The Top 6 Home Composters: Your Best Options of 2022!

Lomi on a counter being used with food scraps

Food waste is a big problem. Vegetable peels, fish bones, apple cores, all can end up in a landfill, where they produce methane emissions that are harmful to our environment. One great solution? Home composters, which turn this food waste into rich compost, all from the comfort of your kitchen.

Reducing food waste is essential for eco responsibility. If you’d like to learn more, check out this article on how composting is good for the environment. There are all kinds of methods to utilize, from a traditional outdoor compost bin to city services that take yard debris, like grass clippings and dead leaves, and send them to compost facilities. But, if you want to make it easy, indoor composting is the way to go. We’re here to show you the very best home products to do just that.



Loathe the idea of picking up a hand rake? Get grossed out by red wiggler worms and fruit flies? Sick of waiting weeks for your bin to create compost you can use in your garden? Sounds like outdoor compost bins aren’t your cup of tea. Read on to learn about the top home composters that 2022 has to offer. No worms, we promise.


What is a home composter?

Lomi in use before and after

Home composters are a great alternative to an outdoor compost pile. Not everyone has the space, tools, or physical ability for such methods and if you’ve ever had your own compost bin, you know what a hassle they can be. Plus, outdoor piles mean you don’t get finished compost for weeks. A home composter, however, is accessible for everyone and includes features such as enclosed lids (bye-bye fruit flies), fast processing, and compact sizes.

Read here to find out about electric composters, which will be discussed as we rank our favorite indoor products. 

 

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Top 6 home composters: reviewed & rated

Going green is, thankfully, getting more and more popular these days. That means the market is flooded with products, all claiming to be the best compost solution to your food waste problems. Who has time to independently research every option out there? Want to cut through all the noise and find out which ones are actually as good as they say? You’ve come to the right place. 


1. Lomi electric composter

Lomi on counter with cutting board and food scraps

Price: $499.00
Customer Rating: 4.7/5 (on Lomi website)
Capacity: 3L |  Energy Consumption: 0.6 - 1.0 kWh


Lomi is a countertop composter that’s a perfect alternative to a traditional compost bin. It’s low maintenance, small enough to fit comfortably on your kitchen counter, and (in many cases) can produce nutritious fertilizer in as little as a few hours. No need to worry about attracting pests with its tight sealing lid. Fast processing also means great odor control, another win versus an outdoor bin. Multiple modes give flexibility, depending on the type of organic materials being broken down. The most nutritious of these modes is grow mode, which produces the most microbe-rich fertilizer.

Lomi is a fabulous choice for indoor composting. Coffee grounds? Vegetable scraps? Banana peels? Lomi takes all of this organic matter and more. No need to limit yourself to only food scraps, this compact machine can handle a wide variety of materials. Things like approved bioplastics, yard trimmings, compostable paper, small plants, flowers, and other such organic waste. Look here for a list of what can go in your Lomi. It’s a great substitute for a traditional compost bin and even has a one-year warranty.

What we like

What we don’t like

  • Fast & easy to use
  • Highly rated by thousands of users
  • Produces nutritious finished product
  • Can compost approved bioplastics
  • Enclosed lid keeps odors & pests away
  • 30 day risk-free trial
  • Might be too small for large composting needs
  • Requires replacing carbon filters
  • A possible challenge to fit in very small kitchen spaces

 


 

2. Reencle

Reencle on kitchen counter next to sink

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Price: $699
Customer Rating: “4.9/5” (per Reencle, but unverified/untrustworthy) 
Capacity: 2.2lbs |  Energy Consumption: 60 watts

 

Reencle is another substitute for a traditional compost bin. It’s about the size of a small garbage can, and opens similarly, the top flipping up to allow access. One of its best perks is that this can be done without touching the machine, merely motion activated. Great when your hands are dirty. Another feature is that it’s constantly running, so you can add organic matter and food scraps as needed without waiting. It also has decent capacity, odor control, and produces rich compost-like fertilizer.

That said, Reencle is not as versatile or easy to use as some products and the validity and trustworthiness of its vague reviews is…murky. It has some strengths, but these problematic cons keep it from being our top pick for composting. Here’s a handy article to compare Reencle to Lomi, feature by feature.

What we like

What we don’t like

  • Touchless opening mechanism
  • Odor control
  • Can add scraps/material at any time
  • Expensive
  • Takes up a lot of space
  • Questionable reviews
  • More complicated to work than some

 

3. Vitamix’s FoodCycler FC-50

Woman using vitamix food cycler

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Price: $399.95
Customer Rating: 4.6/5 (per Vitamix website)
Capacity: 2L |  Energy Consumption: 0.8 kWh per cycle

 

Vitamix is a recognized brand and their FoodCycler is a great deal more efficient than traditional composting methods like an outdoor pile. It transforms kitchen scraps and organic material into a finished product that can eventually be used in your garden or indoor plants. The carbon filter lid helps with odors and it takes up only one cubic foot of space thanks to its square shape, making it a compact alternative to a compost bin.

Although the FoodCycler has a lot going for it, such as price and space, it’s not without drawbacks. One downside is the end product is not as nutrient rich as other methods, making it unsuitable for plants or a garden right away. It’s also limited in what can be put inside, (mainly food scraps), whereas systems, like Lomi, can handle things like shredded newspaper, certain yard waste, and approved bioplastics. Here’s a handy article detailing the comparisons between the FoodCyler and Lomi.

