Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler
Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler

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Exclusive | Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler Has Two Rotating Bins

  • Watch: How the Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler Works
  • Produce high quality compost quickly and efficiently
  • Let one bin "cook" while you add fresh materials to the other side
  • Two bins rotate separately; each bin holds approximately 3 cubic feet

Batch composting is the fastest and most efficient way to produce high quality compost, and this dual bin tumbler makes it easy. Fill one side with kitchen scraps and yard waste, then stop adding materials and let it "cook," turning it every few days to speed up the decomposition process. In the meantime, add new scraps to the other side. When the first batch of compost is finished, remove it and repeat the process, letting the other side cook.

Recycled Plastic
  • Assembly required
  • Recycled black polypropylene, steel
  • 28-1/2" W x 25" D x 37-1/4" H overall
  • Each bin holds approx. 3 cubic feet (22 dry gallons)
  • Gardener's Supply Exclusive

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Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler
 
4.0

(based on 164 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy assembly (104)
  • Capacity (76)
  • Attractive (61)
  • Odor free (53)
  • Composts quickly (52)

Cons

  • Leaks (23)
  • Pervasive odor (7)
  • Flimsy (6)
  • Needs solution added (4)
  • Mulch not fine enough (3)

Best Uses

  • Kitchen scraps (127)
  • Coffee grounds (107)
  • Fruit rinds (95)
  • Leaves & brush (92)
  • Ecological waste disposal (66)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (94), Getting started (53), Master gardener (9)

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4.0

Working great so far

By Daughter Julie

from Ellsworth, Maine

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Capacity
  • Easy Assembly
  • Height Off The Ground
  • Odor Free

Cons

  • Doors Stick And Freeze

Best Uses

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

Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

I bought this for my 89 year old Mother who has composted her kitchen waste for practically all of those 89 years. This is "high tech" for her, and just what she wanted. It arrived quickly, was easy to set up (having read the reviews about paying attention to the process) and seems to be working well for her so far. Having the doors at waist height is good, and it looks like it will be easy to empty. The verdict is still out on the finished compost product since we just set it up this month.
Her only problem so far has been that the sliding door is a bit sticky and when the temperature is below freezing it freezes shut. We can't blame the product for that though, we'll take that up with Mother Nature.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Compost Novice

By New Gardener

from El Paso, TX

About Me Getting Started

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy Assembly

Cons

  • Part Missing

Best Uses

  • Coffee Grounds
  • Kitchen Scraps
  • Leaves & Brush

Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

Planning to start first vegetable garden this spring. The axel was missing, but one call to Gardener's Supply and a very friendly lady apologized and sent the missing part at no charge or shipping cost. I found it easy to assemble, but it did require two persons to attach the black tumblers to the frame. Just starting my first batch of compost, so no issues with odor yet and no opinion on the quality and size of the mulch.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Dual Batch Compost Tumbler

By Cello Pam

from Cleveland Heights, Ohio

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy Assembly
  • Sifts Old From New

Cons

  • Pervasive Odor

Best Uses

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

Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

This composter was very easy to put assemble single handed. I like that there are two separate compartments, one for the compost that's in its finishing stage and one for the new compost. I do wish the bins were larger and held more compost. I've had this for a month now and one side is full and in the finishing stage, the other side is half full. I also like the ease of the spin of the bins. There is way more odor from this composter than from my previous unit. I had to move it way behind the garage and I can still smell it. The price was great though.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Convenient Composter!

By CJ

from Gig Harbor, WA

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Easy Assembly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Coffee Grounds
    • Kitchen Scraps
    • Leaves & Brush

    Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

    Easy assembly except make sure that you are putting the legs together so that the base is the widest. I needed to put lubricant on the sliding door for easy opening and closing when putting materials in the bin. I love that it doesn't take up much room and is off of the ground. Easy. It will be interesting to see how easy it is to remove the compost once it is ready!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Just what we needed.

