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10 Best Compost Bins UK 2021 | Blackwell, WormBox and More

There’s nothing pleasant about having a pile of leaves, garden clippings and food waste in a big lump in your garden or allotment. However, if you have green fingers, sticking them all in a well-designed compost bin can speed up the time it takes to turn this debris into a great resource for your plants and vegetables. 


So, to help you find your future gardening buddy we’ve put together a buying guide to show you what to look out for. We’ve also included some recommendations of our favourites on Amazon, eBay and Argos. From small kitchen counter designs to large outdoor canisters that will store hundreds of litres, we’ve got a bin for every home and every budget. 

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  • Last updated: 13-12-2021
Table of Contents

Compare the Best Compost Bins

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Lifetime -  Compost Tumbler for £116.13
  2. Blackwell -  Green Composter Converter for £79.28
  3. Easipet -  Wooden Compost Bin for £87.99
  4. WormBox - Wormery Composter for £84.00
  5. Garden Point - Dual Chamber Tumbling Composter Bin for £75.95

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of compost bins available and understand how our ranking was determined.

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Lifetime Compost Tumbler 1

Lifetime

2
Blackwell Green Composter Converter 1

Blackwell

3
Easipet Wooden Compost Bin 1

Easipet

4
WormBox Wormery Composter 1

WormBox

5
Garden Point Dual Chamber Tumbling Composter Bin 1

Garden Point

6
4smile Garden Composter 1

4smile

7
Draper Compost Tumbler 1

Draper

8
Selections Wooden Slatted Garden Composter  1

Selections

9
Toomax 260L Plastic Garden Composter 1

Toomax

10
Joseph Joseph  Intelligent Waste 1

Joseph Joseph

Name

Compost Tumbler

Green Composter Converter

Wooden Compost Bin

Wormery Composter

Dual Chamber Tumbling Composter Bin

Garden Composter

Compost Tumbler

Wooden Slatted Garden Composter

260L Plastic Garden Composter

Intelligent Waste

Features

A Top-Quality Tumbling Bin With an Extra-Large Removable Lid

Ensure No Cold Corners With This Circular Design

The Wooden Exterior Looks Attractive and Promotes Airflow

A Wormery With Wheels for Easy Manoeuvrability And Room to Grow

Dual Chambers Allow You to Have More Than One Compost on the Go

Affordable and Straightforward to Set Up

Double-Ended Access Makes This Bin a Breeze to Empty

Perfect for Those With a Big Garden

An Inconspicuous Black Box You Can Tuck Away in the Corner of Your Garden

A Small Bin Designed for Indoor Use

Price£116.13£79.28£87.99£84.00£75.95£30.50£121.62£54.99£35.00£30.00
StyleTumblingStationaryStationaryStationaryTumblingStationaryTumbling StationaryStationaryStationary
MaterialPlasticPlasticWoodPlasticPlasticPlasticPlasticWoodPlastic Plastic
ShapeTriangularCircularRectangularCircularHexagonalRectangularCircularRectangularRectangularRectangular
VentilationYes-Yes-YesYesYesYesYesYes
Dimensions 116 x 20 x 58 cm100 x 60 cm80 x 74 x 74 cm 49 x 47 x 47 cm 74 x 60 x 63 cm83 x 61 x 61 cm 77 x 75 x 75 cm 65 x 92 x 120 cm H73 x 60 x 60 cm16 x 23.5 x 19.7 cm
Capacity189 litres330 litre328 litres48 litres140 litres (2 x 70 litres)300 litres180 litres700 litres260 litres4 litres
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How to Choose a Compost Bin in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Choose Between a Stationary Bin and a Tumbling One
  2. Consider That The Material Affects Heat Retention, Moisture and Ventilation
  3. Pick a Bin in a Dark Colour for Optimum Heat Absorption
  4. Look For a Bin With Plenty of Slots or Holes for Proper Air Circulation
  5. Select the Right Capacity - a 200L bin produces 100L of compost

1. Choose Between a Stationary Bin and a Tumbling One, Depending on Your Budget and How Quickly You Want the Contents to Decompose

1. Choose Between a Stationary Bin and a Tumbling One, Depending on Your Budget and How Quickly You Want the Contents to Decompose

Stationary Bins Are the Cheapest Option, Making Them Ideal for Those New to Composting

Stationary bins are the most basic of the options and are cheap and simple to fill, plus they will produce enough compost (depending on size and speed of decomposition) to be emptied a couple of times a year. They can be made from either plastic or wood and due to coming with a lid, they're safe from rodents or insects. 


Nevertheless, they aren’t perfect. This style is often difficult to aerate, particularly if the container doesn’t have any in-built ventilation. Also, they can be more cumbersome to empty once full - there will be some heavy lifting involved.  

Tumbling Bins Are Better Suited to Experienced Composters, as They’re More Expensive and Require Regular Turning

Tumbling bins are much more efficient. They’re easy to use thanks to the ability to turn the contents, which also has the added advantage of decomposing the materials inside the box more quickly. The sealed container will also protect the contents from rainfall and rodents.


