Kitchen Compost Pail: Highly Recommended

While a kitchen compost pail isn't absolutely necessary, it will save you from countless trips to the compost bin.

A good kitchen compost bin is small enough to be a convenient place to dump your kitchen waste and transport it to your outdoor compost bins. It should also prevent the smell of compost waste from taking over your kitchen.

One of two pails should fit your needs depending on your style preference and budget...

Standard Kitchen Compost Bin

For a straightforward and relatively inexpensive kitchen compost pail, we recommend the Compost Bin with Filter Lid for several reasons...

kitchen compost pail
  • Is large enough to prevent too many trips to the compost bin but small enough to fit easily underneath your sink or in another tight area (11 inches H x 9 inches W x 8.5 inches D / 28 cm x 23 cm x 22 cm)
  • Comes with a carbon filter to keep odors in (filter must be replaced every three months or so).
  • Has a wide open for easy "plate scraping"
  • Dishwasher safe with rounded inside corners for easy cleaning
  • Has two screw holes in the back for easy hanging

On the downside, its larger size and green color would make it an unattractive addition to your countertop (this thing's meant to be kept out of sight). It also has slightly flimsy hinges and handle connectors - not a big deal if you don't mistreat it too badly, but something to consider nonetheless.

All in all, a great kitchen compost pail for the money and our recommenation if you're looking for a larger odor-free pail.

Click here to purchase the Kitchen Compost Bin with Filter Lid.

Click here for a 3-Pack of replacement filters (original product comes with one 3-month filter).

Stonewear Compost Pail

kitchen compost pail

For a fancier look and sturdier construction (albeit a higher price tag), the Stonewear Compost Pail is a great option. It comes in either black or white ceramic and includes two replaceable charcoal filters to keep the smells in (should be replaced every 3 months or so).

Its 11 inch (28 cm) height is the same as the pail reviewed above, but its 7 inch (18 cm) diameter means it has less capacity... a negative if you're looking for a larger pail but a positive if you want to leave it on your kitchen counter.

It also includes biodegradable liners that can be thrown into your compost pile with the contents which makes for easy cleaning and emptying.

Click here to purchase the BLACK Stonewear Compost Pail.

Click here to purchase the WHITE Stonewear Compost Pail.

Click here for two replacement filter sets (original product comes with one set).

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