Compost TumblersCompost tumblers are often thought to be the ultimate solution to composting. And in fact they do have several advantages. While they advertise the ability to make compost quickly, the reality is that it can be done as quickly with other approaches, but they can require less work to do it. You can look at our review of compost tumblers.
What are the advantages of compost tumblers?
Easy Rotation of the PileThe key to rapid composting of any sort is to work the pile every few days, to get all the material to rotate through the hot center of the pile. With a quick spin of the tumbler, or rotation of the drum, this chore is simplified with a tumbler.
Conservation of MoistureWith it's enclosed sides, a tumbler, like any enclosed bin, will do a better job of retaining moisture in those hot arid summer days. Conversely, they also help in keeping excess moisture out in the rainy season, which can keep a pile that has a lot of "wet" material, like grass clippings, from starting to smell.
Relatively pest resistantEspecially those bins that stand above ground, make it hard for rodents and other critters to find their way into the compost pile, and the goodies you have stored there.
Ease of loading/ unloadingWhile this varies a lot based on the individual design, many of them are considerably easier to get material in and out of.
EstheticsWhile many gardeners don't mind a free standing compost pile, many enclosed bins including tumblers provide a cleaner, tidier look.
One of our favorite compost tumblers is the Urban Compost Tumbler, which we have reviewed.