Last Updated: May 25, 2023 @ 1:32 pm.

What's the best compost bin for your kitchen? For outdoors? We tried several containers for kitchen counters and yards, looking for the best bets. Here are the ones we recommend.

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Best For Kitchen Counters

Great for coffee grounds
Easy to clean and use, this is our favorite bin for countertop use. Sized right for most folks, with soft close lid and carry handle. But it is plastic—and plastic can retain odors over the long term.

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Best For Kitchen Counters: OXO Good Grips Easy-Clean Compost Bin

If you are looking for a simple compost bin for a kitchen countertop, we recommend OXO Good Grips Easy-Clean Compost Bin. It performed best among the compost bins we tried out in our own kitchen. Here’s why:

What We Liked

• Easy to clean.

• Dishwasher safe.

• 1.75 gallon capacity—not too big, not too small.

• Lid allows for air to flow through. 

• Soft close lid.

• Carry handle.

What Needs Work

• Odors can escape.

• Plastic. No matter how easy it is to clean, plastic always retains more odors than steel. If you’d prefer a steel option, see the next recommendation.

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Best Stainless Steel Bin

Compact size fits nicely on counters
This sharp-looking can is easy to clean and keeps odors to a minimum, thanks to replaceable charcoal filters. Must be hand-washed. 1.3 gallon capacity.

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Best Stainless Steel Bin: Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Compost Bin

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 leaked 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.

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Best Large Outdoor Bin

Can withstand cold temps
It took us about 40 minutes to assemble this bin, which is sturdy and easy to use. Yes, we wish the doors were a bit larger, but overall it does the job well! Holds up to 325 lbs. of compost!

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Best Large Outdoor Bin: SQUEEZE master Large Compost Tumbler Bin

When trying outdoor bins for a family, we realized small compost bins often don’t work well—that’s why we this 43 gallon SQUEEZE master bin is our top pick in this category. It got the job done and is simple to use.

What We Liked

• Sturdy!

• Turns easily. (You are supposed to rotate it 6-7 times every few days.)

• BPA free.

• Steel frame.

• Holds up to 325 pounds.

• Can withstand cold temperatures. 

What Needs Work

• Assembly instructions could be better.

• Doors could be larger.

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