    By Clark

    from Jerome, Idaho

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Easy Assembly
    • Odor Free
    • Sifts Old From New

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Coffee Grounds
      • Kitchen Scraps

      Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

      This is our second compost tumbler and our first is only a single drum. That means there is a point in which we just stop composting and let it cook. This concept is much better and this one, with it's smaller size will be focused on reducing garbage waste with vegetable kitchen scraps going into the system. Our hope with the side by side bins, is that we are constantly composting.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      A few snags

      By Kellyn

      from Boston, MA

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

      I actually thought the set up and directions were fine - but it turned out that the pieces actually didn't fit together well - so I had to get a replacement pipe sent. Seems that other people are complaining about the doors and I have the same complaint - just contacted CS to see about getting a replacement (strangely the second door works just fine so I'm not sure why there's an issue).

      I generally prefer non tumbling composted, but I live in Boston and we have a lot of lead in our soil. I save the tumbler for garden and kitchen scraps (and feed the compost to my raised beds), and then have an on-the-ground composter for landscape waste. Any - probably too much info - but if you're looking for a composter, I think that non tumblers are best.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Sturdy and easy to use

      By Wildflower Lover

      from Micanopy Florida

      About Me Master Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Composts Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Coffee Grounds
        • Kitchen Scraps

        Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

        I use this for small batches that compost quickly in the Florida heat mixing kitchen scraps and composted leaves. then I add to my raised beds as a topsoil layer when planting.

        It is less cumbersome for Seniors like me than larger piles that need turning with a pitchfork.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good composter,bad assembly instructions

        By happy customer

        from Newton, MA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Kitchen Scraps

            Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

            I've only had this two weeks, but I like the two-batch concept, ease of use, and fairly sturdy build. What I did not like was the hour I spent assembling it. Two phone calls to Gardner's customer service, and it was done, but why couldn't the instructions have indicated which way the legs fit together?? The pieces are even stamped aa, bb, etc., but only on one end, so it's actually not obvious how they attach. Turns out you can put it together at least three ways which are wrong! Customer Service says they're used to these calls, but they'd save their time (money) and have less frustrated customers if there were simply better instructions.
            Once assembled, I had major trouble with one of the two doors working very, very hard. (I notice there's another review mentioning this problem.) Since I knew how wonderful Gardner's customer service is, I called them back about the door, and they sent me another one, which works fine.
            So--good product and good customer service, but they need to revise the instructions.

             
            3.0

            Lightweight, but assembly is tricky

            By Mrs. Thing

            from Connecticut, USA

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Lightweigh
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Assembly Tricky
            • Instructions Inadequate

            Best Uses

              Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

              Assembling this composter should not be rocket science. I thought I followed the instructions properly, but when I tried to mount the axel, the frame was way too narrow for the bins. I called Gardener's Supply, and a helpful customer service rep told me that the left and right corner pieces are slightly longer on one side, and the longer sides have to be joined to form the "feet" of the composter. So I took the whole thing apart, reassembled it as told, and everything was hunky dory. But there's nothing in the text instructions about this. If I had paid closer attention to the pictures, I might have noticed that the pieces had long sides and short sides, but there's nothing to call out this feature in the pictures, and I do better with words than pictures. But anyway, it's together now, and I haven't started trying to compost with it yet, so I can't comment on that. But the drainage holes look like they'll collect rain and snow (I do compost in the winter, despite the freeze) and throw off the moisture balance. I guess I'll find out. I also wish it had wheels for moving it around. My yard doesn't get much sun, so I have to move the composter around every couple of months. At least it's small and lightweight. I bought it because my husband and I have bad backs, and our only child is off to college soon, and emptying that 5 cu. ft. round composter really hurts my back, and moving it, even with wheels, is hard. We'll make less compost without the offspring's contributions, so a smaller unit seemed like a good idea.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love the two barrels in one concept

              By PracticalE

              from Cheektowaga, NY

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Capacity
              • Easy Assembly
              • Odor Free
              • Sifts Old From New

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

                No need to find space for two units to keep your compost cooking and starting continuously. This product shipped promptly, and went together quickly. It stands steady and turns easily, *though neither side is carrying a full weight load of compost yet. In reading other reviews I saw comments about tubes inside the barrels that people discarded as "packing material" and I had my suspicions - which were confirmed when I started to assemble mine - these mystery tubes snapped into place in the center of each barrel as "axle sleeves." Maybe they are put in at the factory and shake loose during shipping.....

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