How to Choose the Best Compost Bin for your Kitchen

Ailen Berezin 2021-07-18

Composting, why should be all of us doing it? It is a fantastic way of reducing our waste while decreasing the amount of carbon footprint we left in the planet. Basically, placing our organic waste into a proper decomposing bin does change the game. Finding the Best Composting bin is absolutely important and I will help you with that in this article below.

If you are new to composting and would like to learn everything about it, you should totally check our Complete Guide to Composting at home or even our 7 tips you need to know before composting article.

I´ve been in the path of finding the best bin for my indoor compost at home and this are the best bins that I´ve found in the market so far. Let’s check them out!

The Best Compost Bins for your kitchen: our selection

Best Overall bin: Bamboozle food compost bin

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This is simply our favorite one. Neat, simple, stylish and sustainable! isn´t it what we were looking for? It´s bamboo made material makes it our favorite choice overall.

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Best for Odor Control Bin: BelleMark Kitchen Compost Bin

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If you are worried about how smelly a Compost bin might be, this is the right choice for you. Smell Proof and Rust Proof Stainless Steel Insert into an beautiful Acacia Wood Box. Perfect for keeping the odours in! Buy on Amazon

Best Counter Top Bin: Stylish Farmhouse Kitchen Compost Bin

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No only this bin is beautiful, it is also our favorite choice for keeping it on you kitchen bench. It´s great size and vintage design makes it perfect for your counter top.

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Best Budget Bin: OXO Good Grips

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Lid removable, 1. 75-Gallon capacity Compost Bin. If you are a little bit tight with budget but are still concerned about reducing your carbon footprint this is the perfect Bin for you.

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Best size capacity Bin: Third Rock Kitchen Counter Compost Bin

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Country-style design top counter compost bin. This will last months as it comes in the perfect size for a busy kitchen but it doesn't take your whole bench!

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Best Design Bin: EcoCrock Counter Compost Bin

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This simple contemporary designed bin is our best design pick! It is not all about the looks but... This bin is just gorgeous. It will look good in any counter bench and also it comes in two different colors.

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Best Food Recycler Bin: Vitamix 2 litres capacity

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This electric Compost Bin will not dissappoint you. It is simply the best food recycler as it decompose even bones! And it also comes in a modern stylish design.

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Best Sustainable Bin: COMPi Bamboo Fiber Indoor Kitchen Compost Bin

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OMG! This is one of our favorite choices, it looks great but is also build with recycled and environmentally friendly materials that makes completely sustainable!

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Best Undercounter Bin: Tiyafuro Kitchen Compost Bin

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Mainly designed to be placed anywhere! But speacially usefull as an Undercounter or Sink Compost bin. It usefull grid makes it simple to be hang from any undercounter door!

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Best Overall: Bamboozle food Compost Bin

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What I Like

  • It is made of biodegradable bamboo fiber.
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Carbon filters available


What I Don't Like

  • Size might be small for a family
  • Carbon filters need to be bought separately

Why is this our favorite choice for a Kitchen Compost Bin? Simple, it is as useful as it is well design. Most of the bench designed compost bins are just trying to look good but are not as useful to make Compost. This individually packed in beautiful craft paper boxes is simply the best!

The Bamboozle bin is made out from bamboo fiber, which turns it a sustainable bin, no more plastic! I mean, it is just logic for us trying to make a change into our planet to start using plastic free containers for everything, and it wouldn't make sense for us trying to reduce our carbon footprint while trying to create compost in a plastic bin.

The Bamboozle Bin allows you to send compost to enrich the soil with a natural made fertilizer. It is made out of durable materials and it is dishwasher safe!

Its lid comes with a carbon filters input to reduce the odors that might attract fruit flies or create nasty smells. One downside is that you need to buy the filters separately but it reasonable price makes it possible as well. The charcoal filters last at least two months in, so it is not an inconvenience to get them separately either.

Overall, this fantastic bin will look good on your bench while help you reduce your waste. It is strong, resistant and it also tolerates heath which makes it easier to clean in a dishwasher, if you have one. It breaks down organic material fast and it has a good draining system to keep your compost moisturized but not wet.

It comes in black and white so you can choose which one looks better on your kitchen!

