The Best Kitchen Countertop Compost Bins, According To a Composting Newbie
By Michelle Rostamian
Whether you’re using it as fertilizer for your garden or as a fun activity to do with your kids, composting is a great way to reduce landfill waste and make use of household scraps. The problem? If you’re new to the hobby, it can be intimidating finding the right compost bin that’s equal parts sleek on your countertop and functional for you to use daily. Here’s a roundup of the best kitchen countertops that collect your waste, eliminate leaky trash bags and foul odors, and make composting more than just a pandemic hobby.
Simple Human Compost Caddy, $50
This mid-range option is a sleek addition to your kitchen, blending in seamlessly with your other stainless steel appliances (it’s also protected with an invisible coating that protects against unsightly fingerprints). Equipped with a soft-seal lid that shuts tightly, you’ll never have to worry about your food scraps falling out (or foul odors making their way into your kitchen). Composting newbies will also appreciate the fact that the caddy comes with a 30-pack bag of compost liners so that you can get to composting immediately without having to purchase extra accessories.
OXO Easy-Clean Compost Bin, $33
We can’t find one design flaw with the OXO Easy-Clean Compost Bin. If you’re the type that likes to move your compost bin around from counter to counter, its nifty handle (which folds down when not in use) will make toting it around a breeze. It fits a good amount of scraps (1.75 gallons, to be exact), and features a stay-open lid that makes it easy to fill up. Unlike other compost bins that may have a reveal with the liner, this one keeps the liner tucked inside for a more streamlined look. Best part? The main body is dishwasher safe, which shortens cleanup time.
Vitamix FoodCycler, $400
If you’re serious about composting, the Vitamix FoodCycler is one to add to your cart stat. It turns everything from banana peels and chicken bones into fertilizer with a push of a button, and only requires one cubic foot of countertop space and a power outlet to get up and running. Though the process takes around eight hours, the machine is impressively quiet while operating and easy to clean thanks to the dishwasher-safe removable waste bucket. Overall, the FoodCycler is a convenient alternative to converting moist, bulky leftover scraps into dry, low odor fertilizer that can be repurposed.
Sage Bamboo Fiber And Coffee Grounds Compost Bin, $30
Is it home decor or is it a compost bin? This pick from World Market blurs the lines, offering an aesthetically pleasing way to recycle your kitchen scraps. We’re partial to the muted sage hue and the fact that the bin itself is made with recycled materials à la renewable bamboo fiber, BPA-free materials, and upcycled coffee grounds that give the compost bin a speckled look. It also comes with a replaceable carbon filter (to mask foul odors) as well as a bamboo handle that’s perfect for carrying to the garden. For a compost bin that’s equal parts functional and easy on the eyes, this one is a winner.
Utopia Kitchen Compost Bin, $24
Don’t let the low price tag of this stainless steel compost bin fool you—it does its job and it does it well. The vented lid lets your food scraps breathe, but you have the charcoal filter trap to thank for neutralizing any lingering odor and keeping fruit flies and other unwanted critters away. It’s study, feels substantial, and has a lid that fits so tight it’ll stay put even if you accidentally knock the bin on the floor. Plus, it has major curb appeal as it sits on your countertop, and is available in black, silver, or white to complement your kitchen.