What we like

What we don’t like

  • Affordable
  • Relevant reviews
  • Takes up little space
  • Less nutrient rich by-product
  • Only one mode
  • Might be too small for some
  • Doesn’t accept bioplastics and single use items, so limited to kitchen scraps

 

4.Tero

Tero composter on counter next to food scraps

Price: $595.00-$695
Customer Rating: 4.5/5 (per Tero site)
Capacity: 4L |  Energy Consumption: <1kWh per cycle

 

Tero is comparable to the other electric composters we’ve covered, with many of the same features. Namely, fits on your countertop, charcoal filters for odor control, easier to use than a traditional compost bin, provides fertilizer that’s similar to compost material, blah, blah, blah. You’ve heard it all before. So, what’s different? For one, Tero has features that can be linked to your smartphone, giving you notifications, remote access, and detailed info on your machine. Another? A good sized 4L capacity.

There’s a lot to like about Tero. Though it doesn’t have a lot of reviews, consumers do seem to be overall happy with the product. That said, there are limitations to note, such as the high price. Even more problematic is that the machine can only handle certain kitchen waste and food scraps (no fruit cores or pits). If it’s not food waste? Not gonna happen.

What we like

What we don’t like

  • Large 4L capacity
  • Smart features
  • Countertop sized
  • Expensive
  • Very limited in what can be inserted (scraps only)
  • Few actual reviews

 

5. Kalea

Kalea fertilizer and kalea displayed in home

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Price: 899€ ($912.50 USD)
Customer Rating: N/A-Product not available yet
Capacity: 10L |  Energy Consumption: 150 - 200 kWh / year for a 4 person household

 

Kalea was created in Germany via crowdfunding support, and is consequently not publicly available, yet. It will be soon, and it’s a product to be on the lookout for as it has some features that are particularly enticing. The most obvious of these is the 10L capacity, a massive increase from other home compost bin alternatives. With great capacity, however, comes great space requirements. So this large bin will take up a lot of room.

Typical cycles for Kalea last 48 hours, taking much longer than other options, but you can add food scraps throughout this cycle. As for what else can go in? Kalea’s site has conflicting information as to whether single-use items marked as compostable can be used in its product. They’re still figuring it out.

In spite of the kinks being worked out, Kalea has some pros to pay attention to. Smart-device capabilities, massive capacity, easy to use and clean, and no special additives required. That said, the price is the highest on this list (by far), and it will be helpful when actual reviews start rolling in.

What we like

What we don’t like

  • Massive! Great for large families
  • Smart device capabilities
  • Can add scraps continually


  • Conflicting information on what goes inside Kalea
  • No reviews
  • Very high price
  • Takes up a lot of space

 


 

6. BeyondGreen Kitchen Composter

BeyondGreen composter on a field of grass

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Price: $429.99
Customer Rating: Not available
Capacity: 4 gallon weekly |  Energy Consumption: Low 

 

This particular composter is a bit more mysterious than the others. Why? Because there are actually two products available from BeyondGreen. One is a kitchen composter, the other is a pet waste composter. They’re incredibly similar and seem to function the same way. Reviews are more readily available for the pet waste composter, unfortunately, as the kitchen version is harder to track ratings for. If it’s anything like its pet-waste sibling, however, it is well liked.

This system is a bit different from the other home compost systems we’ve covered. It requires extra involvement, for one. Wood chips and baking soda are mixed in a specific ratio to create an ideal environment for microbes to flourish. These will then break down the compost materials over the course of seven days, as the mixture is heated and stirred. Because of this process, it can accept meat, fish, and dairy-which not all composters can handle.

Pros? The product is made from recycled/recyclable materials and is 100% recyclable itself. It’s Energy Star Certified, can be used indoors and outdoors, and waste can be added to the chamber anytime. It can handle wood shavings, but it doesn’t mention bioplastics or single use items, except for BeyondGreen specific plastic bags. Cons? Reviews and more statistics would be very helpful. Also, though a regular compost bin takes weeks to produce compost, the natural fertilizer this appliance produces still takes much longer than the other choices in this list.

What we like

What we don’t like

  • Can be used outdoors
  • Energy efficient/recyclable
  • Can add scraps anytime
  • Takes longer to process scraps than other home composters
  • More complex process required
  • Not many reviews
  • Can smell when adding scraps

 

Lomi - our top choice for home composting

Overhead view of lomi with lomi fertilizer and food scraps

When it comes to reducing your carbon footprint, who has the time to deal with worm bins, tumbling composters, stacking trays, or a smelly pile or bin in your backyard? The traditional composting process takes weeks to produce ready to use compost that can finally be added to your garden or plants. Indoor systems take a fraction of that time. Our favorite choice? Lomi.

Of all the systems covered, none beat Lomi’s thousands of positive reviews. It also had the most versatile list of approved compostable items, nutritious ready to use natural fertilizer, three modes of operation, and a risk free trial complete with refund. On top of that it fits nicely in most kitchens, processes quickly, and is easy to use. Want the benefits of a compost bin with the ease and simplicity of an indoor appliance? Now you know where to find it. 


Written by: Heidi Edwards