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This Indoor Kitchen Composting Bin is great if you are living either in an apartment o in a big house. You can keep it in your kitchen and use it along with an outdoor composting bin. It is great for organic green scraps and it also includes charcoal filters on its lid preventing disgusting odors from attracting insects.

Its price is great, the capacity might be a little bit tight for a family but mixing it with an outdoor bin makes it great for indoors. It is also sustainable made out of bamboo fiber and it is easy to clean either in the sink or in a dishwasher.

The downside is that you need to get the charcoal filters separately but it is a minor downside if you look at all of its benefits. That´s why this is our favorite choice!

Best for Odor Control Bin: BelleMark Kitchen Compost Bin

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What I Like

  • Wooden Design
  • Eco friendly materials
  • Best to keep odors in

What I Don't Like

  • It might not be the best for a budget
  • Tricky to empty

If you are concerned about bad smell in your kitchen, this is the bin you should be looking at. It is a Stainless Steel Kitchen Compost Bin made inside a wooden countertop box. The stainless steel bin lid makes it almost impossible for nasty odors to get out. So, no need to worry about either pests or smells.

It is also really easy to clean as you can just take the bin out of it box and wash it in the sink or place it in your dishwasher as well. Its design looks modern and neat, but I would get a little bit concerned of the wooden box getting wet, as it might rot. As long as you keep the box away from the water, your compost is safe. It is not only a great kitchen bench compost bin but also it provides a great look to your kitchen.

One of the downsides found was that it is a little bit expensive for its capacity and also it does not use a bag inside of it. This means that when your compost is ready you will have to empty it in a different container in order to start a new composting cycle.

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This Compost bin looks amazing in your kitchen and it is the best at keeping odors inside because of it stainless steel interior. Its interior is removable and you can clean it under the sink or in the dishwasher. As there is no room for composting bags to be placed in it might get tricky to empty it. Its cubed shaped designed makes it so versatile that it can be placed either in a counter top bench or under the sink.

Best Counter Top Bin: Stylish Farmhouse Kitchen Compost Bin

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What I Like

  • Farmhouse Design
  • Double coated interior
  • Charcoal Filters included

What I Don't Like

  • No dishwasher safe

This cute cylindric-shape, farm inspired Compost bin is perfect to keep on top of your kitchen bench. It is a 7.1” diameter and 11” height top counter compost bin made from a special metal designed to last longer. It includes not only one but three charcoal filters that will keep your kitchen odor free.

It also keeps a reasonable amount of organic and kitchen waste ready to be decomposed. Its metal interior is covered by a special coating that makes it rust proof.

It is really easy to handle thanks to the black know on top of the lid that allows you to get a good grip of the lid without having to touch the interior. The handle is also really useful when it comes to transportation and when you have to empty it.

The major downside for this type of bin is that it is not dishwasher safe, so the best way to keep it clean is by washing it with warm soapy water and give it a gentle wipe.

This is the best compost bin for those who doesn't want to hide the bin under the bench or want to keep it on top for faster use.

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If you are keen on starting composting or if you are usually cooking an creating lots of organic waste, this is the perfect bin to keep on top of your kitchen bench. Its unique farmhouse designs makes it appealing for everyone around without creating funny smells or attracting pests in your house.

Best Budget: OXO Good Grips

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What I Like

  • Removable Lid
  • 1.75 gallon capacity
  • Budget price

What I Don't Like

  • Dull design
  • Not the best for small households

The OXO Composting Bin is simply the one you should pick if you are on a budget. Its relation between money and quality is excellent. Being one of the less expensive composting bins on the market does not make it less efficient.

It comes with a removable lid that makes it so much easier to empty. No more struggles when taking the bag out or taking the compost into a different container. Just remove the lid and you will be able to take the bag out without spilling compost everywhere!

This removable lid also stays opened making it easier to place waste in. For example if you are cooking for lots of people and you need to fill it all the time, no need to stress about opening and closing it at all time, the lid just stays up.

Also, if you kitchen is this busy you wouldn't have to worry for it to get full quick, as its capacity is amazing. This is why I wouldn't choose it for a single person household but definitely for a family size one.

