One major problem with kitchen compost bins: stink! We quickly realized this as we tried out several bins for this article.
The most stink-free option we could find is Utopia’s Kitchen Stainless Steel Compost Bin. Thanks to a charcoal filter, it controlled odors better than others we tested. And the stainless steel can didn’t retain smells.
What We Liked
• Easy to clean.
• No smell!
• Nice looking.
• 1.3 gallons with charcoal filters to trap odors.
• Tight fitting lid.
• Lightweight (2 lbs).
• Filters can be washed and reused.
What Needs Work
• Replacement filters could be easier to replace. We got it done, but it took a bit too much effort!
• Can leak from the bottom over time? We didn’t see this, but we see reports that after long-term use, small pin holes or splitting in the seams can cause leaks.