A Luxurious-Looking, Odor-Free Bin to Compost in Style

A Luxurious-Looking, Odor-Free Bin to Compost in Style - Food & Nutrition Magazine - Stone Soup
Photo by Marissa Thiry

Product Reviewed: Bamboozle Composter

For me, the extra time at home over the last year has come with some new hobbies, such as making sourdough bread and refining my green thumb with new house plants. It also has given me time to address priorities on my to-do list and personal goals like evaluating my carbon footprint and learning to compost food.

As a first-time composter, I was eager to try the Bamboozle Composter.A Luxurious-Looking, Odor-Free Bin to Compost in Style - It is an indoor food compost bin, designed to sit on the countertop or under the sink and temporarily hold food waste in your kitchen until you can take it to an actual compost bin or local composting facility. The composter comes with a carbon filter to help keep odors to a minimum and is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning after use.

The composter arrived fully assembled with a carbon filter in the lid, plus an extra replacement filter, packaged in a single cardboard box (which seems fitting, considering it is meant to be an eco-friendly product). The lid has holes in it to allow oxygen to enter, but the filter fits right within the lid to provide an enclosed bin that prevents odors in your kitchen. While some reviews online note loose screws on the handle, mine were secure upon arrival and throughout use.

My first impression of the composter was that it was both sturdy and stylish. The charcoal-colored bin with a matte finish was not an eye-sore sitting on my countertop, as some compost bins can be such as those supplied for free from local facilities. For some people, the aesthetics alone may be worth the splurge of this luxury composter, which is a bit pricier than other options.

After a few days of use, I noticed fruit flies circulating, so I moved the composter below the sink to a more enclosed environment. The move seemed to do the trick and the fruit flies were nowhere to be found in another day or two. However, perhaps a budget-friendly option would have been more fitting, had I known the composter wouldn’t be on display. That said, I do appreciate that this bin is dishwasher safe. A quick rinse in the dishwasher made cleaning easy and helped make composting part of my usual routine, rather than an added step in the kitchen. Additionally, the carbon filter works wonders. In both locations (on the countertop and below the sink), there were no odors detected. After using the two filters provided, it’s easy to purchase replacement filters online.

While the Bamboozle Composter is a bit pricier than other options, it is aesthetically pleasing, especially if you plan to have it on your countertop. For a luxurious-looking compost bin with no kitchen odors, the Bamboozle Composter is the way to go.

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Marissa Thiry is a registered dietitian at Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine, Calif. She is part of the Global Nutrition and Sustainability Team that, among other responsibilities, leads better-for-you menu innovation, nutrition communications, and sustainability initiatives for the organization.