            from new mexico

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Capacity
            • Composts Quickly
            • Easy Assembly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Coffee Grounds
              • Ecological Waste Disposal
              • Fertilizer Production
              • Fruit Rinds
              • Kitchen Scraps

              Comments about Aerobin® Composter:

              I have had a variety of composters over the years, but this is the first one that actually works. I live in the desert, and with this one I don't have to aerate or add water but I get wonderful compost out of it. I read the book with it (also other online sites) and I have added things like ground coconut husks to get the right mixture nitrogen and organics. I even compost uncoated cardboard in it. When I need compost, I just pull it out of the bottom doors. Couldn't be easier. I drain the liquid fertilizer off and use it as a midyear source of nutrients to my plants.

              (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              mixing required

              By sgrmag13

              from Tampa Bay, Florida

              About Me Getting Started

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Capacity
              • Compost Tea
              • Sifts Old From New

              Cons

              • Difficult for short peopl
              • Difficult to Aerate
              • More difficult than expec
              • Mulch Not Fine Enough

              Best Uses

              • Ecological Waste Disposal
              • Kitchen Scraps
              • Leaves & Brush

              Comments about Aerobin® Composter:

              This is my very first composter. I gave into the $300+/- price tag becaue the description made it seem as if it would be the best option for me as I am disabled (back problems). I did not think that I would be able to crank the weight of a traditional composter or shovel to stir with other models. The Aerobin claims to self-aerate. This DOES NOT happen. I am a novice, but have been very careful to add materials in the correct and reccommended ratios and used starter. That said, my Aerobin does not work as described. The items along the outside edges remain moist and break down effectively. The items against the aeration core are dry and not breaking down at all. I am 5'-3". The Aerobin is 47" tall. I must literally dangle over the side of the bin inside my composter to physically stir the compost by hand. The aeration core in the middle would make it impossible to toss with a pitchfork even if I were standing on something which would allow me the height to do so. This has been a learning process. I had one period of time where I added shredded paper to the bin and the moisture made it all clump together and seemed to invite an influx of maggots. I had to empty the bin, remove the paper and start over. After my recent injury, my husaband has adding kitchen scraps, but not balancing it with other items. Now, I have a bin full of cockroaches. These are the only two times that the bin has ever smelled. I am surprised as I live in Florida. The Florida heat definitely helps to make the compost break down quickly and extends our composting season. I've had this for a year and have created quite a bit of compost. There are some items that do not break down well- oak leaves, sticks. If you are patient enough to put these items in, break them apart in a few months, then put them back in the top, you can ultimately compost them. I have found that the oak leaves do break apart fairly easily in my hands after a coupe of months in the bin, but it is alot of work to break apart EVERY single handful of compost. What does work GREAT are any leaves/ stems (broken up of course) from plants that have a more succulant core- such as banana trees or elephant ears; the "mulch" from cabbage palm trees; spanish moss; cofee grounds (be careful not to add to much and change the pH!); kitchen scraps; corrugated cardboard. What does NOT compost well= egg shells (even when smashed into tiny pieces); paper (including newspaper, papertowels or toilet paper rolls, even when torn apart); and the aforementioned oak leaves and sticks. Also, you need to know that the bin has doors on two sides of the bottom. They pull off to allow you to get the compost. If the compost is falling down from upper levels, it can at times be difficult to get back on. If you don't get it on correctly, your compost will dry out. If you position your composter in a corner (as I did) you cannot get to both doors. It is nearly impossible to pull the compost from one side of the bin to the other. Again, I end up dangling over the edge of the bin and stirring it by hand. I have never had any problems with the lid unless I over-stuffed the bin. There are many things I like a great deal about this composter- It is huge; it seems to generate a lot of heat; it is attractive; it does not seem to be smelly if managed properly (and an amateur can do that); in Florida, it creates a large volume of compost in approximately 8 weeks (if you use items that break down well); and i love that it harvests compost tea. I don't know if there is anything better, easier, or faster producing- this is my first and only experience. I would recommend this to a friend......I would just make sure they knew EXACTLY what they were getting for the price, not just the great sales pitch.

              (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Easy Set Up and large capacity

              By Bob

              from Canterbury, NH

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Capacity
              • Easy Assembly

              Cons

              • Put a rock on the lid

              Best Uses

              • Coffee Grounds
              • Fruit Rinds
              • Kitchen Scraps
              • Leaves & Brush

              Comments about Aerobin® Composter:

              This composter certainly was easy to set up and does have a large capacity. Does it make compost? It's January...I don't know yet.

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worth the money

              By Connie

              from Corcoran, MN

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Composts Quickly
              • Easy Assembly
              • Odor Free
              • Sifts Old From New

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Coffee Grounds
                • Fruit Rinds
                • Kitchen Scraps
                • Leaves & Brush

                Comments about Aerobin® Composter:

                I thought a LONG time before buying this product because of the cost. It is well worth the cost. Follow the instructions of ratio of wet to dry and it works great. No wild animals getting into the compost, no smell, very little to no turning make this composter better than any other I have tried. It is not a batch composter so you can just keep adding kitchen scrapes, dry leaves, and newspapers. i had no problems setting this up by myself. Only negative thing is that it may be alittle tall for a very short person to use.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                THE VERY BEST COMPOSTER!

                By Green Frog

                from Demorest, Georgia

                About Me Master Gardener

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Capacity
                • Composts Quickly
                • Ease of use
                • Easy Assembly
                • Odor Free

                Cons

                • Need to add moisture

                Best Uses

                • Coffee Grounds
                • Ecological Waste Disposal
                • Fertilizer Production
                • Fruit Rinds
                • Green plant disposal
                • Kitchen Scraps
                • Leaves & Brush

                Comments about Aerobin® Composter:

                This is just a great product. I bought one a year ago and liked it so much I have added two more for a total of three. It's the easiest composter I have ever used and, over the years I have had several different kinds. I still have a barrel style but it does not compare with the amount of compost produced, the ease of use, or the odorless, professional look of the Aerobin.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not what we expected

                By Eggplanter

                from Vermont

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Capacity
                • Easy Assembly

                Cons

                • Difficult to Aerate
                • Pervasive Odor

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Aerobin® Composter:

                  The two reasons we purchased this composter: 1) it had high reviews, and 2) it claimed to be varmint-proof.

                  Unfortunately, we've had the same experience as Garden Girl, with the additional pain-in-the-neck fact that the wind blows the cover off. We have to keep a concrete block on top, which makes it a pain in the back, too. We've followed directions to the letter, and it takes forEVER for things to break down. And it stinks. The only really good thing is that we got it cheap(er) because it was the display model at the store. And [knock on wood], so far we haven't had a skunk or other varmint get into it.

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