Nature Mill Composter
Nature Mill Composter

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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3.7

(based on 21 reviews)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (4)
  • Easy (3)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

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5.0

Easy set up, working well

By DS

from Chicago, Illinois

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Makes Composting Easy

Cons

  • Uses electricity

Best Uses

  • In garage

I've composted for many years with varying levels of exertion and success. Our family of three does not generate a lot and the NatureMill composter seemed like a good way to quickly generate usable compost year round. Setting it up and getting it started was easy. Our is in the garage, where the occasional smell is not an issue. I put it on a small stand to make it easier to add and remove compost. We've had two batches so far. The simple instructions have been helpful in explaining what to do if compost is too dry or too wet.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than I could have imagined

By Leigh

from Baltimore, MD

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Automated
  • Easy
  • Light

Cons

    Best Uses

      My husband and I have been paying for a compost service (pick up and then return compost twice per year). This is $15-35/month depending on frequency of pick up. We decided to use this money to buy our own composter after MUCH research.

      We chose this machine due to perceived ease of use and ability to handle all types of food (as opposed to vermiculture). It has been even easier than we thought. Follow the very simple included instructions and you have rich compost in no time.

      We also purchased the Green Cycler Pre-Composter, so we would not have to chop of our scraps by hand. This was a stroke of genius on our part. It makes breaking down the scraps easy and speeds the composing process in the composter. Match made in heaven.

      Oh, and we use one of those 0% intro APR offer to pay for both over the course of year. This means we are spending only a few dollars more a month than our compost service...and then there will be minimal monthly cost after that 1 year. (Electricity...which is really small.)

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great composter for the garage

      By FL gardener

      from Orlando, FL

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Works well

      Cons

      • Can Get Whiffy

      Best Uses

        I've my Nature Mill composter (a slightly smaller model than shown here) for about six weeks now. It is working flawlessly, and with a two person household we get a full bin of compost every two weeks. I transfer the compost once a week, and toward the end of that time, it can get a bit smelly. Transferring or adding more baking soda usually mitigates that. Here are my lessons learned so far:

        - I've found that in addition to the Brassica family (kale, brussel sprouts, etc) that the instructions say to avoid due to odors, cilantro can be a problem. Avoiding those, the smell is fine for a garage, although I would not use this composter in a kitchen.

        - To further mitigate smell, I called my local Starbucks, who participates in the corporate Grounds for Gardens program, and got a big bag of used coffee grounds. When the composter starts smelling, I dump a cup or two of grounds in, and my garage smells like a nicely brewed pot of coffee. I dried the grounds out and keep them in a paper bag by the composter to avoid mold.

        - If the composter is on high, there is a constant hum from the heater - again, fine for a garage, but not inside.

        - I push the transfer button right before I clean out my fridge for trash pickup, then all the leftover veggies and stale bread that would have gone in the trash goes into the composter instead to give it a start on the next week.

        Of course the best part is the compost - Living in a suburb where every lawn is treated monthly, I just couldn't find a source for organic compost to use in my square foot vegetable gardens. After reading about the problems with persistent herbicides in compost lately, this seemed like the best solution, and so far it is working well.

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        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        STOP! Falls apart quickly

        By L2

        from Dix, IL

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  wow it is perfect for apartments

                  By cara lefner

                  from Chicago

                  Verified Reviewer

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                    Cons

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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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                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

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

                        By petertosh

                        from Toronto

                        Verified Reviewer

                        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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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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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                                      (4 of 4 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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