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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3.6

(based on 18 reviews)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Kitchen scraps (3)
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1.0

STOP! Falls apart quickly

By L2

from Dix, IL

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        Bought mine and an additional 5 year warranty. It stopped working and they wanted me to order a part from an overseas company (I think China) and pay a $15 shipping fee and watch a video on how to repair it myself. I am a busy mother of four and not a small appliance technician. I paid extra for a five year warranty and they don't honor it. Think twice, does not last!! I love Gardners Supply, not this composter!!

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        5.0

        The kind of composters

        By stanstanstan

        from Austin, TX

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

            This is the best composter on the market. It actually MAKES compost and doesn't just store it while it slowly rots or you dump it into a compost pile. It gets very hot inside thanks to the thick insulating walls and a backup heater inside. And it fans air and filters odors, and of course mixes with a motor. It is definitely the only thing out there like it. My compost compost comes out every two to three weeks on average depending on what I put int. No odors until you empty it and then it basically smells like fertilizer but not in a bad way. Kudos to these people for making such a brilliant product. Only downside is the price. Worth every penny though.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            wow it is perfect for apartments

            By cara lefner

            from Chicago

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                  I live in an apartment and there are basically no other options for composting for me. I don't have the ability to make a pile outdoors because I have no yard and only a little fire escape. I looked into the bo ka shi system but that requires a big outdoor space to bury the stuff after it's been collected and fermented in the little container. I even looked at worms but cant get beyond the ick factor and also I heard that they escape and crawl across the kitchen floor so that is really not an option either.

                  So I took the plunge and bought the nature mill a few years ago and it has been humming along happily ever since. And I mean hum! It makes a little happy sound like a fish tank pump and after a while it quiets down and becomes a sleepy background noise. The compost that comes out is just amazing. It's easy to use and you just follow the instructions which are pretty clear and concise for something as complicated as this. I mean, there are other methods that are much cheaper, but this one is worth every penny.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  After 1 Year, I'm Very satisfied so far.

                  By petertosh

                  from Toronto

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                  Pros

                  • Easy
                  • Fast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      So far everything has gone as expected. It is a very simple matter to fill it up and let it do it's thing. You can hear the pump (sound like background noise) and once in a while the motor spins (sounds like my ultra sonic tooth brush). You can sometimes even hear the food tumbling around in there. I haven't had any major issues, but maybe this is because I have the newer model. When I ordered it about a year ago they actually contacted me and recommended that I wait about a month for the new model to come out and then it would have a few improvements built in it. It turns out that it was worth the wait because I haven't had any problems what so ever.

                      One thing that I have learned over time is to cut your food items into small pieces so that they will compost even faster. If you put an entire potato in there, for example, it will take a few weeks to fully break down and it will probably still be lumpy when it ends up in the finished tray. But if you cut it into quarters, then it turns to mush and becomes just like dirt in half the time. Orange peels do not seem to break down maybe because of the acidic acid, but if you chop them up at least they are unnoticeable in the final compost. Egg shells crack into a million small flaky pieces but retain their bright white color which for some people could be unsightly. As for me, basically everything in there goes into my bushes and there has not been a case where we have seen or noticed anything unusual in our garden.

                      I have only had this machine for about a year so I am holding back on five stars until it really stands the test of time. The warranty has just expired so this is when things tend to happen. So far so good though.

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                      5.0

                      new to composting and enjoying it

                      By clara_clara

                      from Ann Arbor, MI

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy fast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          This was my first attempt at composting. I wanted something easy and no work. This is it. I have heard so many complicated things from my friends who have been doing compost for many years and I definitely didn't want something complicated like that. There are quite a few things to learn in the instructions but they are clear and they make sense. I was surprised that you can put almost anything in because I read that other methods that many types of food are not allowed. There is no mess and no odors, until you open the lid and then is smells like vegetable soup. So far it has been very reliable and predictable. I have contacted customer service several times by email only, with questions along the way, and they were very helpful. I am happy with this composter and would recommend it to anyone who wants an easy way to compost.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          works well on kitchen scraps

                          By billiams

                          from Idaho

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                                : 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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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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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                                    (3 of 3 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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                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      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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                                        (7 of 7 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.

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