It’s that time of year again when everyone is itching to get their garden started. We have started all our seeds indoors, and even some outdoors, and now my thoughts have gone to composting, and how am I going to give these seedlings the best chance to make it through a tumultuous northern Nevada spring. Some of you may already be making your own compost, and others may be considering it.
Below I have compiled the top 3 tumble composters on Amazon. All three of these would be an ideal size for the home garden. Let me know in the comments how you make your compost, and what has worked best for you.
VIVOSUN Outdoor Tumbling Composter Dual Rotating Batch Compost Bin, 43 Gallon Orange Door 85.99
This composter is one of the bestselling tumbling composters on Amazon, and for good reason.
It has over 600 reviews with an average of 4.5 stars. It has a 43-gallon capacity, which is an ideal size for the home gardener. Like the other two composters below, It has 2 chambers that allow the user to make 2 separate batches of compost creating an uninterrupted flow of rich healthy compost. Made of galvanized steel and high-quality plastic, this has been rated as one of the sturdiest composters. One of the biggest negatives about this composter is it can be somewhat difficult to assemble, with 56 screws and nuts, it can be a bit tedious depending on your level of experience. Some things that put this composter over the top is the price, it comes with its own screwdriver, and a set of garden gloves to get you started.
FCMP Outdoor IM4000 Tumbling Composter, 37 gallon, Black $89.99
This next composter is one I personally own. It has over 9,000 ratings and averages 4.5 stars.
It has a 37-gallon capacity, which is a bit smaller but has worked out nicely for my home garden. This also has 2 chambers to brew separate batches of compost, for an uninterrupted supply. Like the Vivosun, this composter was a bit difficult to put together. It has 60 screws and bolts and was a bit tedious at times. All in all, I am very happy with this composter. I have had mine since 2016, and have had no issues with it. It was a great value for the money, and when done properly I can get completed compost in 1-2 months. If my garden gets much bigger, I will consider buying another.
Miracle-Gro Large Dual Chamber Compost Tumbler $124.90
This last composter had much more mixed reviews. It had over 900 ratings with an average of 4 stars. It has a total capacity of 55.4 gallons, which is the biggest of the 3 tumblers, and certainly a selling point. This composter also has 2 chambers for a continuous brew of black gold!
However, many reviews were questioning the durability of the product, as the tumbler is held together with mostly plastic, rather than screws and nuts. Like the other two, it was also somewhat difficult to put together.