Even though it looks really neat from the outside, I would rather it to have a little bit of more effort placed on its designed as it could easily be be placed under the counter or confused with a rubbish bin.

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Designated to be on top of your kitchen bench, the OXO Composting Bin is great for long family households and busy kitchens. Its removable lid makes the different at the time of emptying it. It comes with a convenient handle that makes transporting the bin really smooth and easy. It is also dishwasher safe, so you just need to empty it before chucking it into the machine for it to clean it.

Best size capacity: Third Rock Kitchen Counter Compost Bin

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What I Like

  • Wooden handles
  • Great capacity
  • No Rust

What I Don't Like

  • Only one color available

Choosing the right bin size for your kitchen compost is an important decision. It will always depend on how much food waste you create and how many people live in your household.

This compost bin is great for any household! Its 1.3 gallon capacity makes it suitable for either big or small kitchens. It comes with a greenish, eco-friendly design, two wooden handles on the sides and a ventilated lid with a knob. The lid includes a charcoal filter that keeps the odors in. It exterior will not chip or scratch thanks to the powder coating it has. It is a durable carbon stainless steel bin made to last for ages.

I´ve found its capacity to be great, it will allow you to create rich compost without having to pay so much attention to it. Just need to put in the organics, greens and browns and mix it every now and then for the microorganisms to do their part.

One thing that I didn't like is that it only comes in one color, but it doesn't matter that much as you can still compost in it.

An extra point because it is dishwasher safe, this makes it easy to clean and rinse.

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Since I've started composting it was always really hard to find the perfect size of bin suitable for my needs. I've found that the third rock Bin is great for any type of house. Even if you don't want to keep it on top of your bench, you can easily place it under the sink. Its capacity allows the organic material to decompose at its own time without you having to keep emptying it but also it wont kill your compost if you don't generate tons of waste.

This is my favorite option regarding capacity, even though the design could be better, it is a great bin.

Best Design: EcoCrock Counter Compost Bin

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What I Like

  • Modern design
  • Suitable for small kitchens

What I Don't Like

  • Not the best for a family size household.
  • Not the best if your waste generation is high.

OMG this contemporary modern design is amazing. I am simply in love with it. Not only you will be reducing your carbon footprint but also your kitchen will be looking fabulous. This bin's capacity is 0.75 gallons and is made out of fine ceramic with a vented lid. The inside bucket is totally removable and the lid comes with an also removable charcoal filter to prevent the bad smells.

One of the things that I pay tons of attention to is the "things design", whenever I buy something I choose it over different kind of reasons and design is one of those. I love when products are cute without being useless. And this bin is exactly this: you can have a nice kitchen decoration that is also reducing your carbon footprint on the planet. As you might see on the pictures, it is not a crazy full on design, but it looks more like a minimalist one: The lid knob is a plant and it is made from ceramic! Most of the kitchen bins are made out from either plastic or stainless steel. So finding a ceramic one was an asset.

The interior bucket is made out of plastic but this makes it dishwasher safe, aka easy to clean. The exterior bucket can be clean under hot water with soap and then leave it to dry with a tea towel.

Its capacity will mainly suit a single person or someone who is probably not vegetarian (Plant-based diets are known for generating more organic food scraps) as it is one of the smallest bins in the market at the moment.

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Perfect choice for a single person who loves his/hers kitchen to look clean, neat and tidy. This bin comes with a dual bucket design that allows the interior bucket to be removed with its own handle! The lid includes a charcoal filter, that should be changed every three to four months, this will prevent pests from being attracted to the bin as well as bad smells. Whenever you need to clean it you just need to separate both buckets, then you can place the inner bucket inside a dishwasher machine while you rinse the exterior with hot water.

Best Food Recycler: Vitamix 2 litres capacity

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What I Like

  • Innovation
  • Odorless
  • Modern design

What I Don't Like

  • Only works if plugged
  • It doesn't compost properly
  • Small container

If you are looking for a counter top Compost bin, this might be little bit of a different option. While regular compost bin decompose the material turning it into a nutrient rich soil enhancer or fertilizer, the Vitamix grinds and heat process your food scraps. From banana peel to chicken bones, you can place almost everything inside it.

