Mantis CT08001 Back Porch ComposTumbler Compost Bins Reviews

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3.1 out of 5 stars based on 12 customer reviews

Product Description

The Back Porch ComposTumbler allows you to recycle kitchen scraps and yard trimmings to create rich compost that will improve your soil’s texture, boost its fertility and help plants resist disease. This mobile composter, perfect for smaller spaces, has an easy to turn drum made from heavy-duty, BPA free, food-grade polyethylene. Interior fins help mix compost while turning, producing rich, loamy compost in four to six weeks. Green color blends into landscape. Holds 5 cubic feet (37 gallons, 4 bushels) of material. Assembled dimensions are 37″ H x 31″ W x 26″ D. Two big 6″ wheels let you bring finished compost right to your garden beds. Comes with a two year warranty on all parts.

Customer Reviews

Doesn’t hold up to heavy use ~ reviewed by Murphy Shea

We have bought two of these tumbler over the years, the size is nice and it does produce good compost. But both of ours have broken down after about a year. The spindle around which the drum rotates is just too flimsy to hold up to daily use once the composter is filled more than halfway. Too bad, since if they could make the metal spindle and the surrounding plastic on the drum sturdier, everything else – the size, the efficiency and the quality of the compost – are good.

Durable compost tumbler works well!! ~ reviewed by AY in NY

This is my second Compost Tumbler – bought because I like the way it functions but have been frustrated to not be able to add compostables while previously added material is curing. The first one has lasted 2 1/2 years, exposed to the elements on Long Island, so it has been durable. I also have a NatureMill (electric) composter inside for kitchen scraps, so the Compost Tumblers get materials that one cannot accept, including broccoli/cauliflower, napkins, lint, yard waste, etc. Since I have been diligent about composting (and extra careful about recycling), our garbage has been reduced to 25% of what it once was, so the first composter has already paid for itself already by decreasing our garbage disposal fees. Two composters will now allow me to add to one while the material in the other is compsting. If this is an issue for you, you may want to consider a dual-chamber composter. However, keep in mind that a dual-chamber composter has much less capacity than this.

My husband assembled this in ~1 hr and said it was not difficult to assemble.

The compost that it produces is rich. Plus, it is made in USA. It is fairly easy to turn, although I cannot when it is more than half full (but I can only lift 5 lbs due to shoulder injuries). Note that this composter does not produce tea, as some others do.

One Star ~ reviewed by James

Great size and design but to flimsy, after paying 200 plus dollars it lasted about one year.

It works well ~ reviewed by Susan P. Mcnally

It took forever to receive this but it works as well as I hoped.

Not too impressed yet….. ~ reviewed by Rebecca Roesler

After much research I bought this composter on Amazon, and haven’t been too impressed yet! For starters it was a challenge to put together, and the directions are a bit confusing based on the wording. Secondly, a screw already fell out that holds one of the sides together! I will potentially have to buy a longer screw, so it will hold securely. It is also very hard to turn, even with minimal contents inside. I have the sixty day guarantee, so if I don’t get the compost it claims to make, I will be returning it.

Parts would not align; missing parts ~ reviewed by Geri P

I already had two of these from about 8 years ago that I ordered directly from Mantis. When I ordered this one, it had missing parts and the parts would not align. Had to return to Amazon, who was great about it, and sent a new one which went together fine. Not sure where they are manufactured, but Mantis should do a better quality control on this product.

Five Stars ~ reviewed by K Douce

This is a bit of a pain to put together.

Could have made it better myself by drilling holes in a garbage can with … ~ reviewed by adrienne nonami

Difficult to assemble, over-priced, and doesn`t work. Could have made it better myself by drilling holes in a garbage can with a lid
and them rolling it around in the yard from time to time.

One Star ~ reviewed by Mary M. Jeffery

This thing is way too complicated. After many weeks we still don’t have soil.

Compost to less landfill !!!!! ~ reviewed by Karen Silveira

I love this brand of composterBuy it at Amazon

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