The downside is that to get the most from this style of containers it is best to add all the ingredients at the same time, which may be difficult without storing them somewhere else first. They also require turning regularly, so you have to be committed. 


This might be the time to research the best garden fork to invest in!

2. Plastic Is Great at Preserving Heat and Moisture, While Wood Has Superior Ventilation

2. Plastic Is Great at Preserving Heat and Moisture, While Wood Has Superior Ventilation

Plastics have somewhat of a monopoly in the composting game because of their ability to preserve heat and moisture, which are both essential to composting. So, using a bin made of this would likely speed up the decomposition process. 


However, you can also find wooden bins and these will likely have superior ventilation. This has the dual advantage of again speeding up the process, but also reducing odour. The issue is that they can suffer from rotting themselves eventually, so you might find that the container progressively becomes compost itself! 

3. Pick a Bin in a Dark Colour for Optimum Heat Absorption, and Avoid Designs With Cold Corners as These Will Slow Down the Decomposition Process

3. Pick a Bin in a Dark Colour for Optimum Heat Absorption, and Avoid Designs With Cold Corners as These Will Slow Down the Decomposition Process

It may seem irrelevant, but the shape and colour will affect the performance of the compost bin. When it comes to shape, it’s always worth looking for containers without corners - often termed 'cold corners'. This is because cold spots will slow down the process in these areas. However, this can be forgotten if you pick up a tumbling composter, as you'll be constantly be moving the contents around. 


The colour is another factor to consider. You’ll want to look for dark-coloured plastics like blacks or dark greens as they are better at absorbing heat. Which, in turn, will speed up the process of decomposition once again. 

4. Look For a Bin With Plenty of Slots or Holes, as Proper Air Circulation Is Essential for Composting

4. Look For a Bin With Plenty of Slots or Holes, as Proper Air Circulation Is Essential for Composting

Your container should contain some form of ventilation, such as slits or holes, to provide proper air circulation. After all, the bacteria that is breaking down the materials need it to survive! Without adequate airing the process will take much longer, resulting in a less-than-adequate compost at the end that's slimy, smelly and could upset close neighbours.

5. Select a Bin With the Right Capacity for Your Household, as Well as Dimensions That Will Fit Your Garden

5. Select a Bin With the Right Capacity for Your Household, as Well as Dimensions That Will Fit Your Garden

Last but not least, consider the dimensions and capacity of your purchase. If you have a large garden with a lot of organic waste, then a small-capacity bin isn’t going to work out. It will be overflowing before it’s had time to cook. Plus, small bins can dry out faster and are more influenced by the temperature outside. But a large bin in small garden will take up too much room and be intrusive.


It is difficult to judge the ideal size as each person’s needs are completely different. The recommendations state that if you want 100 L of compost, then you should look for a bin that can hold up to 200 L. This extra space makes it easier for materials to be broken down when composting. 


If you're feeling particularly green-fingered, take a look at our favourite outdoor hanging baskets too.

10 Best Compost Bins in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used. 

1

LifetimeCompost Tumbler

£116.13

StyleTumbling
MaterialPlastic
ShapeTriangular
VentilationYes
Dimensions 116 x 20 x 58 cm
Capacity189 litres
2

BlackwellGreen Composter Converter

£79.28

StyleStationary
MaterialPlastic
ShapeCircular
Ventilation-
Dimensions100 x 60 cm
Capacity330 litre
3

EasipetWooden Compost Bin

£87.99

StyleStationary
MaterialWood
ShapeRectangular
VentilationYes
Dimensions80 x 74 x 74 cm
Capacity328 litres
4

WormBoxWormery Composter

£84.00

StyleStationary
MaterialPlastic
ShapeCircular
Ventilation-
Dimensions49 x 47 x 47 cm
Capacity48 litres
5

Garden PointDual Chamber Tumbling Composter Bin

£75.95

StyleTumbling
MaterialPlastic
ShapeHexagonal
VentilationYes
Dimensions74 x 60 x 63 cm
Capacity140 litres (2 x 70 litres)
6

4smileGarden Composter

£30.50

StyleStationary
MaterialPlastic
ShapeRectangular
VentilationYes
Dimensions83 x 61 x 61 cm
Capacity300 litres
7

DraperCompost Tumbler

07212

£121.62

StyleTumbling
MaterialPlastic
ShapeCircular
VentilationYes
Dimensions77 x 75 x 75 cm
Capacity180 litres
8

SelectionsWooden Slatted Garden Composter

£54.99

StyleStationary
MaterialWood
ShapeRectangular
VentilationYes
Dimensions65 x 92 x 120 cm
Capacity700 litres
9

Toomax260L Plastic Garden Composter

£35.00

StyleStationary
MaterialPlastic
ShapeRectangular
VentilationYes
DimensionsH73 x 60 x 60 cm
Capacity260 litres
10
StyleStationary
MaterialPlastic
ShapeRectangular
VentilationYes
Dimensions16 x 23.5 x 19.7 cm
Capacity4 litres

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