This is a great option for those whose diets are based on meat or dairy. From sustainable Warrior we always say that in order to create a healthy compost there should be a Green and Brown balance mixed with some moisture. Well, to achieve this balance we would normally try to avoid filling our compost with either meat scraps or dairy because it takes ages to decompose.

This electric composting bin will make this process easier than ever, it can process almost everything as it grinds the material down, but it doesn't decompose it. So I would suggest this bin for those who have another composting option in their houses as well, like an outdoor bin. You can use the Vitamix to grind the tough scraps to be later on added to your outside compost.

It comes with a two liters capacity and it reduces the volume of your scraps by 90 per cent. It can be placed anywhere because of it small size but it needs to be plugged so you have to make sure there is an electricity port close to it. The big downside is its price, but it is totally worthed if you need it.

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I really liked the set up of the Vitamix, it is extremely easy to use, you just need to press one button for it to start grinding waste down. As most of the composting bins it comes it a charcoal filter on its lid to prevent bad smells. It is a great bin to use if you live in a big house where you can have a bigger outdoor composting bin.

Best eco-friendly: COMPi Bamboo Fiber Indoor Kitchen Compost Bin

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What I Like

  • Bamboo Fiber Made
  • Five free Filters
  • Bag holder

What I Don't Like

  • Small capacity
  • Lack of a design

This is the one bin I would buy to completely feel that I am doing my part for the environment. It is fully bamboo fiber made, and we know how important that is. Its sober, wide and slim design makes it perfect for an under counter space. It was built with a removable collar that holds the bag in to prevent leaks. Its flip-up lid is stuck to the body of the bin and comes with five charcoal filters for free.

Personally, the big downside of this type of bin is its design and its capacity. It might not be the best option for a family but it will work at its best in a smaller household. It is designed not to take much space from your counter, what makes me think that it might be better to be kept under the sink.

Overall, the removable collar is great and the bamboo fiber material the bin is made with is high quality.

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Most of us, when we decided that we wanted to start composting, we did it because we are concerned about the environment and the high amount of waste we humans create. It wouldn't be great if, in order to reduce our organic waste, we start buying plastic materials to hold them. In this case, the Coompi bin is perfect for its own purpose. It is a sustainable, plastic free, composting bin that allows you to treat your organic waste.

Best Undercounter: Tiyafuro 1.8 Gallon Kitchen Compost Bin for Countertop or Under Sink

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What I Like

  • Versatility
  • Price
  • Capacity

What I Don't Like

  • One color available
  • Lack of design

Some of us live in small houses or apartments which means that we might not have lots of space to place our Composting bin in. Other of us might have kids or pets that are naturally attracted to opening the lids of everything they find around them. Of course we wouldn't like to come back to our places finding that our loved pet had opened up and spilled our compost in our kitchen while we were not there!

The Tiyafuro composting bin is the solution for this problems. It comes with a wall mount and door mount that makes it great to placed under the sink or hang it on the doors of your cupboards. This will prevent any unintentionally spills and leaks. It was designed to be hidden so not even fruit flies can find it. Also, it comes with a two way to open lid, which I've found absolutely convenient, you can either open it up ways or slide it to one side.

The wall mount is easy to install, as it only comes with one hook and one pasting board. This hook will keep it in place even when the bin is full. It will fit perfectly into any cabinet or cupboards. I've found this bin really useful specially for those who live in apartments.

It only comes in white color, which is tricky because it can get dirty really fast, but if this happen you just need hot water and a little bit of soap to clean it up.

The price is an asset as it is one of the cheapest ones in the market. I strongly recommend it.

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Even if the design is a little bit sober or the fact that it only comes in one color, I would have this bin at my house. I´ve found that it can be used either on top of the counter as well as an under sink bin, even if it is advertised as an under counter compost bin. It comes with free organic bags to be used with the bin and the capacity is pretty decent. I love the fact that you can open it in different was specially if your hands are full of waste that need to be put in!

There are different ways of getting out planet back on track with the greenhouse gasses emissions, and composting is one of them. It is only a small change in our everyday lives that creates a huge impact in the environment. This were our chosen bins, did you choose yours?

Ailen Berezin

Writer & Content creator - Globe trotter - Book worm

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