Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler
Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler

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Exclusive | Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler Has Two Rotating Bins

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  • 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 160 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy assembly (100)
  • Capacity (75)
  • Attractive (60)
  • Composts quickly (52)
  • Odor free (52)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Kitchen scraps (123)
  • Coffee grounds (103)
  • Fruit rinds (93)
  • Leaves & brush (88)
  • Ecological waste disposal (65)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (91), Getting started (52), Master gardener (9)

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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.

     
    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.

     
    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 1 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.

             
            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.....

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love it!

              By Florencita

              from Pasadena, CA

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Capacity
              • Composts Quickly
              • Easy Assembly
              • Odor Free

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

                It's sturdy, easy to tumble, and clean. Got my first batch cooking within a week from table scraps I'd saved in the refrigerator and grass, leaves. It's been about a month; that first batch smells great and looks like it'll be ready in another week or so, while the second tumbler is half-full and I keep adding to it. So glad to have two separate containers. Very satisfying to watch the process at beginning and final stages side-by-side. Feel like I'm doing a science fair project and I might win first prize!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Nightmare to set up, but hoping it works

                By Michelle

                from Williston, Vermont

                About Me Getting Started

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Easy to tumble

                Cons

                • Flimsy

                Best Uses

                • Kitchen Scraps
                • Leaves & Brush

                Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

                I was looking forward to this dual batch composter after trying to deal with large bin composters that are difficult to mix. The product shipped quickly, but a part was missing. After carefully reading the directions, I called to order the missed part, but it turned out to be the wrong one. So I had to call again and re-order the right part (this could have been avoided had there been troubleshooting tips on the directions). The wrong part came again, so I had to call back. Finally the right part came, but the pieces fit together very poorly and seemed very flimsy for the price. One of the covers is also difficult to slide on and off. Now that it's set up, I'm hoping it works well. I'm looking forward to seeing how the tumbling goes and hoping the results outweigh the trouble of assembly. I'm not sure yet whether I would recommend this product.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Poor design

                By Steve

                from Hamden, CT

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Pervasive Odor
                  • Slow Hard To Remove

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

                    Slow to make compost, compost hard and difficult to remove from composter, poor design for kitchen compost even when brown tree leaves added 50-50. Do not recommend.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    packaging bad

                    By gardener

                    from Fresno CA

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy
                      • Leaks

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler:

                      was disappointed the way it was shipped, the metal pieces were loose in the box and scratched the outside of the composter. it seems like the aeration holes are too large and should be on the sides. Not very sturdy now that I have some compost in it.
                      Would not buy it again.

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