Get ready for spring with the Gardenline Tumbling Composter. This compost tumbler is an ALDI Finds item available the week of 4/20/22 for $59.99. This type of composter makes it quick and easy to turn your yard waste and kitchen scraps into good usable compost for your yard and garden. If you aren’t familiar with composting this type of tumbling composter makes it easy to get started. Typically you need to “turn” compost every so often to mix and aerate it. A tumbler makes it easy to mix and also gives the benefit of being enclosed so it won’t attract as many pests like mice and racoons.
This composter is coming back for another round in the Aldi Finds aisle the week of August 8th, 2022 at $49.99. That is ten dollars cheaper than this spring so if you missed out you have another chance. They did something similar with the Walk-In Greenhouse and I was able to pick one up at clearance price right pretty soon after they came back in stores.
Gardenline Compost Tumbler Details
- Price: $49.99 ( August 2022- prices may vary)
- Holds 15.9 gallons
- UV-protected, heavy-duty all-season construction that’s quick and easy to assemble
- No hand mixing needed for ready-to-use compost
- Convenient sliding door to add and remove material
- Tumbling chamber holds 15.9 gallons
- Two-year warranty included
- Aldi Product Code: 47167
Is the Aldi Composter A Good Deal?
I found that Aldi’s composter is on the smaller side for this type of compost tumbler and the closest size I could find is 18.5 gallons compared to the Gardenline’s 15.9 gallon. This size is great it you are just looking to compost your vegetable scraps and don’t have a big need for compost. If you are wanting to compost your leaves or grass clippings from your yard you will find that this fills up pretty quick. Once you fill it (with a mix of “browns and greens”) you need to let it work for at least a few weeks for it to break everything down into usable compost before you can start filling again.
Being on the smaller side is also a benefit for turning it and moving it around the yard. With larger compost bins it can be difficult to spin the tumbler once it is full and can also be tough to move it to a new spot if needed.
Gardenline Composter (15.9 gal) VS Miracle Grow Small Composter (18.5 gal)
If you want a small composter the Gardenline looks like it is a good price at $49.99 as that seems to be cheaper than most compost tumblers on Amazon but it is also a bit smaller. For this type of composter you will likely have to pay $70-75 on Amazon but you will get a composter that is 2.5 gallons bigger. The name brand Miracle Grow Small Composter is selling at a higher price than the gardenline right now for just 2.5 gallons more volume which probably won’t make a huge difference but you also get a name brand product with a lot of good reviews.
If I was looking for this size of composter I would pick up the Gardenline to save a little money. If I couldn’t find it in stores or wanted something slightly larger or just to go with a name brand I would get the Miracle Grow version. Miracle grow also makes larger, two chamber versions which is really useful so you can fill one while the other finishes.
A bit more bang for your buck: F2C Compost Bin
For about a bit less than the Miracle Grow you can get the 43 gallon F2C Compost Bin. This is a dual chamber model meaning when one chamber is full and “cooking” you can keep filling the second. With a single chamber you will have to stop adding to it for a few weeks while the compost finishes. It is also significantly bigger at 43 gallons.
I had one very similar to this though I don’t think it was this brand. It worked well enough but again is somewhat limited if you want to compost a bunch leaves or grass clippings at once. For the price I would get this over Gardenline or other the smaller ones because it gives you more capacity and flexibility if you need it. I would only buy one of the smaller ones if you really need a very small one for your space or are worried about spinning a larger one.
A larger and cheaper option: GEOBIN
If you are looking to compost mostly yard waste I would go with a GEOBIN and save a little money. This is an open compost bin which could attract pests if composting a lot of food scraps. You can bury the food scraps in the pile to limit that. I just ordered one of these to compost my grass clippings and fall leaves. It has a 216-246 gallon capacity, so it can hold more material but it will need to be mixed/turned manually. I don’t plan to use it for food scraps to limit it attracting mice or racoons.
Current prices of the items I mentioned
Reviews of the Gardenline Tumbling Composter
I love this composter for food scraps. However, it did come missing a small piece needed for assembly. I emailed customer service and they sent me a replacement pretty quickly.