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      home Composters Composter Comparison Chart

Which Composter is Right for You?


People Powered Machines knows composting is important to the environment and great for your garden. We look at many different composters and choose the ones we think are the best in their class. If you are trying to decide which composter is just right for what you are looking for, see the compare chart below.

Composter Compare Chart:


Sun-Mar 200 Continuous Composter

Green Cone Composting System

Solar Cone Green Johanna Compost Bin

Naturemill Plus XE Composter

Tumbleweed recycled compost Maker Tumbleweed Pet Poo Converter Rolypig Biolan 220 Composter


stainless Steel compost Pail


Sunmar 200 Composting

Green Cone Composting System


Solarcone Green johanna compost bin

naturemill Plus XE Composter


Tumbleweed recycled composter

Tumbleweed Pet Poo converter Rolypic Composter Biolan Composter

Can-o-worms composter

Stainless Steel compost pail

Retail List Price $310 $154
$265 $299 $189 $119 $229 $1386 $114 $39.99
Weight 15.2 pounds 35 pounds
22 pounds 17 pounds
22 pounds 10 pounds 20 pounds 70 pounds 13.1 pounds
Type Rotating drum Green Cone - recycled plastic Large Bin - durable plastic (last 10 yrs or more) Indoor container Rotating Bin, batch style Nesting boxes with lid on legs, hard plastic Kid friendly, drum composter, uv plastic + fiberglass Large Bin, thermally insulated Large round containter with layered trays + a collector tray Compost Pail, with filter
How it Works Compost Material goes in the top and exits automatically out the end as the drum rotates Buried open basket allows aeration + breakdown with heat from the sun Unique venitlated, closed, hot composting system Items remain in upper chamber, with "hot composting" conditions: mixing, air flow, heat, + moisture Add compost material, tumble regularly to create aerobic action. Air + moisture are distributed for rapid decomposition Worm farm: worms eat pet droppings + breed, liquid manure collects in bottom box New waste added thru snout, compost flows from one compartment to the next, then to rear discharge Ventiation system supplies air to middle of compost mass, enhancing composting. Lid returns condensed moisture to compost. Large container filled with soil, with several hundred worms which eat their way up leaving rich castings behind + liquid fertiziler. Used for collecting compost in the kitchen then taking to your outdoor composter
  • Rotate regularly
  • add moisture if dry
  • keep in sun for warmth
  • choose a sunny spot w/ good drainage
  • place in sunny spot
  • empty basket of compost every 1-2 years
  • add 8" of twigs for bottom layer for aeration
  • garden + kitchen waste
  • place among trees on soil or grass
  • add waste any time to top
  • remove compost from lower chamber every 2 weeks (when red light comes on)
  • automatic, electric
  • tumble daily or every few days
  • place in sunny spot + place you walk by so you can spin
  • shred larger items
  • recycle your pet waste
  • worms eat bacteria so no odor
  • no chemicals
  • kids love this one
  • tumble about every 3 weeks to move waste to next compartment
  • feed wet golf-ball sized items
  • pest free
  • year round composter
  • adjustable air vent
  • built in thermomenter for monitoring
  • bottom door to remove mature compost
  • place in shaded outdoor location or basement
  • moisten dry material before adding
  • read instructions before adding manure
  • Carbon filter keeps smells contained
  • keep lid on when not filling
  • can rinse or reuse filter
What to Add
  • kitchen waste
  • yard waste
  • sawdust, leaves, straw
  • kitchen waste
  • animal products like meat + fish
  • garden + kitchen waste (2:1 ratio)
  • add sawdust if only kitchen scraps
  • kitchen waste: veggies, coffe grounds, dairy, meat or dish
  • 75% lawn clippings + 25% other (leaves, veggies, tea leaves, fruit, coffee grounds, vaccuum dust, eggshells)
  • pet droppings
  • kitchen waste
  • lawn clippings
  • newspaper + paper (shredded + wet)
  • kitchen waste
  • leftover meat + fish
  • coffee/tea grounds
  • boiling water
  • soft/wet papers
  • eggshells
  • pet droppping
  • natural fibers
  • food waste
  • newspaper
  • cardboard
  • water
  • kitchen waste

50 gallon.

7 cu. ft.



120 lbs per month

58 gallons

6 gallons

58 gallons

depends on number of worms 1 gallon
Who uses hobby gardener w/ kitchen scraps + yard waste Avg. family of 4 avg. family of 5 avg. family of 5 down to 1 individual avg. family or gardener avg. of 2 medium dogs avg. family avg. family (2-6) avg. family avg. family
size of unit 31"h x 33"l x 24" 27"h x 24"w x 11.5" 38"h x 36"w x 21"top 20"h x 20"d x 12"w 46"h x 33.5"d x 25.5"w 13"h x 21.5"l x 13.5"w 32"h x 43"l x 31"w 47"h x 24"w x 24"d 29"h x 20"w 11"h x 7"w
composting time   about 1 year 4-6 mths 2 weeks 4 weeks   12-15 weeks 5-8 weeks few months to get started, then continuous na
need to stir or turn? turn no stir no yes no turn not much no na

sun-mar 400: 100 gallon capacity

sun-mar 600: 150 gallon capcity

compost boost + kitchen caddy included


winter jacket additional air filters, cabinet kit accessory kit: thermometer, counter pail, liners, compost starter, + composting book worms   Biolan 550 - for 10-15 people worms replacement filters available
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Drum-style Composting
The Sunmar Continuous Composters are very easy to use with the material going in the top and exiting through the end when done. The Tumbleweed Recycled Plastic Compost Maker is another great drum style composter. Regularly rotating and you'll have compost for your garden in no time.

Indoor Composting
We recommend using the NatureMill Plus XE or Pro XE for convenient indoor composting. The Stainless Steel Compost Pail is a handy and stylish counter style collection bin that you can fill then take to your outdoor compost pile.

Pet Waste Composting
Two of our most popular composters for converting your pet droppings into compost is the Tumbleweed Pet Poo Converter and the Biolan year-round composter.

Worm Farms
The Can-O-Worms worm farm is versatile and easy to use and fun for all ages. The Can-O-Worms will reduce the amount you have for your trash and product fertilizer for your garden.